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Prince Charles Visits Princes Trust Projects In London

first_imgThe Prince of Wales visited The Prince’s Trust projects in London this week as he embarked on a series of events highlighting his charity’s work.Prince of Wales with CEO of Marks and Spencer, Marc Bolland, and newly employed Prince’s Trust ‘Make your Mark’ participantsCredit/Copyright: www.princeofwales.gov.uk/His Royal Highness was greeted by the friendly face of Anthony McPartlin and when he took the escalator to the basement floor serving behind the deli counter was the other half of the TV double act Declan Donnelly.The Prince was visiting the store to learn how a group of young people have got to grips with the Make Your Mark four-week work placement scheme, a collaboration between M&S and the Trust.Behind the counter was Rebecca Blythe, 23, who moved from South Wales to London with her partner for a new start but found herself struggling to get a job.She said: “I’m glad I’ve done this, the four weeks have been a great success and I’ve made lots of new friends.”At a reception The Prince handed out certificates to all those who had taken part in the Make Your Mark course then M&S Chief Executive Marc Bolland told the group of young people they all had jobs causing some to burst into tears.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust who was part of the visit, said: “A frightening number of unemployed young people don’t have a support network in place, and they can often end up feeling hopeless and alone. But, with the right support we can help get these lives on track. We are incredibly grateful to Marks & Spencer for helping us to reach the most vulnerable young people offering them hope for the future.”Source:Prince’s Trustlast_img read more

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Will not tolerate muscle flexing in state Mamata

first_imgBhatpara/Palta/Rajarhat: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to tell lies about Bengal’s development and do a bit of homework before addressing election rallies.Without naming Arjun Singh, BJP nominee for the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, Banerjee issued a stern warning and said she would not tolerate any kind of muscle flexing in the area. She addressed a mammoth rally at Bhatpara on Thursday afternoon. Later, she addressed two other meetings at Palta and Rajarhat respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBanerjee also added that in the past eight years, massive development has taken place in Bengal. Through various schemes, people from all walks of life have benefitted. Over 60 lakh girl students are getting the benefits of “Kanyashree” and around one crore students studying in state-run and aided schools are getting cycles free of cost under the “Sabuj Sathi” project. Around 8 crore people are getting rice at Rs 2 a kilogram under the “Khadya Sathi” scheme. The newly introduced “Swasthya Sathi” project will benefit around 8 crore people and the card will be issued in the name of the senior most woman member of the family as a part of women empowerment. “During Dr BC Roy’s time, development projects had been carried out but after that everything got stalled in Bengal. The Trinamool-led government has carried out massive development in infrastructure,” she said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”But there are people who come to Bengal just to defame the state. Modi comes here and spreads lies. He said the government does not allow Durga Puja or Saraswati Puja. More than one lakh Durga Pujas and more than a crore Saraswati Puja are organised in Bengal. He should do a little bit of homework before telling such blatant lies.” Criticising the Prime Minister, she said: “He is so shameless that he does horse trading and says 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with him. Not a single MLA will join him,” she said and alleged: “BJP had banned high-value notes to fill up its own coffers.”last_img read more

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Rubiales Its an Honor to Play the Spanish Super Cup in

Rabat – The Royal Spanish Football Federation president has said he is delighted with Morocco’s organization of the Spanish Super Cup final.President Luis Manuel Rubiales made his appreciatory remarks today in a press conference with the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), Fouzi Lekjaa. Rubiales is convinced that all conditions are fulfilled for a great football meeting between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona, on August 12, in Tangier’s Ibn Batouta stadium. “It was an easy decision to go for Morocco and Tangier. I am convinced that we will experience a joint celebration with a great Moroccan public, who are great football fans,” Rubiales said.“For us, it’s an honor to play the Spanish Super Cup in Morocco, a country that is at the forefront of African football,” he added, highlighting the ancestral relations uniting Spain and Morocco in all fields.“Spain and Morocco are two friendly countries united by history and geography, but also by values and passion for football,” said the former player of Levante and Alicante. He said that thanks to this match, the milestones of a fruitful cooperation are set to move forward in the cooperation between the football authorities of the two countries.“The great goal of this meeting FC Barcelona / FC Sevilla is to unite our two populations, which is the essence of sports and football,” said Rubiales.Morocco is a nation of football whose team showed professionalism and high technical quality at the last World Cup held in Russia, concluded the president of the FRMF.This will not be Tangier’s first experience as a “neutral site” for foreign leagues, as the city’s stadium hosted the French Super Cup on two occasions: the 2011 Super Cup between Lille and Marseille (4-5) and the 2017 Super Cup between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco (2-1). read more

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GuineaBissau Unconditionally Supports for Moroccos Autonomy Plan

