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Emmanuel Macron: Media Focus on My Wife’s Age is ‘Misogyny’

By Thomas DupaquierRabat – President-elect Emmanuel Macron claims that misogyny, the prejudice against women, is to blame for assumptions he is unable to love his 24 years older wife. In a discussion with reporters from Le Parisien, Emmanuel Macron brought up his relationship with his wife Brigitte Trogneux Macron following speculations that their wedding was not valid due to the large age difference.  President-elect Macron argued that if his wife had been 24 year younger than him, nobody would have questioned their relationship. He said that because she is much older than him, their relationship is untenable. Macron claims these concerns were due to widespread “misogyny” as people have “traditional, homogenous” views of society and are not open to change. The media hasn’t stopped talking about the age difference between Trogneux and Macron, although little fuss is usually made when older men marry younger women. U.S. President Donald Trump, for example, is also about 23 years older than his wife, Melania Trump. Due to their focus on the couple’s age difference, the media has largely ignored her considerable intelligence, professional and the importance she holds for her husband. While the role of first lady has no real power in France, Macron has already announced she would probably have a formal role, focusing around the development of education and other issues affecting young French people.The couple first met when Mr. Macron was a 15 years old drama student and they worked together on a play. Ms. Trogneux was already married with three children. While it is unclear when their relation started, the couple eventually married in 2007. Macron also took this opportunity to address rumors that he was gay. He claims that there is unfortunately a “rampant homophobia” in France as people would accuse him of being a homosexual as if it were a plague. The President-elect said such rumors about him were “destabilizing” for those who were closest to him and he was “sad” that politics was not more “civilized”.Trogneux hasn’t let the onslaught of insulting nicknames keep her from supporting her husband throughout the campaign and is a symbol of defiance to all those that criticized their relationship. read more

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UNbacked 2009 summit on world food crisis gains support

23 March 2009A proposed 2009 world summit on the food crisis, which continues in poor countries despite falling commodity prices, is rapidly gaining backing and growing in relevance, the United Nations agricultural agency said today. “The world food insecurity situation is unbearable,” the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) affirmed in a press statement released after the leaders of the countries of the Caribbean Economic Community (CARICOM), as well as President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil and President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, announced their support for a November parlay. According to a recent FAO report, the total number of undernourished people in the world reached 963 million in 2008, nearly 15 per cent of the world’s population, prompting the agency’s Director-General, Jacques Diouf, to call for the meeting.The proposal, FAO said, had already received support from the heads of State and Government of the League of Arab States at the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Kuwait last January. It was also backed by the African Union (AU) at its assembly in Addis Ababa in early February, as well as by the heads of state and governments of several other States.The FAO Director-General stressed that the Summit, to be held in Rome at the 36th Session of the Conference of the Organization, would reach tangible results by securing broad consensus on the total and rapid eradication of hunger and setting a new world food order.”The Summit should lead to greater coherence in the global governance of world food security. It will define how we can improve policies and the structural aspects of the international agricultural system by putting forward lasting political, financial and technical solutions to the problem of food insecurity in the world,” Mr. Diouf said. read more

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Sri Lanka and India to conduct joint oceanographic survey

The Indian Navy and Sri Lanka Navy will be conducting a joint oceanographic survey off the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka from 30 March to 11 May 2017, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.The aim of the joint survey is to update all the navigational charts covering the southern Sri Lankan waters with the latest hydrographic data and to further cooperation between the two countries in the field of hydrography. The survey will be useful in enhancing the level of navigational safety of all ships visiting Sri Lanka. Personnel from Survey Branch of the Sri Lanka Navy would be embarked onboard the ship to take part in the conduct of the survey. During the survey, extensive training would also be conducted for the embarked Sri Lanka Navy personnel. This would assist in capacity building of Sri Lanka Navy’s Hydrographic Department and would provide an opportunity for both navies to learn from each other and to build on the already existing high level of interoperability between the two navies. During its deployment, INS Darshak will also visit ports of Colombo and Galle. During the ship’s stay in harbour, a series of community welfare activities, sports and professional training exchanges have been planned between the ships’ crew and Sri Lanka Navy personnel. (Colombo Gazette) Indian Naval ship INS Darshak, an indigenously designed and constructed vessel that is fitted with the latest state of the art survey equipment would visit Sri Lanka to undertake the survey. read more

