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LA would support a US Winter Games, but it’s complicated


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It’s also the story of Utah, which might get in the mix to host a Winter Olympics in 2026 or 2030.The chairman of the LA bid was in Park City on Tuesday for the U.S. Olympic Committee media summit to discuss Los Angeles’ recent victory; many of the questions he fielded, though, involved whether a U.S. bid for an upcoming Winter Games might make sense, too.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Twenty-six is complicated, obviously,” Casey Wasserman said. “Obviously, there are real challenges from a timing perspective, two years before us. But I think our approach has been, the Olympic Games, whether summer or winter, are good for American athletes. Our intent is to be a good partner to the USOC and American athletes.”The USOC board will meet next month to discuss the possibility. The same country hasn’t hosted back-to-back Olympics since before World War II, though when the International Olympic Committee scrapped its traditional rules and awarded 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (LA) at the same time, it indicated it was certainly open to new ideas. Salt Lake City hosted the Winter Olympics in 2002, and what remains there and in Park City pretty much adheres to Agenda 2020, the blueprint that IOC President Thomas Bach set for future Olympics, which calls for less spending on new venues and infrastructure.Through a legacy foundation, the area has maintained an Olympic speedskating oval and a Nordic skiing course, each of which have drawn local athletes to their respective sports and could be used as part of an upcoming bid. The Utah Olympic Park remains an active training ground for action sports, for both U.S. athletes and those from other countries who are invited to work out there.Meanwhile, Utah likes the Olympics: NBC says Salt Lake City has ranked as either No. 1 or 2 among U.S. TV markets over the last three Winter Games.Leaders of the movement to bring the games back to Utah have largely stayed quiet, not wanting to take the limelight from Los Angeles, which helped the U.S. put a stop to a long string of embarrassing losses on the Olympic bid front. But a handful have told The Associated Press that there is enthusiasm for a potential bid if the USOC will sign on.“There’s fantastic momentum to have the Games come back. I think we could do it for a very affordable price compared to the rest of the world,” said Ted Morris, the executive director of U.S. Speedskating, which is based in the Salt Lake City area. “In my opinion, looking at ’26 is probably not realistic, but ’30 seems like an opportunity.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The most complicating factor for either year would be a reworking of an agreement between LA and the USOC that transfers the USOC’s marketing rights to the city’s organizing committee over an eight-year span. Adding another American Olympics to that mix would force some major renegotiations.There’s also the issue of the IOC bid process. Bach has redrawn the rules for 2026, creating friendlier deadlines for cities to commit to a bid. But he has not committed to a potential double award for 2026 and 2030, the way he did with 2024 and 2028.Also, the USOC will have to consider Denver and Reno, Nevada, which also have expressed interest in hosting a Winter Games but would be behind the curve compared with Salt Lake City.“Thomas Bach has publicly stated he’d like to see the Winter Games return to a more traditional location, and to me, that’s code for Europe or North America,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst, speaking to the fact that the hosts for 2014, 2018 and 2022 are Russia, South Korea and China. “We’ve got to look at that, then develop a strategy about whether we’re going to bid for the (2026) Winter Games or beyond that.” MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2002, file photo, Georg Hackl, of Germany, speeds past an Olympic logo during a practice run for the men’s singles luge at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah. The idea of the U.S. hosting a Winter Olympics is complicated. So says the leader of the team that brought the Summer Games to Los Angeles for 2028. LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman says his team would be supportive of a bid to bring the Winter Games to the United States. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)PARK CITY, Utah — The venues are there. The city loves the Olympics. The memories of the last games it hosted are still fairly fresh and mostly positive.This is the story of Los Angeles, which will host the Summer Games in 2028.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Playoff-bound Cubs lose to Reds in finale BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


San Francisco may ban police city from facial recognition use


first_imgSan Francisco: San Francisco is on track to become the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras. Government agencies around the U.S. have used the technology for more than a decade to scan databases for suspects and prevent identity fraud. But recent advances in artificial intelligence have created more sophisticated computer vision tools, making it easier for police to pinpoint a missing child or protester in a moving crowd or for retailers to analyze a shopper’s facial expressions as they peruse store shelves. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportEfforts to restrict its use are getting pushback from law enforcement groups and the tech industry, though it’s far from a united front. Microsoft, while opposed to an outright ban, has urged lawmakers to set limits on the technology, warning that leaving it unchecked could enable an oppressive dystopia reminiscent of George Orwell’s novel “1984.” “Face recognition is one of those technologies that people get how creepy it is,” said Alvaro Bedoya, who directs Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology. “It’s not like cookies on a browser. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThere’s something about this technology that really sets the hairs on the back of people’s heads up.” Without regulations barring law enforcement from accessing driver’s license databases, people who have never been arrested could be part of virtual police line-ups without their knowledge, skeptics of the technology say. They worry people will one day not be able to go to a park, store or school without being identified and tracked. Already, a handful of big box stores across the U.S. are trying out cameras with facial recognition that can guess their customers’ age, gender or mood as they walk by, with the goal of showing them targeted, real-time ads on in-store video screens. If San Francisco adopts a ban, other cities, states or even Congress could follow, with lawmakers from both parties looking to curtail government surveillance and others hoping to restrict how businesses analyze the faces, emotions and gaits of an unsuspecting public. The California Legislature is considering a proposal prohibiting the use of facial ID technology on body cameras. A bipartisan bill in the US Senate would exempt police applications but set limits on businesses analyzing people’s faces without their consent. Legislation similar to San Francisco’s is pending in Oakland, California, and on Thursday another proposed ban was introduced in Somerville, Massachusetts. Bedoya said a ban in San Francisco, the “most technologically advanced city in our country,” would send a warning to other police departments thinking of trying out the imperfect technology. But Daniel Castro, vice president of the industry-backed Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, said the ordinance is too extreme to serve as a model. “It might find success in San Francisco, but I will be surprised if it finds success in a lot of other cities,” he said. San Francisco is home to tech innovators such as Uber, Airbnb and Twitter, but the city’s relationship with the industry is testy. Some supervisors in City Hall are calling for a tax on stock-based compensation in response to a wave of San Francisco companies going public, including Lyft and Pinterest. At the same time, San Francisco is big on protecting immigrants, civil liberties and privacy. In November, nearly 60% of voters approved a proposition to strengthen data privacy guidelines.last_img read more