Rabat – The government of Guinea-Bissau has expressed “unconditional” support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. The statement is part of Guinea-Bissau’s determination to back Morocco’s Autonomy Plan submitted to the United Nations in 2007 as a political solution to end the dispute over Western Sahara.On August 22, Bissau-Guinean Minister of Foreign Affairs Suzi Carla Barbosa said that, along with the autonomy plan, her country also expresses full “support for the role played by the United Nations as an exclusive and consensual framework” to reach a lasting solution to the conflict.Barbosa made her remarks in a joint statement following talks with her Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, in Rabat on Thursday, August 22. Guinea-Bissau also reiterated support for Morocco’s territorial integrity at the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly held in October  2018.In her meeting with Bourita, Barbosa also extolled the partnership her country has with Morocco, welcoming the “huge economic opportunities offered by both countries.”A statement of the meeting reaffirms Guinea-Bissau’s determination to develop bilateral trade and establish a “mutually beneficial economic partnership.”Read Also: Kuwait, Guinea Bissau Support Morocco’s Sovereignty in Western SaharaData from the European Commission’s directorate-general for trade shows Morocco as one of the top trading partners for Guinea-Bissau in 2018. Excluding region member states, Morocco is the seventh biggest source of imports to Guinea-Bissau with a value estimated at €3 millionThe joint statement from Bourita and Barbosa emphasizes that “both sides urged economic operators in the two countries to conduct prospecting missions and participate in economic and trade events organized by the two countries.”The two countries aim to foster collaboration in agriculture, health, education, fisheries, infrastructure, and training.Education partnershipIn 2015, King Mohammed VI and Guinea-Bissau’s head of state Jose Mario Vaz signed 16 partnership agreements in several fields, including education.Under the partnership agreement on education, Morocco will grant scholarships and internship opportunities for students from Guinea-Bissau.The recent meeting between Bourita and Barbosa served as an opportunity to emphasize the importance of the agreement for students.Morocco has decided to increase by 50% the number of scholarships granted to Bissau-Guinean students from 80 to 120, Maghreb Arab Press reported.Morocco also vowed to support Guinea-Bissau’s determination to implement socio-economic development projects to strengthen peace and stability in the country. read more

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UNmandated group suggests screening rights records of Congolese soldiers

21 May 2009The expert panel monitoring United Nations sanctions imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has underscored the need for a vetting mechanism to screen the human rights records of officers in the national army, as part of overall efforts to reform the security sector. In its interim report, published today, the Group of Experts on the DRC focuses on the security situation in North Kivu province, where the most serious fighting took place in late 2008, and particularly on the accelerated military integration of non-State armed groups into the national army (FARDC) in early 2009.They state that information on the continued presence of children in the ranks of the recently integrated brigades, as well as grave human rights abuses committed by former commanders of armed groups currently integrated in the FARDC “make a compelling argument” for the establishment of a vetting mechanism.The Group considers that such an initiative is “indispensable” for a sustainable integration process, and would strengthen the Government’s capacity to effectively extend State authority in the strife-torn eastern part of the vast nation and protect its own nationals. “In the absence of such a mechanism, command responsibility for human rights abuses of the civilian population will ultimately rest with the supreme military command of FARDC,” the report adds. The Group also highlights a number of other concerns on the issue of military integration, notably the maintenance of parallel command structures operated by former senior officers of rebel National Congress in Defence of the People (CNDP) who have been integrated into the FARDC. Also, it notes that there are several armed groups in South Kivu which have not yet joined the integration process, including some Mai-Mai militias. The Group is also concerned about ongoing militia activities in the Ituri region, which it continues to monitor closely.The Group is also continuing to monitor the situation in north-eastern DRC, after it received verified reports of hundreds of civilian casualties and abductions at the hands of the Ugandan rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) since December 2008. read more

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Myanmar UN envoy meets with leading Government and opposition figures

Vijay Nambiar, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Myanmar, said that during the three-day visit he underlined the importance of the Government implementing its stated commitments on such issues as governance, human rights, the rule of law and sustainable development. In a press statement issued in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, Mr. Nambiar noted that expectations are high both domestically and internationally that the Government will soon take “concrete steps” to meet those commitments. “In all my meetings I stressed that this must include the release of all political prisoners and inclusive dialogue with all segments of society, as well as greater outreach to the international community to ensure that the proposed reforms enjoyed broad buy-in,” he said. “Only then can there be greater confidence that the efforts undertaken will indeed serve to meet the long-standing needs and aspirations of the people of Myanmar. There is no time to waste if Myanmar is to move forward.” Mr. Nambiar welcomed the themes and reforms outlined by President Thein Sein in his inaugural speeches on “some of the most pressing political and economic challenges facing Myanmar.” The Special Adviser cited sustainable development and equitable growth; good governance, through greater inclusiveness, accountability and transparency; respect for fundamental human rights, the media and the rule of law; and continued engagement with those who do not accept the recently adopted constitution and the Government’s roadmap agenda. During the visit Mr. Nambiar met with the ministers of foreign affairs, home affairs, social welfare, national planning and development, as well as newly appointed presidential advisers for political, legal and economic affairs. He also held discussions with the Deputy Speaker of the People’s Assembly and the Secretary-General of the Union Solidarity and Development Party. In addition, Mr. Nambiar met with Ms. Suu Kyi and members of the NLD’s central executive committee, and also with representatives of parliamentary political parties and civil society organizations. During the visit he also reiterated the UN’s commitment to engage more with the people and Government of Myanmar on issues ranging from health and education to human rights and capacity building. 13 May 2011A top United Nations official today wrapped up a visit to Myanmar, where he met with senior members of the country’s newly installed Government and the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). read more

