APTN National NewsLas Vegas and Kahnawake are not two places you often hear mentioned in the same sentence.But when it comes to online gambling, the Mohawk community has made a name for itself.Since the late 1990s they’ve housed internet servers that host some of the world’s biggest gambling sites.Now, the Quebec government is making noises about blocking sites that are not part of its own Lotto Quebec brand and that is bad news for Kahnawake’s economy.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.
The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), of which the James A. Gibson Library is a member, is proud to announce that Scholars Portal Journals has loaded its 20 millionth Ejournal article.Scholars Portal Journals provides students, faculty and researchers at Ontario’s universities with easy, single-search access to scholarly articles on a wide range of academic subjects through a bilingual search interface.The content available in Scholars Portal Journals comprises the most complete multidisciplinary database of peer-reviewed academic literature available anywhere and is an accomplishment that benefits researchers across Ontario.“This achievement acknowledges the importance OCUL places on preserving and providing access to high-quality academic resources for Ontario universities,” said Margaret Grove, University Librarian and chair of OCUL’s strategic planning committee.Try out this extensive collection of resources: Scholars Portal E-JournalsFor more information about Scholars Portal, visit scholarsportal.info. read more
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WASHINGTON – A subsidiary of India’s largest pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay a record $500 million in fines and penalties for selling adulterated drugs and lying to federal regulators in a case that is part of an ongoing crackdown on the quality of generic drugs flowing into the U.S.Federal prosecutors say the guilty plea by Ranbaxy USA Inc. represents the largest financial penalty against a generic drug company for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which prohibits the sale of impure drugs.The deal, announced Monday, concludes a years-long federal investigation into Ranbaxy’s manufacturing deficiencies. The Food and Drug Administration in 2008 barred from Ranbaxy from importing more than 30 different drugs made at factories in India and, two years ago, struck a deal that required the company to ensure that data on its products is accurate, undergo extra oversight and review from a third-party and improve its drug making procedures.The subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and the company separately agreed to resolve civil claims with all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The company had earlier set aside $500 million to cover potential criminal and civil liability stemming from the Justice Department investigation.It admitted as part of the deal that it sold adulterated batches of drugs — including an antibiotic and generic versions of medications used to treat severe acne, epilepsy and nerve pain — that were developed at two manufacturing sites in India. It’s not known whether the problems with the drugs led to any health issues. The problems were largely revealed by a whistleblower in a federal lawsuit filed in Maryland in 2007. The government’s allegations against the company make no claims that the drugs, whose strength, purity or quality differed from the specifications, harmed anyone.The company admitted to a wide range of deficiencies, including improperly storing drug samples that awaiting testing, continuing to sell a medication in the U.S. even after it had failed purity tests and delaying a voluntary recall of medication that it knew would not maintain its expected its expected shelf life.Ranbaxy also admitted making false statements to the FDA in 2006 and 2007 annual reports about dates of tests that are designed to detect drug impurities and determine appropriate storage conditions. In some cases, the tests were done weeks or months after the company said they’d been performed. Or the tests were done on the same day — or within days of each other — instead of months apart, the prescribed interval.The company said in a written statement that it had fully co-operated with the investigation, which it said involved actions from several years ago, and expects “future growth in the U.S. and around the world with a robust pipeline of important products.”“While we are disappointed by the conduct of the past that led to this investigation, we strongly believe that settling this matter now is in the best interest of all of Ranbaxy’s stakeholders; the conclusion of the DOJ investigation does not materially impact our current financial situation or performance,” Ranbaxy CEO and managing director Arun Sawhney said in a statement.The company had faced scrutiny in recent years. Apart from the federal investigation, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. — also a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited — halted in November of generic cholesterol drug Lipitor while it investigated how tiny glass particles got into dozens of recalled batches. The FDA determined at the time that the risk to patients was very low.The case comes as federal regulators and prosecutors focus attention on the quality of ingredients of generics and other drugs manufactured overseas, said Allan Coukell, an expert on drug safety at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He said the 2008 deaths linked to tainted batches of the blood-thinner heparin that were imported from China served as a “wake up call” about just how much of the nation’s drug supply comes from overseas.