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No north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony LukeNo north-south divide in content anymore: ”Badla” actor Tony Luke

first_imgMumbai: Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut “Badla” was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry. “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content versus the global, not North and South,” Tony told PTI. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “There are people like Karan Johar and Rajamouli coming together, to make truly Indian cinema and the times are only going to change for the better,” he added. Tony said when the project came his way, he was initially reluctant to audition as he felt there was “no chance” he would make it. “I thought my Hindi is bad, because I’m from the South so I didn’t even believe I could be a part of it, until Sujoy met me and said ‘you’re the boy.’ Sujoy decided to place me as an actor and I’m grateful for that. There’s no heavy pressure on me to be a star,” he said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary The actor said he feels “blessed” that he bagged the thriller, where his biggest takeaway was learning from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. “If someone told me last year that I would be a part of a big film such as this, I would’ve laughed it off. To be on the set and watch Mr Bachchan perform is surreal. As an actor, you take away so much just by observing him and imbibing his energy.” Going forward, Tony said, if everything falls in place, he will be soon seen in an international web series.last_img read more

DR Congo President calls for altruism in new global push for sustainableDR Congo President calls for altruism in new global push for sustainable

President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) warned today that the selfishness of some States could threaten efforts to set a new sustainable development agenda for the decades ahead.“At a time when the question of post-2015 development is high on the agenda, the international community is more and more marked by the failure of certain of its members to respect the fundamental principles of international relations, the persistent selfishness of some States and the convulsions of the world economy,” he told the General Assembly on the second day of its annual General Debate.“The consequences that this entails are multiple. They range from attacks against peace to murderous conflicts, from a globalization that is essentially fuelled by the unbridled pursuit of profit to the exacerbation of poverty.”President Kabila is one many leaders addressing the annual Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. The Debate will conclude on 1 October.The theme of this year’s 68th Assembly is the post-2015 development agenda, aimed at drawing up an even more ambitious blueprint to totally eliminate poverty and its attendant ills in the decades following the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle. The eight (MDGs), adopted at the 2000 UN summit, aim to slash extreme hunger and poverty, boost access to health care and education, achieve gender equality and environmental stability, and reduce maternal and child mortality and the incidence of HIV/AIDS, all by the end of 2015.“The new programme that we are called upon to set up must be universal, ambitious, capable of responding to the immense challenges that humankind confronts, and able to engender positive transformations on the basis of the principle of shared and differentiated responsibilities,” Mr. Kabila said, stressing the importance of engaging women, youth and civil society in the process. “In this context, I hope that the proposals coming out of this session will embody our common desire to prioritize the economic, social and environmental dimension of sustainable development. These proposals must cover local, national and regional development programmes. They must also fuel a bold international cooperation and reflect the will of each of our States to contribute to peace and international security.” Turning to his own vast country, where violence still continues in the east despite the efforts of UN peacekeepers to bring stability over the past 13 years, Mr. Kabila noted the irony that part of the problem stemmed from the DRC’s willingness to accept refugees in the wake of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Without peace, sustainable development in the DRC remained “only hypothetical,” he said noting that the eastern region, particularly in and around the flashpoint city of Goma, has seen little respite from fighting since the peacekeepers helped bring relative stability and elections to much of the rest of the country following vicious civil wars. Mr. Kabila thanked the UN, regional African organizations and the European Union for their aid and support. He pledged his country’s full support to the recently agreed regional accord, formally known as the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region. read more

RAF air drops for Cumbria communities cut off for five days byRAF air drops for Cumbria communities cut off for five days by

first_img“In addition, some hill snow is likely at times mainly over the Pennines, although amounts are expected to be small.”Driving conditions may become difficult and there is an increased chance of injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces.” “The depth of snow and the challenging nature of the terrain is making progress on clearing roads exceptionally slow.”As a result it is estimated that it will be at least 48 hours before we reach many more of these communities hence the need to bring in military assistance and we are very grateful for their help.” Military personnel drop supplies in South Stainmore, Cumbria In the east of Cumbria along the edge of the Pennines snow has been blown from the fields and formed drifts up to ten feet deep in the country lanesCredit:Stuart Walker / i-Images Some areas of Cumbria have been cut off for five days, and are expected to remain so for 48 hoursCredit:Ashley Cooper / Barcroft Images Wing Commander Gary Lane, RAF Regional Liaison Officer for the North West, said: “The Chinook helicopter gives the partnership another dimension to be able to deliver vital supplies by air to areas that are cut off by other means.” They said: “Icy stretches will continue to be likely on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.center_img Mike Withers walks up Wansfell in a blizzard on February 28, 2018 in Ambleside, United Kingdom The military is being called in to take emergency supplies to “extremely isolated” parts of Cumbria after severe weather wreaked havoc across the area.The county council said areas including Fellside, South Stainmore and Alston had been cut off for five days – and would remain so for another 48 hours – after heavy snowfall and slow progress in clearing the roads.A Chinook helicopter has been brought in to drop supplies, including food, coal and logs for heating and electrical heating appliances as the operation begins on Monday morning.Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said: “We have some communities who have now been stranded for five days and we have to do all we can to ensure that they are safe and well.”Despite our very best efforts and our crews working day and night we are experiencing ongoing significant challenges in accessing some of our communities. Military personnel drop supplies in South Stainmore, Cumbria – which has been cut off by deep snow drifts for the last 5 days.Credit: Paul Kingston/NNP A yellow weather warning for ice issued by the Met Office is in place for areas including Cumbria until 11am on Monday. In the east of Cumbria along the edge of the Pennines snow has been blown from the fields and formed drifts up to ten feet deep in the country laneslast_img read more

