Mother of Cathedral Catholic student sentenced for supplying drugs to minors

first_imgMother of Cathedral Catholic student sentenced for supplying drugs to minors Posted: August 24, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A woman who provided prescription drugs, alcohol and other narcotics to her daughter — a student at Cathedral Catholic High School — and other minors was sentenced Friday to 11 years and eight months in state prison.Kimberly Dawn Quach, 49, pleaded guilty in May to five felony charges, including furnishing Xanax to a minor and employing a minor to transport or sell marijuana.Superior Court Judge Timothy Walsh — who imposed the maximum term under the plea agreement — said Quach’s conduct fell “well short of being a good parent.”“Her conduct is absolutely sickening to the court,” the judge said, noting that children are among the most vulnerable members of society.Walsh said Quach exposed her 17- and 10-year-old daughters and their friends to extreme danger.“She literally taught them to be drug dealers,” the judge said.Quach’s live-in companion, William Sipperley III, 50, was sentenced to six years and four months in prison. He had pleaded guilty to using a minor to transport or sell marijuana and furnishing marijuana to a minor over 14 years old.Sipperley’s attorney, Domenic Lombardo, told the judge his client moved in with Quach after his wife of 36 years died and he had turned to taking drugs and smoking marijuana.Lombardo said Sipperley did not condone the drug sales and parties at Quach’s Carmel Valley home and “should have been man enough to get out of there.”Deputy District Attorney Christina Eastman said two minors that Quach gave drugs to ended up in a drug rehabilitation program.Eastman said Quach was in the process of setting up a marijuana distribution operation in her home and wanted to be the “cool mom.”The prosecutor said Sipperley taught Quach’s then-9-year-old daughter how to plant marijuana.Quach was arrested last year after police said she sold or offered the controlled substance suboxone, a prescription opiate, and Xanax to minors over a nine-month period beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Quach also gave at least 10 teens marijuana to sell, package or transport, according to police, who said Cathedral Catholic students regularly smoked cannabis that Sipperley grew at the couple’s home on Aster Meadows Place in Carmel Valley.One detective said Quach had as many as 70 teenage clients at Cathedral Catholic and other schools.During a search of Quach’s home, police found large containers of marijuana, plant food, grow lights and drug paraphernalia, according to the criminal complaint. KUSI Newsroom August 24, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Critical Elements of Online Media Companies A QA With Jim Bankoff

first_imgA week from today, Jim Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, will take the stage at FOLIO:’s premiere annual conference: The MediaNext Show. As keynote speaker and head of one of the largest and fastest growing independent online media companies, Bankoff will connect the magazine publishing industry’s traditional identity with the new realities of a fast-paced, multimedia landscape.Here, FOLIO: catches up with Bankoff [pictured] to explore the critical elements of running an online media company and where the new disrupters lie for the digital content market.FOLIO: Describe, in the context of Vox, the core, most critical elements of an online media company—from the way you produce your content to the way it’s promoted and consumed by your audience. Jim Bankoff: The core, critical elements of an online media company are giving audiences quality content and quality advertising that they can consume and enjoy in any setting and on any platform. We believe we’re doing that across the board at Vox. As I noted in LinkedIn, “Web consumers and advertisers crave a higher value journalism and storytelling, and it’s our challenge as publishers and creators to meet that demand.Vox believes fulfilling this demand for quality at scale is an enormous business opportunity. We publish three flagship brands all of which are committed to reinventing quality storytelling and journalism in a manner that is native to the Web. SB Nation (and its 300+ sports communities), The Verge and Polygon are producing magazine-caliber content in sports, tech/culture and gaming on an everyday basis, around the clock—merging old fashioned principles like integrity, design, research and creativity with the new palette of digital media: multimedia, mobility, community and real-time updates. We have even developed our own technology platform, Chorus, to empower the voices of Web-native storytellers and their audiences and advertisers with cutting-edge tools for their craft.”We’ve built on great editorial content with a great design and development team and have embraced responsive design so that consuming Vox is always a satisfying experience no matter what platform you’re on.FOLIO: What are the key revenue trends you’re seeing in the online publishing market? And how are you positioning your brands accordingly for the year ahead?Bankoff: The online advertising market is experiencing two opposing trends: commoditization of inventory sold to direct marketers via programmatic exchanges and native advertising/custom integration bought by premium brand advertisers. Our business is squarely in the latter camp with marketers seeking a customized experience that fits their brand and their message. We’ve been doing that at Vox Media for several years, starting with our first property SB Nation where we have featured sponsored editorial content since 2006. FOLIO: Tactically, how are you driving community interaction and engagement with your brands?Bankoff: Our brands have always had loyal and engaged readers. In 2012 alone, we saw readers consume 820MM+ minutes of our content. They’re interested in our writing and reporting, but also our video content and the places we allow them to interact with each other like our forums, comment section, social pages and areas for user-generated content. The key to our success is our underlying proprietary media stack, called Chorus, which enables our creative teams, our audiences and our advertisers to engage with one another in the context of professional and user generated story telling. By being a technology-driven media company, we can iterate quickly and respond to the ever-evolving needs of brands and consumers.FOLIO: What are the new “disrupters” for the digital content market? What is compelling you to re-examine your operation?Bankoff: The new disrupter for the digital content market is the idea that there’s no such thing as a single homepage anymore. The days when media experiences were linked via big portals and their email screens is gone. We discover great content via social recommendations, expert curators, search algorithms and a variety of other sources. Consumers are grabbing content from all over, and it’s crucial that publishers be everywhere. At Vox we have social feeds, partnerships with other media organizations and presences on apps like Flipboard. We want to be everywhere consumers are.The MediaNext Show will be held January 8-10 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. For more information on the show and to register click here.last_img read more

