first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has unveiled new measures on intellectual property as it seeks to improve Canada’s performance in a critical area of the increasingly important ideas-based economy.Intellectual property, or IP, is about owning, protecting and making money from an idea in any sector through intangible assets like patents, trademarks and copyrights.In launching the government’s long-awaited strategy Thursday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called IP the most valuable business asset in the knowledge economy.In its recent budget, the Liberal government committed about $85 million over five years towards a strategy.Thursday’s release follows warnings that Canada has been a laggard on the international stage when it comes to IP development. Some industry and academic leaders say the country’s entrepreneurs, companies and the wider economy have been at a disadvantage, particularly when compared to big IP players like the United States and China.Only 10 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses in Canada have IP and only nine per cent of them have IP strategies, Bains noted.Ottawa is also hoping to address what it calls “bad behaviour” in the country’s existing IP regime with help from legislative amendments to curb intimidation and inappropriate “trolling” of some businesses by patent holders.Here are several ways the federal government says it will improve the IP in Canada:— Stamping out misuse and eliminating barriers surrounding IP. The government is pledging to eliminate obstacles for innovative companies by amending key laws for patents, copyrights and trademarks. Proposed changes to the Patent Act would discourage IP owners from sending deceptive or vague notices to businesses alleging patent infringement. In the past, such notices have been used to unfairly intimidate firms and sometimes demand they pay settlements for alleged IP infringement. Under the changes, the government says settlement demands will be removed from the so-called notice-and-notice regime.“This was designed, really, as an educational measure — the idea that people would become more aware of the limits of copyright,” University of Ottawa law professor and IP expert Michael Geist said of the original purpose of the system. “It was never intended to be used to include settlement demands.”The proposed changes will also look to address the practice of “trademark squatting,” where people misuse the system by hanging onto a trademark they have no intention of using themselves, such as an internet domain name, to sell it at a later date for profit.— Better tools to expand the use of IP. Ottawa aims to give businesses the tools they need to pursue their own IP strategies. For example, it will provide $18.7 million over five years to help make the processes for dispute resolution and copyright tariffs cheaper and more efficient for IP owners and users. The government will also provide funds to help innovative Canadian firms leverage their IP — and increase revenues — by making sure their patented technologies comply with international standards. The plan has also provided more details about the creation of a new, $30-million patent collective, which was announced in the budget and will enable companies to pool and share their IP as well as their IP strategies.— Increasing awareness, literacy and sophistication surrounding IP. The plan also includes several ways to help Canadians better understand IP. Examples include $1 million over five years to support clinics that help law students lean more about IP, access to advisers and online tools to help demystify the IP process via the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. and $2 million over three years for surveys to gauge how well Canadians understand and use IP, with a focus on those less likely to use it such as female and Indigenous entrepreneurs.“They may seem small but their potential impact is huge,” said University of Windsor law professor Myra Tawfik, an expert on the subject who has been advocating for the IP law clinics for a long time.“We’re encouraging — especially on university campuses — students to come up with the next best idea that they’ll be able to commercialize and, of course, will then lead to Canada’s growth and prosperity. And yet we’re not providing them with the entire menu of resources and tools that they need — most especially, intellectual-property legal advice.”She said there are really only two law clinics in Canada that provide IP searches and advice, while in the U.S. there are hundreds.Overall, Tawfik said, the various measures in the IP strategy are “quite significant” and could help Canada catch up with other jurisdictions around the world.“You’ve got to recognize that none of these things have really been in place before (in Canada),” she said.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version omitted Myra Tawfik’s first name and title.last_img read more

