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first_imgActivists, celebrities and journalists were among those boycotting Twitter Friday, after the social media platform suspended the account of actress Rose McGowan, a vocal critic of Harvey Weinstein’s conduct.The boycott started at midnight Thursday in New York and was set to last all day. Many signified they were taking part in the action with the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter.The idea was raised by Kelly Ellis, a software engineer, who tweeted that, in response to McGowan’s suspension, people should consider boycotting the platform. Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img “#WomenBoycottTwitter Friday, October 13th,” she wrote. “In solidarity w @rosemcgowan and all the victims of hate and harassment Twitter fails to support.”McGowan announced Wednesday that her Twitter account had been locked over violations of the platform’s terms of service. Twitter initially did not explain its decision, but it later said it had temporarily suspended the account because one of McGowan’s tweets had included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules.READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter said it had temporarily suspended Rose McGowan’s account because one tweet included a personal phone number, in violation of its rules. Twitter clarified that the offending tweet had been removed, and that McGowan’s account had been unlocked. (MICHAEL LOCCISANO / GETTY IMAGES) last_img read more

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“It is heartening to see the work being done so that justice in Argentina can prevail, even if some did their best in the past to see it denied,” Bertrand Ramcharan said in a statement issued Friday in Geneva.Mr. Ramcharan highlighted recent moves by Argentina’s judiciary, legislature and President, Nestor Kirchner, that bring trial and punishment for those responsible for human rights violations committed between 1976 and 1983 one step closer. These measures include the Argentine Chamber of Deputies declaration on 12 August that the Full Stop and Due Obedience Laws – also known as the amnesty laws – were null and void.”The Government of Argentina has shown it is willing to deal decisively with impunity,” Mr. Ramcharan said. “This is essential if the country is to heal the wounds left by years of dictatorship and to show that those who suffered terrible human rights violations have not been forgotten.”In a separate statement, Mr. Ramcharan said that as Peru’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) prepares to issue its final report next week, support for the group is more necessary now than ever. The TRC was created to provide an official record of violations of human rights and international humanitarian law committed in Peru between May 1980 and November 2000, and to recommend measures to strengthen human rights and democracy, is set to release its findings on 28 August.The TRC has held numerous public hearings, collected over 17,000 testimonies, and developed a consolidated register on “disappeared” persons. It has also documented grave human rights violations committed by security forces, including disappearances, extrajudicial executions and torture.At the same time, Mr. Ramcharan expressed concern over reports that the commission has recently been the target of attacks and pressure in the run up to the release of its findings, and he called for backing for the panel.”We in the international human rights community must show, now more than ever, our support for the TRC, which I believe is an essential institution in helping Peru to heal and move forward towards a future of justice and respect for the human rights of all its people,” he said. read more

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In a country where hundreds of children under the age of five die each day in the northern region alone, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the grant will ultimately improve the health of 3.5 million people, including 700,000 children and 400,000 pregnant women.The African nation experiences about seven million cases of malaria each year and the Japanese grant will be used to distribute nets treated with long-lasting insecticide to prevent the deadly disease from striking 600,000 children and their mothers, as well as to provide vital malaria treatment for about 350,000 people. The funds will also help supply essential immunizations, train local health workers in diagnostic skills and mount public information campaigns on disease prevention in local communities.Along with the Sudanese Government of National Unity and other partners, UNICEF is working to cut mortality rates in the north of Sudan, which includes parts of the strife-torn Darfur region, so as to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A time-bound blueprint for reducing poverty and improving the lives of the world’s poorest citizens, the MDGs call for slashing the mortality rate for children under five by two-thirds by 2015.Japan has already contributed more than $10 million this year to UNICEF activities in Sudan, a country where less than half its population has access to health services. Last year, Japan provided $14.5 million for a range of projects in health, education, water and sanitation. Elsewhere on the African continent, Japan this week handed UNICEF a $4.2 million grant for polio immunization and malaria prevention work in Nigeria. The West African nation accounts for nearly 70 per cent of the world’s polio cases and more than 400,000 Nigerian children die each year as a result of malaria. About 20 per cent of the children die before their fifth birthday. The funds will also be used to buy more than 315,000 nets treated with long-lasting insecticides for pregnant women and young children. The nets will be distributed in isolated and deprived local government areas targeted by the joint UNICEF-Nigerian Government programme. read more

