EPA set to end Californias ability to regulate fuel economy

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government can regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy.Conservative and free-market groups have been invited to attend an announcement of the rollback Wednesday afternoon at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington.The move comes after the Justice Department opened an antitrust investigation into a deal between California and four automakers for tougher pollution and mileage requirements than those sought by President Donald Trump. Trump also has sought to relax Obama-era mileage standards nationwide, weakening a key effort to slow climate change.The White House declined to comment Tuesday, referring questions to the EPA. The EPA didn’t respond to requests seeking comment.Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press read more

Living in a pollutionfree world is a basic human right says top

In a statement issued from its Nairobi Headquarters, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) hailed the Commission’s decision to invite High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson and UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer to organize a seminar on strengthening environmental and human rights principles. “Many of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights have significant environmental dimensions,” Mr. Toepfer said. “Environmental conditions clearly help to determine the extent to which people enjoy their basic rights to life, health, adequate food and housing, and traditional livelihood and culture. It is time to recognize that those who pollute or destroy the natural environment are not just committing a crime against nature, but are violating human rights as well.” The successful implementation of international environmental treaties on biodiversity, climate change, desertification and chemicals can make a major contribution to protecting human rights, Mr. Toepfer added. The results of the seminar will be considered at the Commission’s next session in March 2002 and will feed into the review of progress towards sustainable development that has been achieved since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. This 10-year review will form the basis for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be convened in Johannesburg in September 2002.The Commission’s decision, which marks the first time the UN body has addressed the links between the environment and human rights, was taken at the conclusion of its 57th session today in Geneva.In her concluding remarks, High Commissioner Robinson noted that several new mandates had been created during the session, including the position of Special Representative on the situation of human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, a working group to draft a legally binding instrument for the protection of persons from enforced disappearances, and a new mechanism to protect the human rights of indigenous peoples. read more

Fish fingers are made of chicken and fruit pastilles are one of

first_imgNearly one in five young children believes fish fingers are made from chicken, a survey has revealed.Nearly a third (29 per cent) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same.In addition, just over one in five (22 per cent) of the infants, and 13 per cent of the older primary group believed that animals provide us with pasta.While 73 per cent of five to seven-year-olds and 92 per cent of eight to 11-year-olds knew that fish fingers are usually made from haddock or cod, 18 per cent of the younger pupils thought they were made of chicken, along with six per cent of the older group.There was also uncertainty about other foods, with 22 per cent of five to seven-year-olds saying prawns come from plants and 20 per cent suggesting that chips are made of animals. Fruit pastilles Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The children were questioned as part of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) poll for its Healthy Eating Week. Among the eight to 11-year-olds questioned, there was slightly less confusion, although 10 per cent thought that bread came from animals.Around one in 10 (11 per cent) of 11-14-year-olds and a similar proportion of 14-16-year-olds (10 per cent) thought that tomatoes grow underground, with 40% of the younger age group saying they grow on a vine and 22 per cent saying on a bush (49 per cent and 18 per cent respectively for the older age range).Some 11 per cent of both 11-14-year-olds and 14-16-year-olds thought that fruit pastilles counted towards their five-a-day, while 27 per cent of the younger group and 26 per cent of the older range thought that they could include strawberry jam as part of their daily fruit and veg.The findings did show that 31 per cent of 11-14-year-olds and 28 per cent of 14-16-year-olds say that they know lots about healthy eating and try to follow it, while almost half of the younger group and 48 per cent of the older children say they know lots but either do not follow it or do not always follow it.Roy Ballam, BNF managing director and head of education said: “Schools and families can and should successfully work together to, in turn, educate children and then motivate them in their endeavours to make healthier choices.”Furthermore, the links between physical activity, health and diet should be frequently highlighted by the Government’s programmes.”The survey questioned 5,040 UK children between April 24 and May 12. Fruit pastilles, unsurprisingly, do not count towards your five-a-dayCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley last_img read more