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WHO satisfied China has excellent SARS response measures in place

“We’ve seen that there has been a massive effort to mobilize the population both in urban and rural areas across the country, encouraging people to monitor themselves for fever and to ensure that SARS cases are quickly identified, isolated and treated,” David Heymann, WHO’s Executive Director for Communicable Diseases, said at a press briefing on the situation of SARS control in China.The briefing – where he was joined by China’s Executive Vice Minister of Health, Gao Qiang – marked the first joint news conference between high-ranking Chinese and WHO officials since the SARS outbreak began late last year.Initial WHO assessments, issued in late April following a visit to Guangdong Province, expressed serious concern over the lack of urgency in reporting SARS cases, and criticized the Chinese Government for not immediately treating the outbreak as a public health emergency.Dr. Heymann noted the vast difference in approach now, praising the openness with which the Ministry of Health welcomed the WHO team. He cited the high level of commitment and determination at all levels of the health system as largely responsible for the recent dramatic decline in the number of cases seen throughout mainland China.Indications of the effectiveness of control measures cited by Dr. Heymann include the very short time now occurring between the onset of symptoms and the detection and isolation of cases, and the speed and efficiency of contact tracing.The WHO team, however, said it was still concerned by the lack of a reliable, sustainable surveillance system to detect the first hints of a resurgence of cases, some delays in meeting WHO requests for further information, and wide variations in application of the national case definitions, which can lead to under-reporting of cases.The briefing followed a day of intensive meetings during which WHO officials reviewed data and statistics from selected provinces, voiced their concerns, and received frank and detailed answers. The team has been in China since Tuesday. Listen to UN Radio report read more

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Teck Resources ramping up cost cutting efforts due to lower commodity prices

by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2013 5:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Teck Resources ramping up cost cutting efforts due to lower commodity prices Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) is ramping up its cost-cutting efforts to reflect lower commodity prices, especially for steelmaking coal, after reporting second-quarter earnings about half of what the miner saw a year ago.“Teck is adapting to current market conditions,” president and chief executive Donald Lindsay told analysts during a conference call Thursday.“We’re matching our coal production to market demand. We continue to reduce costs and we’ve increased our cost reduction targets. We are prudently deferring projects and capital expenditures … So we’re demonstrating a very disciplined capital allocation process.”The Vancouver-based company — one of Canada’s largest coal producers and a major miner of copper, zinc and other commodities — has been hit particularly hard by lower prices for steelmaking coal, which fell by 23 per cent compared to the same quarter last year.The company said copper prices fell by 38 cents during the quarter, while zinc was down by two cents.As a result, the company said it has decided to slow reopening of its Quintette coal mine in British Columbia and Phase 2 of the Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile.“We’ve elected to delay the final decision to place the Quintette mine into production to minimize our production volumes and capital expenditures in these market conditions,” Lindsay said.Teck also increased its cost reduction target to $300 million, up from the previous goal of $250 million.The miner said it has already implemented $220 million of the original cuts and has identified an additional $80 million.Real Foley, vice-president of coal marketing, said stabilizing spot prices suggest the commodity markets may be “bottoming out.”“There are a number of market areas where we see either improved or stabilizing fundamentals, and demand is reflecting that,” Foley said.“But, at the same time, there is still uncertainty around the world, so that is what is keeping pressure on the steel and coal prices.”Teck made its comments after reporting a second-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $143 million or 25 cents per share, down from $354 million or 60 cents per share a year ago.On an adjusted basis, which excluded a number of one-time items, the company said it earned $197 million or 34 cents per share — three cents better than analyst estimates, but down from $398 million or 68 cents per share a year ago.The company’s revenues from operations were $2.2 billion for the three months ended June 30, down from $2.6 billion a year ago.Copper revenue totalled $693 million, down from $731 million, while coal revenue amounted to $1 billion, down from $1.36 billion a year ago.Zinc revenue fell to $455 million compared with $467 million in the second quarter of 2012 and energy revenue doubled to $2 million compared with $1 million.Teck shares were up $1.01 at $24.70 in trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday afternoon. read more

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Urban Meyer 2015 Ohio State Spring Game wasnt a Cardale day

Redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) threw for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns during OSU’s Spring Game on April 18 at Ohio Stadium, but completed just 19-of-42 passes and added 2 interceptions.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAlthough football was being played, it was a halftime performance that seemed to stand out more than the 17-14 final score at Ohio State’s annual Spring Game.And it wasn’t a performance by the OSU Marching Band, either.Redshirt-junior quarterback Cardale Jones stepped up to the south goal line and chucked the football 74 yards in the air to win the QB Skills Challenge against redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett and 2006 Heisman winner Troy Smith.And that was after already playing a half of football.“My arm was kind of tired. I probably (could) throw it a little further,” Jones said after the game.Jones was the only one of the trio of quarterbacks who are set to compete for the starting job that took part in Saturday’s scrimmage, as Barrett and redshirt-senior Braxton Miller continue to sit out while nursing injuries.OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game that he won’t worry about his quarterback situation until fall camp rolls around.“I won’t spend much time at all about that, other than making sure that Braxton’s getting the proper treatments and J.T. Barrett’s moving forward,” Meyer said. “And then how we’re going to work this summer as far as those kids throwing together.”But once the Buckeyes report for camp, Meyer said he will put a lot into making the final decision as to who will make the season-opening start against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.“I’ll come up with some kind of system throughout training camp that we’re going to chart everything that everyone does,” Meyer said. “This can’t be, ‘Well, I’m going with him because it’s my gut feeling.’ Those gut feelings, it’s got to be statistical analysis and data, backed up on who is going to play quarterback.”Jones, who has taken the majority of the snaps throughout spring, struggled slightly in the Spring Game, completing 19-of-42 passes for 304 yards and two interceptions.While he also threw two touchdowns — including a 37-yard toss to redshirt-senior wide receiver Corey Smith that clinched the win for the Gray team — Meyer said he wasn’t impressed with Jones’ performance.“That wasn’t a Cardale day. He played behind a makeshift offensive line. I can give you a bunch of excuses, but he’s got to be much sharper than that,” Meyer said. “For the spring, I’d give him a very good spring, though. You didn’t necessarily see it today.”Jones said that while it will be difficult with players going home for the summer, he will still have things he can improve on that aren’t necessarily physical.“You can always work on all areas of your game. But things I think I improved on is being more of a vocal leader,” Jones said. “Being more hands on with guys instead of just telling them what to do, show them and move their splits and adjust, things like that.”And while Jones has only started three games, albeit that those were the Big Ten Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl and national title game, he said he still wants to earn the respect of his teammates even more heading into the 2015 season.“Carrying this leadership over to the weight room and the summer conditioning, things like that,” Jones said. “So the guys I’ll be going with can see that they can trust and believe in me and they know I got their back.” read more

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Driver arrested for attempted murder after ploughing car into Gravesend nightclub in

first_img“We ripped the tent wall apart and got out and called the police.”It was a complete mess of panic and chaos.”One partygoer wrote on Facebook: “I was right in front of the gate, only saw 1 security guard get hit before running for safety hope no one else got hurt.”Kent Fire and Rescue Service said they had been called to assist Kent Police at an incident on Queen Street.A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 11.53pm to assist Kent Police at an RTC (road traffic collision) in Queen Street, Gravesend.”Two fire engines attended. We left the scene at 12.50am.” A number of people have been injured and a man has been arrested on suspicion  of attempted murder after a car was driven into a Gravesend nightclub. Revellers described scenes of chaos after the vehicle ploughed into a marquee at the venue shortly before midnight on Saturday. Kent Police said the driver was believed to have been asked to leave Blake’s nightclub in Queen Street following an altercation, and added that the incident was not being treated as terrorism.Details on the conditions of those injured have not been released.The force said: “The driver of the vehicle who is believed to have been asked to leave the nightclub earlier that evening following an altercation has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody. A number of people have sustained injuries.”Footage posted on social media showed a large car, headlights still shining, on a chequered dancefloor inside a marquee at the Blake’s nightclub. Never been so scared in my life. The car came inches from running me and my friends over, What is the world coming too? SMH #Gravesend #Blakes pic.twitter.com/ETNv11yRdM— Sonny Powar (@Sonny_Powar) March 18, 2018 In another clip, security staff appear to surround the driver, and a reveller can be heard asking: “Why did he try and do that?”. Another replies: “I’m so confused.”Witness Sonny Powar said he saw two people get hit by the car before the driver was pulled from the vehicle. “(It was) just a normal night out at Blake’s Nightclub in Gravesend in Kent,” he told the Press Association.”But some guy wasn’t let into the club or got kicked out so he drove his 4×4 into the tent we was all in.”It stopped at my feet so any further and I could of died then he reversed up and we all ran. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A GUY WHO DIDNT GET LET IN THE CLUB JUST DROVE HIS CAR INSIDE AND NEARLY KILLED US ALL pic.twitter.com/8CkeUn2TSm— Reece Parkinson (@Reece_Parkinson) March 17, 2018last_img read more

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WWE RAW Ratings Viewers down for October 29 fallout from WWE Evolution