“Over the last few years, the FDA and others have been increasingly focused on the risks associated with global drug manufacturing. The agency now has new authority and new resources which should result in an increased scrutiny on the highest-risk facilities,” he said.The company agreed as part of Monday’s deal to a fine and forfeiture of $150 million as well as an additional $350 million penalty to settle civil claims that it submitted false statements to Medicaid, Medicare and other government health care programs. Nearly $49 million of that penalty will go to a former Ranbaxy executive, Dinesh Thakur, who acted as a whistleblower by filing a federal lawsuit accusing the company of knowingly falsifying drug data, prosecutors said.Thakur said in a statement that the company had been notified of the problems, and “when they failed to correct the problems, it left me with no choice but to alert healthcare authorities.”“He was the source, the original source, of the information to the government that ultimately led to the government’s earlier actions,” said Andrew Beato, one of Thakur’s lawyers. by Eric Tucker, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2013 1:11 pm MDT Subsidiary of Indian drug maker agrees to pay record $500 million US penalty for impure drugs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Both in Syria where conditions are daily worsening, and in Mali where security has much improved, a political solution is the only answer for long-term stability, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in a news briefing that touched on crisis flashpoints around the world.“The tragedy in Syria worsens by the day. The military dynamic is destroying the country and imperilling the region. Civilians are paying the price and must be protected,” he said of the conflict which has killed more than 70,000 people, mostly civilians, and displaced more than three million since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. “The prospects may seem dim, but I remain convinced that a political solution is possible. This is the only way to end the bloodshed and bring about a new and democratic Syria. The United Nations will continue to push in that direction,” he added, stressing that the world body is doing its best to deliver desperately needed aid and support the crushing burden of more than a million refugees in Syria’s neighbours.Mr. Ban again called on the Government to accept his plans for a UN team of experts to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in the country. On March 20 the Government itself requested a “specialized, impartial and independent mission” to investigate allegations of chemical use in Aleppo that same month.The team has now been in Cyprus for over a week ready to deploy as soon as the Government agrees to the modalities under which it would also probe charges chemical weapons use in Homs last December following a request from Britain and France States. “I have been urging the Syrian Government to show flexibility in accepting the proposed modalities,” Mr. Ban said.Turning to Mali, he noted that security has greatly improved following “the timely actions” of French and African military forces which helped push Islamists and other militants out of the cities they had seized in the of the West African country.“However, much remains to be done to restore Mali’s constitutional order and territorial integrity,” he declared. “Military operations and stabilization are essential. But let me emphasize once again that political progress is the key to any lasting solution.”Mr. Ban voiced alarm at clashes in the Central African Republic (CAR) where rebels seized Bangui, the capital and forced President François Bozizé to flee. He urged the de facto authorities there to restore law and order throughout the country.In the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), he noted the recent strengthening of the UN peacekeeping mission with the establishment of an Intervention Brigade to address the problem of armed groups that have for years been sowing mayhem in the east of the vast country. Turning to the Middle East conflict, Mr. Ban welcomed the recent visits by United States President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to Jerusalem and Ramallah in efforts to re-launch the stalled two-state peace process, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and with secure borders.“We cannot allow the window for achieving a two-state solution to close any further,” he said, calling on all involved, including the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and US, to work “to breathe new life into the peace process, create an environment conducive for the resumption of negotiations and establish a credible political horizon for achieving a two-state solution.”On the other side of the world, the Secretary-General noted that the international community has responded “in a firm but measured way to the nuclear test, threats and other provocative acts” by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), adding: “The recent developments have strengthened the international consensus that the DPRK will not be accepted as a nuclear-weapon-state. “I continue to urge the DPRK leadership to reverse course and return to the negotiating table,” voicing the hope that the DPRK would take seriously the recent offer of dialogue by the Republic of Korea (ROK).He also called on the international community not to lose sight of the serious humanitarian and human rights situation in the DPRK. “I sincerely hope that with the reduction of tension, the international community should also consider providing humanitarian assistance,” he said. read more
