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Rodale Partners with Glam Media

first_imgThe partnership model forms the basis of Glam’s online strategy. It relies on vetted content publishers—bloggers and other, more “traditional” sources of content—to populate its women-oriented vertical channels in fashion, entertainment, family, and shopping, among others. Collectively, the channels attract 43 million monthly U.S. uniques, according to comScore, and 9.6 million for the Health channel alone.For the publisher, the deal is one born of syndication, where the content is shared with sites that provide access to a like-minded and, hopefully, statistically significant demo. It’s a strategy that has worked well for Rodale. In July, Jim Berra, SVP and GM of Rodale Interactive, told Circulation Management magazine that syndication tactics have contributed to more than 70 percent growth in monthly uniques.In this case, Rodale gets in-line and related link-backs, brand attributions and a revenue share on ads served up on Prevention or Women’s Health content pages.Going forward, Wasserman will see if the traffic will drive page views, conversions or both. “We’ll put direct marketing speak into the content in the in-line links and see what works,” she said. “If they end up driving subscriptions and sales of related products we’ll keep that going. If they’re driving lots of page views back to us we’ll optimize accordingly. With some partners we drive tons of traffic and a combination of magazine subscriptions and books, and other partners it’s just traffic.”As for audience, Prevention and Women’s Health target an18-49 year-old age bracket, broad enough to accommodate the demos that Glam provides on its health channel. “We talk to 18-49 year-olds. We know that’s a broad demo but the interest in living a healthy lifestyle has a stake in that range,” Wasserman said. “We recognized from some of the data that [Glam] gave us that there’s a huge interest amongst the Glam audience for more specific information around active healthy living content.” Rodale has become the latest major publisher to partner with online content network Glam Media. Women’s Health and Prevention will contribute branded articles, slide shows, and video to Glam’s new Health channel, which attracts 9.6 million unique visitors a month.“We started conversations with them about 8 months ago,” said Valerie Wasserman, vice president, strategic alliances at Rodale Interactive. “We talked to them about the types of content and programming experiences that they felt they would need in order to fill in some white space. The categories we will populate will be diet, fitness, nutrition and weight loss primarily.”RELATED VIDEO: Q+A with Glam’s Samir Aroralast_img read more

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NASAs Whirlpool Galaxy views are totally trippy spacedout spirals

first_img Share your voice Tags In the second image, red veins appear to flow through the spiral arms of the galaxy. What you’re actually seeing are threads of dust that block visible light and just appear as empty space in the first image, but they glow red when seen through Spitzer’s infrared eye.  Making invisible clouds of dust and gas seen might not sound like the greatest trick in the world, but being able to see at different wavelengths helps astronomers pick up on the births and deaths of stars, among other cool things.  Spitzer’s super power has also revealed the largest of Saturn’s rings and even helps to spot small asteroids, a task that humanity can always use more help with, seeing as one just smashed into us last weekend.  NASA Spitzer telescope celebrates 15 years of astounding images NASA Space Whirlpool Review • Samsung Galaxy View review: Biggest Samsung tablet ever, smallest TV in your house Sci-Tech Four different views of the same spot on the other side of the universe.  NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is able to see parts of space that are literally invisible – to our puny human eyes, that is.  The above quadriptych of images shows the same thing: the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51 or NGC 5194/5195, but at different wavelengths.  Keep in mind that there are different kinds of light and what our eyes can see is referred to as visible light, but using a device like Spitzer that can also see infrared light can make invisible features visible. It’s basically the same as night vision, but in this case it’s space vision.The view on the far left above shows the Whirlpool Galaxy as your eyes would likely see it. In this case the image was taken by a telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. But the two images on the right side show what it looks like when Spitzer isolates different infrared wavelengths from the galaxy. Combine infrared and visual light and you get the image marked (b), providing arguably the most complete picture of the galaxy. NASA shared all four of the images side-by-side for comparison on Wednesday. 15 Photos Samsung Galaxy View Preview • Samsung goes big on tablets with the 18-inch Galaxy View; starts at $599 from November 6 (hands-on) 0 Post a commentlast_img read more

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Aero India 2015 LIVE Modi Not Content With Assembling Defence Equipment Wants

