Dwayne Johnson Announces Rock The Troops

first_imgSeven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, has joined forces with Spike TV and Casey Patterson Entertainment to create “ROCK THE TROOPS,” a grand scale music and entertainment event to celebrate and entertain deployed US Troops serving overseas.The Spike Original Special will be filmed at a Military Base overseas, location to be announced in the coming months. “ROCK THE TROOPS” will bow on Veterans Day 2016.The star-studded event will feature live performances from headliners from the worlds of music, movies, comedy, sports and more.“Dwayne Johnson has always made supporting the brave men and women serving overseas a priority throughout his career. Our Mission is to honor, inspire and entertain in an epic way, as only The Rock can. He’ll bring all the heart, humor and big-bad energy that the world loves him for, to this show. I couldn’t have more dedicated partners than Dwayne, Dany and the Seven Bucks team for this very worthy event,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.“Supporting troops and veterans is part of Spike’s DNA,” said Spike TV’s President Kevin Kay. Spike has actively supported America’s heroes throughout the last decade from helping to build a hospital for troops with brain injuries, to the “Hire A Vet” campaign, to the VOW initiative focusing on veterans’ health and wellness.“The Seven Bucks team and I are honored to help create this special project that is going to give back to our troops and thank them for all their dedication, bravery and sacrifice,” said Johnson. “We are going to make something truly monumental,” added Garcia.Spike and Seven Bucks Productions announced a development deal at the Spike Upfront presentation to advertisers and press in March. This is the first special event announced as part of the deal.last_img read more

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Trump tax plan paints pretty picture for art collectors

first_imgWASHINGTON – For art aficionados, President Donald Trump’s tax plan paints a pretty picture.The president’s tax overhaul proposal — which he has pitched as a boost for hardworking farmers and truckers — would repeal the federal estate tax paid by people who inherit multimillion-dollar estates. That break could benefit art collectors gazing upon pricey collections of Rothkos and Basquiats.Under current rules, the first $11 million of an estate is exempt for a married couple. Art lovers with pricier collections may seek to lessen the tax liability for their heirs by selling or donating their art or placing it in a trust. Otherwise, their heirs may end up selling off art to pay the IRS.Without the estate tax, it would be easier for people to keep collections in the family. Such a shift in the tax rules could have a ripple effect on the art market and slow the flow of art from private homes to museum walls.Attorney Malcolm Taub, an expert in art law, said the elimination of the estate tax would end the tax issues when a collector dies, but could also “provide somewhat of a detriment” to museums, universities and other institutions that benefit from donations.For now, Taub said, some clients are putting their financial plans related to art on ice.“Estate planners and people in the industry are waiting to see how this happens,” he said.The president has outlined his tax plan in broad strokes for now, as Congress works out the details. Given lawmakers’ struggles to enact major legislation, it remains unclear if Republicans can get a robust plan over the finish line.Trump insists his plan will be a boon for middle-class families, specifically framing the estate tax repeal as a benefit for family businesses. In Pennsylvania recently, he promised to “protect thousands of family businesses by ending the crushing, horrible, and unfair estate tax, sometimes known as the death tax.”Added Trump: “That’s a tax that has destroyed so many businesses and kept those businesses out of your family, your children, your grandchildren.”The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the implications for art.last_img read more

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Japans minister of cybersecurity has never used computer

first_imgTOKYO — Japan’s minister in charge of cybersecurity is in the spotlight for acknowledging he has never used a computer and making comments showing he has no idea what a USB port might be.Ruling party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada, also in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, was replying Wednesday to questions from independent and opposition legislators.“I give instructions to my aide and so I don’t punch into a computer myself,” he said. “But I am confident our work is flawless.”When asked about the power grid and malware, Sakurada said USB was “basically never used” in the utility systems, appearing to not know what it might be.Lawmakers laughed incredulously at his replies, which were highlighted in Japanese media. Questioning and answers in Parliament are also carried live on national TV.Ministers in Japan almost always get parliamentary questions in advance. Often their answers are based on briefings from ministry bureaucrats. In Sakurada’s exchange, bureaucrats were seen rushing over to give him sheets of paper with information.Ministers are tapped by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Sakurada was named to his position in the latest Cabinet reshuffle last month.Although the minister is not expected to have much hands-on responsibility in the handling of either cybersecurity or the Olympics, Sakurada’s high-profile bungling is an embarrassment for Abe.Sakurada, 68, a graduate of Meiji University, was first elected to parliament in 1996, representing Chiba prefecture, near Tokyo.His favourite issues are pushing for Japan’s economic prosperity and supporting its culture. “There is no genius that surpasses effort,” is his favourite motto.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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BCCI must solve issue Tendulkar tells Ombudsman