Japan restarts second reactor at Sendai nuclear plant

first_img Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday (15 October), as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.The restart of the Sendai No 2 unit marks progress for Japans utilities, which have been hit by huge losses after being forced to shut down nuclear plants for safety checks.Weve actively implemented various safety measures including disaster prevention schemes to never let anything like the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident happen again, chief manager of Sendai nuclear plant Rei Sudou said, after his staff switched on the dormant reactor No 2 at 10.30am.The unit will begin power generation on 21 October and is expected to enter commercial operation from around mid-November. Kyushu Electric Power Co restarted the No 1 unit at the Sendai plant in August after approval from the countrys atomic regulator came following two years of reviews and equipment checks.Anxious to cut fuel bills, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants atomic power to account for 20-22% of the countrys energy mix by 2030, but the goal is widely seen as unrealistic and opposition to nuclear power remains widespread. Opinion polls have consistently shown strong opposition to nuclear power among the public, even as electricity bills surged following the switch to expensive fossil fuels.We will continue to restart nuclear reactors that meet whats called one of the most strict safety standards in the world, respecting the judgement of the governments nuclear authority, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a regular news conference on Thursday.The government is unchanged with its determination that we should restart nuclear reactors that meet the safety standards as were currently relying on old fuel generators that are forcedly put into operation, Suga added. Closelast_img read more

Jamaat to face harsh response Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader. FIle PhotoRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said construction of the Dhaka Metro Rail will be visible in next six months, reports UNB.The minister said this while inspecting the construction work of the 20 km-long metro rail project in capital’s Uttara on Wednesday.“At least 10-12 percent work of the Metro Rail project has been already completed. After the militant attack in Holey Artisan the project work remained suspended for six months but now it’s running again in full swing,” he said.The minister was hoping that the first phase of the project from Uttara to Agargaon will be completed in 2019 and the whole route will be open for commuters in 2020.Regarding the Jamaat-sponsored hartal on Thursday, Quader warned that Jamaat will face a harsh response if they commit any anarchy in the name of hartal.Construction of the Dhaka Metro Rail project financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) started in mid 2016.last_img

iPhones cosmetics recovered from 5 Biman crew

first_img.Customs intelligence officials recovered eight iPhones and some cosmetics from five cabin crew members of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Tuesday, reports UNB.Based on secret information, a team of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) searched the bags of the five cabin crew – identified as Morzina Akhter Elin, Salma Sultana, Farzana Gazi, Moinuddin Adnan and Roman Sikder -soon after their flight arrived at the airport from Abu Dhabi.According to the baggage policy, a crew member could bring in up to $300 worth of goods, but these products were detained due to lack of proper buying documents.During preliminary interrogation, they revealed that they (cabin crew) were carrying the seized goods for one Tanim Raj, a local businessman, in exchange for money, said the director general of CIID Moinul Khan.Biman Bangladesh Airlines has been directed to take departmental action against the five crew members for breaching the rules to bring in the seized costly mobile phone sets and cosmetics, including perfumes, he said.last_img read more

Thousands flee fighting on Myanmars border with China

first_imgThousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar’s northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area.Clashes between the army and ethnic minority militias in Myanmar’s borderlands have intensified in recent months, undercutting Aung San Suu Kyi’s vow to bring peace to the country since her party took power in March.Dozens have been killed and thousands displaced since fresh fighting erupted between the Myanmar military and the ethnic minority Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in November.The unrest has rippled across Shan and Kachin states, threatening the next round of peace talks between the government, military and ethnic groups scheduled for February.Dashi Naw Lawn, secretary of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, said the army launched airstrikes near the border town of Laiza on Tuesday.“There was a big fight yesterday and the Myanmar army used planes to attack the area around Laiza,” he told AFP on Wednesday.“The fighting is getting worse and worse.”Kachin activist Khon Ja said some 3,600 people had fled from two IDP camps overnight to escape the violence.She cited testimonies from escapees saying around a third had crossed a river into China, while the rest were stranded on the Myanmar side.The UN’s relief agency said this week that 2,700 displaced people had been moved to new camps because of the clashes, warning there was not enough shelter to protect them against dropping temperatures.Myanmar’s army said its troops have killed seven KIA rebels and seized several bases over the weekend.The growing crisis comes as UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee was barred from visiting the conflict area this week as part of a 12-day trip to probe escalating violence in the country.“She was not allowed to travel to Hpakant and Laiza,” said her spokesman Aye Win.On Friday she is expected to visit Rakhine state to probe claims the army has been carrying out severe human rights abuses against the Muslim Rohingya minority—allegations the government has denied.last_img read more

