Mod Quaint/iStock(NEW YORK) — A federal judge in New York denied bail on Monday for Sarah Lawrence College dad Lawrence Ray, who is accused of sex trafficking, forced labor and extortion.Ray was arrested in February, accused of targeting students at Sarah Lawrence College near New York City and subjecting them “to sexual and psychological manipulation and physical abuse,” according to the indictment.Monday’s bail hearing revealed that Ray was caught on a video found on his iCloud account abusing victims in the way prosecutors have described.Federal prosecutors alleged at Monday’s hearing that after Ray’s Feb. 11 arrest, an associate sent text messages to at least one victim continuing to make threats.The alleged sexual and psychological exploitation lasted for about a decade, beginning when Ray was released from prison on unrelated charges and moved into his daughter’s dorm with a group of sophomore Sarah Lawrence students, prosecutors said.Federal prosecutors have said at least one of Ray’s victims was forced into prostitution for his financial benefit.Ray’s alleged tactics were similar to those deployed by cult leaders, including sleep deprivation, psychological and sexual humiliation, verbal abuse, violence, isolation and threats of legal action.Ray will remain locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.An attorney for Ray did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Experts have warned that the waves of panic buying seen in many supermarkets in Jakarta in recent weeks may contribute to an increase in inflation and hurt the country’s consumption growth in the long run.“The danger of panic buying is that it can create inflation, especially for staple foods,” a senior economist at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Aviliani, told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Wednesday.The first wave of panic buyers hit supermarkets at the start of the month, on March 2, after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two cases COVID-19 in Indonesia. Another wave of buyers purchasing in bulk was seen over the weekend as the number of cases in Indonesia grew rapidly. As of Thursday, there were 227 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.The prices of several staple goods have seen a drastic increase. According to the National Strategic Food Prices Information Center (PIHPSN), the average price for a kilogram of granulated sugar across all provinces in Indonesia reached Rp 17,050 (US$1.06) on Thursday, significantly higher than the highest retail price (HET), which is pegged at Rp 12,500 per kilogram.Aviliani urged the central government to work with regional governments to stabilize staple goods because if their prices became volatile, it would not only cause inflation but also “the growth of the economy will slow down”.The Indonesian economy depends, in large part, on household consumption. Household consumption accounted for 56.62 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019, according to the fourth-quarter report on Indonesia’s economic growth by Statistics Indonesia (BPS). The Asian Development Bank (ADB) cited Indonesia’s “strong domestic consumption” as the backbone of the country’s economic growth in 2020, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update report.“Robust consumption should see Indonesia’s economic expansion continue at a healthy pace this year  and next year ,” said ADB country director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein as quoted in an ADB press release on Sept. 25, 2019.The paradox of panic buying is that it may seem to spur consumption, but, in the long run, it actually does not because people will buy less in the future. “Simply, the more you buy now, the less you will buy later,” an analyst at a major brokerage house told the Post on Thursday.The analyst said that “the impact on economic growth will be marginal if we stretch the time frame over the longer horizon” because consumers would not need more basic necessities than their usual spending patterns.He cautioned about the impact of the novel coronavirus on purchasing power. “If more jobs are lost than created, it will lead to reduced purchasing power and hamper demand,” the analyst explained.Transmart Carrefour vice president of corporate communications Satria Hamid told the Post on Wednesday that the supermarket chain had seen sales increase by 50 percent year-on-year within the last two weeks.“[…] mostly staple foods, followed by hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, hand soap and also goods such as fruits and health supplements,” Satria said, adding that in addition to the stockpiling that occurred on March 2, a significant increase in purchases had been seen over the weekend and had carried into Tuesday of this week.Satria mentioned that Transmart Carrefour was coordinating with the Trade Ministry and the Jakarta administration to ensure a steady supply of goods. Its coordination with the ministry sought to increase access to staple items, including sugar, whose prices have soared.The Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) released a statement on March 2 urging “the Indonesian public not to carry out panic buying due to phobias”.“Panic buying happens when there is a perception formed in society without clear information,” Aviliani told the Post, explaining that the images of empty shelves circling on social media had caused fear in consumers that they would not be able to buy necessary goods when they needed to. (ydp)Topics :