Hackers target more than 400 schools with  bomb hoaxHackers target more than 400 schools with  bomb hoax

first_imgSt Marylebone School, an all-girls’ school in Westminster, London said that their neighbouring primary school was evacuated after receiving the hoax bomb threat. “This went smoothly. Once all clear was given, normal activity resumed; Blandford was re-opened.”Parents around the country raced to pick their children up from school, with one exasperated mother writing on Twitter: “My daughter’s school has been evacuated because of a bomb threat and I’m still miles away in an Uber racing to get her home safely.”Police forces around the UK – including Greater Manchester, North Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, the West Midlands, Surrey and Scotland Yard – said they are investigating a “malicious communication”. They advised that the message was a “national hoax” which detectives believe originated from the US.Det Supt Tony Cockerill of Humberside Police said: “We have been liaising with our counter terrorism colleagues across the country and it is not believed that the threats are credible.“We have spoken to all schools who have contacted us, reassured them that there is no need to evacuate and offered them security advice.” Police forces around the UK said they are investigating a “malicious communication” Contact details given on the hoax email suggested it was from VeltPvP, a server for the popular computer game Minecraft, but they released a statement saying that they have “nothing to do with” it.Carson Kallen, chief executive of VELT, the Michigan-based company that runs VeltPvP, told The Telegraph that they believe the email was set from “a group of hackers” who have been targetting them over social media and “harassing employees” for the past few weeks. “We’ve been being harassed by a group of cyber criminals that are trying to harass us in any way possible,” a spokesman for VeltPvP said. “We’re extremely sorry for anyone who had to deal with this, but just know it’s fake.”A spokesman from the National Police Chief Council said: “Police forces are aware of a series of malicious hoax communications to schools across the country.“Enquiries continue to establish the facts and forces are working together to investigate who is responsible.”Police take hoaxes extremely seriously. They divert police resources and cause disruption and alarm to the public.” The message warned parents to stay away from the site after 11.30am, adding that any children still on site at this point will be evacuated to a nearby car park. We do not believe there is any genuine threat following a number of schools receiving a bomb hoax this morning. See out full statement here— North Yorkshire Police (@NYorksPolice) 19 March 2018 A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said that detectives from their cybercrime unit reviewed the messages sent to schools and “do not believe there is anything genuine” about the threats. American hackers targeted more than 400 schools with a bomb hoax, as more than a dozen police forces across the country launch investigations.Many schools sent urgent messages to parents asking them to pick their children up on Monday morning and drew up emergency evacuation plans, after receiving an email which claimed a student had been sent in with a bomb which would blow up within hours.  Hackers, writing partly in English and partly in Arabic, demanded that each school must pay them a ransom and threatened to detonate the bomb if they money did not arrive. “We have sent in a student with a bomb,” the email said. “The bomb is set to go off in 3 hours time. If you do not send us $5,000 USD to“If you do not send the money! We will blow up the device. Our site has all the information needed. If you try to call the cops we WILL blowup [sic] the device on the SPOT! ANY attempt at defusing it your self [sic] will cause it to explode.”Manor Park Primary Academy in Sutton, Surrey, wrote to parents saying “We have received a bomb threat saying that a bomb will be going off at 12.30pm today. Please come and collect your child now from the school from the usual collection point.” Police forces around the UK said they are investigating a “malicious communication”Credit:Damian Dovarganes Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Bundesliga Round 11 Fuchse Berlin with a hardfought home win against TBVBundesliga Round 11 Fuchse Berlin with a hardfought home win against TBV

BerlinessenFuchse BerlingrosswallstadtHamburgHSVHSV HamburgjaszkaKiellemgolubbeckeMagdeburgsellintbv In the 11th round of the Bundesliga, the games played Sunday brought no surprises, as all favorites won. THW Kiel had an easy job at home against Lubbecke and won 30:23, even though at one point Lubbecke got to 16:16, but that was it, after that THW Express seemed unstoppable. Easy job for HSV Hamburg away at TuSEM Essen, a game won by 8 goals, 34:26, and perhaps a way back  on the winning track. Magdeburg had perfect second half and cruised to a 33:25 victory at home against Grosswallstadt. Hardest job had Fuchse Berlin at home. The Foxes trailed most of the game against TBV Lemgo, and in the 58th minute got to 18:18. With two goals from Jaszka and Sellin, the team was 20:18 up with 2 minutes to go, and TBV had no more power to fight back, and in the end Fuchse Berlin won 21:19. ← Previous Story HP nominations for the WORLD’S BEST PLAYER AND MALE COACH IN 2012! Next Story → Champions League (W): Oltchim, Gyori and FTC keep 100% record read more

