One of those matters most likely concerns a Dec. 17 incident at the racetrack, in which local authorities responded to a series of gunshots fired near the main gate around 1:30 p.m. No one was injured during the shooting and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating. Sincethe 1930s, the FBI National Academy has aimed to improve the administration ofjustice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise lawenforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Butan economic boom at both sites has led to some “pressing matters” that need tobe discussed, according to Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly. Betweenonline and retail sports wagering platforms, the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill has earned approximately $23 million in revenue since opening itsdoors in June 2018. OCEANPORT – Four years ago, the future of Fort Monmouth and the viability of the Monmouth Park Racetrack were questionable. “Iwas down there for about three months, so there’s some things I need to catchup on here and bring back and implement some of the things I learned downthere, in terms of best practices,” Kelly said. “It’s all for the betterment ofthe people in our community. Withmore money circulating at the track’s Monmouth Park Sports Book and more FortMonmouth housing under construction bringing more people to Oceanport, some areconcerned that changes need to be made to public safety. Kellywas a member of the 278th graduating class, which included a select group ofexecutive law enforcement officers from around the globe. The chief said hisclass was composed of representatives from all 50 states, with 37 internationalparticipants. “It’sbasically like going back to college,” Mayor Jay Coffey said. “Chief Kellypretty much earned his master’s in law enforcement and our entire communitywill be better for it because we do have some unique challenges here, such asMonmouth Park, Fort Monmouth and events like the New Jersey Marathon eachspring.” “There’s a lot of changes happening. We’re growing as a town and the police department needs to grow and change with it,” Kelly said. These new challenges prompted Kelly to enroll in the FBI National Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Leadersand managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal andinternational law enforcement agencies attend the academy. However,participation is by invitation only, by way of a nomination process. Followinggraduation, officers like Kelly are able to join the FBI National AcademyAssociates, Inc., an organization of more than 16,000 law enforcementprofessionals that works to increase standards of competency, cooperation andintegrity. Similarly,since 2016, the opening of 720 new residential units and further retaildevelopment at Fort Monmouth is in full swing, with nearly all of Oceanport’sdevelopable fort land accounted for, according Coffey. That developmentincludes the approval of a New Jersey City University satellite campus on a27-acre parcel formerly known as Squier Hall. Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, right, was congratulated by FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony Dec. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy M. Kelly “Theysay only 1 percent of law enforcement gets selected to the program and it’sthat networking opportunity that’s the biggest thing for our department and ourcommunity,” Kelly said. “I now have friends and contacts across the country andin 37 different countries that I can work with a draw knowledge from to contendwith different situations concerning our public safety.”
sarah perez Related Posts Tags:#apps#mobile#Poll What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … In a long and detailed blog post, Marco Arment, creator of the popular “read later” application Instapaper explained why he decided to kill off the app’s free version. According to Arment, his decision was due to the “significant costs in development and support,” “the undesirable customers” the free version attracted, the low conversion rates from free to paid and several other factors.The move has been applauded by many in the tech industry, including GigaOm’s Om Malik, and has even persuaded others to go out and purchase the app for the first time. But do you think this strategy would work for you? Or is Instapaper an exception because it’s already a well-known, established brand delivering a service known to provide value? Let’s us know if you’ve been inspired to kill off your free app in this week’s ReadWriteMobile poll.Arment’s blog post is well worth the read for any and all mobile app developers who have struggled with pricing and the maintenance of a separate (but not equal) free version of their mobile application.Why Did He Do It?After experimenting with pulling the free version of Instapaper on different occasions to promising results (our coverage) – no one noticed and paid sales went up – Arment decided it was time to kill off the free version for good. He says that it was costly to support the app, since the ad-supported version made far less than the paid version, and the customers who chose the free app were, quote, “undesirable.”Explains Arment:“Instapaper Free always had worse reviews in iTunes than the paid app. Part of this is that the paid app was better, of course, but a lot of the Free reviews were completely unreasonable…I don’t need every customer. I’m primarily in the business of selling a product for money. How much effort do I really want to devote to satisfying people who are unable or extremely unlikely to pay for anything?”He also found that those on the free version were not very likely to upgrade to the paid version for the extra features, so, to them, the free version was the only app these customers would ever see. Arment added that there was minimal demand for the free version, too, noting that it has been out of the App Store for nearly 2 months with few having noticed.The more controversial part of Arment’s blog post is at the end, where he evangelizes to other developers that they should try this too. This isn’t a case of Instapaper being “special,” he says. “Every app is a special case.”