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Shah credits PM for taking yoga to the world

first_imgNew Delhi: Crediting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his lieutenant and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yoga is now the signature of Indian culture globally.While addressing a gathering in Rohtak in Haryana on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Friday, Shah said, “Yoga is acting as an Ambassador of India, attracting the world towards Yoga and the country’s old age culture.” He further praised PM Modi’s efforts in this move and it is being performed simultaneously in about 200 countries, the minister added. “Addressing the UN General Assembly on December 11, 2014, PM Modi presented our heritage before the world. Within 70 days of putting the proposal of observing June 21 as Yoga day, 177 countries accepted it. As a result of it, the whole world is celebrating International Yoga Day,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe was the chief guest at poll-bound Haryana’s state-level function of the 5th International Yoga Day. It is also celebrated to raise global awareness about the benefits of the ancient Indian practice. Without naming anyone, Shah said there are some who point fingers by saying what will be gained by doing yoga for a day. “I want to humbly tell those pointing fingers that today, on this occasion, in 200 nations crores of people who are doing yoga will help inspire millions of children, who will take a pledge to connect yoga with their life,” he added. In the past when India was under foreign rule, including by the British, yoga was restricted to saints and seers, the ruling BJP president further mentioned. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMoreover, he expressed gratitude to saints and seers as also to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev for popularising this ancient Indian practice. Expressing happiness on a large number of people taking to yoga, the home minister said he is surprised to see a gathering of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh attending early morning yoga camps of Ramdev. “I want to express gratitude and thank all those who have helped promote yoga and make it as a revolution,” he said. Shah also congratulated the Khattar government for setting up a Yoga Council in the state. He highlighted the benefits of the ancient Indian practice for overall well-being, saying yoga keeps body and mind healthy. Yoga is showing the world the way towards a healthy life, he said. “Yoga is the symbol of India’s ancient history and diversity which is showing the world the way towards a healthy life,” he tweeted after the event. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal described Yoga as an ancient practice and said that the present State Government has taken several steps for the promotion of Yoga in the State. He said that yesterday only, the State Government has constituted Yog Parishad so that the people of all walks of life adopt Yoga in their life and ensure their physical, mental and spiritual development. The celebrations were held at 80 places in Haryana. On the occasion, apart from Khattar, state minister Anil Vij, Manish Grover, senior BJP leader Anil Jain, BJP MP from Rohtak, Arvind Sharma, state BJP chief Subhash Barala, Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi and other senior officers of the district administration also performed various yoga ‘asanas’ including ‘Kapal Bhati’, ‘Anulom Vilom’ and ‘Bhramari Pranayama’. slast_img read more

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WHISTLER FILM FEST AFTER DARK

first_img Twitter Advertisement The Whistler Film Festival always offers the chance to catch a few highly touted films before they hit the multiplex, with Mary Queen of Scots (starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie) and If Beale Street Could Talk (from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins) among this year’s big-ticket items. But it’s the under-the-radar product that WFF does best. Here are three recommendations to get your chilled-out festival started. The Whistler Film Festival runs from Wednesday to Sunday (November 28 to December 2).Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story(Canada)Local standup comedian Richard Lett lost an upwardly mobile career to alcoholism and drug abuse, which this doc captures in gruesome detail, rock bottom included. By the time filmmaker Roy Tighe began pointing his camera at Lett in 2009, he’d been banned from every club in the city except one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Lett’s infamous bit “The Ballad of Bobby Pickton” is perhaps the stress test here for the curious. As an expression of all the rage and disgust that Lett would habitually turn on himself and everyone else, it’s painfully true, if you have the stomach for it. Homelessness and psychosis would follow as the abuse wore on and the gigs dried up, but this is a redemption story, and a particularly poignant one for Vancouverites familiar with some of Lett’s local contemporaries who line up to either praise or condemn the man. (The Straight’s Guy MacPherson sticks to the facts.) Facebook Papa and daughter get matching tats in the doc Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Binny Bansal out as CEO of Flipkart Group

