Annette Francis APTN National NewsSinger, songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie was honoured Monday night for her work on and off the stage.Her awards include three Juno awards, 13 honorary doctorates, a Golden Globe, Polaris Prize, and has her name on Canada’s Walk of Fame just to name a email@example.com
While there was an increase in tourist arrivals in all regions, emerging economies remain the main drivers of this recovery, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which is based in Madrid, Spain.“The recovery in international tourism is good news, especially for those developing countries that rely on the sector for much-needed revenue and jobs,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “The challenge now will be to consolidate this growth over the coming years amid a still uncertain global economic environment,” he added in a news release.The agency said that Asia was the first region to recover and the strongest growing region in 2010, with international tourist arrivals reaching a new record of 204 million last year, up from 181 million in 2009. Africa, which was the only region to show positive figures in 2009, maintained growth during 2010, thanks in part to the hosting of events such as the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Results returned to double digits in the Middle East, where almost all destinations grew by 10 per cent or more. Recovery was slower in Europe than in other regions due to the air traffic disruption caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland and the economic uncertainty affecting the Euro zone, noted the agency. While some individual countries performed well above the regional average, this was not sufficient to bring overall results above the losses of 2009. Meanwhile, UNWTO said that the Americas rebounded from the decline in 2009 brought on by the economic hardship suffered in North America and the impact of the influenza A (H1N1) outbreak. The return to growth in the United States economy has helped improve the region’s results as a whole, as did the increasing regional integration in Central and South America and the vitality of Latin American economies. Growth in tourism was strongest in South America. Following last year’s recovery, growth in tourism is expected to continue in 2011 but at a slower pace, said the agency. 17 January 2011Thanks to improved economic conditions worldwide, international tourism recovered strongly last year following the decline brought on by the global financial crisis and recession of late 2008 and 2009, the United Nations agency tasked with monitoring the sector said today.
NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana judge says Goodyear must pay more than $6.7 million in damages in the death of a garbage truck driver killed in 2014 when a tire he was inflating exploded.Elwood Breaux Jr. was working for the Plaquemines (PLAK-uh-minz) Parish government when the “zipper failure” occurred. The name describes a long sidewall rip with protruding metal reinforcement.State District Judge Michael Clement ruled last week that Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. failed to adequately warn the parish that an underpressurized tire might explode during inflation.Goodyear says it will appeal the ruling.Clement said about $481,000 of the total will reimburse the parish for workers’ compensation. Family attorneys say state law will return some of that to the family’s share.Janet McConnaughey, The Associated Press
During discussions of the election procedure this morning, “a number of names were introduced for various positions,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. Today’s agenda included election of a chairman, two vice-chairmen and two secretaries for the Loya Jirga. Participants, including candidates for the bureau, debated a range of issues, “from political concerns for the future of the country to the logistical arrangements for the Loya Jirga,” Mr. Dujarric said. The Loya Jirga will eventually elect a Transitional Government, which will govern Afghanistan for the next two years. The election of the head of the State is expected to take place tomorrow. On Tuesday, the former King of Afghanistan, Zahir Shah, nominated the Chairman of the Interim Authority, Hamid Karzai, to lead the Transitional Government.
