Go BehindTheScenes With Stephen Colbert For Charity

first_imgIt’s not every day that you get to meet your favorite comedian and American political satirist, while hanging backstage at a live taping of Comedy Central’s highest rated television show, The Colbert Report.Go Behind the Scenes With Stephen ColbertCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comStarting today, Omaze.com is now offering the chance to fly to NYC (hotel and airfare included for two) to meet with Stephen Colbert for a night of comedy, political pundits and endless laughter.Anyone can enter to this once-in-a-lifetime experience by visiting Omaze.com and making a $10 donation to Urban Arts, where every entry sponsors a full after school art program for low-income public school.Here’s how it’s possible – Omaze.com offers everyone the opportunity to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes and the world’s greatest thinkers with the proceeds benefiting a social cause. By visiting Omaze.com, you’ll make a $10 donation to enter for your chance to meet and hang backstage at The Colbert Report, benefiting Urban Arts, where every dollar you donate offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs that help kids reach their full potential. Now, what are you waiting for? The contest closes Friday, July 12th, 2013.last_img read more

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Assembly President and Honduran official discuss economic and social reforms

Mr. Kerim met Milton Jiménez Puerto at United Nations Headquarters in New York yesterday, according to a statement released by Mr. Kerim’s spokesperson, where he received a briefing on the recent reforms undertaken by the Government.The statement noted that Mr. Kerim commended Honduras for its efforts to protect and promote human rights, “and for its declared commitment to progress on economic and social reforms, as well as on the human rights agenda.”Mr. Kerim also thanked Mr. Jiménez Puerto for his country’s support of the work of the 192-member Assembly, especially its efforts as one of the Vice-Presidents of the current session. 6 December 2007The recent social and economic reforms in Honduras and its Government’s efforts to uphold human rights topped the agenda during talks between General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim and the Central American country’s Foreign Minister. read more

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Child abducted and released

Investigations revealed that the abductors had attempted to obtain a Rs. 2.5 million ransom from the father of the child.The suspect is to be produced before the Wariyapola Magistrate today. Her school friends had later said that she was seen getting on a motorbike with a man dressed in a security uniform. An eight year old child was abducted from school and later released in Katupotha last night, the police media unit said today.The girl had gone to school last morning as usual but in the afternoon when her father had gone to pick her up she was missing. The child was believed to have been later put in a van and taken to an unknown location. While police investigations were underway the child was dropped off by the abductors at the Katupotha junction.The suspect was later arrested and the van used in the abduction was also seized, the police media unit said. read more

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Blix sees no evidence Iraq has used banned weapons

Video of Hans Blix speaking to reporters Asked by reporters at UN Headquarters in New York about reports that Iraq had used missiles that exceeded the permitted 150-kilometre range, Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), said that what he had heard from the United States side was that they had not seen any Scud missiles.He said his impression was the missiles used were Al Fatah with a range of around 150 kilometres or “a wee bit over.” Asked whether the use of such missiles was clearly a violation, he said: “No, but the inspectors would like to have accurate information about it.”“So far we have not identified or heard from the allies that anything that was proscribed would have been used,” he added.Asked whether he was “relieved” that there had not been any apparent use of chemical or biological weapons, which Iraq has denied having, Mr. Blix said he did not think the Iraqis would use them because then the world would say they were liars. “In the second place, it would also then change the attitude of the world towards the armed conflict,” he added. “The scepticism about the armed conflict would, I think, give way to one of greater understanding. So I didn’t think so, but I may be wrong.” read more

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Worlds richest saw wealth slip 17 per cent in 2011 report says

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 2:15 pm MDT Sellers of private jets, exotic sports cars and yachts to cruise the world may be feeling a pinch as the one per cent took a hit last year, albeit a small one.The turmoil on the financial markets and economic uncertainty took its toll on the world’s richest who saw their overall financial wealth dip 1.7 per cent in 2011, according to a report Tuesday by Capgemini and RBC Wealth Management (TSX:RY).The drop for those with investable assets of US$1 million or more, excluding their primary residence and other certain assets, was the first decline since the 2008 financial crisis when it dropped 19.5 per cent.“While more people surpassed the US$1 million disposable income level in 2011, the aggregate wealth of high net worth individuals declined overall, as market volatility took its toll,” said George Lewis, group head of RBC Wealth Management.“It is significant that for the first time this year there are now more high net worth individuals in Asia-Pacific than in any other region. However, losses in key markets such as Hong Kong and India meant that wealth contracted in Asia-Pacific overall.”The report said the number of high net worth individuals increased by 0.8 per cent to 11 million in 2011. That compared with a gain of 8.3 per cent in 2010.However, the number of ultra-high net worth individuals, those with more than US$30 million or more in investable assets, fell 2.5 per cent last year as that group’s wealth slipped 4.9 per cent.The drop for uber-rich came as Statistics Canada said last week that average Canadians saw their household net worth rise to $185,800 in the first quarter from $182,900 the previous quarter, mostly due to gains in the value of stock investments and pension assets.However, Statistics Canada also said that the ratio of debt to personal disposable income rose to 152 per cent last quarter, up from 150.6 at the end of 2011.The Capgemini-RBC report Tuesday found that the number of high net worth individuals in Asia increased 1.6 per cent to 3.37 million in 2011, compared with 3.35 million in North America.However, those in North America held a total of $11.4 trillion compared with $10.7 trillion in the Asia-Pacific region.The report also suggested that 2012 will be a volatile year as the European sovereign debt crisis continues to roil markets, while the U.S. economic recovery appears to be stalling and the Chinese economy slows. World’s richest saw wealth slip 1.7 per cent in 2011, report says read more

