Ayushmann Khurrana completes Article 15 shoot

first_imgMumbai: Ayushmann Khurrana on Tuesday wrapped up filming his upcoming movie, “Article 15” and the actor said the Anubhav Sinha directorial will be “the most relevant and important film” in Indian cinema. Touted as a hard-hitting investigative drama, “Article 15” will see Khurrana play a police officer for the first time. “Wrapped up a film which will become the most relevant and important film of Indian cinema. Thank you @anubhavsinha sir for giving me this gem and also writing the most real cop role ever. #Article15,” the actor wrote on Twitter. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also shared a 3D mini figure modelled on him in his cop avatar and thanked the cast and crew for it. The film is being called one of Sinha’s most ambitious projects till date and is the director’s first collaboration with the actor. “Article 15” also stars Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, M Naser, Ashish Verma, Sushil Pandey, Subrajyoti Bharat and Zeeshan Ayub. Produced by Benaras Media Works, the film went on floors from March 1 in Lucknow.last_img read more


Calgarybased fertilizer producer Agrium Inc sees Q4 profit jump to US200 million

CALGARY — Agrium Inc. says it reaped a substantial increase in profit last year, bolstered by a strong fourth quarter.The Calgary-based fertilizer producer and retailer, which reports in U.S. currency, had $200 million of net income in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $51 million a year earlier. The profit amounted to $1.45 per share, up from 33 cents in the fourth quarter of 2014.For the full year, net income rose by $268 million to $988 million or $6.98 per share, up from $4.97 in 2014.Agrium and Potash Corp face earnings downdraftAgrium Inc downgraded to hold at TDAgrium Inc activist investor ValueAct happy to keep hands off and enjoy profitsAgrium’s sales were down year-over-year, to $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter and $14.8 billion in 2015. That compared with $2.7 billion in sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $16 billion for all of 2014.Agrium’s net income was above the estimate of $1.39 per share but sales were about $445 million below the consensus estimate compiled by Thomson Reuters.For 2016, Agrium is estimating earnings per share of between US$5.50 and $7. read more


How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage

DETROIT – It’s the moment every car owner dreads. The mechanic comes out of the garage to say your ride needs repairs costing hundreds of dollars.Then two big questions pop into your brain: Are the fixes really needed? Am I being overcharged?There might not be a way around getting the car fixed, but there are ways to stay in control of the situation. But it takes some work and planning both before and after the big repairs come:GET TO KNOW A MECHANICEstablish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust — or risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. Ask like-minded friends and neighbours where they go. With or without a recommendation, check online and find shops in your area that have mechanics with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Also look for AAA certified garages and other training for technicians. Check online reviews. Shops that rely heavily on a particular neighbourhood for their customers will take extra care to make sure people are happy.When you find a garage, take your car in for an oil change and inspection. See if the people seem honest and are willing to take time to explain a problem. “It’s like a dating relationship,” says Jill Trotta, director of the automotive group at RepairPal.com, an online service that provides price estimates for auto repairs. The oil change is like having coffee with someone. Getting a small repair done is like going to dinner. A major repair can establish a long-term relationship. “If you do your due diligence up front, when something bad goes wrong, you can feel more comfortable,” Trotta says.GETTING TO THE TRUTHSay the mechanic says that grinding noise in your front end signals your brake pads need to be replaced. How do you know he’s telling the truth? Brake pad replacement is almost always accompanied by resurfacing or replacing the rotors, the round things that brake pads grab onto. That can drive the price up more. A good mechanic will take you into the garage, show you worn-out parts and explain the problems if you ask. If you’re not there, ask the shop to send you cellphone pictures of the worn pads and other parts. Make note of exactly what parts are being replaced. If it’s an expensive repair and you’re still a little skeptical, tell the mechanic you need to wait for your next paycheque to get the repair done, or you’re just not ready to do it now. Then get a second opinion, even if the next shop charges you for it, says Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor for the Edmunds.com automotive website. A simple Google search also will tell you if the problem the garage pointed out is common for your car, Geropoulos says.THE PRICE IS RIGHTOnce you’ve determined that the repair is needed, there are ways to make sure the price is right. There are several websites such as RepairPal that have data on what prices you should be charged. Costs can vary widely across the country, so in addition to make, model and model year, the sites ask for your ZIP Code. RepairPal even has a mobile app for smartphones, so you could do the price check right inside the shop. Some sites give you estimates from several nearby shops.RepairPal uses the same database garages use to figure out how long a repair should take. The site shows you the hourly labour rate and part cost data that comes from repair garages. It’ll give you a price range for what the repair should cost. You can also call another shop or two and ask what they’d normally charge for the same repair on your model. Trotta, whose service makes money by certifying garages and charging them $199 per month to be a recommended shop on the RepairPal site, says the site calculates a fair price for quality repairs done with quality parts.The lowest price may not be the best deal. Trotta says some garages will sell inferior, less-expensive parts that won’t last as long. “The cheapest thing to do when getting your car repaired is to fix it right the first time,” she says. How to avoid being a victim at the car repair garage Mechanic Chris Geropoulos works on car, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at Ted’s Auto Clinic in Chicago. In looking for a mechanic, experts say it’s a good idea to establish a relationship and find a repair shop you can trust, or you may risk big problems. Good old word-of-mouth still is probably the best way to pick a garage, says George Geropoulos, service adviser at Ted’s Auto Clinic in northwest Chicago. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jul 5, 2017 8:59 am MDT Last Updated Jul 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