FILE – In this March 12, 2014, file photo, Anneka Johnson, of Estonia, walks with her son while shopping at Aventura Mall, in Aventura, Fla. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for April on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 6:47 am MDT US retail sales up 0.1 pct. in April; spending online and on furniture and electronics dips WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales growth slowed in April, with consumers shopping less online and cutting back on purchases of furniture and electronics.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose just 0.1 per cent last month, after surging 1.5 per cent in March following a harsh winter that had curtailed shopping.Several economists said the April figures might have been depressed because of seasonal adjustments connected to a later than usual Easter. Still, the modest sales suggest that consumers may remain cautious during the still-slow economic recovery. Higher sales would help drive faster growth because consumers account for about 70 per cent of the economy.Auto sales increased 0.6 per cent in April, and purchases at clothing stores were up 1.2 per cent. But most of those gains were offset by declines in spending at restaurants, online retailers and furniture and electronics stores. Excluding autos and gasoline, retail sales fell 0.1 per cent last month.Wages have not budged much during the recovery, and growth has struggled to eclipse 3 per cent, the average annual gain after World War II.The Commerce Department previously reported that the economy grew just 0.1 per cent in the January-March quarter. That figure could slip into negative territory as the government revises it, according to several economists.But the brutal winter depressed the economy during the first quarter, and economic indicators since then have pointed to stronger growth in the current April-June quarter. Many economists are looking for a rebound to an annual growth rate of around 3 per cent in the current quarter and similarly solid readings for the rest of the year.Hiring has been strong for the past three months. Employers added 288,000 jobs in April, after gains of more than 200,000 in the previous two months. Average wages were flat in April, although each new job is providing another paycheque to be spent.“At the end of the day, it is all about one’s job, and job security,” Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a research note. “A job is a job and that will help determine the ability for one to consume. And the U.S. labour market is improving steadily, which will support consumer spending.”The unusually late Easter might have caused some sales in April to be shifted into March because of seasonal adjustments. That would indicate that consumer demand is stronger than suggested by April’s retail sales report.“History shows clearly that the seasonal adjustments can’t cope with very late Easters, which tend to boost reported March sales at the expense of April,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.The economy’s slow but steady improvement has led the Federal Reserve to trim its monthly bond purchases. The Fed is buying $45 billion of bonds each month, down from $85 billion. The purchases were intended to reduce long-term interest rates in order to stimulate borrowing, spending and growth. But with the economy gaining strength, Fed officials believe that type of support is no longer needed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
In a statement, Cobalt said: “Future flights or services provided by Cobalt will be cancelled and will no longer operate.”Passengers who have un-flown tickets are instructed not to go to (Cyprus’s) Larnaca airport or any departure airport tomorrow, October 18, as no Cobalt flights will operate and no Cobalt staff will be present.” Official announcement by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works regarding Cobalt pic.twitter.com/qjU30aNO2q— Cyprus Airports (@CyprusAeropolis) October 17, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. An airline has announced it is cancelling all its flights and indefinitely suspending operations.Cobalt, which operates services from Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick, warned travellers on Wednesday night not to arrive for flights.The Cypriot airline said all flights would be cancelled as of 11.50pm that night.A Heathrow Airport spokesman said: “We will provide assistance to customers who turn up at the airport tomorrow.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The cancellations come after Danish budget carrier Primera Air ceased trading earlier this month.
Torex Gold Resources Inc reports that negotiations between community leaders have resulted in an end to the illegal blockades of the company’s ELG Mine Complex, supporting infrastructure, and the Media Luna Project, all of which are in southwest Mexico. Processing operations have continued uninterrupted since the restart in mid January. Mining in the El Limon Pit is expected to resume today.Fred Stanford, President & CEO of Torex stated: “We are more than pleased that we can now get back to unimpeded operations and value creation for the company’s shareholders and all stakeholders. During the first quarter, the quality of the team, and the asset, were clearly evident as they pulled together under very challenging operating conditions and produced 67,000 oz of gold in dore.They also shipped 8,000 gold ounces in carbon fines. Looking forward, the operations are well positioned to complete the ramp-up in 2018 and to move forward with optimisation and development initiatives.”He added; “A special thanks goes out to the employees, community members, community leaders, and so many others who have provided the support that was necessary to facilitate production during this difficult period, and to peacefully resolve this dispute over union representation.”The official government-regulated process for selecting between the two competing unions, continues. Since mid-March, there have been two public hearings at the Federal Labour Board, regarding the timing of a union selection vote. “It is Torex’s understanding that the public hearing stage of the process is now complete, and that the next stage is a decision as to when and where the vote will occur. As Torex has said since the beginning, the Company will work with whichever union the workers democratically select.”The processing plant has operated continuously since it restarted on January 16th except for planned maintenance activities. In the first quarter, 67,000 oz of gold were produced in dore, and an additional 8,000 oz of gold were shipped in carbon fines. The Sub-Sill was re-started one month ahead of schedule, with drifts and ramps advancing 179 m in March.The underground diamond drilling program also restarted ahead of schedule. Mining in the El Limon Sur Pit progressed on schedule, as did the Guajes East Pit, which is now effectively mined-out. The Guajes West Pit is in a waste stripping phase in 2018, which is the reason the operation will source most of its ore in 2018 from the El Limon Pit, with some contribution from the El Limon Sur Pit and the Sub-Sill. The SART plant construction is substantially complete and commissioning is ongoing. The placement of filtered tailings has been well managed in preparation for the rainy season. Water containment ponds are being drawn down in preparation for the rainy season.
FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria (HUN)RK Lokomotiva-Zagreb (CRO) MKS Selgros Lublin (POL) FC Midtjylland (DEN)Dinamo-Sinara Volgograd (RUS) Viborg HK (DEN) ZRK Radnicki Kragujevac (SRB)Larvik HK (NOR) ByasenleipyigleipzigPodravkawomen’s EHF CLWomen’s handball HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO)RK Krim Ljubljana (SLO) QualificationGroup Matches WHC Vardar SCBT (MKD) HC BNTU-BELAz Minsk (BLR)Györi Audi ETO KC (HUN) The line-up for the Women’s EHF Champions League in the coming season has been released following a decision by the EHF Executive Committee at its meeting in Umag, Croatia on 20 June 2014.A total of 14 teams will be seeded directly in the Group Phase of the competition, whilst eight teams will play in qualification for two additional places.Additional requests for placesThe 2014/15 season is the first with a new system for the distribution of places within the EHF Champions League competitions. Only Hungary and Denmark have two fixed places whilst other federations have only one place and must request additional places.For the coming season there were six additional requests for places: Byasen Trondheim (NOR), HC Leipzig (GER), Le Havre (FRA), Fleury (FRA), HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO) and Zaglebie Lubin (POL).After evaluating these requests on the basis of a set of criteria, which included venue, marketing, TV and media issues, the EHF Executive Committee decided to accept the requests of Byasen Trondheim (NOR), HC Leipzig (GER) and HC Podravka Vegeta (CRO).Le Havre (FRA), Fleury (FRA) and Zaglebie Lubin (POL) will therefore not play in the Women’s EHF Champions League in the coming season.Additionally the EHF Executive decided not to accept the Turkish champions, Muratpasa from Antalya, into the Women’s EHF Champions League.Overview IK Sävehof (SWE) Hypo Niederösterreich (AUT) HC Leipzig (GER)WHC Buducnost (MNE) Thüringer HC (GER) Sercodak/Dalfsen (NED)Metz Handball (FRA) New playing systemThe new season also bring with it a new challenge for Europe’s top women’s teams with the introduction of a revamped played system.In addition to the new final phase of the competition, the Women’s EHF FINAL4, which was successfully introduced during the 2013/14 season, the new playing system will see the reduction of the number of qualification rounds from two to one and the expansion of the Main Round to two groups of six teams.The top four teams from each group will then qualify for the quarter-final knock-out phase, before the final remaining four teams compete in the season high point, the EHF FINAL4 on 9/10 May 2015.Draws on Thursday, 26 June and Friday 27 JuneAn overview of the playing system and seeding list ahead of the first draw events of the season will be published on Monday, 23 June 2014.The draw for the qualification tournaments in the Women’s EHF Champions League will take place on Thursday, 26 June at 14:00hrs and for the Group Matches on Friday, 27 June at 18:00hrs in Vienna, Austria. Live streaming will be available.TEXT: EHF Byasen Trondheim (NOR)HCM Baia Mare (ROU) ← Previous Story Puerto Sagunto signs Ilija Sladic to replace Carlos Grau Next Story → Metalurg’s rampart “Jonovski-Markoski” stay loyal to club
(Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)A letter written by campaigners to editor-in-chief of the newspaper Stephen Rae, published in full by The Guardian, expressed “disbelief” at the move.Gemma is a reporter of the highest professionalism and integrity, who has done huge service for her country, and her newspaper, through her work in exposing injustice and garda corruption.“As Irish citizens we see her dismissal as nothing less than a grotesque attack on press freedom, human rights and democracy,” it said.The letter was signed by a number of people, including Liz Molloy, the niece of the late Fr Niall Molloy.‘Unfair and unjust’Seamus Dooley, secretary of the National Union of Journalists, told TheJournal.ie that the union views O’Doherty’s redundancy “as an unfair and unjust dismissal”.“The NUJ chapel at Independent Newspapers passed a motion last month reaffirming total opposition to the imposition of any compulsory redundancy,” he said.Senator John Gilroy also raised the issue in the Seanad today, telling his colleagues it should raise concerns for all diplomats “when an investigative journalist of Ms O’Doherty’s standing has been sacked”.A spokesperson for Independent News & Media did not respond to a request for comment. When contacted by TheJournal.ie, Gemma O’Doherty declined to comment “for legal reasons”.Read: Call for judicial inquiry into death of Fr Niall Molloy>Read: The editor of the Irish Independent has been promoted – after nine months> THE NATIONAL UNION of Journalists (NUJ) has