Community Event To Celebrate Bluenose II

first_imgNova Scotians and visitors are invited to join the captain and crew of the Bluenose II on Saturday, July 11, to celebrate the schooner in her home port of Lunenburg. “Having Bluenose II sailing again is what we’ve all been waiting for. We are ready to celebrate and we invite everyone to celebrate with us,” said Rachel Bailey, Mayor of the Town of Lunenburg. The public will be invited to tour the ship after the ship sails into Lunenburg Harbour around 11:15 a.m. and lowers its sails before moving into place dockside. There will be a community-based event starting at 11:30 a.m. and will include games and activities for kids, along with local food and musicians. The event will coincide with the Lunenburg street festival and craft festival, meaning there will be many ways to experience the best that Lunenburg has to offer. “The Bluenose means so many things to so many people. I know there will be a lot of full hearts on Saturday as the vessel cruises into Lunenburg Harbour under full sail,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The town of Lunenburg is leading a community celebration to which everyone across the province is invited.” The Bluenose II begins its public harbour tours on Sunday, July 19. The full tour schedule is now posted and reservations can be made online, at bluenose.novascotia.ca/schedule .last_img read more

Taraji P Henson To Celebrate Her Birthday With Charity

first_imgTaraji P. Henson has announced the charitable way she’s celebrating her birthday this year.For as little as a $10 donation, fans can enter to win a red carpet experience with Taraji P. Henson at the What Men Want premiere, photos with Taraji, a spa day to get glammed up beforehand, autographed merch, and roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations: Prizeo.com/Taraji. Adding to the fun, Taraji will take over the winner’s Instagram Story for the evening!Donations to Taraji’s Prizeo campaign go to her newly launched foundation that works to eradicate stigma around mental health in the African-American community. Named after Taraji’s late father, The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (BLHF) partners with organizations that educate, celebrate and make visible the positive impact of mental wellness.Taraji tells fans: “This is our legacy. This is our chance to make a difference. Together, we will break the silence and break the cycle!”A $10 donation earns 100 entries to the sweepstakes. For additional donations, fans receive extra entries and can also score exclusive rewards like a personalized video message from Taraji, a signed copy of her book Around the Way Girl, and a limited-edition campaign t-shirt.Learn more and donate to win at Prizeo.com/Taraji by December 13, 2018! For more information about BLHF, please visit www.borislhensonfoundation.org.The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2018 by Taraji P. Henson and led by Executive Director, Tracie Jade Jenkins. The foundation is named in honor of Ms. Henson’s father, Boris Lawrence Henson, who suffered with mental health challenges as a result of his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. We are committed to changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging those who suffer with this debilitating illness to get the help they need.last_img read more

UNs refugee chief works to prepare for more Afghan returns

Reporting on his talks with factional leaders in Mazar-i-Sharif, Ruud Lubbers said “we were very successful” in addressing key issues.Given the influence of leaders in the northern region, he emphasized that they must “take responsibility personally to go after local commanders” when necessary. Mr. Lubbers pointed out that “there is a win-win situation that they discipline their own local commanders” as this will lead to “more prosperous development of the northern part of Afghanistan.”Looking to the broader national context, he acknowledged that “we cannot say that the situation is perfect in the remainder of Afghanistan” and stressed that factional leaders throughout the country must take control of local commanders.The High Commissioner’s agency expects to return 1.2 million refugees and 300,000 internally displaced Afghans to their homes this year. The effort will cost an estimated $195 million, but so far, only $16 million has been received.”We need money,” Mr. Lubbers said, adding that he will soon send a strong letter to donors soliciting funds to cover the “substantial” budget gap. read more

With rapid farreaching changes world can prevent climate change worstcase scenarios –

“Limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees will require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – especially how we manage land, energy, industry, buildings, transport and cities,” Secretary-General António Guterres, at a ministerial meeting on climate finance, in Bali, Indonesia.“That means ending deforestation and planting billions more trees; drastically reducing the use of fossil fuels and massively increasing renewable energy; switching to climate-friendly sustainable agriculture.; considering new technologies, such as carbon capture and storage.”In his remarks, the UN chief made a particular call for “climate friendly” investments, particularly in the infrastructure sector, where over $90 trillion in investments is expected by 2030.“The next few years are critical [and] your leadership is needed,” Mr. Guterres told the ministers.‘We cannot afford to ignore climate risk’Highlighting enormous economic losses to climate-related disasters and projections that by 2050, climate change could reduce annual GDP in some South and Southeast Asian countries by up to 4 per cent, the Secretary-General underscored that climate risk cannot be ignored.“We need a new economic framework that integrates climate and disaster risk in all aspects of finance, planning and budgeting,” he said.We need a new economic framework that integrates climate and disaster risk in all aspects of finance, planning and budgetingAlongside, effective economic policy and fiscal instruments are also needed, he continued, urging a “meaningful price” on carbon and an end to fossil fuel subsidies to promote low-carbon and climate-resilient growth.He also called for “fundamental shifts” in climate financing, including government policies that can increase resources available for climate action.“Governments need to encourage their banks to support green financing and innovative financial instruments – such as green bonds – and debt instruments that can strengthen the resilience of vulnerable nations,” said the UN chief, calling also for the mobilization of private sector financing.In his remarks, he also called on countries to make full use of the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-24), to be held in Katowice, Poland, and to come out of the meeting with a robust framework that allows countries to operationalize and implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.“I count on all leaders to call on their negotiators to resolve all sticking points and insist on progress,” he said. read more

