The exiled journalist J. S. Tissainayagam who was convicted under the Act for his criticism of government is a case in point.Amnesty acknowledges two key changes in the CTA from its predecessor. The CTA provides better safeguards against admitting coerced confessions as evidence against suspects. Furthermore, in contrast to the PTA, the proposed CTA shifts the burden of  proving that any confession was made voluntarily from the suspect to the prosecuting authority.Amnesty International is concerned by many sections of the proposed CTA, as laid out in the new commentary, ‘Sri Lanka: Countering terrorism at the expense of human rights’. Although the Bill improves on some aspects of the draconian measures in the PTA, there are many provisions in the current Bill which give cause for alarm. Despite their commitment, the government of Sri Lanka has delayed doing so by more than three years. Amnesty International is concerned that the proposed legislation falls short in many sections from what the government promised. The proposed Counter Terrorism Act (CTA) intended to repeal its draconian predecessor, needs substantial amendment to be brought in line with international law, Amnesty International said in a statement today.Sri Lanka promised to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) when it cosponsored United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 30/1 in September 2015 and to replace it with anti-terrorism legislation which would be in accordance with contemporary international best practice. It allows for suspects to be held without charge for up to 18 months, special rules of evidence allowing for confessions to be admissible in court, and for the onus to be placed on a suspect to prove to a court that a statement was made under duress.Since the armed conflict with the LTTE erupted in 1983, tens of thousands of Tamils suspected of links to the LTTE have been arrested and detained under the PTA. The Act was also used as a tool to quell dissent against government. As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Sri Lanka has committed to protecting human rights.Amnesty International is concerned that if the Counter Terror Bill is to become law, it will violate Sri Lanka’s human rights obligations. (Colombo Gazette) In sum, the commentary highlights amongst others, the following issues contained in the Bill:• Ambiguity on critical definitions of what constitutes an offence of terrorism• Detention without charge for up to one year• Detention for up to 14 days without access to a court of law• Interrogation of suspects without access to legal representation• Prosecutorial and judicial discretion to impose sanctions prior to a full and fairtrial, flouting the suspect’s presumption of innocence• The lack of a time-bound requirement to convey critical information to thesuspect at the time of arrest or soon after• The ability for officers or members of the armed forces or a coast guard officerto be able to make arrests without warrant• Excessively long periods for arresting officers to transport suspects to thenearest Police station• Makes no presumption in favour of bail when a person is detained• Allows for bulk interception and decryption of electronic communication• Permits senior police officers to place arbitrary restrictions on movement andprohibitions on the public when an overly vague offence under the Bill is likelyto be committed• Paves the way for the President to be able to make arbitrary curfew orders. The PTA was a temporary measure when it was enacted in 1979. Consecutive governments have chosen to retain it and the Act has in turn became a permanent feature of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system. read more

David A. Jones Sr., who invested $1,000 to start a nursing home company that eventually became the $37 billion health insurance giant Humana Inc., has died at age 88.Jones, who died early Wednesday, was a fierce advocate for profiting from health care as chief executive of Kentucky-based Humana for 37 years and its board chairman for 44 years.Jones co-founded the company in 1961 with Wendell Cherry, investing $1,000 apiece, along with four others who put in $1,000 each. Humana eventually transformed into a large hospital company and later was converted into a health insurer.Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard says Jones’ death is a “sad day for me personally and for the Humana team.” Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin called him a “true giant among men.”The Associated Press read more

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3268954 Image: Mary Altaffer AP/Press Association Images IT MAY NOT date back an awful long time, but March has again been declared Irish-American Heritage Month in the States, with US President Donald Trump making the announcement earlier this week.Ahead of the Heritage Month, the US Census Bureau published a statistical breakdown of some of the lesser-known facts about the Irish in America.Alongside the number of people claiming Irish heritage, 32.7 million or 10.2%, there was a plethora of stats that tell the story of the Irish in America today.Here are some of the best:DublinsThere are 15 places or county subdivisions in the US that share a name with our capital.The most populous town, with 57,721 people, is found in Dublin, California. We reckon the weather there is a lot better than Dublin, Ireland. A breakdown of US Dublins by population, and the number of people reporting Irish heritage. Source: US Census BureauIn Dublin, Pennsylvania, on the other hand, has a population of only 2,120 but almost a quarter of people there (474) claim to have Irish ancestry.Academic achievementAccording to a 2015 survey, the percentage of people with Irish ancestry over the age of 25 who had a bachelor’s degree or higher was 36.2%. This was significantly higher than the national average of 30.6%. Source: Shutterstock/Prasit RodphanSimilarly, 94.1% of people reporting Irish ancestry had a high-school diploma, compared to 87.1% in the general population.Average incomesWhen American households are headed by an Irish-American, its overall income is also higher than average.Where the average household pulls in €55,775 per year, Irish-American ones earn €64,322.Foreign-bornIn 2015, there were 241,481 non US-born people in America with Irish ancestry. Source: Mary Altaffer AP/Press Association ImagesOf these, 143,972 had become naturalised citizens.Furthermore, 120,144 foreign-born people in 2015 reported Ireland as their birthplace.GaeilgeoiríThere an estimated 20,590 people in the US that speak Gaelic.With the exception of 2,500 of them, most said they could speak English “very well”.ImportsThe value of imports from Ireland to the US is valued at around €39 billion.Of these, however, €25 billion fell in the category of pharmaceuticals and medicines.Place namesDublin aside, there’s plenty of place names across the US with an Irish feel to them.Emerald Isle, North Carolina, is an obvious candidate with a population of 3,720. Sunset over Emerald Isle beach, North Carolina Source: John via FlickrThere’s also an Irishtown, Illinois, and several Shamrocks with one in Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska.In terms of actual place names – Cork, Belfast, Galway etc. – there’s a plethora of them.Read: Maintaining tradition, Trump declares March ‘Irish-American Heritage Month’Read: Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland> 7 Comments By Sean Murray Mar 5th 2017, 10:00 AM Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 10:00 AM 11,677 Views Image: Mary Altaffer AP/Press Association Images Short URL High achievers, naturalised citizens and thousands of gaeilgeoirí: A breakdown of the Irish in America Ireland has one Dublin. The US has fifteen. Share54 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Three live WWE tapings will be taking place tonight from Las Vegas at the Thomas and Mack Center featuring Smackdown Live, 205 Live and the finals of the Mae Young Classic.Scheduled for tonight’s