CMRRA Reaches Licensing Deal with Amazon Music

first_img“We’re very happy to have come to a negotiated agreement with Amazon Music and to see them enter Canada with Amazon Music Unlimited. Amazon Music and its entry will benefit both Canadian consumers and the rightsholders that we serve by offering a new point of sale and a new source of revenue for music publishers and their songwriters,” CMRRA President Caroline Rioux said.Amazon announced yesterday the launch of Amazon Music Unlimited for Canada, bringing customers a catalogue of millions of songs and thousands of playlists and personalized stations, combined with the magic of voice controls powered by Alexa. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed, but the rates apply to the reproduction of songs on Amazon Music Unlimited, which will now be available throughout Canada for the first time. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img TORONTO – Canada’s leading reproduction rights collective welcomes Amazon Music and yesterday’s launch of its premium music streaming service, Amazon Music Unlimited, to Canada. The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) has reached a licensing agreement with Amazon Music to ensure that its music publisher and rightsholder clients, which together represent more than 80,000 music catalogues, will receive royalties for the use of their works on the service. To learn more about Amazon Music Unlimited visit amazon.ca/music/unlimited.“CMRRA is constantly working with our licensees to create solutions to make it easier for services to come to Canadaand to provide for compensation for our valued music publisher clients,” CMRRA Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, Veronica Syrtash said.CMRRA has taken the lead in national rate-setting efforts before the Copyright Board of Canada, as well as directly through negotiations with licensees. The organization’s work is responsible for the important flow of digital royalties paid to all publishers and songwriters. On behalf of its music publisher clients, CMRRA issues licenses and collects royalties for the reproduction of musical works. Licensees pay royalties to CMRRA, which in turn distributes the royalties to its music publisher clients on a quarterly basis.“CMRRA has established itself as a vital resource for music publishers to manage their mechanical royalties in Canada,” said Neville Quinlan, chairman of SXWorks’ Canadian Publishers Committee and managing director of peermusic Canada. “This licensing agreement underscores CMRRA’s commitment to advocating for music publishers and self-published songwriters.”CMRRA also collects publishing royalties from dozens of other digital companies, such as Apple, Google and Spotify.About CMRRA and SXWorksSXWorks provides global administration services to music publishers to support multiple licensing configurations. SXWorks, a subsidiary of SoundExchange, is governed by a board consisting of leading music publishers and SoundExchange executives. SXWorks was created in conjunction with the 2017 acquisition of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA). CMRRA represents the mechanical rights of music publishers and administers the majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. For more information, visit http://sx-works.com/ and  http://www.cmrra.ca. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UN official sounds warning about worldwide supply of clean water

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director of the UN Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), told yesterday’s opening of the Stockholm World Water Week that rapid urbanization is placing enormous pressure on the availability of clean water and other natural resources, especially for the poor. She called for “a fundamental change” in the way the world approaches water and sanitation to ensure that enough clean water remains affordable for all for future generations. “There is a need to arrive at a consensus on how the soaring water demands of the cities and towns of the world could be met without compromising the needs of the future generations,” she said at a symposium held in the Swedish capital. UN statistics indicate that, for the first time in history, this year more people live in cities than in rural areas – and that by 2030 the global urban population will reach 60 per cent. “Homo sapiens are slowly becoming homo urbanus,” Ms. Tibaijuka said, adding later that “urbanization is a reality that we must face and turn to our advantage as cities are the centres of economic and social development.” She decried what she called “the myth that the poor cannot afford to pay for water. In reality, the urban poor are rarely connected to municipal supplies, and pay exorbitant prices for water to private vendors, from four times to a hundred times more than their affluent neighbours, who get subsidized water piped to their homes.” Ms. Tibaijuka urged policymakers to work together more closely to ensure that there are realistic pricing policies for water “that will allow its conservation, discourage waste, and ensure that the poor will be able to meet their basic needs at a price they can afford.” The UN-HABITAT chief said “the current level of investment in water and sanitation in developing countries remains woefully inadequate,” and she recommended that such nations examine new and innovative approaches, including more local community and private sector involvement. “The private sector can bring significant efficiency gains and the much needed investment funds to the water sector,” she said, noting that one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is a commitment to halve by 2015 the proportion of people who do not have safe access to water and basic sanitation. The impact of climate change, and its apparent threat of more extreme weather phenomena, further jeopardized the urban poor’s access to safe, drinkable water and reliable sanitation, Ms. Tibaijuka said. 14 August 2007Water will become the dominant global issue this century, and the availability of its supply could threaten the world’s social stability, the head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting socially and environmentally sustainable housing has warned. read more

UN labour agency chief urges trade union to seize the moment to

Speaking at the founding conference of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Juan Somavia, said the new body’s constitution will “help make it a foundation for the new global social contract we direly need.”“The frontline of the struggle to ensure that workers have a say in adapting to the new global realities, remains national, even local,” he said. “However, globalization has made the international framework of labour standards established by the ILO increasingly necessary.”Mr. Somavia called on the confederation, representing 166 million workers, to develop a dialogue with international employers to support the ILO’s new Decent Work Country Programmes in a drive to cut poverty in half by 2015 through the creation of decent work, which encompasses rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue. He also said the ILO and ITUC should persist in their commitment to the right of workers to organize, especially in the informal economy.“Organizing workers in the informal economy is a fundamental right,” he said. “In the developing world, organizing has a local development meaning, helping whole communities onto a path of increasing productivity, improving incomes, improving working conditions, better quality products and services.”The ITUC is comprised of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the World Confederation of Labour, and eight national trade union organizations, and was formed to give workers a stronger voice in meeting the challenges of globalization and allow the union movement to remain a key player in an economic climate that is creating more losers and winners, he said. “The political forces, the social development actors, the civil society voices, international organizations are all coming together around decent work for a decent life,” he added. “The movement and the moment have arrived.” read more

