Mobile phone usage during flights could soon be a

first_imgMobile phone usage during flights could soon be a reality for UK air passengers, as communications regulator Ofcom gives the green light for British aircraft to install the necessary systems.The consent of European regulators must still be secured, and the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority will also be required to lay down industry rules, but a consensus already looks to be taking shape.Looking to enable texting and calls from mobiles once planes hit 10,000 feet, BMI and Ryanair have already welcomed the move and are planning to install on-board picocell base stations which will pick up links to mobile operators via satellite.In what could herald a phasing out of existing airline-provided on-board call facilities, passengers using their own handsets would be allowed to make calls and would be billed by their own providers at a roaming rate.Ofcom’s green light comes after Middle Eastern carrier Emirates has successfully trialled SMS and even mobile calls on some of its aircraft, while Australian flag carrier Qantas has also trialled SMS and plans to spread the service across its flights later this year.The AeroMobile system trialled by Emirates operates more stringently than the standards proposed by Ofcom, only activating once the aircraft reaches 20,000 feet.Meanwhile all trials and proposals to date require passengers to refrain from mobile usage during take-off and landing, at least guaranteeing a moment of peace to passengers fearing an onslaught of on-board calls once the systems are phased in. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedRegulator approves mobile phone use on aircraftRegulator approves mobile phone use on aircraftUK carrier trials text messages on flightsUK carrier bmi will be the first airline to allow passengers to use their mobile phones on flightsEU officials give green light to in-flight callsPassengers across Europe look set to benefit now that officials have given the nod to in-flight mobile phone calls.last_img read more

Deutsche Telekomowned Greek telco OTE has renewed

first_imgDeutsche Telekom-owned Greek telco OTE has renewed a deal giving it exclusive rights to Spanish La Liga football for the next three years, to the 2017-18 season.The deal follows a series of renewal deals for other sports events including the German and Italian football leagues, NBA and Formula 1 as well as UEFA Champions League and Europa League football.OTE recently launched two new HD sports channels – OTE sport 7HD and OTE sport 8HD – to host parallel live match broadcasts from the new season, taking its raft of sport channels to 11.The telco’s sports channels will offer over 60 live broadcasts a week from football tournaments including the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and Greece’s OPAP.last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned cable operator UPC Czech Repu

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic now offers over 50 HD channels, according to the company.UPC recently added five new channels to its line-up including three in HD – AMC HD, FilmBox Premium HD and Eroxxx HD, in addition to standard-definition versions of Extasy TV and Crime & Investigation.AMC HD will be part of UPC’s Komfort, Komplet and Relax packages.FilmBox Premium HD will be part of the Komplet package, while Eroxxx TV will be offered as part of the Hustler TV pack.Crime & Investigation will be offered as part of the Komfort and Komplet packages.The latest additions take the HD total to 52. UPC has also said it will increase the number of HD titles on on-demand service My Prime.last_img read more

Asian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe a new

first_imgAsian pay TV giant Astro has launched Tribe, a new ‘mobile-first’ OTT service for consumers in the region. Initially it will be available in Indonesia through a partnership with telco Axiata, but plans are in place to launch across southeast Asia, in partnership with regional telecoms operators.The new service will allow consumers in Indonesia to stream the Fox 1, 2 and 3 channels, meaning they can access Formula 1, UFC and MotoGP content.There will also be Oh!K, a channel programmed with K-pop music and programming from South Korea’s Channel M. The film line-up will take in movies from Indonesia and Asia.Astro said it will add download options and social media integration to Tribe in coming weeks. It will roll out in a ‘number of other markets’ later this year, the company added, without specifying specific territories.The pay TV company told DTVE‘s sister title, TBI, that Tribe will be free for a limited period in Indonesia before it becomes part of a package offered by Axiata. “Today marks a new milestone for Astro with the launch of Tribe, our OTT service for the ASEAN video consumers,” said Dato’ Rohana Rozhan, group CEO of Astro. “Understanding there is no one-size-fits-all go to market strategy, Tribe will seek complementary win-win partnerships with local telecommunications and media companies in each market, to jointly build on customer reach, and relationships.”Iskandar Samad, Astro’s head of strategy will run Tribe as CEO. “We are happy to work with Axiata Digital Services who is launching initially in Indonesia today.”He added: “Consumers of today are highly mobile and socially connected; we intend to build a relevant social connection between users through the content they consume. Social media is already the new water cooler, and we want our content to be at the centre of that dialogue.”The world’s largest streaming service, Netflix, recently launched in several Asian countries as part of its globalexpansion. It is, however, facing new competition from a raft of local services, such as Tribe and Viu, the new OTT service from Hong Kong-based telco PCCW.last_img read more

The BBC has developed an animated virtual reality

first_imgThe BBC has developed an animated virtual reality (VR) spin-off of Doctor Who that will allow fans to step inside the show’s iconic fictional time machine, the TARDIS.Doctor Who: The Runaway is a 12-minute long immersive experience that is due to launch on selected VR headsets in the coming months.It was produced by the BBC’s digital drama team, BBC VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.“Our team at the BBC VR Hub has been creating new experiences with the goal of helping to usher virtual reality into the mainstream, and Doctor Who is exactly the sort of series that can help more people to try this new technology,” said Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub.“The show has been pushing boundaries for over 55 years, and VR enables Doctor Who to explore a whole new dimension of storytelling.”last_img read more

