Incidents of crime on caste lines defaming country Mayawati

first_imgLucknow: BSP president Mayawati Thursday said the incidents of crime on communal and caste lines in the BJP-ruled states are “defaming” the entire country and even embarrasses the prime minister.Her reaction came after the alleged lynching of Tabrez Ansari in the BJP-governed Jharkhand and some other similar incidents elsewhere in the recent past. Ansari was thrashed by a mob for alleged theft on June 18 and a video had emerged which purportedly showed that he was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman” in Jharkhand’s Saraikela Kharsawan district. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah”Why are the BJP governments allowing crimes of communal frenzy and casteism which are not only defaming those states, but also the entire country and even embarrasses the prime minister,” Mayawati tweeted. “As of now, police and government officials are also at the receiving end of this new problem,” the BSP president said. In another tweet, she termed as “embarrassing” the Niti Aayog report on Health Index under which Uttar Pradesh has remained at the bottom. “The Niti Aayog report that Uttar Pradesh is the most backward state in the country on the issue of people’s health is the most embarrassing for the government,” she said. Also Read – Prohibitory orders lifted from Mumbai’s stir-hit Aarey Colony”What is the use of having a double engine government of the BJP both at the Centre and the state? What is the use of this kind of development for crores of people whose lives are like hell,” Mayawati posed. According to the Niti Aayog’s second round of Health Index, Kerala has occupied the top slot in terms of health performance among large states followed by Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, whereas Uttar Pradesh and Bihar remained at the bottom. In response, State Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh blamed the previous governments for the poor Health Index. “We have inherited certain things from the governments that came before 2017. We inherited their failure and tried to improve it as much as we can. We did make many improvements,” he claimed.last_img

Sharad Pawar calls leaders who quit NCP as crows

first_imgMumbai: Terming as “crows” the leaders who left the NCP and joined others, party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said fielding fresh faces in the upcoming Assembly polls was being considered by the party. The opposition parties in Maharashtra, particularly the NCP, witnessed its MLAs and key leaders joining the BJP and Shiv Sena last month. “We don’t need to worry about crows (kawale) any longer, instead focus on party workers (mawale) ahead of the assembly elections,” Pawar said here. Three NCP legislators- Shivendrasinh Bhosale, Sandeep Naik and Vaibhav Pichad- had joined the BJP along with the party’s state women wing president Chitra Wagh last month. Besides, NCP’s Mumbai unit president Sachin Ahir and Shahapur MLA Pandurang Barora had also joined the Shiv Sena last month.last_img

‘Naxalites will be finished by 2023’

first_imgHussainabad: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said naxals will be rooted out in the country by 2023.Rebels and terrorists coming in the way of the country’s security, which is an essential part of development, will be crushed, Singh told a poll rally here. Naxals have been almost eliminated in Jharkhand and their remaining pockets in the state will end soon, he told a poll rally here. Singh, who was campigning in support of Palamau (SC) constituency sitting BJP MP V D Ram, said that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress have joined hands in the state due to their lust for power but they will not be successful in acheiving their aim. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’There is no leader in the opposition to match the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the other leaders are “dwarfs” compared to him. Detailing developmental schemes like Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana, Singh said BJP is committed to usher in development of the country by 2022 and its manifesto reflected it. Ridiculing opposition parties seeking proof of bodies in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes, Singh said the air force’s job was to hit the terror camps and not count the bodies and the objective was completed.last_img