Paul Paterson (BA ’90, BEd ’05) aims to not only teach his students about history, but also to inspire and empower them to make history themselves.The Brock graduate’s innovative methods working with Grade 10 students at Westmount Secondary School in Hamilton recently earned national praise, with Paterson receiving the Governor General’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.The award was presented by the Right Honorable Julie Payette, Canada’s 29th Governor General, in a ceremony at Rideau Hall on Jan. 28.Paterson’s classroom techniques have been influenced by his time at Brock, where he first studied History and Political Science, and then participated in the University’s former Enterprise Education program.“The Brock seminar experience was really good for developing quick thinking,” says the history and world politics teacher. “Critical thinking skills are key: the ability to think on my feet, understand complex issues and debate them.”During his University days, Paterson learned how to bring an entrepreneurial mindset into the classroom: looking for opportunities to try something new, developing a clear focus and plan, and having the courage and conviction to make his ideas real.And years later, during the Canada 150 celebrations, Paterson applied that knowledge as he created his award-winning approach to teaching history.“I had a nagging malaise about the whole Canada 150 thing,” he says. “My problem was we were celebrating things we did 150 years ago, but not thinking a lot about what we do now, our next big thing.”Paterson challenged his Grade 10 students to think about what Canada 200 might look like and what actions they could take to bring that vision to fruition.Students chose to explore several areas of interest, including the environment and Indigenous and minority issues.They identified challenges and opportunities, wrote up timelines and policy proposals, and developed action plans for their ideas.The final step had students send their proposals to people who could potentially aid in their approval, such as politicians, lobbyists and bureaucrats, to request feedback on the documents.“Students routinely got answers back from all sorts of people, including premiers and ministers,” says Paterson. “The kids got excited because somebody listened and took time to respond.”In the process, students learned the power of persuasive writing and realized that their ideas have merit.For Paterson, studying history is about being able to dismantle complex issues and reassemble them, a skill that is necessary in every organization.“In the last decade, there’s been a real emphasis in education and society on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as the most important sectors to explore,” says Paterson. “We’re finding students saying they’re taking history because they’re not smart enough for math and science. What we do in history and social science and humanities in general is every bit as important. You have to be just as smart, just in a different way.“We should not ever marginalize any avenue of study,” he adds. “It’s only through integrative approaches that we can solve problems.” read more
The St. Louis Blues won Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night, tying their series with the Boston Bruins at two wins apiece. Before the series began, the Blues had never won a Stanley Cup Final game.1They made the final in each of their first three seasons in existence, but were swept each time. Now, they’re just two wins away from lifting the Cup.Then again, so are the Bruins. Yet the stats suggest it’s the Blues that are dominating the series (yes, even with a 7-2 loss thrown in).The Blues have dominated possession in the final. The Blues controlled possession 61 percent of the time in Game 4, according to Corsi percentage, which uses shot attempts to estimate a team’s possession rate. Aside from Game 1 the Blues have been winning the possession battle throughout the series: They controlled possession 58 percent of the time in Game 2, and despite getting embarrassed on home ice, controlled possession 61 percent of the time in Game 3.Controlling the puck has been key because the Blues haven’t been able to depend on their goalie. Rookie Jordan Binnington has been solid for the Blues in goal this postseason, but his performance in Game 3 was disastrous. He gave up five goals on just 19 shots, and recorded his fourth Really Bad Start (RBS)2Really Bad Starts is a stat that tracks when a goalie saves less than 85 percent of shots faced in a given game. When a goalie records a Really Bad Start, his team has just a 10 percent chance of winning. of the postseason. Limiting the time the Bruins spent on the attack — and therefore limiting the Bruins’ ability to steamroll an inexperienced goalie in consecutive games — allowed Binnington to bounce back from one of the worst starts of his career.The Bruins’ inability to generate scoring opportunities is an alarming trend for them in this series. An uncharacteristically awful Binnington and the Bruins’ sublime power play in Game 3 masked the fact that Boston only took 24 shots on goal. It’s unsustainable to expect 7 of 24 to go in every night. They managed just 23 shots in games 2 and 4, and lost on both occasions. The Bruins will have to find a way to possess more of the puck, and direct more shots toward Binnington’s goal, if they want to regain the lead they keep relinquishing in this series.Of course, some of this can be explained away by injuries to the Boston back line. The Bruins lost Matt Grzelcyk to a concussion in Game 2, and had to play more than two full regulation periods and overtime with only five defensemen. And in Game 4, captain Zdeno Chara took a shot to the face in the second period. Blood poured from his mouth as he made his way off the ice and down the tunnel. Chara eventually returned to the bench, his helmet equipped with a full face mask, but he never returned to the ice.The Bruins may find some small consolation in the fact that they haven’t yet been beaten in the series when they’ve had a full, healthy bench. But they’ll hope Grzelcyk and Chara, two of their best six defensemen, can get healthy quickly. Otherwise, the Blues might finally make history. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Artists, dancers and creative types are being asked to submit ideas and become a part of the Big West Festival in 2015.The community based contemporary arts and culture festival will be in its 17th year and will be celebrating the theme The Inner and Outer World of the House.They are looking for multilingual and multicultural acts, that are “spirited, unusual, fun, political, and collaborative” and are open to suggestions. To be eligible you must live or work in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, submit never before performed or exhibited work and should be able to be performed in any location and setting. The closing date for submissions is October 30 2014.Successful projects will receive financial assistance towards artists’ fees.The biennial event runs for 12 days in November and is the biggest community-based arts and culture festival in the western region of Melbourne.It’s aim is to challenge perceptions of the west as culturally impoverished by highlighting the rich diversity of local area and give local artists a platform.The festival is also looking for volunteers to fill usher, production crew and other roles for the November and December events.To make a submission call Marcia on 9689 4880 or email email@example.comVisit www.bigwest.com.au for more information. read more
