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Liberal candidate Ouellette takes Winnipeg Centre from longtime NDP MP

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first_imgAPTN National NewsLiberal candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette snatched the Winnipeg Centre riding from long-time MP Pat Martin Monday evening.Ouellette caught the red Liberal wave that washed across the country Monday evening giving leader Justin Trudeau a majority government mandate.Ouellette was in a knife-fight with Martin, who had held the riding since 1997, but in the end won a resounding victory, winning by about 6,000 votes.Ouellette is seen by many as a rising young Indigenous and now he has a seat in the House of Commons.last_img

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Ban welcomes release of one of three UN staff held in Niger

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23 March 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the release of one United Nations staff member who was taken hostage in Niger late last year and reiterated his call for the freeing of two others, including an envoy to the country, Canadian Robert Fowler. “The Secretary-General is pleased to know that Mr. Soumana Mounkaila, one of the three UN staff members who was abducted in Niger on 14 December 2008, has been released unharmed,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General renews his call on those holding Robert Fowler and Louis Guay to release them both without any further delay,” the spokesperson added.Through the statement, Mr. Ban also expressed appreciation for efforts made by Governments and individuals in the region to help secure the release of the staff members, who had gone missing while driving near the West African country’s capital Niamey. read more

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Buckeyes finish nonconference season undefeated with 10040 win over UTMartin

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The No. 2-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team completed a perfect non-conference season and improved to 13-0 with a 100-40 victory over the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks on Monday. William Buford led the way for the Buckeyes with a season-high 23 points. The junior guard got off to a fast start, connecting on his first four shots and scoring the team’s first seven points. “I had my legs under me today and was just focused in on if I had good looks, just take them and knock them down,” Buford said. Coach Thad Matta said he was content to ride the hot hand, as Buford matched his previous season high of 16 points in the first 20 minutes of action. He was also the last starter to get a rest, first leaving the court with 10:59 remaining in the first half. “Will is one of those guys who gets stronger as the season goes on,” Matta said. “That was good to see him play well and go 9-for-11.” Behind 12-, 13- and 10-point scoring runs and solid team defense, the Buckeyes built a 49-17 halftime lead. Those trends continued as OSU opened the second half with an 18-0 run to extend the lead to 67-17. Buford accounted for seven points, two steals and an assist over that five-minute, 37-second stretch. Freshman Deshaun Thomas added 20 points and nine rebounds, and classmate Jared Sullinger recorded his sixth double-double of the year with 18 points and 11 boards. The Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field en route to their second 100-point performance this season. OSU held the Skyhawks to a mere 27 percent shooting, the best they’ve done against any opponent this season. “I didn’t think it would be as bad as it was,” said Skyhawks coach Jason James. With OSU starting the game with a 27-5 run, Matta was able to go to the bench early and often. Nine Buckeyes saw playing time in the first half, and 10 saw at least six minutes of action. “We’ve been able to get guys a lot of minutes,” Matta said. “I just hope they keep the same mind set and work to get better.” With an 89-32 lead, Matta went with a lineup of five freshmen for the final 5:54 of the game. The lopsided score prompted many in attendance to make an early exit. Those who stayed stood in applause as Thomas approached the free-throw line with a chance to push the Buckeyes’ point total to the century mark. “We were just ready to come in and blow this team out, you know, get 100,” Thomas said. “How we play and (with) how many teammates we have that can score the ball, we can put up 100 every game.” The last time OSU was undefeated entering conference play was during the 2005-06 season, which saw the Buckeyes earn an outright Big Ten title. This year’s team will start its quest to equal that accomplishment when it travels to Indiana on Friday. “That’s a whole new season,” Buford said. “That is nothing like the non-conference.” read more

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Art student charged with revenge porn after submitting photograph of topless exboyfriend