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Barry Wright, a member of the University’s Business faculty since 2003, will become the new Interim Dean of Brock’s Goodman School of Business, it was announced Thursday, Nov. 26 by University President Jack Lightstone.Wright begins his new duties on Dec. 1, accepting an appointment that is set to run until June, 2017.Currently an Associate Professor in the Goodman School, Wright’s research has largely focused on leadership, organizational change and how small business can use information technology.Business students voted him Professor of the Year in 2009, and his academic record includes being author or co-author of multiple books, book chapters and other publications, peer-reviewed journal articles and conference submissions.Wright has considerable administrative experience through roles in both the University and off-campus.At Brock he is currently Director of the Niagara Community Observatory. He also served as Interim Associate Dean of the Business faculty from 2008-10, and was on special assignment in the Provost’s office in 2011.In the surrounding Niagara community Wright has served on numerous agencies and organizations, including his current roles as board chair of the Niagara Health System, and board member for Leadership Niagara.Wright acknowledged it will be a busy and exciting time for the Goodman School as it prepares to undertake a major $22-million renovation and expansion that will modernize existing facilities plus add more than 25,000 square feet of new space.“I’m happy that we have three past deans still with the Faculty — Don Cyr, Barbara Sainty and Martin Kusy,” said Wright. “So there’s a solid foundation for me to inherit and build on, it’s a fortunate situation for me.“I’m just looking forward to working with all of the great faculty and staff here at Goodman. More than anything, we will all continue to create an environment in which our students can flourish.” read more

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Since 2006, Bortles’s QBR was easily the worst by the QB on a team that scored at least 50 points. Or 45. Or even 40. Among teams scoring 30 or more points, only Eli Manning’s microscopic 0.2 QBR in this 38-21 win against the Buffalo Bills was worse. (Naturally, Eli followed up that stinker with a near-upset of the 15-0 New England Patriots and then won four straight games, including the Super Bowl.) The average sub-5.0-QBR game yields a shade under 9.9 points. Overcoming that kind of performance, much less stacking another 40 points of production on top of it, requires something remarkable.In Manning’s case, it was two long rushing touchdowns and two defensive touchdowns. For Jacksonville, it was a couple of return touchdowns — a fumble and a punt — plus a dangerous Bortles pass to Allen Hurns that was nearly intercepted but instead turned into an 80-yard touchdown. The latter was likely scored as a bad pass despite its good result, which is one of the selling points for QBR — that its individual inputs and charting make it a better representation of play than traditional QB rating (which put Bortles at 114.6). But then, the black-box mechanics of QBR can also lead to wacky results; the formula, with all its credit-splitting and other arcana, undeniably makes more sense on a season-long scale than in single games.Even so, outliers as extreme as Bortles’s win don’t come along every week — or every decade. Fifty-point games are rare, but ones in which the quarterback is so immaterial to the product are all but non-existent. Fifty-point outings are pretty rare in the NFL. When teams do break the half-century barrier, it’s usually the result of an exceptional individual performance; in 26 of the NFL’s 36 50-point games since 2006,1The first season for which TruMedia has game-by-game Total QBR data. the high-scoring team’s primary passer2Meaning the QB who attempted the most passes for the team in the game. posted a score of 90 or better on Total QBR’s 0-to-100 scale, where 50 is average.Only twice in the past decade has a team dropped 50 or more on an opponent despite its quarterback having a QBR below league average. The first was a mediocre Jay Cutler game from 2012, in which Cutler had a QBR of 43.8 — not horrendous, though also not what you think of when you envision a 50-point offensive outburst. The second happened Sunday, in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ out-of-nowhere 51-16 romp over the tailspinning Indianapolis Colts. Because, despite his team’s huge scoring output, Jags QB Blake Bortles posted an impossibly low 3.8 QBR for the game: read more

