The Walmart sweatsuit worn by Kristin Bauer on the first episode of True Blood’s fifth season is going under the hammer to help finance the documentary Out for Africa that Kristin and her husband Abri van Straten will shoot in Kenya this summer.Kristin Bauer’s SweatsuitThe actress has been asking fans for donations to help fund a new documentary that looks into the poaching and slaughter of Africa’s majestic animals. She has already raised $64,000, and is hoping the sale of the piece of True Blood’s wardrobe will raise even more.“This year my husband Abri van Straten and I are going to Kenya with a camera crew to see majestic Elephant families and Rhino in their natural habitat and to meet with the real heroes who work tirelessly for the African wildlife to shine a light on the crisis facing Elephants and Rhino due to rampant poaching for the ivory and horn trades to supply the growing Asian market,” she said.Upcoming items for auction are a Sookie modesty patch and bra signed by Anna Paquin and a one of a kind, Authority necklace from the True Blood Costume Department.The sweatsuit is up for auction on eBay until August 30 – you can access the auction here.To find out more about Kristin’s documentary project, click here.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The leaders of Cambodia and Laos have agreed to step up efforts to complete demarcation of their border, where disputes have led to armed confrontations in recent years.Prime Minister Hun Sen and his visiting Lao counterpart, Thongloun Sisoulith, agreed in a statement Thursday to complete the process now that 86% of the border has been marked. The two countries are to add border pillars and produce a map of the borderline as party.Cambodia and Laos reportedly dispatched troops to the border region last month in a standoff over the disputed boundary.There was a similar confrontation in August 2017 when Laos objected to Cambodia’s construction of a road in disputed territory.The Associated Press
Beset with continuing instability and conflict, West Africa has been one of the major priorities for UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ruud Lubbers, since his first mission to the region as Commissioner in early 2001. “There are enormous needs in the region, needs that we fear have been completely overshadowed by recent events in Iraq and elsewhere,” UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said today in Geneva.Mr. Lubbers will visit Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where he will meet with senior government officials, UNHCR staff and field partners, Mr. Redmond said. He will also visit some refugee camps in these five countries, which account for about 400,000 of the more than 520,000 refugees in West Africa.While there have been marked improvements in some areas since the Commissioner’s last mission, UNHCR remains very concerned over continuing instability in Liberia and the fragile situation in Côte d’Ivoire, the spokesman stated.
U.S. homebuilders’ confidence in the market for new, single-family homes surged this month to the highest level in nearly nine years.The brighter outlook reflects growing optimism that sales will increase over the next six months. That could potentially spur growth in home construction, a key driver of the economy.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Wednesday rose this month to 59, up four points from August. The index has risen four months in a row.The latest reading is the highest since reaching 61 in November 2005, before the housing bubble burst.Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good, rather than poor.Builders’ view of current sales conditions for single-family homes, their outlook for sales over the next six months and traffic by prospective buyers each increased in the latest survey.The optimism comes despite a steady slowdown in U.S. sales of new homes this summer. Sales fell from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 454,000 in May to a rate of 412,000 in July.Still, sales of new homes are running ahead of last year’s pace.Economists project that sales accelerated in August to a rate of 429,000, according to FactSet. August sales figures are due out next week.The U.S. economy added jobs at a solid clip through much of this year, though the gains slowed in August. Last month, employers added just 142,000 jobs, well below the 212,000 average of the previous 12 months.The job gains this year and a pickup in home values have spurred homeowners to trade up to a nicer home. But fewer homes are being purchased by first-time homebuyers.A mix of rising home prices, higher mortgage rates and meagre wage growth has made it more difficult for would-be homebuyers to purchase a newly built home, particularly first-time buyers.Even so, many of the largest U.S. homebuilders have posted sales gains this year.On Wednesday, Miami-based Lennar Corp. reported that its completed home sales climbed 9 per cent in the three months ended Aug. 31, while new home orders vaulted 23 per cent. Its shares added $2.66, or 6.8 per cent, to $41.79 in morning trading. The stock has risen 19 per cent in the last 12 months.In the latest NAHB index, which was based on responses from 317 builders, builder confidence improved nationally and on a regional basis, with readings for the Midwest, West, Northeast and South all posting gains from last month.The index gauging current sales conditions for single-family homes climbed five points to 63, the highest level since December. The builders’ outlook for sales over the next six months rose two points to 67. The last time it was higher was a year ago.Meanwhile, a measure of traffic by prospective buyers increased five points to 47, the highest level since October 2005.Housing, while still a long way from the boom of several years ago, has been recovering over the past two years.Though new homes represent only a fraction of the housing market, they have an outsize impact on the economy. Each home built creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to NAHB data. by Alex Veiga, The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2014 8:01 am MDT Confidence among US homebuilders surges to nearly 9-year high on stronger sales outlook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