Nicolas Sarkozy salue la fermeture de MegauploadLe Chef de l’État a officiellement approuvé la décision de la justice américaine de fermer le site de téléchargement illégal Megaupload et de ses filiales.La réaction n’aura pas mis longtemps à arriver. Alors que la fermeture de Megaupload par la justice américaine n’a été prononcé que jeudi soir, l’Élysée a communiqué sur le sujet lors de la nuit, se félicitant de la décision des Etats-Unis. Très engagé dans la bataille contre le téléchargement illégal, comme le prouve la mise en place de l’Hadopi en France, Nicolas Sarkozy a salué l’évènement. “La mise à disposition illégale, par ce service, d’œuvres protégées par le droit d’auteur, permettait à ses promoteurs de réaliser des profits criminels sous la forme de recettes publicitaires ou d’abonnements de ses usagers. La lutte contre les sites de téléchargement direct ou de streaming illégaux, qui fondent leur modèle commercial sur le piratage des œuvres, constitue une impérieuse nécessité pour la préservation de la diversité culturelle et le renouvellement de la création. C’est le financement des industries culturelles dans leur ensemble qui est mis en cause par ce type d’opérateurs. Le moment est donc venu d’une collaboration judiciaire et policière active entre États pour porter un coup d’arrêt à leur développement”, expliquait ainsi un communiqué de la présidence française, relayé par Le Monde.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageNicolas Sarkozy a aussi appelé ses ministres et l’Hadopi à suivre cet exemple donné par les États-Unis dans cette lutte. Il “invite les ministres concernés ainsi que la Hadopi, qui vient d’engager une consultation à ce sujet, à étudier rapidement l’utilité de compléter notre législation par de nouvelles dispositions et à lui faire, le cas échéant, des propositions en ce sens”. De son côté, alors que François Hollande avait proposé de supprimer l’Hadopi il y a quelques jours, le PS a, par la voix d’Aurélie Filippetti, en charge des questions de téléchargement pour la campagne de candidat socialiste, jugé cette fermeture “normale” au micro de France Inter. Au final, seul le Parti pirate a sévèrement jugé la décision, parlant de “surenchère répressive autour du partage et de la diffusion de la culture”. Maxime Rouquet, co-président du mouvement, a expliqué via un communiqué que cette solution était contraire à l’intérêt de tous. “Au lieu de doter l’industrie du droit d’auteur de toujours plus de moyens répressifs, et de traiter comme un réseau de mafieux toute plateforme qui génère du profit en diffusant des oeuvres, il faudrait mettre en place un mécanisme simple et équitable pour que les auteurs et les artistes tirent profit de la diffusion commerciale de leurs œuvres”, détaille-t-il. Le débat semble bien loin d’être clos sur le sujet… Le 20 janvier 2012 à 12:45 • Maxime Lambert read more
WSVN — Of course having the right supplies will make storm preps and cleanup easier. 7’s Belkys Nerey has your hurricane hardware.When a storm is fast approaching, you don’t want to have to be waiting in long lines for the right hardware to secure your home and property.Scattini Rameau of Little Haiti Hardware: “It’s important that you’re prepared. It can mean the difference between life and death in some cases unfortunately.”And that means now is the time to make sure you have everything you need before, during and after a storm.Scattini Rameau: “You really do need batteries, you really do need flashlights.”Make sure to have a variety AA, AAA, C and D batteries and make sure to have flashlights and a battery powered TV and radio handy in case the power goes out. The roof is a big target that can cause a lot of trouble, you want to be able to make quick repairs if it is damaged in a storm.Scattini Rameau: “Tarps are good. You want to put that down with 1×2’s and screw them in or nail them down. But tarps are not a protection. They’re just good to keep water out.” Once the storm passes you are likely going to have some cleanup.Scattini Rameau: “You will need heavy duty garbage bags. You should have gloves, chainsaws, a machete to cut small branches.”Remember, now is the time to act, because before every storm many of these items are in short supply.Scattini Rameau: “Everyone’s trying to get the same things that you’re trying to get. So, it would be best that your had it prior.”Plus you have less chance of being injured if you are not running around trying to put up shutters at the last minute.FOR MORE INFORMATION:LITTLE HAITI HARDWARE & SUPPLY 4715 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127(305) 757-7370B & B SHUTTERS10490 SW 66th St, Miami, FL 33173(305) 273-7696Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Robert Buzzella: “These stack on the top of the other for storage. And when you take them down off of the wall, you don’t have anything on the side of the window.”Just make sure you know which panel goes to which window. If you are going with plywood, now is the time to act.Scattini Rameau: “I strongly recommend five eighths plywood. We run out of plywood very fast.”And it’s a good idea to get it ready to install before a storm approaches.Scattini Rameau: “Months prior to hurricane season, you might want to pre-cut each window, mark them so that you can remember which plywood goes to which window.”You’ll also need supplies like screws or wing nut and tools, such as wing nut drivers and drills to secure everything. Be sure to plug in your battery operated tools before the storm hits, so they are fully charged if you lose power.Scattini Rameau: “It would be wise to keep tools around your house to fix things that you’re able to fix to secure your home.” Another vulnerable spot is your windows.Robert Buzzella of B&B Shutters Inc.: “Now is the time to act. Don’t wait for a storm to be on our doorstep.”If you don’t have impact windows, you’ll need plywood or shutters.Robert Buzzella: “They’re very important. If anyone down here has been through a storm, they know what I’m talking about.”If you have aluminum shutters, make sure to lubricate them to keep them moving.Robert Buzzella: “Lubricate your threads in here that go in to the locking pin. That white lithium grease will last a few years. If they don’t do that, then you need to W-D40 them once a year at least.”Metal hurricane panels are another option. read more