Lets face it were getting older But just bec

first_imgLet’s face it: we’re getting older. But just because we’re aging doesn’t mean we have to look the part – especially since cosmetic medicine is undergoing a remarkable technological renaissance, which makes the old days of face lifts and liposuction look like bloodletting with leeches by comparison. The shift also represents a remarkable opportunity for investors, as demographics and technology collide to revitalize a market. The Older We Get… Not only is each of us individually aging, of course, but so is US society as a whole. According to the Census Bureau, the median age in the US today is over 37 years, compared to about 29 years back in 1960. And today, thanks to dropping birth rates and the continual aging of the baby-boomer generation, there are now more seniors as a percentage of the population than ever before. The proportion of the US aged 62 years and over is now 16.2%; it was less than 12% in 1980. Today, there are 40 million people in the US aged 65 and older; and this figure is projected to more than double to 89 million by 2050. That’s partially because we are all living much longer than we once did. Thanks to advancements in medicine and a higher overall standard of living, the average person born in the US today can expect to live to about 79, according to the CDC. That number was just 70 in 1960 and 60 in 1930. This is much more than just a US phenomenon. It’s a firmly established trend taking place throughout the world. In 1970, the world’s median age was 22.1. That figure has climbed nearly 30% in the past four decades to 28.4. For those of us who enjoy life, this is, of course, good news. But our vanity can often cause us to see it as a double-edged sword of sorts. With age comes some obvious drawbacks – wrinkles and fat deposits in unwanted places, to name a couple. In other words, many of us want to live longer lives, but we don’t really want to look the part. And many of us are willing to spend big bucks to keep that trim, youthful appearance. Traditionally, however, plastic surgery has been the realm of scary, often dangerous procedures, limiting its appeal to only the most desperate or risk tolerant among us. While plastic surgery was big business, its total market was capped by our own fear of going under the knife. However, all of that is changing dramatically today, with the advent of noninvasive and minimally invasive laser- and light-based procedures. These newfangled cosmetic techniques are putting the goal of eternal (or at least extended) beauty within reach for millions more, thanks to less downtime and recovery, and significantly lower costs compared to traditional cosmetic surgery. This combination of new technology and demographics is driving a resurgence of interest in cosmetic procedures, and thus the equipment to perform them. Worldwide, demand is on the rise, as this graph of the market for aesthetic surgical devices from BCC Research highlights: The End of an Era Before he became an Internet star at the popular financial website Zero Hedge, Tyler Durden was a character on the big screen in the 1999 film Fight Club. That Tyler Durden was the proprietor of a soapmaking business unlike any other, because instead of crafting soap bars from, say, beef tallow, Durden used human fat that he scavenged from dumpsters behind liposuction clinics. Far-fetched? Sure. But were a real-life Tyler Durden to try entering the soapmaking game, he’d find his source of raw materials on the decline. That’s because long term, the idea of sucking fat into a bag is probably on the wane. It’s uncomfortable, unpredictable, and, well, sorta gross. Luckily, technology has a way of improving on the earliest efforts at any kind of transformative change, and often those improvements come at high speed. That’s what’s at work here. Less and less invasive. Cheaper. That’s the future. Not that standard liposuction is a complete horror show. It’s extremely popular – second only to breast augmentation as the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the US – for a reason. It removes fat through very small skin incisions, with atraumatic, blunt-tipped tubes called cannulas. It’s simple, the quality of results is generally acceptable, and complications are relatively rare. All have contributed to its success. But that was not always the case; and there is still massive room for improvement. There is no definitive history of “vacuum-assisted lipoplasty,” as liposuction is more properly termed. Any number of people claim to have invented it or first used it to do certain types of work. But the initial documented instances of suctioning fat are attributed to a French surgeon named Charles Dujarier, who practiced way back in the 1920s. Unfortunately, one of Dr. Dujarier’s treatments went badly awry, after he performed the procedure on a famous Parisian model in 1926. She subsequently developed gangrene in her leg and died. The unfortunate model’s death pretty much canceled interest in this sort of body contouring for four decades, although some surgeons continued to employ the brute-force method: slicing open the patient and simply cutting away fat with a scalpel. This never gained much public acceptance, for obvious reasons. In the late 1960s, there was a brief flurry of interest in the work of some European surgeons who experimented with using a curette to scrape away fat; that eventually led to the reemergence of liposuction from history’s dustbin, through the efforts of a father-son team of Italian gynecologists, Drs. Giorgio Fischer and Giorgio Fischer, Jr., in 1974. The Fischers took the basic dilation and curettage procedures used in gynecology and applied the same techniques to fat removal. Their instrument was an electric-powered rotating scalpel, contained within a thin metal cannula that was introduced through small incisions in the skin. The oscillating blade destroyed fat cells, which were then suctioned out (no doubt along with other tissue, fluid, and blood) through rubber tubing by a vacuum machine. It was exceedingly primitive – and it often involved grisly side effects such as a great deal of blood loss, permanent numbness in the treated areas, asymmetry, and distressingly unpredictable results. But from these humble, clumsy beginnings does all of modern liposuction descend. The real breakthrough came in 1982, when a French surgeon, Dr. Yves-Gerard Illouz, introduced the first tumescent liposuction, a technique which remains the most popular method today. Basically, this involves infusing (or “tumescing”) the target area with fluid, then vacuuming it out. The fluid composition has varied over time. Illouz originally used a simple saline solution, but today it most commonly consists of saline, epinephrine to constrict blood vessels, and lidocaine as an anesthetic. Within this model, variations emerged, according to how much fluid is infused: the “wet” technique, where there is less solution than the amount of fat removed; “super-wet,” which involves about the same amount of tumescent solution as the amount of fat removed; and the “tumescent,” where two to three times the amount of solution is introduced, relative to the amount of fat removed. All remain in use today. Other techniques also evolved. Water-assisted liposuction (WAL) uses a thin, fan-shaped water beam, which loosens the structure of the fat tissue so that it can be removed by a special cannula. During the liposuction, the water is continually added and almost immediately aspirated via the same cannula. WAL requires less infiltration solution and produces less immediate edema from the tumescent fluid. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) was introduced in 1987. High-frequency ultrasound waves are emitted from a paddle or pads that are held near the skin. These waves penetrate the skin and heat up and destroy the membrane of a fat cell and literally liquefy the fat, after which it can be aspirated through a cannula. In a variation of this technique, an incision is made and a tiny metal rod is inserted right below the skin. The rod emits the ultrasonic energy that emulsifies the fat. With UAL, there are burn risks and the potential for damage to other tissue from thermal wounds, so this method has not been enthusiastically embraced. In 1998, power-assisted liposuction (PAL) arrived. It uses a high-speed, vibrating cannula that pushes through even very dense, fibrous fatty tissue with less trauma than traditional techniques and with none of UAL’s burn risks. Fibrous tissue has always been a problem in the buttocks, saddlebags, back, and the male breast. The PAL cannula moves through these areas faster, with less work and strain for the surgeon and less pain and a faster recovery for patients. It’s also particularly useful for highly precise fat removal from a small area. The Problems There are several downsides to these traditional liposuction techniques, including the need (sometimes) for general anesthesia, stitches, tissue trauma, and scarring. In the early days, there were even some deaths; and the risk of serious complications – puncture of an internal organ, thromboembolism, lidocaine toxicity, or fluid imbalances – is now quite small, although not nonexistent. (Many of us probably remember the sad story of musician Kanye West’s mother, who died in 2007 following complications from a combined surgery which included liposuction.) The safety of the technique relates not only to the amount of tissue removed, but to the choice of anesthetic and the patient’s overall health; it is considered ideal for the patient to be as fit as possible before the procedure and not to have smoked for several months. Although incisions are a consideration, since they always leave a scar, a great deal of progress has been made in this area. In times past, incisions were usually an inch or more long and therefore hard to conceal. But now, they are in most cases barely an eighth of an inch, and surgeons have learned where incisions can be placed so that they are as inconspicuous as possible after they heal. Nevertheless, as with any skill, some practitioners are better at it than others. One surgeon may be able to get to numerous areas using just a few, small, well-planned incisions, while the doctor next door may require significantly more cuts to get good results. Very much a caveat emptor situation. In addition, several factors limit the amount of fat that can be safely suctioned in one session. The more fat is removed, the higher the surgical risk. There are also negative aspects to removing a larger amount of fat. Unusual “lumpiness” and/or “dents” in the skin can be seen in those patients who have been “over-suctioned.” Then there is the post-op downtime. The earliest that liposuction recipients are able to return to work is usually two days after the procedure. Depending on the extent of the surgery, however, that recovery period can stretch to as long as two weeks. An added annoyance is that a compression garment must be worn for two to four weeks. Swelling can last anywhere from two weeks to two months, and numbness may endure for several weeks. Finally, one of liposuction’s main limitations is the minimal skin retraction achieved after the procedure. The loose skin left hanging around, so to speak, can present a decidedly unnatural appearance. Thus the common choice