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) calling Sachin Tendulkars alleged conflict of interest issue as one which falls under the “tractable” category has irked the maestro. Just like V.V.S. Laxman, Tendulkar too has written through his lawyer about how he wasn’t provided clarity on his position as member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) when he was already an icon for Mumbai Indians. “Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the Noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the Noticee’s empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), is presently taking a position that the Noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju “It is reiterated that the Noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians’ ‘ICON’ post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015,” Tendulkar’s lawyer wrote in the letter to BCCI Ombudsman D.K. Jain, which was accessed by IANS. “The Noticee has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC – but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory/recommendatory role — and therefore, the Noticee’s role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC,” the letter said. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters It also mentioned how Tendulkar had recused himself when his son Arjun was a contender for a place in the India U-19 team. “It is critical to note that the Noticee had specifically written to the BCCI in respect of the potential conflict of interest that could have arisen in the aforesaid scenario,” the letter read. The former India skipper’s surprise at the whole turn of events was further visible when the letter mentioned how the BCCI, after appointing him in the CAC, was now saying that he was in a position of “tractable” conflict. “The Noticee fails to understand how the BCCI (after having appointed him to the CAC) can now maintain its current stand that he is in a position of “tractable” conflict of interest. The BCCI response does not clarify this variance in its stance and the Noticee requests the Hon’ble Ethics Officer to call upon BCCI officials Rahul Johri and Vinod Rai to clarify this position,” the letter read. Just like Laxman, Tendulkar’s letter too speaks about how his only effort has been to serve Indian cricket. “The Noticee has served the Indian cricket team for more than 2 decades and accepted empanelment with the CAC to help and contribute towards the growth of Indian cricket. It is unfortunate that the Noticee has to clarify the questions raised in the complaint and the BCCI response. The Noticee repeats that BCCI is responsible for the situation created in terms of the Noticee’s honorary empanelment to the CAC even though he was a Mumbai Indians Icon at the relevant time. The BCCI shall be called upon to clarify the issue,” the response said.last_img read more

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Mass returns of civilians reported amid tense but improving situation in Kyrgyzstan

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the situation in the southern city of Osh, which was the focus of much of the violence between Kyrgyz and ethnic Uzbeks that began on 10 June, has improved with many small shops and banks opening up, and farmers from neighbouring provinces bringing in products.However, food, shelter, non-food items and hygiene kits remain important needs in the city, where the Government has registered a total of 2,200 tons of humanitarian relief. At the height of the crisis there were about 300,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kyrgyzstan as a result of the clashes, which also sent thousands fleeing into neighbouring Uzbekistan, where aid agencies have been assisting the Government in handing out relief items. OCHA noted that the Uzbek Government now estimates that there are 15,000 refugees on its territory, as opposed to previous figures of up to 100,000, and that those in the camps appear to have adequate shelter, water and food.UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told journalists today that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is attempting to verify the voluntary nature of the refugee returns from the Kyrgyz side of the border.“As always it is essential that, where people are returning, they are able to do so safely, voluntarily and in a sustainable manner,” he said. “We also urge that returns should happen foremost to areas that humanitarian agencies have access to.”Meanwhile, Kyrgyz authorities are calling for a speedy restoration of livelihoods and damaged homes and infrastructure. They are providing tents to those who were returning, including for those who wished to stay at their properties even though their houses were destroyed, OCHA said.According to the Kyrgyz authorities, 70,000 refugees have returned so far, and IDPs are also travelling back to their places of origin.Amid the mass returns from Uzbekistan to Kyrgyzstan, UNHCR staff have been visiting groups of returning refugees and displaced people near Osh and Jalalabad. “Both refugees and IDPs have expressed to us mixed feelings about going home,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards told reporters in Geneva. “Although they want to be reunited with their families, many are worried for their safety and about going back to destroyed, damaged or looted homes.”Mr. Edwards added that the agency is concerned about the voluntary nature of returns in some cases. “UNHCR’s view is that where people are returning, they should be able to do so on an informed basis and in conditions of safety, voluntariness, and sustainability,” he stated.The agency has four more relief flights into Osh, each bringing some 40 tons of urgently needed supplies, scheduled for this weekend.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is continuing its distribution of supplies that had been airlifted into Kyrgyzstan in recent days, and is opening a field office in Osh to facilitate the emergency response. UNICEF spokesperson Jeremy Hartley told a news conference in Geneva that more emergency supplies will be airlifted into Andijan tomorrow and the Uzbek Government has agreed to facilitate trucking them into Osh as soon as possible. The agency continues to be concerned in particular about women and children who are on the move, many of whom are trying to return home, even to areas where homes have been destroyed. While most intended to stay with relatives or neighbours until their homes are rebuilt, there is now a significant need for temporary shelter, noted Mr. Hartley. 25 June 2010United Nations agencies today reported that the situation in Kyrgyzstan is relatively calm but still tense and that large numbers of those uprooted by the recent violence are returning to their homes, while adding that relief workers are still having difficulty reaching all those in need. read more