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A little more than four years ago when the two were freshmen, they sat next to each other in the locker room. Then, they played on the same line during games. Now, they’re in all the same classes. Senior forwards John Albert and Sergio Somma have developed a unique friendship while playing on the Ohio State men’s hockey team, which allows them to joke around but be serious when it’s time to take care of business. They seem to have a certain comfort level with each other, which was evident the moment they were asked to say something about the other. “His feet smell terrible; it’s pretty bad actually,” Albert said of Somma, with a chuckle. “I think over the years I’ve gotten used to it.” Albert had a few more fun facts about his buddy. “He really cares about his sticks,” Albert said. “If there’s a little dent on his stick … he always puts it in my face.” Somma wasn’t shy about sharing some tidbits about Albert either. “He eats funny,” Somma said. “He like dips his head down and shoves food in his mouth … and he, like, doesn’t move his head.” While the two aren’t afraid to point out the other’s faults and embarrassing habits, they also have a certain respect for each other. They don’t hesitate to talk about how much they like being teammates and how their friendship helps out on the ice. “(John is) a real great skater, a real dynamic player,” Somma said. “Somebody you enjoy being around off the ice, you’re probably going to click better with on the ice. … It happens to be like that with me and John.” Albert said he enjoys playing with Somma and their friendship makes it easy to be teammates. “I have a great time playing with him,” Albert said. “It’s great. He’s a great player; he’s feisty on the ice.” OSU coach Mark Osiecki said he knows he has to keep Somma and Albert on the same line because they make each other play better. “We’re trying to keep those two together,” Osiecki said. “They feed off each other.” Somma and Albert said they enjoy being on the same team now, but wonder what it would be like to play on different teams at the next level — the NHL. Albert has been drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers and Somma could receive offers after this season. Albert gave the impression that Somma is a player he wouldn’t want to face. “As an opponent,” Albert said, “I think it’d be a struggle to play against him.” Somma thought differently of facing Albert. “It would be funny,” Somma said. “Just give him a smile and a whack, and then you keep playing.” NHL fantasies aside, both players said they are concentrated on this season with the Buckeyes. Albert said the off-ice friendship makes it easier for the two to give each other constructive criticism on the ice. “He’s always there to pick me up,” Albert said, “and I think it’s vice versa.” Throughout the four years they’ve played together and been friends, Albert said, he wonders what Somma really thinks of him. “At least I hope he likes me,” Albert said with a smile. Somma reassured that they’re friends, saying even if he didn’t like Albert, he’d still act like it. “Everyone thinks I do,” Somma said, “so I guess I’m doing a pretty good job acting like it.” read more

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first_imgInternational Mining’s September issue will include an article on this subject and we are currently accepting editorial contributions. VISTA Training has already had its input to the article and has just released its new Transporting Heavy Equipment web-based training program. A significant percentage of fatal accidents involving heavy equipment occur when loading and unloading from a trailer. Accidents can also happen when transporting equipment, if it is not properly secured to the trailer.The training program will help US operators understand the provisions of the 2006 (most recent) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR, Part 393 regulation. It will also help users to reduce or eliminate an all too common source of equipment mishaps.This new web-based training program covers:The types of trailers used to haul heavy equipmentHow to read a trailer load capacity plateHow to safely load and unload equipment from trailersTie-down equipment and proceduresHow to calculate the Aggregate Working Load Limit (AWLL)Best practices when hauling on public roadways.last_img read more

