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Niagara Police release images of stolen artwork

Niagara Regional Police have released images of artwork taken in a targeted robbery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.A home was broken into on Dec. 17 and six pieces of art were taken, including original pieces by Alec Monopoly, Max Neutra and King Saladeen.Police believe there were multiple people involved in the robbery.The suspect vehicle is believed to be a newer model, white GMC Sierra pickup with a sunroof and running boards.Police are still looking for witnesses.

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£16 million grant gives big boost to buses

A major bus project in Yorkshire is getting nearly £16 million in funding to provide new road layouts, intelligent traffic control and low-emission vehicles.The £28.2 million Bus Rapid Transit service between Sheffield and Rotherham is receiving £15.9 million from the Department for Transport and will create an estimated 4,400 new jobs.It will create a new link under the M1, priority for buses at congested sections of the route and revised junction layouts with intelligent traffic signals to give BRT vehicles a smoother journey.Transport Minister Baroness Kramer gave the scheme and grant final approval today, so work on the project can now begin with estimated completion in September 2015.Commenting on the plans, Kramer said, “This is great news for bus users who will benefit from quicker, more reliable services.“The coalition government is committed to investing in public transport to offer real transport choices for the people of Yorkshire. Buses are a major link for many people, and help drive economic growth.“This investment will help unlock the next planned phases of development in the Lower Don Valley, and create up to 4,400 new jobs.”The grant follows a series of others provided to local authorities around the country so that they can invest in lower emission designs.Concerns still exist around the reduction in viability of some routes because of changes in the availability of Bus Services Operators Grants, however, while local authorities around the country are watching to see if Tyne and Wear council can use quality contract schemes to wrest back control of services from operators such as Go North East.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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PanthersBrowns Preview Capsule

CAROLINA (6-6) at CLEVELAND (4-7-1)SUNDAY, 1 p.m. ET, FoxOPENING LINE — Pick-em.RECORD VS. SPREAD — Carolina 5-7, Cleveland 7-5SERIES RECORD — Panthers lead 4-1LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Browns 17-13, Dec. 21, 2014LAST WEEK — Panthers lost to Buccaneers 24-17; Browns lost to Texans 29-13AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 16, Browns No. 22PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (11), RUSH (2), PASS (20)PANTHERS Defence — OVERALL (14), RUSH (6), PASS (22)BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (14), PASS (16)BROWNS Defence — OVERALL (30), RUSH (28), PASS (29)STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Panthers’ playoff chances slipping amid four-game losing streak. … Carolina is half-game behind Minnesota for second NFC wild-card spot. … Carolina has lost last three games by combined seven points. … Panthers’ biggest problem: QB Cam Newton’s health. Newton dealing with soreness in surgically repaired right shoulder, affecting ability to throw deep. … Newton had four INTs last week. … Newton has TD pass in 11 consecutive games, second-longest streak in league. He needs 1 yard to reach 3,000 for eighth straight season. Peyton Manning is only QB to start career with eight consecutive 3,000-yard seasons. … Panthers averaging 140.8 rushing yards per game, only behind Seattle’s 148.8. … RB Christian McCaffrey had 161 total yards last week, becoming first player with five straight games of 50 yards rushing, 50 yards receiving. … Tireless McCaffrey has been on field for 97.4 per cent of Panthers’ plays. … Panthers DJ Moore leads all rookie wide receivers with 759 yards from scrimmage. … Panthers lost TE Greg Olsen for season last week (ruptured plantar fascia). … Panthers coach Ron Rivera has assumed defensive play calling from co-ordinator Eric Washington. Carolina D has been poor on third down and creating turnovers. … Rivera fired D-line line coach Brady Hoke and assistant secondary/cornerbacks coach Jeff Imamura. … Browns’ playoff chances took big hit last week. Cleveland fell behind 23-0 in first half before losing at Houston. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield had worst game in month, throwing three interceptions in first half — most since freshman season at Texas Tech. … Mayfield recovered and passed for 351 yards after halftime, completing 24 of 30 passes. He set team rookie record with 397 yards passing vs. Texans. … Offensive line has not allowed sack in past three games, longest stretch since 1988. … DE Myles Garrett has team-leading 11 1/2 sacks. … Browns lead AFC with 27 takeaways. … Browns DB Terrence Mitchell returns after missing eight games with broken wrist. … Browns 2-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams. … Cleveland likely to be without rookie CB Denzel Ward (concussion). … Fantasy tip: Mayfield accepted blame for last week’s early turnovers and could have big bounce back against mediocre Carolina secondary.___For more NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/NFL and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLThe Associated Press read more

