Two indicted over murder of Lankan in US

Ventress told detectives he planned to rob the Pick-N-Shop store on Major Drive when he killed its owner, according to a probable cause affidavit in the case. Recordings also captured two masked men entering the store together. One, whom police have identified as Ventress, pointed a firearm at Kuruppu while the second man, whom police have identified as Johnson, stood in the background “pointing something that was under a white towel, “which gives police the impression the second suspect was also armed.”Ventress fired twice, the document states, and both ran away without taking anything from the store.The police-provided portion of the video showed Kuruppu trying to bat away the robber’s pistol as Kuruppu activated an alarm. Police said Kuruppu then grabbed a BB gun with which to defend himself, but the robber shot him in the chest. Both men are being held at the Jefferson County jail on $2 million bonds each. Two men in Beaumont, US have been indicted on capital murder charges in the April 29 fatal shooting of a convenience store owner from Sri Lanka, Beaumont Enterprise reported.John David Johnson, also known as Sean, and Chandler Kyle Ventress, both 19, are accused in the death of Mettha Kuruppu, 52. Officers responding to the crime scene shortly after midnight April 29 found Kuruppu lying in a pool of his own blood behind the counter where he’d been tallying the day’s receipts, according to the affidavit.Video surveillance recordings show that, after being shot, Kuruppu walked around a little before he got “woozy” and fell over where officers found him. Kuruppu, a native of Sri Lanka, bought the store two years ago.If convicted, both men could face the death penalty because they were committing an armed robbery, an aggravated felony, when the murder occurred. read more

Annans envoy to TimorLeste calls for international aid after UNs May deadline

In his latest briefing to the Security Council on the work of the UN Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL), Sukehiro Hasegawa said there had been “major progress in peacebuilding” but peace still remained “fragile” in a country that only gained independence in 2002.“National capacities in highly technical areas such as justice and finance remained extremely weak. It had become evident that international advisory support, especially in those two areas, was required for some years to come,” said Mr. Hasegawa, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Timor-Leste.He said the prosecution service needed “urgent attention,” and human rights was also an area the international community should keep an eye on after the end of UNOTIL’s mandate. At the same time, he noted that the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights would send a mission to the country next month to identify more clearly the needs after the 20 May deadline.Mr. Hasegawa said he was pleased to note that the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste had completed its report on human rights, which the country’s president, Xanana Gusmão, presented to the Secretary-General on Friday.Speaking at a news conference in New York last week, President Gusmão said the report, which looks at the 24-year occupation of the former Portuguese territory by Indonesia, was “a way to heal the wounds in the people’s minds” but he stressed the need now was to focus on the future development of the tiny country.In today’s briefing, Mr. Hasegawa said relations between Indonesia and Timor-Leste had continued to improve and said he was “confident” that a final border agreement between the two countries could soon be reached, adding that UNOTIL was stepping up training of the Border Patrol Unit to improve its professionalism.Echoing the Secretary-General’s remarks in his latest report on Timor-Leste, which was also discussed by the Security Council today, Mr. Hasegawa said the country would face “a critical test” next year with the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections.“An electoral needs assessment mission fielded in November 2005 had concluded that, for the elections to be free and fair, Timor-Leste needed international assistance and a strong political presence,” Mr. Hasegawa said.He also said the Council should give due consideration to a letter sent by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste asking for continued international assistance after 20 May. That letter requests the establishment of a special political office in Timor-Leste.“I recommend that the Security Council carefully examine that request, taking into account the newly emerging political and security situation,” Mr. Hasegawa concluded at the end of his briefing.Also addressing the Security Council today, President Gusmão said it was his duty to appeal to the international community to continue to assist his country in meeting some of its “most critical needs” after the end of UNOTIL’s mandate.The President of Timor-Leste said these needs were electoral assistance, civilian advisers – namely in the justice and finance sectors, support in police training and the deployment of some “15 to 20 military liaison personnel” in view of next year’s elections and the need to avoid border tensions with Indonesia.UNOTIL was set up in May 2005 to succeed the UN Mission of Support in Timor-Leste (UNMISET), which was established in 2002 to help with administrative structures, law enforcement and security after the country gained independence from Indonesia. read more

UN stands ready to support the Philippines in aftermath of deadly storm

“[Secretary-General Guterres] salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams as well as volunteers who are operating under difficult conditions,” said a statement attributable to Mr. Guterres’ spokesperson. “The UN stands ready to support the local and national authorities, in addition to the support already being provided by humanitarian partners,” the statement added. Tropical Storm Tembin – known locally as “Vinta” – made landfall in Davao Oriental in southern Philippines on 22 December and crossed various provinces across Mindanao causing flash floods and landslides, which rendered several roads impassable. At least 75 lives have been lost and dozens more are reported missing. The Storm also displaced thousands of people, and damaged homes and infrastructure.According to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OHCA), 151 evacuation centres have been set up but the number of displaced persons could rise as information from the field comes in.In the statement, the UN chief also offered his sympathies to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those injured. read more

Jeweller cleared of murder after stabbing boyfriend who waterboarded her and bit

first_imgA jeweller who stabbed her boyfriend to death was cleared of murder after saying she feared him so much she took out life insurance. Elizabeth Hart-Browne said she acted in self-defence fearing that her lover would kill her after he “waterboarded” her in their bathtub and bit her face. Jurors at the Old Bailey heard that Ms Hart Browne, 27 sobbed and said “I have just killed the man I love” as she was arrested for the murder of Stephen Rayner, 25 in September last year.Ms Hart-Browne had previously been forced to defend herself with a stiletto shoe after Mr Rayner attacked her outside a nightclub in 2012.He was arrested and received an 18-month community order at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court, including a domestic violence programme, after admitting the assault. Elizabeth Hart-Browne leaves the Old Bailey in LondonCredit:Emily Pennick/PA Elizabeth Hart-Browne was cleared of murder at the Old BaileyCredit:TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED “He liked his aggression. There’s a lot of stories about him in prison attacking other prisoners and prison guards.”He tried to take on that personality sometimes when he was angry.” But she had also beaten Mr Rayner with a candlestick and launched a public attack on him outside a pub just a week before giving birth to their child, in a row about him looking at another woman on a bus, the court heard.The stabbing took place after Ms Hart-Browne came home to their flat in Acton, west London, from a family party on September 17 last year.Mr Rayner began hitting her and grabbed her by the throat, the court heard. She picked up a large kitchen knife and stabbed Mr Rayner three times, inflicting a fatal wound to the neck.She said she ‘forgot’ the knife was in her hand and was just trying to push Mr Rayner off her when she stabbed him.”I thought he was going to kill me,” she told the court. He staggered outside and collapsed in a pool of blood as shocked neighbours rushed to help.She was recorded wailing “I need an ambulance” in a harrowing 999 call.When police arrived she was barefoot and wearing only one earring. She was hysterical as she told officers: “I didn’t mean to do it, I’m so sorry.”She broke down in tears as the jury found her not guilty of murder after 15 hours of deliberation. Elizabeth Hart-Browne (left) leaves the Old Bailey in London On another occasion Ms Hart-Browne was left unconscious after he pushed her into a mirror at her mother’s house, where they were living at the time. In other attacks Mr Rayner had cut Ms Hart-Browne’s head, threatened to kill her while trying to kick the front door down and punched her in the face because he complained she hadn’t done the washing up.In June last year he held her head under bath taps, forcing her to kick through one of the bathtub’s panel to escape.She said Mr Rayner was obsessed with ‘Britain’s most violent criminal’, Charles Bronson, and would channel his rage when he got angry.”He liked his attitude, he liked his being,’ she said. Elizabeth Hart-Browne Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Third party battery catches fire destroys a Nexus S