“Maybe you think I can only do this because Instapaper is already popular. But it built its popularity while charging “a lot” for an iPhone app from the start. Maybe you think I can only do this because my blog is moderately popular among geeks like me. If so, I assure you that my blog’s audience is smaller than you think,5 and is extremely insignificant relative to the size of the iOS app market. Maybe you think there aren’t enough people willing to pay $5 for an app with no free version. I used to think that, too. But I was wrong.”PollSo what do you think, developers?Did Arment inspire you to consider killing off the free version of your app as well? Let us know in the poll below. Non-developers, please share your thoughts in the comments. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Tags:#cloud computing#security#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting brian proffitt Even as antipiracy forces step up their war on copyright violations, the economic impact of software and media piracy remain questionable. Without credible estimates of the true scope of piracy, efforts to thwart file sharing will lack credibility as well.File sharing represents a huge proprotion of traffic online, and much of that activity is devoted to unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including application software, music, and movies. But how much economic impact does it really have?Don’t ask the antipiracy advocates. The intellectual property industry likes to trumpet large numbers representing the losses incurred by file sharing. In May, the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a U.S.-based software trade organization, reported that “software piracy cost the industry a record $63.4 billion globally in 2011 with emerging economies listed as the main culprits.”That’s a sizeable sum, but it doesn’t carry any weight.The method behind such assessments goes like this: First, estimate the average amount of software installed on PCs within a given country, using data from surveys and the like. Next, subtract the amount of software known to have been sold in that country. The difference is the rate of piracy. Multiply that figure by the revenue software companies would get if the software were sold at its commercial value, and you get a figure like $63.4 billion.There are multiple problems with this line of reasoning:• It uses surveys to determine the amount and types of software installed on PCs. Doing this with any statistical significance requires a sample size far larger than researchers tend to muster.• It supposes that, if piracy were not an option, the same software would be purchased and installed. But people indiscriminately grab free stuff they don’t really want or need simply because it’s fun or satisfying, whereas they deliberate over purchases.• It assumes that consumers pay the same commercial rates for the software whether they reside in a developing nation or a Western country. But, in fact, prices in the U.S. and Europe are substantially higher than those in emerging markets.“Almost every year BSA’s total ‘commercial value’ estimate grows, generating headlines about piracy and fostering wrongheaded policies like those we saw in SOPA and PIPA,” wrote Josh Mendelsohn in a blog post for Hattery Labs, a firm that specializes in marketing, branding, and product and business development. “What’s missing from this conversation is unbiased, statistically sound research that shows the true nature of online piracy.”No one is denying that software piracy is a concern, not even critics of the BSA. The same is true for media piracy, which generates similarly inflated estimates of lost revenue by organizations like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) or the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). But the scope of the problem has not been examined honestly. Until antipiracy forces undertake research designed to discover the true impact of file sharing, antipiracy forces will look like their aim is scare lawmakers into enacting protectionist laws rather than solve real problems.
Securing film distribution might be the most challenging part of the entire filmmaking process. Here’s what it takes to get your project in front of an audience.Top image via KRVSThe process of film distribution is incredibly interesting and somewhat complex. Fear not — we’re going to break it down in very simple steps and terms. The foundation for the following information comes from The Business of Media Distribution by Jeffery C. Ulin.Please note that the distribution process we’ll be covering is the standard “Studio” process.Step 1: Selling Film RightsImage via DeadlineThe very first step in the distribution process is selling the rights to your film. You should have a deal in place with a producer before rolling on a single camera. With big movie productions, the film rights are secured by a major studio before production even begins. In some cases, even before pre-production.Intellectual Property (Ulin, pg. 56)It is vitally important to note that the majority of filmmakers establish their own production company, usually an LLC. This production company holds the copyright to the intellectual property, thus allowing the creator some control over how the property gets made. At this point the filmmaker would sell the rights to a producer, who would give the filmmaker an option fee. There is no standard option fee.Video via HowcastDirector Steven Spielberg created his own production company — Amblin Entertainment — in 1981. It was through this company that he handled all intellectual property copyrights for films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Gremlins, The Goonies, and Back to the Future. He and his company would then work out agreements for the film rights of these properties with one of the “Big Six,” who would provide a monetary budget for film production. For reference, here’s the Big Six: 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, Universal, and Walt Disney Studios.Percentage and Expiration of Rights (Ulin, pg. 68-69)When an intellectual property is optioned, the producer gives the copyright owner the option fee, and the film begins moving toward becoming “greenlit.” Understand