KAMLOOPS, B.C. – China shops, beware — a bull is on the loose in British Columbia’s southern Interior.RCMP say the 635 kilogram bull escaped last week from the BC Livestock Yard in Kamloops, about 350 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.It was spotted on the weekend, just east of Kamloops, but a news release from Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says it could have travelled some distance since then.The tan-coloured bull does not have any markings or brands, but it’s unlikely to be confused with other livestock.In addition to large horns, Shelkie says it has an unpredictable and potentially nasty temperament.She says anyone spotting the bull should definitely not approach it and should call police immediately.
TORONTO – A jury is deliberating the case of two men accused of killing a Toronto woman and burning her body in an animal incinerator. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the presumed death of Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found. Here are 10 things jurors didn’t hear.TIM BOSMA — Millard and Smich were both convicted of first-degree murder last year in the death of Tim Bosma, an Ancaster, Ont., man who took the pair on a test drive while trying to sell his truck. The jury never heard Bosma’s name, nor did they hear that the accused burned his remains in an animal incinerator also suspected of being used to dispose of Babcock’s body.WAYNE MILLARD — The jury didn’t know that Millard also faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of his father, Wayne Millard, who died on Nov. 29, 2012 — about five months after Babcock’s presumed death. His death was initially deemed a suicide, but police re-opened the investigation after arresting Dellen Millard for Bosma’s death. The trial for Wayne Millard’s death is scheduled to begin on March 20, 2018.“THRILL-SEEKING” MOTIVE — The Crown, who alleged Babcock was killed for being the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend, wanted to introduce a second motivation for Babcock’s killing — a “thrill seeking” motive that detailed Millard and Smich’s lengthy criminal behaviour leading up to the young woman’s disappearance and after. Prosecutors wanted to bring up alleged incidents over a two-and-a-half year period, dubbed “missions” by Millard, that included stealing plants, trailers, trafficking drugs and smuggling drugs into the country. Justice Michael Code, who presided over the trial, deemed it too prejudicial to the accused and ruled out anything referring to the pair’s “broader criminal conspiracy” that the two discussed at length in text messages.JUDGE-ALONE APPLICATION — Smich’s lawyers asked the province’s Attorney General for a judge-alone trial arguing the 30-year-old believed he could not receive a fair trial due to the intense publicity from the Bosma case. After the Attorney General refused, Smich’s counsel brought a motion arguing that the decision violated his charter rights since proceeding with a jury would result in what he alleged would be an unfair trial. The judge dismissed the motion because it assumed the court could not find 12 fair and impartial jurors. Seven of 14 people selected to serve on the jury — 12 jurors and two alternates — had heard about Millard and Smich beforehand, but said they could set that information aside.MILLARD’S EX-GIRLFRIEND — Jurors never heard directly from Millard’s ex-girlfriend, a key party in his alleged motive to kill Babcock. The Crown cancelled a plane ticket purchased to bring Christina Noudga from Europe, where she now lives, to testify at the trial. Instead, the Crown showed the jury letters Millard had sent to Noudga advising her on what to tell authorities when they questioned her about Babcock’s death. The jury did not hear that Millard wrote the letters from jail — where he was held for Bosma’s killing — nor did it hear that Millard was not allowed to contact Noudga. Millard, who represented himself, also decided not to call Noudga to the witness stand.SEVERANCE — In June, both Millard and Smich wanted to be tried separately. Millard wanted the case severed because he worried about a “cut-throat” defence where Smich would take the stand and blame him for Babcock’s death. Smich’s lawyers told the court they didn’t intend to go this route, yet it remained a possibility. Smich wanted to sever the case for a few reasons, one being that Millard had caused what he said was an unreasonable delay in trial proceedings. The judge dismissed the severance application.UNREASONABLE DELAY — Smich filed what’s known as a Jordan application, citing unreasonable delay. He alleged Millard and the Crown in both the Babcock and Bosma matters caused unreasonable delays and his murder charge against Babcock should be stayed. The judge dismissed Smich’s application, having determined the net delay was 29 months when the Bosma case was factored in. The Supreme Court has deemed that cases in Superior Court should be heard within 30 months.CROSS EXAMINATIONS — Crown prosecutors argued to have an appointed lawyer cross-examine three witnesses close to Babcock rather than having Millard question them. Those three witnesses, Babcock’s father, her ex-boyfriend and Smich’s ex-girlfriend, had expressed concern about being grilled on the stand by Millard. The judge denied the request, citing Millard’s right to conduct his own defence personally, but recognized it would be difficult for all three.GUNS — The jury heard from Matthew Ward-Jackson, who said he sold Millard a gun days before Babcock disappeared. Jurors didn’t hear that Millard bought a different handgun — used to kill Bosma — from Ward-Jackson on Feb. 10, 2012, and then bought another handgun from him in September 2012. The Crown wanted the February gun deal as evidence to provide context that Millard knew Ward-Jackson could get him a gun because the man had sold him a gun already. It proved planning and deliberation, the Crown said. The jury eventually heard Ward-Jackson confirm Millard’s previous “interest” in firearms but no specifics.SHACKLES — The judge allowed both accused to sit at counsel’s tables, rather than in the prisoner boxes, largely because Millard was representing himself. The judge had court staff set up black curtains on the outside of the tables in order to shield the jury from seeing Millard and Smich’s leg shackles.
