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Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of offduty cop

first_imgHALIFAX – Christopher Garnier, who strangled Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell and then used a green bin to dispose of her body, is appealing his conviction.In December, a 12-member jury found the 30-year-old man guilty of second-degree murder, rejecting his claim that she died accidentally during rough sex. He was also found guilty of interfering with a dead body.A notice filed with the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal identified several grounds for the appeal, including that Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Joshua Arnold’s final instructions to the jury were too complex.“The (judge’s) charge to the jury was so complicated and convoluted that no ordinary juror would be able to understand it,” the four-page document said, filed on Tuesday.The jury deliberated for less than five hours before coming back with a verdict.Arnold then sentenced Garnier to life in prison — the automatic sentence for a second-degree murder conviction. A hearing to determine his parole eligibility is set for May 7.The appeal claims Garnier’s rights were violated under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — which protects the life, liberty and security of a person — and that the verdict was not “reasonably supported by the evidence.”It also said Arnold was wrong to determine that a second statement Garnier gave police was free and voluntary, and that he erred in not allowing opinion evidence from a doctor on whether the statement was free and voluntary.Court heard Garnier met the 36-year-old Truro police constable at a Halifax bar in the early hours of Sept. 11, 2015.The jury watched surveillance video showing Garnier and Campbell kissing and dancing before leaving the Halifax Alehouse around 3:30 a.m. The prosecution said the two went to a McCully Street apartment, where Garnier was staying with a friend.Crown attorney Christine Driscoll told the jury Garnier lost control during a sexual encounter with Campbell, stuffed her lifeless body into a compost bin, and dumped her remains in thick brush near the Angus L. Macdonald Bridge and the city’s naval dockyards.During a nine-hour recorded interview with police, Garnier said he hit Campbell with his fist and had his hands around her throat as she was choking, but he repeatedly said he could not remember other details from that night.Testifying in his own defence, Garnier told the jury through tears that during sex play, Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her.After Campbell died, Garnier said his vision became blurry, he heard loud noises and he couldn’t remember much else.Under cross-examination, Driscoll asked Garnier why he did not call 911 or attempt CPR, despite his training as a firefighter. He did not offer an explanation.The jury saw surveillance video from a business adjacent to the McCully Street apartment that showed a man rolling a compost bin towards and then away from the flat.He was arrested on Sept. 16, 2015, just hours after police found Campbell’s body face down on a steep embankment.During the trial, the jury heard that blood spatter evidence was found inside the apartment and that Campbell’s DNA was found on Garnier’s T-shirt, necklace and the clasp of his watch. A garbage bag with Garnier’s T-shirt and Campbell’s keys was located in a dumpster across the street.Garnier filed the appeal from the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Centre in Halifax, where he is being held. Defence lawyer Joel Pink, who represented Garnier during his trial, said in an email that he is not currently representing Garnier, but that could change.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Toyota ProCelebrity Race Announces Star Grand Marshal