2012 may well be remembered as the year when application developers turned against HTML5. Which will be ironic, as HTML5 has evolved more in 2012 than in any other year since it became a reality. But with companies like Facebook dropping HTML5 in favor of native mobile apps, the hype cycle around the standard has turned. Some developers have become disappointed and disillusioned with HTML5. They have come to believe the myths that HTML5 may be, ultimately, untenable.Chris Heilmann, principle developer evangelist at Mozilla, aims to bust some of the negative myths that have cropped up around HTML5. In a recent blog post, Heilmann gives an impassioned and pragmatic breakdown of the so-called myths surrounding HTML5. He touches on contentious issues of performance, monetization, developer tools and debugging, offline use and capabilities. For the most part, Heilmann’s argument is not wrong. His crux is that HTML5 is of the Web and for the Web – and that the Web is everywhere. He leans heavily on the “write once, run everywhere” principle and the problems of “native” apps that are optimized to perform and monetize through a closed application-store model. The HTML5 vs. Native app argument isn’t new of course, but Heilmann effectively counters many of today’s most popular misconceptions around HTML5 – discoverability, user experience, performance and monetary viability for developers.This isn’t an academic argument. In the long run, the emergence and evolution of HTML5 affects where mobile users get their mobile apps and the perception of how they perform. For the most part, users do not care how their apps were built, as long as they work. But how developers view these choices can change the course of how apps are made, where consumers find them and the tools that app creators choose to use for building for mobile devices. MonetizationPundits like to say that HTML5 app developers are not able to monetize their apps. Heilmann, correctly, disproves this as a general theory. “Saying that HTML5 has no monetization model is like saying the Web can not be monetized (which is especially ironic when this is written on news sites that show ads),” Heilmann wrote. There is a nasty little secret hidden here that applies to all app developers, mobile or otherwise: Most apps make no money. For every runaway success (Angry Birds et al.) there are probably a thousand apps that languish with few users and/or no hope of making money. Between iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry, there are approximately 1,580,000 (or so) apps – and 80% of them make next to nothing. Only the top 10% considered successful. The Web is a similar landscape. For every Google, there are companies like Microsoft that lose millions every quarter on their online properties. The concept is not that HTML5 cannot be monetized, but rather that it is very difficult to make big money in mobile in general.Performance & CapabilitiesHeilmann contends that HTML5 can perform just as well as native apps, except that closed mobile operating systems do not allow hardware acceleration and integration through the browser to outside apps. This is true – and one reason that Facebook decided to turn away from HTML5.Fundamentally, the concept of “write once, run everywhere” is easy to achieve in HTML5. It is more difficult to achieve, “write once, perform well everywhere.” HTML5 apps for Web and mobile are often targeted towards a specific platform, such as a certain browser. When those apps are not running on that browser, the performance suffers.The problem is not a matter of whether or not the HTML5 app can perform, but rather that of user experience. Facebook’s HTML5-first vision for mobile meant that the core of its app was built around its mobile m.facebook.com site and then “wrapped” for native stores such as iOS and Android. Many users complained that the Facebook mobile application was nearly unusable on some smartphones, especially for Android users on older devices. Mozilla shows off WebAPIs earlier this yearBut the onus for HTML5 performance and capabilities really has little to do with the HTML5 development community (presuming a developer’s code is well done, of course) but rather the individual mobile operating systems. It’s the operating system and platform providers who need to open up hardware integration and acceleration so that HTML5 developers can tune to them. This lack of cooperation between the OS providers and HTML5 is a key reason that Mozilla is creating its own operating system, the Firefox OS (formerly “Boot2Gecko”) which will be completely Web-based and deployed internationally in 2013. As for capabilities, Mozilla is recreating many of the custom features of native apps – such as camera, contacts, calendar etc. – with its WebAPI initiatives, which tie a smartphone browser to hardware features. Mozilla Has An AgendaIt is understandable that Heilmann is intense in his support of HTML5. The capabilities of the technology stack mixed with the obstacles it faces create