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first_imgAn art student was arrested and charged with making “revenge porn” for including a naked photograph of her former boyfriend in a university project. Lauren Smith, 26, included a heavily-cropped photograph of the man in a piece of artwork, which was awarded a first and published on her artwork Facebook page -but none of her personal social media accounts.The University of Lincoln student was charged with disclosing a private, sexual photograph with intent to cause distress – the charge commonly known as “revenge porn” after her former boyfriend claimed to have identified himself and was “embarrassed”.The original image had been ‘topped and tailed’ to edit out the head and genitals, but the complainant argued he could identify himself in it.The artist made no reference as to who the image, set within a number of other photographs, depicted, a court heard.Ms Smith denied the charge, alleged to have been committed between May and September last year, and was due to stand trial at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.Before a jury was sworn to hear the case judge said he had “real misgivings” about the prosecution’s arguments. He highlighted the purpose of the law, which was introduced by Parliament to tackle the increasing numbers of incidents whereby sexually explicit images or video are uploaded to the internet to humiliate the individual depicted and without their consent. Judge Philip St.John-Stevens questioned whether there was any intent or distress caused, and said the legislation introduced by Parliament was “a reaction to what is not an uncommon occurrence” of revenge pornography. She created art work “revolving around the female gaze” The judge said Ms Smith’s case had to be viewed in context, explaining: “It’s an image within a number of images in a piece of artwork submitted to university and marked for its artistic merit.”What is the evidence that the cropped image is of the person the Crown purport it to be? Even if that individual is correct in his belief that it is him, the image has specifically had the head removed and edited and the genitalia edited. “Nowhere in the artwork does it refer to him or that it was him. If he believes it is him, it is not an offence if it’s only him that thinks it was him. How does anyone else know it is?”He also said that distress could only be caused if the subject was identifiable by others, telling the court: “This image has had everything done to it to ensure the identity of the person isn’t revealed. Anyone looking at this could not identify the person in that photograph.”Prosecutor Oliver Dunkin, after this explanation, decided not to submit any evidence and told the court: “We were all in agreement that now we have consideration of the art project and looking at the case properly in the round, we cannot put this forward to a jury.” The judge therefore entered a formal not guilty verdict and awarded Ms Smith, who is still at university, travel costs of £240.50.Speaking after the hearing, a relieved Ms Smith, from Gainsborough, welcomed revenge porn legislation but said she had not committed such an offence. “I am glad the offence is there because people do do that. It’s like having a safety blanket if anyone does anything like that,” she said. “But mine just wasn’t like that. I was just making art and this case is not what the offence is there for.”An offence of revenge porn carries a maximum prison sentence of two years in England and Wales, and five years in Scotland. It is described as ‘the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress’. The legislation covers images showing sexual activity, or with genitals, buttocks or breasts exposed or covered only by underwear. Both sharing the material and posting online is considered an offence. She created art work "revolving around the female gaze" 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.last_img read more

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Teen ballet dancer speaks of joy after being accepted into Bolshoi Academy

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Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in SeptemberCredit:Affleck Academy of Ballet Rachel Armstrong, 17, front, will begin her four-year training at the school in September Honing her skills Ms Armstrong trained under the watchful eye of Hilda Affleck who runs a dance academy in the North-East of England having taught at the Royal Ballet School.  The elated dancer added: ‘”I am a bit nervous, but most of all I am just incredibly excited. It is such a fantastic opportunity and I am looking forward to it all. “I can’t wait to meet people from all over the world, and be taught different styles of dance at such a prestigious school.”Rachel, who has studied at the Affleck Academy of Ballet in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, for around six years, submitted a 15 minute video to the Bolshoi, where fees cost £17,000 a year, in March and was offered a place four days later without being interviewed.She added: “We were told exactly what the Bolshoi wanted to see in the video, we recorded it in a studio and sent it off. “I really hoped that I would be successful but I didn’t really know quite what to expect.”I was so shocked when I received the email. It is getting close now and I am know I am going to get more nervous, but I am still very excited.”I am most anxious about living away from home for the first time, but I am looking forward to it as well.”Her father, Peter, 54, who converted the family garage into a studio for Rachel, said: “We are all incredibly proud of Rachel. A teenage ballerina from Northumberland awarded a place at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy has told how she ran down the stairs to her mother to see if an offer letter was genuine.Rachel Armstrong, 17, is one of just a hand-full of British dancers to earn a place at the Moscow dance school. Training everyday for years she was in bed when she opened a letter from the prestigious school. Disbelieving she flew down the stairs to her mother and pirouetted with pleasure when she realised her deepest dream was now a reality.   She said: “I was so shocked. At first, I wasn’t sure if the email was real. I had to double check it. It had come in at midday but I didn’t see it until I went to bed.”I came downstairs and showed it to my parents. They couldn’t quite believe it.”We did not have any words.”I am absolutely delighted. Dancing is what I want to do every single day. I have a real passion for it and so it’s not something I find difficult or a chore. It is just what I love to do. 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. “It is such an amazing opportunity for her. “When she got the email the course of all our lives changed in that one instance.”Rachel is quiet but also very determined. She might not have wanted to get her hopes up, but deep down she really wanted to be accepted.”The Bolshoi has such a fantastic reputation all over the world and Rachel has been building up to this for the past seven years.”The 17-year-old will move to Moscow for four years and will need to learn the language as well as dance. However, Ms Armstrong remains undaunted saying: “I’m quite excited for that, like, just doing it all day, every day.” read more

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Long life low cost rock bolt monitor introduced at MINExpo

