first_img Monday, August 29, 2016 SYDNEY — Three Canadian cruise ship passengers were charged with drug smuggling Monday after police in Australia allegedly found 95 kilograms of cocaine in their cabin luggage.The haul valued at 31 million Australian dollars (US$23 million) was the largest seizure in Australia of narcotics carried by passengers of a cruise ship or airliner, Australian Border Force commander Tim Fitzgerald said.Andre Tamine, 63, Isabelle Lagace, 28, and Melina Roberce, 22, were arrested Sunday after the MS Sea Princess, operated by California-based Princess Cruises, berthed in Sydney.The three did not enter pleas when they were charged in the Sydney Central Local Court with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine.They face potential life sentences if convicted.The trio will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Oct. 26.The three Canadians had boarded the ship at the British port city of Southampton.Police are investigating whether they boarded with the drugs or sourced them from one of several South American ports the ship visited on its way to Australia.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthOn Sunday, Australian Border Force officers boarded the ship when it berthed in Sydney Harbour and, with the help of detector dogs, searched a number of passenger cabins.Fitzgerald alleged 35 kilograms of cocaine were found in suitcases in a cabin the women shared and 60 kilograms of the drug were found in the man’s luggage in a separate cabin.He thanked the U.S. Department of Homelands Security and the Canada Border Services Agency for helping identify the three as “high-risk passengers” among the 1,800 on board.Clive Murray, assistant commissioner of strategic border command with the Australian Border Force, said the incident was an example of international co-operation in the fight against international drug syndicates.“These syndicates should be on notice that the Australian Border Force is aware of all of the different ways they attempt to smuggle drugs into our country and we are working with a range of international agencies to stop them,” he said.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthThe Australian Federal Police said the investigation is ongoing and further arrests have not been ruled out. Posted by Tags: Australia Sharecenter_img Canadian cruise ship passengers charged in Sydney cocaine bust The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgOTT can benefit rather than threaten pay TV by enabling operators to extend their reach to multiscreen devices, with a business model that charges for content bundles rather than access via a specific technology making most sense, according to  Oliver Lewis, SVP, customer propositions, Sky Deutschland.Taking part in a panel session at the Digital TV World Summit in London this morning, Lewis said that the proliferation of devices could only drive up the value of the subscription experience if operators developed experiences for these platforms properly. “Customers can now build up libraries of content that have been promoted to them. The flagship brands have the best opportunity to make the most of this,” he said, citing the example of high-value content such as Game of Thrones. “That’s the type of content that people will search for and consume,” he said.Lewis said that there is a difference between Europe and the US, where Netflix had grown up as a pure OTT competitor to pay TV providers. In Europe, he said, the situation is much more blurred, with Netflix and others entering the market at the same time that traditional pay TV operators were investing in their own OTT platforms. Netflix has therefore been offered over pay TV platforms such as Virgin Media’s – a development that seemed surprising to US observers.Lewis said that the addition of non-linear services had driven uptake of, for example, premium movie services since viewers could now get better value from those by watching films and series at a time of their own convenience. It made much more sense to make money from the “sale of content” than selling non-linear access separately.Lewis said that rights negotiations to secure access to content across multiple devices had improved significantly.Sky’s message to anyone it buys content from is that needs a “full suite of rights…because we need to achieve a degree of simplicity where everyone knows all content is available on all devices,” he said. This also means that content providers understand they should not ‘slice and dice’ linear and VoD rights between different platform operators.“Everyone understands the value of exclusivity can be hugely diluted if someone else pops up selling an SVoD service,” he said.In this context, Lewis pointed out that Sky has itself gone out of its way to cement its status as the home of the Bundesliga in Germany by doing a deal with Deutsche Telekom. He said that restricting the rights of any content to a particular infrastructure could harm pay TV development, which was one reason why Sky sought to secure exclusive rights to content across multiple platforms.last_img read more

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first_imgSony’s PlayStation Vue cloud TV service is now available to customers as a mobile app for the iPad in New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia. PlayStation Vue Mobile on iPad lets Vue subscribers in these selected markets watch live TV and on demand programming in any room of their home. Users can also manage their shows and schedule recordings from the app.last_img

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first_imgEricsson Broadcast and Media Services has announced it is buying Texas-based entertainment metadata company FYI Television.The company gathers and distributes TV content and linear scheduling data from over 9,000 TV networks and aggregates it for clients to use across connected devices.Ericsson said that combining FYI Television’s US market expertise and reach with its content discovery in Europe will create a “powerful global force in content discovery”.“As the TV industry evolves and viewing behaviour changes, we believe that high-quality, rich metadata will be a key component for a personalised TV experience,” said Magnus Mandersson, executive vice president and head of Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson.“Combined with our capabilities in TV platforms and content discovery, we will be able to help our customers to improve the video experience and identify new revenue opportunities.”FYI Television’s 150 employees will join Business Line Broadcast & Media Services, part of Ericsson’s Business Unit Global Services.The deal, which was agreed for undisclosed financial terms, is expected to close in Q1 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.last_img read more