Schoolgirls are forced to wear shorts under their skirts to stop boys

first_imgShe said that the proportion of teachers who have witnessed their female pupils being sexually harassed is “shocking”, adding that all schools should have anti-sexism policies in places.   She said it is likely that idea of wearing shorts underneath skirts has spread between schoolgirls as a way of countering the surge in instances of upskirting.   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATL Figures released today by Childline, the NSPCC’s phone line, show that thousands of children and teenagers are seeking help after being sexually abused by another young person.Last year there were 3,004 counselling sessions with young people who had experienced sexual abuse by a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, an ex-partner or another young person.  Almost half this number was aged between 12 and 15 but a further 114 were with children aged 11 and under.  The National Education Union – which is comprised of ATL and the National Union of Teachers (NUT) – has previously carried out research into sexism in schools.They found that over a third of girls at mixed-sex schools have been sexually harassed while at school, rising to two thirds of girls in mixed sixth forms. Thousands of children and teenagers are seeking help after being sexually abused by another young person, NSPCC figures showcenter_img Girls are being forced to wear shorts under their skirts at school to stop boys from “upskirting”, a teachers’ leader has warned.Dr Mary Bousted, president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said that sexual harassment has been “normalised” in adolescent culture and that schools are no longer safe for girls.She explained that the practise of “upskirting” – where photographs are taken up girls’ skirts without their knowledge – has led to “girls wearing shorts under their skirts so that [boys] are not going to find anything”.The advent of camera phones is behind the growth in upskirting, Dr Bousted said, as it enables  teenagers to quickly take a picture and then share it among their friends, or upload it to a social media site.  “It is highly unlikely someone would have bought in a camera and develop a photo. But with a camera phone you can just press a button and send it round,” Dr Bousted told The Daily Telegraph.  “It can happen in an instant: sending it around, and then giving the name of the girl – that is the worst thing, the absolute humiliation, the embarrassment and shame. Social media just provides a new vehicle, another way that girls can be harassed.”   Thousands of children and teenagers are seeking help after being sexually abused by another young person, NSPCC figures show “I am not sure parents or teachers advise them to do it as they may not know what is going on. I think it is something they have advised eachother to do,” Dr Bousted said. “I think the problem is that girls are faced with routine behaviour like this, and so they try to find a way of not exposing themselves.”Boys need help to be able to discuss and understand how what they might see as a bit of a joke actually can devastate the girls. “Rather than the girls having to wear shorts, we need to have much better relationship and sex education, so girls learn to respect themselves and boys learn to respect girls.”Ms Bousted said that upskirting is “part of a wider pattern of sexual harassment” in schools, adding: “There is some of it in primary school but there is more of it in secondary. “In most cases with upskirting, it goes beyond harassment to predatory behaviour around girls in schools.  There has been quite a lot of research to show that while girls do well in school, many do not find schools a safe place.” Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of ATLlast_img read more

Murdoch receives A21m to support African mining

first_imgMurdoch University in Western Australia has been awarded A$2.1 million to help Mozambique and neighbouring African countries manage agricultural and mining issues in a sustainable manner that supports development. The funding was announced by Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Richard Marles and Mozambican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, His Excellency Mr Oldemiro Baloi earlier this month at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Mining for Development at Parliament House.Murdoch received AusAID Development Research Awards relating to:How mining and agriculture can work together to provide equitable economic opportunitiesUsing Mozambique’s natural resource wealth to improve access to water and sanitationDeveloping policies to better manage mines, mine closures and mine abandonmentsImproving the ability of smallholder farmers in South Africa to engage with markets.Murdoch University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Higgott congratulated his researchers and noted Africa’s growing importance to the world economy. “Africa is currently the second fastest growing economic region of the world, having expanded by roughly 5% over the past two years – and given ever-increasing political stability in many parts of the continent, this trend is expected to continue,” Higgott said. “Murdoch’s involvement in Africa demonstrates our commitment as a globally-focused University to be a leader in positive change and development.“This funding is recognition of the quality of our research and will allow our researchers to have a positive impact in improving quality of life, agricultural outputs and sustainable environmental management.”last_img read more

Missing 16yearold found safe and well

first_img Friday 4 Nov 2016, 3:25 PM Missing 16-year-old found safe and well Ronnie Wilde went missing on 27 October. By Cliodhna Russell Share68 Tweet Email 9,722 Views A 16-YEAR-OLD boy who had been missing from the Navan area for over a week has been found safe and well.Ronnie Wilde was located today after going missing in the early hours of Thursday 27 October.Gardaí are thanking the public for its assistance in finding the teenager.Read: All-out industrial strife looms as several unions call for pay negotiations> No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 4th 2016, 3:25 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3063406 last_img read more