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first_imgAccording to Chris Gotmalm, CEO, Alert Technologies, Rock bolt average life expectancy is commonly 20 years. “The industry has been searching for a reliable system to monitor large fields of rock bolts- around the clock-to instantly alarm for events such as overload, seismic disturbance, displacement and lost or insufficient preload.”In Las Vegas, Alert Technologies introduced the ALERT Rock Bolt Monitor (ARBM).The impervious donut shaped device, with its durable embedded microprocessor, slips over the rock bolt between the spreader plate and the end nut. Installation is quick and user-friendly, designed to install on both new and existing bolts. The ARBM comes in all common bolt sizes and tonnages and works with all common types of bolt without any additional machining or modifications. The Alert will easily integrate with automated bolting devices.Powered by a patent pending hybrid energy device the ARBM will monitor its bolt continuously for 23 years without merely intermittent sampling of bolt status to extend battery life.The ARBM wirelessly transmits its alarm to a CPU identifying any event and the precise time and location of the problem.   The network of ARBMs will date stamp/ memorize events and display it all on the user’s computer or cell phone. It can also activate horns and lights, lock gates and booms or trigger other secondary responses.Gotmalm says: “We hope to keep the life time cost for a Class 1 ARBM around $2 per year which I think is affordable for the safety enhancement and cost savings it provides. (Class  1 covers 5/8”- ¾” and 7/8” dia. rock bolts).“Rock bolt intelligence gathering is a challenging task today. The Laerdal tunnel in Norway, currently the world’s longest road tunnel, is 25 km long and contains some 200,000 rock bolts. Manual individual inspection of its bolts would require about 12,500 man-days per year .” Just think of the personnel and equipment involved in inspecting all bolts once a year!“We are currently negotiating distributorships and investments to meet the anticipated demand. We see a huge potential for our product worldwide,” he continues.“This year we will install demonstrator units in the NORCAT mine, a government sponsored research facility in Sudbury. Delivery will commence 2017 when our manufacturing plant is up and running.”last_img read more

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Mens EHF CL Round 10 Matches of the Year in Veszprem and

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Program of the Velux EHF Champions League Round 10 (Saturday) :Fuchse Berlin – BSV Bjeringbro Silkeborg 14.30KS Vive Targi Kielce – Chehkovski Medvedi 17.ooMKB Veszprem – BM Atletico Madrid 17.00Cimos Koper – Constanta 20.00C.O Zagreb – Kadetten Schaffhausen 20.30Chambery Savoie – Bosna Sarajevo 20.30 Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Gyori one step to the final, Andrea Lekic: “I am too happy” Next Story → Veszprem and Kielce staying in Europe – Medvedi out!

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Geek deals 699 Core i7 Haswell PC 49 1TB USB HDD more

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first_imgEvery couple months we find a deal hot enough to proclaim to the geeks and users alike: don’t bother building a custom PC, just buy this one! That time has returned and we are here to tell you that this deal is a no-brainer for anyone shopping for a high performance PC.The feature-packed Dell XPS 8700 is their bread-and-butter PC, offering the right mix of technology and features at a price that can’t be beat. You get a nice smattering of the latest tech with today’s deal: a new Haswell Core i7 quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, 1 terabyte hard drive, and 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 635 graphics. This is more than enough performance for even a demanding power-user and should handle what you throw at it for years to come.Aside from the hot new silicon, the 8700 comes with a lot of nice-to-have features. The front of the machine is adorned with a 19-in-1 media card reader, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, audio and mic jacks, and an additional powered USB port for charging those mobile devices. Step to the rear and you’ll find another four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, Ethernet, and surround sound audio connections. 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth round out your connectivity and all of this is wrapped up in a sleek, piano black chassis.If you start doing the math on a premium PC chassis, 2013 Intel motherboard, Core i7-4770, Windows license, and the plethora of extra goodies backed into this model, your tab will come out way higher than this deal. And that’s not even considering the one year warranty that includes on-site service. This is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen this year and it won’t last long, so head over and check it out.Dell XPS 8700 Core i7 Haswell Quad-core Desktop for $699.99 + free shipping (reg. $924.99)Our other top deals:Lenovo IdeaTab A1000 16GB 7-inch Android 4.2 Tablet for $109 + free shipping (reg. $189 | via Lenovo)Customizable: Dell PowerEdge T110 II Intel Dual-core Server for $299 + free shipping (reg. $615 | via Dell)Seagate Expansion 1TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive for $49.99 + free shipping (reg. $109.99 | via NewEgg)last_img read more

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PM says Greece is now turning the corner

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first_imgGreece is “turning the corner” as steps taken to fight its debt crisis start paying dividends, the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said on Friday.“Today is the first time when I can look to the future with more optimism,” George Papandreou told members of the Institute for International Finance (IIF) in Vienna.“We have taken difficult decisions, tough but necessary decisions, and we are now witnessing the first signs that we are turning the corner.”After accumulating massive public debt and overspending, Greece avoided a default last month through the first instalment of a 110 billion euro ($131bn) rescue package from its 15 euro currency partners and the International Monetary Fund.But in the first five months of this year, the deficit was down 40 per cent compared with the same period in 2009, he told the global association of bankers.While revenues were up, expenditures had been severely curtailed, he added.Papandreou said his government made a conscious decision against default and against leaving the euro, a decision that made “good economic sense” and repeated a pledge that the country would pay its dues.“We will honour our contracts with the financial community and yes, we will pay our debts,” Papandreou told the IIF lobby group of some 400 of the world’s top financial institutions.“I do not care if this is my only term as prime minister – I have done what I thought was necessary to save Greece from disaster.”The audience gave the Greek Prime Minister a standing ovation.Addressing recent, sometimes violent, protests at home over tough austerity measures, Papandreou said Greeks wanted a turnaround.“Yes, these are painful changes, and no one denies the difficulties for our people,” Papandreou said. “We are a proud people. We want to see change.”He said scrutiny by ill-informed analysts, sensationalist journalists and others was undermining Greece’s efforts to restore confidence in its economy.“We are asking for the necessary respect and calm so that we can do our work under the best of conditions: when our citizens are not terrorised every single day with rumours about losing their money and returning to the drachma [currency] or being expelled from the European Union,” Papandreou said. “This is obviously nonsense.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Bébé adapter sa chambre pour lhiver

