UN tourism chief unveils plan to step down early

13 June 2008The head of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced today that he is stepping down at the start of next year to ensure a smooth transition before the scheduled end of his final term in office. Francesco Frangialli, Secretary-General of the Madrid-based agency, told its Executive Council that membership of UNWTO had expanded to 153 States during his leadership, and more States are expected to join soon.He said his main achievements as Secretary-General included the creation of a universally accepted system to measure the impact on tourism on national economies, and the adoption of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to encourage responsible and sustainable tourism.Last year the number of international tourists worldwide climbed to 898 million arrivals, a 6 per cent jump on the previous year’s totals. Every major region experienced an above-average increase. read more

Basil meets Duminda and a top UNP MP

The talks focused on obtaining the support of the UNP MP for Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) Former Economic Affairs Minister Basil Rajapaksa, tasked with brokering support for Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, met United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian and former Minister Duminda Dissanayake today.Duminda Dissanayake is said to be unhappy with working with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. However following the talks held today it is understood that Duminda Dissanayake had agreed to support Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament.Meanwhile, the Colombo Gazette learns that Basil Rajapaksa also had separate talks with a top United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian. read more

Business confidence drives more record CV registrations

Highest ever rolling year at 391,070 units, up 7.6 per cent JanuaryCV registrations 26,233, up 4.6 per cent over 2004 Growth still based on medium to heavy van segment‘These figures show CV registrations still growing strongly after a record year, with light vans making the running as usual, ‘ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive.   ‘We already think 2005 is going to be another memorable year for vans, trucks and buses, which is doubly good news as the CV market is also a very reliable indicator of the nation’s economic and business health.’ For more comment and analysis, click on the link belowDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

UK weather Ice causes disruption across Britain as more freezing temperatures forecast

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. Braemar in Aberdeenshire was the coldest place overnight into Wednesday, with temperatures plummeting to minus 10.2C (13.6F).According to a Met Office spokesman, snow and sleet showers are likely to continue throughout Wednesday, pushing “southwards across parts of Scotland and into northern and then central England and Wales”.He added: “Sleet or snow falling on frozen surfaces is likely to form ice.”There will be a milder end to the week but the cold weather is forecast to return next week. Snowy and foggy conditions on Saddleworth Moor in the North EnglandCredit:PA Snowy and foggy conditions on Saddleworth Moor in the North England Commuters saw some journeys disrupted due to the freezing weather during the Wednesday morning rush-hour.Greater Anglia Rail told passengers that trains would run with speed restrictions between London and Cambridge, while some services were likely to be cancelled, delayed by up to 15 minutes or revised.Merseyrail said ice had prevented electricity from reaching the trains, which meant numerous services between Aintree and Ormskirk, Hooton and Ellesmere Port, and Hooton and Chester were cancelled.In Buckinghamshire, several schools closed because of the conditions. Snow and ice have caused rail delays and school closures and forecasters have warned of even colder weather ahead overnight across the UK.The Met Office said temperatures will drop further on Wednesday night, to as low as minus 7C (19.4F), with clear skies causing wet surfaces to “freeze quite readily”.The forecaster has issued its yellow severe ice warning for the south east, central and north of England as well as for Scotland from 6pm on Wednesday to 11am on Thursday.Temperatures struggled to reach much above freezing during the day on Wednesday.Central London saw its coldest day of the year as temperatures peaked at just 2.6C (36.7F) by 2.30pm, while Spadeadam in Cumbria was the coldest place during the day at minus 2.5C (27.5F) at 2pm. The spokesman said: “Saturday could be quite unsettled with potential for strong winds and rains.”As we go through Sunday we will see a return to similar conditions that we have at the moment. It will be colder again and then with that brings the risk of wintry showers and overnight ice.”It will quickly turn cold and showery again.” read more