that the option fee is a small number meant to help the producer reduce their losses in the event the project never makes it to production. When the project is eventually greenlit, the option is a “legally binding guarantee to purchase the film rights.”It’s important to note that film options have specific time frames attached to them; if a producer can’t secure full funding to greenlight the project, then the option will expire and the copyright holder can explore new avenues for production (or renew with the same producer).Once a project is greenlit and the film rights are secured, it’s time go into production and start securing a distributor.Step 2: Licensing AgreementImage via Flix.org.ukThe next step in the distribution process is securing a licensing agreement with a distributor who will work toward getting the film into theaters all over the world. Each of the Big Six has its own distribution division. For example, The Walt Disney Company distributes all film content Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, while Sony Pictures distributes through Sony Picture Releasing. Even mini-majors like The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate will develop the distribution for their own films.Within these distribution subsidiaries are people who secure national distribution and others who secure global distribution. These people are known as the Producer Rep and Sales Agent. Here’s what these jobs entail.Production RepresentativeA producer rep works with a film booker in the United States and secures leasing agreements to those chains. They are solely responsible for domestic distribution.Film Sales AgentThe sales agent works on a much larger scale. They work to secure international theatrical distribution, which means they collaborate with different groups in each country and/or region.Distribution Splits (Ulin, pg. 160)There are distribution splits where a companies will share the burden of distribution with other companies. For example, Bridge of Spies was distributed in the United States by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and distributed internationally by 20th Century Fox. Here’s what Elliot Grove of Raindance wrote about split rights:Commonplace are split rights deals, where distributors cherry pick territories and then decide which national rights they want. It could be they are interested only in TV, or DVD for example, leaving the other pieces of the distribution window to the producer to try to max out money-wise.Once the licensing agreements are in place, the distributors begin negotiating with a film booker.Step 3. Negotiating With a Film BookerImage via Flix.org.ukA booking agent, film buyer, or film booker negotiates the lease terms for films from the Big Six and beyond. These film bookers work on behalf of theater chains like AMC, Regal, and Cinemark. There are also splits between the distributor and exhibitor (theater). The standard split was called the 90/10 split, though that has been replaced with agreements like House Nut, Firm Terms, and Four-Wall Structure. (Ulin, pg. 163-166)For a major Hollywood release, it’s common for the studio to take as much as 70, 80 or even 90 percent of the first week’s box office sales. In a typical exhibition contract, the studio’s percentage goes down every week that the film remains in the theaters. – How Stuff WorksDuring the celluloid era, distributors would send film prints, like the ones in the image above, to theater chains. However, in today’s digital age, distributors usually ship DCP (Digital Cinema Package) copies to theaters across the country and globally. Once these copies are in place and at the theaters, the film with make its theatrical run. While films used to stay in theaters for a year or more, the average release window now lasts roughly two to three months. The reason this time is so short: Ancillary rights.Step 4. Ancillary RevenueImage via AMC TheatersWhen a film reaches the end of its theatrical run, the DCP copies are returned to the distributor and the leasing agreement is paid out. This is not the end of the distribution process; now the film moves on to ancillary revenue. This revenue is all part of the agreement between filmmaker and studio/distributor. It’s incredibly difficult to retain all of the ancillary rights in today’s industry.Video via Danny LaceyWhile these ancillary rights cover a variety of things, let’s focus on the film content side of things.Psychical Media (Ulin, pg. 223)When it comes to physical media, there really are only two options available: DVD and Blu-ray. While this part of the home entertainment industry is still a worthy option (earning $6.1 billion dollars in 2015), it’s not the juggernaut it once was. However, there is still revenue to be earned. 4K Blu-ray players are emerging more consistently — but so is 4K digital distribution.Digital Media (Ulin, pg. 230)With each passing year, digital distribution is positioning itself to surpass disc-based media as the top home-entertainment revenue. Studios and distributors are including digital copies with psychical copies. They’re even beginning to release digital versions of films to online retailers like iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play before the disc-based option is released.Streaming & Television Rights (Ulin, pg. 234)This brings us streaming and television rights. Streaming is big business in today’s industry. In fact, Fortune stated in June of 2015 that streaming was closing in on DVD sales for the first time ever, thanks to the success of streaming giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But don’t forget about television. Broadcast rights are something to be taken seriously, as documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman told us last year.Hopefully this gives you some insight into how film distribution works and where the industry stands in terms of distribution to theaters and home entertainment. Again, this breakdown is meant to expose how film distribution works within the studio structure. Distribution for independent film is a completely different process.Got any opinions on how the big studios handle film distribution? Let us know in the comments below.