first_imgNEW YORK — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct.Walmart, which purchased a $16 billion controlling stake in Flipkart Group in May, the largest single investment in its history, said Tuesday that an independent investigation done on behalf of both companies did not find evidence corroborating the allegation against Binny Bansal, but it did reveal lapses in judgment on his part.Walmart cited “a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation.”Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who took over as CEO of Flipkart in 2017, will continue in that role.Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal —who are not related — founded Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, in 2007.Walmart believes India, which has more than 1 billion people, could be among the world’s top five e-commerce markets within the next five years. Flipkart appeals to its customers for numerous reasons, including its various payment options. The company focused early on mobile phones, and in 2016 became the first app in India to reach 50 million users.Bangalore-based Flipkart has acquired a string of other companies in recent years, from fashion e-commerce company Myntra to mobile payment firm PhonePe. Its supply chain arm, eKart, serves hundreds of cities and makes at least 500,000 deliveries daily.Retailers based outside of India, including Walmart, have faced years of political resistance to opening outlets in the country, where mom-and-pop store owners wield enormous influence. Prior to Flipkart, Walmart’s business in India was focused only on selling items directly to small businesses though its Best Price stores.The Flipkart acquisition gives Walmart far more influence in India — both politically and economically.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Getting around on the ice

It’s another extremely cold night out there and Environment Canada says the conditions are dangerous. Anyone who is planning on being outdoors is being advised to use extreme caution because the wind chills could reach minus forty degrees celsius.To give you an idea of just how cold that is, with windchill it’s expected to be colder in many parts of Southern Ontario, including hamilton, than the capital of one of Canada’s most northern provinces Iqaluit and Nunavut. That’s right, colder than Nunavut and it means exposed skin could freeze in less than five minutes. No matter how you were dressed it was difficult to get around in the Hamilton area because many sidewalks and roads were covered in a thick layer of ice. And many still are.City crews spent most of the day clearing and salting residential streets but now that the temps have dropped and the snow has been falling again, They’re back focussing on main roads all available hands are working long hours into the evening. It’s been a harrowing day, and it’s not getting better.Morning traffic was snarled as people tried to make their way back to work after the holidays. And it was a treacherous first day back for students even those living within walking distance.“You have to pick your way around? Yeah walk in other people’s footsteps and make sure you don’t slide on what looks like slush, but is actually ice. It’s deadly.” “You’ve got running shoes, you’ve got dress shoes, is that enough? No. No grip at all. I’m just walking carefully, not safe at all.”Are people not dressing for the weather? We know that when it comes to falls, inappropriate footwear is always in the studies for why people fall. I would say really, with the amount of ice we’re talking, unless you’re wearing cleats, there’s not much footwear that would help.By mid afternoon, Hamilton emergency physician Paul Miller saw a couple broken hips, a smashed wrist and a head injury, all typical in these conditions: “Are these preventable injuries? Well, common sense goes a long way when it comes to walking on icy sidewalks, shovelling if you’re not fit enough, driving in unsafe conditions.”The doctor also dealt with two patients struck by heart attacks while shovelling.“My back is killing me. Never shoveled so much. I was like picking up ice. Unreal.“It’s not heavy, just frozen solid so it’s not moving. Just chipping away.”“I have spare shovels, laugh”Hamilton waste collectors need help too. the cold and the icy banks of snow along roadways are slowing their progress; some residents waited days for pickup. The city asks that if you can, wait until next week to put out your recycling so crews can get through the backlog of already voluminous Christmas waste.This afternoon, road conditions were so bad in Flamborough, the city’s waste collection contractor had to pull it’s trucks off the road. So if your garbage wasn’t collected, you are asked to keep it until next Monday and waste limits will be waived. Collection will resume Tuesday but the city has just asked that if you can, hold your waste until next week, especially blue box items that could blow around in the high winds that are expected. read more

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Refugee issues should be included in Africas new recovery plan – UNHCR