Iran accuses US of unacceptable escalation in tensions

first_imgMap of IranIran accused the United States Thursday of an “unacceptable” escalation of tensions and said Tehran was showing “maximum restraint” despite Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with world powers.Tensions were already high after president Donald Trump walked away a year ago from the accord which eased international sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program.But strains have ratcheted up with the US deploying an aircraft carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Gulf over alleged threats from Iran.”The escalation by the United States is unacceptable,” Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in Tokyo, where he is holding talks with Japanese officials.”We exercise maximum restraint… in spite of the fact that the United States withdrew from JCPOA last May,” Zarif said earlier, referring to the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.He added that Tehran remains “committed” to the deal, and said continuing assessments showed Iran was in compliance with the multilateral agreement.Later, Zarif told reporters there was “no possibility” of negotiations with the United States to reduce spiralling tensions, describing US pressure as an “act of suicide”.Zarif’s comments came after the US on Wednesday ordered non-emergency staff evacuated from its Baghdad embassy due to an “imminent” threat from Iranian-linked Iraqi militias.Two major pro-Iran armed groups in Iraq rejected suggestions the embassy personnel were at risk.Nasr al-Shomari, a military commander for the Iran-backed Harakat al-Nujaba, told AFP the claim was “a pretext” by Washington to create “an uproar” in Iraq.But the move added to growing fears that the long-time rivals could be on course for conflict despite both sides stressing they have no desire for war.Trump, however, predicted Iran would “soon” want to negotiate and denied there was any discord in the White House over moves that critics say could lead to war in the Middle East.”I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon,” the president tweeted.He also blasted media reports of White House turmoil over Iran, saying “there is no infighting whatsoever. Different opinions are expressed and I make a final and decisive decision.”Zarif late Thursday dismissed Trump’s prediction of talks, telling reporters: “I don’t know why President Trump is confident.”Opponents of Trump say hardliners led by national security advisor John Bolton, who has long advocated toppling the Iranian regime, are pushing the country into war.According to Iranian state media, Zarif is set to visit China on Friday for discussions on “regional and international issues” including the 2015 nuclear deal with global powers.- ‘Imminent threat’ -Despite international scepticism, the US government has been pointing to increasing threats from Iran, a long-time enemy and also a rival of US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.Senior State Department officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the threat came from Iraqi militia “commanded and controlled” by Tehran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.”It is directly linked to Iran, multiple threat streams directly linked to Iran,” said one official.”This is an imminent threat to our personnel,” said a second official.Washington says it has received intelligence on possible attacks by Iranian or Iranian-backed forces, possibly targeting US bases in Iraq or Syria.Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Tuesday insisted the showdown with the United States was a mere test of resolve.”This face-off is not military because there is not going to be any war. Neither we nor them (the US) seek war,” he said.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed that sentiment, saying in Sochi, Russia: “We fundamentally do not seek a war with Iran.”World powers have rushed to urge calm and US allies continued to show skepticism over Washington’s alarm bells.Britain’s Major General Chris Ghika, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, the coalition fighting the jihadist Islamic State group, said Tuesday there was no special heightened alert.After Ghika’s comments drew a sharp retort from the US Central Command, Britain’s defence ministry said Wednesday they have “long been clear about our concerns over Iran’s destabilizing behaviour in the region” — while still not confirming any new imminent danger.Some observers speculate Tehran is seeking to retaliate over Washington’s decision in April to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on a terrorism blacklist — a move designed to stymie their activities across the Middle East.But since the first US warning on 5 May, the only incident has been a still-mysterious “attack” Monday on tankers anchored off Fujairah, an Emirati port located at the strategically crucial entrance to the Gulf.One or more vessels incurred light hull damage, but what caused the damage and who was behind it remains unknown.last_img read more