first_img4:56 PM: With $250 billion expected to be spent on defence, India asserted itself at the on-going Aero Expo. The Prime Minister asked defence contractors winning bids to supply India not only the equipment but also the technology behind the equipment.India’s offsets policy requires defence contractors to invest a specified percentage on the total value of the deal to be invested in India, which will now be recaliberated to encourage further technology transfer and move away from mere assembling and local production.”We have the reputation as the largest importer of defence equipment. This may be music to the ears of some of you. But this is an area where we do not want to be number one,” the Prime Minister said, according to Reuters.”It will no longer be enough to buy equipment and simply assemble here.”3:29 PM: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar noted that the Defence Ministry was undergoing  major offsets, of which, some are “in chaos”. Major changes to rules and regulations expected to boost the small and medium enterprises.3:20 PM: Pictures from Aero India 2015. IAF aircrafts perform aerobatics during the Aero India-2015 Air Show, at Yelahanka Air-force Station, in Bengaluru on Feb 18, 2015. (Photo: IANS) IAF aircrafts perform aerobatics during the Aero India-2015 Air Show, at Yelahanka Air-force Station, in Bengaluru on Feb 18, 2015. (Photo: IANS) IAF aircrafts perform aerobatics during the Aero India-2015 Air Show, at Yelahanka Air-force Station, in Bengaluru on Feb 18, 2015. (Photo: IANS)2:54 PM: Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar addresses press conference at Aero India 2015, hints at a dedicated ‘Make in India’ policy in defence of SME manufacturers.2:52 PM: Crowds throng stalls representing Israeli and Chinese weapon manufacturers.2:33 PM: A 1932 aircraft named ‘Tiger Moth’ takes to the air. The aircraft, restored for current year’s show, is participating for the first time in an aero show. 12:49 PM: India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to address a press conference soon.Prime Minister Narendra Modi declares Aero India 2015, Asia’s largest air show, open on Wednesday in Bengaluru. He used the occasion to make a strong case for indigenisation of defence equipment, in line with his ambitious “Make in India” programme.”A nation with a strong defence industry will not only be more secure. It will also reap rich economic benefits,” Modi said at the 10th edition of the biennial event, which is being attended by more than 300 global defence equipment makers eyeing one of the world’s lucrative arms market.He added, “It can boost investment, expand manufacturing, support enterprise, raise the technology level and increase economic growth in the country.”The Air Force Station at Yelahanka in the British-era garrison city is hosting the five-day international version of the aerospace and aviation industry. Visitors cheer as they watch Russian Knights, the aerobatic team of the Russian Air Force, performing in their Sukhoi Su-27 and Su-27UB fighter aircraft during “Aero India 2013″ on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Bangalore February 8, 2013.Reuters’Make in India’ – Beginning of a new era”This is the beginning of a new era for the defence industry in India,” said Modi, emphasising the emergence of India as a major global centre for defence industry, reports IndiaToday.The Prime Minister spoke of the need to improve India’s defence preparedness and develop defence systems under the “Make in India” programme.”We will build an industry that will have room for everyone – public sector, private sector and foreign firms. From sellers, foreign firms must turn into strategic partners,” Modi said. Modi called on the international defence firms to set shop in India so that the country becomes part of their global supply-chain, according to The Hindu.”We need their technology, skills, systems integration and manufacturing strength. The nature of industry is such that imports will always be there. In turn, they can use India as part of their global supply chain,” Modi added.”Defence output will double if domestic procurement goes up from 40 pc to 70 pc in next five years,” Modi said.The Prime Minister stressed upon the need to reduce imports in the defence sector, adding that even a reduction by 20-25% in imports, would create direct jobs of 1 lakh to 1.2 lakh highly skilled jobs.He noted that if India is to increase local procurement of defence equipment from 40% to 70% over the next five years, it will results in doubling of India’s defence output.Domestic and International ParticipationAero India 2015 is being attended by about 600 companies, of which about 295 are Indian firms and the rest, global companies.Fifty-four ministerial and high-level delegations from various arms-exporting nations are also participating in the expo. A total of 34 countries are participating this year, which is said to be the largest and most expansive in the history of the show. The US is represented by 64 companies, followed by France with a presence of 58 companies. Besides, manufacturers from the UK, Russia and Israel will also have strong participation at the event. The Israeli defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon is also in India, bringing with him a huge contingent of chief executives of major defence companies.Organisers expect the exhibition to expand by almost 50% over the 15 lakh visitors in 2013.Cult FollowingAero India sees throngs of aviation aficionados descending at the venue to witness spectacular stunts performed by pilots from across the world, flying fighter jets, transport aircraft and helicopters. Display of flying skills by aerobatic teams enthrall visitors at the show. The airshow would see stunts and aerobatic displays by the Indian Air Force, air display teams from Chezh Republic, Sweden and the UK. An open sky jump by the US Special Forces is also planned, said The Financial Express.French defence giant Dassault has bought three Rafale fighter aircraft to showcase the aerobatic capabilities of an aircraft, shortlisted by the IAF for 126 next generation fighter aircraft. Talks have broken down over local manufacturing clauses.Made in India equipment India would have on display its indigenously developed Tejas single engine aircraft, after decades of development.The display includes 11 aircrafts of which seven come from US – one C-17 Globemaster III, a Boeing KC-135 tanker , two F-15C Eagles, two F-16C Fighting Falcons and a P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. A U.S Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker is seen parked during “Aero India 2013” on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Bangalore February 9, 2013.last_img read more

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Gold Gets 1 boost on Greek Crisis Fears Stocks Slump

first_imgGold jumped 1 percent on Monday as investors sought safety in the metal after the Greece debt crisis took a turn for the worse over the weekend, with Athens looking more likely to default and exit the euro zone.FUNDAMENTALSSpot gold was up nearly $11 to $1,185.20 an ounce by 0030 GMT, after reaching $1,186.91 earlier in the session, its highest in nearly a week.U.S. gold futures also jumped 1 percent to a session high of $1,187.60.Bailout talks between the Greek leftwing government and foreign lenders broke down over the weekend and the European Central Bank froze vital funding support to Greece’s banks, leaving Athens with little choice but to shut down the system to keep the banks from collapsing.The failure to reach a deal with creditors leaves Greece set to default on 1.6 billion euros of loans from the International Monetary Fund that fall due on Tuesday. Athens must repay billions of euros to the ECB in the coming months.The impending default on the IMF loans leaves Greece sliding towards a euro exit and also carries broad implications for the global financial system. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras late on Friday surprised creditors by calling a snap referendum on what he said were the unacceptable terms offered to keep the country from bankruptcy.U.S. stock futures and the euro fell almost 2 percent in early Asian trade on Monday. Asian shares look set to open lower, despite the Chinese central bank’s monetary easing on Saturday. [MKTS/GLOB]The slump in global equities sent investors rushing towards safe-haven assets such as gold and the Japanese yen.Silver climbed about 1 percent along with gold, while platinum and palladium also edged up.Elsewhere, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data on Friday showed speculators upped a bullish bet in COMEX gold futures and options and switched to a net short position in silver in the week ended June 23.SPDR Gold Trust, the world’s largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 0.25 percent to 711.44 tonnes on Friday.last_img read more