of combining liposuction with abdominoplasty, popularly known as the “tummy tuck,” thereby adding a second surgical layer – with all associated risks and potential side effects – to the cake. Long story short, standard liposuction has been a boon for some people, but not so much of one for others. So, at the end of the 20th century, the market was open to some method of fat removal that would be non- or minimally invasive, while resolving as many of the negatives of liposuction as possible. We are a decidedly impatient people. What we most want is the elusive pill that will cure all of our ills, including unwanted fat. Lacking that, how about a magic wand that you could just wave over the offending area? Well, maybe… Enter the next generation. SmartLipo What was formerly seen as a pipe dream is now a brand-new science – still in its toddler stage, to be sure. But the techniques are here now, and at least until that miraculous fat-dissolving pill becomes a reality (if it ever does, and if the side effects are not horrendous), they’re poised to give traditional liposuction a run for its money. A small startup called Cynosure pioneered the laser-assisted lipolysis market in 2006, when the FDA approved release of its SmartLipo system, the most minimally invasive procedure on the market at the time. The original device utilized a laser housed inside a cannula, which was directed at the target cells. The newest version, SmartLipo Triplex, uses a more effective triple-beam laser setup. In either instance, laser energy is employed to liquefy the undesired fat, but here there is no need for suction, as the fat is allowed to be absorbed and removed by the body. The result is an improved system that uses smaller cannulas and requires smaller incisions, thus reducing scarring. It’s a method that’s kinder and gentler on the body, and can be done under local anesthetic. It also has the added benefit that, as the body eliminates the fat, its own healing response causes tissues to contract, leaving skin tighter and smoother than would be the case with traditional liposuction. With this technique, downtime is dramatically reduced, with most patients able to return to work within 24 hours. A little over a pint of fat at one time can usually be absorbed by the body. But if the desire is to remove larger amounts, the laser-assisted treatment can be followed by traditional aspiration. Cynosure also makes the Cellulaze, approved by the FDA this past January. It’s the world’s first minimally invasive surgical device designed for the long-term reduction of cellulite, by restoring the normal structure of the skin and underlying connective tissue. CoolSculpting Another new approach is simply to freeze fat away. It apparently had its antecedent in 1970, when an effect called “popsicle panniculitis” was first described. It was another of those serendipitous moments so common in science: Someone noticed that a cold popsicle held against the skin froze the fat underneath, producing a hard bump of inflamed fat. The bump would subsequently shrink, leaving a temporary dent where the fat used to be. And that led to the idea of intentional freezing, a technique that was developed by a company named Zeltiq Aesthetics in 2005, and originally approved by the FDA to anesthetize the skin before dermatological procedures. But after its fat-removal properties were observed, it increasingly began being used “off label.” In 2010, the FDA went ahead and cleared it for that purpose as well. With Zeltiq’s method, dubbed “CoolSculpting,” the patient sits in a chair and the technician attaches multiple suction cups which “grab” a fold of skin with fat beneath, and a gel patch begins to freeze the fatty tissue. The surface skin itself is not frozen. You can take a snooze for about an hour, at the end of which the fat cells will have self-destructed. But they aren’t suctioned out. They’re left in place, to be digested internally by the body and excreted… which takes time – up to several months for the effects to show. But it works. One study of 10 patients who underwent CoolSculpting showed an average reduction of fat layer thickness of 22.4% in the treated area. There are few side effects. Most users find it only slightly uncomfortable, and there may be some bruising or redness for a few days afterward. It’s generally best suited to those with a few small problem areas. The Wand Wannabe The ultimate goal is to invent that magic wand that you simply wave over the body and fat disappears. We don’t have that yet, and may never. But what we do have is Zerona. Zerona is a system developed by privately held Erchonia Medical, Inc. It in no way resembles a wand, looking more like a four-legged spider dangling from a miniature construction crane. That spider houses portable red diode lasers that are positioned above the body and pass their light in a sweeping motion over the target area. They generate no heat and cause no tissue damage. If you’re the patient, all you need do is take a 40-minute nap while the laser plays its tune on you. No scalpel, no anesthetics, no pain. Do it five more times over a two-week period, and you’re finished. Sounds like voodoo, but it apparently does work. Zerona traveled much the same path as Zeltiq. This new application of Erchonia’s laser was discovered by accident, after the FDA approved the device in 2002 for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain. But when practitioners found out what else it did, they quickly began using it off label. In 2010, the FDA gave it formal approval for fat reduction. How it works isn’t completely understood, but it appears that the laser stimulates adipose (fatty) cells, causing a transitory pore to open in the cell membrane. Fat droplets (triglycerides and fatty acids) then migrate out of the cell and into the interstitial space between cells. From there they are carried out of the body through its normal flushing process – this requires extra water intake, with two liters per day recommended. As with all other treatments described here, there are pluses and minuses to Zerona. It may be painless and leave no scars, but still, it’s not for everyone. For one thing, it doesn’t always work, though practitioners do claim an 80-85% success rate. Like Zeltiq, it also affects only subcutaneous fat, the stuff that’s just under the skin – it can’t reach any deeper. It isn’t a replacement for liposuction surgery, which can remove a much greater amount of fat. Nor does it substitute for diet and exercise; those who don’t make the appropriate lifestyle changes will soon find themselves back where they started quite fast. Physicians stress that, in the final analysis, this is not a weight-loss method; it is a “contour-enhancement procedure.” And, as with any new medical technology, it hasn’t been around long enough to reveal any side effects that take time to surface. A Growing Market Each of these technologies has a niche in what is certain to be a growth market. We are a vain society to begin with, and that is only going to increase as our largest demographic – the baby boomers – arrives at the point when people begin worrying that they might actually look as old as they are. Couple that with the vastly increasing size of the wealthy and upper-middle class populations in places like China, India, and South America, and the market for cosmetic procedures is set to increase dramatically over the next few decades. The global marketplace for aesthetic products is expected to show a compound annual growth rate of 13-15% over the next five years, according to industry analysts. The result will be annual sales in excess of $9 billion. Laser cosmetics are expected to at least keep pace with that growth, , increasing from a value of $1.4 billion in 2011 to more than $3 billion by 2018. Traditional liposuction is not going away. Its advantages mean that it will remain a major player in the plastic surgery field. However, it will increasingly be relegated to the more extreme cases, as procedures such as SmartLipo, CoolSculpting, and Zerona prove safer, cheaper, and more palatable to those looking for a less extreme type of makeover. Ultimately, whichever fat-removal technique gets the preferential nod in any given instance matters little. In this environment, there is likely going to be room for all of them to prosper. While the technology is amazing, only one of the companies in this sector is making all the right moves financially too. Inside the pages of Casey Extraordinary Technology, our investment-research service dedicated to identifying the most promising up-and-coming technology companies, we have complete coverage of the laser and light cosmetics market – and have identified one company that is a definite Buy today. To find out which one and why, subscribe now. And rest assured with our unconditional 90-day satisfaction guarantee: if you don’t think our research will pay back the subscription price many times over, we’ll refund the complete cost of your subscription. Before we move on to the Bits & Bytes, it would be sacrilege for us as technophiles to not at least mention that the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – during which more than 3,000 companies will showcase their newest innovations – is now taking place in Las Vegas. If you’re not lucky enough to attend but want to stay in the know about what’s going on at CES, you might want to check out CNET’s coverage of the event. Bits & Bytes Death by Device (Internet Identity) Internet Identity (IID), a provider of technology and services that help organizations secure their Internet presence, recently announced that while cyberthreats for 2013 are already well anticipated and mundane, significant new methods of cybercrime will emerge in 2014 – including the use of Internet-connected devices to carry out physical crimes like murder. According to IID President and CTO Rod Rasmussen, “With so many devices being Internet connected, it makes murdering people remotely relatively simple, at least from a technical perspective. That’s horrifying.” Horrifying indeed, Mr. Rasmussen. Nanostructures Boost Battery Life Fivefold (MIT Technology Review) Compared to the advancements in most areas of electronics over the past couple of decades, advances in battery technology lag far behind. But changes are afoot. Today, there are promising battery chemistries which could theoretically store several times more energy than modern lithium-ion batteries and cost much less. However, such technologies often come with a fatal flaw – you can’t recharge them very many times before they stop working. In a quest to overcome this problem, researchers at Stanford have created novel nanostructures that increase the number of times one of these chemistries (lithium-sulfur batteries) can be recharged, even to levels high enough for a number of commercial applications. Google Glass Competitor (MIT Technology Review) By now we’ve all heard of Google’s Project Glass. The device that is supposed to make augmented reality part of our daily lives was even named one of Time’s Best Inventions of 2012. But if wearable computing is really set to revolutionize how we live and work, you can be sure that countless other competitors will be entering the fray. One such device was shown off at CES yesterday – a light, wearable display from Vuzix called the M100.last_img read more

Disabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a

first_imgDisabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a new version of the government’s Disability Confident employment scheme, with one saying he was “genuinely shocked” by how weak it was.Disability Confident – which has urged employers to “see the ability, not the disability” – has attracted criticism since its launch three years ago for focusing on “communications”, but ignoring institutional discrimination in the workplace.It is seen as a “key” element in achieving the government’s pledge to halve the gap between the employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people, but attracted just 40 mainstream private sector partners in three years after its launch by the prime minister in 2013.The stated aim of Disability Confident was to “debunk the myths around employing disabled people and encourage employers to take advantage of the wealth of talent available”.But successive Tory ministers for disabled people – Esther McVey, Mike Penning, Mark Harper and Justin Tomlinson (pictured) – failed to persuade more than a tiny minority of businesses to take the scheme seriously.Disabled activists with a focus on employment issues even argued that Disability Confident was actually encouraging employers to ignore the access needs of potential disabled employees.Now the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has quietly published a new version of Disability Confident, although it has yet to relaunch it publicly because it first wants to ensure that the “systems work as planned”.Employers will be able to apply for one of three levels: Disability Confident Committed, Disability Confident Employer and Disability Confident Leader.But employers can reach the first two levels by just assessing themselves on their recruitment of disabled people and how they support existing disabled employees, after which DWP will send them a badge and a certificate.It is only if they want to become a Disability Confident Leader that this self-assessment has to be “validated” by another organisation.Large businesses will have to pay for recognised accreditation, while a small or medium-sized business can use more “informal methods”, such as involving an existing Disability Confident leader organisation or asking a disabled people’s organisation to “validate” their self-assessment.But there are already concerns that the new scheme is too close to DWP’s much-criticised Two Ticks, which allowed employers to describe themselves as “positive about disabled people” while getting away with discriminating against disabled staff and potential employees.Two Ticks employers had to sign up to five commitments around employing disabled workers, but researchers concluded in 2014 that it was “little more than an ‘empty shell’, where employers display the two ticks for impression management purposes to take advantage of its potential reputational benefits rather than because of a genuine concern for disability issues”.Disabled activist David Gillon, who has been a vocal critic of Disability Confident since its launch, said he was “genuinely shocked at how bad” the new version was.He said: “Two Ticks became a laughable example of all that was wrong with business attitudes to disability.“Businesses would sign up, put its logo on their paperwork to show what good citizens they were, and carry on mistreating disabled employees in the same way they always did.“Disabled people were promised the replacement would be better than that. Instead we see a multi-tiered system, where tier one lets companies used the Disability Confident logo, while signing up to do far less than Two Ticks, and with no checks whatsoever on their implementation.“This is worse than Two Ticks, which most disabled people wouldn’t have believed possible.“Tier two is marginally better, and roughly equivalent to Two Ticks, but still consists primarily of companies agreeing to do what they are already legally required to do under the Equality Act 2010.“It is unlikely disabled people will see companies agreeing not to break the law as a major step forward in disability rights, especially when it is still solely self-assessed.“Tier three simply adds external assessment to tier two, but that assessment could come from another tier three company, rather than an external expert.“This creates a system in which even Disability Confident Leaders may be getting the accreditation through the ‘old school tie’ network, rather than ever being examined by anyone with a real understanding of disability discrimination.”Gillon also said there was no mention of discrimination, even though “workplace disability discrimination lies at the core of the issues Disability Confident is supposed to be addressing”.He said: “I wasn’t expecting much from Disability Confident, but I’m genuinely shocked at how bad this is.“It’s worse than Two Ticks, and Two Ticks was a laughing stock amongst disabled people.”Mike Adams, chief executive of Purple (formerly ecdp) – and a member of the taskforce set up by the former minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, to look at how to improve Disability Confident – was more positive.He said he would have liked to have seen the new version of the scheme “much stronger and more ambitious”.But he said he accepted that “if you set the bar too high” it might put off some businesses from engaging with the scheme.He said: “I see it as an opportunity, a tool to engage with companies who hitherto have not engaged with disability before. Would I have liked to see it stronger? Yes, of course.”But he said this “probably” would have acted as a disincentive for businesses to get involved in the scheme, and he added: “Have they struck the right balance? We will see.”He said he hoped that some larger employers, like Essex County Council, might start pushing members of their own supply chains to become Disability Confident – which is mentioned in levels two and three of the new scheme – which would then see it “starting to be much more powerful than Two Ticks”.Adams said that offering businesses the “validation” of being a Disability Confident Leader would offer organisations like Purple – by charging to carry out an assessment – a way of “engaging those companies in conversations around disability”.But he also said the new Disability Confident was “a missed opportunity”, because it had failed to address how businesses could also make themselves more open to disabled people as consumers and not just as employees.Liz Sayce, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, said: “We think that the new version of the Disability Confident scheme is an improvement on the earlier campaign that was based only on communications; and we hope it will stimulate employers to open up many more employment opportunities for disabled people.“We also think it will need further development. As it stands, it could be possible for an employer to get to level three without actually employing disabled people.“We understand that a small employer might not happen to have any vacancies in a given period – and agree that they should be recognised for (for instance) improving their internal processes – but we would advocate measuring employers on the proportion of any recruitment or promotions that go to disabled people.“This would mean larger employers would genuinely be judged on their record in employing disabled people at all levels.“We will be working with employers, offering disability confidence training and advice – and at the same time urging DWP to further develop the programme.”Sayce said that as 60 per cent of DR UK’s staff live with an impairment or health condition, and “we learn from our own experience and draw on that learning in our work to support employers to improve their employment practices”, it already “goes beyond the steps in the Disability Confidence scheme”.She said: “We support many employers to improve their practices and offer challenge and assurance.“We are seeking discussion with our members and other DPOs on use of the scheme itself by disabled people’s organisations.”last_img read more

