first_imgArsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat holds Ousmane Dembele in a high regard, amid the uncertainty surrounding his Barcelona futureThe 21-year-old forward has struggled to make an impact at Camp Nou following his €105m transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.And now Dembele’s troubles at Barcelona have been brought into the spotlight amid reports of an uneasy relationship with manager Ernesto Valverde.Due to this, Dembele has been linked with a January move to Arsenal with Barcelona legend Rivaldo suggesting that the Frenchman is trying to force an exit.Now Mislintat, who helped recruit Dembele to Dortmund while he worked at the German club, has done little to deny these reports.“I saw him, he had not even played for Stade Rennes in the first team,” Mislintat told Zeit.“I bet he did not know which foot he used in certain situations because he just did not think about it.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I felt this is a really special player.”Mislintat, who joined Arsenal last year and helped wager a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January, holds no hard feelings towards Dembele for his behaviour in the summer of 2017.Upon learning of Barcelona’s interest in him, Dembele refused to attend training sessions at Dortmund in an attempt to force a move to Catalonia.“Ousmane did not come to training – right,” added Mislintat.“But this ability to develop strategies to exploit every gap was worth gold on the field.“Ousmane decided to play games for us and was significantly responsible for the 2017 cup victory.“Many of these top players who make the difference come from different environments, where they became hungry for promotion and success. They have a special intrinsic motivation.”last_img read more

first_img 12 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop 13 Photos Smart Home Gadgets Video Cameras Security Tags These devices sound like they’d come in handy and would do a good job at deterring theft. What are some other reasons you’d use them? Maybe you don’t want to walk all the way to the front door just to find out your visitor was a solicitor. Maybe you have mobility issues. Or maybe you want to catch creeps like this guy. There’s a wide array of reasons and a wide array of smart doorbells to choose from.So we want to know: Do you own a smart doorbell already? Has it paid off? Have you caught a thief in the act? If so, please share! If not, do you find yourself wanting one? What features are you looking for? If you don’t want one, how come? Check out the poll below and cast your vote to answer these questions and more. If you’d like to explain your vote further, please join us in the comments.Check out previous installments of CNET Asks here, and cast your votes on a wide range of topics. If there is a particular question you’d like to see asked, or if you’d like a shot at being featured in a future edition, join us at CNET Member Asks and submit your topic idea.  Share your voice 1:58 Now playing: Watch this: Read more: 7 smart doorbells that make screening visitors oh-so easyRead also: Netgear adds a smart doorbell to its Arlo home security lineup I was taught as a child not to open the door to just anyone and I still think that’s a good rule. And now there’s a device that makes it easier than ever to keep strangers out. The smart doorbell concept is simple: Someone rings the bell or approaches your door and you get a push notification to your phone — which then shows you a live video of your front step. Some smart doorbells allow you to chat with your visitor through your phone and a speaker inside the buzzer. Some allow you to unlock your door from your phone. One of the most important features is the motion-activated camera, which can help guard against would-be porch pirates who could be after your deliveries.   Comments 17 Things to consider when choosing between brands (other than cost) include the live view resolution, the latency between doorbell and push notification and the two-way audio. You can check out our list of smart doorbells and their respective features here. CNET Asks 9 smart doorbells to try nowlast_img read more

first_imgSamsung Galaxy Home Juan Garzon/CNET When Samsung first started talking about making a Bixby-powered smart speaker last year, it said it would arrive in the second half of 2018. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home at its Galaxy Note 9 event in August 2018 and promised to share more details at the company’s developer conference in November. It showed off the speaker again then, but didn’t give specifics on its launch date.Then at the Galaxy S10 Unpacked event in February 2019, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET that it would launch the speaker by April. (Samsung’s US PR department, though, would only say it would launch in the first half of 2019.)Now it’s mid-May and, and the world remains without a Bixby-powered cauldron. What gives? Share your voice Amazon Google Samsung Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed 0 2:23 Galaxy Home: Samsung’s answer to the HomePod News • Samsung Galaxy Home reportedly delayed to later this year Now playing: Watch this:center_img Samsung Galaxy Home In a statement provided to CNET on Friday, a Samsung spokesperson said it’s “planning to launch Galaxy Home in the first half of 2019,” making it clear that Samsung still intends to release the device. But the company didn’t share any specifics, and it hasn’t yet detailed the Galaxy Home’s pricing.  Bixby is Samsung’s homegrown digital voice assistant that launched with the Galaxy S8 about three years ago. It initially was geared as an interface to control the phone, but Samsung since then expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. A smart speaker is aimed to be the latest home for Bixby, taking advantage of the expertise of Samsung’s Harman audio expertise. For Samsung and numerous others, artificial intelligence is the next big wave of computing. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they’re heralded as the future of how we’ll interact with our gadgets. But it’s already a crowded arena, with Google and Amazon largely dominating the smart speaker market. The Galaxy Home’s lateness could make it even tougher to compete. The delay of the Home comes as Samsung struggles to get its flashy Galaxy Fold out the door. A number of devices tested by journalists ahead of the $1,980 foldable phone’s release suffered from broken or damaged tablet displays, leading Samsung to postpone its planned April 26 launch. More smart speakers: Sonos readying Google Assistant update for next weekThis week the company emailed those who preordered the device saying that it would cancel their orders if the phone doesn’t ship by May 31 unless customers tell the company that they want to keep them. With a little over a month to go until the first half of the year ends, time is certainly ticking to see if Samsung hits this latest target. CNET’s Shara Tibken contributed to this report. Preview • A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Smart Speakers & Displays Tags 12 Photos Post a commentlast_img read more