PARIS — Activists from an anti-globalization group have staged a protest at Google’s Paris headquarters to criticize the company for paying little tax.Attac members gathered at Google’s offices Thursday and set up a pulley to pass bags of fake money between the firm’s premises and a public finance centre across the street.According to Attac, Google’s French subsidiary reported revenue of 325 million euros ($371 million) in 2017 and paid 14 million euros ($16 million) in income tax. The group says Google France shifts more than 85 per cent of its French revenue to countries with more favourable tax regimes.So-called profit-shifting is technically legal in the EU, where foreign companies have their regional base in one country where they negotiate favourable tax terms.France’s finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, this month announced plans to tax multinational technology companies, like Google, that have revenues of at least 750 million euros worldwide and 25 million euros in France.The Associated Press
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all parties to redouble their efforts to set promised reforms “on an irreversible course,” and addressing the serious challenges facing the country.“He hopes the Government will ensure that this process results in the early release all political prisoners, consistent with its commitment to uphold fundamental rights and the rule of law,” the statement said.Mr. Ban acknowledged the ongoing dialogue between the Government and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader and Nobel laureate who was held under house arrest for much of the past 20 years before being released last November, as well as the negotiations between the authorities and ethnic groups.The exact number of political prisoners included in the release that began yesterday has yet to be confirmed, according to a news release issued in Geneva. However, it is believed to be more than 200, including a number of prominent figures. Human rights groups estimate that there are some 2,000 political prisoners still behind bars.The Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, said the release is an “important further step” by the country’s authorities to respond to international concern and advance political reconciliation. “I am pleased that these prisoners who have suffered so long can be reunited with their families and again play a part in national life,” said the expert. Among those released are some prisoners whose cases have been previously addressed by the Special Rapporteur as well as some individuals he had visited in jail during his visits to the Asian nation.Mr. Quintana also voiced concern at the ongoing detention of a large number of political prisoners, many of whom are suffering serious health problems from the harsh conditions of their detention. “These are individuals who have been imprisoned for exercising their fundamental human rights or whose fair trial or due process rights have been denied,” he said. “Their release would be an important step for the democratic transition, and would be welcomed by people both inside and outside the country. It is imperative that the Government completes the liberation of all such prisoners.” Mr. Quintana called on the Government to immediately improve the conditions of detention and the treatment of prisoners in compliance with international standards. “This is a key moment in Myanmar’s history and there are real opportunities for positive and meaningful developments to improve the human rights situation and deepen the transition to democracy,” said the expert, who reports to the UN Human Rights Council in an independent and unpaid capacity. “The new Government should intensify its efforts to address the many long-standing human rights concerns and advance national reconciliation.” A new Government was established in Myanmar seven months ago, and more recently the country has received a series of high-level bilateral visits. In addition, President Thein Sein has made a pledge for Myanmar to “catch up with the changing world.”At a meeting last month in New York of the Group of Friends on Myanmar, Mr. Ban said recent developments bode well for progress in the country, while calling on the new Government to do more to ensure to bring about an inclusive transition.“Real opportunities for progress exist, but the Government must step up its efforts for reform if it is to bring about an inclusive – and irreversible – transition,” Mr. Ban said in a press statement, adding that the authorities must, in particular, cultivate improved dialogue with all political actors and release all remaining political prisoners. 13 October 2011United Nations officials today welcomed the decision by Myanmar’s President to grant amnesty and release a significant number of detainees and urged the Government to free all remaining political prisoners.