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first_imgRecord d’altitude pour une fleur des Alpes : plus de 4.500 m ! L’Université de Bâle annonce qu’un botaniste a relevé la présence, à plus de 4.500 mètres d’altitude, dans le Valais suisse, de saxifrage à feuilles opposées, une plante à fleur qui bat ainsi des records d’altitude.   “C’est presque un miracle”, souligne l’Université de Bâle : c’est à plus de 4.505 mètres d’altitude, 40 mètres exactement sous le sommet appelé Dom, dans le canton du Valais (Alpes suisses), qu’un spécialiste a découvert “des petits coussins plantureux et florissants de Saxifraga oppositifolia” ou saxifrage à feuilles opposées. Un record européen d’altitude pour une plante à fleurs.Repérée là par le botaniste Christian Körner, cette plante aux fleurs violacées gèle toute les nuits à cette altitude record, mais parvient à ramener sa température interne jusqu’à 18°C lorsque le soleil brille, selon les experts, qui estiment qu’aucune autre plante à fleur n’a jamais été découverte dans un endroit aussi froid dans le monde, même si une espèce voisine, la saxifrage à deux fleurs, avait déjà été trouvée dans le Valais, 55 mètres plus bas, en 1978. Le 25 mai 2011 à 20:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Those of you who were lucky enough to be in attendance at the San Diego Comic-Con 20th anniversary panel for Stargate SG-1 were treated to quite the surprise; a teaser for an all new Stargate series. That’s right, after the shortly lived Stargate Universe ended in 2011 we’re finally getting more Stargate.Stargate hit the scene back in 1994 with the Roland Emmerich film. From there we got Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis and finally Stargate Universe until now. Unlike the previous incarnations this new series, Stargate Origins, will be a prequel to the original film. This series will be following a younger version of Catherine Langford and how she became the Stargate expert we see in the film. It’s currently unclear whether or not we will see earlier versions of other characters that appear in the film or any of the original actors and actresses will be making cameos. It’d be hard to imagine not seeing at least one or two other familiar faces pop up over the course of the ten episodes already planned out.Unlike any other the previous incarnations of Stargate, these episodes will only be ten minutes in length. Additionally, you’ll have to catch them on a new digital service set up by MGM Studios called Stargate Command. The idea is that the site would be your all access pass to all things Stargate. Currently, Hulu is the home the home to all the Stargate TV series. It is unknown exactly when the changeover will happen. In the meantime go check out Hulu so you can be all caught up in time for Stargate Origins!MGM’s decision to make the latest installment of Stargate a digital only experience follows in the footsteps of the Star Trek franchise with Star Trek: Discovery through CBS All Access as well as DC Entertainment’s upcoming digital service. The success of all of these services are yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure; it’s never been a better time to be a Stargate fan!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target A Tale of Two Wonder WomenSDCC Announcement: IDW Games Brings 90s Nick to Life last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#betterconditionsatTCIhospital, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 4, 2017 – Providenciales – It is a return to the Cheshire Hall Medical Center for Ministry of Health Services which were last week temporarily relocated due to persistent problems with the cooling system at the hospital.   TCI Hospitals spoke candidly and apologetically last week about the issues in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma about the cooling system.The uncomfortable heat forced the Ministry to move its Dental clinic, clinical services and substance dependence and mental health units out.    As of Monday December 4, the services are back at the Provo based facility.#MagneticMediaNews#betterconditionsatTCIhospitallast_img read more

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first_imgAmerican Express is to extend its paid parental leave policy and enhance its family-friendly benefits programme for US employees.From 1 January 2017, all US-based full and part-time staff will be eligible for up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave. This applies to both male and female employees who have a child through birth, adoption or surrogacy.The new parental leave policy will be offered in addition to the six to eight weeks of medically-necessary leave for birth mothers.American Express is also to enhance its suite of family-friendly benefits, including free 24-hour access to certified lactation consultants, and free breast-milk shipping for employees travelling for business purposes.The organisation will also reimburse up to $35,000-worth of expenses to help employees with the cost of an adoption or surrogacy. Staff will be eligible for this twice during the course of their employment at American Express. In addition, US-based staff will have access to a lifetime maximum of $35,000 for reproductive and fertility treatments available through the organisation’s health plans.American Express will also introduce a parent concierge service for expectant parents, which will include access to parental resources and programmes.These benefits will be available from 1 January 2017. They will sit alongside a range of existing support programmes for working parents, such as 20 days of in-home or centre-based back-up care per dependent each year, personal concierge services, flexible-working arrangements, and a Healthy Babies programme for expectant mothers, which includes access to healthcare resources and incentives.Through the introduction of the enhanced benefits package and parental leave policy, the organisation is aiming to ensure that employees feel supported from the point they decide to become parents, their return to work, and beyond.Kevin Cox, chief human resources officer at American Express, said: “American Express remains deeply committed to our working families and an inclusive culture that supports all of our employees. These significant enhancements to our benefits reflect a continued investment in the overall wellbeing of our employees and their families.”last_img read more

