first_img“A normal child doesn’t travel across the country, killing people. A child in some very serious pain does,” Schmegelsky told CTV News on Wednesday.Bryers father even believes if he is caught, he will go out in a blaze of glory. “He wants his hurt to end. They’re going to go out in a blaze of glory. Trust me on this. That’s what they’re going to do.”19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schmegelsky are suspects in the deaths of three people in Northern B.C.Manitoba RCMP confirmed Tuesday that the vehicle the two were driving was found burnt near the community of Gillam. The search for the suspects is still underway, and there is now a significant police presence in the Northern Manitoba community. MILL BAY, B.C. – CTV News is reporting that Bryer Schmegelsky father believes he is now on a suicide mission.Alan Schmegelsk, told CTV News, “He’s on a suicide mission. He wants his pain to end,” he said, breaking down into tears. “Basically, he’s going to be dead today or tomorrow. I know that. Rest in peace, Bryer. I love you. I’m so sorry all this had to happen.”Bryers father went onto say he had a troubled upbringing and struggled through his parent’s divorce in 2005.  The following video is from the Canadian Press.last_img read more

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The widow of former Islamic State leader Abu Sayyaf was charged on Monday , with  conspiracy relating to the death of US hostage Kayla Mueller.Mueller had travelled to Syria in 2013 to do aid work, but was kidnapped. The 26-year-old American died in February 2015. The Islamic State had claimed her death was the result of Jordanian air strikes on IS locations in Raqqa. Prosecutors allege that Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Baher – also known as Umm Sayyaf, was responsible for her captivity.It is believed that Sayyaf kept Mueller captive for long periods, and she was repeatedly force to have sex with Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Bagdahdi.According to accounts by another hostage who was held at the same time al-Bagdahdi took her as a “wife”, repeatedly raping her whenever he visited.Abu Sayyaf, Umm’s husband and the Islamic State minister for oil and gas, was killed in the same Delta Force raids that she was captured. Umm Sayyaf is currently being held in Iraqi custody following the charges.In a statement published yesterday, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, Head of the US Justice Department’s national security division, said, “We fully support the Iraqi prosecution of Sayyaf and will continue to work with the authorities there to pursue our shared goal of holding Sayyaf accountable for her crimes.”“At the same time, these charges reflect that the US justice system remains a powerful tool to bring to bear against those who harm our citizens abroad.”The sentiment echoes promises made by US President Barack Obama following Muellers death, when he said, “the United States will find and bring to justice the terrorists who are responsible for Kayla’s captivity and death.”The President added that the former aid worker “epitomized all that is good in our world.”Edited by Timothy Filla read more

VATICAN CITY — The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local):3:50 p.m.Some of the world’s major oil producers have committed to supporting “economically meaningful” carbon pricing regimes at the end of a Vatican summit on climate change.The companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, Chevron and Eni, said in a joint statement Friday that governments should set such pricing regimes at a level that encourages business and investment, while “minimizing the costs to vulnerable communities and supporting economic growth.”The CEOs, as well as heads of major asset managers such as BlackRock and BNP Paribas, also called for oil companies to provide clarity for investors about the risks climate change poses to their businesses and how they plan to transition to cleaner energy sources.The joint statement was issued at the end of a closed-door summit and a personal appeal by Pope Francis.___2:05 p.m.Pope Francis is warning oil executives that a “radical energy transition” to clean, low-carbon power sources is needed to stave off the effects of a rapidly warming planet.Francis told the leaders at a Vatican summit Friday that there was still time to avoid the worst effects of climate change but that “prompt and resolution action” is required.The meeting marked the second year that Francis has invited oil and financial sector executives to the Vatican to impress upon them his concern that preserving God’s creation is one of the fundamental challenges facing humankind today. The agenda included talks about energy transition, carbon pricing and transparency in reporting climate risk.Outside the summit a half-dozen protesters held up signs urging the executives to listen to the pope.The Associated Press read more

