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Dionne Warwick and Friends Sing For The Hunger Project

first_imgLast night, the multi-Grammy Award winning music icon Dionne Warwick returned to the Royal Albert Hall once again in support of The Hunger Project.Warwick led a stunning All Star Cast, including Sir Cliff Richard OBE, Alexandra Burke, Boy George, Caro Emerald, Tony Hadley, Joe McElderry, Katie Melua, Mica Paris, Rumer and The London Community Gospel Choir.The evening was the culmination of events designed to raise awareness for World Hunger Day, and supported the international aid work of The Hunger Project.Last night also saw Dionne lead the first ever public performance of “One World, One Song” as a duet with Joe McElderry. The song was written to celebrate our ability to end world hunger sustainably and permanently.To learn more about how you can get involved, visit The Hunger Project websites in the US and UK. In the UK, you can donate now by texting LOVE28 £3 £5 or £10 to 70070.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Paks efforts to act against terror groups money laundering questioned at APG

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed terror outfits and its efforts to curb money laundering and terror financing were questioned by members of a regional affiliate of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) at a meeting held in China, according to a media report. A 10-member delegation, led by Finance Secretary Mohammad Younas Dagha, attended the two-day meeting of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the Paris-based FATF in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou where it defended Pakistan’s efforts against money laundering and terror financing. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report According to a Dawn report, some participants, particularly those from India, raised very tough questions about Pakistan’s seriousness to act against proscribed organisations and effectiveness of internal controls. On May 3, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said India will ask the FATF to put Pakistan on a blacklist of countries that fail to meet international standards in stopping financial crime. The APG will submit to the FATF its analysis of the compliance report submitted by Pakistan at the meeting, which concluded yesterday, and the progress made since the group’s on-site inspection in Islamabad and Karachi in March, the report said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests The APG report will become the basis for the FATF to decide whether to exclude Pakistan from its grey list or not. The delegation briefed the meeting about Pakistan’s updated actions against currency smuggling, proscribed organisations and tightening of financial and corporate sector systems and operational effectiveness, the report said. Giving examples of the measures taken by it, Pakistan cited arrests of key operatives of some proscribed outfits, putting more such groups and their affiliates in the list of banned outfits, blocking their accounts and financial flows and taking control of their assets. In March, bowing down to international pressure, Pakistan launched a major crackdown on Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa, Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation and other banned outfits and took over the control of their assets throughout the country. The Pakistan delegation said the country was very close to accomplish the milestones set under the FATF action plan well before the September deadline. It also said the government recently revised its national risk assessment of the corporate sector, strengthened customs procedures on borders and inland movement of funds and assets. Besides, internal control of the banking and non-banking financial institutions, insurance companies and stock exchanges has been strengthened to curb the possibility of money laundering and terror financing. The delegation cited the creation of a specialised directorate of Cross-Border Currency Movement (CBCM) in Islamabad to maintain a database of currency seizures. The APG had earlier flashed contradictory situations and poor coordination among stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies, in fighting money laundering and terror financing in Pakistan. Last month, it expressed serious reservations over insufficient physical actions on ground against proscribed organisations to block flow of funds and activities.last_img read more

Strengthened UN crucial for resolving global conflicts Ireland tells Assembly

Ireland’s Foreign Minister has advocated strengthening United Nations efforts in the field of conflict prevention and resolution, as well as sharing lessons learned, as key factors to achieving peace in today’s strife-ridden world.“Today, despite all our efforts, violence conflict remains all too common,” Dermot Ahern told the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly. Urging nations to make use of the full array of instruments available to resolve conflict, he stressed that “in making peace, we must be as creative and determined as those who wage war.”Mr. Ahern said it is vital to ensure that the UN Peacebuilding Commission – set up last year to help countries emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and not slide back into war – and the accompanying Peacebuilding Fund are organized and resourced to fulfil their important mandates.He also urged continued support for UN peacekeeping operations, which are currently at an all-time high in terms of their size, scope and complexity, and for strengthening the Organization’s capacities for conflict prevention and resolution. The sharing of experiences, particularly lessons learned, from enduring and complex conflicts such as that in Northern Ireland, could also prove useful, he noted.While he did not believe the success of Northern Ireland, where an historic power-sharing accord has led to the resolution of a decades-long conflict, offers a “universally transferable formula,” its experience provides insights and lessons worth sharing.“First, in the end, those who are part of the problem must be part of the solution – not because we approve of their actions or beliefs, but because without them it is all too easy for an agreement among others to be destroyed,” he stated. Among the other lessons is the need for inclusive dialogue on the basis of clear and guaranteed principles, to take risks for peace and to address all issues comprehensively. “Working with a strengthened UN and sharing lessons with one another, I passionately hope we can advance the day when political leaders from other regions of the world blighted by conflict can announce in this forum that peace has come to them too,” Mr. Ahern stated. 2 October 2007Ireland’s Foreign Minister has advocated strengthening United Nations efforts in the field of conflict prevention and resolution, as well as sharing lessons learned, as key factors to achieving peace in today’s strife-ridden world. read more

