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Cvent Acquires Seed Labs for 42 Million

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first_imgThe app for the X Games, for instance, provides attendees with real-time scores, while the Kentucky Derby app gives attendees background information on each horse and jockey. Seed Labs’ mobile apps work on all major mobile devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.“We would never be able to build custom apps like the ones Seed Labs provide this quickly,” Aggarwal tells EXPO. “We also wanted their DNA. As a company grows, oftentimes it can lose its start-up mentality. Cvent has done a pretty amazing job keeping its culture, but by reinforcing it with the Seed Labs team—we can continue to innovate and succeed.”Seed Labs CEO Todd Rogers says the partnership will afford his clients “a complete spectrum of coordinated services under one roof to increase the appeal, excitement and value of their events.” Cvent, an event management software firm, has acquired Seed Labs, a consumer and social event mobile application developer, the companies announced Wednesday. The purchase price of $4.2 million is being drawn from $136 million that Cvent has raised from private equity investors led by New Enterprise Associates and Insight Venture Partners, and marks Cvent’s first acquisition since its founding 13 years ago.While Cvent itself is a technology company, it did not have the in-house expertise to develop mobile applications, Reggie Aggarwal, Cvent’s founder and CEO, tells Folio:’s sister publication EXPO. “We selected Seed Labs after reviewing at least 20 solutions and hearing their name continuously come up in conversations with our clients and prospects,” Aggarwal says.Cvent became particularly interested in Seed Labs as it became apparent that the acquisition would expand its customer base into the consumer market, Aggarwal says. Cvent clients include Meeting Professionals International, Marriott and Yahoo!, while Seed Labs has developed information-intensive apps for such high-profile clients as ESPN’s X Games, the Kentucky Derby and the County Music Association’s CMA Music Festival.last_img read more

Time Inc Names Jennifer Wong New Head of Digital

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first_imgJennifer L. Wong was appointed president of Time Inc. Digital, a newly created position reporting directly to chairman and CEO Joe Ripp, the company announced today. The appointment comes during a period of fast-paced digital investment at Time Inc. The legacy publisher’s revenues are in recession, led chiefly by double-digit percentage declines in print advertising, the area in which the company still makes most of its money. Things are undeniably less bleak on the digital side of the business; the company reports that its overall global audience across all platforms rose 19 percent to 155 million in 2015, while its social media footprint and video audience grew 45 and 86 percent, respectively.  “Jen is an executive that is both highly analytical and creative; she has a proven track record growing digital content and commerce businesses,” said Ripp in an official statement. “She has succeeded in complex organizations and achieved success at each company where she has worked.” Wong’s tenure at Time Inc. begins on January 4. Wong arrives at Time Inc. from POPSUGAR, where she served as chief business officer since 2011. Prior to that, she led global business operations at AOL, helping oversee and integrate large-scale acquisitions like TechCrunch and The Huffington Post. In December alone, Time Inc. announced a new partnership with digital advertising platform GumGum and streaming video distribution deals with Hulu, Yahoo and Zealot Networks. In the new role, Wong will be in charge of all digital and interactive strategies and operations across the media giant’s entire portfolio of brands, including Time, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly and People. last_img read more

September Storm Triggers Housing Shortage at Camp Lejeune

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Atlantic Marine Corps Communities (AMCC), which manages most of the housing at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., has begun terminating leases for non-active-duty families and stopped accepting newly stationed personnel to help alleviate a severe shortage of habitable units after hundreds of homes at the installation were damaged by Hurricane Florence, reports Military.com. Seventy percent of the company’s housing inventory in North Carolina — which includes Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River and MCAS Cherry Point — received some level of damage during the September storm which dumped several feet of rain over eastern North Carolina. “As of today, we have more than 800 military families who have either relocated to a home within the AMCC housing community, are scheduled to relocate to a home, have been placed in temporary lodging or will be placed in temporary lodging while repairs are performed on their home,” according to a statement from Lendlease, which controls AMCC. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Isaiah Gomezlast_img read more

Spending Plan May Be Close We Hope Weve Got a Deal

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first_imgHouse-Senate negotiators seemed hopeful Thursday that they can avoid another partial government shutdown next week.Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said after a meeting with President Trump that the conference committee is working on substantive negotiations on the main sticking point, immigration spending, and that he thinks the President will sign it.“This is the most positive I’ve been or I’ve seen in the talks since, oh gosh, maybe ever,” he said, according to CQ.Some House Democrats remained cautious, the article reported.“Nothing has been decided and nothing is finalized,” Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) said.Shelby predicted the conferees could produce a bill by Monday, which would leave little time for error, with the current spending bill set to expire next Friday.“We hope we’ve got a deal,” Shelby told reporters. “If we haven’t got a deal, we probably won’t get a deal.”DOD photo by Reese Brown ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Oculus Quest and Rift S available for preorder both at 399 shipping