first_imgForIT, a forum for IT professionals asked Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to stop mass retrenchment of its employees, even while admitting that involuntary attrition is part of the industry that depends extensively on global and external markets to keep the system going.The forum demanded the intervention of the state and central governments in saving thousands of jobs. It even asked the IT bellwether to continue to keep the employees on its rolls till the point when a ‘comprehensive grievance redressal mechanism,’ is put in place.”It is due to the hard work and commitment of the employees of TCS that it has acquired a brand value. It is unethical, irrational and illegal to ask the same employees that made it the number one IT services firm in the country to quit,” Vijay Chandra of ForIT said in a statement.The Tata Group Company that employs more than 3 lakh people, made an official declaration on Twitter, that for the first nine months of the current fiscal, involuntary attrition stood at 2,574, stating that about 1% of its employees would be affected, reported The Hindu.’Around 600 more employees will be asked to leave the organisation in the next few months,’ added Chandra.ForIT admitted that lay-offs were a regular phenomenon in the IT and ITeS industry, adding that other IT companies could also retrench, affecting more jobs in the industry.Meanwhile, TCS has confirmed that it plans to induct 55,000 people this year.TCS shares were trading at ₹2,513.95, down by ₹25.15 or 0.99% at 12:44pm, Friday.last_img read more

first_imgShahidul AlamPhotographer Shahidul Alam has been taken to the police’s Detective Branch (DB) office on Minto Road for interrogation about the ongoing student protest demanding safe roads in the capital, confirmed joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Monday.Joint commissioner (intelligence division) Abdul Baten informed the media about this around 10:00am.A group of plainclothes people picked up photographer Shahidul Alam from his Dhanmondi residence on Sunday night after giving an interview with Qatar-based news agency Al Jazeera over the ongoing student agitation for safe roads in Bangladesh, according to his partner Rehnuma Ahmed.Quoting security guard Md Jalal, Shahidul’s colleague ASM Rezaur Rahman told Prothom Alo that at least 15 vehicles took position near Shahidul’s residence on Dhanmondi 9/A Road around 8:30pm on Sunday.A Hiace microbus entered the garage of the building forcefully and some plainclothes got down from the vehicle, claiming to be members of DB, he added.They went to Shahidul’s flat at the 3rd floor, picked him up and took him away in the microbus, ASM Rezaur Rahman went on saying.“The plainclothes men shut down the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and snatched away the DVR box where CCTV footages were kept right after entering the building,” he added.Shahidul’s partner Rehnuma said that the microbus had Popular Life Insurance written on it.Popular YouTuber Salman Muqtadir, earlier, was allegedly picked up by a group of people from TV station in the capital’s Tejgaon. He was, however, released after an hour, said Salman’s mother.last_img read more

first_imgA Vietnamese goalkeeper has been banned for two years for leading an extraordinary mannequin-style protest when his team stood still and let in three late goals to complain about a disputed penalty.Long An goalkeeper Nguyen Minh Nhut and Huynh Quang Thanh both received two-year playing bans, while the team’s coach and chairman were barred for three years, the Vietnam Football Federation said on its website.In footage which has gone viral, Nguyen Minh Nhut turned his back to let in the penalty, which was given in the dying moments with the scores at 2-2, and then somersaulted over the ball to concede again from the restart.With Long An’s players standing still and refusing to tackle their opponents, in a football version of the online “Mannequin Challenge” craze, Ho Chi Minh walked in another late goal to win the match 5-2.Fines totalling 160 million dong ($7,000) were handed out over the protest, which the federation slammed as “disrespectful” to the referee and damaging to the “prestige and honour of the Vietnam Football Federation”.The V-league is Vietnam’s leading professional competition but has endured a series of alleged corruption and match-fixing scandals over the years.Footballers and fans are also notorious for their extreme reactions to disputed refereeing decisions.Sunday’s protest came after a penalty was awarded against Long An for a soft-looking foul on an opposition striker with the game poised at 2-2 and minutes to play.It was the third disputed refereeing decision of the game which led to goals for Ho Chi Minh City.1)last_img read more

first_imgThree youths were found dead in Sirajganj and Cox’s Bazar districts on Thursday, reports UNB.In Sirajganj, police recovered the decomposed bodies of two young men from the Phuljor river in Ghatina Bridge area in Ullapara upazila.The deceased were Israfil, 18, the only son of Yousub Ali of Darikharbana in Rajshahi city, and Russel, 30, son of Insaf Ali of Barkatpur village in Charghat upazila of Rajshahi.Locals spotted the bodies under the bridge and informed it to police who recovered the bodies in the afternoon.Dewan Koushik Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Ullapara police station, said miscreants might have killed them in another place and dumped the bodies here 25/26 days ago.The bodies bore several injury marks, the OC said, adding that the bodies were handed over to the families following post-mortem at Sirajganj General Hospital on Friday noon.In Cox’s Bazar, Mohammad Helal, 18, son of Jalal Ahmed of Kachubunia village in Teknaf upazila, was found dead at Sabrang Hariakhali in the upazila on the same day.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.last_img read more