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat Pinterest WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WWE RAW Ratings are in for October 29, 2018.This week’s episode from Charlotte drew an average audience of 2.47 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that averaged 2.55 million viewers. WWE came in at No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 for the night on cable. Last week’s show, with Roman Reigns’ announcement, came in at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 7.Monday Night Football on ESPN won the night on cable (10.845 million viewers).Only the first hour of RAW this week had higher numbers than the first hour last week.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 2.723 (up from 2.609 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.455 (down from 2.622 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.237 (down from 2.413 million viewers)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams WhatsApp WWE announces new matches for RAW this Monday live at Madison Square Garden Facebook Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Wrestleview.com Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Seth Rollins Videos Articles Twitter Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Shawn Michaels Ronda Rousey Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Roman Reigns Is Back, But Not Fighting For Belts Videos Articleslast_img read more

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Ogden Publishing To Integrate Fulfillment with Email Marketing

first_img“If we know that we can have something that is automatically triggered as a result of something they’ve already purchased, that the campaign has already designed, it’s more targeted to that particular customer and we can still personalize it. It just makes us able to connect with more relevant offers and more timely as well,” Olmsted said.This will allow Ogden to update customer information daily instead of monthly from their fulfillment platform.“I think it will be advantageous not only for us but for relating to our customers as well,” Olmsted said.The purchasing information will still be maintained in the Advantage system but the customer data will be pulled into iPost nightly, which will then send customers relevant information on other products based on their recent prior purchases.This partnership will be cemented in the next three to six months, Olmsted said. Ogden Publications will be combining their in-house fulfillment database with their e-mail service provider to better market content and consumer products to readers.The blending of Advantage Computing Systems’ fulfillment platform with the iPost iMM digital e-mail marketing technology is expected to have beneficial results.“Within iPost, the only way we can get the data into our e-mail service provider database is to export it from Advantage and upload it into iPost and we do that periodically,” said Cherilyn Olmsted, circulation and marketing director for Ogden Publications. “It’s a very manual process so we wanted to get the integration in place so that it was a regular process that automatically happened.”If someone purchases a book on organic gardening and Ogden wants to offer another, similar product, the new system will automatically generate the e-mail suggestion.last_img read more

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GMA Interview Kesha Finds Hope With Rainbow

first_img “GMA” Interview: Kesha Finds Hope With ‘Rainbow’ Email Singer/songwriter reveals the deep personal connection she has to her upcoming album, as well as what it was like to collaborate with Dolly PartonRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 9, 2017 – 1:39 pm GRAMMY.comKesha’s highly anticipated Rainbow is slated for release on Aug. 11. Ahead of the album, Kesha is spreading some light on the interview circuit, including a sit-down with “Good Morning America.”Kesha dished about how the album’s title, Rainbow, symbolizes hope and represents a nod to the LGBTQ community. It doesn’t hurt Kesha hearts rainbows — she has many rainbow tattoos.To add to the dazzle of the record, Kesha collaborated with GRAMMY-winning country superstar Dolly Parton on a cover of her 1980 hit “Old Flames Can’t Hold A Candle To You” and gushed about the experience.”I’m still not over it,” she said. “So I’m just going to tell everybody about it forever.”While on set, Kesha also gave a live performance of her current hit single, “Praying” She explained to host Robin Roberts that this track, in particular, represents going through hard times and coming out the other side in one piece.”I think it’s just really important because it talks about me personally going through something really hard, lots of very hard things, making it through, not giving up and finding empathy on the other side, which is incredibly hard sometimes.”For Kesha, the meat of this album comes from the deeply personal meaning behind every track, which she hopes, in turn, helps other people.”I’ve written every song on this album, and they’re all so personal,” Kesha said. “I think this record is quite literally saving my life. And I hope you guys like it, and I hope you can hear it, and I hope it helps people.”Kesha, Arcade Fire, RAC: New Music You Need To Hear NowRead more Twitter Facebook News Hear Kesha Talk About ‘Rainbow’ gma-interview-kesha-finds-hope-rainbowlast_img read more

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How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music