The U.S. U-20 national team began Concacaf Championship play in emphatic fashion, crushing Puerto Rico 7-1 with five different players getting on the scoresheet.Thursday’s match was the first of World Cup qualifying, beginning a gruelling run of five games in nine days.Indiana University forward Justin Rennicks and Toronto FC product Ayo Akinola each netted braces on the day, leading the way for a strong debut match despite the absence of several highly-touted players like Josh Sargent, Tyler Adams, Timothy Weah and Jonathan Amon, all of whom recently featured for the senior team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Rennicks opened the scoring just five minutes in while Freiburg’s Alex Mendez doubled that lead six minutes later to truly begin the onslaught.FC Dallas’ Paxton Pomykal scored soon after, but Puerto Rico was able to pull back a goal before the halftime whistle.The second half was even more comprehensive, with Akinola finishing off a Jaylin Lindsey cross in the 49th minute to restore the three-goal advantage with his first goal of the match.Rennick’s second came in the 57th minute while Akinola completed his brace as well by heading home a cross from Ulysses Llanez.It was the Llanez who capped off the victory with the seventh and final goal.Even with the six-goal victory, the U.S. does not sit first in the group as a 13-2 victory over the Virgin Islands leaves Suriname as Group A leaders through the first round of games.Trinidad & Tobago was victorious in the third and final game of the group’s opening round, scoring twice in stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win over Saint Vincent & The Grenadines in their opener.Next up for the U.S. is a match against the Virgin Islands on Saturday before taking on Trinidad & Tobago two days later to reach the midway point of the group stage.
Ex-Inter Milan striker Eto’o: Balotelli gave us only 10% of what he can doby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o says Mario Balotelli could’ve been a worldbeater.Eto’o was still with Inter as Balotelli, now with Brescia, was breaking through as a teenager.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Mario loves me like a little brother, but he never showed even 10% of his qualities.”The Mario I saw in training when he wanted to, I never saw the same in a game. “Too bad, in some moments he knew how to mark the hearts of those who watched him, but he could have marked them every day for twenty years…” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
@_cavtion_Donte Vaughn, a four-star cornerback in the 2016 class, has trimmed his list to eight schools. The 6-foot-3, 192-pound prospect out of Memphis, Tenn., is ranked the No. 27 CB in his class by 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings. His top eight is very SEC-heavy. Here’s the statement he released with his top schools. @_cavtion_Vaughn is considered by most recruiting analysts to be favoring Tennessee, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.
WINNIPEG – Ontario’s minister responsible for immigration has demanded an apology from federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen for saying the province is promoting fear about asylum seekers.“Maybe the minister should sit down and have a nice cup of tea, calm down a little bit and maybe phone me and apologize for calling me unCanadian,” Lisa MacLeod said Friday.Federal, provincial and territorial ministers were meeting in Winnipeg to discuss immigration issues when Hussen was asked about Ontario Premier Doug Ford demanding that federal government pay millions to provide supports for asylum seekers.Ford has said the federal government is ushering people across the border and asylum seekers, whom he calls “illegal border crossers,” have caused a housing crisis in Ontario.Hussen said the new premier’s messaging is irresponsible.“It’s divisive. It’s fear-mongering and it’s not Canadian. It’s very dangerous,” Hussen said.“Ontario sadly has chosen the language of fear. They’ve chosen to intentionally use language that could potentially criminalize asylum seekers in the minds of Canadians.”He added that housing issues are a shared responsibility and it’s unfortunate “Ontario has chosen to step away from the table.”MacLeod said she thought the minister was acting mean-spirited towards her personally.“His answer was directed at me to try and intimidate me,” she said. “And I will not be intimidated.”Earlier in the day, MacLeod walked out of the meeting after a testy exchange with the minister. She did not sign onto the meeting’s communique.Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan’s minister responsible for immigration, also refused to sign. In a statement, Harrison said the government of Saskatchewan expects Ottawa to handle the bill for asylum seekers.Ontario would still like to work in partnership with the federal government, MacLeod said, but she said the province’s concerns aren’t being heard.Toronto is facing $90 million in social assistance costs and $75 million in shelter costs related to asylum seekers, MacLeod said. Ottawa has promised $11 million to help.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel accused Hussen of denigrating rhetoric and name-calling. The federal Conservatives have called for an emergency meeting of the citizenship and immigration committee.