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first_imgBébé : adapter sa chambre pour l’hiverFrance – Les premiers frimas arrivent. C’est le moment de faire le point et de préparer la chambre de bébé pour la période hivernale.Une température idéaleContrairement aux idées reçues, les tout-petits souffrent beaucoup plus de la chaleur que du froid. En hiver, le piège principal est de trop chauffer le logement : la chambre d’un bébé doit être maintenue à une température optimum de 18 ou 19°C. En n’oubliant pas d’aérer la pièce, pour permettre le renouvellement de l’air. L’idéal est d’ouvrir deux fois 10 minutes dans la journée.À lire aussiUne femme donne naissance à un bébé cyclope en EgypteUn lit douillet Puisque la chambre n’est pas froide, nul besoin de trop couvrir bébé. Et pour éviter les risques d’étouffement, il ne faut pas lui rajouter plusieurs épaisseurs de tissu : pas de couette, de couverture, de drap. Une gigoteuse permet de le maintenir bien au chaud en toute sécurité.Un habillement basique Un body en coton et un pyjama, c’est la tenue classique qui convient le mieux aux bébés. Si toutefois votre nourrisson n’aime pas se sentir enfermé dans sa turbulette et s’en débarrasse dès que vous avez le dos tourné, vous pouvez opter pour la solution du surpyjama, souvent en matière polaire et qui permet de garder bien au chaud les bébés qui n’aiment pas être couverts.Le 16 octobre 2010 à 17:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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MEdge conçoit une coque antichoc pour iPhone

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first_imgM-Edge conçoit une coque anti-choc pour iPhoneM-Edge a conçu une coque absorbant les chocs pour l’iPhone 4S. Elle permet même de faire rebondir le smartphone.L’équipe de M-Edge a dévoilé une coque de protection un peu spéciale pour l’iPhone. Elle est très originale puisque grâce à celle-ci, l’iPhone rebondit lorsqu’il touche le sol. Cette coque sera proposée en quatre coloris différents : noir, bleu, violet et rose. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Au départ celle-ci était plutôt destinée à protéger l’iPad avant que M-Edge ne se tourne plutôt vers l’iPhone. La coque de M-Edge ne se distingue tout de même pas par sa minceur mais elle protègera parfaitement votre iPhone 4 ou 4S.Cette “coque” est faite de mousse absorbant les chocs, même s’il ne faudra pas trop surestimer celle-ci pour ne pas avoir de mauvaises surprises ! De même, les utilisateurs attirés par une housse de protection élégante ou possédant un design minimaliste et tendance passeront peut-être leur chemin. Enfin, la SuperShell est disponible directement sur le site de M-Edge à moins de 30 euros. Le 26 mai 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Dave King says court battle costs him more

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first_imgAs the court battle between Rangers chairman Dave King says and Takeover Panel continues, King says the court battle costs him even more financial expenses stating that the extra financial burden is unwanted.However, he added that “those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”“Litigation with the TP is another unwanted personal and financial cost to me of my initial decision to get involved with the club again to assist in rescuing it from certain demise under the previous board,” said, as quoted in Scotsman.“Since then, I have devoted far more time to Rangers than to my other business interests. This was necessary because those who benefited from the previous regime adopted every legal strategy to avoid losing the vice-like grip they had on our club.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“Supporters will remember that I faced another contempt of court application when Mike Ashley tried to put me in jail for standing up to Sports Direct. That is what we are up against.“My fellow directors and I have all had to endure personal attacks and we all spend far more time dealing with Rangers interests than any of us truly expected.“But we did it willingly and continue to do so for no financial gain. Those that wished our club to fail have failed themselves and we will continue to progress despite inevitable setbacks that will come our way from time to time.”last_img read more

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Green Shirt Guy just one highlight of city council meeting turned memefest