Officials urge UN body to take concrete steps to ensure sustainable development

In an address to the opening high-level segment of the eleventh session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), said the way to ensure responsible prosperity for all – and especially for the poorest of the poor – was for governments to make real efforts to eradicate poverty and bridge the sizeable gap in world consumption patterns. The Commission’s current session, set to run through 9 May, marks its first formal meeting since the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. As the chief UN body considering ways to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic growth, social development and environmental protection – the Commission will focus on its own future work in translating into reality the commitments made at that landmark conference.Mr. Töpfer said the WSSD had provided the international community a new chance to push forward environmental agreements. The Summit’s Implementation Plan, which contained over 30 concrete tables and targets, had also produced a 10-year programme for sustainable development and consumption, a clean fuel initiative and other clear, concrete partnership activities, he added. While the outcome of the WSSD had been encouraging, the breadth of the Plan clearly underscored that a huge disparity still existed between commitments made and action taken to implement them, Mr. Töpfer said. “This critical issue should be considered during the Commission’s current session, as well as in the future,” he said, adding that, “the international community must decide on a reliable framework to bring all available resources together in new efforts at implementation.” The UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, Nitin Desai, said the challenge was to ensure the Summit implementation was adequately monitored and effectively integrated into sustainable development processes already underway, such as poverty reduction strategies implemented at the national level. “The United Nations must focus its energies on providing strong, visible, coordinated and coherent follow-up within the Organization’s system,” he said. Introducing Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s report on Summit follow-up and the Commission’s future role in implementation, Mr. Desai also stressed that the pursuit of sustainable development must in many ways be a political process, reflecting the interests and concerns of future consumers and the equitable and fair distribution of goods. Efforts to achieve sustainable development involved policy-making, academic research and practical action carried out by governments, academia, civil society and the business sector, he said, adding that “the Commission must draw on its strengths to bring these diverse actors together to ensure effective and timely implementation.”

Opinion Revamped Pro Bowl not what the game needed

Before I start this, let me preface things by saying I love fantasy football. I am one of those people who cares more about my fantasy team than my favorite professional franchise (the Tennessee Titans for those who are concerned).But my love of fantasy football didn’t make this year’s Pro Bowl, which adopted a format similar to that seen in fantasy, of any worth.The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s version of an all-star game. And it is terrible. This year’s edition was won by Team Rice, 22-21, against Team Sanders with a last minute touchdown and 2-point conversion.I usually watch it because I like football and during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, anything that can take time away from ESPN’s unbearable coverage of the Super Bowl is a plus. But every time I watch the game, I come away regretting the experience.This year — to inject some life to a dying event, I guess — the game had two NFL Hall of Famers in wide receiver Jerry Rice and defensive back Deion Sanders draft two teams from a select pool of elite players.If this sounds exactly like an elementary school gym class with two kids choosing teams, then you see the major problem with this format.In a game that struggled to bring out the best in players, who didn’t want to risk an injury heading into the offseason, turning it into a glorified pick-up game isn’t exactly going to help.Plus, although Derrick Johnson is willing to lay out his franchise’s best player — Johnson is a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs and tackled teammate and running back Jamaal Charles during the game — I’m pretty sure he is in the minority.Imagine if you were a defensive player and a guy who is worth millions of dollars to your employer is on the opposite side of the field from you, I’m pretty sure on some level, you would hesitate when going for the tackle.Until the NFL begins to add more of an incentive for playing — they get paid thousands of dollars, but to players making millions this is chump change — this game will be more about not getting hurt than about putting a good product on the field.In a game like basketball or baseball, where the risk of injury is much smaller, you can create something that is fun but still has effort involved. But football is such a violent sport that an all-star game will be nothing more than a distraction.Do I like what the Pro Bowl is, a way of honoring the players that have performed the best during the year? Sure. Who wouldn’t? But it is just not likely that we are ever going to get an entertaining product out of it, like we do in the NBA and MLB.Maybe NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was right last year — maybe it is time we get rid of the Pro Bowl.

One of the largest fishing vessels in the world detained by Irish

first_imgThe Annelies Ilena (Image Credit: Free Photo Fun via Flickr/Creative Commons)It brings to 922 the number of boardings conducted this year by the Naval Service and this is the thirteenth vessel detained for alleged infringements of fisheries regulations in 2013.The Dutch fishing vessel is currently under escort to Killybegs where it will be handed over to gardaí.Read: Irish fishing vessel detained off Waterford coast> ONE OF THE LARGEST fishing vessels in the world was detained by the Irish Naval Service north west of Tory Island, off the Donegal coast today.The naval ship LÉ Roisín detained the Dutch registered vessel for alleged breaches of fishing regulations. It was detained shortly after 11am, approximately one hundred nautical miles north west of Tory Island and is expected into Killybegs this evening.The vessel, the Annelies Ilena, is the largest ever detained by the Naval Service and considered one of the largest in the world. The 14,000 tonne vessel was first owned by Irish fishing magnate Kevin McHugh as the ‘Atlantic Dawn’.last_img