Geek Pick Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice RemoteGeek Pick Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Binge-watching movies and TV shows is a great way to relax after a long day or week. However, if your internet is spotty or your computer screen isn’t big enough, seeing your favorite flicks can be a pain. You can avoid these issues if you buy a good media streamer set, such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote.According to our sister site, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is one of the fastest and most affordable media streamer sets for home entertainment. At only $39.99, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote is a bargain set that gives you all the perks of quality streaming, including faster loading time, Amazon’s Alexa for quick assistance, voice control, and access to many movies and TV shows. You can buy the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote at Amazon Fire TV Stick is tiny: Its dimensions are 3.4 inches x 1.1 inches x 0.5 inches, so it will easily fit behind your TV. The Alexa Voice Remote is also small in size and features basic buttons that can play, rewind, and pause streamable content. It’s a great device for those who want to upgrade their 1080p TV experiences without fully committing to 4K.You can launch digital content using the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Alexa Voice Remote in a few steps: First, plug in the Amazon Fire TV Stick into your TV. Once the Amazon Fire TV Stick determines the TV you’re using, you can use the Alexa Voice Remote to turn the TV on and off, mute the TV, or adjust the volume. The Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote won’t be able to control your TV with menu navigation, but it gets the job done to start watching movies and TV shows on Hulu, Netflix, and other streaming services.Another cool feature to note is the Alexa Voice Remote. Just press and ask Alexa to find your preferred films and TV episodes, access live news, and more. Having the option to use remote voice control is very handy, especially if you don’t feel like getting off the couch to stream flicks. You can even program Alexa to manage your other smart home devices, like dimming the lights, and order takeout for movie nights.Even though you don’t get the 4K experience, the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote does deliver multiple streaming perks and can help you avoid an expensive cable bill. For more specs on the Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, head over to for an extended review of the media streamer device set. And, if you’re still unsure of what streaming media player to get, check out our Streaming Media Player Showdown: Fire TV Versus Fire TV Stick.More on Pick: Casper Glow Is a High-Tech ‘Night Light’ With Soothing VibesGeek Pick: Fitbit Charge 3 Makes It Easy to Track Health StatsGeek Pick: Blue Snowball Ice Microphone Stay on targetlast_img read more

Two Portland restaurants investigated for hepatitisTwo Portland restaurants investigated for hepatitis

first_imgHealth officials in Portland are warning patrons of two Cup & Saucer cafes that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A.The people believed to be at risk ate at the restaurant at 8237 N. Denver Ave. from March 22-29 or at 3566 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. on March 22-23, according to the Multnomah County Health Department. They should contact their doctor.People who ate or drank at the Denver Avenue location between Feb. 22 and March 21 should also contact their doctor if they have any symptoms of hepatitis A.No existing cases involve the Cup & Saucer Cafe at 3000 N.E. Killingsworth St.According to a news release, hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It typically causes a temporary illness of fever, tiredness, belly pain, vomiting, diarrhea and jaundice (a yellowing of the skin or eyes). It is highly contagious, and people become infected by swallowing the virus, which is present in the feces of an ill person. It can spread from person to person by inadequate hand washing after using the toilet or changing diapers, or eating food prepared by an infected person. It can also be passed by sexual contact. Hepatitis A is not spread by saliva.The current investigation began with a case of hepatitis A reported on March 20. The restaurant worker stayed home  to recover, and health officials vaccinated the restaurant staff according to public health guidelines. On Monday, April 3, a second individual connected to the cafe was confirmed as having hepatitis A. Because of possible transmission at the restaurant, health officials urge anyone who ate or drank at the two restaurants during the time frames above to see their health care provider to be vaccinated or receive advice specific to their situation.last_img read more

Final Day of National Primary School Spelling BeeFinal Day of National Primary School Spelling Bee

first_img Recommended for you Related Items:beavhes reort and spa, michael goldberg, nancy goldberg, national primary school, spelling bee International School Student wins Primary School Bee Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img National Spelling Bee attracts 11 high schools Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Feb 2015 – It’s off to Beaches Resort for the final day of competition in the annual Primary School Spelling Bee, hosted by the Ministry of Education and this year sponsored largely by Michael and Nancy Goldberg. It is day two of the challenge which started with 16 schools; that number now down to 10. Last night the ten finalists and their coaches were treated to dinner and this morning the focus will be on the ultimate winner of the coveted honor. Among the prizes: gift certificate, tablets, an iPad mini and the Grand Prize is a MacBook Air and wireless printer. The TCI National Primary School Spelling Bee will be aired live on government radio today.last_img read more