Kutila Pinto, who is also currently the executive director of Pan Oceanic Bank, has extensive experience in different industry sectors, local and international markets and cultures.In thanking Minister Tozaka, Pinto said he will be working towards procuring necessary skills, technical assistance and potential business investment from Sri Lanka with the assistance of his High Commission in Canberra to develop a framework to work on the areas if tourism development, development in coconut and related industries and enhancing technical and skill sets of Solomon Islander who are interested in becoming banking and finance professionals.“I also take this opportunity to thank you the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Hon. Milner Tozaka for you support and continuous development of diplomatic relationship with Sri Lanka,” Pinto said. (Colombo Gazette) “Mr Pinto, our countries being members of the Commonwealth, I believe that it is necessary to not only strive to strengthen bilateral and multilateral collaboration, but also share our development experiences.“Furthermore, I encourage you to keep the line of dialogue between our countries open,” Minister Tozaka said in at statement on Tuesday. The Solomon Islands is keen to work with Sri Lanka on regional security, the Solomon Islands Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade (MAFET) Milner Tozaka said.He said this at a meeting with Sri Lanka’s new Honorary Consul to Solomon Islands Kutila Pinto. Minister Tozaka congratulated Pinto’s appointment saying Solomon Islands looked to cooperate with Sri Lanka on issues of trade, investment, climate change, disaster management, sports, people-to-people diplomacy and regional security. “Being the second formal diplomatic representative of Sri Lanka in Honiara since diplomatic ties were established on the 3rd of July, 2013; I laud both countries on seeking to improve relations through your appointment. read more

A man in his 50s was taken to hospital in critical condition after a bike accident this afternoon.The man was riding a BMX-style bike at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton when he fell. It took crews an hour to remove him from the path and bring him to an awaiting Ornge Air ambulance. He was airlifted to Hamilton General hospital.Halton EMS say he suffered injuries to his neck and may be paralyzed.

Speaking to journalists in New York after a closed-door briefing to the 15-member Council, UN Special Representative Jose Ramos Horta said that “the situation remains peaceful and we are on track to continuing the efforts on return to constitutional order in Guinea-Bissau.”He credited the stabilization in the country on cooperation between national authorities and key groups – the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States, (ECOWAS), the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPSP), and the UN. Soldiers in Guinea-Bissau – which has had a history of coups, misrule and political instability since it gained independence from Portugal in 1974 – seized power in April 2012. Constitutional order has still not been restored in the country, where a transitional government is in place until elections are held.General and presidential elections had been scheduled for later this year, but due to issues of financing and other logistical reasons, might be delayed, the Special Representative told journalists.“It is preferable that they be held on 24 November, but if it has to be postponed, it will be postponed for a very short period of time,” said Mr. Horta, who is also the head of the UN political mission in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Mr. Horta cautioned, however, that while a short delay would not create new challenges, a more significant delay could “destabilize the political situation, undermining the efforts we have achieved so far.”Turning to the issue of drug trafficking which has plagued the country, Mr. Horta said Transitional President Serifo Nhamadjo has said he will send a letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon requesting an international commission of investigation into drug trafficking and organized crime in Guinea-Bissau.He is also seeking a second letter to Mr. Ban requesting an investigation into serious crimes of the past, Mr. Horta said calling these steps by the authorities “courageous”.In July, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonovic urged the Government of Guinea-Bissau to take greater steps to fight impunity, which has grown with the decline of human rights after the coup. read more

Upward trend for UK engine manufacturing continues in February, with 3.0% growth in a second record month for 2017.1237,803 engines produced, driven by overseas demand, up by 5.5%.Stability in output for the home market, with -0.1% contraction in shorter February.Overall production grows 7.3% in the year to date to 472,879 units. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,As overseas demand for British-built engines continues to grow in 2017, these figures tell a positive story about recent investments in the sector. The majority of engines made here are exported so, like much of UK automotive manufacturing, future success will be predicated on maintaining the industry’s competitiveness and securing tariff-free trade with the EU and key international markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgOutotec recently announced that it had been awarded a contract by Southern Copper Corporation, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico SAB de CV, for the delivery of concentrate filtration plant to the Toquepala concentrator expansion in Southern Peru. The contract value exceeds €15 million and it has been booked in Outotec’s 2017 first quarter order intake.Outotec’s scope of delivery includes the engineering and supply of a filtration plant consisting of automatic pressure filters, ancillaries and control as well as related installation supervision and commissioning services including spare parts. The equipment and services will be delivered mostly during the second half of 2017. The expansion is expected to increase the annual production capacity by 100,000 t of copper.