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Low police pay award is a punch in the nose for officers

The Government’s decision to award a 2 per cent pay increase to police was a “punch on the nose” for officers, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said.Earlier this year the independent Police Renumeration Review Body recommended that police officers be given a three per cent hike in pay.But the Government controversially rejected the proposal in a move that Ms Dick said had left the independent pay review process in “tatters”.Speaking at the Police Superintendents’ Association annual conference in Leicester, Ms Dick said the move had damaged morale and would have a detrimental impact on police recruitment and retention.She said: “This is the second year in a row that the government has rejected the pay review body’s recommendations in favour of a lower reward. “It’s wrong in principle because it leaves the Pay Renumeration Body process in tatters and undermines the careful balance that protects officers’ rights. It flies in the face of evidence and rational argument.”She went on: “It is a matter of principle that officers must have confidence in an independent body deciding on their pay.  “Officers cannot strike, that is quite right. But [the police service] is unlike other frontline workers – other frontline workers can. That in my view puts an obligation on government to respect the carefully developed arguments of the pay body.” Under the new scheme retiring officers will be allowed to take their lump sum, but their pension payments will be held while the continue to draw their salary. The scheme will be open to all ranks from constable to inspector and will also apply to any officer who is due to retire in the next three months.Police officers can currently retire on a full pension after 30-years service, but many then return to the force as a civilian staff worker, earning a salary on top of their pension payments. She went on: “I am not a shroud waver. I don’t want the government to wait until the police are struggling like the prison service with chronic understaffing.”Scotland Yard is currently seeking to recruit an extra 2,000 officers and yesterday announced an initiative aimed at encouraging retired officers to re-join the police.A new scheme being rolled out by the country’s largest force, will allow officers who have taken their pensions in the last two years, to return to the force at the same rank and on the same salary they retired on.It is the first time such an offer has been made and is intended to address a growing recruitment crisis and “chronic skills shortage” within the Metropolitan Police.Miss Dick told delegates: “I have been concerned at expertise walking out of my service. I am announcing today a new retention opportunity that will open up for police constables to inspectors and higher if there is a chronic skills shortage.” 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. read more

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Hospitals adopt military practice to deal with extreme wounds as horror of

At Cambridge’s Addenbrooke’s Hospital, “small numbers have gone up a lot” and staff now treat more than seven… In the week which saw 14-year-old Jayden Moodie stabbed and killed in London, those on the front line of the battle against knife crime have told of the disturbing scenes and life-changing injuries which they see every day, as the country’s trauma units are forced to develop a “military practice” in order to cope with extreme wounds. Torture wounds, machete slashes and packets of crack cocaine trapped inside tiny bodies. These are some of the severe injuries emergency departments are seeing as the country’s knife crime problem intensifies and spreads from big cities into rural areas.