Remarketing innovations cut costs and stimulate UK automotive retail sector

Delegates at the SMMT International Automotive Summit have discussed the most innovative vehicle remarketing strategies and looked at how technology complements expertise to deliver a much reduced remarketing timescale and create an effective, transparent marketplace.A panel consisting of Mike Pilkington, Managing Director of Manheim Remarketing, James Lease, Manheim Sales Director and D’Vidis Jacobs, Online Director at BCA, chaired by Auto Trader’s Online Editor, Adrian Higgins, led a debate on how the latest techniques increase the speed and efficiency of the remarketing process.Representatives of vehicle manufacturers, finance providers and a number of vehicle marketing and logistics operators were given insight into the latest valuation and logistics software, used to speed up the part-exchange valuation process and discussion centred on achieving valuation accuracy, understanding stock information and reducing the overall cost of remarketing.Pointing to the importance of accurate, accessible data at the retail point, Mike Pilkington explained how Manheim’s latest software supports customers, “Access to real-time data helps retailers make accurate valuations early on in the remarketing chain and steers them toward the right sales channels.  We should be able to help retailers sell more vehicles by bringing innovation at the point of contact with the retail customer and removing inconsistencies.”Echoing the point that use of technology improves process, D’Vidis Jacobs ran through the myths of online auctions, pointing out that they complement physical auctions and expand the buyer audience, “Online auctions help buyers, simply because the let you buy when, where and how you want. Through adding choice of stock, convenience and confidence, online auctions have made the physical auction a more efficient channel.”Remarketing was one of a number of subjects discussed at the SMMT International Automotive Summit, analysing the performance of the UK automotive sector. Click through for more information, news and photos from the 2011 International Automotive Summit.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Ohio State softball sweeps home opening series against Michigan State

Freshman pitcher Shelby Hursh winds up a pitch during a game against Michigan State March 22 at Buckeye Field. OSU won, 11-7.Credit: Kim Dailey / Lantern photographerBefore its series against Michigan State, coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said the softball team’s return to Buckeye Field for its first Big Ten matchup was “a whole new season” for it.Her players responded to the fresh slate, with Columbus’ first glimpse of Ohio State in 2014 looking a lot more like a fresh team on opening day than a “battle-tested” team 26 games into its season when the series began.The Buckeyes (15-14, 3-0) completed their sweep of MSU (7-18, 0-3) underneath gray skies and brisk winds to bring their record above .500 for the first time all season.OSU smacked 15 extra base hits (nine doubles, one triple and five home runs) while recording a .432 batting average. Senior first-baseman Evelyn Carrillo had a .700 batting average including six RBIs and two home runs. Carrillo was hitting so well that Schoenly said she was surprised MSU was pitching to her by the end of the weekend.“She is a senior and she really wants it. She loves playing here, she always does well at home, so I wish I could schedule all our games here for her,” Schoenly said of Carrillo. “She really was just tuned in and she hit the center of the ball every time.”Junior pitcher Olivia O’Reilly was a major contributor to OSU’s success against the Spartans, starting the first and third games and pitching in relief in the second game. She won both starts to bring her record to 5-2 on the season with a 2.58 ERA. Schoenly said O’Reilly is quickly emerging as the team’s No. 1 pitcher.“She’s doing great. The fact that she can still have it after I put her in the first game and then she pitched seven innings this last game — she’s making the ball move enough that they can’t hit the middle of the ball which is great,” Schoenly said.O’Reilly pitched a complete game in the last game Saturday, a 4-3 Buckeye victory, giving up six hits, three runs and five strikeouts. O’Reilly said although she pitched well, she wouldn’t have had her outstanding weekend without the support of her team.“I think that the team overall played so well and honestly I would not have the wins without the defense behind me,” O’Reilly said. “They saved my butt so many times and as a pitcher, you want to make every pitch but sometimes when you don’t, it is good to have your defense behind you and they were behind me 100 percent.”The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader began with some defensive struggles for the Buckeyes, as two errors in the third inning contributed to a six-run third inning for MSU. Down 7-1 in the fourth inning, OSU began to mount a comeback with a two-RBI single off of Carrillo’s bat and added another run to bring the score to a 7-4 Spartan lead.OSU kept chipping away at the Spartans, eventually taking the lead in the sixth and never giving it up, winning the game 11-7. Schoenly said the comeback showed the team’s resiliency this year.“The game was such an amazing team effort to get back into the game and then take it. It was just really fun to see them fight like that and defend their home turf,” Schoenly said. “You could hear them in the dugout saying ‘They’re not going to beat us at home, we’re not going to let that happen,’ so the fact that they have so much pride in being on our field in front of our fans was so fun to hear and watch.”In its first game on Friday, OSU jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with four runs on five hits. The Buckeyes did not let up, scoring four more runs in the second inning to give OSU an early 8-0 against the Spartans.MSU tried to come back with a six-run fifth inning, but that would be it for the Spartans offensively, giving the Buckeyes an eventual 13-6 victory.O’Reilly won the game pitching 5.1 innings with two hits, four runs, one earned run and one strikeout. Carrillo started the weekend 4-4 with two home runs and three RBIs in the game. Holding its longest winning streak of the season, Carrillo said the team is just focused on improving in any way it can.“We’re going to keep focusing on the fundamentals and the basics. We’re going to go back to practice on Monday and work on little things that we can get better on and then once we play Pitt, we’ll see what we can do against them,” Carrillo said.The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for a doubleheader against Pittsburgh Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. in Pittsburgh. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State has defied preseason expectations in nearly every way