Sophomore right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins (1) delivers a pitch against Illinois on May 2, 2015. OSU lost, 6-5. Credit: Elliot Gilfix / For The LanternAfter a strong regular season concluded with a rocky finish, the Ohio State baseball team is looking to find its way again in time to play deep into the postseason.OSU (35-18, 13-11) lost eight of nine Big Ten games to wrap up the regular season after starting 12-3. Those included sweeps at the hands of Illinois and Indiana, with a lone victory against Maryland sandwiched in between.Senior catcher Aaron Gretz said despite the results of the last three weekends, the team is not far off from where it was when it entered the national rankings in late April.“We played some really good competition,” he said. “I don’t think we got outplayed, we were just a couple runs short, a couple plays here and there, and it’s completely different games.”After concluding the regular season with a double-header sweep at Indiana, Gretz and his co-captain, fellow senior catcher Connor Sabanosh, called a players-only meeting to get things straightened out.“Aaron and I got the guys together and just kinda said ‘Look, we have to take a deep breath and relax. The season’s over now, we’re in position to win the Big Ten tournament, we can hang with any of the eight teams here,’” Sabanosh said.Gretz said the team had been playing with a chip on its shoulder all season after being picked 10th in the Big Ten in the preseason coaches poll, but it lost some of that edge once it began to gain respect. Gretz attributed the loss of that edge as a reason for the recent struggles, and something the Buckeyes need to find again before their season is over.“It’s a team thing,” Gretz said about where the team has been deficient the last three weeks. “We’re not hitting as well as we need to, we’re not pitching as well as we need to, we’re not fielding as well as we need to in order to beat those high caliber teams.”OSU will enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed, with a first-round matchup against second-seeded Iowa (38-14, 19-5), whom OSU did not meet with during the regular season.The double-elimination tournament will then see OSU play either the winner or loser of No. 3 Michigan and No. 6 Indiana, depending on the results of OSU’s game.OSU coach Greg Beals said sophomore right-hander Travis Lakins (4-4, 3.99 ERA) will take the mound against the Hawkeyes, who are scheduled to counter with junior right-hander Tyler Peyton (6-4, 3.32).Lakins is set to be followed by senior left-hander Ryan Riga (5-3, 3.10) in the second game.If OSU avoids elimination in the first two games, however, Beals is not sure who will get the start. He said sophomore left-hander Tanner Tully, who gave up eight runs in each of his final two starts, is dealing with forearm soreness and will be re-evaluated later in the week.If Tully is unable to go, Beals said it will be redshirt freshman right-hander Adam Niemeyer getting the nod.Another injury to OSU’s pitching staff came at Youngstown State on May 12, when freshman Jacob Niggemeyer left the game after just three pitches.Beals said the right-hander suffered a shoulder injury and will not be available in the Big Ten tournament.Despite the flood of injuries and the recent high level of competition, Beals said he believes it is a mental issue more than anything holding the team back in recent weeks.“We haven’t played loose and relaxed these last couple weeks,” Beals said. “I challenged our guys to get the stranglehold off themselves, relax, trust that they’re good players, trust that this is a good team, and this is a great opportunity ahead of them in the tournament and the possibility of NCAA tournament also.”Gretz said the team is feeling less pressure heading into the tournament — and is prepared to take its coach’s challenge.