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: Preview • PlayStation VR made us smile, and it’s because of the games Mobile Gaming Digital Media Virtual Reality Apps Amazon Oculus Quest unboxed: what’s inside Facebook’s new VR… 43 Photos 1 Now playing: Watch this: We took Oculus Quest on vacation We took Oculus Quest on vacation at Amazon Enlarge ImageThe Oculus Quest (left) and Oculus Rift S (right) are both arriving in May, and both cost $399. John Kim/CNET Oculus ignited people’s interest in virtual reality when it announced a Kickstarter for the Rift headset in 2012, promising high quality VR for $300.  Fast-forward seven years, after a more than $2 billion acquisition by Facebook and the 2016 release of the Rift, and Oculus is preparing to launch its next-generation VR headsets.  They’re called the Oculus Quest and the Rift S, and both will cost $399 (£399 in the UK; Australian pricing is TBA but the UK price converts to about AU$740). But they’re rather different headsets.  The Oculus Quest is self-contained, working without a computer to power it or any extra sensors set up around a room to track where you’re moving. The Rift S, meanwhile, offers better visuals while still connected by wire to a computer, but it also ditches sensors around a room. “Now, getting into VR is as easy as gaming on a console,” Facebook said in a statement. The new headsets come as Valve, whose Steam store and Half-Life first-person shooter series have made it a household name among gamers, prepares to release its first headset, the $499 Valve Index. And that’s not including other competitors, such as Sony’s $299 PlayStation VR, HTC’s Vive and headsets from Lenovo, HP and Samsung that’re powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality technology. 58-oculus-questEnlarge ImageThe Quest is a wireless self-contained headset, offering a middle ground between the low-power Oculus Go and high-power Rift S. Sarah Tew/CNET The Quest is a new device Whereas the Rift and Rift S rely on an outside computer connected by a wire to power the virtual world you see, and the $199 Oculus Go is designed to be a wire-free self-contained entry-level VR device, the Oculus Quest is meant to be somewhere in the middle.  At its heart, the Quest is meant to offer higher-end games designed to work with the Oculus hand controllers, like the music rhythm game Beat Saber and the boxing game Creed: Rise to Glory. But it’s also self-contained, running a powerful, yet small, computer in the headset. To pull off that trick, developers say, the Oculus Quest isn’t as capable as its beefier cousin, the Rift S. Its screen doesn’t show as many details, it’s not able to pack as many characters on the screen at a time, and apps made for it can’t assume they’ll always be connected to the internet. (Sometimes people might take this on a train or on vacation). The Quest still uses the same controllers as the Rift S Though the Quest and Rift S won’t always be able to play the same games, the Quest will have the same controllers. That’s a step up from the entry-level Oculus Go, which had a simpler, wandlike controller that wasn’t capable of doing as much as the more full-fledged hand controllers Oculus offers. Oculus Quest is fully mobile VR They’re both $399, go on preorder Tuesday and ship May 21 If you’re already convinced, you can preorder the devices on the Oculus website, at Amazon and elsewhere. Full preorder info is available here, or you can just use the buttons below (note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products). See Quest at AmazonSee Rift S at Amazon 5:18 $217 5:18 Tags See It $398.00 Comment Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Samsung Sony Nintendo Review • PlayStation VR is pretty damn cool Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice Whether the new devices will draw users is anyone’s guess. A recent survey from industry tracker IDC, which was sponsored by Sony, found that headset sales in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan rose 60% in 2018 to 3.9 million headsets, up from 2.4 million in 2017. But that’s still small compared with the hundreds of millions of video game consoles Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have sold since 2013. Here’s everything to know about the Quest and Rift S so far. The Rift S is a refinement  Oculus says the Rift S will offer more-detailed and sharper-looking visuals than the original Oculus Rift, which shipped in 2016. But the real change is to the cameras mounted on its sides. There are two in the front, one on each side, and one on the top, all designed to track the outside world using a technology called “Oculus Insight,” so that the headset knows when you’re leaning one direction or another or suddenly duck to avoid something. Those cameras work in concert with the company’s hand controllers too. See it CNET Review Oculus Quest The standalone VR headset earns our Editors’ Choice. Read Review Sony PlayStation VR 8:25 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation VR (Headset) $245 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Mark Zuckerbergs personal security chief accused of sexual harassment

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first_img Tags 0 Tech Industry Internet Services Share your voice 5:10 Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Facebook co-founder: Time to break up the social network Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of making racist comments abut Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife. Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Breakthrough Prize Mark Zuckerberg’s personal security chief has been accused of sexual harassment and making racist statements about Priscilla Chan, the Facebook CEO’s Asian-American wife, Business Insider reported Thursday.One of the accusers is a former employee of Zuckerberg’s household staff, while the other is a former executive assistant to the security chief, Liam Booth, BI reported. Lawyers representing the pair have sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm representing the companies that provide security and support for the Zuckerberg family, BI reported.The letters accuse Booth, a former Secret Service agent, with “pervasive discriminatory conduct,” “horrific levels of sexual harassment and battery” and fostering an environment in which staff were repeatedly subjected to racist, homophobic and transphobic diatribes, BI reported.The report didn’t identify the accusers because they’re alleged victims of sexual harassment.One of the letters, sent by the law firm The Bloom Firm, alleges Booth made racist remarks about Chan’s driving ability in front of the household staffer, saying, “She’s a woman and Asian, and Asians have no peripheral vision,” while using his fingers to pull the skin near his eyes to the side, BI reported.Booth also made racist comments to the security staffer, according to the letter, saying that he “didn’t trust black people” and “white lives matter more than black lives,” BI reported. A spokesman for Zuckerberg’s family office said an investigation is underway and that Booth is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”The family office takes complaints of workplace misconduct very seriously and our human resources team promptly investigates all such matters. The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel,” the spokesman said. “As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit.”Also named in the letter is Brian Mosteller, the managing director of Zuckerberg’s private office, who’s accused of failing to take action after being informed of the former staffers’ allegations, BI reported. There’s no allegation in the letters that Zuckerberg was aware of the alleged harassment.A representative for The Bloom Firm confirmed it’s representing the former employees but didn’t immediately have a comment to offer.Neither Booth nor Mosteller could immediately be reached for comment.The Zuckerberg family has properties in Palo Alto and Lake Tahoe, California; San Francisco and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Facebook spent $20 million on personal security for Zuckerberg and his family last year, the social media giant revealed last month in an SEC filing. Post a comment Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