first_imgSource:PR Newswire “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and popular cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy will bring his ballroom flair to the 37th Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race on April 20 as grand marshal of the long-running, prestigious charitable event.Chmerkovskiy will be joined by singer and former “American Idol” contestant Paul McDonald, who will open the race by performing the national anthem.Chmerkovskiy, a Latin ballroom dance champion, choreographer and instructor, thrilled audiences as an outspoken and fiery competitor on “Dancing with the Stars.” McDonald was a popular finalist on Season 10 of “American Idol,” performing original music from his band, The Grand Magnolias.The participation of both celebrities adds to the impressive list of Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race drivers from film, television, music, sports and the military who will speed through the historic 1.97-mile street circuit on the streets of downtown Long Beach, Calif. They include one of Mexico’s most acclaimed actresses Kate del Castillo; Jenna Elfman, star of “1600 Penn”; Olympic gold medalist Jessica Hardy; “Dallas” star Jesse Metcalfe; actor Jackson Rathbone, best known for his role as Jasper Hale in the hit “Twilight” movie series; comedian Wanda Sykes, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer and Jeremy Sisto, star of “Suburgatory.”The celebrity participants also include Brett Davern, star of MTV’s hit series “Awkward”; Mark Steines host of Hallmark Channel’s “Home & Family”; Michael Trucco of SyFy’s acclaimed series “Battlestar Galactica” and most recently “Revenge”; Fox Sports/SPEED auto racing analyst and co-host of “Top Gear USA” Rutledge Wood and 2012 Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race winner and comedian Adam Carolla. Each will get behind the wheel of an identically prepared, race-ready Scion FR-S sports car to compete in the 10-lap event.“We are thrilled to have Maksim Chmerkovskiy serve as grand marshal and Paul McDonald sing the anthem before this year’s race, bringing more star power to this high-profile charitable event,” said Les Unger, Toyota national motorsports manager. “Together their presence will help bring more attention to the children who benefit from The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race.”The Toyota Pro/Celebrity race is one of the longest-running, corporate-sponsored events of its kind. Toyota annually donates $5,000 to Racing for Kids on behalf of each participant and another $5,000 to the winning racer’s charity of choice. Racing for Kids – a national nonprofit program benefiting children’s hospitals throughout the country – was created as a way to connect these children with their favorite celebrities and race car drivers.Since 1991, Toyota has donated more than $2 million to the Racing for Kids organization, on behalf of this race and its participants. In addition to Toyota’s contributions, a $15,000 donation will be made in conjunction with the 16th annual “People Pole Award.” Sponsored by People magazine, the award honors the pole-position winner of the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race qualifying session on April 19.To learn more about the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, visit www.toyotaracing.com/series/toyota-pro-celebrity.html.last_img read more

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Target plays to strength combining digital sales and stores

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — One of Target’s biggest competitive advantages, the stores it has sprinkled across the country, accounted for a quarter of all online sales in November and December. Goods ordered online and picked up at stores surged 60 per cent in that period.Those sales, either picked up inside or through the company’s curbside pickup service, are key in Target’s campaign to hold online retailers like Amazon.com at bay, particularly during the competitive holiday season, because shoppers don’t have to pay shipping fees.Target Corp. said Thursday that sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.7 per cent in the period, up from 3.4 per cent a year earlier. The strongest growth was in toys, baby and seasonal gifts.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Lease to Broadways biggest theatre sold to British company Ambassador Theatre Group

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lease to Broadway’s biggest theatre sold to British company Ambassador Theatre Group by Mark Kennedy, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 4:28 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Britain’s biggest theatre group has reached across the Atlantic Ocean and bought the lease to Broadway’s largest theatre from Live Nation Entertainment for about $60 million.Ambassador Theatre Group said Monday it has acquired rights to The Foxwoods Theatre, the 2,000-seat current home of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The New 42nd Street, a non-profit organization, approved the switch and remains the theatre’s landlord.The acquisition makes the Foxwoods the 40th venue now owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group and likely will mean a renaming of the theatre. The group, which owns several central London theatres including the Apollo Theatre and Lyceum Theatre, bought Live Nation’s UK theatres for $147 million in 2009.Acquiring the Foxwoods’ lease marks the first time the group has control over a theatre venue in America, although it has been a producer of numerous shows on Broadway. “It is no secret that we at ATG have been looking to expand our impressive portfolio of UK theatres, by making acquisitions and alliances in strategic markets around the world,” said a statement from the Ambassador Theatre Group.The company also said it hoped to keep the “Spider-Man” musical at its current 42nd Street home “for a very long time.” The show is still regularly topping $1 million in revenue a week.The theatre now known as the Foxwoods underwent a major renovation in the mid-1990s and reopened in 1998 as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. In 2010, it became Foxwoods Theatre and its tenants have included “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Young Frankenstein.” read more

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OSU Heisman trophy winner Eddie George earns spot in College Football Hall