Smackdown Live is a loaded lineup featuring the return of Vince McMahon to WWE television, AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger for the WWE United States Championship, The Usos vs. The New Day in a Street Fight for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships and Natalya vs. Naomi for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.Also taking place tonight following Smackdown is the finals of the Mae Young Classic tournament that will go live at 10:00 p.m. ET (9:00 CT) on the WWE Network featuring Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler in the finals.WWE 205 Live is advertised to air live at 10:30 p.m. ET (9:30 CT) on the network following the Mae Young Classic featuring Rich Swann vs. TJP.Wrestleview.com will have full live reports of all three shows later tonight.The @WWE #MaeYoungClassic RED CARPET will be LIVE on Facebook before the finals THIS TUESDAY at 6 PM ET! https://t.co/cn1W20k54R pic.twitter.com/fnN8ePzPGP— Mae Young Classic (@MaeYoungClassic) September 8, 2017 Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sunday Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Videos Articles Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Vince Mcmahon Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis Now Playing Up Next Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Pinterest Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience?last_img read more

first_img IGT announces offering of €500,000,000 senior secured notes Global gaming giant IGT has reported a 5% fall in revenue for the three months to 30 September 2018 to US$1.16 billion on the back of declines in both the international and North American segments. However, Adjusted EBITDA grew 3% year-on-year to US$443 million, with the company stating that “disciplined expense management more than offset lower revenue.”IGT’s international segment, including Asia, saw revenue fall 5% to US$216 million, with gaming product sales revenue down 2% to US$65 million despite a 14% increase in gaming machine unit shipments and higher average selling prices. The company saw lower systems revenue, while gaming service revenue also fell significantly from US$59 million in 3Q17 to US$33 million this time around. RGB expecting strong 2019 despite second quarter revenue, profit decline South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts Lottery product sales increased however, including 3.7% growth in same-store revenue. Operating income grew 46% at constant currency to US$56 million.Revenue in the North America segment fell 12% to US$231 million, with gaming services revenue of US$152 million compared to $171 million 12 months earlier and product sales revenue down from US$91 million to US$79 million. Operating income was US$45 million, down from $65 million in 3Q17.The North America Lottery segment was also down 9% to US$279 million, however Italy proved to be IGT’s standout performer with revenue up 4% to US$430 million with lottery service revenue, gaming service revenue and sports wagering all growing strongly.Speaking in the company’s 3Q18 earnings call overnight, IGT’s CEO Marco Sala said, “Our goal is to consistently bring innovative content and technology to the market. The solutions we presented at the recent trade shows were our strongest offer to date of market-ready games, cabinets and systems.“With strong organizational foundations in place and fully realized roster of compelling solutions, we are better positioned than ever to deliver on our goals. As our year-to-date results suggest, we are firmly on track to achieve the financial and strategic objectives we set for 2018.”Sala said the company has narrowed its Adjusted EBITDA outlook for the full year in 2018 to between US$1.74 and US$1.8 billion, “the top half of the prior range.” Load Morelast_img read more

first_imgNAME: Jandos RothsteinTITLE: Design Director, GoverningCRITIQUE: Untilrecently, Radar’s design spoke of financial poverty more than anything else.But I thought with the issue immediately before this, they had found a goodplace visually-a look that balanced the magazine’s early frenetic and highlyinteractive pages with a more contemporary aesthetic. So, I’m surprised thatthey are once again throwing away the play book. It’s hard to judge a look bythe cover (sorry), or at least an isolated cover, but the Spy-ishPhotoshop shenanigans the magazine is known for seems to me a better matchfor most of the snotty take-downs the magazine runs, rather than a straightcelebrity shot (even if it’s a particularly unflattering one). On the plusside, the Cooper Black rocks.NAME: Bob SadlerTITLE: Creative Director, Sadler Traveling CircusCRITIQUE: This cover sample has an excellent, eye-catching photo and a comfortable headline display that’s easy to read and doesn’t spread all over the page (which is a blessing).  But what if the image used on a future cover isn’t as good as this one, will the cover hold up just as well (by its design alone) and still stand out from the crowd?  I have my doubts.  Do they plan to use those yellow sticker headlines over the logo every issue?  It might work, but how well, I don’t know, and would any reader care about them one way or another? The logo design could be a lot more interesting.  It’s funny, but to my knowledge, in all its various lives, Radar’s designers never used the image that first comes to mind when one hears the word “radar,” and incorporating it somehow within its logotype. I would recommend they look at how Paper magazine has played with its logo (by filling it with patterns and other images). Just because Paper has done so, doesn’t, to my mind, mean Radar could not.  They would just have to find a way to do it that meets their own special outlook and editorial style. The in-flight magazine Go! has used this trick wonderfully well, and should also be given a look see. This change in its logotype could work right into their future schedule, rather than having to be announced as something new.  The cover would simply be a bit different and possibly more exciting because of it. The German magazine Twen used a heart shape just like the one shown here to great advantage in their magazine, and throughout the run of its publication life.  But I am not sure I would want to see it on every cover.  And yet, maybe it could work. It will just depend on how they choose to use it. It looks very good on this sample. I especially like how it points to the copy below it.What do you think? Leave your critique in the comments section below, or drop me a line [dstableford AT red7media DOT com]. BACKGROUND: Radar-themagazine that refuses to die-is set to unveilan extensive redesign with its July/August issue, one that features PamelaAnderson, shot by celebrity photographer and noted American Apparel shooter TerryRichardson, on its cover. The magazine, now in its thirditeration, spent four months working with Pentagram’s Luke Hayman, one of theindustry’s renowned designers, on the new look.NAME: Marco Turelli TITLE: Art Director, Wine EnthusiastCRITIQUE: This cover hits all thechecklist boxes for a successful cover, clean white surface, provocative imagemaking eye contact and compelling coverlines. I like the treatment of the overlines (skylines) a great deal. Problem is, I don’t really care about PamelaAnderson as a person and she’s so busted as a celebrity, she was done as acover model nearly 10 years ago. Pam is definitely not the type of celebritythat a “smart person” cares to read about. Cindy McCain sucking on a cherry ora Bud might have piqued my interest. NAME: Jamie StarkTITLE: Principal, Stark Designs, LLCCRITIQUE: I like themagazine logo. The flat, retro, cut and paste look is a nice change from theslick, over-designed stuff that is so common. The way it crops off the pagelike a badly placed photocopy is a nice addition. This works well with the inyour face, candid look of the photo. The photo is somewhat ironic in that PamelaAnderson is such an icon and the photographer’s style is that of the LarryClark Polaroid, dorm room snapshot school. This is not meant to disparage hiswork-the stuff on American Apparel is incredibly fresh and sexy-but his styleis the antithesis of the usual fashion/celebrity mag cover where you might finda striking, soft, heavily-Photoshopped Pam Anderson. While it may not be themost tasteful cover I’ve seen, it works well for the content and stays true toits style throughout.last_img read more

