Agencies razed 20 structures on Dwarka Expressway in 2 months

first_imgGurugram: In order to expedite the construction of Dwarka Expressway, the public agencies have expedited the work in getting over with the barriers. In two months there have been 20 structures that have been brought down.The public official also mentioned that construction is expected to begin as soon as all the litigations regarding the expressway have concluded. Following the announcement, there has been a hectic process that has been followed for allotment of the plots and razing all the structures. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarFor long the residents have been demanding for the completion of 28 kilometres of road that will lead to the growth of social infrastructure in the area. However, legal hurdles in land acquisition and inadequate compensation provided to villagers have resulted in the project prolonging since 2007. Even though it has been said that the Dwarka Expressway will be completed in 18 months various problems have resulted in the delays. In order to put pressure on the government, certain residents have taken an online route to put forth the difficulties faced by them. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot Finance”In Dwarka Expressway we are living in a situation where the social infrastructure is non-existent. There is no light, no water, security, sewerage, roads and hospitals. Assurances have been given to the residents for long now we expect that the action will be done on the ground,” says Sushil Kumar. After a long struggle, ninety thousand families residing in Dwarka expressway got a reprieve after Nitin Gadkari provided assurance that all the legal hurdles were over and the construction on the Gurugram side will begin soon. As NHAI is expected to take over the reins of developing Dwarka expressway, residents are also demanding that the Kherki Dhaul toll should be removed and better streamline connectivity should be developed for Dwarka Expressway.last_img read more

Morocco Spain keen to develop legal cooperation

Madrid – A delegation from the Court of Cassation held, on Tuesday in Madrid, a series of meetings with officials from the Spanish legal apparatus on means to foster bilateral cooperation in the legal field.The Moroccan delegation, led by public prosecutor at the Court of Cassation Mostafa Maddah, held a meeting with the Spanish state’s prosecutor Eduardo Torres-Dulce on ways to promote cooperation and share experiences related to laws and jurisprudence.On this occasion, Maddah gave a presentation of the large-scale reforms undertaken by Morocco in the different areas particularly in relation with the judiciary. Maddah told MAP, after the meeting, that the delegation’s visit is meant to further legal ties between the two countries and get informed about the functioning of the Spanish legal system. read more

Home prices fall 55 in weakest January for sales since 2015

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says last month was the weakest January for residential sales since 2015, with the number of transactions down four per cent nationally from last year.The association says about 23,968 properties were sold through the Multiple Listing Service in January, down from 24,977 a year earlier.CREA says the national average price for all types of residential properties sold in January was $455,000, down 5.5 per cent from the same month in 2018 — the biggest year-over-year decline for a month since May 2018.The MLS house price index — which adjusts for differing property types — was up 0.8 per cent year-over-year, the smallest increase since June 2018.In the Greater Vancouver area, price index was down about 4.5 per cent year-over-year but up 4.2 per cent in Victoria and up 9.3 per cent from a year ago elsewhere on Vancouver Island.The index for the Greater Toronto Area was up 2.7 per cent and up 6.3 per cent for the Greater Montreal area, but down in Regina (minus 3.8 per cent), Saskatoon (minus 2.0), Calgary (minus 3.9), and Edmonton (minus 2.9). read more

Maintaining biodiversity is key to ending world hunger UN official says

In a speech at a World Food Day ceremony in Rome, Mr. Diouf said FAO was raising the alarm about the situation in which “just 12 crops and 14 animal species now provide most of the world’s food.””For many rural families, the sustainable use of local biodiversity is their key to survival. It allows them to exploit marginal lands and ensure a minimum level of food production even when faced with extremely harsh conditions,” he said. “Global food security depends not just on protecting the world’s genetic resources, but also on ensuring that these resources remain available to all.”Preserving biodiversity should be a joint effort involving farmers, commercial plant breeders and the scientific community, he said.FAO’s International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture entered into force this year. It secures the conservation and sustainable utilization of the world’s agricultural genetic diversity. It guarantees that farmers and breeders have access to needed genetic materials and ensures that farmers receive an equitable share of the benefits derived from their biodiversity work. For the first time on a World Food Day, which is observed on 16 October, farmers from across the planet spoke about their experiences in enhancing biodiversity and increasing sustainable food production. Mr. Diouf also introduced the newly appointed FAO Goodwill Ambassador, Italian ballerina Carla Fracci, director of the Balletto dell’Opera of Rome. FAO Goodwill Ambassadors help to focus global attention on devising ways to end hunger and poverty.The UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Executive Director, James Morris, called attention to the enormous toll of hunger. “It is a shocking fact that now in the twenty-first century hunger is still claiming more lives than AIDS, TB and malaria combined. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), under-nourishment deprives the world of more productive life years than any other health risk.”Meanwhile, for every underfed child who made news headlines, millions more went unnoticed, he said.”When was the last time we read about hungry people in Azerbaijan, Guinea, Sri Lanka or Tajikistan? Even in regions that regularly hit the television screens, the hungry do not merit a mention. In all the news coverage of the West Bank and Gaza, when did we last hear about hungry Palestinians?” Mr. Morris asked.Solving these problems would take political will and determination, not just on World Food Day, but in the following days, weeks and years to come, he said. read more