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Weliweriya clash claims 3rd victim

The death toll rose to two last night after a 19 year old youth succumbed to his injuries in hospital. According to the police, the youth was receiving treatment at the Colombo National hospital. He said that a discussion will take place tomorrow (Monday) between the Human Rights Commission, 26 government institutions and others based on the statements recorded over the incident. (Colombo Gazette) Earlier a 17 year old boy was killed from the Weliweriya violence and over 25 others sustained injuries.The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) meanwhile said they have received complaints that many are missing. The Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission has meanwhile launched an investigation into the Weliweriya incident, Human Rights Commission Commissioner Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa said.He said that a special five member team had been sent to the area on Friday to carry out preliminary inquiries into the incident.Dr. Mahanamahewa said that a five member team of the Human Rights Commission had recorded statements from the police, the public, a church in the area and from others involved in the incident. A third person succumbed to his injuries suffered from the clashes at Weliweriya, hospital sources said.The 29 year old victim was receiving treatment at the Colombo National hospital and he was pronounced dead this afternoon. read more

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Former Prisons Commissioner further remanded

Neomal Rangajeewa was granted bail last month while Emil Ranjan continued to be kept in remand. (Colombo Gazette) Former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan, who were arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison riot, was today ordered to be further remanded till October 30.Emil Ranjan and Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa had been arrested over the 2012 Welikada Prison clashes in which several inmates were killed.

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UN report confirms depleted uranium from weapons found in Bosnia

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) confirmed for the first time today that depleted uranium (DU) from weapons used in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1994 and 1995 had contaminated a local supply of drinking water, but while this did not present an immediate risk, the agency recommended regular monitoring.“These newest findings from UNEP’s ongoing post-conflict assessment work must not be seen as a cause for alarm,” Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said. “Nevertheless, we recommend that precautions be taken and, in particular, that ground and drinking water – at and near sites where the presence of DU has been confirmed – be monitored regularly.”The UNEP report released in Sarajevo says DU has contaminated local supplies of drinking water at one site, and can still be found in dust particles suspended in the air. But it notes that recorded contamination levels are very low and do not present immediate radioactive or toxic risks for the environment or human health.The report’s recommendations include covering contamination points with asphalt or clean soil and investigating all health claims. “The findings of this study stress again the importance of appropriate clean-up and civil protection measures in a post-conflict situation,” Pekka Haavisto, Chairman of the UNEP DU projects said. “We hope that this work will play a role in protecting human health and the environment in the unfortunate event of future conflicts.”The findings are consistent with previous UNEP studies carried out in Kosovo in 2001 and in Serbia and Montenegro last year. The UNEP team included representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).In the health chapter of the report, WHO concludes that, due to the lack of a proper cancer registry and reporting system, claims of an increase in the rates of adverse health effects stemming from DU cannot be substantiated. The existing scientific data on uranium and DU health effects indicate that it is highly unlikely that DU could be associated with any of the reported health problems. read more

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Video Business report with Mike Eppel Jan 10

Key economic signals for Canada and the U.S. due out Friday, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|Canada|economy|mike eppel|u.s. Video: Business report with Mike Eppel, Jan. 10 by News Staff Posted Jan 10, 2014 6:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

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Air Miles raises cap on instore redemptions effective Monday

Air Miles raises cap on in-store redemptions effective Monday TORONTO – Air Miles is raising some of the recent daily limits imposed on redeeming miles for in-store purchases from retailers.The customer loyalty program says the new daily limit on Air Miles Cash redemptions, in most cases, has been raised to $100.Air Miles has set a different limit for in-store redemptions at Shell — capped at $60 per transaction.The new limits, effective Monday, are up from a $50 limit set in April.In-store redemptions of Air Miles Cash points were briefly stopped in March due to the discovery that some stolen cash miles had been used to make purchases.In April, some Air Miles collectors expressed frustration with the $50 limit because it was down from $750 prior to the suspension.The rewards program also angered many members last year with its proposal to void unused Air Miles after five years, only to abandon that plan weeks before it was to take effect.The back track on the five-year limit also provoked outcry from members who said they redeemed their miles thinking they were about to expire and wouldn’t if they had known Air Miles was going to walk back from that policy. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 7:16 am MDT Last Updated Jun 26, 2017 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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The secret of life for one Ulster farming family Porridge