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Jailed Reuters reporters win Pulitzer Prize

first_imgDetained Reuters journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo sit beside police officers as they leave Insein court in Yangon, MyanmarREUTERS/Ann Wang [Representational Image]Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for revealing the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and another for photographs of Central American migrants seeking refuge in the United States.The awards marked the second year in a row that Reuters has won two Pulitzers, the most prestigious prize in American journalism. Reuters has won seven since 2008.Two of this year’s honorees have been jailed for 490 days in Myanmar for their role in uncovering the killings.”While it’s gratifying to be recognized for the work, public attention should be focused more on the people about whom we report than on us: in this case, the Rohingya and the Central American migrants,” Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said.In other categories, coverage of mass shootings in the United States and investigations into US President Donald Trump featured prominently. The New York Times and the Washington Post also took two Pulitzers each.Reuters and the Associated Press were both awarded prizes for international reporting, with the AP winning for its coverage of war atrocities in Yemen.The Reuters award was for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Rohingya at the village of Inn Din, in the heart of the conflict zone of Rakhine state in Myanmar.Two young Reuters reporters, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both Myanmar citizens, found a mass grave filled with bones sticking out of the ground. They went on to gather testimony from perpetrators, witnesses and families of victims.They obtained three devastating photographs from villagers: two showed the 10 Rohingya men bound and kneeling; the third showed the mutilated and bullet-ridden bodies of the same 10 men in the same shallow grave.In December 2017, before Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo could complete their story, they were arrested in what international observers have criticized as an effort by authorities to block the report. The report, “Massacre in Myanmar,” was completed by colleagues Simon Lewis and Antoni Slodkowski and published in February of last year.In September, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven years imprisonment for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act.”I’m thrilled that Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues have been recognized for their extraordinary, courageous coverage, and our photojournalists for their moving pictures that show humanity defying huge obstacles,” Adler said. “I remain deeply distressed, however, that our brave reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are still behind bars.”BORDER IMAGESIn the breaking news photography category, 11 Reuters photographers contributed pictures to “On the Migrant Trail to America,” a package of images showing asylum-seekers and other migrants from Central America at the US border.One photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon showed migrants fleeing tear gas launched by U.S. authorities into Mexico at the San Diego-Tijuana border. In the image, a mother grabs her twin daughters by the arm, one in diapers and wearing rubber sandals, the other barefoot, as a teargas canister emits its fumes.In another image, an aerial photo, Mike Blake was the first to photograph the detention facility in Tornillo, Texas, where children walked in single files, like prisoners.Goran Tomasevic captured an image in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, a city with one of the highest murder rates in the world, of a rooster, scratching in the dirt next to the slain body of a Barrio 18 gang member. Tomasevic was a previous finalist for his pictures of the war in Syria.MASS SHOOTING COVERAGE HONOREDThe New York Times won a prize for explanatory reporting of Trump’s finances and tax avoidance and another for editorial writing by Brent StaplePost’s Lorenzo Tugnoli won the feature photography prize for images of the famine in Yemen and the newspaper’s Carlos Lozada also won for criticism.The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for uncovering Trump’s secret payoffs to two women during his campaign who claimed to have had affairs with him.Coverage of mass shootings in the United States was also recognized four times.The South Florida Sun-Sentinel won the public service award for “exposing failings by school and law enforcement officials before and after the deadly shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the Pulitzer board said. Seventeen people died in the massacre at the Parkland, Florida, high school on Feb. 14, 2018.The staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the breaking news prize for its coverage of “immersive, compassionate” coverage of the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 people on Oct. 27, 2018.Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy, upon announcing the winners, also offered admiration for a non-winner: the staff of the Eagle Eye student newspaper at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for its coverage of the killings.The Pulitzer board also awarded a special citation to the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Maryland, for “their courageous response to the largest killing of journalists in US history in their newsroom.” A gunman shot and killed five people there on June 28, 2018.last_img read more