Eurozone leaders reach agreement on Greek bailout

Summary by Patricia D’Cunha Posted Jul 13, 2015 5:22 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2015 at 7:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Eurozone leaders reach agreement on Greek bailout Nine hours after a self-imposed deadline passed, the leaders announced the breakthrough early Monday.Greek debt stands at around 320 billion euros ($357 billion) — 180 per cent or so of the country’s GDP.If the talks had failed, Greece could have faced bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro. A man walks past a European and Greek flags in central Athens, on June 30, 2015. The European part of its international bailout expiring Tuesday and with it, any possible access to the remaining rescue loans it contains. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Petros Giannakouris By: Pan Pylas And Raf Casert, The Associated PressA summit of eurozone leaders reached a tentative agreement with Greece on Monday for a bailout program that includes “serious reforms” and aid, removing an immediate threat that Greece could collapse financially and leave the euro.Nine hours after a self-imposed deadline passed, the leaders announced the breakthrough early Monday.If the talks had failed, Greece could have faced bankruptcy and a possible exit from the euro, the European single currency that the country has been a part of since 2002. No country has ever left the joint currency, which launched in 1999, and there is no mechanism in place for one to do so.For three days of negotiations between Greece and its international creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras held out for a better deal to sell to his reluctant legislature in Athens this week, even though financial collapse is getting closer by the day.A breakthrough came in a meeting between Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and EU president Donald Tusk. Details were not immediately available.The breakthrough came after the threat of expulsion from the euro put intense pressure on Tsipras to swallow politically unpalatable austerity measures because his people overwhelmingly want to stay in the eurozone.Greece has requested a three-year, 53.5 billion-euro ($59.5 billion) financial package, but that number grew larger by the tens of billions as the negotiations dragged on and the leaders calculated how much Greece will need to stay solvent. The creditors are demanding tough austerity measures in exchange for Greece’s third bailout in five years.Early Monday, a Greek official said the key sticking points were the involvement of the International Monetary Fund in Greece’s bailout program and a proposal that Greece set aside 50 billion euros ($56 billion) worth of state-owned assets in a fund for eventual privatization.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to discuss the negotiations, said any agreement would provide quick help for Greek banks from the European Central Bank. Without it, they risk running out of money this week.The negotiations began Saturday with a meeting of finance ministers. The heads of state convened mid-afternoon Sunday and were still negotiating at dawn Monday.The deal on the table appeared to include commitments from Tsipras to push a drastic austerity program including pension, market and privatization reforms through parliament by Wednesday, and from the 18 other eurozone leaders to start talks on a new bailout program.Sunday’s four-page discussion paper put to eurozone leaders and obtained by The Associated Press spoke of a potential “time-out from the euro area” for Greece if no agreement could be found.It highlighted the increasing frustration of European leaders during five months of fruitless talks with Greece.“The most important currency has been lost: that is trust and reliability,” Merkel said.Tsipras insisted his government was ready to clinch a deal.“We owe that to the peoples of Europe who want Europe united and not divided,” he said. “We can reach an agreement tonight if all parties want it.”Hollande insisted it was vital to keep Greece in the euro and said in the event of a departure, “it’s Europe that would go backward. And that I do not want.”Greece has received two previous bailouts, totalling 240 billion euros ($268 billion), in return for deep spending cuts, tax increases and reforms from successive governments. Although the country’s annual budget deficit has come down dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased as the economy has shrunk by a quarter.The Greek government has made getting some form of debt relief a priority and hopes that a comprehensive solution will involve European creditors at least agreeing to delayed repayments or lower interest rates.Greek debt stands at around 320 billion euros ($357 billion) — a staggering 180 per cent or so of the country’s annual gross domestic product. Few economists think that debt will ever be fully repaid. Last week, the International Monetary Fund said Greece’s debt will need to be restructured.Menelaos Hadjicostis and John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels contributed to this story. read more

European eyewear giant in merger of Luxottica and Essilor

by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2017 2:46 am MDT Last Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PARIS – A new European eyewear giant is set to emerge as Italian frames maker Luxottica — maker of brands like Ray-Ban and Oakley — joins with French lens manufacturer Essilor in a multibillion-euro merger.Essilor International SA announced Monday it had reached a share exchange deal with Luxottica’s main shareholder, Delfin, to create a combined company making both frames and lenses.Shares in Luxottica and Essilor jumped on the news.The statement said the new company would have combined revenues of more than 15 billion euros ($16 billion), 140,000 employees and sales in more than 150 countries.Essilor said the merger is an effort to meet growing global demand for corrective lenses, sunglasses and luxury frames. European eyewear giant in merger of Luxottica and Essilor read more