Ruud Lubbers, who is in Durban, South Africa, for the launch of the African Union, told African leaders it was crucial that forced population displacement in the continent, including refugee issues, be vigorously addressed in NEPAD’s efforts to lay the foundation for long-term peace and sustainable development. There are currently 4.2 million people of concern to UNHCR in Africa, including approximately 3 million refugees affected by protracted conflict situations.”Returning home is one thing, staying home can be quite another,” Mr. Lubbers said. “That is why it is crucial that the international community work to ensure that refugee returns are sustainable through large-scale post-war reconstruction programmes and projects in countries of origin.”In a recent proposal to the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Lubbers suggested that the three organizations strengthen their cooperation throughout the entire continuum of refugee repatriation, reintegration, rehabilitation and reconstruction.The High Commissioner’s so-called “4Rs Plan” is aimed at helping to bridge the gap between “humanitarian” and “development” work – a distinction that has been problematic in the past because it fails to recognize the transitional nature of the relief-to-development process.In related news, Mr. Lubbers was scheduled to meet today with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, the current president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to secure more support from the organization in resolving the latest fighting in Liberia.Yesterday, the High Commissioner met with the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Momadou Koroma, seeking that country’s assistance in gaining the release of five nurses abducted from a refugee camp northwest of Monrovia three weeks ago.Meanwhile, the UNHCR Office in Monrovia has reported an increase in the number of Sierra Leonean refugees asking for help in returning home, with more than 2,000 registered so far. The UN agency was making arrangements to transport the refugees back to Sierra Leone by sea, as the main road from Monrovia remained blocked, with the first boat trip possibly beginning as early as next week.In the meantime, the influx of Liberian refugees into Sierra Leone continued, with more than 1,800 passing through the Gendema crossing point last week, bringing the total since the beginning of the year to 40,000. There were also indications that a large number of Liberians were using unofficial crossing points. read more

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Why your Black Ops KD ratio is so bad

first_imgWondering why you can’t stay alive for more than 10 seconds straight when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops? Watch this guy grab 33 kills in 50 seconds using Chopper Gunner and maybe the mystery will be solved.In case you haven’t encountered it yet, Chopper Gunner is available for 5,000 COD bucks and requires a killstreak of 9. This will put you in a helicopter shooting a gatling gun that is insanely deadly on smaller maps. You have 30 seconds to do as much damage as possible, unless if a quick-witted opponent manages to shoot you down.AdChoices广告The choppers aren’t very hard to take down, but if everyone is being selfish and just trying to rack up kills while the gunner wreaks havoc it’s possible to rack up the huge number of kills we see here.last_img read more

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Microchips Help Deter Amazon Deforestation

first_imgDeforestation is a big problem in the Amazon rain forest, the largest such forest in the world, and now technology is being used to help fight the issue. Amazonian trees are being implanted with microchips in order to prevent illegal logging.Each chip contains a variety of useful information, including the location and size of the tree. This information gives those who buy the wood the knowledge of where it came from and who cut it down. With this information buyers can determine whether or not the tree was cut down by an illegal logging operation. The hope is that the technology will help deter such activity.“People talk a lot these days about wood coming from sustainable forestry practices–this is a system that can prove it,” forestry engineer Paulo Borges told Reuters.last_img read more

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Valve adding 5000 Steam for Linux beta testers today

first_imgThe Steam for Linux beta has been running for 18 days now, and Valve has decided with so many people in the US enjoying a long weekend, it’s the perfect time to expand the number of beta testers allowed on the servers. So with that in mind, the current 1,000 or so beta testers will be joined by another 5,000 today.If you signed up for the beta, keep an eye on your inbox as today could most certainly be the day you get to join in. According to the wording of the Valve announcement, the invite should already have arrived.The reason for the expansion is because Valve is making good progress on fixing all the bugs using the service in anger has uncovered. There’s also that promise of releasing the final version before the end of 2012, so Valve really needs to ramp up the user count quickly and stress test this version before we hit December.If you do get access, the game you’ll most likely get to play is Team Fortress 2. However, there’s thought to be at least another 24 games on the service that are already Linux-compatible. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the number of games accessible to beta testers expand in the coming weeks as another final test for the system.Anyone who chose to travel over Thanksgiving and who signed up for this… I’d suggest not checking your email as chances are you got invited, but wont be able to accept and play until you get home in a few days.last_img read more

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Golden Dawn reach out to diaspora

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) has inaugurated a new office in New York City, to reach out to the Greek diaspora. Golden Dawn claims a branch is already operational in Melbourne, Australia. Neos Kosmos has received emails from the Melbourne branch of Golden Dawn but no member will put there name to the notifications. According to Ekathimerini two polls last weekend have placed Golden Dawn as the third political party in Greece, on nine per cent of the vote. Their rise in popularity, means that the ultra-nationalist party has now overtaken PASOK in public opinion. Golden Dawn is now reaching out to the Greek diaspora, opening a branch of the political party in New York City. The party’s New York website says: “The Golden Dawn is the only political party in Greece that unapologetically stands for the sovereignty, security, and dignity of the Greek people.The party intends to reverse decades of unlimited third world immigration which has brought crime, unemployment, disease and possibly terrorism to the once peaceful Greek cities. We stand with the Greek people who have been driven to poverty and despair by the imposition of the genocidal IMF and European Union austerity policies that are decimating the population and turning Greece into a slave state. Our goals are to promote and support the Golden Dawn’s nationalist ideals and vision for Greece among the Greek diaspora. We must resist and overcome the genocidal multi- culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order.” Source: Kathimerninilast_img read more