“We’re ready, we know what it takes and we’re going to get it done,” Gretz said.First pitch in OSU’s Big Ten tournament opener against Iowa is set for 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Vancouver – The Clark County Fire Marshal will lift a burn ban on outdoor clearing starting Saturday. The ban on recreational fires was lifted earlier this month.Fall weather conditions reduced wildfire risk to levels deemed adequate by fire officials. Regional burn bans typically last from July 15 to Oct. 1.Residents must follow all outdoor burn regulations and burn permit requirements. Campfires are allowed in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds. On private land, recreational fires must be built in proper metal, stone or masonry pits no larger than three feet in diameter. Fires must also be 25 feet away from a structure or other combustible material. They must be accompanied at all times by someone at least 16 years old who can properly extinguish the fire.Burn barrels are illegal.More information on outdoor burning rules is available at: www.clark.wa.gov/development/fire/burning.html.Anyone with questions can call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-397-2186.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 11, 2016 – Criminal home invasions are up… CCTV is going to tender… Police canine unit will have a bigger bite because they’re getting more dogs… two new boats are coming in and agreement to an independent review proposed by the Premier are just some of what was discussed at the recent meeting of the National Security Council.The report is a mix of progress and setbacks. On the setback side is the hike in bold crime and progress because many measures for which the public has been clamoring are almost here, or at least closer. The NSC meeting was among the final events for Peter Beckingham, who has now departed the territory as its governor.Interesting to note was that the Police Force is gearing up for the surge in illicit drug trafficking through Haiti and the Dominican Republic and frightening to consider, but in these times where terrorism is so prolific, there are suspicious factions in the region warranting UK attention.The report issued today said this, “On external security the Governor noted that there were no specific terrorist threats to TCI, but he warned that there could be supporters of ISIS in the region.”Attending the National Security Council meeting last week were Governor, Premier, Deputy Governor, Border Control Minister, Opposition Leader, Police Commissioner and from the pastor’s fraternity, Bishop Bryant Cox. That meeting was held on Monday October 3, 2016. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:home invasions – drug trafficking and bold crime are up in tci, national security council meeting, police getting new boats and canines to help fight issues of drugs and crime
Posted: January 24, 2019 January 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- The family of a La Mesa man who was stabbed to death with a sword more than 12 years ago is praising the La Mesa Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies.Those agencies tirelessly worked together to solve what had become a cold case murder.KUSI’s John Soderman has more on this story.To view full press conference: Updated: 6:52 PM Man arrested in Oregon for 2006 La Mesa sword murder KUSI Newsroom, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Aman SharmaPR HandoutAnchor Aman Sharma, who has won praises from some Bollywood superstars, is now all set to comeback with a new chat show that is expected to redefine entertainment.’Stretch your arm no farther than your sleeve shall reach’. This is how most are taught to grow up and even to dream. A teenager when he was given the above mentioned quote, he was quick to top it with “If you have a problem with the sleeve length, Go Shirtless! Haven’t you seen Salman Khan.”Meet Aman Sharma, who said this eight years ago while still in Junior College. He worked with the best entertainers of this country and has even earned accolades & praises for his work from the likes of Shah Rukh Khan, Akhsay Kumar, Rohit Shetty, Ranveer Singh, Ayushman Khurrana and many more.After starting off as an emcee (commonly known as anchor) while still in college, Aman created ripples across the industry and worked with the best event management companies in no time. Later, he scaled this up with his Bollywood chat show for a renowned web portal.To any event management company today, this name means many things but above all guaranteed client satisfaction. No wonder he has already travelled across the globe and delivered high octane events in over 40 countries. In 2019, Aman Sharma promises to kick-start a venture that will redefine entertainment with chat shows in India as he strongly believes in ‘go big or go home’.