RBIs Reference Rate for Dollar Today

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first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 49.3525 rupees and the euro 65.6263 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 1, 2012) were 49.1545 rupees and 65.5692 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 78.6827 as against 78.2490 on the previous day (March 1, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 60.61 as against 60.67 the previous day.last_img read more

Bigg Boss Tamil 3 Meet the 15 contestants of Kamal Haasans show

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first_imgKamal Haasan in Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutThe third season of Bigg Boss Tamil will go on air on Vijay TV from Sunday, 23 June. Host Kamal Haasan will introduce 15 contestants to the audience, before sending them inside the house. Here, we bring you live updates of Bigg Boss Tamil 3 grand launch:Fathima Babu, Losliya Mariyanesan, Sakshi Agarwal, Jangiri Madhumitha, Kavin, Abhirami Venkatachalam, Saravanan, Vanitha Vijayakumar, Cheran, Sherin, Mohan Vaidya, Tharshan Thiyagarajah, Dance master Sandy, Mugen Rao and Reshma Pasupuleti are the 15 contestants who have entered the house. Check out the Complete Profiles of Photos of Bigg Boss ContestantsThis time, there are no commoners and every contestant is either related to television, film industry or arts. There are eight female contestants and seven male contestants. There is a mix of youngsters and aged people. Interestingly, the channel has brought in contestants from Sri Lanka and Malaysia which is the main attraction of the show. Crawl down to see the photos of the contestants:Live Updates:11.54 pm: Kamal Haasan announces that there is no nomination this week. 11.43 pm: Reshma Pasupuleti is the 15th contestant. She was an air hostess and anchor. 11.30 pm: Malaysian actor and musician Mugen Rao enters the house. 11.10 pm: Dance master Sandy is the contestant number 13. 10.55 pm: Tharshan Thiyagarajah enters the house. He left the a high-paying IT job to pursue his dreams in films.பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டின் முதல் போட்டியாளராக களமிறங்கும் பாத்திமா பாபு! #FathimaBabu #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/FHsQG7yApI— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் நுழையும் பதினைந்தாவது போட்டியாளர் ரேஷ்மா! #Reshma #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/u0YCfuJyFR— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 10.40 pm: Actor-musician Mohan Vaidya enters the house. 10.30 pm: Actress Sherin enters the house as the contestant No. 10. 10.13 pm: Noted filmmaker and actor Cheran is the contestant No. 9. It has to be noted that he had worked with Kamal Haasan as an associate in Mahanadi. 10.06 pm: Ganja Karupu leaves the house. 9.54 pm: Vanitha Vijayakumar is the eighth contestant to enter the house. 9.42 pm: Sarvanan used to play lead roles in films in 90s and acted in over 30 movies. 9.39 pm: Kamal speaks high about Saravanan. He says that he is one of the leading names in television industry. 9.38 pm: Saravanan is the seventh contestant in Bigg Boss Tamil. She arrives on stage with ex-Bigg Boss contestant Ganja Karuppu. 9.30 pm: Abhirami enters the house with full of enthusiasm. She is hungry and tells on camera to send them food. 09.24 pm: Kamal Haasan speaks about his upcoming movie with Ajith. She says that her focus is the reality show, as of now. 09.19 pm: Abhirami Venkatachalam, who has done an important role in Ajith’s upcoming movie Nerkonda Paarvai, is the sixth contestant. 09.07 pm: Kavin, actor and TV presenter, is the fifth contestant to enter the house. 09.00 pm: Comedy actress Jangiri Madhumitha, who has worked in many movies that include Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Jilla, Kaashmora, and Viswasam among many others. 08.42 pm:  Sakshi Agarwal is the third contestant to enter the house. She has acted in a couple of Tamil movies that include Rajinikanth’s Kaala and Ajith Kumar’s Viswasam. 08.35 pm:  Losliya, a newsreader from Sri Lanka, is the second contestant to enter the house. 08.19 pm: Actress Fathima Babu is the first contestant to enter the house. The 50-year old is surprised to meet the house Kamal Haasan in the house. 08.18 pm: Kamal Haasan is sitting inside the confession room as the first contestant enters the house. 08.08 pm: Kamal Haasan comes on the Bigg Boss Tamil stage. He introduces the house to the viewers. It looks like nothing much has changed from the previous season. 08.00 pm: The third season of Bigg Boss Tamil takes off. The show begins at Kamal Haasan’s ancestral home. People from different background will enter the house with the hopes of winning the coveted trophy and more importantly, the cash prize of Rs 50 lakh. Like previous seasons, people from TV and film industries will predominantly be taking part in the reality show.As per the rumours, a prominent name from the LGBTQ community is said to be one of the contestants. If true, it is first of its kind in the Tamil version although people from the said community has been part of Hindi, Kannada and other versions.  Vanitha Vijayakumar, Jangiri Madhumitha, Mohan Vaidya, Fathima Babu, Abhirami Venkatachalam, TV actress Alya Manasa, Malaysian actor and musician Mugen Rao, Saravanan Meenakshi fame Kavin, singer Mohith Gaur, Srilanka model Losilya, actor Sarvanan, dance master Sandy, Reshma Pasupuleti, and Sherin are rumoured contestants of Kamal Haasan’s show.The participants will be locked inside for the 100 days and every week, usually, there will be one elimination. The top four or five contestants will fight for the trophy and the prize. பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் மூன்றாவது போட்டியாளர் சாக்சி அகர்வால்! #SakshiAgarwal #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow pic.twitter.com/LcFtb1Rw53— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் அடுத்த போட்டியாளர் சேரன்! #Cheran #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/QoNRKHUPTU— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் அடுத்த போட்டியாளர் மதுமிதா! #Madhumitha #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/2UMpFjxJCB— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் அடுத்த போட்டியாளர் முகென் ராவ்! #MugenRao #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/Qmb5Q6ydn0— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 இரண்டாவதாக பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் போட்டியாளர் லொஸ்லியா! #Losliya #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/G9lsYhaQQ6— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 எட்டாவதாக பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் போட்டியாளர் வனிதா விஜய்குமார்! #VanithaVijayKumar #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/mcLPuQnjhZ— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் பதிமூன்றாவது போட்டியாளர் சாண்டி! #Sandy #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/trtYNxOyXl— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் ஏழாவது போட்டியாளர் சரவணன்! #Saravanan #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/GAUgvZqkWJ— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 அடுத்ததாக பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் போட்டியாளர் தர்ஷன்! #Tharshan #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/z68NakeQDE— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் ஐந்தாவது போட்டியாளராக வரும் கவின்! #Kavin #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/ihMGUrAHXY— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் பத்தாவது போட்டியாளர் ஷெரின்! #SherinShringar #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/xA1EdnE2hm— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் பதினோறாவது போட்டியாளராக நுழையும் மோகன் வைத்யா! #MohanVaithya #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/2xA47DirRl— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019 ஆறாவது போட்டியாளராக பிக்பாஸ் வீட்டிற்குள் வரும் அபிராமி! #AbhiramiVenkatachalam #BiggBossTamil #BiggBossTamil3 #BiggBoss3 #KamalHaasan #BBTamilContestants #TuneInNow #VijayTelevision pic.twitter.com/SxeKfOsPFF— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) June 23, 2019last_img read more