Girl found in Long Bay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 11, 2016 – Around 4:52 P.M Police and medical team responded to an area on Long Bay Road where a female who later ascertained to be ‘Kimberly Smith’ of Kew Town was found laying on the ground.She was transported to the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre and was kept overnight for observation.  She is responsive and is cooperating with police.  Kimberly Smith was reported missing yesterday. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego

first_img January 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, More information about Gloria’s campaign for Mayor can be found on his campaign website at www.toddgloria.com.Todd Gloria is the second person to formally enter the 2020 Mayoral race. Councilmember Barbara Bry announced her candidacy January 2nd. Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO, (KUSI)  – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced his candidacy Wednesday to be the next Mayor of San Diego.Gloria is a former city councilman and served as council president in 2013 and 2014. During that time, he briefly served as interim mayor between former Mayor Bob Filner’s August 2013 resignation and the March 2014 swearing-in of Mayor Kevin Faulconer.In his time as interim mayor, Gloria oversaw the drafting of the city’s Climate Action Plan. He also helped to author the city’s Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Leave ordinance while on the council.Since leaving the council due to term limits in 2016, Gloria has represented the 78th Assembly District, which includes most of San Diego proper and coastal communities like Imperial Beach and Del Mar. He is currently the Assembly’s majority whip.Should he win, Gloria would become the first person of color and the first member of the LGBTQ community to be elected to the office of mayor in San Diego’s history.“It’s clear that San Diego needs strong, experienced, and progressive leadership in the Mayor’s Office – leadership that has the courage to take our city beyond business as usual and solve the long-standing problems that have faced our city. That’s why I’m running for Mayor,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “San Diego may be America’s Finest City, but we should strive to be more than just fine. We should dare to be great.”Gloria made his announcement official in a video. Updated: 5:25 PM Posted: January 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Scattered showers continue several schools closed Friday

first_img February 15, 2019 Posted: February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Scattered showers continue, several schools closed Friday SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Scattered showers are expected in San Diego County Friday following a powerful storm that brought record-setting rainfall, widespread flooding, mudslides and prompted school closures across the soaked region.The San Diego County Office of Education announced that Vallecitos Elementary School in Rainbow cancelled classes Thursday and schools in the Bonsall Unified School District, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Vallecitos School District and Fallbrook Union School District will be closed Friday.The schools were closed because the powerful storm led to “power outages, flooding, road closures, and dangerous travel conditions,” county Office of Education spokeswoman Music Watson said.A series of weak, low-pressure systems will bring periodic showers until Monday, with the best chance for rain Friday evening and Sunday afternoon through Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service.Coastal and inland-valley areas are expected to get up to two-tenths of an inch of rain Friday while the mountains are forecast to receive up to a half-inch of rainfall and less than one-tenth of an inch is expected in the county deserts, forecasters said. last_img read more

US tribe looks to remove senior council members over US500 million Genting

first_imgMembers of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe in Massachusetts have filed petitions seeking the removal of the two most senior members of the Tribal Council in response to a US$500 million debt owed to Genting Malaysia.The debt follows an ongoing legal battle over the tribe’s plans to build a casino on 321 acres of land taken into trust by the Barrack Obama administration in 2015 – a decision reversed by the Department of the Interior (DOI) last September. Genting Malaysia, the tribe’s partner in First Light Casino & Resort, has largely bankrolled that fight. Empire Resorts to delist from NASDAQ as Genting-linked firms given green light for takeover RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting According to a report by the Cape Cod Times this week, members of the Tribal Council have filed affidavit’s with the tribe’s election committee seeking the removal of council Chairman Cedric Cromwell and Vice Chairwoman Jessie Baird. They cite the growing level of debt, lack of progress in legal developments and alleged conspiring by tribal factions to keep the pair in office.In particular, it says of Cromwell’s 10-year tenure that the tribe has “very little to show for it; no casino, no jobs.”The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is currently embroiled in two separate legal fights on the issue including the original suit brought by opponents of First Light Casino & Resort and a second brought by the tribe last year contesting the DOI’s reversal. Genting Malaysia revealed last year it would provide no further financial assistance.However, both parties remain hopeful a bill that could put an end to their legal issues and green light the casino development will soon pass through the US House of Representatives. Genting Malaysia confident of meeting “liquidity challenges” ahead of rumored Empire Resorts bankruptcy claim Load Morelast_img read more