first_imgThird party batteries may be less expensive, and they may offer an increased capacity long before an official product is released, but make sure you’re ordering from a quality manufacturer. One Nexus S user today is in search of a new phone after an aftermarket battery blew up his Nexus S.Batteries blow up occasionally. Maybe they are in an iPhone, or a feature phone, or a removable third party battery that you bought off Amazon for $5. Under the wrong environmental conditions, the battery in your favorite piece of gadgetry can fall victim to a chemical reaction that causes the battery to inflate and catch fire. Quality control on behalf of the manufacturer is often the best way to avoid these kinds of events, but they still happen from time to time. Today’s accidental smartphone death comes in the form of a fried Anker battery that, until recently, lived inside a Samsung Nexus S.Anker makes batteries for a ton of smartphones, and their products explode at about the same rate as everyone else’s batteries. For the most part, this sort of thing is unavoidable. The difference between Anker and an official battery is the responsibility, and the ability to hold the company accountable for the burning plastic shell.Fortunately, this was a Nexus S, so the battery casing popped off due to the pressure and the battery was allowed to grow without causing a larger plastic fire. The phone is still mostly unusable, At best, the only thing Anker is responsible for is the cost of the battery. You’d still need to replace your phone, and in this case the phone was just about due for an upgrade anyway.In the end, this doesn’t do anything to add weight to the conversation between removable and non-removable batteries, but it’s enough to make you careful about where you put your phone while you sleep.Burnt Nexus SBurnt Nexus SNexus S battery explosionbattery explosionsBurnt wood batterylast_img read more

Person turns up at garda station with injuries following stabbing incident

first_img Share58 Tweet Email1 A PERSON HAS been taken to hospital after presenting to a Dublin garda station with injuries following a stabbing incident. The incident happened at around 5pm this evening on Liam Mellows Road, Finglas. Following the incident, an injured male presented to Finglas Garda Station. He was taken to Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown where his injuries are not believed to be life threatening. Investigations are ongoing.  6 Comments Finglas Garda Station 23,354 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps By Hayley Halpincenter_img Finglas Garda Station Image: Google Maps Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 7:36 PM Person turns up at garda station with injuries following stabbing incident The incident happened at around 5pm this evening on Liam Mellows Road, Finglas. Short URL Apr 10th 2019, 7:36 PM last_img read more

Top Editor Replaced at OK

first_imgFor a magazine that adamantly claims to not in fact be losing money, OK! magazine unquestionably has had a significant amount of turnover among its editors. The most recent move: Mark Pasetsky is being replaced as top editor by Richard Spencer, the former editor-in-chief of Bauer’s In Touch Weekly.In a statement announcing the staffing change, Spencer says his goal at OK! will be “to enhance content, create sales growth and continuously exceed the expectations of our readers.” Paul Ashford, group editorial director at U.K.-based OK! owner Northern & Shell, says Spencer “clearly brings the kind of experience that can build on the progress we’ve made in our first five years and push our editorial product to the next level.”Prior to In Touch, Spencer served as editor-in-chief of Twist and helped create/served as editor-in-chief of J-14. Spencer stepped down from his post at In Touch this summer. For now, Pasetsky is maintaining his previous position of managing editor, reporting to Spencer. However, a source tells FOLIO: that while OK! management wants Pasetsky to stay, discussions surrounding his role at the magazine are still ongoing. Before joining OK! last fall, Pasetsky served as editor of Life & Style, also a Bauer title.last_img read more

