HE Peter Beckingham bids farewell to territory

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 16, 2016 – A new Governor comes to the Turks and Caicos by October, as Peter Beckingham bids farewell to the territory.  Dr. John Freeman, CMG has been appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the next Governor and comes to the TCI from Argentina where he has been serving since 2012.Governor Beckingham said he will be sad to leave the country, he and his wife, “We have had three very happy years here, the work has been stimulating and everyone most welcoming. Our two daughters and our new grandchildren have also loved visiting.” HE, who will also be retiring from diplomatic service added that the couple wants to hold one more of their charity events before departing the Turks and Caicos.  “I hope we can see many friends, colleagues and business contacts before we leave in October; Jill is planning another Footsteps4Good in September, so that will be a great opportunity to catch up with lots of people across the Family islands.”  Dr Freeman, the British Ambassador to Argentina, will take up his appointment during October 2016.last_img read more

Mourinho plays down rumours of becoming Madrid manager

first_imgSacked Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho played down rumours that he will return to Real Madrid as manager.The Portuguese professional football coach added that he is happy where he is right now despite losing Manchester United job.“When a manager or a player returns, it’s because they did something positive,” he says as quoted in AS.“I felt that when I arrived at Chelsea. When a professional returns or is offered a return to a club, it’s a tremendous honour. It’s not a blind bet, the club are trying to bring in a player or manager that they already know, who was already there and if they offer it is because they know the value of this person.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Mourinho signed a three-year deal as manager of Manchester United in May 2016 and won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League  in his first season in charge of the club.United finished second behind their city rivals in 2017/18 and lost the FA Cup final to  Chelsea.Mourinho laws sacked from Manchester United in December 2018, leaving the club in sixth place after 17 matches.last_img read more

Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook

first_img Posted: March 16, 2018 March 16, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the San Diego Police Department’s Sex Crimes Unit Division are asking for assistance from the public to help identify and locate an unknown suspect wanted for a sexual assault.On March 14 at about 11:00 p.m., an adult female victim left a business located along University Avenue in the Hillcrest area and approached a vehicle that was waiting in the roadway. Believing it was the ride that was requested, the victim entered the vehicle and it drove away.A short time later, the male driver of the vehicle sexually assaulted the victim. The victim was released and police were called. Detectives are currently searching for additional witnesses and evidence.The victim described the suspect as a Hispanic male, about 40-years-old, having a receding hair line, and a mustache. The vehicle was described as being a dark colored 4-door sedan.Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of the suspect should call SDPD’s Sex Crimes Unit, Detective J. Margolis at (619) 531-2939 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. KUSI Newsroom, Sketch released of sexual assault suspect who reportedly attacked woman who mistook him for ride-sharing driver Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Encinitas hosts 26th annual Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 2, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Encinitas hosts 26th annual Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast 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) – Interfaith events will be held in El Cajon and Encinitas today to mark the National Day of Prayer, while Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells are set to attend the National Day of Prayer Service at the White House.The East County Mayors Prayer Luncheon is scheduled to be held at Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon at 11 a.m., featuring remarks from officials representing El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and Lemon Grove. La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis and Lemon Grove Mayor Racquel Vasquez are expected to attend.El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells will be attending the National Day of Prayer Service at the White House with Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein.Goldstein was invited to the White House event by President Donald Trump in a conversation following Saturday’s shooting during which Goldstein lost his right index finger.Santee Mayor John Minto will also be in Washington, D.C. to meet with the state’s Congressional delegation to discuss funding for improvements to state Route 52.Encinitas will hold its 26th annual Interfaith Community Prayer Breakfast at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center at 7:30 a.m., with Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Christian and Jewish clergy members and representatives of the Baha’i Faith set to speak.“In the midst of the current turmoil happening in America and across the globe, we need to come together as a community to show our love, respect and support for one another, regardless of religious affiliation,” Blakespear said. “This year’s prayer breakfast will be both a recognition of how far we’ve come and how much farther we need to go as a people to create a world based on acceptance and inclusion.”A bill signed into law by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1988 called on the president to issue a proclamation each year designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.”In his proclamation declaring today as a National Day of Prayer, Trump said, “Our nation’s honored tradition of prayer has sustained us and strengthened our trust that God will continue to watch over and accompany us through the best of times and the darkest hours. May we as Americans never forget the power of prayer and the greatness of our Creator. On this National Day of Prayer, let each of us, according to our own faiths, call upon God for His guidance and express our gratitude for the love and grace He bestows on us and our country.” May 2, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Selling One Ad Across Many Screens