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first_imgWhile it is recognized that digital mediums are currently driving content consumption, the points of entry for where readers are accessing material-applications or Web browsers-are still up in the air. But recent analyses are suggesting it’s worth noting whether readers are spending more time with their apps or with browsers in the mobile environment.Flurry, an analytics company for mobile applications, finds that individuals are spending more time-about seven more minutes-per day with mobile apps than on the Web for an average of 81 minutes and 74 minutes, respectively (see graph below). The group also contends that use of mobile apps has surpassed desktop, notebook and mobile Web consumption by about nine percent. The amount of time users spend with mobile apps increased by 91 percent from June 2010 to 2011, according to Flurry. “This growth has come primarily from more sessions per user, per day rather than a large growth in session lengths,” the Flurry study finds.While it seems users are spending more time with mobile apps, the Online Publishers Association finds that only 12 percent of the U.S. Internet user population own tablet devices and that the average user downloads just 20 apps. About 79 percent of app downloaders have paid for apps in the last 12 months, though only 26 percent of all apps downloaded are paid. About 66 percent of responding tablet users, in which 2,482 individuals aged 8-64 were polled online (though it is hard to imagine how many 8-year-olds have a tablet), say they prefer reading on a tablet device than a computer. The survey also finds that 65 percent of tablet users prefer reading on a tablet to a mobile phone. Only about 31 percent of tablet users, according to OPA, are reading magazines on these devices and about 20 percent of tablet users interact with magazine apps regularly.With such a small percentage of individuals owning tablets and accessing magazine apps, Marie Claire is well positioned to take advantage of its Web site, which has been modified for the iPad, according to Adweek. Though the Hearst title still has a home in Apple’s App Store, the site, when accessed through an iPad browser, is now more user friendly. The site allows Marie Claire to collect data on its users, a luxury Apple does not afford to the publishers who work with the App Store.As Adweek points out, in the first quarter of 2011 Forrester Research found that 45 percent of tablet users are using a browser for about the same amount of time as they use apps and about 39 percent use the browser more than the app.The Financial Times is taking a similar approach to that of Marie Claire and also launched a Web browsing application designed for tablets, which may replace it’s iTunes application.”In many ways, it’ll be much easier to find the Web app than native apps in the App Store,” Rob Grimshaw, managing director of the Financial Time’s Web site, told Adweek. “Apps don’t have to be something that exists in the App Store. As a publisher, you can control your own channel to market. If you know you have another way to reach your customers, it puts you in a stronger position when it comes to platform providers.”last_img read more

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, November 22, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -2. Northwest wind 8 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.Thanksgiving Day Game: Wilmington hosts Tewksbury at 10am at Alumni Stadium. … Tickets cost $10 (cash only) at the gate. … Bill Woods, a former WHS football player who recently passed away, will be honored before the game. … The WHS Marching Band will NOT be performing due to the expected frigid temperature. … Tewksbury has won 8 consecutive games in this rivalry.Food Shopping: Market Basket and Lucci’s are CLOSED. Elia’s is open from 7am to 1pm with no liquor sales.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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first_imgnReal’s mixed-reality glasses are one of the first devices to work with Qualcomm’s 5G phones. Sarah Tew/CNET Qualcomm’s next wave of Snapdragon 855-powered 5G phones have a clever trick inside: They can power VR and AR headsets via USB-C. This could mean we’re not only looking at a whole bunch of lighter-weight tethered headsets, but a lot more affordable ones, too.At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Qualcomm announced a new initiative to connect 5G phones with a new wave of headsets and is planning a certification program and branding sticker to help kick off interest in little plug-in headsets. Could this be what the HTC Vive Cosmos is going to become? We don’t know yet. But a new Acer VR headset called the Acer Viewer and the nReal Light, a compact pair of mixed-reality glasses, are the first two compatible products along with an unannounced headset from Pico.Qualcomm also announced that the first compatible phones will be made by Xiaomi, HTC, OnePlus, Oppo, Asus and Vivo. Cellular operators supporting Qualcomm’s initiative so far include Sprint, LG U+, TIM, KDDI, SK Telecom, Swisscom and KT. Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone XR = AR, VRQualcomm’s planning on creating its own “XR Optimized” badge to indicate which phones and headsets will work together. The company also wants to keep referring to the world of AR and VR headsets as “XR.” While that’s an accepted term for what’s also known as “mixed reality,” it’s totally confusing for anyone outside the industry.The nReal mixed-reality glasses debuted at CES 2019 and looked more like regular glasses than rivals such as the Magic Leap One. The nReal glasses connected to a Snapdragon 845-powered box at CES, but Qualcomm claims that the 855 processor has enough computer vision and graphics power to handle a headset’s needs, without any lag. That could mean future headsets will get smaller and may cost significantly less. The USB-C connected Rokia Aurora glasses could hint at what’s to come.Snapdragon 855 phones won’t work with these new headsets immediately out of the box. They’ll require USB-C to handle video out (DisplayPort), which not all phones do. They’ll also need special software from Qualcomm, which will precertify phones to ensure compatibility.Acer and nReal’s headsets will be demoed in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. We’ll follow up with hands-on impressions from Spain.(Originally published at 4 a.m. ET) Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 19 Photos reading • Qualcomm’s new 5G phone chips can power your AR, VR glasses Phones Wearable Tech May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone • MWC 2018: Where are they now? Qualcomm Xiaomi 5G Oppo Virtual Reality Acer Augmented reality (AR) Asus HTC Sprint OnePlus See All Post a comment 0 Tags Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voicelast_img read more