“We are pleased to have been given the opportunity to deliver the filtration plant to the expansion project of the Toquepala copper operations. Our comprehensive portfolio of dewatering equipment enables us to tailor efficient and environmentally sound solutions and services for copper concentrate processing”, says Kimmo Kontola, head of Outotec’s Minerals Processing Business Unit.last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘A lot of my book was painful to write – I was admitting the things I’ve f**ked up’ 3FE founder Colin Harmon self-published a title for his master’s degree. WORLD-CLASS BARISTA Colin Harmon says that writing his first book “struck up a lot of painful memories”.The founder of coffee firm 3FE, Harmon’s self-published title – What I Know About Running Coffee Shops – promises a blend of “(business) lessons, anecdotes and stories”.“There are lots of books about coffee and lots of books about business,” he told Fora. ”I kind of filled the gap a little bit.”3FE – which stands for Third Floor Espresso – has earned a reputation as one of Ireland’s most respected coffee brands.The company was founded in 2009 after Harmon left a career in finance to compete in the World Barista Championships. He built a replica of the competition stage in his third-floor apartment – hence the name – and finished fourth the first year he competed.Today, 3FE operates two shops, a sister café, a subscription service, an online store, a wholesale business, and it also hosts a series of workshops on making the perfect brew.Harmon always had ambitions of becoming a writer and toyed with the idea of penning a book for about six years.He decided to pursue the project a year and a half ago after he enrolled in a master’s course in innovation, entrepreneurship and design at UCD’s Smurfit business school.“As part of that course you have to launch a business,” he said. “It kind of presented me with the ideal opportunity to kill two birds with one stone.” Source: 3FEHarmon decided to self-finance the book as part of his degree, although he had considered going down the traditional publishing route.“I was more of the mindset that this could be the only book that I ever do, so I just wanted to do it on my own terms,” he said.Although he hasn’t calculated the exact figures, Harmon is “quite confident” that it was more cost-effective for him to put out the book.He recruited Workgroup designers Conor Nolan and David Wall – who came up with the 3FE logo – to do the layout. Ian Lamont, the former editor of lifestyle free sheet Totally Dublin, edited it.Harmon also sent drafts of the book to friends he knew would “relish the opportunity to criticise it”.When the book won approval from his wife – who is “bored to tears by coffee” – Harmon said it was his “first victory”.Painful memoriesThe writing process itself was relatively easy because many of the chapters were inspired by questions regularly asked by Harmon’s wholesale clients.“A lot the writing came quite quick, to the point where I thought I was doing it wrong,” he said. “I was just so used to rattling off the answers.”Between running his business, finishing a master’s degree and dedicating time to his two young sons, finding the hours to sit down and write was the most difficult part.To speed up the process, Harmon used the time he spent sitting in traffic on the way home from work to dictate parts of the book on his phone.“I’d just talk to myself all the way home. Then when I got home, I’d give the boys their dinner, put them to bed and type out what I’d written. It was a unique way of pulling it together, but it worked for me.”Although the writing came naturally, Harmon said a lot of the book was “very painful”.“I was kind of admitting the things I’ve fucked up in the last five or six years,” he said. “I’m almost writing this back to myself. If I could back in time, this is what I’d say.”International salesWhat I Know About Running Coffee Shops will be launched on 20 April, but Harmon said the title is going “nowhere near a traditional bookshop”.Instead it will be available in 3FE’s Dublin cafés and online. It will also be stocked by many of the 80 businesses the firm supplies coffee to.It will be distributed internationally through coffee-shop owners who Harmon met at the World Barista Championships and from travelling to promote Mythos, a coffee grinder he helped develop.“I know businesses like ours in Singapore and Sydney and Seattle. I’ve just got in contact with them and asked how many boxes they’ll take and shipped them out.” Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: 33,812 Views Image: 3FE By Fora Staff Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM Read: How much money Irish firms could make from solar – and where they can get itRead: Ireland has slipped down a global tourism index – but the industry isn’t too worried Image: 3FE Share Tweet Email15 Take me to Fora Source: 3FEHarmon expects international sales will be helped by Tamper Tantrum, a podcast he co-created that attracts up to 50,000 downloads a month.The first print run is about 10,000 books. However, based on the number of pre-orders, it’s likely there will be a second run.