One of the major arguments around buying paper books instead of electronic copies is that you can always lend or borrow a paper book to or from your friends when you want to. A few months ago, Amazon unveiled a similar feature for books purchased through the Kindle Store, which allowed Kindle book buyers to loan a title to a friend for 14 days. Barnes and Noble has a similar feature for books purchased for the Nook. From that feature, Lendle, a social network and lending service that connects Kindle book owners with people interested in borrowing a title from them, was born. Now, Amazon has revoked Lendle’s API access, effectively shutting the service down because – according to Lendle – they don’t “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site.” Lendle and its users are upset to say the least, but Amazon’s eBook policy makes it clear: when you buy a book from the Kindle store, you’re essentially “renting” the book from Amazon – you don’t entirely “own” the book, and Amazon reserves the right to change how you can use the book when they choose to. Still, its unlikely that Lendle, its users, or any other similar services will find much sympathy from Amazon on the matter. The eBook argument is analgous to digital music: as much as customers say that the ability to preview, demo, or try out content makes them more likely to buy it, companies that sell that content see those features as a gateway to lost sales instead. [via TechCrunch]
The emission free car is still a vehicle of the future, as even with the introduction of electric cars there’s still emissions produced in manufacturing and ultimately recycling the batteries they contain. However, car manufacturers have to be forward-thinking and experimental, and Mercedes is one of the best at trying out future tech.Since 2002 the company has been manufacturing a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, called the F-Cell, in very limited quantities. The original was based on an A-Class and only had a range of 160km, but the second-generation F-Cell was based on a B-Class and can travel 402km. Impressive, but just as impressive is how Mercedes decided to advertise this zero-emission F-Cell vehicle.Mercedes decided that zero emission is zero impact on the environment, so it’s as if the car isn’t even there. With that in mind, they opted to make the F-Cell invisible as it traveled down the street making heads turn. How do you make a car invisible? With lots of LEDs and a camera.The video above shows how one side of the F-Cell was covered with LEDs to form a display. On the other side of the car a camera system was mounted which captured the required image to output to the screen. The end result is actually quite impressive.While the car isn’t completely invisible, you are just seeing a moving outline because the LED screen is projecting what’s behind it. The effect works best when the scenery behind is uniform, e.g. while crossing the bridge in the video, and at night when there’s more contrast between light and dark.Putting a reactive layer over an object seems to be the best way to hide it at the moment. BAE Systems demonstrated a similar technique with its thermal invisibility cloak. For those wanting something a little simpler you could actually do at home, then look no further than Ben Heck’s Portal shirt.Mercedes made the F-Cell invisible for marketing purposes, but why not coat the body of a car in LEDs? You certainly wouldn’t want to make it invisible for fear of accidents, but with a high enough resolution it could mean you car is a different color everyday or carries a distinctive design. via Mashable
Les français regardent des vidéos en ligne durant 3H16 par moisMédiamétrie révèle les tout premiers chiffres d’audience pour la consultation de vidéos en ligne. Et ces derniers sont éloquents : 1 français sur 2 a passé en moyenne 3H16 par mois sur des sites comme YouTube.La répartition des audiences a été totalement bouleversée depuis l’apparition d’Internet. La télévision triomphante a laissé place à un nouvel acteur, l’ordinateur. De plus en plus de gens se tournent vers le réseau pour obtenir du contenu, qu’il soit gratuit ou payant avec la V.O.D. et délaissent progressivement les chaînes historiques.À lire aussiLa Google TV débarque en EuropeAu vu de la situation, Médiamétrie a jugé bon d’inclure dans ces statistiques ces nouveaux médias et publie aujourd’hui le premier relevé d’audience sur la vidéo en ligne rapporte Clubic. Ces chiffres concernent la période de septembre 2011. L’analyste indique que pendant ce mois, ce ne sont pas moins de 28 millions de personnes qui ont regardé au moins une vidéo en ligne. Quasiment autant que le nombre total d’abonnés à Internet en France.Le nombre moyen de vidéos vues par utilisateur est de 64, plus de deux par jour, pour une durée mensuelle de 3H16. Tout cela est à relativiser avec la durée quotidienne devant la télévision, qui est d’environ 3H30 par jour, mais ces chiffres montrent désormais l’importance des contenus en ligne, comme les emissions web ou les podcasts, qui remplacent régulièrement les programmes de flux proposés par les chaînes de télévision.Dans le palmares des services de streaming les plus utilisés, on retrouve sans surprise YouTube, qui cumule plus d’un milliard de vidéos vues par mois, rien qu’en France ! On trouve loin derrière Dailymotion, TF1 et son service Wat et Facebook. A noter la percée de Megavideo, 10e du classement des vidéos visionnées mais troisième en terme de temps d’utilisation. Les vidéos illégales qui y sont publiées ne sont pas étrangères à ce résultat.Le 17 décembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambert
There’s a rare opportunity coming Friday and Saturday — a realistic chance to retain a sturgeon from the Columbia River.Bonneville pool is open Friday and Saturday and again June 20 and 21 from Bonneville Dam upstream to the spawning sanctuary boundary. That boundary stretches from the east dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.About 850 sturgeon remain on the 1,100 annual guideline.However, boaters should expect windy conditions. The Columbia Gorge windsurfer websites are predicting west winds from 26 to 30 miles per hour both days.Saturday marks the start of the main ocean salmon season off Washington and northern Oregon. Fishing will be open daily from the Columbia River ports with a limit of two hatchery coho or one hatchery coho and one chinook.Monday is the beginning of the summer salmon management period in the Columbia River. The daily bag limit shifts to six fish, of which no more than two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead.Downstream of Bonneville Dam, adult hatchery summer chinook or any sockeye may be retained only through June 30.State, federal and tribal biologists are forecasting a run of 67,500 summer chinook will enter the Columbia River. Under the plethora of management agreements and allocation plans, sportsmen in the lower Columbia are due 2,414 summer chinook, while the commercials get 1,893.Washington and Oregon on Wednesday approved eight hours of gillnetting from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday from Beacon Rock to the ocean.
Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Enlarge ImageLametric’s new color-changing LED wall panels are now available for preorder, and expected to ship by the end of this year. LaMetric Nanoleaf proved that there’s room for cloud-connected, color-changing LED lights on the walls of today’s smart homes, and it wasn’t long before Lifx followed suit with color-changing Lifx tiles of its own. Today, player three enters the game, with the mosaic-like LaMetric Sky now available for preorder.Enlarge ImageArrange the LaMetric Sky panels into a rectangle, and you’ll be able to use them to display notifications and social media counts. LaMetric Early-bird pricing ranges from $172 for a four-panel starter kit (25% off of the expected retail price of $229) to $576 for a starter kit with the maximum allowable 16 panels (that’s 30% off of the expected retail price of $823).First spotted this past January at CES, the triangular Sky light panels are the second smart home offering from LaMetric, a 6-year-old startup based out of Ukraine. With 32 triangular zones of light on each panel, the things are capable of displaying intricate designs and animations. Arrange your panels into a rectangular shape, and you’ll also be able to automate them to display pixel-based icons and text notifications from social media or other third-party services — the same approach taken by the company’s first gadget, the LaMetric Time. 7 Photos LaMetric’s pixelated LED wall panels shine at CES 2019 The pixel aesthetic lets the panels display a custom code during setup, too. You’ll scan that visual code with your phone’s camera to pair them with the LaMetric app. From there, you can sync them up with Siri, Alexa or Google Assistant to turn them on and off, adjust the brightness or trigger your favorite scenes using voice commands. LaMetric’s panels are a follow-up to the LaMetric Time (the desktop doodad beneath the computer monitor there). Arrange your panels into a rectangle, and you’ll be able to display the same custom text and icons as that device. LaMetric LaMetric’s panels are touch-sensitive, too — tap one once to change to the next effect, or tap it twice to turn the panel off.The segmented design also helps set LaMetric’s panels apart from Nanoleaf’s and Lifx’s. Nanoleaf’s panels, including a hexagon-shaped version due out later this year, can each only put out one color at a time — a sharp contrast with the 32 individual zones of light that you get with LaMetric.Meanwhile, you can use the Lifx app to fingerpaint on the 64 zones of light on each Lifx Tile, but the zones aren’t sectioned off from each other like LaMetric’s. As a result, the colors bleed together like tie-dye, which is less than ideal for displaying icons and formatted text. CNET Smart Home See All Post a comment Tags LaMetric also tells us that it’s updated the design since CES to allow users to connect panels side to side, corner to corner or corner to side via the cables hidden in the back. Lifx offers similar versatility, but the execution was a bit clumsy when we tested Lifx’s Tiles out.We’ll see if LaMetric manages a little better when the Sky panels arrive at the end of this year. Expect a full review from the walls of the CNET Smart Home when that time comes. Google Assistant Alexa Siri Apple HomeKit IFTTT Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected 0 Smart Home Share your voice 1:38 reading • LaMetric’s flashy LED light panels are now available for preorder • Get a look at LaMetric’s gorgeous, color-changing wall lights Now playing: Watch this: CNET Smart Home
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to review the apex court’s order, in which it agreed with the recommendations of the Justice (retd) RM Lodha Committee. The recommendations, when implemented, would bring more transparency to the cricketing body.The BCCI, led by president Anurag Thakur, has said that implementing the recommendations could spell more problems for the cricketing body, including its expulsion from the International Cricket Council (ICC).In an affidavit filed with the apex court on Monday, Thakur had said of his conversation with ICC President Shashank Manohar: “When he was president of BCCI, he had taken a view that the Lodha panel recommendations of appointing a nominee of the CAG on the board’s Apex Council would amount to governmental interference and might invoke an action of suspension from ICC,” Thakur had said.The Lodha panel recommendations, it may be noted, include barring ministers and civil servants as well as those above 70 years of age from becoming BCCI office bearers. If implemented, this could end political presence in the BCCI.The current BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar is the founder of Nationalist Congress Party. He is a former Union Cabinet minister and the former chief minister of Maharashtra.The BCCI has also contested the one-state-one-vote proposal, which limits the voting power of traditionally more influential states and their selectors; and a cooling off period in its review petition in the Supreme Court.If and when the recommendations are implemented, Thakur and many others could be on their way out of the BCCI. However, Thakur could land a role in the ICC, with sources saying that the world cricketing body is keen on giving Thakur the chairmanship role in its development committee. He will succeed Manohar.