Storms knock down trees throughout San DiegoStorms knock down trees throughout San Diego

first_img , February 4, 2019 Storms knock down trees throughout San Diego Posted: February 4, 2019 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) – The storms hit and the winds howled this weekend as some massive trees across the city smashed to the ground, including a couple massive eucalyptus trees in Balboa Park.“When you have rainy conditions, windy, stormy conditions, trees will come down,” said Bradley Brown, Board Certified Master Arborist with Tree Life Consulting. “That’s part of the risk that’s inherent in them. They stand up and they fall down.”The powerful storm on Saturday roared through San Diego County and a large eucalyptus tree crushed a row of six cars in Balboa Park. Cars were damaged, but no one was hurt in the incident.“Anything can happen and it might not just be a limb falling,” said Brown. “It could be a wire falling, you don’t know.”Brown told KUSI Reporter Dani Ruberti he found a damaged tree in Balboa Park the other day. He said it looked like the fierce winds knocked out the upper part of it sending large branches to the ground.Just in University City, another large tree smashed an SUV.Arborists said it’s the combination of rain, the saturated soil and the strong gusty winds that can cause this kind of damage.Crews were hard a work cleaning up the pieces of another 80 ft eucalyptus tree that crashed down in the middle of the golf course in Balboa Park.“Sometimes its not always the ones we predict or the ones we would expect,” said Brown.He added there are things you can do at home to determine the health of your trees.“Are the roots talking to the leaves and if the roots aren’t talking to the leaves then it might not be very well anchored in the ground,” said Brown.It’s all about the health of the root system. Keep an eye on loose, hanging branches, cracks in the tree or soil, and the size of the branches compared to the size of the trunk.Anthony Santacroce with the City of San Diego said they’re on standby to clean up the pieces and protect the community when these storms hit.“Maintain your trees year round. Check that they are in good condition,” said Anthony Santacroce, Senior Public Information Officer with the City of San Diego. “If trees on your property are dead and you see signs of that, I would call a professional to evaluate that.”Brown said folks should not be afraid because the chances of being hit by a tree are so small, but you should still be aware of your surroundings and avoid trees that look dangerous during stormy conditions.“There’s more risks of them getting in their car and getting injured in their car every day than there is being around a tree,” said Brown. “They’re more likely to get hit by lightning.”If you see any trees around the city that look dangerous or threatening, contact the City of San Diego through the Get It Done app. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Updated: 8:15 PMlast_img read more

Former Vancouver guardsman pleads guiltyFormer Vancouver guardsman pleads guilty

first_imgA former Vancouver man who sold three motorcycles belonging to the Oregon Air National Guard pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Portland.Judge Garr M. King could have sentenced 34-year-old Adam M. Monticelli to six months in prison. Instead the judge deferred the plea for 18 months.His lawyer, David Angeli, says if Monticelli stays out of trouble for 18 months, he will have no record of a conviction. He has paid $8,850 in restitution.The Oregonian reports Monticelli was a senior master sergeant in the elite 125th Special Tactic Squadron who had served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan when he sold three surplus dirt bikes in January 2009.last_img read more

Obama raising money in Seattle on SundayObama raising money in Seattle on Sunday

first_imgSEATTLE — President Obama is scheduled to stop in Seattle Sunday as part of a West Coast swing to raise money for Democrats for the 2014 elections.The Seattle Times reports the party has sent invitations to private fundraisers at homes in Seattle and Medina. The price of attending the fundraisers is $32,000 per couple.No public appearances have been announced.last_img

HP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screenHP Omen X 2S gaming laptop sports a second screen

first_img 0 Laptops Gaming Review • HP’s PC gaming flagship turns PC gaming on its side 17 Photos CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice See it $3,199 Preview • The HP Omen X Desktop is for gamers on the edge The 17 most anticipated video games of 2019 News • HP Omen X 2S breaks out maps and apps on a second screen HP Omen X HP HP’s Omen X 2S 15 joins the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 in the second-screen club. It has a six-inch 1080p touchscreen above the keyboard. It’s there for activities that you probably use your phone for while gaming: watching a stream, chatting, listening to music or monitoring your system stats via the command center. You can also use it to pin and magnify a section of the screen, such as a map. It looks like the touchscreen, which lies flat on the deck between the hinge and the keyboard, isn’t in a great spot for messaging unless you put the laptop on a tilted stand so you won’t have to look down to use it. A phone, by comparison, can be placed anywhere and tilted at any angle you want compared to a fixed screen. But it’s an interesting idea and definitely a nice touch for running the command center or music controls.The 2X is slated to ship by the end of May starting at $2,100. That base configuration includes an Intel Core i7-9750H, a 16GB DDR4, a 256GB SSD, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 and a 144Hz 1080p G-Sync IPS display. You’ll be able to kit it out with up to an i9-9980H, a 32GB XMP DDR4, a 2TB SSD, an RTX 2080 Max-Q and a 4K or 240Hz 1080p panel.omen-17-laptop-9The HP Omen 17 (pictured) and Omen 15 have a new hinge design to accommodate the overhauled vent layout. HP HP is also rolling out refreshed versions of its Omen 15 and Omen 17. The company joins Razer, Asus and others with the option  of a 240Hz 1080p screen for all three models, though the 17-inch version won’t be available until October.All the Omens have been upgraded to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and with an option for Optane H10, Intel’s latest version of its disk-acceleration technology that integrates the cache into the SSD. Plus, they include HP’s redesigned cooling system — the company’s branding it as “Omen Tempest” — which includes the use of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut (a liquid-metal compound applied on the CPU to significantly improve heat transfer to the heat sink and therefore improve speed), along with improved venting and fans for better airflow. And, of course, they’re skinnier. The Omen 17 now goes up to an RTX 2080, ninth-gen i9 and 3TB of storage (in a RAID 0 combination of SSD and HDD). Pricing starts at $1,100. As for the Omen 15, it offers the same processor options as well as up to an RTX 2080 Max-Q; however, the $1,050 base configuration now comes with a GTX 1660 Ti.The launches also included an expansion of the Pavilion Gaming line and a novel new wireless mouse and mousepad that use Qi charging, the technology used by phones for their wireless charging. Post a comment Asus HP Intel Razer Mentioned Above HP Omen X Tagslast_img read more