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first_imgGreen Shirt Guy, aka Alex Kack, doing his thing. Video screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET For Alex Kack, going viral was as simple as putting on a green shirt and laughing. Kack was captured on camera losing it at a Tucson City Council meeting Tuesday night in a response to a pair of pro-Trump protesters. They disrupted the meeting with shouts and signs opposing the city’s move to put a measure on the November ballot to become a so-called “sanctuary city.”   Broadly, a sanctuary city is a local government with a policy of limiting its cooperation with the federal government’s enforcement of immigration laws.  I just found out my Halloween costume for 2019! I’m going as #GreenShirtGuy pic.twitter.com/rjig8j5UWh— Seph Lawless (@seph_lawless) August 7, 2019 Do I have to make a choice between #GreenShirtGuy and #PlaidShirtGuy? Or can I like them both? Decisions, decisions. pic.twitter.com/aLefkaNvkK— Joe Mills ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 🇺🇸 (@JoeMill73489060) August 7, 2019 As if that weren’t enough, the same meeting also saw a tune delivered by the “Singing Sanctuary City Sisters.” Unfortunately, that name may be just too long for a hashtag, but they’ve still seen some love.  Plenty of tweets highlighted the polarized politics driving the scene, but others noted that green shirt sellers everywhere had been handed a marketing gift from heaven. “I know what I’m buying on Friday,” one Twitter user wrote along with a picture of a green shirt.  If you just can’t get enough of the Tucson City Council meme-fest, here are all its stars in one epic supercut.  I know what I’m buying on Friday. #GreenShirtGuy pic.twitter.com/5Ob2sc8ppI— Richard Garner (@Richard33510199) August 7, 2019 Remarkably, the very same city council meeting spawned a few other memes, like #banjoguy, which is exactly what you probably expect — an older gentleman in overalls singing a protest song.  Green Shirt Guy/Banjo Man/Singing Sanctuary City Sisters 2020— RoodDood (@DoraExplora1551) August 7, 2019 Kack, a progressive blogger, quickly inspired a barrage of tweets and sent the hashtag #greenshirtguy trending Wednesday, even as a major Samsung media event jostled for attention. center_img Comments Tags Scene inside a Tucson City Council Meeting. Officials voted to put a “Sanctuary City” measure on the November ballot pic.twitter.com/mEh4PNj0Wo— Nick VinZant (@NickVinZant) August 7, 2019 For people asking about the guy with the banjo. Here he is. #GreenShirtGuy pic.twitter.com/G2gUCiNumm— Nick VinZant (@NickVinZant) August 7, 2019 3 Share your voice #GreenShirtGuy is my spirit animal pic.twitter.com/iIWAYgyug5— Luis (@law51177) August 7, 2019 Online Onlinelast_img read more

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Kalavani 2 movie review Here is what audience say about Vemal and

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first_imgVemal and Oviyaa in Kalavani 2.PR HandoutNine years after hit movie, Kalavani, director A Sarkunam is an upcoming up with its sequel with more or less the same cast. Vimal and Oviyaa, who has now become a popular name among Kollywood audience all because of her stint in Bigg Boss Tamil show, are starring in the flick.Saranya Ponvannan, RJ Vigneshkanth, Ilavarasu, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan and others are part of the supporting cast. The film has SS Kumaran’s music, Masani’s cinematography and Raja Mohammad’s editing.The first film was a romantic comedy, while the sequel is about local politics. Arikki aka Arivazhagan (Vimal) aspires to become a politician and decides to contest the local body elections. The challenges that he face will be narrated with a lot of humour.The success of the first instalment has made the fans keep high hopes on Kalavani 2. The trailer and the songs have managed to evoke positive response from the viewers.Troubles with Release The movie was hit by financial issues which delayed the film’s release. In fact, it is solved only at the last minute. The director and the hero had brought loans separately to complete the film, as he failed to pay the amount on time, the money lenders sought the court’s intervention.Reviews: Check out the viewers’ comments to the film below:Rajasekar: #Kalavani2 first half – Sarkunam has retained the nativity factor from the first part, not an exact continuation from the original. Film has its moments here and there. Decent so far.CineTent: #Kalavani2 – Entertaining.. If you know the culture of Thanjavur District surely you will love it… Not the bad attempt…Review Ram: #Kalavani2 (Tamil) – Interval – A sequel with 50% continuity to the first part. Disconnect prevails with the artificial makeup of @ActorVemal and @OviyaaSweetz.Mostly boring with flat comedy sequences. Certain rom-com portions are cheap too.’Below Par’ so far.last_img read more

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Far right make gains in Sweden election