Canada’s top 100 CEOs are now making 200 times more money than the average worker for the first time in history, according to the latest data from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.Using 2016 earnings, the centre’s report “Climbing Up and Kicking Down” pegs the average for the CEOs at $10.4 million, compared to the average worker’s total of just under $50,000.The report says to put that in perspective, those executives made the average worker’s yearly pay by 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 2.CCPA Executive Director Peter Blair said 2016 data represents many records being broken.“They’ve broken the 200 to 1 barrier,” Blair said, noting the CEOs made 193 times more in 2015, but now it’s 209. “Now the minimum to get into that club is $5.3 million, up from what was $3.7 million, so that’s also a huge jump.”The report notes the difference between CEO compensation and the average workers, specifically around stock-based compensation.For example, base salary only makes up about 11 per cent for the executives, while another 33 per cent is share-based, 26 per cent from a bonus and 15 per cent is option-based.“This is almost certainly due to federal discussions over this period about possibly cancelling or lowering the stock option deduction, a sweetheart tax loophole that reduces the taxes paid on stock options by half,” report author David Macdonald said.Canada’s top 2016 earner, Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc. CEO Joseph Papa is a good example of share-based earnings.While his base salary was just under $1.3 million., he made over $55 million from share-based options, along with over $12 million in bonuses and over $13 million in option-based compensation.The CCPA report suggests comprehensive tax reform and changing the share-based model.“You’re looking at providing motivation to these top CEOs, which is entirely around short-term gains, and not tied to performance, be it profits or revenue and real corporate growth in the long-term,” Blair said.Blair has often heard the criticism that he’s suggesting socialism or communism when he talks about better income equality, but he said that’s not the case and that CEOs should certainly be paid appropriately for company growth.“What we have is a runaway train here that people are getting away with it and just pushing forward and pushing forward and it’s not doing anybody any favours,” he said. “We get the kinds of mergers and acquisitions and other kind of paper deals that generate increases in stock value, as opposed to real infrastructure building, corporate infrastructure building that we all need.”TOP ALBERTA EARNERS:Based on the 2016 data, the top Alberta earner was Canadian Pacific Railway LTD. CEO Hunter Harrison at over $18.8 million for the year, making fifth on the list overall.Other Alberta CEOs in the top 50 include:7 – Encana President and CEO Doug Suttles-$17.5 million20 – Canadian Natural Resources LTD Executive Chair Murray Edwards-$11.8 million26 – Suncor Energy President and CEO Steven Williams-$11.4 million27 – Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco-$11.3 million32 – Shaw Communications Executive Chair James Shaw-$11.2 million42 – TransCanada President and CEO Russ Girling-$10.1 millionTo read the full report, click here – https://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2018/01/Climbing%20Up%20and%20Kicking%20Down.pdf
Kolkata: Filtered water supply in a large parts of North and Central Kolkata will be affected on Saturday with the Water Supply Department of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) undertaking an urgent work to facilitate construction of a ventilation shaft and emergency exit for the East-West Metro at Raja Subodh Mallick Square.A notice released by the KMC undersigned by Municipal Commissioner Khalil Ahmed informed that filtered water supply from Tallah pumping station, Jorabagan water treatment plant and associated booster pumping stations at Mohammad Ali Park, Auckland Square, Bagmari, Park Circus, Kasba, New Park, Choulpatty and Convent Park will not be available after water supply in the morning. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWater supply will not be available from 10 am on Saturday and will be restored at 6.30 am on Sunday. Apart from North and Central Kolkata wards 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 90 and 91 under Kolkata Municipal Corporation along with Salt Lake and South Dum Dum Municipality will come under this ambit. “As the water supply from Tallah pumping station will be totally stopped after the supply in Saturday morning to facilitate work for EW metro we will utilise this time to take up some repair work at Tallah,” Mayor Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySources in the Water Supply department said that the civic body will have to extract an age-old underground water pipe at the intersection of Nirmal Chandra Street and Lenin Sarani for the ventilation shaft, which is meant to be used for rapid evacuation in case of an emergency. The pipe is 900 mm in diameter and is located 12 feet underground. The pipe that will be removed is defunct but supply pipes adjacent to it may be damaged while removal of the pipe. “So we do not want to take any risk,” the official said. An official of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd, which is executing the East West Metro project, said they needed land for construction of the ventilation shaft at Subodh Mallick Square and several utility lines had come in the way. “We approached the civic body for removing the pipe and they have agreed to it,” the official said.