Duo charged for breaking into Albouystown shop

first_imgA cleaner and a driver were remanded to prison on Wednesday by Magistrate Faith McGusty when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a larceny charge.Compton Fernandes, 47, of Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and Latchman Sukham, 43, of Albouystown, Georgetown denied the charges that between May 20 and May 21, 2019 at Albouystown, Georgetown, they broke and entered the shop of Shanelle Prince and stole two gas bottles valued $17,000 and one Samung music set speaker valued $96,000.The prosecution is contending that a relative of the owner was passing the business establishment when that person noticed that the shop was opened. Upon checking, the two men were discovered in the shop and an alarm was raised. Fernandes and Sukham were both arrested.Prosecutor Ceon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and also stated that the men provided incorrect addresses to the Police.Magistrate McGusty upheld the prosecutor’s submission and remanded the two men to prison. The case will continue on June 5, 2019.last_img read more

YouTube’s Copyright Protection System Got A Tweak, Needed An Overhaul

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market fruzsina eordogh Tags:#web#YouTube Related Posts YouTube’s five-year-old Content ID program, designed to minimize the copyright infringement inherent in accepting user-generated content, once epitomized corporate bullying of small-time creatives. The company took a decisive turn yesterday when it announced an appeals process for users whose content has been removed or demonetized, plus a new algorithm to identify bogus copyright claims. It’s a step in the right direction and a long time coming – but it’s not enough.There’s no argument that the Content ID system was deeply flawed. Thabet Alfishawi, YouTube’s rights management product manager, admitted as much in an official blog post on Wednesday. “Smarter claim detection minimizes unintentional mistakes,” he said hopefully.One of the biggest problems with Content ID was that it was automatic. Now, though, humans will be involved in the process. The new algorithm will “identify potentially invalid claims” and place them “in a queue to be manually reviewed” by YouTube staff, wrote Alfishawi. Moreover, if a user disputes a claim of infringement, the claimant can either release the claim, which allows the video to go back up and/or be monetized again, or file a formal takedown notice under the Digital Milennium Copyright Act.There are “legal penalties (albeit relatively modest ones) for filing bogus DMCA takedown requests,” Ars Technica writer Timothy B. Lee pointed out. That should deter copyright abuse.Musician, educator and community organizer Hank Green, one half of the Vlogbrothers (along with his brother John Green), was encouraged by YouTube’s move. “It’s good to see that YouTube has the interest of both large corporations and independent creators in mind,” he said.But Green was quick to add that the new changes don’t go far enough. “My worry is that if YouTube isn’t going after people who make false claims, those claims will keep coming in,” he said. “And though the people who dispute will get their content back, lots of people won’t dispute, and you’ll end up with basically a fraudulent company making bank.”When a company claims copyright on a user’s uploaded video, frequently the claimant doesn’t remove it. Rather, the claimant runs ads on it. Consider Lady Gaga and the many parodies of her videos. “If I upload a video of me dancing to ‘Bad Romance,’” Green explains, “Lady Gaga makes the money from the ads. Most people never make enough revenue to care whether their content is being claimed, but then when you add it all up, it’s a nice payday for Lady Gaga.”According to Green, most (albeit younger) YouTubers “would never think to even dispute a claim” as “only professional creators even understand how the system works.”The Green brothers do, however, and they are no strangers to false takedown requests, having just restored monetization this morning on a video that was accidentally claimed by a company. The Vlogbrothers create educational videos  as part of Google’s premium content program, as well as spoken essays on their original channel, so the chance of their content actually belonging to someone else is slim.“It’s very frustrating to be giving that revenue away,” Green said. “It’s basically stealing, and I’d like to see people who are responsible for false claims punished. The company [that claimed our video] didn’t do it intentionally, but if they’re going to be making claims, they need to be properly policing those claims so they aren’t stealing people’s revenue.”If they don’t, Green cautioned, “it could end up being a pretty easy way to make free money.”10/05/12 Update:According to Wired,  rights management product manager Thabet Alfishawi miswrote. Google will not be manually checking copyright claims that appear bogus, rather, they will be automatically alerting content owners if the copyright flagging looks suspicious. center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