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New Zealand NASA to initiate next space revolution designed by Rocket Lab

first_imgNASA is all set to launch the next revolution in space something that was long its special preserve. The launch will take place from a paddock in New Zealand’s remote South Island.The rocket-launch range is not just New Zealand’s first of any kind, but also the world’s first private launch range. Designed by “Rocket Lab”, which is one of a growing number of businesses targeting to reduce the cost of space travel, the rocket will be powered by a 3D-printed engine — another first.The 16-metre carbon-cased rocket, being assembled in a small hangar near Auckland Airport, will weight 1,190 kilograms. With fuel and payload, the rocket will be about one-third the weight of SpaceX’s Falcon 1 — the first privately-developed launch vehicle to go into orbit in 2008.”One advantage of New Zealand being this little island nation in the middle of nowhere is that’s the perfect place to launch a rocket,” said Peter Beck, Rocket Lab’s CEO.Ships and planes need re-routing every time a rocket is launched, which limits opportunities in crowded US skies. However, New Zealand, with 4 million people, has only Antarctica to its south.Rocket Lab, part-funded by Lockheed Martin Corp, is aiming for up to one launch a week from around 2018, costing under $5 million each. The cost will be one-10th of typical launch prices now, and vastly increase business access to space.Even NASA, struggling to shift its launch backlog, this month awarded Rocket Lab and rivals Firefly Space Systems and Virgin Galactic contracts totaling $17.1 million to launch tiny satellites into orbit from 2017.In a bid to win Google’s $20 million Lunar X prize for the first company to send a probe that broadcasts images from the moon, Rocket Lab recently signed a deal with Silicon Valley-based Moon Express for sending a rocket to the moon in 2017.Moon Express has already contracted for five launches with Rocket Lab, and plans to send robotic spacecraft continually to the moon for exploration and commercial development of natural resources such as platinum.New launch companies will depend on burgeoning small-satellite industries, as players like Google, Virgin and Samsung plan satellite constellations to carry communications infrastructure and gather data from low-earth orbit.”We’re not about building a rocket; we’re about enabling the small-satellite revolution,” said Rocket Lab’s Beck.One Web, Samsung and SpaceX are planning three separate Internet broadband ventures to provide low-cost Internet from the Himalayas to the Sahara desert. These alone will require 6,000 new satellites in the next four years, Rocket Lab predicts.The Satellite Industry Association says over 200 satellites were launched in 2014, nearly double the previous year.”The market can’t sustain that many; there’s going to be a thinning out of the herd,” said Daniel Lim, vice-president of disruptive innovations at space services provider TriSept Corporation. He is one among many that believe there will not be enough demand to support the increasing numbers of launch companies.Others say launch costs are still too high at around $5 million, when for $40,000 companies can rideshare on a larger rocket to launch a nano-satellite.But space startups have been proving popular with investors. The largest 100 new space companies received more than $2 billion investment in 2015, around four times more than in 2009, according to data from New Space Global.That is still dwarfed by NASA’s $17.6 billion budget last year, but many say small companies offer options and a risk appetite that government agencies cannot.last_img read more

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Telenor plans to sell India business to Idea Cellular Report

first_imgTelenor India, the Indian subsidiary of parent company Telenor, held talks with Idea Cellular for selling its entire India unit in a cashless deal. The deal would include Idea Cellular taking over all the liabilities of the Norway-based telecom operator.Telenor owes the Indian government Rs 1,900 crore in deferred spectrum payments. It also owes Rs 1,800 crore in debt to financial institutions. “The two companies have held negotiations for a transfer of all liabilities and assets without an actual payout,” the Economic Times quoted a source as saying. However, according to other media reports, the talks between the two telecom operators may not lead to a deal being finalised since Idea may not want to add additional debt burden. Idea bought additional spectrum worth Rs 13,000 crore during the spectrum auction in October. Telenor has spectrum rights in Bihar, Jharkhand, UP East, UP West, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat. If the deal comes through, it would result in Idea Cellular gaining 4G spectrum in the 1800 Mh band, while Telenor would exit the Indian market, ET added. Since January this year, Telenor has marked down the value of its India business by about Rs 5,000 crore, whereas the write-down of the value of its license was over Rs 4,000 crore. Telenor did not take part in the recently concluded October spectrum auction, hinting that the company intended to leave the market, where it incurred losses in thousands of crores and struggled to remain afloat. The Idea Cellular stock was trading at Rs 76.10 at around 1 p.m. on Friday, down 1.17 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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BGB man goes missing in Teesta

first_imgA member of Border Guard Bangladesh went missing in the Teesta river in Patgram upazila early Tuesday while chasing smugglers. The victim was identified as lance nayek Sumon Hawlader, 42, son of Hekim Ali of Habiganj district.Tipped off, a team of BGB men went to the bordering area near pillar No 144/3 in the upazila and chased a group of smugglers around 2:30am, said commanding officer Lt Col Golam Morshed of Lalmonirhat BGB-15 Battalion.At one stage, Sumon slipped into the river and went missing, he said.A joint team of BGB members, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and divers from Rangpur Fire Service could not rescue him till filing of this report at 6:45pm.Officer-in-charge of Patgram police station Aboni Shanker Kar said they also looked for the missing BGB men with speedboats but failed due to strong currents in the river.last_img read more