US television transmits EHF Champions League

USA handball ← Previous Story EHF CL (Round 3): Barcelona “blew” Celje PL Next Story → EHF CL (Round 3): Five games – Five home wins EHF Marketing GmbH has signed a new deal in the United States, which will see the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League aired to over 33 million homes.MHz Networks has entered into an agreement for the 2010/2011 season to show the “Match of the Week” from Europe’s premier club handball competition on their national MHz Worldview channel, with full commentary from the face and voice of, Tom O’Brannagain.The deal will include coverage of the biggest handball event of the season, the VELUX EHF FINAL4, to be played in Cologne, Germany on 28 and 29 May 2011.Managing Director of EHF Marketing GmbH, Peter Vargo, said: “We are delighted to be able to sign a TV agreement in the United States, which will enable us to showcase the high-scoring excitement of handball to this major market. We’re sure that the American viewing public will love watching the stars of the sport playing in the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League.”Frederick Thomas, Chief Executive of MHz Networks, said: “MHz Networks and handball are perfect partners. The coverage from the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League will certainly complement our premier international programming 24/7, which includes news, series, cinema, music and additional sports.”MHz Networks will show VELUX EHF Champions League matches at 4.00 PM ET on Saturdays and Sundays during the season. Coverage will begin immediately with the top clash of the third round between MKB Veszprem of Hungary and French side Montpellier Agglomeration HB to be shown on Saturday 9 October.2010 broadcast schedule (All games at 4 pm ET)9 October MKB Veszprem (Hungary) – Montpellier Agglomeration HB (France)17 October KS Vive Targi Kielce (Poland) – Rhein Neckar Löwen (Germany)21 November SG Flensburg-Handewitt (Germany) – HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb28 November HC Croatia Osiguranje Zagreb (Croatia) – SG Flensburg – Handewitt (Germany)5 December FC Barcelona Borges (Spain) – THW Kiel (Germany)Note: Match schedule is subject to change. 2011 Match of the Week schedule yet to be announced. A complete schedule of matches can be found at, the EHF’s online TV platform.About MHz WorldviewMHz Networks is an independent, non-commercial television broadcaster delivering international educational and arts programming and providing diverse cultural perspectives for a globally-minded audience.MHz Worldview, MHz Networks flagship channel, brings programming to globally-minded audiences in the US though affiliates, including cable, satellite and online. Serving the Washington, DC area’s 4.9 million residents with ten local broadcast channels, MHz Networks features programs from around the world on-air in more than 20 different languages.MHz Networks is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with studio facilities in Falls Church, VA and at Washington, DC’s Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.About EHF Marketing GmbHEHF Marketing GmbH is the marketing arm and daughter-company of the European Handball Federation. The agency works closely with marketing and media partners, as well as with Europe’s leading clubs to realise the full potential of the sport on the international sports market. EHF Marketing GmbH is responsible for the marketing and media rights of the VELUX EHF Men’s Champions League and the EHF Women’s Champions League.source: read more

Google found guilty of copyright infringement in Oracles Android suit

first_imgThe first phase of Oracle’s lawsuit against Google came to a close today, and the jury has found in favor of Oracle, but only on one count. The case is complex, and even the copyright verdict just handed down could be nullified in a number of ways. If the ruling from today does stand, though, it could create a precedent going forward that puts many Java programmers in a tough spot.The jury found that Google did infringe on Oracle’s copyright by using the Java APIs in Android without a licence. Programmers come down on both sides of this issue, but APIs have so far been assumed to be free of copyright, or at least covered by fair use depending on implementation. An API is essentially an instruction that details how a system can be used and communicated with. Without APIs, you can’t really use Java.While the jury did find in favor of Oracle on this matter, it was unable to decide if Google’s use of the Java APIs constituted fair use. Additionally, there was no decision on whether or not some code snippets copied from Oracle’s Java documentation counted as infringement. Perhaps this might be irrelevant anyway because of the way Judge William Alsup has chosen to run the trial.The jury was instructed ahead of time, for the purposes of deliberation, to assume that APIs were copyrightable. This led to the ruling on API infringement, but it’s far from a sure thing. The judge will decide on the question of whether or not APIs can be copyrighted at a later date, which could nullify the verdict. Because the judge has turned back Oracle’s requests for “infringer’s profits” from those copied bits of code, Oracle might actually see very little in the way of damages if Alsup ultimately finds APIs not copyrightable.Oracle is after a piece of Google’s cash pile in this case, not to kill Android, and it’s looking increasingly like it might get some sort of payout (but maybe not as much as hoped). It would help Oracle’s bottom line in the short term, but copyright experts fear that if Oracle is seen as clamping down on Java, which is open source, that other programmers will shy away from using it.After the partial ruling, the judge chose to forge ahead into the patent phase of the case, which will surely set the internet on the warpath (you know how the internet loves software patents). Google has asked for a mistrial, and filings will be made to that effect later this week. Oracle will, of course, oppose it. Damages (if any) in the trial won’t even be worked out until after the patent questions have been explored, and that is likely to take much longer than the initial copyright phase. The situation is very fluid, and even though Google took a few bruises today, it might still win in the long run.via Groklawlast_img read more