Kangana Ranaut again lashes out at Alia Bhatt Ranbir Kapoor

first_imgKangana Ranaut, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir KapoorVarinder Chawla/TwitterKangana Ranaut is just not willing to let go of her constant nagging and criticism against Bollywood stars like Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor. The Manikarnika actress has yet again spewed venom on Alia and Ranbir for brushing off their hands from talking about issues of national importance.Over the past few weeks, Ranaut has been on a bashing spree when she complained about how Bollywood stars like Deepika Padukone, Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt, to name a few, have always failed to acknowledge her hard work.During her recent interview when Ranaut was asked why she loved picking on people, she told Mid-Day, “I do only that when I am rubbed the wrong way. And what is this thing of calling them young… Ranbir Kapoor is, what, 37 years old, young kid of the generation and Alia Bhatt just turned turned 27… my mother had three children at 27. This is absolutely unfair… bachche hai, ki dumb hai ki kya hai…”Kangana further went on to say that actors are quite comfortable in discussing about their sex lives and when it comes to talking about importance issues in the country, they brush it under the carpet.”If we are asking about your sex life, that you are okay to discuss, put the pictures on Instagram, who I am f***ing, who I am not f***ing, that is fine; but about the country, ‘it’s my personal choice’,” Kangana said.Post Kangana’s unwelcoming statements on actors not talking about politics and putting forth their point of views, Alia had earlier said that she has an opinion on issues but she will keep it to herself. Alia had opined that she had not done anything to deserve such statements from Kangana Ranaut but, had also said that she would apologise to the Queen star if at all she felt bad for something she did.Last week, Kangana said that if she will not receive a National film Award for her portrayal of Rani Lakshmibai in the historical drama Manikarnika, then it will lead to questions on their credibility.Kangana recently was out of the city for few days as she went to Coimbatore on a spiritual journey with some intense meditation plans. She was on ten-days of silence meditation which even included staying away from modern communication gadgets.It remains to be seen whether Kangana would start experiencing the destructive effect of constant nagging and criticism in the days to come.(With IANS Inputs)last_img read more

MorinKougoucheff Salle Earn ACC AllAcademic Team Honors

first_imgIn doubles, Morin-Kougoucheff and Salle appeared in the ITA National Rankings twice throughout the season, earning the No. 90 ranking on April 2 and the No. 87 ranking on April 9. The duo combined for a 12-6 record in dual match action, including 11 wins on court one. The University of Louisville’s Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and Fabien Salle were named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic Men’s Tennis Team as announced by the league office Friday. Story Links This marks Morin-Kougoucheff’s third All-ACC Academic Team honor. The senior finance major from Capbreton, France posted a 13-12 overall record in singles including seven wins at No. 1. In doubles action, Morin-Kougoucheff tallied 13 wins with a 12-7 mark at the top seed. Additionally, he appearing in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings three times, reaching as high as No. 36. Following the completion of the season, he was named to the All-ACC third team, becoming Louisville’s first three-time all-ACC team selection.  Print Friendly Version Salle, a freshman from Geneva, Switzerland, posted a 22-17 record in singles including a 15-9 mark in dual match play at Nos. 2, 3 and 4. The finance major led the Cardinals with a 21-14 doubles tally, going 14-7 in dual matches. The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.last_img read more

Studio Chiefs Talk Series Orders Digital Dealmaking and Diversification as Upfronts Wrap