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Intl support for displaced people in Bangladesh inadequate Geneva forum

first_imgThis photo taken on October 7, 2017 shows a solar panel on the roof of a temporary home for Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. AFPA global forum in Geneva on Friday called for planning how to face coming disasters in countries like Bangladesh.Participants at the side event of the UNHCR-NGO annual consultation expressed concern at the displacement of the people including Rohingya Muslims who fled Myanmar atrocities, according to a  message received in Dhaka on Saturday.”In the absence of a sustainable source of livelihoods or safe place to reside, many people are forced to flee their homes, including those who have already fled for other reasons such as Rohingya Refugees,” read the background paper of the event.It added that coastal areas are also particularly vulnerable, such as in southern Bangladesh.Dwerlling on the plight of the Rohingya people, Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of COAST Trust Bangladesh said, “The funding is quite low in response to their vulnerability.”He cautioned that 42 per cent of population in Bangladesh would be displaced in case there is climate disaster.“Bangladesh is a victim of climate impact and it is investing around $1 billion per year for adaptation but receiving a very little assistance from international community,” Rezaul Karim added.Addressing the event at the international conference centre of Geneva, Kristen Hite of Oxfam International said there was a need of planning how to face the future disasters.UNHCR and International Organisation for Migration (IOM )are working on global refugees and migration issues, said Madeline Garlick, head of protection, policy and legal affairs section of the UNHCR.The side event was moderated by Atle Soleberg, head of coordination unit of Platform on Disaster Displacement (PDD) currently chaired by Bangladesh.Other speakers there were Nina M Birkeland, senior advisor of Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Chirrine El Labbane, communication officer of PDD, and Gopal Krishna Shiwakoti, president INHUREDD Nepal.last_img

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Qatar seeks to ease feud with Gulf neighbours

first_imgForeign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow. Photo: AFPQatar moved Sunday to avoid an escalation of its feud with Gulf neighbours by telling their citizens they are welcome to stay, while boasting of “business as usual” for vital gas exports.Iran also announced it had sent tonnes of vegetables to Qatar, which has seen food imports threatened after its neighbours cut air, sea and land links with the country.Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia and several of its allies severed ties with Qatar in an unprecedented Gulf diplomatic crisis, there were no signs of the bitter dispute being resolved.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and others accused Qatar of supporting extremist groups, an assertion since backed by US President Donald Trump.Qatar strongly rejects the allegations and says it is open to talks on ending the dispute, which also saw the three Gulf states order all Qataris out of their countries within 14 days.Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, a special adviser to Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, told AFP the decision to sever ties would not prove successful.“I think this is not about counter-terrorism, it’s not about terror financing,” he said.“I think it is about an orchestrated campaign against my country to pressure my country to change its active, independent foreign policy.“This policy of domination and control is not going to work.”“When it comes to terrorism, Qatar has never supported terrorism, Qatar does not support terrorism, Qatar will not support terrorism,” Al-Qahtani said.The crisis has raised major concerns of instability in the region, and on Sunday Kuwait’s foreign minister said his country would continue its mediation efforts.State media reported late Saturday Doha would “not take any measures against residents of Qatar who hold the nationalities of countries that severed diplomatic ties… on the back of hostile and tendentious campaigns against the country”.No gas interruptionThis will come as a relief to the more than 11,000 people from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain living in Qatar.Concerns have been raised for the impact of these measures on people in all the countries affected.“For potentially thousands of people across the Gulf, the effect of the steps imposed in the wake of this political dispute is suffering, heartbreak and fear,” Amnesty International has said.Saudi Arabia said Sunday it was ordering “suitable measures” to help families with mixed citizenships, but provided few details.These were later dismissed by Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee as too vague and a “public relations exercise in damage control”, according to state media.Despite the unprecedented sanctions, Qatar says that its crucial exports of liquified natural gas have not been interrupted.“Qatar Petroleum… is conducting business as usual throughout all its upstream, midstream and downstream businesses and operations, and in all activities across all of QP’s world-class facilities,” a statement read.Gas has helped transform the tiny emirate into one of the world’s richest countries, fuelling its rise into a major regional player and helping fund huge infrastructure projects such as the 2022 football World Cup, which Qatar will host.FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Sunday said he was confident the crisis posed no threat to the 2022 World Cup.Qatar’s rivals have also accused Doha of being too close to the Sunni Arab Gulf states’ arch-rival Shiite-dominated Iran—claims that Doha has also denied.Iranian officials said Sunday that tonnes of vegetables had been sent from Iran to Qatar since the measures were taken against it.Iran Air spokesman Shahrokh Noushabadi said five aircraft carrying around 90 tonnes of vegetables each had been sent to Qatar in recent days.“We will continue deliveries as long as there is demand,” Noushabadi added, without saying if these were commercial exports or aid.Three ships loaded with 350 tonnes of fruit and vegetables were also set to leave Iran for Qatar, the Tasnim news agency reported.Mixed US signalsMoscow on Saturday joined other nations in calling for dialogue, after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their “blockade” of Qatar.Washington has sent mixed signals on the crisis, despite Qatar’s position as a key ally and host to the region’s largest US airbase.While Tillerson and others have called for an easing of tensions, Trump on Friday said Qatar had “historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level”.Kuwait, which has not joined its neighbours against Qatar, has led mediation efforts and on Sunday Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled Al-Sabah said that would continue.The African Union chairman, Guinean President Alpha Conde whose country has close ties with Saudi Arabia, has also offered himself as a mediator.last_img read more