Handson with the Oppo N1

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered what a massive phone with a touch panel on the back and a quirky rotating camera looks like, Chinese manufacturer Oppo has you covered with their N1 smartphone.Huge. Gigantic. Monstrous. These are just a few of the words you’ll hear people use when they see you pull an Oppo N1 out of your pocket. Oppo has been making slow progress in getting the attention of a US audience, helped recently by a partnership with the CyanogenMod team and a very active social networking team.The Oppo N1 is their flagship phone with a major push towards unique hardware. The two things you’ll notice outside of the sheer height of the device is the touch panel on the back and the rotating camera that offers a single powerful sensor for rear and front facing photos.Oppo has done an amazing job making the phone feel nice and solid. It’s got a bit of weight to it, but it feels quite sturdy. The outer shell is coated so it grips just enough that you can try to hold it with one hand. This material is softer where the touch panels is on the back of the phone, making it possible to feel for the square as you try to navigate with one hand. The camera feels sturdy as well, it only moves when you really try to push it out of its standard position, and when you push it back it snaps into place with a satisfying click.Compared to the plastic feel of the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Oppo has certainly achieved the nicest overall feel in this category of humongous smartphones.We’ll be spending some more time with this phone in the coming weeks, as well as the limited edition CyanogenMod variant of the handset. So far there’s very little not to like, outside of the lack of LTE due to this being a phone made for a country where LTE isn’t widely offered yet.[Image credit: Chris Sewell] VIEW PHOTO GALLERY OppoOppoOppoCameraOppo MotoN1last_img read more

Midnight Texas teases NYCC with a little mystery

first_img With the big-name properties taking up the larger stages around New York Comic Con, it can be easy to miss some of the lesser-known new series that debut at the show. Midnight, Texas filled up one of the small rooms on the first floor of the convention center to give curious fans a first look at NBC’s upcoming series.Despite the series not airing until next year, they were able to show us the full pilot episode. Based on the three-book series by Charlaine Harris (the Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood novels), Midnight, Texas centers on Manfred Bernardo, a psychic who can speak to ghosts. While his powers are actually real, actor Francois Arnaud says he doesn’t have complete control over them yet. Executive producer David Janollari added that he may have embellished his abilities in the past to make money. Now there are some people after him, and he flees to the town of Midnight, Texas to lay low.Fans of the books will be treated to storylines from all three books as well as some original stuff too. Writer and executive producer Monica Owusu-Breen says there are pieces of all three books in the pilot. As the show goes on, she’ll put Harris’s characters in all kinds of crazy situations, using their backstories from the novels to flesh them out.Peter Mensah as the vampire Lemuel Bridger in Midnight, Texas. (Photo: Screenshot via NBC)In the pilot, we were introduced to the supernatural inhabitants that make up Midnight. There’s a vampire (Peter Mensah) who can feed just by touching you (which conveniently doesn’t kill you), a powerful witch (Parisa Fitz-Henley), an angel and a reverend who mentions he won’t be around during the full moon. Don’t go thinking he’s an ordinary werewolf, though. Owusu-Breen revealed that we’d be seeing his were-tiger form in episode two.The characters have a lot going on, and after the pilot, I want to know more about them. I went in expecting some pulpy fun at most and came out genuinely interested in hanging out with these characters more. It’s like True Blood, only without the naked people.The pilot also introduced the big mystery of the first season. A former midnight resident and lover of Manfred’s landlord Bobo (Dylan Bruce) is found dead. Manfred tries to use his power to ask the deceased what happened, only to find out that when you summon the dead in Midnight, other folks tend to hitch a ride. Owusu-Breen promised the mystery will evolve “in a surprising way” and that at some point in the season, we’ll all think we have the answer… but we definitely will not.Whatever it turns out to be, we’ll have to wait a long time to find out. Midnight, Texas premieres in 2017. Kristen Gudsnuk Talks Inspirations and What Brought Henchgirl To LifeCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on targetlast_img read more

Video Adam Cole and the Brooklyn crowd after NXT TakeOver

first_imgFacebook Twitter Pinterest WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Now Playing Up Next Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy Now Playing Up Next Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WWE RAW Results – 8/26/19 (Sasha Banks in action, King of the Ring continues) Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE has posted a video clip after NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 3 went off the air on Saturday night featuring Adam Cole along with Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly.As noted in our NXT TakeOver recap last night, the former ROH Champion made his NXT debut attacking new NXT Champion Drew McIntyre with Fish and O’Reilly.You can check out Cole interacting with the crowd last night below courtesy of WWE. Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better Now Playing Up Next Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:00/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 19.24%0:02Remaining Time -2:58 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list WWE NXT Results – 9/4/19 (Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship against Jordan Myles) Google+ Tom Keene Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Heavy rain prompts flood watch and advisory in Clark County

first_imgThe Vancouver metro area avoided snow Tuesday morning, but heavy rain prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood watch and advisory for the region.The advisory put in place around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday pertains to urban and small streams across Clark County. Around that time, rainfall gauges were measuring rates of a .10 to .30 inch of rain per hour, which should result in flooding. A half-inch to 1 1/2 inches of rain had already fell in the three or so hours before the advisory was issued.The Vancouver metro, Battle Ground and Woodland were listed among the locations expected to see flooding.“Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots,” the advisory says.The advisory is set to expire shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, but the flood watch will remain in effect until late tonight. The issued watch says landslides and debris flows are possible during the flood event.Emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian this morning is mostly free of police and firefighter chatter about crashes. However, traffic maps show vehicles on interstates 5 and 205 backing up earlier than usual.last_img read more