first_img Star Wars Celebration Chicago cosplay Comments 82 Photos TV and Movies 2:04 Now playing: Watch this: 41 Photos What other Star Wars things can I watch?A lot, as long as you’re willing to expand beyond the movies. Share your voice 16 Photos 22 Now playing: Watch this: 1:01center_img Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker trailer tees… ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ toys for re-enacting the movie Star Wars in photos: 40 years of the Force This guide, first published June 19, 2018, is regularly updated as we hear more news about Star Wars Episode 9. Two-player AR lightsaber battles come to Star Wars: Jedi… Star Wars Resistance, an animated series now airing on the Disney Channel, takes place just before The Force Awakens. The show comes from creator Dave Filoni, who previously led the Star Wars Rebels series and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While Resistance showcases new characters, it also features Poe Dameron and Capt. Phasma as voiced by Oscar Isaac and Gwendoline Christie, respectively.The Clone Wars, originally canceled in 2013, is also getting revived with a new 12-episode season heading to the upcoming Disney Plus streaming service sometime after its 2019 launch.The Mandalorian, a live-action Star Wars TV series by Jon Favreau and starring Pedro Pascal, is in the works, also heading for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. And a Rogue One prequel series starring Diego Luna has also been confirmed to eventually come to Disney Plus.And if all you care about are Star Wars movies, you can also look forward to two trilogies. The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson will create one, and the other is from Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Cast: Who will be in it?We’re expecting a good mix of the new faces seen in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to make their return in the 2019 movie. The official cast includes:Daisy Ridley as Rey John Boyega as FinnAdam Driver as Kylo Ren Oscar Isaac as Poe DameronLupita Nyong’o as Maz KanataKelly Marie Tran as RoseDomhnall Gleeson as HuxJoonas Suotamo as ChewbaccaAnthony Daniels as C-3POJimmy Vee as R2-D2Billie Lourd as Kaydel Ko ConnixMark Hamill as Luke SkywalkerCarrie Fisher as Leia OrganaBilly Dee Williams as Lando CalrissianNaomi Ackie as JannahRichard E. Grant as Allegiant General PrydeKeri Russell as Rougish Zorri BlissDominic Monaghan in an unnamed roleThe official cast announcement on July 27, 2018, came just before the start of filming, confirming that Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams are back. It also noted that Fisher’s Leia will return through the use of unseen footage from 2015’s The Force Awakens. Episode 9 was originally supposed to heavily feature Fisher, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed to Vanity Fair, but Fisher died in December 2016. The studio further confirmed that it wouldn’t digitally re-create her like it did for 2016’s Rogue One. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode 9 by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII,” J.J. Abrams said in the July casting announcement.Abrams further elaborated on how this will be possible at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April 2019.”You don’t recast that part and you don’t have her disappear,” Abrams said, mentioning a feeling of still working with her even though she’s no longer with us. “What if we could write scenes around her,” the director said. The first teaser trailer shows an example of this, in which Leia is embracing Rey in one shot.Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd will also have an on-screen reunion with her mother, with Vanity Fair reporting that Lourd asked to appear in scenes alongside Leia. Lourd plays Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix in the Star Wars films, first appearing in 2015’s The Force Awakens.Rey and Leia have a hug in the Episode 9 trailer. Lucasfilm Naomi Ackie will play new character Jannah, but not much is known about her yet. Richard E. Grant’s Allegiant General Pryde looks to be a member of the First Order, standing alongside Domhnall Gleeson’s General Hux in a photo from the Vanity Fair preview. Keri Russell’s character, the Rougish Zorri Bliss, could have a less clear allegiance as she appears to have a costume similar to bounty hunters like Boba Fett. Dominic Monaghan’s Star Wars role has not been revealed as of yet. Matt Smith reportedly joined the cast, according to Variety in August 2018, but the actor has since shot the rumor down in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.Composer John Williams will score the movie, as he has with every numbered entry in the Star Wars saga.And while it’s not impossible for Harrison Ford to potentially return as Han Solo, there are no official announcements quite yet.ep7ia59138r.jpgUnseen footage from The Force Awakens will be used to bring Carrie Fisher’s Leia into Episode 9’s story. Lucasfilm Plot: So, what’s going to happen?Abrams teased at Star Wars Celebration Chicago that the movie will focus on the newest generation of characters and what’s been passed down to them. It’ll also take place some time after The Last Jedi, allowing for characters to have grown a bit since we’ve last seen them.”This movie, it’s about this new generation, and what they’ve inherited, the light and the dark,” Abrams said. The latest trailer emphasizes this theme, showcasing Rey, Finn, Poe and the other stars of the sequel trilogy — but in voice only we hear Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker and Ian McDiarmid’s Sheev Palpatine.”We have passed on all we know, a thousand generations live in you now,” Luke says in a voice-over. “But this is your fight.”But Palpatine’s cackling laugh plays right after Skywalker says, “No one’s ever really gone,” possibly meaning that both light and dark Star Wars characters might be living on after death.Other teases we’ve gotten about each of the characters, combined with light speculation:star-wars-episode-9-reyDaisy Ridley’s Rey, in a new outfit for Episode 9 Star Wars Rey: After turning down Kylo Ren’s offer to let both the First Order and the Resistance perish and instead conquer the galaxy together, Rey is last seen on the Millennium Falcon with the sacred Jedi texts taken from Ach-To. Ridley said at Star Wars Celebration that it’s unknown how much of those texts she would’ve read.”As we saw, those books are pretty large. She may have started,” Ridley said. It’s likely she’ll continue her own version of Jedi training using a combination of the texts, personal practice and maybe some off-screen mentorship from Leia Organa. Also, she JUST MET Poe Dameron, so it’s time to see what her dynamic with the flyboy might be. One other thing: Will J.J. Abrams choose to flesh out the story of her parentage, or will he keep her as an orphan who was sold off by her parents for drinking money?Also, how did she get that white lightsaber we see her wield in the first teaser trailer? Or perhaps it’s a blue lightsaber that’s shining especially bright?At D23, footage showed Rey battling Kylo Ren. She also wielded a new double-bladed lightsaber (like Darth Maul’s). Given her use of a staff in The Force Awakens, this is a logical progression for her.Check out that lightsaber. Lucasfilm Finn: Finn is a full-fledged member of the Resistance when The Rise of Skywalker begins, actor John Boyega confirmed at Star Wars Celebration. Unlike in The Last Jedi, Finn and Rey are expected to stay paired up for Episode 9. While he’s fresh off defeating Captain Phasma, with Boyega even remarking that “she