Burundis peace process hampered by political crises – UN report

30 November 2007In recent months, efforts to bring a lasting peace to Burundi have been impeded by a deteriorating political situation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report to the Security Council made public today. In recent months, efforts to bring a lasting peace to Burundi have been impeded by a deteriorating political situation, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report to the Security Council made public today. “The peace consolidation process in Burundi has passed through a difficult period in the past six months,” Mr. Ban says in a report on the work of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB) covering the period since 17 May. “The political crises and institutional paralysis, along with the blockage in the peace process, underscores the fragility of the situation and the continued need for vigilance.” The small Great Lakes nation has been the victim of violent coups and political instability since gaining independence in 1962. Decades of ethnic conflict pit the Hutu majority against the Tutsi minority, and enormous challenges persist, the report states. Mr. Ban also voices concern over the worsening overall security situation and ongoing human rights violations. Welcoming the appointment of an inclusive Government earlier this month, he commended President Pierre Nkurunziza “for the leadership and the flexibility in ending the political crisis that had heightened tensions and delayed the implementation of key peace consolidation tasks.” To meet high expectations – both national and international – the new Government must endeavour to address the challenges Burundi faces in its reconstruction efforts, the report notes. In July, the Palipehutu-FNL, the last major rebel hold-out group, withdrew from the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism set up to monitor a ceasefire it signed with the Government last year. “There is an urgent need for the resumption and early implementation of the comprehensive ceasefire agreement within an overall political framework that addresses the concerns of the Government and FNL,” Mr. Ban says. He expresses concern over the continuing stalemate between the sides, which has had humanitarian and security consequences, and urged the FNL to resume its participation in the Joint Verification and Monitoring Mechanism. “I call upon the Government and FNL to meet the aspirations of all Burundians and seize this opportunity by engaging in good faith on the issues that have hindered progress to date,” the Secretary-General adds. The report urges a greater role for BINUB, which “should continue to provide political and technical support to help national actors address the root causes of the conflict, prevent a relapse into conflict and create an environment conducive to recovery and development.” read more

Police force goes to court over plans to make all new officers

All new police officers will be required to have a degree All new police officers will be required to have a degree Mr Skelly said: “I have been raising these concerns with the College of Policing and the National Police ChiefsCouncil (NPCC) for more than two years since the impact of Police Education Qualifications Framework became clear,” he said. “The College has pushed forward ignoring the growing evidence that demonstrates the impracticality of their proposals from Lincolnshire. Their most recent communication states the intention to change Police Regulations to enforce the PEQF recruitment process from next year.” A police force is taking legal action over the controversial policy requiring all new officers to have a degree qualification.Lincolnshire Police is seeking a judicial review of the College of Policing scheme, which was introduced last year, arguing that it will place officers in the classroom rather than out on the front line.Chief Constable Bill Skelly said if the scheme goes ahead he will have around 40 fewer officers available to deploy at any one time, which amounts of 10 per cent of his overall strength.The requirement for all new officers to become graduates was introduced by the College of Policing in order to professionalise the service.New recruits will have to complete a degree course which is expected to require them to spend around one day a week in the classroom.But it has proved controversial with many serving officers, who regard academic qualifications as unnecessary for a job that requires a range of skills that many believe are best learned on the job.Mr Skelly believes implementing the policy in his force area will be unsustainable at a time when he has been forced to slash resources to the bone.He is also worried about the financial impact of having to pay for officers to attend the degree courses at local colleges and impact on the police pension scheme. Four years ago the Telegraph revealed how Mr Skelly’s predecessor, Neil Rhodes, had written to the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, warning her that his force faced going bust under the government’s funding arrangements.Mr Rhodes warned that under that structure, Bobbies on the beat would be a thing of the past in Lincolnshire, while those officers left would take much longer to respond to 999 calls.He said minor offences such as criminal damage and theft would have to be largely ignored, while investigations into issues such as historic child sex abuse and cyber-crime would stop.In a stark assessment, he warned: “If we were a business, then it would be being funded at below the cost of being in business. The cupboard is bare and it is likely that we will be the first force in the country to fall over.”Geographically, Lincolnshire is one of the largest forces in the country, covering almost 2,300 square miles.But with few urban conurbations and a relatively low population, the force has one of the smallest staff of all 43 forces in England and Wales. He went on: “Nobody in my force area, be it members of the public or fellow officers are saying to me, we want cops to have degrees.”What they want are people who can speak to them and relate to them. These are not skills that you can learn in the classroom. “Also I am concerned about what the drop out rate might be for perfectly good officer candidates who perhaps are not academically minded.”Mr Skelly has estimated that implementing the degree scheme will cost his force around £2.5 million a year.He is now seeking to challenge the policy in the courts through a judicial review, in a move that is being supported by his local Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, who is funding the court action.   Mr Jones said: “Protecting the people of Lincolnshire is our number one priority and to do that we cannot support a further loss of officer numbers to this ill thought through scheme.  We believe that losing around 40 officers from the front line withoutchallenging the College would be unforgivable and the costs to the public both financially and in loss of service leave us with no choice.”Mr Skelly said he has already been forced to make £3 million of cuts in his force area and the extra cost of implementing the scheme could result in Lincolnshire Constabulary having less than 1,000 officers by 2020, which he said would be unsustainable.”We will get to a point where we are simply unable to provide the sort of service that the public expects and deserves.”DCC Bernie O’Reilly from the College of Policing said: “The College of Policing is aware of a potential legal challenge in relation to the implementation of the new entry routes into policing.”The training for new recruits seeks to prepare those entering the service for the complexity of the job and has been developed with colleagues from across policing.”We continue to work with Lincolnshire Police to enable them to join the other 30 police forces across England and Wales who are introducing the new training over the next year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Womens EHF CL Final Gyori with 2 to Podgorica