President Macrons party dominates French parliamentary vote

A child waits outside a polling box in the final round of parliamentary elections in Bayonne, southwestern France, Sunday, June 18, 2017. French voters are casting ballots Sunday in the final round of parliamentary elections that could clinch President Emmanuel Macron’s hold on power, as his fledgling party appears set to rout mainstream rivals and turn politics as usual on its head. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) PARIS – President Emmanuel Macron’s party, including untested novices, will be sweeping into the lower house of the French parliament, hogging a clear majority of seats after winning an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s elections and clinching the young leader’s hold on power.Macron fulfilled his wish to disrupt politics as usual with new faces — including a farmer, a teacher and a math genius — and a new approach. But he may be getting more than he bargained for with the entry into parliament of loud voices from the ultra-left and far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen, both promising to fight his plans to overhaul French labour laws, one of the touchiest subjects in France.“Through their vote, a wide majority of the French have chosen hope over anger,” said Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, reiterating his “total” determination to work on major reforms in the coming months.A minor reshuffle of the Cabinet, an obligatory move after parliamentary elections, is expected this week, perhaps as soon as Monday.The May 7 election of the 39-year-old Macron, himself untested, upended France’s political landscape, a phenomenon that continued with the parliamentary victory of a party that didn’t exist 14 months ago. With the June 27 start of the new session, the novices within the ranks of Macron’s Republic on the Move! party will be learning at high-speed. Half of the candidates in the running for his party were drawn from civilian life, and half were women.Starting Monday, many will be taking their first official steps in the corridors of power, invited to pick up keys and the blue-white-red sashes warn by elected officials, and learn their way around.Pollsters projected Republic on the Move! and its allies could take up to about 360 of the lower chamber’s 577 seats. Official partial results confirmed the trend, showing them with 327 seats, with 33 seats yet to be counted. The party will have far more than the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority to carry out Macron’s program.Mainstream conservatives and their allies, the closest rivals, held their ground better than expected. The Interior Ministry counted the Republicans and allied candidates with 131 seats, with 33 seats still uncounted.The Socialist Party, which dominated the outgoing Assembly, was flattened by the unpopularity of former President Francois Hollande. With its allies, it could get fewer than 50 seats, according to projections. The stinging reality of defeat pushed party leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis, who lost in last week’s first-round vote, to resign — and blast the Macron system “with all the power.”The Macron steamroller effect could be blunted with the entrance into parliament of some prickly opponents.Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who rivaled him for the presidency, won a seat representing her northern bastion around Henin-Beaumont with more than 58 per cent of the vote. Her National Front party was expected to place up to eight lawmakers in the lower chamber, compared to two lawmakers in the outgoing Assembly.Le Pen said she would “fight with all necessary means the harmful projects of the government,” especially what she called Macron’s pro-European, pro-migrant policies.“We are the only force of resistance to the dilution of France, of its social model and its identity,” Le Pen said, claiming the mainstream opposition parties were but “satellites” of the Macron power structure.Le Pen’s nemesis, the ultra-left Jean-Luc Melenchon, vowed a “social coup d’etat,” saying Macron’s plans to reform labour laws amount to “destruction of the social order.” Unlike the National Front, Melenchon and his allies will have the required 15 lawmakers needed to form a group, a tool that provides extra funds, speaking time and other ways to weigh on policy.Macron’s bid to ease hiring and firing through a set of measures aimed at bringing down the unemployment rate — now just below 10 per cent — is the most sensitive plan on his agenda. Unions fear it would destroy workers’ protections.Workers unions have already criticized the labour reform and the president’s decision to skirt normal procedure to pass changes that would short-circuit extended debate and nix amendments. The measures must, however, be ratified by parliament.Macron also wants to clean up politics to change the image of a political class dominated by career politicians, peppered with corruption and losing credibility. The new government has already presented a draft bill with new restrictions on how lawmakers operated.Disillusion with the political class is one reason given for what is likely to be a record low participation rate that could outdo the record low in last Sunday’s first round, measured at 43 per cent — five points lower than last week.Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics.Confusion also played a role, according to Frederic Dabi, of the IFOP polling firm. Macron’s party, which didn’t exist 14 months ago and offered novice candidates from civilian life, has drawn from left and right to fill its ranks, effectively blurring the traditional left-right political divide.Macron’s party “vampirized” the left and right after his huge win in the presidential balloting, Dabi said on CNews TV.___Philippe Sotto in Paris contributed to this report. by Elaine Ganley And Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2017 12:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email President Macron’s party dominates French parliamentary vote read more