Gunfight is not solution TIB

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first_img.Transparency International Bangladesh has expressed grave concern over the deaths of over hundred ‘drug dealers’ in the countrywide anti-narcotic drive.The anti-corruption watchdog also demanded judicial investigation into the deaths.It said that the explanation given by the law-enforcement forces on the ‘gunfight’ is questionable.The organisation made the demand in a statement issued on Thursday.It said that there is fear of protecting constitutional rights of the citizens as using excessive force is getting support from the government.  It said that this is creating risk of institutionalising the use of excessive force by the law enforcement.“The constitution preserves the rights for every citizen to justice. There is a question as to whether the on-going anti-narcotic drive based on the list prepared by so-called intelligence information is acceptable legally or not. Besides, before being convicted under the legal process, the way the listed people are being killed is completely unconstitutional,” TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman said in a statement.He said that there are some allegations that innocent people become victims of vindictiveness.The TIB executive director said that gunfight has not been proved an effective way anywhere in the world to control narcotics or any other crime.“The way the culture of using excessive force, bypassing the existing laws is getting patronage can be a threat to the human rights situation of the country,” he said.He said that the way the law enforcement agencies are given licence to violate laws, it is a bad signal for justice, the rule of law and democracy of the country.      At least 130 people were killed and thousands detained in the last two weeks in a countrywide anti-narcotics crackdown. Law enforcement officials said that all who have been killed are drug dealers and they were killed in gunfights.Read more :Alleged gunfights kill 13 more, death toll rises to 130Yet another 12 killed, toll from drive rises to 117Philippines-style crackdown in Bangladesh raises concernslast_img read more