first_img“The way most studios have approached the business in the past is to aggressively pursue every potential script order and pilot order,” said SPT chairman Mike Hopkins. “What we tried to do was to be confident in the idea behind every show and whether or not it could be a really good broadcast show.”Hollywood’s largest TV studios are all under pressure to step up output to feed ambitious streaming ventures. That made the discussion of digital rights — how they are parceled out between networks and producers — a more complicated topic in many cases. Even shows produced for broadcast networks are eyed as having crucial second windows on streaming or on demand platforms. “Every year we look at digital rights, and each studio’s priority has changed,” said Howard Kurtzman, president of 20th Century Fox Television with Jonathan Davis. Long one of the industry’s largest suppliers, 20th TV is now under the Disney Television Studios umbrella with ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios. All told, the Disney Television Studios banners emerged with 14 new scripted series orders from broadcasters. “Each year it’s a little bit of recreating the wheel so it takes more time and thoughtfulness and effort,” Kurtzman said. He said he felt more of a sense of horse-trading this year even as network buyers push hard for expanded streaming access. But that expansion can go both ways. “Most of these digital rights agreements are reciprocal which helps,” Kurtzman said. Diversification has been a key goal for CBS Television Studios for the past few years. The Eye’s production unit dominates the slate for its mothership network, but it is also producing for Showtime, Netflix and even the nascent Disney Plus streaming service. “Our specific goals were to continue to broaden our base of where we sell, but also to have a diversity of our slate,” CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said. The importance of distinctive material and strong production values at present can’t be overstated in the current Peak TV environment. With premium TV production budgets soaring, there’s no room for the B-plus show that used to be schedule filler. In an atmosphere where more and more viewers are seeking out shows via on-demand platforms, the work needs to be a cut above. “We wanted to elevate the quality of character based procedurals and feel we achieved that in a big way with (new CBS dramas) ‘Evil’ and ‘Tommy’ and (CW’s) ‘Nancy Drew,’ “ Stapf said. “All three of these shows dive deep into interesting and complex characters while also having an engine that drives the procedural.”Universal Television has similarly balanced a mandate to deliver for NBC with playing the wider field. This year, the studio “landed five shows on the NBC schedule and at least one show on three other broadcast networks,” said Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe. “I’d say we did pretty well.” Universal’s new roster this year ranges from NBC’s “Bluff City Law” with Jimmy Smits to the Fox animated series “Duncanville,” from Amy Poehler. The push to diversify is not only a focus at the studio level but also for writers and showrunners. As television moves away from the traditional focus on the 22-episode series airing from September-May, some are encouraging creators and showrunners to juggle multiple projects in a calendar year — something that used to be frowned upon. At the enlarged Disney, executives see multitasking as the key to harnessing the strength of the $71.3 billion merger that closed in March.“We want our creators to do multiple things,” said 20th TV’s Davis. “You might have a show on Hulu for 10 episodes. You might have something on ABC and you might be developing something for FX. That’s what our calling card is now. The playground is just immense.” “Everybody’s now resolved to be at a particular place,” Roth said. “We are all talking about what it will look like for a non-affiliated studio to do business with another network. It’s challenging, but it’s not that hard to figure out.”Warner Bros. TV emerged from upfront week with five new scripted series orders and two unscripted orders spread among CBS, Fox, CW and NBC. Among the high-profile offerings are CW’s “Batwoman,” the new Chuck Lorre comedy for CBS “Bob Hearts Abishola,” and drama “Prodigal Son” for Fox.Studio leaders are caught up in the throes of the transition as the focus of profitability in television shifts from advertising-supported networks to the long-tail value of programs in a multiplatform environment. The play’s the thing, no matter what the screen. “There was a fair amount of movement at the upper levels of these companies, so that was a backdrop against which everybody was operating,” said Lionsgate TV chairman Kevin Beggs. “You can’t really think about that day to day because you’re out pitching and selling and developing, but it’s in the back of your mind.”Lionsgate has pulled back from the broadcast TV series hunt in recent years, but this time out it landed an order from NBC for “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” an offbeat music-driven dramedy that Lionsgate sees as having sleeper potential.“It felt like for a four-quadrant crowd pleaser, which is what broadcast is at its best,” Beggs said. “You want a broad-skewing, popular show with a very diverse audience.”Sony Pictures Television came away with four new series orders — including ABC drama “For Life” and comedy “United We Fall” — and renewals for long-running franchises including NBC’s “The Blacklist,” ABC’s “The Goldbergs” and CBS’ “SWAT.” Those were important wins for the studio after a period of evaluating how it approaches the content marketplace. (Pictured: Rita Ferro, president of Disney Advertising sales, shows off Disney’s array of brands at the May 14 upfront) ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 A funny thing happened on the way to the upfront in a year of major transitions for the largest player in television.Numerous network and studio executives found a dealmaking environment that was more collegial and collaborative than in the recent past. With so much of the traditional TV business in flux, there was a palpable feeling of competitors taking a long view and trying to find ways to fight through the storm together. “There was a sense of resignation about the structural changes that took place this past year,” said Peter Roth, president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. TV Group.The most seismic shift has been the union of Disney and 21st Century Fox and the immense TV content and distribution at the enlarged company. Consolidation and the move into streaming by Disney, NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and others promises to fundamentally change the economics of television programming. But even as TV giants are becoming more vertically integrated than ever, there’s appreciation for the importance of maintaining a portfolio of content produced for outside buyers as well as internal channels.center_img Studio Chiefs Talk Series Orders, Digital Dealmaking and Diversification as Upfronts Wrap Popular on Variety Disney Television Studios Makes Splashy Debut at Upfronts Relatedlast_img read more