“Just over 4,000 of them are going to Hong Kong and the rest of them have pretty much been spoken for,” he said.Asked what’s next for 3FE, Harmon said he will soon open a new coffee business that will “have its own identity and remit”.This comes shortly after he opened Five Points Coffee in Harold’s Cross with former employee Adam Sheridan. Harmon also plans in the coming months to re-launch 3FE’s online store.“Our web sales are growing,” he said. “There are a lot of people, especially outside of Dublin, who want a good coffee and they can’t (get one) because there’s no decent café nearby.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Short URL 13 Comments Apr 16th 2017, 9:30 PM last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram $3000 will be sent in aid to Greek families affected by the current financial crisis in Greece on 23 July. The Greek Ambassadors, Every Greek Is An Ambassadors for Greece Inc., collaborated with DHL express to raise the funds and donated items and send items including food, clothing and children’s toys to families affected by the crisis. This is the first of a number of charitable activities that the Greek Ambassadors will be undertaking in support of Greece and of Greek people during the current social and financial crisis. The group has already received additional requests for help from other families who need our help. The Greek Ambassadors call on all Greeks Australians and all Greek Australian organizations and businesses to collaborate with them to help tackle these problems. Next week they will announce additional information about their upcoming fundraiser. For more information or to join the Greek Ambassadors, you may contact the group via email on The Greek financial crisis and its detrimental impact on employment, household income, pensions and access to welfare and medical support has given rise to unprecedented adversity within the social fabric of Greece, the home of democracy and the cradle of western civilization. The Greek Ambassadors (Every Greek Is An Ambassadors for Greece Inc.) is a newly-founded non-profit organization that was founded and is based in Melbourne, Australia. Today, along with its 2000 members globally it has transformed into a dynamic voluntary movement dedicated to the active participation in initiatives that unite Greeks and Philhellenes globally, for the purpose of driving positive outcomes for Greece and for Hellenism.last_img read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Twitter WWE star Ruby Riott reveals new tattoos, Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella’s dog passes away Facebook Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Videos Articles Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Pinterest Videos Articles Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR John Oliver John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Daniel Bryan Has Finally Been Cleared To Come Back To The Ring Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Now Playing Up Next Jamal Khashoggi Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud WhatsApp Google+ WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) Videos Articles was made aware of a report today that current WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan has been pulled from the current European tour that wraps up this weekend in Germany.When reached for comment, WWE had the following to say.“Daniel Bryan has been removed from the remainder of WWE’s UK tour as a precautionary measure.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipJohn Oliver Takes On The WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_imgSee when you can catch the legendary folk singer on her final North American tour this coming fallTim McPhateGRAMMYs Feb 26, 2018 – 2:15 pm Joan Baez has taken a big step toward retiring from the road with the announcement of an extensive run of North American concerts commencing this fall.The jaunt will launch Sept. 11th in Ithaca, N.Y., and wrap Nov. 17 in Oakland, Calif. The 28-date tour will include two nights at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sept. 21 and 22, the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sept. 30, the Chicago Theater on Oct. 5, the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on Oct. 27, and Royce Hall in Los Angeles on Nov. 10.According to Baez’s Facebook page, these shows will mark her “final formal North American Tour” and “last year of formal touring.”The tour will promote the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter’s upcoming LP, Whistle Down The Wind, due out March 2. The album, which will be included with ticket purchases for the U.S. tour, comprises a mixture of cover songs and originals from artists such as Tom Waits, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Josh Ritter and Eliza Gilkyso.Though Baez will be pulling the plug on live performances, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone she left the door open for future recordings.”I’ve left that more open than the touring because you just can’t … you never know,” said Baez. “Maybe you’ll say, ‘Oh, my God,’ and you’ll want to do an album … or some special project.”Baez was honored with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Her 1960 self-titled debut album, which includes now-classic interpretations of songs such as “House Of The Rising Sun,” “Wildwood Flower” and “Mary Hamilton,” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2011.Tickets for Baez’s U.S. tour will go on sale to the general public on March 2.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead more News Facebook Twitter Joan Baez Announces Final Tour Dates joan-baez-plots-2018-fare-thee-well-tour Email Joan Baez Plots 2018 Fare Thee Well Tour last_img read more