Geneva –  Life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s, according to this year’s “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs”.Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The increase was greatest in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to antiretrovirals for treatment of HIV, WHO said.  “The world has made great strides in reducing the needless suffering and premature deaths that arise from preventable and treatable diseases,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO.“But the gains have been uneven. Supporting countries to move towards universal health coverage based on strong primary care is the best thing we can do to make sure no-one is left behind.”Global life expectancy for children born in 2015 was 71.4 years (73.8 years for females and 69.1 years for males), but an individual child’s outlook depends on where he or she is born. The report shows that newborns in 29 countries – all of them high-income — have an average life expectancy of 80 years or more, while newborns in 22 others – all of them in sub-Saharan Africa — have life expectancy of less than 60 years.With MAP read more

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market advanced for a third consecutive session Tuesday as sharply rising oil prices supported a continuing rally the energy sector.The S&P/TSX composite index closed 95.06 points higher at 13,647.26 after a combined advance of more than 300 points the previous two trading days.The capped energy and materials sectors were among the top performers on the TSX as the November contract for benchmark crude oil soared $2.27 to US$48.53 a barrel, adding to a rebound from under US$45 just a week ago.“We have (an) energy rally … that’s the key,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO of Stephenson and Company Capital Management.“There is just a series of more bullish themes out there,” added Stephenson, pointing to a new report quoting a top OPEC official as predicting a rebound in prices and a short-term outlook from the Energy Information Administration calling for a decline in U.S. oil production.That, along with the feeling that perhaps that badly mauled energy issues have been oversold has may traders believing “the worst is over,” he said.Stocks are on the best tear of the year and this time they might crack the ceiling“(But) I don’t think there is any compelling reason for that truthfully,” said Stephenson, who believes oil could still test lows under US$40 a barrel in the current slow-growth economy.“I do think it goes lower and it goes lower because I don’t think that we have enough demand out there,” he said.“That’s one of the issues that’s driven things down to this level and nothing really has changed tremendously.”Beyond demand, supply issues also remain unresolved, with U.S. production cuts being far from “earth shattering” and with Iranian oil yet to come on the market as a result of an end to western-led sanctions, he said.Elsewhere on commodity markets, November natural gas was up two cents at US$2.47 per thousand cubic feet, while the December gold contract rose $8.80 to US$1,146.40 an ounce.The loonie also continued its recent uptick, up 0.35 of a U.S. cent at 76.76 cents US.In New York, markets were mixed as the Dow Jones industrial average posted a modest advance, up 13.76 points to 16,790.19, while the broader S&P 500 fell 7.13 points to 1,979.92.Biotechnology stocks were among the worst performing issues and the tech-heavy Nasdaq gave back 32.90 points to 4,748.36. The sector has been hammered in the past month on investor concerns that the industry might face more scrutiny from Washington over its drug pricing practices.In corporate news, stock in First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) soared $1.30 or 21 per cent to $7.49 after the Vancouver-based mining and metals company said it wanted to slash outstanding debt by at least US$1 billion within six months though a combination of asset sales and other strategic initiatives.First Quantum also announced it was cutting 644 people from its workforce and reducing salaries by up to 20 per cent while also lowering the cost target for its flagship Cobre Panama project by seven per cent to US$5.95 billion. read more

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s former secretary of education and four other people have been arrested on charges of steering federal money to unqualified, politically connected contractors.Federal officials said Wednesday that the FBI has arrested former Education Secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, businessman Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza. They face 32 counts of fraud and related charges.Another businessman, Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, was indicted but not yet arrested.The alleged fraud involves $15.5 million in federal funding between 2017 and 2019. Thirteen million was spent by the Department of Education during Keleher’s time as secretary, while $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila was the director.The Associated Press read more

Police have accused a local man of stealing credit cards.Employees at the Pioneer gas bar on the Queensway West in Simcoe lodged a complaint with the Norfolk OPP Thursday afternoon.An investigation determined that the suspect may have stolen other credit cards in the past.As a result, a 40-year-old Norfolk man has been charged with 11 counts of theft of credit card.