6 days agoNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new terms

first_imgNewcastle defender Dummett confident Longstaff will pen new termsby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is confident Matty Longstaff will pen new terms.Longstaff is now in talks over a six-year deal following his dream debut.Dummett said: “He’ll probably have the same thing that happened to me.“I signed the contract quite soon after that game and the club will be looking to tie him down as quickly as they can — because they know how much of an asset he can be.“He fully deserves that. So hopefully they can agree on something and we can have him here for a long time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Exmar Refinances 10 Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Belgian owner and operator of gas carriers Exmar has received a firm commitment for the refinancing of its ten owned pressurized vessels.The fleet is currently 100% chartered out and will be refinanced through several sale and leasebacks with unnamed Japanese owners for a period of up to six years, the company revealed.The refinancing will generate approximately USD 60 million of free cash to Exmar.The transaction is subject to documentation and expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year with a partial drawdown in 2018 and the balance in the first quarter of 2019.The ships are all Hong Kong-flagged, built between 2008 and 2010, ranging in capacity from 5,019 to 3,518 cbm.last_img read more

Helena Christensen Photographs For Small Steps Project

first_imgFor three years model Helena Christensen has been donating her shoes for auction to support Small Steps Project in supplying children with shoes and school uniforms, but now she is taking it a step further – she is raising awareness about the charity through her own photography.On the Small Steps website, Christensen says, “I am very honoured to be joining the organization, in their tireless efforts of supporting children and their families living on rubbish dumps around the world. I am in awe of these hard-working women, who so selflessly help out in so much work and time to make the living conditions acceptable for thousands of kids growing up in filth.”Beyond shoes, boots and school uniforms, Small Steps also provides supplies and school buses, hygiene education, protective clothing and mosquito nets, food, water and first aid to the children who work through the night scavenging dumps and sorting through trash for reusable products, such as plastic bottles, to sell.At the 2014 Celebrity Shoe Auction, Small Steps raised over £43 thousand, but Christensen says she wants to support the organisation in more ways than just by donating her shoes. She wants to put her photography skills to work: “I’m excited to start this venture with the organization and the kids.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Nova Scotia fines Northern Pulp mill about 700 for failing stack test

first_imgHALIFAX – A Nova Scotia pulp mill has been fined nearly $700 by the province after flunking a stack test in June, but the amount has the premier questioning whether it’s enough of a deterrent.Environment Minister Iain Rankin said Tuesday that Northern Pulp received the $697.50 summary offence ticket for failing to comply with the terms of its industrial approval.Rankin said the fine is part of a ministerial order requiring the mill to address the issues with its power boiler.“They have been in and out of compliance. There were three tests out of the last 10 were they were not in compliance, and I believe the time is now to step it up to the next level,” said Rankin.Rankin said the fine was appropriate, but he wouldn’t say whether he thought it was minuscule given the province is dealing with a large multi-national company. He said under current regulations, ministerial summary offence fines could run as high as $1,200.Premier Stephen McNeil wasn’t as reluctant to question the amount.“I think the first question, regardless of who it is, is $750 enough of a fine?” he said.McNeil said he has asked the department to review its summary fines as a result.“I think it’s an important time to look at those because there needs to be a deterrent. There needs to be a financial deterrent and I fully expect to hear from the minister and the department… Let them do their work and we’ll go from there.”The mill’s industrial approval requires it to operate within a measure of 150 milligrams per referenced cubic metre of particulate matter when stacks are tested, and the June test showed the power boiler tested at 224 milligrams.Under the minister’s order, the company will also be required to post stack test results on its web site.The Northern Pulp mill, located in Abercrombie Point near Pictou, is to undergo a scheduled shutdown this month and the order also requires it to provide detailed reports about planned maintenance and how it plans to bring the power boiler into compliance.Rankin said the order gives him the power to revoke the mill’s industrial permit. He was asked whether that was a possibility.“If they don’t come into compliance with the order of course that’s a possibility,” he said.The Environment Department issued directives and warnings for emissions from the mill’s power boiler that were over the limit in 2015 and 2016.The mill was also fined $697.50 in June of last year, but that was withdrawn after it was revealed there were technical errors with the tests, according to the department.Northern Pulp spent $35 million in 2015 on a new electrostatic precipitator to help deal with particulate in its stack.last_img read more