first_imgAlmost immediately after Apple founder Steve Jobs introduced the iPad to much fanfare last January, publishers everywhere began trying to figure out how to create content and advertising for the new platform.Meanwhile, advertisers are telling publishers that they want to be able to create campaigns and execute them across the widest universe of devices, particularly mobile platforms. Yet despite all this great news, it’s not clear how much revenue publishers are actually earning from this advertising. The Financial Times announced recently it has generated about $2 million with advertising on its iPad app, but few other publishers are yet describing similar success.As The Knot-the wedding planning Web site and magazine-began work on the iPad app, they decided to focus exclusively on the user experience-and not include any advertising-for the first issue launched in October. The only advertisers involved in the iPad app are Magazine Directory advertisers already in The Knot’s interactive product guides. “We saw this an opportunity for the magazine to be displayed as it’s intended to look, with dramatic layouts-and at the same time, we can layer on the Internet experience,” says site director Miles Stiverson. “We wanted to develop the very best product we could and really figure out how we will reinvent our magazine for the iPad.” Yet those conversations ultimately led to greater clarity about what sorts of advertising would work best on an iPad, say Stiverson. “I’ve seen ads where you land on a page and press a button and it reveals content you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. The iPad makes you stop on a page and examine it closely to see if there is any interactivity to play around with.”In the next issue, The Knot will include simple sponsored sections and videos, plus some custom interactive tools. Editors and developers there had already launched two iPhone apps, both in 2009. The first was called “Wedding 411,” a mobile message board that allows brides-to-be to connect with each other on the go. The second app took the popular “Wedding Dress Look Book” from the Web site and turned it into a searchable and sortable wedding dress finder. Only Wedding 911 has had any advertiser involvement.Hearst sees the best results from selling tablet pages, which appear in apps for brands such as Esquire, Popular Mechanics and O, The Oprah Magazine. “They appear in a very similar fashion to print pages, but the end user will have a much richer user experience once they engage with the ad depending on the level of functionality incorporated within,” says Avi Zimak, advertising director of tablet media at Hearst.Mobile ad pricing for Hearst varies depending on whether the application is a utility-based app (stand-alone app) or a digitally enhanced version of the magazine. “Pricing can also vary by magazine brand,” says Zimak. “We do believe many of our apps warrant a premium, as we are limiting the number of advertisers that appear within these apps so the advertisers can showcase the richness of their brands via the individual functionality.” QR Codes for MobileNot everyone is caught up in the mobile app scramble, however. Developers at Budget Travel have taken a different-simpler-approach to mobile content and advertising. Instead of creating mobile and tablet versions of the magazine and Web site, they’re launching a QR code application for mobile phones. QR codes are matrix barcodes readable by QR scanners and mobile phones with cameras.The QR codes appear in the magazine next to travel tips. When readers point their phone at the QR code, they’re led to a mobile-enabled Web site consisting of more travel tips, plus the ability to share those tips in social networks and elsewhere online. “We wanted to do this because we’re really interested in how we can deliver our content across different platforms in ways readers and advertisers want,” says Lisa Dickens Schneider, general manager of digital products at Budget Travel.The launch sponsor is La Quinta Inns & Suites, which will have a full-page magazine ad facing the travel tip content, as well as branding within the QR code copy. When users land on the mobile site, they will also see La Quinta branding, essentially turning the experience into a custom mobile microsite.”If you’re working for a multimedia brand, you have to understand that advertisers are also moving toward more integration,” Schneider says. “And you have to understand how the brand behaves in each medium, and what are the benefits of each medium. The smart advertisers are starting to understand how to reach people in different ways. The content I want on my phone is not the same as what I want on my big screen computer.”One Ad, Many ScreensThat said, creating content and advertising campaigns across multiple devices with different screen resolutions is complicated-one reason why mobile and tablet advertising remains the Wild West right now, according to digital strategy and user experience according to consultant Jonathan Hills.”This is a much more fluid world than PCs,” he says. “Ad sales teams are struggling to understand how to sell and what the rates should be and even how to serve the ads from a tech standpoint.”Hills, who launched two iPhone apps for Reader’s Digest Association while he was general manager at readersdigest.com last year, ultimately decided to sell the campaigns on a fixed-price basis. The ad sales team offered advertisers 100 percent share of voice on its Life IQ app, launched last February, for, say, $20,000 per month-as opposed to guaranteeing a certain number of impressions or even downloads. The main selling point was being associated with something cutting-edge.The Life IQ app, a trivia quiz on everyday life, is free. So far, about 50,000 users have downloaded it, but there have been no ads to date. The second app, Word Power, launched in April for $2.99 per download. It did not include ad integration.”We were telling a compelling story, but it’s still difficult,” says Hills. Sponsors know how to measure visitors to a Web site-currently about 3 million per month to readersdigest.com. But they don’t know how to price downloads of an app that may or may not ever be used, since 70 percent of all apps aren’t used after their initial few weeks of residing on someone’s phone or tablet device.”Advertisers want to know what they’re measuring,” says Hills. “But there are no meaningful benchmarks.” For instance, Comscore is an imprecise Web site traffic measurement device but it’s the industry standard because it’s operated by a third party-neither publisher nor advertiser. Nothing like this yet exists for mobile devices.Hills believes that, ultimately, iPad apps will be more interesting to sponsors in large part because the screen is so much bigger. At the moment there are three types of advertising on the iPad: the desktop Web site ads displayed in the browser; the iPhone-style ads and banners on applications, and an advertising opportunity that is totally unique to it-interactive print. That allows for full-page ads, larger photos, video content and 360-degree product tours.”It’s a much more tactile device, too,” Hills says. “It does present a unique opportunity to get people to do things” such as sign up for a coupon or watch a video.He predicts there will be mobile advertising standards in place by the end of 2011. “The big players are making moves to establish coherent standards,” Hills says. “But before that happens there will be a period of experimenting. People are trying to figure out what sorts of campaigns they want to be running.”last_img read more

Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful Freelance

first_imgThe lyrics are a playful take on creativity and fitting in (or not) with pop culture. “I can’t tell if I’m hip or getting old./I can’t hear you, maybe you could change your tone./People tend to listen when they see your soul,” Bear sings. He explains the song’s meaning in a press release, via Pitchfork: “This record is a response to how disposable culture has become and how it affects creativity. While listening, you might pay attention or ignore—either way that’s ok, this is music for a creative mind.”We have heard different sides of Bear as he explores his sound across his albums, and in this song and video it feels as if we are getting a glimpse into his mind, an authentic, perhaps artistically-curated look at who he is a person and, of course, as an artist. He is confidently telling the world who he is, playfully mocking his disregard for being cool and preference to simply be himself, no matter what other people are doing or trying to do.  “In this post-Instagram world, when we’re not really sure where the subculture is, everyone is [trying] to be ‘normal,’ though I feel like it’s just sort of aligned with where I’ve always been,” Bear explained to Vogue. The artist says of his latest release, which is the lead single from the upcoming Outer Peace, “now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2018 – 2:18 pm Chaz Bear, best known for his indie electro-pop outfit, Toro Y Moi, is a creative at heart and he continues to show it on his latest release on Oct. 23, “Freelance.” The upbeat electro-funk track is the lead single on his newly announced sixth Toro Y Moi album, Outer Peace, out on Jan. 18.The song’s playful lyrics and music video, complete with an aesthetically-pleasing color palate, highlight the artist’s creativity—and is a nod to his fans’ creative sides as well. He has released five studio albums as Toro Y Moi since his debut LP, Causers Of This, in 2010, exploring and redefining his sound with each new body of work, including on his other side projects and collaborative albums.”I feel like I’ve found who I’m talking to with my music,” the artist told Vogue. “For the longest time, I thought I was talking to music lovers or even a specific age group. But now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative.”We see this shine through in simple-yet-artsy music video, directed by Harry Israelson, which shows Bear making music at a (perfectly organized) work-from-home desk setup, complete with an exercise ball as a chair, then dancing in a not-so-chic camo-print sweatshirt and Teva sandals during a photo shoot, singing “No more shoes and socks, I only rock sandals.” Twitter Email Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance” Toro Y Moi Is Speaking To Fellow Creatives toro-y-moi-nods-fellow-creatives-playful-freelancecenter_img News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 25, 2015 – 11:36 am Toro Y Moi Likes Catching Listeners Off-Guard Back in 2015 the Recording Academy sat down with Bear for a telling interview, where he explained his love for music and intentional efforts to not get pigeon-holed in a specific genre or sound. He shares, “Music’s always going to be fun for me…I’m go to try my hardest to not get tired of it. I’m going to always change.”The world will have to wait until January 2019 to see exactly what this new flavor of Toro Y Moi sounds and looks like fully-fleshed out in album,. Until then, let’s jam out to his many currently-released sounds while contemplating who we are in the world, perhaps even catching him on tour.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

Amazon sold tens of millions of Echo devices in 2018

first_img 30 Photos Post a comment Preview • A new Amazon Echo is here. Catch up on Alexa’s upgraded home 4:40 Smart Speakers & Displays See it News • Amazon Echo Dot deal: 3 for $70 Mentioned Above Amazon Echo (2017,Heather Gray Fabric) Amazon Echo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 0 Review • Amazon’s new Echo improves upon the original, slashes the price Now playing: Watch this: New Amazon Echo Dot plays defense against Google How To • How to sell your old Amazon Echo 2018 was a good year for the Amazon Echo. Chris Monroe/CNET It seems like Alexa has had a busy 2018. On Wednesday, Amazon released some year-end stats about its Alexa smart assistant and Amazon Echo devices — and the numbers are pretty impressive.Amazon says that it sold tens of millions of Echo devices this year. While Amazon doesn’t give an exact sales number, it shows other ways in which Alexa is booming.According to Amazon, the number of people who use Alexa every day doubled in 2018. The number of people who own more than one Echo device has doubled too. The number of things Alexa can do for you has also skyrocketed — developers have made more than 70,000 skills for Alexa.Alexa is showing up in more places. There are now more than 28,000 Alexa-compatible smart home devices from 4,500 different brands. Alexa learned several new languages this year, and has new native experiences in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.Another impressive statistic: Alexa told over 100 million jokes in 2018 alone.As more people buy Echo devices and more partners hop on board, the number of things you can do with Alexa grows. So that Echo smart speaker you bought years ago will continue to feel fresh. Share your voice Tags Echo Dot, Home Mini, and Simplisafe: The best smart home Christmas gifts for 2018 $99 Alexa Amazonlast_img read more

