“Fear This!” Says the Pirate Bay, Hinting at a New Music Site

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… As we noted last week when the music industry released an annual report detailing its continued decline in revenue, “piracy” seems to be the go-to scapegoat, the reason that the music industry is struggling. And one of the sites that the industry often points to (and in its recent report, lauded governments for trying to quash) as a major culprit of piracy is The Pirate Bay.So rumors that The Pirate Bay is launching a music project may strike fear – or at least disconcertment – in the hearts of industry execs. It’s apt, perhaps, that a new project – fear.themusicbay.org – is supposedly in the works.According to a report this weekend at Torrent Freak, folks at the Pirate Bay have registered the Music Bay domain and “the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraid.” The site no longer displays the “comming soon” [sic] announcement, but Torrent Bay says that something is in the works in the next few months.Torrent Freak wasn’t able to secure more details about the project, other than it’s set to coincide with an April anniversary of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).Even if it’s just an MP3 file that jumps out of a large birthday cake at the IFPI’s celebration – or, a bit more likely, just a nice domain name, news that The Pirate Bay is plotting something may be enough to make the industry worry, particularly having just released details that the industry’s overall worth has declined a downward spiral. Tags:#p2p#web audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Global Trade Recovery Pushes DP Worlds Volumes Up

first_imgzoom Dubai-based terminal operator DP World Limited saw its volumes rise on the back of a recovery of global trade in 2017.Third quarter growth rates were at 13.5% year-on-year on a reported basis, ahead of second quarter growth and Drewry Maritime’s upgraded industry estimate of 5.5% throughput growth in 2017.In the first nine months of the year, the company handled 52.3 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals, representing a growth of 10% year-on-year in gross container volumes.Global trade outlook improved significantly in 2017 with the World Trade Organization recently upgrading trade growth from 2.4% to 3.6% in 2017 and all three DP World regions saw third quarter growth rates accelerate even more than the second quarter of 2017, particularly the company’s terminals in Middle East & Africa, Europe and the Americas. The UAE handled 11.6 million TEU in the first nine months of 2017, growing 4.6% year-on-year.At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 27.3 million TEU during the nine-month period, a 24.2% improvement in performance on a reported basis. Reported consolidated volume in the Asia Pacific and Indian Subcontinent region was boosted by the consolidation of Pusan (South Korea) at the end of 2016.“The recovery of global trade in 2017 has outperformed previous expectations and we have seen significant upward revisions by economists and industry experts. Benefitting from the improved trading environment and market share gains from the new shipping alliances, our global portfolio continues to deliver ahead-of-market growth and this across all three regions,” Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“We have seen an acceleration of growth rates in the third quarter as we employ the right strategy and the relevant deep-water capacity in the key markets,” Bin Sulayem added.During the third quarter, DP World added 1.5 million TEU of new capacity in Jebel Ali’s Terminal 3 (T3) and 0.5 million TEU in Prince Rupert, Canada.“We expect our portfolio’s volume growth to continue to outperform the market and given the encouraging performance so far, we remain well placed to meet full year 2017 market expectations,” Bin Sulayem said.last_img read more

Spectrum of the Seas Delivered to Royal Caribbean

first_imgGerman shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over Spectrum of the Seas, the first cruise ship in the Quantum-Ultra class, to cruise line Royal Caribbean International.The 169,000 gross ton newbuild — designed specifically for the Chinese market — was delivered to its owner in Bremerhaven on April 11, 2019.“We are excited to welcome Spectrum of the Seas, our first Quantum Ultra class ship to the Royal Caribbean family,” Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International, commented during the delivery ceremony in Germany.The giant cruise ship features a length of 347.1 meters and a width of 41.4 meters. The Bahamas-flagged vessel altogether has 18 decks and can accommodate 4,246 passengers and 1,551 crew members.Spectrum of the Seas is the fourth ship in the class, apart from its three sister ships, Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas, and the first vessel in the Quantum-Ultra class. In addition, it is the 26th ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet.As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas like its sister ships is fitted with emission control systems such as the hybrid scrubber.After being handed over to the cruise line, Spectrum of the Seas left Bremerhaven later on April 11. Watch the vessel’s departure in the video below shared by Unimedien:The maiden voyage to Asia is scheduled to begin in Barcelona on April 18, 2019.The new cruise ship will homeport from Shanghai starting from June 2019. In winter 2019, the ship will reposition to Hong Kong, according to Royal Caribbean.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werft; Video Courtesy: Unimedien.last_img read more