expressed its support for former Irish Independent journalist Gemma O’Doherty after her exit from the newspaper.O’Doherty was the only journalist at the Independent to be made compulsorily redundant and an article in this month’s edition of The Phoenix suggested it may be connected to an incident in which she approached the home of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.The journalist questioned Callinan’s wife about penalty points being wiped from his record and the article said editorial staff at the paper were “appalled” at her behaviour.Fr Niall MolloyO’Doherty is best known for her investigation of the 1985 death of Fr Niall Molloy, writing a number of articles alleging a possible cover-up by gardaí and some members of the political establishment at the time.Since her dismissal from the Independent, some supporters who feel justice has not been served in relation to conclusions about Fr Molloy’s death, and other unsolved cases, have taken up her case, protesting outside the newspaper’s offices in Dublin earlier this month and yesterday.
Cas mortel de légionellose : une piscine fermée à NantesLe 15 décembre dernier, un homme de 41 est décédé de la légionellose à Nantes. Ce cas mortel a entraîné la fermeture, hier, et jusqu’à nouvel ordre, de la piscine Jules-Verne, a indiqué la mairie. La victime s’était rendue à la piscine Jules-Verne de Nantes le 5 décembre. C’est seulement cinq jours après que les premiers symptômes de la légionellose sont apparus (fièvre, toux). Cette maladie infectieuse est due à une bactérie d’origine hydrique. Une bactérie qui se développe dans des eaux réchauffées. Après une alerte de la part de l’agence régionale de santé (ARS), des premières investigations ont été menées. Et parmi les sources potentielles d’exposition, la piscine Jules-Verne a retenu l’attention. L’ARS y a détecté “un taux anormalement élevé de légionelles dans un échantillon d’eau prélevé sur le réseau d’eau chaude sanitaire”, rapporte 20minutes.fr. La piscine reste donc fermée au public pour une durée encore indéterminée, même si aucun lien de causalité avec le décès n’a été établi de manière officielle. Après désinfection des lieux, de nouveaux prélèvements seront effectués la semaine prochaine.La légionellose touche en particulier les personnes fragiles et les adultes. La contamination se fait essentiellement par voie respiratoire. Le 7 janvier 2011 à 13:16 • Emmanuel Perrin
Twitter : le premier tweet fête ses 6 ans !Le premier tweet date maintenant de 6 ans ! Il était l’œuvre d’un des co-fondateurs du service : Jack Dorsey.Le 21 mars 2006, l’un des co-fondateurs de Twitter, Jack Dorsey, envoyait le premier tweet sur le site de micro-blogging Twitter. Et comme il devait l’espérer, bien d’autres internautes lui ont emboîté le pas… En cours d’élaboration au moment de ce premier tweet, la plateforme se nommait alors “twttr”.Six ans après, Twitter compte environ 500 millions de comptes dans le monde, dont 5,2 millions d’inscrits en France. 175 millions de messages (limités à 140 signes) sont échangés par jour. Le premier tweet d’une longue série indiquait “just setting up my twttr” (“je viens juste d’installer mon twttr”) et il était signé @jack). Le site a été mis en ligne en juillet 2006, et il est devenu Twitter l’année suivante et se dotera d’une icone en forme de baleine bleue.A présent, on ne compte plus le nombre de personnalités politiques ou médiatiques qui utilisent le service à travers le monde et dont les déclarations sont utilisées dans la presse. Et le site de micro-blogging continue d’évoluer puisqu’il gère maintenant la publication de photos et a généralisé le https.Le 22 mars 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
TOUTLE — Time is running out for a visit to Mount St. Helens this year, with the upper portion of state Highway 504 set to close on Dec. 1.The highway, known as Spirit Lake Memorial Highway, will be closed at milepost 45 near Coldwater Lake. The closure allows crews to do maintenance work on and along the roadway.The closure includes the portion of road that leads to the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which also closes for the winter.The lower portion of the highway up to Coldwater Lake will remain open as weather conditions allow. The Washington State Department of Transportation will reopen the full stretch of state Highway 504 in the spring once it has been determined that the threat of significant snowfall has passed.