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first_imgKadapa: The Spandana a state government’s prestigious programme introduced from 1st July after YSR Congress came to the power receiving an overwhelming response from the public. The aim of the concept is to find a speedy solution with hundred per cent result of the problem in an effective manner. Suppose a student lost certificates or forcibly detained by the college authorities as she is needy to attend for interview, the problem immediately sorted out if he represented the matter to Spandana programme, justice to be done to the victim with immediate effect with the personal involvement of district collector into the issue. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Problems like land disputes pensions, house sites, housing ration cards National Family Benefit Scheme(NFBS), regularization of lands etc being dwelt in the Spandana programme. Among them most importantly house sites and housing given top priority. “I have been round to the collector office for the last five years to secure the house site but in vain as the officials throw my representation into a dust bin. After the introduction of Spandana when I approached the administration for the same problem on 1st July, to my astonishment within a gap of 72 hours VRO came to our area and recommended my name for securing house site. Like me about 100 people in our colony got eligibility” said A. Karunamma Prakash Nagar area in Kadapa city told. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us According to the officials on 1st July there was 1000 representation related to various issues were received against expected 500. To their surprise there was a steep increase like 1500, 2,000 in 2nd and 3rd weeks finally it was 2,500 on the conclusion of July month. “Petitions are being divided into two methods one is financial and another non-financial. Non-financial petitions are proposed to solve within 72 hours of submitting representation. Financial related petitions like underground drainage etc were sent to the government for approval”. said Collector CH Harikirn when contacted by Hans India. He said and added most of the petitions are for house sites and housing. As per the government directions, a village will be considered as a unit and 40 houses each with 1.50 cents are proposed to construct an acre of land. Advertise With Us “A comprehensive survey is going for noticing government land in every village to construct houses if land assign land is not available we will purchase private land after seeking permission from the government. As per the instructions of the chief collector to himself to monitor the status of petitions and directed to discuss the public opinion about Spandana as officials working most responsible for the success of the programme in the district” said Collector.last_img read more

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first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad speaks at a district conference of Jatiya Party at the public library playground in Rangpur on Sunday. Photo: Moinul IslamJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Sunday said the number of rape incidents in the country has increased alarmingly.”We are all being raped. It seems that it is a curse to be born as a woman,” Ershad told a district conference of Jatiya Party at the public library playground in Rangpur.The former autocratic ruler claimed that people were safe during his rule, but the number of killings has increased nowadays.Ershad said politicisation and corruption are now widespread and the executive does not listen to anyone.He said people are not living in peace and they are now in a suffocated situation. The people now want to get rid of this situation and they want change, Ershad added.Referring to ruling Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), he said, “The Awami League ascended to power in 1996 with the support of the Jatiya Party, but they treated me unfairly. My party was split into pieces.””I was taken to the jail during the rule of BNP. I was not even allowed to get admitted to the hospital. I was not even given Iftar. However, I survived by the grace of Almighty Allah and the love of the people.”About the prime minister, Ershad, “Nothing happens without the direction of Hasina. We do not want a one party rule, we want a government by the people. We have to establish good governance. This is our opportunity.”About the position of JaPa in Rangpur, Ershad said, “Once Rangpur was a stronghold of the Jatiya Party, but things have changed now. The number of seats has come down. We have to regain those seats. We have to work to win in the 22 constituencies in greater Rangpur. We will go to power if we get those 22 seats.”On peddling of drugs, Ershad said, “There were no yaba during my time. Now they are available even at tea stalls. Narcotics leave the young generation on the verge of ruination.”last_img read more