all the ingredients for an impassioned plea.But Heilmann has an agenda here. Mozilla started in the late 1990s to counteract the Microsoft Internet Explorer monopoly. That battle has now switched to mobile, with HTML5 the primary weapon in Mozilla’s arsenal. So Mozilla has to rally the troops against the closed platforms. The continued existence of Mozilla depends upon an open Web. As the Web goes mobile, the closed nature of operating systems like Apple’s iOS and its App Store threaten Mozilla to its core. The fact is that HTML5 is not for everybody. Some developers will gladly take the advantage of the native approach and its closed ecosystem… and laugh all the way to the bank. Then again, native is not for everybody, especially for media brands or large enterprises that cannot or will not invest in the developer resources to create a native app for every platform. Will Mobile OS Makers Play Along?Heilmann makes a significant point in noting how closely the future of HTML5 is tied to the goodwill of the native operating systems. “The main reason why HTML5 is not the obvious choice for developers now is the above mentioned lockout when it comes to hardware. An iOS device does not allow different browser engines and does not allow HTML5 to access the camera, the address book, vibration, the phone or text messaging. In other words, everything that makes a mobile device interesting for developers and very necessary functionality for Apps,” Heilmann wrote. There is no certainty that the native platforms will move an inch to support pure HTML5 apps (unwrapped for native performance) outside of their own purposes. For Apple specifically, there is little incentive to do so. That’s why it makes sense for companies like Mozilla to take its future into its own hands with projects like Firefox OS. Yet there is no guarantee that Firefox smartphones will sell well – and it is impossible to monetize without attracting eyeballs.When it comes to mobile users, the goal is for none of this to matter. If I want use Firefox OS or HTML5 apps, I need to trust that those apps will work as well as the native versions I am already used to from the closed app store models. Consumers should not even have to know if an app is native or HTML5 Web-based at all. The goal is to trust that any app, no matter how it is made, will work well on your device. With the complex relationship between the mobile operating systems, native app creation and the Web, there is no guarantee of that right now. That has to change. Outside of the specific Mobile Web App vs. Native App argument and the uncertainties it creates, there is a growing place in app development for HTML5 in the near and long term. The biggest problem – user experience – is conquerable. It will just take more cooperation among the various players to achieve.Top image from HexGL racer by Thibaut Despoulain. dan rowinski Tags:#HTML5#Mozilla Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Battle lines are blurring rapidly within the Indian cricket board, which was a house vertically divided till the recent past. As part of the ongoing rapprochement, Board president N. Srinivasan has not only revived one of the pet projects of veteran administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya but also made him its head.Srinivasan himself requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president to head a project similar to the New Areas Development Programme (NADP) that he had launched about nine years ago. Dalmiya, 71, readily accepted the offer.Dalmiya as president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had launched the ambitious NADP in May 2003. The project was aimed at unearthing the talent from the remotest parts of the country, both states and Union territories, and cricket gear and equipment was supplied to them as part of assistance.The project, however, was not a big success, largely due to lack of communication between the BCCI and the targeted areas and travelling to far flung corners of North East and Union territories.Srinivasan revived the project at a recent working committee meeting in New Delhi, in the presence of Dalmiya, who was representing the CAB. Dalmiya accepted the offer, according to an official present at the meeting.The other members of the committee are BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, joint secretary Anurag Thakur, and Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Two other committee members – BCCI’s chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty and CAB’s Chitrak Mitra – were part of the NADP panel in 2003.advertisementOutlining the brief for the Dalmiya- headed committee, Srinivasan said at the meeting that the project would aim to “look after the development and promotion of cricket in areas outside the jurisdiction of the 30 full members of the BCCI”.BCCI insiders, however, indicated another reason for constituting the special committee. Pointing to the larger picture, they say that by reviving the NADP, Srinivasan has made a smart move to consolidate his new- found friendship with Dalmiya. Both have been in rivals camps since mid-2000s.”But that is past. Now, they are on the same wavelength, which can only be good for the BCCI. Srinivasan has in the recent past consulted