Paul McCartney Joins Voices Against Violence

first_imgPaul McCartney has stepped up in the fight for gun control by recording a message for the Voices Against Violence campaign.The campaign was started by Tony Bennett, his son Danny and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and allows people to leave a message for their Senator imploring them to keep guns out of the wrong hands.“We the people need to make our voices heard on this issue,” said Tony Bennett. “This is a job for the people, not the politicians.”Users are encouraged to text MYVOICE to 877877 and will be asked for their ZIP code. They will then be rung back with a message from Sir Paul and prompted to leave a voice message for their Senate office.Other stars who have supported the campaign include Mia Farrow, Josh Groban, Gloria Estefan, Juanes, Alec Baldwin, KD Lang and Rosie O’Donnell.To find out more, visit

Robert De Niro And Mariah Carey Honored At GLAAD Media Awards

first_imgGLAAD, the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, honored Robert De Niro, Mariah Carey, and the best in film, television, and journalism at the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York on Saturday.Video: Jennifer Lawrence presents the Excellence in Media Award to Robert De NiroJennifer Lawrence, Aziz Ansari, Connie Britton, Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, Tamron Hall, Noah Galvin, Andrew Rannells, Andreja Pejić, and Jason Biggs were among the special guests. Recording artists Alex Newell and Bebe Rexha, as well as the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home performed at the event hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Laverne Cox. The 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are presented by Delta Air Lines, Hilton, Ketel One Vodka, and Wells Fargo.The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. The GLAAD Media Awards also fund GLAAD’s work to amplify stories from the LGBT community and issues that build support for acceptance.At the ceremony, Academy Award-winning actress and surprise guest Jennifer Lawrence presented Robert De Niro with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award, which is presented to media professionals who, through their work, have increased the visibility and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.In his acceptance speech, De Niro celebrated the Supreme Court’s landmark decision for marriage equality, while cautioning to “also remember oppressive laws like the ones in North Carolina that let us know the struggle continues and challenges us to be vigilant and aggressive in protecting all our rights.” De Niro continued, “Thank you for this honor, I’m proud to stand with you, I’m GLAAD.”Also at the event, Lee Daniels presented Mariah Carey with the Ally Award, which is presented to a media figure who has consistently used their platform to support and advance LGBT equality and acceptance.Accepting the award, Carey shared a special message for the LGBT community, saying, “Thank you for the unconditional love … I thank you, and I wish all of you love, peace, [and] harmony.”
Master of None co-creator and star Aziz Ansari presented the award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment to Anderson Cooper 360 for the segment “Interview with Jim Obergefell.” Accepting for the show was Jim Obergefell, the U.S. Supreme Court plaintiff featured in the piece.Nashville star Connie Britton presented the award for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine to 20/20 for “Bruce Jenner: The Interview.” Diane Sawyer, Caitlyn Jenner, and David Sloan, senior executive producer, accepted on behalf of the show.Girls star Andrew Rannells and The Real O’Neals star Noah Galvin presented the award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage to Cosmopolitan. Laura Brounstein, special projects director, accepted on the magazine’s behalf.GLAAD previously announced that it was acknowledging two web series, Beautiful As I Want To Be ( and This is Me (Amazon Instant Video), with Special Recognition Awards.last_img read more

Hungarian Camerawoman Sentenced for Kicking Refugees

Budapest – A Hungarian camerawoman who caused controversy after kicking and tripping refugees as they fled from police near the Hungary-Serbia border in September 2015, was given, on Thursday, a three-year suspended sentence for disorderly conduct.Petra Laszlo, who appeared via video link at a court in the southern city of Szeged, said she would appeal.“It was all over within two seconds,” she said, adding she was acting out of panic and felt under attack. “Everybody was shouting, it was very frightening,” she added.The judge rejected Laszlo’s contention that she acted in self-defense.In addition to the three-year suspended sentence, she was ordered to pay a fine of 53,000 forints ($183).Laszlo, who had earlier said she would sue one of the refugees she tripped, was fired from her job at N1TV, a private television station in Hungary.

TimorLeste UN investigates deadly violence near camp for displaced persons

“The Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Atul Khare, has moved to reassure the people of Dili that the security situation at the IDP camp is under control,” the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) said in a statement. According to the International Security Forces (ISF), when they responded to a disturbance at the airport IDP camp, one ISF soldier “was attacked and defended himself by shooting the attacker, resulting in the death of one Timorese national.”The UN Police (UNPOL) immediately deployed officers from the Malaysian, Pakistani and Portuguese Formed Police Units to the area, which was later deemed secure.Mr. Khare “urged people to remain calm” and to cooperate with UNPOL, the Timorese Police and ISF soldiers.In another development, the head of UN humanitarian assistance in Timor-Leste today announced a large-scale delivery of rice in Dili, which has been plagued by shortages and price increases. “In order to alleviate this situation, the Government has requested the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide 300 metric tonnes of rice and WFP has responded positively to this request,” said Finn Reske-Nielsen. 23 February 2007United Nations police today in Timor-Leste are investigating deadly violence that erupted at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the capital’s airport, in which one Timorese was killed and two injured. read more