first_imgPan Ei Mon (L) and Chit Su Win (R), wives of detained Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, attend a press conference in Yangon on 4 September 2018. A global outcry over the jailing of two Reuters journalists has been met with silence from Myanmar`s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a stony response that an official defended on 4 September as a reluctance to criticise the judiciary. Photo: AFPThe wife of one of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar made an emotional appeal Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi to free her husband for the sake of their young daughter, as the leader comes under increasing criticism for her silence on the case.Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested while reporting on atrocities committed during the military’s bloody expulsion of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims last year.A Yangon court on Monday found them guilty under the Official Secrets Act and sentenced them to seven years in prison, sparking outrage from the UN, EU and US as well as media and rights groups.Suu Kyi was herself subjected to house arrest for some 15 years, relying on foreign media to highlight a plight that kept her away from her own children as they grew up.Kyaw Soe Oo’s wife Chit Su Win, 23, broke down in tears as she asked the Nobel Peace Prize laureate to release her husband, the father of their three-year-old daughter.”I want my husband to come back,” she said. “I cry when my daughter asks me why her father is not with us. She asks me, ‘Does he not love me?'”A UN report last week accused Suu Kyi of failing to use her moral authority to stem the violence last year and called for the generals to be prosecuted for “genocide”.Her silence on the case and the verdict — the sternest test in recent years to free speech in the country — has shredded her reputation even further.But Aung Hla Tun, a former Reuters journalist who is now deputy Minister of Information, defended Suu Kyi’s reticence.”Criticising the judicial system would be tantamount to contempt of court,” he told AFP. “I don’t think she will do it.”A whistleblowing policeman had corroborated the defence argument that the reporters had been entrapped by police, who handed them documents over dinner shortly before their arrest.But the judge chose to ignore the testimony.- ‘Sad Day for Myanmar’ -Lawyers for the pair will appeal the verdict although the lengthy process will take months, if not years.The country’s president, a close ally of Suu Kyi, could also pardon the reporters but experts say any immediate intervention is unlikely.Erstwhile Suu Kyi advocates overseas have been left dismayed by her attitude to the journalists’ ordeal.Her one public reference to the Reuters journalists during the court case — telling Japanese broadcaster NHK that the pair had broken the Official Secrets Act — was criticised by rights groups for potentially prejudicing the verdict.Wa Lone’s wife Pan Ei Mon described the families’ sadness on seeing the interview, saying that was the moment they “realised that she didn’t know about the case clearly”.US diplomat Bill Richardson, a former confidant and member of her advisory board on the Rohingya crisis, alleged she also denounced the two reporters as traitors during a heated exchange at the beginning of the year.While the case horrified the West, domestically it garnered little public attention despite its implications for press freedom.Response to the jailing was mixed.State-backed media barely mentioned the verdict Tuesday although other papers stood in solidarity with the reporters.A publication called 7Day News branded it a “sad day” for Myanmar and carried a large black rectangle on its front page.The English version of the Myanmar Times ran a full front-page photo of Kyaw Soe Oo, calling the verdict “a blow to press freedom” although its Myanmar-language sister paper was more muted, simply urging the overhaul of obsolete laws.On Facebook — the prime source of news for many in a country that only recently came online — comments were overwhelmingly stacked against the reporters, accusing them of bias and some even calling for a harsher sentence.Pan Ei Mon and Chit Su Win say they just try to ignore the negative opinions about their husbands.”Some people say that I was wrong to marry a journalist but I never feel like that,” Chit Su Win said. “He is not only a good journalist but a good husband. I’m proud of him and I will teach my daughter to be proud of her father.”last_img

first_img Share Courtesy of Office of Homeland Security & Emergency ManagementDarrell Pile, CEO of the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (first from the right), participates in the 2018 Annual Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.Officials with the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management are participating this week in a symposium on health care preparedness that will analyze emergency situations that have impacted Texas, such as Hurricane Harvey and the shooting at Santa Fe High School.The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) are hosting the three-day symposium, which started Wednesday and is taking place at the Galveston Island Convention Center.More than 400 health care professionals, first-responders, emergency managers and government officials will attend the three-day event, which will focus on experiences and lessons learned from recent natural disasters and mass casualty incidents.“Leveraging these peer resources can help us gain valuable insight on how we can better prepare for the next major disaster,” said SETRAC Chief Executive Officer Darrell Pile. “We all know how crucial it is to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of our healthcare systems to be able to respond to evolving threats and other emergencies.”Southeast Texas Regional Advisory CouncilCaptain Amy Taylor, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, participates in the2018 Annual Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition Symposium held at the Galveston Island Convention Center.Besides Harvey and the Santa Fe shooting, Hurricane Maria and the Las Vegas shooting, as well as the Washington, D.C. Amtrak derailment, the Thailand cave rescue and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will be other topics discussed and analyzed at the event.“Our goal is to provide health professionals with the opportunity to exchange ideas and concepts that will improve emergency public health preparedness in their communities,” said SETRAC Regional Director of Emergency Management Operations Lori Upton. “It is also important to establish open dialogue between local health departments and other agencies.”Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, as well as speakers from organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security and the National Association of State EMS Officials.Following is the Agenda for the symposium:last_img read more

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaLizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) and Congressman John Culberson (R) debated Sunday evening at the University of Houston.Republican Congressman John Culberson and Democratic candidate Lizzie Pannill Fletcher are neck and neck in the last days of the race.Culberson is running largely on two messages: Fletcher is too liberal, and he’s the one who brought Houston billions of dollars for disaster relief.“Obviously, there’s going to be a lot of focus on the Harvey recovery and certainly, to his benefit, the role that he played in that recovery as a senior appropriator,” says Tony Essalih, formerly Culberson’s chief of staff, now principal and director of Cornerstone Government Affairs’ Houston office.But Jon Taylor, professor of political science at the University of Saint Thomas, says Fletcher presents a fresh face, while Culberson’s record could actually hurt him. “Name me one major piece of legislation he’s accomplished in his 18 years,” Taylor says.Culberson’s record on Congress.gov includes only one major piece of legislation he sponsored that became law: the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012. X last_img read more