ASA Joins Letter to Secretary Ross

first_imgThis week the American Soybean Association joined a letter to Secretary Ross regarding his recent obeservation that there is “not a world oversupply of agricultural products” and that harm to American food and agriculture interests from a potential NAFTA withdrawal is an “empty threat.”The letter continues saying, “We respectfully submit that notification of NAFTA withdrawal would cause immediate, substantial harm to American food and agriculture industries and to the U.S. economy as a whole.”Read the full letter here.last_img read more

Google revamping Shopping hub and will let you buy stuff through YouTube

first_img Tech Industry Google announced new ads and shopping products at its Marketing Live summit in San Francisco. Google When people think of buying stuff on the internet, they usually turn first to Amazon. Google wants to change that. At the search giant’s Marketing Live conference on Tuesday in San Francisco, the company introduced a slew of new tools aimed at getting people to shop and discover new items on Google services. One announcement is a revamped version of Google Shopping, the search giant’s retail hub. The updated offering lets people browse items and gives them options to buy things either from a retailer’s website, from a nearby physical store, or on Google’s site itself. (For those items, you’ll see a blue cart icon that lets you add it to your cart.) Google said it will step in if customers don’t get what they expected or have issues getting a refund. As part of the announcement, Google will phase out its Google Express brand for shopping and deliveries.As part of the revamp, Google will also let people buy products shown on YouTube videos. For example, if a video creator posts a makeup tutorial video, Google would give people the chance to purchase that specific item, like a type of lipstick or mascara, and continue watching the video. The features will launch “later this year.”The new tool could be tricky when it comes to videos and products directed at children. At a press event on Monday, Oliver Heckmann, vice president of engineering for Google shopping and travel, said Google is looking into those “concerns,” but didn’t offer any specifics. A YouTube spokesman later said the video site is specifically meant for people who are 13 or older, so wouldn’t accept any ads targeting anyone younger. compiled-shopping-and-checkoutGoogle announced a revamped version of Google Shopping. Google The new tools mark a bigger push for Google into shopping. The ability for the search giant to facilitate a sale directly is a big step — a move that puts the company in more direct competition with Amazon. The two tech giants have already been warring on multiple fronts, including smart home technology. Google’s Home smart speaker and Assistant voice software have been sprinting to catch up to Amazon’s Echo and Alexa. cropped-katehudson-techstyle-youtube-static-finYouTube will show “discovery” ads in people’s home feeds. Google The updates come as Google spars with competitors from Amazon to Facebook’s Instagram over new shopping tools. Google wants to attract more marketers to its platforms, where it can use its massive cache of user data to make sure ads get in front of specific audiences that brands want to reach.And last month, parent company Alphabet posted a rare miss on sales estimates, its slowest growth since 2015. It didn’t help that Google was hit with a $1.7 billion fine from the EU for what the commission called “abusive” ad practices. But the disappointing report also stemmed from growing ad competition from rivals like Amazon.Google also announced new “gallery” ads it will stick in Google search. The format will use swipeable photos similar to Instagram ads. The company also introduced “discovery” ads — photo and video campaigns that can be targeted to certain demographics — they’ll insert into YouTube feeds, the Gmail promotions tab, and the Discovery news feed in the Google app.The tech industry lately has been reckoning with its advertising business models. Both Google and Facebook have recently been pushing messages of privacy and responsibility when it comes to data collection. Prabhakar Raghavan, Google’s senior vice president of advertising and commerce, told CNET in an interview the company should use “as little of that data as possible over time” for targeting, while still showing people relevant ads.On Tuesday, Google continued to emphasize privacy during its Marketing Live keynote. Chetna Bindra, Google’s senior product manager for trust & privacy, gave marketers direct tips for operating in a world where consumers are more conscious of their privacy. She said marketers should be clear about the data they are collecting and what they’ll use it for. She also said companies must listen to consumers when they say they don’t want to be tracked. “Now more than ever, you need to honor someone’s preference for privacy,” she said. Share your voice Post a comment Tags 0 Google Alphabet Inc.last_img read more