Forget joining The Kapil Sharma Show Sunil Grover says he doesnt even

first_imgSunil Grover and Kapil SharmaTwitterIt was reported that Salman Khan had been trying to mend a broken friendship between Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover and suggested his Bharat co-star to join The Kapil Sharma Show. Even Kapil had said in his earlier interviews that the show’s doors are always open for Sunil whenever he wishes to come back but it looks like Sunil is still holding a grudge against Kapil.During his recent interaction with the media, Sunil said that he doesn’t even watch The Kapil Sharma Show adding that he does not watch shows which he does not feature in. He also said that Salman had indeed spoke to him about joining the show but stressed that it was just a suggestion and the Dabangg star never forced him to take a step towards it.The ugly war between friends-turned-foes – Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover – is no secret to anyone. The two comedians fell apart after their infamous mid-air brawl in 2017 and they decided to go separate ways.However, reports have been doing the rounds that Salman is likely to bring Sunil along with him on The Kapil Sharma Show to promote their upcoming film Bharat in June.Earlier, Kapil had spoken about Sunil’s return to The Kapil Sharma Show and said that he had met him and had discussed the concept of the show with him. He also said that as soon as Sunil gets away with his commitments, he will join the show.It now remains to be seen how Kapil and Sunil will react when they will be brought face-to-face with one another on the show.last_img read more

ONGC RIL to gain as gas prices set for a steep hike

first_imgA technician is pictured inside a desalter plant of Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, September 30, 2016.Reuters fileCompanies such as Oil & Natural Gas Corp and Reliance Industries will be the biggest beneficiaries, if the government raises domestic natural gas prices next week.Indian government may raise domestic natural gas prices to its highest level in two years, PTI reported on Thursday citing sources close to the development.Price paid to most of natural gas produced from domestic fields is likely to be hiked to $3.06 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu) from April 1, from current $2.89, the report said.The move, if implemented, will translate into higher compressed natural gas (CNG) price and increase cost of electricity and urea production.For every one dollar rise in natural gas price, state-run ONGC’s annual net revenue increases by Rs 4,000 crore and net profit by Rs 2,300 crore.The impact on oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries’ profitability is not likely to be as significant given the company’s low gas production of about 4.9 million metric standard cubic meters per day.While the increase in gas price will boost earnings of producers, it will also lead to a rise in CNG price and natural gas piped to households.As per the new gas pricing formula, gas prices are to be revised every six months based on average rates in gas-surplus nations like the U.S., Russia and Canada.Gas price was last hiked to $2.89 per mmbtu for October 2017 to March 2018 period from $2.48 earlier, which was the first hike in nearly three years.last_img read more

Fakhrul wants AL govt resign

first_imgmirza fakhrul islam alamgirThe opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the Awami League government has failed to address the ongoing students’ demonstration.He asked the government to step down, given the failure to deal with the student protests. following deaths of two students and alleged mis-governance in the transport sector.The BNP leader made the demand while speaking at a press conference at the party’s central Naya Paltan office.”This illegal regime has failed to contain many incidents including road crashes. We are asking the people to join us in the anti-government protest. We demand the government resign,” he said.Mirza Fakhrul told a qustioner that the opposition party has extended its moral support to the students’ demonstration with a “logical cause”.The BNP leader pointed out that the Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader cannot deny his responsibility as well.“Who has given the licence and responsibility to the drivers? Why is there no management? There are no rules in Dhaka’s traffic system and this is because the government has no accountability,” he said.Fakhrul alleged that after failing to control the students’ ‘logical movement’, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is resorting to lies about Ziaur Rahman, late president and founder of the BNP.“We too can come up with allegation — Ziaur Rahman was killed only 17 days after Sheikh Hasina returned home,” he said, in an oblique reference to prime minister’s Sheikh Hasina’s latest allegation that Ziaur Rahman had complicity with the coup that killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mijibur Rahman and his family members on 15 August 1975.Fakhrul insisted that Ziaur Rahman, who was killed on 30 May 1981 in another coup, was not involved in any killing.BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, and Goyeshor Chandra Ray, and senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were present at the press briefing.last_img read more