first_imgThe District of Columbia public school year began on Aug. 21 with what seemed to be good news. However, test scores still show that Black students are still significantly behind their White counterparts.The results of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) taken by District students earlier this year shows gains across almost all grade levels and subject areas for the second year in a row. This news was trumpeted by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) when she spoke at Watkins Elementary School’s modernization opening on Aug.17.D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, and the Director of the D.C. Public Charter School Board Scott Pearson recently announced D.C. students’ standardized test scores increased year over year. (Courtesy photo)“Students in our public schools continue to make noteworthy gains on PARCC, with a greater number of students each year demonstrating the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in college, their careers and life,” the mayor said. “This year’s results show that we are moving in the right direction and that we must continue to make critical investments in the people, programs, and initiatives that are accelerating education reform and helping all of our students succeed.”Bowser was joined by D.C. Deputy Mayor of Education Jennifer Niles, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang, D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and Scott Pearson, the director of the DC Public Charter School Board.The mayor noted that there were score increases in every ward and credited the professional development programs and changes in the curriculum that have occurred over the past few years. English Language Arts (ELA) and math scores overall increased four and two percent, respectively. Black students increased their ELA scores by 2.7 percent and math at 1.2 percent.Despite the gains, African Americans still lag behind Whites, who had increases of 7.7 percent in ELA and 4.5 percent in math. In summary, 22 percent of Blacks showed proficiency in ELA compared with 82 percent of Whites while in math, African Americans 18.6 percent showed proficiency while Whites posted 75.7 percent.D.C. Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson, who attended the Watkins event with Bowser, said “We must do more to increase the scores of Black students.”Bowser agreed with Wilson, saying that “we are now focused on closing gaps.”Rising test scores wasn’t the only positive news. Wilson noted that the schools were nearly ready in terms of personnel. “We have hired 20 principals and 16 of those are new,” he said. “We are 99 percent staffed for our 115 schools.”The District’s public school system has 115 schools, about 50,000 students and 4,350 educational professionals that include principals and teachers and their aides. In addition to Watkins, the District government has modernized the famed Duke Ellington School for the Arts.On Aug. 18, Bowser said that District school children will be eligible to ride Metrobus and Metrorail free during the school year because of the Kids Ride Free program. The mayor championed the program when she was a Ward 4 D.C. Council member and a member of the WMATA board and has been an advocate of it since.last_img read more

first_imgBy J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFRORep. Elijah E. Cummings, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, delivered powerful personal “surprise” testimony before the Maryland House of Delegates, March 12..“I am not telling you do to it,” Cummings told the legislative panel led by Del. Cheryl D. Glenn. “That’s none of my business. But…I have come here begging you to do something.”Cummings plea is that the Maryland general assembly do something about violence on Baltimore City streets. He recounted a time when he himself was robbed at gunpoint and the shooting death of his 20-year-old nephew.(Courtesy Photo)“I literally saw his brains splattered on the wall,” Cummings testified. “Why am I telling you this? This is one of those situations where I believe we have to do something.”While recommending no particular policy, Cummings’s remarks came during the debate over Johns Hopkins University’s (JHU) request for a 100-officer private police force to secure its campus. Generally, such forces are forbidden by Maryland statute JHU is looking for an exception to be made similar to Coppin State University, Morgan State University and University of Baltimore.JHU currently relies on a police force of off-duty officers of the Baltimore Sheriff’s Department and Baltimore Police Department (BPD) that the JHU administration has characterized as unreliable.Cummings 7th District predecessor, Kweisi Mfume, the Chair of Morgan State’s Board of Regents, and JHU graduate, has unequivocally come out for, Senate Bill 793 and House Bill 1094.“We face a challenge that demands a new level of cooperation and investment from all of us who call Baltimore home,” Mfume wrote in a letter to committee members. “Violent crime in our city has risen to staggering heights. Too many citizens know the tragedy of losing a loved one to violence, or the daily worry of being out at night. This situation demands new solutions like the comprehensive approach proposed.“JHU officials have described Morgan State’s police force as a model for what students and community members can expect when it comes to how JHU will be policing.“I know firsthand the painful history of abuse of power by law enforcement that has overwhelmingly impacted people of color,” Mfume wrote.”Yet it is precisely that raw and real history that gives me hope about the draft legislation you are considering.”JHU touts the endorsement of former Baltimore Mayor and University of Baltimore President, Kurt Schmoke. The new force will be accountable to Baltimore Office of Civil Rights and Wage Enforcements Civilian Review Board as well as further accountable to boards on JHU and the administration itself.“I don’t see this as exceptional,” JHU President Ronald J. Daniels told the AFRO. “I see this as very much on par with what the other institutions in Baltimore currently enjoy. I think the percentage is 70 percent of universities in the United States, both public and private, that have an excess of 2,500 students, have sworn police forces,” Daniels added. “So, again what we’re talking about here, is not the exception, but in fact what seems to be the best practices standard for how one ensures the safety and security of a university community.”Daniels referred to page 35 of it’s Interim Study Report, and recommendation from the committee last year, when similar bills failed to pass. Daniels and the administration infer that JHU’s rising crime rate across three campuses is best explained by the absence of a police force similar to campuses like Morgan, Coppin and University of Maryland.However, the figures don’t seem to explain why crime is stable or in decline on other Baltimore campuses when they have the exact same force JHU has envisioned.Daniels referred the AFRO to a study of police force at the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. As further evidence of how JHU’s police force could and should work.However, this study indicates that there is no longitudinal data to determine the long term impact of focused policing by committing more officers to restricted locations. The study could not determine if crime was eliminated to simply pushed outside the force’s area of operation and could not determine whether crime would resurge in the new established order.“We cannot police our way out of poverty, economic stratification or any of the other ills that fuel violent crime in our city or our country,” Mfume’s letter reads.“a lively, dynamic street life is the best way that one can deter violent crime,” Daniels told the AFRO. “In that respect, we have first and foremost, spent considerable time, effort and money over the last decade that I’ve been at Johns Hopkins, investing in and around our two major university campuses in Baltimore.”JHU is a lead investor in the $2 billion East Baltimore Development Initiative (EBDI). EBDI characterizes itself as a rejuvenation project, the project overlaps with JHU campuses. JHU’s reports its endowment at $4.3 billion.last_img read more