India launches antimilitant drive in Kashmir

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first_imgIndian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPThousands of soldiers and paramilitaries were Thursday engaged in a huge anti-militant operation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where armed rebels have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks.Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched early Thursday in Shopian district in the volatile south of the disputed Himalayan region.“It is an unprecedented operation,” deputy inspector general of police S P Pani told AFP.“It is impossible to capture the militants, but we hope there will be contact (exchange of fire) with them in the course of the day.”Suspected militants are frequently killed in shoot-outs with government forces in Kashmir, but are only rarely captured alive.Witnesses said hundreds of residents came out onto the streets in two villages, Sug and Tarkwangan, during the search operations and threw stones at the soldiers.Indian army soldiers conduct a patrol during an operation against suspected rebels in Turkwangam Lassipora in Shopian south of Srinagar on 4 May, 2017. Photo: AFPOne said soldiers had attacked private homes in his village with sticks and rocks.“It was scary. Many houses were damaged,” the villager told AFP by phone, requesting anonymity.Witnesses said army helicopters were hovering above the area as the search operations were going on.Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947, but both claim the territory in its entirety.Rebel groups have fought for decades the roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the Himalayan territory, demanding independence or a merger of the entire territory with Pakistan.Officials say the rebels’ ranks have swelled since July, when the killing of a popular leader by security forces sparked widespread unrest that left at least 100 civilians dead.Since then armed encounters between rebels and government forces have been more frequent.The latest operation comes after five police were shot dead this week in a raid on a bank van carrying cash—the latest in a series of bank robberies in the region carried out by suspected militants.Last week militants killed three soldiers in a pre-dawn assault on a garrison near the de-facto border known as the Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.The Kashmir valley has been tense since early April, when election day violence kicked off a series of anti-India protests including by students.Popular support for the militants has also risen and villagers now regularly come out onto the streets during operations to throw stones at government forces.last_img read more

Oil Industry Expects New Energy Policies From Trump Administration

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first_imgHPM ArchiveDonald Trump, the newly elected president of the USA, could implement new energy policies. X Donald Trump gave speeches saying that America’s energy potential remains untapped — a problem he says is “totally self-inflicted.” Jason Bennett is an energy specialist at Houston-based law firm Baker-Botts.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016 “When he talks about energy, he’s really talking about jobs. And I think he understands, as a lot of people do in the energy business, that oil and gas and mining — these are good sources of high-wage middle class jobs.”     Trump has been proposing scrapping regulations that he says are “outdated, unnecessary or bad for workers.” “And the EPA is a lot more active under President Obama and I think that everyone expects, really, that President-elect Trump’s administration over the course of time will look less to sort of shutting down the industry and regulating it, and more on promoting it and trying to develop it.” President Bush was friendly to the oil industry, but production fell during his two terms. President Obama increased regulations, but Forbes magazine says the rise in oil production is the largest in history.Bennett says benefits from new policies would be immediate, but others might take longer. “Investment in the energy business is a long cycle. To start construction in these large-scale facilities — let’s say a refinery — would take a number of years to build.” But Bennett says new energy policies will lead to energy expansions. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:25center_img Share Listenlast_img read more

Trump Sidelines Immigration Nominee For Tougher Direction

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first_img Share Steve Helber/APIn this Nov. 9, 2018, photo Ronald Vitiello, acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, gestures during an interview in Richmond, Va.The notice to Congress from the White House was met with confusion: Why would President Donald Trump withdraw his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement?Longtime border official Ron Vitiello appeared to be cruising toward confirmation. One Senate committee had endorsed his nomination and a second was likely to follow suit despite opposition from some Democrats and a union representing some agency officers.No one in the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the immigration agency, had been notified about the intention to remove Vitiello from consideration, according to people familiar with the decision. Officials at Homeland Security and congressional aides thought it must have been a paperwork error made by the White House personnel office that would be resolved quickly.Turns out, it wasn’t a mistake. It was just another day in the Trump administration.The president on Friday confirmed he had pulled the nomination, even as he called Vitiello a “good man.”“But we’re going in a tougher direction. We want to go in a tougher direction,” he said.Trump did not explain what that meant and did not say whom he had in mind as a replacement. But the decision, first reported by The Associated Press, comes as his administration is struggling to deal with an influx of Central American migrants, which has led to a 12-year high in U.S.-Mexico border crossings, straining the U.S. immigration system.Trump had threatened to close the border entirely to cope with the flow, before backing off this week.In a letter addressed to all ICE employees Friday, Vitiello thanked the president and members of Congress for their support.“No matter the external circumstances, I am grateful knowing you remain engaged and dedicated to the critical work of protecting our communities from the transnational criminal organizations and cross-border crime that threatens our nation,” he wrote.“While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with Integrity, Courage, and Excellence.”Six government and congressional officials involved in immigration issues suggested the decision to drop Vitiello could be an impulsive staff shake-up driven by the fact that White House policies intended to stop migrants have not succeeded. Many blamed Stephen Miller, the influential West Wing aide, for the decision on Vitiello and saw it as part of a plan to replace longtime immigration officials with hard-liners who appealed more to allies of Trump and Miller. The officials were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations and spoke on condition of anonymity.Vitiello had been scheduled to travel with Trump to the border Friday but was told late Thursday he wasn’t going, one of the people said.He has been acting head since June of the agency that enforces U.S. immigration law in the interior of the United States. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1985 with the U.S. Border Patrol. He was previously Border Patrol chief and deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the patrol.Vitiello took over during a time of heightened scrutiny of the agency. Part of its mission is to arrest immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, and that has made the agency a symbol of Trump’s policies and a target for Democrats.Trump has been railing against increasing border crossings, as well as the release of thousands of migrants into the U.S. because of a lack of space to hold them, a move he derides as “catch and release.”It’s a battle cry on a signature issue for the president, who wants to restrict immigration but whose policies have largely failed to do so.For many years, families arriving at the border were typically released from U.S. custody immediately and allowed to settle with family or friends in the U.S. while their immigration cases wound their way through the courts, a process that often takes years.But in recent months, the number of families crossing into the U.S. has climbed to record highs, pushing the system to the breaking point. As a result, ICE was releasing families faster, in greater numbers and farther from the border. Since Dec. 21, the agency set free more than 125,000 people who came into the U.S. as families.Trump on Friday was touring a recently built portion of replacement fencing that he is holding up as the answer to stop the recent surge of migrant families coming to the U.S.Though the 2-mile section is only a long-planned replacement for an older barrier, the White House describes it as the first section of his proposed border wall. It’s commemorated with a plaque bearing Trump’s name and those of top immigration and homeland security officials — but not Vitiello’s.___Associated Press writer Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more