Mosquito Hunters Set Traps Across Harris County Searching for Signs of Zika

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Carrie FeibelRoberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a backyard in southwest Harris County. Homeowners give permission to have traps placed on their property.Local health officials are preparing for the possibility that the Zika virus could soon find its way into mosquito populations along the Gulf Coast.Harris County operates one of the largest mosquito control operations in the U.S., with a permanent staff of more than 50 scientists and technicians. In the summer, two dozen extra seasonal workers are hired to help with the work of setting traps, sorting mosquitoes by species, and conducting lab tests for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. Zika was added to the testing panel this year.Watch: Mosquito ProcessingThe division has an annual budget of $4 million, and operates its own virology lab. In the insectary, an entomologist breeds a steady supply of Culex mosquitoes, used as a control group for periodic tests of pesticide resistance. Spraying is part of the overall strategy, but pesticides are applied selectively, only in neighborhoods where mosquitoes have tested positive for harmful viruses.The surveillance cycle begins outdoors, with three types of traps. Technicians set and retrieve traps every weekday, hiding them beneath manhole covers, in medians, and in yards (with homeowners’ permission.) Harris County, the third most-populous in the country, covers 1, 777 square miles. For mosquito surveillance, the county is divided into 268 sectors. During mosquito season, from May to October, mosquitoes are collected from each sector at least every other week. Carrie FeibelMosquitoes are kept alive during the drive to a laboratory, where they are killed through freezing. Freezing also helps preserve viruses the mosquitoes might be carrying.Christy Roberts, a Texas A&M-trained entomologist, makes her rounds in a white, county-issued pickup truck. At each stop, even on quiet residential streets, she sets out orange traffic cones before crossing into yards to retrieve traps. If the trap was set inside a storm sewer, she uses a pick-axe to pop open the manhole cover, then pulls up the trap.One type of trap, a “gravid,” sits on top of a plastic tub of water. The stagnant, smelly water is irresistible to female mosquitoes. Roberts pulls the tub out from underneath some bushes along the side of a house. She peers inside the trap’s cylindrical net, spotting individuals  in the blur of  flickering wings.“Lots of females, some of them are blood-fed, and we have males in there too,” she said.“The female will fly over the water and then land on top of the water to lay their eggs,” Roberts explains. “And as they’re floating on top of the water, the fan will suck them up into the net.”The focus of surveillance is females: they need at least one blood meal in order to reproduce. Roberts makes a circuit around southwest Harris County, pulling traps from Westbury, Missouri City, and stops in between. The empty traps and batteries go in the truck bed, but the nets of trapped mosquitoes are hung inside, from the roof of the cab.“We hang the nets, so that the mosquitoes will be able to continue to fly,” Roberts said. “They won’t rub their scales off, which is what we need to identify them. And it also helps keep them alive until we can freeze them.”Traps stay out overnight, about 12 hours. In the mornings, technicians fan across the county to retrieve traps. In the afternoons, they set out fresh ones in different locations.Back at the lab, the mosquitoes are flash frozen, which helps preserves any viruses they might harbor. The cold mosquitoes are boxed up and labeled by location, and then must be sorted by sex and species.Roberts sits down at a lab bench and uses green tweezers to pick through the fragile, feathery bodies. To the untrained eye, they just look…grey. But Roberts is searching for banding, wing color, and variations in the shape and size of the insect’s proboscis and other organs.“I am sorting for Culex quinquefasciatus, which is our primary vector for West Nile. And I’m just placing them directly in to the vial.” (As the Latin name indicates, that mosquito has five bands across its abdomen.)Vials are sent to virology, where they are tested for West Nile, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue, and chikungunya. For Zika testing, samples are currently sent to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. But soon, the lab will add a PCR assay machine, allowing genetic analysis of Zika and other viruses on site. The expansion will cost $300,000.Harris County is home to 56 different species of mosquitoes, says Dr. Mustapha Debboun, director of mosquito control. But only three species are relevant, because they carry viruses harmful to humans.“We have the Aedes aegypti, which is the yellow fever mosquito. And also the Aedes albopictus, which is the ‘Asian tiger mosquito,’ and the Culex mosquito,” Debboun explains. “These are the three that we are after. And thank God, we’re only dealing with three.”Zika has not yet been found in Harris County mosquitoes.Most people assume “mosquito control” simply means spraying chemicals, Debboun says. And in many municipalities that’s true.  But in Harris County, spraying is done strategically, only in places where a mosquito has tested positive for a virus.“We go hit the area where we know the mosquitoes have the disease in them,” Debboun explains. “So we don’t just go randomly and just spray, and not only waste the pesticide, but also put a pesticide in the environment when you don’t need to.”Selective spraying also keeps the insects from developing resistance, Debboun said. Occasionally, aerial spraying is also used, but only twice in the past eight years. In 2008, large areas of the county were sprayed after Hurricane Ike. Some areas were sprayed in 2014, when hundreds of samples turned up positive for West Nile.Debboun says his team is prepared for Zika. In 2013, he diversified the traps, purchasing  models that are especially attractive to Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. At that time, Debboun was anticipating a possible outbreak of dengue or chikungunya. But those two species also transmit Zika. His employees have already had a few years to learn to use those traps. He’s planning to ask the county commissioners for 74 more of those traps this year, at a cost of $300 each.Carrie FeibelEntomologist Christy Roberts retrieves a mosquito trap from a storm drain. The trap uses a light and dry ice to attract mosquitoes.Ruthy Muñoz contributed reporting to this story. X Listen 00:00 /03:40last_img read more

UPDATE Houston School Board Apologizes for Contentious Meeting Behavior Over Last Ten

first_img Listen Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaTrustee Diana Dávila issued an apology to the community on behalf of the Houston school board, for how they’ve behaved over the last 10 months.The Houston school board has apologized to students, teachers and parents for a contentious meeting last meeting that saw the board split along racial lines, an abrupt change in leadership and widespread criticism for dysfunctional governance.All nine members of the board for the Houston Independent School District stood together, as Trustee Diana Dávila issued the formal apology. She’s the one who made the motion last week to bring back former Houston superintendent Abelardo Saavedra as an interim leader, replacing Grenita Lathan. “Our actions have not modeled the behavior that we hope to instill in our children that we serve,” Dávila said. The board announced at the Monday afternoon press conference that they are scrapping that plan to shuffle leadership. Lathan is expected to return as interim superintendent, after an official vote at a special meeting Thursday.“The most important line of action right now is getting to work for the benefit of our school communities, our parents and, most importantly, our students,” Lathan said, quoting Maya Angelou on getting to work. “Thank you, thank you to the Board of Education for reaffirming your confidence in my abilities to lead this district.”Until last Thursday, Lathan had served as interim superintendent since March, when the previous leader, Richard Carranza, abruptly resigned and left for a job in New York City in March. Under Lathan’s tenure, the state’s largest school district, with over 200,000 students, improved several chronically struggling schools and managed to avoid tough state sanctions.The school board plans to meet Thursday to reinstate Lathan and consider other ways to improve how they govern and treat each other. Those include:an executive coach for the board;an executive coach for the acting superintendent;creating an official end date for the ongoing search for a permanent superintendent and;requesting a change in conservator from the Texas Education Agency.“We cannot change the past but must learn from it,” said Trustee Jolanda Jones. “That is a value we foster in our students and must also foster in ourselves. We will work to behave as adults and treat each other with respect.”The board also said they plan to create new guidelines for transparency and ethics.Still, the nine members of the Houston school board refused to answer any questions from reporters at the press conference and didn’t explain why they decided to backtrack on changing leadership.UPDATE:Several elected officials have defended the Houston school board. U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, spoke to reporters after trustees apologized and then refused to answer questions.“I think an apology and saying I’m sorry is one of the greatest lessons any child or any person can learn. Let’s give them a chance. They’re going to have another board meeting on Thursday. That will be a board meeting in regular order, if you will,” Jackson Lee said.Other lawmakers, however, have called for major changes. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, said in a statement that it’s time for the Texas Education Commissioner to appoint a board of governors to manage the state’s largest school district.Bettencourt, who chairs a key education committee in the Texas Legislature, said that he was already planning to file a bill to reform how the district is governed.“These superintendents are not the problem, the HISD Board of Trustees is!” Bettencourt said in a statement. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:54center_img X Sharelast_img read more