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first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — The last of six Baltimore police officers involved in the 2015 arrest of a young Black man who died from a spinal cord injury he sustained in a police van won’t face a disciplinary hearing after the police commissioner decided not to proceed.Baltimore Police Officer Sgt. Alicia White. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)Sgt. Alicia White was scheduled to face a trial board and possible termination on Dec. 5 related to Freddie Gray’s arrest and van transport.But Wednesday night, Commissioner Kevin Davis dismissed the scheduled administrative hearing. White will face no further administrative actions, police spokesman T.J. Smith said in an email.White’s attorney told The Baltimore Sun that White was “grateful” for the decision.“She has always maintained her innocence from the very beginning,” Tony Garcia said.Davis’ decision came less than a week after a police disciplinary board cleared Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer involved in the Gray arrest. The same three-member panel, made up law enforcers, recently found the police van’s driver not guilty.The evidence and allegations against White are the same as the previous two hearings, and Davis did not feel another hearing would be in good faith, Smith said.“We look forward to continuing the many reform efforts underway that will ensure the BPD is serving our city in a manner consistent with the expectations of our residents,” Smith said.The death of the 25-year-old Gray set off Baltimore’s worst riots in decades and led to a federal investigation into allegations of police abuse. Baltimore and the Justice Department entered into a reform agreement after a scathing report by the federal agency outlined widespread misconduct and abuse within the city’s police department.Rice and other officers also were acquitted of criminal charges in Gray’s arrest and death.last_img read more

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first_imgStay on target Plantronics’ New RIG 300 and RIG 400 Pro Gaming Headsets Debut at GamescomFamous DC Characters Hellboy and Raiden Join Black Manta in Injustice 2 Techland is giving its popular Dying Light franchise a battle royale spin-off in the form of Dying Light: Bad Blood. While this entry features battle royale staples, it also adds some twists to the currently popular genre. Since this is Dying Light, players have the ability to parkour around the environment. They can also level up by destroying zombie hives. The biggest twist is that, instead of having 100 players fight to the death until only one survives, Dying Light: Bad Blood has a maximum player count of 12. That spin, along with the platforming mechanics, will no doubt set this battle royale game apart from its competitors.“We’ve always been keen to add more PvP multiplayer to Dying Light,” says Executive Producer, Maciej Łączny. “We’ve read all of the messages from players on social media and forums, and multiplayer has been a hot topic. We’ve also seen how players have embraced Be the Zombie and that inspired us to expand on multiplayer. But we want to do it in the Dying Light way, where this world swarming with infected is just as much a threat as the other players. This is how Dying Light: Bad Blood came to life, a game based on these key principles: the freedom and fast pace of parkour movement, the constant threat of the Infected, and the creative brutality of melee combat. Combined, they offer an all-new brutal royale experience. Now we encourage the community to help us fine-tune the game before its release.”To test the game out, Techland will launch Dying Light: Bad Blood in early access. While the final game will be a free-to-play title, players who want to try out the early access before the official release must pay $19.99 for the Founder’s Pack. The pack not only ensures early access, but also gives customers in-game content only available to Founders. This includes in-game currency and exclusive items like the Founders Pass that will deliver three Legendary skins over the course of three months following the debut of early access.The developers will work on balancing the game and making adjustments based on feedback from the community. Early access will have new maps, modes, and in-game items as frequent drops. Fans of the original Dying Light will even recognize some of these drops. The PC and console version of Bad Blood will continue this same model when it goes from early access to final release.Expect the global playtest to have two different phases. Phase One gives a limited amount of players access on August 25, 9 am PDT until August 26, 9 pm PDT. During this phase, the developers will test the infrastructure, matchmaking mechanics, and other important parts of the game. Phase Two gives access to every player that signed up for the global playtest. This phase begins on September 1, 9 am PDT and ends on September, 2, 9 pm PDT. Steam keys for both of these global playtest phases will start going out starting on August 22. Players will get an email notifying them before the given phase to log into their Techland account and link it with their Steam account to get a Steam key. Those who participate in the global playtest will have all of their progress transferred to the early access version.We’ll hear more about Dying Light: Bad Blood during Gamescom this week. The deadline for the global playtest registration is August 22, 1pm PDT. If you’re interested in testing the game out, you have until then to sign up. For more information, head over to the game’s official website.last_img read more