The Audiophiliac Now playing: Watch this: Comment 4:56 Cheap speakers are getting really good Mandolinist Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehdau’s eponymous album was full of life. I feared the RB42s might stifle dynamics, but the acoustic music was set free by these pint-size wonders. Thile’s vocal on I Cover The Waterfront sounded remarkably lifelike, and the RB42s took me there. The Micca RB42 Reference speaker rear panel Micca Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album is aggressively bright on a lot of speakers, but the RB42 made the sound mix palatable. Again and again the RB42’s low-end prowess defied expectations of what’s possible from such a small and affordable speaker. German prog rock pioneers Can lit up the RB42s; their Future Days album’s heavy percussion and bass was full, even when I pulled the speakers away from the wall. Soundstage depth was impressive. Feeling confident about the RB42’s capabilities, I pitted it against a much larger but less expensive speaker, the Dayton B652 Air ($65 a pair). The RB42 put up a good fight, but the B652 Air was a much clearer-sounding speaker. Not as rich as the RB42, but the B652 Air’s bass-midrange-treble balance was smoother. I also compared the RB42 with a set of Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers ($96 a pair), which have been a longstanding Audiophiliac budget champ. The SP-BS22-LR’s sound balance was lighter, cooler and less rich over all. There’s a softness to the sound of the RB42 that some might hear as a blurring of detail compared with the SP-BS22-LR or B652 Air speakers. Still, I loved the way the RB42 added body to the sound of vocals. Then again the larger SP-BS22-LR reproduced dynamics with greater impact — the RB42 couldn’t keep up. With Holly Cole’s Temptation album, the SP-BS22-LR’s sound was very forward and immediate, while the RB42’s was softer and more distant. Treble sparkle was lacking, but the SP-BS22-LR was too bright on this recording, while the RB42’s sweeter demeanor made it easier to listen to. The Micca RB42 Reference is mighty impressive, but the Dayton Audio B652 Air and Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers are less expensive and clearer-sounding speakers. The RB42’s superior build quality, richer sound balance and smaller size might tilt the balance for some buyers. 1 Bose Frames prove audio sunglasses can sound good The Micca RB42 Reference speakers Micca Place the Micca RB42 Reference speaker in the hands of experienced audiophiles and they’ll never guess its price. I didn’t come close, but they’re $130 a pair on Amazon, and the RB42 feels like at least double that. Better still, it sounds right. I couldn’t get over how much bass the RB42 makes from its steel-framed 4-inch paper cone woofer, which is paired with a 0.75-inch silk dome tweeter. Impedance is rated at 4 to 8 ohms. There are 0.75-inch-thick MDF panels on all sides of the cabinet; the RB42 really does look and feel like a much more expensive design. The rounded cabinet, magnetically attached cloth grilles and sturdy speaker cable binding posts are a cut above what you get from most comparably priced designs. Did I mention how small it is? The RB42 is a tiny critter, just 8.7×4.9×7.9 inches small. Tags Share your voice Speakers Audio read more
By The Associated PressDOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware State College president credited with helping the historically-Black school survive during the 1950s has been honored with a campus statue.The university unveiled the likeness of Jerome Holland during an outdoor ceremony Friday on homecoming weekend.Dr. Jerome Holland (Delaware State University Courtesy Photo)The Delaware State News reports the statue shows him at a podium holding a proclamation from 1957, the year he helped get back the school’s full accreditation lost three years earlier.Holland also helped build Delaware government’s commitment to the college.Current President Wilma Mishoe says Holland provided leadership to navigate the school through one of its most difficult decades.Holland left Delaware State in 1960 and became president at what’s now Hampton University. He was later U.S. ambassador to Sweden and national American Red Cross chairman. He died in 1985. read more
The company counts over 700 million monthly users, of which some 15 million may be paying subscribers. It operates a variety of apps allowing users to stream music, watch live performances and play karaoke, as well as a close connection to Tencent’s WeChat messaging platform, which has over 1 billion users.In its current form, Tencent Music was established in 2016 after a merger with streaming rival China Music. Since then it has cemented its leadership position by adding to and renewing deals with international studio groups Universal Music, Warner Music and Sony Music. It also has deals with China’s Huayi Brothers Music and Korea’s YG Entertainment. Tencent Music, the music distribution arm of China’s social media giant, Tencent, is seeking an IPO by the end of the year, with a valuation of some $25 billion. That is only slightly lower than the $28 billion market capitalization of its frenemy Spotify.Chinese financial sources reported this week that Tencent has begun a process of auditioning investment banks to handle a share listing that is likely to be on a U.S. stock exchange. The reports say that Tencent Music will aim to raise some $3 billion to $4 billion of fresh capital.Following a share swap late last year, Spotify owns 9% of Tencent Music, and Tencent owns 7.5% of Spotify. That valuation ascribed a valuation of $13 million to Tencent Music. The Tencent parent company retains a 62% controlling stake in Tencent Music. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety read more