Facebook adds audiorecognition to its app to help identify songs and TV

first_imgFACEBOOK SAID ITS mobile application will be getting an ear for music, as well as for film or television show sound tracks.A feature being added in coming weeks to Facebook in the US on smartphones or tablets powered by Apple or Android software is intended to recognize songs, shows or movies based on listening, according to product manager Aryeh Selekman.“When writing a status update – if you choose to turn the feature on – you’ll have the option to use your phone’s microphone to identify what song is playing or what show or movie is on TV,” Selekman said in a blog postOnce activated, the audio feature searches for titles of songs, shows or films matching verses, lines or sound tracks and then lets people add the information to Facebook posts, according to Selekman.Music shared in a post using the technique will include the option of Facebook friends getting 30-second previews of songs.Information added to posts about recognized TV shows will include which episode was being watched “so you can avoid spoilers,” Selekman said.Publicis Group allianceFacebook also said it had sealed a partnership with French advertising and public relations giant Publicis Group emphasizing image and video marketing at the leading social network and its smartphone imagery-sharing service Instagram.“Our work with Publicis will center on bringing clients closer to our products, and creating new planning and measurement tools to make buying easier, more efficient, and ultimately prove out ROI,” Facebook global agency director Patrick Harris said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.Facebook-owned photo sharing service Instagram in March landed its first deal with a major ad agency.The leading social network wouldn’t disclose financial aspects of the alliance with Omnicom, but online reports indicated it could be worth as much as $100 million in ads from clients the agency represents.Facebook has maintained that Instagram’s advertising strategy will involve displaying a limited number of high-quality images or videos from brands that already have a strong presence at Instagram.Instagram in November began displaying ads as Facebook moved to start making money from the smartphone photo sharing service it bought in a billion-dollar deal in early 2012.Instagram’s opening roster of advertisers included Adidas, Lexus, PayPal, Burberry and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.California-based Facebook is carefully adding magazine-quality photo ads to Instagram as it hopes to bring in revenue from the service without alienating users. Source: Facebook/Vimeo- © AFP, 2014Read: Spotify hits 40 million users, but only 10 million pay for the service >Read: Have an eBay account? You need to change your password right now >last_img

Just Add Water Household Cleaner In An Empty Bottle

first_imgHow much would you pay for an empty bottle?Replenish is a new multi-surface cleaner that is asking consumers to “rethink the bottle.” Since most cleaners are made up of about 95 percent water, the company is only selling the other five percent: the chemicals that actually turn the water into a cleaner. So when you purchase Replenish you get a reusable plastic bottle and a replaceable concentrate pod full of those very chemicals. All you you have to do is add your own water and bingo: instant household cleaner. Each chemical pod makes four bottles’ worth of cleaner.And Replenish isn’t just great for the environment, it’s also easy on the wallet. Each bottle costs just $8 with replacement pods running you $4. And shipping is completely free.Via Wired.last_img