British PM suffers defeat over Brexit billBritish PM suffers defeat over Brexit bill

first_imgBritain’s prime minister Theresa May leaves for the weekly Prime Minister Question (PMQ) session in the House of Commons, from Downing Street in central London on Wednesday. Photo: AFPBritish prime minister Theresa May heads to a Brussels summit Thursday reeling from a parliamentary defeat over Brexit that threatens to undermine her just as EU leaders back the opening of trade talks.The other 27 leaders are expected during the two-day meeting in Brussels to endorse an interim deal on the terms of Britain’s divorce that May sealed with the EU last week after months of torturous negotiations.But on the eve of the summit May’s own lawmakers rebelled to demand that parliament have the final say on any Brexit agreement before Britain leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019.The fresh blow to May’s authority will renew fears in Brussels about her ability to push through a deal and avoid a disorderly Brexit-something EU President Donald Tusk said this week would involve a “furious race against time” to avoid.Leaders are expected on Friday to give the green light for a second phase of talks covering a post-Brexit transition phase, and future relations between Britain and the EU, including a possible trade deal.European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker recommended the move after all-night talks with May last week, saying Britain had made “sufficient progress” on its divorce bill, the fate of the Irish border, and protections for European expats living in Britain.‘Give and take’May is expected to tell leaders over dinner on Thursday-she will not be at the summit on Friday-that the interim deal “required give and take by both sides, but a fair outcome has been achieved”, a senior British government official said.The deal was a rare moment of triumph for the British prime minister, who has been struggling to assert her authority since losing her parliamentary majority in a disastrous snap election in June.But the run-up to the summit has already been marred by a row over suggestions by Brexit minister David Davis that the provisional deal was not legally binding and Britain would not pay its exit bill without a trade deal.“She will add that she very much welcomes the prospect of moving ahead to the next phase to talk about trade and security, as part of the positive and ambitious future relationship that is in the interests of the UK and the EU, and to reach agreement on an implementation (transition) period as soon as possible,” the official said.The EU guidelines that leaders will approve on Friday say they will start talks on the transition in January but will not begin discussions on trade until March as it needs more clarity on Britain’s goals, while security and defence will be covered later next year.Tusk told leaders ahead of the summit that “our unity will be key” in negotiations on Brexit, with the EU still in shock from Britain’s June 2016 vote to become the first ever member state to leave the union.‘Divisive’ migrant quotasBut that unity will face another stern test on Thursday night when the EU leaders are set to discuss proposals for a way forward on the thorny subject of the migration crisis.Tensions flared when Tusk wrote in his pre-summit letter that quotas for sharing out refugees around the bloc to ease the burden on frontline states were “ineffective” and “highly divisive”.Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, whose country was worst-hit by the crisis, tweeted on the eve of the summit that Tusk’s comments were “aimless, ill-timed and pointless”.Germany, Sweden and Italy are also big supporters of the mandatory quotas. But eastern European states like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have refused to take in any refugees under the scheme.A discussion on Friday among the EU 27 about reforms to the euro single currency also threatens to expose divisions.But leaders are set to show unity on Thursday however by rolling over sanctions against Russia over its involvement in Ukraine for another six months, after an update from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.They will also discuss US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, which the EU’s foreign policy chief has spoken out against, although they will probably stop short of issuing a formal statement, officials said.last_img read more

City Announces New Recycling Program PartnershipCity Announces New Recycling Program Partnership

first_img Share 00:00 /01:05 Jen RiceHouston will get glass pickup again in a new recycling deal.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced details regarding the City’s negotiations with a new recycling partner, FCC Environmental LLC. FCC operates recycling facilities in 35 countries, and now its U.S. headquarters would move to Houston.City Council could vote on the contract as early as July 19. Operations could begin 14 months later. Turner said he’s hopeful that City Council will approve the contract. “Houston will count as the sixth Texas city to choose FCC, and their total recycling processing contract value will exceed more than $600 million,” Turner said.The new contract comes after a bumpy year for Houston’s recycling program. Faced with a $160 million budget gap, the City decided to stop recycling glass to cut costs.The FCC deal will include glass pick up. According to Turner, it’s designed to withstand another deficit.“Even in the worst market conditions that we experienced like last year, we will never pay more to recycle than we do for solid waste landfill disposal,” he said.FCC plans to build a new processing plant that will be located near an existing Houston-area landfill. It’s expected to bring 100 factory jobs to the city. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