Former Buckeye running back and 1995 Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Monday on ESPN’s “College Football Live.” The rest of the class, which will include 14 former players and two former coaches, will be announced today. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr would be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. Carr became Michigan’s coach in 1995, after serving seven seasons as the Wolverines’ defensive coordinator. During his career at Ohio State, George was 1-3 against Michigan. Carr was 6-7 against the Buckeyes during his head-coaching tenure at Michigan. Other Buckeyes on the ballot who could be inducted include former offensive tackle Dave Foley and former fullback Jim Otis. Both are former first-team All-Americans and were members of OSU’s 1968 team that went undefeated and earned the 1968 National Championship. Foley started at offensive tackle for three years under coach Woody Hayes, and was selected in the first round of the 1969 NFL draft by the New York Jets. Otis led the team in rushing during all three of his seasons with the Buckeyes. He spent nine seasons in the NFL and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1975 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Since George won the Heisman trophy in 1995, only former OSU quarterback Troy Smith has won the award while wearing Scarlet and Gray, in 2006. Before George, running back Archie Griffin was the last Buckeye to win the Heisman trophy, earning the award in 1974 and 1975. In 1995, George set records for most rushing yards in a season (1,927), most games with at least 100 yards (12) and most rushing yards in a game (314) during a 41-3 victory against Illinois. George’s No. 27 is retired at OSU. Attempts for comment from George were not immediately returned. read more

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Pirate Bay founder thinks site should be shut down

first_imgWhether you have dabbled in the world of torrents — either to get around aggressive DRM that came with your legally purchased game, because you missed an episode of Game of Thrones and forgot to DVR it, or because you’re all about not paying for stuff — you likely have strong feelings on the matter. Similarly, you likely have feelings about the Pirate Bay, the most popular torrent hub on the internet. The Pirate Bay’s founders also have feelings about their own controversial baby, but those feelings may not be what you’d expect, at least initially. Founder Tobias Andersson wants the site to be shut down.Andersson was one of the founding members of the torrent site, and was the person behind the recent Promo Bay, the platform through which the Pirate Bay promotes an artist by slapping an ad or video on the site’s front page. During one of Andersson’s speeches, he not only announced his resignation from working with the Pirate Bay, but that the site should be shut down.Andersson didn’t suddenly change his tune regarding torrents and piracy, but feels that sometime soon, the Pirate Bay will no longer be able to uphold and support its role and message due to the changing technologies and ideals of the world. He feels the site should shut down in order to make way for a new platform that can uphold those very same ideals, and that remaining open will only stunt the potential growth of whatever that future platform may be.He said that the new platform will need to be invulnerable to shutdowns and raids, and can’t rely on a few founders who have to fight the good fight. If the current maintainers of the site suddenly agree with the notion and shut it down, you likely won’t have to worry too much if you partake in the scene, as a new site should rise to prominence shortly thereafter. Torrents don’t seem to be going away anytime soon, which probably means that neither is the most popular torrent site.last_img read more

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Trigger the little pony back home after chase near Vancouver Mall

first_imgWhen Jaci Spooner told her daughter her miniature pet pony, Trigger, had run away and they needed to go pick him up Tuesday afternoon, the 6-year-old girl didn’t believe her.“She thought I was pulling her leg,” Spooner recalled.When they pulled up at a local farm and saw Trigger, her daughter, Andalucia Yandell, excitedly wrapped her arms around the pony that just the day before had led police on a chase near Vancouver Mall.Spooner said Trigger got out of their backyard when a neighbor accidentally left a gate open. He left the comfy confines of their 3.6-acre property near Club Green Meadows golf course and headed south. Spooner said she’s surprised he headed in that direction.“Something must’ve scared him,” Spooner said.At about 11 a.m. Monday, a pony was reported loose along Highway 500 and Thurston Way. Numerous Vancouver police officers and Washington State Patrol troopers converged and found the pony in an area with a lot of traffic. Trigger was contained near the Vancouver Village shopping center, and Bill Burrus, a field officer for Clark County Animal Protection and Control, put a halter on him.Paul Scarpelli, manager of Clark County Animal Protection and Control, said the agency attempted to locate the owner but struck out and found a foster home for him through the Clark County Executive Horse Council Adopt-A-Horse program. Volunteers with the council’s program helped haul the pony and care for him until Spooner got calls from friends Tuesday morning asking if Trigger had escaped.last_img read more