When Battlefield 1942 got released on PC in 2005 my lunch breaks for the next few months were dominated by games around the office I worked in. We no longer went out for food, instead bringing it with us to maximize the time we could play that game together.That won’t be happening with Battlefield 1943 as developer DICE has just announced the game’s cancellation on PC and therefore exclusive release on consoles.In a post on the Battlefield blog, Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager of DICE, explained:We know some of you eagerly have been awaiting Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught on PC. I’m sad to say that these two titles are now officially cancelled. Instead, our talented teams will focus on delivering the greatest possible gaming experience in our next behemoth release. We’re confident this will lead to an even better experience in Battlefield 3, not only on PC, but on all platforms. The decision is based on a need to allocate resources, and PC gamers are losing out. As is becoming increasingly the case, developers see consoles as the focus and more important platforms than the PC.Read more at the Battlefield Blog read more
The box is nice. It comes with the gamepad and two AA batteries. Nothing else.<><> One of the coolest announcements Microsoft made during E3 2016 was for the Xbox Design Lab. Through this site, consumers are able to design their very own custom-built Xbox One controller. The website went live shortly after the event, allowing folks to design all sorts of unique looking controllers. The controllers won’t begin to ship out to consumers until September, but a new video from Xbox Design Labs shows us what to expect when they arrive.Xbox Design Lab controllers are based off the updated version of the Xbox One controller that will launch alongside the Xbox One S. Though the overall design isn’t radically different from that of the launch Xbox controller, it does have some subtle alterations that make it a better product. The surface of the handles feature more grip, the trigger buttons now have better padding and response, and the controller no longer creaks when you pull the sides in different directions. Best of all, the controller features built-in Bluetooth, meaning that you won’t have to use the Xbox external Bluetooth thumbstick when playing on PC.The process for designing a controller is straightforward. When you head over to the Xbox Design Lab site, you’ll be presented with a 3D model of an Xbox controller that you can re-color with 15 different shades to choose from. You can change the color of the body, bumpers and triggers, D-pad, analog sticks, face buttons, view and menu buttons, and the back of the controller. This costs $79.99, and for another $9.99, you can even have something engraved on the base of the controller.It takes about two weeks for one’s controller to be made, so if you want yours by September, you may want to head over to the Xbox Design Lab site and create yours now. For more details, head over to Windows Central. And if you want check out Geek.com’s own custom Xbox Controller, feast your eyes on Purple Reign! read more
In it, he describes his upbringing as being very ‘liberal’ but reveals he’s coming out as a Republican due to toxic call-out culture.He told the Daily Mail: ‘What I hope is that somebody that’s black and gay and conservative is normal. But you have to understand that I am not the first black, gay Republican.‘I’m just the one that’s going to take the heat for saying it publicly,’ he said.Kanye West and call-out cultureSpeaking on the recent backlash to Kanye West, Smith said it was right to call him out for his comments about slavery for black people being ‘a choice’ but the call-outs went too far.He said: ‘I think that it was very easy for people to hop on those comments and focus on those comments to completely discredit everything else that he had said before.’ Everyday moments of gay history captured on new websiteGay News Europe | Gay news, entertainment, celebrities, family and storiesLGBT Conservatives: Anti-gay marriage Jacob Rees-Mogg ‘should not be Prime Minister in any circumstances’Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-republican-black-and-gay-and-conservative-is-normal/ Smith believes call-out culture means people are afraid to speak their minds in case of public backlash. But Kanye West has done so much for black culture so to discredit him completely does him a disservice.He said: ‘For me, as a gay man and a black man… somebody has to start the conversation – specifically with LGBTQ people – to say being a Democrat is not a sign of morality and being a Republican is not a sign of evil.‘We can work on both sides to advance this idea of LGBTQ equality, we just have to figure out what that is,’ he said.Flickr/Gage SkidmoreDonald Trump in 2011. | Photo: Gage Skidmore / FlickrSmith revealed he didn’t actually vote in the 2016 election because he didn’t believe in either candidate.He identifies more as a ‘fiscal conservative’ and says he aligns with the Republican stance on terrorism, illegal immigration and having a strong military presence.Smith said: ‘Just because I am a black person who identifies as conservative does not mean that I am uninterested in any ideas that are intended to uplift the black community.’Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Rob Smith wants the world to know it’s okay to be a black, gay Republican.He lives in New York City with his husband and is the author of new book Confessions of a ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Soldier. GAYSTARNEWS- read more