Share Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty ImagesAfter crossing the demarcation line, Kim and Moon walk to the official welcome hall for the first North-South summit in more than a decadeThe leaders of North and South Korea vowed Friday to seek a nuclear-free peninsula and work toward a formal end to the Korean War this year, though their historic summit concluded with few specifics on how they will reach those ambitious goals.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in set aside a year that saw them seemingly on the verge of war. They grasped hands and strode together across the cracked concrete marking the Koreas’ border.The sight, inconceivable just months ago, may not erase their failure to provide any new measures on a nuclear standoff that has captivated and terrified millions, but it allowed the leaders to step forward toward the possibility of a cooperative future even as they acknowledged a fraught past and the widespread skepticism that, after decades of failed diplomacy, things will be any different this time.On the nuclear issue, the leaders merely repeated a previous vow to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, kicking one of the world’s most pressing issues down the road to a much-anticipated summit between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in coming weeks.Still, the summit produced the spectacle of two men from nations with a deep and bitter history of acrimony grinning from ear to ear after Kim walked over the border to greet Moon, becoming the first leader of his nation to set foot on southern soil since the Korean War. Both leaders then briefly stepped together into the North and back to the South.The summit marks a surreal, whiplash swing in relations for the countries, from nuclear threats and missile tests to intimations of peace and cooperation. Perhaps the change is best illustrated by geography: Kim and Moon’s historic handshake and a later 30-minute conversation at a footbridge on the border occurred within walking distance of the spot where a North Korean soldier fled south in a hail of gunfire last year, and where North Korean soldiers killed two U.S. soldiers with axes in 1976.Standing next to Moon after the talks ended, Kim faced a wall of cameras beaming his image live to the world and declared that the Koreas are “linked by blood as a family and compatriots who cannot live separately.” The leaders also vowed to achieve “a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula through complete denuclearization,” something they’ve said before.The latest declaration between the Koreas, Kim said, should not repeat the “unfortunate history of past inter-Korean agreements that only reached the starting line” before becoming derailed.What happened Friday should be seen in the context of the last year — when the United States, its ally South Korea and North Korea threatened and raged as the North unleashed a torrent of weapons tests — but also in light of the long, destructive history of the rival Koreas, who fought one of the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts and even today occupy a divided peninsula that’s still technically in a state of war.Trump tweeted Friday, “KOREAN WAR TO END!” and said the U.S. “should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!” Both Koreas agreed to jointly push for talks this year with the U.S. and also potentially China to officially end the Korean War, which stopped with an armistice that never ended the war.Many will be judging the summit based on the weak nuclear language. North Korea’s nuclear and missile tests last year likely put it on the threshold of becoming a legitimate nuclear power. The North, which has spent decades doggedly building its bombs despite crippling sanctions and near-constant international opprobrium, claims it has already risen to that level.South Korean conservative politicians criticized the joint statement as letting North Korea off the hook by failing to secure a clear commitment on nuclear disarmament. Liberty Korea Party Chairman Hong Joon-pyo denounced the summit as a “show camouflaged as peace.”But the Koreas made inroads on a raft of other points of friction between them. Moon agreed to visit Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, sometime in the autumn, and both leaders said they’d meet on a regular basis and exchange calls via a recently established hotline.They agreed to settle their disagreement over their western maritime border by designating it as a peace area and securing fishing activities for both countries. They said they’d open a permanent communication office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong and resume temporary reunions of relatives separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.“I feel like I’m firing a flare at the starting line in the moment of (the two Koreas) writing a new history in North-South relations, peace and prosperity,” Kim told Moon as they sat at a table, which had been built so that exactly 2018 millimeters separated them, to begin their closed-door talks. Moon responded that there were high expectations that they produce an agreement that will be a “big gift to the entire Korean nation and every peace-loving person in the world.”Kim acknowledged the widespread skepticism over their summit. “We have reached big agreements before but were unable to fulfill them. … There are skeptical views on whether the meeting today will yield meaningful results,” Kim said. “If we maintain a firm will and proceed forward hand in hand, it will be impossible at least for things to get worse than they are now.”Kim, during their talks, joked that he would make sure not to interrupt Moon’s sleep anymore, a reference to the North’s drumbeat of early-morning missile tests last year, according to Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-chan. Kim also referred to South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island that North Korea attacked with artillery in 2010, killing four, saying its residents who