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Loonie declines amid dropping copper and oil prices positive US jobless data

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 9, 2013 9:15 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie declines amid dropping copper and oil prices, positive U.S. jobless data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar lost ground Thursday after enjoying a recent uptick from rising oil and gold prices.The loonie was down 0.41 of a cent at 99.26 cents US.The strength of the Canadian dollar — at times flirting with parity against the U.S. greenback this week — has been a sign of heightened investor appetite for risk amid optimism that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum.Andrew Pyle, a portfolio manager with Scotia McLeod, says he doesn’t expect it to hit that mark any time soon.In fact, he is predicting the loonie will head downward with the upcoming instalment of Stephen Poloz as the new Bank of Canada governor next month.“My take on this is that the new Bank of Canada governor will probably be more dovish on monetary policy and perhaps more sympathetic to the impact that a high Canadian dollar is having on exports and manufacturing,” said Pyle from Peterborough, Ont.Poloz is leaving his job as head of Export Development Canada to take on his new role at the Bank of Canada.Meanwhile, Pyle said it would not be unusual for the loonie to drop to 97 cents US or lower this summer.“Keep in mind that fair value for the Canadian dollar is in the 92 to 93 cent range,” said Pyle.“On that basis, we’re overvalued and if you have a central bank now that is going to be looking at that more urgently as a challenge for this economy as we go into the second half of the year, then the language could shift. It wouldn’t take much of a shift from the Bank of Canada to cause this currency to break down towards that 97 cent mark.”That was echoed by TD Bank on Thursday, which forecast that the loonie is in for a rough ride this year despite its recent strength and could drop to as low as 90 cents US by the end of the year.The bank cited weaker economic growth in Canada, the pull-back of commodity prices and the strengthening outlook for the U.S. greenback as all factors working against the loonie.The dollar had been as high as $1.03 US as recently as September.Meanwhile, commodities weakened after a flip-flop in prices through most of this week.The June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 23 cents to US$96.39 a barrel.July copper dipped three cents to US$3.34 a pound while June gold bullion was down US$5.10 to $1,468.60 an ounce.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly had the loonie up. read more

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Ban encourages use of new media to raise profile of 2014 small

But that could change, he added, noting that climate change is now “a household term,” and there are a host of actors engaging on this issue, which is so vital to the small island nations. Also, the communications revolution has provided many more tools for raising awareness than there were two decades ago.“In 1994, we invited journalists to cover the Barbados Conference hoping they would tell the story to the world,” said Mr. Ban. “In 2014, every participant can use social media to tell the story.“Of course we will still welcome the media with open arms, but this time around we can harness the power of Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and other networks,” he said, noting that the UN’s own Twitter account has nearly 2 million followers, including many influential people.“We will put all of our public information tools at your disposal: social media, radio, video and more,” the Secretary-General pledged. Preparations are already underway for the conference, which is expected to result in actions that could be taken by all countries to accelerate implementation of the outcome of the two previous conferences on small island developing States, in Barbados in 1994, and Mauritius in 2005.Mr. Ban noted that there are so many different people and groups with an interest in SIDS, and so many ways to spread the word about the issues important to these countries. “I am confident we can raise the visibility of the 2014 Conference and make it a great success.”General Assembly President John Ashe told the event that although vulnerability has long been associated with SIDS, “these countries are not helpless or hopeless.”“The SIDS conference presents a distinct occasion to address resilience as an opportunity for creativity, innovation and firm commitment from the international community to support the legitimate aspirations of this unique group of countries,” stated Mr. Ashe, who is from Antigua and Barbuda.He highlighted several priority areas for SIDS where partnerships would be useful, including climate change, energy, oceans and seas, waste management, and sustainable tourism, while adding that these partnerships must be based on mutual trust, equality, respect and accountability.“Much of what you ask for of these partnerships – national ownership, political will, long-term and predictable commitments – mimics what is needed in the larger development landscape.” ‹ › Participants at the high-level breakfast meeting to raise the visibility of the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Development States. UN Photo/Mark Garten The conference – to be held from 1 to 4 September in Apia, Samoa – will focus global attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.It will also serve as an important opportunity to galvanize partnerships for action on sustainable development in small island developing States, or SIDS, including on issues such as climate change, oceans, waste, sustainable tourism, and disaster risk reduction. “We need to bring more attention to the problems that SIDS face,” Mr. Ban said at a high-level breakfast meeting to raise the visibility of the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States. “Many of your countries are isolated. Your markets are too small to realize economies of scale. All small island developing States are exposed to high risks from environmental threats, especially climate change,” he noted. Mr. Ban told the gathering, held on the margins of the annual high-level debate of the General Assembly, that the 1994 Conference on SIDS, held in Barbados, “did not attract much international attention.” read more