Penny and Leonard work at the same company as a tester and developer respectively. Penny arrives home late, to find Leonard on the couch with his legs up on the table, playing his favourite video game. Leonard: Oh hi sweety, it looks like you had a long day at work. Penny, throwing him a hostile, sideways glance, heads over to the refrigerator. Penny: Did you remember to take out the garbage? Leonard: Of course, sweety. I used 2 bags so Sheldon’s Szechuan sauce from Szechuan Palace doesn’t seep through. Penny: Did you buy new shampoo for the bathroom? Leonard: Yes, I picked up your regular one from the store on the way back. Penny: And did you slap on a last minute field on the SPA at work? Leonard, pausing his video game and answering in a soft, high pitched voice: Whaaaaaat? Source: giphy If you’re a developer or a tester, you’ve probably been in this situation at least once, if not more. Even if your husband or wife might not be on the other side of the source code. The war goes on… The funny thing is that this isn’t something that’s happened in the recent past. The war between Developers and Testers is a long standing, unresolved battle, that is usually brought up in bouts of unnecessary humor. The truth is that this battle is the cause of several projects slipping deadlines, teams not respecting each other’s views, etc. Here we’ll discuss some of the main reasons for this disconnect and try and address them in hope of making the office a better place. #1 You talkin’ to me? One of the main reasons that developers and testers are not on the same page is because neither bother to communicate effectively with the other. Each individual considers informing the other about the strategy/techniques used, a waste of effort. Obviously there are bound to be issues arising with such a disjointed team. The only way to resolve this problem is to toss egos out of the window, sit down and resolve problems like professionals. While tickets might be the most professional and efficient way to resolve things, walking up to the person (if possible), and discussing the best way forward lets you build a relationship, and resolve things more effectively. Moreover, the person on the receiving end will not consider the move offensive, or demeaning. #2 Is it ‘team’ or ‘teams’? You know the answer to this one, but you’re still not willing to accept it. IT managers and team leads need to create an environment in which developers and testers are not two separate teams. Rather, consider them all as engineers working in the same team, towards the same goal! There’s no better recipe to meet success. Use modern methods like Mob or Pair Programming, where both developers and testers work together closely. The ideal scenario would be to possibly have both team members work on the same machine, addressing and strategising to achieve the goal with continuous, real-time feedback. A good pairing station, Source: ministry of testing #3 On the same page? Which book you got there? If you’re a developer, this one’s especially for you, so listen carefully! Most developers aren’t aware of what tools the testers in their teams use, which is a sin. Being aware of testing tools, methodologies and processes, goes a long way in enabling a smooth and speedy testing process. A developer will be able to understand which parts of their code can probably be a tester’s target, what changes would give testers a tough time and on the other hand, what makes it easy. #4 One goal, two paths to achieve it Well, this is true a lot of times. Developers aim to “build” an application. Testers on the other hand aim to “break” the application. Now while this is not wrong, it’s the vision with which the tester is actually planning on breaking things. Testers, you should always keep the customer’s or end user’s requirements clear, while approaching the application. I may not be an actual tester, and you might wonder how I can empathise with other testers. Honestly, I don’t build software, neither do I test any. But I’ve been in a very similar role, earlier on in my Publishing career. As a Commissioning Gatekeeper, I was responsible for validating book and video ideas from the Commissioning Editors. Like a tester, my job was to identify why or how something wouldn’t work in the market. Now, I could easily approach a particular book idea from the perspective of ‘trashing’ it. But when I learned to approach it from the customer’s point of view, my perspective changed, and I was able to give better constructive feedback to the editor. Don’t aim to destroy, aim to improve. If you must kill off an idea or a feature, do it firmly but with kindness. #5 Trust the Developer’s testing skills Yes! Lack of trust is one of the main reasons why there’s so much friction between developers and testers. A tester needs to understand the developer and believe that they can also write tests with a clear goal in mind. Test Driven Development is a great approach to follow. Here, the developer will know better, what angles to test from, and this can help the tester write a mutually defined test case for the developer to run. At the same time, the tester can also provide insight into how to address bugs that might creep up while running the tests. With this combined knowledge, the developers will be able to minimize the number of bugs at the first go itself! Toss in a Business-Driven Development approach, and you’ve got yourself a team that delivers user stories that are more aligned to the business requirement than ever before! In the end, developers and testers, both need to set their egos aside and make peace with each other. If you really look at it, it’s not that hard at all. It’s all about how the two collaborate to create better software, rather than working in silos. IT managers can play an important role here, and they need to understand the advantages and limitations of their team. They need to ensure the unity of the team by encouraging more engaging ways of working as well as introducing modern methodologies that would assist a peaceful, collaborative effort. Read Next Why does more than half the IT industry suffer from Burnout? Abandoning Agile Unit testing with Java frameworks: JUnit and TestNG [Tutorial] read more