Manager Pep Guardiola believes it’s unfair to put pressure on Manchester City winning the quadruple at this stage of the season.On the back of winning a domestic double last season, City are potentially looking at exceeding that this term as they remain firmly in the hunt in all competitions.Guardiola’s side lead the Premier League on goal difference from Liverpool and are in a strong position to progress from their last-16 tie with Schalke 04 in the Champions League after winning the first leg 3-2 in Germany last Wednesday.City have also progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals and will be looking to win the Carabao Cup for the second season in a row ahead of today’s final against Chelsea at Wembley.But Guardiola, who has enjoyed a stellar managerial career with spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, insists it’s too early to bill City as potential quadruple winners.“You can’t win anything if you don’t believe: ‘we are strong enough to compete everywhere’,” said Guardiola on the club website.“In February, it is impossible to talk about [the quadruple]. Ask me the question in April or May. I will not lie to you.“Kevin [De Bruyne] said it perfectly at his press conference in Germany: the next target is the next game.“You are trying to sell some illusion. How many times has an English team won four titles? Don’t put that pressure on our shoulders – we don’t deserve it.“Look at the legacy Sir Alex Ferguson left – incredible – but he never did it. Look how many Champions League titles Liverpool have in their pocket, but they never did it. “In May, we will see. If we don’t win four titles, then everyone will say ‘Manchester City have failed!’ but don’t do that to us.Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“In recent weeks, I have said that the most important thing after achieving what we achieved last season is that we are still fighting in all competitions. It means a lot to me.”The Catalan coach admits a win for local rivals Manchester United against Liverpool in today’s showdown at Old Trafford would be beneficial for his City team.But winning today’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea is the priority.Guardiola added: “Once you are in a final, that becomes the most important game.“The Premier League is the most important competition – and then the Champions League and FA Cup – but the Carabao Cup is now the most important game by far.“Of course, it would be good for us if United got a result – but we have a Final! “Winning trophies always helps us to grow as a Club. We have to arrive in the last stages of all titles – that is what I count as a big Club.“We are in the final and Chelsea have played more Finals than us. It will be an incredibly tough game for them and for us.“Of course, we want to win!”The Carabao Cup final between City and Chelsea will begin at 5:30 PM (CET) at Wembley today.GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Players of Manchester City line up prior to the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Net neutrality FCC Post a comment reading • Democrats’ net neutrality bill survives first vote Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge Sarah Tew/CNET A bill backed by House Democrats to reinstate Obama-era net neutrality protections passed its first hurdle Tuesday. Democrats pushed the Save the Internet Act through the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee in an 18-11 vote that fell along party lines. The legislation codifies rules that were repealed in December 2017 by the Republican-led FCC. As part of this repeal, the FCC abdicated its authority to protect consumers online to the Federal Trade Commission.The bill introduced by Democrats is an attempt to end a nearly two-decade-old fight over how best to prevent broadband companies from abusing their power as gatekeepers to the internet. Specifically, it prevents broadband providers from blocking, slowing down or charging for faster access to the internet. But it also restores the FCC’s authority as the “cop on the beat” when it comes to policing potential broadband abuses.Republicans have criticized the legislation as giving the FCC too much authority to regulate ISPs. Frank Pallone, a Democrat from New Jersey, who chairs the full committee, said in a statement that “without this legislation there is no backstop to make sure big corporations don’t use their power to undermine and silence their small competitors or their political opposition.”Failure to continue moving forward on this legislation is simply not an option,” he said. “And I look forward to bringing it up for a vote before the full Committee soon.” Consumer advocacy groups like Public Knowledge also said it was important to restore net neutrality protections nationwide. “We urge members of the House to support this bill and encourage every American to demand that their Representatives vote to approve it immediately,” Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at Public Knowledge, said in a statement. The broadband industry also reacted to the subcommittee vote. NCTA, which lobbies for the cable industry, urged the two parties to come together to develop a bipartisan bill.”With today’s action, the subcommittee has stubbornly insisted on a partisan path that leads to a dead end,” the group said in a statement.The bill will now get a vote before the full committee. Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, who chairs the subcommittee, has promised the bill would get a vote in April. The bill is expected to pass the House, but it faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Senate. That said, Democrats were able to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution in the Senate last year that would’ve repealed the FCC’s order to dismantle the 2015 rules. But it’s unlikely any Republicans will defect again to pass the legislation. Apr 9 • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Internet Net Fix Share your voice See All 0 Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Net Fix • Tags
Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed while another was injured in gunfights in Cox’s Bazar and Lalmonirhat districts early Thursday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, suspected drug trader Belal Hossain, 38, son of Abul Bashar of Lakshmipur district, was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at Kharangkhali point of Teknaf upazila early Thursday.Teknaf police station officer-in-charge Pradip Kumar said that BGB in a drive arrested Abul Bashar.Following his information, when a BGB team conducted a drive to recover yaba tablets, his associates attacked the BGB team and opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back, triggering the gun battle.After the gunfight, police recovered the body and huge yaba tablets from the spot.Suspected drug trader Bakul Miah, 37, accused in four drug cases, sustained bullet injuries on his two legs in a reported gunfight with police in Srikhatar Bhuttur Bhatar area in Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonihat,.Two policemen – sub-inspector Aminul Islam and constable Jahangir Alam-were also injured in the gunfight, said Badal Kumar Mandal, sub-inspector of Kaliganj police station.
In its current state, the Oculus Rift works best in a very controlled, tech-demo-like environment. Its worst experiences — ironically, considering the whole point of the device — are while gaming. The two best stock Rift demos — being a passenger on a roller coaster and walking around a sunny villa — are more about sitting back and checking out a static environment. Playing the most prominent officially compatible game for the Rift, Team Fortress 2, is an exercise in frustration and early adoption. Though the Rift is still very early in its lifecycle, perhaps the best use of the headset is for exploration, not interactive action.Rather than a hacked-together mod for Skyrim, requiring an entire multidirectional treadmill, or ripping your hair out trying to mouse-look in TF2, design and development firm Tool rebuilt the town of South Park. No, this isn’t for a sequel to the recently released Stick of Truth, but made specifically to explore with the Oculus Rift.The recreation of the town took the team just a few short weeks in June, and though simple and ultimately not full of content at every turn, the project represents what may be the best use for an Oculus Rift. Some of us have been saying for years now that the Rift is limited by reality — the very thing it’s trying to circumvent. Without a very expensive multidirectional treadmill attached, Rift users are stuck in place, and if they have to use a keyboard or mouse, they can’t even spin around on a swivel chair. The Rift does not lend itself to anything that requires quick reaction, but with the help of some nice headphones, the device does lend itself better to virtual exploration than anything else.Sony’s Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift are still being targeted toward gaming — “still” being a funny word to use, because for however long it feels like we’ve been hearing about the devices, they haven’t even remotely come close to a retail release. After Facebook purchased the Rift, the company did state that after the gaming applications, it’ll be looking for other uses — citing person-to-person communication as a driving force. However, the smoothest Rift experiences have undoubtedly been simple explorations, so maybe the genre’s destiny is to be used for games like Proteus and Gone Home rather than the pipe dream of using it for an MMO.It’s a stop-and-smell-the-roses device, not a quickly-turn-around-and-aim-before-you-die device, but being immersed in a world intended for your gaze sure sounds more appealing than aiming in a first-person shooter with your head instead of a mouse.