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Killing in broad daylight

first_imgMiscreants stab Shah Neyaj Rifat Sharif in broad daylight at College road in Barguna on Wednesday morning. Image grabbed from video.Miscreants were stabbing a young man with sharp weapons in broad daylight. The hapless youth was trying to parry the blows while the youth’s wife was also trying her best to ward-off the criminals. But her efforts went in vain as the youth soon died. This incident took place in College Road area of Barguna district on Wednesday morning.A video of this shocking incident has gone viral on the social media.The deceased, Shah Neyaj Rifat Sharif, 25, was the son of Halim Dulal from Burirchar union of Barguna sadar upazila.Witnesses said, Rifat Sharif was attacked while he was coming back from Barguna Government College where his wife Ayesha Siddika studies. Local miscreants named Noyon, Rifat and two others swooped on him at the college’s gate.Rifat Sharif was rushed to Barguna General Hospital and later shifted to Barishal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, where he was declared dead, Manjurul Islam, one of Rifat’s friend, told Prothom Alo.Rifat had enmity with Noyon over his marriage with Ayesha, he added.Rifat’s friends said that Noyon is son of some Abu Bakar Siddique of Barguna Government College hostel area. Noyon started claiming Ayesha as his former wife after Rifat married her two months ago.Noyon also hacked Ayesha’s facebook page and posted obscene content from it, they claimed.“I can’t even think how could they hack my nephew in such brutal manner…,” Rifat’s uncle Salam Sharif told Prothom Alo.Abir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Barguna police station, said they have conducted a drive to nab the killers.Barguna police and Detective Branch (DB) are jointly conducting drives to detain Noyon, he added.The OC also said Noyon was accused in a number of other cases.last_img read more

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Lawmaker Says Texas Should Boot Out Film Industry In Wake Of Hollywoods

first_imgGabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTFilmmakers Robert Rodriguez and Richard Linklater at Texas Film Awards red carpet in Austin. Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTTexas is home to Richard Linklater and was the inspiration for his breakout film “Slacker.” It’s where Wes Anderson grew up and later shot his first big production, “Rushmore.” The bones of the set of the 1950s film “Giant” still stand in far West Texas.These days, more film and TV crews are choosing to make places like Louisiana and New Mexico look like Texas. That’s because of lagging film incentives in the state. Now a Texas lawmaker is citing Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal as a reason to put an end to the state-funded Texas Film Commission altogether.State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) said the Weinstein scandal is part of the culture of Hollywood, so he’s going to move to abolish the Texas Film Commission in the next legislative session.Barbara Morgan, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Austin Film Festival said, “I think people look at the industry as just Hollywood, as opposed to what we’ve incubated out of our own state for many years.”Morgan said when she started the festival in the ’90s, Texas had an enormous amount of film business.“At any given time, we could have seven or eight movies being shot in Austin,” she said. “And now, all of that is going because the film industry goes to shoot in places where the money is, like Louisiana, New Mexico, and Atlanta.”She said the Weinstein scandal shouldn’t affect state policies.“I actually don’t see the connection,” she said. “I think if we actually talked about pulling any kind of support or funding on a state level from any industry that had any such bad behavior happening behind its walls, we wouldn’t be funding much, would we?” Sharelast_img read more

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Houston Bars Dont See Huge Revenue Bump During Rockets Playoff Games

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinEddie Juarez at King’s Court Bar and Kitchen in EaDo expects an increase in patrons during the Rockets’ playoff games. But on average, Houston bars saw only a modest revenue increase during last year’s NBA playoffs.The Houston Rockets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday in Game 2 of their first round NBA playoff series.In East Downtown, across the street from the Houston Dynamo stadium, King’s Court Bar and Kitchen gets most of its traffic during soccer games.But not just. Assistant manager Eddie Juarez expects a bump in business during the Rockets’ playoff run. “We get a lot of foot traffic here because of seeing how the Toyota Center is just down the street,” he said. “It’s a good place for people to come before the game and after the game.” X But this doesn’t apply to the average Houston bar.According to business data firm Womply, the impact of having an NBA team in the playoffs didn’t help Houston bars very much last year.“Relative to what we saw nationally, there was either a lower increase in revenue or actually a decrease in some cases,” Womply’s Brad Plothow said.Houston bars and lounges saw a 3 percent increase on game days and a 10 percent decrease on non-game days in the 2017 playoffs.That compares to an average of 25 percent increase on game days in other playoff cities.Granted, the Rockets were eliminated in the Western Conference semifinals last year.Bars’ revenue increased in every round, so with the Rockets having the best record in the NBA and expected to go far, it may look better for Houston this year.center_img 00:00 /00:47 Listen Sharelast_img read more

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Analysis For Hints To Next Years Fights At The Texas Capitol Watch