Karamanlis its all about the economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis pledged last week to begin a crackdown on widespread tax evasion and called on his ministers to redouble their efforts to raise revenues over the summer.“We are absolutely determined to stamp out tax evasion,” Karamanlis said, following a visit to the office of Economy and Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou. Describing the avoidance of taxes as “extremely anti-social behavior,” the premier said he was intent on tackling the problem, despite previous failed efforts. “Our goals are not easy ones to achieve and our immediate priority should be to boost state revenues,” he said.Karamanlis added that planned reforms, including a new salary structure for civil servants and the merging of certain state bodies, should be implemented without delay.Karamanlis noted that the global financial crisis has had an impact on all countries without exception, explaining that the Greek economy was under severe pressure.The biggest burden on the Greek economy was the state debt, the servicing of which will require 12 billion euros in 2009 alone, he pointed out. This year will be a difficult one, the prime minister warned, but added on the upside that Greece is the only European Union member-state with a positive growth rate prediction, while unemployment is anticipated at one percentage point below the eurozone average.The leader of main the opposition PASOK party, George Papandreou, countered that the government is proceeding with no concrete plan, claiming that crucial sectors were at risk.“Just as there is no planning for tourism, there is no planning whatsoever for our economy in general,” Papandreou said.Karamanlis did not comment on matters of foreign policy yesterday. But he was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on the outcome of talks earlier this week with Matthew Nimetz, the United Nations envoy mediating in Greece’s dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter’s name. Bakoyannis expressed optimism in view of a reportedly constructive shift in the stance of officials in Skopje. But she indicated that progress would not be easy. “We have a difficult, but interesting, six months ahead,” she said.last_img

Bientôt un vaccin contre la dengue

first_imgBientôt un vaccin contre la dengue ?Alors que des recherches concernant la prévention de la dengue sont en cours depuis plusieurs années, des chercheurs ont annoncé cette semaine qu’un vaccin contre la maladie pourrait bientôt voir le jour.L’Institut national américain de la santé (NIH) a fait savoir hier que plusieurs chercheurs Américains, réunis au Costa Rica, ont évoqué l’arrivée prochaine d’un vaccin contre la dengue. Cet optimisme est notamment dû aux bons résultats des essais cliniques opérés dernièrement, et cela alors que la maladie tue chaque année près de 25.000 personnes, rapporte Le Parisien. Directeur de la division des maladies infectieuses au NIH, Anthony Fauci a notamment expliqué : “Nous avons quelques pistes très intéressantes sur différents types de vaccins, à des stades différents d’essais cliniques dont nous espérons qu’ils se concluront dans un délai raisonnable”. Le vaccin dont il est question doit encore être soumis aux dernières phases d’essais cliniques mais l’annonce d’un possible futur traitement contre la maladie reste une très bonne nouvelle. Transmise par les moustiques, la dengue est une maladie infectieuse dont les symptômes se rapprochent de ceux que l’on peut ressentir lors d’une sévère grippe. La dengue hémorragique est très dangereuse et la maladie sévit notamment dans les régions tropicales et subtropicales explique l’OMS (Organisation mondiale pour la santé) avec les régions urbaines comme terrain de prédilection. Il n’existe à ce jour aucun traitement spécifique contre la maladie qui gagne pour autant de plus en plus de terrain dans le monde mais cela pourrait bientôt changer grâce à ces chercheurs américains.Le 18 février 2011 à 14:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img