The United Nations Security Council today welcomed the recent signing of a non-aggression accord between Afghanistan and six of its neighbouring countries.In unanimously adopting resolution 1453, the Council endorsed the Kabul Declaration on Good-Neighbourly Relations signed on Sunday by Afghanistan, China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.The text also called on all countries to respect the Declaration and to support the implementation of its provisions.

In a letter to the Permanent Representatives of the 191 UN Member States, as well as the Permanent Observers, Mr. Eliasson said: “As I write, intense discussions on the 2006-07 budget are under way. I know that work is going on to bring them to a satisfactory conclusion by tomorrow. It is crucial and critical for the UN that we now reach a decision on the budget.”The budget negotiations have been so thorny that earlier this month Secretary-General Kofi Annan postponed an official trip to Asia to help deal with the problem. At the time he urged Member States to pass a budget before the end of this year to ensure that ongoing UN operations are not hindered.Mr. Eliasson said the cost of establishing an ethics office, the external evaluation of the UN’s auditing and oversight system and proposals on an independent oversight advisory committee were also part of the budget talks.In his letter reviewing progress on implementing the outcome document from September’s World Summit, the Assembly President praised delegates for agreeing earlier this week to set up a Peacebuilding Commission, which will aim to prevent countries emerging from conflict from falling back into chaos.“The fact that a number of you were prepared to set aside some deeply held differences of view in order to see the resolution adopted this week shows that this Assembly is willing and able to come together when the time for decisions is here,” he wrote.“To those who argue that the United Nations, and the General Assembly in particular, is not able to take important but difficult decisions, I hold up the example of the Peacebuilding Commission as an example of what we can do together.”On the decision to form a Human Rights Council as a successor to the current Commission on Human Rights, Mr. Eliasson said informal consultations have been scheduled for mid-January. The earlier the work on the Council could start, he added, the earlier they could start making the necessary transitional arrangements between the Commission and the Council. Mr. Eliasson said talks on reform of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) should be concluded early next year to promote further implementation as soon as possible. To this end, consultations would be held in mid-January, he said, and the Assembly had authorized follow-up processes on migration and development in 2006 and on financing for development in 2008/09.He noted that Member States have continued to show strong interest in reform of the 15-member Security Council as an essential element of the overall UN reform effort and he would convene the Open-ended Working Group on the matter in early 2006.Mr. Eliasson said he would also consult Member States on issues relevant to countering terrorism, including a strategy, a comprehensive convention and a high-level conference. read more

Toronto stock index lower on sharp drop in gold prices as bullion retreats US$10 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 9:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s largest stock index was relatively flat Monday as falling commodities prices outweighed gains in the health-care and consumer sectors.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index shed 3.54 points to 15,316.02, with gold leading decliners.Bullion stocks lost an average of 0.97 per cent of their worth on the TSX, as the August gold contract declined $10.00 to US$1,246.40 an ounce.Oil and gas companies were also among the biggest losers on the commodity-heavy index, shedding an average 0.60 per cent of their worth.The price of oil inched forward Monday after plummeting to a 10-month low the week prior. The August crude contract rose 37 cents to US$43.38 per barrel.Canadian investment strategist Craig Fehr anticipates oil to remain at or below the US$50 a barrel mark and for gold to continue to experience some weakness, as data suggests inflation won’t spike higher in the near future.The performance of those two commodities will be closely tied to that of a large portion of the TSX, said Fehr, who works at Edward Jones in St. Louis.Meanwhile, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl. (TSX:VRX) led the charge for the health-care sector, where stocks gained an average of 2.41 per cent.Shares of the Quebec-based drugmaker rose $1.68, or 8.03 per cent, to $22.61 after the pharmaceutical giant’s stock surged more than six per cent last week on news that prominent U.S. investor John Paulson had joined the company’s board of directors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 14.79 points to 21,409.55, while the S&P 500 edged up 0.77 of a point to 2,439.07. The Nasdaq composite fell 18.10 points to 6,247.15.The Canadian dollar was trading 0.17 of a U.S. cent higher than the average price of 75.54 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, the July copper contract remained relatively unchanged at about US$2.63 a pound and the August natural gas contract rose 9.8 cents to roughly US$3.05 per mmBTU.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