first_img Share Courtesy, Texas A&M Athletics/Via The Texas TribuneA football match between Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. Texas A&M won 67-0. Prairie View got $450,000 for showing up.If you’re more interested in policy than in politics, you might be thinking less about the upcoming elections and more about things like sports gambling and the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on that topic, about the failure of state governments to keep up with inflation in public education, or about the effects of e-commerce on retail stores and what that might mean for sales and property taxes.First, congratulations: You really are a nerd, just as your family and friends probably suspected.Second, a pro-tip: One way to peek around the corner into the future — when you’re talking about state government — is to see what the finance folks are talking about. Not the donors, who are important for political questions, but the investor community and the people who analyze stocks and bonds and debts and markets for them.Outfits like Moody’s Investor Service, Standard & Poor’s, Fitch Ratings and their ilk are often poking through issues that lawmakers will be talking about later on. In Texas, the next regular legislative session starts in January. Legislators are juggling elections and pre-session “interim charges” right now in anticipation of that gathering.That recent ruling on sports gambling set off a round of papers (and probably will spark legislation in Texas and elsewhere) after the Supreme Court said that a federal ban was unconstitutional. Texas has a ban of its own, but state lawmakers can now throw the dice if they want to.Don’t expect that to be a wildly profitable enterprise, however. Moody’s short report on the topic points to the $150 billion underground sports gambling business and to the relatively meager squeezings available to states that tap into it: “The potential for legalized online gaming within states does offer a new, easily accessible, opportunity. Still, relative to their total budgets, the revenue boost will be minor for states even under the most optimistic of scenarios.”That echoes what Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar has already said about it, but Moody’s is a third party and buttresses his argument. So do similar assessments from Fitch and S&P.That one isn’t going to build many roads or schools. Still, you can tell it’s on the minds of the folks in the public finance business.So is school finance, and not just in Texas. Another report from Moody’s cites “increased public demand to increase K-12 education funding, which has notably slowed since the 2008-9 recession” and says that could compete with Medicaid and pension funding in state budgets across the U.S. This line about states in general could just as well be about Texas alone: “States have significant flexibility to adjust their budgets to meet policy demands, especially as tax revenue growth has strengthened in the past year; willingness to do so varies, however, and states will continue to be pressured to balance K-12 spending with other program demands.”Texas doesn’t have the deep pension problems faced by other states, but that issue is on the private sector’s watch list. So is local debt, as you might expect. They’re even looking at “environmental risks in U.S. state and local government ratings” — the title of a recent report from Fitch.That landed on the eve of hurricane season. You might not be aware of this, but weather can affect local bond ratings, and gets attention from the money people: “Rating actions directly linked to climate change or natural disasters have historically been limited, a notable anomaly being Hurricane Katrina and subsequent downgrades of the state of Louisiana and affected areas. However, the damage to vital infrastructure and widespread repopulation that was seen during Katrina has become more commonplace, most recently with Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma last year.”They’re watching retailers, too, as you might expect if you’ve noticed the wave of malls and major retailers closing or scaling back. For local and state governments, that means lost jobs and less revenue from property and other taxes. There’s an offset in the rise of e-commerce and its need for workers and warehouses, according to Moody’s. And there’s a chance that a pending Supreme Court ruling on online sales taxes will benefit states that, like Texas, lean heavily on those revenues.The arguments you hear during the elections will drive some of what the Legislature does when it comes back in January, but for the really big stuff — schools, roads, taxes, disaster relief — watch the money.last_img read more

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Amazon Touts 34 Million Fire TV Users Topping Roku

first_imgHowever, the two companies announced an agreement last month, which will result in the launch of an official YouTube app as well as apps for YouTube TV and YouTube Kids to the platform in the coming months. Amazon’s Fire TV platform has more active users than Roku’s smart TV platform, the e-commerce giant claimed Wednesday. Across all of its devices, Fire TV now has 34 million monthly active users, according to Amazon.That’s about 5 million more that Roku, which ended Q1 of 2019 with 29.1 million monthly active accounts. The company also claimed that Fire TV remained the “#1 streaming media player family in the US, UK, Germany, India, and Japan.”Fire TV had been benefitting from its close integration with Amazon’s Prime Video service, as well as its Alexa voice assistant. Each and every Fire TV device now ships with a voice remote with direct access to Alexa, and the company also began exploring far-field voice control for TV with the Fire TV Cube.One sore spot for Fire TV users has been the integration of YouTube, which Amazon was forced to load with a TV-optimized browser after Google blocked a YouTube app on the device. Popular on Variety center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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ASUStek Shows Off Concept Notebooks

first_img Explore further ASUStek is not the only player considering the dual-display design concept. Gizmondo reports that Acer and Mitac Technologies may be entering the mix in developing a notebook with a double-display. ASUS demonstrated the double-display notebook recently at an Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco. The external display provides a sneak peak of most used functions and appears to require very little future improvements. It may be available to the consumer market within a reasonable time. Another ASUStek concept notebook was displayed earlier in the year at Computex,2008. The concept notebook has dual touch screen displays. According to Rick Morris of Digitimes users can interact with the system using touch and gestures. The screens will change automatically depending on the type of activity the user chooses. As an example a screen will show a traditional looking keyboard and track-pad for drafting or editing documents. (PhysOrg.com) — ASUStek showcased its concept notebook with both an internal display and external display for checking e-mail, utilizing a dedicated MP3 key without opening the notebook. The external display concept is borrowed from current cell phones with dual display. The idea of checking e-mail and checking out music while on the run is a novel design concept for notebooks. ASUS one of the leaders in ultra-portable notebooks is a likely candidate for introducing any convenience for commuting users. Netbooks popularity expected to continue in 2010 Mr. Morris speculates the news from Microsoft which revealed Windows 7 will rely to a significant extent on touch-based controls may have contributed to the ASUStek design concept. The good news is the double-touch screen may be available to the consumer within a few years. ASUStek is familiar with putting the pedal to the metal in moving a design to the consumer pipe-line. ASUS incorporation of the Intel Atom processor and energy conservation features moved in sync with Intel. There is little doubt this nimble and agile ultra-portable producer will have a compatible double-display touchscreen ready when Microsoft introduces Windows 7. ASUStek Shows Off Concept Notebooks. Via GIZMODO ASUStek Shows Off Concept Notebooks. Via GIZMODO Citation: ASUStek Shows Off Concept Notebooks (2008, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-asustek-concept-notebooks.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Microsoft puts finger on 1ms touchscreen w video