Canadian brands use Donald Trumps bombastic personality to appeal to Americans

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Saint Anselm College Monday, June 13, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. Trump attacked Hilary Clinton by name in his speech in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. Clinton did not mention Trump by name in her speech an hour earlier. During the national security speech, Trump repeatedly criticized Clinton’s immigration plan, her attempts to tighten the nation’s gun control laws and for not using the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism” when describing recent attackers. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Canadian brands use Donald Trump’s ‘bombastic personality’ to appeal to Americans TORONTO – Canadian companies are cashing in on so-called anti-Trumpism in the United States, offering our neighbours to the south an escape plan should Donald Trump win the presidential election in November.Come to Canada.It’s a smart move, says one marketing and advertising expert who sees only benefits for firms trying to entice Americans north of the border because of the blowhard billionaire.“It makes a lot of sense for marketers to use Donald Trump because he’s so out there,” said associate marketing professor Grant Packard.“He has obvious humour appeal and cultural currency. Trump is such a bombastic personality.”Packard, who teaches at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, explains that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is so polarizing that he is seen as the antithesis of how Canadians view themselves.For homegrown Canadian brands, the businessman is an obvious target when companies want to appeal to like-minded Americans living in the U.S.“For brands that kind of play on Canada’s modest pride, and our socially minded altruism, Trump is the anti-brand to that,” he said.Appealing to Americans appalled by Trump likely works best for brands like Roots and Molson Canadian (NYSE:TAP) — two companies rooted in Canadian nationalism and with the ability to be tongue and cheek with their marketing campaigns.Other Canadian companies like Bombardier aren’t known for having a sense of humour and and should probably shy away from advertising with a political flavour because it could be seen as opportunistic, Packard said.There are also risks to wading into the murky political choices of another country since they could alienate potential customers who, in this case, may be Trump supporters.That was a serious consideration for Air Canada (TSX:AC) earlier this month when the airline launched a campaign in five large U.S. cities urging Americans to “test drive” Canada with a visit before moving here post-election should Trump succeed in his bid for the White House.The ad, featuring a cheery flight attendant, acknowledges that many Americans are searching online about starting over in Canada.But “before you sell your house and book a one-way ticket, maybe it makes sense to check us out first,” urges the flight attendant, who points out that Air Canada operates 240 flights between Canada and the U.S. each day.Ad agency J. Walter Thompson Toronto headed the campaign. The agency’s Sarah Stringer said the intention was to capitalize on an event that happens every four years in the U.S. — the presidential election — without mentioning specific candidates or pushing for a certain outcome.“We were quite careful not to make a political statement. That’s not our business,” she said.Stringer said ultimately, Air Canada saw the campaign as an opportunity to increase their brand recognition in the U.S. as it battles fierce competition from its American rivals.It wasn’t the first time a Canadian company entered the fray of the U.S. presidential race to lift their profile.In March, a Nova Scotia DJ launched the website “Cape Breton If Trump Wins,” letting Americans know that residents of the East Coast island will welcome them with open arms.A Kitchener, Ont., startup also launched a hiring campaign on Facebook and Instagram urging expats to come back to Canada if Trump becomes president. The ad, which features a grimacing Trump, asks: “Thinking of Moving to Canada? Sortable is Hiring.”Even a new dating website got in on the anti-Trump sentiment by offering to pair Americans with Canadian singles.The website promises to “make dating great again,” a nod at Trump’s signature slogan “Make America Great Again!”MapleMatch.com has not officially launched but is currently operating a waitlist for those seeking love on both sides of the border.———Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 15, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 15, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Letter to the Editor Thad Mattas impact on a former manager

Thad Matta addresses the media for the final time as head coach at Ohio State on June 5, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of 97.1 The FanMy junior year of high school, I had just wrapped up a day tour at Ohio State and was literally about to pass out on a couch in the Union. My dad shook me awake and loudly whispered “Brian, that’s Thad Matta!” as Matta walked past with Bobby Knight. I had no idea that 18 months later I’d be starting a four-year term working under him as a student manager from the 2013-14 season through his final season in 2016-17. A phrase that I remember being thrown around a lot as an underclassman in the program was “great player, better person.” Substituting “player” for “coach,” the phrase couldn’t be more true for Coach Matta. He always wanted not just what was best for the team, but what was best for the individuals, as both players and men, and during some of the tougher stretches, the pain he felt from having let his team down as a coach was both visible and genuine. It’s rare to see anyone as invested in their profession as Coach Matta was in his teams and the state of the program. Everyone saw, and unfortunately quickly forgot, the huge success Coach Matta brought to the Ohio State men’s basketball program. Most people don’t get to see what he’s like off the court. Contrary to the occasional beet-red face sometimes seen on the sidelines, he’s actually one of the most laid-back individuals I’ve been with in a work environment. From addressing me by Brian about ten times per day the last week of my senior season after realizing my real name wasn’t “Chops,” which is what my nickname within the program was, to seamlessly transitioning from a regular conversation with me to a Chris Farley Saturday Night Live sketch dialogue, I’ll always appreciate Coach Matta’s wit. I don’t know if he will be back out on the hardwood again, but if not, I know, as he has told me on several occasions, he’s looking forward to living where “It’s never colder than 70 degrees, (he) never has to wear long pants and doesn’t have to put a shirt on before 5 o’clock.”Thanks, Coach.Brian Lamb, former Ohio State men’s basketball manager read more