“Nearly all mothers are physically able to breastfeed and will do so if they have accurate information and support,” said Carmen Casanovas, breastfeeding expert with the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development of the UN World Health Organization (WHO).“But in many cases, women are discouraged from doing so, and are misled to believe that they are giving their children a better start in life by buying commercial substitutes,” Dr. Casanovas said in a news release. Breastfeeding, WHO stressed, is “the best source of nourishment” for infants and young children and one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. People who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese later in life, less prone to diabetes and may perform better in intelligence tests.However, globally, only an estimated 38 per cent of infants are exclusively breastfed for six months, the agency noted.Concerned that breast-milk substitutes were being marketed to mothers too aggressively, the 27th World Health Assembly in 1974 urged member States to review sales promotion activities on baby foods and to introduce appropriate remedial measures, including advertisement codes and legislation where necessary. This led, in 1981, to agreement on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, and the adoption of several subsequent resolutions on the matter. The new report, published ahead of World Breastfeeding Week, found that only 37 countries, or 19 per cent of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the Code’s recommendations.For example, 69 countries (35 per cent) fully prohibit advertising of breast-milk substitutes; 62 countries (31 per cent) completely prohibit free samples or low-cost supplies for health services; and 64 countries (32 per cent) completely prohibit gifts of any kind from relevant manufacturers to health workers.In addition, 83 countries (42 per cent) require a message about the superiority of breastfeeding on breast-milk substitute labels, and only 45 countries (23 per cent) report having a functioning implementation and monitoring system.The report stated that mothers are often inundated with incorrect and biased information both directly, through advertising, health claims, information packs and sales representatives, and indirectly through the public health system. For example, distribution of “educational materials” on breastfeeding produced by manufacturers of infant formula have a negative impact on exclusive breastfeeding, as does the distribution of samples of infant formula.For this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from 1 to 7 August, WHO and partners are calling for more support for breastfeeding mothers. It noted, among other things, that health facilities that support breastfeeding – by making trained breastfeeding counsellors available to new mothers – encourage higher rates of the practice. The agency also pointed out that breast milk gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. Breast milk is readily available and affordable, which helps to ensure that infants get adequate nutrition.Infant formula, WHO said, does not contain the antibodies found in breast milk. There are also risks arising from the use of unsafe water and unsterilized equipment or the potential presence of bacteria or other contaminants in powdered formula. Breastfeeding also benefits mothers, the agency added, noting that exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98 per cent protection in the first six months after birth). It also reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life and helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster. read more

Police in Bartica acting on information received went to a house at Agatash Village, Bartica on Monday morning and conducted a search, where they found an unlicenced semi-automatic pistol and a 4.5 pellet gun.The guns in questionAccording to the Police, a male and two female occupants of the house have been detained and are assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBartica Businessman busted with unlicenced gunNovember 2, 2017In “Crime”Lethem miner in custody over unlicenced gunJune 15, 2018In “Crime”Businessman arrested for unlicenced gun, ammo and ganja- PoliceOctober 1, 2018In “Crime” read more

It’s time for a decision – Who is the best team in Poland? Vive Targi Kielce or Orlen Wisla Plock? Wenta or Walther? First match of the Polish Play-Off Final will be played next Saturday. Second is just day after, while the third match, first one which will be played in Plock is waiting all the handball fans on 19th of May.Current champion is Orlen Wisla Plock, team who made surprise in the last year Final series. Vive Targi Kielce won national Cup this season and won the first place in the regular part of the season. Szmal and Co. have host-advantage, so they will play at home first two matches. Champion will become team, who win three matches. ← Previous Story Jan Sobol is going back to Tatran Presov! Next Story → Denmark Play Off Final: Randers HK waiting Viborg for the title! KielceOrlen Wisla PlockPolish HAndball Play OffVive Targi Kielce read more

