Durant still terrific, but Warriors display offensive balance in Game 2 win over Rockets

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — For the past five games, the Warriors have found strength in No. 35.On Tuesday night, they returned to merely strength in numbers.The Warriors didn’t need a super-human effort from Kevin Durant in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series against the Houston Rockets. He had averaged more than 40 points the previous five games this postseason, but Golden State provided him with historic offensive …last_img

U.N. Passes Religious Defamation Resolution: This Week in Online Tyranny

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The United Nations does a lot of good in this world, as far as I’m concerned. If nothing else, it gets representatives of enemy nations in the same building, sometimes in the same room. However, the organization is sometimes troubled by a desire to be so “fair” that it elects Libya and Thailand to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Its latest move, however, goes far beyond the pale of common sense. It has passed a resolution outlawing “defamation” of religion. That means that wherever U.N. writ runs, neither a person nor an organization nor a representative of the press may say anything negative about a religion, part of a religion, an offshoot of a religion or a representative or member of a religion. This resolution was “proposed by Pakistan on behalf of Islamic states, with a vote of 23 states in favor and 11 against, with 13 abstentions.” If you believe, as the United Nations allegedly does, that free speech is not a political right but a human right, you will be horrified by this. “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”If you’re all for limits on speech that you dislike, you would do well to remember that this type of resolution is a textbook case of “slippery slope.” If you can do it to someone you hate, it takes only a slight tip of the scale for them to do it to you.Pakistan has shut off the web out of fear it will see a picture of Mohammed. Either out of fear of Everybody Draw Mohammed Day, or using that event as an excuse, the Pakistani government has blocked the following at least: Facebook, Flickr, Wikipedia, and YouTube. Apparently Twitter is still partially functional, but blocked in certain parts of the country. I imagine it will be banned everywhere in short order. Everybody Draw Mohammed day started as a joke in a cartoon, which the cartoonist backed down from, but others went forward with. It is supposedly a celebration of free speech. It has purportedly drawn a lot of outright racist crap, but I suppose that’s what makes it free speech as opposed to sanctioned speech. Many Pakistanis are outraged more at the censorship than at any possible blasphemy. I guess they figure that they, and their faith, are proof against the deadly power of amateur cartooning. Maybe the government should take a page from their book instead of tear pages out of the Koran to cover themselves with. Tunisian citizens protest online crackdown. Thousands of Tunisians joined an online anti-censorship campaign, posting on Facebook, Twitter and blogs and posting photos and videos on the topic. “Even some radio and TV shows slipped a word about it, which is a first: The silent crowd is not so silent anymore.” Tomorrow, organizers are taking the protest offline in cities around the world, including Tunis. Tags:#Government#international#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tunisia blocks Skype. (This from an email from ReadWriteWeb France editor, Fabrice Epelboin.) Possibly in relationship to the anti-censorship activities above, Tunisia has blocked the VOIP site, though not others. Facebook refuses to remove Holocaust denial groups. Facebook has refused to ban holocaust denier groups from using its service. That seems odd and a breaking of its terms of service, but is a private company and has the right to decide what it does. It can also be boycotted by users if they do not respond to what those users want. If people can force Facebook’s hand, good I suppose. Talk of suing Facebook seems off-base though. Thailand attacks protesters. Thailand sent in the army to break up the camp of the Red Shirt protesters, many of whom use electronic media to present their case against the current government. Several of the leaders surrendered to avoid more bloodshed. Internet unblocked in Uighur area but webmasters and bloggers remain in jail. After being shut down or blocked for almost a year, China has apparently unblocked Internet access in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China. The webmasters, bloggers and journalists arrested in the crackdown of July 2009, however, remain jailed. These include “Memet Turghun Abdulla, a photographer who published an article online about an attack on Uyghur factory workers believed to have sparked the July 2009 unrest; Gheyret Niyaz, a journalist who was detained after talking to foreign media about the unrest; Dilshat Parhat, who co-founded the Uyghur-run website Diyarim; Obulkasim, an employee of Diyarim; Nureli, who founded the Uyghur website Selkin; and website supervisor Muhemmet.”Vietnam upholds sentences against blogger, other dissidents. Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger and computer technician, did not appeal his sentence. He’s jailed for speaking out against the regime. The court upheld attorney and businessman Le Cong Dinh’s five-year sentence and businessman Tran Huynh Duy Thuc’s 16-year sentence. The five-year term of Le Thang Long was reduce to three-and-a-half after he “admitted” his guilt. Top photo by Arthit Suriyawongkul.last_img read more