Touchscreen table computer SUR40 starts preorders

first_imgFor commercial use, this is designed for business areas that draw upon customer and parftner engagement—offices, conference rooms, classrooms, showrooms, restaurants, retail shops, bars. Microsoft and Samsung see the device being used in education, financial and professional services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and manufacturing. Scenarios envisioned include a doctor talking to patients and design teams collaborating. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft and Samsung have announced the Microsoft Surface computer, called SUR40, as available for preorder, through the Samsung website, in 23 countries. The unique multi-touch screen is shown in a compact, stylish design as a table top but also can take the form of a vertical wall mount. The product is four inches thin, which makes it easy to use in either type of deployment. On walls, the SU40 can be hung or used any other way in custom enclosures. There are standard legs available for table use or a customer can design and attach their own. The SUR40 release is scheduled for early 2012.Those who attended the CES show his year had the opportunity to see this computing device that is a result of a Microsoft-Samsung collaboration. The first Surface PC was released in 2008. Microsoft promo video One promotional piece describes PixelSense technology as giving LCD panels “the power to see without the use of camera.” Vision-based interaction takes place without cameras; the Individual pixels in the display see what’s touching the screen and that information is immediately processed and interpreted, passing the information on to the application. PixelSense allows a LCD display to recognize fingers, hands, and objects placed on the screen. PixelSense uses 2 million sensors built into the panel.The SUR40 ushers in what Microsoft’s designers envision as a next step in computing, where computer users do not solely depend on desk, chair and conventional PC machine but instead think of work done on “surface computing” which might be a computer screen as table top or computer screen as wall hanging. The SUR40 draw will be for its utility in serving up on its thin display information and ideas. End users are seen as business people and other professionals who need to share information and brainstorm on the fly. The SUR40 can track up to 50 touch points simultaneously. The SUR40 has a 40-inch screen with full high definition 1920×1080 resolution. The device uses an AMD Athlon II X2 Dual-Core Processor 2.9GHz paired with the AMD HD6750M GPU, featuring DirectX 11 support. The key attraction is its use of PixelSense technology, which enables touch recognition. 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. © 2011 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Citation: Touchscreen table computer SUR40 starts pre-orders (2011, November 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-11-touchscreen-table-sur40-pre-orders.html Charles Park, VP at Samsung Electronics, said, “The Samsung SUR40 delivers a unique interactive experience that will significantly change the way companies engage with their customers.” SAMSUNG Electronics Showcases Innovative Display Technology Explore furtherlast_img read more

State to hold review meeting on Centresponsored schemes

first_imgKolkata: The state government will hold a meeting to review the present status of the Central government sponsored schemes.This comes at a time when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had repeatedly raised the issue of the Centre’s step motherly attitude towards Bengal.It may be mentioned that there will be discussions on issues including the fund raised by the Centre for the projects. At the same time, there will also be discussions on allocation of funds for different schemes and their utilisation. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRepresentatives of around 30 departments will be present at the meeting. Mainly, nodal officers of the schemes and financial advisors of the departments will be present at the meeting convened by the state Finance Department on September 7. Meanwhile, the state Public Works Department (PWD) directed its engineers to upload all project related data on the Samiksha Portal. The move is a step ahead towards a better implementation of e-governance system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a notice issued ahead of a meeting to review the progress of the ongoing projects, direction has been given to ensure that the ‘status of work’ gets uploaded on Samiksha Portal of the state PWD.All the executive engineers are requested to update the status of work on the portal well in advance before attendingthe meeting.At the same time, they have to submit the report following a specific format as prescribed by the department.It may be mentioned that Samiksha is an exclusive portal of the department that acts as an online-based project monitoring system. An officer can get current status of the ongoing projects after logging into the portal using his or her login ID.The portal has made the task of tracking the progress of a project easy.”But to ensure that correct and current information about a project is available on the portal, the concerned engineer or the official needs to upload the status report timely,” said a senior official of the state PWD.This time direction has been given to upload the status report of a project much ahead of the review meeting in which Chief Engineers, Superintendent Engineers and executive engineers of all the directorates and sectors of the department will be present. The meeting is scheduled to be held on September 9 at Nabanna Sabhaghar.According to another official of the state PWD, the discussions in the meeting will be more fruitful if the senior officials and engineers of the department remain well aware about the present status of a project in advance before attending the meeting.”Hence, the executive engineers have been asked to upload status reports of all the projects on the Samiksha Portal well in advance,” the official said.last_img read more

Heres a handy way to tell if someone you meet is asexual

first_imgWell, you could just ask them.Or you could also look for a tiny little black ring on their right hand.Ace ring. | Photo: Eli Christman / FlickrAccording to the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), the ace (slang term for asexual) ring is always worn on the middle finger of the right hand.AVEN states: ‘The material and exact design of the ring are not important as long as it is primarily black.’It’s a phenomenon that started as early as 2005, according to the AVEN website forums.Why do people wear asexual rings?While it’s not essential, a lot of asexual people wear their rings proudly – even if few people get the reference.Emi Salida, who identifies as asexual, is a YouTuber and a prominent activist.She said in a video posted last year: ‘The ace ring for me is a symbol that I am not alone, even if I feel like I am alone.’[embedded content]According to Salida, there are three different types of asexual people – sex repulsed, sex indifferent and sex positive.Ace people can also experience romantic attraction and be in relationships with people.Salida continued in the video: ‘For me, [the ace ring] is the most reassuring and emotional thing. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ever wondered how you might be able to tell if someone’s asexual? GAYSTARNEWS- Asexuality Pride marchers. | Photo: Marilyn Roxie / Flickrcenter_img ‘I’ve noticed that since I have told a lot of people about it, they have their own black rings or looking to get their own,’ she said.Salida also says she wears an array of asexual bracelets.Or ‘brACElets,’ she jokes.‘I barely ever leave my house without my ace ring’Last week, AVEN took to Twitter to ask their asexual followers if they wear ace rings of their own.In a hugely popular thread with almost 150 responses, many began posting photos, as well as reasons why they wear it.Black Rings have become a symbol within the Ace community. Are they something you wear?— AVEN (@asexuality) July 23, 2018One person responded: ‘I barely ever leave my house without it!’Another said: ‘I don’t expect to get it recognized but I wear it for myself.’Twitter user Sarah Elkins told Gay Star News: ‘I bought [my ace ring] because I am asexual and I wanted to have something I can wear that wasn’t a pin.’I bought it because I am asexual and I wanted to have something I can wear that wasn’t a pin to signify that I’m asexual. pic.twitter.com/jEdLsYFzre— Sarah Elkins (@NeilaK20) July 26, 2018See also:[embedded content]Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) What BoJack Horseman got right (and wrong) about asexuality in season fiveBizarre movie trailer with Demi Lovato is being accused of being anti-asexualPamela Anderson thinks masturbating too much can turn you asexualRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/handy-way-tell-someone-asexual-ace-ring/last_img read more