first_imgIRISH WATER HAS received more criticism today over the €50m it spent on consultants over the last year.But while Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett of People Before Profit said that it was evidence of more money going to the so-called “golden circle”, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that Irish Water should be given a chance to explain the spend.The expenditure has been criticised by Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin as a “scandal waiting to evolve”, while the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said yesterday that the the figure would have to be justified.Boyd Barrett told Morning Ireland that he has submitted questions on water charges, which he expects will be discussed in the Dáil next week.He said that that situation with water charges “is really beyond belief” and that “we are going to be charged for our resources through the nose”.He described it as a “mafia-style heist of one of our most vital resources and pieces of infrastructure”.Boyd Barrett said that money should be put into fixing the water infrastructure rather than consultants.He said he anticipates a “huge campaign against water charges” and added “of course I’m going to be part of it”.When it comes to boycotting the charges, Boyd Barrett said that “if there is a campaign against it to boycott I will not pay it” but that if there is no appetite for a boycott, he would go along with that.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said that “before people criticise Irish water they should understand what they are spending the money on”. He described the response to the consultants spend as “political opportunism”.“€50m is a very significant figure,” said Coveney. “People without even knowing where that money is being spent, how it is being spent, are jumping on the bandwagon trying to criticise it”.He added: “We need to understand how that money is being spent”.Meanwhile, RTÉ reports that the Commission for Energy Regulation is to hold a consultation process on water charges, between April and June.Read: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessary>last_img read more

first_imgGordon Hewitt bustled around the School of Piano Technology for the Blind on Monday, directing a team of volunteers busy cleaning, painting, repairing drywall and rewiring electric circuits.This is the fifth year a crew from Kaiser Permanente has volunteered at the Vancouver school, commonly called the Piano Hospital, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” King famously said, prompting the federal government to officially recognize the day as a day of service since President Bill Clinton signed the King Holiday and Service Act into law in 1994. Schools and businesses across the county facilitate service projects in recognition of the holiday.Hewitt, who works in Kaiser Permanente’s facilities and maintenance department, has been leading volunteers for two years.“It’s significant for us to give ourselves and volunteer for those people who need help,” Hewitt said in between giving instruction to one of the 12 volunteers working Monday. “We do what we can to help people.”Volunteers worked from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with pizza and coffee provided by nearby Blind Onion and Paper Tiger to fuel their efforts.last_img read more

first_imgLIMA, Peru — A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Peru early Sunday, collapsing buildings and knocking out power to some areas but causing only one reported death.The quake struck at 2:41 a.m. and was centered in a vast nature preserve 57 miles east of the small town of Yurimaguas. Helping limit damage was the earthquake’s depth, at 70 miles below the surface, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Earthquakes that are close to the surface generally cause more destruction.President Mart?n Vizcarra called for calm before traveling to the zone with members of his cabinet to survey the damage. He said first reports indicate a bridge had collapsed and several homes and roads had been affected.“It’s a quake that was felt throughout the Peruvian jungle,” said Vizcarra, who was scheduled to host a regional summit Sunday in the capital with the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.Ricardo Seijas, chief of the National Emergency Operations Center, said one person died when a rock fell on a house in the Huarango district.last_img read more