Liz Weston Its time to fix Social Securitys tax burden

first_imgPeople on Social Security need a tax break. The rest of us need to make sure they get it — for everyone’s sake.When Congress made Social Security benefits taxable in 1983, lawmakers didn’t index the tax thresholds to inflation. They “forgot” inflation again when adding a second layer of taxation in 1993.That means the proportion of recipients who have to pay federal income taxes on their benefits keeps increasing. Initially, only 1 in 10 Social Security recipients had to pay any federal tax. Now, it’s over half.Not indexing to inflation is a sneaky way of boosting taxes . Lawmakers can count on growing federal revenue without the politically uncomfortable act of repeatedly voting for those increases.The taxes are based on combined income, which is a taxpayer’s adjusted gross income, plus any tax-exempt interest (such as interest on mutual bonds) and half of her Social Security benefit. Based on that:– Single people with combined income over $25,000 a year, or couples with over $32,000 a year, face taxes on up to 50 per cent of Social Security benefits.– Single retirees earning over $34,000 and couples earning over $44,000 may pay taxes on up to 85 per cent of benefits.Because of the way Social Security benefits are taxed, many middle-income retirees face a “tax torpedo,” where their marginal tax rate can more than double. (If you’ll have retirement savings of roughly $200,000 or more, consider talking to a tax professional or financial planner about how and when to claim Social Security benefits to minimize the tax effects.)In many cases, we’re punishing people who saved for retirement. That isn’t fair, and it isn’t smart.So we should demand Congress index Social Security taxation to inflation, right? Based on the 1983 threshold numbers, that would ensure that only singles making over about $64,000 year, and couples making over $82,000 a year, would have to pay taxes on their Social Security income.If only it were that simple.The money collected from these taxes goes to two specific places: the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. Perhaps you’re starting to see the problem.Both trust funds are running short of cash and could be depleted in a few years. That doesn’t mean they’ll be bankrupt. It does mean they won’t be able to pay 100 per cent of promised benefits.Social Security’s retirement trust fund is expected to run dry in 2034, after which it would be able to pay only 75 per cent of the benefits that have been promised. Yanking away what amounts to 4 per cent of its revenue, which is what’s generated by taxing up to 50 per cent of benefits, would just hasten that day.Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund is in worse shape. The fund, which pays for inpatient hospital visits, skilled nursing, home health care and hospice, is forecast to be depleted in 2026, just a few years from now. The money raised from taxing Social Security benefits makes up 8 per cent of the revenue going into the fund.So fixing the stealth tax will require fixing Social Security and Medicare as well.Proposals to privatize or scrap these systems face strong political opposition. Plus, the proponents can’t guarantee that future generations would be better off. Shoring up the current systems, by contrast, would ensure that today’s workers get the benefits they’ve been promised.That almost certainly means those of us who are still working will pay in one way or another. We could fix the problem virtually overnight by raising the Social Security tax rate by 1.415 per cent to 7.615 per cent and increasing the Medicare tax rate by 0.32 per cent to 1.77 per cent . (Employers would pay an equal amount, since payroll taxes are split between workers and employers.)More likely, tax increases would be phased in over time and combined with other changes, such as raising the full retirement age and lifting or eliminating the current cap on how much of our earnings are taxed. (The current 6.2 per cent Social Security tax applies only to the first $128,700 of annual earnings in 2018, while the 1.45 per cent Medicare tax applies to all earnings.) You can experiment with possible solutions using the American Academy of Actuaries’ Social Security Game .Few of us are excited about paying more taxes, but shoving the burden onto retired people who’ve already paid their dues simply isn’t right. Making the system more fair could benefit all of us, now and in the future._______________________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet . Liz Weston is a columnist at NerdWallet, a certified financial planner and the author of “Your Credit Score.” Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com . Twitter: @lizweston.Related links:Taxes: NerdWallet https://nerd.me/2Cj0KL2The Social Security game http://socialsecuritygame.actuary.org/Liz Weston, The Associated Presslast_img read more