No such thing as a bad point for Columbus Blue Jackets


There’s no time to waste in the current NHL season – the Columbus Blue Jackets just need points. So far, they’re getting the job done. The Detroit Red Wings crashed the Blue Jackets’ Monday home opener by tying the game at three with 6:04 remaining in regulation before winning in a shootout, 4-3. The night wasn’t a total loss, though – players in the Columbus locker room found consolation in gaining a point by virtue of forcing overtime against the visitors. That valuable point in the standings gave the Blue Jackets three points through two games (the first two came in Saturday’s season-opening 4-3 shootout win at Nashville). It took the 2011-12 Blue Jackets nine games to make three points and claim their first win. So, while it’s true that the Blue Jackets were a mere 6:04 away from only the second 2-0 start to a season in franchise history, the team is taking a glass-half-full approach to the situation. “For us, (Monday’s game is) still a good point,” Blue Jackets wing Vinny Prospal said after the game. “I think, before the season, if anybody told us we’d have three points after the first two games, we would take it.” Prospal scored his first goal of the season – the would-have-been game winner – with 11:17 to play in the third period to put Columbus up, 3-2. Red Wings veteran center Pavel Datsyuk erased that lead when he jammed the game-tying goal past Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from close range. After a scoreless overtime period, Detroit center Damien Brunner scored the only goal of the shootout to win the game. A single point isn’t to be taken lightly in the current lockout-shortened, 48-game season. Fewer games mean fewer chances to climb in the standings and a significantly narrowed margin for error when compared to the ample opportunities teams have to improve during the typical 82-game seasons. Another product of the condensed schedule is quick turnarounds – Columbus will play its third game in five days Wednesday against the Phoenix Coyotes. If there was any lingering frustration about letting a win against Detroit slip away, Blue Jackets’ defenseman Jack Johnson compelled his teammates to quickly move beyond it. “You have to let it go,” Johnson said. “We have to get ready for Wednesday … win or lose, you have to put it behind you and get ready for the next one.” A win against the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Ariz., would give the Blue Jackets five points – it took last year’s team 12 games to reach that plateau, and they were already fading from the playoff picture, having posted a 2-9-1 record during that span. So long as the team doesn’t fade into playoff oblivion again, when and how the points come probably isn’t of much consequence to the Columbus players. The goal, Johnson said, is to simply accumulate points every time out and stay in the hunt. “We’re trying to find a way to get a point in every single game,” Johnson said. “Because every point is so precious with only 48 games.” John Davidson, president of hockey operations for Columbus, agreed. “There’s no such thing as a bad point,” Davidson said. “Not this year.” The Blue Jackets’ Wednesday game at Phoenix is scheduled for an 10 p.m. start. read more


South Korea boss worried about Son Heungmin


first_imgAccording to Paulo Bento, he fears the Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min might not be ready to play in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Tottenham Hotspur superstar Son Heung-min has traveled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.And South Korea boss Paulo Bento fears he is overplayed.“Of course we know how many matches and minutes he has played over the past month,” Bento told The Malay Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“He’s probably never played as many games in a row as he has recently. It’s only his second day with us so we will need to check his condition tomorrow before we make any decision on him.”“He’s a very important part of the team obviously,” added Bento.“But we won’t take any risks and we also have other options.”last_img read more


Ocean Beach Pier scheduled to reopen


first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – After being closed for months the Ocean Beach Pier finally has an expected date to be re-opened.KUSI’s Dan Plante visited the O.B Pier for an update on its progress. Dan Plante, Posted: May 17, 2019 Ocean Beach Pier scheduled to reopen Dan Plante May 17, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


UPDATE Florida Editor Fired Over Plagiarism


first_imgFollowing publication of the report, Ocala magazine publisher Linda Marks fired Lee. Lee did not immediately return a request from FOLIO: seeking comment.In an e-mail to the paper, Lee said the plagiarism was unintentional, and hinted that it was a result of the magazine being understaffed.”Producing 17 issues a year is a huge responsibility, especially with a limited staff and little to no freelancers,” she wrote. “Many times I’m working and researching dozens of stories months and months ahead of time collecting data, ideas, thoughts, quotes and the like from every resource possible. All of this goes into a running file that I keep on my desktop, referencing, revising and cutting as it gets closer to deadline. I do my best to keep detailed notes as to where the items come from and I believe that as I work through the files, getting closer to finished copy that I amend all the information to be in my own voice. So when I say that I never intentionally reproduced someone else’s work as my own, I’m being truthful.”Lee said the magazine was in the process of implementing a software program to check for plagiarism in future articles as well as in its online archives.On Monday, a message on the Ocala magazine homepage said the Web site was “temporarily down for maintenance.” The editor of a regional magazine based in Florida has been fired after being accused of plagiarizing from magazines and newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, O: The Oprah magazine and Entertainment Weekly.According to a report in the Ocala, Florida Star Banner, there are at least 20 examples of plagiarism in stories and columns written by Ocala magazine editor Heather Lee, spanning a period of four years. Those examples contain phrases, paragraphs and passages, in whole or in part, lifted from a variety of sources. A 2008 column, for example, was copied “almost verbatim” from a 2003 story published on indiebride.com, according to the paper.last_img read more