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first_imgSwedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and wife Ulla Lofven arrive to the Social Democratic Party’s election wake in Stockholm, on 9 September. Photo: AFPSweden’s anti-immigrant far-right made gains in legislative elections Sunday and vowed to exert “real influence” as kingmaker, after both the left-wing and centre-right blocs failed to obtain a majority and the make-up of the next government remained up in the air.Prime minister Stefan Lofven invited the centre-right opposition Alliance to talks aimed at a “cross-bloc cooperation”, after his Social Democrats remained the biggest party with 28.4 per cent of votes, its weakest election score in a century.He said the election result marked “the death of bloc politics” in Sweden.At the head of one of the few left-wing governments in Europe, Lofven’s bloc appeared to hold 144 of 349 seats in parliament, one seat more than the Alliance, with votes in 99.8 per cent of districts counted.That is well short of the 175 needed for a majority.Just 30,000 votes separated the two blocs. But some 200,000 votes from Swedes who live abroad, which could tip the balance, were only to be counted Wednesday.The four-party Alliance-made up of the conservative Moderates, Christian Democrats, Liberals and Centre-rejected Lofven’s invite, urging him to resign as it reiterated its determination to form its own government.In Sweden, the speaker of parliament typically consults all party leaders after an election before tasking the one most likely to succeed at forming a government.Meanwhile, the far-right Sweden Democrats, who have capitalised on voters’ frustration over immigration after the country welcomed almost 400,000 asylum seekers since 2012, were seen making steady gains, rising from 12.9 per cent in 2014 to 17.6 per cent.Real influence“We have strengthened our role as kingmaker… We are going to gain real influence over Swedish politics,” Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Akesson told cheering supporters at an election night party.The Sweden Democrats remain the third-biggest party-failing to overtake the Moderates-and were credited with 17.6 per cent of the vote, below the 20 to 30 per cent Akesson had hoped to win.Marine Le Pen of France’s far-right National Rally-formerly known as the National Front-hailed the Swedish party’s rise, tweeting: “Yet another bad night ahead for the European Union. The democratic revolution in Europe is moving forward!”Lofven had called the election a “referendum on the future of the welfare state”, but the far right presented it as a vote on immigrants and their integration.The Sweden Democrats, with roots in the neo-Nazi movement, have said the large number of asylum-seekers presents a threat to Swedish culture and claim they put a strain on the country’s generous welfare state.Around 18.5 per cent of Sweden’s population of 10 million was born abroad, according to Statistics Sweden.Lofven had urged Swedes not to vote for what he called a “racist party” as he cast his ballot Sunday.“It’s… about decency, about a decent democracy. And the Social Democrats and a Social Democratic-led government is a guarantee for not letting the Sweden Democrats extremist party, racist party, get any influence.”The Social Democrats have led a minority government with the Greens since 2014, with the informal support of the ex-communist Left Party to pass legislation.Mattias, a Stockholm resident at an election night party in the city, said he was “extremely concerned” about the far right’s steady climb since it entered parliament in 2006 with 5.7 per cent.“The election is between potential democracy and potential facism,” he told AFP.Time to talk to Sweden DemocratsThe composition of the next government may not be known for weeks.Lengthy negotiations will be needed to build a majority, or at least a minority that won’t be toppled by the opposite side.Speaking to supporters late Sunday Kristersson said he planned to build a government that would “unite our country and take responsibility”.But in order to secure a centre-right majority in parliament, Kristersson would have to put an end to the Sweden Democrats’ pariah status and open negotiations with them.That could prove fatal for the Alliance, with the Liberal and Centre parties repeatedly ruling out a deal with the far-right.Akesson has said he would demand a curbing of immigration policy in exchange for his support, or key positions on parliamentary committees that draft legislation.“When the same party time and again increases, and the other parties stand still, then you have to listen to that part of the population that is voting for this party.“It’s time to take responsibility and talk to the Sweden Democrats,” Sweden Democrats parliamentary group leader Mattias Karlsson told public broadcaster SVT.last_img read more

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DirecTV Nows Updated App Will Add DVR for All Subscribers Third Live

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first_img Popular on Variety The new DirecTV Now interface puts users’ most-watched channels and favorite programs at the center of the app, whereas those were accessible through separate menus. In addition, you can view a live stream while browsing the program guide.AT&T also is offering access for up to three simultaneous streams per account, up from two available in the initial version. However, it will cost extra: a third stream will be an additional $5 per month on top of the price of a customer’s DirecTV Now package.DirecTV Now’s True Cloud DVR, which had been available in a limited beta trial, is now available to all subscribers and includes 20 hours of free recording available for up to 30 days. Later this summer, AT&T plans to add the option for DirecTV Now customers to record up to 100 hours, with programs stored for up to 90 days, for an additional $10 per month.Also, DirecTV Now users will be able to access local TV channels in other cities when they’re outside their home market, according to AT&T. For example, subscribers who live in L.A. can now watch the local TV stations in New York or other areas if they’re traveling (depending on availability of local channels on DirecTV Now).AT&T also has expanded the video-on-demand lineup on DirecTV Now, providing access to more than 25,000 titles depending on subscription package.The service, first launched in December 2016, joins a competitive field of other over-the-top, “skinny bundle” pay-TV packages — and the enhancements promise to give DirecTV Now more firepower in vying with rivals. Competitors include YouTube TV, Hulu With Live TV, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and FuboTV. AT&T has begun rolling out its previously promised app update for DirecTV Now internet-TV streaming service — which among other features will soon give all subscribers access to a DVR with up to 20 hours of storage for no extra cost.The revised DirecTV Now app, with a new look-and-feel, is rolling out starting Tuesday on recent-generation Apple iOS/tvOS devices and supported web browsers, according to AT&T. The new version of the DirecTV Now app will be available for Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku devices in the next few weeks.AT&T is moving aggressively to promote DirecTV Now, as cord-cutting continues to hurt its traditional pay-TV businesses. In the first three months of 2018, AT&T added 312,000 DirecTV Now net new customers to reach 1.46 million subscribers. That offset losses for DirecTV’s U.S. satellite service — however, the shift to cheaper, internet-delivered TV has cut into AT&T Entertainment Group’s revenue and profitability.center_img ×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