NY Teacher on Leave After Complaints of Mock Slave Auction

first_imgBy The Associated PressA fourth-grade teacher in a northern New York school district has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of having White students bid on Black classmates during a mock slave auction.The mother of one of the Black students tells WWNY the incident happened recently at North Elementary School in the Watertown City School District.North Elementary School in the Watertown City School District, New York. (Screengrab: Google)A statement from the school district said the teacher had been placed on leave during a district investigation launched after parents complained she had “exercised poor judgment in teaching a recent lesson.”A fifth-grade teacher at a private school in Westchester County was fired in March after parents complained she held mock “slave auctions.” The Chapel School in Bronxville agreed to hire a diversity officer after the state attorney general’s office investigated.last_img

Black Panther Continues Reign Atop DVD Bluray Disc Sales Charts

first_imgMarvel’s “Black Panther,” distributed by Walt Disney Studios, held back a pair of newcomers to handily top the home video sales charts for a second consecutive week.The top new release on NPD VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart the week ended May 26 was 20th Century Fox’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow,” which debuted at No. 2 selling 22% as many discs as the returning superhero actioner.“Sparrow” stars Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina who is forced into becoming a seductive secret agent after her dancing career is cut short due to injury. It earned $46.9 million at the domestic box office.No. 3 on both charts was Warner’s “Game Night,” a comedy about a group of friends who are caught up in a life-and-death caper that they believe is an elaborate role-playing game. It took in $68.9 million at U.S. theaters. Top 10 Media Play News rental chart for the week ended 5/27/18:1. Game Night (new)2. Black Panther3. 12 Strong4. Peter Rabbit5. Den of Thieves6. Fifty Shades Freed7. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle8. The Greatest Showman9. Maze Runner: The Death Cure10. Early Man (new)For complete sales and rental charts, visit MediaPlayNews.com ×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 Rounding out the top five on both charts were Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades Freed” at No. 4 and Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” at No. 5.Three other new releases managed to crack the top 20, led by Warner’s “The 15:17 to Paris,” which bowed at No. 6 overall and No. 8 on the Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The Clint Eastwood-directed docudrama, which earned $36.3 million domestically, tells the story of the three American servicemen (playing themselves) who foiled a terrorist attack on a European train in 2015.Debuting at No. 11 (No. 14 on the Blu-ray Disc Sales chart) was the Image Entertainment fantasy “I Kill Giants,” followed by Lionsgate’s “Early Man,” a stop-motion animated film from the creators of “Wallace and Gromit,” at No. 12 (No. 13 on the Blu-ray chart).Universal’s re-release of the four “Jurassic Park” films in a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray boxed set pushed the “Jurassic Park Collection” back onto the charts at No. 15 overall and No. 11 on the Blu-ray charts. The new 4K edition accounted for 73% of total unit sales of the four-movie set. A fifth film, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” is slated for theaters June 22.Among the new releases, “Red Sparrow” saw 62% of its total copies sold in the Blu-ray format, with 12% of the total being in the UHD format. Blu-ray accounted for 48% of “Game Night” and “I Kill Giants” sales, 45% for “15:17 to Paris,” and 50% for “Early Man.”For the second week of “Black Panther,” Blu-ray contributed 68% to its total copies sold, with 11% from UHD Blu-ray.On the Media Play News rental chart for the week ended May 27, “Game Night” debuted at No. 1, with “Black Panther” slipping a spot to No. 2.Warner’s “12 Strong” dropped to No. 3, while Sony Pictures’ Peter Rabbit and Universal’s Den of Thieves held onto No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.“Early Man” entered the rental chart at No. 10.John Latchem is executive editor of Media Play News.Top 20 NPD VideoScan First Alert chart for the week ended 5/26/18:1. Black Panther2. Red Sparrow (new)3. Game Night (new)4. Fifty Shades Freed5. The Greatest Showman6. The 15:17 to Paris (new)7. Star Wars: Episode VIII — The Last Jedi8. Peter Rabbit9. Deadpool10. Thor: Ragnarok11. I Kill Giants (new)12. Early Man (new)13. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle14. 12 Strong15. Jurassic Park Collection16. Coco17. Maze Runner: The Death Cure18. Rick and Morty: Season 319. Spider-Man: Homecoming20. Justice League Popular on Variety last_img read more

Study of rock samples suggests Campi Flegrei could be reentering a new

first_img © 2018 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A view of the Campi Flegrei caldera from Posillipo hill. Credit: Francesca Forni Journal information: Science Advances Explore further Campi Flegrei volcano eruption possibly closer than thoughtcenter_img More information: Francesca Forni et al. Long-term magmatic evolution reveals the beginning of a new caldera cycle at Campi Flegrei, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat9401 A team of researchers from ETH Zürich, Cardiff University, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia and Sapienza-Università di Roma has found evidence that suggests Campi Flegrei could be re-entering a phase of pressure buildup. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group describes their study of rock samples collected from the area and what they found. Citation: Study of rock samples suggests Campi Flegrei could be re-entering a new phase of pressure buildup (2018, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-samples-campi-flegrei-re-entering-phase.html The Phlegraean Fields (part of which is known as Campi Flegrei) is an area located near the western coast of Italy that has a long volcanic history—there are 24 craters and other land shapes in the vicinity that have come about due to eruptions. The most recent eruption was not very violent but it did create a mountain in the area back in 1583—it has been named, Monte Nuovo. Notably, Campi Flegrei is also close to Naples—to the west. Vesuvius is to the east. In this new effort, the researchers have been studying rock samples collected in the area to learn more about the history of eruptions. By learning more about the conditions that lead up to eruptions, volcanologists hope one day to figure out how to predict eruptions.Prior research has shown that Campi Flegrei experienced two major eruptions over the past 60,000 years—one approximately 15,000 years ago, and one 39,000 years ago. Both have been described as cataclysmic, offering a hint of what might occur should the volcano erupt similarly today—the area is home to approximately 1.5 million people. There have also been numerous smaller eruptions. What they all have in common are changes to rocks, glass and minerals that are moved from underground to the surface by geologic forces. The researchers studied rocks known to have been blasted or forced from the ground due to multiple eruptions and then compared them to see if they could spot patterns.The researchers found evidence suggesting that Campi Flegrei might be entering a new phase of pressure buildup—one that could potentially precede an eruption. But they also note that they found no evidence that suggests the volcano might erupt any time soon. The type of build-up they describe occurs over hundreds or thousands of years.last_img read more