AKAs to Host 15th Annual Scholarship Crabfest

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first_imgThe Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will host its 15th annual scholarship crabfeast on Aug. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight at The Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, Md. For ticket information, please contact Tania Davis @upsilontauomega crabfeast@gmail.com.last_img

Rape Victims File Federal Lawsuit Against Howard University

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first_imgA federal lawsuit against Howard University alleges that the school’s failure to swiftly respond to reported rapes on campus led at least one suspect to rape another student.In addition, rape victims who said they were left suicidal from the sex assaults charge that the school did not help them and even let a resident advisor, who was an accused rapist, have access to a key to his purported victim’s dorm room.Two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said they were so dismayed at the way the school handled the cases that they left Howard for concerns over their safety and mental health. The plaintiffs are referred to as Jane Doe 1 through 5 in the lawsuit, which was filed May 10 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.The plaintiffs are five current and former students who reported sexual assaults at the hands of male students and employees of Howard University in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the lawsuit states.Two of plaintiffs claim the same resident advisor raped them. Jane Doe 1 alleged that she reported the rape to the school and did not receive any response or support, prompting her to complain on Twitter about the school “mishandling” her complaint.Other rape victims came forward to complain about how the school managed their rape cases, including Jane Doe 2. She alleges the school did not investigate her case and that she ended up leaving the university because she no longer felt safe there.Buzzfeed News reported that the assailant allegedly transferred to Howard after being accused of sexual misconduct at UCLA.“Howard’s failure to investigate and effectively resolve Doe 2’s complaint meant the assailant remained on campus as an RA and raped Doe 1 over five months later,” the lawsuit states.Following public criticism and a campus protest as a result of Jane Doe 1’s tweets in 2016, Howard finally reached out to Doe 2 to investigate her 2015 report, the lawsuit stated. In response to Doe 1’s Tweet storm, the school’s dean of student affairs told her “You embarrassed your family by doing that.” To date, the school still has not investigated her case, the lawsuit claims.Doe 1 says she was fired as a resident assistant after reporting her rape, while Doe 2 alleges the school rescinded her financial aid and threatened to refer her debt to a collection agency, the lawsuit alleges.In November 2014, Doe 3 filed a report alleging sexual and physical abuse by a Howard campus police officer. She sought counseling services from the school, which she said did not provide them. Her grades slipped and she was fired from her job due to her untreated emotional distress, the lawsuit states.In March 2016, Doe 4 reported that a male student from the university raped her in a dorm on campus. Days passed before the school responded to her requests about counseling services and to change dorm rooms for her safety, according to the lawsuit. When she asked about academic accommodations to allow her to recover from the assault, university officials said that was up to the individual professors, not the school. In addition, she alleges that school assigned her assailant to her dorm in the new academic year and did not move him out until three weeks later.In April 2015, Doe 5 reported to the school that a male Howard student raped her on campus. Shortly after she reported the assault, the school sent her a letter telling her she wouldn’t be graduating that semester as planned. She tried to make arrangements to take her remaining classes at a community college because she did not feel safe at Howard, the lawsuit states. But she claims that Howard administrators passed her around, and she was unable to get help until an outside advocate intervened. When she finished her classes, she alleges that Howard officials again gave her the runaround, this time about whether the school would accept the credits so she could graduate.Meanwhile, it took the school seven and a half months to investigate her sex assault report—more than three times the period allowed by Howard policy for an investigation. Her assailant was eventually convicted of raping another woman in the District in October 2016, according to the lawsuit.“The University’s actions have exacerbated and extended, rather than corrected, the resulting interference with the educational opportunities of each women,” the lawsuit states.Per university policy, Howard does not comment on pending litigation.last_img read more