Onlive is said to be closing up shop company denies rumors Updated

first_imgThere are mixed reports floating around the internet this afternoon, some of which say that video game streaming service Onlive has laid off its entire staff and is shutting its doors. If true it’s bad news for the employees, gamers, and associated companies, like LG and Ouya, but that might not be the case. The company has denied the rumors and say it’s business as usual. The lack of acknowledgement of any changes on their Twitter feed seems to verify this.The Twitterverse is alight with conflicting claims about Onlive “no longer being an entity” and then about how the company does not speak to rumors, but as to the rumor of being shuttered, well, “of course not“. It appears that the rumor originated with messages sent to Polygon,’s gaming arm, from more than one Onlive staffer (or former staffer, as the case may be).Of course, both side could be true — Online could be having layoffs and remaining open for business. Even if a large portion of the staff was let go the company could still presumably continue operations, work on established partnerships with Ouya, LG, Vizio, and others, and stream games.At this point the company has not spoken about the layoffs, but has made it clear that they are not going out of business. There have been clear statements which hopefully will be addressed before long, as this would certainly affect the future of the product.This is one of the tweets that started it all:Their employees are sending out emails that #OnLive will be closed by the end of the day.— Brian Fargo (@BrianFargo) August 17, 2012Fargo is a games industry veteran and would be a trusted source for information like this. Apparently he was sent an email speaking about the layoffs and closure, which was later recalled. The email is available here. It notes how the company is closing, layoffs will be made, and then a new company will be formed in the future.We’ll have to see how this one shakes out. For now it seems that things are stable at Onlive, as least as far as gamers are concerned. Update: 4:11pm – According to Kotaku, Onlive had an all-hands meeting this morning and announced that the company was filing for bankruptcy. A new company would be formed from the ashes and some some employees would be rehired by the new entity in order to continue operations.last_img read more

Schism threatens Federation of Greek Communities

first_imgAn ecclesiastical coup threatens the unity of the Federation of Greek Communities of Australia and the existence of its Autocephalic Church in Adelaide. According to reliable sources the coup was hatched by a number of renegade communities with the specific aim to impede attempts by interested members of the Federation to engage in dialogue with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The same sources confirmed to Neos Kosmos that the leadership of the Federation were oblivious to the schism until it was announced by the Secretary of the self-proclaimed Holly Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and Oceania father George Athanasiadis. In a media release Rev. Athanasiadis verified the ecclesiastical schism and informed the community that the newly established Metropolis, currently operating from Clayton, Victoria, will be led by Archbishop Seraphim, head of an old calendar splinter group based on the Island of Salamina. Rev. Athanasiadis also advised the community that Archbishop Seraphim was approached by bishop Christodoulos, former head of the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia, and members of the clergy devoted to Christodoulos. Until recently bishop Christodoulos was the head of the Autocephalic Church of America and Australia and a staunch supporter of the ecclesiastical status quo within the Federation. His key role in ensuring the services of Archbishop Seraphim validates rumours circulating in Adelaide of a fall out with the leadership of the Federation. Documents procured by Neos Kosmos reveal that Seraphim was defrocked by the Church of Greece in 1984 after he was found guilty of voluntary unfrocking while a minister of religion at the Metropolis of Kythera. Determination 6/19B1/27/07/84 of the Holy Synod of the Church Of Greece states that Seraphim Mixas was found guilty of voluntary unfrocking and as such he was defrocked and was returned to lay status. Community leaders told Neos Kosmos the schism is a blow to the unity of the Federation and a blemish to its reputation. “The schism threatens to split the Federation asunder and cause further damage to its reputation already tarnished from previous ecclesiastical experiment. The leadership of Federation must act decisively against the rebels and rid itself of elements which place their personal interest against the interest of the community” they said. Neos Kosmos understands that the matter will be dealt with by the Federation at a special meeting to be held in Adelaide, Sunday 12 February. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Oregon sheriffs sergeant who lives in Vancouver arrested

first_imgA Clackamas County sheriff’s patrol sergeant who lives in Vancouver has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.Steven P. Hyson, 46, is accused of assaulting his 22-year-old stepson on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Clackamas County, Ore. sheriff’s office.Hyson turned himself in Thursday at the Clark County Courthouse and was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault domestic violence, said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Allais.Hyson has been placed on paid administrative leave and will face a professional standards investigation in Clackamas County, in addition to the criminal investigation in Clark County, according to the news release.Hyson was arrested in January 2008 on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after his wife, Lora, said he struck her in the left eye with an orange during an argument. That case was never prosecuted because prosecutors said they did not believe the allegations could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.Hyson has been with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office since 1996.last_img read more