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Parsons Brinckerhoffs Global Mining showcases award winning EPCM services at 2012 Mining

first_imgWith projects like the multi-award winning Jacinth-Ambrosia mine in South Australia, Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Global Mining business will showcase its fully integrated capability, from concept to closure, at this week’s Mining Indaba. Leading a team that includes Director of Development Cameron Kirkwood and John Parker Manager Delivery Global Mining Africa, is Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Global Mining Managing Director Mark Dimmock.He said “the Jacinth Ambrosia project was a great example of the expertise and capability we can bring to a project. This project won Project of the Year and a Gold Award of Merit for project management in the Consult Australia’s 2010 Excellence Awards, and also won the South Australian State and the National Project Management Achievement Award (PMAA) in the Australian Institute of Project Management’s Regional Development category.“Winning the regional development category award reinforces our approach that today’s mining is so much more than pit to port and concept to closure; it’s about managing and balancing a complex range of often competing issues such as community development and engagement, environment, economic return to community, and shareholder value.“With Jacinth Ambrosia Mine for example there has been outstanding indigenous and local employment opportunities with over 20% of the mine workforce sourced from the local indigenous community,” said Dimmock.Dimmock also said that the Global Mining Business is committed to RSA and is continuing to invest significantly in the area. “We are currently working for ENRC, Anglo Platinum and Xstrata in the area, and are in the process of establishing an office in Mozambique which we will be inspecting while we are here.“The planning for the office is well advanced and underpins our commitment to make a difference in the region,” said Dimmock.Parsons Brinckerhoff is a well-established supplier of infrastructure services to mining clients. In late 2009, it became the professional services division of Balfour Beatty with the ability to access the combined resources and draw together the expertise and experience of both businesses.last_img read more

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Gerry doesnt think Phils fit to send to Europe A 3 or

first_imgIf and when somebody’s appointed here you can send your questions.The Government is expected to announced either Hogan or former Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore for the EU post by tomorrow, at the same time as the new ministerial positions are confirmed as part of a full Cabinet reshuffle.Read: Howlin: ‘I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn’tRead: Michael Noonan expects there will be a new Cabinet by Wednesday SINN FÉIN LEADER Gerry Adams has raised questions over Phil Hogan’s suitability to become Ireland’s next EU Commissioner — but the Taoiseach has insisted that who-ever’s nominated for the job will be fully vetted by members of the European Parliament.Adams pointed to various controversies and “debacles” involving the Environment Minister — who’s long been expected to take over from outgoing Commissioner, Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.Other Cabinet members have been forced to defend Hogan in recent days, after it emerged that he had appointed seven former Fine Gael and Labour councillors to State boards in recent weeks.Adams asked whether it would be “inappropriate to nominate” Hogan for the role until certain questions of perceived conflicts of interest could be settled.Responding, Enda Kenny said it that when filling positions on State boards, it was important to appoint people who “bring a measure of experience and additionality”.He also said he “didn’t agree with the basis” of Adams’ question, regarding Hogan’s suitability. Source: Phil Hogan… Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandVettingThe Taoiseach also pointed out that who-ever is nominated for the European role would have to answer questions before MEPs ”in regard to their suitability and appropriateness for appointment” — after Adams raised the possibility of incoming commissioners being grilled by TDs here before being confirmed.“For the first time ever, you’re going to have a few people yourself out there,” he said — referring to Sinn Féin’s positive showing in the recent European elections.He said that all of the Parliament’s 751 members would have an opportunity to ask questions over a “3 or 4 hours session”.last_img read more