Vikram in Kadaram Kondan.PR HandoutRajesh M Selva desired to make Kadaram Kondan with Kamal Haasan, but the Ulaganayagan, in spite of being impressed with the script, could not take up the project due to his busy schedule. His liking towards the story became evident after the actor came forward to produce the flick, while roping in Vikram to play the lead role.Kadaram Kondan is an action thriller, which has Kamal’s daughter Akshara Haasan playing an important role. Abi Hassan, Lena, Vikas, Jasmine, Cherry and a host of actors are part of the supporting cast. The film has Ghibran’s music, Srinivas R Gutha’s cinematography and Praveen KL’s editing.Story: Chiyaan Vikram enacts the character named KK, who is on the run in Malaysia. He will be seen as a dangerous man with a murky past. There are complications in his appearance which makes him menacing and unpredictable person. Abhi and Akshara appear as husband and wife in Kadaram Kondan. How their lives and interlinked is the interesting part of the story.Analysis and Reviews:Kadaram Kondan is fast-paced action thriller which impresses the viewers with top notch technicalites. The brilliant action sequences are well-backed by pulsating background score. Vikram looks as stylish as ever in the crisp thriller in which Chiyaan has minimal dialogues. Akshara makes a good debut and Abi Haasan is equally impressive. On the flip side, there are lags in the screeplay here and there. Check out the viewers’ response to the film below:Kaushik LM: #KadaramKondan -Has a Thoongavanam vibe, with the Malaysian milieu setting it apart. Macho #ChiyaanVikram doesn’t have any romantic side to his character, and means ‘action’ all through with a hugely deep bass voice dubbing. He just eases through, sharing space with many actors #KadaramKondan 2nd half – High on stunts – bike chase, car chase, hand to hand combats etc. The ending is decent, with an emotional touch.. Overall, a lightweight action flick with a crisp runtime of 2 hrs. @GhibranOfficial’s work Competent debut for @AbiHassan_#KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him.. #KadaramKondan 1st half – Takes all its time to set up the core characters. The mysterious KK & a young married couple drive the plot. ‘Thaarame Thaarame’ is a nice melody, sung by @sidsriram .. Debutant @AbiHassan_ ‘s screen presence is pleasing. Hoping for an action packed 2nd! #KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him..Sathish Kumar M: #KadaramKondan Excellent Debut got @AbiHassan_ He comes throughout the movie and has done complete justice to the role. Didn’t feel that it was his debut film. Proud moment for #Nasser @nasser_kameela #KadaramKondan Director has tried to give ‘A’ Class Action Thriller. Cinematography & BGM by @GhibranOfficial adds more value to the film. Slow paced screenplay. #ChiyanVikram Looks Vera Level. His action scenes in the second half has come out well. Good debut for @AbiHassan_Review Ram: The stunt sequences in #KadaramKondan are well shot, but surely not well choreographed. They are in fact tedious. Action is nothing but chases here in different forms like bike, car, walking and running. Doesn’t build any tension while watching…ZaZuOke: #KadaramKondan I thoroughly enjoyed that and with that being said as a non-tamil as an African Canadian #ChiyaanVikram is hands that with that performance the best Tamil industry has to offer such talent .. blown away just wow… Thank you so muchSidhu: #KadaramKondan: Crisp and progressive thriller that qualifies as a fair watch. #ChiyaanVikram is in his element and handles the film well along with @AbiHassan_ who is equally impressive. Some good action upholds the second half!Dumeel Dravidian: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram..@RajeshMSelva nails in direction department @GhibranOfficial oh man u r a rockstar #KadaramKondan #KadaramKondan Theatre erupted for this scene.. Stunts & visuals on par with Hollywood standards.. Much awaited moment for chiyaan fans.. It will biggest blockbuster of this year next to #Viswasam & #Kanchana3 #KadaramKondan Done with the 2nd half.. Without thinking just book the tickets buddies. Perfect entertainer from chiyan this time.. Pre climax twist will stun you like hell.. WINNER.. 4/5sridevi sreedhar: #KadaramKondan : interval report : Fast paved & Slick …u cannot take ur eyes off #ChiyaanVikram who has least dialogues, looks Superstylish and riveting new boy #Abhi is apt .. So happy for @AbiHassan_ one of the most promising debutant in recent time. He has done a fabulous job You have all the reasons to smile and be proud @nasser_kameela and #Naseer sir #KadaramKondanRamesh Bala: #KadaramKondan [3.25/5] : A racy action thriller.. Jus 2 hrs flat.. #ChiyaanVikram ‘s stylish action sequences are the major highlights.. @AbiHassan_makes a fine debut.. @aksharahaasan1 @GhibranOfficial’s BGM Dir @RajeshMSelva has made a neat action entertainer.. #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru.. Going good so far..Kaazhingan: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram.. @RajeshMSelva nails in direction departmentKrishna Krish: #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru..Going good so far..DJ: #KadaramKondan what an movie unimaginable performance by chiyaan Anna ,stunt sequence Vera level Especially opening entry Vera level ,Pukka mass really enjoyed the movie , waiting for 2nd timePrashanth Rangaswamy: #KadaramKondan Interval – Slow paced screenplay , Ok va poguthu so far. Stunts – Just exceptional. Easily the career best performance for @aksharahaasan1 so far. And Mr. Chiyaan – Truly hollywood standards. Second half fightellam mass panni irukaapdi. Classy is the word ! #KadaramKondanHisham: #KadaramKondan – So well made action thriller which will engage you through out. Super good looking Chiyaan supported by some good supporting actors. Perfect casting, good direction and brilliant music score. Easily the best Chiyaan movie after ages. Sure shot HIT. Go watch..!!