Quinton Pinkney City Colleges Classic 63 Point Guard dies at 69Quinton Pinkney City Colleges Classic 63 Point Guard dies at 69

first_imgPhoto from Baltimore City College Class of 1963 50th Reunion, May 2013. 1963 BCC Basketball team members–Front row:  Dennis Wallace, Quinton Pinkney and Alex Gabbin; second row: George Roderick and Marc Rudick. (Courtesy Photo)(Updated 11/29/2014) Quinton Pinkney, the celebrated Baltimore City College point guard who led the Knights to two consecutive Maryland Scholastic Association (MSA) Division A championships in 1961 and 1962, is being remembered as a stellar athlete, dedicated social worker, loving family man and an all-around extraordinary human being.“Quinton Pinkney was a [heck] of a guy,” summed up Lee Raskin, 69, Pinkney’s City College classmate for three years.Pinkney died Nov. 17 after a weeks-long illness—but not before he and his family were visited and offered other support from his fellow City alum.“I thought that was so extraordinary,” said Pinkney’s widow Joan, of the outpouring of support from people who first met her husband a half-century ago.The show of care and the shared stories and sentiments about her husband buoyed the family’s spirits even in the midst of their loss, she told the AFRO.“It really made me see my husband with new eyes,” Mrs. Pinkney said. “To see how many people admired him—not just as a basketball player but as a person…it made me feel really proud to step out and say, ‘I’m Mrs. Pinkney.’”Baltimore City College’s 1963 MSA Basketball Championship team photo. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore City College Green Bag 1963/ Lee Raskin archives)City alum said they rallied behind their fallen classmate because of who he was and because that’s part of who they are.“There’s a motto at City College and it is ‘City Forever’ and that speaks to the camaraderie and the lasting union [between students, faculty, etc.]…. There’s a strong bond,” said Raskin.Pinkney suffered a stroke right around the time City was celebrating its 175th anniversary in late October. Several of his classmates say they realized a key person was missing from the festivities and that’s when they discovered he was ill.George “Jerry” Phipps, Pinkney’s former coach, said he was in town from Delaware for the anniversary and visited his former student at the hospital. Phipps held Pinkney’s hand and spoke with him for about an hour.Photo from Baltimore City College Class of 1963’s 50th Reunion, May 2013.  Group of 1963 Baltimore City College Varsity athletes L to R:  Coach Bob Oliver, Carl Shelton, Dutch Ruppersberger, Mark Barnett, Quinton Pinkney, Edwin Strickland, David Thomas, David Hare, Lee Raskin, Larry Spector, Kenneth Mason, David Palmer. (Photo Courtesy Lee Raskin)“It was a very solemn moment. I really think it meant a lot to him. It became very emotional—tears came to his eyes and he squeezed my hands, and I was crying along with him,” the 85-year-old retired coach said.The bond between coach and student was forged back in late 1960 when Phipps, a new coach at the school, held trials for the different athletic teams and found in a diminutive Pinkney the best point guard for his varsity basketball team, which went on to several championships.“I’ve coached for 35-40 years [and] he was one of the best point guards I had,” Phipps said. “He was small in size but had a great big heart and a competitive spirit. I don’t think we would have done as [well] as we did without him.”Speaking of Pinkney’s death, the coach added, “I told one of my other former players that God needed a point guard and he certainly got an excellent one in Quinton.”Despite his skills as a playmaker the court, Pinkney was not a braggadocio and was a popular, well-respected person in school and later in his community, several supporters said.“He was a pure point guard and general on and off the court,” said Raymond E. Banks Sr., a fellow BCC Hall of Famer and church member. “He had a big heart and pleasant demeanor…. He got along with everybody.”Baltimore City College MSA Basketball Championship team members: George Roderick, left, John Cardwell, Coach Jerry Phipps, Quinton Pinkney and Leroy Brown. (Photo courtesy of Baltimore Sun, 1962/ Lee Raskin archives)Mrs. Pinkney agreed that her husband was someone who simply loved people, as was evident in the love he unabashedly demonstrated during their 39-year marriage, his relationship with his children and grandchildren and his interaction with others.“He never met anyone that he did not embrace; he could always find the good in someone,” she said.That propensity was an asset in his chosen career as a juvenile counselor and child support enforcement officer with the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services.When he first took the job, she recalled, she asked him why he wanted to work with those “bad kids.”“He said there is no such thing as bad kids but bad situations, and I want to work to change those bad situations,” Mrs. Pinkney said, adding it was through sentiments like that her husband helped her gain a new outlook on people.His altruism extended beyond troubled youth, she added.“Women in our neighborhood who did not have husbands, he’d knock on their doors and say, ‘I’m going to the market for my wife, do you need anything?’ or ‘Do you need your grass cut?’”Despite all that, Pinkney was by no means a saint, his wife added, citing his fondness for casino slot machines with a fond chuckle.“He was not a perfect man, but he was a wonderful man,” she said. “I am honored to be his wife.”Quinton Pinkney will be remembered at a memorial service Dec. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Lord’s Church situated on the 5000 block of Park Heights Ave. in Baltimore.last_img read more