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Business angels sink millions of euro into Wicklow craft beer company

first_img CRAFT BEER COMPANY Wicklow Wolf has revealed plans to start work on a new brewery site in ‘the Garden County’ that will create 20 new jobs at the company.Founded by Quincey Fennelly and Simon Lynch in 2014, Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company started selling craft beer two years ago and has brewed 16 varieties, which it supplies to 150 pubs and 550 off-licenses in Ireland.The creation of the new facility will be bankrolled by a €2 million investment in the company that was also announced today and will help it move into new international markets as it plans to boost production by a factor of 15.This round of funding was partly provided by the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), a group that is responsible for promoting angel investment in Ireland.The HBAN Food Syndicate, which is one of the leading stakeholders in the deal, has invested €722,000 as part of this financing round, which has brought the group’s total investment in Wicklow Wolf over the €800,000 mark.Speaking about the funding secured, Wicklow Wolf chief executive Quincey Fennelly said the company now has a solid base in Ireland and is ready to start spreading its wings in more international markets.“We feel that now we are well-positioned to bring Wicklow Wolf to the next level and the investment will be crucial to that,” he said. “It’s not just about funding; the angel investors from the Food Syndicate have years of experience in the food and beverages industry. They’ll have a big role to play when we expand overseas, helping us to avoid the mistakes and pitfalls that others before us have fallen into.”Enterprise Ireland was another named contributor to the funding round, in addition to a number of unnamed private investors.Stephen Twaddell, who is chair of the HBAN Food Syndicate and former president of Kellogg Europe, will now act as chair of Wicklow Wolf. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Philip Leonard 13,952 Views Short URL Friday 28 Oct 2016, 1:54 PM Share31 Tweet Email Oct 28th 2016, 1:54 PM 12 Comments ‘Business angels’ sink millions of euro into Wicklow craft beer company Wicklow Wolf plans to crank up production 15-fold and expand into new markets. By Fora Staff Simon Lynch, Stephen Twaddell and Quincey Fennelly (left-right) Source: Philip LeonardThe most recently filed accounts for the company show that it had a loss of roughly €22,000 for the year ending 31 December 2015, but cash in the bank stood at €530,000.No brainerHBAN Food Syndicate lead angel investor and co-founder of The Jelly Bean Factory Richard Cullen said it was a no-brainer for the group to invest in the craft beer company.“As soon as I met the guys from Wicklow Wolf, I was extremely impressed not only with their product, but their whole story and passion. From an investment point of view, they have it all,” Cullen said.“The company is seeing rapid growth at the moment and I have been through all of the processes that they are currently going through. The investors in the syndicate are very much focused in the food sector, so there’s a wealth of knowledge that Wicklow Wolf will be able to tap into.”More angelsEarlier this month, HBAN announced plans to go on a nationwide tour of Ireland in November to drum up interest among potential angel investors. Source: HBANThe group is looking for an additional 27 angel investors for its network and to raise new funds of €6 million as part of the 48-hour investor recruitment roadshow that will visit Dublin, Cork, Waterford and Galway.Angels investors in the group tend to be successful entrepreneurs that are interested in making early-stage investments in companies typically ranging from €50,000 to €250,000.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3051879 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Philip Leonardlast_img read more

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GEEK PICK OF THE DAY Star Trek Horgahn Candle Holder

first_img Let’s talk about Star Trek and sex. Yes, Kirk did it and that’s the big running gag across the franchise for decades, but that means we don’t talk nearly enough about Risa. And Risa is way, way thirstier than James Tiberius Kirk. It’s a Federation planet dedicated entirely to banging. And that’s why ThinkGeek offers the Horga’hn Candle Holder.The Horga’hn is a weird statue you carry around Risa when you want to engage in jamaharon. Which is Risa’s word for sex, because in retrospect Next Generation was surprisingly cutesy to the point of being nearly Puritanical when it came to sex. So this Federation planet explicitly terraformed to be a vacation spot has its own culture with its own word for sex.Anyway, when you visit Risa and you’re totally DTF (down to first contact), the Horga’hn is how you let everyone around you know you’re looking to raw-targ. Riker tricked Captain Picard to carry one around Risa when he visited (though as an enthusiast archaeologist/anthropologist, Jean-Luc totally had to have known better). Quark brought two when he visited. It’s kind of a thing on Risa.And this ThinkGeek candle holder is pretty much just a Horga’hn with a hole on the top. For putting candles in. It stands a foot tall and is made of a dense plastic painted and textured to look like wood, with a cap that loosely fits on top to cover the candle holder. The holder has two holes of different widths, so you can put a taper candle or a tealight in there. You can also just put the cap on and carry it around while calling your apartment “Risa on Earth” and upsetting your roommates. The cap doesn’t really stay in place, though.This is a really fun prop. It looks just like the Horga’hn Picard shlepped around the planet (though with slightly less rounded edges), and if you put it on your shelf any Star Trek fan who visits will know exactly what that is and get a sensible chuckle. Or possibly become aroused. You can pick it up on ThinkGeek for a very reasonable $19.99. Stay on target Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Hong Kongs Far East Consortium reports first gaming revenue following Australia Czech