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Rapid reopening for Provo Intl Airport full operation from today

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 11, 2017 – Providenciales – Providenciales makes a record rebound as Government today announced the reopening of its leading gateway; the Providenciales International Airport (PIA).While there have been other flights on the ground since the passage of Hurricane Irma, Monday, September 11 marks the official reopening to full service at PIA.Already parked on the tarmac, Air Canada which will remain on the ground until 4pm.Magnetic Media spoke to Stephane Meneles, Operations manager at the indigenous carrier, Caicos Express Airways who said despite damages at their office in Provo, the company is working to get back to normal and is not going anywhere.“We’re not going anywhere. We just have to get our team fully on board, we have heard directly from about 60% of them but we are told everyone is alright. With communications sporadic, it’s been challenging but some of our planes were flown out to Jamaica during the hurricane. Those planes are on the way back to TCI now.”Mr. Meneles was unable to say which of their domestic or regional flights would be first to disembark the Provo International post-Hurricane Irma.At the airport itself, which closed at 6 pm two days before the storm, there was still evidence of its wrangle with Cat5 Irma; clean up was ongoing.#tcistrong#rebuildingtci Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Airport reopenedlast_img read more

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Sterling strives to ease transition

first_imgJeanne Firstenburg Anyone who’s ever switched banks understands the frustration, hassle, and potential for error in even a relatively small financial transaction.So imagine what Spokane-based Sterling Bank has faced as it absorbs 27,503 consumer accounts and 4,924 business accounts from the former First Independent Bank into its own computer and ATM systems.Sterling, which officially acquired First Independent on Feb. 29, turns on the switch Monday that fully integrates customers of the former Vancouver-based bank as Sterling account holders. It’s the final step in a transition that began in November, when members of the Firstenburg family agreed to sell family-owned First Independent’s operations to Sterling, while keeping a portfolio of troubled loans to be managed by a family company.Taking over a popular, locally owned bank creates significant marketing and public relations challenges, and Sterling is casting itself as a worthy Washington-based competitor in the crowded and still-struggling financial industry market. It recently established an advisory board headed by Jeanne Firstenburg, First Independent’s last president and daughter-in-law of bank founder E.W. Firstenburg.Jeanne Firstenburg, now Sterling’s market president, said she hopes the committee will give Sterling direction on local business and philanthropic needs. And, she says she’s actively looking for event sponsorship opportunities for Sterling, since competitors quickly scooped up many community events that had long been sponsored by First Independent.No stranger to bank acquisitions, Sterling has worked hard on the technical side to create a trouble-free transition. It has invested in 18,878 hours of employee software and sales training as part of the transition, said Cara Coon, Sterling’s public affairs director. Sterling began training its new Vancouver employees on new systems in May, Coon said.last_img read more

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20 more injured in prepolls violence

first_imgAt least 20 people were injured in pre-election violence in five districts on Wednesday, reports UNB.In Khagrachhari, a clash between local Awami League and BNP men in Ramgarh upazila left at least 15 people injured.Witnesses said the clash ensued when district BNP president Wadud Bhuiyan along with party men was conducting electioneering in the upazila headquarters in favour of party candidate Shahidul Islam Bhuiyan Farhad at noon.The clash between two groups left 15 people injured.Police and BGB men then rushed in and controlled the situation, said officer-in-charge of Ramgarh police station Tarek Mohammad Hannan.The Awami League office at Panchhari area was also vandalised by local BNP men, alleged district AL leaders.In Panchagarh, four members of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal were injured as Awami League men reportedly attacked a campaign in favour of a BNP candidate in Dhakkamara union of Sadar upazila.In Tetulia upazila, several election camps of BNP candidate Md Nowshad Jamir for Panchagarh-1 constituency were allegedly vandalised.In another incident, a member of Bangladesh Chhatra League was severely injured after being attacked reportedly by local BNP men.In Satkhira, the motorcade of Jatiya Party candidate Syed Didar Bakht of Satkhira-1 constituency was attacked at Nagarghata of Tala upazila in the evening.At a press conference at Satkhira Press Club, Didar alleged that around 20/25 men, led by Nagarghata union parishad chairman Kamruzzaman Lipu, launched the attack and vandalised two microbuses and tortured his campaigners.Meanwhile, Kamruzzaman denied the allegation and said no incident of attack took place in Nagarghata.In Bogura, two separate cases were filed accusing 180 BNP leaders and activists as police seized crude bombs and arms in a BNP election camp at Mathurapur.General secretary of Awami League Mathurapur union unit Golam Mortaza and AL president of Elangi union unit filed the case.Upazila BNP convener Tauhidul Alam Mamun alleged that AL is filing cases to keep the BNP leaders away from the election race.In Jashore, a group of young men vandalised 15 business establishments at different places of Shamkur union in Manirampur upazila on Tuesday.Locals said a gang of unidentified youth in a microbus and 20/25 motorcycles launched the attack around 8:00pm and beat up a BNP activist.last_img read more