first_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 In an additional pitch to ad buyers, Google said YouTube TV’s 70 broadcast and cable channels are now available as a standalone option in Google Preferred (before, YouTube TV inventory was available only as part of a larger Google Preferred buy).Wojcicki said the driving force behind YouTube’s growth is its personalized viewing paradigm, in contrast to the programmed lineups of TV nets: “Primetime is now personal,” she said Thursday. She cited a study YouTube conducted with Omnicom that find “passion” about a creator or topic is three times more important to a YouTube users “than whether or not there’s a big Hollywood name attached.”That said, YouTube is spending plenty of time and money cultivating celeb-driven content.On Thursday, it teased a “top-secret” project with Justin Bieber coming next year, along with documentaries on Paris Hilton and Latin artist Maluma and a renewal of Kevin Hart’s unscripted “What the Fit.” Alicia Keys appeared on the Brandcast stage at Radio City Music Hall to tout YouTube’s power to let her tell her own “narrative” and announced she has a new talk show coming to her channel, called “Unwind,” featuring chats with friends and musicians. Also at the event, comedian Tiffany Haddish said she plans to launch her own channel, including a show in which she stages interventions for celebrity hoarders (though “it will be more of a home-invasion situation”). Google has tried to minimize the issue of hateful and violent videos (and other objectionable content) on YouTube. In a letter to the House Committee on Homeland Security released Thursday, the company said it typically removes 7 million-9 million YouTube videos per quarter, which is “a fraction of a percent of YouTube’s total views during this time period.” YouTube also said it spends hundreds of millions of dollars per year identifying and removing removing content that violates its guidelines, with a 10,000-employee team of content reviewers.In her remarks to ad execs Thursday, Wojcicki only briefly addressed YouTube’s ongoing efforts to make it as clean and well-lighted as possible.“Let me be very clear: Living up to our responsibility is my No. 1 priority,” she said, claiming YouTube is making “significant progress” on this front. Of course, despite similar vows she’s made in the past, YouTube has continued to find itself at the center of controversies.Pictured above: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Popular on Variety Has YouTube become the new center of gravity for primetime? That’s the narrative it wants Madison Avenue to believe — especially as it relates to coveted younger demos.The Google-owned video behemoth now counts 2 billion monthly unique users globally, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki announced at Thursday’s Brandcast marketing event in NYC. That’s up around 5% from its previously reported 1.9 billion monthly logged-in users last summer.More interestingly, YouTube continues to rapidly boost its living-room footprint. Watch time of YouTube on TV screens was more than 250 million hours per day as of March 2019, according to the company. That’s an increase of 39% in less than a year — and, notably, it excludes viewing on YouTube TV, Google’s internet pay-TV service.A few caveats: It’s self-reported data, based on YouTube’s internal data based on 90-day average of watch time for devices including smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV and game consoles. According to YouTube, the majority of total watch time (over 70%) comes from mobile devices. Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data Related Brandcast also featured performances by several popular artists — underscoring that music is the No. 1 content category on YouTube — including Dua Lipa, Daddy Yankee, Grace VanderWaal and Lele Pons.All the booster talk and razzle-dazzle came amid the backdrop of YouTube’s ongoing “brand safety” problems, which remain a concern for advertisers. These have included a “pedophile ring” of YouTube users, revealed earlier this year, in which child predators left sexually coded comments on YouTube videos with kids. The ensuing bad press led big advertisers to pull advertising, and YouTube decided the crisis was a big enough fire that it disabled the ability to leave comments on nearly all channels featuring minors. Still, YouTube’s momentum in the living room is a key part of its case to advertisers and agencies about why they should divert spending from traditional TV to YouTube.Across all platforms, YouTube reaches more U.S. consumers 18-49 in an average week than all cable TV networks combined, Allan Thygesen, Google’s president of the Americas, told the Brandcast crowd. YouTube has previously engaged in chest-thumping about its reach relative to TV — in fact, Thygesen was actually citing research Google commissioned a year ago from Nielsen for the stat.On TV screens specifically, YouTube’s Google Preferred ads (representing inventory from the top 5% most popular channels) drove a lift in ad recall of 112% and an average increase in purchase intent of 53%, according to Thygesen. That’s according to a Google/MediaScience survey among 2,000 U.S. adults from November 2018-January 2019.And YouTube wants to expand the bucket of content watched on TVs that it makes available to advertisers. The company announced that it is updating the Google Preferred proprietary algorithm (P-score) to include more content that is frequently watched on TV screens and “content that exhibits higher production value.”Independent research supports YouTube’s claim that it’s a big player on TVs. Netflix is actually the top-preferred platform for video viewing on TV screens, with YouTube coming in second among consumers 18-34, per a Cowen & Co. survey in February. But — and this is a critical point for YouTube’s ad business — Netflix doesn’t carry any advertising. And the research indicates that YouTube beats not just basic cable but broadcast networks as the preferred source for entertainment on TVs among millennials.Adding more fuel to YouTube’s premium-ad play: It’s going to make all its original scripted and unscripted programming, including series “Cobra Kai,” “Liza On Demand,” and “Impulse,” available for free, ad-supported viewing starting later this year in post-SVOD windows. In other words, while YouTube execs apparently still see some value of originals driving YouTube Premium subscriptions, it has no designs on becoming anything like a Netflix or Disney+ (and, correspondingly, has whacked down its scripted slate to a handful of top programs). Tiffany Haddish at YouTube Brandcast 2019. Credit: FilmMagic for YouTube YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watchlast_img read more