Qatar slams unrealistic demands by Saudiled allies

first_imgA man looks at his phone on the corniche of the Qatari capital Doha on July 2, 2017. AFPQatar said Tuesday the demands of Arab rivals in a Gulf diplomatic crisis were impossible to meet, ahead of talks in Egypt between Saudi Arabia and allies that have cut ties with Doha.Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani told a press conference in Doha that the list of conditions for restoring relations “is unrealistic and is not actionable”.”It’s not about terrorism, it’s talking about shutting down the freedom of speech,” he said at a joint press conference after talks with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — who accuse Qatar of supporting extremism — gave Doha an extra 48 hours to meet their demands after an initial 10-day deadline expired on Sunday.The demands included Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, closing broadcaster Al-Jazeera, downgrading diplomatic ties with Iran and shutting down a Turkish military base in the emirate.Sheikh Mohammed handed an official response on Monday to Kuwait, which is mediating in the dispute, but its contents have not been disclosed.He refused Tuesday to give any further details, but said Doha was looking for a solution to the month-long crisis based on dialogue.”The state of Qatar has adopted a very constructive attitude since the beginning of the crisis. We are trying to act mature and discuss the matter,” he said.On Tuesday Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani received a written response from Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the official Qatar News Agency reported, without elaborating.The four countries cut diplomatic and transport links with Qatar a month ago and have suggested further sanctions could be imposed if Doha does not comply.Foreign ministers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt are to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to discuss the diplomatic crisis, the worst to hit the region in years.Qatar, which denies any support for extremists, has said it will not bow to pressure and that the demands seem designed to be rejected.The UAE has accused Doha of supporting Al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria, Libya and Yemen.On Tuesday a spokesman for the forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar, Ahmad al-Mesmari, speaking at a press conference in Cairo, accused Qatar along with Turkey and Sudan of supporting “terrorist groups” in Libya.Qatar is the world’s leading producer of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and on Tuesday the head of state-owned Qatar Petroleum said it was planning a significant production increase over the coming years.Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi told a press conference that the emirate intends to produce 100 million tonnes of natural gas a year by 2024, up 30 percent from current levels.”This new project will strengthen Qatar’s leading position,” Kaabi said. “We will remain the leader of LNG for a very long time.”‘Absolutely no fear’Some officials have suggested if Qatar does not cooperate, Riyadh and its allies could tell foreign companies to choose between doing business with them or with Doha.Kaabi said Qatar wanted the gas production increase to be carried out through a joint venture with international companies but that Doha could go it alone if necessary.”We have absolutely no fear of having the embargo in place,” he said. “If there are no companies willing to work with us we will go to 100 million (tonnes), 100 percent.”Riyadh and its allies have also accused Doha of being too close to their regional arch-rival Iran, which shares an enormous gas field with Qatar in the Gulf.The crisis has raised concerns of growing instability in the region, home to some of the world’s largest energy exporters and key Western allies who host US military bases.Qatar’s gas riches have transformed it into one of the world’s wealthiest countries, a major international investor and a regional player that will host the 2022 football World Cup.Qatar has also pursued a more independent foreign policy than many of its neighbours, who tend to follow the lead of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan said Tuesday it was “premature” to discuss what further action might be taken against Qatar.Any measures that are taken will be “within the framework of international law,” he said.”Any independent state has the right to take measures against any party,” Sheikh Abdullah said, urging Doha to listen to “the voice of reason and wisdom.”last_img read more

Trumps Indonesian business partner summoned

first_imgDonald TrumpUS President Donald Trump’s Indonesian business partner has been questioned by police over alleged threats against a public prosecutor, officials said Friday.Hary Tanoesoedibjo, a media and property mogul who is building two Trump Organization hotel projects, was summoned as a suspect Friday after an investigation was issued against him in June, a police spokesman said.The 51-year-old business tycoon and politician is being named a suspect after police charged him with violating the electronic information and transaction law.”Today is actually the second time we have summoned Hary Tanoesoedibjo. We have summoned him before but at that time his lawyer said he couldn’t show up,” national police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said.The billionaire was reported to police by an attorney named Yulianto, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.Yulianto claimed Tanoesoedibyo had threatened him via text messages in January 2016.The attorney was handling a graft case which involved Mobile-8 Telecom, a telecommunication company owned by Tanoesoedibyo.Tanoesoedibyo’s lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea, denied the messages were threats.”As humans we know what would be considered as threats and what not. What he said is something all politicians do,” Hutapea told AFP.Tanoesoedibyo’s company is in the process of building two luxury resorts in Indonesia which would be managed by Trump Hotels.The resorts are planned to be built on the popular tourist island of Bali and in Lido, West Java, just a couple of hours away from capital Jakarta. Construction on the hotels has not yet begun.Tanoesoedibyo attended the US president’s inauguration in January, and described Trump’s win as inspiring.Tanoesoedibyo is now banned from travelling abroad for the next six months, a spokesman of the immigration office told AFP, and if found guilty could be jailed for four years maximum.The billionaire ran in Indonesia’s 2014 election as candidate for vice president but failed to make it to the final round with his running mate.He later founded his own political party with many speculating he might run in the 2019 presidential election.last_img read more

Padma Bridges 2 km visible

first_imgPadma BridgeThe 14th span of the much-hyped Padma Bridge was installed on Saturday afternoon making 2,100 metres of the mega structure visible, reports UNB.The ‘3-C’ span was set up on pillars 15 and 16, said an engineer of Padma Bridge Project.Earlier, the 150-meter long span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was taken near the pillar by a floating yard from Mawa Kumarbhog Contruction Yard on Thursday but it could not be installed due to inclement weather.The 13thn span of the bridge was installed on 25 May on pillars number 14 and 15.Work on the country’s largest bridge till date started in December 2015. The structure started becoming visible with the installation of 150-metre span on pillars 37 and 38 on 30 October 2017.The 6.15-kilometre bridge will have 41 spans, each 150 metres long.last_img read more