first_img New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Revenue from TWC totaled HK$114.2 million while Star contributed HK$34.6 million representing its dividend receivable for the period. Combined profit from the segment totaled HK$85 million.TWC operates three casinos in the Czech Republic under the American Chance Casinos brand, all of which are located on the country’s borders with Germany and Austria and cater to cross-border guests. The properties offer a combined 508 EGMs and 59 gaming tables.FEC said it aims to introduce Asian customers to its TWC properties, adding, “It will not only bring to the group recurring earnings and cash flow contribution from its hospitality business, but will also serve as a platform for the group to pursue expansion in the gaming space.”Acquisition of its 4.99% stake in Star Entertainment Group in March follows an original partnership with Star and fellow Hong Kong firm Chow Tai Fook in an AU$3.5 billion IR development in Brisbane known as Queen’s Wharf. FEC holds a 25% stake in Queen’s Wharf, which is due for completion in late 2023.Discussing the group’s 4.99% Australian investment, FEC said it will serve to strengthen the group’s already established relationship with Star; add to its development pipeline in Australia, allow the group to increase its exposure to the QWB project and benefit from The Star’s future growth; benefit the group from cross-selling through future co-operation with The Star which is synergistic to the gaming platform of the Group, and benefit from cash flow from The Star’s future dividend distribution.FEC also said that the Queen’s Wharf Project “brings together the group’s experience in international hospitality operation and mixed-use development, CTF’s extensive VIP customer base in Mainland China and Asian markets, as well as The Star’s operational experience in integrated resorts.“The QWB Project is expected to contribute significantly to the group’s recurring cash flow stream as well as to add to its residential development pipeline.”FEC’s partnership with The Star also includes significant development in Sydney and on the Gold Coast. Hong Kong property development and management giant Far East Consortium (FEC) has reported gaming revenue of HK$148.9 million for the six months to 30 September 2018 – the first period in which the company has started to see contributions from its gaming operations.FEC’s newly realized gaming revenue comes from two sources following the acquisition of Czech Republic casino operator TWC in April 2018 and investment in Australia’s Star Entertainment Group in which it now holds a 4.99% stake. Load More Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in Augustlast_img read more

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Chair of Rasmuson Foundation and Dunleavy voter walks back support for governor

first_imgBut then, Dunleavy proposed steep cuts to social services and other government programs. And, among other cuts, Dunleavy vetoed about 40 percent of the university system’s funding. Ed Rasmuson is a third generation Alaskan from a successful banking family. He’s also a political conservative, and gave $25,000 to a group that supported Republican Mike Dunleavy in his successful bid to become governor last year. That’s a big problem for Rasmuson, who also serves as chair of the board for the Rasmuson Foundation, which supports an array of programs for poor Alaskans, artists and others. Now, he says, he regrets voting for Dunleavy and supporting his campaign. Asked for a response on Rasmuson’s criticisms, Governor Dunleavy’s spokesman Matt Shuckerow said, “People are welcome and entitled to their own opinions.” Ed Rasmuson, chair of the Rasmuson Foundation board (Photo courtesy of Rasmuson Foundation)last_img read more