the vastly experienced Dalmiya on a few tricky issues concerning the Board, which underlines the increasing bonhomie between them,” a top Board official who has been close to the two veteran officials told Mail Today.”The first step towards the ‘friendship’ was the Shashank Manohar- Srinivasan group’s decision to withdraw the 1996 World Cup fund embezzlement case against Dalmiya in September 2009. It was followed by a series of positive gestures from Manohar and Srinivasan,” he said.Recently, the Board members felt that since all the meetings are always held at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai, the affiliated associations were being “neglected”. “So, it was decided that the working committee meetings would be rotated amongst major centres, and the first meeting following this change was held in Dalmiya’s home city Kolkata, on October 29,” he said.The coming together of the ‘rivals’ can only be good for the game. Almost nine years ago, the areas covered under the NADP for unearthing talent and developing the game were Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pondicherry and Sikkim.”The NADP project in 2003 was not a great deal of success. It was largely due to the travelling problems to the remote corners of the selected areas and lack of communication with them,” Gautam Dasgupta, convenor of the NADP in 2003, told Mail Today.
In recognition of the inspiring individuals and institutions revolutionising education in and around Kolkata – Sankalp Education Awards 2019 witnessed the celebration of innovation, excellence and commitment to educating our society. Curated by Lal Bhatia, co-founder of David & Goliath; Imran Zaki, President of FACES; and Sudha Jaiswal, District Governor of Lions Clubs International (District 322 B2), the grand event held at JW Marriot, Kolkata, gathered some of the region’s most reckoning educators. After rigorously studying the nominations received, the event felicitated some pioneering faces, many of whom have dared to rethink current pantheons of teaching and administration, welcoming creativity in means and methods. The event constituted 45 categories of awards that were created to recognise some outstanding work by individuals whose contributions are often forgotten in everyday hustle. By recognising academic excellence, sporting talent, environmental consciousness and sensitivity to society – the awards ensured that a wide array of talent was recognised and duly felicitated.
VANCOUVER — Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada’s ownership of the corporation created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal.Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation says Canada had an opportunity to “get it right” but failed to take environmental risks into consideration as part of a rushed consultation process.The court shelved the original approval last summer and the federal government approved the pipeline expansion again in June after a second round of consultations with First Nations.George-Wilson says she expects the latest approval will be overturned based on the same mistakes the federal government made the first time around with its failure to conduct meaningful consultations.Lawyer Merle Alexander, who represents the Shxw’owhamel First Nation near Hope, B.C., says the nation that initially supported the pipeline chose to oppose it because an oil spill would destroy its sacred burial and archeological sites as well as the community’s sole source of water.The federal government purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, saying it was in the national interest to build the country’s energy infrastructure and to preserve jobs. The Canadian Press
On September 26th, HSN will exclusively launch UNICHEF: Top Chefs Unite in Support of The World’s Children, a cookbook published by Glitterati Incorporated that features an unprecedented collaboration of 40 world-class chefs assembled by U.S. Fund for UNICEF National Board Member Hilary Gumbel.The cookbook features favorite recipes from HSN Chefs – Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone, Ming Tsai and Wolfgang Puck – and other renowned chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and Geoffrey Zakarian.Only at HSN will customers have the opportunity to purchase a limited edition of the UNICHEF books that are signed by HSN Chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone and Ming Tsai. For each book purchased from HSN on September 26th, HSN will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of the UNICHEF book to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. In addition, Hilary Gumbel will donate all royalties she would receive to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.To celebrate the launch of UNICHEF on HSN, Mindy Grossman and Caryl Stern will join Hilary Gumbel on-air, along with HSN chefs Donatella Arpaia, Ingrid Hoffmann and Ming Tsai, on September 26th at 10 p.m. EST for the second annual HSN Cares Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Primetime Special. HSN Cares will donate twenty percent of the purchase price of all products featured on-air and sold during the primetime special to benefit Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.Find out more at HSN.com.