Buffalo farms at the sand bars of Meghna

first_imgBuffalo farms have been set up at Dakshin Kodalpur of Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur. Photo: Prothom AloTwo buffalo farms have been set up at the sand bars of Meghna river at Gosairhat upazila of Shariatpur.The vast pastures there offer an ideal place for raising cattle and a new opportunity has emerged.About 800 buffaloes are now being raised at the farms in Dakshin Kodalpur area of Kodalpur union in the upazila.Earlier, the local farmers raised only cows and goats at Shariatpur. The total number of cattle is about 400,000 in the region, district veterinary office and local sources said.Last year for the first time, a group of farm owners from Lakshmipur district built two farms along the sand bars.District livestock department official, Subodh Kumar Das, said the Padma and the Meghna, two big rivers, flow through Shariatpur district.He said there are at least 25 sand bars at different places of the rivers and there are several thousand pastures in those areas.The livestock official said pastures are ideal grazing grounds for the buffaloes and they can be raised in low cost.Subodh Kumar Das said the livestock department will give all sorts of assistance to raise buffaloes.Akub Ali from Saheber Char of Lakshmipur set up a farm with 450 buffaloes last year. Some 70 buffaloes are now producing milk which is sold at Tk 100 per kg in Noakhali. “I’ve taken some land of the char (sand bars) on rent for the farm. Local meat traders also buy buffaloes from the farm.””There are many pastures in Shariatpur. It’s profitable to build farms in those areas,” said another farm owner Jakir Hossain while explaining why he set up the farm coming from a long distance of Lakshmipur.“It’s a good initiative. If the local farm owners are proactive, we can assist them,” said Mizanur Rahman, chairman of Kodalpur union.last_img read more

Fears of Gentrification Shadow Northeast Community Development

first_imgSondra Phillips-Gilbert is a second term commissioner for the Rosedale Community,A new housing developments being built in Northeast, D.C. is raising concerns for members of the community, according an advisory neighborhood commissioner for Ward 6.Sondra Phillips-Gilbert is a second term commissioner for the Rosedale community that is located east of the H Street Corridor and northeast of Capitol Hill.“The fear of the community is we are being pushed out,” she told the AFRO, explaining that new construction in the community, specifically the Benning Road apartment building that will take the place of Trinidad Baptist Church, will displace several residents.  “A lot of people are going to be uprooted.”According to Phillips-Gilbert, Trinidad Baptist Church, which is across the street from Hechinger Mall, sold the building and now Valor Development is building a 10-story apartment complex in its place.The development date is scheduled for 2018 for what Valor Development has named The Valvaere. According to the company’s website, the Benning Road building will have 285 units.The major concern for current residents is whether the new development will include affordable housing that can apply with their budgets. The subsidized housing being offered is too expensive for current neighbors, according to Phillips-Gilbert, who said many low income people will be forced to move because they won’t be able to afford to live in the area anymore.She said she met with the developers at multiple ANC meetings, and asked if Valor Development would consider reducing the cost so current community members could afford to live at Valvaere.According to Felipe Serpa, a development manager from Valor Development, the company bases their rates off of the affordable housing numbers that the city council produces and regulates.Out of the projected 285 units, Serpa told the AFRO April 18 that they plan to make 20 to 23 units inclusionary zoning, which is based off of the area’s median income that is used to calculate subsidiary rents for future occupants.As of now, people making less than half of the area’s median income would have to pay $1,024 for a one bedroom unit and $1,229 for a two bedroom unit. Future occupants making around 80 percent of the area’s median income would have to pay $1,638 for a one bedroom unit and would pay $1,966 for a two bedroom, according to city guidelines.Serpa said the prices are subject to change because the company is three years out from actual developing the residence. The remaining units will be priced at market rent, he said.“The truth of the matter is development is going on all over the city,” Phillips-Gilbert said. “The areas where you find a lot of low income people are gold mines for developers.”“Money talks andpeople look up and they don’t have homes,” she said. Philips-Gilbert said a solution to the problem would be for the government to create laws that lower the affordable housing rates and ensure that businesses and developers follow the rates appropriately.“Somebody has to lookout for the little person because a lot of times no one cares about the poor,” she said.last_img read more