dead,” actor Oscar Isaac said Poe takes his friendship with Finn quite seriously. A photo from Episode 9 shows the two in a light moment, so hopefully we are going to see how deep their friendship can get after the bits of chemistry we saw in The Force Awakens.star-wars-episode-9-poe-finnFinn and Poe having a light moment in Episode 9. Star Wars Kylo Ren: The new supreme leader of the First Order could be looking over his shoulder, making sure no one has any evidence he’s the one who killed off Snoke. That said, after having his connection to Rey cut off by the end of The Last Jedi, Kylo might now be fully embracing his role as a Sith leader.Vanity Fair did reveal that the Knights of Ren will be returning in Rise of the Skywalker, who were only otherwise seen in a flashback sequence during The Force Awakens. The group will wear large armor sets that are described by the publication as having a Mad Max-esque look, noting that one member even rocks a gun arm. The Knights were seen filming in the sunny desert, furthering that Mad Max comparison.We do know one thing, in the teaser he’s repairing his helmet and Ridley confirmed that we are no longer seeing shirtless Adam Driver a la the conversations Rey and Kylo had in the last movie.star-wars-episode-9-kylo-renKylo Ren’s past with the Knights of Ren might be explored in Episode 9. Star Wars Leia: We can expect Leia to still be a central part of the saga via a combination of unreleased footage and newly shot footage with other actors to bring Fisher back to life. After her gorgeous, surprising ability to fly through space using the Force left her in a coma, Leia woke up to finish off the movie, but her condition is otherwise unknown. Exactly how much Fisher we’ll get is yet to be determined, but Abrams and Kennedy have repeatedly noted the effort to take great care with her depiction in this film.What about the rumors?There are a lot of rumors on the internet about Episode 9, including the possibility of some surprise appearances:Editors’ note: This has now been confirmed: While The Last Jedi picks up immediately after The Force Awakens, it’s possible there will be a time jump before Episode 9. John Boyega told Yahoo he’s growing his hair out for the new movie, and we’ll have to “wait for the trailer to see why.” Adding fuel to this fire, a Boyega interview with Empire magazine appears to further confirm a time jump, with the print version saying “John Boyega has confirmed the film takes place roughly one year after the events of The Last Jedi.” While it’s not a direct quote, and it’s possible Boyega wasn’t meant to confirm this detail, it’s perhaps the most specific statement we’ve heard regarding Episode 9’s spot in the Star Wars timeline.Yoda appeared as a Force Ghost during The Last Jedi, and the New York Daily News says an “insider” revealed Yoda is returning for the 2019 movie. Since Yoda in ghost form can also bring down a lightning bolt, it’s awfully weird he isn’t more involved in assisting Leia’s Resistance.Many of the Black Squadron pilots who backed up Poe in the assault on Starkiller Base were absent in The Last Jedi, but Marvel’s ongoing Poe Dameron comic book series revealed the mission Leia sent them on immediately after The Force Awakens. Greg Grunberg, who played Snap Wexley, recently hinted to Yahoo that he’s “getting itchy to go over there and do it” — a reference to his character’s facial hair and Episode 9’s filming location in England.Could Obi-Wan Kenobi, as embodied by Ewan McGregor, show up in Episode 9? According to The Sun’s sources, McGregor is going to be secretly shooting scenes for it. While there’s no way to vouch for this, McGregor did record a line that played in 2015’s The Force Awakens super briefly that was meshed with a similarly sounding phrase recorded by original Kenobi actor Alec Guinness. The phrase wasn’t much, McGregor remembered the result as “Rey, these are your first steps” during a 2016 appearance on The Graham Norton Show. Therefore, it wouldn’t be at all shocking to see some version of Kenobi in Episode 9, but the real question is — how much?As more rumors pop up, we’ll add them. Tags Mark Hamill Marvel Target Disney Rumors Star Wars Is The Rise of Skywalker still filming?Production has wrapped. Many of the actors announced the end of production on social media, and director Abrams tweeted a photo of Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac embracing as shooting ended in February. Those who bring both droids BB-8 and C-3PO to life, puppeteer Brian Herring and actor Anthony Daniels respectively, announced on Twitter that their roles have wrapped. The movie started shooting in summer 2018.What’s the story behind the director?Originally, Colin Trevorrow was tapped to helm the movie, but he parted ways with Lucasfilm in September 2017 over creative differences. However, unlike the director change that befell Solo, where Ron Howard took over the project after original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were in production for six months, Abrams began work on the project during preproduction. Emperor Palpatine looms as Rey and Kylo Ren battle on the first poster for The Rise of Skywalker. Disney/Lucasfilm Rey, Finn, BB-8 and Poe Dameron have been on an epic journey since 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And in December, their adventure — along with the entire Skywalker saga of nine movies — will meet some kind of conclusion when Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker comes to theaters.Thanks to reveals made at Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April, a big cover story published by Vanity Fair in May and a presentation at Disney’s biannual D23 convention in August, fans now have the first trailer, looks at brand new characters, a nifty poster and plenty of hints about what the Skywalker saga’s conclusion is going to bring.The movie has a lot to live up to. Director J.J. Abrams will need to find a way to offer an ending to the revived Star Wars movie universe following a mixed reception to The Last Jedi and Solo’s box office flop. Also, it’s not like his Force Awakens was criticism-free — some fans knocked it for evoking the original Star Wars film too predictably. He’s also dealing with the challenge of keeping Leia Organa a central character despite the death of actress Carrie Fisher in 2016.But with the movie now in the editing stage, there’s plenty of time before Star Wars returns to theaters. Here’s everything we know so far.Release date: When can I see Episode 9?Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker will hit theaters around the world on Dec. 20, 2019.Have we seen any trailers or footage?The first teaser trailer was shown during the Star Wars Episode 9 panel at the Celebration Chicago fan convention in April, while footage — which could hit the internet Monday — debuted during Disney’s D23 event.last_img read more