first_img Explore further (Phys.org) —Researchers from the University of Kentucky have identified 14 molecular markers in bedbug genes commonly associated with resistance to pyrethroid, the most popular pesticide used to control them. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the team describes how they compared genes from pyrethroid resistant bedbugs found in the Los Angeles area, to those from other areas of the country that had not yet developed a resistance, and as a result were able to identify 14 gene markers, that are associated with resistance to the pesticide. Bedbugs have been in the news of late as outbreaks have occurred in cities throughout the world. They are parasites that feed on the blood of their hosts and leave behind itchy rashes. Efforts to eradicate them have become less effective as the pesticide most commonly used to kill them—pyrethroid—has become less lethal in some areas as the bugs develop resistance to it. In this new effort, the research team compared the genes of bedbugs found in the Los Angeles area that were known to have developed a resistance, with bedbug gene samples from 20 populations from other parts of the country that thus far, have not. In so doing, they found 14 markers, which they report, mostly involve the bugs’ outer shell, which serves as a barrier, preventing the toxin from reaching the inner body, allowing it to survive.The markers found by the researchers represent genes responsible for a variety of outer shell properties such as shell thickness, enzyme levels involved in metabolizing pyrethroid, etc. They also found that the markers represented two categories of defense, those responsible for neutralizing the pesticide before it could reach sensitive areas, and those that physically prevented the chemical from gaining entry to the body in the first place. Taken together, the markers represent a formidable line of defense that has evolved with bedbugs that helps them survive in a hostile environment.Because bedbugs are evolving in ways that make them resistant to current pesticides, researchers are looking for other ways to kill them—learning more about the ways they are evolving that help them survive doses of pyrethroid gives researchers a better picture of what is occurring, which will hopefully result in revealing an unknown vulnerability that could be exploited for use in a new kind of pesticide. Journal information: Scientific Reports More information: Bed bugs evolved unique adaptive strategy to resist pyrethroid insecticides, Scientific Reports 3, 1456, doi:10.1038/srep01456AbstractRecent advances in genomic and post-genomic technologies have facilitated a genome-wide analysis of the insecticide resistance-associated genes in insects. Through bed bug, Cimex lectularius transcriptome analysis, we identified 14 molecular markers associated with pyrethroid resistance. Our studies revealed that most of the resistance-associated genes functioning in diverse mechanisms are expressed in the epidermal layer of the integument, which could prevent or slow down the toxin from reaching the target sites on nerve cells, where an additional layer of resistance (kdr) is possible. This strategy evolved in bed bugs is based on their unique morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics and has not been reported in any other insect species. RNA interference-aided knockdown of resistance associated genes showed the relative contribution of each mechanism towards overall resistance development. Understanding the complexity of adaptive strategies employed by bed bugs will help in designing the most effective and sustainable bed bug control methods. Citation: Researchers identify genes involved in bedbug pesticide resistance (2013, March 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-03-genes-involved-bedbug-pesticide-resistance.html © 2013 Phys.org Entomologists make important discovery regarding insecticide resistance in bed bugs This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_img(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers working in Germany has discovered that male spiders do indeed have nerves in their genitalia, overturning prior research that has suggested otherwise. In their paper published in The Royal Society Biology Letters, Elisabeth Lipke, Jörg Hammel and Peter Michalik describe the various techniques they used to discover nerves in the arachnid palpal organ and their ideas on what purpose they serve. Citation: Nerves found to exist in male spider genitalia (2015, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-nerves-male-spider-genitalia.html Explore further More information: First evidence of neurons in the male copulatory organ of a spider (Arachnida, Araneae) The Royal Society Biology Letters, Published 8 July 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0465AbstractSpider males have evolved a remarkable way of transferring sperm by using a modified part of their pedipalps, the so-called palpal organ. The palpal organ is ontogenetically derived from tarsal claws; however, no nerves, sensory organs or muscles have been detected in the palpal bulb so far, suggesting that the spider male copulatory organ is numb and sensorily blind. Here, we document the presence of neurons and a nerve inside the male palpal organ of a spider for the first time. Several neurons that are located in the embolus are attached to the surrounding cuticle where stresses and strains lead to a deformation (stretching) of the palpal cuticle on a local scale, suggesting a putative proprioreceptive function. Consequently, the male copulatory organ of this species is not just a numb structure but likely able to directly perceive sensory input during sperm transfer. In addition, we identified two glands in the palpal organ, one of which is located in the embolus (embolus gland). The embolus gland appears to be directly innervated, which could allow for rapid modulation of secretory activity. Thus, we hypothesize that the transferred seminal fluid can be modulated to influence female processes. Cutting a bugs’ penis shorter found to reduce reproduction chances Araneus diadematus. Credit: André Karwath/Wikipedia © 2015 Phys.org For many years scientists have believed that the palpal organ in male spiders—the organ responsible for delivering sperm to the female spider—had no nerves in it. That would mean that the male would not be able to feel anything during intercourse, which some observers have likened to attempting sex with a fingernail in the dark. It appears prior researchers did not look hard enough, however, because the trio working on this new effort report that they have found evidence of nerves in the palpal organ.To make their discovery, the team first cut up several of the organs (from a male Tasmanian cave spider) into extremely thin slices. They then looked at the samples using three different types of microscopes, one of which was a transmission electron microscope—and that allowed them to spot a tiny nerve. More work revealed two clusters of nerves in the bulb. They also spotted two previously unknown glands also in the palpal bulb which appeared to be connected the nerves they found. Using data from the microscopes, the team built a 3D model of the palpal showing where the nerves are in the organ.The researchers suggest that the nerves in the palpal bulb might serve to allow the male spider to feel stress on the organ during copulation, helping to improve placement and thus chances of successful fertilization. It is also possible, they note, that the nerves help with guiding the palpal to the female sex organ. They believe that it is unlikely that such nerves exist only in the species they studied, which means other spiders likely have them too. More research will be needed to find out. The team also plans to study the nerves they found to see if they can determine their true purpose. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The state government has set up a committee to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.The committee was formed on April 18. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is the chairperson of the 46-member committee. The state government has taken a set of decisions in the first meeting of the committee, that was held on Monday.Members of the committee, including MPs Sudip Banerjee and Subrata Bakshi, minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya and Chief Secretary Malay De were present in the meeting, headed by the Chief Minister. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsVice-chancellors of Calcutta University, Rabindra Bharati University, Presidency University and Jadavpur University were also present in the meeting. There would be a permanent chair in the name of Gandhiji in Calcutta University. The university would take the final decision in this connection soon.De said: “There is a Gandhi Bhavan at Beliaghata. Though at present it is maintained by the state Public Works Department (PWD), steps have been taken to completely take over the structure. Proper renovation of the structure will be undertaken, maintaining the heritage of the building. It will be done following discussions among committee members.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said: “This year on October 2, a programme will be organised at Gandhi Bhavan.” The state government will plan the detailed programme accordingly. Some decisions regarding the celebration, have been taken. Based on the philosophy of Gandhiji, elocution and essay competitions will be held in schools, colleges and other educational institutions. The step has been taken to spread the messages of Gandhiji among people, the youth in particular. A booklet named as “Father of the Nation”, containing speeches of Gandhiji on different issues including communal harmony, national integration and patriotism, will be published on his birthday on October 2.”Since East Midnapore has a rich history of the freedom movement, the state government is looking into the formalities to name the university there on Gandhiji,” he said, adding that at the same time, the universities in the state will also organise programmes to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.Presidency University has a centre on Gandhian awareness, where they will organise seminars and symposiums in this regard.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Rod Hilton, the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, said on Thursday that among the various states which are said to be the main focus of Australia, Bengal occupies the top preference.He took part in an interactive session at the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday afternoon.According to Hill, Bengal is of special importance to Australia in sectors like mining, resources, education, infrastructure, start-ups and tourism.Australia will be opening its fourth Consulate in India when it starts one in Kolkata end of this year or early January next year. The goal is to lift India among the top three export markets and make it the third largest destination for outward investments ($100 billion by 2035). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeEfforts of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to make the state a preferred business destination seems to be paying off as the Bengal Global Business Summit 2019 is likely to see a strong presence of Australian companies. This was revealed during a recent visit to Australia by the delegation of The Bengal Chamber of Commerce of Industry (BCC&I). Australian interest in Kolkata and Bengal received a big fillip after a report “An India Economic Strategy to 2035: Navigating from Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPotential to Delivery” commissioned by the Australian government, was released to the public on July 12, 2018. The delegation from The Bengal Chamber had an extensive meeting with Tania Constable, CEO of MCA, the apex body of Australian mining companies, in the Australian capital Canberra. At the meeting, the BCCI was represented by past president CS Ghosh, newly elected president Indrajit Sen and Director General Subhodip Ghosh.last_img read more