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Spotifys Ban on Hateful Content and Conduct Is Too Subjective and Dangerous

first_imgWhat more suitable artists to target with such a move? Over the past two decades, Kelly has been accused multiple times of sexual misconduct against young and underaged women; he reportedly married protégé Aaliyah when she was 15 (later annulled); he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008 despite a video that the prosecution claims shows him having sex with and urinating on an underaged woman; and he was recently accused of running an “abusive sex cult” in which young women are essentially held prisoner and not allowed to eat or go to the bathroom for long periods of time. XXXTentacion stands accused of multiple felonies, including assaulting a pregnant woman and witness tampering.And what more effective statement of disapproval for Spotify than its playlists, which in recent years have become a coveted avenue of promotion for all artists, the most popular of which — Rap Caviar, from which XXXTentacion’s music was removed yesterday — is regularly cited as one of the most effective ways to break a hip-hop song? The move represents a way for the company to flex its moral power by effectively shunning an artist without taking the bolder and far more problematic move of censoring them, as Spotify did last summer with white-supremacist music that was posted on its platform.As anyone who’s been paying attention knows, the announcement hasn’t quite worked out the way that Spotify may have hoped. Through a combination of apparent naivete and hubris and, to put it mildly, clumsy messaging, the company has managed to do the near-impossible: Get people to defend R. Kelly.“This [policy statement] feels much too undefined, it raises more questions than it answers,” says Charis Kubrin, a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, who has written extensively on whether rappers’ lyrics can be used against them in a court of law. “It was obviously led by R. Kelly, but it seems as if they started with him rather than putting the policy in place first and then deciding who would [be penalized]. He’s the poster child for this, and he hasn’t been convicted of anything.” ×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 It is probably safe to say that Spotify did not get the reaction it expected on Thursday when the company announced a new policy against “hate content” and “hateful conduct” regarding the artists it chooses to promote — and then announced, via a simultaneously published interview, that the first artist to be targeted by this policy will be R. Kelly (and, hours later, rapper XXXTentacion). The streaming giant may have expected to be hailed for its woke-ness and its solidarity with #MeToo, which called Spotify out — along with RCA Records, Ticketmaster, Apple Music and a North Carolina venue, all of which promote or host the artist’s work — last week when it joined the #MuteRKelly movement.After all, who could argue with a policy that prohibits “hate content” — defined as content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability” (which would seemingly rule out several presidential campaign speeches) — or declining to promote artists who engage in “hateful conduct” — “something that is especially harmful or hateful (for example, violence against children and sexual violence)”? Popular on Variety “Intentionally or not, it’s really just rap and R&B that are being singled out,” says Kubrin. “What stereotypes are they relying on? How does race and gender come into it? We’ve done studies where we’ll take the same set of violent lyrics and tell randomly selected people they’re from different music genres, including country, folk, rap. When people think the lyrics are coming from rap, they’re considered much more threatening. It’s concerning whenever people try to police art.”“It’s a laudable goal,”Brooks concludes, “it just needs to be more systematic.”Even at a glance, the inconsistencies in the policy are quickly apparent on a platform that includes music by at least one convicted murderer (Phil Spector), another who married not just a 13-year-old girl but one who was also his first cousin (Jerry Lee Lewis), another who is synonymous with spousal abuse (the late Ike Turner) and a song with upwards of 70 million plays (Derek & the Dominos’ 1970 hit “Layla”) that was co-written by a man who has been in a mental institution for 35 years after murdering his mother (Jim Gordon).Shunning is nothing new in the age of #MeToo, and while visions of “A Tale of Two Cities” occasionally pop up during these lightning-quick rushes to judgement, much of it is long overdue. And if it has inspired two disparate but related incidents that happened in the past two days — singer Jessie Reyez publicly accusing producer Detail of sexual abuse, and Rep. Maxine Waters shouting down condescending, mansplaining men on the floor of Congress — then it’s a move for the better. But any attempt to systematize morality — particularly one as vaguely defined as Spotify’s — is a slippery slope.