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Government accused of coverup in Lasantha Thajudeen case

Sumanthiran also said that the Government does not seem to know the name of a single Tamil journalist killed in the North.He also said that while investigations had commenced over the murder of Lasantha Wickremetunga and disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda, there were no investigations over the murder of Tamil journalists. (Colombo Gazette) “Why has there been no progress?” Sumanthiran asked. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) today accused the Government of a cover-up in the investigation into the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga and rugger player Wasim Thajudeen.TNA Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament the Government has failed to arrest those involved in the murder of journalist Lasantha Wickremetunga as well as rugger player Wasim Thajudeen. He said the Government, which took office in 2015, has made several statements but there was little or no action. read more

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RBC launches data sharing portal for app developers in step towards open

TORONTO — Royal Bank is opening up select bits of its data to external software developers in a bid to foster innovation and create new tools for consumers.The bank said Tuesday that it will allow eligible external developers and clients to access some RBC banking data to build and test banking-related applications.RBC is offering five application programming interface (API) portals based around credit card rates and fees, the minimum down payment for home buying, branch locations, mortgage amortization schedules and information about safety deposit boxes at specific branches.Review of sales practices at Big Six banks finds risks of mis-sellingWatchdog saw increase in bank-related complaints last yearBank of Montreal launches AI-powered chatbots on Facebook, TwitterThe portals will help lead to transformations in the banking sector, said Sumit Oberai, RBC senior vice-president of digital technology.“By providing external developers, industry innovators and clients with access to select RBC APIs, we have the opportunity to increase connectivity, create new tools and experiences for clients, and enable open and innovative collaboration to improve the future of banking.”The bank also says it will be launching additional portals in the future.The move is part of a wider trend towards “open banking,” where third-parties such as financial technology startups get access to bank data to develop apps.All but one of 100 payment executives at major banks globally said they were planning major investments in open banking by 2020, according to an online survey by consulting firm Accenture released last year.However, security concerns about increased sharing of data are widespread, with 50 per cent of respondents in the survey saying that a move towards open banking increases risks.RBC’s initial portals are limited to currently public information, but open banking is expected to eventually move towards customers sharing their personal banking data.The increased flow of information could open up new possibilities in online and mobile banking, such as a seamless pooling of financial data from multiple bank accounts into one app, or geolocation data overlayed on payments so consumers know exactly where their money is being spent.Governments are also considering ways to increase competition in the sector, with the Ministry of Finance saying last August that it was examining the merits of open banking.“Open banking holds the potential to make it easier for consumers to interact with financial service providers and increase competition,” the ministry said in a consultation paper as part of a review of the federal Bank Act.The Canadian Bankers Association responded to the ministry that while its members are proponents of innovation, they are also concerned about the potential impacts on safety, soundness and stability in Canada’s financial system.“Canadian banks have devoted very significant resources to creating well-established information security and data warehouses that meet the highest standards worldwide, the CBA said.“Any initiative that could undermine this trust would be very problematic for Canadian consumers, financial market participants and the broader economy.” read more

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No 21 Missouri women top Quinnipiac at Gulf Coast Showcase

ESTERO, Fla. — Sophie Cunningham scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Amber Smith also had a double-double and No. 21 Missouri beat Quinnipiac 65-51 in the consolation semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Saturday.Cunningham made 7 of 14 shots and 9 of 12 free throws, and also had three assists and two blocks. Smith had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Missouri (4-2).Cunningham scored 15 of Missouri’s 37 first-half points and the Tigers ended the half on a 13-2 run for a 15-point lead. Missouri made seven of its nine 3-point attempts in the first half.Jen Fay led Quinnipiac (2-3) with 14 points and eight rebounds.Quinnipiac was just 6-of-32 shooting (18.8 per cent) in the first half, with four makes from 3-point range. The Bobcats were held to nine points in the second quarter and trailed 37-22 at the break. Quinnipiac started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to pull to 49-40.The Associated Press read more