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young —  as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected. read more

Fukushima des centaines de citernes pour leau radioactive

first_imgFukushima : des centaines de citernes pour l’eau radioactiveAfin d’entreposer les dizaines de milliers de litres d’eau qui ont été déversés pour refroidir les réacteurs de la centrale accidentée de Fukushima Daiichi au Japon, son opérateur, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) a annoncé hier l’envoi par camions de 370 citernes.D’une capacité totale de plus de 40.000 tonnes d’eau radioactive, les 370 citernes doivent toutes être “à la mi-août” sur le site de la centrale nucléaire, endommagée par le séisme et le tsunami de 14 mètres de haut qui ont frappé la côte nord-est de l’archipel le 11 mars, a indiqué une porte-parole de Tecpo, exploitant de Fukushima Daiichi, citée par l’AFP. Ai Tanaka précise que “deux des citernes sont parties pour l’usine tard samedi”. Elles seront sur le site en ce début de semaine.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéPar ailleurs, afin de contenir l’eau contaminée, une barge de 136 mètres de long a déjà été amarrée le 21 mai près de la centrale. Celle-ci est capable de contenir 10.000 tonnes d’eau radioactive. En revanche, ce n’est pas suffisant comparé aux 90.000 tonnes stockées à la centrale japonaise.Tepco espère pouvoir stabiliser la température des quatre réacteurs dont le combustible est en fusion partielle, en dessous des 100 degrés d’ici à janvier. En outre, l’AFP indique que des niveaux de radiation de l’ordre de 4.000 millisieverts par heure ont été détectés dans l’atmosphère proche de la centrale.Le 6 juin 2011 à 10:51 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Monstres marins des espèces qui ont réellement existé

first_imgMonstres marins : des espèces qui ont réellement existé ?Lors d’une réunion qui s’est tenue le 12 juillet à la Société zoologique de Londres, des scientifiques britanniques ont soutenu que certains récits concernant des ‘krakens’ ou autres ‘serpents de mer’ pouvaient être liés à l’existence réelle d’espèces marines de grande taille, qui resteraient à découvrir.    “Les nombreuses observations de ‘monstres marins’ enregistrées à ce jour ne peuvent pas toutes être expliquées par des erreurs, des observations d’animaux connus ou des canulars. Au moins quelques-unes des ‘meilleures’ – certaines d’entre elles faites par des naturalistes entraînés – sont sans doute des descriptions de rencontres avec de vrais animaux inconnus”,  a déclaré le Dr Darren Naish, paléontologue à l’Université de Portsmouth, lors d’une récente réunion de biologistes marins à la Société zoologique de Londres, intitulée “Cryptozoologie: Science ou pseudoscience ?”.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de mer”Puisque de grands animaux marins continuent à être découverts – plusieurs nouvelles espèces de cétacés et de requins ont été décrites durant les dernières décennies – à notre époque, l’idée que de telles espèces pourraient ‘attendre’ d’être découvertes est, à tout le moins, plausible”, explique le scientifique. Selon son collègue le Dr Charles Paxton, de l’Université de St Andrews (Écosse), qui a organisé la réunion, il est faux de supposer que tous les grands animaux qui vivent dans les océans ont été découverts : “si on prend en compte le seul critère de taille, alors, ce n’est pas le cas. En 1995, une raie benthique (qui vit sur le fond de l’océan) mesurant 3,42 mètres a été trouvée”. Au cours des 20 dernières années, huit grandes espèces marines ont été découvertes. Le 17 juillet 2011 à 12:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des scientifiques japonais recréent des saumons à partir de truites