Comments Share “They can try to explain it, but they’re wrong.”Not surprisingly, Arians and his quarterback believe the roughing the passer call was correct, and therein lies the rub with complaints about officiating. It’s easy and normal to be upset when a call does not go your way, but when one does, it’s amazingly less of an issue.That’s not to say Arians and his team don’t recognize when they may have caught some breaks. After their win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, Arians acknowledged how it was “a lot nicer” being on the positive side of some questionable calls.And even Sunday in Santa Clara, the Cardinals — along with the roughing the passer call — benefited from a flag not being thrown for pass interference on Tyrann Mathieu’s interception as well as a handful of other plays. Then again, there were also some instances where the 49ers could have drawn more flags, and they did not.“It’s tough man, game in game out — especially when you get in critical situations and you’re just so afraid to touch a receiver you don’t want to give them an easy flag,” Mathieu told Bickley and Marotta on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Monday of how inconsistent officiating impacts the game. “I remember the fourth and 20 from yesterday, we just all talked to each other like ‘Man, no one touch a receiver after five yards; let’s not give them a cheap first down.’ The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories That call is an example of one that relied on an official’s judgment. Maybe it was wrong. Maybe it wasn’t. But regardless, there is at least some gray area in which a referee can try to explain the decision.Not so for the down the Cardinals were cost in the first quarter, after a two-yard run on first down from Stepfan Taylor should have been negated by a 49ers penalty, giving the Cardinals a first and five. Instead, it was second and three. Huh?After the game, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said things weren’t as disjointed on his sideline as it looked from afar given all the penalties and strange calls.“I thought our sideline was pretty calm, but the officials were struggling mightily,” he said. “I mean, they can’t count to three.”As for an explanation for what happened, Arians said whatever he could have been told wouldn’t have really mattered.“I got so many explanations I got tired of them, because they were just running out of them,” he said. “We played a pass on the first down, and I’m not sure the spot was correct. So, we hurry up and run the ball, and they got 13 guys on the field. We accept the penalty, that’s first-and-five. They marked it off second, and they gave us five yards after the play, which was wrong, and made it second-and-three. That’s not what we accepted, and that was the whole problem. So, it was a faux pas on their part. TEMPE, Ariz. — Has officiating gotten worse across the NFL?Maybe, or perhaps the advent of replay and other technological advances have allowed us to better see mistakes that are made on the field.At any rate, while it is almost expected that a team who loses a game will have some gripes about calls, lately it seems like even the victorious squad leaves the game upset.Take Sunday’s Cardinals game against the 49ers, which Arizona won 19-13. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “It’s tough sometimes.”For the most part, poor officiating does not favor any one team — it muddles up the game for everyone.Monday, Arians was again asked if he had heard any additional explanations for what happened with the referees Sunday, and he replied, with a smile, “No comment on officials.”Arians offered the same response when asked what he would change to make officiating better if he was in charge, which underscores the larger point: At the end of the day, there’s little he can do.And really, there’s nothing any player can do, either, other than keep playing and hope things work out. San Francisco linebacker NaVorro Bowman believes no matter what calls are made, officials don’t change the outcome of a game.“It goes back to controlling what you can control,” he said Sunday. “Today was one of those days. I was in the zone so much that the calls weren’t really fazing me. That’s what we want to get to as a team. Don’t listen to the refs. They make the calls and I have yet to see a call changed after an argument has been presented. Save your energy.” – / 21 Whether it was lost downs, misinterpretation of rules or simply incorrect calls, it seemed like Pete Morelli and his crew just could not stop tripping over their own feet. A total of 20 penalties were called in the game, with the 49ers being dinged 13 times for 81 yards and the Cardinals seven times for 41. Their performance was so bad (some might even say it equaled the Cardinals’, but that’s an entirely different story) that apparently the NFL decided they were no longer worthy of officiating next Sunday night’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.Of course, that does nothing to help the Cardinals or 49ers, each of whom had to suffer through and play through a terribly officiated game.Immediately after the game, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said he would not comment on the officials while defensive lineman Quinton Dial, whose roughing the passer on Arizona’s game-winning drive was both questionable and critical, said he thought Cards QB Carson Palmer ducked into the hit and that he felt it was a legal play.He admitted he does not really know what a pass rusher can do in today’s NFL.“That’s a question that I really can’t answer,” he said of what he can and can’t do. “It seems like every year there’s something new. So, I can’t answer that question.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, center, talks with side judge Rob Vernatchi (75) during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) read more
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