500 African migrants leapt a fence into Spanish territory today

first_imgABOUT 500 AFRICAN migrants leapt a towering, triple-layer border fence to cross from Morocco to the tiny Spanish territory of Melilla, one of the biggest breaches in nearly a decade, officials said.At least 1,000 sub-Saharan Africans had joined in the pre-dawn attempt to enter Melilla, one of two Spanish-held cities on the northern coast of Africa affording the only land crossings to Europe, they said.Night-time video images released by the Spanish Guardia Civil police showed scores of young men leaping over the inner layer of seven-metre (23-foot) high border fencing, which had partly collapsed, and then running into Melilla.“We calculate that about 500 managed to enter by irregular means into our territory,” said Spain’s state secretary for security, Francisco Martinez, who made an emergency visit to Melilla following the intrusion.“Once again, we see that the assaults were violent on the Moroccan side,” he said. Source: euronews (in English)/YouTubeMartinez called on the European Union to play a “much more active role” in securing the bloc’s southern borders.Criminal organisations appeared to have planned the border breach, he said, targeting weak areas of the fencing that had yet to be strengthened.Immediate reinforcementsAn extra 100 Spanish police reinforcements would arrive later in the day to help secure the border while the installation of anti-climb fencing would be accelerated, he said.In a further sign of the pressure on Spanish borders, the Moroccan authorities said on the same day that a boat carrying 11 people, mostly from Cameroon, had capsized off the Moroccan coast while heading for Spain.The bodies of two drowned people had been recovered, one other person was still missing and the rest of those aboard had been saved, officials said, according to Moroccan news agency MAP.In Melilla, a Spanish government spokesman said some of those who got into the city had been treated for “very light injuries” in a clinic at the city’s immigration reception centre. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesOn the Moroccan side, the authorities in nearby Nador said about 1,500 people in five groups had joined the assault on the border fence.“They did not heed the usual warnings and they proceeded to throw stones, injuring four members of the security forces,” an official told AFP.Ten of the migrants were injured and treated in hospital in Morocco, Nador authorities said.‘They came in waves’Spanish police struggled to halt the influx despite deploying in large numbers and benefiting from the cooperation of Moroccan security forces, Melilla president Juan Jose Imbroda told Spanish public radio RNE.“They came in waves,” he said.Melilla, which lies on the northern coast of Morocco, is enclosed by an 11-kilometre (seven-mile) border fence running in a semi-circle up to the Mediterranean. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNevertheless, migrants gathering in large numbers on the Moroccan side have repeatedly managed to cross over.“Despite a large deployment of Moroccan security forces, they are trying to overcome them to get in,” Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz told reporters in parliament in Madrid.Overcrowding in the Melilla immigration centre was reaching a critical point, he said.The centre in Melilla is built to house 480 immigrants but it was holding about 2,000 even before the latest wave of entrants, officials said.The number of Africans trying to cross into the two Spanish territories has surged over recent months.- © AFP, 2014Read: Education, training and legal help all lacking for trafficking victims – Immigrant Council of Irelandlast_img read more