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Sony CEO spills the beans reveals possible 8MP camera sensor for iPhone

first_imgWell, at least this time the leak about a new iPhone didn’t come from an Apple engineer who left the unreleased phone in a bar. Rather it was just the the CEO of Sony who flubbed during an interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg by possibly letting a detail slip.Sony’s CEO, Sir Howard Stringer, seems to have told told Mossberg at a Wall Street Journal speaking event last Friday that Sony will be supplying image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5, rumored to be released this fall.While talking about the earthquake damage to 15 of Sony’s factories in Japan, Stringer inadvertently mentioned that the devastation from the quake and tsunami will delay the production of a camera sensor made in one of the plants in Sendai, Japan, which was supposed to be on its way to Apple for iPhones or iPads.Rumors have been floating around that the new iPhone will have an 8-megapixel image sensor, and Sony will be building it. Stringer’s slip doesn’t validate this rumor, but it gives us more reason to believe it’s true. It’s a little odd that Stringer mentioned iPhones specifically, so it may be cause to believe that Apple is switching from OmniVision to Sony. OmniVision currently produces the 5-megapixel sensor for the iPhone 4, but Sony has been making 8-megapixel camera sensors for some of its Ericsson smartphones.The Wall Street Journal wrote that Stringer “raised the irony of Sony supplying camera components for Apple devices.” He asked Mossberg why Sony would want to make the best camera for Apple? Maybe it’s because Apple will pay  the company lots and lots of money for a 8-megapixel camera with a CMOS sensor, which is perfect for low-light situations — a feature in which the iPhone likes to stay on top of.Again, neither Apple nor Sony have confirmed the partnership to create the 8-megapixel sensor, but it seems pretty probable.last_img read more

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Windows 8 tips How to get your Start menu back

first_img 1 2 Easily the most dramatic change made to the latest version of Windows was the decision to remove the Start button from the bottom left corner of the operating system’s Desktop view. While the change makes a lot more sense on a touch screen device, the choice to just flat out remove a staple of the OS has caused some coping issues with long time Windows users. .If you’re using a mouse and keyboard, and are somehow unfamiliar with the Windows key on your keyboard, reaching the Start screen from the Desktop is a two step process. And then when you get to the new Metro-ified Start screen, it might not be what you want — those live tiles are great for new and social, but those aren’t always what you are looking for.Fortunately, there are no shortage of software developers that have stepped up to the task of rescuing the Start button and it’s menu options from the depths of Windows 8.Power 8Because the Start Menu itself has changed quite a bit over the years, there’s a lot of flexibility to be had when developing a replacement for it. Power 8 is specifically designed for Windows 8, making sure to offer the Start button with tools and features that play well with the rest of the new OS. The first thing you see when you open Power 8 is a list of programs, with the ability to pin them quickly to your taskbar. Over time, you would probably be less likely to use the Power 8 button for everything, since your applications would all be pinned to the taskbar for rapid access.There’s also a file manager UI baked into Power 8 that does a good job of letting you quickly navigate your file system without having to double click through a bunch of folders to get what you want. This would appeal to anyone who stores a lot of content locally and wanted a fast way of accessing things that were buried deep within other folders. Power 8 also includes one click access to things like the shutdown, hibernate, and lock screen functions, which aren’t quite so accessible in the stock configuration of Windows 8 with a mouse and keyboard.Power 8 is available for free, with the source code available to anyone who contributes to the project.Start Menu 8If we were handing out awards for the neatest looking Start button icon replacement, Start Menu 8 would win it. The software is designed to be as flexible as you need when setting up your own personalized start menu. You could almost use Start Menu 8 as a complete fullscreen replacement for the desktop, though that is certainly not the intended purpose. Start Menu 8 includes a somewhat unique feature, in that it allows the computer to boot straight to the desktop to give the whole experience a feel that is much more like “traditional” Windows experiences.The design is such that you should never feel the need to use the Windows 8 Start screen at all. Your programs, settings, and folder system are all accessible here, as well as all the Control Panel features and screen controls. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from using the Windows 8 Start screen and switching between the two experiences is pretty simple. Pressing the Windows key on the keyboard will still return you to the new Windows 8 Start, which neatly allows yout o contain both experiences.Start Menu 8 is available for free, but there are no shortage of hooks in the program to try and get you to upgrade to the pro version.Classic ShellSome users have been unhappy with the Start Menu for a lot longer than others. The team at Classic Shell have been implementing their own version of the Start Menu since Windows Vista. With that much time comes a lot more in the way of enhanced features and stability when faced with unique situations. It’s also translated in 35 different languages and offers a wealth of documentation for using the advanced features.Everything about the UI for Classic Shell can be modified. The default UI reminds me of early Windows XP, even Windows 2000 in some areas. Every part can be skinned, themed, and altered to look however you like. The settings for this start menu are incredibly granular and even allows for control over the animations as you move from menu to menu. For Windows 8, you can do away with the Modern UI entirely with Classic Shell and come about as close as possible to completely reverting to a Windows 7 or earlier workflow. Of course, if you still wanted to take advantage of things like Windows Store and the apps that go along with it, Classic Shell makes that easy.Classic Shell is free, and from what I can tell by browsing their website, very well supported by the community should you encounter any problems.Next page: Three more ways to revive your Start menu…last_img read more