Upcoming elections in Liberia must be peaceful free and fair – Ban

15 August 2011With preparations for the upcoming general elections in full swing, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the people of Liberia to do everything possible to ensure the polls are free, fair and peaceful. The presidential and legislative polls, scheduled for 11 October, will be second round of democratic elections since the end of the decade-long conflict in Liberia that killed nearly 150,000 people, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries.“The success of these elections, and the peaceful inauguration of a new administration, will be critical to the consolidation of the tremendous progress the country has made over the past eight years,” Mr. Ban writes in his latest report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The Secretary-General states that the UN family in Liberia will continue to provide technical and logistical support, as required, to ensure the operational success of the elections. However, he notes that there will be major logistical challenges given that all electoral events will be conducted during the country’s rainy season and timelines will be extremely tight.“I therefore urge all political actors and the population at large to make the utmost effort to ensure that the upcoming elections will be free, fair and without violence,” he says. Prior to the general elections, a constitutional referendum will be held on 23 August on four proposed amendments to the Constitution, three of which are election-related: to change the electoral system from an absolute to a simple majority for all elections except those for president and vice-president; to move election day from October to November; and to revise the residency clause for presidential and vice-presidential candidates from 10 to five consecutive years immediately prior to an election. The fourth provision would increase the mandatory retirement age for chief justices to 75. While the National Elections Commission has confirmed the date for the upcoming presidential and legislative elections as 11 October, the results of the referendum may shift them to 8 November.Mr. Ban notes that the planning for the elections, as well as efforts to address the situation along the border between Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire, have created “significant” challenges for the Liberia National Police, “an already stretched organization that is continuing to develop its institutional capacity.”It is urgent, he writes, that the Government’s international partners increase support for the development of the security sector to ensure that UNMIL operations can be progressively scaled down as it hands over security responsibilities to national authorities. UNMIL, whose current mandate expires on 30 September, has an authorized strength of 7,952 military and 1,375 police personnel. Mr. Ban recommends that UNMIL’s mandate be extended for one year and that the current strength be maintained, given the still limited capacity of national security institutions and the critical need to support electoral, border and other security operations. A UN technical assessment mission will be deployed to Liberia after the inauguration of the next Government to develop proposals for the next stages of the mission’s drawdown. In the report, the Secretary-General also voices concern about the slow implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations, especially given the critical role reconciliation will play towards sustainable peace. Other areas of concern include continuing ethnic and communal tensions, disputes over land and other resources, drug trafficking, and limited employment and livelihood opportunities. The refugee situation and security-related issues emanating from the post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire also present significant challenges for Liberia, says the Secretary-General.“It is critical that financial support be provided to the revised Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan to cover humanitarian needs to the end of 2011, especially given that the influx of refugees continues.”As of 1 August, there were an estimated 160,000 registered refugees from Côte d’Ivoire in Liberia. read more

Majority say health will be biggest retirement expense BMO poll

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 28, 2014 2:04 am MDT Majority say health will be biggest retirement expense: BMO poll TORONTO – A new poll suggests that health and medical costs are the biggest financial worry for Canadians later in life.The Bank of Montreal report, titled “Living to 100: The Four Keys to Longevity,” found that 74 per cent of those recently polled foresee medical costs as their biggest expense in their senior years.On average, those polled expect to spend $5,391 in out-of-pocket medical expenses every year after the age of 65.About 30 per cent believe they’ll be paying between $1,000 to $5,000 in annual medical costs, 21 per cent say they have no guess, 20 per cent expect to spend under $1,000 and 16 per cent say they expect to spend between $5,000 to $10,000.Six per cent anticipate on paying between $10,000 to $15,000, while three per cent expect to pay between $15,000 to $20,000 or $20,000 or more.Following medical costs, the majority (57 per cent) of those polled in the report to be released Wednesday, say their second biggest expense will be food, clothing and other day-to-day essentials, followed by housing (56 per cent), long-term care (38 per cent), travel (28 per cent), entertainment and hobbies (19 per cent), debt payments (15 per cent) and supporting adult children and grandchildren (13 per cent).Chris Buttigieg, senior manager of wealth planning strategy at BMO Financial Group, said these are credible worries because Canadians are living longer than they ever did before.“It’s clear there is a major demographic shift happening in our country,” he said. “As Canadians’ longevity continues to improve, they should account for the health and financial issues that come with the possibility of living a longer life.”The survey found that a quarter of those polled admit to not having a financial plan for retirement, something that is key to financial stability in old age, said Buttigieg.“The need for financial security becomes more apparent as we age,” said the report. “When regular employment income is no longer part of the equation, the wealth accumulated during your working years may help to fill the gaps. Uncertainty about future health care costs and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) has forced us to become more resourceful and to seek out other long-term solutions.”Ottawa has been recently examining the issue of financial retirement security, as it presses ahead with a plan to introduce shared risk pension plans to federally-regulated employees. It hopes to implement the legislation, which enhances the Canadian Pension Plan, by early in 2015.The option for the new plans would be available to the over 1,200 federally regulated plans, including Crown employees. The proposal does not apply to the public service pension plan, or the ones in place for members of the Canadian armed forces and the RCMP.The BMO survey was conducted by Pollara from an online sample of 1007 adults between Feb. 27 and March 3. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site