first_img July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) -The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a feasibility study on proposed voting centers.The 4-1 vote, with Supervisor Jim Desmond opposed, came after discussion over how much voting centers would cost, security, and possible disenfranchisement and voter fraud.Under the vote center system, the county’s registered voters would receive a mail ballot and could then drop it off or mail it to a vote center or cast a new ballot at the vote center itself. The system would eliminate the need for provisional ballots.The feasibility study will review pilot vote center locations for the 2020 election cycle, along with the costs and benefits; countywide deployment of the vote center model for the 2022 election cycle; an outreach and education campaign for 2020; and identify any state legislative changes that may be needed.The county will also consider an independent audit of the voter rolls, as requested by Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.Supervisor Nathan Fletcher made the proposal to study whether vote centers are a good idea.In a statement released after the board’s vote, he said: “Our democracy is strongest when the most voters participate in our elections. I believe we should do everything possible to make it easier for people to access the ballot. Today, the Board of Supervisors took an important step by exploring the vote center model, making it easier for people to vote. I appreciate their support and look forward to working with county staff and the community in the months ahead.”Desmond said while the county should look for more ways to expand voting, he wasn’t convinced that “we really need voting centers, when we have 1,600 polling stations.”Desmond also said that voter centers would be located in more densely populated areas, and possibly exclude those in more rural communities, such as farmers or ranchers.The board will decide whether to move forward with the vote center proposal after the study is completed in 120 days.During the meeting, several people spoke in favor of the vote center model, including Lori Thiel, president of the League of Women Voters. Vote centers give people more options “on where, when and how to vote,” she told the board.Thad Kousser, a political science professor at UC San Diego, said that in the 2018 elections, the vote center model increased turnout by 3 to 4% in the five California counties that implemented it.The vote center model also brought out a greater number of younger and Latino voters, Kousser added.Pamela Marin, of Alliance San Diego, said many people cannot afford to take time off from voting or travel to the county Registrar of Voters office.“San Diego must modernize their voting process,” Marin said, and vote centers “will expand democracy and remove barriers to voting in our region.”Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said she had no problem with a feasibility study, but the original proposal “(looked) like we’re being asked to do more than that.” Jacob added that voter turnout in already heavy in San Diego County, “so I’m not sure what the problem is we’re trying to solve here.”Fletcher said his original proposal called for a handful of voter centers.“There’s nothing in what we’re studying that would close anyone’s polling location,” he added.County Registrar Michael Vu said a vote center pilot project would review locations based geography and population, including unincorporated areas and native American reservations. It also would address accessibility and transportation corridors, Vu said.Vu said a vote center would result in fewer poll workers, who need skills to handle advanced technology and prevent any voting irregularities. There are security and safeguards around the entire process, he added.RELATED STORY: Supervisor Fletcher discusses his proposal to switch from polling locations to voting centers KUSI Newsroom San Diego County Board of Supervisors OK vote center study Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Microsoft said Thursday that an accounting adjustment to reflect a weak online ad business led to its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company.The software company had warned that it was taking a $6.2 billion charge because its 2007 purchase of online ad service aQuantive hasn’t yielded the returns envisioned by management. The non-cash adjustment is something companies do when the value of their assets decline. Microsoft Corp. paid $6.3 billion for aQuantive, only to see rival Google Inc. expand its share of the online ad market.The charge led to a $492 million loss in the April-June quarter, or 6 cents a share. That compares with earnings of $5.9 billion, or 69 cents, a year ago.Revenue rose 4 percent to $18.06 billion.Excluding the adjustment and the deferral of some revenue into the current quarter related to its launch of Windows 8, earnings came to 73 cents per share, beating the 62 cents per share expected by analysts polled by FactSet.Although the earnings were higher than expected, analysts were looking for higher revenue at $18.15 billion.Shares were up 65 cents, or 2.1 percent, at $31.32 in after-hours trading following the release of earnings results.Microsoft, which is based in Redmond, has never previously reported a quarterly loss since the company’s initial public offering in March 1986. The aQuantive-driven setback isn’t likely to faze investors, who usually focus on what lies ahead for a company instead of dwelling on past mistakes.last_img read more