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Abuse survivors helpline expects 12 per cent increase in calls

first_imgA TELEPHONE COUNSELLING service for abuse survivors said that it expects a 12 per cent increase in calls this year.Connect Counselling said it anticipates a 12 per cent increase in calls received during opening hours in 2013, receiving approximately 8,300 calls compared to 7,376 last year.Its counsellors also expect to answer a greater percentage of calls during opening hours this year, with 80 per cent answered compared to 75 per cent in 2012.Connect said that the overall number of calls received this year, which includes calls inside and outside of opening hours in line, is anticipated to be just over 11,000. This figure is similar to 2011 and 2012.CallsConnect has based its 2013 figures on the number of calls which it has received so far this year, saying it expects them to continue at a similar level to the end of December.The increase reflects the continuing year-on-year growth in demand for the service, said Connect.Connect manager Theresa Merrigan expressed concern about the number of calls that go unanswered:The 2013 figures show that the service has challenges with capacity. 20 per cent of overall calls are received when the service is closed and 20 per cent of calls received during opening hours are not answered due to staff capacity.She said that an increasing number of callers to Connect talk to the counsellors about isolation:Many callers present with psychiatric histories and are not availing of other professional or community support. Isolation is one of the key issues that callers talk about.According to Connect:The most common setting for abuse to have happened to callers (from October 2012 – September 2013) was in the family (40 per cent), followed by the community (26 per cent)Institutional abuse accounted for 16 per cent of callsHowever, this figure rose at times of public focus on institutional abuse, accounting for 22 per cent of calls at the period of the Magdalene Report in early 2013.Callers were 64 per cent female, 35.5 per cent male and .5 per cent transgender. This represents an increase in the number of men contacting Connect.The service also noted:51 per cent of callers reported sexual abuse.Of callers who reported abuse within families, 27 per cent said that it was perpetrated by the brother, 25 per cent father, 10 per cent uncle and 7 per cent grandfather. 17 per cent of institutional survivors who contacted the service reported an experience of sexual abuse.This year, Connect received calls from all counties in the Republic as well as from Northern Ireland and Britain.“Calls from the UK accounted for 3 per cent of calls during the October 2012 – September 2013 period, up from 1.5 per cent in 2011,” said Merrigan. “We would like this figure to be higher as many abuse survivors now live in the UK.”Of the calls that came from the Republic, a high proportion of callers were from Dublin, Cork, Galway and the commuter counties around Dublin.“We would encourage more callers from rural areas, particularly from the Western seaboard counties,” Merrigan said.Connect Counselling is available Wednesday to Sunday from 6-10pm at 1800 477 477 and from the UK at 0800 477 477 77. Read: Abuse counselling service extends hours until 6 January>last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Thursday

first_img No Comments By Hayley Halpin 6,589 Views Apr 11th 2019, 4:46 PM Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 4:45 PM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4587885 Source: Shutterstock/Linn CurrieEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #ASSANGE: Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has appeared in court in London after being arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy on foot of extradition warrant.2. #BREXIT: UK Prime Minister Theresa May has told the House of Commons that if MPs want to get on with leaving the EU, they “need to start this process soon”.3. #BORDER FOX: Former INLA man Dessie O’Hare, who was known as ‘The Border Fox’ has been jailed for seven years. 4. #RACHEL ALLEN: The teenage son of chef Rachel Allen has signed a plea of guilty to six drugs charges following his arrest last year in East Cork.5. #MURDER: A 36-year-old woman has been jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder a civil servant walking home from work in Dublin two years ago. Share1 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…last_img read more

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Le Parti Socialiste dévoile son programme pour lInternet