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Police will have stringent security arrangements and at the same time a comprehensive traffic management plan for the Trinamool Congress (TMC) Martyrs’ Day rally on Sunday.A senior official of the Kolkata Police said on Saturday that there will be 6,000 police personnel deployed. There will also be three Quick Response Teams (QRT), Heavy Radio Flying Squads (HRFS), four teams of the Kolkata Police’s Reserve Police Force in action. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe city police have already come up with five watch towers and roads leading to the venue of the rally have been divided into 10 zones. 100 CCTVs have been installed in and around the rally area to keep a close watch on the movement of party supporters who will be holding processions from different parts of the city including Howrah and Sealdah stations and converge at the site of the rally. There will be four Deputy Commissioners supervising the arrangement. 40 police pickets have been set up at different locations in and around the city. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We are ready to make traffic diversions as and when necessary to ensure that the traffic movement is normal,” a senior official of the Traffic department said. A sub-control room has also been set up on the terrace of the Victoria House (CESC Building), beside the venue to keep a close watch on the movement of the masses. There will be bomb squad personnel and dog squads to prevent any untoward incident. The Kolkata Police have arranged for 18 trauma care ambulances at different locations in and around the city with eight giant screens being erected at different corners of the city. No goods carriage including trucks, matadors will be allowed to enter the city from 4 am on Sunday till 8 pm. TMC observes the Martyrs’ Day every year on July 21 in its bid to pay homage to 13 Youth Congress workers, allegedly killed in police firing in 1993 during the Left Front regime in Bengal. Banerjee will be the main speaker at the event and other senior party leaders will also address the rally.
This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 22, 2015 In a world driven by digital media, you’d be smart to take lessons on how to create effective online content from the current leaders in the digital marketing and PR space.Related: 3 Digital Marketing Channels That Work for Every AdvertiserWho are they? In this list you’ll find some of the brightest minds, men and women whose impeccable personal brands make them stand out from the crowd and act as positive beacons for the companies they’ve founded or represent.1. Marty Weintraub What Marty Weintraub, digital agency aimClear’s founder and chief evangelist, has done so well is develop a unique persona that is instantly recognizable if his content pops up on Twitter or at an event somewhere around the world. A deep thinker, Weintraub gives you the sense that he’s happy to go a lot further than most to get answers to the problems he’s trying to solve, which is probably why he and his business are so successful.2. Jemima Kiss As head of technology at The Guardian, Kiss has been writing about the field for years. She has a very engaging style that means you can’t help but get sucked into what she’s saying. As someone known for speaking her mind, what Kiss does so well is bridge the gap between technology and real life, making issues accessible by distilling information with great thought and integrity. That’s skill.3. John Gagnon I’ve known Gagnon for a number of years in his role at Microsoft as Bing ads evangelist. Through his personal brand, Gagnon exudes a lot of enthusiasm coupled with smart thinking and generosity. One of the keys to a great personal brand is to make sure it’s not all about you. And Gagnon does that well, easily engaging with people and showing empathy across all aspects of the part of Microsoft he represents. That’s what makes him such a great advocate for the brand and the reason people keep inviting him to speak at their events and request interviews.Related: Create a Better Digital Marketing Strategy With These 4 Tips4. Lisa Barone For many years I’d try my hardest to sit next to Barone at digital marketing conferences around the world, just so I could watch her “live blog” insight on stage. Barone’s skill with the English language knows no bounds and she manages to articulate technical subject matter in a way that is accessible and often (intentionallly) hilarious. Barone proves you don’t have to bamboozle people with buzzwords. Her philosophy is, find a way to tell a story that gives everyone an understanding and they will come back for more.5. Steve Barrett As editor-in-chief of PR Week, Barrett has one of