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Cypriot fears over Greeces possible return to drachma

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eurozone banknotes might soon have the Greek word for “euro” exclusively thanks to Cyprus’s membership in the Economic and Monetary Union if fears of a Greek exit from the common currency bloc materialize. And while Greek political parties are considering such an option from different viewpoints, this constitutes a universal worry for Cypriots, who stand to lose much from a Greek exit.“That would be most terrible. We do not even want to contemplate such a possibility, it would be disastrous for both Greece and Cyprus,” Marios Tsiakkis, deputy general secretary at the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry, admitted to Kathimerini. “As long as the situation in Greece does not clear up, the Cypriot economy will be cringing.”Earlier this month Finance Minister Vassos Shiarly said that “the consequences of a Greek exit would be unpredictable,” and that “as far as we in Cyprus are concerned, this is particularly worrying due to the special relationship in the Greek area.”Besides the obvious impact on the political front — as Greece’s say in the European Union will be dramatically reduced if it becomes the first country to drop out of the eurozone after forfeiting its agreement with its international creditors — a Greek exit would have multiple consequences on the Cypriot economy. The current steady flow of Greeks going to Cyprus in search of a job with a high salary will surge if this country reverts to the drachma. Greek exports will suddenly become far more competitive due to the likely devaluation of the new currency, while Greek holiday destinations will become far more attractive to foreigners than Cyprus, unless of course unrest grows in Greece after a eurozone exit. “The Greek tourism flow to Cyprus will also drop significantly,” explained Tsiakkis.Cypriots are particularly worried about the competitiveness of their products in the Greek market should Athens revert to the drachma, as they will likely lose a considerable portion of the brisk trade between the two Greek-speaking countries.“In 2011 Greece actually saw its imports from Cyprus grow compared to 2010, thereby becoming the first market for Cypriot products, ahead of Germany and the United Kingdom,” Costas Shekkeris, head of the Commerce Ministry’s Industrial Products Export Department, told Kathimerini. Indeed, official figures from the ministry in Nicosia show that exports to Greece soared by 33 percent last year, climbing to 84.3 million euros from 63.2 million in 2010, in the midst of a major drop in consumption in Greece.One might guess that Greeks have turned to Cypriot imports instead of those from other European countries out of patriotism, as people also associate Cypriot products with the unofficial “Buy Greek” campaign which has been winning over consumers for a couple of years now. However, the commercial counselor of the Cypriot Embassy in Athens, Loucas Symeonides, attributes the growth to “the undoubted quality of Cypriot products that is increasingly recognized,” as he told Kathimerini.The impact of the Greek crisis has actually become a bone of contention in domestic Cypriot politics, with the government suggesting that the ills of the island’s economy are due to the excessive exposure of Cypriot banks to Greek state bonds and loans to Greek clients, which were not sufficiently monitored by the Central Bank of Cyprus, while the opposition as well as a significant number of market figures place a major part of the blame for that exposure on former Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis and his policies.Either way, it is clear that the Cypriot credit system is hugely reliant on Greek prosperity — and Cypriot lenders constitute the backbone of the island’s economy. “Bear in mind that the Cypriot banks’ turnover amounts to seven times the Cypriot gross domestic product,” said Costas Christofides, assistant director general of the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB).The three main lenders on Cyprus suffered losses of more than 3.4 billion euros between them due to the Greek debt restructuring, as Bank of Cyprus saw 1.32 billion disappear, Cyprus Popular Bank (Laiki) 1.97 billion and Hellenic Bank 110 million, and those figures don’t include the exposure to consumer and corporate loans in Greece or the drop in stock value that Athens-listed Bank of Cyprus and Popular Bank have suffered — hence the law passed last week in Nicosia ensuring the state’s guarantee for the local banks’ recapitalization.When the European Union agreed to accept Cyprus as a new member in 2004, then Greek Prime Minister Costas Simitis clumsily used a historically charged term to hail the event, saying in Nicosia, “We have finally achieved Enosis,” the latter being the 20th-century movement against British colonial rule and for a Cypriot union with Greece. Just eight years on, Greece risks leaving Cyprus alone in the eurozone. Could it be the “Enosis” jinx again?last_img read more

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Triple threat main event match for the WWE World Championship announced for