first_imgTalk with reporters Aaron Corvin and Eric Florip at 11 am Tuesday in a live chat about The Columbian’s series.Clark County’s political and business leaders who’ve steered the county’s growth strategy for decades are under fire by critics girding to capsize their priorities. Most business and civic groups, as well as local governments, see a new Interstate 5 bridge as a main ingredient of Clark County’s future prosperity. But their critics aim to sink the proposed CRC, in part because the $3.4 billion Interstate 5 Bridge replacement project will bring light rail into Clark County. If they’re successful, CRC opponents will tear into the very fabric of the leadership elite’s sense of what the county needs to thrive.The impasse over the Columbia River Crossing spills into other areas of civic life — most notably, in discussions of how Clark County should grow as it recovers from the bruising economic crash. The dustup churns with everything from the clash of urban and rural interests to rival beliefs about what role government should play in the economy. The political power of CRC critics was amplified in last year’s election of businessman David Madore, a staunch light-rail critic, to the Clark County Board of Commissioners. Madore associates Portland with high-density development, noise, gobs of traffic, skyscrapers. “We respect their freedom to be who they are,” Madore said of Portland. “Let Portland be weird, Madore said. ” That’s OK. I’m OK with that. Just not over here.”But Madore also concedes that he’s scarcely read the 133-page growth plan the Columbia River Economic Development Council is heading up and that long-established leaders, like Port of Vancouver Commissioner Brian Wolfe, find so vital to the county’s future. It’s a plan that Clark County’s longtime economic development leaders say they’ll pursue, regardless of the fractiousness of the Columbia River Crossing project.First of a three part series. Tomorrow: Prospects for the CRC, and what Clark County residents think of the project. An exclusive Columbian public opinion poll. Tuesday: With or without the Columbia River Crossing, where do we go from here?last_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill O’Reilly is back and ready to talk.His personal website says the former Fox News host will air a new episode of his “No Spin News” podcast Monday evening.Fox News Channel’s parent company fired O’Reilly on Wednesday following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations by women. O’Reilly has called the allegations completely unfounded.For two decades, O’Reilly and his show “The O’Reilly Factor” had been the linchpin of Fox News’ success as the most visible and most watched host. Many wondered what the future would hold for him.O’Reilly’s podcast episode will be available on his website to premium members at 7 p.m. EDT Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Comments $999 $999 $999 reading • Apple’s 2020 iPhones could have full-screen Touch ID Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) See It Apple Best Buy Share your voice See It Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 4 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See it Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Sprint • $999 See All Phones Mobile Will Apple ascend to new heights with the 2020 iPhone? James Martin/CNET Apple iPhone rumors show the 2020 versions will have “significant changes,” according to a report.As well as the addition of 5G, the smartphone could also have 3D sensing via rear cameras, full-screen Touch ID and OLED screens from LG, MacRumors said Friday, citing a Barclays analyst who’d purportedly just met with Apple suppliers in Asia.MacRumors also said the 2020 iPhone SE 2 could be updated with iPhone 8 internals.Though Apple reportedly won’t have its own self-made 5G chip until 2025, Qualcomm will be helping it launch the first 5G iPhone in 2020. Apple and Qualcomm settled their litigation and struck a multiyear 5G chip deal in April.MacRumors is also predicting the 2019 iPhone will sport extra rear camera lenses and remove 3D Touch, and that the iPhone XR will get 4GB of RAM.Previous rumors regarding the 2019 iPhone 11 suggest Apple will be launching three new phones in September, across budget, midrange and large models.The phone could also have three rear-facing cameras, a new mute button design, reverse-charging capabilities, dark mode and USB-C charging. See It Apple iPhone XS 5G LG Applelast_img read more

first_imgA Feni court on Friday sent another accused to prison in Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder case.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) arrested Mohiuddin Shakil from the district town on Thursday afternoon.A senior judicial magistrate’s court ordered to send Shakil, the son of Ruhul Amin of Sonagazi upazila, to jail after PBI members produced him before it at 4:00pm.Madrasa student Nusrat was set on fire on 6 April at an examination centre allegedly for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against her principal.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.So far, 21 suspects have been arrested.last_img read more