News of bin Ladens death hit Twitter first but leak came from

first_imgLast night Twitter once again proved its value as tool for spreading news, but early this morning the man who put out that first tweet noted that he learned about Osama bin Laden’s death from a television producer. So while Twitter allowed the information to be spread it still originated from the mainstream media… the exact group that people tend to regard as antiquated when they find out news from Twitter and sources like it.Keith Urbahn, the former chief of staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumfeld, tweeted the news at 10:24pm ET, before other credible sources had anything to say. I and any number of other people didn’t see this but received a NY Times breaking news alert around 10:30pm ET simply stating that President Obama would speak soon. A quick trip to the front page of nytimes.com and it could be found in a breaking news banner that bin Laden was thought to be dead, but no article was yet available. Other news outlets didn’t even have that much, but Twitter was full of information if you searched (or knew where to look).President Obama didn’t go on air to confirm bin Laden’s death until 11:35pm ET, a little over an hour after he was expected to appear. At this point the news was all but confirmed and TV news anchors were saying how they had been hearing rumors for hours.A win for Twitter isn’t necessarily a loss for the mainstream media, but it can often seem that way. Last night was an example of how much Twitter and other tools are reliant on traditional sources for producing news, even if they are getting incredibly good at disseminating it.It’s also worth noting that Twitter did actually have the news of an attack on bin Laden’s compound before anyone else, thanks to  Twitter user @ReallyVirtual. But at that point–4:09pm ET–no one could have known of the significance of the information.last_img read more


Donald Trump donates part of salary to National Park Service

first_img Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 7:01 AM Donald Trump donates part of salary to National Park Service Some have branded the move a stunt as the US President has proposed budget cutbacks to the service. Share47 Tweet Email By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Pool/ABACA ABACA/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3322802 Image: Pool/ABACA ABACA/PA Images 12,366 Views THE WHITE HOUSE has announced that President Donald Trump will donate part of his salary to the US National Park Service, going some way towards meeting a campaign promise.Spokesman Sean Spicer announced Trump had decided to donate his salary for the first quarter of 2017 to the government agency that manages parks, monuments and other conservation properties.“It is my pleasure, on behalf of the president of the United States, to present a check for $78,333 (about €67,300) to the secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke,” he said.On the campaign trail, Trump had vowed to donate his taxpayer-funded $400,000 (about €375,000) annual salary to charity if elected. The National Park Service is not a charity, but it is the first sign Trump will hand over the cash.Budget cutbacks The gift may be a peace offering of sorts. Trump has tangled with the agency over its tweets, which unfavourably compared the size of his inauguration crowd with that of Barack Obama’s.The National Park Service is part of the Department of the Interior, whose budget Trump has proposed cutting by more than $1 billion (about €937 million).The Sierra Club, an environmental group, called Trump’s donation a “stunt”.“If Donald Trump is actually interested in helping our parks, he should stop trying to slash their budgets to historically low levels,” it said.The White House announcement came after investigative reporters at ProPublica reported Trump amended his trust — created to curb conflicts of interest — to make it possible to withdraw cash whenever needed.- © AFP 2017Read: Terror investigation launched after 10 die in blast in St Petersburg underground systemRead: Mexican paper where murdered reporter worked closes over lack of security Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 7:01 AM 33 Comments last_img read more