Apple and Qualcomm settle Heres what it means for your next iPhone

first_img 51 The frenemies have made up.Apple and Qualcomm settled a two-year-old battle over patent licensing on Tuesday, a reconciliation that ended a trial that had started just a day earlier. The companies, which had been fighting in courts in China, Germany and other countries, in addition to the US, will end all worldwide litigation.Cupertino, California-based Apple will make an unspecified payment to Qualcomm, according to a joint statement. The companies have also reached a six-year licensing agreement that includes a two-year option to extend and a multiyear chipset supply agreement. The agreement went into effect on April 1, the companies said.The companies didn’t say what prompted the change of heart. As recently as January, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the iPhone maker wasn’t in talks with Qualcomm. Analysts speculated that Apple’s need for 5G chips might have spurred the iPhone maker to negotiate, a view backed up by a Nikkei report that said the company had tested Qualcomm 5G chips as the companies explored a settlement. Shortly after the settlement was announced, Intel, an Apple supplier, said it was exiting the 5G phone modem business.Neither Apple nor Qualcomm commented beyond their statement.The decision set the San Diego courtroom the companies were appearing in abuzz. Apple and its contract manufacturers had presented their opening arguments and a lawyer for Qualcomm had nearly finished when the announcement was made. A day earlier, the sides had selected a jury that included a pilot, a retired nurse and a former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals. The settlement is the latest twist in a fight that could put your iPhone at risk. San Diego-based Qualcomm supplies network connectivity chips for Apple’s iPhones and is the world’s biggest provider of mobile chips. Its technology is essential for connecting phones to cellular networks. The company derives a significant portion of its revenue from licensing its inventions to hundreds of device makers, with the fee based on the value of the phone, not the components. Qualcomm owns patents related to 3G, 4G and 5G phones — as well as other features like software — so any handset makers building a device that connects to the networks has to pay it a licensing fee, even if they don’t use Qualcomm’s chips.Qualcomm and Apple are fighting over patents and licensing fees. That includes Apple. The company makes its own applications processor — the brains of the iPhone — but it relies on third-party chips for network connectivity. From the iPhone 4S in 2011 to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in 2015, the sole supplier for those chips was Qualcomm. The following year, Apple started using Intel modems in some models of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but it still used Qualcomm in versions for Verizon and Sprint.  It continued that trend in 2017, but Apple’s latest phones — the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, only use Intel 4G chips. Apple blamed Qualcomm, though Qualcomm said it would like to supply to Apple. Still, Apple’s move to 5G could be held up by not working with Qualcomm.  Hours after Apple and Qualcomm settled, Intel said it was exiting the 5G smartphone modem business. The chipmaker had been working on a processor for Apple that was expected to appear in iPhones next year. But recently concerns had emerged that the chip wouldn’t be ready until the 2021 iPhones.”The company will continue to meet current customer commitments for its existing 4G smartphone modem product line, but does not expect to launch 5G modem products in the smartphone space, including those originally planned for launches in 2020,” Intel said in a press release. Its only customer in modems is Apple. It’s unclear whether the terms of the settlement address Apple’s argument that it should pay a royalty fee based only on the value of Qualcomm’s connectivity chips, not the entire device. It says Qualcomm is “effectively taxing Apple’s innovation” and that Apple “shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with.” Its manufacturing partners, like Foxconn, agree.  Qualcomm is one of the key component suppliers to Samsung and other phone makers (including Apple, until 2018). Without a modem in your device, you wouldn’t be able to hail a Lyft to take you home or check Facebook while you’re waiting in line at a food truck. What technology does Qualcomm make? Along with its processors, Qualcomm invents a lot of technology that’s used in mobile devices. The company says it’s invested more than $40 billion in research and development over the past three decades, and its patent portfolio contains more than 130,000 issued patents and patent applications worldwide. The technology is centered on cellular communications and includes both standard essential patents and nonessential patents. (Standard essential patents are technologies that are vital to a device. They have to be licensed at fair and reasonable terms. Nonessential patents don’t have those requirements.) Some Qualcomm patents relate to multimedia standards, mobile operating systems, user interfaces, displays, power management, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even airplane mode. The company is also the pioneer of CDMA, the 3G mobile network standard used by Verizon and Sprint, and it’s innovated in 4G and 5G network connectivity. “Qualcomm’s inventions are necessary for the entire cellular network to function — they are not limited to technologies in modem chipsets or even cell phones,” Qualcomm said in a filing.  Some iPhones may face US ban in Apple-Qualcomm legal tussle FTC says Qualcomm is a monopoly, case should proceed iPhone 8 may miss one key feature already in the Galaxy S8 Share your voice Phones Components Tech Industry Apple, Qualcomm go head-to-head — with billions at stake 28 Photos What prompted the fight between Apple and Qualcomm?It all came down to money. Apple said Qualcomm charges too much in licensing fees for its mobile technology. Qualcomm said the iPhone (and other mobile devices) wouldn’t be possible without its technology. Qualcomm also accused Apple of infringing its patents for technology like power management. What did Apple say in its complaints? In part: “For many years, Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations.” What did Qualcomm say? In part: “Apple’s goal is clear — to leverage its immense power to force Qualcomm into accepting less than fair value for the patented technologies that have led innovation in cellular technology and helped Apple generate more than $760 billion in iPhone sales.” How did the legal battle start? There’s been a lot of legal back and forth, but here are the basics. Apple initially filed suit against Qualcomm in January 2017 in the US, saying the company didn’t offer fair licensing terms for its mobile technology. Qualcomm fired back in April of that year, denying all Apple’s allegations and accusing Apple of breach of contract and of interfering with agreements and relationships Qualcomm has with contract manufacturers. Apple continues to use our technology and not pay for it. They’ve really left us no choice but to say, ‘You’ve got to stop this.’ Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel 3:14 iPhone XS, XS Max and XR: 27 tips and tricks to master Apple’s latest phones Comments Tags See also Apple, through its manufacturers, stopped paying Qualcomm’s licensing fees for iPhones sold in the March quarter of 2017. That caused Qualcomm to pursue legal action to get paid. What’s up with the ITC?Qualcomm also filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission in July 2017, asking that some iPhones that used Intel chips be banned from import and sale in the US because Apple allegedly infringed six of Qualcomm’s patents. It also filed suit against Apple in the Southern District of California. Technology companies in recent years have increasingly turned to the ITC to settle their disputes. Companies can pursue an ITC case in parallel with civil lawsuits. “Apple continues to use our technology and not pay for it,” Don Rosenberg, Qualcomm’s general counsel, said in an interview after filing its lawsuits. “They’ve really left us no choice but to say, ‘You’ve got to stop this.'” In January 2018, the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board said it would review three Qualcomm patents at issue in its ITC cases against Apple. Such a review can result in the patents being invalidated. One of the patents, No. 9,535,490, is the key patent asserted by Qualcomm in its lawsuit suit against Apple. It covers “power saving techniques in computing devices” that help reduce the electricity consumption by phones.About 64 percent of the time following an IPR review, all patent claims are invalidated, according to a trial statistics report by the USPTO. And 17 percent of the time, some claims are invalidated. In March 2018, the ITC handed down two separate decisions. One found in favor of Qualcomm while the other sided with Apple. In one case, a judge said Apple’s iPhones have infringed a Qualcomm patent and should be banned from sale. But a full commission review in a second, separate case said Apple didn’t infringe Qualcomm patents and dismissed that suit. It also said it found that Qualcomm’s patents aren’t valid.  Meeting in court What happened in the March trial?The first trial between Apple and Qualcomm was all about patents. Qualcomm in July 2017 accused Apple of infringing six non-standard-essential patents, but only three ended up making it to court. One patent allows a smartphone to quickly connect to the internet once the device is turned on. Another deals with graphics processing and battery life. The third lets apps on your phone download data more easily by directing traffic between the apps processor and the modem.A jury ultimately decided that Apple violated all three of Qualcomm’s patents and said it should pay the chipmaker $31 million — or $1.41 per iPhone — for infringing on its technology. The jury awarded Qualcomm the full amount it had requested at the start of the two-week trial, which took place in San Diego.What about the April trial?The April trial that was just settled was supposed to be the big one. It relates to Apple’s initial complaint, in which it sued Qualcomm for allegedly unfair licensing terms. Apple also said Qualcomm sought to punish it for cooperating in a South Korean investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices by withholding a $1 billion rebate. Apple wants a court to lower the amount it pays Qualcomm in licensing fees, as well as order the return of the $1 billion.  Qualcomm maintains that no modern handset — including the iPhone — would have been possible “without relying upon Qualcomm’s fundamental cellular technologies.” In its response to Apple’s filing, the company made its own counterclaims, including breach of contract and unfair competition. It also asked for an unspecified amount in damages and said Apple had interfered with its relationship with contract manufacturers. In May 2017, Qualcomm filed a lawsuit against Apple’s iPhone manufacturers that alleged breach of contract. The suit came less than a month after Apple stopped paying patent royalties for Qualcomm technology that’s essential for connecting phones to a wireless network. In July 2017, those four iPhone makers joined Apple by filing a suit against Qualcomm, alleging it used its market position to charge excessive royalties. The four companies are Foxconn parent Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron, Compal Electronics and Pegatron. They’re seeking at least $9 billion in damages, which could be tripled to $27 billion under antitrust law.  Patents and more patents How does Qualcomm’s licensing business work? Some companies license patents on an individual basis; Qualcomm licenses all its patents as a group. For a set fee — based on the selling price of the end device, typically a phone — the device maker gets to use all of Qualcomm’s technology. It’s been the norm in the mobile industry for patent holders to base their licensing fees on the total value of a handset, so Qualcomm isn’t alone there. Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Samsung and ZTE also charge licensing fees based on the total device. Any company that makes a device that connects to a mobile network has to pay Qualcomm a licensing fee, even if it doesn’t use Qualcomm chips. Part of the dispute between Apple and Qualcomm is that Apple believes its licensing fee should be based on the Qualcomm chip used in the device, not the entire phone. “They do some really great work around standards-essential patents, but it’s one small part of what an iPhone is,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in May 2017. “It has nothing do with the display or the Touch ID or a gazillion other innovations that Apple has done. And so we don’t think that’s right, and so we’re taking a principled stand on it.” Who licenses Qualcomm’s technology? Qualcomm licenses its technology to more than 340 companies, particularly phone vendors. It doesn’t license its patents to chipmakers, though, which is something governments and Apple have taken issue with. Qualcomm argues that chipmakers don’t need licenses because the handset makers already cover the cost of using its technology. Apple licenses Qualcomm’s technology through its manufacturers, like Foxconn, instead of having a license of its own. Apple said during the January trial that it’s been trying for five years to negotiate a direct license with Qualcomm but that the terms offered — like cross-licensing Apple’s technology — weren’t fair. Apple’s manufacturing partners are also involved in the legal disputes.  In April 2017, Apple said it stopped paying Qualcomm royalties for devices sold during the March quarter. Qualcomm accused the manufacturers of breach of contract. Qualcomm in October said that Apple owes it $7 billion in patent licensing fees. So what’s Qualcomm’s licensing fee? Qualcomm’s licensing fees are based on the total value of a device ($999 in the case of the iPhone XS) versus the value of a chip (closer to $20), but they’re also capped at a certain level. The FTC-Qualcomm battle revealed specific details about Qualcomm’s licensing fees, including the rate Apple paid. Apple partners paid Qualcomm a licensing fee five times higher than it thought was fair, Apple COO Jeff Williams testified during the FTC trial. Apple wanted to pay $1.50 per device in royalties to Qualcomm, based on a 5 percent fee for the cost of each $30 modem connecting iPhones to mobile networks. Instead, it ended up paying $7.50 per phone, he said.  “The whole idea of a percentage of the cost of the phone didn’t make sense to us,” Williams said. “It struck at our very core of fairness. At the time we were making something really, really different.” Still, Apple agreed to the rate since it was lower than what Qualcomm wanted to charge the contract manufacturers — a 5 percent fee for every iPhone sold, which would equate to about $12 to $20 per device, Williams said. A rebate agreement dropped that to $7.50 per iPhone, and the level stayed steady over the years. In November 2017, Chinese handset makers started paying Qualcomm royalties for its 3G and 4G patents at 3.25 percent of the selling price of every phone sold in that country. Qualcomm later rolled that rate out across its licensing base. It also capped the value of handsets, which its royalty is based on, at $400, even if a device sold for triple that. And Qualcomm’s cap for a full portfolio license is $20 per device and $13 for only Qualcomm’s essential patents.  By comparison, in one of its patent battles with Samsung, Apple argued it deserved $40 per device for Samsung’s infringement of five patents, as well as lost profits, for a total of $2.19 billion. A jury ultimately ordered Samsung to pay $119.6 million for infringing three of Apple’s five patents that related to software features like “quick links” and “slide to unlock.” And in the March patent trial between Apple and Qualcomm, a jury decided that three non-essential patents from Qualcomm were worth $1.41 per iPhone. Does Intel factor into this? When Apple first launched the iPhone a decade ago, it used modems from Germany’s Infineon. That went on for the next three years until Apple switched to Qualcomm in 2011. Intel bought Infineon in 2011, but its chips didn’t appear in the iPhone again until 2016’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. At that time, US models running on networks from AT&T and T-Mobile started using Intel processors, while Verizon and Sprint versions used Qualcomm. Intel is now the sole supplier of iPhone modems.  Qualcomm has accused Apple of giving trade secrets to Intel. In September, it said in a lawsuit that Apple gave Intel engineers confidential information, including Qualcomm source code and log files, to overcome flaws in their company’s chips used in iPhones. Qualcomm said in a complaint that Apple uses this “second source of chipsets” to pressure it in business negotiations. The new complaint from Qualcomm is an amendment to the November 2017 suit filed against Apple. Qualcomm said newly uncovered facts have given rise to additional charges against the iPhone maker, including trade secret appropriation and breach of agreement. Other legal battles What’s going on between Apple and Qualcomm outside the US? Apple has filed lawsuits against Qualcomm in China and the UK, while Qualcomm has responded with countersuits in China and Germany.  In early December 2018, a Chinese court ordered four of Apple’s Chinese subsidiaries to stop importing or selling iPhones because of patent infringement. The patents involve technology that lets iPhone users adjust and reformat the size and appearance of photographs, and manage applications using a touchscreen when viewing, navigating and dismissing applications. Later that same month, a court in Munich found that Apple infringed Qualcomm’s technology for power savings in smartphones and ruled that the iPhone maker must halt sales of the device in Germany. Apple in February resumed selling its iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 in Germany again, but it only offered models with Qualcomm chips. Apple stopped using chips from Intel in the older devices in order to comply with the German court decision.  In January, a different German court, in Mannheim, dismissed Qualcomm’s latest claims against Apple, calling them unfounded. The second German case is related to something called “bulk tension,” or voltage, in iPhones. The ruling from a regional court said Apple didn’t infringe Qualcomm’s patents because voltage in smartphones isn’t constant. It dismissed the claim, but Qualcomm is appealing.  What other legal issues are facing Qualcomm? Qualcomm has come under a lot of regulatory scrutiny in recent years for alleged monopolistic practices. In China in early 2015, Qualcomm agreed to pay a $975 million fine and lower its licensing fees to settle the dispute in that country. South Korea slapped the company with a $850 million fine the following year, which Qualcomm is appealing. The EU in early 2018 fined Qualcomm $1.23 billion for paying Apple to use only its chips, something Qualcomm also is appealing. And in August of that year, the company reached a settlement with Taiwan, where the country would keep the $93 million Qualcomm had paid, but the company wouldn’t owe anything more.Meanwhile, in March 2019, the Japan Fair Trade Commission decided that Qualcomm wasn’t a monopoly after all, reversing its decision from about a decade ago.The US has also accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly, and that went to court in January 2019. There’s not yet a decision in that case. What was Qualcomm’s battle with the FTC about? The FTC sued Qualcomm in 2017, and the case went to trial in San Jose two years later. The US government has accused Qualcomm of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with Qualcomm exclusively and charging “excessive” licensing fees for its technology, in part by wielding its “no license, no chips” policy. Qualcomm’s practices prevented rivals from entering the market, drove up the cost of phones and in turn hurt consumers, who faced higher handset prices, the FTC said.  The FTC argued that Qualcomm used its power in the 3G and 4G chip market to force handset makers into the unfair licensing deals. If Qualcomm isn’t stopped, the FTC said, it’ll do the same thing in the 5G market. Qualcomm said the FTC’s lawsuit is based on “flawed legal theory.” It’s also said customers choose its chips because they’re the best and that it’s never stopped providing processors to customers, even when they’re battling over licenses. It also said its royalty practices didn’t hurt competitors. Intel now supplies all modems for Apple’s iPhones, MediaTek is the world’s second-biggest wireless chipmaker, and Samsung and Huawei have developed their own modems.  Executives from tech’s biggest companies testified about Qualcomm’s licensing practices during January’s trial, revealing the inner workings of the smartphone industry. The FTC and Qualcomm presented their closing arguments Jan. 29, and it’s now up to Judge Lucy Koh to decide the verdict. At the same time, the two sides continue to negotiate a possible settlement. How did Apple factor into that case? The FTC complaint specifically related to how Qualcomm dealt with Apple. The US government said that Qualcomm forced Apple to pay licensing fees for its technology in exchange for using its chips in iPhones. It also argued that Qualcomm used its position to demand unreasonably high licensing fees and hurt competition by refusing to license its technology to chip rivals.  “Qualcomm recognized that any competitor that won Apple’s business would become stronger, and used exclusivity to prevent Apple from working with and improving the effectiveness of Qualcomm’s competitors,” the FTC said in a statement at the time it filed its lawsuit. During the trial, the FTC called Apple COO Jeff Williams and VP of Procurement Tony Blevins to the stand. Williams testified that that Qualcomm refused to sell modems to Apple for 2018 iPhones because of the companies’ licensing dispute. And Blevins said Apple wanted to build an Intel communication chip into its iPad Mini 2, released in fall 2013, but Qualcomm’s hardball business methods crushed the plan. Matthias Sauer, an Apple executive and a witness called by Qualcomm, testified that Intel’s modems didn’t meet the technical standards required for the company’s iPhones in 2014. Though Intel also couldn’t meet Apple’s chip requirements for the iPad, it would’ve used them anyway, he said, had Qualcomm not offered incentives to stay with its chips.  The next iPhone What does this mean for my next iPhone? Most people don’t really care about what chips are inside their devices, but Qualcomm has a big advantage over Intel: speed.  In mid-February 2019, Qualcomm unveiled the X55 processor, the first modem capable of running on everything from 2G to 5G networks. It’s capable of 7.5 Gbps download speeds and will be in devices in late 2019. Qualcomm’s previous modem, the X50, will be in devices released over the coming months. That includes the 5G Moto Mod, which is now on sale alongside the Moto Z3 for Verizon’s 5G networks. Most carriers are just starting to turn on their 5G networks, and smartphone companies are still prepping their first 5G devices. Many major Android vendors — including Samsung, Huawei and LG — unveiled 5G phones at or just ahead of MWC 2019 in February. The initial 5G phones will use the X50 modem, which can deliver download speeds up of 5 Gbps.  By the 2019 holiday season, every major Android vendor in the US will have a 5G phone available using Qualcomm chips.  Intel doesn’t yet have a 5G chip on the market, but it said its 5G modem will be ready for commercial devices in the second half of 2019, with broader deployment in 2020. There are some concerns, though, that the modem could be delayed. What about a 5G iPhone? 5G is expected to be 100 times faster than our current 4G LTE wireless technology and 10 times speedier than what Google Fiber offers through a physical connection to the home. Experts say it should enable uses like virtual reality and augmented reality, as well as things we can’t even think of today.  But Apple may be behind with the technology. The company wanted to use Qualcomm’s 4G LTE processors in its 2018 iPhones, but the chipmaker wouldn’t work with Apple, Apple’s Williams testified in the FTC trial.  Qualcomm continues to provide Apple with chips for its older iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, he said. But it wouldn’t provide Apple with processors for the newest iPhones for 2018, designed since the two began fighting over patents, he said.  “The strategy was to dual-source in 2018 as well,” Williams in January. “We were working toward doing that with Qualcomm, but in the end they would not support us or sell us chips.” Williams’ comments appeared to contradict testimony from Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf from earlier in the FTC trial. He said on the stand that as of spring 2018, Qualcomm still was trying to win a contract supplying chips for iPhones but that it hadn’t “had any new business” from Apple since its previous contracts expired. Because of the trial’s evidence date limitations, he wasn’t allowed to discuss the current state of Qualcomm’s business with Apple. Other Qualcomm executives have made comments in recent months about their willingness to supply processors to Apple. During an earnings call in July 2018, Cristiano Amon, the head of Qualcomm’s chip business, said that “if the opportunity present itself, I think we will be a supplier of Apple.” And in September, financial chief George Davis said during a Citi conference, “we would welcome the engagement with Apple on 5G.” While many market watchers expect Apple to release a 5G iPhone in 2020, there are some concerns Intel’s chip may not be ready until Apple’s 2021 lineup. That would put Apple about two years behind the Android vendors. If Apple gets a lower licensing fee, would we pay less for iPhones? That’s likely a big fat no. Apple has more leverage over pricing when it has two suppliers to play off each other. It’s highly unlikely that it will pass along any of those savings to all of us. When Apple launched its iPhone X in late 2017, some wondered if the $999 price tag would scare away consumers. Instead, the iPhone X became the best-selling device from the time it hit stores through the end of the June quarter, even though it was the most expensive phone Apple had ever sold. The 5.8-inch device was $300 more than the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and $200 more than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. Apple followed up this year with the iPhone XS and the bigger and even pricier XS Max, which starts at $1,099. Apple, facing a slowdown in iPhone sales, needs to generate more money from each device it sells. The company in early January 2019 issued a rare warning — its first in 16 years — that it would fall short of its financial projections in the December quarter. Later that month, it said its sales in the March quarter also would be lower than analysts expected. It pointed to an economic slowdown in China and the country’s “rising trade tensions with the United States” as the main culprits.  Even if Apple pays less for patents, that doesn’t mean we’ll see any benefit from those savings. Its higher prices are likely here to stay.  First published July 9, 2017. Update, March 1, 2019, at 5:30 a.m. PT: Adds details of recent developments, including the FTC-Qualcomm trial, and notes the impending trial dates in March and April. Update, April 11, 2019, at 5 a.m. PT: Adds details of recent developments, including the patent trial from March and the licensing trial in April and May. Update, April 16, 2019, at 2:46 p.m. PT: Adds news of settlement, tweaks throughout. Update, April 16, 2019, at 3:46 p.m. PT: Adds news of Apple testing Qualcomm chips. Update, April 16, 2019, at 5:19 p.m. PT: Adds news of Intel leaving the 5G phone modem business. Qualcomm says its technology is much more than just connectivity. It’s also multimedia, imaging, GPS and countless other inventions that make a phone a phone. Qualcomm even filed for a patent in 2000, seven years before Apple introduced the iPhone, that is one of the first smartphone descriptions and that describes how to conserve power in a smartphone. Without its technology, Qualcomm says, the iPhone wouldn’t be possible. Two years ago, the US Federal Trade Commission sided with Apple and filed an antitrust lawsuit against Qualcomm. It accused the company of operating a monopoly in wireless chips, forcing customers like Apple to work with it exclusively and charging excessive licensing fees for its technology. The two met in a San Jose, California, court in January to argue their case before a judge, and Apple provided some of the FTC’s key witnesses and evidence. Qualcomm is awaiting a verdict in that case. It’s unclear at this point if the settlement could affect the San Jose decision.Apple and Qualcomm then faced off directly in March for a patent infringement trial. A jury handed Qualcomm a victory and ordered Apple to pay it $31 million for violating three Qualcomm patents. Here’s what you need to know about this fight:What’s Qualcomm again? You may not know the Qualcomm name (unless you live in its hometown of San Diego and frequent Qualcomm Stadium), but the odds are pretty high you’ve used a device with its technology. Qualcomm is best known for its chips that connect phones to cellular networks, as well as its Snapdragon processors that act as the brains of mobile devices.  We shouldn’t have to pay them for technology breakthroughs they have nothing to do with. Apple See also Apple sues Qualcomm over unfair licensing terms Qualcomm fires back at Apple lawsuit, makes claims of its own Apple stops paying Qualcomm’s patent royalties Qualcomm wants Apple manufacturers to pay up Qualcomm-FTC lawsuit: Everything you need to know Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Feds ask cruise ships boats to stay farther away from seals