first_img Posted by LONDON — Cruise Critic, the world’s leading cruise review site and online cruise community, has announced the winners of the inaugural Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. The awards name the best cruise destinations of the year – across 15 regions around the world – based entirely on reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website.Popular ports include the Caribbean’s St. Maarten, which receives visits from lines including P&O Cruises, Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises, and Alaska’s Glacier Bay which is visited by a number of cruise lines including Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line.For the British Isles and Western Europe awards, Amsterdam, which sees calls from the likes of Regent Seven Seas and Azamara Club Cruises was rated top, while Cork’s Cobh and Glasgow’s Greenock ranked second and third respectively.UK travellers rated Baltic destinations in their top three, with Stockholm first, followed by Tallinn and Copenhagen.Here’s a list of First Place Cruise Destinations:More news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTop-Rated British Isles and Western Europe Port: AmsterdamTop-Rated Alaska Port: Glacier BayTop-Rated Asia & South Pacific Port: Mystery IslandTop-Rated Australia & New Zealand Port: SydneyTop-Rated Private Islands Port: Castaway CayTop-Rated Baltic & Scandinavia Port: St. PetersburgTop-Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Port: St. MaartenTop-Rated Southern Caribbean Port: BonaireTop-Rated Western Caribbean & Riviera Maya Port: CozumelTop-Rated Eastern Mediterranean Port: VeniceTop Rated European River Port: ParisTop Rated Western Mediterranean Port: BarcelonaTop-Rated Hawaii Port: KauaiTop-Rated Mexican Riviera & South America Port:  Puerto VallartaTop-Rated US & Canada Port: San FranciscoFor the full list of winners, go to cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/destination-awards/. Wednesday, September 14, 2016 What are the world’s top cruise destinations? Cruise Critic says Amsterdam, St. Maarten & more << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Michael Smith last_img read more