“I’m guessing there are artists on [Spotify’s platform] who have committed very serious crimes, the probability that R. Kelly is even in the top five of that list seems slim,” says Kubrin. “This certainly is not censorship, but it’s a move in that direction.” “I thought it was very vague — how do you define that as a policy?,” says Lecia Brooks, outreach director of the Southern Poverty Law, one of the groups with which Spotify is working to define hateful content. “It is unfortunate that that the announcement speaks to [just] hate, when there are many other concerns to be raised. They’re trying to hold artists accountable, but who would ascertain what constitutes a credible accusation [of hateful behavior]? It’s dangerous and it has real implications.”The outcry was swift and furious, with multiple artists, executives and fans lambasting the company for its vaguely defined policy. Spokespeople for the two artists were quick to reply as well: Kelly’s rep provided an arguably technically accurate if debatable statement noting that the singer “has never has been accused of hate, and the lyrics he writes express love and desire. … Mr. Kelly for 30 years has sung songs about his love and passion for women … Spotify has the right to promote whatever music it chooses, and in this case its actions are without merit”; XXXTentacion’s rep responded with a list of other prominent artists accused — but not all convicted — of serious offenses.The vague nature of its criteria makes the enforcement of this policy — which the company has stated is the first step in an evolving process — subjective at best. The statement of policy is less than 400 words long and relies on generalities like “we want our editorial decisions – what we choose to program – to reflect our values.”  It also states no system of policing content or behavior beyond content monitoring, “expert partners” and “Your Help,” the latter via an online form. The company also says it has created a monitoring tool called Spotify AudioWatch to help it screen for and flag hate content.Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s vp/head of content and marketplace policy, told Billboard: “When we look at promotion, we look at issues around hateful conduct, where you have an artist or another creator who has done something off-platform that is so particularly out of line with our values, egregious, in a way that it becomes something that we don’t want to associate ourselves with. So we’ve decided that in some circumstances, we may choose to not work with that artist or their content in the same way — to not program it, to not playlist it, to not do artist marketing campaigns with that artist.” “Transparency is good, but I’m not sure this is transparency,” Kubrin says. “They’re not systematizing the process: It seems all based on their own judgment, but who’s making those calls? What role are they playing? You have to roll something like this out so carefully, and they haven’t done that.”A spokeperson for Spotify told Variety that an internal committee makes those decisions, in consultation with the organizations listed in the policy announcement as helping it to define hateful content (including The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, Showing Up for Racial Justice, GLAAD, Muslim Advocates and the International Network Against Cyber Hate). The rep added that in some cases the inquiry is escalated, but declined to provide further details or grant requests for interviews on the matter with company executives.“Spotify is taking on a difficult task in attempting to remove speech that promotes ‘hate,’” says Nora Pelizzari of the National Coalition Against Censorship. “People do not agree on the definition of the term: some will believe Spotify has gone too far, others will pressure it to go farther. The inclusion of ‘hateful conduct’ in the policy just adds another layer of subjectivity that undermines the policy’s enforceability in any sort of equitable way. Who is the judge and should we insist on morally pure artists? How pure is pure enough? These are complicated questions that this policy doesn’t seem to quite answer.”To keep the matter in perspective, the conversation is not really about censorship: The two artists’ music remains available on the platform; the music and artists Spotify and any other streaming platform promotes are its own choice, subject to its own criteria; there is no First Amendment component directly associated with this matter. (The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) declined Variety’s request for comment.)But the company’s failure to anticipate the optics of its move — the first two artists penalized by the new policy are black men who stand accused but not convicted of serious crimes — has sent a shockingly bad message at a time when the largest music-streaming company in the world, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange just weeks ago, needs it least.last_img read more