Bengaluru hosts vintage motorcycle show over 200 rare bikes on display Photos


first_imgChetan PriyadarshanBengaluru is hosting a two-day vintage motorcycle show with over 200 bikes at UB City. Here you can catch a glimpse of the 1920 BSA Pointing to one of the vehicles used by Hitler’s armed forces. The show was inaugurated by Kannada actor Puneet Rajkumar on Saturday and the first day attracted a footfall of over 600 visitors. It is being organised by the Federation of Historical Vehicles of India (FHVI) and Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA) on the occasion of International Motorcycle Week. Chetan PriyadarshanJointly sponsored by UB City and The Prestige Group, the show has vintage bikes from Royal Enfield, Jawa, Yezdi, Harley Davidson, Indian, Nortons, Triumph, BMW, BSA, Matchless, AJS, and Lambretta. Rare bikes like Velocette, Cossack, Douglas, CZ, JAP, Cezeta, Micoletta, Norman, and NSU were also showcased in large numbers.This is the first time FIVA, an official partner of UNESCO, is organising the event in India. According to Dr. Ravi Prakash, the president of FHVI, “This event is the first step to preserve royalty and the beauty of vintage motor and its craftsmanship.” He added that the motto behind such kind of shows is to provide its viewers the understanding of the complex high-end motors.The event showcased vintage bikes ranging from 1900s to late 1980s. The biggest attraction in the event was the introduction of a Zundapp, a vintage of 1936 from Germany. It is the only one available in a working condition in the world. It is a bike from the Hitler’s army from World War 2. The bike fuses in it a power of 650cc, hand gear, shock driven, boxer twin engine. Chetan PriyadarshanThe event also showcases the very first cycles named, Bone Shakers and Panny Farthing dating back to 1860 and 1870, respectively. The event allotted special attention to a few companies which were the benchmark to the evolution of motorcycles. The oldest collections of FHVI consisting of a Douglas (1920), an AJS H7 (1927), a BSA (1931) was showcased together with the vintage cycles. Chetan PriyadarshanThe presence of several high-profile motorcycle manufacturers with their collections, the vintage motorcycle show had plenty going for it. Here is a quick roundup:Harley Davidson Chetan PriyadarshanThere were multiple bikes displayed by the brand with one of the oldest being the two cylinder v-twin engine, Knucklehead EL vintage 1937. There were many classic models and also racing models like 1983-XR 1000 in the display.Royal Enfield Chetan PriyadarshanThe company took the grandeur of showcasing its very first continental GT models and the Interceptors. The company also displayed some of the newer models like the army brown classic and the bullet.TVS Chetan PriyadarshanBoasting of its renovations on the Apache RR310, the company made it obvious with their display of the vintage and the recent release, the changes and what the company has changed so far.Jawa Chetan PriyadarshanThe major attraction by the company was the 660cc continental vintage display. Adding into the flavour was the 350cc twin engine. The relative newer varieties are flooding the market but the vintage relatively gives a greater grandeur.Ariel Chetan PriyadarshanThe company boasted mostly of its single sitter, double engine carriers in the show. The British motor company showcased a variety ranging from 350cc to 500cc carriers. The Red Hunter classic and the Ariel Square Four MKII classic were the main attractions because of their elongated looks. The 400cc, Ariel Sloper also attracted a lot of people.BMW Chetan PriyadarshanThough the company did not showcase many vintage carriers, the classic models described the grandeur of the company. BMW R100RS and 900cc classic gave the show a different charm of luxury craftsmanship. The other attraction was the 400cc, BMW R4, stamped in 1934.Indian Chetan PriyadarshanThe famous cruiser manufacturing auto company displayed an astonishing range of single sitter classic models. The visitors were awed by seeing the look of the double cylinder carrier.Triumph Chetan PriyadarshanThe UK manufacturer displayed its twin cylinder Tiger models and the 500cc classic models. The major attraction was the sand brown, 350cc Triumph 3HW.BSA Chetan PriyadarshanThe company played the trump-card role for the show. Its contrast displays ranging from cycle mopeds to classic bikes and bullets were displayed with the other competitors in the auto industry. The company showed by the way of their display, what they rolled, through the years of progress. The major attraction for the viewers was the 1980’s bond street carrier. The attractions were the BSA James, 150cc vintage stamped in 1938, the BSA BB 33 stamped in 1933 and the BSA 500cc sidecar, stamped in 1928.Panther Chetan PriyadarshanThe company displayed one of the motorbikes from 1947. The carrier is completely rusted but is kept in factory condition to retain its vintage grandeur. The other attraction was the 75cc Panther model from 1955.Some of the other vintage motors on display are a 350cc AJS from 1925, 500cc Sunbeam from 1949 and 500cc Sunbeam S7 from 1951.last_img read more