first_imgHarbor seals rest on ice near South Sawyer Glacier in 2007. New federal guidelines suggest, but don’t require, vessels to stay about 500 yards away from the marine mammals to lessen disturbances. (Photo courtesy NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center)Federal officials are asking cruise ships, tour boats and kayaks to stay far away from harbor seals in Alaska’s glacial fjords.The marine mammals rest, sleep and birth their pups on floating ice. NOAA Fisheries says new research shows the marine mammals are much more likely to dive into the water when vessels approach the current legal limit.NOAA spokeswoman Julie Speegle says that stresses the animals and lowers their chance for survival.“They expend far more energy when they are flushed off the ice floes and that uses up their energy reserves and that’s very important if you’re an animal that lives in that icy environment,” she says.The federal Marine Mammals Protection Act requires ships to stay about 100 yards away. New guidelines, which are voluntary, call for about 500 yards, if it’s safe to do so.They also ask ships to be as quiet as possible, avoid causing wakes and make no abrupt course changes. They suggest vessels schedule tours for the early morning or evening, when fewer seals haul out.“At this point, because they’re voluntary, we will be monitoring the vessel and seal interactions to see if these new voluntary approach guidelines provide sufficient protection for the seals,” she says.NOAA Fisheries says its research shows about three-quarters of seals on ice dive into the water before an approaching ship reaches the current legal distance. Other studies found different numbers, but they still document significant disturbances.The most popular fjords, in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska, see multiple visits a day.Speegle says the new guidelines, if followed, should help protect young seals.“We certainly want to do all that we can to ensure that pups are not separated from their mothers during the nursing stage,” she says.Calls to several companies offering fjord tours were not immediately returned.last_img read more