Kavaludaari movie review and ratings Live updates

first_imgDirector @hemanthrao11 proves to be a master of the craft. The detailing is dense and purposeful. Too long for the suspense genre. The intent is clear but the impact a little dicey. #Kavaludaari detailed review follows… A poster from Rishi and Ananth Nag’s Kavaludaari.PR HandoutHemantha Rao, who had delivered a hit movie in the form of Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, is back with his second movie Kavaludaari. The film stars veteran actor Ananth Nag and Rishi of Operation Alamelamma fame. The interesting part of the film is it marks the debut of Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar as the producer.The movie has Roshini Prakash playing the female lead with Achyuth Kumar, Suman Ranganathan, and a host of other artists in the supporting roles. Kavaludaari has Charan Raj’s music and a few songs that include Ede Dina have stuck the chord with the listeners. The movie has Advaitha Gurumurthy’s cinematography and Jagadeesh N’s editing.Story: Rishi plays the role of a traffic cop named Shyam who gets curious about investigating a murder mystery occured decades ago. He is supported by ex-cop Muttanna (Ananth Nag). Achyuth plays the role of a journalist in the film.The challenges on their path to solve the mystery and how they findout the person behind it under political pressure form the crux of the story.Arun Henchinamane: #Kavaludaari is worth a watch. Top notch writing, performances and technicalities. I don’t imagine anyone other than @hemanthrao11 in Kannada attempting a movie of this genre blending drama and thriller elements. On the flip side, the film could have been more slick. The larger part of suspense was revealed much earlier in 2nd half and becomes a drama mostly towards the end. But these are all negligible when you see the overall impact it had on you.shreyas: #Kavaludaari. An engrossing crime thriller which deserves a watch for its compelling screenplay and wonderful writing by Hemanth . Kudos to the entire team for giving the audience a worthy movie. @Rishi_vorginal nailed it as Shyam @hemanthrao11 what a writer man Sumendra: @hemanthrao11 Kavaludaari qualifies as a Text Book for Story Telling…Going for second view to get more clarity..Gem of a Movie..Akash R Patil: #Kavaludaari:- What a technical brilliance it was. Nicely written and excuted, @hemanthrao11 is genius in story telling. Performances of 3 lead actors #AnanthNag, #Achuth, @Rishi_vorginal was too good. Editing, Music were all top notch.Rohit r: @hemanthrao11 seriously sirr whattaa movie sirrr Sir a BGM anthu Nan thale Alle kuthbitide!!! Sir seriously hats off to u sirrr and I’m going to watch kavaludari once again!!! Take a bow @hemanthrao11 He is given us a gem of a film!!!!!Thippu: @hemanthrao11 classic Kannada film with Hollywood movies style of thot process, visualisation wit great human emotions put together to our sensitivity…must watch great Kannada film…#kavaludaariSudeesh D Shivashankar: People, You should definitely take a bow for @Rishi_vorginal performance in #Kavaludaari. Are you going to be the next Sudeep? Great work. You really made us emotional. Thanks to the man of the show @hemanthrao11 and @PuneethRajkumar for roping #Rishi as lead Okay now, what to say for @hemanthrao11. You are awesome. You definitely made people happy who saw #kavaludaari it’s more than amazing. The way you used Ananth Sir is another level. Trust me, It’s an irreplaceable movie. @The_BigLittle @PuneethRajkumarSathya Narayana R: Fantastic First Half #Kavaludaari , @hemanthrao11 Every Scene Has Written In Detail. #AnanthNag Sir Morgan Freeman’s Elder Brother In Acting.srinidhi rao: Hope #Kavaludaari lives up to the expectation it has raised..need new ideas and concepts to be explored to take kannada films to new heights @hemanthrao11 @PuneethRajkumarShyam Prasad: Director @hemanthrao11 proves to be a master of the craft. The detailing is dense and purposeful. Too long for the suspense genre. The intent is clear but the impact a little dicey. #Kavaludaari detailed review follows…Janardhan Chikkanna: #Kavaludaari is not the story of police uniforms but the skin within. A mystery thriller well written. That conversation between #Ananthnag sir and @Rishi_vorginal about kaaki is definitely heart wrenching. @hemanthrao11 loved the stylised flash back scenes and the film as well. #Kavaludaari terrific first half! I only hope that they cut down the interval and movie starts soonShashiprasad S M: #Kavaludaari #interval Another #whodunit but set in the #emergency periodDiganth Samarth: #Kavaludaari 1st half : Whatt an amazing/ intriguing thriller/mystery it is turning out to be.. Truly dint expect so many thrills/chills from the movie.. Can’t wait for the interval to get over.. Team this is for you.. And how good is this @Rishi_vorginal in this already.. You are a #Kavaludaari #Kavaludaari 1st half : Whatt an amazing/ intriguing thriller/mystery it is turning out to be.. Truly dint expect so many thrills/chills from the movie.. Can’t wait for the interval to get over.. Team this is for #Kavaludaari is a Smart & Intelligent Crime Thriller by @hemanthrao11. The Presentation is very fresh. Dialogues are sharp. The performances & the Technicality of the film are just superb. If you are a Thriller Genre Fan, U Shouldn’t miss this. Rating – 4/5 #Kavaludaari Interval. Intriguing Investigation. Superb writing by Director Hemanth. Technically Brilliant @Rishi_vorginal steals the show in the first half.@hemanthrao11 #Kavaludaari ಅದ್ಭುತವಾಗಿ ಮೂಡಿಬಂದಿದೆ. ಸಂಕಲನ -ಹಿನ್ನಲೆ ಸಂಗೀತ-ಕ್ಯಾಮರಾ – ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆ . This is the actual flavour of Kannada movie. ಮರು ನೋಡಲು ಪ್ರೇರೇಪಿಸುವ ನಿಗೂಢ ಕಥಾ ಹಂದರವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯ ಕಾವ್ಯ ಕವಲುದಾರಿ. ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ “….. ಸುಳ್ಳುಗಳಿಗೆ ಕುರುಡಾಗಿ.. ನಾ ಯಾರೀಗಾ…..”— Chowkidar Subodh Kumar (@SubodhDivine) April 12, 2019last_img read more