first_imgWith a combined age of 1,075 years and 68 days the 13 Donnelly siblings of County Armagh can proudly lay claim to being the world’s oldest family.Indeed their ability to defy the passing years has seen them inducted into the Guinness book of world records.But what can now be revealed is the secret behind their longevity – traditional porridge oats.Having grown up on a farm their diet has always been made up of locally sourced ingredients; free range pigs and chickens for bacon and eggs and vegetables grown in their own backyard.However, the Donnelly clan are convinced that what has really guaranteed their long life is their habit of eating porridge, not just for breakfast everyday, but for supper too.”The key is that you need to get your oats at night,” said Leo Donnelly, who at 72 is the youngest of the siblings. “We’ve always followed Daddy’s habit of that nice warm bite before sleep.”Porridge at around 10pm, then porridge again for breakfast at 7am. Cooked oats, milk, perhaps a spot of jam on top.”He added: “It has always stood us well, porridge before sleep and after sleep. People thought it was unusual, but now the living proof is there for all to see.” A bowl of porridge an hour before exercise also ensures blood sugar levels remain steady through a workout, while providing enough energy to keep you going. The Donnelly secret to longevity: a bowl of porridge with a spoonful of jamCredit:Egle Duleckyte / EyeEm For all the grinding hardship of rural life in Ulster during the period, Ellen Donnelly lived until 94. Not that there weren’t some narrow scrapes.”A cow was having calves and it got agitated,” said Leo. “The animal went at Mummy with the horns, caught her, and flung her through the air over its shoulder. Mummy’s poor hip was dislodged and it was frightening, but she just carried on. She was 40 at the time.” Rolled porridge oats But for the Donnellys tucking into a bowl of porridge is just part of their fundamentally wholesome diet and lifestyle, which also sees them steer clear of alcohol.”The farm oats in our porridge were always local and of the finest quality,” said Leo. “Our diet has never been from processed of polluted foods.”We worked with nature, everything eaten was either grown or reared by us. Mummy would say go outside and wring a chicken’s neck, that would be for dinner. The vegetables we ate we had grown, the fruit we ate we picked, the eggs laid were from our chickens, the bacon came from our pigs, the bread we made by hand. Farm oats did not arrive from foreign lands.”The result, says Leo, is there for all to see.”There was never a fat Donnelly raised,” he maintains.The Donnelly siblings’ parents Peter and Ellen established their family farm in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, in 1921, and had 16 children in total (with no TV there wasn’t much else to do, says Leo).Three of the children died, but the surviving siblings range in age from 72 to 93 years.Mrs Donnelly’s only exception to her teetotal rule was to consume a bottle of Buckfast fortified tonic wine after each birth, “to build her up again”. The family’s reliance on oats and their apparently beneficial effect on their health and long years have prompted researchers to launch a study of the Donnellys’ diet. Members of the Donnelly family with their Guinness world record certificateCredit:Alleycats TV for BBC One A family photograph of the Donnelly clan, outside their County Armagh homeCredit:Family collection Members of the Donnelly family with their Guinness world record certificate The recipe for long life, according to the Donnelly familyBreakfast at 7am.Porridge served with homemade seasonal jam.Lunch at 1pm.Cooked seasonal vegetables from the farm (including broad beans, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, potatoes), occasional eggs, homemade bread and cups of tea. A family photograph of the Donnelly clan, outside their County Armagh home Those that weren’t sold for commercial use were eaten by the family, supplying them with a ready source of epicatechin polyphenol, which has been shown to improve arterial health.It was a passing thought from one of the clan that led the results of all this good health being officially recognised by Guinness World Records.“At my sister Maureen’s 90th birthday my late brother Austin wondered aloud if we might be the world’s oldest family,” said Leo. “We sought an answer, but sadly he died just before we could get it officially verified. Wonderful Austin would be proud.”George Holley-Moore, research manager at the International Longevity Centre (ILC) , said: “The Donnelly family’s story is of great interest to us. It is an example of the longevity revolution that has taken place in the UK. We know that a healthy lifestyle, with a good diet and frequent exercise, reduces the risks of a number of health conditions and can enable a healthy older age, and the Donnelly family are prime examples of this.” The benefits of porridge oatsPorridge has been shown to lower blood pressure, combat diabetes, reduce cholesterol and protect the body against heart disease.A study in the US found people who ate a diet rich in wholegrains, such as oats, were about 15% less likely to die from heart disease, compared with people who opted instead for white and refined options.Oats are naturally high in Vitamin B-12, a crucial component in regulating the body’s melatonin levels and sleeping patterns.The grain is also naturally loaded with beta-glucan, a magic genie that lowers “bad” LDL cholesterol and reducing heart disease.Porridge was labelled a superfood when it was discovered that avenanthramides, antioxidants that are only found in oats, minimise plaque build-up in artery walls and reduce the hardening of arteries. The Donnelly secret to longevity: a bowl of porridge with a spoonful of jam Leo says that what would now be referred to as an organic diet accounts for much of the family’s remarkable health and endurance.“We had our own grain and thrasher and rolled everything ourselves. The animals ate the grain we thrashed as well so it was a totally natural cycle of food,” he said.“We would also slaughter four pigs a year and that would do us for bacon and treats, the meat was kept in huge tea chests. You didn’t have pesticides infecting everything in those days. They keep having to use stronger ones now and it is just big evil companies making money. People were healthier eating real food.”The quality of the apples grown on the Donnelly’s 100-acre farm was recognised by the UK’s finest producers, with the fruit being used by cider makers, as well as by Mr Kipling for their pies. Rolled porridge oatsCredit:Snap Decision Dinner at 6pm.Meat would have been served in the evening, but generally just at the weekends for a treat. It was served with potatoes and other seasonal vegetables. Chicken and bacon from their own animals, occasionally beef as well.Otherwise, freshly-gathered eggs, soup, seasonal vegetables from the farm, homemade bread and seasonal fruits (including raspberries, blackberries, strawberries) made up the evening meal.Supper at 10pmPorridge with the option of apple jam on top.Snacks throughout the day were limited to apples from the trees as they worked, homemade bread and many cups of tea. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Saudi women get behind the wheel to protest against driving ban