Road Accident logoThree people, including a physician, were killed in a road accident at ‘Egaro Mile’ point on the Thakurgaon-Dinajpur highway under Kaharole upazila in Dinajpur district on Friday, police said.“The accident occurred when a passenger coach and a rented car collided head-on there at 3.30pm killing two car passengers on the spot and injuring the car driver,” said Dinajpur’s Doshmile highway police camp in-charge sergeant Sarwar Jahan.On information, highway police rushed to the spot, recovered the bodies, rescued the injured person and sent him to Dinajpur M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The deceased persons are physician of Rangpur Diabetic Samity Shamiul Kabir Russel, 40, medical representative Shafiul Alam, 40, of Gaibandha and driver Shahjahan Ali Bhutto, 40, of Dhap area in Rangpur city.Russel hailed from Gauripur in Mymensingh and joined the diabetic samity five months ago and used to go to Thakurgaon on every Friday by rented car to render services there to diabetic patients.The accident occurred while he was returning to Rangpur from Thakurgaon after providing services to patients there.“We had brought the bodies to Doshmile Highway Police Camp from where those were handed over to their relatives,” sergeant Sarwar added.Confirming the accident and deaths, Kaharole police station officer-in-charge Aiyub Ali said the tragic accident occurred amid inclement weather.
Bill placed in US Congress against Jamaat-e-Islami, Shibir. Photo: CollectedA bill has been placed in the US Congress, calling on the Bangladesh government to stop radical organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, who pose threat to the country’s stability and secular democracy, reports BSS.Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana State introduced the bill titled ‘Expressing concern about the threat posed to democracy and the democratic process by theocratic groups operating in Bangladesh’ in the House of Representatives on 20 November, according to the US Congress official website.The House Resolution 1156 has been referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee as per the website.The bill called on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department to halt all partnerships and funding arrangements with groups affiliated radical organisation including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir.Quoting a report of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council, it said religious minorities were targeted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat-e-Islami, and Islami Chhatra Shibir, during previous elections, as a result of which 495 Hindu homes were damaged, 585 shops were attacked or looted, and 169 temples were vandalised between November 2013 and January 2014.It also referred that Jamaat-e-Islami activists have been involved in recent attacks on religious minorities in Bangladesh.Mentioning that national elections are expected to take place in Bangladesh on 30 December 2018, the bill called on the Bangladesh government to heed the Bangladesh election commission’s request to ensure security for minorities and maintain communal harmony for a peaceful election.The bill acknowledged the victims of the 1971 War of Independence and the spirit of secular democracy on which Bangladesh was founded.The nation of Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, the bill mentioned and also noted this freedom was won at the cost of approximately 3 million deaths, more than 10 million displaced, and 200,000 women raped, many at the hands of Islamist militants led by Jamaat-e-Islami.The bill said repeated attacks on religious minorities, expanding religious intolerance, and growing destabilisation caused by radical groups, including Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, undermine United States economic and strategic interests in Bangladesh.In a statement, Philadelphia-based think tank, the Middle East Forum (MEF) has welcomed the bill saying “Jamaat-e-Islami is an influential and dangerous Islamist group with a long history of violence.In October last, Bangladesh Election Commission revoked the registration of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a major ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, as a political party in compliance with a High Court order.In August 2013, the High Court declared Jamaat’s registration illegal following a writ petition filed in 2009 by Bangladesh Tariqat Federation’s secretary general Rezaul Haque Chandpuri and 24 others.In the petition, they said Jamaat was a religion-based political party and it did not believe in the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh.