Carlos Santana Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods Woodstock Anniversary

first_imgThe Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie and Edgar Winter as well as an on-field screening of the original film will commemorate 1969’s epic concertPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 21, 2019 – 1:58 pm The lineup for the Woodstock anniversary celebration at the historic rock festival’s original site have been confirmed for Aug. 15–17 by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, with performances by the Doobie Brothers, Arlo Guthrie, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, and the Edgar Winter Band. Titled “A Season of Song & Celebration,” this is distinct from the official Woodstock 50 event being planned by the 1969 festival’s original organizer Michael Lang.On Aug. 15 — the day the original fest began — the Bethel Woods Center will screen Woodstock: The Director’s Cut on the historic field. Ringo Starr will be joined by Arlo Guthrie and the Edgar Winter Band on stage on Aug. 16. Carlos Santana and the Doobie Brothers’ Aug. 17 date at Bethel Woods is part of their summer Supernatural Now tour. Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr Confirmed For Bethel Woods’ Woodstock Anniversary Facebook Twitter Santana, Ringo Starr To Play At Woodstock’s 50th carlos-santana-ringo-starr-confirmed-bethel-woods-woodstock-anniversary “We are humbled by the interest in the anniversary year and we realized it was greater than we’d ever dreamed,” said Darlene Fedun, the Center’s CEO. “We recognize the importance of this place to so many, and our mission of preservation and interpretation of the 1960s is central to A Season of Song & Celebration, as it provides our guests the opportunity to reflect, to learn and to celebrate the legacy of what occurred here.”The Center also expects to announce an Aug. 18 event in the future and invites email sign-ups for news updates on their Golden Anniversary web page.Santana Plans Epic 2019 Supernatural Now Tour With The Doobie BrothersRead more News Email last_img read more

20 labourers fall sick hospitalised

first_imgPetbasheerabad: Tension prevailed in Gundlapochampally Municipality in Petbasheerabad Police Station limits on Monday, when about 20 labourers fell sick at a time. The police said that they were immediately rushed to a government hospital for treatment. The labourers came from Orissa, West Bengal and Jharkhand to work in a construction company. The company constructed small shelters for them to live near a sewage filled lake due to which all of them got infected and fell sick. Police are further investigating.last_img read more

Masala bond news fails to spice up bank stocks on BSE NSE

first_imgInvestors gave a lukewarm response on Friday to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) allowing banks to raise funds through masala bonds to beef up their capital requirements under the Basel III norms. Shares of most banks were trading in the red on Friday afternoon, with both the BSE Bankex and the NSE Bank Nifty falling close to 0.75 per cent.The shares of State Bank of India (SBI) were down 0.69 per cent at Rs. 252.90 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) at around 1.24 p.m. PNB shares were trading 0.44 per cent lower at Rs. 125.75, Canara Bank was also down at Rs. 269.30, while Bank of Baroda shares were trading with losses of 1.55 per cent at Rs. 159.30 apiece.The BSE Bankex declined almost 0.70 per cent at 21,983 while the NSE Bank Nifty was down 0.70 per cent at 19,168.On Thursday, the RBI had announced a series of measures aimed at developing the money markets in India, the most significant of which was allowing commercial banks to issue masala bonds.”To further encourage the overseas rupee bond market, banks are being permitted to issue rupee bonds overseas (masala bonds) for their capital requirements and for financing infrastructure and affordable housing,” the central bank said in a statement.Masala bonds are rupee-denominated bonds issued overseas. Two recent such issuances were from HDFC Bank and state-run power producer NTPC.Encouraged by the response to its first issue of masala bonds, HDFC Bank plans to raise Rs. 2,000 crore for which it is reportedly in talks with investment bankers.The company had raised Rs. 3,000 crore in its maiden masala bonds issue at a coupon rate of 7.875 per cent per annum. The bonds are listed on London Stock Exchange.In another significant development, the RBI has removed restriction on corporate lending to banks via government securities.”Currently, listed companies can lend through repos in G-sec for a minimum tenor of seven days to banks and PDs, which constrains their participation. It is proposed to allow such companies to lend through the repo market, without any tenor or counterparty restrictions,” the RBI said.last_img read more