first_imgSAUDI ACTIVISTS  SAY more than 60 women claimed to have answered their call today to get behind the wheel in a rare show of defiance against a ban on female driving.Saudi professor and campaigner Aziza Youssef said the group has received 13 videos and another 50 phone messages from women showing or claiming they had driven. She said they have no way to verify the messages.No arrestsIf the numbers are accurate, this year’s campaign is the most successful effort yet by Saudi women demanding the right to drive. Youssef said they have not received any reports of arrests or women being ticketed by police.A security official said that authorities did not arrest or fine any female drivers today.However, there have been a few roadblocks along the way.Youssef said she and four other prominent women activists received phone calls this week from a top official with close links to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, warning them not to drive today.She also said that “two suspicious cars” have been following her everywhere all day. “I don’t know from which party they are from. They are not in a government car,” she said.LawsThough no specific Saudi law bans women from driving, women are not issued licenses. They mostly rely on drivers or male relatives to move around.Powerful clerics who hold far-reaching influence over the monarchy enforce the driving ban, warning that breaking it will spread “licentiousness.” A prominent cleric caused a stir when he said last month that medical studies show that driving a car harms a woman’s ovaries.The kingdom’s first major driving protest came in 1990 when some 50 women drove their cars. They were jailed for a day, had their passports confiscated and lost their jobs. In June 2011, about 40 women got behind the wheel in several cities in a protest sparked when a woman was arrested after posting a video of herself driving.The atmosphere appeared more tolerant this year and state newspapers for the first time have run near daily commentary on the issue. Reforms made by the monarchy since the last 2011 driving campaign may have readied the deeply conservative nation for change.Changes include allowing women to sit on the national advisory council and a decision by King Abdullah to permit women to vote and run in municipal elections in 2015.Deputy editor-in-chief of the state-backed newspaper Saudi Gazette, Somayya Jabarti, said she envies her male co-workers who can jump in their cars and leave the office while she has to coordinate ahead of time for a driver or relative.“The struggle is more that people should have the option to choose,” she said. “The logo of this current driving campaign is that women’s driving is a choice. ” Saudi man dies of MERS virus, bringing death toll to 41>So, Saudi Arabia has changed when its weekend is>last_img read more