Netflix Plans to Raise 2 Billion in New Debt to Fund Content

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first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The proposed $2 billion debt offering comes less than a week after Netflix blew past expectations for subscriber growth for the third quarter of 2018, netting 7 million new streaming customers for the period (including 1.09 million in the U.S.).Netflix continues to burn cash — and, as it has repeatedly told investors, that will continue for at least another year. Netflix’s free cash flow in Q3 was -$859 million (compared with -$465 million in the year-earlier quarter). For full year 2018, the company expects free cash flow will be closer to -$3 billion than to -$4 billion, and that negative free cash flow in 2019 will be roughly flat with this year.In addition to its rising debt load, Netflix has billions in off-balance-sheet content-spending obligations mostly due within the next five years. As of Sept. 30, 2018, the company had $18.6 billion of obligations, which includes $10.2 billion due in one year or beyond.“We recognize we are making huge cash investments in content, and we want to assure our investors that we have the same high confidence in the underlying economics as our cash investments in the past,” Netflix said in its Oct. 16 letter to shareholders. “These investments we see as very likely to help us to keep our revenue and operating profits growing for a very long time ahead.”According to Netflix, for the $2 billion in new debt (the principal amount which may change), the interest rate, redemption provisions, maturity date and other terms will be determined by negotiations between the company and the initial purchasers. Popular on Variety center_img Netflix is again going to debt markets to fund its enormous appetite for content, announcing plans Monday to raise $2 billion in financing through debt securities.As of Sept. 30, 2018, Netflix reported $8.34 billion in long-term debt, up 71% from $4.89 billion a year prior. The latest proposed debt offering is the sixth time in less than four years that the company is raising $1 billion or more through bonds.Netflix shares fell more than 3% in early trading Monday after the announcement of the plans to issue $2 billion in new debt. [UPDATE: The stock recovered a bit, closing down 0.9% for the day to $329.54 per share.]On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service assigned a “Ba3” junk-bond rating to Netflix’s proposed offering, indicating a non-investment grade “speculative” security. The outlook for Netflix remains “stable,” according to Moody’s, which “reflects our expectation that Netflix’s operating results will improve gradually and the company will de-lever through revenue, EBITDA and margin growth.”last_img read more

Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrows temps

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first_img More information: robb.cc/ He shows an aluminum cube that was designed to let you feel what tomorrow’s weather will be. Beyond numbers, beyond weather-page icons, he has devised what is intended to be a useful way for people to get a sense, literally, of the temperature for the following day.“One year ago,” he said, “I designed and built a small wooden cube with a metal surface on top. This device’s only function was to get very cold. It was a conceptual piece which I presented as a sort of desktop dynamic sculpture. Recently I was thinking about ways information about weather is conveyed. I found myself disappointed in systems that rely on numbers which have little to do with how humans perceive hot and cold. I sought to develop a device that conveyed the forecast in a manner which left nothing to the imagination.” Godshaw also said that “The Cryoscope shows the user exactly what to expect outside by haptically exhibiting exactly how cold or warm it is to be outside. The user simply touches an aluminum cube that has been heated or cooled to the appropriate temperature. The unit fetches weather data from the internet, and translates it to the cube physically, pumping heat in or out of the cube.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Will it be an invention joining a storage room of other inventions? Or kicked further up to gadget boutiques for the very rich? Or a popular gadget for many worldwide? Whatever its destiny, the device concept of a haptic weather cube has been making the rounds of tech-gadget sites. Robb Godshaw is the creator of the device, which he calls the Cryoscope. This, he says, is a haptic weather forecaster, which he demonstrates in a video. The math of the Rubik’s cube Explore further An Arduino controller connected to the cube is the brains behind the operations. As the concept goes, the user enters location information into a web application. The cube is automatically adjusted to the temperature according to the next-day forecast. Then, the user touches the Cryoscope to feel that temperature. Inside the cube is a Peltier thermoelectric element, which is used to pump heat in and out of the chassis, said Godshaw. Also encased in the cube are heat sink and cooling fan. The neutral state of the cube is about 85°F(30°C), which is perceived as neutral by the skin. The cube is then adjusted by the number of degrees that forecast differs from typical room temperature (73°F/23°C), according to Godshaw.Godshaw describes his work as “tinkerer” at Syyn Labs and “a maker of funky whats-its.” (At Rochester Institute of Technology’s Industrial Design program, he developed edible cupcake liners and a no. 2 pencil making machine.) At the Los Angeles-based Syyn Labs, which creates interactive art for agencies, brands and production companies, his official title is associate engineer. While the Cryoscope is not to be found on store shelves any day soon, Godshaw said that, “As far as commercialization, the prospect is being seriously considered.” Citation: Haptic cube lets you feel tomorrow’s temps (2012, February 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-haptic-cube-tomorrow-temps.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Celebrating Indian art legends