have been living in fear of North Korean artillery have high hopes the summit will help heal past scars. Kim said he’d visit Seoul’s presidential Blue House if invited.The historic greeting of the two leaders, which may be the most-remembered images, was planned to the last detail, though the multiple border crossings may have been impromptu. Thousands of journalists were kept in a huge conference center well away from the summit, except for a small group of tightly controlled pool reporters at the border. As they waited and watched, Moon stood near the Koreas’ dividing line and moved forward the moment he saw Kim, in a dark, Mao-style suit, appearing in front of a building on the northern side.They smiled broadly and shook hands with the border line between them. Moon then invited Kim to cross into the South, and, after Kim did so, Moon said, “You have crossed into the South, but when do I get to go across?” Kim replied, “Why don’t we go across now?” and then grasped Moon’s hand and led him into the North and then back into the South.Moon then led Kim along a blindingly red carpet into South Korean territory, where two fifth-grade students from the Daesongdong Elementary School, the only South Korean school within the DMZ, greeted the leaders and gave Kim flowers. An honor guard stood at attention for inspection, a military band playing traditional Korean folk songs beloved by both Koreas and the South Korean equivalent of “Hail to the Chief.”They then took a photo inside the Peace House, where the summit took place, in front of a painting of South Korea’s Bukhan Mountain, which towers over the South Korean Blue House and where dozens of North Korean commandos trying to assassinate the then-dictator in Seoul were killed in 1968. Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, was by Kim’s side throughout the ceremony, handing him a pen to sign a guestbook, taking the schoolchildren’s flowers from his hand and scribbling notes at the start of the talks with Moon.Expectations were generally low on the nuclear issue, given that past so-called breakthroughs on North Korea’s weapons have collapsed amid acrimonious charges of cheating and bad faith. Skeptics of engagement have long said the North often turns to interminable rounds of diplomacy meant to ease the pain of sanctions — giving it time to perfect its weapons and win aid for unfulfilled promises.Advocates of engagement, however, say the only way to get a deal is to do what the Koreas tried Friday: Sit down and see what’s possible.The White House said in a statement that it is “hopeful that talks will achieve progress toward a future of peace and prosperity for the entire Korean Peninsula. … (and) looks forward to continuing robust discussions in preparation for the planned meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong Un in the coming weeks.”
Kolkata: Out of total Rs 928.09 crore available under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) with the district authorities in West Bengal, Rs 803.76 crore has so far been spent while unspent balance till date is to the tune of Rs 124.27 crore during the current 16th Lok Sabha tenure, according to official data. According to latest data of Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the total entitlement for 42 constituencies during the 16th Lok Sabha was about Rs 1,055 crore while the funds released by the central government was Rs 860 crore. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The data suggested that “the amount available with interest is Rs 928.09 crore” for West Bengal while the unspent balance available under the MPLADS in the state is Rs 124.27 crore”. The percentage of utilisation over the released funds was at about 93.46 per cent for the state. The ministry is, however, said the role of MPs is limited only upto recommendation of works and thereafter, it is the responsibility of the district authority to sanction, execute and complete the works. The cumulative amount recommended by Members of Parliament for various MPLADs works was Rs 1,055.24 crore while the amount sanctioned is Rs 905.82 crore.
Amazon is addressing one of the larger issues with its Echo Dot Kids Edition — support for Spotify’s streaming music service, with the option to filter out explicit lyrics. The news was announced on Friday alongside new content from Disney for the Kids Edition device. However, Amazon says the Spotify support would not be available until next week.Lack of access to one of the most popular streaming services was one of my personal critiques with the Kids Edition. As a Spotify household, it was hard to use the device here because of its limited support for music services outside Amazon and iHeartRadio Family. Our favorite playlists and music was not available, because we don’t pay for Amazon’s on-demand music service. This will be a welcome change.When Spotify is enabled, Amazon says the explicit filter will also be turned on by default — but parents can turn it off on their FreeTime dashboard.Along with the support on the Kids Edition device, the update will also now allow Spotify customers who don’t subscribe to FreeTime the option to turn off explicit lyrics, as they already can do with Amazon Music and Pandora.In addition, Amazon says the Echo Dot Kids Edition is gaining a host of new content from Disney this week and next.It has already added a new kids skill called Disney Dailies that includes jokes and sketches taking place in the “Zootopia” world, which are updated every day.Next week, there also will be new character alarms featuring characters from Pixar’s “Coco,” Disney’s “Moana” and others. And Disney has updated its Daily Stories with stories from “Incredibles 2,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Wall-E,” “Moana” and more.The Kids Edition is a combo package of an Echo Dot with a protective case and a year of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes exclusive Alexa skills for Kids Edition owners, as well as other content, like games, apps, books and videos. It’s $79.99 on Amazon.