Vigilantes planning roadblock to stop Hither Green burglars funeral procession from passing

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Vigilantes are understood to be planning a roadblock to stop the funeral procession of a burglar from passing the house of his victim.   Henry Vincent, who was killed after breaking into Richard Osborn-Brooks’ house, will be laid to rest with a service featuring a horse-drawn cart, his friends have said. But 78-year-old Mr Osborn-Brooks’ supporters, who believe the funeral costs top £100,000, have said they will disrupt the family’s plans to carry Vincent in front of the pensioner’s home in Hither Green. One man, named as Mike, told Sun Online at least a dozen vehicles will be ready to stop the procession coming near the scene of what has become a turf war between Vincent’s relatives and angry locals. At the weekend, police stopped Vincent’s family from attaching balloons and banners to fences beside his victim’s home on what would have been his birthday.  Henry Vincent, who was killed after breaking into a pensioner's house in Hither Green, south London They held a vigil close to the house where he died to mark his 38th birthday and around 20 women from the travelling community, who said they were relatives of Vincent, arrived in south London to lay flowers.Some carried balloons saying “You’ll be missed” and placards featuring photographs of Vincent.They were escorted by five police officers who tried to stop them stapling the banners and balloons to the garden fences of homeowners.  Flowers and balloons left by Henry Vincent's family and friends to mark what would have been the burglar's 38th birthday Flowers and balloons left by Henry Vincent’s family and friends to mark what would have been the burglar’s 38th birthdayCredit:London News Pictures/London News Pictures Eventually, the tributes were attached to the street sign itself and a lamppost.  Mr Osborn-Brooks has been advised to stay away from the property since the night he fatally stabbed career criminal Vincent with a screwdriver, amid concern for his own safety.Neighbours have voiced their objections to the tributes, while members of the public have been seen tearing down flowers and condolence messages attached to the fence.Vincent, who was a member of the traveller community, is expected to be buried near his family’s site in Orpington, Kent.His family have also revealed plans to route his horse-drawn funeral procession past Mr Osborn-Brooks’ house in Hither Green, south east London. Henry Vincent, who was killed after breaking into a pensioner’s house in Hither Green, south LondonCredit:Police handoutlast_img read more