Heartland puts out casting call for young Alberta girl who speaks her

first_imgAdvertisement “They need to be confident, outgoing, not shy,” Fisekci says. “Those are the traits I would be looking for in the audition room. Kids who have no fear.”While experienced child actresses will not be rejected, Fisekci stresses that experience is not needed for the role.“I find that kids at this age, if you just ask them to be themselves you get much better performances,” she says.Heartland has a good track record in discovering young talent. Vancouver actress Alisha Newton joined the cast in Season 6 and quickly became a fan favourite as Georgie Crawley.Fisekci could not reveal more about the new character for fear of spoilers. Whoever is chosen will be required to work periodically between Aug. 9 to Sept. 28, which is when the season’s later episodes will be shot. Production on Season 12 of Heartland begins June 1. It was unclear how many episodes the new character will appear in.Auditions will be by appointment only and will take place in mid to late June. Parents are asked to submit a recent photo (camera phone pictures are fine) and a small bio that includes the child’s date of birth, height and parent or guardian contact information.The deadline is June 10.  Submissions should be made to rfcasting18@gmail.comBy ERIC VOLMERS LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Producers of CBC’s Alberta-shot, Heartland are looking to their own backyard for its newest cast member, who will play a recurring character in the show’s 12th season.“They just really want to give a local person the opportunity,” says Rhonda Fisekci, Heartland’s casting director. “Heartland is a staple in Alberta so they do want to reach out to the local community. I’m sure we can find her here.”Fisekci says the girl should be Caucasian, aged six to (a small) nine, have blond hair and blue eyes. She will be playing “a little busybody who has opinions on everything and speaks her mind.” Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With:last_img read more

HipHops Huge Year In Streaming How Rap Reigned Supreme In 2018

first_img Report: Hip-hop Highest-Streamed Genre In U.S. hip-hops-huge-year-streaming-how-rap-reigned-supreme-2018 Hip-Hop’s Huge Year In Streaming: How Rap Reigned Supreme In 2018 Twitter Email News Facebook A new study shows consumers of on-demand streaming services leaned hard toward hip-hop and rap in 2018, with the genre accounting for over a quarter of all playsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 3, 2019 – 4:34 pm The rising popularity of hip-hop among consumers is nothing new, but the latest data from BuzzAngle shows the genre’s dominance in a new light. According to their year-end report, hip-hop and rap tracks accounted for more than a quarter of all on-demand plays on music streaming services in the U.S. in 2018. Mic drop.While the data also reveals rock and pop maintain strongholds in digital album sales and physical album sales respectively, streaming is king in 2018 and rap reigns with 25.4 percent of on-demand streams, eclipsing even pop at 18.5 percent.Rock’s top spot in album sales comes with a caveat, as album sales fell by 18.2 percent from the previous year, although rock ruled vinyl sales at 41.7 percent in a format that is up 11.9 percent overall.Hip-hop also holds court with the most audio streams and video streams of any genre, according to the study. But at least in one of those areas, video streams, rap has a hot contender. Latin music saw a surge in video streams up from 20.1 percent in 2017 to 21.8 percent in 2018, placing it just behind rap in the No. 2 position. Urban Latin music artists dominated many of the year-end lists from the likes of YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, and Apple Music.One impossible-to-ignore artist, album and song likely had much to do with rap’s dominance of streaming in 2018. Drake’s double-album Scorpion and its single “God’s Plan” topped BuzzAngle’s biggest overall album for the year and biggest track across all three relevant formats (downloads, audio streams, video streams) lists. This comes as little surprise considering some of the streaming and chart records Drake broke in 2018.Will Latin music’s stock continue to rise in 2019? Will hip-hop widen the gap ahead of the pack? Will physical album sales hemorrhage as rapidly? Only time will tell. Happy listening!Album Of The Year Nominees Revealed | 2019 GRAMMY AwardsRead morelast_img read more

SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK

first_img Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house CNET Smart Home Post a comment Share your voice 2:29 On the Amazon front, the company teamed with Travelers Insurance last year to offer Echo Dot-centric home security packages in the US. I asked if Amazon had any plans to introduce something similar in the UK, but a spokesperson told me that they couldn’t comment on the roadmap.As for Amazon-owned Ring, the company already sells video doorbells and cameras in the UK, but its professionally monitored Ring Alarm security system is still a US-only offering. That stands to change, though, with a Ring spokesperson telling me that Ring Alarm “will be available for the UK later this year.”Meanwhile, the team at Abode, makers of one of our top-rated SimpliSafe alternatives, tells CNET that it, too, is working to bring professionally monitored DIY security kits to the UK and to other markets outside of the US by the end of 2019.  Whether or not that adds up to enough of a head start to give SimpliSafe the lead it’s looking for remains to be seen, but it’s shaping up to be the same fascinating fight for customers that we’ve seen in the US. Per a recent SimpliSafe survey, just 13 percent of UK households already have a professionally monitored security system — which leaves about 23.7 million households up for grabs.Originally published April 2 at 4 a.m. PT.Update, 6:55 a.m. PT: Now includes updated comment from Ring on UK availability of the Ring Alarm security system.   Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Nest Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Google SimpliSafe’s DIY home security system looks better than… reading • SimpliSafe home security launches in the UK SimpliSafe Home Security SimpliSafe’s install-it-yourself home security system is one of our top picks here on CNET, and today, the brand is launching in the UK — its first expansion outside of the US. SimpliSafe suggested that the move was in the works this past June, when the company secured a majority investment from the private equity firm Hellman & Friedman valued at $1 billion.A 10-year-old startup based out of Boston, SimpliSafe offers a variety of customizable home security kits. Each uses wireless sensors that you stick up around your home to monitor for things like motion, door openings or the sound of glass breaking, along with optional accessories like smart locks, video doorbells and cloud-connected cameras. Once everything’s in place, you’ll arm and disarm the system using a keypad, a keychain fob, app controls or by using voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant. Now, with kits ranging from £279 to £504 currently up for sale on SimpliSafe’s UK website, that pitch has made it across the pond. The system requires no contracts and offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at £13 per month. Make that £20 per month if you want to add in the full suite of features, including app and voice controls, text alerts, cloud storage of your camera footage and video verification of alarms. • CNET Smart Home Smart Home Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Tags Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now See All Review • Editors’ Choice: SimpliSafe’s new system is better than ever 0 SimpliSafe sees opportunity with the move, citing rising burglary rates in the region and calling itself the first company to sell “wireless, self-install technology with the complete protection of professional monitoring” in the UK.That’s not to say that SimpliSafe won’t face competition. Professionally installed home security providers such as ADT and Verisure already have millions of customers in the UK. Meanwhile, a number of DIY systems from names like Yale, SmartThings and Hive are available, too — though none of those that I’ve seen offer an option for professional monitoring.Still, the field won’t be quite as crowded as it is in the States — for now, anyway. One key competitor that’s missing in the UK: The Google-owned Nest Secure DIY system. Nest didn’t have anything to share when I asked about the possibility of expanding to the UK — that echoes what the company told its users in January when it wrote, “We do not have anything to announce regarding plans to bring the Nest Secure anywhere outside of the US.” You’re using your security system wrong: Tricks for a safer smart home (pictures) 17 Photos Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 What senior citizens and salaried people need from FM