first_img 12 Photos Jaybird Run wireless sports earphones Headphones Share your voice 1:57 Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge Image Jaybird With the new Jaybird Run XT, the company has added full waterproofing (IPX7 rating) and new color options to its earlier fully wireless AirPods competitor, the Jaybird Run. That 2017 model fit well and sounded good, but in my tests an otherwise pleasing listening experience was marred by occasional dropouts.It’s unclear if anything’s been upgraded on the inside, but the battery life — around 4 hours, plus two extra charges from the included charging case — hasn’t changed and neither has the price: The Run XT will list for $180 (£170, AU$250). It’s set to hit stores in early February. This story originally posted at 12:02 a.m. PT. Jaybird Run review: An almost-great AirPods competitor.Best wireless headphones: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts. Tags Comment Jaybird goes totally wireless with new Run earphones 1 In conjunction with the earphones’ launch, the Jaybird App, which allows you to tweak treble and bass settings, will be updated with a new curated podcast playlist feature so you can cue up a playlist before you take off on a run or other fitness activity.I’ll have a full review as soon as I get a review sample. You can see our video and photos of the original Run below.last_img read more

first_imgRepresentative Zach Fansler meets with District 38 constituents at an open house meeting at the Kuskokwim University Campus on February 11, 2017. Fansler is accused of drunkenly assaulting a woman earlier this month. (Katie Basile/KYUK)House Speaker Rep. Bryce Edgmon, is asking House District 38 Rep. Zach Fansler to resign following accusations of assault.Listen nowThe Juneau Empire reports that the Alaska Department of Law and local police are investigating allegations of Fansler hitting a woman twice in the face with an open palm and rupturing her eardrum after she tried to escape his sexual advances in a hotel room. The victim says that the attack followed a night out drinking in Juneau bars on January 13. Fansler’s lawyer, Wallace Tetlow of Anchorage, told the paper that Fansler denies the allegation.“We deny the allegations. They’re not true,” Tetlow said on Saturday afternoon. “And if charges are filed, we’ll deal with those successfully in court.”Edgmon released his statement calling for Fansler’s resignation six minutes after the Empire published its article on Saturday afternoon. In it, Edgmon says that he became aware of the information the day prior.“Zach Fansler is someone I and many others respected and trusted,” Edgmon wrote, “And who worked hard for his district. His behavior is a betrayal of trust which has created feelings of shock and deep sadness among everyone I have spoken to.”The Senate Democrats quickly added their support to Edgmon’s request.“The Senate Democrats commend the swift action of the House Majority Coalition today in demanding the resignation of Representative Fansler,” Sen. Berta Gardner of Anchorage wrote in a press release issued about an hour after Edgmon’s statement. “Whenever an act like this occurs, the accused needs to be held accountable.”The Empire identifies the woman accusing Fansler as a state employee who does not work at the Capitol. She asked that her name be withheld, and the paper does not usually identify victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.“I am overcome with sympathy and respect for the victim,” Edgmon wrote in his statement. “It takes immense bravery to bring these matters forward. I honor and am deeply grateful for her strength and courage, and want to make clear our caucus will not tolerate this behavior.”Sen. Gardner’s statement held a similar response. “Physical violence against anyone needs to be taken seriously,” Gardner wrote. “It is unacceptable in any form. We stand in support of the victim in coming forward and appreciate the brave steps taken to do so.”According to the Empire, the victim went to the Juneau Urgent Care the day following the attack. A medical form states that she was admitted for “ear trauma with possible TM rupture.”In a series of text messages between the woman and Fansler, the Empire writes that Fansler apologized, texting, “I’m embarrassed and ashamed of myself.”This is the second time that Speaker Edgmon has called for a representative from his own caucus to resign. In early December he called for Rep. Dean Westlake, a Democrat from Kotzebue, to resign following allegations of sexual harassment by seven women that were later substantiated by a legislative report.Fansler said that he was relieved to see Westlake’s resignation letter. “Hopefully it’s sending the message that this won’t be tolerated,” he told KYUK in late December.last_img read more