La sonde Dawn en orbite autour de lastéroïde Vesta

first_imgLa sonde Dawn en orbite autour de l’astéroïde VestaEnvoyée dans l’espace par la Nasa en 2007, la sonde Dawn s’est placée samedi en orbite autour de Vesta, l’un des plus gros astéroïdes du système solaire. Un objet céleste qu’elle observera pendant un an avant de se rendre autour de Cérès.Après un périple de quatre ans à travers le système solaire, la sonde américaine Dawn est arrivée ce week-end en orbite autour de Vesta, se félicite la Nasa. La sonde d’1,21 tonne devrait se trouver à 16.000 kilomètres de la surface de l’astéroïde, et à 188 millions de kilomètres de la Terre. C’est la première fois qu’une sonde entre en orbite autour d’un astéroïde de la Ceinture principale, qui se situe entre Mars et Jupiter.Dawn étudiera Vesta pendant un an, a souligné l’Agence spatiale américaine. La sonde reprendra ensuite son périple, début 2012, pour aller se placer cette fois sur l’orbite de Cérès, autre gros astéroïde. Elle arrivera à destination en février 2015, après avoir parcouru au total 5,1 milliards de kilomètres.Saisir les premiers moments de la naissance du système solaireL’objectif principal de sa mission ? “Saisir les premiers moments de la naissance du système solaire” il y a 4,6 milliards d’années, répond la Nasa. Comprendre la formation de ces deux astéroïdes est essentiel. Dawn devra également déterminer la nature des éléments formant ces entités qui font penser à la Terre. “L’étude de Dawn sur l’astéroïde Vesta représentera une réussite scientifique majeure et ouvrira la voie à de futures destinations dans les années à venir”, a déclaré l’administrateur de la NASA, Charles Bolden, dans un communiqué.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESAPour effectuer sa mission, la sonde, dotée d’un moteur électrique à propulsion ionique qui assure une poussée constante et lui permet d’atteindre de très grandes vitesses, est équipée d’une caméra à très haute définition et de deux spectromètres. Selon Marc Rayman, l’ingénieur en chef de la Nasa et responsable du projet, la technologie utilisée fait de la sonde “le premier engin spatial interplanétaire”.Deux astéroïdes intriguants Vesta a été découvert en 1807. L’astéroïde se présente comme un grand rocher de forme irrégulière avec un noyau formé de fer d’un diamètre de 520 kilomètres en moyenne, et des possibles flots de lave. Les scientifiques pensent qu’il ressemble davantage à la Terre ou à la Lune que la majeure partie des autres astéroïdes.Cérès, découvert six ans plus tôt, a lui une forme sphérique avec un diamètre de 960 kilomètres. Ce corps est formé à 25% d’eau sous forme de glace épaisse autour d’un noyau rocheux.Il est possible de suivre la mission de Dawn autour de ces deux astéroïdes sur le site mis en ligne par la Nasa : 18 juillet 2011 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

Les Français restent méfiants vis à vis des réseaux sociaux

first_imgLes Français restent méfiants vis à vis des réseaux sociauxUn sondage révèle que les internautes français, bien que massivement inscrits sur les réseaux sociaux, restent très méfiants envers ceux-ci.Etrange habitude que celle des Français. Bien que 85% d’entre nous soient inscrits sur un réseau social, peu d’entre nous ont confiance envers eux. C’est ce que révèle le baromètre de la confiance des Français dans le numérique, réalisé par l’Idate et relayé par Le Nouvel Obs. Ainsi, seuls 35% des personnes interrogées disent avoir confiance en Facebook et autre Google +, un taux bien moins élevé que ceux concernant l’administration (79%), la banque (76%) ou encore le commerce en ligne (56%). Dans le détail, c’est la protection de la vie privée qui est pointée du doigt (48%), alors que 33% des français se préoccupent de ce risque en milieu professionnel. 41% s’inquiètent de la conservation sans limite de temps des données privées et 34% de leur utilisation à des fins commerciales. Et les efforts des réseaux sociaux dans ces domaines ne semblent pas suffir puisque 38% des sondés estiment que malgré les protections proposées, leur méfiance resterait la même. Enfin, et c’est une énième mauvaise nouvelle pour les réseaux sociaux (notamment Facebook) le paiement de contenus ou de services fait encore peur, contrairement au commerce électronique classique.Le 21 octobre 2011 à 14:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Dec 2014 – Storm surges bogged down business and pleasure on Tuesday in Grand Turk and during that Wednesday Cabinet meeting it was discussed how both a short and long term solution could be arrived at for Front Street. Magnetic Media observed that Front Street was not the only area in the country to be battered by the tidal surge; Blue Hills saw its beach waters swell too topping the sand dunes and getting into the street, near homes. We are also told of a surge at the Bight Park on Tuesday and in Nassau Bahamas, there was major traffic clog along West Bay Street when the tidal surges whipped into action there. Recommended for you Related Items:front street, grand turk, tidal surge Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Paylast_img

City Of Kenai Moves Forward With Plans For Dog Park

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council voted unanimously to approve a resolution to design and construct an off leashdog park in Kenai. The Kenai Parks and Recreation Department are looking at clearing out the area and the construction of the park. Home Depot would be donating some fencing for the park, according to volunteer committee chair Jodi Stuart. Ostrander also noted that the City of Kenai will not be responsible for the development costs for this park. The location selected for the new dog park is an area encompassing approximately 22,500 square feet within Daubenspeck Family Park along the northeast side of the pond.center_img In a letter to the council from City Manager Paul Ostrander, the Kenai Parks & Recreation Commission received a formal presentation by the Kenai Dog Park Committee on August 2, requesting permission to pursue the design and development of a fenced, off-leash dog park in Kenai. The new off-leash dog park will be financed and constructed through the use of donations and volunteers.last_img