first_imgTORONTO – Corus Entertainment and TPX (The Podcast Exchange) today announced an exciting new sales partnership that will see TPX sell Corus podcasts in Canada and the US.Corus’ new, growing podcast network features podcast programming from across its 39 radio stations, and a host of original podcasts like The Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross. Corus plans to roll out an exciting new slate of original podcasts over the next 12 months.“Our partnership with TPX is another positive step in our commitment to build Corus into Canada’s source for high-quality, on-demand audio,” said Troy Reeb, SVP News, Radio and Stations Operations for Corus Entertainment. “Podcasting is an area of rapid growth for both audience and advertisers; this collaboration will allow us to further capitalize on this significant growth.” Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook TPX will be working directly with Corus’ recently appointed Director of Podcasting and Streaming Chris “Dunner” Duncombe and his team for all North American sales.“Corus Entertainment has taken a leadership position in the Canadian podcast market, and we are delighted to be working with them,” said Jean Marie Heimrath, President and CEO, The Podcast Exchange. “This strategic partnership will help Corus continue to offer vibrant and growing shows for the Canadian podcast listener.”Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 44 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com.TPXTPX is a pure play podcasting network working with leading publishers and producers globally to monetise the Canadian segment of the global audience. The Podcast Exchange offers Canada’s most extensive selection of podcasts, so advertising agencies and their clients can reach Canada’s burgeoning podcast audience with demographic precision. Advertisementlast_img read more

BC RCMP investigating explosion aimed at First Nation antipipeline blockade

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National News HOUSTON,BC–Officers from the Houston, B.C., RCMP detachment are investigating an explosion set off at the gates of an anti-pipeline blockade in the province’s interior.A crude explosive device was detonated next to a sign leading to the blockade Monday evening by unknown individuals who fled the scene up a logging road in a vehicle.“We have received a report this morning and have initiated an investigation,” said Sgt. Steven Rose, who is based in Houston.Rose said investigators were treating it as an “isolated” incident. He said the local detachment would lead the investigation, but may request additional assistance from the district level.“(The explosion) certainly changes the public perception of what the blockade represents,” said Rose. “From our police perspective, our role is to investigate any reports of damage, mischief or criminal offenses.”The blockade is led by the Unist’ot’en clan who are part of the Wet’suwet’en people. The blockade was erected about 16 months ago on a forest service road to stop surveyors from entering the territory. The blockade is associated with a camp built several years ago near the path of three planned pipelines. The blockade sits about 66 kilometres south of Houston and about 1,000 km north of Vancouver.Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Toghestiy said he and some others were watching the movie Oblivion in a cabin near the blockade when they heard an explosion at about 10:20 p.m. local time.“We thought it was in the movie at first,” said Toghestiy. “It sounded like a gunshot behind me.”They immediately shut off all the lights and the generator. Toghestiy said he then fired a warning shot in the air with his rifle and the group crept toward the bridge through the darkness. They saw taillights from a vehicle fleeing the scene.“We spent probably two hours walking up alongside the road in the bush until we knew the place was secure,” he said.Photos and video from the scene show a long burn trail leading to the site of the explosion at the wooden, hand-painted sign declaring, “stop, no access without consent.” The video, which was posted on YouTube, showed remains of what appear to be plastic bottles that were tied together with surveyor tape. Toghestiy said it appears gas was used to set off the explosion.Toghestiy met with three RCMP officers Tuesday afternoon from the Houston RCMP detachment who took photographs of the burned-out area caused by the explosion and gathered pieces of the device for analysis in a lab.“I had a good chance to sit down with them, the three of them to educate them on decolonizing their minds,” he said.The blockade and camp were built to block the proposed Pacific Trails and Coastal Gas Links natural gas pipelines along with Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline which aims to pump Alberta tar sands bitumen to the Pacific Coast.All three pipelines are mapped to run through an area about a kilometre from the camp. Toghestiy said a traditional pit house is being constructed on the pipelines’ route.Monday night’s incident followed reports that locals in the area were planning to commit sabotage against the blockade.Freda Hudson, who is of the Unist’ot’en clan, said a local hunter was recently stopped by police on his way back from the blockade sight. The hunter told people at the blockade that he was questioned by police about the blockade. The same hunter also said he had overheard other hunters who had been drinking that they were upset over the blockade and planned to deal with it themselves. There was also an incident with some locals who revved their engine and honked their horn at the blockade before spinning their tires and pulling away.“Before we even got to the road we could hear them spinning out and they went to the police complaining we wouldn’t let them in,” said Hudson.Rose said the incidents are not related.“There is certainly information that has been given to us regarding historical conflicts or potential conflicts that have happened in the past couple of months, but it doesn’t really relate to the incident (Monday) night,” he said. “To draw a nexus between the two is far-fetched.”Toghestiy said the camp is already on watch for surveyors attempting to slip past the blockade. He said a helicopter carrying sub-contractors landed behind the blockade about two months ago, but were quickly intercepted and turned away.“It got quite heated,” he said. “I got really, really angry at them…I told them if they did it again things would accelerate really, really fast. They said they wouldn’t come back.”Toghestiy also said an RCMP special investigative unit from Prince George, B.C., tried to enter the camp over the summer.“We wouldn’t let them cross the bridge,” he said. “They just wanted to come in and poke their nose around.”Toghestiy said the camp is seeking to raise funds to purchase sensor cameras they hope to set up along the road.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