Indian Shares Kick off Trading at 2567705 Points Oil Stocks Surge to

first_imgThe BSE sensex on Friday opened at 9.00 am at 25,620.05 points but immediately plunged by 23.47 points. It recorded a few rises and plunges during the pre-opening time slot and finally surged to 25,677.05 points right before the market opened for trading at 9.15 am.While the index remained stagnant for a while after trading for the day began, it witnessed a steep plunge at 9.19 am, reaching a low of 25,582.75 points. The graph rose a few points later but has showcased an erratic pattern since, recording quite a number of surges and plunges.Currently the index is trading at 25,622.25 points, which is 46.04 points or 0.18 percent higher.The early gainers and losers are:Gainers:Symb                Last           Change         Chg %LOTS.BO           12.18          +2.03           +20.00GLON.BO           8.82          +1.47            +20.00AKAT.BO          24.00         +4.00            +20.00KAMT.BO          84.20        +14.00          +19.94WIND.BO        36.40           +6.05           +19.93Losers:Symb               Last          Change            Chg %SRRA_p.BO      6.77           -1.21             -15.16MOBI.BO         3.32           -0.57             -14.65MATA.BO        46.00           -5.80           -11.20PVPV.BO          9.96            -1.16           -10.43KSLR.BO          29.35          -3.25           -9.97On Thursday, Indian shares edged higher and closed with a gain of 0.4 percent.While shares such as HDFC Bank and NTPC rose 2 percent and 1.9 percent respectively, ONGC once again recorded a gain of 2.2 percent. After losing out in the last few days, Infosys shares surged on the second consecutive day in the morning, after naming Vishal Sikka as its new CEO, who will take over on 1 August. However, it slumped by evening on profit taking.On Wednesday, foreign investors sold Indian shares worth ₹3.13 billion as a precaution before the inflation data is out.”We are now looking forward to the new government’s execution of the budget. There is some consolidation happening. As more clarity comes there would be further upside though,” Nirakar Pradhan, chief investment officer at Future General India Life Insurance told Reuters.On the other hand, shares of Bharti Airtel slumped 3.5 percent, when Credit Suisse demoted the stock to “underperform” from neutral.last_img read more