first_imgDes scientifiques japonais recréent des saumons à partir de truitesDes scientifiques japonais sont parvenus à recréer une variété de saumon en modifiant les cellules reproductives de truites arc-en-ciel. Selon eux, cette technique pourrait aider à protéger des espèces halieutiques en voie d’extinction.Des truites qui donnent naissance à des saumons… Bien que les espèces soient proches, cela parait peu concevable, et pourtant, c’est bien ce qu’ont réussi à faire des scientifiques japonais dirigés par le professeur Goro Yoshizaki de l’Université de Sciences et Technologies maritimes de Tokyo. Après plusieurs années de recherche, ceux-ci ont en effet réussi à mettre au point une technique inédite permettant de “recréer des spermatozoïdes, des œufs, et des saumons à tout moment”, à partir de truites, a expliqué le Pr Yoshizaki.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La méthode consiste à geler les testicules du saumon Yamame, un poisson d’eau douce puis d’en extraire des cellules germinales primordiales (spermatogonies primitives, soit de futurs spermatozoïdes ou de futurs ovocytes). Ces cellules sont alors implantées dans des truites arc-en-ciel récemment nées et stérile. Grâce à cela, ces dernières vont alors utiliser ces cellules et les combiner avec les leurs afin de générer des spermatozoïdes chez les mâles et des ovules chez les femelles, lesquels peuvent être fusionnés in vitro pour produire un saumon Yamame parfaitement sain.”Tant que ces deux types de saumon et de truite sont concernés, je peux dire que cette méthodologie est complète, et nous pouvons recréer des spermatozoïdes et des oeufs, et des individus de l’espèce original à n’importe quel moment”, a expliqué à l’AFP M. Yoshizaki. D’ailleurs, cette technique ne fonctionnerait pas qu’avec ces espèces puisque les chercheurs ont “confirmé que cette technologie fonctionne également avec le poisson-globe”. Le poisson également connu sous le nom de “fugu”, très apprécié des gourmets japonais et qui sécrète une substance mortelle devant être extraite par un spécialiste avant d’être cuisiné.Une technique utilisable chez les mammifères ?Le scientifique envisage d’utiliser cette méthode pour conserver les espèces de poissons menacées. Un projet dans ce sens a déjà été lancé et le professeur Yoshizaki envisage “de voir si cette méthode peut s’appliquer aux mammifères ou aux reptiles”. Il souligne néanmoins que “l’obstacle est encore élevé parce que les ensembles de gènes sont très différents entre les mâles et femelles”.Le 15 janvier 2013 à 16:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

State local officials to introduce bill requiring school support for LGBTQ youth

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, State, local officials to introduce bill requiring school support for LGBTQ youthcenter_img Updated: 4:03 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, was joined by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond Wednesday in announcing a bill they said would help create a more supportive environment in the state’s public schools for LGBTQ youth.According to Thurmond and Gloria, the bill would mandate that schools provide annual training sessions and information to teachers and staff on how to best address LGBTQ students in grades 7-12 who are dealing with bullying, harassment or discrimination. Schools would also be required to offer services like counseling and inclusive curriculum materials.“The bullying and name calling I experienced in school as a young gay kid is still a reality for today’s LGBTQ youth,” Gloria said. “No child should have to experience that. Students should feel safe, accepted, included, and supported in their school.”Thurmond and Equality California originally proposed a similar bill last year, which passed overwhelmingly in the Assembly and the Senate. But then- Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill, opining that current laws regarding school resources for LGBTQ youth were sufficient and schools were welcome to go further than the minimum.LGBTQ rights activists balked at that idea at the time. Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur said the state’s status quo “is failing California’s LGBTQ students and denying too many a shot at success.” A 2017 national survey by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network found that 82 percent of LGBTQ students heard homophobic or transphobic remark at their school and roughly 70 percent had been harassed or threatened for their sexual orientation.“Every child deserves a caring and supportive school environment, and we must continue to work towards closing disparities in health, mental health and academic outcomes for our LGBTQ students,” Thurmond said.Gloria and Thurmond were joined by Zbur and officials from the San Diego Unified School District at a news conference to unveil the bill, which the lawmaker’s office expects will head to committee in April. Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The most innovative products of 2018