Les ventes de PC déclinent en faveur de celles des tablettes

first_imgLes ventes de PC déclinent en faveur de celles des tablettesDeux études mettent en lumière la perte de parts de marché des PC au profit des tablettes tactiles. Les études des cabinets Gartner et IDC se rejoignent sur un phénomène nouveau, le recul des ventes de PC lors du premier trimestre 2011. Selon Gartner, relayé par Le Monde, 84,3 millions de PC ont été vendus entre janvier et mars, soit 1,1 % de moins qu’au premier trimestre 2010. Pour sa part, IDC parle d’une chute de 3,2 % pour la même période, à 80,6 millions d’unités. “Nous avions prévu un marché très ralenti, mais nous ne nous attendions pas à des chiffres aussi mauvais”, explique l’analyste Meike Escherich. À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !”Le problème, c’est qu’il y a énormément de produits concurrents aux PC qui essaient de capter les dépenses qu’ils (les consommateurs) sont prêts à faire”, continue-t-elle avant d’en venir au vrai nouveau concurrent des ordinateurs : “Un grand nombre de personnes ont décidé de ne pas remplacer leur ordinateur et d’acheter une tablette, ou d’attendre que les tablettes moins chères soient lancées sur le marché ou encore l’arrivée d’une nouvelle génération d’iPad d’Apple”. C’est toujours HP qui domine le monde des PC, avec 17,6% de part de marché, en recul de 3,4 points par rapport à il y a un an, selon Gartner. Quant à son principal concurrent, le taïwanais Acer, la chute est encore plus dure puisqu’il enregistre une baisse de sa part de marché de 12,2%. Les constructeurs plus actifs dans le monde des outils d’entreprise, Dell ou Lenovo, s’en sortent d’ailleurs un peu mieux. “Sans la croissance dans le secteur professionnel, le marché des PC aurait pu vivre l’une des pires baisses dans son histoire récente”, explique ainsi Gartner. Le 18 avril 2011 à 18:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


Real Madrid must improve under Julen Lopetgui – Gareth Bale

first_imgGareth Bale wants Real Madrid to improve under their new boss Julen Lopetegui in order to still compete successfully during seasons.Bale gave a brilliant assist for Marco Asensio’s opener before scoring a goal himself that helped Madrid beat Roma 2-1 in the International Champions Cup this week.Bale also maintains there are no problems in attack following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.The Welshman player who was also on the priority list in Los Blancos’ previous match against Juve said settling down into a new style of leadership under Lopetegui and style has been tasking.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s always difficult,” Bale told Real Madrid TV as quoted in Football Espana.“The new Coach has come in with his new ideas and we still have things to improve.“It’s never easy to adapt to a new Coach, but in attack we are doing fine.“We do what the Coach wants, which is scoring goals and winning games.”last_img read more


Still Time to Register Online for the ASA Soy Social and Auction

first_imgGoing to Commodity Classic? Register online now to attend the ASA Soy Social and Auction on Thursday, Feb.27, and you could win $200. If you register online before Feb. 20 you will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 cash gift card. If you don’t want to register online, you can click on the same link and download a PDF version of the registration form. The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by Farm Credit; Rabo AgriFinance; IntelliAir, LLC; Cargill; MacDon Industries; Bayer CropScience; Syngenta; Renewable Energy Group and the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA).Here are some of the items available in the live and silent auction:Farm EquipmentOne season’s use of a FD75 FlexDraper Combine Header (MacDon Industries)100 hours usage of a Gleener S67 or S77 Combine and FlexDraper Header (AGCO)One-year lease on a J&M Model 375ST Seed Tender (J&M Manufacturing)75 hours tractor time on your choice of 350 Rowtrac or equal Magnum CVT (Case IH)Guns and RiflesHenry Big Boy Lever Rifle .45 Long ColtAmerican Farmer Tribute Rifle (Henry .22S/L/LR)Maxus Ultimate 3” 12 Gauge 26” BrowningBG Citiori 725 Sporting 12 Gauge 3” 30” Shot GunHunting and Fishing TripsDuck hunting trip for two in the heart of the Arkansas Grand PrairieThree-night/two-day upland premium hunt for two at Heartland LodgePheasant and quail hunt for fourSeven-nights/six-day fishing trip for eight to Gullrock Lake in Red Lake, OntarioVacation PackagesTwo tickets, hotel and airfare to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minneapolis, MNSeven-night’s accommodations for four to Branson, MOCabo San Lucas Ocean View Getaway (airfare included)Napa Valley Epicurean AdventureDisney World Resort Family AdventureClick here to download a PDF version of some of the items available in the live and silent auction.last_img read more