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South Florida man overcomes all odds to become a Reebok CrossFit Masters

first_imgAnd this wasn’t the first time Ramirez has overcome a major injury.When he was 25, the daredevil got hurt jumping off a mountain and required two blood transfusions to save his life. Doctors at the time said he would be unable to walk again.Now, he’s hoping to be crowned “Fittest Man in the World” for a fourth time in a row.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “In the emergency room, on Thanksgiving day, the first set of doctors were telling Shawn that it’s just not possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “Everybody was like, ‘Shawn’s hurt. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to do it,’ and that was just fuel to my fire. Once they said that, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s on.’”But time was working against Ramirez. He had less than three months to get ready to compete against 20,000 other athletes, and doctors said the recovery time for Shawn’s injury could be twice that long.However, thanks to the combination of hard work, specialists from West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the backing of his loving family, Ramirez was able to overcome the strain of all these obstacles.Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, “The Ram” battered his competition. Ramirez earned his three-peat once again claiming the title of CrossFit Master. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “If you think of the word champion, if you think of the word heart, if you think of the word role model, it’s Shawn.”Shawn Ramirez: “No matter what anybody says to you, no matter what circumstances you’re faced with, if you believe you will achieve, there’s nothing that can stop you. Nothing.”With a will and work ethic that is unquestionably strong and supported, the only question remaining is….Shawn Ramirez: “Four in a row? Four in a row?” center_img MIAMI (WSVN) – After winning the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition in 2014 and 2015, a South Florida father’s hope for a third win appeared all but gone when he suffered a significant injury. That’s when a supportive group of family and friends stepped in and pushed Shawn Ramirez to go for gold.Surrounded by a roomful of his biggest fans, Shawn “The Ram” Ramirez finds his comfort zone feeding off the energy and emotion of loved ones — and three adorable sons.Shawn Ramirez: “This guy, he pushes me. This one here is my biggest fan. And this one here gives me the determination.”The 42-year-old father of three is an unrelenting competitor who appreciates the importance of a support system. He utilizes his support system to reach unbelievable heights, including earning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.”Family member Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “Shawn, in front of all of us, made the impossible possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “I knew with that support there was nothing that could stop me.”Ramirez, a two-time winner of the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition, suffered a devastating injury last November, just months before attempting to win for a third year in a row. He fractured his left ankle and tibia in three parts and tore two ligaments while playing soccer with his children. last_img read more

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Community Leaders Flying to Kotzebue for Meeting on Ambler Road