← Previous Story Second “Handball for all” Academy in Serbia! Next Story → Hungarian Play Off Final: MKB Veszprem leads 1:0 Over 5.500 spectators made fantastic atmosphere in the “Veszprem Arena”, where host team, Gyori beats Buducnost Podgorica 29:27 (13:12) in the first match of Women’s EHF Champions League Final. That was a real clash between Anita Gorbitz (12) and Bojana Popovic (14). Final decision will be made in Podgorica next Sunday.Đer – Budućnost 29:27 (13:12)Hala: „Vesprem arena“.Spectatotrs: 5000.7 meter: Đer 7/7. Budućnost 11/6.Exclusions Đer 4, Budućnost 10 minutes.ĐER: Lunde Haraldsen 20 saves – 5 7-meter, Radičević 4, Amorim 4, Loke 4, Verten 3, Lekić 2, Gerbic 12/7.BUDUĆNOST: Voltering 16 saves, Popović 14/3, Đokić 3/1, Bulatović K. 3/2, Miljanić 3, Savić 3, Jovetić 1. read more

Clever design lets Fujitsu use a cooling fan in a waterproof tablet

first_imgMaking a device waterproof means protecting the electronics inside against contact with liquid of any kind. However, if a device uses air cooling, it seems impossible to also make it waterproof without the unit overheating. However, Fujitsu has managed to overcome such a limitation through design.The company’s new Arrows Tab QH77/M is a 2-in1 tablet that works with or without a keyboard attached. It is also waterproof, but instead of running a fanless ARM solution, the Windows 8.1 tablet uses a Haswell Core i5-4200U processor (a Core i7 chip is also an option) and cooling fan to pump heat away from the chip.So how do you waterproof a tablet that requires a fan to spin so as not to overheat? Fujitsu split the internals of the Arrows Tab into two compartments. The delicate electronics including the processor are contained within a sealed compartment that water cannot enter, where as the cooling fan and heatsink are in a compartment that can flood with water if submerged.The two areas are linked by a heatpipe allowing heat transfer away from the processor in either situation. When submerged, the heat is dissipated by the water flooding the cooling compartment and flowing over the heatsink. When not submerged, the fan alone can spin to pump the heat away from the heatsink and out of the tablet. So, unless you submerge the Arrows Tab in hot water it should continue to function as normal.The QH77/M complies with both the IPX5/7/8 waterproof standard and IP5X dustproof standard, so should be of interest to anyone who needs to use a Windows tablet outdoors or in an industrial setting. As for features, it pairs that Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and a 12.5-inch 1920 x 1080 touchscreen display. The battery capacity is 46Wh, which Fujitsu claims will give you 16 hours of use between charges. It can also achieve an 80% capacity charge in just one hour.last_img read more