first_imgHONG KONG: Hong Kong’s government announced tax cuts and higher social spending Thursday to reverse a deepening economic slump aggravated by anti-government protests and the U.S.-Chinese tariff war. The territory’s financial secretary, Paul Chan, cut this year’s official growth forecast to 0 to 1 per cent, which could be the worst performance since 2009 during the global financial crisis. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us The previous forecast was 2 per cent to 3 per cent. Hurt by the plunge in US-Chinese trade, growth already was declining before anti-government protests erupted this year over a proposed extradition law and other grievances. “The recent social incidents have hit the retail trade, restaurants and tourism, adding a further blow to an already-weak economy,” said a statement issued by Chan’s agency. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us It also cited the impact of slowing trade in Asia, global financial market volatility and the risk of disorder as Britain leaves the European Union. The measures announced Thursday will “provide impetus for our economy” and “help cushion the enterprises and people of Hong Kong against challenges,” the statement said. The changes will result in some 1.3 million taxpayers having their taxes waived, Chan said at a news conference. Advertise With Us He said the government will increase payments for elderly and low-income residents and provide subsidies to small businesses and parents of schoolchildren. The package will cost a total of 19.1 billion Hong Kong dollars (USD 2.4 billion), according to Chan. Hong Kong’s economic growth held steady at 0.6 per cent over a year earlier in the quarter ending in June but economists have cut forecasts as the U.S.-Chinese trade war and protests mounted. Tourist arrivals fell 31 per cent in the first week of August from a year ago, according to the territory’s secretary of economic development, Yau Tang-wah.last_img read more

first_img YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch How do you get a YouTube video to pop? Certain video title keywords are associated with much higher view counts, according to a new study of the platform’s biggest channels by Pew Research Center.The non-profit research group analyzed high-subscriber-count YouTube channels and new videos they posted during the first week of 2019 (Jan. 1-7). Pew tapped into YouTube’s API to generate a list of 43,770 channels with at least 250,000 subscribers for the study.One of the more interesting findings: In English-language videos, certain keywords in the title were associated with much higher view counts relative to other videos. For example, videos mentioning “Fortnite,” “ASMR” (autonomous sensory meridian response), “prank” and “worst” received more than five times as many views as the median average of videos that didn’t include those words. Other keywords were more news-focused: The inclusion of “Trump” in video titles, for example, was associated with a significant lift in views among videos about U.S. current events and politics, according to Pew. The overindexing keywords Pew identified were related to video games (“Fortnite,” “PUBG”), toys and children’s content (“slime,” “rainbow”), sports (“NFL,” “NBA”), and food (“eating”), while others represented popular video genres (“ASMR,” “makeup,” “prank”) and click-bait-style attempts to grab attention (“worst,” “ultimate,” “insane”).Here’s the full list of the top 20 keywords from Pew’s study, ranked in order of their lift relative to median views for videos that didn’t use the terms: Fortnite, ASMR, slime, rainbow, prank, worst, NFL, makeup, moment, wrong, eating, PUBG, NBA, ultimate, hack, FIFA, player, mystery, insane, Roblox.Keep in mind that the study covers just a narrow slice in time — the first seven days of 2019. Pew looked at just one week of YouTube videos because over a longer period of time, the sheer volume would be impractical to analyze. For the study, the organization enlisted a team of researchers to manually categorize videos by topic and to determine whether they were in English.Pew’s content analysis of English-language videos (37,079 videos in total) also found that those aimed at children were highly popular, regardless of their intended audience. In addition, videos featuring a child or children who appeared to be under the age of 13 received nearly three times as many views on average as other types of videos, according to the researchers.Google’s policies explicitly prohibit children under 13 from signing up for a YouTube account. YouTube provides YouTube Kids, a separate platform with enhanced parental controls and curated video playlists, but Pew’s analysis focused on YouTube as a whole.The relative popularity of videos featuring kids could be innocuous — several top YouTube channels are family-oriented vlogs, like Ryan ToysReview (whose star has a hit show on Nickelodeon). But YouTube also has had a problem with child predators on the platform. Earlier this year, a so-called pedophile ring was discovered to be using YouTube to leave coded sexual comments on videos with kids — prompting an advertiser backlash and leading YouTube to disable the ability to leave comments on nearly all videos with minors. YouTube has since announced additional steps to restrict the possibility that children will be targeted by predators, including banning young kids from live-streaming without adult supervision. Popular on Variety Relatedcenter_img Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data A YouTube spokesperson