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first_img I’m happy to report that I don’t have many stories for you today. The standout feature for the first week of deliveries against the July silver contract indicates that JPMorgan has taken roughly 90% of the metal offered for delivery, or a total of 1,637 contracts out of a cumulative total of 1,828 delivered so far. In turn, of the silver contracts stopped or accepted by JPMorgan, 90% (1,479 contracts) were for JPMorgan’s own house or proprietary trading account. In other words, JPMorgan took delivery of roughly 7.4 million ounces of silver in the COMEX warehouses for their own benefit and risk. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…06 July 2013 Ted wrote the above paragraph on Saturday in his weekly review for paying subscribers…and as I pointed out in both Monday and Tuesday’s Daily Delivery Report from the CME, JPMorgan Chase has stopped another 350 Comex silver contracts on top of that…or 1.75 million ounces.  Adding that to Ted’s number, you come up with over nine million ounces of silver they’ve taken delivery of in their in-house [proprietary] trading account in the first six trading days of July…and that, dear reader, is a lot…and that’s just what we can see.  Without doubt, they own much more [in one form or another] that we can’t see. There’s not much to discuss about yesterday’s price action, except for the fact that all four precious metals followed the same price path…and in a free market, that’s just not possible. All I’m waiting for now is the end game…and how it plays out…and over how short a time period.  It’s only the start date that remains uncertain…and I’m sure that JPMorgan Chase, when they do let the precious metals rip to the upside, won’t be warning anyone in advance.  You’ll know it’s happening when you look at the price action…and as Ted Butler has been telling me for about fifteen years now…you won’t need to ask “is this it?”…as it will be self-evident. All four precious metals got sold down a bit in Far East trading on their Wednesday, but have recovered somewhat now that London is trading.  Volume’s are already pretty heavy, but mostly of the high-frequency trading variety…and the dollar index is down about 35 basis points.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:01 a.m. EDT…gold is up a few dollars…and silver is down a dime or so.  Platinum and palladium are both trading unchanged from yesterday’s close in New York. I’m off to bed.  See you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed on Monday at 84.20 in New York…and rallied up to 84.36 by 9:30 a.m. in Hong Kong trading. From that interim high, it rolled over and hit its low of the day at 84.10 just a few minutes or so before London opened.  From there the index rallied over 30 basis points going into the London p.m. gold fix…and then shot up another 30 or so basis points…hitting its high tick [84.73] at 11:30 a.m. in New York. From there it sold off a handful of basis points into the close. The index closed at 84.64…up 44 basis points from Monday.   There was obviously no correlation with the precious metal prices yesterday…especially when you observe the price action in the 3-hour time span between noon BST in London…and the London p.m. gold fix.   The gold stocks peaked at the London p.m. gold fix…and it was all down hill until 2:15 p.m. EDT…when shares recovered a bit on the back of a tiny rally in the gold price that materialized at that point in time. The HUI finished up 1.02%.   The silver stocks did better…with the exception of Coeur d’Alene and Hecla for some reason…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.13%.   (Click to enlarge)   The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 181 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. Once again the two largest short/issuers were Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and JPMorgan Chase out of its client account…with 96 and 70 contracts respectively.  Of course JPMorgan was the largest long/stopper again…picking up 170 contracts…virtually all of them for its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  I wonder if JPM’s clients realize just how badly they’re getting their faces ripped off by the company that they do business with?  It’s appalling…but all in a day’s work at that firm…and other Wall Street brokerage houses as well, I would suspect. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day…and another withdrawal from GLD.  This time it was 231,907 troy ounces.  Since July 1st…six business days ago in the U.S…not including today, which is Wednesday…about 918,000 ounces of gold have been withdrawn from GLD. And as of 10:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. While on the subject of SLV, I note that Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Silver Bar List, updated his website again yesterday…this time for the close of SLV business on July 3rd…and here are his comments: “Analysis of the 03 July bar list…and comparison to the previous week’s list…772,282.5 oz. were added (all to Brinks London)…144,670.0 oz. were removed (all from Brinks London)…and no bars had a serial number change. The bars added were from: Russian State Refineries (0.5M oz.), KGHM (0.3M oz.), and Henan Yuguang (0.0M oz.). The bars removed were from: Solar Applied Materials (0.1Moz). The bar list shows 144,058.8 oz. less than iShares reports. This is likely the result of a monthly withdrawal, but it is odd that it did not show up on the iShares page.”  The link to Joshua’s website is here. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. All I’m waiting for now is the end game…and how it plays out…and over how short a time period. I shan’t bother giving a blow-by-blow description of the price action in each precious metal for the trading day on Planet Earth on Tuesday, as all four followed precisely the same pattern…a rally in Far East trading with the highs coming shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…a decline until noon in London…rallies into the 3:00 p.m. BST London p.m. gold fix [10:00 a.m. EDT in New York]…and then all were sold down, before more or less trading sideways into the 5:15 p.m. EDT electronic close in New York, although both gold a silver both rallied a bit into the electronic close.   It was just another free-market trading day in gold, silver, platinum and palladium yesterday.   I shall dispense with the New York lows and highs for gold and silver, as they are irrelevant.   Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,250.70 spot…up $13.40 on the day.  Silver finished the Tuesday trading session at $19.26 spot…up 19 cents on the day. Gold’s net volume was higher than yesterday by about 36,000 contracts…around 139,000 contracts in total.  Silver’s gross volume was 36,000 contract…about 15 percent higher than on Monday.     Sponsor Advertisement Opt Out! Tired of being saddled with higher taxes to help pay for the government’s reckless spending? Make sure your money and assets have diplomatic immunity from a government hell-bent on bankrupting the nation – and everyone in it. Find out how to take advantage of this strategy before the government outlaws it too (they’re already working on it). Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they didn’t report receiving any silver…and shipped a smallish 47,390.470 troy ounces out the door.  The link to that activity is here.  In gold, these same depositories reported receiving 55,870 troy ounces…and shipped out 151,545 troy ounces for parts unknown. The link to that action is here.last_img read more