by Andrew Dalton, The Associated Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 7:13 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side.“Star Wars” creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing LA as the home of a museum that will showcase his life’s work along with a huge collection of exhibits on film history and art.After what organizers called “extensive due diligence and deliberation,” they announced that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be built in Exposition Park, where it will sit alongside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Science Center, which houses the space shuttle Endeavour.Lucas has been trying to build the museum for nearly a decade and is financing the project by himself with plans to spend over $1 billion.It had several possible locations, but the choice eventually came down to perpetual rivals in Northern and Southern California.San Francisco offered Treasure Island, with its scenic views in the middle of the bay, as a home that the museum would have had virtually to itself.The museum will house Lucas’s personal collection, which includes 40,000 paintings, illustrations and film-related items including storyboards and costumes from “The Wizard of Oz,” ”Casablanca” and, of course, “Star Wars.”Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti emphasized that it would not be just “a Star Wars museum.”“This is a collection of narrative art in a city that has the best storytellers and story makers in the world,” he said at a news conference.“I am disappointed, of course, but must respect the decision,” San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said in a statement. “I am pleased that the museum will be built in California for our state’s residents to someday enjoy.”LA seemed an obvious choice for Lucas, not merely because of its film industry legacy. He is an alumnus and major donor to the film school at the University of Southern California, which is right across the street from the museum site.However, Lucas has strong San Francisco ties as well. He has lived in the Bay Area for most of his life, and the city was home to Lucasfilm until Disney Co. bought it in 2012.Garcetti said the Exposition Park site will allow museum-hoppers to see movie-magic spacecraft and then walk over to see the real thing: the space shuttle.“You can go from imagining space, to actually seeing how it got done,” the mayor said. “You can see how we are inspired by the natural world, and see how we put it on the screen.”Exposition Park also is home to the LA Memorial Coliseum, where the USC Trojans and Los Angeles Rams play football, and an under-construction stadium for a new Major League Soccer team, LAFC. A light rail line that opened just last year connects the park with downtown Los Angeles and the beaches to the West.The project also comes amid a museum boom in Los Angeles that includes The Broad, a buzzing new contemporary art museum downtown.And it makes Southern California the definitive home base of the Star Wars galaxy, with Disney having bought the rights to the franchise and now building a Star Wars-themed land within its Magic Kingdom in Anaheim. read more

President Obamas BrotherinLaw Craig Robinson Recruits At DNC

With the nation watching Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s brother-in-law, who is the coach of the Oregon State basketball team, used a few of his time on stage to recruit.Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother, put it out there that he could use some more players to build his program. Speaking with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-ng, Robinson introduced himself as “Michelle Obama’s big brother, father of four and head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team.”Then he he made his move, albeit jokingly.“Any seven-footers out there, give me a call,” he said.Soetoro-ng and Robinson spoke glowingly of their respective siblings, but the Oregon State coach couldn’t resist slipping one last basketball reference in during the final 30 seconds of his speech. In praising the First Lady’s efforts to promote good nutrition in schools, Robinson said, “I’m proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. And let’s face it, Maya, I could use the recruits.”He could use some more wins, too. Although his teams have not reached the NCAA Tournament in his four years, he has lured more talent to the school.Guard Jared Cunningham became Oregon State’s first NBA draft pick in 14 years last June and guard Roberto Nelson and forward Devon Collier both have pro potential.The Beavers went winless in the Pac-10 the year before Robinson took over, has been competitive during his stretch. They have not finished above .500 in league play yet.But his team won 21 games and beat Texas in December, they still underachieved in the Pac-12, finishing a pedestrian 7-11.It’s surprising Robinson has not landed even more top flight recruits. He’s the brother-in-law of the President of the United States. His sister is the First Lady. Seems he has one of the all-time great recruiting pitches: “Come play for us and you’ll get to meet the First Family.” That’s pretty strong. read more

Jawbones Up is a smart wristband that aims to keep you healthy

first_imgJawbone, the makers of those sexy Bluetooth headsets that we mostly like, has moved into the health business with a new wristband. Up combines a $100 wristband that you can wear 24/7 with a free iPhone app that lets you track your walking, running, sleep, and diet all in one.Up tracks your motion using the same MotionX technology found in the Nike+ package. It can track your steps, for everyday walking, or it can watch your route via GPS if you’re a runner. The app will tell you your steps, distance, calories, pace, and intensity level among other information. During the day, you can set the wristband to vibrate on your wrist to give you a reminder to move around if you’ve been inactive for too long.The wristband also serves as a comprehensive sleep tracking product much like the popular Sleep Cycle apps available on the App Store. Putting the wristband in Sleep Mode will automatically track the hours you slept, what stages you were in, what time you were awake, and it’ll score your overall sleep quality. Like the iPhone sleep apps, Up will wake you up when it thinks the time is best, but it cleverly uses the vibration feature from before to wake you up quietly.Up also includes a food journal. Instead of logging individual foods and their calorie counts, you simply take a photo of the food and later respond to a prompt about how the meal makes you feel. Over time, the app learns what foods make you feel your best and tells you.As it’s 2011, no product release would be complete without social integration, so Up has a community feature to access health challenges both as an individual and as a team.The Up wristband is designed to live with you 24/7. With that in mind, its battery lasts 10 days between charges and is water-resistant, making it safe for the shower. Jawbone’s typically luxurious design efforts have been reproduced here, and the company hopes you’ll wear it regardless of the occasion – even in “a cocktail dress or business suit.”Up releases on November 6 and we’re very eager to see how well it performs.via Jawbonelast_img read more