Israel opens visa application centre in Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: To encourage more Indian travellers to visit Israel, that country has opened a visa application centre in the city for tourists from West Bengal and the north eastern states, sources in the Israel embassy said. Additionally, visa applications in the jurisdiction under the New Delhi centre would also be accepted at the new Kolkata Centre, a release on behalf of the embassy said. The visa application categories include those who go there for employment, for business, tourism, meeting or conference and for students, it said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Speaking on the occasion, Hassan Madah, director in the Israeli Ministry of Tourism – India and Philippines, said Israel is experiencing a tourism boom like never before. India has recorded a half yearly growth of 82 per cent in tourists visiting Israel from January to June this year as compared to the same period in 2015 and has become one of the best performing markets in Asia for Israel. Keeping this in mind, Israel consistently aims to introduce initiatives that ease the procedure of visa applications to Israel, he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The new centre in Kolkata will no longer require residents from West Bengal and NE states to send in their documents to the Israeli embassy in New Delhi. “We are confident that this will be seen as a positive move to increase interest among travellers from these regions of India,” Madah said. Among other initiatives, Israel recently announced a reduction in visa fees to INR 1,100 from its previous INR 1,700 charged from Indians. In December last year, relaxed visa documentation was brought in for applicants who have availed visas of Schengen countries, US, Canada, Australia or Israel and have completed their travel to these destinations, he said. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism will be conducting a roadshow in Kolkata on August 29 to increase the interest for visiting the country among consumers and trade fraternity. This will help to tap newer segments of travellers, he said. A maiden roadshow was held at Guwahati in May this year and successfully introduced the varied tourism offerings of Israel, Madah said. Israel offers a plethora of things to do and see to cater to the discerning traveller. From the historical city of Jerusalem to the beach city of Tel Aviv. From the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to the marvellous underwater marine life of Red Sea in Eilat, it is a dynamic destination, the release said.last_img read more

Mexicos feeble police vetting ended in 43 vanished students

first_imgSee also: Elena Poniatowska: Mexican student massacre reminiscent of concentration campsMEXICO CITY — The Mexican police accused of kidnapping 43 students in Guerrero state two months ago and handing them to a drug gang didn’t dodge the government’s vetting process. Most of the officers involved had actually cleared it.In Sonora, a state prison chief remains on the job three years after he failed his background check. And in Jalisco, a mayor said he wants to re-test officers found unfit to serve — because he can’t afford the severance payments if he fired them.The cases, across Mexico, shed light on how corruption in law enforcement has continued to fester under President Enrique Peña Nieto as he focused on economic improvements and an international image makeover for the country.“The Peña people dropped the ball on pushing ahead with police reform,” said Vanda Felbab-Brown, who investigates drug war conflicts for the Brookings Institution in Washington. “Often they would simply want to shove security issues under the rug. Focusing on deep economic issues was important, but could have been combined with attention to security.”The national center that vets police has been without a presidentially appointed director since October 2012, about three months after Peña Nieto won election. He took office in December of that year.While the federal government says all police have undergone background checks, the reviews fail to probe financial records that might uncover ties to criminals, said Causa en Común, a nonprofit group that tracks law enforcement and has a seat on the nation’s public security council.In a Radio Formula interview last month, Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong said that as long as the reviews don’t point to criminal activity, towns that can’t immediately fire officers should take them off the streets until resources and replacements are found.State and municipal governments are responsible for ensuring the quality of their own officers, Osorio Chong said. While the federal government can offer some help, he said, “we don’t have officers to cover all of the municipalities.”In the case of the missing students, the government alleges gang members probably incinerated their bodies and dumped the ashes into a river after the local mayor ordered police to round them up. More than 20 police from the town of Iguala were arrested. The rest were disarmed and sent to a military base. Three-quarters of the force had passed the vetting program last year, according to town records.The case has sparked protests in several states, including the temporary blockade of an airport in Guerrero. Earlier this month, protesters burned a door to the president’s National Palace in the capital. Demonstrators, many organizing through social media, plan to temporarily block Mexico City’s international airport on Nov. 20. Federal police take part in a search on the outskirts of Cocula, Guerrero State, Mexico, on Oct. 19, 2014 for students who went missing in Iguala on Sept. 26, after clashes with local police. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPIn a Brookings report this month, Felbab-Brown wrote that Peña Nieto has focused too heavily on capturing kingpins such as Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, when the administration should be strengthening police training, vetting and salaries.Flaws in the review system aren’t isolated to Guerrero. Ricardo Ornelas, the director of prisons for the northern state of Sonora, said in an interview that he refused to complete his vetting exam in 2011 because he objected to queries about his family. His score deemed him “not recommendable” to run prisons, according to federal records that Sonora-based newspaper Expreso reported and that Bloomberg News viewed.“The tester was asking me all these personal questions so I told him, ‘I’m not here to chat, dude, I’m here to take some tests,’ ” Ornelas said in a telephone interview.Ornelas took the job without previous experience in security after his predecessor was found murdered in his home in 2011, during former President Felipe Calderón’s rule. The prison chief said he was asked to take the test shortly after he assumed his post, but only learned about his result from a reporter earlier this month.The Mexican government did not respond to repeated requests for comment about criticism of the police vetting process. At a Nov. 7 news conference, Attorney General Jesús Murillo said “it’s evident that many things must be changed” in the justice system, and he promised to announce those changes soon.Even while operating within the rules of the police evaluations, some local officials may prove to be an obstacle to improving oversight.In the town of Miguel Alemán in Tamaulipas state, Mayor Ramiro Cortéz said he plans to relieve traffic cops who fail the review they took last month and rehire them as civil protection workers, or emergency-aid personnel.“It’s their decision,” Cortéz said in a telephone interview. “They receive the proposal, and if they want to abandon public service they’re compensated and can find other opportunities.”Then there are mayors like Ismael del Toro of Tlajomulco, in the western state of Jalisco. Of his 600 officers, 100 didn’t pass their background checks. Thirty are being investigated for possible links to criminal groups. He wants the other 70 to be re-tested because he doesn’t have the budget to pay all of their severance.“We have to let a big number of policemen go at once,” del Toro said in an interview. “This leaves us with very few officers to fight crime.” Members of Mexican Federal Police are seen on a street of Teloloapán, Guerrero state, Mexico, on Oct. 19, 2014. The Federal Police took control of 13 municipalities of Guerrero State last month. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFPAbout 6 percent of federal security and immigration officials, 10 percent of state police and 13 percent of municipal officers didn’t pass their tests and are in the process of being purged, as of Oct. 30, according to the federal government. The Interior Ministry declined to reveal how many of them have been fired.Jorge Tello, who served in 2009 as executive secretary of the National Public Security System, which oversees the federal vetting center, estimated that about one-fifth of police who fail the tests remain at their posts.Even if all municipalities had the money to replace cops who failed reviews, critics say, the background checks themselves are flawed. By law they must include polygraphs, drug tests, psychological evaluations, medical exams and checks of a job candidate’s lifestyle. In practice, the exams rely heavily on lie detectors and don’t check financial records against test takers’ responses, said María Elena Morera, who heads Causa en Común.Del Toro, Tlajomulco’s mayor, agreed. It would be more effective if the tests “verified if the officer has a lifestyle, a house, car, that matches his salary,” he said. “I’ve never seen the socioeconomic part even mentioned in test results given to us.”Mexico first began vetting police decades ago, though the program gained steam under Calderón when he signed new testing guidelines into law in 2008. It may require more time for improvements to take hold, as the government is constantly improving the system, said Tello, who is now a professor at the Government and Public Transformation School of the Monterrey Technological Institute.When Peña Nieto returned the Institutional Revolutionary Party to power in December 2012, he promised better coordination between the federal and state governments on crime fighting.Guillermo Valdes, who from 2008 to 2011 led the state intelligence agency, Cisen, when the tests were introduced, said the effort is heading in the wrong direction. More federal oversight is needed to ensure municipalities and states are using the exams to purge corrupt officers, he said.The federal government “absolutely didn’t give a damn,” Valdes said. “They didn’t care at all about implementing the test.”See all our stories on the missing students and Mexico’s security crisis here© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico horrified by suspected massacre, incineration of 43 students Outrage at likely Mexico massacre spreads to Acapulco Clashes as Mexicans hold rally for 43 missing students Mexico police, protesters clash ahead of grim anniversary of 43 missing studentslast_img read more