The Importance of Onboarding Users to Your AppThe Importance of Onboarding Users to Your App

first_imgJune 6, 2018 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Using a new app is like meeting someone for the first time. Your initial interactions could be awkward and confusing or there could be an instant connection. In both of these settings, first impressions are everything!How do you make sure your app falls in the “instant connection” category? App onboarding is the holy grail when it comes to ensuring a great first impression. Onboarding is one of the most critical phases of an app user’s journey, as it is that first point of contact with your app.What is app onboarding?The onboarding process is essentially a series of screens that guide users through the app’s interface and functions. App onboarding allows businesses to strategically communicate with their users, as well as facilitate a positive user experience. These onboarding screens have three purposes:Educate the user about the functions and benefits of the appAllow the user to register their login detailsCollect profile information that can be used to deliver personalized content and notificationsTypes of onboardingThere are different types of app onboarding that you can implement, depending on your business and type of app. What all of these onboarding methods have in common is that they empower users and encourage them to learn through exploring the app.1. Benefits-oriented onboardingAs the name suggests, this type of onboarding demonstrates the benefits or value the user will get from the app, in an attempt to encourage conversion. This approach focuses on what the app does, rather than how to use the app. These onboarding screens will also include permission requests that the users can opt-in for, such as accessing location and sending push notifications.2. Function-oriented onboardingThis approach focuses on app functionality by teaching the user how to use the app. The user will get a tour of the app with specific instructions on how to get started and how to perform certain actions.3. Progressive onboardingProgressive onboarding is a little more extensive as it shows users new information as they progressively navigate through the app. The instructions displayed on the screen pertain to the page the user is on, like a live walkthrough. Instead of getting the instructions up front, the users will learn as they explore the app.Why does your app need onboarding?While you probably already see the need for app onboarding, let’s dive a little deeper into the science behind it.It is difficult for new users to intuitively know how to navigate an app, especially if the interface is different than what they are accustomed to. Creating a positive first-time user experience is fundamental to an app’s success, as well as ensuring ongoing app usage. The truth is that users lose interest when an app takes too long to figure out.Note that 21 percent of users will only use your app once. While this may or may not be due to the complexity of your app, it is an important statistic to hone in on. Including an app onboarding process will help make the first-time use as seamless as possible, minimizing potential drop off of users. In other words, businesses can increase their app retention by using appropriate app onboarding.Hubspot breaks down retention into three phases: short-term retention, mid-term retention and long-term retention. In the context of this blog post, we will be focusing on the first phase of short-term retention. In terms of app use, this refers to Week 1 after a user has downloaded the app.According to their research, the biggest drop-off in usage happens during the short-term retention period between Week 0 and Week 1. Retention drops nearly 75 percentage points down to just above 25 percent in a single week.What does this mean? There’s much more room for improvement early on, such that small changes in user onboarding will have a massive impact in that week, and the weeks to follow. Your goal in “Week 1” is to ensure that your app is used more than once. By implementing user onboarding, you can get more early usage and, as a result, increase app retention over time. Localytics saw app user retention rates increase by 50 percent after implementing a solid onboarding.Next stepsIf you are a Bizness Apps partner, you have access to our onboarding feature with the Northpark Source Code. Our new app onboarding provides a simple and seamless walkthrough that educates the user on the value of the app, as well as it’s feature permission requests. At the end of the walkthrough, users have the option to sign-up for the app and create their own profile. This benefits-oriented onboarding is a must for small businesses in order to gain customer insights by:Delivering a seamless user experienceEnabling an easy-win lead gen toolPutting a name and face to your customersMake sure to activate this app onboarding process for your small business clients, as they will see a substantial increase in app conversions. This will result in increased revenue in the long term and you, as the reseller, will be able to showcase the ROI from your app. It’s a win-win! 5 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Bizness Appslast_img read more

by The Associated Press The Associated Pressby The Associated Press The Associated Press

first_img by The Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted Jan 13, 2018 10:27 am PDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2018 at 6:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Julia Louis-Dreyfus marks chemo end with ‘Beat It’ video FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus poses in the press room with her awards for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and outstanding comedy series for “Veep” at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, Julia Louis-Dreyfus marked the end of chemotherapy by posting a video on Instagram of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) center_img Julia Louis-Dreyfus has marked the end of chemo by posting an Instagram video of her grown sons lip-syncing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.”The “Veep” star and “Seinfeld” alum” said of Charlie and Henry, her two kids with Brad Hall: “Ain’t they sweet?”Louis-Dreyfus announced in September she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She said she found out the day after winning an Emmy for “Veep.” She’s been sharing her journey and support from loved ones and fans on social media ever since.The video is titled: “Mom’s last chemo day!!! BEAT IT!!! Love, Henry and Charlie.” Louis-Dreyfus called her sons “My beauty boys.”The video posted Friday had been viewed more than 500,000 times as of Saturday afternoon.Louis-Dreyfus turned 57 Saturday.last_img read more