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first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain The European Aviation Safety Agency said Tuesday that the new rules will come into force from July 2020, giving member countries and operators time to prepare. The rules will override any relevant existing national rules.EASA said the rules specify that new drones must be “individually identifiable,” allowing authorities to trace a particular drone if needed. They will also allow operators authorized in one EU country to fly their craft in others.EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said that “common rules will help foster investment, innovation and growth in this promising sector.” Citation: EU publishes Europe-wide rules on drone operation (2019, June 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-eu-publishes-europe-wide-drone.html EU aviation agency proposing rules for drone operation Explore furthercenter_img © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The European Union has published EU-wide rules on drones to provide a clear framework for what is and isn’t allowed, improve safety and make it easier for drone users to operate their craft in another European country. 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

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first_imgNEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump faced criticism for saying Pakistan’s arrest of the alleged mastermind of the 2008 attacks on Mumbai had come after a 10-year search, as the suspected militant had been living in plain view. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina July 17, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin LamarquePakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that is accused by India and the United States of carrying out the Mumbai attacks, on terrorism financing charges. More than 160 people were killed in the four-day militant attacks. Saeed is designated a terrorist by the United States and the United Nations. Trump, who is due to host Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for talks at the White House next week, welcomed Saeed’s arrest and said it was the result of pressure from his administration on Pakistan to get tougher on militants. “After a ten year search, the so-called “mastermind” of the Mumbai Terror attacks has been arrested in Pakistan. Great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him!,” Trump tweeted. But Saeed has been in and out of Pakistan prisons for the last decade and even addressed public rallies. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee countered Trump’s comments with a tweet of its listing the eight times Saeed had been arrested and freed by Pakistan authorities since 2001. “FYI Pakistan wasn’t searching for him for 10 years. He’s been living freely..” it said and suggested Trump hold the applause till Saeed is convicted by Pakistani authorities. Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani said Trump had been ill-advised about Saeed’s case. “Finding him was never an issue. He operated freely and was highly visible. He has been arrested and released many times over. @POTUS shd immediately fire whoever gave him the wrong information,” he said in a tweet, referring to Trump. Pakistan said Saeed was arrested while he was going to a court to seek pre-arrest bail. Saeed has denied any involvement and Pakistani authorities say they have not found any evidence against him either. India says Pakistan’s failure to act against the suspected militant is one of the reasons it won’t resume peace talks with the arch rival. Christian Fair, a South Asia specialist at Georgetown University, said Trump was also wrong to describe Saeed as the “so-called mastermind” of the Mumbai attacks. “@POTUS shows AGAIN that he’s a complete dumbass,” said Fair. Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Michael PerryOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

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first_imgJammu and Kashmir: IED module busted in Shopian, 2 arrestedPolice claimed to have recovered incriminating materials.advertisement Next Asian News International ShopianJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:54 IST A case under relevant sections of law has been registered. (File Photo)Jammu and Kashmir Police busted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) module in Shopian on Saturday and arrested two persons in connection with the case.Police claimed to have recovered incriminating materials.A case under relevant sections of law has been registered.Further investigation is underway.ALSO READ | Jammu and Kashmir: Couple injured in Pakistani firing along LoC in RajouriALSO WATCH | Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s PoonchFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhurylast_img read more

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