Police arrest Vancouver robbery kidnapping suspect

first_imgClark County law enforcement arrested a 22-year-old suspect Friday believed to be responsible for two robberies and a kidnapping that prompted several school lockdowns last week.County deputies along with Safe Street Task Force officers and U.S. Marshals Service arrested Dominique Ray Holland on suspicion of second-degree assault, first-degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, burglary, vehicle theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.Holland appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Monday morning, although a judge had already found probable cause existed to jail him over the weekend, said Judge Bernard Veljacic.Deputy prosecuting attorney Brian Pruett asked the judge to set bail at $1 million. Pruett said there was concern about public safety and the possibility Holland would flee if he posted bail.The prosecutor listed Holland’s criminal history, which dated back to at least 2007 and included convictions for attempting to elude police, possession and trafficking of stolen property, assault and “numerous other misdemeanor history.”last_img read more

Liverpool can beat Real Madrid – Mane

first_imgSadio Mane is convinced that Liverpool have what it takes to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League final and believes that they can “beat any team in the world”The Senegalese forward opened the scoring in Liverpool’s 4-2 defeat to AS Roma in the second leg of their semi-final tie at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night with the Reds scrapping through with a narrow 7-6 aggregate win to reach the final of the competition where they will face Real at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on May 26.But when they met Hoffenheim in a Champions League playoff game back in August to qualify for the competition nobody expected to see Liverpool progress this far, but Mane believes that the surprises haven’t ended just yet.“We have a lot of respect for Madrid, they are one of the best teams in the world, but we are Liverpool,” said the 26-year-old, according to FourFourTwo.“We are strong, we can beat any team in the world. We believe that. So we believe we can go there and beat them.“We are going to go there and fight for the fans, for the club, and play without fear to try to win the final.“We have the players, we know we can score goals, we have shown that and there is nothing to be afraid of for us.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…Mane has scored nine goals in his 10 appearances in this season’s Champions League and along with fellow forwards Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino they have become the highest-scoring trio for a club in a single Champions League campaign.The former Southampton star is still feeling overwhelmed by what Liverpool have achieved this season.“Honestly, I can’t believe that the dream has come true. It means so much to achieve this – everybody is happy now. It really is one of my best days,” admitted Mane.“It is one of my greatest moments in football. I can say that because this kind of moment you can’t say is there for every player. It happens for so few players, and for me I can say this is one of my greatest moments.“I am very proud of what this team has achieved. Everybody was dancing like crazy. Everybody was so happy, dancing together, we enjoyed the moment together.“It was special to be in that dressing room, such an incredible moment.”last_img read more

Almost twofifths of working parents do not have access to flexible arrangements

first_imgAlmost two-fifths (37%) of working parents in the UK state that flexible working is not available in their workplace, despite all employees having the statutory right to request flexible working arrangements, according to research by Bright Horizons and Working Families.The 2019 Modern families index report surveyed 2,750 working parents and carers with at least one dependant aged 13 or younger who lives with them some or all of the time. It also found that, although 86% of respondents want to work flexibly, only 49% actually do.James Tugendhat, managing director, international at Bright Horizons, said: “The Index shows that parents trying to juggle work and family commitments are getting a raw deal. The UK’s part-time stigma and long-hours culture renders them exhausted, stressed and unable to climb the career ladder. This applies especially to mothers.“Encouraging pledges on flexible working have been made, but the approach to date, however well intentioned, hasn’t lightened the load for working parents. Addressing this would have the potential to narrow the gender wage gap significantly.“[Organisations’] fortunes are based on their ability to attract and retain the best and brightest employees. It’s time we wave goodbye to an office based, nine-to-five culture and embrace a more human-sized, agile approach.”Almost four-fifths (78%) of those surveyed admit to working beyond their contracted hours; 52% do this because they feel it is part of their organisation’s culture, and 60% because they believe it is necessary to deal with their workload. Nearly half (47%) of working parents feel that the boundaries between work and home are too blurred due to technology.Furthermore, just 21% of part-time working parents have a chance of being promoted within the next three years; this compares to 45% for those working full-time.Jane van Zyl, chief executive officer at Working Families, added: “Parents who work part-time and flexibly add immense value to an organisation. This year’s Index shows the sad reality that very often, part-timers aren’t able to progress at work because a higher value is placed on full-time work, and there is simply more of it. Compounding this problem is the fact that parents are often saddled with jobs that require them to work well beyond their contracted hours.”Just under half (47%) of the respondents say that work has had a noticeably negative impact on their sleep, while a further 47% feel that working long hours restricts the amount of exercise they are able to do. Two-fifths (43%) state that work has had a detrimental effect on their diet.Respondents also think that work impacts on their family life, restricting the time they have to read or play with their children (47%), affecting their relationship with their partner (48%) or leading to arguments with their children (28%).The majority (90%) of working parents polled believe that employers have a role to play in addressing these various concerns, and 92% think that the government has a responsibility, too.Van Zyl continued: “Both the government and employers have the opportunity to break down the barriers to progression for part-time [employees] and to ensure that parents aren’t under pressure to work extra hours. We welcome the government’s consultation of its proposal to create a duty for employers to consider whether a job can be [flexible] and to make that clear when advertising new roles.“This will challenge the persistent notion that full-time working is the optimum pattern, changing how part-timers are viewed in the workplace. At the same time, employers need to start properly considering job design, evaluating what tasks the role requires and how these tasks can be completed in the allocated hours, before determining what kind of flexible working is possible.”last_img read more