first_imgMatt AielloLet’s make one thing very clear right up front: The Modi government’s demonitisation plan would never have succeeded without the support and tolerance of the common citizen, who spent hours out of their busy days to stand in queues at ATMs and banks to withdraw their OWN money.7th Pay Commission: EC’s order on Budget 2017 could bring cheer to Central govt employeesThere were no riots, nor acts of civil disobedience because the common citizen believed in the government’s intention to wipe out the scourge of black money.Now is the time for Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to reward the patience of the common man; reward them for their support and belief in the claims made by the government. But will the politics of finance take priority on Budget 2017 Day?Here is what the common man would like to see from the FM and his budget.Raise the taxable limitThe taxable limit should be raised so as to give people the extra allowance for savings, education, housing and maintenance, etc.No Tax on income less than Rs3.5 lakh (up from Rs2.5 Lakh)2. 3.5-7 lakh: 10%3. 7-12 lakh: 20%4. above Rs12 lakh: 30%Protect senior citizensFor senior citizens the government has serious intentions to reduce interest rates thereby encouraging citizens to apply for bank loans for housing, vehicles, startups, industries, corporate financing, infrastructure, restructuring of bad debts, etc.The main source of income for seniors is investments in Fixed Deposits, PPF, NSC certs, etc. This rate reduction will cause a serious depletion in their earnings and hence a revision in their tax deduction needs to be given serious consideration.Senior Citizens 60-80 years of age1: No Tax on income less than Rs4 lakh (up from Rs3 lakh)2: 4-6 lakh: 10%3: 6-12 lakh: 20%4: Above 12 lakh: 30%Senior Citzens above 80 years of age1: No Tax on income upto Rs6 lakh2: 6-12 lakh: 20%3: Above 12 lakh: 30%The maximum cap on Tax Saving Instruments should be raised from Rs1.5 lakh to Rs2 lakh. This limit could be increased by Rs5,00,000 for those with an income of more than Rs12 lakh.The Short term and Long term Capital Tax structure should remain the same to avoid FIIs pulling out their finances, which would result in a major setback to the Indian Stock Market. The US plan to increase their interest rates and reduce corporate tax would result in an exodus of Funds of Foreign Institutions back to the US.Increase in Housing Loan Tax exemption from Rs2 lakh to Rs2.5 lakh.Set up government agencies and cold storage facilities in rural areas to assist farmers in procuring a better price realisation for their crops, thereby eliminating middle men, brokers and hoarders.This direct investment by the government will lift the rural economy and result in a drop in market retail prices.Cashless transactions will promote transparency and to encourage this the government should offer tax sops to card users as well as institutions that invest in machines for cashless/ digital transactions.The recent government scheme on demonitisation was hampered largely by corrupt bank officials, brokers and hoarders of black money. The government should offer an incentive to whistleblowers so as to unearth the nexus of operators who illegally helped in converting black money.Also the government must publish the degree of punishment to corrupt officials, whether they be bankers, law enforcement officers, Income Tax officials, corporate accountants, etc.Declaration of funds received and held by political parties is a must. Limit the expenses they incur during elections. No promises that are detrimental to the financial welfare of the state/country, no freebies for the electorate just to win over vote banks. Politicians with criminal records and involved in hate speeches, money laundering, anti-national remarks, etc, should be barred from running for office.Make it a punishable offence for event organizers to pay cash to entertainers, actors, sports persons, celebrities, etc, as this will result in non-payment of taxes and accumulation of unaccounted for black money. Those being paid should also be made aware of this penalty.last_img read more