The Deloitte WA Index celebrates 20 years of Diggers Dealers

first_imgDeloitte has released a special edition of the Deloitte WA Index at the opening of the Diggers and Dealers conference in Kalgoorlie, highlighting the performance of WA listed companies over the past 12 months. Deloitte WA Managing Partner Keith Jones said the falling commodity prices and world growth concerns have had an impact on market sentiment which has carried over to the WA Index. “The market capitalisation of WA listed companies as at 30 June 2012 was A$140.7 billion – a decrease of 23.2% over the past 12 months. Over the last 12 years (since commencement of the Deloitte WA Index) there was only one year worse than this, the 12 months ended 30 June 2009, where the WA Index fell by 38.5%, following the impact of the GFC,” he said. “Despite the 2012 outcome, we have seen a 343% cumulative increase in WA stocks over the past 12 years reflecting strong underlying growth. Australia’s mining industry has delivered massive economic growth over the past 20 years, and there is still a significant investment pipeline in Western Australia to underpin activity over the coming years. The size and substance of underlying business activity has seen the average size of a top 50 WA Index company grow from A$0.75 billion (30 June 2002) to A$2.3 billion (30 June 2012) which is indicative of the substance of the companies operating in the Western Australian environment,” he said.The performance of WA listed companies which comprise the Deloitte WA Index continues to be heavily impacted by volatile commodity markets, the strong value of the Australian dollar and investor fears over global credit concerns.“Commodity prices and precious metals have fallen from their 2011 high, with gold the only winner in this period. In the year to 30 June 2012 gold increased by 5.7% whilst other prices have fallen substantially – contributing directly to the decline in the WA Index,” Jones said.The past 12 months have been a volatile period for all global indices with significant uncertainty surrounding the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. The international uncertainty is reflected in the financial markets and in lower commodity prices and forecast prices, This in turn is reflected in lower valuation of resource companies.The ASX fell by 11.3% over the year while the FTSE 100 decreased in value by 4.8% over the year to 30 June 2012.The Nikkei which is still feeling the effects of the March 2011 tsunami, fell by 9.6%, while the S&P 500 went against the trend increasing by 1.7%.The Diggers and Dealers special edition of the Index also highlights a number of emerging issues and areas of interest for the mining industry:The rise of China – Where to next?With Australia’s investment boom now in full swing, there are risks emerging that could impact the longevity of this boom. Jones said there are signs that commodity demand growth from China is entering a more mature phase, commodity prices have fallen from their 2011 highs, and the costs of development and operation in Western Australia (specifically the Pilbara) have risen relative to competing mining provinces.“The end result is that some miners are signalling this surge in investment, which has been driving Western Australia’s growth outperformance, is not permanent,” he said.Performance ImprovementThe resources industry is facing a number of challenges which have resulted in production variances and diminishing margins for mining operators. There is an imperative for Australian mines to do more with what they’ve already got.Jones said mines need to increase productivity – a function of both operational time and rate (throughput) – with an integrated organisation, process and technological approach. “Mining operations should think in terms of improving performance of each element of the value chain on a continuous basis, independent of market prices and rising costs. Long term sustainable results of lower production cost per unit are achievable when improvements are embedded through accepted practices and robust standardisation.”People firstSafety is a problem involving people, beliefs and behaviours as much as processes, systems and compliance. Jones said to really understand where the issues are usually involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative data analysis – understanding what people are thinking and doing and cross-referencing this with insights gained from the organisational data that is already being collected. “The key is to use unconstrained safety analytics to identify emergent patterns and correlations specific to each organisation – understanding what the site- specific issues are through data so that targeted, initiatives can be developed,” he said.Regulatory Olympics1 July marked the start of the Government’s controversial Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT).  As the MRRT is a complex new tax, Boards and senior management need to be satisfied their mining company has put in place the necessary arrangements for assessing the impact of the MRRT and meeting the various impending deadlines.Jones said a survey of 200 tax managers from Australian mining companies conducted by Thomson Reuters in March this year found that more than two-thirds of Australian miners had not made any preparations for the MRRT, and that almost half of respondents conceded they were “struggling to fully comprehend” its impact.“The survey also found that 92% of respondents rated compliance costs as their number one bugbear, 64% did not have the people or systems in place to comply with the tax and 62% felt they did not have adequate knowledge of their reporting obligations. Almost 70% of survey respondents said they were unlikely to meet their first quarterly instalment on time,” he said.Deloitte WA Index High Growth Awards 2012The top three growth companies, in terms of market capitalisation, for the year ending June 30 2012, were:Evolution Mining increased its market capitalisation from A$242 million to just over A$1.0 billion over the period. Evolution was created in late 2011 through the merger of Catalpa Resources and Conquest Mining and the concurrent acquisition of Newcrest Mining’s interest in the Cracow and Mt Rawdon mines, to become a mid-tier Australian gold producer.Northern Star Resources saw an increase in market capitalisation from A$140 million to A$314 million, ranking 55 on the Deloitte WA Index from 135 as at June 2011. Its key operational project, Paulsens gold mine, boasts a high grade gold resource, with a planned expansion expected to yield early results. Northern Star is one of the lowest cost and highest margin gold producers in Australia.Papillon Resources rose by A$126 million, from A$112 million to A$238 million, following its success in completing a large investment in gold assets in Mali, West Africa. This led to a 78.2% increase in share price and helped the company break into the Deloitte WA Index Top 100.Deloitte WA Index Survival Awards 2012The following three companies have been selected from the Deloitte WA Index Top 100 as at 30 June 2012 as the longest surviving mining companies which have been in operation for 20 years or more since their official listing date on the Australian Securities Exchange.Iluka Resources Limited – official listing date 30 June 1962Resolute Mining Limited – official listing date 11 January 1979Coal of Africa Limited – official listing date 24 April 1980Deloitte at DiggersDeloitte is hosting the Deloitte WA Index High Growth and Survival Awards 2012 in Kalgoorlie on 6 August 2012 to recognise the top three companies in each of the two categories.last_img read more

Rabbitte plans to introduce public broadcasting charge

first_imgCOMMUNICATIONS MINISTER PAT Rabbitte plans to introduce a broadcasting charge for all homes – regardless of if they have a television on not.Plans are already underway and a value-for-money report is due to be presented to the Minister in March.Speaking in the Dáil today, he said in a response to a question from Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Deputy Michael Moynihan, that the programme for government commits to examining the role and collection of the TV licence fee.He said that in light of “existing and projected convergences of technologies” they were looking at transforming the TV licence fee into a household-based public broadcasting charge, to be applied to all eligible households and applicable businesses regardless of the device used to access content or services.Available to everyoneThe Minister noted that publicly funded public broadcasting and content is now available to everyone on an ever-increasing range of platforms and devices and is not dependent on ownership of the device.“My view [is] that the cost should be borne by the society as a whole,” he said.However, the replacement of the existing funding system based on collection of TV licence fees “is a complicated process”, said Minister Rabbitte, with issues such as identifying the most appropriate collection method, exemptions, and enforcement mechanics needing to be examined.His department is currently carrying out a value-for-money policy review conducted by an independently chaired group on the proposed policy and he expects to receive a report for his consideration at the end of March.Rabbitte said he has been speaking with the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, who have made certain proposals to him and he is examining their case.Deputy Moynihan said the imposition of a new broadcasting charge must result in a reduction to the current TV licence fee. This proposed charge must not be a cover for the Government to raise more revenue. Any extra finance gathered from the charge must be redistributed and used to offset some of the cost of the licence fee for consumers.Read: Pat Rabbitte says people should be prepared to pay for national broadcaster>last_img read more