first_img 0 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • The most innovative products of 2018 Mobile Google Night Sight: The year’s most magical photo techThink you know what a good low-light photo looks like? You do if you’ve tried Night Sight mode, the leading example of Google’s computational photography skill. Use it on the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and the scene in front of you transforms into a picture more clear, detailed, and dynamic than you’ve seen from a phone yet. It’s no stretch to say Night Sight can practically see in the dark without flash. The effect is stunning, useful and bound to arrive in more phones in 2019.Google Duplex: Your AI is callingNobody knew what to make of Google’s futuristic Duplex demo at its 2018 developer conference. An AI making calls to a restaurant to make reservations? Is this a nightmare or a dream come true? It sounded impossible, but now it’s a feature on Pixel phones for some users in limited test cities. The future of assistants is bleeding over into the real world in whole new ways.Apple’s A12X chip: The future of PC processingThe iPad may not be a full computer replacement for everyone, but that’s a matter of software, not hardware. Apple’s latest A12 and A12X processors are ARM-built 7-nanometer chips that blow mainstream Intel processors out of the water in benchmark tests. This heralds an immediate future of far smaller and impressively powered computers. (What is a computer, again?)Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Sarah Tew/CNET Google’s spam call filter: Fighting bots with AIRobocalls are a scourge on our existence, and it’s getting worse. Google’s ingenious call-screening feature on its latest Pixel phones screens calls and saves you the trouble of answering, transcribing the call instead and offering phone owners the choice of answering, ignoring or even blocking the number. We might never directly answer our phones again.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The best place to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list this season.Fortnite was the most important video game of 2018: Whether we like it or not. 24 Photos Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • Applecenter_img Share your voice Pixel 3’s Night Sight brightens tough low-light scenes See All Tags Post a comment Qualcomm Oculus Magic Leap Virtual Reality Artificial intelligence (AI) Augmented reality (AR) Drones Fitness Google LG Samsung Apple We know what the year’s best gadgets were. But innovative tech is another measuring stick. 2018 moved fast and was full of chaos. And in the world of tech, sometimes products didn’t seem to evolve as fast as you’d expect. But these were the best concepts and tech directions we saw and there’s a good chance they’ll indicate where the big trends are heading next. Sarah Tew/CNET Oculus Go: VR goes fully stand-alone and mobileFacebook’s had a terrible 2018, and it’s getting to the point where it’s hard to recommend any product made by the company. Nevertheless: Facebook’s VR acquisition, Oculus, points to where comfy and small-scale VR is heading. Oculus’ first stand-alone VR headset is basic, but surprisingly affordable and functional. Shrinking down virtual worlds into a compact, wireless phone-free design is an indicator of where VR will go next, starting with fuller-motion rigs such as the Oculus Quest early next year. Oculus isn’t the only one going standalone: The Lenovo and Google-created Mirage Solo headset and the HTC Vive Focus point to where the winds are blowing next.skydio-r1-4306 Josh Miller/CNET Skydio: Self-flying drones are getting scary goodTo look at demo videos of the Skydio R1 drone in action, you’d think you were watching a professionally filmed aerial chase sequence. But this drone flies itself, and can follow people from behind, ducking through forests and around bends. It can even be controlled via Apple Watch. Instantly available autonomous mini-vehicles are here, and as computer vision and navigation technology improves, this is just the beginning of where things will go for drones and robotics.vanessa-hand-health-apple-watch-ekg-electrocardiogram-9681 James Martin/CNET Apple Watch ECG: Wearables gaining FDA clearanceThere aren’t many smartwatches and fitness devices that qualify as FDA-cleared health tech, but that’s going to change fast. The Apple Watch Series 4 broke ground by putting an FDA cleared ECG in the watch, making it effectively an over-the-counter health device. Will blood pressure monitors and medical-grade sleep studies come next for smartwatches in 2019?scott-magic-leap-cropMagic Leap One: The next step for AR headsetsMagic Leap’s wildly hyped augmented-reality technology finally emerged in a real product in 2018, and it amounts to more of a step-up improvement over Microsoft Hololens than anything massively new. But the company’s focus on artists and creative experiences over enterprise has resulted in a more playful set of ideas from developers so far, from alien gardening to hauntingly real holographic assistants. As augmented reality expands beyond phones and into mass-market glasses and goggles someday, and as immersive entertainment and theater continues to explore the real world, Magic Leap’s first steps forward could end up being a milestone, especially as Microsoft readies a next-gen Hololens and Apple’s rumored developments in an AR headset continue to loom.oneplus-6t-mclaren-edition-16 The OnePlus 6T and its in-screen fingerprint reader. In-screen fingerprint readers: Soon to be everywhereSamsung’s Galaxy S10 phone could include ultrasonic fingerprint reader tech made by Qualcomm, and it’s just one of several in-screen fingerprint readers that emerged this year. Full-screen displays without buttons or back-mounted fingerprint scanners are likely to become the norm, and could change how phones look and act in 2019, while Apple and others simultaneously pursue face-unlocking biometrics. Maybe they’ll make their way into dashboards and wearables too.bose-frame-alto-style-1965-9 Bose Bose AR audio glasses: AR isn’t just visualWe think of augmented reality and imagine Pokemon and holograms. But Bose’s prototype sunglasses using spatial audio, arriving as a real product in 2019, show how audio can be used as a tool to augment reality. The few demos we’ve had with these glasses in 2018 impressed us with the audio quality and personal audio experience provided without in-ear buds. Immersive audio is on its way fast.foldFoldable phones are becoming real (and roll-up TVs, too)The best way to get a big-screen device into a pocket might be to fold it. That’s the plan for a number of companies promising foldable phones with bendable or hinged screens. Royole has the first foldable phone out of the gate, but Samsung teased its future device in November at its annual developer conference. Gorilla Glass-maker Corning, meanwhile, is developing bendable cover glass to top future foldable phones. Now there’s only one question left: Will you want one? Meanwhile, TVs could also be rolling up soon. LG’s massive roll-up TV demonstrated at last year’s CES could point to how screens of all sizes could bend, roll or tuck themselves away. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itlast_img read more