Bengal Cong chief writes to Rahul urges him to take call on

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Congress chief Somen Mitra Tuesday wrote a letter to party president Rahul Gandhi, underlining the need for “seat-sharing or alliance” with the CPI(M) to “stop the march of BJP in the state and dethrone the TMC in 2021 assembly polls”. According to sources in the state Congress, Mitra also mentioned about the “aspirations of party workers and leaders” to contest the 2019 polls from two seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose These two seats have been the bone of contention in the seat-sharing talks with the Left for the upcoming parliamentary elections. “I have written a letter to Rahulji with my assessment. Now it is for our party president and the AICC to take a call on the matter. I can’t disclose anything further,” Mitra told PTI. The development comes a day after the CPI(M) central committee, in a move to untangle the formula of seat-sharing between the two political blocs to consolidate anti-BJP and anti-TMC votes, proposed “no mutual contest” for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in six seats currently held by the Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The state Congress leadership on Monday, reacting to the development had said there can be no compromise on its demand for the two parliamentary seats – Raiganj and Murshidabad, which are known as Congress strongholds. The Congress leadership had also said, if needed it is ready to fight the polls alone in case the Left Front does not leave these two parliamentary seats – which were won by the CPI(M) in 2014. These two constituencies were earlier known as traditional Congress bastions. In the letter, Mitra gave details and statistics of the vote percentage and the number of votes that different parties had received in the 2014 polls, and how the BJP has increased its vote share in those two seats in several by-elections and in the 2016 assembly polls. “Somen Mitra has urged the party high command to take the next step and talk to the Left leadership in Delhi to solve the impasse as the main objective is to defeat BJP at the Centre and the TMC in the state. “Now the ball is in the court of high command. Let’s see what happens next,” a senior Congress leader privy to the developments said. While the Congress had bagged four seats in the state in the 2014 general elections, the CPI(M) had won only Raiganj and Murshidabad seats. While Uttar Dinajpur’s Raiganj has been a pocketborough of Congress stalwart Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Murshidabad’s politics has been dominated by the party’s firebrand leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. While Raiganj is represented by CPI (M)’s Mohammad Salim at present, Badaruddoza Khan represents Murshidabad. Though the Congress is yet to take a decision on the CPI(M)’s proposal, a senior leader privy to the seat-sharing discussions with the CPI(M) had said on Monday that the party will not compromise on the two constituencies — Raiganj and Murshidabad. “There are two prevailing views in the party. One view is we fight alone in Bengal as it is the Lok Sabha elections where the fight is between the Congress and the BJP and the second view is that we share seats with the CPI(M). But there will be no compromise on our demand for Raiganj and Murshidabad seats,” the Congress leader had said. “Raiganj and Murshidabad have long been a stronghold of the Congress. We lost these seats by a very small margin in 2014 polls due to a four-cornered contest. But this time we are confident of winning those two seats,” the Congress leader had said. The two parties had a similar tactical understanding in the 2016 assembly polls but it failed to have an impact as TMC won 211 seats in 294-member state assembly. In last three years, the BJP has outsmarted the Congress and the CPI(M) to become the main challenger to the TMC in Bengal.last_img read more

Business Execs Who Stay in Asian Luxury Hotels Fall Prey to Cyber

first_imgNovember 10, 2014 3 min read Security researchers have uncovered a sophisticated industrial espionage campaign that targets business executives in luxury hotels across Asia once they sign on to computers using in-room wireless connections they consider private and secure.The attacks, which go well beyond typical cybercriminal operations, have claimed thousands of victims dating back to 2009 and continue to do so, Kaspersky Lab, the world’s largest private security firm, shows in a report published on Monday.Executives from the auto, outsourced manufacturing, cosmetic and chemical industries have been hit, the security firm said. Others targeted include military services and contractors.In 2012, the FBI issued a general warning to U.S. government officials, businessmen and academics, advising them to use caution when updating computer software via hotel Internet connections when traveling abroad.Kaspersky’s report goes further in detailing the scale, methods and precise targeting of these attacks on top business travelers.The movements of executives appear to be tracked as they travel, allowing attackers to pounce once a victim logs on to a hotel Wi-Fi network. Hackers cover their tracks by deleting these tools off hotel networks afterward.”These attackers are going after a very specific set of individuals who should be very aware of the value of their information and be taking strong measures to protect it,” said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher for Kaspersky, the world’s largest privately held cybersecurity firm.Unsuspecting executives who submit their room number and surname while logging on to their hotel room’s wireless network are tricked into downloading an update to legitimate software such as Adobe Flash, Google Toolbar or Microsoft Messenger, Kaspersky said. Because attacks happen at sign-on, encrypted communications set up later offer no defense against attack.The same elite spying crew has used advanced keystroke-logging software and encryption-breaking at multiple hotel chains across Asia, it said.Kaspersky declined to name the executives involved or the luxury destinations targeted but said it had informed the hotels as well as law enforcement officials in affected locations.Ninety percent of the victims came from five countries — Japan, Taiwan, China, Russia and South Korea. Business travelers to Asia from Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland and the United States have also been duped, Baumgartner said.The Kaspersky report said a key mystery remains how attackers appear to know the precise travel itinerary of each victim, which points to a larger compromise of hotel business networks that researchers say they are continuing to probe.(Reporting By Eric Auchard; Editing by Clara Ferreira Marques) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Hallelujah new pope could boost Argentine tourism