first_img https://twitter.com/withAlysia/status/1050853653823803395 Facebook How Musicians Can Creatively Use Artificial Intelligence In Music Our CEO Dr. Maya Ackerman on @siliconvalleysuccesses . The episode will air on KMTV 15. #withalysia #startup #ceo #interview #music pic.twitter.com/aRnOZbEiG3— ALYSIA (@withAlysia) October 12, 2018 Computer-assisted music isn’t new, but being able to train AIs on different playlists of examples opens up new dimensions for human creativityPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 4:16 pm Artificial intelligence adds new calculations to the craft behind creating original music. Dr. Ackerman’s Alysia team’s software is the latest attention-getting AI to jump into the challenge.The “computational creativity” programmed by Alysia results from training their AIs on pop songs. The company explains they view “a computer as more than just a tool, but instead as a potential co-creative partner.”Machine-enabled music creation has a storied history all its own, with landmarks such as 1990’s MIDI software Band-in-a-Box alternatively attracting ridicule and gaining respect for fleshing out fresh ideas. As electronic music producers demonstrate, an artist’s musicianship is ultimately what generates and selects between original elements created by computer, but computational creativity adds a new wrinkle based on the musical training that is input into artificial assistants. From Artificial Intelligence To Song Creation how-musicians-can-creatively-use-artificial-intelligence-musiccenter_img Describing a three-song “Invisible Tides” playlist created with Alysia, Digital Music News revisited more of algorithmic music’s past to conclude, “maybe it’s time to embrace our robot friends.” In varying degrees, this is an embrace that has already happened, for example song recommendations on music services, analysis of what makes a hit, and many varied experiments with AI. Of course it’s what people do with their musical equipment that makes all the difference.Dr. Ackerman is part of a growing community of computer science innovators hoping to increase the range of ways anyone can boost their own ideas thanks to computerized music creation. As easy as it is to put down the derivative work of computer programs expected to generate originality, the tech is still young. But it is already possible to train different AI programs so that an artist could potentially bounce their pop/soul ideas against one AI and their rock-ballad fragments against another.At a minimum, creatives interacting playfully with machines that pop out “original” music can amp up their own search for what’s new using their minds and their fingers. For instance: What do you think about this, Alysia? How about if I change this word here and the melody goes up? What different major seventh chords could work with the fill after the bridge?This human dialog between our bodies and our instruments is bringing new things to mind. AI original music is already diverting. As with implementing most tech with music, in the right hands, it might be epic.IBM’s Watson To Bring Artificial Intelligence To The 2018 GRAMMYsRead more News Twitter Email last_img read more

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Pawan Kalyan hospitalised Ram Charan meets Jana Sena chief and wishes him

first_imgRam Charan meets Pawan KalyanFacebookJana Sena Party chief Pawan Kalyan was hospitalized on Friday, April 5, after he suffered from dehydration during the election campaign. His nephew Ram Charan met the actor at his residence and wished him a speedy recovery.Pawan Kalyan, who has been campaigning for Jana Sena in the upcoming election for some time now, was heading to Sattenapalli in Guntur district. He felt uncomfortable before boarding the helicopter at Gannavaram airport. His followers immediately rushed him to a nearby hospital. The party tweeted, “JanaSena Chief @PawanKalyan dehydrated due to lack of proper rest from past few days.”A video featuring Pawan Kalyan getting glucose injected went viral on social media. Hours after he was hospitalized, Jana Sena leader N Manohar said that the party chief would join the campaign from Saturday. But the doctor advised him to take rest for few days. He is now relaxing at his residence.Ram Charan, who is also recovering from his recent ankle injury, visited Pawan Kalyan’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his health. Later, he took to his Facebook account to share his photo with his uncle. He also said that Jana Sena Chief is unwell, but he is forced to attend the campaign from Sunday, due to his political commitments. Here are the comments posted by the mega power star on Facebook.Just met Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan Garu, a Leader I admire the most, at his residence in Vijayawada.He is extremely weak & dehydrated. Doctors have advised him to completely stop his election campaign in this extreme heat.However, due to his political commitments and shortage of time, he has decided to go ahead with his campaign in Anakapalle and Pendurthi today.The doctors have insisted on accompanying him on his campaign, but he has politely declined their offer.Wish him a speedy recovery and all the success for his service to the people.#VoteForGlass#JANASENARevolution2019It is known that Pawan Kalyan has been touring Andhra Pradesh for the past several months. He has fielded candidates from his party in all the MLA and MP constituencies, but he does not have time to campaign for all of them. The party men urged him to bring in some star campaigners form his mega family, but none has come forward to support him.His brother Nagababu is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Jana Sena in Narasapuram constituency. His wife Padmaja and daughter Niharika Konidela are campaigning for him. His son Varun Tej, who returned from the US, has also started taking part in the election campaign. Allu Arjun is set to join them soon. It is said that Ram Charan is also likely to attend rallies with his uncle in some areas.last_img read more

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Justin Bieber escalating fight challenge to Tom Cruise popstar posts video of

first_imgJustin BieberReutersJustin Bieber is either getting impatient or losing it as he escalated his demand to fight Tom Cruise by posting a video of him fighting the “Mission Impossible” star.It looks like Tom Cruise stepped up to Justin Bieber’s call to action after all. Okay, so that might be an exaggeration. But we did get to see what could happen if the actor took on Justin Bieber in a fight.Reportedly, a day after Justin bizarrely challenged Tom Cruise to an MMA fight via Twitter, a fan showed that Tom “answered” the Biebs’ call. Borrowing the iconic boxing scene from Tom’s 1992 flick, Far and Away, Justin’s face was edited onto Tom’s opponent.And those familiar with the plot of “Far and Away”, Tom Cruise knocks out his challenger. The implication is clear, Tom Cruise would beat Justin Bieber in a fight. And it looks like Justin Bieber is finally realizing that fact as the pop star captioned the video, “Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned.”  Tom Cruise makes a special theater visit at the ‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’ Seoul Screening at Lotte Cinema on July 17, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.Getty ImagesJustin Bieber showed some humility with the caption but we’re still wondering why Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to a fight in the first place. Was it a weird PR move of some sort, or has the popstar really lost his marbles? There were others who wanted the fight to take place as well, namely MMA fighter Conor McGregor who apparently even offered to host the fight. Tom Cruise did not comment or respond to Bieber’s absurd challenge, but if the “Top Gun” star had responded or better yet accepted the challenge, fans would have gone crazy. Talk about pay-per-view. You can check out the video here: Damn Tom this didn’t go as planned https://t.co/C2cXfVHZyM— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 10, 2019last_img read more