A Close Personal Relationship Under Pressure As Trump Hosts Frances Macron

first_imgChristophe Archambault /AFP/Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron (left) shakes hands with President Trump, next to first lady Melania Trump, during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris on July 14, 2017. Trump is hosting Macron in Washington this week for the first official state visit of his presidency.President Trump will welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to the United States for an official state visit on Monday, in the latest sign of goodwill between the two leaders.The two got off to a rocky start after sharing a tense handshake at their first meeting at a NATO summit in Brussels last May. But since that shaky beginning, Trump and Macron have developed a surprisingly collegial bond.“It’s no secret that President Trump and President Macron enjoy a good working relationship — I may say, a close personal relationship,” a senior administration official told reporters at a briefing ahead of Macron’s visit.The strength of that bond may be tested during their talks this week, though. Macron is expected to press Trump for concessions on matters where the United States and France have not been aligned, including the U.S. military strategy in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal, and trade.Until now, Trump and Macron have been able to mostly lay aside their differences and work together on important issues.France joined the United States and Britain in carrying out airstrikes against the Syrian government earlier this month after a suspected chemical weapons attack.But cracks in that united front were exposed shortly after those airstrikes took place, when Macron told French media that he had convinced Trump to keep U.S. troops in Syria.The White House quickly pushed back, saying that the U.S. mission in Syria had not changed, and Trump still expects to bring U.S. troops stationed there home as quickly as possible.Macron will likely try to get assurances from Trump during their discussions at the White House that the United States will not leave Syria until ISIS is fully defeated.“The big question is whether the stylistic affinity and the camaraderie that the two presidents developed leads to actual substantive policy changes from Washington’s point of view,” said Jeffrey Rathke, who served as director of the State Department press office during the Obama administration.Different in politics, similar in stylesTrump and Macron seem worlds apart politically — Macron is a centrist and pro-European Union, while Trump was elected on a populist “America First” platform.Still, both men are outsiders who unexpectedly rose to their country’s top office. They both have an appreciation for grandiose optics and work to present themselves as strong leaders.Macron used their common styles to his advantage when he invited Trump to Paris last July, treating Trump and the first lady to dinner at the Eiffel Tower.During that trip, Trump was guest of honor at the Bastille Day parade, where he made no attempt to conceal his excitement for the military show, pointing and gesturing at fighter jets as they flew by.Trump and Macron even managed to make up for their first awkward encounter, exchanging a hug and sharing an extended, friendly handshake at the parade.“They are two men who disrupted their political systems and two men who understood that politics was not responding to those disaffected by globalization,” said Jeff Lightfoot, a fellow at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C., think tank.“I think there’s a certain degree of mutual admiration there,” Lightfoot said.High-stakes meetingTrump chose to honor Macron with the first state visit of the Trump administration. In addition to the pomp and pageantry of a state dinner, Trump will take Macron on a sightseeing trip to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.The summit with the French president will give Trump an opportunity to showcase his diplomatic chops and his role as a statesman.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty ImagesAmerican, French and District of Columbia flags fly near the White House as the capital prepares for an official state visit from French President Emmanuel Macron.In some ways, the stakes may be higher for Macron than Trump because the French leader will need to show that his close relationship with Trump is producing some results, said Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations.“Trump is not popular on the other side of the Atlantic and people are going to ask him why he’s bothering to spend time with American president, if he doesn’t get anything to show for it,” said Kupchan, who served as a director for European affairs on the National Security Council during the Obama and Clinton administrations.One top priority for Macron will be making the case for the United States to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. Trump set a May 12 deadline to make a decision on whether to pull out of the agreement.It will be a tough sell. Trump has been vocal about his disdain for the deal and his new national security adviser, John Bolton, and his pick for secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, are also not fans of the agreement.Another looming deadline that will be up for discussion is the end of the current exemption for the European Union from U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum on May 1. Macron and the EU are advocating for a permanent exclusion from the duties.Macron has “invested a lot in this relationship and it’s not clear yet how much he’s able to influence Donald Trump,” Lightfoot said. “That’s going to be a key question, I think, on this visit.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

I am performing in Delhi after 10 years

first_imgShe was a former student of Kalakshetra and had the privilege of being trained under Rukmini Devi. She taught for some years at Kalakshetra and toured all over the world as a member of its dance troupe. Millennium Post caught up with Leela Samson, a respected teacher, choreographer and writer, soon after her performance at Purana Qila in the national Capital.What makes today’s show a special one?The idea was to combine India’s most notable classical dance forms with the structural heritage. The Purana Qila presents a poignant background for the performance of India’s most notable classical dance forms. As an artist, dance is the biggest part of my life. I love to perform and I like to create new forms without any bias. And I think same is the case with every artist, they tend to do their job with a lot of fervour and joy without thinking about credits. Events like these, however, give an opportunity to artists like us to show our skills. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’After how long are you performing in Delhi?I am performing in Delhi after 10 years. I last performed in the year 2005. It’s actually good to come back after such a long time.This show is Delhi government’s first initiative in this field, what do you have to say on that?It’s basically about worshipping your art and I think that is the strength of India. People here follow their art irrespective of whether the great government of India calls them or not. It doesn’t stop artists from doing the things they have always done. Bismillah Khan sahib was playing the shehnai whether people called him or not. We sweat it out every day. It’s a creative process that cannot stop. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat do you think is the future of classical dance in the country?Hundreds of people are taking to classical dancing. Many people are putting their children in this art, which is good, but when you have many people, mediocrity sets in. The number has increased with time, but the quality has suffered simultaneously. The teaching quality has gone down and now it’s kind of tenuous. We rejoice the numbers but we mourn the difference between those wonderful one time great performers, who were so soaked up in their art. It’s becoming more shallow and entertainment is now the only priority. But, let’s see, we have faith in the young generation.last_img read more