the most interesting jobs in media, as he has to navigate a landscape about PR people, driven by PR people! Barrett gave me my first gig as a digital blogger on Media Week in the United Kingdom back in 2007, which shows his progressive nature. Knowledgeable but always willing to learn, Barrett embodies trust and fairness like few others I’ve met in this space. He has a level of integrity many entrepreneurs could learn from.6. Michelle Killebrew Killebrew runs go-to-market strategy for IBM’s social business arm. Not only does she have the digital smarts most entrepreneurs should aim for, but she has a very engaging social presence as well. She is ubiquitous at conferences around the United States in her role of evangelizing IBM’s services. And she is a master at sharing others’ content and insight, with a level of generosity that transcends basic broadcasting. She’s a testament to the emerging trend of big companies empowering their employees to tell their stories more authentically.7. Larry Kim Kim is the founder of search-marketing software company Wordstream. He presents at conferences all over the world and is a prolific writer on a number of high-profile sites that bend over backwards to seek his content. What I’ve learned from Kim is that hard work and creatively written content can open all sorts of doors. He’s also a very humble, self-effacing guy as well when you meet him in person. He’s the real deal offline as well as on.8. Jennifer Sable Lopez One of the finest community managers in the world, Lopez is known for taking no prisoners while acting as guardian of all thing Moz.com. What I love about Lopez is her fearlessness in speaking her mind on issues she’s passionate about. A consummate writer and presenter, she treads a fine line between being supremely helpful and not suffering fools. Her captivating nature keeps you enthralled whether you agree with her or not. It’s an effective trait to have when representing a business with a global footprint.These digital leaders not only think about the impression they’re making through their personal brands, they have exceptional traits we can all learn from when trying to build a business in a digital world that demands authenticity and tenacity to succeed.Related: 3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Learn About Digital Marketing and PR 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Singapore diplomat Tommy Koh (middle) with Narendra Modi (left) and Lee Hsien Loong (right) (Photo: Facebook) Singapore’s Ambassador-at-Large, Professor Tommy Koh, has backed a petition to repeal the city-state’s anti-gay law, Section 377A. Singapore’s hot issueSince then, the Ready4Repeal petition has garnered more than 45,000 signatures. More than 100,000 people, meanwhile, have signed a petition to keep the anti-gay law.In the last two weeks, both Christian and Islamic organizations have expressed support for the anti-gay law.The Singapore Islamic Scholars and Religious Teachers Association (PERGAS) said it supported Section 377A on religious grounds. It warned repealing the law threatened ‘the traditional family unit as the foundation of society’.Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church, William Goh, appealed to all Catholics to reject repeal efforts ‘for the future of our families, humanity, and society’.LGBTI advocates in the city responded by calling for religious organizations to remain outside of politics.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Ready4Repeal campaign announced the veteran diplomat as a lead signatory on Friday (21 September).‘377A is a bad and unjust law. In my view it is also a violation of our constitution,’ the campaign’s website quoted him as saying. Koh also updated his Facebook profile picture with the quote.The high-level support comes as debate over repealing Section 377A intensifies.Section 377A bans homosexual sex between men. It is punishable by up to two years in prison. Although the law is rarely enforced, it essentially criminalizes gay men in Singapore.Debate over the old British law has raged since India dismantled a similar colonial-era law earlier this month.Koh was one of the first to weigh in on the debate. In a Facebook post, he called on the community to ‘bring a class action to challenge the constitutionality of Section 377A.’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… More than half of Singaporeans support anti-gay law Section 377AVeteran Singaporean diplomat calls on LGBTI community to challenge gay sex banSingapore petition urges government to repeal anti-gay Section 377ARead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/veteran-singapore-diplomat-tommy-koh-backs-petition-to-repeal-anti-gay-law/
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