The heat is on US in Costa Rica ahead of Friday nights

first_imgNo related posts. CONCACAF has ramped up security for Friday’s 2014 World Cup qualifier between Costa Rica and the United States, with Tico fans still irked by the “Snow Bowl” won by the U.S. in Denver in March.Guatemalan Mario Monterrosa, the CONCACAF designated official for the contest, said the history between the teams had prompted football’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean to label the match “high risk.”More than 500 police will be on security duty at the National Stadium and throughout the city, with a command post set up at the venue and other precautions taken such as ensuring a maximum number of entrances and exits.There’s plenty at stake in the match due to kick off at 8 p.m., with the United States holding a two-point lead over Costa Rica atop the six-nation CONCACAF qualifying table. The top three countries advance directly to the World Cup finals in Brazil, while the fourth-place team will battle New Zealand for a berth.The United States has never won a qualifier in Costa Rica, and the locals especially want to keep it that way after the U.S.’ 1-0 triumph in Denver, a match played in a blizzard that Costa Rica argued bitterly should be stopped.U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he realized many in Costa Rica remained angry about that match, but said it was unfair to take it out on his team.“That was not our fault,” the German said this week as the extent of Costa Rican feeling on the subject became clear. “I didn’t call God to give us some snow.”Nevertheless, the U.S. Men’s National Team has endured a rough welcome in San José. Rather than being fast-tracked through immigration and customs they received no special treatment upon arriving at the airport, where jeering fans pelted their bus with a few eggs.Further efforts to unsettle the visitors were orchestrated via social media, with one Facebook group sending supporters to “serenade” the U.S. players at their hotel Thursday night in the time-honored method of preventing them from sleeping. They also planned to clog the streets of San José to delay the team’s arrival at the match.Whether the usual police escort to the stadium materializes remains to be seen. U.S. media traveling with the team reported that the three potential training sites suggested by the Costa Rican football federation declined to host them, and that game balls requested for training sessions were never delivered. In an eight-minute TV segment Thursday night, Keith Olbermann blasted the Costa Rican’s treatment of the U.S. team, accusing the Ticos of “having no balls.”At least the U.S. won’t have to go into the lion’s den of the Ricardo Saprissa Stadium, Costa Rica having abandoned its bid to hold the match at the antiquated venue – where the steep stands offer visiting players an intimidating vista of hostile fans.While some irate supporters were suggesting demonstrations at the match itself, Klinsmann insisted that come Friday, it would be all about football.“It would be a tough game no matter what,” he said. “I don’t think the players down on the field will think about the snow game in March. It’s going to be a totally different situation and environment and we expect a really difficult challenge.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Carnival commemorates ANZAC Day with a Dawn Service at Sea

first_imgCarnival commemorates ANZAC Day with a Dawn Service at SeaCarnival commemorates ANZAC Day with a Dawn Service at SeaCarnival Spirit will host an ANZAC Day dawn service at sea on 25 April 2018, during its eight night cruise to New Caledonia.The day will commemorate all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.Sprigs of rosemary will be sold on board with all proceeds going to Legacy – a charity caring for defense force service people and their families in need.Guests will be able to enjoy a ‘Gunfire Breakfast’, play backyard cricket, two-up and watch a special screening of Gallipoli throughout the day.Carnival will also host a special gathering in the Red Frog Pub for veterans, giving them a comfortable environment to get to know one another and share stories.Carnival Cruise Line’s Vice President Australia, Jennifer Vandekreeke, said the cruise line is proud to be hosting a special ANZAC service for its guests.“Our ANZAC Day experience will be one of remembrance and reflection, a celebration of the ANZAC Spirit. Carnival Cruise Line has called Australia home for five years and we want to continue to provide our guests the opportunity to commemorate this important day with us.”Source = Carnival Cruise Linelast_img read more