Rep Lucido hosting identity theft experts at November town hall meetingsRep Lucido hosting identity theft experts at November town hall meetings

first_img14Oct Rep. Lucido hosting identity theft experts at November town hall meetings Categories: Lucido News Lawmaker: We are focused on protecting Michigan familiesState Rep. Peter J. Lucido will host a series of town hall meetings on identity theft and the Internet in November.The presentations geared for families and seniors, will feature special guests including law enforcement and government officials specially trained on this very important issue.“Despite advancing technology, and sometimes because of it, identity theft is an ongoing threat that is here to stay,” said Rep. Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “Law enforcement, government, and consumers must all remain vigilant against predators that seek to use our personal information for their own gain. Until we can eliminate the risk of identity theft, we must do everything we can to mitigate the threat.”The town halls will take place at the following times and locations:Tuesday, Nov. 17Washington Township Hall57900 Van Dyke in Washington7-9 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 18Shelby Township Hall52700 Van Dyke in Shelby Township7-9 p.m.“This is an event you do not want to miss,” said Rep. Lucido. “This is a very important issue that affects everyone and we want to make sure that your hard-earned money and property is kept out of hands of criminals.  There are many ways that your information can be compromised, but there are also many ways that you can help protect it and we will have experts on hand to help you do just that.”If you have any questions, please contact Rep. Lucido by phone at 517-373-0843, or by email at read more

Rep Noble invites residents to open office hour in NorthvilleRep Noble invites residents to open office hour in Northville

first_img Categories: Noble News 06Jun Rep. Noble invites residents to open office hour in Northville State Rep. Jeff Noble of Plymouth will host an open office hour on Monday, June 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Northville Library in Meeting Room B located at 212 W. Cady St. in Northville.“I always enjoy the opportunity to connect with people directly,” Rep. Noble said. “I encourage residents to attend. Listening to concerns of residents helps me better serve them.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or via email at read more

Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Affirmative Action in University AdmissionsSupreme Court Ruling Upholds Affirmative Action in University Admissions

first_imgShare5TweetShareEmail5 SharesJune 23, 2016; Washington Post and the New YorkerIn what was likely as much of a surprise to proponents as it was a disappointment to its opposition, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling on affirmative action yesterday. The majority opinion (with Elena Kagan having recused herself) on the 4-to-3 decision was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy—another surprise, because he had never before voted for a race-conscious plan. The opinion reaffirmed that the value of creating a diverse student body justifies a certain amount of intrusion on the equal protection provision of the Constitution.“A university is in large part defined by those ‘intangible qualities which are incapable of objective measurement but which make for greatness,’ ” Kennedy wrote. “Considerable deference is owed to a university in defining those intangible characteristics, like student body diversity, that are central to its identity and educational mission. But still, it remains an enduring challenge to our Nation’s education system to reconcile the pursuit of diversity with the constitutional promise of equal treatment and dignity.”In a dissenting opinion, Justice Samuel Alito charged that Kennedy had flipped in his views. However, as Jeffrey Toobin writes for the New Yorker, “The appropriate answer to this criticism is: So what? The Justices have often quoted a famous observation by Justice Felix Frankfurter: ‘Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.’”The case was based on a legal challenge to the University of Texas’s admissions policy from Abigail Fisher, a white applicant who was denied entry to the University of Texas at Austin. Justin Driver, a law professor at the University of Chicago, said the ruling “signals that affirmative action is safe not only at the University of Texas, but around the country.”Referring to UT Austin’s unusual admissions plan, which guarantees acceptance to the top students in each Texas high school, Driver said, “If even this program survives scrutiny, it is extraordinarily difficult to believe that the court will be prepared to strike down any university’s affirmative-action program anytime soon.”As to what exactly happened here, Toobin has this to say:Kennedy values his place as the swing Justice on the Court, and it’s possible to see in his opinion a recognition of which way the Court is heading. The Justices are divided in much the same way the country is: four Democratic appointees, and four Republican ones. President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death, but the Republicans in the Senate have refused even to hold hearings for him, let alone a vote. This defiance of congressional and constitutional norms is outrageous, and it’s also revealing. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, and his fellow-Republicans see a Presidential election slipping away from their party, and they have made the reasonable calculation that some Democrat—Obama or Hillary Clinton—will fill Scalia’s seat. So the Republicans are postponing a five-to-four Democratic majority on the Supreme Court for as long as they can. But that doesn’t make that majority any less inevitable.Kennedy must see this, too. The four Democratic appointees have consistently embraced the notion that all institutions are strengthened, not weakened, by diverse membership (as have, for the most part, the American people). That view will surely be in ascendance in any Democrat-dominated Supreme Court. Kennedy could fight that coming wave or try to stay ahead of it. He did the latter, which both honors him and ennobles the country.—Ruth McCambridgeShare5TweetShareEmail5 Shareslast_img read more