Irelands abortion laws subjected woman to cruel inhuman and degrading treatment

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Chris Tefme File photo 15,383 Views Ireland’s abortion laws subjected woman to ‘cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’ The UN Human Rights Committee has again called on Ireland to reform its restrictive abortion laws. https://jrnl.ie/3441468 136 Comments File photo Image: Shutterstock/Chris Tefme Jun 13th 2017, 12:04 PM Source: Órla Ryan/Twitter Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 12:04 PM By Órla Ryan Share1402 Tweet Email2 Statement from Siobhán Whelan, woman denied abortion in 2010 after diagnosis of fatal foetal abnormality. pic.twitter.com/bsd6j3rE3r— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) June 13, 2017 In a statement, the Center said: “Ms Whelan was forced to travel to the UK for an abortion in 2010, due to the almost total prohibition of abortion in Ireland. The UN Committee has found that Ireland’s abortion laws violated Ms Whelan’s rights, including her right to be free from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and her right to privacy and equality.The Committee found that Ireland had subjected Ms Whelan to a “high level of mental anguish” which amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. The Committee found that the criminalisation of abortion in Ireland caused her shame and stigma, and this was one of the factors that exacerbated her “physical and mental situation”.“It found that her suffering was further aggravated by the obstacles she faced in receiving information she needed, and that health professionals did not provide her with clear and detailed information which disrupted the provision of medical care and exacerbated her distress.”At a press conference in Dublin today, the Center’s Regional Director for Europe Leah Hoctor said political leadership is needed to bring about a change in Ireland’s abortion legislation.At the time of the Mellet decision, the government cited the work of the Citizens’ Assembly in its response to the case. In April, the Assembly recommended that abortion should be legal in Ireland without restriction up to 12 weeks of pregnancy.Hoctor said that, if enacted, this would bring Ireland in line with most other European countries. The State has until November to respond to today’s decision, by which time Hoctor said the Center hopes a date for a referendum on changing Ireland’s abortion laws will have been set.“We believe that there is no reason at all why the Government and the Oireachtas cannot, before the deadline, set a date for a constitutional referendum, set the terms of that referendum and the legislation that will be attached and would follow that referendum were it carried.“There is no reason why they cannot show leadership in terms of ensuring serious degrees of public information on this issue, and an informed, considered public debate on this issue and then campaigning for meaningful constitutional change.If that does not happen before the deadline – at the end of November or early December – then we will be communicating to the [UN] committee that it has not happened. I think what will be very noteworthy for the committee is that the government reported last November on the basis of the Citizens’ Assembly process…“So it would be very concerning I have no doubt for the committee for, at the end of this year, actions on foot of the Citizens’ Assembly proposals not to have been taken.”Hoctor said Ireland cannot be fined or sanctioned if it does not act on the issue.“International law works on the basis of states consenting to the jurisdictions of these bodies and to the jurisdictions of these treaties.”She added that the Center believes Ireland takes human rights “very, very seriously” and wouldn’t want to considered be among governments that are “flagrantly” violating international commitments in this regard.Hoctor said the case in which a girl seeking abortion was held in a psychiatric unit when she thought she was going for termination last year is “what happens when a country’s law on abortions are extremely restrictive“. She said the girl seems to have “faced a very severe range of obstacles and barriers”.‘Heel-dragging’ A number of groups have welcomed today’s ruling.Gerry Edwards, Chairperson of Terminations For Medical Reasons (TFMR) Ireland, said: “The inhumanity with which successive governments treat women and families in these most tragic of circumstances is breathtaking. The deliberate delays and heel-dragging can only now be regarded as the wilful abuse of women and girls in Ireland.Every single member of the Oireachtas, irrespective of their party policy or personal views have an obligation to uphold international human rights and to enact legislation to protect them.Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, added: “The Government must act immediately on the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly and enable a constitutional referendum to take place. Until law reform occurs women’s health and wellbeing will continue to be compromised and endangered by Irish laws on abortion.”Meanwhile, Niall Behan, Chief Executive of the Irish Family Planning Association, said: “The State cannot continue to ignore repeated rulings and recommendations of international human rights bodies.“Irish law must be reformed to comply with our international human rights requirements, and the harm to women’s health and wellbeing caused by the denial of abortion services must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”Read: Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortionRead: Girl seeking abortion held in psychiatric unit when she thought she was going for termination Short URL Updated 3pmTHE UN HUMAN Rights Committee has found that Ireland’s law prohibiting and criminalising abortion has violated the human rights of a woman.The committee has ordered Ireland to reform its restrictive abortion laws following the decision, which is the second time in a year that legislation has been deemed to violate a woman’s human rights.The finding, which can be read here, was made in relation to the case of Siobhán Whelan, who was denied an abortion in 2010 after the diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality. It echoes the same committee’s June 2016 decision in the case of Amanda Mellet, who chose to travel to the UK to have a termination.In November, the State offered to pay her €30,000 in compensation.A statement on behalf of Whelan noted: “In taking this case, my hope was to bring about a change in our laws so that when faced with the tragic news of a fatal foetal abnormality women would have a choice to end the pregnancy in Ireland and not be forced to carry the pregnancy to term or to travel out of our country to access health care services like I had to.“The suffering I endured because I had to travel to access health care was inhuman.”Speaking about today’s decision, the Center for Reproductive Rights, which filed the case on Whelan’s behalf, said it expects her to be offered compensation. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Linda McMahon resigning from the Trump administration effective April 12
Linda McMahon resigning from the Trump administration effective April 12