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Videos Articles Vin Diesel Noooooo. Get away from the title, Cena September 14, 2016 at 12:51 am Facebook September 14, 2016 at 2:33 am 3 COMMENTS Charlize Theron Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW WWE Superstar John Cena announced as part of cast for Suicide Squad Sequel Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next John Cena Cena lost to Styles TWICE, disappear from TV since SS and suddenly he gets a title shot…??? Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Jon Moxley Joins AEW Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Oh No! Looks like CENAWINSLOL Again!!!! * King Ross* The End is Nigh! The End is Nigh! Run Away! Google+ Videos Articles Mayurnath Reve WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -1:03 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 Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap September 14, 2016 at 1:03 am Videos Articles Jeremy King J™ Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene During tonight’s 9/13 WWE Smackdown Live episode from Philadelphia, Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that AJ Styles will defend the WWE World Championship against John Cena and Dean Ambrose in a triple threat match at the upcoming Smackdown only No Mercy PPV on October 9.Cena made his return to Smackdown in his first appearance since SummerSlam.You can check out a clip of the match being made below courtesy of WWE..@ShaneMcMahon MAKES THE MATCH… @AJStylesOrg vs. @TheDeanAmbrose vs. @JohnCena at #NoMercy! #SDLive pic.twitter.com/D5eHiT8mjr— WWE (@WWE) September 14, 2016 Comments are closed.last_img read more

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Liverpool considering bid for United States star Weston McKennie

first_imgEnglish Premier League side Liverpool are reportedly targeting Schalke 04 youngster Weston McKennie this transfer window.Liverpool are currently leading the League table ahead of defending Champions Manchester City but manager Jurgen Klopp wants to add to his squad in a bid to have a formidable team.McKennie is seen as a good addition to the Liverpool squad which has been impressive in Europe since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp and a bid of £20m could be made before the end of the month, according to Sports Mole.Although Mckennie still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract with Schalke, it is most unlikely he will remain with the Bundesliga side as his impressive run of form which has seen him become a first-team player may likely influence his move to a bigger club in Europe.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Mckennie also plays for the United States National football team and has earned seven caps so far.The 20-year-old has already established himself as a first-team player at Schalke, with a total of 45 outings coming in the senior ranks since May 2017.The midfielder – who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract – has also earned seven caps for the United States.last_img read more

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Govt aiming to buy land in North Caicos for extra roadway

first_img Related Items:appropriations committee, flood, North caicos New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Aug 2015 – After the daunting and damaging flooding caused after days of rain from Tropical Storm Cristobal in August 2014, the government had to carve out a temporary road in North Caicos to create an alternate route for vehicular traffic. Now, the Government is moving to buy the land in a compulsory purchase. During that Appropriations Committee meeting held last week, the Finance Team made the request for more money known – the project being newly introduced to the 2015-2016 Budget. Members of the Appropriations Committee were most concerned about the necessity of the acquisition and if needed; if there is sufficient land being considered for this purchase. While the PS of Finance was unable to say how many acres and how many land owners would be involved in the transaction at that meeting at the NJS Francis; it was said it is believed $200,000 would need to be approved to even begin negotiations. It was also expressed that there be a long term solution for drainage created on the main roadways in North Caicos and other islands suffering from no drainage at all. Recommended for you TCI to renew Storm & Flood insurance PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Slow market paralyses Audi sales firm plans to halt future investments in

first_imgThe Audi logo is pictured during the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles.ReutersThe automobile market in India is witnessing a fall in the number of cars being sold and the most affected of all is the luxury carmaker Audi. The German auto company has put its further investments in the country on hold due to the fluctuations in the market.Rahil Ansari, head of Audi India told Economic Times that the investments in the country are not confirmed at the moment as any decision would be taken on the basis of how the market develops, during the inauguration of a sales outlet in Gurgaon. He also mentioned that last year the company sold 6,463 units which don’t justify the idea of making commitments of investing in the country in the future, said Ansari.The company, however, decided upon taking a sustainable path that can bring back the overall volume of sales to 10,000 units, provided the taxes and customer satisfaction see a substantial improvement.  Representational ImageINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe slow pace of the local market may affect Audi’s annual sales to see a dip in 2019. The recent inauguration of a sales outlet would help boost the demand for the luxury car among the Indian public.To recover from this, the company will launch 10 vehicles and special edition vehicles that will contribute to more sales. During the event, Ansari admitted that he doesn’t see a very positive progress for at least one year. But the company is hoping on redeeming its losses in the second half of 2019.The idea for a proposed recovery plan is to launch more petrol, hybrid and fully electric cars as the introduction of 2020 BS-VI norms will make diesel cars costlier as the taxes levied in the norm cannot be adhered to by the manufacturer. This means the consumer would end up paying lot more than the actual price which can decline the sales of the luxury brand. Audi PB18 e-tron conceptHowever, to give their best shot in fighting BS-VI, Audi has decided to launch the A6 and A8 sedans in the second half of this year, alongside its fully electric e-Tron which is a plan yet to work out.last_img read more

