MMF pledges reward money for MMIWG information and cuts a big cheque

first_imgJolene BanningAPTN NewsNearly 3,000 delegates were in Winnipeg over the weekend for the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF) annual general assembly.The AGA was used as a time to gather and make plans for the future but to make some big announcements.“We’re putting up a ten thousand dollar reward immediately for anyone that goes missing, anyone murdered,” announced MMF President David Chartrande.“And if we can find a way to help solve that , find them, bring them home, we are going to give that reward to help the police get their job done.”He also pledged his organization’s help for members who suffer in other ways.“You know cancer hurts so many of us. I bet there’s not a person in this room, not one, that can say cancer has not affected your family, your friend or someone you know” said Chartrand.Chartrand said thanks to numerous fundraising efforts over the years, the MMF was able to donate $1-million to Cancer Care Manitoba, an organization trying to cure this often fatal disease.In attendance for opening remarks for the 51st edition of the annual general meeting were a who’s who of electoral delegates from all levels of government from Metis Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Metis Liberal MP Dan Vandel and provincial opposition leader Wab Kinew.jbanning@aptn.calast_img read more

Federal judge denies Qualcomm request to stay antitrust case ruling

first_img KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge Wednesday denied Qualcomm’s request to halt sanctions stemming from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against the San Diego-based cellular technology company.U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sided with the FTC in May, finding that Qualcomm forced cellphone companies to accept excessive fees for the ability to use Qualcomm patents, and would threaten to withhold access to its chips if companies did not agree to its terms.Koh ordered Qualcomm to renegotiate license terms with its customers and refrain from any threats to withhold chips from future agreements, an order that Qualcomm requested be delayed pending its appeal of the case.A Qualcomm representative said the company will be seeking a stay of Koh’s decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.The FTC brought the case in 2017, in which it accused Qualcomm of operating as a monopoly that “engaged in exclusionary conduct that taxes its competitors’ baseband processor sales, reduces competitors’ ability and incentive to innovate, and raises prices paid by consumers for cell phones and tablets.”In another federal case brought against Qualcomm by Apple, the two companies reached a settlement in the form of a six-year licensing agreement as a trial was getting underway in San Diego federal court earlier this year.In that case, Apple accused Qualcomm of using its powerful position in the industry to charge cellphone makers exorbitant fees to license its patents. Qualcomm, in turn, accused Apple of breaching its licensing agreements to use Qualcomm’s intellectual property by refusing to pay billions in fairly charged royalties. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 3, 2019 Federal judge denies Qualcomm request to stay antitrust case ruling July 3, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Gold up on US rate hike delay speculation

first_imgGold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose on Monday as traders were beginning to price in a potential delay in the US central bank’s rate hike.The most active gold contract for December delivery added $8.6, or 0.74 percent, to settle at $1,164.50 per ounce, Xinhua reported.The precious metal rose on Monday as traders reacted to an increasing belief that the US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates this year.The CME Group Fedwatch tool shows an implied probability of a very small 8 percent increase in the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate during its meeting scheduled for October 28.The tool also shows an implied probability of a 37 percent rate hike for the meeting scheduled for December 16, while there is a much higher chance of a rate hike during the January 27, 2016 meeting, at 47 percent. According to the tool, there is a 39 percent chance of a 0.50 rate, and a 6.8 percent chance of a 0.75 rate.An increase in the Fed’s interest rate drives investors away from gold and towards assets with a return, as the precious metal bears no interest. There has not been an increase in the Fed’s interest rate since June 2006, before the beginning of the American financial crisis.The US Dollar Index, a measure of the dollar against a basket of major currencies, fell by 0.06 percent to 94.80 as of 1815 GMT.Gold and the dollar typically move in opposite directions, which means if the dollar goes up, gold futures will fall as gold, measured by the dollar, becomes more expensive for investors.Silver for September delivery rose 4.6 cents, or 0.29 percent, to close at $15.864 per ounce, while platinum for October delivery added $14.5, or 1.48 percent, to close at $995.90 per ounce.last_img read more