First Sprint 5G devices go on preorder Friday available May 31

first_imgLG’s V50 ThinQ 5G. Katie Collins/CNET We still may not know when Sprint’s 5G network will be turned on, but we know where it’ll happen first. And now we know when its first 5G devices will be available. On Thursday the company announced that it will begin taking preorders for its first 5G phone and hotspot, LG’s V50 ThinQ 5G phone and the HTC 5G Hub hotspot, this Friday. The LG phone will be available for $1,152 at retail while the HTC 5G Hub will cost $600 if purchased outright. Sprint will offer monthly payment options for both devices, bringing the LG phone down to a discounted $24 per month when purchased on the company’s 18-month Sprint Flex program and the HTC Hub to $12.50 per month when purchasing that device on installment pricing. Both devices will ship May 31. While Sprint hasn’t given an exact timing date for when the network will be turned on, the company has previously said that it would turn on 5G in Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City in May, making it possible the nation’s fourth-largest carrier will wait until the last minute to reach that deadline. Houston will also get 5G in May. Five other cities — Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. — are set to get the network in the first half of 2019. Chicago was initially on the list of the first four 5G cities, with Houston in the second group, but Sprint seems to have decided to swap the two for the first wave of deployment. htc-5g-hub-right-angleHTC’s 5G Hub is a hotspot and runs full Android.  HTC If you want to take advantage of Sprint 5G, you’ll need the company’s Unlimited Premium plan for phones. At $80 for a single line it’s $20 pricier than the company’s Unlimited Basic offering. In addition to 5G, the “Premium” plan also includes Amazon Prime, 100GB of LTE hotspot data and a Tidal HiFi subscription. Those who want to use the Hub will pay $60 per month for 100GB of 5G data, after which it will be slowed to painfully slow 2G speeds, so those looking to swap out their cable for 5G may want to keep that cap in mind. Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, which just launched on Verizon’s 5G network Thursday, the LG V50 ThinQ 5G packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, a bevy of cameras — three on the back, two on the front — and a large OLED display (6.4-inches compared to Samsung’s 6.7-inch S10 5G). The phone will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD) as well as a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Similar to the other carriers Sprint has said that it will also carry the Galaxy S10 5G this year. The HTC 5G Hub, meanwhile, will aim to take on home broadband allowing users to connect up to 20 devices over WiFi. A 5-inch display on the device will display network details, with an ethernet port available on the back for hardwire connection. A 7,660 mAh battery will allow users to turn the Hub into a mobile hotspot. The news of Sprint’s 5G network comes a little over a week after the company’s latest earnings, where it reported a $2.2 billion loss for its fiscal fourth quarter. The news also comes as Sprint faces increased regulatory scrutiny over its proposed $26 billion merger with T-Mobile.Whereas AT&T and Verizon have been announcing additional cities for their respective 5G rollouts, Sprint has been quiet. In its most recent earnings CEO Michel Combes stressed the need for the merger and the technological and financial benefits a partnership with T-Mobile would bring. “We’re hopeful to complete our merger with T-Mobile, which will allow the combined company to have the breadth and the depth of spectrum to provide a truly consistent national-wide 5G experience,” Combes said. “Without additional low-band spectrum, we will face challenges to provide customers with consistency or coverage comparable to that of the two big carriers.”   Phones Tags Post a comment Share your voice 5G HTC LG Samsung Sprint Verizon 0last_img read more