Trump Pelosi clash over Mexico border wall

first_imgThis combination of file pictures created on 20 January, 2019 shows US president Donald Trump as he arrives at the White House in Washington, DC, on 19 January, 2019,and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-NY) outside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on 3 January 2019US president Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday and she again insisted that he end the government shutdown before border security talks can begin, but there were hints of possible movement.Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, dismissed as a “non-starter” his offer to extend temporary protection to about a million immigrants in return for $5.7 billion for the wall he wants on the Mexican border to fulfil a signature campaign promise.Government shutdowns are a disruptive political ritual that have occurred in various administrations and are almost unique to the American system. But this one is the longest on record. It has left about 800,000 federal workers unpaid — among them airport security officers, FBI agents, museum workers, and Coast Guard members.”Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat,” the president tweeted. “She is so petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.”It was Trump’s most direct attack on Pelosi since the partial government shutdown began, and appeared to reflect a mounting sense of frustration.Pointedly ignoring his personal comments, Pelosi on Twitter emphasized the need to end the impasse, which has inflicted increasing pain after one month, with some government employees having to turn to food banks or local charities to get by.”Reopen the government, let workers get their paychecks and then we can discuss how we can come together to protect the border. #EndTheShutdown,” she tweeted.Good-faith compromiseWhile Pelosi and other Democrats dismissed Trump’s offer, Republicans insisted that it represented actual movement by the president.Vice president Mike Pence, who has been leading the administration’s contacts with Congress, said the Senate would put the proposal to a vote as early as Tuesday. He called it “a good-faith compromise.”The planned vote also reflects a shift by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. He insisted previously that he would not take up any shutdown bill unless both Trump and Democratic leaders backed it.”In a very real sense, what President Trump did here was he set the table for a deal,” Pence said on “Fox News Sunday.”The bill’s fate was far from clear. Republicans hope to lure the votes of a few Democrats from Trump-friendly states to reach the 60 votes needed, but they may lose some hard-line conservatives in the process.Most blame RepublicansThe Trump administration — increasingly blamed by Americans for the shutdown — is trying to balance demands of those hard-liners and Democrats who adamantly oppose spending the $5.7 billion Trump wants for a wall.Trump has regularly warned of what he says is a serious criminal threat from undocumented migrants entering the country, which is grappling with a surge in arrivals by families and children who say they are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America.Democrats have offered more than $2 billion for a range of other border-security measures.They assailed Trump’s new offer as cynical, noting that it was the president who — by moving earlier to end the DACA program protecting 700,000 young immigrants and to expel about 300,000 others in a separate program — had placed in jeopardy many of those for whom he now offers temporary protection.But anti-immigrant voices also attacked Trump’s offer as tantamount to amnesty for the undocumented — a toxic concept for many conservatives.”No, Amnesty is not a part of my offer. It is a 3 year extension of DACA,” Trump said in another tweet. DACA was former president Barack Obama’s program to shield undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children.Trump said that there would be “no big push” to remove the 11 million people in the country illegally, before warning: ‘but be careful, Nancy!”His immigration crackdown has not stanched the influx of migrants, and a new group of about 400 Hondurans — the fourth since October 13 — headed north on Saturday, officials there said.Still, as the costs of the US shutdown mounted, both sides in the standoff appeared to be casting about cautiously for a road ahead.”The vote this week (in the Senate) is not to pass the bill,” said Senator James Lankford, a Republican, “It’s to open up and say, can we debate this? Can we amend it? Can we make changes? Let’s find a way to get the government open.”Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat who chairs the Homeland Security Committee, said that “I would not rule out a wall in certain circumstances.”He suggested that Democrats were amenable to negotiating if Trump would stop demonizing the party and its leaders and provide assurances that he would not suddenly shift positions.”The notion that we have come from a (focus on a) wall to some other thing is moving it along,” he told ABC’s “This Week,” “but we have to sit down and talk.”Representative Tulsi Gabbard, who plans to seek the presidency in 2020, told CNN it was urgent that both sides “come together and have a real conversation and hash out the differences.”But representative James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, insisted that the government must first be reopened.last_img read more

Launch of Buddha Airs KolkataKathmandu flight deferred due to elections

first_imgKolkata: The ongoing Lok Sabha elections has delayed the launch of Nepal’s private airlines Buddha Air’s proposed flight between Kolkata and Kathmandu by over a month. The airline will now begin its operation from May 27 instead of its earlier plan to start from April 16, Buddha Air’s Marketing Director Rupesh Joshi said. “We will operate three weekly flights between Kathmandu and Kolkata on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from May 27,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “Both the India government and all agencies involved with aviation business suggested to begin the service post election. So we decided to defer it,” he said. Buddha Air would be the second Nepali Airline to connect Kolkata with Kathmandu after the Royal Nepal Airlines’ withdrawal from Kolkata two decades back, Joshi said. The Royal Nepal Airlines now operates flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore to Kathmandu, he said. Joshi said grounding of Jet Airways will affect tourism in Nepal and a large number of booking for hotels and tour operators have been cancelled. He said Jet was the key airline to bring foreign tourists to the Himalayan country. Now, return fare from Indian destinations from Nepal had soared four times the normal rate owing to grounding of the Jet Airways.last_img read more