declined to comment on Pew Research Center’s survey. According to YouTube, in general, the most popular video categories on the service are comedy, music, sports and how-to videos. The rep added, “we have always been clear YouTube has never been for people under 13.”Meanwhile, Pew’s study found that about 18% of English-language videos posted by popular channels during the study period related to video games or gaming. Content about video games was among the most popular genres of content as measured by total views during the study period, and the videos also tended to be much longer than videos in other categories.All told, the 43,770 YouTube channels in the study produced a gargantuan amount of content: 243,254 videos over Jan. 1-7, totaling 48,486 hours of content. The average video posted by the channels during this period was about 12 minutes long and received 58,358 views during its first week on the site — together amassing over 14.2 billion views over the seven-day span. That’s all the more staggering considering that just 56% of the channels posted videos during the first week of 2019.Pew’s study found that a small number of the most popular YouTube channels produced the most videos: 10% of the channels (about 4,400) produced 70% of all the videos tracked during the first week of 2019. Moreover, the top 10% most-viewed videos were responsible for 79% of all the views for new content posted by the channels during the week.According to study, the majority of the active channels (72%) posted at least one video that was partially or completely in a language other than English. Overall, just 17% of the nearly quarter-million videos included in the analysis were fully in English.Pew said it relied solely on YouTube’s API to collect the data and didn’t collaborate with the platform directly on the research. The full report, “A Week in the Life of Popular YouTube Channels,” is available at this link. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_img Toy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ ToysTop Movie and TV Trailers to Watch From SDCC 2019 Stay on target There are a lot of things you need to get used to as a fan of Rick and Morty, Adult Swim’s beloved dark sci-fi animated sitcom. You need to get used to being embarrassed of bad fans of the good show, the folks who harass fast food workers over sauce. And you need to get used to waiting through long breaks between seasons.The bad fans might not be going away anytime soon, but fortunately the wait for the next season of Rick and Morty is now shorter than you might think. At WarnerMedia’s upfront co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon revealed that Rick and Morty season four premieres this November 2019.Rick and Morty season three premiered in summer 2017. So a two-year-long hiatus is pretty typical for the series. Plus this time there was no cliffhanger torture fans. However, we were prepared for the worse when the show wasn’t renewed right away, delaying when employees could even begin working on new episodes.Fortunately, we later learned the reason for that delay, the team was negotiating a huge new deal for 70 new episodes of the show. We hope this means Rick and Morty now has the space to plan out a satisfying ending for the larger story it’s been teasing. And now the first episodes of that huge order premiere later this year.In the meantime, there are plenty of ways to get your Rick and Morty fix while you wait these last few months for new episodes. Check out the Rick and Morty soundtrack album. Browse these other Rick and Morty gifts. Or play Justin Roiland’s very Rick and Morty-esque new virtual reality game Trover Saves The Universe.last_img read more

first_imgEver imagined a place with lush greenery, your favourite games in 3D, a well-stocked candy counter and an eatery together? Sounds like a scene from The Jungle Book and Willy Wonka’s factory combined together, doesn’t it?  Well, Hangout at the Select City Mall has exactly that charted out for you and your kids. The place and the food is especially composed keeping the ease of children in mind. We started our meal with the refreshing drinks made of jeera and mint. The Jeera Masala especially stood out for its unique flavour and an exotic combination of jeera masala and soda. We had chicken wings, chicken popcorn and kathi rolls for starters out of which the chicken wings get the prize. One thing we noticed was that the food wasn’t too spicy and was made keeping the children’s palate in mind, However, you could ask them to make it spicy for you if you fancy the chilli. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the main course we had Pasta Primere and the much-talked-about Three Cheese Pizza which were equally good. The Three Cheese pizza had a different base sauce of roasted garlic pesto and three different layers of cheese consisting of mozarella, parmesan and pepperjet. Finally, we delved into Chinese with  garlic manchurian and fried rice which simply stole the show and was the best part of the meal. Although, we were a little disappointed because of the absence of desserts in the menu but the chocolate icecream we were served shortly after made up amply. So the next time you want a fun family-day-out with your kids then head to Hangout which offers it meals at very affordable prizes. For a family of four a meal would cost spproximately Rs 800 to 1000.last_img read more