first_imgAIDEA is holding a large community meeting, it’s 30th in the outreach process ahead of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. Earlier this month there was a tri-village meeting in Kobuk. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM News)Starting Wednesday, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority—or AIDEA—is holding two days of meetings in Kotzebue about a proposed 200-mile road through the interior to the Ambler Mining District.“We’re pulling together community leadership from the stakeholders in the proposed corridor, as part of our community outreach. And we’ve had a lot of interest and are expecting really good participation,” said Karsten Rodvik, AIDEA’s head of external affairs. The agency is flying in representatives from almost all the communities along the road’s potential route from the Dalton Highway, through the Interior, and to the Kobuk Valley—all as AIDEA moves forward the Environmental Impact Statement for the road.But PJ Simon, second chief for the community of Allekaket, says leadership there isn’t sending anyone, out of protest. When AIDEA held it’s first and only meeting in Allakaket last year, Simon remembers leaders felt the agency and other representatives did not adequately listen to local feelings about the road.“You guys say you…are here to hear our concerns, but yet none of you even have notepads out,” Simon recalls, “and it doesn’t seem like you guys are going to listen to us.”Local leadership in the Koyukuk region opposes the road—and has issued resolutions saying so—and that’s why Simon thinks AIDEA’s holding the meeting in Kotzebue, which isn’t along the road’s propose route.“They never go to Allakaket because they know we have a firm stance against the road. So we feel that we’re not getting heard. And having a meeting in Kotzebue, of all places—nothing wrong with that—but it’s away from the road. It’s not ground zero. You won’t be able to see what is affected,” he added.Rodvik disagrees. He says Kotzebue has the facilities to hold a gathering of this size. Those facilities include conference rooms at the Nullagvik Hotel, which will also lodge many of the representatives coming to the meeting. The hotel is owned by the NANA Development Corporation; NANA, for its part, says it supports AIDEA’s environmental review of the potential road but hasn’t made a decision on the road itself.Rodvik explained that AIDEA has worked hard to connect with communities as the process has advanced.“This meeting is consistent with our community outreach,” he said. “We’ve had numerous meetings in communities and have publicized those meetings in the community. And through local tribal and city councils. So, we feel that we are reaching out.”Despite that outreach, few details about this week’s meetings were publicly available ahead of time. AIDEA has a websitedevoted to the Ambler Road, but nothing about the meeting or it’s agenda are posted there.Rodvik says the intention is not to shut anyone out, but to make sure the conversation takes place between what he calls the most “immediate stakeholders.”“Well there’ll be representatives from NANA and Doyan Regional Corporations, Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, and others. Again this is a meeting involving stakeholders—theimmediate stakeholders I should say—in the proposed corridor.”But the definition of a stakeholder isn’t so clear: while nine communities lie along the road’s proposed path, there are also business owners, wilderness advocates, and subsistence users claiming they’ll be impacted by any industrial road through the region.Wednesday’s meetings in Kotzebue starts at noon and last through Thursday.last_img read more

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DNA Evidence Leads to Dropped Murder Charge in 1998 Slaying

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was has been in prison for about 18 years after he was convicted in the 1998 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl is expected to be released this week after new tests showed that DNA on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his.Malcolm Jabbar Bryant, 42, was convicted of stabbing Toni Bullock on Nov. 20, 1998. Bryant was arrested a few weeks after Bullock was killed. Police said the girl was walking with her best friend when a man grabbed her, demanded money and pulled her into a vacant lot before stabbing her. Police had said robbery was the motive.Toni’s friend, the only eyewitness, picked Bryant out of a photo lineup array that the Baltimore Police Department no longer uses.At a news conference Wednesday, Marilyn Mosby said it was dark and rainy the night Bullock was killed, and the witness likely only had three or four seconds to glance at the attacker.In light of the new DNA test, attorneys for Bryant asked for a new trial and, with no objection from prosecutors, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted the motion. When the judge did that, prosecutors dropped all charges.Bryant walked silently out of the courtroom, still handcuffed and shackled, and visibly overcome by emotion.His mother, Annie Bryant, shouted “Hallelujah!” from the gallery.“Eighteen years,” she said outside of the courtroom. “It was a horror.”Michelle Nethercott, an attorney with the University of Baltimore’s Innocence Project Clinic, has worked with Bryant for the past eight years. Nethercott said prosecutors were initially unwilling to support her quest for DNA testing, but have recently become cooperative.During the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Lipscomb said the State’s Attorney’s Office had reopened the investigation earlier this year, and investigators had interviewed the initial eye witness and several of Bryant’s alibi witnesses, as well as reviewed the new DNA test results.Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she understood how painful the exoneration is for Bullock’s family.“They must deal with the unsettling reality that the killer has not been brought to justice,” Mosby said. “We want them to know their daughter has not been forgotten.”Mosby also apologized to Bryant and his family.“My heart breaks for Malcolm Bryant, who was only 25 years old when he was sentenced,” she said. “Now 42, it’s hard to reconcile that we live in a world that would take 17 prime years away from an innocent man for a crime in which he had no part.”Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Bullock’s slaying is now “an active case. We will take pursuit of this killer seriously.”Mosby said Bryant was identified by the witness based on a photo array, and was charged the next day. Davis said Wednesday that the department has changed its technique for how photo arrays are arranged.Instead of presenting six photographs together in a “six-pack,” a witness is given one photograph at a time. In addition, detectives in charge of administering the photos are not informed about the suspect in the array.“Today, this is what our community expects from public safety,” Davis said. “Our community expects us to do the right thing when information that exists identifies people are responsible for crimes, or exonerates people for not being responsible for crimes.”___Associated Press writer Kasey Jones contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Facebook Admits to Scanning Private Messages Releases Privacy Policy Updates