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La caméra Super HiVision de NHK légèrement miniaturisée

first_imgLa caméra Super Hi-Vision de NHK (légèrement) miniaturiséeLa caméra 8K de NHK était une énorme machine, mais la nouvelle version bénéficie de progrès techniques qui divisent son poids par cinq.Ce genre de mastodonte n’est certes pas destinéà filmer des souvenirs de vacances. Avec 8 milliers de pixels de large (8K), soit 33 mégapixels au total, il s’agit d’une image d’une précision hallucinante… qui ne vient pas sans inconvénients. Pour l’afficher en entier sur nos TV full HD, il faudrait déjà faire un dé-zoom x4 ! Elle vise par exemple à capturer des évenements sportifs, notamment en extérieur.Mais surtout, ce sont des caméras très encombrantes et lourdes. L’ancien modèle pesait 20 kg ! Grâce à plusieurs améliorations, NHK est parvenu à diminuer ce poids à 4kg. La taille a également été réduite, pour s’approcher davantage de celle d’une caméra HD normale. À lire aussiLa Descriptive Camera : quand une image se tranforme en texteD’après NHK, un progrès a permis cette réduction. Il s’agit d’un nouveau mécanisme de séparation des couleurs, éliminant le besoin d’un prisme pour séparer celles-ci (car dans un prisme, chaque couleur est déviée différemment). C’est ce qui a permis de la réduire suffisamment le matériel pour l’utiliser avec des lentilles standard SLR, simplifiant ainsi beaucoup l’appareil.À défaut d’en embarquer une dans votre poche, les résidents japonais auront au moins la chance de pouvoir découvrir cette bête au Broadcaster’s open house, ce mois-ci au Japon. Et au passage, ils pourront jeter un oeil à la nouvelle TV Panasonic, un plasma 145 pouces capable de les afficher, ces images 8K !Le 14 mai 2012 à 11:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Raspberry Pi starter kit released to commemorate important milestone

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi Foundation has released a new starter kit in honor of 10 million units sold, but unlike just purchasing the latest model board, you’ll have to spend a bit more money.According to a blog post on the company’s website, the kit will include a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an 8GB NOOBS SD card, a case, a power supply, an HDMI cable, an optical mouse and keyboard, and a copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi, a guide to getting started. The foundation said the kit will be priced at around £99 and will be made available to consumers in the coming weeks.The post notes how sales have reached beyond officials’ expectations.“Thanks to you, we’ve beaten our wildest dreams by three orders of magnitude, and we’re only just getting started,” Eben Upton, the company’s founder, wrote.The pricing makes sense, considering that a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B starter kit costs almost $80 and doesn’t include the book.Raspberry Pi 3 is the latest model from the foundation, with the board costing around $35. It includes all the basics that you’d expect from a computer, including quad-core processor, WiFi, and Bluetooth.The Raspberry Pi Foundation provides minimalist computers for people who want to learn how to program. The boards have become a resource for people who want to experiment with everything from classic Game Boys, to autonomous drones, to racing, creating its own vibrant community online.The starter kit is certainly clean looking, and at £99 (around $131 at the time of this writing), it’s a good deal for someone who wants to learn how to program.last_img read more

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Party Politics Ep 63 Hispanic Texans On Pace To Become Largest Population

first_imgJustyna FurmanczykOn Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:Texas:Supreme Court of the United States:  Sales taxTexas Supreme Court strikes down Laredo’s plastic bag banHispanic Texans on pace to be largest group in state by 2022National: President Donald Trump tweets about no due process?SCOTUS:  several major decisionsPresident Donald Trump reorganize governmentMexican Election 00:00 /28:33 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Brandon and Jay talk about the Supreme Court moving in a conservative direction.You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Don Geraci, audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editors are Matt Prendergast and Giselle Bueno. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Sharelast_img read more

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Sonos and Ikea to Launch Two Smart Speakers This Summer Starting at