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Amazon adds Metacritic scores to video games but dont worry

first_imgIn a move that is sure to bother a large swathe of the games industry — namely, developers, publishers, and journalists — Amazon has added Metacritic scores to its video game listings. It has not, for whatever reason, added similar scores to its movie and music listings, though Amazon Instant Video listings do show IMDb user ratings. This addition makes Amazon the second major games retailer to include Metacritic scores on video game product pages, joining Steam.In certain parts of the industry, Metacritic scores are considered controversial for a variety of reasons. One reason, as Ars Technica notes, is because Metacritic attempts to translate a non-numerical score into a numerical score.There have been reports that game developers often receive pay-cuts depending on how Metacritic scores their games receive. Games journalists, too, are made to bend to the will of Metacritic, as publishers will limit when a review can be released due to the Metacritic rating it may receive. However, the biggest problem with Metacritic scores, many will argue, is that reviewing something by giving it a single number or star-rating is a flawed way to truly convey anything.Of course, the flip-side to the Metacritic argument is that, on average, a single number rating will more often than not reflect a wide audience’s point of view — especially on Metacritic, which employs both user and critic ratings. While Metacritic itself might be controversial, adding the scores to Amazon product listings is not. They sit directly next to Amazon’s own user reviews, which is a somewhat less effective way to convey the merits or faults of a game.Metacritic isn’t a perfect system and causes the industry to follow some unfortunate practices. However, there really isn’t a better way to quickly reflect the quality of a game. It’s at least a better rating system than Amazon user reviews (which routinely give products the lowest possible rating because of shipping issues, or are flooded with joke reviews), and no one wants those removed from the site.last_img read more

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Add a little advertising with your Oprah TA

first_imgQantas, Tourism Australia (TA) and other tourism operators are planning to bombard the US with advertising to accompany the Oprah Winfrey episodes filmed on her recent trip down under. While Qantas’ “walkabout” packages target Americans with limited vacation time, Tourism Australia said it will launch an AU$5 million marketing campaign aimed at younger tourists, The Herald Sun reported. Tourism Australia said it would accompany the episodes, set to run later this month in the US, with promotional information highlighting the Australian working holiday visa available to under 30’s. The tourism authority added that it would prepare other campaigns to run in conjunction with the Oprah Winfrey Show in other countries including Britain, New Zealand and Canada. “The Oprah screenings provide an unprecedented opportunity to showcase the best of our country to people in Australia and many of the other 145 countries where the show will be broadcast,” Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said.According to the source Tourism Australia spent up to AU$4-AU$5 million to bring Oprah and her 300 guests to Australia. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Australian tourism sector continues its record breaking run

first_imgAustralian tourism sector continues its record breaking runA record number of travelers have visited Australia over the past year, signaling the continued rise of the tourism sector as a jobs and wealth-generating juggernaut.TTF Chief Executive Margy Osmond welcomed the latest ABS Overseas Arrivals figures released today, which show that 8.5 million people travelled to Australia over the 12 months to April 2017, an increase of 9.5 per cent on the previous April.“The Australian tourism industry continues its record breaking run of international visitor arrivals, confirming its importance as our next super-growth sector,” Ms Osmond said.“While the rise and rise of Chinese visitors sees China poised to overtake New Zealand as our largest single visitor source market by the end of the year, it is the resurgence of the USA visitor market that is shaking up the tourism sector.“The USA recorded a 14.9 per cent rise in international visitors, overshadowing our other traditional visitor market, the UK, which saw a 3.1 per cent increase.“New Zealand continues to be our largest market, with 1,355,700 visitors, but has again recorded the lowest growth of the top 10 markets at just 2.8 per cent. The strongest growth was achieved by South Korea (291,600 visitors, up 15.9 per cent), followed by India (270,900, up 15.8 per cent).“These figures are fantastic news for our booming visitor economy. Not only are more and more people are choosing to visit Australia for their holidays, for business or to visit family and friends, but the record breaking growth shows no signs of slowing.” TTFSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more