first_imgRep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, co-chairman of the House Finance Committee, listens to Rep. Steve Thompson, R-Fairbanks, on Monday. Seaton proposed a $48.7 million cut to school construct debt reimbursements. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaskans would pay more in property taxes if the state government cuts the amount it pays to offset the debt to build schools.Listen nowA House committee included a $48.7 million cut in state aid during a step in writing the state budget Tuesday.The state government historically paid 60 percent to 70 percent of the cost of bond payments to build schools, with local property owners footing the rest of the bill.Homer Republican Rep. Paul Seaton proposed cutting the state payment in half. He noted the state has a $2.7 billion gap between what it spends and raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.He would rather cut spending on bonds than on teachers and other classroom costs.“I think that everybody has been talked to and knows that education, K-12 education, is one of the biggest components of our budget,” Seaton said.Fairbanks Republican Rep. Steve Thompson said communities will have no choice but to either raise property taxes or make cuts to other services.“This was like a contract with our constituents saying, ‘OK, state, you pay this much, and we’re going to pay the difference,’” Thompson said. “Now we’re going to shove it back onto the communities.”Gov. Bill Walker vetoed a quarter of school debt payments after the Legislature failed to pass a comprehensive plan to balance the budget in the long term last year. This prompted an outcry from local school and municipal officials, who hadn’t budgeted for the cuts.While Walker didn’t include the cut in this year’s budget proposal, Seaton said passing it now gives communities time to plan ahead.Anchorage school superintendent Deena Bishop said all school cuts present bad choices, but the debt payment cut affects only those who live in boroughs.The state pays all school debt in the Unorganized Borough.“It’s the ugly, the ugly and the ugly,” Bishop said. “To pick this over anything else, especially for really any municipality or borough is significant. Because the responsibility then resides back on local government.”Anchorage would lose $18.5 million of the $43.7 million it expected to receive, Bishop said.While state law has provided for the state to pay 60 percent to 70 percent of school bonds, whether the state actually pays the full amount is subject to annual appropriation.The state is in the middle of a five-year break in paying for new school bonds. When the program returns in 2020, state law says the state will pay 40 percent to 50 percent of new bonds.The House Finance Committee amended the budget to reflect the cut, but the committee still must review the entire spending plan before it recommends it to the full House. Then the budget goes to the full Legislature for a vote.last_img read more

first_imgNazrul Islam KhanBangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Saturday said there is no Jamaat-e-Islami candidate in the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.”They (Jamaat leaders) are BNP-nominated aspirants. They’re contesting the election with BNP’s symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’. Jamaat didn’t nominate them. BNP nominated them,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at Nirbachan Bhaban.A BNP team, led by Nazrul Islam, came to the election commission to submit a letter containing its demand to either give them a scope of fielding alternative candidates or reschedule the election in the seats where its candidates have been declared disqualified by court.Replying to a query about those candidates whose names and posts were mentioned in the official website of Jamaat, the BNP leader said, “It’s not a matter at all. The main thing is whether it’s legal or illegal as per the law. Jamaat is not a registered party. We don’t know who supports Jamaat.””Had it been illegal, the election commission would have rejected their nomination before distributing the electoral symbol,” he said.Nazrul Islam said Awami League always says it accepts every decision of the election commission. “Then why’re they creating obstacle in every step now?” he said.Mentioning that attack on arrest and harassment of BNP aspirants, and leaders and activists continued across the country, Nazrul Islam said the High Court is declaring the candidatures of BNP leaders illegal on one hand and those are being declared valid are coming under attack on the other.He cited the names of BNP’s Barishal-4 candidate Shirin Akter, Narsingdi’s Sarder Sakhawat Hossain and Narsingdi-3 candidate Manjur Elahi faced harassment or came under attack by Awami League men and police.Responding to another question about foreign observers, the BNP leader alleged that the government is creating obstacle so that they cannot come here. “If they don’t get visas, how will they come here? The government is trying to stage a farce in the name of election.”BNP chairperson’s adviser Ataur Rahman Dhali and BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal were also present there.last_img read more

first_imgDental CBCT, Global Dental CBCT, Dental CBCT Market, Dental CBCT Market Size, Dental CBCT Industry, Dental CBCT Market share, Dental CBCT Sales, Dental CBCT Industry Analysis, Dental CBCT Industry Demand, Dental CBCT Industry Trends, Dental CBCT Market Analysis, Dental CBCT Market Data, Dental CBCT Market Demand, Dental CBCT Market Forecasts, Dental CBCT Market growth Global Dental CBCT market report studies the industry based on one or more segments covering key players, types, applications, products, technology, end-users, and regions for historical data as well as provides forecasts for next few years.Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of X-ray equipment used when regular dental or facial X-rays are not sufficient. In the context of China-US trade war and global economic volatility and uncertainty, it will have a big influence on this market. Dental CBCT Report by Material, Application, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2023 is a professional and comprehensive research report on the world’s major regional market conditions, focusing on the main regions (North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific) and the main countries (United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea and China). Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system is a special type of x-ray equipment that provides 3-D views for more thorough analysis of bone structure and tooth orientation. Rise in geriatric population, wide range of applications of CBCT systems in dental practice, and upsurge in number of patients suffering from dental disease are expected to drive the market growth. CBCT systems in other medical fields such as breast imaging further boosts the market growth. However, high cost of the devices and image related issues such as lack of clarity are expected to impede the market growth. Request a sample copy of Dental CBCT Market Research Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/3208519?utm_source=SHASHIThe report firstly introduced the Dental CBCT basics: definitions, classifications, applications and market overview; product specifications; manufacturing processes; cost structures, raw materials and so on. Then it analyzed the world’s main region market conditions, including the product price, profit, capacity, production, supply, demand and market growth rate and forecast etc. In the end, the report introduced new project SWOT analysis, investment feasibility analysis, and investment return analysis.The major players profiled in this report include:Morita MFG.CORPVatech NetworksHitachi Medical SystemsCarestream HealthDentsply SironaGendexImaging Sciences InternationalPrexionFONA Dental, S.R.O.KaVo DentalNewTomPlanmeca OY……Get a Discount of Dental CBCT Market research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/3208519?utm_source=SHASHI  The end users/applications and product categories analysis:On the basis of product, this report displays the sales volume, revenue (Million USD), product price, market share and growth rate of each type, primarily split into-Type AType BType C……On the basis on the end users/applications, this report focuses on the status and outlook for major applications/end users, sales volume, market share and growth rate of Dental CBCT for each application, including-HospitalClinicMore report about of this report: https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/report/3208519/global-dental-cbct-market-research-report-2019-2023?utm_source=SHASHITable of ContentsChapter One Dental CBCT Industry OverviewChapter Two Dental CBCT Up and Down Stream Industry AnalysisChapter Three Asia Dental CBCT Market AnalysisChapter Four 2014-2019 Asia Dental CBCT Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Five Asia Dental CBCT Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Six Asia Dental CBCT Industry Development TrendChapter Seven North American Dental CBCT Market AnalysisChapter Eight 2014-2019 North American Dental