first_imgBuenos Aires wildly celebrated the appointmentof the new pontiff. Image Ivan Fernandez/AP There’s little doubt that tourism to Rome from Argentina will benefit from the election of the country’s, and continent’s first pope. But what of travel to the homeland of Pope Francis?According to the UK’s Guardian, a Vatican spokesperson said it was hoped that the new pontiff’s first trip abroad would be to his homeland, which would undoubtedly bring with it a huge influx of visitors from across Argentina and Latin America.  But beyond that, there could also be interest in retracing the steps of Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who was born and raised in Buenos Aires.With Pope John Paul II, there was significant interest in walking in his footsteps in Poland, where he was born. So, who’s to say the same won’t happen once this pope becomes a little better known?Aerolineas Argentinas Regional Manager of Australia and New Zealand told e-Travel Blackboard that the announcement of the new pope was “great news for our country”.“We hope that the new appointment of the pope from Argentina generates more interest in our country and works as a link between Australia and Argentina, helping to increase the number for customers traveling there,” he said.“Argentina is a great destination for the Australian market and now this is another great reason to go and visit Buenos Aires, the town of the new pope and chance to visit South American Continent”.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more

SilverNeedle Hospitality rebrands to Next Story Group

first_imgSilverNeedle Hospitality rebrands to Next Story GroupSilverNeedle Hospitality announces its hotel management division is now branded Next Hotels, forming Next Story Group.The Group also announces the acquisition of the internationally acclaimed new media marketing agency, Brand Karma, a pioneer in building brand experiences through social media, creative storytelling, digital marketing and immersive virtual reality. Together with SilverNeedle’s in-house architecture and design agency Virsa, SilverNeedle becomes highly-specialised in marketing and design, holistically maximising ROI on real estate assets.Anand Nadathur, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Next Story Group commented, “The hospitality landscape is changing and we’re evolving in important ways. Over the past year we’ve developed in-house architecture and design capabilities via Virsa, identified new media marketing competency as a must-have which led to the acquisition of Brand Karma, strengthened our employees and Board, and studied the impact of the sharing economy on urban spaces. We now have the right set of specialised services, and are ready to move forward to help asset owners futureproof their real estate by giving consumers something fresh and relevant. Hence we’re launching as Next Story Group today.”Next Story Group is based in Singapore, with regional offices across Asia-Pacific, and offers best-in-class services to hotel owners in branding, marketing, design and development on top of its hotel management services. From the acquisition and development of spaces, to conceptualisation of design, to management of operations and innovative marketing, Next Story Group will pioneer a multi-disciplinary approach and blend services so that each property in its portfolio can adapt with agility to the needs of tomorrow.“The hospitality and real estate industries are experiencing unprecedented shifts, with new consumer expectations giving quick rise to disruptors,” explains Morris Sim, previously Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brand Karma, now Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Next Story Group. “It is difficult for asset owners to ensure what they have today will be relevant and monetisable for tomorrow’s consumers. Being a part of Next Story Group means asset owners can count on us to differentiate and respond to market changes faster.”Next Story Group comprises of the following businesses:Next Hotels: Named after the group’s flagship hotel brand, Next Hotels is a specialised developer of hotels across Asia-Pacific and the market leader in technological innovation and rapid adaptability within the hotel industry.Brand Karma: Award-winning new media marketing agency that builds brands through virtual reality experiences, digital-marketing and creative storytelling. Past clients include Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, AccorHotelsGroup, IHG, Marriott, Tourism Australia, Gap Inc., Honeywell, and Lincoln Motor Company.Virsa: Architecture and design agency pushing the limits of modern design, Virsa leads the design and development of all hotel, F&B, and urban spaces within Next Story Group, as well as the group’s innovations in building tech. Led by Matthew Lai, Virsa creates spaces for the future, collaborating with partners across Asia-Pacific to offer specialised one-stop shop design services.Along with the launch, Next Story Group also announces the appointment of veteran hotelier Patrick Imbardelli to its Board of Directors. Commenting on the developments of the group, Patrick Imbardelli remarks, ‘’I’m excited about Next Story Group because it has the elements needed to ensure that a hotel owner’s asset can continually stand out to the end consumer. The approach the company has developed will create new value in the marketplace for the owners and the consumers, and I look forward to guiding the team to expand their vision.” Next Story GroupSource = Next Story Grouplast_img read more