Yesterday, Mozilla announced that it is launching two experiments to understand how they can reduce “permission prompt spam” in Firefox. Last year, it did add a feature in Firefox that allows users to completely block the permission prompts. It is now planning to come up with a new option for those who do not want to take such a drastic step. Permission prompts have become quite common nowadays. It allows websites to get user permission for accessing powerful features when needed. But, often it gets annoying for users when they are shown unsolicited, out-of-context permission prompts, for instance, the ones that ask for permission to send push notifications. Mozilla’s telemetry data shows that notifications prompt is the most frequently shown permission prompt, with about 18 million prompts shown on Firefox Beta from Dec 25 2018 to Jan 24 2019. Out of these 18 million prompts, not even 3 percent were accepted by users. And 19 percent of the prompts caused users to immediately leave the site. Such a low acceptance of this feature led to the following two conclusions: One, that there are some websites that show the notification prompt without the intent of using it to enhance the user experience, or fail to express their intent in the prompt clearly. Second, there are websites that show the notification permission prompt for too early, without giving users enough time to decide if they want them. To get a better idea on how and when websites should ask for notification permissions, Mozilla is launching these two experiments: Experiment 1: Requiring user interaction for notification permission prompts in Nightly 68 The first experiment involves requiring a user gesture, like a click or a keystroke to trigger the code that requests permission. From April 1st to 29th, requests for permission to use Notifications will be temporarily denied unless they follow a click or keystroke. In the first two weeks, no user-facing notifications will be shown when the restriction is applied to a website. In the last two weeks of this experiment, an animated icon will be shown in the address bar when this restriction is applied. If the user clicks on the icon, they will be presented with the prompt at that time. Experiment 2: Collecting interaction and environment data around permission prompts from release users Mozilla believes that requiring user interaction is not the perfect solution to the permission spam problem. To come up with a better approach, it wants to get more insights about how Firefox users interact with permission prompts. So, they are planning to launch an experiment in Firefox Release 67 to gather information about the circumstances in which users interact with permission prompts. They will collect information about: Have they been on the site for a long time? Have they rejected a lot of permission prompts before? With this experiment, it aims to collect a set of possible heuristics for future permission prompt restrictions. To know more in detail, visit Mozilla’s official blog. Read Next Mozilla launches Firefox Lockbox, a password manager for Android Mozilla’s Firefox Send is now publicly available as an encrypted file sharing service Mozilla Firefox will soon support ‘letterboxing’, an anti-fingerprinting technique of the Tor Browser
Dubai in recent years has grown to become a cosmopolitan yet charming MICE destination. Dubai’s range of world-renowned hotels, venues and suppliers as well as the city’s ease of access for global markets has proven to be one of the key reasons why this city has become a popular host destination for business meetings and events.Steen Jakobsen, Assistant Vice President, Dubai Business Events spoke exclusively with Travel News Digest regarding how Dubai Business Events is aiming to tap the booming the Indian market.How important is the India market for Dubai Business Events?The Indian market is of significant strategic importance to us, thanks to its contribution of business visitors to the city. India has been the top source market in terms of overall visitation to Dubai since 2015, building on historic ties with the country, its proximity, as well as the city’s ease of access.The importance of the market is emphasised by the fact that Dubai Business Events (DBE), the city’s official convention bureau, has a dedicated office in the market, through which it continuously communicating the evolution of our city’s proposition to planners and meetings industry professionals across the country.What are your promotional and marketing strategies for the Indian market?In addition to the efforts of our permanent office in India, Dubai Business Events embarks on a number of activities and initiatives to reach meetings planners and buyers in India and drive growth from the market. This includes sales missions across key cities, where our team are joined by stakeholders from Dubai to present some of the latest offerings, as well as inbound study missions which allow planners and buyers to see first-hand the possibilities for their events here. In terms of our wider strategy, we focus on not only highlighting the hygiene factors which make Dubai the ideal city to host events in, but also the growing knowledge clusters that businesses and organisations can tap into, as well as the activities, culture and heritage on offer here.Which are your top three markets in India?The key segments for us in terms of groups coming from India are incentives, corporate meetings and destination