From handcuffs to hard hats, Jamel Maxwell says that his life changed after being arrested during the uprising. (Courtesy photos)Jamel Maxwell was riding the bus to Mondawmin Metro Station last April, when the bus driver announced she wouldn’t be stopping at the end of the line, letting passengers off five blocks away from the station. Maxwell lived south of North Avenue.He walked to Mondawmin Metro Station to transfer to another bus. All the buses were shut down. He walked toward home and into a swelling crowd of youngsters and police equipped in full riot gear, barricading roads in the area. What he didn’t know was that people had begun to gather in what would become known as the Uprising, a day when the frustration for many in Baltimore boiled over in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.“I wasn’t even going to get into it. But in my mind I’m thinking this is a trap,” Maxwell told the AFRO, “A police officer tells me to keep moving, but I had nowhere to go. The situation was provoked. I got angry and joined the crowd,” he said. He was then arrested and put in handcuffs.An article published in Mother Jones, corroborates Maxwell’s account of that day. According to eyewitness reports, the article said, the blockades “essentially corralled young people in the area” and that “police actions inflamed a tense-but-stable situation.” The article further states that “it was difficult to leave the neighborhood…the kids were stuck there because of police actions.”Maxwell was angry at police, but more angry about the climate and conditions he had to live in as a citizen of Baltimore. He was upset that drugs and violence rule supreme in his neighborhood and that there is very little opportunity for him to grow and make something of himself in the city he calls home.“I was terrified for him,” said Tamara Fitzpatrick, Maxwell’s former English teacher at Edmondson-Westside High School. Initially, she was angry at him for risking his life. “I was taken aback and horrified, but after I thought about it I realized that he wasn’t thinking about being arrested. To him, he was fighting back for years of feeling belittled by society and for feeling like he was nothing.“I contacted him on social media and explained my anger was more of concern for him, that I loved him and I just wanted him to be safe.”Maxwell studied carpentry while at Edmondson. He played football and ran track.“He was an incredible singer and he made everybody laugh,” said Nichole Wright, a former teacher at Edmondson Westside.Maxwell spent three days in jail for his participation in the riots. He left Central Booking on crutches, but was not charged with a crime. He was let go from his job at Walmart because of his injuries.Maxwell is not proud of the part he played in the riots but says he would not change anything about that day. “Yes, it was stupid, but it was an eye opener for me to see how crazy this world really is–there is no love in this city. Everything and everybody is disconnected. There is no loyalty or respect in the streets. Too much of my generation is out here thugging and bugging out on these pills, losing there minds, killing each other for nothing.”Maxwell is heading further south to start a job in construction while he pursues a career in entertainment. The city is full of people with no faith, Maxwell says, which is why he won’t be coming back anytime soon.Recently, Maxwell traveled to Atlanta, Ga., to reunite with his father, who left Baltimore when Maxwell was 13. “He seems to be doing well in Georgia. I hope that he builds a comfortable life there and stays,” said Horton. “Visit Baltimore, but do not come back. The city has gone through so much, and I don’t want it to drag him down in the process.”An opportunity to travel allowed him space to regroup. “I realized that I had an opportunity to do something with my life, We all do,” said Maxwell. “It’s hard out here, but Baltimore builds character and strength. There is nothing your faith can’t carry you through. If you can make it here you can make it anywhere.”
Not everyone is happy about Starbucks’ recent announcement that it is cracking down on customers viewing porn over its free Wi-Fi network. Porn website YouPorn has responded to the news by announcing it is banning Starbucks coffee in its offices.In a memo sent to employees on Thursday, YouPorn vice president Charlie Hughes said Starbucks products will be officially banned from YouPorn offices effective January 1, 2019.“Dear YouPorn Team, In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, Starbucks products will officially be banned from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st 2019,” the memo read, according to Forbes.We’re guessing it’s Dunkin’ coffee from now on for YouPorn employees, although it’s not clear exactly how employees will be reprimanded if they’re seen with a Frappucino in hand.“See your direct manager for questions,” the memo says.The retaliation announcement comes on the heels of Starbucks announcing that it is launching a content-blocking tool to prevent customers who are using Starbucks Wi-Fi from viewing porn. “We have identified a solution to prevent this content from being viewed within our stores and we will begin introducing it to our U.S. locations in 2019,” Starbucks said in a statement to The Verge.In 2016, Starbucks promised to consider such an action, telling CNN “We are in the process of evaluating a global protocol to address this in all of our company-owned stores, and are in active discussions with organizations on implementing the right, broad-based solution that would remove any illegal and other egregious content.”But more than two years later, Starbucks has not fulfilled that pledge.More on Geek.com:Starbucks Will Finally Block U.S. Customers From Watching PornPornhub Offers Free Leaf Removal Service in Upstate New YorkPornhub Adds Closed Captioning for Porn Stay on target Android Ransomware Pretends to Be Reddit PornVirginia Outlaws Deepfake Revenge Porn