first_img Videos Articles Facebook Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon announced she would be officially resigning from her role as head of the Small Business Administration in the Trump administration.McMahon, who made the announcement on Friday, will finish up effective April 12.It has truly been the honor of a lifetime to serve our country in this Administration. The opportunity to lead the SBA in supporting America’s small businesses has been immensely rewarding. @SBAgov @WhiteHouse pic.twitter.com/JnRvNehbVi— Linda McMahon (@SBALinda) March 29, 2019 Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Donald Trump Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipLinda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC FundraisingVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:40/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:38 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Germany Sticks to a Balanced Budget, But Is Ready for a Crisis Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Students! Name The Next Mars Rover! Linda Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Vince Mcmahon Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Report: SBA Administrator Linda McMahon Plans To Resign Bullied Boy Gets His T-Shirt Design Turned Into Official Vols Merch WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Now Playing Up Next Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today
Five Decades of the Canadian Flag marked today

first_img Related Items:canada, canadian flag, maple leaf Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2015 – It is the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Flag… and while the design of the maple leaf is now a celebrated and iconic symbol for our friends north… today, those who were in Parliament when the vote was had for the final design reflected on the challenge to get that maple leaf, red and white design passed. Today, as Canada marked that 50th anniversary the 20th Prime Minister of Canada, John Chretien addressed an energetic, patriotic group of Canadians holding replicas of that flag… and he spoke: “You know, because it was very cold on parliament Hill, our hearts were very warm with pride as the new Canadian flag was raised for the first time. (CHEERING/APPLAUSE) I was there with my three colleagues; we were there for a very difficult debate that lasted for months. I was there when at the end of the vote, when those who had voted for the flag got up to sing Oh Canada, unfortunately they were booed… but politics creates changes, sometimes for the better, sometimes not for the better but that is democracy and democracy is there when we need it.” PanAm Junior Games countdown on Ex-Govt Consultant ordered to leave TCI Canada offers help in financial services sector to TCI Working Grouplast_img read more

Senate Passes Disaster Aid Package Lawmaker Blocks House Approval
Senate Passes Disaster Aid Package Lawmaker Blocks House Approval

first_img ADC AUTHOR The GOP-controlled Senate easily passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid package Thursday after lawmakers persuaded President Donald Trump to pull border aid from the stalled bill, CQ reported Thursday.The aid package included $2.7 billion to help military installations damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael last year and in flooding this year, including Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and Camp Lejeune, N.C.House lawmakers had already left for their Memorial Day recess, but the leadership attempted approval by unanimous consent Friday.That effort was blocked by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a House Freedom Caucus member, who objected that the chamber had left Washington without holding a debate and floor vote, The Hill reported.“I’m here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation’s Capitol to vote on it,” Roy said on the floor.“Secondly, it’s a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border,” he added.If approved, the measure would have gone to the president for his signature.Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Taylor Cooperlast_img read more

Mercedes Benz Opens Second Dealership in Bhopal

first_imgGerman luxury car maker Mercedes Benz opened its state-of-the art second dealership in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.Mercedes Benz’s new dealership Benchmark Cars is spread over a total area of 11000 sq. ft. The showroom was launched by Eberhard Kern, the Managing Director and CEO of Mercedes-Benz India and Sanjay Thakker, the Chairman of Benchmark Cars.”The fascination for luxury cars has been fuelling the demand for Mercedes-Benz cars in Madhya Pradesh. The inauguration of this facility with Benchmark Cars in Bhopal is part of our qualitative network expansion across the country and will be instrumental in reaching out to our growing customer base in and around Bhopal. With this dealership, we will be bringing the Mercedes-Benz brand experience even closer to our discerning customers in this market, thus extending the paradigm of ‘Excellence’ in every aspect of our customer engagement,” Motoroids quoted Kern.The new showroom offers facilities like customer lounge, accessories, collections display and easy one stop shopping.Currently, Mercedes-Benz India has 62 outlets in 35 cities.The company sells a wide range of cars in India, such as A Class, B Class, sedans C Class, E Class, S Class and SLS AMG.Seeing the potential of the domestic auto market, the global players and the local car makers are working hard to expand their reach in India.Recently, Audi India also inaugurated a showroom in Andhra Pradesh.”We are extremely proud to partner with Mercedes-Benz for opening our full-fledged showroom in Bhopal. There is a lot of potential for Mercedes-Benz to grow in Madhya Pradesh, and with this new state-of-the-art facility, we are confident of reaching out to more customers in Bhopal and other cities like Gwalior and Jabalpur. Together, we will offer our customers the renowned Mercedes-Benz experience and the best in automobile luxury,” Thakker added.last_img read more