CBCT Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nine North American Dental CBCT Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Ten North American Dental CBCT Industry Development TrendChapter Eleven Europe Dental CBCT Market AnalysisChapter Twelve 2014-2019 Europe Dental CBCT Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Thirteen Europe Dental CBCT Key Manufacturers AnalysisChapter Fourteen Europe Dental CBCT Industry Development TrendChapter Fifteen Dental CBCT Marketing Channels Development Proposals AnalysisChapter Sixteen Development Environmental AnalysisChapter Seventeen Dental CBCT New Project Investment Feasibility AnalysisChapter Eighteen 2014-2019 Global Dental CBCT Productions Supply Sales Demand Market Status and ForecastChapter Nineteen Global Dental CBCT Industry Development TrendAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports from various publishers across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.We are instrumental in providing quantitative and qualitative insights on your area of interest by bringing reports from various publishers at one place to save your time and money. A lot of organizations across the world are gaining profits and great benefits from information gained through reports sourced by us.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct:+1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free:+1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

first_img Monday, April 1, 2019 TORONTO — TravelBrands’ newly released brochure dedicated to all things travel in Europe is now available. The brochure highlights multiple Europe and Great Britain destinations, hotel options, unique activities and more. “In our latest edition, we make it even easier for travellers to get away, their way,” says Nathalie Tanious, Senior Vice President, TravelBrands. “We want clients to experience Europe however they want to. Whether it’s having a local beer in Germany, touring a castle in England or laying on a beach in Greece, TravelBrands can make it happen.” Clients can take advantage of multi-destination trips, long or short stays and flexible travel options. Tanious notes that TravelBrands has hundreds of property choices, tours and excursions, airline options, car rentals and more in cities and towns all over Europe. Destinations include Great Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, plus European cruises. To learn more about TravelBrands’ dynamic Europe packaging see www.travelbrandsaccess.com. Agencies will receive copies of the brochure in the weeks ahead. Hundreds of itineraries featured in TravelBrands’ latest Europe program Share Travelweek Group Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Wild myths: Costa Rican animal legends 6 Costa Rican animal names decoded The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José Facebook Comments Long before hordes of tourists and biologists began flocking to Costa Rica for its amazing biodiversity, the country’s native peoples were the area’s first wildlife experts. Through close observation during frequent close encounters with animals, Costa Rica’s indigenous populations built up extensive mythologies surrounding the country’s wildlife. These beliefs are best preserved among Costa Rica’s Bribrí and Boruca; animals feature prominently in their legends, healing ceremonies and even their dreams.Creature clairvoyanceShamans use the appearance of certain animals in dreams to predict the possible fate of the dreamer. A vulture (Cathartidae) in a dream signals that the dreamer is sick with a parasite, while a child who dreams of parrots (Psittacidae) will likely grow up to become a healer. A pregnant woman who dreams of a motmot (Momotidae) is likely to have a miscarriage.Another traditional belief is that the traits of certain revered animals can be bestowed on children while they are still in the womb. Placing the right foot of a water opossum (Chironectes minimus) in the hut of a pregnant woman can ensure that the child will be born with greater fishing skills; doing the same with the claws of a northern tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) can endow a new baby with resilience.Animals also play a significant role in beliefs about death. Both the common opossum (Didelphis marsupials) and the naked-tailed armadillo (Cabassous centralis) are seen by the the Bribrí people as harbingers of death. This belief is still embodied in the modern Spanish name of the naked-tailed armadillo, madillo zopilote, which means vulture armadillo. Another animal, the silky anteater (Cyclopes didactylus), is believed to carry the Bribrí’s souls to heaven. Boruca painter Marvin González uses jaguars and other animals in many of his paintings due to their importance in the myths and culture of the Boruca people. (Courtesy of Marvin González)CreationUsually depicted as scary and violent, a vampire bat (Phyllostomidae) is the unlikely hero of the Bribrí’s creation myth.The story begins on an earth without soil or plants. Only rock and gravel covered the planet’s surface until a vampire bat flew into the center of the earth to feed off the blood of a baby jaguar (Panthera onca). With that nourishment, the bat was able to return to the earth’s surface and fertilize it. Using the guano left behind by the bat, the Bribrí god Sibú was able to plant the world’s first tree.Spirit animalsThough many of the Boruca traditions have been lost over time, every year since the Spanish conquest, the Boruca have put on the Juego de los Diablitos (Little Devils’ Game), where the performers often dress in animal masks. Usually depicting strong animals, like the jaguar, or wise animals, like an owl or parrot, the masks represent the inner traits of the wearer.Both Boruca and Bribrí legends also include the belief that certain animals on earth carry the spirit of gods.In Boruca legends, quetzals (Pharomachrus mocinno) carry the spirit of the great warrior Satú. According to the legend, Satú was born to a great chief; on the day of his birth, a quetzal came down to the village to sing. As a tribute, the villagers made Satú a medallion shaped like a quetzal that would protect him. Satú was never hurt in battle while he wore the medallion; in battle, quetzals protect the Bocura. But one day in a fit of jealousy, Satú’s uncle stole the medallion while he slept. The next day, while Satú was unprotected, his uncle killed him in the forest, but a quetzal flew down and sat over Satú’s body, it then flew away to live in the mountains where it stayed forever, carrying Satú’s spirit.The Bribrí people believe that all the world’s tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) are spirits of a tapir god, the sister of Sibú. Legend has it that Sibú planned to marry off his sister in exchange for a wife of his own, but because she can tell the future, Tapir could see her brother’s intentions and could also see that if she married, it would end unhappily. Tapir refused to get married, so her brother sent some of her spirit to earth for the Bribrí to hunt.Because of their beliefs, Bribrís have extensive ceremonies surrounding tapir hunting. Only certain sects of Bribrís can hunt tapirs, and only one woman per village is trained to cook the animal properly. Any violations of the ritual will incur the wrath of the Tapir god.Read more “Into the Wild” columns here“Into the Wild” is a monthly wildlife column from photojournalist Lindsay Fendt. Stay tuned each month for more glimpses into Costa Rica’s extraordinary biodiversity.last_img read more