first_img Microsoft’s ‘Manual Deskterity’ Enhances User Touchscreen Experience (w/ Video) Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Microsoft puts finger on 1ms touchscreen (w/ video) (2012, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-microsoft-finger-1ms-touchscreen-video.html © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img As Dietz explained, the numbers have to do with the moment the finger touches the screen and the response of the interacting object to the touch of the finger. With touch devices that have a response time of 100ms, the image is 100 milliseconds behind the finger touch. If that delay could be lowered to 1ms, the user might enjoy a better sense of control, a sense of heightened interaction between user and machine.This is especially apparent in drawing something on the tablet, as the demo showed. The finger in the speeded-up response was able to “feel” the drawing of squiggly lines, as in the experience of finger painting. Reactions from the technology press have been agreeable on one point, that mobile users into such activities as gaming or drawing (engineers, architects, scientists as well as artists) would especially recognize the advantages of bringing down latency. Trouble is, a rollout of such low-latency touchscreens is not planned any time soon and might require years, not months, to achieve. In fact, reports The Verge, the demo from the Redmond team “isn’t actually running on a touchscreen display — input reaction is projected onto the surface from above.”Still, Microsoft is planning to work on this concept. Its goal is to keep improving on touchscreen technology. The point of the demo, said Dietz, was to show that “What we have done is that we set a bar for where we would like to head” in years to come. He could have added that the video also furthers Microsoft’s attempts to rebrand itself. Lagging behind Apple and Google in the mobile marketplace, Microsoft is putting much effort into product introductions to attract a “Kinect” generation of mobile users who will readily respond to novel ways in which humans and objects connect. As for setting the bar, the impressive demo might give competitors some motivation as well. Matthew Humphries in Geek.com makes the observation that “touchscreen latency will become a selling point for a manufacturer. When the Retina Display resolution demonstrated on the new iPad is the norm, you need another selling point to make your tablet stand out among the competition.” Humphries said he is “pretty sure that 100ms average latency will start dropping as the next few waves of tablet appear.” (PhysOrg.com) — Touchscreen features in smartphones and tablets are satisfying perks in going wireless and mouse-less in mobile computing, but now Microsoft wants to make people aware of how much more satisfying the touchscreen experience might be. In a What-If demo by Paul Dietz of Microsoft Applied Sciences Group, Microsoft is suggesting that a far better experience can be had with a touchscreen display system with far less latency than what users are accustomed to. The video succeeds in suggesting what the speed-up might feel like, from finger to screen. In brief, goodbye to finger lag. Miocrosoft’s Dietz used a test setup to examine different time periods of latencies, from 100ms down to 1ms in time delays.last_img read more

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Second Death At West Virginia VA Hospital Rule

first_img by NPR News Vanessa Romo 8.28.19 11:15pm The widow of a veteran who died under suspicious circumstances at a West Virginia Veteran Affairs hospital last year told NPR an autopsy report found the 81-year-old died of an unnecessary insulin injection. It is the second confirmed homicide in a string of deaths at the facility that are being investigated. The widow, Norma Shaw, referred further questions to her lawyer, David Glover. He said the body of George Nelson Shaw Sr. was exhumed in January. Shortly afterward, he said, the family received an autopsy from an Armed Forces medical examiner “that talked about a severe hypoglycemic event.””It listed the cause of death as insulin administration,” Glover said, adding that while Shaw had other ailments, he was not diabetic. Insulin can cause hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in non-diabetics and can be deadly. The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veteran Affairs confirmed on Tuesday officials are investigating several suspicious deaths at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. In a statement, the Inspector General’s office said it has been working with federal law enforcement partners “to investigate the allegations of potential wrongdoing resulting in patient deaths.” It did not specify the number of deaths that are being reviewed nor the time frame of the fatalities. The announcement of the ongoing investigations comes after a wrongful death claim was filed with the VA last week, regarding the death of retired Army Sgt. Felix Kirk McDermott. An autopsy of the 82-year-old who died in April 2018 showed McDermott received “one massive insulin injection” that killed him within a matter of hours, the family’s attorney Tony O’Dell told NPR. The complaint filed by O’Dell alleges the Inspector General’s office is investigating up to 10 other cases in which veteran patients died of hypoglycemia caused by insulin injections. Over the past week, he said, he’s been contacted by multiple families seeking answers to unexplained hypoglycemic deaths dating as far back as June of 2017. “Whenever there’s an unexplained death or a suspicious death, the hospital has to report it and they go through a process looking for the root cause,” O’Dell explained. “The fact that that did not happen here tells you that there was a complete system failure at this hospital,” he said. Officials at the medical center said in an emailed statement that the allegations of potential misconduct do not involve “current” employees. The VA has yet to publicly identify any person of interest. Reports of the suspicious deaths have drawn ire from the public and politicians, including U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito who were informed of the investigations several weeks ago. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Inspector General Michael Missal on Tuesday, Manchin, who sits on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, urged them to “quickly complete” the investigations into the potential homicides. “I also ask you to contact grieving family members and share as much information as you can with them.” he wrote, adding that as of this morning he had heard from seven families seeking information into the deaths of their loved ones. Manchin also expressed frustration with the lack of communication and transparency from either office regarding the investigations. “Let us not forget that there are Veterans families who are in grief because of this terrible situation,” he said. Emily Allen from West Virginia Public Broadcasting contributed to this story.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Andrew Harnik Second Death At West Virginia VA Hospital Ruled As Homicide last_img read more

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