Full Show Extended Days At Some HISD Schools And Previewing The Vietnam
Full Show Extended Days At Some HISD Schools And Previewing The Vietnam

first_imgOn Friday’s edition of Houston Matters: Students at a dozen HISD schools will have longer school days in order to make up lost time following Tropical Storm Harvey. The district’s Board of Education approved the changes last night (Sept. 14, 2017). We discuss what students and parents need to know with Diana Dávila, vice president of the board.Also this hour: Debris piles at the curbs of many homes and businesses are still a common sight around the region as residents are cleaning out their flood-damaged properties. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s making debris collection a priority throughout the city. News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter recently watched the debris collection effort in one neighborhood and joins us to tell us what she found.Then, we learn about the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund, a collective effort by local nonprofits to raise money to help the “little guys” in the arts community impacted by Harvey. Also, our panel of non-experts parses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of recent news. And Ken Burns and Lynn Novick preview their latest collaboration, The Vietnam War. The new ten-part, 18-hour series premieres Sunday night (Sept. 17, 2017) at 7 p.m. on Houston Public Media, TV 8.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

Jedi Cannibalism Is Now Canon in Rian Johnsons Star Wars The Last

first_img The motion picture that is Star Wars Episode VIII becomes clearer by the minute as we hurtle towards its December release date. We know Rian Johnson is directing it. We know much of the cast of The Force Awakens is returning, and we recently found out the film’s subtitle is The Last Jedi. However, we may have just received a treasure trove of new information in the form of a song Johnson recently uploaded to his SoundCloud account. Spoiler alert!Sit back and listen to “The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones” by Rian Johnson and indie folk band The Mountain Goats.Now you may be thinking, “Clearly this is a joke.” But Johnson did say on Twitter that despite the humorous origin, this song is completely canon. So we will treat it as such. We can now confirm that The Last Jedi will reveal that Luke Skywalker gained his power by eating the bones of other Jedi. That’s why he’s the last one alone on that island. He just ate the bones, though. He left the soft parts behind, possibly for Rey?!? If this doesn’t happen in the final film we promise to sue Disney for false advertising.We can also confirm that Johnson himself exists in the Star Wars universe since the song mentions his high-res cameras. Maybe the film will feature metafictional elements like 8 ½ or Adaptation, a bold move for the previously straightforward space adventure franchise.We’ll keep listening to “The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones” to see if we can uncover anymore tidbits about The Last Jedi. After all, “Jabba Flow” by Lin-Manuel Miranda told us so much about The Force Awakens. Star Wars: The Last Jedi eats bones in theaters December 15, 2017. Mattel Unveils Fashionable ‘Star Wars’ x Barbie Dolls‘Star Wars: Resistance’ Finale Sets Up ‘The Rise of Sk… Stay on targetlast_img read more

Visa Goes for Gold With OlympicThemed Payment Wearables

first_img Planning to attend the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang? You may want to consider one of Visa’s new wearable payment devices.The financial services corporation this week introduced three NFC-enabled products—gloves, stickers, and pins—for seamless, secure transactions during February’s two-week event.Inspired by the long-standing tradition of collecting commemorative badges at the biennial Olympic Games, Visa designed four themed lapel pins, on sale for KRW5,000 (about $4.50) a pop.AdChoices广告“Olympic pins are always the most coveted collectibles,” Mikaela Shiffrin, US gold medal slalom champion, said in a statement. “These Visa pins really up the ante.”Visa designed four themed lapel pins, on sale for about $4.50 a pop (via Visa)Customers can add a prepaid budget of KRW30,000 ($27) or KRW50,000 ($45), and presumably top up later at Visa terminals (of which there will be more than 1,000 throughout all Olympic venues).Equally small and unobtrusive (and prone to getting lost), a set of eight “thin and flexible” stickers attach to almost any surface “to make seamless payments in a moment’s notice,” according to the company.The wearables comes in denominations of KRW30,000 ($27), KRW50,000 ($45), KRW100,000 ($90), and KRW200,000 ($179); choose from eight distinct designs, including the official PyeongChang 2018 mascot Soohorang, the Korean flag, and more.Stickers and pins are on sale now via Lotte Card’s website and customer centers in Korea.With an embedded dual interface NFC-chip and antenna, these micro-tags can be attached to almost anything (via Visa)Perhaps most practical are the payment-enabled gloves—particularly useful in South Korea, where the average temperature in February is expected to hover around 40℉.The gloves contain a dual-interface chip, housed with a contactless antenna for completing purchases through official Olympic venues and compatible readers worldwide. (So you can keep your hands warm and buy groceries even when you’re back home.)“Growing up in South Korea, I am proud that my home country is hosting the Games, and is using this opportunity to introduce Visa payment innovations to the rest of the world,” Olympic short track speed skater Park Seung-Hi said. “These payment gloves provide a hassle-free way to pay, even when it’s cold.”During the Games, all three wearables will be available from Visa vending machines in Olympic Superstores. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img The Artificial Nose Knows: Device Warns of Spoiled FoodTap Into The Game With New Nike Connected NBA Jersey last_img read more