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170 JeM terrorists killed in Balakot airstrike injured treated by Pak Army

first_imgA view of a site after the IAF released payload in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26.ReutersAdding a new twist to the Balakot airstrike on the biggest Jaish-e-Muhammad training camp in Pakistan, Italian journalist Francesca Marino has confirmed that the Indian Air Force did kill 130-170 terrorists.In a detailed report, Marino accused Pakistan of lying about the attacks. Pakistan had earlier denied deaths or damage to properties. Pakistan had earlier claimed that India had bombed a vacant area in the hills of Balakot while India Air Force had stated that they destroyed the JeM training camp.”Despite Pakistan’s efforts to deceive the world on the Indian airstrikes on the Jaish-e-Muhammad camp, small details of what happened in Balakot in the wee hours of February 26 and thereafter have kept trickling in from my source,” Marino wrote, reports India Today.India had conducted the surgical strike during the early hours of February 26. The airstrike took place a week after the Pulwama attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in which over 40 CRPF jawans were killed. JeM had claimed responsibility for the attack.Marino further explained in her report that two hours after the Balakot attack, a unit of the Pakistan Army, which was stationed nearby, examined the damage and transported the injured to the Harkar-ul-Mujahideen camp in Shinkiari. The injured were reportedly treated by Pakistan Army doctors.”The numbers estimated have ranged from 130-170, including those who have died during treatment. Those killed included 11 trainers, ranging from bomb makers to those imparting weapons training,” Marino said.Around 45 terrorists were treated by Pakistan and are still undergoing treatment. Around 20 died during treatment.The training camp is now reportedly under the control of the Pakistan Army. Marino reveals that, according to her sources, JeM leaders visited families of the terrorists killed in the attack and offered money in exchange for not talking about the incident.last_img read more

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US hackers helped UAE spy on BBC host Al Jazeera chair