How Student Loans Are Crushing Millennial Entrepreneurialism

first_img Micha Kaufman CEO of Fiverr Add to Queue Next Article 4 min read How Student Loans Are Crushing Millennial Entrepreneurialism A dynamic economy needs highly educated workers and entrepreneurs who can afford to take risks. Mountainous college debt stunts both. Student Loans –shares Image credit: Shutterstock February 24, 2017 Apply Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Getting American entrepreneurialism and job growth on track throughout the country is about eliminating the barriers to bringing an idea to life and having the skills to do it. The Gig Economy is an important lever in making that happen. But its full potential to create mass prosperity won’t be realized until we make higher education a sure economic bet instead of an uncertain gamble that a lifetime of student loan debt will pay off. The Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Congress should focus on saving millions of American students and their families — not to mention the larger US economy — from this long-term financial black hole.Related: Repealing Obamacare Will be a Disaster for Freelancers and Entrepreneurs Who Rely on ThemThe case for becoming more educated starts with lifetime earnings. Those who have more of education tend to make more money while also filling the skills gap that undermines America’s ability to compete globally. According to a report from PwC, the number one concern of CEOs around the globe is finding enough skilled talent. We can’t solve that talent shortage domestically when many 18-year-olds are discouraged by valid fears of long-term indebtedness from borrowing enough for the education employers want. Worries about debt cause untold numbers of students to pursue safer, but limited career paths, or even skip higher education entirely. One troubling sign pointing to slower long term economic growth: U.S. high school graduation rates are higher than ever but college enrollment rates continue to decrease.The numbers suggest why. Forty four million Americans collectively owe $1.3 trillion in student loan debt. The average payment for borrowers 20 to 30 years old is $351. The number of borrowers over the age of 60 with student loan debt grew from 700,000 in 2005 to 2.8 million in 2015. That’s a 300 percent increase.The Gig Economy could be a limitless source of economic opportunity for educated workers, if not for student debt. The inevitable highs and lows of freelancing become impossible when the monthly student loan payment comes due. Already indebted workers are reluctant to borrow more to finance the revamped skills that would otherwise grow their freelance business. Would-be entrepreneurs hamstrung by student debt are more likely to keep their current jobs and less likely to launch new businesses that could create new jobs. The fears we have individually of being swallowed by mounting student loan payments are swallowing the more prosperous future economy we could be building.Related: How to Keep Student Loans From Idling Your Entrepreneurial DreamsThe new administration could do a lot to solve one of America’s greatest economic problems.Move forward with income-based repayment plans.Debt relief, or income-based repayment plans, offer a safety net for individuals who want to start new companies, which sounds ideal for those coming out of school or those looking to turn over a new leaf later in life. Without this safety net, people are less likely to branch out on their own, in turn hurting entrepreneurship and small business creation. During the campaign, then-candidate Trump said he favored an income-based repayment plan. His plan would tie repayment of student loan debt to income, the same plan long championed by debt-relief advocates.An analysis by CNBC shows Trump’s plan is, at best, partial help for low-income earners. It requires borrowers to repay their loans at 12.5 percent of their income for 15 years. While not a perfect fix, and certainly an expensive one, it provides an opportunity for people daring enough to branch out from traditional work.Related: Why Amazon Wants to Help You Save Money On Student LoansKeep relief for those who have been duped.Congress may dismantle Obama-led regulations that provided financial relief for students defrauded by for-profit institutions. This looks a lot like driving an agenda and playing politics with the lives of those less fortunate. Trump University does, of course, makes President Trump an interesting advocate for students suffering from predatory student loan practices.If Trump makes good on his campaign promise to implement an income-based repayment plan, which he can do without the help of Congress, he’ll be helping the Gig Economy and those who rely on it. With walls and bans hogging most headlines, this is a looming issue that has the potential to create a foundation for long term change not just in Washington, but across the country. Guest Writer The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listlast_img read more

Amazon Reveals 230 Touchscreen Echo Show

first_img –shares Next Article Add to Queue 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Amazon This story originally appeared on PCMag Amazon Reveals $230 Touchscreen Echo Show With Echo Show, Alexa can ‘show you things,’ Amazon says of its new gadget. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Amazon today unveiled a touchscreen version of its Echo device, dubbed the Echo Show.The Show, available in white or black, is available for pre-order now for $229.99, and is expected to arrive on June 28. If you buy two or more Echo Show devices, get $100 off with the “SHOW2PACK” code. According to Amazon, the Echo Show “brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists and more. All hands-free — just ask.”The Echo Show sports a 7-inch touch screen and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls. It weighs about 2.5 pounds and comes in at 7.4 by 7.4 by 3.5 inches. It runs an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor.With Echo Show, tap into the services you would on your Echo speaker — from music (Amazon Music, Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and TuneIn) to the day’s news. You can also link it up with smart home devices from companies such as Ring, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, ecobee and Wink and use Echo Show as a surveillance camera of sorts (“Alexa, show me the kids’ room.”)Since Amazon unveiled its voice-controlled Echo speaker in 2014, it has introduced smaller, supplementary Echo devices with the Dot (video below) and Tap. Clones have popped up, mostly notably the Google Home, the Lenovo Smart Assistant and — just this week — the Cortana-backed Harman Kardon Invoke.Apple has thus far stayed out the space; Phil Schiller recently said any Echo-like device probably needed a touch screen, so we’ll have to see if Cupertino decides to give the Echo Show a run for its money. Executive Editor, PCMag Chloe Albanesius May 9, 2017last_img read more