first_imgSwedish furniture retailer Ikea and smart speaker maker Sonos announced their first two joint products Monday: The furniture giant will begin selling a $99 internet-connected bookshelf speaker and a $179 table lamp that doubles as a smart speaker this August.The two devices will be marketed under the Symfonisk branding, and both will be controllable through the Sonos app.Ikea’s $99 Symfonisk model can be used as a traditional bookshelf speaker, with an option to place it vertically or horizontally. In addition, it also comes with an integrated bracket for wall mounting, which means that it can be used as a shelf of its own, or be used in lieu of a traditional bedside table, capable of supporting up to 3 kg (about 6.6 lbs) of weight. U.S. Delays Tariffs on Smart Phones, Game Consoles, Set-top Boxes Sonos Tipped to Release Portable Speaker With Bluetooth Support CREDIT: Courtesy of Ikea One feature the two devices will be lacking is far-field voice control. Neither speaker will have microphones built-in, which could turn off some consumers as they compare them to competing products from Amazon and Google. Then again, plenty of consumers already do have some voice control in their home, be it through smart displays or small speakers like the Amazon Dot that don’t quite cut it for daily music listening. Symfonisk speakers can be controlled via Alexa from such devices, with a Google Assistant integration being imminent.The two executives also suggested that Symfonisk speakers with integrated microphones may be not far behind. “We are absolutely looking at this for the future,” Spence said. Block agreed that the two products won’t be a one-off for the two companies. “We are only seeing this as a starting point,” he said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “It’s a really versatile product,” said Ikea’s smart home global business leader Björn Block in an interview with Variety, calling it “something that can be in every room.”center_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Ikea Block explained that Ikea had decades of experience with lights, which have helped the company as it launched its first internet-connected light bulbs in 2017. The company early on decided that it wanted to complement smart lights with smart sound. “We were wise enough to realize that this is not something we can do ourselves,” he said.The collaboration between Ikea and Sonos started in March of 2016, and was also a major departure for the speaker maker. “We have never done anything like this before,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence. “This has been a huge cultural shift for Sonos.”A shift that could potentially have a major upside for the speaker maker: Not only is Sonos financially benefiting from every Symfonisk speaker Ikea is selling, the new devices also have the potential to introduce many new consumers to Sonos-powered products.That’s especially true for consumers who couldn’t afford Sonos speakers with their $200 to $800 price tags before, with Spence specifically citing the college market as a new opportunity. And since Ikea’s speakers interoperate with other Sonos products, Symfonisk buyers may be more inclined to buy a Sonos soundbar or another speaker made by the company down the line.Another bonus is Ikea’s huge international footprint. The furniture giant and its franchise partners operate stores in 36 countries. Sonos on the other hand has been generating 85% of its revenue in just 5 countries. And even in those countries, consumers don’t always get to listen to try a speaker in stores, where the products sometimes simply sit next to other boxes on shelves.Ikea will roll out a new in-store experience in August to showcase the new speakers, said Block. “This is super exciting for us,” added Spence. “It creates a new way of experiencing Sonos.” The $179 Symfonisk table lamp promises to combine light and sound in one single device. Block said that the integration was informed by Ikea’s previous integrations of wireless charging into bedside tables and other furniture. However, he also seemed aware that the unusual combination may not appeal to everyone. “It is more of a signature product,” Block said. Popular on Variety Relatedlast_img read more

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Nintendo introduces Nintendo TVii for Wii U

first_imgAs part of the Wii U preview event Nintendo has unveiled a surprising new service and feature for the Wii U. It’s called Nintendo TVii, and it can be summed up as TV made social.What Nintendo has done is allowed you to use the Wii U as your gateway device to all your TV and video services. That means Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and YouTube are just some of the services that can be directly accessed on the Wii U using the GamePad’s touchscreen as the interface.Nintendo is treating NTVii as a “second screen service,” and with good reason. The GamePad display is where you will see all available content before choosing to play it on your TV. You’ll be able to perform searches, login to your different accounts, and control playback on your TV using the GamePad.One novel feature this content system adds to the experience is something being referred to as Moments. As you watch any content on your TV the GamePad will log key moments from what you are watching and present them as snapshots on the tablet controller. You can then go back through them and access more detail on each or share them with others.Social also seems to be a big part of the NTVii experience. Nintendo doesn’t just want you watching content on its new console, it wants you to talk about it with your friends by sharing moments, and having a chat while you watch.Nintendo tweaked the moments system for sports due to the different types and amount of information there is available to view while you are watching the game. The screenshot below gives you some idea of what you can expect to see for sports coverage, and it’s certainly going to be interesting watching and chatting about a game with friends through the Wii U.The content you watch also feeds into your profile. There won’t be recommendations made for content to watch, but the Wii U will inform you what you like to watch and what your interests are, all generated from using the NTVii system.Initially Nintendo TVii will be available to Wii U owners in the US and Canada, but hopefully that will expand to other regions and across Europe, too. A key point Nintendo made was that Nintendo TVii is a totally free service. You may pay monthly fees for your streaming services, but accessing them through NTVii comes at no extra charge.Is NTVii a killer service for the Wii U? That depends on how easy and intuitive of a system it is. But one thing is for sure, older gamers, and in particular parents, now have a reason other than games for picking up a Wii U this Christmas.last_img read more