Mezbah went missing two months ago


first_imgMezbah UddinOne of the suspected militants killed in the RAB raid in Dhaka’s Nakhalpara area on Friday, was identified as Mezbah Uddin alias Zahid.Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) conducted the raid in the building, approximately 100 yards away from the prime minister’s office where the three suspected militants were killed.According to Prothom Alo Comilla correspondent, Mezbah was from Hasnabad union of Monoharganj upazila of Comilla. Mezbah’s house is locally known as ‘Moulvibari’ in the area.Comilla’s Hasnabad union parishad chairman Kamal Hossain on Sunday night said Mezbah went missing from Dhaka two months ago. RAB director general Benazir Ahmed told reporters, two national identity cards with the same photo was recovered from one of the suspected militants. One of the ID cards had the name Zahid and the other had the name Sajib.Our Comilla correspondent said RAB picked up members of Mezbah’s family on Saturday morning for interrogation.Meanwhile RAB’s media wing in a mobile message to the media at 3:30pm Sunday afternoon, confirmed the identity of one of the three deceased suspected militants as Mezbah Uddin. Later, in another message around 6:30pm, RAB informed the media that Mezbah’s father, mother, brother and wife were on their way to Dhaka from Comilla for interrogation.Monohharganj police inspector (Investigation) Nazrul Islam said Mezbah was living in Dhaka for the last 15 years. He was a trader of used tyres in Syedabad, Dhaka and also had a shop.Nazrul Islam said Mezbah got married after last Ramadan. His wife is three months pregnant. Mezbah’s elderly father use to look after the house in Comilla, he added. Asked whether any general diary with Monoharganj police station was filed about Mezbah being missing, inspector Nazrul Islam said, Mezbah went missing from Dhaka and the GD was filed in Dhaka. Mezbah’s family, however, could not say anything about filing GD at any police station in Dhaka.RAB-3 commander Emranul Hasan told Prothom Alo that Mezbah was identified from his the fingerprints filed at their information centre. The other two suspected militants were not yet identified.last_img read more


Iran votes in verdict on Rouhanis economy


first_imgIranian presidential election candidates Hassan Rouhani and Ebrahim Raisi. AFPPolls opened in Iran on Friday with voters set to give their verdict on President Hassan Rouhani’s policy of opening up to the world and efforts to rebuild the stagnant economy.He faces stiff competition from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, 56, who has positioned himself as a defender of the poor and called for a much tougher line with the West.Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cast his ballot just minutes after polls opened at 8:00 am (0330 GMT).”The destiny of the country is in the hand of Iranians,” he told reporters as he voted in his compound in Tehran.Long lines had already formed at polling stations around the country.Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric, has sought to frame the election as a choice between greater civil liberties and “extremism”.He has pushed the boundaries over the past fortnight, criticising the continued arrest of reformist leaders and activists, and calling on security agencies not to interfere in the vote.Raisi says he will stick by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, that saw curbs to Iran’s atomic programme in exchange for sanctions relief, but he points to the continued economic slump as proof that Rouhani’s diplomatic efforts have failed.”Instead of using the capable hands of our youths to resolve problems, they are putting our economy in the hands of foreigners,” Raisi said at a final rally in the holy city of Mashhad on Wednesday.Rouhani responded by calling on voters to keep hardliners away from Iran’s delicate diplomatic levers.”One wrong decision by the president can mean war and a correct decision can mean peace,” he said at his own Mashhad rally.The election comes at a tense moment in US-Iran relations.Rouhani gained a reprieve on Wednesday when the administration of US President Donald Trump agreed to continue waiving nuclear-related sanctions, keeping the deal on track for now.But Trump has launched a 90-day review of the accord that could see it abandoned, and is visiting Iran’s bitter regional rival Saudi Arabia this weekend.- Economic slump -“For me, Mr Rouhani’s dialogue with the world and moderation in society are very important,” said Zahra, a 32-year-old PhD student in food science.Under former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, “the sanctions really hurt us. It was hard to get lab equipment and very difficult to get visas to study abroad. Now my colleagues can travel to France and the US,” she said.Despite the global implications, it is the economy that has dominated the campaign.Rouhani has brought inflation down from around 40 percent when he took over in 2013, but prices are still rising by nine percent a year.Oil sales have rebounded since the nuclear deal took effect in January 2016, but growth in the rest of the economy has been limited, leaving unemployment at 12.5 percent overall, and almost 30 percent for young people.Rouhani has vowed to work towards the removal of remaining US sanctions that are stifling trade and investment deals with Europe and Asia, but he is unlikely to receive much assistance from Trump.Raisi has instead promised to triple cash hand-outs to the poor, hoping to pick up voters that once supported Ahmadinejad.Having proved too independent for the conservative establishment, Ahmadinejad was dramatically barred from standing by the Guardian Council last month as it disqualified all but six of the 1,636 people who signed up for the election.The presidential race has since narrowed to a two-horse race as other candidates either pulled out or called on their supporters to back Rouhani or Raisi.Two other candidates are still technically standing — conservative Mostafa Mirsalim and reformist Mostafa Hashemitaba — though they are not expected to win more than a few percent of the vote.Iranians are also voting for their local councils, with reformists particularly hoping to undo the conservatives’ narrow majority in Tehran.last_img read more