The Latest 2 African American Women Advance in a Runoff For Chicago

first_imgBy The Associated PressCHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago mayoral election (all times local):10:20 p.m.Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will face former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot in a runoff to become Chicago’s next mayor.The race will guarantee the nation’s third-largest city will be led the next four years by an African-American woman.In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Colin Boyle/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)Preckwinkle was the second highest vote-getter in Tuesday’s field of 14 and advances to an April 2 runoff with top vote-getter Lightfoot. Preckwinkle made a campaign issue out of black teenager Laquan McDonald’s 2014 fatal shooting by a white police officer.She is trying to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who did not seek re-election.She previously served 19 years on the City Council and was a Chicago Public Schools teacher.___9:45 p.m.Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor in northern Illinois with no experience running for political office, has come out on top in Chicago’s crowded mayoral race and advances to a runoff.Lightfoot, who could become the first African-American woman to lead the nation’s third-largest city, was the top vote-getter in a field of 14 Tuesday. She advances to a runoff election on April 2 against the candidate with the second-highest vote.In this May 9, 2018 file photo, former Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot announces her bid for mayor of Chicago at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Reform has long been a dirty word among Chicago politicians, who have well-known reputations for throwing contracts to favored businesses and dealing in patronage. But after the 2014 murder of a black teenager by a police officer and corruption charges filed against a powerful alderman, the word is now on the lips of the 14 candidates running for mayor. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP, File)Lightfoot was an appointee of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to two separate policing boards before announcing plans to run against him. He later announced he wouldn’t run for re-election.Lightfoot, the first openly gay female to run for Chicago mayor, has been critical of efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.___7:10 p.m.The polls have closed in Chicago, where voters are choosing the next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Chicago election officials say turnout for Tuesday’s election has been low despite the record number of candidates seeking to succeed Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who decided against running for a third term.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says the low turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with nearly equal support among voters.If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___4:30 p.m.Chicago election officials say they are seeing an uptick in the number of people casting ballots in the city’s mayoral race after earlier expressing fears of a record low turnout.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen says that while turnout will be low, it may surpass the 33.8 percent turnout during the 2007 election.Allen says turnout reached 26.9 percent of the city’s approximately 1.6 million registered voters by late Tuesday afternoon. He noted the turnout is surprising considering the race is a hotly contested one, with polls showing at least three candidates with near equal support among voters.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a third term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___1:30 p.m.Election board officials say Chicago is headed toward possible historic low turnout for its mayoral election unless voting picks up in the final hours.Chicago Board of Election spokesman Jim Allen said Tuesday afternoon that if the current pace keeps up the city is “not even going to hit 30 percent.” He says the previous low for a February mayoral election was 33.8 percent in 2007.Fourteen candidates are running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who isn’t seeking a second term. If none receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.Allen says he thinks many voters are undecided and want to hold off “until they know who’s in the runoff, assuming there is a runoff.” He urged people to vote and said, “they don’t want to wake up tomorrow and find out their candidate barely missed making the run off.”___12:05 p.m.Campaign finance records show that the 14 candidates for Chicago mayor raised a total of $28.9 million as of Monday.The Chicago Tribune reports that the top three fundraisers in Tuesday’s election were Bill Daley, Toni Preckwinkle and Gery Chico.Daley by far had the most money with $8.3 million and $2 million of that coming from Citadel Investments CEO Ken Griffin. Preckwinkle, who is the Cook County Board president, raised $4.6 million. Her top donor was the Service Employees International Union with $2.2 million.Attorney Gery Chico came in third with $3.3 million. He was his own top donor, giving $190,000 to his campaign.The candidates are competing to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is not seeking re-election.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___10 a.m.Chicago residents are facing a lot of choices as they head to the polls to cast ballots for the city’s next mayor.Voters are choosing from a field of 14 candidates who are all promising to steer the city in a new direction if they’re elected to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The candidates include community activists, businessmen, former prosecutors and veteran politicians, including two whose fathers also held elective office.Polls opened across the city early Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Polling sites include a beauty salon, DePaul University’s Athletic Training Center and park district facilities.Voter Diana Sandoval tells the Chicago Tribune that she lined up before 6:45 a.m. to “make sure my voice counts, hopefully.”If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.___11:20 p.m.Voters are getting a chance to pick Chicago’s next mayor from a field of 14 candidates promising to steer the city in a new direction.Those looking to succeed retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel include veteran politicians — a couple whose fathers also held elective office — businessmen, former prosecutors and community activists.It’s likely Tuesday’s vote will lead to a runoff. If none of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off April 2.The variety of candidates reflects the many issues facing Chicago’s next mayor: poor neighborhoods in need of investment, overwhelming pension debt, low-performing public schools and a crime rate that is often pointed to as among the nation’s worst.Although a nonpartisan election, most of the candidates have links to the Democratic Party. The Republican Party has virtually disappeared from the city.last_img read more