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first_imgLalit Kala Akademi screened two documentaries directed by the veteran theatre personality, E Alkazi from their archives on 19 December evening in the auditorium of the Akademi. These two documentaries bring out the contributions and importance of two painters who gave a new grammar to the language of Indian Art.  One was on Amrita Sher Gil, much acclaimed painter who gave a new meaning to modern Indian painting. She single handedly took the challenge of modernising the Indian painting when already Bengal school and the school following the Victorian styles were dominating the Indian Art world. The ‘bharat-mata’ figure or the realistic depiction of women figures from these already existing schools did not inspire her. She infused raw energy into her works that profoundly talk about a deep understanding of sexuality and freedom of women. Her women—reserved, somber, poignant and with distinct characteristics add a cavernous observation of human psychology. Born, brought up and trained in Europe, she returned to India, she believed, where she belonged. She drew inspirations from Indian cultures and paintings, especially the miniature paintings. Her Three Women or Hill Women or Woman on the Charpoy brings forth her love for painting and Indian society. After a productive year of 1940s, she died in 1941 at the age of twenty-eight from a short period of illness. India lost the princess of canvas much before the independence.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second one was on MF Husain, the controversial, loved, celebrated poet-painter of Modern India. Alkazi tried to capture the spirit of Husain, with his iconic painting-brush walking stick, walking on the streets of Delhi mingling with his own people. This gave him energy to give human shapes to inanimate objects, which can be seen in his umbrella series. His understanding of the working class and their struggles can be seen in his paintings where he made the cart-bull-man into a composite ‘machine’ yet representing a picture of the dismantled human figure. His Ramayana and Mahabharata series show his brilliant understanding of the Indian culture. He said the figure of woman/shakti is so powerful in his mind that he tried to give expressions to it through Parvati, Saraswati, Draupadi and Mother Teresa. The ‘horse’ that ran for freedom of imagination and creativity in life and on canvas died in 2011.last_img read more

Retire later and live longer

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first_imgIf you are 65 and still working, it can be an add-on for you to live longer while retiring early may increase your chances of dying early, says new research, suggesting that there is a strong relationship between work and longevity.The findings showed that healthy retirees who worked a year longer of age 65 had an 11 per cent lower risk of death while unhealthy retirees who worked a year longer had a nine per cent lower mortality risk which indicates that factors beyond health may affect post-retirement mortality. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“It may not apply to everybody but we think that work brings people a lot of economic and social benefits that could impact the length of their lives,” said lead study author Chenkai Wu from the Oregon State University in the US.The team analysed 2,956 people who had retired from 1992 to 2010 and looked at effects of retirement on health. Poor health is one reason people retire early and also can lead to earlier death, so researchers wanted to find a way to mitigate a potential bias in that regard. They divided the participants into unhealthy retirees — who indicated that health was a factor in their decision to retire and healthy retirees — who indicated health was not a factor.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe results indicated that during the study period, about a 12 per cent of the healthy and a 25.6 per cent of the unhealthy retirees died. Working a year longer had a positive impact on the study participants’ mortality rate regardless of their health status. “Most research in this area has focused on the economic impacts of delaying retirement. I thought it might be good to look at the health impacts,” Wu added in the paper published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.last_img read more

The handson guide to Machine Learning with R by Brett Lantz

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first_imgIf science fiction stories are to be believed, the invention of Artificial Intelligence inevitably leads to apocalyptic wars between machines and their makers. Thankfully, at the time of this writing, machines still require user input. Though your impressions of Machine Learning may be colored by these mass-media depictions, today’s algorithms are too application-specific to pose any danger of becoming self-aware. The goal of today’s Machine Learning is not to create an artificial brain, but rather to assist us with making sense of the world’s massive data stores. Conceptually, the learning process involves the abstraction of data into a structured representation, and the generalization of the structure into action that can be evaluated for utility. In practical terms, a machine learner uses data containing examples and features of the concept to be learned, then summarizes this data in the form of a model, which is used for predictive or descriptive purposes. The field of machine learning provides a set of algorithms that transform data into actionable knowledge. Among the many possible methods, machine learning algorithms are chosen on the basis of the input data and the learning task. This fact makes machine learning well-suited to the present-day era of big data. Machine Learning with R, Third Edition introduces you to the fundamental concepts that define and differentiate the most commonly used machine learning approaches and how easy it is to use R to start applying machine learning to real-world problems. Many of the algorithms needed for machine learning are not included as part of the base R installation. Instead, the algorithms are available via a large community of experts who have shared their work freely. These powerful tools are available to download at no cost, but must be installed on top of base R manually. This book covers a small portion of all of R’s machine learning packages and will get you up to speed with the learning landscape of machine learning with R. Machine Learning with R, Third Edition updates the classic R data science book with newer and better libraries, advice on ethical and bias issues in machine learning, and an introduction to deep learning. Whether you are an experienced R user or new to the language, Brett Lantz teaches you everything you need to uncover key insights, make new predictions, and visualize your findings. Read Next Introduction to Machine Learning with R Machine Learning with R How to make machine learning based recommendations using Julia [Tutorial]last_img read more

Liberty Global now holds 984 of all Ziggo shares

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first_imgLiberty Global now holds 98.4% of all Ziggo shares, and has said that the Dutch cable operator’s last day of trading on the on Euronext Amsterdam exchange will be December 19. Liberty, which has previously announced its plans to de-list the business after it completes its takeover of the firm, said in a statement that it will own 100% of Ziggo following “statutory squeeze-out proceedings.”Liberty said it will initiate these proceedings as soon as possible and that Ziggo shares will be terminated on December 22, 2014.last_img read more