weddings. For incentives and corporate meetings, sectors that we see particularly strong inflows from include pharmaceuticals, automotive, financial services and FMCG.What are the new and upcoming facilities for the MICE segment that DBE is offering?Dubai is home to an increasing number of unique and attractive business events facilities. Among these is the Coca-Cola arena, one of the most recent additions to the city’s portfolio of event venues. The 17,000 seats indoor arena is located in the heart of Dubai at City Walk, a mixed-use destination with different hospitality, food and beverage, entertainment and retail options for attendees to enjoy before and after events. Coca-Cola Arena is capable of holding international sporting events as well as large scale business events.Another major events venue is the E2 Dubai South Event & Exhibition Center. Located in Dubai South district, E2 is a short drive from the world’s largest airport in the making – Dubai World Central. With more than 40,000 sq m of exhibition space, it has been developed with a specialised understanding of the requirements of international business events.Dubai is also prepping one of the most awaited venues the Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC) located at the Expo 2020 site, DECoffers a flexible and configurable space to accommodate all types of conferences, exhibitions and entertainment events with seamless access to the entire Dubai Expo 2020 site and 15-minute ride from a variety of hotels as well as its adjacent to Expo 2020 metro link.One important recent development to note in Dubai has been the growth of the mid-market hotel segment, which has diversified the range of accommodation available to meetings planners. We know that planners are always looking for rooms across multiple price points and while Dubai’s luxury properties remain popular for groups, recently-opened hotels under brands such as Rove and Zabeel House by Jumeirah are examples of attractive options that can meet other budget requirements.How many visitors did you receive from India in 2019 so far?During the first five months of 2019, India retained its position as the largest source market with approximately 846,000 visitors from the country.How many events from India did DBE organise this year from January to May?DBE has worked towards and organised two study missions from India in the first half of 2019 – one in January with a group of wedding planners and the other in April for a group of corporate buyers. These were part of a wider calendar of inbound study missions from key source markets.What are your promotional and marketing strategies for Expo 2020? How has the response been so far?Under the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to welcome 25 million visits, with 70% anticipated to come from outside the UAE, all between October 2020 and April 2021.We are working closely with the team at Expo to promote the business events opportunities during the six months of the event, ensuring that planners and meetings industry professionals are made aware of the Expo offerings. In addition to being able to bring their groups to visit the Expo site and explore the various national and thematic pavilions there, planners will have the unique opportunity to host events at the site itself in the Dubai Exhibition Centre.Are you looking at tapping into any new markets in the near future?We are always exploring new markets that are of interest to the overall tourism and business events strategy, tapping into all possible opportunities to drive further visitor growth. Considering we have a strong presence in India, we are agile enough to identify and tap into the latest trends and demands of other markets as well. One particular segment we have already identified as one with potential for significant growth is destination weddings and India is, of course, a crucial outbound market for this.
Emirates has just become the first airline to launch flights to America using an Airbus A380. The international carrier flew its inaugural flight to New York from Dubai on Friday. Emirates’ super-jumbo was fully-booked for its first flight, with 339 passengers in economy, 76 using the fully-flat business class seats and 14 in the exclusive Private Suites of first class. The plane features a host of new on-board features including shower spas and a lounge. Emirates will take delivery of five more super-jumbos before the end of the year and plans to introduce the aircraft on routes to New York, as well as flights to London Heathrow, Sydney and Auckland. Meanwhile, the airline introduced an in-flight mobile phone service last week. The system will allow passengers onboard 777-300 aircraft to make calls and send text messages during flights to Europe and Australia. Patrick Brannelly, vice president of passenger communications and visual services, said: “The technology is another example of our dedication to always being the first airline to offer passengers groundbreaking technology and services.” ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThai Airways to use A380s on London flightsThai Airways to use A380s on London flightsEmirates to launch Airbus A380 on its flights to Bangkok from TorontoEmirates Airlines will introduce the double-decker Airbus A380 aircraft on its flights to Bangkok and Toronto from June 1st.Emirates introduces new flights to BangkokEmirates introduces new flights to Bangkok
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