Morgan State University Named National Treasure


first_imgMorgan State University’s picturesque campus was named a national treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (Courtesy photo)Morgan State University, on May 3, was named a national treasure, a designation that aims to provide the school with funds to preserve the institution’s storied buildings. The HBCU was named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization. Morgan shares this honor with only one other HBCU, Howard University in Washington D.C., whose library was named a national treasure earlier this year. The National Trust’s President and CEO, Stephanie Meeks said in a statement, “The National Trust believes that historically Black colleges and universities tell an important and often overlooked American story.” She added, “We are proud to partner with Morgan State University, a nationally-recognized innovator and education leader.”Morgan State University dates back to 1867, when it was established as one of the earliest institutions to offer post-secondary education for African Americans. Among the many notable alumni and alumnae are former US representative Kweisi Mfume, acclaimed novelist Zora Neal Hurston and Academy Award winning actress Monique. The campus is home to an impressive collection of historical buildings that were designed by pioneering and celebrated Black architects such as Albert Cassell, Hilyard Robinson, Louis Fry, and Leon Bridges. “We have known of Morgan’s significance on the higher education stage for many years and now, as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary, the world will know that, in fact, this university is a national treasure,” said David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, in a statement. “We are very excited and honored by this designation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In many ways, it is recognition of the value we have placed on caring for and preserving the history of the great Morgan State University.”Under the agreement Morgan and the National Trust will produce a preservation plan that will preserve the many historical buildings on campus, while planning for the university’s future. The National Trust has already worked with Congress to get Historic Preservation Funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Over the years more than $61 million has been reauthorized and secured for the restoration of historic buildings on HBCU campuses.last_img read more


NAACP Calls Mississippi Candidate HydeSmiths Hanging Comments Sick


first_imgWritten by the NNPABALTIMORE— The NAACP issued the following statement regarding Mississippi Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith recent statement on being invited to a public hanging.“Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s shameful remarks prove once again how Trump has created a social and political climate that normalizes hateful and racist rhetoric. We’ve seen this in Florida from Ron DeSantis and others during this election season and denounce it.“If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row”- Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith says in Tupelo, MS after Colin Hutchinson, cattle rancher, praises her. U.S. Senate candidate Mike Espy will head to a runoff against incumbent Republican Hyde-Smith on Nov. 27. (Photo: Official Senate Photo / Wikimedia Commons)“Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful. Any politician seeking to serve as the national voice of the people of Mississippi should know better. Her choice of words serves as an indictment of not only her lack of judgement, but her lack of empathy, and most of all lack of character.” — Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEOFounded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas here.last_img read more


Matt Groenings Disenchantment Part 2 Premiere Date Set on Netflix


first_imgThe second half of the first season of “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, will be sailing to Netflix subscribers this September.The 10-episode part 2 of season 1 of the animated “un-fairytale” comedy launches Friday, Sept. 20, exclusively on Netflix worldwide.“Dying for more ‘Disenchantment’ but perhaps your memory is a bit… cloudy? Allow us to catch you up: Elfo is gone. Dreamland is deserted. Princess Bean is on a mission,” Netflix said in teasing the part 2 release.The first half of the show debuted in August 2018. Netflix renewed “Disenchantment” for a second season last fall. As with the freshman run, the 20-episode second season is slated to be released in two parts — the first half in 2020 and the second half in 2021.The show marks one of the few projects Groening has undertaken outside of his megahit “The Simpsons,” which just concluded its 30th season on Fox. The series features the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (as Princess Bean), Eric Andre (as Luci) and Nat Faxon (as Elfo) along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding and Lucy Montgomery. Popular on Variety “Disenchantment” takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. It follows the adventures of a hard-drinking princess named Bean, her diminutive companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Disenchantment” is animated by Rough Draft Studios. The series is produced by The ULULU Co. for Netflix, with Groening and Josh Weinstein serving as executive producers.last_img read more


CBI raids nine places over chit fund scam


first_imgKolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted raids at different places in the state on Friday, in connection with a chit fund case of the ATM Group.Raids have been conducted at nine places, including the offices and residences of the Chief Managing Director (CMD) and other directors of the group.A case was registered in this connection on June 6 in 2017 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The case had started on charges of criminal breach of trust (406 IPC), cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property (420 IPC), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), for voluntarily causing hurt (323 IPC), criminal intimidation (506 IPC) and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention (34 IPC). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe central investigating agency had initiated a probe following the Supreme Court’s order.Teams comprising CBI officers went to nine different places to conduct raids and several incriminating documents were seized.After preliminary investigation, CBI officers have come to know that the group had collected around Rs 4 to Rs 5 crore through different chit fund schemes.The modus operandi of the group was quite similar to that of other chit fund groups. Investigation has revealed that the group had assured high rate of return to collect money from people. But the investors have not got back their money and the invested amount has been allegedly misappropriated.Officers of the investigating agency have seized several documents during the raid and they will be going through the same to get more information about the group.It may be mentioned that the probe into all the chit fund cases have recently started gaining momentum and officers of the central investigating agency have conducted raids in connection with several chit fund cases in the past few weeks.last_img read more