Tourism Secretary inaugurates Incredible India stand at IITF 2016

first_imgThe Union Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi recently inaugurated the Ministry of Tourism’s ‘Incredible India’ stand at the India International Trade Fair 2016 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.The stand located at Hall no 18 is aimed at nurturing the tourism potential of less frequented destinations that are located closer to the popular destinations for attracting domestic visitors. While inaugurating the ‘Incredible India’ stand the Union Secretary said, “The stand has been designed with an idea of promoting lesser Known destinations.”Domestic tourism remains an important contributor to the tourism sector providing much-needed resilience. There has been a continuous increase in domestic tourist visits, with the Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of domestic tourist visits to all States/UTs from 1991 to 2015 being 13.63%. In 2015, it grew by 11.63% to reach 1431.97 million visits.Inbound travel to India has also witnessed a growth, with Foreign Tourist arrivals in India during the period January- September 2016 were 6.2 million with a growth of 10.5% as compared to the Foreign Tourist Arrival of 5.6 million with a growth of 4.8% in January-September, 2015 over January- September 2014. This positive development is expected to continue during remaining period of this year.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Luxury Collectio

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced the completion of a multi-million dollar restoration of the historic St. Anthony hotel. Built in 1909 as the first luxury hotel in Texas and located near the San Antonio’s enchanting River Walk, the hotel has unveiled a redesign including enhanced accommodations, refreshed public spaces and new dining venues.“The restoration of The St. Anthony is a cornerstone in The Luxury Collection brand’s $300 million dollar investment effort this year to renovate and reopen some of our most iconic hotels in North America,” said Hoyt H. Harper II, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to reintroduce this legendary property as part of The Luxury Collection, returning the beloved St. Anthony to its original grandeur and carrying on its legacy as a San Antonio mainstay for locals and visitors alike.”Taking special care to preserve authentic design elements and architectural details, the two-year renovation was led by ForrestPerkins, a Dallas-based interior architecture and design firm. The new design aesthetic was significantly influenced by Fiesta – San Antonio’s annual spring festival dating back to the late 19th century. From the earliest days, The St. Anthony has played an integral role in Fiesta, hosting the festival’s finest events in its elegant ballrooms. The hotel’s new interior design weaves traditional Fiesta floral patterns and jewel tones into decorative elements including stylised carpets, upholstery, artwork and light fixtures.The signature colour for The St. Anthony was selected from a magnificent set of custom-designed china, created for the hotel by innovative interior designer Dorothy Draper during a renovation in 1959. Now referred to as ‘St. Anthony Green’, the hotel’s trademark colour is featured throughout the property.The hotel’s renowned grand lobby, also known as ‘Peacock Alley’, has been fully restored to welcome visitors with all of its storied finery – including the Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano acquired by owner Ralph W. Morrison after he purchased the hotel in 1935. Entirely transformed, the hotel lobby greets guests with soaring ceilings, elaborate mouldings and beautifully sculpted columns, complemented by an authentic Calacatta marble floor and a grand staircase.The renovated hotel now features 277 fully remodelled guest rooms, including 72 suites such as the John Wayne Suite, named for the actor who frequently stayed at the hotel and celebrated the premiere of the 1960s’ ‘The Alamo’ at the hotel. Adorned in hues of black, white, gray, and gold, the accommodations are accented with hints of the hotel’s signature shade of green. The refurbished guest rooms are complemented by expanded and modernised bathrooms, featuring vanities, oversized showers and lavish marble and tile detail. Situated on the 10th floor, the hotel’s renewed Presidential Suite offers more than 278sqm of luxury accommodations, including three bedrooms and four bathrooms.The restoration includes the reopening of the celebrated St. Anthony Club, the city’s first private members-only venue. Now open to the public, the club offers handcrafted cocktails and a glimpse into the unique history of a bygone era. Established in 1959 when Texas laws prohibited selling liquor by the drink, except in private clubs, The St. Anthony Club was Dorothy Draper’s first Texas hotel design project.Helmed by locally acclaimed Chef Stefan Bowers, the hotel’s new flagship restaurant, Rebelle, offers a unique sharing style and personal plate experience of local meats and farm-fresh produce sourced from Texas’ vast agricultural locales. The St. Anthony’s chic new cocktail lounge, Haunt, offers creative libations inspired by the hotel’s storied past.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more