Progressive Automotive XPrize runnerup car gets 2075 MPGe
Progressive Automotive XPrize runnerup car gets 2075 MPGe

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.progressiveautoxprize.org/ and www.illuminatimotorworks.org/ Explore further 3 ultra-efficient cars win $10M innovation award (w/ Video) After falling out of the running in last summer’s competition (whose purpose was to incite ingenuity in the design of highly efficient vehicles) due to a clutch problem, the Illuminati team has continued to work on their vehicle, and was recently invited by Progressive Automotive X-Prize committee members and the U.S. Department of Energy to test their car at Chrysler’s, Chelsea proving grounds in Michigan. It was there on that track last month that Seven demonstrated it’s impressive efficiency. In comparison, the Edison2 Very Light Car, winner of the competition last summer achieved just 102.5 MPGe; also, it might be noted that the Nissan Leaf, now commercially available, gets just 99 MPGe.The Illuminati team (whose name is a perhaps tongue-in-cheek reference to the conspiracy theorist group who claim everything in the world is run by a group of secret leaders) an all American volunteer group, set out to prove that the vehicles produced by the big name automakers were not nearly as efficient as they could be, for whatever reason; and they appear to have backed up their claim. The Seven isn’t just a demo vehicle; it’s street legal and also features such niceties as air conditioning and a stereo. It’s also rather odd looking, resembling a Porsche Panamera, complete with gull wings and teardrop shaped fenders. It can go from 0-60 mph (26.82 m/s) in eight seconds, has a range of 200 miles (322 kilometers) and can reach speeds up to 130 miles (209 kilometers) per hour.MPGe is the calculated average distance traveled per unit of energy, and is based on a formula that equates 33.7 kilowatt hours of electricity to one U.S. gallon of gasoline. In the United States, all-electric and hybrid vehicles for sale must have a sticker that shows MPGe, before they can be sold.It’s doubtful the Seven will ever show up for sale on car lots, but it does appear that team Illuminati has achieved its goal of shedding light on the fact that much higher efficiency in automotive vehicles can be achieved, if we the consumer are willing to open are minds to the possibility of buying cars where mileage is more important than style or good looks and then demand as much from those that sell them to us.center_img Citation: Progressive Automotive X-Prize runner-up car gets 207.5 MPGe (2011, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-automotive-x-prize-runner-up-car-mpge.html 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. (PhysOrg.com) — After coming in second to team Edison2 in the Progressive Automotive X-Prize competition last summer, team Illuminati, makers of the car named “Seven” have demonstrated that their vehicle is capable of achieving 207.5 Miles per Gallon equivalent (MPGe), (88.2 Kilometers per Liter) a designation created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give consumers a means of comparing mileage efficiency of all-electric vehicles or hybrids to one another and those still running on gasoline power.last_img read more

Gottlieb NFL Must Have Had Nothing On Tyreek Hill
Gottlieb NFL Must Have Had Nothing On Tyreek Hill

first_imgGuests:Eric Wood, John Middlekauff Also:-Harbaugh’s Urban Meyer dig isn’t a stretch-Baker’s shot at Giants fans is-Doug’s 7 NFL Week 1 Overreactions Gottlieb in for Colin:NFL must have had nothing on Tyreek HillToday, it was announced that Tyreek Hill would not be suspended by the NFL after an investigation into alleged child abuse allegations against the All-Pro wide receiver. Despite seemingly damaging audio released at the beginning of the ordeal, Doug thinks the NFL must have had zero evidence implicating Hill. Given his history of domestic violence entering the league and sensitivity to abuse issues, Hill would have gotten at least two games for the bad PR firestorm. Ultimately, it paid to wait until all the facts around the situation were in, rather than allow themselves to be pressured by the Twiiter knee jerk reaction crowd.last_img read more