Three Technologies That Will Change the Way You Use WiFi


first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. March 19, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Wi-Fi as you know it will begin to evolve over the next few months, changing how businesses stay connected.Three new Wi-Fi technologies — 802.11ac, Hotspot 2.0 (also known as Wi-Fi Certified Passpoint) and Super Wi-Fi — will provide faster, seamless, more widespread and more secure connectivity via mobile devices and wireless connections in the office and home.Here’s a look at what to expect, as well as insight on what it means for business:1. More seamless mobile connections.When you get off a plane, you turn your smartphone on and, voilà, you get service. This type of cellular roaming convenience is coming soon for Wi-Fi.Instead of sorting through a list of available Wi-Fi hotspots figuring out which ones are safe and secure, remembering passwords or dealing with sign-in pages, Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi hotspots are expected to completely automate connectivity.You won’t need new phones or tablets. Portable Wi-Fi devices will require only firmware, software or operating system updates to make them Passpoint compliant, says the Wi-Fi Alliance, an international nonprofit group shepherding Passpoint’s adoption and certification.Once Passpoint compliant, phones will automatically connect to the most secure and powerful Passpoint Wi-Fi hotspot available for all data activities. That will mean less need for spotty and slow 3G or even 4G data connections.Related: Three Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Safely What it means: More widespread Wi-Fi should make travel communications easier. Employees could more easily access attachments and transfer documents, as well as avoid costly hotel Wi-Fi charges. Voice connections via VoIP also could save businesses on cellular costs.Any business can set up its own Passpoint hotspot, then partner with a local cellular carrier or Passpoint hotspot operator and earn a commission for any resulting Wi-Fi traffic.The first Passpoint-certified Wi-Fi routers are expected to go on sale this July, and the first commercial Passpoint hotspots are expected this fall. Charges for Passpoint Wi-Fi connectivity will simply be one more item on your cellular invoice rather than a separate bill. While prices have yet to be set, hotspot operator and Passpoint supporter Boingo charges less than $10 a month for unlimited domestic connectivity. Passpoint connectivity will likely be priced similarly.2. Faster Wi-Fi communications.Today’s fastest Wi-Fi protocol is 802.11n, or just “n,” which provides theoretical data transfer speeds of around 300 megabits per second (Mbps).Up next on the Wi-Fi speed chart is 802.11ac, alternately called “gigabit,” Very High Throughput Wi-Fi or fifth-generation (5G) Wi-Fi. By any name, 802.11ac Wi-Fi is expected to offer speeds of up to 1300 Mbps — potentially more than four times faster than current “n” routers and about 1,000 times faster than 4G LTE connectivity.Instead of operating in the crowded 2.4 GHz frequencies along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and wireless communication gadgets, 802.11ac Wi-Fi will transmit data in the relatively vacant 5 GHz spectrum.Related: What I Learned About Business Travel on the Way to the Taj MahalWhat it means: These and other improvements are expected to create speedier, more consistent wireless links further from the router with fewer dead spots and greater ability to penetrate walls.For businesses, this would mean more reliable in-office connectivity and could reduce or eliminate the need for complex and expensive wired broadband connections. For portable devices, speedier downloads via gigabit Wi-Fi would increase battery life.Expect the first gigabit Wi-Fi routers to go on sale this summer, likely for only a small price premium over current “n” routers.3. Wi-Fi everywhere.Even if gigabit Wi-Fi slightly expands Wi-Fi’s range, distance from the router will still be limited to a couple of hundred feet in optimal conditions, making office wireless a hit-or-miss proposition.Hotspots measured in miles rather than feet may be coming soon via a technology called Super Wi-Fi, which uses so-called TV white space, unused over-the-air spectrum recently approved by the FCC for commercial use.What it means: These lower frequencies allow wider and more powerful wireless signal propagation. An indoor Super Wi-Fi 40 mW transmitter creates a Wi-Fi hotspot up to five times the range of current Wi-Fi hotspots. In other words, a hotspot blanketing more than 1,000 feet would be enough to cover a small business office with a single router.More impressively, a high-powered outdoor four-watt commercial transmitter could create a Super Wi-Fi hotspot stretching many miles.Related: Three Low-Cost Ways to Keep Data Safe When Traveling for BusinessThe drawback is that Super Wi-Fi speeds tend to be slower than regular Wi-Fi. For example, the first Super Wi-Fi network in the U.S. launched in Wilmington, N.C., in January and offers speeds of just one to two Mbps over an area of between one and two miles. It’s faster than 3G but a crawl compared to any other Wi-Fi technology.Aside from Wilmington, commercial Super Wi-Fi field tests are under way in various locations around the U.S. The first consumer Super Wi-Fi gear, including dual-mode standard Wi-Fi/Super Wi-Fi home routers, is due to go on sale in early 2014. Mobile equipment manufacturers are expected to begin building in Super Wi-Fi by the end of next year.Over time, the combination of these three advances could create a global Wi-Fi blanket, with only a few spots on the planet where a Wi-Fi connection was not available. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more


Mark Zuckerberg Made a Sleep Box for His Wife


first_imgApril 29, 2019 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This story originally appeared on PCMag Mark Zuckerberg will forever be associated with Facebook and social networks, but we can’t forget he’s also an engineer and he just put his talent to good use helping his wife get a good night’s sleep.Posting on Instagram, Zuckerberg explained how he spent some time recently building a light-emitting wooden box. It sounds strange until you hear why he created such an unusual object.His wife Priscilla knows that their children usually wake up between 6-7am, so she got into the habit during the night of checking her phone to see what time it is and whether she needed to get up. The problem is, knowing the time “stresses her out and she can’t fall back asleep.”The solution, as Zuckerberg viewed it, was to create a new device that indicates when it’s the right time to get up for the kids, but isn’t a distraction at any other time. The end result is a “sleep box.” It’s a very simple wooden box that emits a faint light focused downwards, but only turns the light on between 6-7am each morning. If Priscilla wakes up and the light isn’t on, she knows to go right back to sleep, where as the light being on won’t wake her, but if she wakes and sees it she knows it’s time to get up.By solving the problem in this way, the time never needs to be known and the physical process of interacting with a phone (and its very bright display) is no longer required. It’s true that Priscilla could oversleep, but the same was true of checking the phone. It’s also easy to avoid oversleeping by simply setting an alarm that goes off at some point after 7am each morning as a last resort.With the experiment deemed a success, Zuckerberg has responded to his friends wanting their own version by putting the idea out there for “another entrepreneur” in case they want to run with it. It seems likely the sleep box will be turned into a product now, although I suspect it may get a few smart home feature upgrades in the process. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more


Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on


first_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, June 25. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 21:10Our photographer is at the sceneThe corden at Westport Lake (Image: Leanne Bagnall)21:09A50 closed for roadworksA50 Eastbound closed due to roadworks during the night between A518 Derby Road (Racecourse roundabout) and J7 A515 / Derby Road (Cubley).Until 5:00 on 26th June.19:26Lane closed on M6 due to lorry having tyre changedOne lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Southbound between J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) and J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed.19:07M6 blocked by accidentMore here.18:48Thousand homes without power in HanfordWestern Power Distribution report more than a thousand homes are currently without power in Hanford. 18:47Latest on M6 accidentVery slow traffic and two lanes blocked due to accident, four vehicles involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).Lanes one and two (of three) is blocked. Services en route. 18:37Two lanes blocked on M6Two lanes are blocked due to an accident on the M6 in Cheshire.A Northwest Motorway Police spokesman said:M6 SB between jct 19 and 18, 4 veh RTC, Lanes 1 and 2 blocked no reported injuries at present Highways England and police en route “17:32Air ambulance called to ‘teenager in water’ at popular lakeEmergency services are at Westport Lake. More here.16:44Slow traffic throughout cityWe’re getting reports of slo9w traffic on major roads across the city this afternoon.16:41Slow traffic on the A500Slow traffic on A500 D Road in both directions at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:38Broken down vehicle causing delays on A50One lane blocked and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on A50 Westbound before A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycott).Police report that the broken down vehicle is before the roundabout. 16:32Heavy traffic on the A500Heavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15.16:30All power restored following earlier power cutWestern Power Distribution have now confirmed power has been restored to all properties affected by the earlier power cut in Stoke-on-Trent. More than 1,600 properties were left without electricity.16:25Slow traffic on A34 in HanfordSlow traffic on A34 Stone Road in both directions between A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange) and A527 Barracks Road / B5043 Brook Lane (Grosvenor Roundabout).Traffic is slow in patches along this stretch.16:07Firefighters tackling large grass fire near Mow Cop castleLive updates here.Firefighters are currently tackling the blaze (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)15:50Firefighters tackling grass fire in Mow CopFirefighters are currently tackling a grass fire in Mow Cop. More as we get it.15:48All lanes have now reopened on the M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:All lanes now open again……M6 northbound between J18 and J19. We had 1 lane closed due to a broken down van. Recovered and all lanes now open…. Delays easing on the approach. Thanks for your patience toda y.”15:4630 minute delays on trains between Staffordshire and LondonDelays of up to 30 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Milton Keynes Central and Watford Junction due to speed restrictions. 15:4630 minute delays on M6 Northbound in CheshireTraffic England are reporting 30 minute delays on the M6 Northbound between J18 and J19 due to a broken down vehicle.15:38Reports of traffic light failure at Sideway roundaboutSlow traffic due to traffic light failure on A50 at A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:38Driver, 50, dies after Porsche crashes into canal bridgeA driver has died after his Porsche Boxster car crashed into a canal bridge. More here.Anthony Hawks, aged 50, of Nantwich, who died in a Congleton crash15:35Power to be restored by 4.30pmPower will be restored to all properties by 4.30pm, Western Power Distribution have said. More here.15:27More than 1,600 homes without power in Stoke-on-TrentThere are currently 1,600 properties without power in Stoke-on-Trent, according to Western Power Distribution. The power went off at around 3pm, and is expected to be restored by 4.30pm.15:20Slow traffic on the M6 Southbound in Cheshire Slow traffic on M6 Southbound at J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel).This is separate to the Northbound traffic. 15:15Heavy traffic on A50 around Meir TunnelHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 15:12Lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:#M6 northbound between J18 and J19 #HolmesChapel #Knutsford we have 1 lane closed due to a broken down van. Delays building on the approach. Recovery are en route. Will keep you updated. “15:06Broken down carOne lane of the M6 is closed due to a broken down car Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well and lane one (of four) is closed. The cameras show that the car is half on the verge and half into lane one.14:54Accident on the A34A biker has been taken to hospital after an accident on the A34 in Newcastle.The man, in his 20s, was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital after an accident involving a car and a motorbike.Read the full story here.14:13One lane of the M6 closedOne lane of the M6 is closed and there is slow traffic due to a broken down car Southbound between J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe). In the roadworks area. 13:36Thieves raid this shop – for the SECOND time in FOUR months (Image: Kevin Jones)Businessman Kevin Jones says he won’t let burglars get him down – after his shop was raided for the second time in four months.Thieves targeted the Scholar Green branch of ManorShop at around 2.30am today after breaking into the store and taking a ‘vast quantity of IT equipment’.It comes just four months after burglars fled empty-handed when they failed to break in through the roof of the Congleton Road North business.Read more. 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According to a report Microsoft plans for new 4K webcams featuring facial