Commerce Chamber Honors City Leaders

first_imgThe D.C. Chamber recently honored Eleanor Holmes Norton.The D.C. Chamber, the largest chamber in the Washington region, recently honored Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) with the Lifetime Legacy Award during its Chamber’s Choice Awards Gala Oct. 25.Other honorees included Hines (Economic Impact Award), Disabled American Veterans (Community Impact Award), George Hawkins of D.C. Water (Business Leader of the Year), Walmart (Business of the Year), Marie Johns (Chairman’s Distinction Award), and Events D.C. (Chamber’s Choice Award).“The capital’s business community continues to be vibrant, thriving landscape.  Corporations large and small continue to open offices downtown and beyond, and commercial real estate developments under way have brought new life to neighborhoods throughout the District,” Kristina Bouweiri, president and CEO of Reston Limousine, said.  “Each [awardee] has had a significant hand in building D.C.’s business community, from creating jobs to shaping policy.  Their investment of time, money and resources into our city has made a significant impact on the District, and we are grateful for their dedication and commitment to the city.”Last year, Industrial Bank, a full-service community bank and D.C.’s sole minority-owned bank, received the Lifetime Legacy Award.A special dedication was also extended to Margaret Beatrice Hill Stewart, the late matriarch of the Stewart Funeral Home family, who passed away at her home earlier this year at age 97.  She was the first female to serve as president of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, where she served as chair emeritus until her death. Stewart was celebrated as “a woman of extraordinary accomplishments… with a strong support for women’s issues.”The event attracted over 1,000 of the area’s most prominent leaders, decision-makers, dignitaries, and elite sponsors. It was chaired by Bouweiri and emceed by NBC4’s Tom Sherwood.Bouweiri said that the honorees embodied the true essence of business leadership and inspiration.The Commerce has served the city for more than seventy-five years with a membership of more than 1,700 individuals and businesses, providing businesses with advocacy, educational programs, and networking opportunities.Commerce President and CEO Harry Wingo said the Chamber has been instrumental in weighing in on important business issues facing the city and the businesses in it, including advocacy – most recently working to lower the franchise tax from 9.75 percent to 8.25 percent so the District was on parity with Maryland.He acknowledged the work of the District’s returning citizens population, who were able to move from incarceration to successful entrepreneurship, representing 6,000 residents.“When you can check their criminal background in the employment process,” Wingo said. “We were against something called ban the box, or rather we weighed in on it – and realized we have a rather large percentage of those who were formerly incarcerated.  We wanted to make sure that it was done in a way that did not harm business. These returning citizens need to be celebrated for becoming prosperous businesses owners and offering needed apprenticeships to others.”last_img

WATCH Troy Tulowitzkis 3yearold toddler is already crushing BP bombs

first_imgTaz Tulowitzki, the 3-year-old son of Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, can already rake. The cute kid took some soft-toss BP with his pops before a recent game, and it looks like his time around the major leaguers is paying off.Taz ripped some scale-sized tape measure blasts after taunting his pops to bring the heat. Not bad for someone who started walking 2-years ago. The longshoreman hat is a nice touch, too.Every parent in Toronto hopes they don’t have to face this kid in t-ball.Raise your hand if Troy Tulowitzki’s three-year-old son Taz has a cooler batting stance than you. ✋— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 11, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