Amendment To Restructure Judicial Council Stalls Before Vote

first_imgA constitutional amendment that would reconfigure a commission tasked with vetting judges was pulled from a vote in the Alaska Senate on Monday and then again on Tuesday after struggling to pick up the necessary support.Download AudioSenate Joint Resolution 21 would make it so that the governor’s public appointees on the Judicial Council would outnumber the attorney members two to one. It would also require the attorney members to go through confirmation by the Legislature. Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, has pitched it as a way to add more rural members to the council and increase public oversight of judicial selection. The Alaska Court System and the Alaska Federation of Natives have come out against the amendment, and Democrats in the minority have argued that the change would allow the Legislature to stack the judiciary. In recent years, the Judicial Council has been a political target for conservative advocacy groups that are unhappy with the way the courts have ruled on abortion cases.Because SJR 21 would amend the Constitution, it needs approval from two-thirds of the Legislature. Sen. Lesil McGuire, who chairs the Rules Committee tasked with scheduling the measure, says it’s not quite there yet. Enough urban Democrats and moderate Republicans have registered opposition to the amendment to keep it from going through.“It’s a question about whether the votes are there for sure.”The measure has been re-scheduled for Wednesday’s calendar to give Kelly the chance to secure another ‘yes’ vote.This is the second time this session a constitutional amendment was scheduled for a vote in the Senate only to be withdrawn from consideration. The other constitutional measure would have allowed public funds to be spent at private schools, including religious ones. McGuire says more constitutional amendments have gotten close to passage this year because the Senate is no longer controlled by a bipartisan coalition.“Most of the things that were on the far right and the far left were kept off the table,” says McGuire. “So the agenda over the past six years was right down the middle of the road for Alaskans. So, what you’re seeing now is a conservative Senate. And as a result of that, you’ve got members that have been waiting to get out of that starting gate with their conservative messages.”If Kelly’s amendment fails to attract more support, it could be held in the Rules Committee indefinitely.Any constitutional amendment that passes the Legislature gets put on the ballot for a vote.This story has been updated to reflect Tuesday’s floor action.last_img read more


Infosys hasnt got itself a CEO just yet as Ashok Vemuri reveals

first_imgAshok VemuriWikimedia commonsEven as a lot has been said about how Indian IT giant Infosys sees its former board member Ashok Vemuri as its next chief executive officer, the latter on Wednesday, November 8, said that he is committed to his current job as the CEO of Conduent and intends to keep things that way. Conduent was founded in 2017, as a divestiture from Xerox.Speaking to investors of the firm, Vemuri said that he plans to build the company for the next few years and revealed that he had no plans to leave. “First of all, I want to emphatically state that I’m committed to Conduent, our clients, employees and shareholders. We are in the midst of a very exciting transformation journey that is progressing well and I have the support of my clients, my board, and my team. This as you all know is a multiple year journey and I intend to see that to completion,” Live Mint quoted him as saying.”I am committed to building Conduent that is industry leading, profitable and market leading enterprise that will be sustainable over many years.I intend to be part of the journey for years to come and cannot think of a more exciting and professionally satisfying place to be than here.”While it was earlier being said that the 49-year-old was in talks with Infosys regarding the CEO’s post, Vemuri clarified that he had not discussed the matter with the Bengaluru-based IT giant and doesn’t intend to.”Given the above, whenever I have been approached for assignments, which you have described (about Infosys CEO search), I have not engaged and rejected any such overture. As far as I’m concerned, that is the end of that,” Vemuri noted.With this, he has put a lot of speculations regarding his move to rest. It was earlier reported that global executive search firm Egon Zehnder had been given the responsibility of finding a new CEO for Infosys and the recruiter had its sights set on Vemuri. ReutersVemuri was earlier with Infosys as the global head of manufacturing and the Americas and the firm has been trying to woo him since the exit of its former CEO Vishal Sikka. Vemuri coming on board would have been a good move for Infosys, as, like Sikka, he has good connections in the US.Sikka is known to have worked closely with the firm’s clients in the US and also had a team of high-level executives in the country, mostly based in California. With his exit, numerous questions were being raised on whether Infosys would go ahead with its plans to expand and hire in the US.But now that Vemuri has clearly said that he is going to stay on with Conduent, looks like Infosys’ hunt for a new CEO is not over just yet.last_img read more