Today I Am a Black Man Kofi Elijah Whitehead

first_imgSubmitted to the AFRO by Dr. Kaye Wise WhiteheadWritten by Kofi Elijah WhiteheadI have spent the last four years trying to find answers to the questions that were posed to me by my mother when I first entered high school: Who are you? How do you want to change the world? What type of man do you want to be?  Important questions, I know, and I have spent more nights than I would like to admit trying to come up with answers. There are some things that I know like I am the son of Johnnie and Karsonya Wise Whitehead, and I am the descendant of enslaved Black men and women who chose to survive. I know that I love to read and write and that I want to become the type of scholar who fights for social justice and seeks to make the world a more just and verdant place. I know that I want to travel beyond Baltimore, see the world, and carve out my own academic path and journey. I also know that when I walk outside of my door, none of that matters because in the eyes of White America, I am Black and I am a man. And there are some things that I do not know, because at 18, a newly minted man I still have not figured out who I want to be in the world. I do not really understand racism or White supremacy, why they continue to exist or how to end them. I am still not completely comfortable confronting toxic masculinity in my peers, though I do believe that I will get there.On the eve of turning 18, I sat at the foot of my bed and thought about what it meant to be a Black man in America. I thought about what Martin Luther King, Jr. said in 1967 when he told a group of high school students that they needed to say to themselves that they were Black and they were beautiful. I tried so hard to look at myself through my own eyes and not, as W.E.B. Du Bois once wrote, through the eyes of others. Du Bois wrote about double consciousness; but, I am wrestling with multiple consciousnesses: I am Black, I am male, and I am an American. I am the great-grandson of people who could not read or write, but who sent all of their children to college. I am the descendant of people who were enslaved, but chose to live so that I could one day be free. I grew up in Baltimore, but there are places in this city that do not feel like home.Dr. Kaye Wise WhiteheadDoes my life matter? What type of man do I want to be in this world?  I have so many questions.  What does it mean to stand up for something I believe in? What is my purpose? Why am I here? How can I fix Baltimore?In less than 150 days, I will graduate from high school. I will walk across that stage and get the diploma that I have earned. I will look back and remember who I was when I walked into high school and who I am as I walk out of it. When I walked in, America was in the second term of the first Black president, and we were talking about being post-racial and celebrating diversity. As I leave, America is halfway through the first term of a whitelash president who seems to have given voice and space and legitimacy to white supremacy and white nationalism. When I entered, the lunchtime conversations and hallway debates were about Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Today, we talk about gun control, government shut downs, undocumented residents, and babies being held in cages at the border. When I entered, Baltimore had just come out of the Baltimore Uprising and had ended the year with 344 homicides. I was afraid. My parents were outraged. They were concerned, and they built this tiny little net around me to try and keep me safe. They laid out a city map and told me the neighborhoods and places where I could go. We had daily talks about the police and about my life.  They smothered me, but they were trying (as best as they could) to keep me alive. As I leave, Baltimore has just come out of another rough year with 309 homicides. I am no longer afraid in or of my city. I now believe that tiny little nets are not designed to keep people safe, it is intended to keep them isolated. Baltimore is a place of immense contradictions, but it is my home. It is where I am coming of age and where I am trying to find myself. It is the place where I became a man.My name is Kofi Elijah Whitehead. I am Black, and I am beautiful. I am brilliant because my genius has been sparked. I am, as my grandmother used to say, the dawn of a new day. I may not know where I am going, but I do know where I have been, what my people have been through, and on whose shoulders that I stand. I am a son of Baltimore City, and I will make my city proud.Kofi Elijah Whitehead is a senior at Gilman School. Portions of this essay were used in his Senior Speech. He is oldest son of Dr. Kaye Wise Whitehead, her column, “Dispatches from Baltimore,” will return next week.The opinions on this page are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the AFRO.Send letters to The Afro-American • 1531 S. Edgewood St. Baltimore, MD 21227 or fax to 1-877-570-9297 or e-mail to read more