Vivaldi 14 gets Theme scheduling

first_imgVivaldi 1.4 gets Theme scheduling by Martin Brinkmann on September 02, 2016 in Internet – Last Update: June 27, 2017 – 12 commentsVivaldi 1.4, the upcoming next version of the popular web browser, will ship with a new theme scheduling feature among other things.If you run development releases of Vivaldi, you may have noticed the new “scheduled themes” option already in the options of the web browser.Basically, what it enables you to do is link themes to time periods, and have the browser switch between them automatically.A simple example where this may be useful is a darker theme for night and morning hours, and a lighter theme for the rest of the day.Vivaldi does not limit you to two different themes though. You can go all in and pick a different theme for every hour of the day for instance.Theme SchedulingThe theme scheduling feature is available in the latest development version of Vivaldi. That’s Vivaldi 1.4 RC1 at the time of writing.You may download that version of the browser from the Vivaldi website, or use the browser’s automatic update feature if you have a previous development version installed already on your computer.Select Vivaldi > Tools > Settings or use the keyboard shortcut Alt-P to open the Settings application. Switch to themes when it opens, and locate the new Scheduled Themes option on the page.You need to check “change theme on schedule” to activate the feature. Vivaldi will switch between a light and dark theme automatically without you having to to anything.You may use sliders to change the time of the day themes get switched, or add new starting points with a click on the add button.Any theme available can be selected as a scheduled theme.You are probably wondering what happens when a starting point is reached. Vivaldi will switch to the new theme based on your configuration automatically.This happens in the background and is an instant switching. This may be confusing at first, as you have probably never seen a web browser switch a theme automatically.Closing WordsTheme scheduling is an interesting feature. While I cannot see myself using it for more than switching to a dark theme at night, and a lighter theme at day, others may enjoy switching themes more often than that.As far as improvements are concerned, it would be useful if the start and end date of each theme would be displayed next to it as well. Also, maybe an option to  input the time directly would be nice.Last but not least, for the chaotic kind, a randomize option could improve things further in the theme input field.Now You: What’s your take on theme scheduling? Interesting feature?SummaryArticle NameVivaldi 1.4 gets Theme schedulingDescriptionVivaldi 1.4, the upcoming next version of the popular web browser, will ship with a new theme scheduling feature among other things.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img

Consumer Confidence Still Shaky in Month After Shutdown

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Conference Board Confidence Consumer spending Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-11-26 Tory Barringer After taking a sharp dive in October, consumer confidence continued to decline at a more moderate pace in November, indicating the level of uncertainty that still grips the country.[IMAGE]””The Conference Board’s””: Consumer Confidence Index dropped two points to 70.4 in the most recent reading, the company reported. The decline follows a more substantial decrease in October stemming from the partial federal government shutdown.Both index subcomponents took a hit as consumers presented mixed responses on the economy. The Present Situation Index, a measure of Americans’ perceptions of current economic conditions, edged down to 72.0 from October’s 72.6. Meanwhile, the Expectations Index, a measure gauging projections six months from now, decreased more significantly to 69.3 from 72.2.””Sentiment regarding current conditions was mixed, with consumers saying the job market had strengthened, while economic conditions had slowed,”” explained Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board. “”However, these sentiments did not carry over into the short-term outlook. When looking ahead six months, consumers expressed greater concern about future job and earning prospects, but remain neutral about economic conditions.””According to the Conference Board’s survey, the share of consumers claiming current business conditions are “”good”” increased slightly to 19.9 percent from October’s 19.5 percent, while those claiming conditions are “”bad”” increased to 25.2 percent from 23.0 percent.Appraisals of the job market were little changed from October. Those saying jobs are “”plentiful”” ticked up to 11.8 percent from 11.6 percent, and those saying jobs are “”hard to get”” decreased to 34.0 percent from 34.9 percent.For the next six months, those expecting business conditions to improve increased slightly to 16.6 percent, while those expecting conditions to worsen decreased to 16.8 percent.The consumer outlook for the labor market was more pessimistic. The number of consumers anticipating more jobs in the coming months fell more than 3 percentage points to 12.7 percent, while those anticipating fewer jobs decreased slightly to 21.7 percent. At the same time, fewer consumers expect their incomes to increase (14.9 percent), while more anticipate a decline in income (15.9 percent). November 26, 2013 435 Views in Datacenter_img Consumer Confidence Still Shaky in Month After Shutdown Sharelast_img