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. Through a smoldering brush fire, past wind-shearing road trains, across the Australian continent, the University of Michigan’s Quantum was the first American car to finish the World Solar Challenge. The Solar Car team placed third overall in the international competition. This is the second victory in a row for Team Tokai; they took home the prize the last time the race was run two years ago. Initially the race was held every three years, but in 1999, it was decided that two years would be better. Over the history of the race, fourteen races have been conducted and Japanese teams have won six, including this year. Teams from the Netherlands have also had some success, wining four. A team from the United States won the first race, but has not been able to repeat that success since.This year the race was particularly emotional for the Japanese team as they dedicated their race to the reconstruction efforts still going on in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country last March. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Interview with driver/pilot of Tokai Challenger 2 of Tokai University of Japan at Victoria Square in Adelaide, Australia on Oct. 20, 2011. And while the race has been running since last Sunday (October 16), the contestants were obviously only able to run at night. The actual driving time for the winning car was 32 hours and 45 minutes. Over the course of the race, the cars were stopped at seven checkpoints to allow the teams to see how things were going with the driver and the car, to check weather, etc. Each team was only allowed to perform very routine maintenance such as clearing debris that had accumulated and inflating tires. More information: www.worldsolarchallenge.org/ Team Tokai’s car, sponsored by Panasonic, is basically a tricycle with a high-end carbon frame which is covered with HIT solar panels supplied by Panasonic. Inside, in addition to the driver, is an electric motor and 8650-type high-capacity lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. At its fastest, the car can travel 160 km/h, though for the race it averaged 91.54 kilometers per hour. Explore further Citation: Japanese Team Tokai wins the 3,021 km 2011 Veolia World Solar Challenge (2011, October 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-japanese-team-tokai-km-veolia.html Japanese solar car leads race Down Under Coming in second, just 30 minutes behind the winners, was Nuon Solar, the Team from the Netherlands. The team from the University of Michigan came in third.The race, which was started in 1987 as a means of promoting solar-powered technology had 37 entrants this year, and put drivers through a variety of challenges including wild animals, high temperatures, road trains (trucks with multiple trailers), high winds and a bushfire that put a stop to the race at one point. Team Philippines ran into a very serious problem on Wednesday when its battery exploded after overheating. The battery was replaced and the team forged ahead, showing just how much fortitude the contestants must possess. Image credit: World Solar Challenge (PhysOrg.com) — The Japanese Tokai University Solar Car Team has won the Veolia World Solar Challenge, a 3,021 kilometer race between tiny cars relying on mostly solar power. Running between Darwin, a remote town in one of the most northern parts of Australia, and the city of Adelaide in the very south, the race bisects the continent and takes the drivers and their teams through some very hostile territory. Image credit: World Solar Challenge
(Phys.org) —It was a busy week for applied physics as Researchers build first 3D magnetic logic gate—they used programmable 3D nano-sized magnets to build the gate–it could lead to circuit chips with increased density. And speaking of circuit chips; Tiny chip mimics brain, delivers supercomputer speed. A collaborative effort has led to the development of a “neurosynaptic” chip, its makers claim, and it works by using processes that mimic the human brain. Because the chip, named TrueNorth uses a neural design it is able to process data on par with a supercomputer, opening the door for such uses as driverless vehicles that don’t have to rely on communications with a more powerful remote computer to get around. In related news, neuroscientists are zeroing in on The fastest neurons in the brain, aka “fast-spiking parvalbumin-positive interneurons.” Perhaps their findings will lead to an even faster neurosynaptic chip. Scientists create purple-winged butterflies in six generations Magnetic force microscope images of the 3D magnetic logic gates, each containing three input magnets and one output magnet. Numbers show the magnetization states of the output magnet for all input configurations. Credit: Eichwald, et al. ©2014 IOP Explore further Citation: Best of Last Week – First 3D magnetic logic gate, water tractor beam and charging phones wirelessly (2014, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-week-3d-magnetic-logic-gate.html © 2014 Phys.org Also, Physicists create water tractor beam—a team at The Australian National University found they could use wave generation to move objects sitting on the surface of a liquid. That could come in handy for managing ships in tight quarters, or perhaps to help move floating drones. Also, smartphone users can start holding their breath: Charging with ultrasound: uBeam has functional prototype—it’s a wireless charging platform that uses ultrasound to send electricity to devices through the air to charge portable electronics. They hope to have a product ready sometime in the next two years.In biology news, Scientists create purple-winged butterflies in six generations using nothing but selective breeding. All they had to do was measure the ultraviolet reflectivity of moth wings and breed those with the color closest to purple, a process the researchers believe could be replicated when designing devices that trap light, tune color or steer light beam. Also, Flores bones show features of Down syndrome, not a new ‘hobbit’ human. And finally, if you’re wondering if you’re perhaps a little too into yourself, you can find out, as a team of researchers has discovered that Just one simple question can identify narcissistic people. Turns out, all they had to do was ask them, which suggests, you could do the same. 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.
Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The digital age is upon us, and it is unsparing in its reach. Every aspect of a company needs innovating in order for the organization as a whole to stay ahead of the competition.Related: 4 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Embrace the Next Phase of Digital Maturity, ‘Cognitive Transformation’In this world of demanding consumers, then, catching their attention via effective messaging is vital to begin any relationship, and only continued — and excellent — marketing will sustain a loyal customer base in a time of constant disruption.Here are five ways to build a better marketing strategy using innovative technology, and to stay ahead of the game in the digital age.1. Use blockchain as a tool to reach consumers.Today’s web ecosystem is one of interconnected subcommunities. The vast scope and nuances of these communities can make it hard to segment them into distinct, targetable groups. It also makes it harder to reach these distinct communities without an intermediary. However, technology like the blockchain is making it easier than ever to reach out directly to these types of groups.Related: When It Comes to Innovation, Go Big or Go HomeThe potential of a marketing tool to be able to reach a global community in a hyper-targeted, peer-to-peer fashion is on the horizon. If the disruption blockchain is capable of is any indication, this tech should be keeping status quo web marketers up at night.2. Target connected channels.Web channels and forums are based on interests, but are completely sustained by the free flow of information, relationships and exchange among their members. While some tend to be static or exclusive, many are constantly growing, sharing and adapting organisms. Finding and targeting these communities should be a key plank in any effective marketing strategy.For example, blockchain content platforms like DAC are global, decentralized and absolutely dependent on the constant communication and exchange of information among their members. For DAC, this means using blockchain technology to incentivize audio content creators and their fans to build and develop a robust content community..The blockchain-based audio-content website model aims to create and foster a sense of community among music fans across the world. In today’s web, messaging to one of these members is a way to message to his or her entire network — which should have any savvy CMO champing at the bit.3. Incentivize a community of supporters.The digital age has created many new channels for companies to reach their target audience, but many established digital marketing techniques have become less effective in recent years. Instead of solely advertising a message to your audience, you can achieve more impactful outcomes by incentivizing that audience with benefits that turn its members into active supporters of your company.Blockchain startup Agora, which offers end-to-end verifiable voting technology, has incentivized an audience through its token bounty program as well as the company’s core product. Agora has engaged its community by offering rewards to those who share its message on social media and other channels.Agora has also built reward mechanisms into its own voting platform. Through one such mechanism, governments can reward voters, using Agora’s tokens, for casting a ballot, which may ultimately serve to increase global political participation.4. AI has already arrived, and it’s smarter than you.Once the stuff of science fiction, artificial intelligence has recently exploded in scale and practicality. It is showing tremendous promise as a tool for marketing and messaging. As companies like Google develop efficient and effective marketing AI, incorporating this tech into future marketing plans will be crucial for any company that wishes to survive.Self-taught AI will be able to create more efficient algorithms than any human is capable of programming, meaning that customers will be reached more precisely and effectively than ever before.AI could even be responsible for creating marketing content, instantly adjusting its messaging according to user response. Anyone expecting to keep up with the growing number of platforms and segmentations that will define the digital age must begin to understand and embrace artificial intelligence as the uber-tool it will become.5. Big data is only getting bigger — so, use it.The current juggernaut technology in online advertising is the aptly named Big Data. Collected from the web habits of billions of users, this data is used by advertisers to classify and predict the habits of its consumers. Big Data will only get more important as the internet continues to grow and influence more aspects of our lives.Related: How Blockchain Is Creating a New Future for Digital MarketingThe internet of things (IoT) will be the interconnected network of all appliances and machines in one’s life. For example, sensors detecting the temperature will be able to communicate and adjust every appliance in the household to the ideal setting. This expanded network will create increased amounts of data, all of it useful for marketing purposes and targeting. The company that successfully models this IoT data will be able to conquer the future of marketing.How do you think technology can influence the future of marketing? March 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F MSC Magnifica was christened on Saturday, March 6 in Hamburg, Germany, making it the 11th ship in MSC Cruises‘ fleet. The vessel, which is the fourth Panamax cruise ship in the MSC Cruises Musica class, features 16 bars and lounges, four restaurants, a large new buffet area, called Sahara and an a la carte restaurant, L’Oasi, which will offer Moroccan fare. MSC Magnifica also offers a number of onboard entertainment features including a Tiger Bar 4D cinema, mini-bowling alley and a billiard table in the L’Olimpiade sports bar. The onboard spa, MSC Aurea Spa, provides a variety of treatments including massages, facials and other specialty spa treatments. Italian pop artist Eros Ramazzotti performed on stage during the christening while screen legend Sophia Loren, participated in the ribbon cutting as the godmother of her eighth MSC ship. MSC Magnifica will sail a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean itinerary calling at Venice and Bari, Italy; Katakolon, Greece; Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey; and Dubrovnik, Croatia.