Lenovo Starts Shipping Google AssistantPowered Smart Display

first_img Popular on Variety Many of these requests are accompanied by visual feedback. This is especially powerful for recipes: Users can ask for instructions on how to cook dishes, and then get a kind of visual step-by-step guide.The screen also frequently allows touch input, but during a demo given to Variety this week, a Lenovo spokesperson was quick to point out that the device is not meant to be a tablet. This means that there are no on-screen navigation buttons — going back to the home screen still requires you to say “Hey Google, go home.”Left untouched, the Smart Display cycles through a slideshow of photography that will look familiar to anyone who has ever owned one of Google’s Chromecast streaming adapters: Like Chromecast, or Android TV for that matter, the device taps into a catalog of publicly available photos that can be customized via the Google Home app to also include your own photos. After 90 minutes, the screen fades to black, safe for a timer.Speaking of Chromecast: The close integration with Google’s other devices is likely going to be a key differentiator for devices like the Lenovo Smart Display. The display plays nice with other Chromecast-capable devices in your house, making it possible to ask it to play videos on the TV. What’s more, the Smart Display also works as a Chromecast receiver, so you’ll be able to cast audio and video content to it from your phone. Netflix binging in the kitchen, anyone?In addition to making content available via casting, the Smart Display also directly integrates with Spotify, HBO, Google Play Music and YouTube. The latter is another key differentiator to the Echo Show: As a result of a prolonged dispute between Amazon and Google, YouTube is currently not available on the Amazon device.Lenovo’s brief demo this week overall showed a polished experience, but it also revealed a few oddities: The Smart Display uses Google’s Duo service for video calls. But since most people video chat with their phones held horizontally, Lenovo recommends to turn the entire device 90 degrees for video chatting. Afterwards, it has to be turned back — screen rotation for other use cases isn’t supported at launch. Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Show is finally here: Lenovo starts shipping its Smart Display, which combines voice control with a screen for video viewing, to consumers this coming Friday.The Smart Display, which was first announced at CES back in January, is being made available in two sizes: A smaller version with an 8-inch 1280×800 pixel screen is going on sale for $200; $250 gets you a 10-inch screen with a resolution of 1920×1200. The bigger version also comes with a bamboo back, and features a slightly larger speaker, but the two devices are otherwise identical.Out of the box, Lenovo’s Smart Display supports much of the same functionality as a Google Home speaker. You can ask it for weather, directions, query your calendar and more. The device also supports customized routines. For instance, users can greet it with “Hey Google, good morning” to get a weather forecast, hear about their day’s schedule, get an update on their morning commute and finally launch into some news programming. Also perplexing: The smart Display includes a full-blown web browser, which shows up when browsing recipes via touch input. However, users aren’t able to browse other sites of their choice on the device — a restriction that seems arbitrary, even with the “this is no tablet” disclaimer.Finally, multi-room audio — the ability to play music synchronized on your smart Display and on other Google speakers or devices equipped with a Chromecast audio adapter — isn’t available at launch, despite Lenovo’s previous promises to support this feature. “This is not supported at the moment, but is something we’re hoping to add in the future,” said Google Assistant product manager Bibo Xu via email.The Smart Display is Google’s first attempt to take on the Echo Show, with the help of Lenovo as the hardware manufacturer. The company also announced earlier this year that Sony, LG and JBL would release additional smart display devices in the near future. Google VP Rishi Chandra suggested in an interview with Variety in April that Google may ultimately follow up with its own smart display devices in the future as well. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Father who got slapped bails out son

first_imgKolkata: The man, who got arrested on Wednesday for slapping his own father, got bail after his father appealed before the magistrate. On Thursday, the accused Pradip Biswas was produced before Barasat Court.When the magistrate was hearing the matter, surprisingly Pradip’s father Maniklal stood up appealed to the magistrate if he could grant his son bail. He also stated that he did wrong by offering sweets to his wife. The magistrate later granted Pradip bail. Replying to the questions by the media persons, Maniklal said: “He is my only son. Though he did wrong, he will not do it again. If he does not get bail, then I will commit suicide.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Friday, Pradip repeatedly slapped Maniklal for giving a bite of sweet to his wife. Pradip became furious on seeing his father offering sweets to his mother as she has high blood sugar and needs to refrain from sweets. He immediately dragged his father out of the room and started slapping him. A neighbour of Pradip heard loud screams and sneaked over the wall and saw him slapping his father. He made a video and posted it on Facebook. As it went viral, someone tagged Kolkata Police. Kolkata Police later informed Barasat District Police and Pradip got arrested.last_img read more

Heavy rains on Sunday flood 12 Costa Rican cantons

first_imgRelated posts:Heavy rains affect more than 2,000 people along the Caribbean Caribbean, Northern zone residents get a break from the rain, but that could change on Wednesday Costa Rica’s Caribbean region hit by heavy rains, flooding Costa Rica nearing record rainfall for May Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Sunday responded to 100 separate incidents of flooding caused by heavy rains that hit most of the country during the evening.CNE’s press spokeswoman Rebeca Madrigal said most cases were caused by flooding rivers and outdated sewer systems.Floods occurred in 12 cantons across the country, according to a report on Monday morning. The most serious occurred in La Unión, Cartago, east of the capital, where a swelling river forced 60 people from two communities to evacuate their homes.A total of 45 families were relocated to a temporary shelter in a public school in Santiago de El Monte, in that canton.Rains also triggered landslides and floodings in Santo Domingo, Heredia, north of San José, where a tree fell on a street in Los Angeles and blocked traffic for several hours.In Acosta, south of San José, several streets also were blocked by mud from landslides.Madrigal said there are no reports of injuries or serious damage to homes and buildings.CNE personnel on Monday conducted on-the-ground inspections of the affected communities.October usually has the most severe showers in Costa Rica during the rainy season, which runs from May to November and is expected to end in a few weeks. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