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TravelBrands offers extra Loyalty Rewards points for one day only

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Monday, January 21, 2019 Share TravelBrands offers extra Loyalty Rewards points for one day onlycenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Agent Incentives, TravelBrands TORONTO — Agents will receive 10x Loyalty Rewards points when booking through TravelBrands today, Jan. 21, for travel any time. All TravelBrands products are part of this one-day bonus, with the exception of air-only bookings. “The third Monday of January has been awarded the gloomy title due to a combination of post-holidays blues and the long cold winter days,” says Frank DeMarinis, President and CEO, TravelBrands. “We wanted to turn this Blue Monday perception to more of a green Monday to cheer up our travel agents and offer them more exclusive rewards that can be turned into cash.” The TravelBrands Loyalty Rewards program allows agents to collect points and redeem them for a multitude of rewards. This includes various merchandise, travel, gift cards and the ability to donate to multiple foundations and charities. To book TravelBrands products and earn extra Loyalty Rewards points visit travelbrandsaccess.com.last_img read more

FHFA to Increase Oversight of Staff Compensation at GSEs

first_img December 10, 2012 410 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2012-12-10 Tory Barringer The “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA) isn’t doing enough to monitor compensation for senior professionals at “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/, the “”Office of the Inspector General””:http://www.fhfaoig.gov/ (FHFA-OIG) suggests in a “”new report””:http://origin.www.fhfaoig.gov/Content/Files/EVL-2013-001.pdf.[IMAGE]At the end of 2010, the FHFA–acting as conservator of the GSEs–enacted a pay freeze on all general merit pay increases and cost of living adjustments to be given to all Fannie and Freddie employees through 2011; that freeze was extended to cover 2012, as well. The freeze allows an exception for raises granted to employees who receive a promotion or is otherwise given added responsibilities.Since that time, the agency has also worked to strengthen its oversight and control over compensation given to executives, including scaling back the CEOs’ salaries to the tune of nearly 90 percent.However, while the FHFA has increased its monitoring on executive pay, its oversight of non-executive compensation–which encompasses some 11,900 employees, including 2,000 senior professionals–has been relatively limited. According to the report, senior professionals (classified as VPs and directors) earned a collective $455 million in 2011. The median cash compensation for the Enterprises’ total 333 VPs was $388,000, while the median pay among the 1,650 director positions was $205,300.Additionally, while payment for executives was brought down from 2010 to 2011, FHFA-OIG found that compensation for senior professionals actually increased in those years. According to the report, “”one Enterprise official told FHFA-OIG that promotions and changes in responsibility also may have played a role in the increase in median compensation from 2010 to 2011.””””FHFA has not conducted any reviews or examinations to gain assurance that the Enterprises’ non-executive compensation costs are reasonable and justified … [a]s the Enterprises’ conservator, FHFA has a responsibility to preserve and conserve effectively their assets and limit taxpayer costs. To help do so, FHFA-OIG believes that the Agency should gain reasonable assurance that the Enterprises’ compensation controls are effective,”” the report reads.To that end, FHFA-OIG recommends the agency take steps to further enhance its monitoring of compensation at the GSEs, particularly for senior professionals. The report specifically urges an assessment of the GSEs’ processes and cost controls for compensation, an evaluation of pay offered to new hires, and the companies’ compliance to the mandated freeze on increased compensation.In a response to the report, FHFA representatives agreed to take action, noting that “”it would be prudent and feasible for FHFA to improve our monitoring of the promotions and new hires at the Vice President and Director levels.”” However, they did point out that FHFA-OIG’s “”take-home pay”” figures include long-term incentives and deferred payments from prior years that were not yet adjusted by the agency.””FHFA and the Enterprises have made significant changes to both compensation and plans which are not yet reflected in the cash paid data,”” they write. FHFA to Increase Oversight of Staff Compensation at GSEscenter_img in Government, Secondary Market Sharelast_img read more

Wizz Air will introduce cheap flights to Rome Ciam

first_imgWizz Air will introduce cheap flights to Rome Ciampino Airport from Warsaw in September.The new flights will run three times a week and complement the existing Wizz Air airline network in Poland – which already includes services to 17 destinations from Warsaw.Wizz already offers flights to five European cities from Rome’s two airports. From Rome Ciampino the airline serves Katowice, Bucharest, and provides cheap flights to Sofia, Budapest and Cluj Napoca from Rome Fiumicino.As well as international flights, Wizz Air Ukraine has been focusing on domestic services in the country.Flights between Kiev and Lviv, Odessa and Simferopol will start in July, with expansion at the Kiev base offering flights to London, Milan and Dortmund in September.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNew flights to Prague will be launched by Wizz AirCheap flights carrier Wizz Air will launch new flights to Venice/Treviso from Prague in September.New Kiev-London route from Wizz AirWizz Air will be introducing a new route from London’s Luton Airport to Kiev, Ukraine this winter.Wizz Air unveils new Paris-Cluj routeWizz Air unveils new Paris-Cluj routelast_img read more