98 Degrees perform at the iHeartRadio MMVAs in Tor

first_img 98 Degrees perform at the iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Bell Media says it’s run into scheduling conflicts for the 2019 iHeartRadio MMVAs and will have to delay the show??? possibly until next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell Media announces lineup, says iHeartRadio MMVAs will be delayed TORONTO — Bell Media says it’s run into scheduling conflicts for the 2019 iHeartRadio MMVAs and will have to delay the show — possibly until next year.As the company announced its full 2019/2020 programming lineup and strategies Thursday —including several new women-led dramas — executives told The Canadian Press the dates they initially considered for this year’s annual awards show didn’t pan out.“We’re going to delay this summer because we ran into two huge events — a massive concert in August and also the MTV awards were one day after our date, so we didn’t think it was smart,” Randy Lennox, president of Bell Media, said in an interview.“You’ve got to fish where the fish are, and in terms of getting artists, when you’ve got an MTV awards the very next day, you’re not going to get what you need. So for this year we’re going to delay it a bit.”Lennox said they’re “constantly” trying to figure out another date that works weather-wise, programming-wise and talent-wise.“I would not step up to the plate for 2019 unless I have Shawn (Mendes) or Justin (Bieber) or the Weeknd or Taylor (Swift), because we always do,” he said. “It’s a field of dreams thing. If we get the artist anchors for the show, it will come.”And if those variables don’t come together?“Then we’ll go next year,” Lennox said.Mike Cosentino, president of content and programming at Bell Media, said they’ve been on the phone with record labels every day to find talent and are “committed to finding a way to continue the show,” which airs on multiple platforms, including Much and CTV.“I think we’re looking at some Plan Bs, which could include something akin to an MMVAs-style awards performance,” Cosentino said.“Our priority is to produce another great iHeart MMVAs, but of course we need all the pieces to come together for that.”CTV’s upcoming lineup has several new high-profile dramas with women in key roles, including the crime drama “Stumptown,” starring Vancouver-born Cobie Smulders as an army veteran and Tantoo Cardinal of Fort McMurray, Alta., as a powerful casino owner.“I think that people are finally seeing women as an audience,” Smulders said in an interview. “We’re half of the population and I think that women in general want to see other women doing different types of roles on television, so that’s exciting, that the marketplace is finally catching up to that.”Other new women-led dramas include the thriller “Emergence,” starring Allison Tolman as a police chief who takes in a child she finds at a crash site; the courthouse drama “All Rise” with Simone Missick; and the familial drama “Almost Family” with Brittany Snow.Also skewing female is a new agreement with Harlequin Studios, which will see CTV commission more than 20 Canadian made-for-television films.Cosentino said the focus on women and family-friendly, “aspirational dramas” serves the desires of its demographic and advertisers, and builds upon a strategy CTV began a few years ago with shows including “This is Us.”Other new additions to the schedule include the singing competition show “The Masked Singer”; Ryan Murphy’s “9-1-1: Lone Star” starring Rob Lowe as a cop; and “For Life,” about inspired by the life of Isaac Wright Jr., who got a law degree while serving a prison sentence for a crime he didn’t commit.The Chuck Lorre-created “Bob Hearts Abishola” is among the new comedies.Fresh Canadian programs for CTV include “Transplant,” about an emergency medicine doctor who fled Syria for Canada, and the mystery drama “Albedo” starring Evangeline Lilly.A total of 70 original English-language programs will be produced in partnership with independent production companies and in-house at Bell Media Studios, the company said.Those programs stretch across the company platforms, which also include the rebranded specialty channels CTV Comedy Channel, CTV Sci-Fi Channel, CTV Drama Channel, and CTV life Channel.Cosentino said he’s not concerned about the schedule now that ratings juggernaut “The Big Bang Theory,” which aired on CTV, has ended its run for good. He plans to fill its Thursday primetime slot with the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.”“I think we have an answer to ‘The Big Bang’ leaving the schedule, and I think ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ will hit its stride and be successful in that slot.”Victoria Ahearn, read more

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