Angel Investors Form Group to Fund Bitcoin Startups

first_img Add to Queue Technology Angel Investors Form Group to Fund Bitcoin Startups Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: TSTMM Blog May 30, 2013 Journalist Benjamin Kabin Next Article 2 min read Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand –shares Bitcoin, the digital currency that has been generating a lot of buzz in the media, is also starting to get some serious attention from investors. Sixty angel investors have formed BitAngels, a group that wants to help fund startups that are dedicated to disrupting the status quo with “crypto-currencies.” So far, the group has raised nearly $7 million that it plans on injecting into tech startups.Billing itself as the first investor and incubator network dedicated exclusively to crypto-currency startups, the group was formed this month at the Bitcoin 2013 Conference in San Jose, Calif. It is headed by entrepreneurs David Johnston and Michael Terpin and angel investor Sam Onat Yilmaz. Johnston is founder of email automation service Engine.co, and Terpin is founder and chief executive of social media agency SocialRadius.BitAngels is accepting applications for a “limited number of passionate, motivated and hard-working entrepreneurs,” the group says on its website. Winning applicants will receive about $20,000 each in investment funds, mentoring and access to office space in New York, San Francisco or Austin, Texas.Related: Accepting Bitcoin Payments: The Risks and Benefits”Right now companies built on top of the Bitcoin technology are launching early stage efforts to completely disrupt stock trading, bonds, titles, agreements, smart property, messaging, and a dozen other now centralized industries,” Johnston says in an email.Bitcoins — essentially virtual coins traded between people online — have traditionally been favored by tech savvy individuals who wish to make clandestine transactions without the paper trail left by credit card and PayPal transactions. But it’s slowly starting to catch on in mainstream business circles, with companies like OkCupid, Reddit and WordPress accepting Bitcoin payments.”Bitcoin is not only here to stay, but your grandmother will be using it in the very near future — and without having to understand what it is or how it works,” Johnston says. “People don’t yet appreciate how fast this whole space is going to move.”Related: The Bitcoin Buzz and How Young Entrepreneurs are Cashing Inlast_img read more

iQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work His Smile

first_img“With the accelerating growth of 5G technology, the traditional film and television content structure will continue to adapt based on the new technological environment,” said Liu Wenfeng, iQIYI’s Chief Technology Officer and President of Infrastructure and Intelligent Content Distribution Business Group (IIG). “Aside from offering Chinese audiences a brand-new viewing experience, the launch of His Smile also marks the introduction of a standard to interactive film and television works and that is bound to change the landscape of China’s film and television industry,” added Wang Xiaohui, iQIYI’s Chief Content Officer and President of Professional Content Business Group (PCG).Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRMAt present, the domestic market’s exploration of interactive video content is still in its infancy. Thus far, the existing interactive works have mainly fed off marketing or been received by early adopters as derivatives of games, variety shows, dramas, and movies and are mostly only carried in the form of H5 or PPT pictures. There has not been an independent interactive film and television work that uses video symbols as its carrier as well as follows the creative rules of film and television production until now. His Smile is undoubtedly the first real interactive film and television work in China.Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsiQIYI utilizes platform identity to dive into interactive video content, curates the industrial structure perfectly through its high-quality production standards and tools, establishes a cohesive set of market customs, helps more content partners create interactive videos, and opens up new video content exploration. In May earlier this year, iQIYI launched the world’s first open interactive video guideline (IVG) and announced that it planned to launch an interactive video platform (IVP) to help creators create interactive video content conveniently and efficiently. IVG provides branching plotlines, perspective-switching, role switching, hidden content viewing of the script structure, and other AI-based preference reading technology. Today, iQIYI has already applied interactive functions to variety shows and trailers, such as the first domestic interactive variety show trailer for The Big Band, which users can experience in the latest version of the iQIYI App.iQIYI has already pioneered the trend of blockbuster content with its works Time Raiders and The Rap of China, taking the lead in the membership subscription model, setting the standards for the production of online blockbuster films, revenue shared online drama series, and vertical short videos, and continuing to innovate and lead the development of the entertainment industry. This time, the world’s first interactive video guideline and the first interactive film and television production will provide content creators with the “methodology + tools + content templates” to promote the emergence of the more high-quality interactive film and television works, and realize the development and scale of interactive video content.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli Intelligent Content Distribution Business Groupinteractive video contentInteractive Video GuidelineiQIYIMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTop of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRMNext ArticleFrom One Marketer To Another: 4 Tips for Getting Started with Data Activation iQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work “His Smile”, Providing Brand New User Experience to the Chinese Audience His Smile, produced by iQIYI and Linghe Media, tells the story of the interaction between a newcomer in the workplace, who is an assistant talent manager at a media company, and members of upcoming boyband hoping to make their big break. By opening up the option of choice in the story, the work allows the audience to enter themselves into the story as the character of the talent manager, making choices according to personal preferences, expanding the storyline related to it, and transforming the “viewer” to the “player” to achieve an immersive entertainment experience.center_img iQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work “His Smile”, Providing Brand New User Experience to the Chinese Audience PRNewswireJune 23, 2019, 5:34 pmJune 24, 2019 iQIYI, Inc., an innovative market-leading online entertainment service in China, officially launched the first domestic interactive film and television work His Smile on June 20th. His Smile is the first interactive film and television work to be launched after iQIYI first announced the launch of the world’s first interactive video guideline (IVG) in May this year. It uses the “branching plot” interactive function of IVG with 21 preset storyline options and 17 possible endings, breaking the traditional film and television narrative structure and bringing a “freedom of choice” and “choose your own adventure” element to the viewer experience. Through the collaborative innovation of technology and content, iQIYI brings a refreshingly disruptive user experience and opens a new era of interactive video content in China.last_img read more