Holidaymakers forced to abandon cars and WALK to East Midlands Airport in

first_imgPolice search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHolidaymakers preparing to jet off to sun-soaked destinations have been forced abandon their cars and walk in the lashing rain – due to heavy traffic near East Midlands Airport. Around 30 people were spotted dragging suitcases along the A453 towards the departures terminal at around 12.45pm today (June 12) as traffic from Download Festival led to gridlock. Taxi driver Liam Chapman, who was on his way to the airport to pick up a passenger, said he had driven in Download traffic every year but this was by far the worst. The 35-year-old said: “[The festival] starts on Friday and the traffic is so unorganised that holidaymakers trying to get to the airport are having to walk up the A453 with cases.  “People in cars with cases are resigned to missing their flights and those in taxis have abandoned them. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Holidaymakers walk with suitcases along the A453 near East Midlands Airport (Image: Liam Chapman) “There’s two lanes on this road it’s crazy that one isn’t reserved for airport only.”  Liam said he had left two hours to get to the airport for a 12.10pm pick up but was still more than an hour late, NottinghamshireLive reports. He added: “I expected to be there waiting when he walked out.” Read MoreDramatic moment drug lord pinned to ground on M6 over ‘Britain’s biggest’ cocaine bust   On his arrival Liam, who works for County Cars in Nottingham, spotted around 40 passengers waiting for delayed taxis.  Download festival officially runs from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16 but the campsite opens earlier with minor entertainment planned in the run up. center_img Punter found hiding in bushes A holiday maker walks with a suitcase along the A453 near East Midlands Airport. (Image: Liam Chapman) Changes were made to the layout of the festival this year to make it safer for pilots landing at the airport. Ahead of the event’s start East Midlands Airport urged passengers to allow extra time for their journeys.  An East Midlands Airport spokesman said: “East Midlands Airport passengers are encouraged to allow plenty of time for their journeys to and from the airport today. Read MoreMotorway cops pull over this biker just three months after passing his test   “There is currently heavy congestion on roads around the airport due to several accidents nearby combined with people arriving for the Download Festival. Airlines are aware of the situation.”  The Skylink airport link is experiencing delays of up to an hour according to Trentbarton. Both three nearby accidents on the A453 and Download congestion have been blamed. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app  – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play .  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Quora Hacked Almost a 100 Million users data compromised
Quora Hacked Almost a 100 Million users data compromised

first_imgYesterday, Quora announced that one of their systems was hacked and approximately 100 million user’s data has been exposed to an unauthorized third-party. The breach was discovered on 30th November, after which the team immediately notified law enforcement and hired a digital forensics and security consulting company to uncover details of the attack. Quora is a strongly knit community of experts and intellectuals that is estimated to have almost 700 million visits per month and is the 95th largest site in the world. Adam D’Angelo, CEO of Quora states that for approximately 100 million Quora users, the following information may have been compromised: Account information such as name, email address, encrypted (hashed) password, data imported from linked networks when authorized by users Public content and actions, including questions, answers, comments, and upvotes Non-public content and actions, like answer requests, downvotes, and direct messages Quora claims that users who post questions and answers anonymously are safe as the site does not store the identities of people who post anonymous content. Quora has started notifying users whose data has been compromised, via email. They are also logging out all Quora users who may have been affected. Users that use a password as their authentication method, Quora will be invalidating their passwords. Quora has also advised users to head over to their help center for answers to more specific questions related to the breach. The breach comes right after the Marriott International hotel group breach that impacted half a billion users. Quora concludes that “The investigation is still ongoing, we have already taken steps to contain the incident, and our efforts to protect our users and prevent this type of incident from happening in the future are our top priority as a company.” Head over to Quora’s official site to know more about this news. Read Next A new data breach on Facebook due to malicious browser extensions allowed almost 81,000 users’ private data up for sale, reports BBC NewsUber fined by British ICO and Dutch DPA for nearly $1.2m over a data breach from 2016Use TensorFlow and NLP to detect duplicate Quora questions [Tutorial]last_img read more

Coronet Peak caps off stellar season with visitor experi
Coronet Peak caps off stellar season with visitor experi

first_imgCoronet Peak caps off ‘stellar’ season with visitor experience awardCapping off a stellar season, Queenstown’s Coronet Peak fought off stiff competition to win the Visitor Experience Award at the New Zealand Tourism Industry Awards this weekend.The ski area celebrated its final ‘hurrah’ on the snow this weekend with a Rugby World Cup-themed day in support of the AB’s on Saturday. On Sunday, all best efforts to host a Beach Party were somewhat thwarted by wet and wild weather, but a few brave souls managed the Pond Skim to cap off an amazing season.The final weekend of 2015 winter started well, with Coronet Peak ski area manager Ross Copland accepting the honour in Auckland on Friday night.The judges were unanimous in their praise, saying the ski area had done an “awesome job” in meeting its objective for 2015 to reduce customers’ ‘time to snow’ to ensure they have the ultimate experience on the mountain.“Late in 2014 we undertook a detailed review of the whole visitor journey looking for opportunities to provide an even better experience for our guests,” said Ross.“We have a short operational season between June and October, with approximately quarter of a million skiers and boarders visiting Coronet Peak in just four months.“Our operational processes vary according to the weather conditions which has encouraged us to be innovative and responsive to weather and business levels on a daily basis.”Putting the spotlight on the customer journey drove changes across the operation, including initiatives around recruitment and training, building restructuring and process flows, roading and car parking, and mountain operations.Tourism Industry Awards judges were delighted with the end result.“The visitor journey has been given a massive overhaul and is now truly world-class. Revenue has increased significantly and they are making an amazing contribution to the industry,” judges said.Guest Survey results have provided solid evidence that guests are loving the reductions in queue time and the additional time on snow.Source = Coronet Peaklast_img read more