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first_imgawardsCheapflightsQantas Holidays The inaugural Cheapflights Awards were held in Sydney last week with winners in 18 travel categories crowned after tallying over 14,000 votes. Shortlisted candidates across each category were selected by an expert judging panel of ten key travel and lifestyle media – including The New Daily’s lifestyle editor Susannah Guthrie, Lifestyle.com.au editor Sammy Preston and Fairfax Traveller’s Tripologist columnist Michael Gibecki – before being put to a public vote to choose the favourites.Attended by almost 100 partners, industry professionals, media and influencers at The Private Kitchen in Chippendale, the winners and runners up were announced by guest presenter and Australian personality, Laura Csortan.Thanks to awards partner Qantas Holidays, everyone who voted also had the chance to win a holiday to California worth $7,000.The Australian Awards follow-on from ceremonies in both the United Kingdom and South Africa. Award WinnersAIRPORT EXPERIENCEFAVOURITE AIRPORT – METRO: Melbourne Tullamarine Airport/Runner-up: Sydney AirportFAVOURITE AIRPORT – REGIONAL: Gold Coast Airport/Runner-up: Cairns AirportFAVOURITE AIRPORT – EATING & SHOPPING: Sydney Airport/Runner-up: Melbourne Tullamarine AirportFAVOURITE AIRPORT – SECURITY EXPERIENCE: Sydney Airport/Runner-up: Brisbane AirportAIRLINE AND INFLIGHT EXPERIENCEFAVOURITE AIRLINE – DOMESTIC: Qantas Airways/Runner-up: Virgin AustraliaFAVOURITE AIRLINE – INTERNATIONAL: Qantas Airways/Runner-up: Singapore AirwaysFAVOURITE AIRLINE – CREW: Qantas Airways/Runner-up: Virgin AustraliaFAVOURITE AIRLINE – INFLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT:Qantas Airways/Runner-up: EmiratesBOOKING EXPERIENCEFAVOURITE TRAVEL AGENT: Flight Centre/Runner-up: STA TravelFAVOURITE ONLINE TRAVEL AGENT: Booking.com/Runner-up: ExpediaFAVOURITE TOUR OPERATOR: Contiki Tours/Runner-up: Intrepid TravelPLACES AND EXPERIENCESFAVOURITE DESTINATION – DOMESTIC HOLIDAY:Whitsunday Islands, QLD/Runner-up: Noosa, QLDFAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN EXPERIENCE OR ATTRACTION:Great Barrier Reef/Sydney Opera HouseFAVOURITE DESTINATION – ASIA-PACIFIC HOLIDAY:Japan/Runner-up: Bali/IndonesiaFAVOURITE DESTINATION – LONG-HAUL HOLIDAY: New York/ParisTRAVEL MEDIAFAVOURITE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER TRAVEL SECTION OR TRAVEL MAGAZINE:Escape (News Ltd)/Runner-up:The Australian – TravelFAVOURITE TV OR RADIO TRAVEL PROGRAM: Postcards/Runner-up:Travel OzFAVOURITE TRAVEL SOCIAL INFLUENCER/BLOGGER:World of Wanderlust/Runner-up: Melbourne Girllast_img read more

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she was seen by some as empowered in a country where women have fought for their rights for decades. Hundreds of women are murdered for "honour" every year in Pakistan.

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But now with Patel’s unhappiness towards BJP, Yes.

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