first_img ×Last Time I Cried at the MoviesVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpKellyanne Conway Belittles Taylor Swift, Fans Over Equality Act Support01:48 facebook twitter reddit Email Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/facebook-policy-updates-1202743819/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedAuto 720p720p406p270p180pLive00:0003:0003:00More Videos01:48Kellyanne Conway Belittles Taylor Swift, Fans Over Equality Act Support02:04Biggest Oscar Winners of All Time04:35Jennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul06:18Best Fashion of the 2019 VMAs: Taylor Swift, Lizzo and Lil Nas X Stand Out02:15Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney Princesses00:49Wyclef Jean on the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award TitleClose Facebook has been under the microscope for possible privacy violations ever since news broke that Trump campaign-linked Cambridge Analytica had used a Facebook app to download data on 50 million U.S. users from the service. In response to the increased scrutiny, Facebook also published a draft version of a newly-worded privacy policy Wednesday.The policy doesn’t fundamentally change how Facebook treats the data of its users, but explains these uses in more detail, said chief privacy officer Erin Egan and deputy general counsel Ashlie Beringer in a joint blog post.“We explain the services we offer in language that’s easier to read,” they wrote. “We’re also updating our data policy to better spell out what data we collect and how we use it in Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and other products.”The two executives explained that the new policy isn’t set in stone yet, but that the company was looking for input from its users. “For the next seven days, you’ll be able to provide your feedback on the terms and data policy,” they said. “Once finalized, we’ll publish these documents and ask you to agree to them on Facebook, along with information about the choices you have over your privacy.”POPULAR VIDEO ON VARIETY Facebook is scanning private messages its users are sending to each other over Facebook Messenger, the company admitted in response to a Bloomberg story Wednesday. Separately, the company also announced updates to its privacy policies with simpler explanations on the types of data it gathers.Questions about the company’s monitoring of Messenger messages had arisen after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had told Vox in a recent interview that the company had done so in Myanmar, shutting down conversations that were meant to incite violence.On Wednesday, the company said that it has automated tools in place to scan links sent over Messenger for malware and viruses. It also analyses any images shared via Messenger to detect known child pornography, and monitors messages for other violations of its terms of service. The company said that this was similar to what other messaging services are doing.last_img read more

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HIDCO to celebrate Rosogolla Day on Nov 14 at Misti Hub

first_imgKolkata: Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) is going to celebrate ‘Rosogolla Day’ on November 14, the day when Bengal’s Rosogolla got Geographic Identification (GI) tag.Senior officials of HIDCO along with the members of Rosogolla Association will meet on Tuesday to chalk out the programme. The function will be held at Misti Hub in New Town. There will be a discussion on Rosogolla in which noted Kolkata historian Haripada Bhowmick and others will take part. Apart from selling sweets, Misti Hub is coming up as a cultural point where musical programmes and discussions on the history of Bengali sweets are held Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefrequently. Rosogolla is Bengal’s great pride and it is amazing to note that Rabindranath Tagore had a “special weakness” for sponge Rosogolla of Nabin Chandra Das, popularly known as Nabin moira (sweet maker). In “Antaranga Rabindranath” by Dr Pashupati Bhattacharya, one gets an intimate description of Tagore’s love for Rosogolla. Dr Bhattacharya, a medical practitioner took lessons in Rabindrasangeet from Tagore and was also a close associate of Dr BC Roy. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAfter coming to know from Dr Bhattacharya that he was a resident of Bagbazar, Tagore one day inquired whether he had tasted the sponge Rosogolla of Bagbazar. On getting a negative reply from Dr Bhattacharya, Tagore asked him to have it once and requested him to bring the same for him. Not only did Tagore himself appreciated sponge Rosogolla, he also presented it to his near and dear ones and anyone who requested him to recommend. Dr Bhattacharya, though a resident of the area, did not know about sponge Rosogolla. However, on inquiry he found that it was available at the shop of Nabin moira, popularly known as the “Columbus of Bengal.” As per instruction from Gurudev, Dr Bhattacharya had two Rosogollas and bought one handi (earthen pot in which Rosogollas were given to customers) for Tagore. Tagore was very happy to receive it but could not talk to him as on the next morning he was scheduled to leave for Santiniketan. Nearly after two months, Dr Bhattacharya received a letter from Tagore informing him about the date when he was coming back to Jorasanko along with a request to get another handi of Rosogolla for him. Dr Bhattacharya went to Nabin moira’s shop but on that day all Rosogollas were sold. Finding no other option, he bought the same from another shop and presented it to Tagore. Gurudev was not at all happy with the taste and told him: “I found the taste to be different” and then jokingly said: “You have deceived me. It is not the same Rosogolla.” On the next occasion, when Dr Bhattacharya presented another handi of the ‘sponge Rosogolla’, Tagore remarked: “This is real Bagbazar Rosogolla. It melts in your mouth.” Tagore often asked his near ones to go to Bagbazar and enjoy Nabin moira’s Rosogolla.last_img read more