BC Government announces changes to hunting regulations

first_imgTaxidermists and tanners may still work on legally possessed grizzly bear parts that were harvested or collected before hunting of grizzly bear was closed or grizzly bear parts that were harvested or collected outside of British Columbia.The requirement for a hunter to collect edible portions will include taking neck and rib meat, in addition to the four quarters and loins.Also, the requirement to remove the edible portions will apply to the cougar, in addition to mule (black-tailed) deer, white-tailed deer, fallow deer, moose, elk, mountain sheep, mountain goat, caribou, bison and black bear.While hunting, hunters will be required to carry the species’ licences obtained or held for the current licence year, including cancelled and uncancelled licences, and produce these licences upon request of a conservation officer. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is amending Wildlife Act regulations to enforce the closure on the grizzly bear hunt, increase the amount of meat a hunter retrieves from big game species and require hunters to carry all their species licences during a hunting trip.The changes come into effect April 1, 2018.To help enforce the ban on all grizzly bear hunting, taxidermists and tanners will be required to report information about any grizzly bears or grizzly bear parts brought to them. Mandatory components of the report include evidence establishing legal possession, such as a licence or permit. Failure of a taxidermist or tanner to submit a report within 10 days of acquiring any grizzly bear parts will result in a violation ticket of $230.last_img read more

Unemployment rate sees slight increase during month of August

first_imgLast year, in August 2018, the unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.Overall for B.C., the unemployment rate jumped from 4.4 percent in July to 5.0 percent in August, the second-lowest in Canada, after having the lowest unemployment rate for two years straight.According to Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, the reason for the increase in the unemployment rate is because some sectors in B.C. are not feeling the benefits of the strong labour market and growing economy.Ralston says the Province remains dedicated to assisting workers in these industries. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment data for the month of August has been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a slight increase last month of 0.6 percent, up to 5.5 percent when compared to July’s rate of 4.9 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for August is at 39,600.last_img read more

Man abducted over business rivalry rescued in Patna

first_imgKolkata: A man, who was abducted from Tiljala a few days ago, was rescued from Bihar by police on Thursday. During preliminary investigation, police officers came to know that the abduction took place over business rivalry.According to a source, on May 4, Afreen Warsi, a resident of PG Road in Tiljala, lodged a complaint with the police against the abduction of her husband by some criminals. She told the police that a few days ago some criminals, who were identified as Rajesh and Sushant, informed her over the phone that her husband identified as Niranjan Kumar alias Aman Warsi has been kidnapped and the alleged kidnappers demanded a ransom Rs 80 lakh. After the complaint was lodged with the police, the Anti Rowdy Squad (ARS) of Detective Department took charge of the case. The mobile numbers which were used to call up Afreen were traced. Meanwhile, Afreen kept bargaining with the kidnappers to reduce the ransom amount. After a few days, the ransom amount was fixed at Rs 6 lakh. Police officers traced the phone numbers at Jhajha in Jamui district of Bihar. A team of Anti Rowdy Squad immediately rushed to Jhajha. Afreen was told by the police to inform kidnappers that she is on her way with the money. When kidnappers thought that they were about to get the money and were waiting for Afreen, the Kolkata Police team managed to spot one of the kidnappers identified as Ranjit with the help from Bihar Police. Later, Niranjan was rescued from a nearby place. A source informed a few more persons were behind the abduction. Niranjan is a resident of Patna but at present lives in Tiljala where he owns a grocery shop. He was involved in some business deals with one of accused named in the FIR. It is suspected that there could be some dispute between Niranjan and the accused which led to the abduction. Niranjan was brought to Kolkata by the police officers. Search is on to nab other culprits, including the mastermind of the case.last_img read more