first_imgThe deadline has expired for Costa Rica to respond to a claim at the Washington, D.C.-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for allegedly denying a therapeutic abortion to a woman in 2007, according to the pro-choice group “Colectiva por el Derecho a Decidir.” But Costa Rican officials say the deadline is in April.In a statement the group said the deadline ended Thursday, but Costa Rica’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Alejandro Solano Ortiz told The Tico Times in an email that “the deadline is not today [Thursday]. The official deadline to respond to the Inter-American Commision is in April.”Solano said the government had formed a commission with representatives from the Social Security System, or Caja, the National Women’s Institute, the Health Ministry and the Foreign Ministry to study this and a second case.“We currently are in the process of gathering all technical information to submit our response to the IACHR according to Costa Rica’s legislation,” he added.The first case involves a woman identified by the pseudonym “Ana,” who was 26 when she requested the termination of her pregnancy after medical evaluations concluded her 6-week-old fetus had severe malformations that made it impossible to survive outside the uterus. Caja doctors allegedly told her she must continue the pregnancy to term, denying her a therapeutic abortion by claiming her health and life were not endangered, the complaint states.In her fifth month of pregnancy, Ana was hospitalized due to severe deterioration of her physical and mental health. She was fully aware that her pregnancy would end in stillbirth. At the time a psychiatrist concluded the pregnancy exposed Ana to a “severe risk of death by suicide,” and recommended Caja officials terminate the pregnancy.But Caja officials rejected the request again, arguing that her life was not at risk. Ana then filed a complaint with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, where justices rejected her petition by citing Caja evaluations.According to the complaint at the IACHR, Ana was forced to continue her pregnancy to term and was in labor for seven hours. Doctors concluded her son had died in utero as a direct result of severe malformation.Colectiva members joined Ana in her repeated requests to the Caja for the termination of her pregnancy. Following the failed delivery, the group assisted her in filing a complaint at the IACHR in 2008 with support from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, according to Colectiva member Larissa Arroyo Navarrete.“As a result of her experience Ana still struggles with severe depression and suffers anxiety attacks, chronic diarrhea and social inhibition,” the complaint states.Arroyo said the petition does not seek changes to current laws or the drafting of new ones.“We are only asking for a correct interpretation of Article 121 of Costa Rica’s Penal Code,” she said.That article states that it is legal to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy in cases where a woman’s health or life is at risk.“Currently an administrative procedure or a protocol on how to interpret this provision of the law does not exist, therefore access to this procedure is not clearly defined by law; for that reason doctors in most cases refuse to perform a therapeutic abortion,” she said.The other case currently under study at the IACHR involves a woman known as “Aurora” who filed her complaint in 2011.Aurora, 32 at the time, repeatedly requested a therapeutic abortion because medical tests showed her fetus had no chance of survival. She was denied the procedure by doctors who claimed it would be illegal because Aurora’s life was not at risk.The deceased baby was born with his heart, liver and intestines exposed. He also had severe scoliosis, cysts, short ribs and no legs.During her pregnancy Aurora experienced tachycardia, severe pain and emotional distress caused by the fetus’ condition.Both complaints at the IACHR highlight a lack of expedited access in Costa Rica for therapeutic abortions, a violation of human rights, Arroyo said.She added that the complaints “seek to expose the government’s systematic failures in providing women with a protocol to handle therapeutic abortion requests when the health and lives of women are endangered.” Facebook Comments Related posts:Abortion and politics on the campaign trail Anti-abortion parade brings 200,000 Catholics to San José Activists Mobilize Against Abortion Ban Costa Rica priests to forgive abortionlast_img read more

first_imgToday, businesses rely heavily on data. Not to mention, advances in information technologies present a challenge to businesses to constantly be on top of the growth curve. Legacy systems are quickly becoming more inefficient when compared side by side with newer innovations.Furthermore, the exponential speed of change we have today creates more intelligent security threats which can cause a significant amount of money to rectify. Therefore, if your business is getting smarter, why shouldn’t your business processes smarten up as well? Enter LTO Network.LTO Network to Tackle Existing ProblemsOne of these technologies that have taken the world by storm is the Blockchain. There seems to be plenty of blockchain protocols out there which possesses their own strengths and weaknesses. With the threat of hacks and cybertheft constantly looming, blockchain technology presents a possible solution to inefficient legacy systems.Here is where I find LTO Network to be a highly efficient blockchain infrastructure that brings efficiency and is production-ready, developed with privacy and compliance by design. LTO Network is currently the easiest solution for businesses to integrate blockchain technology into their processes where upgrading and interconnecting your existing systems can be done seamlessly.In addition to being easy, the cost to do so is also reasonable as compared to other protocols. In a typical organization, it is common to lose 5 percent of its annual revenue to fraud each year. To put it into another perspective, this translates to potential global fraud losses of up to $4 trillion.Examples of such fraud are:Diploma FalsificationBuying an illegally produced diplomas, seemingly issued by an accredited institution.Altering the grades in a diplomaFake diplomas issued by diploma mills (fake universities). Diploma mills grant ‘degrees’ to people who pay for this service but do not offer any educational training.One such example that came to was a lawyer in Singapore falsifying her law degree certificate in order to improve her chances with obtaining a job. (Source) Though it may seem trivial, the repercussions could raise valid concerns when it comes to the medical world. Such as this instance in Mumbai reported by the Times of India, where doctors were arrested for providing fake medical degrees to 58 specialists.Invoice FraudInvoice fraud can occur in one of two ways;The scammer poses as you and sends fake invoices to your clients with their own bank account details, phone number, and email address.The scammer poses as a regular supplier of yours and sends fake invoices to you.Criminals will often hack into the business’ email accounts in order to gain valuable information about the company’s relationships with clients and suppliers. They will look for details of when regular payments are made and when invoices are sent to customers. Once they have obtained the information they need, they can start to clone invoices and email addresses.They will also look at the way you write and structure your emails and any other information that will help them to impersonate you. In March 2019, it was found that Google and Facebook were scammed out of $172 million just with invoice fraud. (Source)These are merely a few examples of how LTO Network are tackling actual problems.LTO Network’s two-phased approachLTO Network is a hybrid blockchain that enables an equal footing for B2B collaboration with its decentralized workflows called Live Contracts, designed to be the trust layer for businesses in a GDPR-compliant way.The Proof EngineBlockchain could have prevented these frauds should add to the support of the organization, adding value to the organization at the same time. Creating an instant ROI. Prevention needs to be widely available to integrate into organizational ecosystems in minutes, making organizations unite against fraud. LTO Networks’ ‘Proof Engine’ allows you to eliminate all types of fraud through securing any type of digital data.It is the trust layer you need in your organizational systems, which is applicable to various internal processes. Integrated in minutes, safeguarding every type of data imaginable. Learn more about safeguarding data.Decentralized workflowsFor the past decade corporates and governments have invested billions of dollars in workflow automation tooling, trying to make processes run like well-oiled machines. But when these organizations have to work together, the efficiency stops. Sometimes, within one organization with different systems, inefficiencies are a daily pain.LTO Network solves this problem through decentralized workflows called ‘Live Contracts’ which link existing stakeholder systems to pre-defined processes (templates) to optimize efficiency for data protection and compliance accordingly to domestic legislation (Asia?