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Avira Free Security Suite 2017 First look

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first_imgAvira Free Security Suite 2017: First look by Martin Brinkmann on October 26, 2016 in Software – Last Update: February 07, 2017 – 14 commentsAvira, best known for its Free Antivirus program for Windows, released a new product called Avira Free Security Suite 2017 with the traditional 2017 refresh of its product lineup.As a user, you are probably wondering how the new product differs from the Free Antivirus, and whether you should pick the classic product or the new one if you are an Avira customer or consider becoming one.To make it simple: Avira Free Security Suite 2017 is a software bundle that includes the company’s Free Antivirus for Windows and other products.What those other products are? Browser Safety, Phantom VPN and System Speedup. These products are also available as standalone downloads from Avira.Avira Free Security Suite 2017You install Avira Free Security Suite 2017 by downloading a small stub from the Avira website that triggers the network installation of the security program suite on the device when run.Basically, what it does is install Avira Connect, the company’s program manager and launcher, and then the products that ship with the security suite bundle.There is no customizing of what gets installed which means it is an all or nothing approach. If you just need some of the products included, you are better off installing them individually.Also, and this needs to be mentioned, you are not getting the full versions or unrestricted versions of some of the products.For Avira Phantom VPN for instance, you get 500 Megabyte of free data per month. That’s not a whole lot and can be burned through quickly in a matter of minutes depending on how you are using the computer.Even with conservative use, you may end up running out of data quickly. Assuming that a modern site has 1 Megabyte of data, you’d be able to visit 500 sites or pages before the thing runs out.The situation is a tad different for Avira System Speedup. What you get is a free trial version of the full product. When you start it up, you are reminded right away that you are running a trial version, and that it will expire soon.The core of the suite, Avira Free Antivirus for Windows, is the 2017 version of the security program. This means that you can take advantage of all the improvements that went into the program. According to Avira, this means better protection against ransomware attacks.There is also Browser Safety, another product that is part of Avira’s new security suite. It adds a third-party safe browsing implementation to the browser that protects users from malicious sites, dangerous downloads and potentially unwanted programs. It dies ship with Avira Price Comparison on top of that however so keep that in mind.Closing WordsAvira Free Security Suite 2017 is not your typical security suite bundle that you’d expect. It does not ship with a firewall or improved security tools. That’s understandable considering that those are found in the commercial security suites that Avira offers.If you look at it from a user perspective, there is little that the suite offers that you don’t get when you install the products individually.Considering that you get a trial version and a very limited VPN software, most customers may be better off just installing the free antivirus product on their machines.Now You: What’s your take on Avira Free Security Suite 2017?Summary12345 Author Rating2 based on 37 votes Software Name Avira Free Security Suite 2017Operating System WindowsSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://www.avira.com/en/downloads Advertisementlast_img read more

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No major damage after Willa says Puerto Vallarta

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first_img Posted by Share Tags: Hurricane Willa, Puerto Vallarta PUERTO VALLARTA — Following the passage of Hurricane Willa earlier this week, Puerto Vallarta has announced that operations are returning to normal.After an extensive evaluation of the city by the Civil Protection and Fire Department, it was determined that the risk of storm surges and winds has been significantly decreased, and that Puerto Vallarta’s tourism infrastructure was left with no major damage. This includes: Licendiado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, which has remained open; trans-national roads; and the marina, cruise port, and Pier Los Muertos, which provides access to areas south of Puerto Vallarta such as Yelapa.City services will also be back to normal, including schools and garbage collection. Cleaning crews and public works and public services personnel have begun clearing debris left by high winds and waves.According to Adrian Bobadilla, head of Civil Protection and Puerto Vallarta’s Fire Department, a total of 587 tourists and 62 locals were housed in city shelters because they were in high-risk areas, mostly around local bodies of water. He also mentioned that many locals opted to stay with family members while some hotels conducted voluntary evacuations according to their own contingency plans.More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedHurricane Willa briefly reached Category 5 strength on Monday, with winds of 260 kph, before weakening to Category 4. Officials said up to 8,000 people were evacuated from low-lying areas, mostly in Sinaloa state. Friday, October 26, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group No major damage after Willa, says Puerto Vallarta << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Tourism Aus Jetstar shakeon Asia growth