first_imgGiselle Khouri, journalist for BBC Arabic, poses for a photograph at her office in Beirut, Lebanon on 26 March. Photo: ReutersA group of American hackers who once worked for US intelligence agencies helped the United Arab Emirates spy on a BBC host, the chairman of Al Jazeera and other prominent Arab media figures during a tense 2017 confrontation pitting the UAE and its allies against the Gulf state of Qatar.The American operatives worked for Project Raven, a secret Emirati intelligence program that spied on dissidents, militants and political opponents of the UAE monarchy. A Reuters investigation in January revealed Project Raven’s existence and inner workings, including the fact that it surveilled a British activist and several unnamed US journalists.The Raven operatives — who included at least nine former employees of the US National Security Agency and the US military — found themselves thrust into the thick of a high-stakes dispute among America’s Gulf allies. The Americans’ role in the UAE-Qatar imbroglio highlights how former US intelligence officials have become key players in the cyber wars of other nations, with little oversight from Washington.The crisis erupted in the spring of 2017, when the UAE and allies — including Saudi Arabia and Egypt — accused Qatar of sowing unrest in the Middle East through its support of media outlets and political groups. The UAE camp demanded Qatar take a series of actions, including shuttering the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera satellite television network, withdrawing funding from other media outlets Doha supports, and cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamic movement some Arab governments regard as a threat.In June 2017, the UAE camp severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed an air, land and sea blockade against the tiny nation. It was an unprecedented confrontation among Arab countries that had historically prized consensus.That week, Project Raven operatives sprang into action, launching operations to break into the Apple iPhones of at least 10 journalists and media executives they believed had connections to the Qatari government or the Muslim Brotherhood, according to program documents reviewed by Reuters and four people involved in the activities.Raven targeted Arab media figures who spanned a range of political thought — from a Beirut-based BBC host to the chairman of Al Jazeera and a producer from a London satellite channel founded by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.The goal, the former Raven operatives said, was to find material showing that Qatar’s royal family had influenced the coverage of Al Jazeera and other media outlets, and uncover any ties between the influential TV network and the Muslim Brotherhood. Reuters couldn’t determine what data Raven obtained.Al Jazeera has long maintained it is independent from Qatar’s government. Jassim Bin Mansour Al-Thani, a media attaché for Qatar’s embassy in Washington, said “the government of Qatar does not request, ask, or enforce on Al Jazeera any agenda whatsoever.” Al Jazeera “is treated like any other respected media outlet.”The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment. The NSA declined to comment. A Department of Defense spokeswoman declined to comment.Dana Shell Smith, the former US ambassador to Qatar, said she found it alarming that American intelligence veterans were able to work for another government in targeting an American ally. She said Washington should better supervise US government-trained hackers after they leave the intelligence community.“Folks with these skill sets should not be able to knowingly or unknowingly undermine US interests or contradict US values,” Smith told Reuters.Among the Arab journalists hacked, Raven project documents show, was Giselle Khoury, Beirut-based host of BBC Arabic’s “The Scene,” a program that interviews Middle Eastern leaders on current events. Three days after the blockade began, Raven operatives hacked her iPhone. Raven program documents show she was targeted because of her contact with Azmi Bishara, a Doha-based writer who has been critical of the UAE and founded the news outlet Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.“They need to spend their time on making better their country, their economy,” Khoury said in an interview after Reuters informed her of the hack. “Not on having Giselle Khoury as a hacking target.”On 19 June 2017, Americans working for Raven targeted Faisal al-Qassem, host of a popular Al Jazeera show called “The Opposite Direction,” interviews and documents show.The show features guests who heatedly debate controversial topics such as corruption in Middle Eastern governments. Informed by Reuters about his hacking, al-Qassem said he was not surprised he was targeted by the UAE, which he accuses of being “a symbol of corruption and dirty politics.”“In a word, they are afraid of the truth,” he said.That same day, Raven operatives targeted the iPhone of Al Jazeera’s chairman, Hamad bin Thamer bin Mohammed Al Thani. Through an Al Jazeera spokesman, Al Thani declined to comment.The attacks utilized a cyber weapon called Karma. As Reuters reported in January, Karma allowed Raven operatives to remotely hack into iPhones by inputting a target’s phone number or associated email address into the attack software. Unlike many exploits, Karma did not require a target to click on a link sent to an iPhone, they said. Apple declined to comment.Karma provided Raven operatives access to the contacts, messages, photos and other data stored on iPhones. It did not allow them to monitor phone calls.While Raven operatives broke into the devices, they did not have full access to the data they collected; they passed the material on to UAE intelligence officials overseeing the operation. It’s unclear what they found.In January, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash was asked by reporters in New York about Project Raven after the initial Reuters report. Gargash acknowledged his country has a “cyber capability” but didn’t specifically address the program. He denied targeting US citizens or countries with which the UAE has good relations.Spying Effort’s US LinksThe UAE created Project Raven in 2009 with the help of American intelligence contractors and former senior White House officials from the George W. Bush administration. The US National Security Council declined to comment on Project Raven.At first, the goal was to crack down on terrorism by helping the UAE monitor militants around the region. But Raven’s mission quickly expanded to include monitoring and suppressing a range of UAE political opponents, the documents show.Among its targets was Qatar, which the UAE and Saudi Arabia had long accused of fueling political opposition across the region, in part through the Qatari government’s funding of Al Jazeera.During the Arab Spring protests of 2011, Gulf countries viewed Al Jazeera’s expansive coverage of street demonstrations as a deliberate attempt by Qatar to fuel opposition to their monarchs. “It was seen as a tool to foment popular unrest,” said Elisa Catalano Ewers, a former advisor on the region for President Obama’s National Security Council.Al Jazeera’s protest coverage “had a huge psychological impact” for demonstrators, said Moncef Marzouki, the former president of Tunisia, who was elected in 2011 after Arab Spring demonstrations ousted long-time ruler Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. The broadcasts sent a message to protesters that “this battle is happening everywhere, you are not alone.”Chairman of Al Jazeera network’s Board of Directors Sheikh Hamad Bin Thamer al-Thani speaks during the opening of the 8th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in Doha on 19 April 2012. Reuters File PhotoAl-Qassem, the host hacked by Raven, said Al Jazeera presents all sides, without censorship. “The street and the Arab people can decide what’s right,” he said.Wary of the Muslim Brotherhood’s growing influence in the region after the 2011 protests, UAE authorities launched a crackdown on dozens of suspected Islamists, many of whom have been convicted of planning to overthrow the government. In 2014, the UAE formally designated the Brotherhood and local affiliates as terrorist groups.The Emiratis also tapped Raven in the effort to contain dissent at home, according to former Raven operatives and project documents. In the years after the Arab Spring, the operatives were increasingly tasked with targeting human rights activists and journalists who questioned the government.Targeting JournalistsIn June 2017, after Gulf nations began their blockade of Qatar, the UAE ramped up efforts to spy on journalists seen as tied to Qatar. That month, Project Raven’s Qatar mission expanded from two full-time operatives assigned to the country to seven.On 20 June, Raven operatives hacked into the iPhone of Abdullah Al-Athba, chief editor of Qatar’s oldest newspaper, Al-Arab, program documents show.In an interview with Reuters, Al-Athba said he believed he was targeted “because I am a supporter of the Arab Spring since the beginning,” who repeatedly criticized the Emiratis for their opposition to the movement.The Raven effort went beyond the Middle East. Operatives used Karma to target the mobile phones of other media figures the UAE believed were being supported by Qatar, including journalists for London-based Arabic media outlets Al-Araby TV and Al-Hiwar. Both networks televise Arabic language channels popular in the Middle East.Al-Thani, the Qatari spokesman, said the government does not support Al-Araby TV, Al-Hiwar or Al Arab.The satellite channel Al-Araby TV and its namesake website are units of London-based Fadaat Media Ltd, owned and supported by Qatari businessmen. The outlet sees itself as the voice of “secular, liberal, pro-democracy” Arabs, said Abdulrahman Elshayyal, director of Al-Araby TV. He and two other Araby employees were hacked in the weeks following the start of the blockade, Raven documents show.“It’s a very worrying trend that a state is using all these things to spy on people critical of them,” Elshayyal said in a phone interview. “I’m not a terrorist or a money launderer.”Bishara, the founder of Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, was also targeted by Raven. He told Reuters he regards his outlet as “relatively independent” in the context of the Arab world. “Nobody tells us what to say,” said Bishara, a Palestinian Christian who lives in Qatar, though “sometimes the newspaper might be sensitive about what not to say, because you are not there to provoke the people that finance you.”Al-Hiwar, another London-based Arabic satellite channel, was targeted by Raven on the day the blockade began. Al-Hiwar founder Azzam Tamimi said he believes the UAE was fearful of his channel’s support for political reform and democratization in the Arab world.Unlike others caught in the crosshairs of Project Raven, though, Al-Hiwar doesn’t deny being sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the outlet supports “because they are the victims,” he said. Tamimi told Reuters he is a long-time Muslim Brotherhood member and a supporter of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.Tamimi declined to say whether the channel received money from the Qatari government but said he’ll accept any support, provided there’s no strings attached. He said the channel gives voice to a range of opinions and encourages dialogue. But there are limitations.“The majority of our viewers are Muslim,” he said in a phone interview. “We are not going to market ideas that are alien to our culture. That’s what makes us popular.”last_img read more