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SOLD Stansted Airport

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T British authorities force sale of airports. London’s Stansted Airport will reportedly be sold to Manchester Airports Group for £1.5 billion pounds. In 2009, the UK Competition Commission ordered Heathrow Airport Holdings to sell London Stansted Airport on the grounds that the operator had an unfair market advantage over its rivals, Fox News reported.The company was also forced to sell airports in Gatwick and Edinburgh, leaving its total ownership at four airports, down from the seven it originally possessed.London Stansted is the British city’s third busiest aviation hub.The sale is expected to be completed by the end of February 2013.last_img read more

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Consumers Lower Expectations on Home Price Appreciation

first_img September 11, 2018 642 Views Appreciation Consumers Growth Prices 2018-09-11 Seth Welborn On Monday, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Center for Microeconomic Data released the August 2018 Survey of Consumer Expectations. According to the Survey, home price growth expectations fell for the second month in a row, while income and spending growth expectations remained relatively stable, and household financial situations expectations improved.The survey found that consumers expect home prices to increase by a median of 3.6 percent as of August, compared to 3.7 percent in July and 3.9 percent in June. However, this is still higher than the 3.4 percent 12-month average.By age, the oldest consumers expect the biggest changes in home prices. Consumers over 60 expect home prices to increase by 4.22 percent, compared to 3.17 percent for consumers aged 40 to 60, and 3.26 percent for those under 40.While consumers have lowered their expectations about home price appreciation, their expectation for median inflation remained relatively flat and unchanged at 3 percent. Additionally, gasoline prices are expected to increase by 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in July.According to the New York Fed’s survey, mean unemployment expectations—or the mean probability that the U.S. unemployment rate will be higher one year from now—jumped from 34.2 percent in July to 35.3 percent in August, reaching its highest level since October 2017. However, this doesn’t mean everyone thinks they’re going to lose their jobs. The survey found that mean perceived probability of losing one’s job in the next 12 months and the mean probability of leaving one’s job voluntarily in the next 12 months declined, from 14.0 percent to 13.8 percent and from 23.2 percent to 20.6 percent, respectively.Speaking of jobs, the survey also found that respondents are slightly more pessimistic about the chances of finding a job if they lose theirs. According to the Fed, the mean perceived probability of finding a job declined to 57.8 percent in August, falling below its 12-month trailing average of 59.0 percent, but remaining within its tight 57.1 to 60.1 range observed since July of 2017.Find the full report form the New York Fed here. Consumers Lower Expectations on Home Price Appreciationcenter_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Newslast_img read more

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SeaDream II will sail the entire western Mediterra

first_imgSeaDream II will sail the entire western Mediterranean coast from Malaga in Spain’s south, to the principality of Monaco in the far north, departing Malaga 28 April 2017.Carrying a maximum of just 112 guests, served by 95 crew, the mega-motor-cruiser’s prices for the eight nights begin from USD$4287pp twin share, including award-winning cuisine, selected wines, spirits and bar drinks, power and sail water-sports, golf simulator, fitness centre, port charges and taxes, and gratuities.SeaDream II will call into port cities including Cartagena, Valencia and Barcelona in Spain, Collioure and Sanary-sur-Mer in France, and the French Riviera’s glamorous Saint-Tropez and Nice, before sliding into Monaco’s casino capital of Monte Carlo.For more information contact Julie Denovan, director of business development Australia, on (02) 9958 4444 or jdenovan@seadream.comIMAGE: SeaDream II in the port of Monte Carlo luxury yachtMonacoMonte CarloSeaDreamSpainlast_img read more