Theres a new Medicareforall bill in the house Why does it matter

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 28 2019Members of the House on Wednesday offered their version of a “Medicare-for-all” bill that is broader than what’s been put forth by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose 2016 presidential run pushed the issue into the political mainstream.Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) unveiled the “Medicare for All Act of 2019,” which redefines what the change in health care coverage might mean. The specifics included in the bill could play a role in the upcoming Democratic presidential primary campaign because candidates seeking support from the party’s progressive wing leverage the phrase. But often, they use it to mean various things.Is this bill so different from Medicare-for-all proposals that have come before? And why would those differences matter? Here are the essential takeaways:In terms of the policy 411, the Jayapal-Dingell bill includes provisions not in other proposals.In many ways, the proposal sounds familiar: The government would establish a health plan that pays for basically all forms of medical care for all citizens. That’s how it gets the moniker “Medicare-for-all.”Under this plan, patients would not be responsible for any cost sharing of medical expenses, and the government coverage would include hospitals, doctors, preventive care, prescription meds and dental and vision care. Private insurers would not be allowed to sell plans that compete with the government program.Senior citizens would be folded into the new Medicare plan, which would be more generous than their current coverage, and the government would make sure any medical care they are getting is not disrupted. The bill leaves two other government health care payers intact: the Veterans Health Administration and the Indian Health Service. Beneficiaries enrolled in these programs would have a choice of enrolling in the new Medicare-for-all plan or sticking with their current coverage.Just like the Sanders bill, the House legislation covers what it calls “comprehensive reproductive health.” Backers say it is meant to cover abortion — a controversial provision. Right now, government-funded health plans are legally prohibited from providing funds for abortions.There are differences, too. For one, the transition to the new Medicare-for-all system would take place over two years, which would be a fast turnaround for a substantial task. Sanders’ bill suggested a four-year transition.The biggest difference: This House vision of Medicare-for-all would also cover long-term care. That isn’t part of the Sanders bill, and it is not covered by Medicare. But for people with disabilities and the elderly, it’s a significant benefit — and one that can get very expensive to pay for out-of-pocket. (The Affordable Care Act included a long-term care provision that was eventually scrapped because of its high cost.)The House bill also would take a swipe at high prices for prescription drugs by empowering the government to negotiate prices directly with manufacturers and to take away and reissue drug patents if such efforts faltered. This idea, known as “compulsory licensing,” has appeared in drug-pricing bills, but not in other Medicare-for-all legislation.And the bill wades into one of the hottest Medicare-for-all controversies: the role of private health care. Notably, it permits it. Private plans can cover services not included in the single government health plan. Doctors can also refuse to participate in the program and charge patients cash for medical treatment instead.”Whether there’s someone out in Beverly Hills who sees the stars and doesn’t partake — that would be possible,” said Dr. Adam Gaffney, a doctor and president of Physicians for a National Health Program, a single-payer advocacy group that supports the legislation. “The way the whole program is structured is to really make it such that that’s a very insignificant overall phenomenon.”And the legislation takes on wonkier questions, like health care costs — proposing so-called global budgets that set a firm amount the federal government would pay for hospitals, for instance, as a strategy to bring down spending.Still, the legislation leaves a lot of meaningful details open to interpretation.Three big ones: what precisely would be covered, what doctors would be paid and how the program would be financed.Related StoriesRobin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals? New math promised on Medicare paymentsMedicare system aimed at improving care, lowering costs may not be having as much impact as thoughtStudy finds persistently high rate of long-term opioid prescribing for older cancer survivorsGenerally, Medicare-for-all would provide “comprehensive benefits,” accounting for health care needs as “medically necessary or appropriate.” That means covering hospital and doctor visits, but also, for instance, mental health, maternity services, addiction treatment, pediatrics and medications.Where it gets tricky is determining which specific services qualify as “necessary.” Sometimes that’s obvious — insulin for diabetics or a cast for a broken leg.In other cases, it’s not as clear. Examples include politically controversial treatments, like gender confirmation surgery. Many experts do say the procedure is an important option for people with gender dysphoria. But specific components of it are sometimes deemed cosmetic or unneeded — often by those skeptical of the treatment to begin with.There are also reconstructive surgeries that provide medical value, but may be deemed cosmetic.The Department of Health and Human Services would have significant discretion in interpreting what specific services are “medically necessary.” That means political leanings or scientific debates could sway what’s covered, even from administration to administration.”Reasonable people could disagree on certain things,” Gaffney acknowledged.The legislation also spells out steps for determining how to pay doctors — a tricky issue, since doctors often complain that traditional Medicare pays them less than does private insurance. But the bill doesn’t set up a reimbursement system.Of course, there’s the question of how the U.S. pays for the new program. Studies suggest Medicare-for-all would bring down national health care costs. Currently, though, much of that health spending is borne by the private sector. Under the Jayapal-Dingell bill, the money would have to come out of taxpayer dollars.That would mean new taxes, and that’s a subject that does not appear anywhere in the Jayapal-Dingell bill. (Jayapal has said she will put out a separate list of potential taxes that could finance her single-payer proposal. Sanders also used this strategy — a separate list of “pay-fors” — to make a case for his bill.)The bill could resonate throughout the 2020 campaign. The House bill keeps a spotlight on the Medicare-for-all issue — requiring Democratic presidential primary candidates to answer more questions and spell out stances on this particular policy.That could create some land mines. Medicare-for-all is controversial, and already major health industry groups have ramped up opposition to the broad idea. This bill’s specific provisions, such as its coverage of abortion, would add more adversaries. Its long-term care coverage would further drive up its multitrillion-dollar price tagBut Robert Blendon, a health care pollster at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, pointed out that addressing concerns such as the long-term care benefit could add to the measure’s political muscle. It could make the idea more attractive to older voters, who otherwise might be hesitant to change their coverage but who do turn out disproportionately to vote in primaries.That dynamic, he said, could skew primary results to favor candidates who endorse Medicare-for-all, as opposed to more moderate Democrats who have distanced themselves from the issue. (In a general election, he noted, costs could certainly diminish that support.)”The long-term care piece is unbelievably significant,” he said. “It surely will help [progressives] with older voters.” This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.last_img read more

Facebook nixes Brazil pages profiles that spread fake news

first_imgIn this Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 file photo, a man enters his Facebook page at a restaurant in Brasilia, Brazil. Facebook has removed a network of pages and profiles in Brazil that the social media company says were used to spread misinformation and foment divisiveness, the company said Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File) Citation: Facebook nixes Brazil pages, profiles that spread fake news (2018, July 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-facebook-nixes-brazil-pages-profiles.html Explore further The company said Wednesday that it took down 196 pages and 87 profiles that violated its authenticity policies. It said they formed a network that hid behind fake accounts to obscure the “nature and origin of its content.”The move comes ahead of elections in Brazil in October and amid concerns worldwide about the ways social media can be used to manipulate political debate and even incite violence.Facebook has struggled to respond to those concerns. It recently announced it would remove misinformation that could lead to bloodshed. But it has stopped short of banning fake news, preferring instead to let users decide for themselves. Facebook boosts ad transparency as it braces for electionscenter_img Facebook has removed a network of pages and profiles in Brazil that the social media company says were used to spread misinformation and foment divisiveness. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ukrainian fighter found guilty over killing of Italian photographer

first_img {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 09 Jul 2019 Top EU officials visit Kiev, pledge more aid for war-torn east Ukraine MILAN (Reuters) – An Italian court sentenced a Ukrainian man to 24 years in jail on Friday over his role in the 2014 killing of an Italian photographer covering fighting between pro-Russian forces and Ukrainian troops.Journalist Andrea Rocchelli and his Russian colleague Andrey Mironov were killed after they were hit by mortar fire near the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine five years ago.Italian prosecutors in the northern city of Pavia said Vitaliy Markiv, a volunteer fighter with the Ukrainian forces at the time, had taken part in the deadly attack and accused him of being an accessory to murder.The prosecution had requested a 17-year sentence for Markiv but the judge ignored this and imposed a much tougher term. World 10 Jul 2019 Party of Ukraine’s new president leads parliamentary vote race Related Newscenter_img Markiv holds joint Ukrainian-Italian citizenship and was arrested after he flew back to Italy in 2017 to see his mother.He has denied the charges. “Glory to Ukraine,” he shouted after the verdict was read out. Under Italian law, a defendant has the right to two appeals before a sentence becomes definitive.Ukrainian Interior Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said the verdict was unfair and would be appealed.”Our guardsman and Ukraine are not guilty of the death of Rocchelli. He has become the victim of an aggressive Russia which unleashed in Sloviansk a war on Donbass (region). We will continue fighting”, Avakov posted on his Facebook.The office of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a statement he had asked the Foreign Ministry and the General Prosecutor’s Office “to make every effort” to bring Markiv home.Rocchelli was a freelance photographer who worked with the Cesura photographers’ collective. (Reporting by Emilio Parodi; additional reporting in Kiev by Natalia Zinets; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Andrew Cawthorne) Related News Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr Wee discusses politics, global issues with former Ukrainian ministerlast_img read more