first_imgLe Parti Socialiste dévoile son programme pour l’InternetMartine Aubry, première secrétaire du parti socialiste a dévoilé sur le site Rue89 les ambitions du Parti Socialiste en matière d’Internet. Le PS dévoile ainsi une partie de son programme pour l’élection présidentielle de 2012 et rappelle qu’il souhaite faire disparaitre l’Hadopi. Droit à la connexion, neutralité du web, aides aux jeunes entrepreneurs français. Martine Aubry dévoile les ambitions du PS dans une tribune publiée sur le site rue89.com. La première secrétaire dit vouloir placer “le numérique au cœur du redressement économique”. “Le numérique va nous aider à apporter des réponses à des questions essentielles : le climat, l’énergie, l’éducation, la santé. C’est pour chacun de nous, un outil d’autonomie. C’est pour notre pays une filière qui « tire » un quart des nouveaux emplois, et réunit plus d’un million d’empois, en direct ou indirectement”. Le Parti Socialiste veut donc soutenir l’économie numérique et en particulier les sociétés françaises. Dans sa tribune, elle parle de plusieurs sociétés françaises en pointe dans ce domaine, dans la région Nord, Ankama mais également partour en France, Free, Ubisoft, Dailymotion. La première secrétaire se fixe également plusieurs objectifs. Martine Aubry parle en particulier du droit à la connexion. “Il faut pouvoir accéder à l’Internet partout et à tout moment : dans les trains comme dans les aéroports, les hôpitaux et les mairies, les jardins publics ou les hôtels. Et il faudrait y accéder gratuitement”.Abroger la loi Hadopi À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Pour Martine Aubry, d’ici 10 ans, tous les français de tout âges devront avoir accès à l’Internet, mais particulièrement à l’Internet haut débit et ce à des prix décents. “L’ambition de la décennie qui vient sera de réaliser le déploiement des réseaux à très haut débit, pour les usages fixes, avec la fibre optique, ou mobiles, et à des prix décents”. Pour y parvenir, Martine Aubry propose “de relancer une autre stratégie d’investissement, autour d’un opérateur qui coordonnerait tous les efforts publics, et qui favoriserait le co-investissement avec les opérateurs privés”.Autre sujet abordé, la loi Hadopi. Dans sa tribune, la socialiste explique “la guerre faite aux internautes qui partagent -en même temps qu’ils achètent – n’aura plus lieu”. Elle préconise “l’abandon de la loi Hadopi, coûteuse, inefficace et à contre-temps”.Le 22 juin 2011 à 10:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Days Gone Is the Next Big PlayStation Franchise