Vallée du Rift africain une nouvelle chronologie

first_imgVallée du Rift africain : une nouvelle chronologie Les résultats d’une nouvelle recherche géologique indiquent que la grande faille du Rift, qui coupe le continent africain en deux, élément décisif de l’évolution des espèces et notamment de l’homme dans cette région du monde, s’est formée de façon homogène dans le temps, contrairement à ce que l’on pensait, à partir de -25 millions d’années au moins.”Un élément clé dans cette étude est la découverte, dans le Rift Rukwa, d’un lac d’environ 25 millions d’années a et de dépôts fluviaux, qui préservent la cendre volcanique abondante en fossiles de vertébrés”, commence le Dr Eric Roberts, de l’Université James Cook (Australie). Ce scientifique a dirigé une équipe de géologues qui vient ainsi de reconsidérer les étapes de formation de la grande vallée du Rift africain, une gigantesque faille d’environ 50 kilomètres de largeur qui partage l’Est africain sur 6.000 kilomètres de longueur, du nord au sud, et dont le Rukawa constitue le bord occidental.À lire aussiCe chimpanzé a trouvé la technique pour transporter 12 oranges à la fois”Nous pensons maintenant que la partie occidentale du rift s’est formée il y a environ 25 Ma, et est en fait aussi vieille, environ, que la partie orientale, et non beaucoup plus jeune, comme d’autres études l’ont soutenu. L’important est que la vallée du Rift est le berceau d’étapes cruciales dans l’évolution des primates et, finalement, de l’homme, et notre étude a des implications majeures pour les changements d’environnement et de paysage qui forment la toile de fond de cette histoire évolutive”, précise son collègue, le Dr Michael Gottfried, de l’Université du Michigan cité par Sci-news.Ce serait donc il y a 25 à 30 Ma qu’un soulèvement – global – de l’Afrique orientale aurait eu lieu, réarrangeant le cours des grands fleuves comme le Congo et le Nil et créant des paysages et des climats distincts qui marquent encore l’Afrique d’aujourd’hui. Avec des conséquences importantes sur le plan paléontologique et anthropologique : “ces dépôts [du Rukwa] comprennent certains des premiers primates anthropoïdes jamais trouvés dans le Rift”, conclut le Dr Nancy Stevens, de l’Université de l’Ohio.Le 31 mars 2012 à 17:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Il y a 100 ans un Iranien avait déjà proposé un système

first_imgIl y a 100 ans, un Iranien avait déjà proposé un système pour prévenir les séismesSelon un article publié le 3 septembre dans la revue Seismological Research Letters, un télégraphiste iranien avait proposé, dès le début du XXème siècle, le concept d’un système de détection préventive des tremblements de terre… mais celui-ci n’a jamais été exploité.    Comment anticiper les séismes pour préserver des milliers de vies ? Si cette question a dû tourmenter les hommes depuis fort longtemps, c’est en 1868 que l’Américain J.D. Cooper proposa, pour la première fois, semble-t-il, un système d’alerte précoce, qu’il décrivit dans un article publié par le San Francisco Daily Bulletin. Cependant, étant donné les moyens de diffusion et de communication de l’époque, la plupart des pays concernés par ces catastrophes naturelles n’eurent pas vent de l’innovation. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais un modeste télégraphiste iranien fit lui preuve d’inventivité. Nombre d’opérateurs de télégraphe de la fin du XIXème siècle – en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Suisse, au Chili, dans les Caraïbes et ailleurs – avaient remarqué un mouvement inhabituel de l’aiguille aimantée de leur instrument de travail quelques secondes avant un tremblement de terre. Et Yusef, télégraphiste dans la ville désertique et reculée de Kerman (Iran), dès 1897, était de ceux-là. Lors d’un séisme, il mit à profit les 6 secondes d’avertissement données par son aiguille pour exhorter ses collègues à évacuer le bâtiment. Et cela l’inspira. En 1909, dans un journal persan, The New Iran, il suggéra l’idée d’un système de détection basé sur son expérience. “Je suis sûr que si un instrument plus sophistiqué [qu’un appareil de télégraphe] est construit, quelques minutes après le signal anormal de son aiguille, le tremblement de terre se fera sentir”, expliquait-il.”Et si le système est connecté à une grosse cloche (un système d’alarme), celle-ci pourra être entendue par tout les gens, et leurs vies seront sauvées”, écrivit-il. Hélas, aucun système ne fut développé et, dans le siècle qui suivit, les séismes coûtèrent la vie à plus de 164.000 Iraniens. A ce jour, si la possibilité de prévenir les tremblements de terre a fait l’objet de très nombreuses études, aucun moyen efficace n’a encore été trouvé. Les séismes demeurent ainsi des catastrophes imprévisibles et particulièrement destructrices.Le 8 septembre 2013 à 11:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jury deliberating in attemptedmurder case

first_imgJurors did not reach a verdict Thursday in the Reysel Perez-Martinez attempted murder trial after deliberating for several hours.The prosecution claims Perez-Martinez shot Eric Luna-Perez on June 28, 2011, at a house in the 10010 block of Northeast 72nd Circle.Prosecutors say Perez-Martinez went into the home of Luna-Perez, an alleged drug dealer, on the day in question. After a confrontation, prosecutors allege, the defendant pulled a gun on Luna-Perez and shot him in the abdomen and then attempted to shoot him in the head when the gun misfired.The defense claims Luna-Perez pulled a gun on Perez-Martinez and that the defendant was wrestling with him when the gun misfired, hitting Luna-Perez in the abdomen.Jurors began considering the case midday Thursday after hearing closing arguments from the prosecution and defense.In her closing statement, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield said the victim made mistakes dealing drugs from his home, but that he took responsibility for his actions.“Today we’re here to discuss actions of that man,” she told jurors while pointing across the room to Perez-Martinez, who was sitting between his defense attorney and a translator.She argued that Perez-Martinez’s testimony wasn’t backed up by evidence presented during the trial. His actions, including entering the home from one location and leaving from another, showed he intended to harm the victim.last_img read more