Stray cows add to Modis farmer woes

first_imgNarendra ModiAs night fell on the bucolic northern Indian hamlet of Mahaban, Gopi Chand Yadav gathered blankets and a flashlight to spend the night sitting on a wooden platform in his field. His task: to use bamboo sticks to ward off stray cattle from intruding and eating a maturing mustard crop.Like Yadav, many thousands of farmers stay awake to guard their farms over a cold winter or face losing their crops to the cattle – a double whammy for growers already reeling from a plunge in Indian crop prices.While stray cows ambling around towns and villages have always been a feature of life in rural India, farmers say their number has increased sharply in recent years to the extent that they have become a menace, and blame the policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government.Protecting cows – considered sacred to Hindus – was one of the measures meant to shore up support in the heavily populated, Hindi-speaking belt across northern India that has been a heartland of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP). Instead, it is creating a backlash, even among Hindu farmers. “We already had enough problems and now the government has created one more,” said octogenarian farmer Baburao Saini from Kakripur village, about 85 kilometres (50 miles) from New Delhi. “For the first time, we’ve been forced to stay in the fields to protect our crops.”More than 50 farmers Reuters spoke to in Mahaban and nine other villages in Uttar Pradesh state said they would think twice before voting for Modi’s BJP in the next general election, due by May. The cattle issue and low farm prices are major reasons behind their disillusionment with a party that most say they voted for in the last election in 2014.Modi swept Uttar Pradesh at that poll, winning 73 of 80 seats in India’s most populous state, with rural voters swayed by a promise of higher crop prices, and as Hindu farmers supported the BJP amid tensions with the minority Muslim community.Cow ProtectionModi is trying hard to claw back support among India’s 263 million farmers and their many millions of dependents after the BJP lost power in December to the opposition Congress in three big northern states where agriculture is a mainstay.Indian farmers keep cows to produce milk, cheese and butter, but to harm or kill a cow, especially for food, is considered taboo by most Hindus.Most states in India have long outlawed cow slaughter, but after coming to power in 2014 the BJP ratcheted up its distaste for trade in cattle, launching a crackdown on unlicensed abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh and on cattle smuggling nationwide.At the same time, a wave of attacks on trucks carrying cattle by Hindu vigilante groups has scared away traders, most of whom are Muslims, bringing to a halt the trade even in bullocks, which are not considered sacred. Rising sales of tractors and increasing mechanisation mean that more animals are redundant for use in farming.The farmers Reuters spoke to said they revered cows as most devout Hindus would, but a sudden halt in the trade of cattle had hit the rural economy. In their view, the government should come up with more cow shelters and let cattle traders deal in other animals without fear of attack.”The government has only enforced the laws by closing down unlicensed abattoirs and cracking down on cattle smuggling,” said BJP spokesman Gopal Krishna Agarwal, who added that he runs a cow shelter of 1,300 cattle. “We’re not trying to hurt either any community or the rural economy.”Crop TrampledFodder prices have gone up by more than a third in the past year and most farmers cannot afford to keep cows after they stop producing milk, said farmer Rajesh Pahalwan as he smoked a hookah pipe in the village of Manoharpur. Six farmers sitting with him mainly nodded in agreement.In India, the world’s biggest milk producer, about 3 million cattle become unproductive every year. In the past, Hindu farmers would sell unproductive cows to Muslim traders and about 2 million of these would end up smuggled to Bangladesh for meat and leather. But that trade has now been throttled by the government crackdown, trade and industry officials say.That has led to many unproductive cattle being abandoned, farmers said, but governments – both state and federal – have failed to construct new shelters, leaving rising numbers of stray cattle that are feeding on crops, or even garbage.”The government clearly did not think of alternatives before putting these curbs in place,” said farmer Deepak Chaudhary, who grows wheat on the outskirts of Mathura, considered to be the birthplace of the Hindu God Krishna. “As Hindus, we treat cows as sacred but these unwarranted measures have upended the economics of farming.”The government did provide some relief in its interim budget last week as it announced a cow welfare programme costing 7.50 billion rupees ($104.6 million) in the year beginning April.But there are hardly any “adequate measures to rehabilitate” cattle, said Fauzan Alvi, vice-president of the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association.”Forget about cows, we cannot sell even a single animal to even our relatives thanks to cow vigilante groups which are aided and abetted by the BJP,” said the wheat farmer Chaudhary.Modi has in the past condemned violence by cow vigilantes, but critics and opposition politicians say some of the right-wing Hindu groups involved have links to his party, a charge the BJP denies.Nearly 85 percent of India’s farmers own less than 2 hectares (5 acres) of land, so even a relatively small area damaged has a big impact on their livelihood.Only two weeks ago, some cattle ravaged an acre of wheat grown by farmer Chandra Pal in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh.”My investment went down the drain after some stray cattle trampled and ate up the crop,” he said.Many farmers in Uttar Pradesh are now using barbed wire to stop animals from entering their farms, but that is expensive.”We have been at the receiving end of anti-farmer policies of the government and the problem of stray cattle is just another blow to us,” said farmer Amar Chand, from Maholi village who voted for Modi in 2014. “Unlike the previous general election, farmers are not solidly behind Modi, who’s on shaky ground this time round.last_img read more

Does Technology Widen Generational Gaps

first_img 00:00 /18:53 Technology develops at a rapid pace these days and it feels like just about everything in the world has some kind of digital component to it. For digital natives like millennials and Generation Z, these advancements might feel somewhat routine… But what about those older generations who didn’t grow up with mobile phones, personal computers and the Internet?Is constantly evolving technology making the learning curve too steep for some people?Photo: Al Ortiz | Houston Public MediaFrom left to right: Javon Brown, Campus Instructional Technologist at Westbury High School; Jeff Cohen, host of Houston Matters; Dwight Silverman, Technology Editor for the Houston Chronicle; and Janet Jackson-McCulloch, founder of Elder Advisory Group.To dig through multiple aspects of this topic, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talked Friday with Janet Jackson-McCulloch, founder of Elder Advisory Group; Javon Brown, Campus Instructional Technologist at Westbury High School and Dwight Silverman, Technology Editor for the Houston Chronicle.For Jackson-McCulloch, there is “a real generation gap when it comes to being comfortable adopting new technology.”Although there are people in their 70s or 80 s who use their computers every day and some enjoy using services such as Netflix, Jackson-McCulloch thinks that the learning process for human beings is an important factor because “we learn things early in life” and therefore “it can be really challenging for older adults to try and tackle technology.”Talking about the other side of the coin, meaning today’s young people, Brown underscored that “they’re far more advanced than, you know, than students ten to twenty years ago and beyond, and they’re far more comfortable with using that technology.”“So, as we integrate that into the classroom, they tend to pick up on it and they tend to embrace and want to learn more,” Brown added.For Silverman, the generation gap generated by the rapid pace of changing technology may exist but, at the same time, it’s not set in stone that every young person is technology savvy and all old people struggle to use such technology.“There’s kind of the stereotype,” Silverman commented I think, that older people aren’t into technology, but many of them find things in technology that help them quite a bit and I think there’s the stereotype that, if you are a millennial or younger, that you’ve grown up with technology and you are one hundred percent comfortable with it and I don’t think that that’s true necessarily either.”You can listen to the full segment by clicking on the Sound Cloud icon placed at the top of the story. Listencenter_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Marvel drops Luke Cage Iron Fist and Defenders teasers at ComicCon