Polish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched

first_imgPolish pay TV operator Cyfrowy Polsat has launched a new version of its Ipla OTT TV service for Android devices.A new version of the Android app is now available via Google Play. The latest version of the app allows users to download VOD content, including Polsat series, to tablets and smartphones for offline viewing.Content available on the Ipla platform includes shows from Telewizja Polsat such as Przyjaciółki, Świat według Kiepskich, Pierwsza miłość, Zdrady, Trudne sprawy, Pielęgniarki, Dlaczego ja, Ewa gotuje, Na ratunek 112, Rinke za kratami, Nasz nowy dom, Kabaret na żywo, and Gliniarze;The service provides access to Telewizja Polsat archieve shows, with about 7,000 episodes available, alongside over 350 episodes for kids and 300 movies.Some 7,500 episodes are available free of charge with advertising, including some Polsat shows, Venezuelan telenovelas, soap operas, movies and kids content. However, in order to download content, users must have an Ipla Extra package that allows them to watch videos without ads.last_img read more

TSX Venture 96468 103862 14165

first_img TSX Venture 964.68 1,038.62 1,416.54 Silver Stocks (SIL) 14.86 16.59 20.32 Gold Producers (GDX) 29.69 34.25 43.88 Silver 24.13 27.19 30.36 One Month Ago One Year Ago Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.10 3.33 3.74center_img TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,438.03 12,422.12 12,014.90 Dear Reader, Last week, our senior precious metals analyst, Jeff Clark, advised: Buy Gold NOW. So far that has worked out well, but it begs the question: What about gold stocks? When do we back up the truck for them? My own answer in the current edition of the International Speculator is that no one really knows, but that those who buy value when its price is low should do very well indeed. Jeff returns this week with a by-the-numbers look at the last two biggest gold stock corrections, comparing them to our market today. This is excellent context we would all do well to remember when asking such questions. Sincerely, Gold 1,470.70 1,574.75 1,637.75 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 12.20 14.67 22.30 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Oil 93.99 94.45 102.54last_img read more

Statements submitted to MPs have provided further

first_imgStatements submitted to MPs have provided further evidence of widespread dishonesty among healthcare professionals who carry out disability benefit assessments, but their inquiry has had to be abandoned because of the prime minister’s decision to call a general election.Despite its inquiry into the personal independence payment (PIP) assessment process having to be scrapped, the Commons work and pensions select committee has published written evidence it has received from PIP claimants and disability organisations.The committee held an urgent evidence session about the assessment process in March, a hearing partly triggered by a Disability News Service (DNS) investigation, before seeking further written evidence.DNS had provided the committee with substantial evidence of widespread dishonesty among PIP assessors in the reports they prepare for government decision-makers.The DNS investigation revealed that assessors working for the outsourcing companies Capita and Atos – most of them nurses – had repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.DNS has now collected nearly 200 examples of cases in which PIP claimants have said that healthcare professionals working for Capita and Atos produced dishonest assessment reports.DWP has consistently claimed that there is no dishonesty at all among its outsourced healthcare assessors.Inclusion London, the pan-London disabled people’s organisation, provided the most detailed written evidence of all the individuals and groups that contributed to the committee’s inquiry.It said in its evidence: “Again and again Disabled people are reporting that assessors have ignored written and verbal evidence and that reports do not reflect what occurred in the assessment.”Inclusion London quoted widely from evidence compiled by DNS, and concluded: “The extent to which false information is included in assessment reports cannot be attributed to one or two negligent assessors but indicates systemic failings with the current PIP assessment process.”It called for all assessments to be recorded, and for “a clear and accessible system for Disabled people to file complaints against assessors with an independent body and for complaint statistics to be made public”.It also called for a new PIP assessment, based on the social model of disability and created in co-production with disabled people, which focuses on “barriers and the impact of impairment on daily life rather than functionality”.Other written evidence submitted to the committee appears to confirm the conclusions of the DNS investigation.Among those who responded to a survey by Disability Rights UK (DR UK) was a healthcare professional with a first-class degree in physiotherapy.They said they had been “shocked by the level of errors, inaccuracies, omissions and, quite possibly, lies” in the assessment report compiled for their PIP claim, according to DR UK’s evidence to the committee.The respondent concluded that “the musculoskeletal assessment conducted was appalling and could not have provided sufficient information upon which a decision regarding my physical capabilities to carry out work for any period of time could be made.“Lies were also told about the content of the musculoskeletal assessment – data was recorded for tests which were not conducted.”Another DR UK survey respondent described how PIP decisions were often overturned on appeal due to “assessors making inaccurate statements, assessors making false statements, assessors incorrectly interpreting things the claimant said or did”.In its evidence to the committee, the mental health charity Rethink said that respondents to its own survey on PIP “felt that there was a discrepancy between what was discussed at the assessment and the content of the subsequent written report.“We received several examples of PIP applicants claiming that assessors had deliberately misinterpreted them and in… some cases included complete fabrications in their reports.”But the evidence compiled by the committee may now end up being discarded because the decision by Theresa May to call a general election on 8 June means that parliament was dissolved this week, leading to some committee inquiries having to be abandoned.Mark Lucas, a PIP claimant who has spoken out repeatedly about the “shockingly poor and dishonest” assessment system, and has given evidence to an inquiry into PIP assessments set up by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said the decision to call an election was “another set back at the end of many set backs”.He said: “Clearly the health professionals have been dishonest and the government has gone to great lengths to ensure the PIP scam is kept quiet for as long as possible.“Everyone knows what has gone on is wrong but only few have voiced their concerns.“I am sure if we continue to have the same government the rights of persons with disabilities will be further abused.”A spokeswoman for the committee said the PIP investigation was “one of the inquiries that fell with the announcement of the election”.When the committee is reformed in the new parliament – probably in September – it could choose to relaunch the inquiry, but will be under no obligation to do so, but if it does it could choose to “keep and use the evidence they have now”, she said.last_img read more