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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Tapping into the growing Asia market, Tourism Australia has teamed up with Qantas subsidiary, Jetstar to expand the Aussie brand in the Asia Pacific region.The three year, $10 million agreement signed yesterday will see the two Groups invest up to $1.6 million per year in joint marketing, digital and social media activities targeted towards attracting travellers in Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and New Zealand.Spending the first $2 million on rebuilding Australia’s Japan based arrivals, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the deal was an ongoing focus on Asia and was a new approach targeting Japanese travellers.Currently Australia’s fifth largest source market, the two Groups said by promoting Aus’ attractiveness as a destination they hope push Japan travellers up to second place in Australia’s top arrivals list.”Jetstar broke the mould in the Japan market with the launch of their low fare operations to Australia in 2007, which stimulated a new generation of travellers to visit Australia,” Mr McEvoy explained.“With Jetstar Japan launching domestic services within the world’s third largest economy in 2012, Australia will become more accessible than ever to holidaymakers from some of Japan’s key cities.”Tourism Australia said in an online statement that the Group aims to building Japanese spending from AU$1.5 billion in 2010 to AU$2.7 billion and AU$3.3 billion by 2020.Jetstar Group chief executive Bruce Buchanan explained that achieving goals would mean transforming Aussie’s appeal into actual bookings down under.“This new strategic alliance will be a hugely important platform from which to take our marketing message further into Asia, and on the back of significant increases in aviation capacity,” Mr McEvoy said.According to Tourism Australia figures, Aus welcomed up to 350,000 Japanese visitors for the year ending August 2011, 11 percent less than the previous 12 months. last_img read more

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TEMPE Ariz — The Arizona Cardinals beat the St

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first_img TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals beat the St. Louis Rams Sunday in a game head coach Bruce Arians called “a great team win.”Whether it was a great win or not, though, at this point in the season Arians has made it so that victories are followed by an extra day off. It’s known as “Victory Monday,” and it pairs nicely with the already scheduled Tuesday break.Yet, Monday afternoon at the team’s Tempe training facility, not even a full day after the clock reached 0:00 in their 27-3 win over the Rams, the Cardinals were back on the practice field preparing for their next game, which is Thursday night at home against the Minnesota Vikings. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer throws during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam) A normal week, this is not.“It’s totally walkthroughs,” Arians said of the team’s approach to this week. “No general about it. It’s been less than 24 hours since we played a game. We had our walkthrough. We’ll have a practice walkthrough. We may break a sweat on Wednesday, but that’s the day before the game and we’ll just see how it goes until then.“Right now, it’s all about physically getting back, and also mentally, the grind of starting a game plan, this soon after a game is really tough on the players sometimes, so it’s both mentally and physically a grind right now for the next 48 hours.”The physical aspect of needing to get ready for a game so quickly is obvious. Though the Cardinals won their previous game convincingly, they were still on the field for a full 60 minutes of football on the road against an NFC West rival, and there is a certain amount of time a player’s body needs to recover — enough, anyway — and sustain that kind of punishment again.Arians noted how the Thursday night game is hard on the players’ bodies, and pointed out that while the statistics may say football on that night does not lead to an increase in injuries, its impact can be seen in what happens on the field. Top Stories “How many players don’t play on Thursday that could play on Sunday,” he asked. “I think that sometimes it hurts the quality of the game.”That remains to be seen, at least as far as this Thursday is concerned, but for now all the Cardinals can do as they get ready for the Vikings is adjust the best they can and hope it’s enough.“It’s extremely tough; I mean, you’re taking a game that’s normally seven days away and now we’re moving it to only four days,” Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson said. “It’s a quick turnaround — you’re missing out on three days of recovery, mental preparation. It throws off your routine schedules.”Johnson said he is like many athletes in that there is a preference for a set schedule that can be adhered to throughout the season, adding that it really does not matter because he and his teammates must find a way to get all their preparation done in a short amount of time.To be fair, the Vikings are in the same boat in dealing with an abnormal week of preparation ahead of a big game in terms of the NFC Playoff picture. And no one is immune from the mid-week kickoff, as every one of the league’s 32 teams must play on one Thursday. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires And if there is an edge for anyone, it would have to go to the Cardinals, who have the benefit of playing this game at home and thus do not need to spend any time that would be better served preparing for the game actually getting to the game. That fact is not lost on them.“No doubt,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said. “I don’t know when [the Vikings] leave, if you come out two days early or one day early. But no doubt, it’s an advantage being at home.”Whether the Cardinals, Vikings or anyone wants to play on Thursday or not, every player and coach understands it’s a part of the schedule and thus not really worth complaining about.Does it change their approach? Absolutely.Could it lead to more injury or, at the very least, mean ailing players won’t have enough time to heal in order to be ready to go? How could it not?Given less time to prepare, can the football possibly be as good as it otherwise would have been if the game was played on Sunday? Time will tell.But whatever the drawbacks are, there is the benefit of the team getting another chance to play on national TV. It will be the Cardinals’ fourth national television game of the season, and word came out late Monday that the team’s Dec. 20 tilt in Philadelphia was “flexed” to Sunday Night Football, giving them a whopping five prime time games this season — six if you count their preseason game in Oakland. No matter the day, you won’t find too many players upset with that kind of exposure.“You love it, it’s a national game, everybody’s watching and you’ve got to show up and show out,” linebacker Kevin Minter said.Added safety Tyrann Mathieu, “Naturally I’m pretty excited about it. I’m usually a prime time guy so hopefully I step up this week for my team.” – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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