—?CBPR, US -Data Protection Laws, EU?—?GDPR compliant standards).Live Contracts are the answer to your business process inefficiencies. Learn more about decentralized workflows.When should you use LTO Network?The Proof EngineBlockchain can prevent these frauds. Additionally, it should add value to the organization at the same time. Creating an instant ROI. Prevention needs to be widely available to integrate into organizational ecosystems in minutes, making organizations unite against fraud. LTO Networks’ ‘Proof Engine’ allows you to eliminate all types of fraud through securing any type of digital data. It is the trust layer you need in your organizational systems, which is applicable to various internal processes.Integrated in minutes, safeguarding every type of data imaginable. Learn more about safeguarding data.Decentralized workflowsCorporates and governments are investing billions of dollars in workflow automation tooling, trying to make processes run like well-oiled machines. However, efficiency stops when these organizations have to work together. Sometimes, within one organization with different systems, inefficiencies are a daily pain. LTO Network solves this problem through decentralized workflows called ‘Live Contracts’.Live contracts link existing stakeholder systems to pre-defined processes (templates) to optimize efficiency for data protection and compliance accordingly to domestic legislation (Asia?—?CBPR, US -Data Protection Laws, EU?—?GDPR compliant standards).Can Live Contracts be the answer to your business process inefficiencies? Learn more about decentralized workflows.When should you use LTO Network?Evaluating the opportunities brought forth by Blockchain opens up on efficiency and security improvements, alternative financing for new business units or expansion.The hype, speculative new assets such as Cryptocurrencies and alternative fundraising means like ICOs, surrounding ‘Blockchain’ has exaggerated the realistic capabilities and applications of this new technology. Businesses, developers, and investors have yet to identify the right applications that are appropriate for distributed ledger technology.DatabasesDatabases have been used for decades to persist state and query data. Decades worth of research has been invested to optimize the different layers of query processing.Permissionless BlockchainsA centralized authority does not manage permissionless blockchains. Therefore, public ledgers are distributed across a dynamic network of peers.Permissioned BlockchainsPermissioned Blockchains represent a hybrid design. They are not centralized to a single entity, yet they are able to authorize a small set of preselected trusted peers that can write state.It is easy to realize that there is no one-size-fits-all solution after looking at these different systems. Everything is a trade-off and different applications have different requirements. Hence, we require different appropriate solutions.LTO Network is applicable to every industry and company with a great number of repetitive processes in their day-to-day operations. LTO also connects and combines your different software solutions (HRM, CRM, ERP, POS). To assess whether LTO Network’s hybrid blockchain software is suitable for your business, we can apply the following depicted decision-model:For more information, you could read my previous article, “Do Companies Actually Need Blockchain?”LTO Network Use CasesTransfrontier Waste Transports in the EUAccording to Sociable’s report, LTO Network won the tender to provide the Dutch Government with a Blockchain-related solution to waste transportation automation with Belgium. Applying blockchain technology will enable all government bodies and companies to get real-time verification of each step in the supply chain.Streamlining transportations has resulted in a great reduction in costs in multiple jurisdictions in reducing the administrative overheads by 36%, saving $7M dollars on the pilot run by The Netherlands and Belgium. The solution is further rolled out in the EU later this year. Watch the solution video here.Live lease agreements on the blockchainA contract describes procedures to execute one or more promises. With LTO Networks’ Live Contracts technology, together with M7 Real Estate and CMS Law, we turn contracts and processes into business rules and data that allow automation. Each party will have control over its own data with blockchain technology and will be able to verify the actions of others, making cooperation secure and payments fully automated.Food traceability on blockchainIn an article for Moonwhale Blog, I discussed Blockchain’s potential in revolutionizing the supply chain. The food supply chain is one of the most complex and fragmented of all supply chains. With production all over the world, producers and intermediaries are difficult to identify and track. This brings uncertainty and risk to all stakeholders in the production chain making fraud and counterfeiting very real problems in the industry. This, in turn, makes the whole food supply chain unfair for some stakeholders.A centralized database already helps with solving complexity and fragmentation issues in a supply chain. But only an immutable decentralized database such as one provided by LTO Network can help solve fraud and counterfeiting issues because its data cannot be manipulated. Therefore, companies should consider exploring a decentralized solution.Together with Capptions and SignRequest, LTO Network has built a food traceability app that utilizes blockchain called FoodFlow for the Nutreco track at the Odyssey hackathon. Nutreco makes protein food that is used to feed animals. Blockchain provides transparency to each stakeholder in the supply chain. In doing so, all parties can track and ensure the product are safe towards the end of the supply chain. This also provides all parties the ability to trace back with credible information when a mistake or error has occurred.The proof engine for software vendorsLTO Networks’ public blockchain is optimized for safeguarding digital data. Various software parties, such as V-ID, Capptions, SignRequest, LegalThings, and Scantrust use LTO Network as an upgrade their existing solutions to serve their customers in a trustless way, simply linking an API.ConclusionWith the huge increase in Bitcoin’s prices, the world will come to know about Blockchain technology once again. Bitcoin’s recent downturn in price from $20,000 to $4,000 has made adopting its underlying technology, the blockchain, difficult since people tend to tie its potential with price nowadays understandably. Despite that fact, the main players are already in the blockchain space and are experimenting with it.LTO Network seems to target B2B like governments, multinationals, and enterprises with its GDPR-compliant decentralized workflows. In my article, “Blockchain Adoption Could Be Closer Than We Think”, I talk about key drivers of blockchain technology adoption starts with both the Public and Private sectors, eventually to the general population. With that, I highly think LTO Network has the right target in mind to fast-track mass Blockchain Technology adoption.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. 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