Police investigating motorcycle crash in Fishers Landing

first_imgVancouver police Wednesday night were investigating a motorcycle accident near the Fred Meyer store at 166th Avenue and Southeast McGillivray Boulevard.The motorcycle rider, who was traveling down McGillivray, said he was cut off by a car that drove away from the scene, officials said. They said the motorcyclist fell off his bike around 5:30 p.m. and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. His name was not released.last_img

Leaders have 4way call on Ukraine peace plan

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russian separatists on track in a four-way phone call Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany.The two-hour conversation came ahead of a Monday deadline that European Union leaders set for Russia and the separatists to take steps to ease the violence, warning that otherwise they were ready “at any time” to impose further punitive measures.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande encouraged the Ukrainian and Russian presidents to work on meeting the EU conditions, Hollande’s office said in a statement. The EU’s demands included the return of three border checkpoints to Ukrainian control, verification of the cease-fire by monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and talks to put Poroshenko’s peace plan in place.The call was the latest in a series of discussions the four leaders have held in recent weeks in an effort to stop the fighting that has killed more than 400 people since April. A cease-fire in place since June 20 has been shaky, with each side accusing the other of numerous violations.A statement issued by Poroshenko’s office said he underlined Ukraine’s willingness to maintain the cease-fire at least until Monday evening, but expressed concern about the situation, noting what he said were multiple violations of the truce by separatist fighters. He called on Putin to strengthen border controls from the Russian side to stop what Ukraine says is the flow of weapons, fighters and mercenaries.last_img read more

Miami Shores bank robbed at gunpoint 2 at large

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Federal authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating two men who, they said, robbed a bank in Miami Shores at gunpoint, Sunday afternoon.Newly released photos show the armed subjects who, investigators said, entered the TD Bank near Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Sixth Avenue, just before 3 p.m.According to the FBI, the subjects demanded money and left with an undisclosed sum of cash. There were customers inside the bank at the time of the robbery, but no shots were fired, and no one was injured.Investigators believe the duo robbed the same bank on Aug. 13.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or the FBI at 754-703-2000.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bangalorebased company Byjus to replace OPPO on Team Indias jersey

first_imgThe Indian contingent.Hagen Hopkins/Getty ImagesTeam India’s jersey sponsors Chinese mobile-maker OPPO is reportedly going to part ways with the Men in Blue as Bangalore-based education technology and online tutoring firm Byju’s will take over the jerseys rights, as reported by the Times of India. The name of the Chinese mobile company which bought the jersey rights in March 2017 with a whopping winning bid of Rs 1,079 crore, will no longer feature on the Team India jersey from the month of September.As per TOI reports, OPPO decided to discontinue the deal and gave it to Byju’s because they have found the sum of money to be very high and also unsustainable.Byju’s, currently valued at Rs 38,000 crore was started in 2013 by Kerala-based entrepreneur Byju Raveendran and in the present financial year, they have ensured funding of around Rs 5,172 crore from global investors which include Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. They have been also looking for branding excercises of such a huge volume so it fits them perfectly, sources told TOI. Team India sporting the special cap.Robert Cianflone/Getty Images”They’ve been looking for branding exercises of this volume and it’s (Team India jersey rights) is just the kind of space they wanted to get into. At the moment they fit absolutely well here,” said sources.BCCI will receive the same sum of money from Byju’s and will not incur any loss for the deal till it ends on March 31, 2022, according to a BCCI source. The South Africa tour will feature the Indian team sporting the national team jersey with Byju’s name on it and the work of changing the jersey is already on, sources mentioned.”Basically, what Oppo has done is cut its losses. They’ve reassigned the rights to Byju’s. They will pay Byju’s a minor amount to help make the full payment while Byju’s will pay BCCI. The board will continue to get what is due to it,” sources told TOI.The Men in Blue are going to face West Indies in the Caribbeans for three ODIs and T20s and two Tests. The Test series will be a part of ICC’s World Test Championship.last_img read more

Stocks to watch on Feb 22 Lupin Ambuja Cements Titan Aurobindo Pharma

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Thursday.Lupin: The drugmaker launched generic Namenda XR capsules – used to treat moderate to severe dementia – in the U.S.UCO Bank: The lender said it will raise Rs 6,507 crore via preferential issue to the government.Hatsun Agro: The board approved raising up to Rs 550 crore via rights issue.Indian Overseas Bank: The lender reduced marginal cost of lending rate by 5-10 basis points across some tenors.Gateway Distriparks: Promoter Prem Kishan Gupta bought 6 lakh shares, or 0.6 percent equity, at Rs 198 each.Nifty 50 exclusion: Aurobindo Pharma, Ambuja Cements and Bosch will be excluded from Nifty 50 starting April 2. They will be replaced by Bajaj Finserv, Grasim and Titan.Cyient: The company’s board approved reduction of non-resident investment from existing 100 percent to 49 percent.Vardhman Special Steels: The company raised Rs 50 crore via QIP.NSE ban: Balrampur Chini, Fortis, GMR Infra, IFCI, Jain Irrigation, and JP Associates.last_img read more

EN ESPAÑOL En qué consisten las propuestas de ley de inmigración republicanas

first_imgAlgunas de las medidas que abarcan las propuestas tienen que ver también con medidas de seguridad, incluyendo la construcción del muro.La semana pasada, nuestro experto en política Jerónimo Cortina explicó cómo son los dos proyectos de ley, cuál de ellos tendría más probabilidades de pasar, y qué efecto real  tendría sobre los indocumentados.  Sharelast_img