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Mamata hands over job appointment letters to wives of Iraq victims from

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee handed over appointment letters of jobs to the next of kin of the two persons from Nadia, who were killed in Iraq.The state government has also given a financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to each of the families and assured further help to them.The two of them are out of the 39 people from India who fell victim to the gruesome killing by the IS in Iraq. Both the victims were residents of Nadia district. Khokan Sikdar was a resident of Tehatta Chitka village, while Samar Thikadar was a resident of Chapra Mahakhola. Their mortal remains had been brought to their villages on Tuesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFamily members of the victims visited the state secretariat Nabanna on Friday. The Chief Minister handed over the appointment letters for job in home guard to Khokan’s wife Namita Sikdar and Samar’s wife Dipali Thikadar.Dipali’s daughter Sharmistha was also accompanying her. Namita also came along with her son Abhra and daughter Gita, who is a BA student at present.After speaking to the bereaved family members, the Chief Minister accompanied them when they were leaving the state secretariat. They were assured all support by the state government for studies of their children and even if they need any other sort of help. Sources said that they have requested if it would be possible for her to give them jobs in some other department, instead of home guards.It may recalled that on the day when all hopes of the family members of Khokan and Samar came to an end, following the announcement of External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on March 20, the Chief Minister had tweeted: “Deeply saddened and shocked by the very sad news from #Mosul. Words are not enough to console the 39 grieving families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them”.last_img read more

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Cybercriminals A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business

first_imgJuly 26, 2011 The face of today’s cybercriminal looks surprisingly familiar. He has an expansive network of partners and technology geeks. He’s contracted out research and development to write his software and middle managers to make sure everyone in his organization is doing their part to rake in the dough. He’s a smart businessman who is able to leverage others’ skill sets to turn a profit.Sounds like someone you can relate to, right–someone embracing the entrepreneurial spirit? That’s precisely the problem. That character is emblematic of the new wave of cybercriminals who are taking over the internet, making millions off the backs of honest business owners and consumers around the world.Related: Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat”Over the past year, cybercriminals have been more financially motivated than ever,” says Neil Daswani, co-founder and chief technology officer of security firm Dasient. “Cybercriminals are very entrepreneurial indeed, although they are surely not moral.”And the way things have transpired, these shadowy cybercriminals don’t even need to be tech whizzes to steal from you. “The underground economy has evolved with specific roles that are sought after and paid for,” says Michael Sutton, vice president of security research for cloud security provider Zscaler. “This has allowed criminals without a technical background to benefit from web- and e-mail-based attacks. They don’t need to create the attacks themselves–they simply purchase an exploit kit in the underground and it handles the heavy lifting for them.”The Cybercriminal SyndicateKingpinsThese are the folks who hire all the other specialists to carry out their criminal master plans.Middle managementThe kingpins usually have their team of lackeys to help mobilize the work force, pay contractors and do the dirty work involved in turning stolen identities into tangible dollars.Malware-kit writersThese coders create plug-and-play malware kits that allow non-techies to start infecting computers for profit without ever learning geek speak.Bot herdersThese specialists either use malware kits or write their own code to infect machines in order to build up a bot network of “zombie” machines to do their bidding.Flaw findersThese hackers troll the internet looking for banking and commerce sites with exploitable vulnerabilities that could be used to break in to steal information, products or money.Card cloners These are the experts tasked with turning stolen credit card information into fake credit cards that can be used at ATMs or card terminals to actually steal the money.CashersThese foot soldiers are used to take stolen cards to ATMs and make withdrawals.Money mulesMules are hired out to open up bank accounts and move stolen money from the U.S. to foreign accounts owned by the kingpins. –E.C.Today’s cybercrime economy is made up of a complicated mix of specialists, each of whom makes money doing one thing really well. It’s classic capitalism at play. There are people who write malware kits to scan the internet and infect computers automatically. There are those who use that malware to gather infected machines and control them in a collective computing pool called a botnet. There are others who rent out botnets to run larger attacks against banks, or to steal big pools of identities. There are still more criminals who use stolen identities to actually go to ATM machines and steal the money.And then there are the kingpins. Typically operating in Eastern Europe or China, beyond the law enforcement reach of Western countries, they take all the different resources available and come up with the business plans to put fraudulent schemes into action. They either put the specialists on their payroll or hire them as contractors to do their individual parts.”They piece it all together,” says David Koretz, CEO and president of security firm Mykonos Software. “They go to one group to write the virus, a second group to take the virus and use it to build a big network, a third group to find a vulnerability in an e-commerce site and a fourth group to attack that site and do tens of thousands of transactions in a few minutes by using a wide range of bots. Now all of a sudden they’ve done a million dollars of theft in a few minutes.”As a case study in the organic development of a free-market economy, the evolution of the modern hacking ecosystem is fascinating. It’s also horrifying, because it comes at the expense of small businesses. According to security experts, small businesses are ideal targets for the cybercrime syndicate because they tend to have more computers, stored data and money to steal from than the average consumer, and much fewer security protections in place than larger enterprises.”The sweet spot really is the small business,” says Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Technology and Response.One of the big misconceptions that small-business owners and sole proprietors tend to have is that they can’t possibly be targeted by the bad guys. It’s hard enough to get customers to find your website, so how’s a crook from Estonia going to find you? The thing to remember is that these criminal entrepreneurs have completely automated their hacking schemes, says Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at security firm Sophos.”We need to understand that Bob’s lawn mower business isn’t being targeted by criminals–they’re just looking for every single instance of a vulnerable website on the internet, and if they can find one, they infect it,” Wisniewski says. “So the thought that ‘I’m too small, they’re not going to hit me’ isn’t really a valid defense. Certainly you aren’t going to be targeted the same way that Sony was targeted. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be targeted–you’re just going to be targeted by an automated bot.”Clearly, you’re the hunted in all of this. And just as animals evolve to develop camouflage and protections from predators, you need to adjust your business to avoid becoming lunchmeat. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the August 2011 issue of . 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Kylie Jenners hairstylist says she has donated to his trans empowerment project