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Mic Lays Off Most of Its Employees as MillennialFocused News Startup Seeks

first_img Popular on Variety Surprise: I no longer work at Mic! Here’s my resume. https://t.co/MZE0NfTSuu— 🙅🏾‍♂️avier Harding (@iamxavier) November 29, 2018 The headquarters of Mic (as in “microphone”) are in New York, and the company has operated offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Kiev, Stockholm and Berlin.Laid-off Mic employees, including executive news director Kerry Lauerman, tweeted about the cuts Thursday: Mic, a New York-based digital news startup aiming at millennials, has cut the majority of its staff and is reportedly in talks to sell the company’s assets.A rep for Mic confirmed the layoffs but declined to specify how many employees were pink-slipped. The company is in talks to sell to what remains of Mic to Bustle Digital Group, according to a source, confirming a Recode report. [UPDATE: Bustle said Thursday afternoon that it has acquired Mic.] Recode also first reported the Mic layoffs Thursday.Mic last year had reported having about 165 employees.Among the layoffs, Mic publisher Cory Haik, a former Washington Post exec who joined the company in 2016 to lead editorial, audience and platform teams, resigned her post Thursday. “Our business models are unsettled, and the macro forces at play are all going through their own states of unrest,” she wrote in a memo to Mic staffers. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 So yes it is true, after nearly three years here at @mic, I along with so many other talented friends and co-workers, were let go. Gross! Thank you to all those who are reaching out with kindness. Not gross! Onward and upward.— Ξvan Ross Katz (@evanrosskatz) November 29, 2018center_img Word that Mic was looking to sell itself surfaced in September, when the Wall Street Journal reported Mic had considered a buyout bid from another media company.A rep for Bustle Digital Group did not respond to a request for comment about Mic. Bustle, whose sites include Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily, and the Zoe Report, is headed by founder/CEO Bryan Goldberg. He was the winning bidder for the remaining assets of Gawker Media in July and recently hired Amanda Hale as the new publisher of Gawker, with plans to relaunch it in 2019.Mic raised around $60 million in funding total, including a $21 million round last year that included an investment from WarnerMedia Investments (formerly Time Warner Investments). Other backers include Lightspeed Venture Partners, WPP, Kyu Collective, Axel Springer, Advancit Capital and Lerer Hippeau Ventures.Mic was founded in 2011 by CEO Chris Altchek and editor-at-large Jake Horowitz, originally called PolicyMic. The company defines its mission as “to reveal and amplify stories that reshape the world,” for a young audience that “crave[s] journalism to give meaning to the world at a moment of great transformation.”This past July, Mic launched “Mic Dispatch,” a twice-weekly newsmagazine show profiling “the underrepresented, the problem-solvers and the provocateurs.” That was part of the news programming Facebook funded to show it was commitment to promoting journalism on its platform. Facebook recently decided to not renew Mic Dispatch, adding to Mic’s financial woes. Mic had received about $2 million in funding from Facebook for the six-month run of the show, according to a source familiar with the deal.The company has been part of a cluster of digital-media players in New York catering to news-minded millennials like Vice Media, BuzzFeed and Refinery29 — each of which have also faced economic headwinds.In the spring of 2017, Mic hired Jonathan Carson, former chief revenue officer of Vevo and CEO of Nielsen Digital, as its first president. Carson left the company after a year, in what Altchek said at the time was a mutual decision. Welp, I was fired. We all were.If you are looking for producers/correspondents, I’m available. I’m incredibly proud of the work I did @mic, particularly breaking the story of @AliceMarieFree & @KimKardashian. I’ll never not be proud. DMs are open.https://t.co/XHgp8boxmf— Kendall Ciesemier (@kciesemier) November 29, 2018 I’m not longer working at @Mic. It’s been an up and down 2 years and 364 days. I wrote and edited some amazing stuff here and worked with great people. I’m a great manager, line editor and can think big around entrepreneurial projects.— Erin Evans (@heyerinevans) November 29, 2018 Well, the news is out: Today is my last day @Mic. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here, me over the past 2.5 years. If anyone is looking for a snarky political junkie and reporter, my personal email is cahn.emily@gmail.com. And hire my amazing colleagues, too.— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) November 29, 2018last_img read more

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Has gay porn gone too far Man has sex with stuffed My