Department of Education Clears Fort Bend ISD After SixYear Probe into Disciplinary

first_imgiStock.com Listen 00:00 /06:14 Xcenter_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: The Fort Bend Independent School District announced this week the U.S. Department of Education has completed a six-year investigation of the District’s disciplinary practices without findings of any wrongdoing.The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) conducted the investigation. It focused on “whether the District discriminated against African-American students by disciplining them more frequently and harshly than other similarly situated students,” according to a news release from the District.“The OCR did not make any finding that the District discriminated against any students and did not otherwise identify any wrongdoing or non-compliance with federal law,” added the news release.Shelby Webb, a Houston Chronicle education reporter, told Houston Matters that Charles Dupre, the current superintendent, implemented measures on disciplinary practices when he joined the District in 2013.“His administration took several steps. One of the first was creating a Department of Student Affairs to address these issues, provide more teacher training when it comes to discipline practices,” said Webb.Dupre also put in practice restorative disciplinary practices. Webb noted that measure aims to provide students with more tools to “self-regulate their behavior, in terms of working out issues with their classmates.”Webb said Fort Bend ISD has had success with those measures given that the in-school suspension rate dropped from about 12 percent in the 2011-12 academic year to less than five percent in the 2016-17 academic year. Additionally, the out-of-school suspension rate fell from about eight percent to about 3.7 percent in the same time frame.Webb pointed out that, nonetheless, African American students are experiencing higher rates of in-school and out-of-school suspensions than their peers.“About eight percent of all black students in Fort Bend ISD were placed on out-of-school suspension in (academic year) 16-17 and that’s much higher when you compare them to Hispanic students about 3.2 percent of whom were placed on out-of-school suspension,” noted the reporter, who added that only about 1.6 percent of white students were placed on out-of-school suspension.The District said in its news release it will “continue to review and provide training regarding its discipline policies and procedures and will track and monitor discipline data.”last_img read more

Woman Lift Up Your Head

first_imgThe Circle of Victorious Women symposium is on December 23rd  from 10 a.m. to  p.m. The conference will inspire women to rise above the pain of domestic violence and abuse by empowering and encouraging them in the pursuit of life goals. To purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/woman-lift-up-your-head-tickets.last_img