Communal attacks aimed at destroying relations with India Quader

first_imgObaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday alleged that a certain communal force carried out attacks on the Rangpur Hindu community in a bid to destroy Bangladesh’s “good relations” with India.“An evil force launched the brutal attack ahead of the next general elections. The communal force launched the attack on Hindu community and looted their property. They want to destroy good relations with India,” said Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister.The AL general secretary made the allegation while talking to newsmen after visiting the Hindu people who came under attack of local Muslims on 11 November following a Facebook post by a Hindu man which, the Muslims claim, contained derogatory remarks about Muslims’ prophet Muhammad.A man was killed when police opened fire to ward off the angry mob that turned violent and launched arson attacks on Hindu homes in Rangpur’s Gangachara upazila following the Facebook post.“Those who want to destroy relations with India are living in a fools’ paradise,” said the AL leader.He said those who were involved in the attack must be brought to justice no matter how much powerful they are.He said the incidents of Nasirnagar, Ramu and Rangpur are all connected. “This is a part of a plot.”The road transport minister handed over Tk 25,000 to 11 affected Hindu families each, Tk 10,000 to ten affected Hindu families each, and gave Tk 10,000 for a Hindu temple.last_img read more

Bogra road accident toll rises to 4

first_imgAt least four people were killed and 25 others injured in a road accident at Mokamtala in Shibganj upazila of Bogra district on early Wednesday.The deceased are Abdul Zabbar, 55, son of a certain Bhola Mia of Harirampur village in Shibganj, Ashraful Alam, 55, son of Bazlur Rahman of Kurigram, Ram Krisna, 38, of Pirgachha, Monowara Begum, 55, of Gangachara in Rangpur.Shibganj police station officer-in-charge Saif Mahmud said a Kurigram-bound bus from Dhaka hit a roadside tree as its driver lost control over the steering around 5:30am, leaving three passengers dead on the spot, reports UNB.Among the injured, a woman succumbed to her injuries at Gabindaganj Health Complex.Twelve other injured were taken to different local hospitals, the OC added.last_img read more

Quader says sorry for homegoers sufferings

first_imgRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader. File PhotoExpressing sorrows for Eid holidaymakers’ sufferings on highways due to gridlocks, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Sunday hoped the situation will improve this (Sunday) afternoon, reports news agency UNB.“As a minister, I can’t shirk the responsibility for people’s sufferings,” he said while talking to newsmen after visiting Sayedabad bus terminal in the capital this morning.The minister, however, claimed that there was congestion on Dhaka-Tangail highway only, not on all the highways.He also said instant actions are being taken whenever any irregularity is found on any road.last_img read more