first_imgCheo says, “The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” #LukeCage #MarvelSDCC— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 22, 2016The cast and showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (previously of Ray Donovan, Southland) talked about the characters and series as a whole, occasionally introducing clips. The cast members spoke to how important Harlem was to the story they were telling and Coker talked up how important music was, calling Luke Cage the “Wu Tang-fication of the Marvel universe.” Apparently, each episode will be titled after a different gangster rap song.The Hall H audience was treated to an extended version of the boxing ring teaser scene that came after the Jessica Jones finale episode.After that, he interrogates one of Cottonmouth’s men about where “the weapons” are, threatening to throw him into the Hudson River: “It’s not the fall that kills you. It’s the impact against the water. And when the water fills your lungs right before you black out, you’ll think to yourself: why didn’t I just give Luke Cage what he wanted?”The audience also got to see a clip of Cottonmouth and Black Mariah, who are cousins, fighting. They both apparently break a bunch of things in a bar in anger with Black Mariah arguing that Cottonmouth can always make more money, but she can’t get her name back if it’s tarnished.There was a steamy clip that showed a romance between Luke Cage and Misty Knight, right after Missick described her character: “She’s funny, fiery, she’s a little bit bold and brash… This is this iconic woman who is so strong and self-assured. It’s so refreshing to see a woman who’s her own person. She’s not a wife, she’s not the girlfriend, she’s her own thing.” Mixed signals or a plot wrinkle that needs to be sussed out? That remains to be seen.The next scene introduced the threat of Cornell Stokes, AKA Cottonmouth, the primary antagonist. Or that’s what his scene portrayed. Stokes monologues in front of a portrait of the Notorious B.I.G. in a crown and ends with “Cause everybody wants to be the king.” Then he violently punches someone off screen, asking for his money. When they reveal the man, he is tied to a chair and his face is a bloody mess.The Luke Cage part of the panel wrapped up with a reminder that the whole season drops worldwide on Netflix this September 30th before we all got this new teaser:Jeph Loeb, moderator of the panel and one of those in charge of Marvel TV quickly rattled off the news that Daredevil had been picked up by Netflix for season three before launching into Comic-Con exclusive Iron Fist footage!Teaser do Punho de Ferro! (AGORA VAI) #SDCC— Skwad #14Dias (@avengeiras) July 22, 2016 Marvel held their Netflix panel of heroes on Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego. Uniting the cast of September’s Luke Cage on stage for the first time, announcing a new season of Daredevil, the first look at Iron Fist and a logo and teaser for the team-up The Defenders! They showed a surprising amount of footage, some of which is available, the rest is described.The panel opened with a sizzle reel showing off the Netflix heroes we’ve met so far: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Frank Castle:Then it was time to bring out the cast of Luke Cage’s titular series. They started by bringing out the supporting characters starting with Frank Whaley as Detective Scarfe, the partner to Misty Knight (another Marvel hero getting her first live action adaptation). Theo Rossi plays Shades, and had to borrow some sunglasses (come on, man!). Simone Missick, who will be playing Misty Knight and Mahershala Ali (playing Cornell Stokes aka Cottonmouth) also took the stage before Alfre Woodard (“Black Mariah” Dillard on the show) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage himself) rounded out the panel. The cast of Luke Cage is looking good. Sept 30th hurry up! #LukeCage— Geeks Of Color (@GeeksOfColor) July 21, 2016They revealed that Rosario Dawson’s character from previous Netflix series, Claire Temple, would be appearing in Luke Cage, but Dawson was currently in New York shooting “something else Marvel,” which must be Iron Fist.center_img The journey begins.— Iron Fist (@MarvelIronFist) July 22, 2016… and an ominous voice saying “Hello, Danny.”As all four Defenders had been revealed (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist), there was a short Defenders teaser!The Defenders will be released on Netflix in 2017…but an exact date wasn’t given.That’s a pretty jam-packed panel considering it was just representing a small sliver of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.last_img read more