Shitpostbot 5000 proves internet memes will outlive humans

first_imgOr maybe this is Jordan’s fault. How did Shitpostbot 5000 know? And more importantly, if I rolled these into a regular listicle on here, would it make the Web collapse under its shitpetual motion? Content! I’m fairly certain I’m looking at the baffling success of Shitpostbot 5000 in the wrong way. Maybe it isn’t that comedy is so easy that we can automate it. Maybe it’s that Facebook communication, and online content as a whole, has become so cookie-cutter and predictable that you can literally shovel it all into a few digital piles and come up with results that are basically indistinguishable from what actual people would make. Welcome to the internet gutter. Well, humans aren’t needed for the internet to work anymore. We don’t have to participate in it at all, and it will keep doing the same stupid garbage we love it for. I know this because Shitpostbot 5000 exists. Meet the only Facebook account you ever need to follow.Shitpostbot 5000 is exactly what it says it is. It’s a shitposting bot. Specifically, it’s a big machine filled with two expanding piles of meme templates and source images (you can see the piles, and add your own submissions, here). Every so often, it takes a template and at least one source image and mashes them together into a meme. No human being has anything to do with the process after the templates and source images are submitted.But that’s not the messed up part. Shitpostbot 5000 ascends to machine god-tier status once you realize that, to an overwhelming extent, these shitposts work. They’re warped, subversive memes that either fit their templates perfectly or skew off into such a vastly different direction that they can be seen as hilariously sarcastic. Or they’re just from-out-of-nowhere but still manage to be funny in a borderline anti-comedy non-sequitur way.I’m going to blindly scroll down the last few days of automated shitposts and toss a few up. Brace yourselves.last_img read more

Best of Last Week – Study backs Standard Model splitting an electron

first_img Three-decade quest backs physics’ ‘Standard Model’ (—It was a pretty big week for physics as a team of researchers working at CERN’s LHC reported that a three-decade long quest backs physics’ Standard Model. They detected a revealing change in a sub-atomic particle that further backs a key theory about the universe. Also, some other researchers reported progress in answering the question: What happens when Newton’s third law is broken? Apparently, sometimes extreme temperature gradients can be generated on the particle scale. © 2015 Meanwhile, another team of physicists found mysterious anti-electron clouds inside a thunderstorm—they noted a big cloud of positrons, the electron’s antimatter opposite, that should not have been there and the discovery may help explain how lightening gets its start. Also, a multinational effort has resulted in the creation of a new shield that makes certain types of searches for physics beyond the Standard Model possible for the first time—the device offers more than 10 times better magnetic shielding than previous efforts. And another team of researchers looked into what happens when an electron splits in two and developed a method for allowing observations of single-electron fractionalization at the picosecond scale.In other news, Fixstars announced a six-terabyte solid state drive that is now for sale—the world’s first. Some scientists looking at simple Leonardo da Vinci experiments added some advanced theory that helped reveal new atomic-level insights into rubber—more specifically, what goes on with friction when tires meet pavement. Another team discovered a drug that perks up old muscles and aging brains, by reinvigorating stem cells in both. And new work by researchers at NOAA Fisheries revealed the first warm-blooded fish—the silvery opah was found to circulate heated blood throughout its body, similar to the way it is done with mammals.And finally, if you have been finding your mind wandering more of late, you might not be alone, as a Microsoft study claims human attention span now lags behind goldfish—apparently our digital devices are cutting into our ability to focus on any one thing for very long—seems we are down to just eight seconds compared to twelve back in 2000. The goldfish is holding steady at nine seconds. Explore furthercenter_img Event displays from the CMS (above) and LHCb (below) experiments on the Large Hadron Collider show examples of collisions that produced candidates for the rare decay of the Bs particle, predicted and observed to occur only about four times out of a billion. Images: CMS/LHCb collaborations This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week – Study backs Standard Model, splitting an electron and human attention span now shorter than goldfish (2015, May 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Landscaping the cultures

first_imgGallerie Ganesha has a treat in store for art lovers. A solo show of recent works in watercolour on paper by Kolkata-based artist Bikash Poddar.Bikash Poddar is one of our best known landscape painters from Bengal. His landscapes reflect the flow of colour that Bengal art assimilated from Chinese and Japanese calligraphy art and blended it with the detailed depiction of monuments and human figures we find in our own miniatures. The artworks span the hiatus between two great neighbouring cultures, those of India and China, Japan, one highlighting detailed forms bursting with life while the other evokes a sense of the essence of aesthetic expression of the human presence at its most minimal. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There are his boldly coloured works that concentrate on objects of daily use, another important trend in Bengal art that he manages to balance with large areas of formless space. His works are an contribution to the art of Bengal.Art critic Suneet Chopra says, ‘What struck me was the proportions of the human figures that blended beautifully with the landscape and yet held their ground in a symbiotic relationship that evoked the relation between man and his creations together’. Head over! When: 4 April-7 MayWhen: Gallerie Ganesha, Greater Kailash II  Timing: 11am-7pmlast_img read more