BC Green Party says member data safe after contract with AggregateIQ

first_imgVANCOUVER – The B.C. Green Party says it does not believe its members’ personal information was stolen, after the party worked with a Victoria-based tech company that’s mired in an international privacy scandal.Executive director Laura Lavin says the Greens contracted AggregateIQ between January and August 2016 to create a new website and voter database.The party has received written confirmation from the company that it destroyed any data in its possession when the contract ended, Lavin said.“Like anybody, we are paying attention to what’s going on in the media. So it was pretty much over the last week or 10 days, when more and more stories started coming out, that we started doing a review of our relationship with AIQ,” Lavin said in an interview.AggregateIQ created a website for the B.C. Greens, but the party ended the contract because the company could not complete the database within the party’s timeframe, said Lavin.The party has reviewed all of its correspondences, as well as the non-disclosure agreement it required the company to sign at the time, she said.It obtained written confirmation that the data was destroyed, after consulting the Office of the B.C. Privacy Commissioner.Lavin said the nature of information the company would have access to varied by member, but may have included names, addresses, email addresses, level of support for the party and particular issues of interest.The Green Party posted a statement on its website explaining the process, emailed each member and will send hard-copies to those who are inaccessible by email, she said.So far, three members have asked that the party delete their profiles from the system.AggregateIQ faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.Canadian whistleblower Christopher Wylie has also alleged that the firm used algorithms developed by Cambridge Analytica, a company he says improperly harvested personal data from more than 50-million Facebook users to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency.In a statement posted on its website this week, AggregateIQ denies any connection to Cambridge Analytica and says it works in full compliance with the jurisdictions where it operates.last_img read more

Box office Top 20 Crazy Rich Asians gets even richer

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Propelled by an extra strong Sunday, the opening weekend grosses for “Crazy Rich Asians” were even higher than expected. The Warner Bros. romantic comedy earned $26.5 million in its first weekend in theatres, and $35.3 million since it hit theatres Wednesday.Second place went to Warner Bros.’ shark thriller “The Meg,” now in its second weekend. The Jason Statham pic chomped up an additional $21.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $83.8 million.Mark Wahlberg’s R-rated actioner “Mile 22” opened in third place with $13.7 million, while “Mission: Impossible — Fallout” took fourth with $10.8 million.Rounding out the top five was another new offering, “Alpha,” about a young man and his dog in the ice age. “Alpha” grossed $10.4 million over the weekend.The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by comScore:1. “Crazy Rich Asians,” Warner Bros., $26,510,140, 3,384 locations, $7,834 average, $35,276,909, 1 Week.2. “The Meg,” Warner Bros., $21,151,012, 4,118 locations, $5,136 average, $83,760,074, 2 Weeks.3. “Mile 22,” STX Entertainment, $13,710,825, 3,520 locations, $3,895 average, $13,710,825, 1 Week.4. “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” Paramount, $10,773,347, 3,482 locations, $3,094 average, $181,012,068, 4 Weeks.5. “Alpha,” Sony, $10,352,512, 2,719 locations, $3,807 average, $10,352,512, 1 Week.6. “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” Disney, $8,861,530, 3,602 locations, $2,460 average, $66,878,940, 3 Weeks.7. “BlacKkKlansman,” Focus Features, $7,383,195, 1,788 locations, $4,129 average, $23,392,685, 2 Weeks.8. “Slender Man,” Sony, $4,801,712, 2,358 locations, $2,036 average, $20,578,291, 2 Weeks.9. “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” Sony, $3,768,479, 2,187 locations, $1,723 average, $153,962,179, 6 Weeks.10. “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” Universal, $3,405,405, 2,270 locations, $1,500 average, $111,222,895, 5 Weeks.11. “The Equalizer 2,” Sony, $2,863,549, 1,888 locations, $1,517 average, $94,782,433, 5 Weeks.12. “Ant-Man And The Wasp,” Disney, $2,646,856, 1,520 locations, $1,741 average, $208,392,506, 7 Weeks.13. “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Lionsgate, $2,617,298, 2,409 locations, $1,086 average, $29,998,313, 3 Weeks.14. “Incredibles 2,” Disney, $2,302,020, 1,238 locations, $1,859 average, $594,100,868, 10 Weeks.15. “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Universal, $1,157,380, 814 locations, $1,422 average, $411,754,745, 9 Weeks.16. “Dog Days,” Mirror/LD Entertainment, $868,664, 2,387 locations, $364 average, $5,929,487, 2 Weeks.17. “Geetha Govindam,” Independent Indian, $821,990, 160 locations, $5,137 average, $1,564,311, 1 Week.18. “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” Warner Bros., $750,127, 590 locations, $1,271 average, $27,301,479, 4 Weeks.19. “Eighth Grade,” A24, $735,240, 542 locations, $1,357 average, $11,638,783, 6 Weeks.20. “Three Identical Strangers,” Neon Rated, $502,144, 276 locations, $1,819 average, $10,567,548, 8 Weeks.—Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.last_img read more