Coops optimistic troika will approve restructuring plan

first_imgBy George PsyllidesCo-operative bank authorities appeared optimistic on Friday that international lenders would approve a restructuring plan that also involved shedding some 700 jobs through early retirement.The co-operative movement is currently undergoing what is perhaps the biggest overhaul in its history, which will also see it coming under the ownership of the state.As part of the island’s €10 billion international bailout, co-ops will receive €1.5 billion in taxpayer’s money.The sector will also be reduced in size through mergers and will come under the supervision of the Central Bank.Constantinos Lyras, supervision and development registrar, said international lenders had been given all the information on the progress of the program and the restructuring plan.Lyras said the lenders decided to incorporate the early retirement scheme to the restructuring plan, which is currently in progress.The scheme aims to shed around 700 staff out of a total of 3,000 as Cyprus’ 93 co-operatives merge into 18.The fourth of 17 mergers is expected to be completed this weekend, Lyras said.Some 25 per cent of the 410 branches are expected to go.The retirement scheme primarily aimed at employees over the age of 45 with at least 15 years of service.Lyras said compensation would be good.“Compensation must be enticing to be successful,” Lyras said, adding his conviction that lenders will not have any problem approving the scheme.“I think that everything has almost been agreed,” he said.      You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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The army said it was treating some of the injured,It seems his health is deteriorating" he said and sought speedy intervention by the government in the matter Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier spoken on the issue and the matter is being "definitely" being taken up "Since he is an Indian citizen we all have to be concerned about this" she added Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to convey the members’ concerns to the External Affairs Minister In his Zero Hour mention Nadimul Haque (TMC) highlighted the poor financial condition of several ex-sportspersons who have made the country proud He said many of them have to take up petty jobs to earn their livelihood Prem Chand Gupta (RJD) sought a discussion on the issue Meanwhile the Deputy Chairman said the business in the House was "productive and fruitful" compared to the days of disruption in an apparent reference to the nearly washed out Winter Session "Let’s do like this It will be good for us" he said Rajya Sabha has not witnessed any adjournment in the ongoing Budget Session so far Melbourne: Pablo Carreno Busta beat approaching wet weather to conclude his buildup to the Australian Open with a 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-2 defeat of Matthew Ebden in the final of the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne on Friday Carreno Busta the second Spaniard to win the event after two titles from Fernando Verdasco staged a steady fightback to overhaul the 76th-ranked Ebden who stands second on Australia’s national list behind Nick Kyrgios Pablo Carreno Busta holds the trophy after defeating Matthew Ebden in the final of Kooyong Classic tennis tournament in Melbourne AFP Ebden who sat out half of 2016 with a knee injury spent much of last season on the lower-level Challenger series and starts the Australian Open against 16th seed John Isner Tenth seed Carreno Busta faces another Australian at Melbourne Park playing Jason Kubler The final at the long-time former home of the Australian Open was played under leaden skies in heavy humidity and rain coming in from the west It ended just as light drops began to fall and the trophy presentation ceremony was held with the protagonists sheltered under umbrellas The finalists qualified for the title match after beating the highest-ranked players in the first round with Richard Gasquet deciding that two matches were sufficient for his Open preparation "This match was tough I had to come from a set down" said Carreno Busta "But it really helped me for the Open" "It’s the perfect preparation for the Grand Slam I feel very comfortable on this court We had some bad luck with the rain now we are waiting for the Open" he added Ebden said he was disappointed after failing to hold his lead but was still pleased with his week on court "Thanks for braving the rain" he told the crowd "I’m sorry I didn’t get the big trophy but I tried my best "Pablo played well I’ve had a lot of fun this week" The Australian added: "Today I played at a pretty good level it would be nice to maintain it a bit more lift it a few percentage points "The Open preparation is done I just need a bit more focus not rushing even though today we hoped to get the match done before the rain" Belinda Bencic of Switzerland lifted the women’s title 3-6 6-4 10-4 (tiebreak set) to beat Andrea Petkovic in a rain-interrupted final lasting just under 90 minutes Petkovic long the tennis entertainer kept things lively during a weather pause on court dancing to music piped over the stadium PA system and even getting a match official involved "It wasn’t the best day but we stuck through it" the German said "My dancing was probably better than my play today" Bencic added Kooyong success to the Hopman Cup she won a week ago alongside Swiss teammate Roger Federer "I’ve played a lot of matches I’m pleased to get match play before the Australian Open" she said "Today was difficult with the rain But we both stuck around so I’m very happy" Rajya Sabha member TMC member Vivek Gupta on Monday asked the Centre to order a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)?Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the House Gupta asked the government whether any special measures have been initiated to trace the missing student Alleging that the JNU officials were insensitive in the matter he wondered whether Najeeb will end up just as a statistics about missing persons Gupta said the ABVP students allegedly involved in the incident have not yet been questioned He also claimed that the Vice Chancellor of the University had even refused to meet the mother of the missing student A file photo of the Rajya Sabha PTI "This a clear case of political vendetta We are witnessing that political vendetta is spreading like a cancer in the country" he said and asked the Centre to order a CBI probe or any other appropriate enquiry to trace Najeeb He further said political vendetta is a "serious" matter 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