High Court asks to identify risky school madrasa buildings

first_imgHigh CourtThe High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to detect the vulnerable buildings of primary and secondary schools and madrasas across the country and renovate those, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice JBM Hassan and justice Md Khairul Alam passed the order after hearing a writ petition.LGRD and cooperatives secretary, LGED chief engineer and additional engineer (implement and building maintenance) were asked to submit a compliance report by 21 August after making the risky buildings safe within three months.On 7 April, lawyer Humayun Kabir, on behalf of human rights organisation Law and Life Foundation, filed the writ with the High Court seeking its order to identify all the risky school and madrasa buildings across the country.The writ was filed after a third grader was killed and three more were injured as the ceiling of a government primary school collapsed on them in Taltali upazila of Barguna on 6 April.Humayun Kabir stood for the writ petitioner while deputy attorney general Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state.last_img read more


NCAA Championship Game At NRG Stadium Villanova Shocks North Carolina At Buzzer

first_imgListen 00:00 /01:46 Share – / 11With less than five seconds left in the game, North Carolina erased the last of what had been a 10-point deficit by hitting a three-pointer that tied the game at 74.Many fans were probably ready for overtime. But Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono quickly dribbled up the court before handing off the ball to forward Kris Jenkins, who made a three as the buzzer sounded.Villanova coach Jay Wright called it one of the greatest college basketball games ever.“That was just great college basketball, two great teams,” he said. “In a national championship game to hit a shot at the buzzer, I mean, I haven’t seen many better than that.”Arcidiacono won the Most Outstanding Player award for his performance during the NCAA tournament.“I wanted to be aggressive,” he said about the last few seconds of the game. “If I could get a shot, I was going to shoot it, but I heard someone screaming in the back of my ear, in the back of my head, and it was Kris. And I just gave it to him and let it go with confidence, he let it go with confidence.”This is the second national title for Villanova after 1985.On the losing side, North Carolina coach Roy Williams got emotional after the game.“The difference in winning and losing in college basketball is so small,” he said. “The difference in your feelings is so large.”74,430 fans attended the game at NRG Stadium, the second-highest attendance for an NCAA championship game in history. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


IllumiRoom evolved Microsofts RoomAlive paints your room in a video game

first_imgYou’d be surprised what $5,000 in projectors and Kinect sensors will get you, especially if your goal is to turn an entire room into a virtual gaming experience. Microsoft has taken their projection-mapping experience and created a concept they call RoomAlive, which could be the first step towards an immersive experience that doesn’t require bulky goggles.When Microsoft showed off IllumiRoom, it offered a compelling argument for displays that expand beyond the traditional borders. As a proof of concept, it’s the kind of thing everyone would want to have in their living room. As we look more towards things like the Oculus Rift and accessories to drive a virtual experience, there’s a growing urge for video games to feel like you’re a part of the experience instead of just driving a character from your couch. RoomAlive is a separate proof of concept from Microsoft, but it’s clearly taking the IlumiRoom idea and putting you in the middle of everything.By combining projector-depth cameras and six Kinect sensors for head and body tracking, this project is able to turn the walls of a room into an interactive display. It’s a 3D version of the laser lights projected onto the floor that you see when wandering the mall, but made with what is basically off-the-shelf hardware. There’s more than a couple of bugs to be ironed out, especially when it comes to projecting on multiple surfaces simultaneously, but overall it’s a fantastic proof of concept. It’s not hard to imagine a two-wall solution that is a little less expensive, but still manages to put you in the middle of an immersive experience. Or, like IllumiRoom, this could be something that Microsoft works on for years before we see it in real life.last_img read more


Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time coming

first_imgNo related posts. For Thanksgiving 2018 we’re looking back on a 2005 piece that, in turn, looked back on Thanksgivings past in Costa Rica. This year, even fresh cranberries were spotted at Automercado, so these days of creative packing are gone in San José’s Central Valley. These days when people pack for a holiday in Costa Rica, they’re not likely to shove a frozen turkey in between the surfboard and camera. But 15 years ago, people coming from the United States in November or December may very well have had frozen turkeys hidden in their suitcases, evading the customs authorities who could make or break a traditional Thanksgiving meal.Nearly every U.S. native who has lived here more than a couple decades has at least one story about a Butterball smuggling gone awry: missed or delayed flights resulting in the bird’s arrival outside of its best condition, or turkeys forgotten overnight in bags and not unpacked until the mess had already been made.“One year, my friend’s daughter decided to raise turkeys in her backyard, but it turned out to be even more expensive than the really expensive imported turkeys you could sometimes find,” recalled Mindi Barbee, who has lived in Costa Rica with her husband for more than 30 years.But the thrills and horrors of turkey smuggling are long gone. The decline of the pastime started more than a decade ago, when El Salvador began exporting affordable turkeys, Barbee said.As more U.S. citizens have made Costa Rica their permanent home, the Thanksgiving celebration has grown: now, little is missing from the holiday feasts cooked here, although yams and fresh cranberries continue to be rare commodities. Today, restaurants throughout the Central Valley and in some beach areas offer Thanksgiving dinners as good as any that can be found in their U.S. counterparts.“Things have certainly changed; you can get almost anything now,” said Mavis Biesanz, 86, who first came to Costa Rica in 1942 and moved here permanently with her husband in 1971. Biesanz recently came across old letters she wrote, in which she asked people coming here to bring a shopping list’s worth of ingredients for holiday feasts – cranberries, pecans, “all the goodies you couldn’t get at the time,” she said.What Biesanz, Barbee and others couldn’t find, they improvised, using squash for pumpkin pie or blackberries for cranberry sauce.Regardless of the recipe, they gave thanks just the same.“We try to maintain the tradition…when my children were little, it was a way to remind them a little bit of American customs.We didn’t get back there too often when they were growing up, so it was a really nice way to remind them, and of course a nice holiday to say thank you for everything,” Barbee said.The early celebrations of Thanksgiving in Costa Rica may have been closer to the original feast on which the more than- 300-year-old holiday is based. Pilgrims in 1621 likely didn’t have sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, corn on the cob or cranberry sauce, either.However, the first feast probably included wild turkey, goose, lobster, clams, walnuts, acorns and carrots, all seasoned with olive oil, leeks and parsnips, according to historians at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.Historians have tried for ages to distinguish between fact and fiction regarding what is considered the first Thanksgiving in 1621. As the story goes, after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock on Dec. 11, 1620, they were devastated during their first winter. By the following fall, more than 40 of the original 102 passengers on the Mayflower had died. That season’s harvest was bountiful, and the Pilgrims celebrated with a feast, inviting dozens of natives who had taught them farming techniques.The holiday was not repeated annually right away, although similar feasts of thanks were held periodically. In October 1777, all 13 colonies joined in a thanksgiving celebration for the first time, but it was a one-time event. Since then, various U.S.Presidents declared days of thanksgiving, but it was not until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November, that it began to be celebrated every year.Prior to the mid-1800s, Thanksgiving had nothing to do with the 1621 harvest celebration, Pilgrims or native people, according to historians at Plimoth Plantation.Thanksgiving was a holiday to celebrate family and community based on Puritan days of fasting and rejoicing, declared by the governor of each colony every autumn. The notion that Pilgrims and natives feasted together in 1621 stood in sharp contrast to the battles between pioneers and indigenous groups that raged across the frontier, resulting in the slaughter of masses of indigenous people.“The association between Pilgrims, natives and Thanksgiving became stronger after 1890, when the census revealed the western frontier to be closed, and the ‘Indian Wars’ ended,” according to the Plimoth Plantation Web site.In 1939, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Thanksgiving to be the next-to-last Thursday of November, rather than the last, in order to give merchants a longer time to sell goods before Christmas and help the country, which was suffering during the Depression, according to online encyclopedia Wikipedia.com. The change was not popular among everyone, and in 1941 the U.S. Congress resolved the problem by establishing that the holiday would be the fourth Thursday in November, making it sometimes the last and sometimes the second-to-last Thursday.Thanks for reading The Tico Times. We strive to keep you up to date about everything that’s been happening in Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we need your help. The Tico Times is partly funded by you and every little bit helps. If all our readers chipped in a buck a month we’d be set for years. Support the Tico Times Facebook Commentslast_img read more


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