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A gay porn studio is under fire for using a stuffed My Little Pony unicorn as a sex toy.No, we didn’t think we’d ever be writing that sentence either. Entitled ‘A Brony And His Ponies’, the Alternadudes scene sees one man take his obsession a little too far.That poor stuffed pony doesn’t know what’s comingIn what must be a first for gay porn (what history we are witnessing), an actor named Dashie Chance gets intimate with a large stuffed toy.Alternadudes writes: ‘Dashie is one hot dude.‘He’s a scruffy, shaggy Brony who isn’t afraid to admit his love for the pony culture. He also likes all things furry and enjoys hanging out at the bar and watching movies.Have you ever given a stuffed horn a blowjob?‘Dashie starts out slow in his Brony gear and slowly progresses to the point where he’s buck naked.‘He whips out his big, smooth cock and plays with his giant shaved sack until he’s rock hard and ready for more.‘He’s not just satisfied with his hand, so he hops on his stuffed unicorn and humps away.’But he doesn’t just stop at having sex with the big unicorn toy, the smaller animal gets in on the action too. ‘Also me: “Please put your hat back on. And your clothes. Burn the ponies. We’ll never speak of it again”.’This isn’t the first (or we reckon the last) time a gay porn studio was criticized for their choice of props.Last year, Men.com was criticized for using a digeridoo as a dildo in a gay sex scene.center_img Stop! You’re going to get a rash!Did the gay porn studio go too far by using My Little Pony?The porn company is now being accused of going too far.‘To all those people that thought Lady Ghostbusters would ruin your childhood, take a look at this,’ one said on Twitter.We’re not sure if HE is even into it‘Gay porn. Stuffed toy. My Little Pony. Why? WHY???’ another said.Another commented (where you can also see the full explicit images): ‘Me: “What is that ridiculous hat? Take the hat off”.You poor poor thing Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-porn-gone-far-man-sex-stuffed-little-pony-unicorn/last_img read more

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Opus 13 a popular FOSS audio codec with machine learning and VR

first_imgLast week, the team at Opus announced the general availability of Opus Audio Codec version 1.3. Opus 1.3 comes along with a new set of features, namely, a recurrent neural network, reliable speech/music detector, convenience, ambisonics support, efficient memory, compatibility with RFC 6716 and a lot more. Opus is an open and royalty-free audio codec, which is highly useful for all audio applications, right from music streaming and storage to high-quality video-conferencing and VoIP. Six years after its standardization by the IETF, Opus is included in all major browsers and mobile operating systems, used for a wide range of applications and is the default WebRTC codec. New features in Opus Audio Codec 1.3 Reliable speech/music detector powered by machine learning Opus 1.3 promises a new speech/music detector. As it is based on a recurrent neural network, it is way simpler and reliable than the detector used in version 1.1.The speech/music detector in earlier versions was based on a simple (non-recurrent) neural network, followed by an HMM-based layer to combine the neural network results over time. Opus 1.3 introduces a new recurrent neuron which is the Gated Recurrent Unit (GRU). The GRU does not just learn how to use its input and memory at a time, but it also promises to learn, how and when to update its memory. This, in turn, helps it to remember information for a longer period of time. Mixed Content encoding gets better Mixed content encoding, especially at bit rates below 48 kb/s, will get more convenient as the new detector helps in improving the performance of Opus. Developers will experience a great change in speech encoding at lower bit rates, both for mono and stereo. Encode 3D audio soundtracks for VR easily This release comes along with ambisonics support. Ambisonics can be used to encode 3D audio soundtracks for VR and 360 videos. Opus detector won’t take much of your space The Opus detector has just 4986 weights (that fit in less than 5 KB) and takes about 0.02% memory of CPU to run in real-time, instead of thousands of neurons and millions of weights running on a GPU. Additional Updates Improvements in Security/hardening, Voice Activity Detector (VAD), and speech/music classification using an RNN are simply add-ons. The major bug fixes in this release are CELT PLC and bandwidth detection fixes. Read more about the release on Mozilla’s official website. Also, check out a demo for more details. Read Next YouTube starts testing AV1 video codec format, launches AV1 Beta Playlist Google releases Oboe, a C++ library to build high-performance Android  audio apps How to perform Audio-Video-Image Scraping with Pythonlast_img read more

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Skyscanner is pleased to announce the launch of Sk

first_imgSkyscanner is pleased to announce the launch of Skyscanner’s Spanish affiliate programme.Run through Skyscanner’s network partner, Commission Junction (www.CJ.com), the programme allows websites with a Spanish user base to earn commission and help their users find flights at the same time.Barry Smith, Skyscanner co-founder and director, commented:“We’ve already seen excellent results from our UK and German affiliate programmes, so we are delighted to bring this opportunity to Spanish publishers. Spain is one of our biggest markets in Europe and we also hope to expand the programme to other countries soon, including the USA, Netherlands and Russia.”The expansion of the affiliate programme into new territories is in keeping with the international nature of the Skyscanner site which is already available in 20 different languages including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Greek, Turkish and Norwegian, as well as 63 different currencies.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedSkyscanner affiliate marketingDo you want to make money online and shout about a brand you love? Then Skyscanner’s UK & I affiliate marketing programme through Commission Junction is just what you need. With over 1700 publishers already signed up, our programme allows you to add our online flight finding tools, banners and…Skyscanner builds international visibility with new domain launchesSkyscanner is continuing its international development with the launch of new local domain names in eight countries.Skyscanner Affiliate programme takes offOver 1000 sites sign up in first two monthslast_img read more

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