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first_imgmagazines Vacations & Travel magazine has officially re-launched for its autumn 2019 issue, with the new-look magazine featuring a redesigned masthead; a clean and contemporary design and new editorial sections.The autumn issue kicks off with an Adventure theme, featuring first-person stories written about such destinations as Colorado, Cambodia, Vietnam, New Zealand, South Georgia Island, Cook Islands and Turkey to name a few. A number of new sections have been introduced including Vacation Essentials, V&T Creatives, Trending, V&T Family, sustainability features, more food-related travel stories and a new design section.“We have retained the core elements of what our readers have loved about the magazine for nearly four decades – stunning photography, first-person stories written by professional journalists, and coverage of both new destinations and uncovering new angles of well- visited regions,” said editor, Katrina Holden. “We also continue our Tried & Tested reviews of hotels, restaurants, cruise ships, spas and aircraft – as well as cover the latest news in travel, cruise, spa and wellness, sustainable travel and eco-tourism, wine and dine, and hotels and resorts.”Owned and published by US-based Morris Media Network, publishers of the international in-bound Where Traveler title, Vacations & Travel has wide distribution across key visitor destinations in 4- and 5-star hotel rooms across Australia allowing a massive readership in these locations. Other distribution points include airports, newsagents and a dedicated subscriber base. The net distribution of Vacations & Travel is 40,000 copies per issue, giving the title the highest distribution of any travel magazine in Australia. This quarter, Morris Media Network has taken the deliberate step to move to a readership audit through Enhanced Media.The relaunched autumn issue is on sale on Thursday 28 March 2019.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) leaves the field injured during the first half of an NFL football game against Los Angeles Rams at Twickenham Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) 4 Comments   Share   Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer just finished a long and successful NFL career.Palmer played 16 seasons in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals (2004-10), Oakland Raiders (2011-12) and Cardinals (2013-17). As a former No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Palmer put together a successful career with Hall of Fame potential.But, A panel of ESPN football writers determined the Hall of Fame credentials of Palmer were not enough. While Palmer was an extremely efficient passer, his win-loss record of 92-88-1 hurts his case as none on the panel voted for him on the mock ballot.center_img A strong critique of Palmer was the win-loss record of his teams throughout his career. Palmer found little success prior to Arizona, where he was a part of winning teams during his first three seasons in the desert, including his first career postseason win over the Green Bay Packers in the 2016 Divisional round.During Palmer’s time with the Bengals and the Raiders, he combined for two playoff appearances, as both franchises battled dysfunction as well as possessing marginally talented roster.While critics can point to Palmer’s flaws, he did post some impressive statistics that rank among the top 20 quarterbacks to have ever played in the NFL.Palmer finished his career with a 62.5 percent completion percentage, 46,247 passing yards and 294 touchdown passes in 182 games played. According to Pro Football Reference, Palmer ranks No. 11 in NFL history for completed passes, No. 12 in passing yards and touchdowns and No. 19 for career passer rating. Top Stories Unfortunately for Palmer, he played in a golden age of NFL quarterbacks. His career overlapped with at least six other Hall of Fame passers — two already in and four waiting or still playing. He was an efficient and effective passer, but this isn’t the Hall of Efficiency. Palmer’s teams had just four winning seasons in that span, and he played in only four playoff games, notching one win and one torn ACL. It’s regrettable to say for such a reliable player, but this was an easy vote for our committee.Related LinksPro Football Focus doesn’t believe in the Cardinals’ receiver roomArizona Cardinals sign Cap Capi to one-year dealDoug & Wolf’s bold Cardinals preseason predictionsThe panel consisted of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters Mike Sando and Jeff Legwold, ESPN NFL writers Mina Kimes and Dan Graziano and ESPN analytics writer Brian Burke.The panel only considered players that weren’t locks for the Hall of Fame, including linebacker Terrell Suggs and quarterback Eli Manning. The group also didn’t note whether a player would make it in their first year of eligibility, or would need to wait a few ballots to be selected.Palmer dealt with injuries throughout his career, including two ACL tears and multiple shoulder and elbow injuries in his right arm. His struggles to stay on the field don’t fair favorably compared to other quarterbacks including Philip Rivers and Manning, who rarely missed games. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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