first_img Monday, June 18, 2018 Share Tags: Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines Hawaiian Airlines, Japan Airlines file for joint venture KAILUA-KONA — Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have submitted paperwork seeking to join forces to potentially bring hundreds of thousands of more people to Hawaii.The airlines have recently filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Japanese government requesting immunity from antitrust laws to create a joint venture, West Hawaii Today reported Saturday.The partnership would allow the companies to co-ordinate flight schedules and share certain costs and revenues as well as work together on marketing and advertising, the airlines said in the filings.The venture would “dramatically increase seamless service options for the travelling public,” allowing the airlines to link operations in the region, they said.The partnership would open up 34 destinations to Hawaiian Airlines passengers, including service to 28 locations in Japan and six other sites, such as Guam and Hong Kong. Passengers of Japan Airlines would have access to six additional locations in Hawaii.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“Hawaiian, a relatively small carrier, has encountered difficulties trying to break into international markets as a new entrant,” the airline stated in the application. “The Department’s grant of (antitrust immunization) in this proceeding would allow Hawaiian to overcome these obstacles, leading to increased competition and more choices for consumers.”The companies estimate the partnership would bring an additional 162,000 to 350,000 passengers to Hawaii and generate between 1,855 and 4,049 jobs in the U.S. The U.S. economy could see annual contribution of up to $402.3 million, according to the airlines.The airlines are hoping to launch the joint venture next year if they are granted approval this year. By: The Associated Press << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_img With the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passing a recommendation to bomb Syria, including McCain’s amendment to directly support the rebels, we are moving toward a new rise in the war spending trajectory. For a historical perspective, below you see a chart I developed in 2007. It calculates the inflation-adjusted costs of the Vietnam War and estimates that the war with Iraq would cost over $1 trillion or 37% more than the Vietnam War. Expenditures in Vietnam led to a self-reinforcing cycle of higher interest rates and inflation during the 1970s—leading in no small part to Nixon’s decision to remove the $35 per ounce gold exchange rate for the dollar, and to interest rates eventually rising to almost 20%. This article is about why I think interest rates are heading higher, viewed through the context of the politics of the US government’s next war. While I’d prefer to convince the world to change its course toward a more peaceful future, given the futility of trying to do so, I’ll use my time with you today presenting data, analysis, and a few opinions about the economic consequences of the march toward war that US policy is now set upon. The chart below combines defense, veterans benefits, homeland security, the State Department, and defense-related interest payments, to create a more comprehensive picture of our military spending. The chart shows the dollars spent each year; no correction is made for inflation or the relative growth of our economy and population. Such re-jiggering would make World War II and earlier wars appear more dramatic. The key point is that the US is spending a huge amount of money on its international security. With each war, or rumor of war, that came along, military spending increased. Following Iraq, we added another war in Libya and extended the war in Afghanistan far longer than planned. The combined costs, by my calculations, have now reached around $3.4 trillion. My method is simple: I add up the military spending that exceeds the 2002 level for all the years since then. If we hadn’t been facing significant international conflicts, I believe the military spending baseline of $507 billion in 2002 would have remained fairly static. The $3.4 trillion is just the increase over that baseline to date. Using the modest projections from the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB), my estimate is that by 2018, all future increases combined could easily add up to another $2.5 trillion. It could be much more, and it might even be less, but the most reasonable expectation is that the current crop of politicians will spend at least at that level. Those who want war seem to be able to get war. That is my basic assumption. Along the way, Congress is supposed to deal with its self-imposed ceiling on federal debt, now set at $16.73 trillion. In fact, the operations of government have already exceeded that level, but the federal government is adept at playing Enron-like games. Current Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew says he can hold off hitting the ceiling until mid-October, when the government would hypothetically shut down without Congress’ authorization for a raise. For the record, Newt Gingrich actually forced such a shutdown to happen under the Clinton presidency, which resulted in the government being forced to actually take tangible measures to cut spending at the time. The chart below shows the amount of current outstanding government debt as reported by the Treasury. The flat line at the right of the chart is the suppression of debt financing the government is now undertaking in the attempt to avoid a shutdown. Being completely distracted by the situation in Syria, Congress is not addressing the fiscal issues, and time is running out. The last time this crisis became important was in 2011, when the stock market dropped, our government debt rating was downgraded by S&P, and Congress legislated the sequester on spending that only slowed but certainly didn’t reverse the government’s accumulation of debt. Of course, this debt crisis will be resolved, as it has been in the past, by raising the ceiling. The focus on war probably means that the immigration bill won’t reach final approval, that efforts to derail Obamacare won’t reach political mass, and we already know that gun control has pretty much seen its day and gone away. But war spending and government deficits are here to stay. The attitude of our leaders is clear: they don’t care what the people think, they will be moving ahead with more spending on wars, continuing to worsen the deficit, ultimately leading to further debasement of the currency. That means higher prices, leading to inflation, and higher interest rates. On that last point, as you can see in the chart here, the rate on the benchmark 10-Year Treasury is now just two basis points below 3% and moving higher as I write: There is, of course, much more to this discussion than time and space allow for here. In the next edition of The Casey Report, I’ll go into details on what’s coming and the specific actions you can take to successfully invest in an environment of rising interest rates. As it is standard policy at Casey Research to offer risk-free 3-month trials with money-back guarantee for all our publications, you can sign up to read my deeper research in the next edition of The Casey Report by clicking here.last_img read more