Mother Nature provides perfect start to winter in Lake Wanaka

first_imgLake Wanaka, recently named amongst the top 25 ski resort towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine, is poised to live up to its reputation.  Mother Nature has provided a perfect start to the 2012 winter season, delivering over 50 centimetres of fresh powder to the region this week. “The timing couldn’t have been better for those travelling to Wanaka for the school holidays,” said James Helmore, general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism.  “All four ski areas will be open by Friday (29 June) and the new snow will allow the mountains to put plenty of terrain on offer.” Seen as one of the world’s premier adventure towns, Lake Wanaka gets the most snow in New Zealand, with over 4metres (160in) in an average season. Its four mountain resorts combine to offer a wide variety of skiing, snowboarding and cross country terrain.  Home to many of New Zealand’s elite snow sports athletes; Wanaka offers everything from perfectly groomed beginner slopes to powdery steep slopes that promise to get the adrenaline pumping.  Those looking for time in the air can take advantage of world-class park and pipe facilities and, on any given day, will likely be skiing or riding alongside some of the world’s best.  Wanaka is also home to New Zealand’s only cross country ski area, Snow Farm which provides a truly unique experience for those looking to improve their fitness while enjoying the peace and quiet of the winter outdoors.Visitors to Lake Wanaka can also take advantage of the areas new OnePassNZ, which provides unlimited freedom to ski and ride at eight of the South Islands favourite mountain resorts, including all four Wanaka resorts (Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park and Snow Farm). “What makes this pass unique is that it allows visitors freedom to ski any of the eight mountains as they choose,” says Nigel Kerr, Treble Cone marketing manager.  “Beyond that, the pass can also be used to rent gear, take lessons, eat in local restaurants and experience an array of other activities like skydiving, jet boating, spas, vineyards and more.”“It’s magical when the peaks surrounding Wanaka are covered in white,” said Helmore.  “The town is buzzing and we’ve once again become a winter wonderland.” Looking down the Cardrona Valley towardsLake Wanaka, from Cardrona Alpine Resort. Source = Lake Wanaka Tourismlast_img read more

Boucheron the jewelry of sensual desire opens a b

first_imgBoucheron, the jewelry of sensual desire opens a boutique in GenevaThe prestigious Maison Boucheron, who celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is pleased to announce the opening of its boutique located on the luxurious rue du Rhone in Geneva.In this new boutique, you can discover the jewelry collections as well as exceptional High-Jewelry pieces in diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies on black, white or yellow gold. Boucheron also offers its emblematic jewelry lines: Exquises Confidences, Trouble, Quatre, Déchaînée, Ava available in rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Boucheron’s precious timepieces such as the Reflet, la Carrée, la Ronde et les MEC are also offered. Boucheron’s pieces manifest of the creative audacity, the know-how and the standard of excellence of the House which have all contributed to the success of the jeweler since its creation in 1858.Already present in the United States of America, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Dubai and Qatar, Boucheron continues the development of its boutiques on an international scale, in the world’s biggest capitals of the world. “Switzerland, and more specifically Geneva, are not only a part of the most dynamic luxury markets, but they are also part of the most influential markets in terms of beyond luxury”, states Jean-Christophe Bedos, CEO Boucheron. “I’m very happy to know that the Swiss can now have access to our creations thus joining the circle of worldwide privileged clients”.Boucheron 13, rue du Rhône 1204 Genève TEL: +41 22 311 70 71 FAX : +41 22 311 70 73last_img read more

NORRISTOWN Pa – In the tense moments before a ju

first_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – In the tense moments before a jury convicted Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the prosecutor who had branded him a “con man” and called him out for laughing during closing arguments started to worry about the global implications if the #MeToo era’s first big trial went the other way.Accuser Andrea Constand’s allegations that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004, revived out of nearly a decade of dormancy by another comedian’s viral joke, had coalesced into a movement of women who said he violated them, too.Prosecutor Kristen Feden told The Associated Press she was “nervous for Andrea and for sex crime victims as a whole” at Cosby’s retrial.“I felt like this verdict could dictate something more,” Feden said. “If they found him not guilty, I felt like they were feeding into every character assassination on sex crime victims.”Feden and prosecutor Stewart Ryan spoke to the AP on Saturday about the nearly three-year journey from reopening the Cosby case to last Thursday’s verdict, how they restructured their approach after last year’s hung jury and the sacrifices they faced along the way.Cosby, 80, is now a prisoner in his own home and faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars as he awaits sentencing within the next three months on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He has maintained his innocence. His publicist has declared his conviction a “public lynching,” and his lawyers have vowed to appeal.But Feden, Ryan and their boss, District Attorney Kevin Steele, said they are confident Cosby’s conviction will stand.Prosecutors started thinking about a retrial as last year’s deliberations wore on for six days, Ryan said.“We could kind of see the writing on the wall with the first jury,” he said.Two days after Cosby’s conviction, law books and papers were still strewn on a long table in the war room where prosecutors plotted their strategy: leading off with an expert to educate the jury in victim behaviour, successfully fighting to call five additional accusers and fending off the defence’s allegations that Constand was a scammer framing Cosby for a big payday.The additional accusers allowed prosecutors to uncloak the man once revered as America’s Dad as a manipulative predator who used his built-in trust to trick women into taking powerful intoxicants so he could violate them. One woman pointedly called Cosby a “serial rapist,” and another asked him through her tears, “You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?”Feden said she felt “that needed to be exposed.”“That was the most sickening part of this all,” she said. “When people in positions of power use that power to victimize people, I find that to be beyond disgusting.”Then-District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopened the Cosby investigation in July 2015 after a federal judge, acting on a request from the AP, unsealed portions of Cosby’s deposition testimony from a civil lawsuit he settled with Constand in 2006 for $3.4 million. In the testimony, which was read to jurors at both trials, he described giving quaaludes to women before sex in the 1970s and his encounters with Constand, a Temple University women’s basketball administrator.Ryan likened Cosby’s description of a purported sexual encounter with Constand to “reading some disgusting pornography novel.” He said the testimony, far more explicit than what Cosby said in his lone police statement, showed “exactly what’s going on” in his mind.Feden questioned Constand. Ryan cross-examined star defence witness Marguerite Jackson. Together they delivered a closing argument that wrested the “con artist” label from the defence and pushed back at suggestions the case was outside the statute of limitations.Feden, a point guard in her basketball days, said she pivoted immediately when she saw Cosby out of the corner of her eye, smirking as she spoke about the similarities in Cosby’s conduct with Constand and the five other accusers.“He’s laughing at the cost of these women? And then Andrea Constand’s in the courtroom? I’m furious,” Feden said. “No one in this courtroom is laughing. I understand that you’re a comedian, but this is not funny. This is not your stage. This is what you did wrong.”Judge Steven O’Neill’s court crier called Ryan with the news that a verdict was in around lunchtime, about 14 hours after jurors started deliberating.Ryan quickly relayed the news to Steele and Constand, who testified that she wanted justice. Then he called Feden, who had been so dedicated to seeing the case through that she worked out a deal to stay as a special prosecutor after leaving for the Philadelphia law firm Stradley Ronon.Feden and Ryan spent months of long days working on the case away from their families: she, her husband and their two young sons; he, his wife and their 9-month-old son.Ryan said the boy, born soon after the first trial, lifted him from hard days with a bright smile. Feden said she often thought of her late aunt, an OB-GYN, who had championed women and her career as a prosecutor.Cosby’s case drew worldwide attention. The courtroom gallery was filled with reporters, and cameras lined the railings outside the courthouse. But to Feden and Ryan, the man known for playing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” was just another predator whose victims were finally being heard.“There was someone who had been sexually assaulted, someone who deserved to hear 12 people say that not only do we believe you but we’re going to hold the person who did it accountable,” Ryan said.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, as Constand has done.___Follow Mike Sisak at more coverage visit story has been corrected to show the prosecutors spoke on Saturday, not Sunday. by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2018 2:36 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Convicting America’s Dad: Inside the Bill Cosby prosecutionlast_img read more