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first_imgThis, depressingly, is just so very 2018.Brett Favre and Soulja Boy are doing some serious backtracking, after a report from BuzzFeed News revealed that the two had been tricked into making anti-Semitic statements via an app. And yes, the two celebs were paid for their misguided efforts. The app, Cameo, seems pretty harmless on its face. It connects Average Joes with celebrities, and allows the former to pay the latter to make some kind of statement. Cameo calls them “personalized video shoutouts.”You can probably see already where this is going. According to BuzzFeed News, white supremacists used the app to get in touch with Brett Favre and Soulja Boy, and then paid them to made cryptic statements that were ostensibly supportive of U.S. troops but were filled with anti-Semitic dog whistles. The group reportedly responsible calls itself the GDL — the Goyim Defense League — and used Cameo to get Favre to issue a rambling statement containing their coded anti-Semitic language and themes. According to Cameo, a message from Favre costs $500.Favre’s Cameo page.Image: screenshot / cameo“Brett Favre here with a shoutout to the Handsome Truth and the GDL boys,” Favre reportedly says in the video viewed by BuzzFeed News. “You guys are patriots in my eyes. So keep waking them up and don’t let the small get you down. Keep fighting, too, and don’t ever forget the U.S.S. Liberty and the men and women who died on that day. God bless and take care.”  The usage of “small” is allegedly a slur for yarmulkes, and the U.S.S. Liberty is a naval ship that was attacked in 1967 by Israeli forces in an incident both governments described as an accident. It’s perhaps understandable that Favre didn’t realize just exactly what he was saying, maybe, and he posted a statement to Facebook denouncing the group and the message. “I was distressed to learn that the request came from an anti-Semitic group that reposted my video with comments implying that I endorsed their mission,” read the statement in part. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I am therefore donating my $500 Cameo fee to Charities supporting their fight against hate and bigotry.”Soulja Boy looks to have fallen into a similar trap, having recorded a video promoting the same group.“Shoutout to Handsome Truth and Sway at GDL,” the rapper says in a video viewed by Buzzfeed News, “GDL for life, bitch.”A representative for Soulja Boy told BuzzFeed News that the rapper was unaware of the group’s affiliation. “Soulja Boy was unaware that the video on Cameo was tied to a group that promotes hate.” An app spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that the offending videos were removed and that the user who paid for them was banned. Cameo also reached out to YouTube with a request that the videos be removed there as well. On top of that, the company hopes that newly created filters will prevent something like this from happening again.Perhaps next time the two celebs won’t just spout whatever old bullshit someone with a few bucks throws their way. After all, this is 2018. Sigh.Image: Ronald Martinez / gettyBy Jack Morse2018-12-01 23:14:25 UTClast_img read more

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first_imgPressure is mounting on Malaysia’s government to stop the caning of two women arrested for ‘attempted sexual relations’. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 100 protestors hit the streets in Kuala Lumpur calling the government to ban LGBTI and alcohol festival. | Photo: YouTube via Star TVcenter_img That call comes after intense scrutiny on the LGBTI community in the past couple of weeks. The removal of two portraits of LGBTI people at a photographic exhibition sparked a fierce debate about the community in Malaysia. Some advocates have argued this scrutiny will deteriorate the conditions for LGBTI people even further.‘Stay out of it’An Islamic political leader clapped back at SUHAKAM, saying it has no authority to comment on Sharia Law matters.Takiyuddin Hassan is the secretary-general of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). He said SUHAKAM’s statement was in contempt of the Syariah Court.‘The punishment is in accordance with shariah laws, and going against it (by Suhakam) would be considered contempt of court,’ Takiyuddin told media today (16 August).‘These laws can only be enforced on Muslims, not non-Muslims.’He said SUHAKAM must retract its statement of he will lodge a complaint to the court.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Human rights groups condemned the Terengganu Syariah Court’s ruling to sentence two women to six lashes and a RM3,330 (US$814) fine.They judge order the women’s caning for 28 August.The Syariah Court follows Islamic Sharia Law in which same-sex relations are illegal. They are also illegal in broader Malaysian law.SUHAKAM is the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. It said such a ‘punishment is humiliating, demeaning and an attempt to publicly embarrass the women and their families’.It called on the government to not only abolish corporal punishment in Malaysia but to protect the two women.But SUHAKAM also warned LGBTI people to ‘keep their lifestyle choices private’.‘SUHAKAM also calls on LGBT persons to exercise temperance and moderation, as well as to keep their lifestyle choices private, in a society and environment that is only beginning to take into account diversified choices,’ said its chair, Tan Sri Razali Ismail.‘SUHAKAM understands that this position is less than ideal, but necessary in the religious and cultural context of Malaysia.’ Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission says it does not support same-sex marriageAfter caning, Malaysia rights groups call on government to stop corporal punishmentMalaysia cannot accept LGBTI rights, says Prime MinisterRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-people-warned-to-keep-their-lifestyle-choices-private-in-malaysia/last_img read more