The Fool Who Follows Him 9 Solo SpinOffs Disney Should Make Next

first_img Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Solo: A Star Wars Story is out this weekend, and by most accounts, it’s a lot of fun. Sure, it’s no Rogue One or The Last Jedi, but it’s a well-made Star Wars flick with some heart to it. That’s much better than it could have been considering it saw a messy director shake-up, extensive reshoots and persistent rumors that Disney was preparing for it to be a flop. If Disney was, in fact, making those preparations, it’s looking like they were unnecessary. Good thing too, because we could always use more Han Solo.So, with Solo primed for success, you know Disney is already thinking about sequels and spin-offs. Part of the reason they paid over $4 billion for the franchise was of its rich, extensive lore just begging to be exploited. You don’t even have to dig that deep into the expanded universe, well Legends now, for other characters deserving of movie cash-ins.  So let’s do that. Starting with the most obvious.Donald Glover in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Via Lucasfilm)Lando CalrissianHow is this not a thing yet? As soon as the first trailer came out, with that one brief glimpse of Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, fans were begging for this movie. The desire for this to be real is so great; a mistranslated interview had many people thinking Lando: A Star Wars Story had actually been confirmed. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy had to clarify that she meant they would love to do a Lando movie, and yes it seems like a logical next step, but there are no concrete plans at this point. At this point, all that means is there’s been no formal deal yet. Fans have demonstrated that they want this bad, so Disney is almost certainly going to make it.Just please, let Glover write it. He even told Entertainment Weekly that he envisioned it as more of a comedy. “Frasier in space,” he called it. “like, a high-end guy in space. All of these characters are very specific and they have very specific points of view, so it’s always going to be fun to see them traveling around to a planet that is the opposite of what they’re used to…. And all of that seems like it would be fun to write, for sure,” he said. Yes, please all of that. Though to be fair, Glover also said it’d be fun if he didn’t write it. Like if he just had to show up in costume and be in the thing. Fair. At least use his idea. Star Wars could stand to branch out into another genre.Tag and Bink Are Dead #2 (Artist: Lucas Marangon, via Marvel)Tag and BinkUntil recently, I had no hope of any Expanded Universe characters ever showing up in the new canon. But they have. First Admiral Thrawn made an appearance in Star Wars: Rebels and then got his own book series in the new continuity. Now, Tag and Bink, comic relief characters from the comics, are in Solo. These two wannabe rebels-turned-stormtroopers-in-disguise bumble their way through the Star Wars series, and are indirectly responsible for the destruction of the Death Star and the Rebellion’s eventual win. A buddy comedy staring these two characters would make for a great Star Wars movie. Plus, if they went all the way in adapting Tag and Blink are Dead, they could reuse a lot of footage from the original trilogy. So it’d be relatively cheap to make too.Panel from Star Wars #4. (Artist: John Cassaday, via Marvel)Sana StarrosIf Solo does well enough to spawn a sequel, it needs to revolve around Sana Starros. Introduced in the 2015 Marvel Comics series (so it is canon!), Sana pulled a job with Han back in his smuggling/con man days. That mission involved posing as his wife. I want to see that mission. This could be how Star Wars gets into the heist movie genre. I want to see Sana plan this meticulous heist where everything has to go exactly right, only for Han to screw it all up by being the stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder he is. Maybe he messes it up so bad, the entire team has to improvise around his foolishness, forcing Sana to pretend to be his wife. That’d be what I’d want to see anyway. By the way, if you haven’t read the arc in the comics where Sana is introduced, seriously go back and read it. It’s worth it just for Leia’s reaction to the news that Han has a wife.Courtesy Starwars.comLeia OrganaNo one will ever play this role quite like the late Carrie Fisher, but there’s still plenty of Leia’s story that can be told. There’s for sure an actor out there who can do the role justice. And Leia certainly had an interesting life before A New Hope began. Her story could be a Star Wars political thriller. It would follow her struggle to maintain a diplomatic face in the Senate while secretly plotting against the Empire. That was certainly a very dangerous time for her, and she was doing all kinds of spy stuff before sending the Rogue One crew on their suicide mission. And since this would be a full movie, it’d be an actor playing Leia. Not a creepy CGI recreation of 20-year-old Carrie Fisher.Morris Bush as Dengar in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (Via StarWars.com)DengarYou might be asking why isn’t Boba Fett on this list? That’s already in the works. How official that is, how likely it is to happen remains to be seen, but Lucasfilm definitely has a Boba Fett movie in mind. You can be sure that somewhere, a screenwriter if furiously typing away at a Boba Fett script. Dengar on the other hand, has no one to tell his story yet. Dengar is another bounty hunter looking for Han Solo. But he has a way more interesting life than Boba Fett. Plus, his story could be set in between the original trilogy and the sequels. After he fails to capture Han Solo, he teams up with another bounty hunter to save a rebel pilot, earning a pardon from the New Republic. That’d be a nice tale of redemption for a movie. They could even jazz it up a bit by including some of his original EU storyline, where he races Han Solo, gets injured and becomes a cyborg assassin for the empire. Dengar might have a couple good movies in him.Dash Rendar in Shadows of the Empire (Photo via LucasArts)Dash RendarThe expunging of the EU/Legends timeline from Star Wars canon had a number of casualties. None of them were more heartbreaking than Dash Rendar. This is Disney’s shot to right this wrong. Now, most of Rendar’s most important adventures took place while Han was frozen in Carbonite. You might think his lack of meaningful interaction with Han would disqualify his story from being a Solo spin-off. But that’s exactly why it would be. Rendar’s entire existence is thanks to Han. He was designed to be Han Solo in a book that couldn’t have Han Solo in it.Basically, when tasked with writing a story set between Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi, Lucasfilm and author Steve Perry really wanted to focus the story on a badass, snarky smuggler with a fast, junky-looking ship and a non-human partner. Since Han Solo was on ice, it was Dash Rendar’s time to shine. He’s Han Solo in all but name. Plus, since this kind of character lends itself to all sorts of author wish fulfillment, he ends up being way cooler than Han Solo. The obvious choice here would be to actually make Shadows of the Empire, but at this point, go wild with it. This kind of character would be perfect for a Star Wars version of a Fast and Furious-type bonkers action flick.Doctor AphraAnd hey, as long as we’re talking about Solo-likes here, the recent Marvel Comics’ run’s Doctor Aphra is the perfect candidate for her own Solo spin-0ff movie. It took until 2015 for someone to realize that The Dark Side needed their own Han Solo equivalent. Enter Doctor Aphra. She’s not a Smuggler though; she’s an archeologist. You know, like that other Harrison Ford character. She even traveled with a Wookiee for a time. She often finds herself on the wrong end of the law, and she’s even a good enough con artist to earn the respect of Han Solo by the time they finally showdown. That meeting alone is why this movie needs to happen. Hey Disney, you’ve said everything in the comics and novels now was canon. Prove it. Give us Doctor Aphra on the big screen.Courtesy Starwars.comJabba the HuttThe entire reason Han Solo got mixed up with the rebellion in the first place. The Clone Wars did give us a Hutt-focused movie already, but there wasn’t as much Jabba. After Solo, the logical thing to do would be to make a movie about Han’s smuggling run that went wrong. The one that put him on Jabba’s bad side and earned him a price on his head. And that might make for a decent movie. But I want one all about Jabba. It would be a mob story. Show us exactly how a powerful crime family operates in the Star Wars universe. And make it entirely in Huttese. None of that Clone Wars-style English dialog. Star Wars and Return of the Jedi made whole generations of kids read subtitles. It’s time for these movies to do it again.ChewbaccaWe have Solo, now it’s time for his best buddy and co-pilot to get his due. Show us what it’s like to grow up on Kashyyk. Give us Chewie’s entire life story, from his early days as a little fuzzball, through the trilogies and beyond. Wookie’s live a long time, and his story could lend an interesting new perspective to a story we’ve watched over and over again. Show us exactly what led to him getting mixed up with Han in the first place. What it was like for him to raise Ben Solo and see him turn into Kylo Ren. I don’t care what you do with it, jut give us a whole movie about Chewie. Hey, if you start from the very beginning, imagine all the baby Chewie toys you could sell. And you know what? No English. No intelligible dialogue at all. The Hutt movie would be all subtitles, this would be Star Wars’ version of Quest for Fire. Just to really mess with the fans. And bring back Life Day, you cowards.last_img read more