Joining the all-star line-up for the 38th annual edition of PBS’ A CAPITOL FOURTH, the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition, are multi-platinum pop singer and songwriter Andy Grammer, theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents Chita Rivera, and THE VOICE Season 14 finalist Kyla Jade.Grammer will perform his hit “Back Home,” the lead single from his Gold-certified album Magazines or Novels, on America’s national Independence Day celebration. Gospel singer Jade will open the show with a performance of the “National Anthem.”Rivera, a versatile actress/singer/dancer and the recipient of the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, will introduce a special tribute to the work of famed American composer Leonard Bernstein, the iconic voice of his age, on the 100th anniversary of his birthday (he was born August 25, 1918). The segment will feature Bernstein’s beloved composition “Tonight” from WEST SIDE STORY performed by internationally acclaimed Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Rivera, who has been nominated for a record-breaking ten Tony Awards, and won twice, originated the role of ‘Anita’ in the original Broadway premiere of WEST SIDE STORY in 1957 bringing her stardom.The 38th annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH, celebrating our country’s 242nd birthday, airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on PBS Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, You Tube, Facebook and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) hosts the festivities which will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ’America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Pentatonix; legendary Motown stars The Temptations; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano superstar Renée Fleming, who will be performing her show-stopping anthem from the current hit Broadway production of CAROUSEL.The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C. Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment shows including the GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, TONY AWARDS, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and more.
New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman left for Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Sunday on a three-day visit to attend a key meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).Sitharaman will attend the SCO Defence Ministers’ conclave on Monday during which she is likely to press for concerted efforts by the powerful bloc to deal with terrorism and extremism, officials said. She is also likely to hold bilateral meetings with a number of counterparts from the SCO member countries on the sidelines of the conclave, they said. The SCO defence ministers will explore ways to further boost defence and security cooperation among the member countries in the wake of evolving security challenges in the region. India became a full member of the the China-dominated grouping in 2017 and New Delhi’s entry into it increased the bloc’s heft in regional geo-politics, besides giving it a pan-Asian hue. India is also keen on deepening its security-related cooperation with the SCO and its Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) which specifically deals with issues relating to security and defence. India was an observer at the SCO since 2005 and has generally participated in the ministerial-level meetings.
Madrid: Roger Federer was forced to fight hard for what could have otherwise been a routine win against Gael Monfils in the Madrid Open third round. Federer bageled Monfils 6-0 in the first set, lost his momentum in the second, and looked like he was down and almost out in the third. However, he battled hard to bring a 4-1 deficit to 4-4 before completing a remarkable third set win thanks to a successful tie break where he kept his head while Monfils lost his. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuFederer caught Monfils napping for the opening 20 minutes of the match and could have completed a quick-fire match win had the entertaining Frenchman not awoken from his slumber. Monfils, with a smile on his face, stole the momentum from Federer and broke the veteran tennis player at 4-5. He then went on to win the second set 6-4. At times in the match, Federer appeared livid and could be heard shouting at himself. He complained to the chair umpire that the sun was too bright, requesting unsuccesfully for the Caja Magica stadium roof to be closed. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIt all led to a gripping third set, one which Federer and Monfils exchanged the lead, with both players gunning for the win. Monfils was up 4-1 but lost the lead as Federer brought it back to 4-4. Monfils even had match points at 6-5, but Federer smashed his way back to deuce. Moments later, Federer was able to make one of his advantages count, sending the match into a tie break where he held his nerve, winning 7-3 for a 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 win after two wild hours in Spain.