first_imgMicrosoft plans to introduce two new webcams next year. One feature is designed to extend Windows Hello facial recognition to all the Windows 10 PCs. The other feature will work with the Xbox One, bringing back the Kinect feature that let users automatically sign in by moving in front of the camera. These webcams will be working with multiple accounts and family members. Microsoft is also planning to launch its Surface Hub 2S in 2019, an interactive, digital smart board for the modern workplace that features a USB-C port and upgradeable processor cartridges. PC users have relied on alternatives from Creative, Logitech, and Razer to bring facial recognition to desktop PCs. The planned webcams will be linked to the USB-C webcams that would ship with the Surface Hub 2, whichwill be launched next year. Though the Surface Hub 2X is expected in 2020. In an interview with The Verge in October, Microsoft Surface Chief, Panos Panay suggested that Microsoft could release USB-C webcam soon. “Look at the camera on Surface Hub 2, note it’s a USB-C-based camera, and the idea that we can bring a high fidelity camera to an experience, you can probably guess that’s going to happen,” hinted Panos in October. A camera could possibly be used to extend experience beyond its own Surface devices. The camera for Windows 10, for the first time, will bring facial recognition to all Windows 10 PCs. Currently, Windows Hello facial recognition is restricted to the built-in webcams just like the ones on Microsoft’s Surface devices. According to Windows watcher Paul Thurrott, Microsoft is making the new 4K cameras for Windows 10 PCs and its gaming console Xbox One. The webcam will return a Kinect-like feature to the Xbox One which will allow users to authenticate by putting their face in front of the camera. With the recent Windows 10 update, Microsoft enabled WebAuthn-based authentication, that helps in signing into its sites such as Office 365 with Windows Hello and security keys. The Windows Hello-compatible webcams and FIDO2, a password-less sign in with Windows Hello at the core, will be launched together next year. It would be interesting to see how the new year turns out to be for Microsoft and its users with the major releases. Read Next Microsoft urgently releases Out-of-Band patch for an active Internet Explorer remote code execution zero-day vulnerability NYT says Facebook has been disclosing personal data to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple and other tech giants; Facebook denies claims with obfuscating press release Microsoft open sources Trill, a streaming engine that employs algorithms to process “a trillion events per day”last_img read more


WestJets ultralowcost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018


first_imgTags: WestJet Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> CALGARY — WestJet says its new no-frills, low-cost airline won’t launch until at least next summer, with an initial flight schedule expected in early 2018.WestJet announced its plans for an ultra-low-cost carrier in April 2017 and all indications pointed to a fast-tracked launch for the end of 2017 or early 2018.The initial fleet for the ULCC is expected to include 10 ‘high-density’ B737-800s. In May 2017 Bob Cummings was appointed Executive Vice-President. Cummings, who has been with WestJet since 2005 at the EVP level, will be accountable for all aspects of the yet-to-be-named carrier, including planning, branding, pricing, product development and operationalization.News about the ULCC’s launch date came as WestJet released its 2017 second quarter results. The airline’s net earnings totalled $48.4 million, compared with $36.7 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 32%. Year-to-date net earnings came in at $96.7 million, down 22% from year-to-date 2016.Total revenue for the quarter was up 11%, from $949.3 million in Q2 2016 to $1.55 billion in 2017. Year-to-date revenue was also up, by 9.5%WestJet also achieved its 49th consecutive quarter of profitability and flew a record 5.9 million guests.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWT“I am very pleased with the positive momentum we are seeing in our business as we reported second quarter earnings growth, margin expansion, double digit revenue growth, and for the second consecutive quarter positive year over year RASM growth,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “Clearly our business fundamentals are strong and we are confident that the strategic initiatives we are pursuing position us for continued profitable growth.”Air Canada has also released its Q2 2017 results, including record-breaking earnings totalling $670 million, up from $605 million in Q2 2016.Air Canada’s Q2 2017 operating income was $281 million versus $277 million in Q2 2016. The airline’s adjusted net income was $215 million compared to $203 million in Q2 2016.“I am pleased to report that, in our second quarter, we delivered record operating revenues, record EBITDAR and ended with record liquidity levels, exceeding last year’s financial results and analysts’ consensus estimates for EBITDAR,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu. “We also improved our guidance for key financial measures, including a significant improvement in projected free cash flow for 2017.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesAir Canada launched 16 international and U.S. transborder routes this quarter alone. “On June 29th we served close to 167,000 customers, setting an all-time record which we expect to surpass during the upcoming August long weekend,” said Rovinescu.He said demand continues to be robust in a stable fuel and pricing environment. In 2018, capacity growth, driven by Air Canada’s wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow as the airline shift its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program which is expected to further reduce our unit costs and improve operating margins.With files from Canadian Press WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier launch pushed back to summer 2018last_img read more


A former Al Jazeera executive has launched a new p


first_imgA former Al Jazeera executive has launched a new pan Arabian satellite channel Al-Mayadeen (The Squares).Ghassan bin Jiddo quit the Qatar-based news broadcaster last year to protest against its reporting of the uprising in Syria and has launched the new channel, which is based in Beirut, to counter the influence of Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.“We are not a channel that speaks in the name of Iran or the Syrian regime. We are a completely independent channel which reflects reality as it is,” bin Jiddo said at a news conference in Beirut.last_img