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Facing abysmal approval ratings Chinchilla administration to spend more on advertising

first_imgThe government this year will spend ₡1 billion ($2 million) to improve the image of President Laura Chinchilla, the least popular president in the Americas. That figure is almost 50 percent more than officials spent last year.The new budget includes hiring public relations firm Eureka, which will be responsible for preparing speeches for the president. The government will pay the PR agency ₡10 million ($20,000) to write 10 speeches for Chinchilla, Communications Minister Francisco Chacón said.Also, the research firm Demoscopia will receive some ₡50 million ($100,000) for conducting four opinion polls.Chacón said the services are funded with a donation from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. “The government needs to improve the way we transmit messages to the people,” he said.This week, Mexican consulting firm Consulta Mitofsky released a study that places Chinchilla – for a second year in a row – at the bottom of a list that compiles approval ratings obtained by presidents across the Americas.Costa Rica’s president scored less than 10 percent approval, while Ecuador’s Rafael Correa tops the list with 90 percent positive opinions. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Anastasia Skripka

first_imgOTM has been very nice and we have been able to make some very good contacts. The footfall and the response we got have surpassed our expectations. We have also been able find some good partners with whom we can work in the future. Overall we had a great experience in OTM 2016.last_img

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Analysts Draw Uneven Price Picture for East West Coasts

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Capital Economics Home Prices Home Sales Home Values Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-01-31 Krista Franks Brock Analysts Draw Uneven Price Picture for East, West Coasts in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharecenter_img January 31, 2013 405 Views “”Capital Economics””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ expects home prices to increase about 5 percent over the year at a national level. However, housing markets across the nation are markedly different, and this 5 percent will not be a constant in all regions. [IMAGE]At the two far ends of the spectrum, the Northeast and the West will experience far different market climates this year, according to Capital Economics. The Northeast is much more likely to see no price growth at all than anything close to the 5 percent national average this year, the analytics firm stated in a recent outlook. [COLUMN_BREAK]A potential for an increase in supply is one factor that may keep prices at bay this year. Northeastern states have relatively long foreclosure timelines, and their foreclosure rate as of the third quarter of last year was 5.6 percent. This compares to just 2.7 percent in the West. Capital Economics, therefore, anticipates price increases in the region would lead to increased supply as both lenders and homeowners unload properties onto the market. “”Ironically, these factors will conspire to keep price gains muted in the coming years,”” the firm stated. On the other side of the country, the West has already dealt with much of its foreclosure inventory, and the region is well-positioned for potential economic growth and rising incomes. While housing starts increased 30 percent in the region last year, this growth was not necessarily reflected in the region’s total sales. New home sales made up 15 percent of home sales for the year–making the new construction increase “”unlikely to offset the lack of supply in the existing homes market,”” according to Capital Economics. While the Northeast is likely to experience no price gain this year, the West may experience nearly 10 percent, according to the firm.last_img read more

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first_imgDemonstrating a dogged determination to treat all guests like royalty, Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out the red carpet for four-legged jet-setters. The canine-conscious hotel brand, which represents the next generation of luxury hospitality, has unveiled generous pet policies at its iconic hotels in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas.“Trump Hotel Collection recognizes that, for our guests who have pets, Fido is far more than man’s best friend; he is a cherished member of the family,” said Jim Petrus, the brand’s chief operating officer. “As such, we are committed to providing our canine visitors as warm a welcome and as luxurious a stay as any other guest at our hotels.”At Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, pups will find their room outfitted with every amenity they need for a comfortable stay, including a plush dog bed, gourmet treats, a water bowl, and a fresh bottle of water to fill it. A rubber ball will provide hours of in-room entertainment, and with his owner’s help, Spot can order from a special in-room dining menu of doggie delights. For the dog about town, the hotel also provides a book on dog-friendly places throughout Chicago, access to an outdoor dog park around the new Trump Riverwalk area, and dog-walking services arranged through the concierge. No special cleaning fee is charged (a deposit is required for guests paying cash) and pets are limited to
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