Sports Streamer DAZN Sets MotoGP Series as It Expands Originals EXCLUSIVE

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 As the generalist streamers dive deeper into sports programming, specialist sports player DAZN is growing its lineup of originals alongside its coverage of live events. Next up is “In Our Blood,” a three-part series about three generations of iconic Spanish MotoGP riders: Alex Criville, Jorge Lorenzo, and Marc Marquez.Former BT, ESPN, and Sky programming exec Grant Best is leading the originals charge as senior vice president of original programming and content development. The one-offs and series are being designed to sit alongside and bolster DAZN’s staple fare of live sports, he told Variety.Best, who also produced the BAFTA-winning “Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad,” said that the plan is to look at various types of sports-themed programming. “If you can complement great live sport with original content, it can help massively,” he said. “We would like to make content with a twist.” Best added that DAZN is focusing on “the culture of sports in the territories we are in.” Accordingly, “In Our Blood” will launch in Spain at the same time that the streaming service does. The show will be DAZN’s third original after the one-off documentary “Being Mario Götze,” about the eponymous German soccer star, and the three-part boxing documentary series “Canelo vs. Rocky.” The future lineup includes local-language shows about star athletes.“In Our Blood” is made in association with Spanish shingle Minded Factory and devotes an episode to each of the three Spanish riders. The first installment was filmed in Seva, Spain, and brings Alex Criville back to the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit where he became the 1999 MotoGP Championship.The Marc Marquez episode is filmed at his bike shop in Cervera, Spain, and recounts the story of the rider who became a five-time MotoGP Champion at the age of 25. Jorge Lorenzo is filmed at home in Lugano, Switzerland, as he opens up on his life and the 2010 season, when he won the MotoGP Championship against Marquez.“MotoGP success and Spain are synonymous,” said Veronica Diquattro, DAZN’s EVP of revenue, southern Europe. “We’re thrilled to release ‘In Our Blood’ celebrating this rich MotoGP history as our new sport streaming service launches in Spain with exclusive rights to every moment of MotoGP.”DAZN will be in nine countries by mid-2019 and aims to be in 20 countries by 2020, Veronica Diquattro, EVP, DAZN, Southern Europe, declared Thursday Feb. 27 at DAZN’s official launch in Spain, its eighth territory.For Spain, it has snagged all exclusive rights – free-to-air as well as OTT – to MotoGP, whose season kicks off in Qatar over March 8-10, plus English Premier League and EuroLeague basketball rights from the 2019-20 seasons.Diquattro also announced in Madrid on Thursday that Brazilian soccer icon Neymar had signed on as a DAZN global ambassador and ex-Chelsea, Real Madrid and Man U. manager José Mourinho as a commentator.The streamer will also see an upcoming launch in Brazil. It started out in 2016 with rollouts in Austria, Germany, Japan and Switzerland. It added Canada and Italy in 2017 and the U.S. in 2018.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Do barchans birth or collide Two papers have different stories

first_imgPhotograph of Mesquite Flat Dunes in Death Valley looking toward the Cottonwood Mountains from the north west arm of Star Dune (the largest dune in the area — Death Valley National Park, California. Credit: Wikipedia © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Geology Large dunes birth or “calve” smaller dunes. After sand dunes get big enough, they calve off smaller dunes that keep them from blowing up to infinite size. The baby dune travels down one of its parent’s horns and buds off. The team simulated “calving” dunes and recreated real-world barchan patterns for their study. Their findings were published online earlier this month in the journal Geology. The paper, by Stacey Worman and colleagues, is titled “Modeling Emergent Large-Scale Structures of Barchan Dune Fields.” The authors stated that “This work supports the hypothesis that calving exerts a first-order control on field-scale phenomena; it prevents individual dunes from growing without bound, as single-dune analyses suggest, and allows the formation of roughly realistic, persistent dune field patterns.”A different view appears this month, however, in Geophysical Research Letters where Mathieu Génois of Paris Diderot University and coauthors flesh out a picture of clashing, not calving, dunes. Collisions control dune field behavior. Looking at barchan formations, they said colliding and breaking apart keep the fields from growing out of control. If two barchan dunes collide they merge into one crescent or split up into multiple smaller barchans.They wrote, “Here we use an agent-based model with elementary rules of sand redistribution during collisions to access the full dynamics of very large barchan fields. We tune the dune field density by changing the sand load/lost ratio and follow the transition between dilute fields, where barchans barely interact, and dense fields, where dune collisions control and stabilize the dune field.”In 2012, there were signs that Genois and research colleagues were interested in examining the nature of crescent-shaped dunes. That year, the paper was published, “When Dunes Move Together, Structure of Deserts Emerges.””In contrast with the layman’s view, ” they wrote, “not all deserts are vast sand seas. Depending on the variability of the local winds, sand dunes can adopt various shapes. When viewed from above, they mimic large stars, long linear ridges or crescent structures. The-crescent shaped dune, called barchan is a prototypical model of sand dune dynamics…” Citation: Do barchans birth or collide? Two papers have different stories (2013, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-barchans-birth-collide-papers-stories.html (Phys.org) —Geologists continue to puzzle over the how and why of crescent-shaped sand dunes called barchans, found on Earth and on Mars. Barchans can form on the seafloor and on ice, as well as deserts. How do they happen? Why do they not lose their shape? Scientists seeking to understand what keeps these formations going have two recently published papers that can offer detailed explanations of how barchan dune fields can exist, and why they are arranged the way they are. The hitch is that the two papers disagree. A recently published paper by researchers from Duke University say that this is a birthing process, where large dunes give birth to smaller ones. More information: www.sciencenews.org/view/gener … _dune_fields_somehowarxiv.org/abs/1211.7238v1 , Geophysical Research Letters Explore further Image: Great Sandy Desert, Australia This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more