A Look Back at Apple as it Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

first_img 7 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine Register Now » There were no fools sitting in that garage in California on April 1, 1976, when Apple was founded.That day, technology legends Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne co-founded Apple Computer, a company that would eventually go on to become one of the most iconic and valuable brands in the world.But who knew at the time?In the spring of 1976, these three young men were simply working on a computer and a dream that maybe they could become the next big thing in the budding technology industry. They had hope, a passion for technology, and wanted to build a true personal computer that could deliver to the average consumer something that was better than what they already knew.Wozniak was the inventor; Jobs the salesperson. In July 1976, Apple I, the company’s first computer, went on sale. It didn’t take long before things took off, and Apple I caught the attention of do-it-yourselfers. As sales started to rise, Apple Computer incorporated in 1977, officially growing from a hobby into a company.While Apple I was soaring and Apple Computer becoming a well-known name in Silicon Valley, Wozniak was hard at work on Apple II. Like the Apple I before it, the Apple II was successful. Before long, Apple had a slew of employees and revenue soaring well over $100 million by 1980. Apple had become the quintessential Silicon Valley success story.But as with any other company that grows so big so quickly, things started to change in Cupertino, Calif.Jobs was forced to deal with competing ideas, and a schism broke out internally as Apple Computer worked on building a graphical, user interface-based computer. There were two teams: Apple Lisa and Macintosh. After disagreements, Jobs left the Lisa team to head up the Macintosh effort. Like many other times over the years, he won. In 1984, the Macintosh, the spiritual predecessor to the Macs as we know them today, launched to the public.Although Macintosh launched to much fanfare and spawned the iconic “1984” commercial, trouble was afoot. Macintosh sales were not as strong as some had hoped and by 1985, Jobs was at odds with CEO John Sculley — a person he hired to manage the company he co-founded. Ultimately, the board chose Sculley over Jobs, and the Apple co-founder was gone.The ensuing years were troubling for Apple. Under Sculley’s leadership, Apple had difficulty finding its footing against increasing competition from other computer makers, notably Microsoft. Sculley and his team tried to fix the issues by launching more computers and expanding into new territories. Apple wanted to see if it could help its flagging business in the early 1990s by investing in speakers and cameras, and perhaps most interestingly, tried its luck with the now-infamous Apple Newton.As Apple’s shares continued to plummet and signs of a rebound waning by the moment, Sculley was ultimately replaced by Michael Spindler in 1993. His job was to turn Apple around and rediscover the secret sauce that had made the company successful nearly 20 years prior. Spindler’s efforts again fell short, prompting him to seek buyout offers from far more successful companies, including IBM and Sun Microsystems. Before he was ousted in 1996 and replaced by CEO Gil Amelio, Spindler and his board offered companies Apple on a silver platter for several billion dollars — a pittance compared to its current market value of $615 billion.Meanwhile, Jobs was hard at work at a new company he founded, dubbed NeXT. Having its own trouble finding a spot in a world dominated by Windows, NeXT was trying to make NeXTSTEP, its computer operating system pitched as a desirable alternative to Windows.Then Apple came calling back.In 1997, Apple acquired NeXT to get its hands on NeXTSTEP — and Jobs. It didn’t take long for Jobs to reassert himself at the company. Within months, Amelio was gone, leaving the board with no other choice but to give the chief executive job back to Jobs.The story from this point, of course, is legendary.Jobs quickly took the chainsaw to Apple’s business, eliminating ancillary projects and refocusing the company’s efforts on strong design and a desirable software experience. He also made several strategic acquisitions, allowing him to deliver built-in software, including video-editing tools, in Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X.It was in 2001, though, that Jobs and Apple started to soar. With its Mac business back to the basics and growing, Apple unveiled the iPod, a music player that would change the music industry forever. While the iPod had several competitors over the years, it was by far the most popular digital music player in the world. Indeed, it became a pop culture phenomenon, and it was rather common to see people scrolling the wheel on the device to hear their next track. Along the way, they had those white earbuds in their ears, showcasing to the world in now-iconic fashion that they were using an Apple product.As the iPod’s fame grew, the notoriously secretive Apple was looking to disrupt another market: smartphones.There were several companies already offering smart devices, such as Palm and BlackBerry. But Apple wanted to try something new. In 2007, Apple introduced the iPhone, a device that relied on a touchscreen — not physical keys and hardware components like competing devices — to control its proprietary software. It was another crowning achievement for Jobs and solidified his position as one of the most ground-breaking technology executives in the industry’s history.In 2010, armed with a slew of successful products, Apple announced the iPad, a tablet that would sell exceedingly well for several years. Apple, once again, had a hit on its hands.All the while, Apple’s shares and profits were soaring. The company was generating billions of dollars in profits each quarter, shareholders couldn’t get enough of its stock, and despite some health issues, Jobs appeared to be firmly in control.Everything, it seemed, was perfect.But over the last few years, Apple has faced its fair share of challenges. Google’s Android platform has become the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Several other device makers, including Samsung, have been delivering compelling alternatives to the iPhone. Meanwhile, the tablet market has cooled off, and Apple’s iPad business has been in free fall.In addition, the once-secretive company hasn’t plugged its leaks so well, and now, it’s not uncommon for many of Apple’s biggest announcements to be leaked before its press shows even kick off.Tragedy has also struck Apple. Following a years-long battle with cancer, Jobs died in 2012, leaving a massive void in Cupertino. Jobs handpicked his chief operating officer, Tim Cook, to take over Apple and lead the company into the future.The Cook era has been relatively stable. Despite the aforementioned concerns with Apple’s tablet business, the company is still generating record sales and boosting its cash coffers. Indeed, Apple is one of the richest companies in the world, and there are no signs of it slowing down.Looking ahead, like Jobs, Cook seems ready to see beyond Apple’s standard products. He’s already ventured into streaming with Apple Music and is reportedly working on entering new categories, including paid TV services. Most notably, Cook has reportedly assembled a secret team with one goal: to develop an Apple car.But that’s the future.April 1 is Apple’s day to look back on the successes, the failures, the rebounds, the retreats. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate what the company has become, and what it has done with technology to dramatically change our lives.Not everyone is an Apple fan, and there are many legitimate reasons for that.But looking at what Apple has accomplished in 40 years, at least on April Fool’s Day, it would be foolish not to tip one’s hat for all it’s done. April 1, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more