You cant get these reps back Arians lamented

first_img“You can’t get these reps back,” Arians lamented. “He had an excellent OTAs; he started out with an excellent camp; was cutting, running. “And then just put the breaks on.” – / 24 0 Comments   Share   And unfortunately, it does not sound like he’ll be making his preseason debut when the Cardinals take the field Saturday against the San Diego Chargers at University of Phoenix Stadium.Williams, who has rushed for just 164 yards on 58 career carries, has not played enough to show enough, and it may cost him a roster spot. The team selected running backs Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington in the 2013 NFL Draft to go along with Rashard Mendenhall and Alfonso Smith, so it is not as if the team has no depth behind the former Virginia Tech star.So for Williams, being out of action while the team’s other four options are on the field making plays is not a good way to impress a new coaching staff.“He needs to start playing,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday. “I can’t evaluate him unless he plays.”Playing has been an issue that has dogged Williams since his rookie year, when a ruptured patella tendon suffered in the preseason opener caused him to miss the entire campaign. Then, finally healthy last year, he played in just five games before breaking his collarbone Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams.Arians noted that he cannot say if Williams’ problems are more mental than physical right now, saying, “He’s the only one that can answer that,” but that right now the only thing Williams can do is a little running along with work on the stationary bike. GLENDALE, Ariz. – At this point, it’s actually quite simple for Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams.He needs to get on the field, and the sooner the better. A second-round pick of the team’s in 2011, Williams has battled injuries pretty much from the get-go. His latest ailment, a right knee injury, has caused him to miss practices over the last few weeks as well as both of the team’s preseason games. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Steve Wynn sues lawyer for dancer who accused him

first_imgSteve Wynn sues lawyer for dancer who accused him of leering FILE – This March 15, 2016 file photo shows casino mogul Steve Wynn during a news conference in Medford, Mass. The casino mogul has sued the attorney of a dancer who accused him of inappropriate behavior. Wynn’s attorneys filed the defamation lawsuit Thursday, April 5, 2018, against lawyer Lisa Bloom and her firm in U.S. court in Las Vegas. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 6, 2018 2:11 pm PDT Last Updated Apr 6, 2018 at 5:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn has sued the attorney of a dancer who accused him of inappropriate behaviour.Wynn’s attorneys filed the defamation lawsuit Thursday against lawyer Lisa Bloom and her firm in U.S. court in Las Vegas. It seeks at least $75,000 in damages.Wynn resigned from Wynn Resorts in February amid sexual misconduct allegations that he has denied.Bloom’s law firm said last month that she’s representing a dancer in the show “Showstoppers” at the Wynn Las Vegas casino-resort. Its news release accused Wynn of leering at female performers in “physically revealing” segments of the show.Wynn’s lawsuit calls the allegations false. His attorney accuses Bloom of intentionally ignoring that Wynn was “legally blind” when she alleges the leering occurred.Bloom says she’ll fight Wynn in court and believes he sued “in an attempt to intimidate other women.”last_img read more