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Assam gets investment proposals of nearly INR 70000 crore

first_imgThe first-ever Global Investors Summit in Assam saw nearly INR 70,000 crores in investment commitments in various sectors including petroleum, telecom, health and tourism, said Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.” Nearly 200 initial pacts worth nearly INR 70,000 crores were signed at the Advantage Assam summit. It is a very good beginning. The response of the investors is very exciting and encouraging. I believe the investment commitments will make Assam a better economy,” added Sonowal.Among the private players, RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh Ambani announced an investment of INR 2,500 crores in Assam in various sectors, including retail, petroleum, telecom, tourism and sports, creating jobs for at least 80,000 people over the next three years.SpiceJet Chief Ajay Singh has announced the plans of INR 1,250 crores of investments in Assam through seaplanes to boost the tourism sector besides connecting Lakhimpur and Jorhat under the recently launched central government scheme ‘UDAN’.Sonowal said the investments will provide ample employment opportunities to the youth of the state. “We hope that Assam will be the gateway for India to connect ASEAN countries,” he said.Media advisor to the Chief Minister, Hrishikesh Goswami, said tourism, which is one of the key focus areas of the government, saw an investment proposal to the tune of INR 736 crores and infrastructure sector saw a total investment proposal worth INR 2,347 crores.Other major companies announcing investments in Assam were BPCL (INR 350 crores), Essel Infraprojects (INR 6,000 crores), Star Cement (INR 2,100 crores), Infinity Infotech Parks (INR 1,000 crores) and Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India (INR 400 crores).Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the two-day event. Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay, several union ministers, Chief Ministers of neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, ambassadors and high commissioners of 16 countries, RIL Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekharan also attended the meet.last_img read more

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More Q2 Layoffs for Mortgage Professionals

first_img August 30, 2011 421 Views More Q2 Layoffs for Mortgage Professionals in Data, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Agents & Brokers Bank of America Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Refinance Reverse Mortgage Service Providers Unemployment Wells Fargo 2011-08-30 Ryan Schuettecenter_img Share Mortgage brokers, originators, and other loan production personnel continue to face a tough jobs market as two mortgage giants slashed their payrolls, according to second-quarter employment numbers released by “”MortgageDaily.com””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/. The mortgage Web site predicted that bad loans and invitingly low mortgage rates could create the pickup needed for lenders to hire more brokers and loan officers.[IMAGE]The “”_Second-Quarter 2011 Mortgage Employment Index_””:http://www.mortgagedaily.com/MortgageEmploymentIndex.asp?spcode=pr, which MortgageDaily.com uses to track new hires and layoffs, found the latter eclipsing the former by a net loss of 464 desks, with results showing 5,404 job losses, compared with 4,940 hires. The survey covered job gains and losses for mortgage brokers, loan originators, underwriting specialists, and processors.The results follow much worse numbers from the first-quarter over 2011, as mortgage giants pushed the eject button for 4,318 brokers and originators and signed new contracts with only 2,513 new personnel. [COLUMN_BREAK]The confidence-busting effect: a net loss of 1,805 jobs, all this after 740 new second-quarter jobs for brokers and officers over 2010.””Wells Fargo””:https://www.wellsfargo.com/ emerged from the pack of slash-friendly mortgage giants with the most job losses, as it wiped 2,500 personnel off its payroll over the second quarter. A MortgageDaily.com “”statement””:http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/29/3868708/weakening-mortgage-employment.html attributed Wells’ losses to decisions by the mortgage giant to gut its share of the reverse mortgage market. “”Bank of America””:https://www.bankofamerica.com/ and “”Kondaur””:http://kondaur.com/ gave the pink slip to hundreds of their own employees, with the former sending home 954 brokers and officers and the latter waving goodbye to only 161 nationally.””JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm offered a sharp contrast to these gloom-and-doom numbers by picking up the jobs slack with 2,585 new hires, many of which occurred in Ohio, according to the statement. “”USBank””:http://www.usbank.com/index.html and “”MetLife””:http://www.metlife.com/ followed suit with 394 and 200 new hires, respectively.””Hirings could pick up as rates have recently fallen to record lows – sparking a refinance rally and boosting demand for loan originators, processors and underwriters as well as other production personnel,”” the Web site said in the statement. “”However, since some of the biggest lenders already made massive job cuts this year, this group might be reluctant to staff up too quickly,”” it added. “”Instead, small- to mid-sized mortgage bankers and brokers are likely to quickly capitalize on the building refinance wave.””The MortgageDaily.com statement concluded with another hopeful note, attributing “”additional recruiting by mortgage servicers”” over the next quarter to “”deteriorating delinquency and bloated foreclosure inventories.””last_img read more

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February 27 2017The 2017 Canal Convergence at the

first_imgFebruary 27, 2017The 2017 Canal Convergence at the Paolo Soleri bridge and plaza in Scottsdale, Arizona, took place this last week-end. Here are some photos taken by Mary Hoadley,see the following link for more details of this beautiful event.Here links to some of the past events at the Soleri bridge and plaza.Cosanti and Arcosanti information table at the event. Here are two links to another event at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza in Scottsdale, the Soleri Vernal Equinox Event – PICNIC WITH A FISH which took place on Saturday, March 24. 2012.Picnic with a Fishlast_img read more

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