All in an another way

first_imgAll art enthusiasts can head on to Kumar Gallery as it brings to us the show Confluence of Consciousness, the recent paintings of Shampa Sircar Das. Das uses philosophy and aesthetics, encompassing a layers of consciousness and realised awareness through individual and shared journeys. The work is based upon imagination, fuelled and inspired by mythology rich and complex in Buddhist and Vedic pantheons. As in sacred or spiritually based art, the image assists a viewer, creator, and participant, to shed his/her separateness and join in a broader cosmic dance of realisation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Th canvases are over-laid with adapted Himalayan imagery which although resonant and in parts quite beautiful lacked a cohesion and sense of wholeness which appear in these paintings. Das creates layers of paint with brushes and rollers upon her canvas. Abstract particles and symbols of the belief she refers to as many hidden things as in life. In her words, form later emerges and blocks of colour assume shape, to reveal a fluid, tangeld work of intricate dimension. Of plural existence, such has become fused, these worlds retain shared essence, as in the Vedic maxim, Aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman), base of the principle of adavaita (nonduality), and the fundamental belief in the inherent residence of Buddhahood in every living being. Transience and a sense of movement in these paintings touch the viewer with the play between form and emptiness. The patterned textures resemble delicate sutras on silk, with glimmers of concrete reference and beneficent beings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixParts of world both known and perceived, such manifestations question what is equal in this embrace of immanence and naturalism. Her work of vajras, golden deer, mudras and mandalas, ephemeral beings and textile-like patterns like continuous energy, reflect the limitations of conceptual reality. One work in this exhibition bears accord with a Chinese Tang dynasty Buddha has been documented over the last three years by the most highly developed 3D technology to depict the intricate carvings across the body of the life of Buddha.  As a distinct voice, Das visions are replete with shunya, purusha, and the five elements (tattva), denoting the natural powers which surround one, and the myriad levels which guide one to higher climes.When: 30 April – 15 MayWhere: Kumar Gallery, 56 Sundernagar Timing: 7-9 pmlast_img read more

Why is Obama coming to Costa Rica

first_img*OPINIONU.S. President Barack Obama will visit Central America in early May. Although he only will stay in Costa Rica a few hours, the visit has been categorized as “regional” because Obama also plans to meet with his Central American presidential colleagues.Evidently, the summit is of significant geopolitical importance and underscores a process that, initiated by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963, was continued by his successors beginning with Ronald Reagan in 1982, and George H.W. Bush in 1989. Both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush traveled to Central America during their respective terms. Now it’s Obama’s turn, and the obviously obligatory questions are: What does Obama hope to accomplish? What proposal has driven him to meet with his Central American colleagues?Those questions still don’t have clear answers. In past trips by U.S. presidents to the isthmus, the objectives of their tours were more than clear. Kennedy, enveloped in the Cold War, came to consolidate his Alliance for Progress. Reagan traveled to reaffirm his commitment to maintaining strong relations with Costa Rica in the midst of a regional crisis and as a counterweight to the Sandinista Revolution.With Clinton, the focus was the environment. Since 1994, Central America has promoted an Alliance for Sustainable Development with the support of former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. This initiative, signed in Gore’s presence at a presidential summit at Masaya Volcano in 1995, pried open a door that later would be pushed wide open at the Americas Summit in Miami. On that occasion, and in an act unprecedented in the region’s history, five democratically elected presidents from Central America signed with the United States the Joint Central America-U.S. Declaration.George W. Bush, for his part, traveled to San Salvador to consolidate a regional alliance against terrorism, and he put on the table an issue that Central American elites had been demanding since the Clinton administration: a free trade agreement.Propelled by the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and the more dramatic consequences of the Iraq War, Bush managed not only to solidify the position of all countries in the region, which had begun during the El Zamorano Summit, but also he announced the most important initiative of trade liberalization proposed by the U.S. in the region since the era of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. In addition, he planted the seed for another initiative, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which created a type of agency parallel to USAID, but with a private-business philosophy to promote infrastructure projects and combat poverty.Given these precedents, what exactly will Obama’s agenda be in San José? Will he broaden security issues – especially the effort to combat illegal drug trafficking – which is already contemplated in the Central America Regional Security Initiative?Or will he focus on putting forward a plan to provide more economic balance and a new dynamism to relations on the isthmus, which have been stagnant for some time as a consequence of the financial crisis up north?For the moment, no one seems to know what Obama is coming to do, nor has any preparatory process been made public as happened with the visits of Clinton and Bush, both characterized by a much more explicit agenda.This is a curious situation, as it’s not very often that the U.S. president, especially someone like Obama who is not particularly a Latin America expert, embarks on an adventure to the region without previously agreeing on a common agenda.It’s also not as if his colleagues on the isthmus have been explicit about it either – with more than five national agendas, Central America should have the capacity of speaking to Obama with one voice and from a collectively agreed position. That agenda (and the will to form one without complicating things) remains to be seen.Luís Guillermo Solís is a political scientist, historian and presidential candidate for the Citizen Action Party. This column first appeared in and is reprinted with their permission. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16 2019 8

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2019 8:18 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BRUSSELS — It’s probably not a lost painting by Michelangelo. It almost certainly wasn’t stolen by a gang of professional art thieves. But the disappearance from a Belgian church of a picture that a priest believed resembled work by the Renaissance master has investigators scratching their heads.The wood-mounted art piece — “The Silence of Our Lady” — was snatched in the town of Zele last week.Saint Ludger Church priest Jan Van Raemdonck believes it could be a Michelangelo and says an Italian art expert was coming in to authenticate it. But he says he told very few people about his suspicions.Police have obtained grainy security video of a man walking near the scene before dawn with what appears to be the large, heavy painting propped up against his head.The Associated Press Theft of church painting has puzzled Belgian police read more