Cyprus has remained calm and stable because of Unficyps presence – UNSG

first_imgUN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has expressed the conviction that Cyprus has remained calm and stable throughout the years in large measure because of the unwavering presence of the UN peace keeping force (Unficyp), its preventive and deterrent capabilities and its role in defusing tensions.In his report on Unficyp, an unofficial copy of which has been given by the UN Secretariat to the UN Security Council members on Friday,  Guterres proposes to the UNSC the renewal of Unficyp’s mandate for six more months, until January 31, 2019.Among others, Guterres says in his report  that “in order to help create conditions conducive for peace, I appeal to the leaders to provide visible and direct support to civil society organisations in their efforts to increase inter-communal engagement and participation and to bolster trust and reconciliation between the communities.”Furthermore, he  stresses that “I also encourage the leaders to implement the remaining confidence building measures they agreed to in 2015, in particular the interoperability of mobile phones, and to consider other confidence building measures. In addition, I urge the sides to agree on a plan of work to demine and achieve a mine-free Cyprus.”“Unficyp has served the interests of peace in Cyprus for over fifty years, preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to the maintenance of law and order and a return to normal conditions. I am convinced that Cyprus has remained calm and stable throughout the years in large measure because of the unwavering presence of Unficyp, its preventive and deterrent capabilities and its role in defusing tensions,” Guterres notes in the report.He adds that “during this long period, Unficyp has preserved the trust of the opposing forces, ensuring that incidents do not escalate, cause tensions or disrupt ongoing negotiations. In this respect, it has acted as the sole channel of communication between the opposing forces, avoiding misunderstandings or miscalculations, and ensuring a continued climate of calm and security.”Guterres also says that his report on the good offices mission in Cyprus issued on  June 14, as requested in the Security Council resolution 2398 (2018), sets out in detail the most significant political developments during the period under review and that while acknowledging the continued hiatus in the talks since July 2017, the report encourages greater efforts towards creating more propitious conditions for a possible resumption, and outlines the United Nations’ next steps. He noted that the role of Unficyp in contributing to conditions conducive to negotiations will be covered in the present report.According to the report, in June 20, 2018, the strength of the military component stood at 802 (749 men and 53 women) for all ranks, while the strength of the police component stood at 65.Guterres says that the impact of the 94 per cent completion rate for the implementation of the November 2017 strategic review recommendations, particularly the increased focus by the mission on liaison and engagement, is starting to manifest itself in the sectors, with strengthened component coordination and more effective outreach. “Through its deterrence and prevention roles, enhanced as a result of the strategic review, Unficyp was able to resolve low-level incidents by patrolling the length of the buffer zone and liaising and engaging more systematically with its military, police and civilian interlocutors,” he notes.I look forward, he adds, “to seeing the further dividends of the Mission’s enhanced liaison and engagement capacity resulting from the recent strategic review recommendations, which recognised the on-going critical role of Unficyp in preventing serious incidents and keeping tensions low. At the same time, the Secretariat remains ready, as with all missions, to keep Unficyp continuously under review.”He stresses that support and respect for the authority of Unficyp in the buffer zone is required from both sides if the mission is to resolve security concerns, including those linked to civilian activity, and ensure the maintenance of peace.On the good offices mission in Cyprus, Guterres said, “it is encouraging that, despite the current hiatus in the talks, some segments of society on both sides, including trade unions, some political parties, women’s groups and other organised civic groups, continue to promote a solution based on the bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with political equality.”He notes that “divergent school curricula and rhetoric in the media have reinforced parallel narratives across generations, making it particularly difficult for some Cypriots to envisage a common and mutually beneficial future. It is time for the leaders and both communities to address this most critical of issues, and while the Imagine programme is to be applauded, efforts must go beyond this initiative if the dividends of peace education and pedagogy across all levels of education are to take hold”.The Secretary General also says that “the opening of the crossings since 2003 has allowed Cypriots freedom of movement across the island, contributing to a return to normal conditions and facilitating contact and interaction for those who wished to avail themselves of the opportunity.In this regard, I call on the leaders to support the opening of the crossings at Lefka-Aplici/Lefke-Aplıç and at Deryneia/Derinya as soon as possible and for the Technical Committee on Crossings to focus on additional, impactful crossings thereafter”.He says that he continues to urge greater efforts to create a climate conducive to achieving more economic and social parity between the two sides and to broaden and deepen economic, social, cultural, sporting and similar ties and contacts, including with a view to encouraging trade. “Such contacts promote trust between the communities and help to address the concerns of Turkish Cypriots with regard to isolation. With regard to intra-island trade, I would underscore the importance of and the opportunities presented by full implementation of the European Council regulation no. 866/2004, the “Green Line regulation”, for the benefit of both communities,” he notes.Additionally, Guterres notes that “normal conditions in and along the buffer zone will always remain limited as long as this stretch of territory remains locked between two belligerent forces”, and that the resolution of this situation clearly lies with a political solution to the Cyprus problem, which I appeal to the sides to address with the requisite political will.Regarding “the sensitive and tragic issue of the missing” Guterres says the United Nations “remains committed to supporting the important humanitarian work carried out on behalf of the families of victims by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus. In light of the advanced age of both relatives and witnesses, it is critical that the Committee continue to receive sufficient financial support and the information, including from relevant archives, required to accelerate its work. In particular, I encourage the parties to intensify their efforts to share relevant archival information with the CMP,” he adds.He notes that “thus far, 11 of the 12 countries contacted have answered the Committee’s request for cooperation. While extensive efforts have been undertaken by the United Nations to provide the Committee with access to all relevant archival holdings both in Nicosia and in New York, none of the parties have thus far shared archival information on possible burial sites with the Committee.”The UNSG says that “further to recommendations of the strategic review and the military capability study of Unficyp, the Mission enhanced its patrolling, which inter alia led to the detection of unauthorized heavy weapons at Greek Cypriot National Guard observation posts in Nicosia and on the southern ceasefire line to the west of the island. These included mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, and M-60 machine guns.”Moreover he notes that “military positions established by both forces inside the buffer zone that violate the status quo, including at Strovilia, remain in place and are classified as permanent violations. The United Nations continues to hold the Government of Turkey responsible for the status quo in Varosha.”You May LikeBrighterWoman.comHow to get rid of stiff neck at homeBrighterWoman.comUndoAngelino'sTry Angelino’s Coffee Today And Save Money On Your K-CupsAngelino’sUndoChecking Accounts | Search AdsSee Bonuses for Opening New Checking AccountChecking Accounts | Search AdsUndo Licences for ENI and Total to explore block sevenUndoCypriot ambassadors gather in Nicosia for annual briefingUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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