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"Some of them just 100 years before Game of Thrones,Credit: HBOAudiences can still expect more from the world of Westeros, said the current tuition fees were not realistic and could not even maintain water supply in the schools. who attended Sanders earlier town hall in his hometown,com. either that or "Hodor!" but definitely not the disappointed and downtrodden "hodor" Why This partnership could be a game-changer the likes of which will open the flood gates for television channels to flee the grip of cable companies but there’s also the possibility that for most HBO-watchers it will do nothing at all While HBO already has a streaming service in HBO Go access to it is limited to users who are already paying for HBO through a cable package The new offering HBO Now can be purchased by anybody cable subscriber or not for $1499 a month For the first three months you’ll only be able to sign up on an Apple device That last part the fact that cord cutters can only get HBO independent of big cables bundled programming by using a device like the Apple TV is a bold move to be sure But it might not be all that revolutionary yet Firstly aside from who you pay for the service HBO Now isnt all that different from HBO Go And since the Apple TV set-top box currently offers access to HBO Go Monday’s news isnt all that impactful Thats primarily because HBO doesnt care if you’re a cable subscriber sharing your password (or using one your cable-subscribing friend gave you) Of course HBO’s posture could change dramatically once their new web-only model goes live in April But if not the Apple deal is a red herring to the fact that Apple seems to have lost some cachet in the streaming box space over the last year For instance Apple rival Roku registered 10 million devices in the wild as of September 2014 roughly half of Apples haul at that time The independent streaming set-top box company has long been a popular choice among cord-cutters whose loyalty rivals that of well Apple fans Boasting a no-frill responsive interface that connects with a wide range of video providers Roku got its start as the first box to bring Netflix to televisions and now boasts every major streaming service other than Apples iTunes In fact you can even watch regional Time Warner Cable programming on it As for Google after mothballing its coldly received Google TV service (which launched roughly around the time of the original Apple TV) the search giants Chromecast was the first device to drive the price of streaming gadgets down debuting at just $35 The small dongle doesnt stream video on its own which means it requires a smartphone tablet or computer to push content to it But since smartphones put that capability in just about everyones pocket Chromecast has become a very popular accessory to have in the living room Last year Google also released Android TV a television operating system thats essentially a reboot of Google TV though its much closer in features to Roku and Apple TV It also seems to be following the same downward trajectory as its predecessor The newest major entrant in the race for the living room is the Amazon Fire TV a streaming box thats causing the most problems for Apples unbundled service aspirations Debuting at the special cut-rate price of $69 (its now gone up to $99) Fire TV rivals Apples iTunes offerings with an equally impressive selection of digital rentals or purchases But it also offers the Prime Instant Video library free to the 30 million users who subscribe to Amazons shipping-free shopping program In addition Fire TV will pull live television directly from Sling TVs new $20 per month cord-cutting service a feat that Apple wants to accomplish only without a partnership And Monday’s HBO Now deal was Apple’s first step in that direction But in the meantime the majority of Apple TVs apps require that viewers log in via their cable company user accounts which makes Apple TV less a cord-cutting tool than a cable companion box With a new price of $69 (down from $99) this shortcoming is forgivable but Tim Cook and company are not in the market to make amends they want to make changes to the way television works letting you pick and pay for only the channels you actually want But until the rest of the channels unbundle from big cable like HBO has done Apple TV won’t rule streaming television nor to take reference from Game of Thrones seize the iron throne Read next: HBOs Streaming Service Launching Next Month Exclusively on Apple Devices Here’s What the Newest Apple Watch Apps Look Like and Can Do Request a ride on Uber Apple Be alerted when you receive a notification with a gentle tap by the Taptic Engine Apple Scroll through and like images on Instagram Apple Of course check the time Apple Check into your hotel and unlock your room using the SPG app Apple Pull your boarding pass from Passbook when you’re near the airport Apple Purchase items using Apple Pay Apple Accept or decline phone calls Apple Get timely activity reminders and progress updates throughout the day Apple Raise your wrist and say “Hey Siri” to do all kinds of things with Apple Watch Apple Receive your iPhone notifications Apple Track your fitness using the Workout app Apple Track your activity using the Workout app Apple Get quick summaries of the information you use most using Glances by swiping up Apple Control your music using Now Playing Apple In addition to timekeeping communications and health and fitness Apple Watch lets you do so much more Apple 1 of 16 Advertisement The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now View Sample Sign Up Now Listen to the most important stories of the day Contact us at editors@timecomNintendo’s promised paid online offering for its sought after Switch hybrid TV-handheld game console has been delayed to 2018 the company announced by way of a revamped website for the service That’s the bad news The good however is that online multiplayer currently offered on a per title basis will remain gratis until the paid service is ready to rock and roll Front or back half of next year Nintendo is only saying “2018” at this point But it’s also divulging other details we didn’t yet know As expected the full service will involve a devoted smartphone app that interacts with your Nintendo Switch and helps you link up with friends for online play The app will include an online lobby and voice chat says Nintendo including the option to invite friends to play online set play appointments or chat with friends during online matches in games that support the feature “all from your smart device” says Nintendo Subscribers will be able to download classic Nintendo titles with additional online features including Super Mario Bros 3 Balloon Fight and Dr Mario says the company They may also enjoy discounts on select titles and other content as a side perk And Nintendo is finally talking service pricing revealing three tiers: $399 per month $799 per three months or $1999 per 12 months Microsoft and Sony whose established services would at this point yield apples-to-oranges comparisons with Nintendo’s each offer online subscription plans for $5999 a year Nintendo As of today the only “paid online” features not available are the online lobby and voice chat app “classic game selection” (Nintendo notes this name is “subject to change”) and eShop deals Everything else announced so far is live now Why not integrate these smartphone app features into the Switch itself Isn’t the Switch essentially a smartphone-ish device shifted sideways Who knows the mind of Nintendo but we can speculate a bit like noticing that smartphones are vastly better at being general social engagement hubs than gamepads interfacing with consoles Yes the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are fine honed tools for game-focused matchmaking But think about the curious ways Nintendo has been drawing together its mobile apps Switch games master account system and rewards program Maybe it’s aiming higher or broader or flat out weirder We’ll see Whatever the case Nintendo says a “free” and “limited” version of the smartphone app will be downloadable this summer presumably as a beta test And I assume we’ll hear much more about this in just a few short weeks at E3 Write to Matt Peckham at mattpeckham@timecom Kwara and Kogi Commamd said that they would be interrogated before they are charged to court. said Jennifer Albert, Write to Joseph Hincks at joseph.Three Russian journalists were investigating a private security company’s alleged connections to the Kremlin when their car was reportedly ambushed by unidentified attackers.

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