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) This organization is giving free chest binders to trans people in needRead this Teen Vogue staffer’s response to anal sex guide controversyCaitlyn Jenner to deliver lecture on diversity to UK ParliamentPINK NEWS- “To me, beauty can be empowering. What’s most important to me is people being their most empowered selves, and if self-care or beauty products can help someone walk out into the world with confidence, then I want to help them do that. Right now, my program only exists in California through the LA LGBT Center and TEEP — but I plan on setting up similar programs all over the country. We have gotten such incredible response.”He urges anyone who is able to contribute to the program.And those who do, and those who can’t should also share it on social media, he says.“I encourage every person who donates to share the positive contribution they have made via social media and inspire others to give back, too,” he adds.Jenne broke the Met Gala rules earlier this year when she posted a star-studded selfie taken in a mixed-gender bathroom.Rapper A$AP Rocky and models Paris Jackson and Luka Sabbat were celebrating the event – and somehow not freaking out about being next to other genders.Moonlight actor Ashton Sanders, as well as fellow thespians Brie Larson and Michelle Monaghan, were also living life to the fullest, without a care in the world.“I’m framing this,” one fan commented on the post.But Jenner apparently fell out with Caitlyn Jenner after she allegedly insulted Kris.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… As well as being a hairstylist, Fitzsimons has also teamed up with LA’s LGBT Center and the the Trans Economic Empowerment Program to start his own project.He asks friends, clients and colleagues to donate beauty products to trans and gender non-conforming people.And he said Jenner, Graham and Mitchell have all made large contributions, according to Teen Vogue.“The current political climate we find ourselves in now has been designed to separate us so we lose our voices,” he tells Teen Vogue.“It is more important than ever that the LGBTQ community come together to help one another, but we also need support from our allies. After years of receiving beauty and self-care products and not knowing what to do with them, I decided to set up a program where we could pool our resources and give back.“I really think this program will not only provide access to much-needed resources, but also shed a light on the need for outreach and support. I hope people will understand that there is something that they can do to help. Small acts of service add up to big changes.”He adds: “The beauty industry is such a vibrant community,” he says. Hairstylist to the stars Andrew Fitzsimons, says Kylie Jenner and others have donated to his project to empower trans people.Fitzsimons is known for creating looks for Ashley Graham, Shay Mitchell and Kylie Jenner.last_img read more

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New commission aims to revitalise NT Tourism

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W. Legislation for a Tourism Commission in the Territory has been steered through parliament in an effort to revitalise the industry for the Territory’s 700 tourism related businesses.Minister for Tourism and Major Events Matt Conlan said the legislation will see Tourism NT reconstituted as a Commission.Stating that the Commission will grow the tourism sector by bringing a new depth of expertise, Mr Conlan said the Government is determined to see the Territory marketed as one product, ‘The Northern Territory’.Appointed Commission chair is Air North chief executive officer Michael Bridge, while long-time Territory tourism administrator Tony Mayell will join the board as chief executive officer in December.“This is the first step in returning tourism to the powerhouse industry in the Territory that it once was.” A tourism commission for the NT is set to help revitalise the industry for the Territory’s 700 tourism related businesses.last_img read more

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