House committee chairman Spin off air traffic control

first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Controllers are keeping an open mind on the proposal but want to see the details, said Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.“The details really do matter,” he said.Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the senior Democrat on the committee, said he has “a number of serious concerns about the constitutionality, the national security implications, and the logistical challenges of separating the system.”Airlines have been heavily lobbying Congress to give them a greater say in air traffic operations and how they are paid for. The non-profit corporation would be run by a board that would include airlines, private plane owners, and labor unions, among others.The FAA would still set safety standards and be responsible for enforcing them.Currently, air traffic control operations are financed through a series of taxes and fees on airline tickets and aviation fuels. Airlines have long wanted to move to a “user fee” system based on takeoffs and landings, but have been opposed by private plane owners who fear such a system will require them to pay a larger share of the costs for operating the $10 billion annual air traffic control system. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Private aircraft owners have also expressed concern that the board would be dominated by big airlines and the large airports that service them. They say they fear that with air travel increasing, private planes will be pushed out of large and medium-sized airports in large metropolitan areas to make room for more airline flights.Shuster also said the bill, to be introduced this month, will require the FAA to delegate more responsibility to aircraft, engine and other aviation manufacturers for safety oversight of their products’ design and manufacture. Some manufacturers have complained of long delays in getting the FAA’s approval to make their products. FAA approval is required for every aircraft design and the manufacture of each plane and piece of equipment. The agency already delegates a lot of that responsibility to designated employees of the manufacturer who are overseen by regulators.Earlier this year, Shuster acknowledged having “a personal and private relationship” with an airline lobbyist and said he never considered recusing himself from the panel’s work on aviation legislation.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter./AP_Joan_Lowy Top Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Since the dawn of aviation, the U.S. has moved more people and goods by air than any other nation, “but I believe we’re on the brink of losing our lead,” he said. “It’s questionable whether our (air traffic) system is capable of just sustaining current demands — delays already cost passengers and the economy $30 billion a year. But, there’s no question whether this system can handle the growth that’s coming. It can’t.”The Federal Aviation Administration has been hampered in recent years by government-wide budget cuts. Two years ago, air traffic was snarled at airports across the country for days after budget cuts resulted in the furlough of some controllers.The FAA has also been working for 10 years on transitioning from a radar-based air traffic control system to one based on satellite technology, but there’s no completion in sight, Shuster said. A Government Accountability Office survey of airline and other aviation industry officials found that very few believe the agency is capable of achieving its goals for a new air traffic system.Privatization “will make flying and the time it takes to get from one place to another much better than it is now because it will give us a modern air traffic control system,” said Nick Calio, head of Airlines for America, a trade association for major airlines. How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House transportation committee said Monday he’ll introduce a bill that takes control of air traffic operations away from the government and places it under the control of a non-profit corporation run by airlines and other segments of the aviation industry.Keeping air traffic operations under government control would be “the surest road to failure,” Rep. Bill Shuster, a Pennsylvania Republican, told a Washington Aero Club luncheon.last_img read more

Is Spring Really the Magic Window for Home Sellers

first_img March 30, 2018 742 Views Home Home Buyers homeowners HOUSING Listing Sellers Zillow 2018-03-30 Radhika Ojha By Scott MorganAnyone looking to close a home sale faster and more favorably is entering the right time of the year to do it. According to a new report by Zillow, the first half of May specifically is the best time to list a home for sale in order to maximize sale price and minimize time on the market. The report finds that in at least half the major markets, homes listed between May 1 and 5 can expect to sell almost two weeks sooner and for a $2,400 premium, on average, over listing at other times of the year. Part of the reason, especially this year, Zillow predicts, has to do with so many inventory shortages in the country. “A large number of home shoppers will likely be unable to find the right home to buy in the early weeks of spring,” the report states. “As they linger later into the season, these buyers may end up spending more than they intended as they get wrapped up in competition and/or rush to conclude a deal before the summer months.”In other words, late-spring listers can capture these perhaps frustrated buyers more quickly and earn an additional premium.Sellers in California, Oregon, and Washington generally gain the most by listing between late April and early May, Zillow reported. Sellers listing in late April, in and around San Francisco in particular, can expect to earn a $15,300 premium over listing at other times. Seattle was the closest second. Sellers there can expect about $9,800 more from closing a May listing. Los Angeles and Sacramento also averaged above $8,000 for early spring listings.On the converse, while Dallas sellers get a bump from listing in early May, it’s the smallest bump among the big markets. Sellers can expect to earn $1,400 over listing at other times. The second-lowest? Pittsburgh. Sellers listing at the end of Q1 are likely to garner about $1,700 extra dollars.Early May is not a universal ideal time, of course. Pittsburgh’s best time to list, for example, just closed in March. On the other hand, St. Louis’ best time to list, according to Zillow, is actually early June.Nationwide, outside the major markets, the best day to list a home for sale is Saturday, Zillow reported. In every large market except for one, the best day was a Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. “Only Boston bucked the trend,” Zillow reported. “The best day to list in Beantown is Wednesday.” Is Spring Really the ‘Magic Window’ for Home Sellers?center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, journal, News Sharelast_img read more

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