Dems Trump trade blame as shutdown slogs into 2nd weekend

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown. But they’re doing little substantive talking with each other as the disruption in federal services slogs into another weekend.Trump now is threatening to close the Mexican border to press Congress to give him money for a wall.Democrats are vowing to pass legislation restoring the government when they take control of the House on Thursday. But that won’t accomplish anything unless Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate go along with it.The effects of the impasse are growing. The Environmental Protection Agency is implementing its shutdown plan at midnight Friday night. It had enough money to operate a week longer than other agencies. Thousands of employees are being furloughed. Disaster-response teams will still work.Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin And Lisa Mascaro, The Associated Presslast_img

58 ads eye women only 35 target both genders

first_imgMumbai: Marketers in India are missing potential opportunities to reach out to men in the categories where both genders are equal decision makers, according to a Kantar report. It revealed the disconnect between consumer and business opinions of gender portrayals in advertising. The AdReaction report noted that 58 percent ads on air target women exclusively, and only 35 percent are targeted towards both genders. While the clear majority of marketers globally (more than 75 percent) think they are avoiding gender stereotypes, 76 percent of female consumers and 71 percent of male consumers believe that the way theyre portrayed in advertising is completely out of touch, it said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepIt noted that globally, gender-balanced brands drive greater brand value while brands that skew towards men tend to underperform and are valued on average $9 billion less, while only one in three brands achieve this balance in India. In the wake of the ‘MeToo’ movement, the industry globally claims they are actively designing for both genders and representing them in a progressive context. But less female marketers are convinced with the way theyre portraying men in the advertisements, it said. It observed that getting the gender placement right is important, especially from a digital and static perspective because it can be used as a targeting and optimisation variable in these channels. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIt also noted that new information has the highest receptivity in India, more than 50 percent men and women become more positive towards the ads that have new information. This is closely followed by humour which has a critical role to play in improving the ad receptivity with both genders. “The report highlights that the bulk of ads in India are targeted at women; but marketers appear to be targeting them led more by stereotypes. Gender targeting should not be an either or decision and we need to challenge these outdated assumptions. From a portrayals perspective, more emphases need to be made towards aspirational and authoritative roles. The industry as a whole needs to be more aware than ever that things need to change, said Vishikh Talwar-managing director- Kantar Millward Brown, South Asia.last_img read more

Awarding outstanding Indian poets and novelists

first_imgRabindranath Tagore Literary Prize, existing since 2018, has been founded as a platform for World Peace, Literature, Art, Education and Human Rights. It has two-fold purpose: as honourable legacy to Rabindranath Tagore Literature Prize for the finest in Indian literature, and to recognise positive and lasting impact on society and its change with ‘Social Achievement Prize’.Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 winner will be announced at an award ceremony to be held on April 23, at India International Centre. The winner is entitled to $10 000. By their unvarying support for literature and children rights, the organisers have started initial 10,000 book donation to schools of their first winner ‘One Hundred Poems of Kabir’. Tagore Prize is one of the most anticipated literary award presentations, where they will accommodate 300 high profile attendees, authors, intellectuals, diplomats, ambassadors, executive directors and representatives of major publishing houses. Eminent people including Ayushman Jamwal, Master of Ceremony, a Senior Output Editor at CNN-News18, a columnist and a poet; Peter Bundaldo, Founder of Tagore Prize; Bidhan Chandra Singh, Executive Director at Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation; and others will be present at the event. The shortlist for Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2019 consist names like Amit Chaudhuri for ‘The Immortals’, Rana Dasgupta for ‘Solo’, K Madavane for ‘To Die in Benares’, Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi for ‘The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay’, Jeet Thayil for ‘The Book of Chocolate Saints’ and others. Tagore Prize 2019 – Social Achievement Prize will be awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, a Japanese philanthropist, for his remarkable work in leprosy elimination.Furthermore, Tagore Prize will announce building and launching of its first Satellite in Space – first literary prize in space.last_img read more