CyTA board to appear in court over employee spat

first_imgThe entire board of the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (CyTA) is to appear in Larnaca district court on November 6 to answer charges of disobeying a previous court decision to reinstate an employee who was earlier deemed to have been wrongly fired.In late July of this year, the administrative court had ruled that the female employee in question had been wrongly terminated by CyTA in 2013. As such, her firing was deemed null and void and she was expected to resume her duties with the state-run telecoms company.Apparently CyTA has not complied with the court order, not paying the employee a salary from the date of the court order, and also failing to reimburse her back-pay since August 2013, when she was sacked.Following the administrative court’s decision in her favour, the employee has meanwhile been showing up at her workplace, but she has not been assigned any duties and, according to reports, spends the entire working day at the canteen.Seeking redress, the employee has filed a private criminal prosecution against CyTA and its board of directors. If found guilty, CyTA board members are liable to fines of up €15,000 and/or prison sentences of up to six months.According to daily Phileleftheros, prior to the employee filing the private prosecution, and in the wake of the administrative court’s decision to have her reinstated, CyTA’s board decided to appeal that decision, reportedly resolving not to reinstate the woman until the appeals process has been completed – something that could take years.But confounding the matter, a CyTA spokesperson has told the Cyprus Mail that the company’s board of directors have in fact “taken a decision to comply with the court ruling, they are in the process of figuring out procedurally how to comply.”Also, the spokesperson could not confirm whether the employee in question was being paid or not, nor whether CyTA has to date actually filed an appeal to the administrative court ruling or intends to do so.In a further twist, shortly before the administrative court’s decision in July, the employee filed a complaint with the ombudswoman alleging that she was sexually harassed by a superior at CyTA.The woman was fired due to unjustified absence from work for a period of over 30 working days.However in its subsequent ruling, the court found that CyTA’s calculations regarding the duration of unjustified absence were wrong, pointing out that working days and calendar days are not the same. This was the crux of the matter, the court said.Asked about this on Tuesday, CyTA was unable to state for which period exactly the woman had applied for leave.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Cyprus plays a key role in blockchain progress

first_imgNiki NikolaouNiki Nikolaou, Business Director at leading Limassol based agency Contentworks, looks at how Blockchain technology is shaping the island of Cyprus.Blockchain technology was introduced in 2008, by Satoshi Nakamoto, an anonymous developer who created the technology as the accounting basis for Bitcoin. Of course, the technology has come a long way over the past decade, proving itself to be an effective way for individual, businesses and even governments to carry out transactions. Created as a digital, decentralised and immutable public ledger of transactions, the greatest advantage that blockchain offers is the ability to customise it to record transactions and the transparency it affords.Some of the key industries that are effectively applying this include healthcare, technology and even real estate. Blockchain appears promising, with potential applications for almost every sphere of life.Cyprus is becoming a blockchain hubGiven its strategic geographical location, Cyprus has long been a financial hub for Europe, in which the country’s tax system, with the absence of double taxation, has had a role to play. However, the country fell victim to a debt crisis in 2013 and a ‘hair cut’ to bank accounts, which impacted its status as a key destination for the financial sector. What this crisis did was pave the way for the easy acceptance of new technologies, including blockchain and cryptocurrency. This was the time when people were looking for alternative ways to store their funds. It was also a time for entrepreneurs to step up to the table.With a now stable economy, positive government stance on digital currency and infrastructure for the growth of talent in this arena, Cyprus is possibly the best place for blockchain projects. Not only does the University of Nicosia offer world class courses in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, it hosts student clubs as well. And, the university accepts payment in both digital and fiat currencies. Cyprus International Institute of Management also regularly hosts lectures and seminars on blockchain-based topics.Today, the country is a haven for pioneering blockchain startups, aided by its decentralised economy. Blockchain has also proven incredibly effective as a means of fundraising for deserving technology projects and Cyprus has played a key role in this aspect of blockchain as well. One of the key services that such startups require is publicity for their project and being able to reach out to the right audiences for investment. Contentworks is an agency with a proven track record for providing winning content marketing solutions for financial, fintech and blockchain brands.Key Marketing ServicesIn 2017 alone, Contentworks helped market some of the most successful ICOs, helping to raise over US$40 million in funds. Contentworks offers customised marketing services with high-quality, unique and innovative content and social media campaigns focused on building brand identity and awareness, and improving traffic and acquisitions, using each business’ unique KPIs to create targeted marketing solutions. Niki states “We are working with known global brands looking to take their offering to the next level with blockchain. Many ICOs have a great product but they don’t know how to leverage it. That’s where we come in. Our creative videos, whitepapers, eBooks and pitch decks have helped ICOs to secure funding and gather social media traction.”The highly skilled team at Contentworks has over 50 years of combined experience in content marketing for the finance, technology and lifestyle segments. They understand that in an increasingly digital-savvy world, being able to engage your target audience requires the best online content, from whitepapers to eBooks and social media posts to viral-worthy yet informative videos. Headquartered in Limassol, Cyprus, the company is strategically placed to play a key role in the country’s growing recognition as a blockchain hub.In fact, Cyprus will play host to some key events related to the cryptocurrency and blockchain arena, including summits and expos. Contentworks will also be part of these major events and looks forward to attending the iFX EXPO International 2018, to be held on May 22-24, 2018 in Limassol. 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University in East Lansing Plant biologists have tried for decades to work around their troubles with lignin One early approach decreased the expression of plants’ lignin-producing genes But that backfired as the plants either wound up with stunted growth or keeled over when hit with a gust of wind “Plants really need lignin” says John Ralph a plant biochemist at the University of Wisconsin Madison Among the strategies for dealing with lignin numerous teams have tried altering the chemicals that make up lignin Although the structure of lignin varies from species to species most plants assemble it from three main building blocks called coniferyl alcohol (CA) sinapyl alcohol (SA) and p-coumaryl alcohol producing chains abbreviated G lignin S lignin and H lignin respectively Several teams have manipulated plant genes to change the proportions of building blocks hoping to create a lignin that degrades more easily Researchers led by Clint Chapple of Purdue University reported in Nature last month for example that plants engineered to produce only H lignin wound up dwarfed but knocking out certain regulatory genes enabled them to grow to a near-normal size H lignins give up their sugars with less pretreatment but the chemical bonds between the remaining lignin molecules are still hard to break Ralph and his colleagues opted for another path Instead of altering the proportions of lignin building blocks they added a new one—ferulic acid (FA)—that pairs up with CA and SA building blocks These pairs then form bonds with their neighbors that are easier for chemists to break (A few plants naturally use these FA-contianing pairs in making lignins that serve as plant defense compounds Ralph says) They hoped that by introducing paired building blocks throughout the lignin they could later “unzip” the lignin’s structure during pretreatment The feat took several years to pull off Ralph’s team had to isolate the genes for the synthesis of FA-containing building blocks insert them into 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