first_img‘WeedCraft Inc.’ Provides the Ultimate High‘Dangerous Driving’ Is an Imperfect ‘Burnout’ Successor‘We. The Revolution’ Is ‘Ace Attorney’ With More Beheadings I always found the existence of Days Gone curious. After all, Sony Interactive Entertainment already has a post-apocalyptic “zombie” series with The Last of Us. After spending over 80 hours with Bend Studios’ latest, I’m happy to say it is not a clone of Naughty Dog’s beloved franchise. Though Days Gone doesn’t tread new ground, it delivers a satisfying, long-lasting adventure filled with enjoyable gameplay and a solid narrative.The game takes place two years after a mysterious virus turns billions of humans into cannibalistic homicidal maniacs dubbed “freakers.” Players take on the role of former biker and outlaw, Deacon St. John, who lost his wife when the world initially went to hell. Over two years later, he spends his days completing odd jobs along with his friend, “Boozer.” Deacon’s already hectic post-apocalyptic life gets worse when Boozer receives a fatal injury. St. John also discovers his wife may not be dead after all. As the story unfolds, Deacon learns the truth behind the viral outbreak and witnesses the darkest depths of humanity.Days Gone’s post-apocalyptic setting has elements we’re all familiar with: devastated cities, infected monstrosities, and nefarious humans. What elevates it above similar fare are its three-dimensional characters and gripping narrative. Deacon St. John and his allies are relatable individuals you’ll root for. Even when the gameplay gets repetitive, you continue playing to discover where the tale goes next. The story and its various subplots aren’t for the faint of heart. However, there’s a hopeful undercurrent that keeps things from becoming too depressing. Even taking side missions into account, the narrative has a nice flow that maintains its momentum.Deacon gets around on his trusted motorcycle. In fact, it’s the preferred method of travel for most denizens in this world. Considering the deteriorated roads littered with abandoned vehicles and debris, riding a bike instead of a car makes perfect sense. Even without upgrades to make your bike handle better and drive faster, bike mechanics are smooth and responsive. Driving around on your hog is a true pleasure.If you’re familiar with third person shooters, you’ll feel right at home here. Deacon is proficient with both firearms and melee weapons. You can purchase weapons at camps or pilfer them from defeated enemies. Taking cover behind rocks, cars, and fences is crucial for surviving shootouts. Rolling is great for dodging attacks and maneuvering to different cover spots. Shooting mechanics feel loose at first, but unlocking perks and purchasing better weapons raises your precision. Taking out humans and infected by blowing their heads off never gets old.When dealing with the infected, it’s sometimes better to use melee weapons. Bashing heads with a two-by-four not only saves ammo, but kills enemies quietly. Melee encounters can get tense since you have to focus on both attacking and dodging. Freakers strike quickly, so it’s best to land a few blows then roll away. Axes, machetes, and crafted weapons make instant work out of most foes. No matter what instrument you dispense death with, it’ll eventually break — leaving you with only a weak knife. Thankfully, there’s plenty of melee weapons lying around so you don’t need to worry much about breaking whatever you’re using.Crafting is an important gameplay mechanic. Craftable items include medicine, melee weapons, bombs, and cocktails which momentarily boost your health, stamina, and focus regeneration. You can craft items at any time via the weapon wheel, provided you have enough ingredients. Most buildings have kerosene and rags for molotovs, bandages and sterilizers for healing, and scrap to fix your bike. Abandoned vehicles also contain scrap. Crafting items is easy and quickly becomes second nature.You’ll gain experience points by completing missions and killing enemies. After obtaining enough points, you’ll reach a new skill level and receive a skill point. You can use skills in three categories: melee, weapons, and survival. Unlocking melee and weapon perks help make you a more efficient killer. Survival perks give you additional environmental awareness and the ability to craft better items. The game is generous with skill points so you’ll always have new skills to unlock.Deacon also gets stronger with NERO injectors. NERO injectors boost health, stamina, and focus. You find injectors at NERO sites scattered throughout the map. Unfortunately, getting to one isn’t easy. You have to activate each checkpoint by restoring its power. This requires putting gas in a generator, replacing a missing fuse, or both. You also need to destroy all speakers in a checkpoint as restoring power with active speakers alerts nearby infected. It’s always a good idea to visit NERO checkpoints whenever possible.Allied camps give you a reprieve from killing and scrounging. They’re also where you initiate missions and purchase good and services. Merchants sell you weapons, ammo, suppressors, and health items. Mechanics upgrade, refuel, and fix your bike. They also let you customize your bike’s appearance. You can sell freaker parts, animal meat, and collected plants to bounty and kitchen stands (respectively). Completing missions for camps rewards you with currency to purchase items. It also raises your overall trust level with that camp. Higher camp levels let you buy better equipment and upgrades. You don’t want to go long without visiting camps.There are a large number of missions to complete. You get missions either through exploring the world or from specific camps. Most missions have you retrieving specific items for allies or killing humans and infected. There are only a handful of mission types but the different environments they’re located in help them feel unique.Marauder and ambush camps have you facing off against human opponents. Factions like Rippers, Marauders, Anarchists, and Drifters make life difficult for citizens. Clearing these camps not only helps average folks, but makes it easier to travel. It’s annoying driving down the street only to get shot at by a random sniper. You can clear camps either stealthily or by going in with all guns blazing. I preferred doing the latter, though going in sneakily is rewarding, too. If you want, you can lure nearby infected into an enemy camp and let them do your dirty work. I recommend clearing Marauder camps since each has a bunker you can fast travel to.Bounty Hunter and Protecting the Weak missions also have you battling people. When going after bounties, you’ll either have to enter a camp and kill everyone in it or chase down prey on your motorcycle. Both scenarios end with you taking an item from your bounty back to camp. Protecting the Weak has you going to enemy camps to rescue hostages. Both mission types are variations of Marauder and Ambush camps. My personal favorites are motorcycle chases since they’re so exciting. I only wish there were more.The infected are an ever-present threat. If you want to diminish their numbers in an area, you can destroy their nests with molotov cocktails. You’ll know you’re near a nest when Deacon complains about the smell they emit. The catch with infected nests is once you set one ablaze, a swarm will come running out. It’s best to have a good place to hide before setting these freaker homes ablaze.You’ll encounter various types of infected. Most infected are average sized and slash at you with their claws. Infected children called “newts” prefer surprise attacks from behind. “Screamers” emit a loud yell which disorients and brings other infected to the area. Even more infected types exists, but I won’t spoil that here. Days Gone doesn’t have an overabundance of enemy types, but there’s enough to keep you on your toes.Besides the motorcycle, the main draw of Days Gone is hordes. Having hundreds of infected descend upon you at once is equally thrilling and terrifying. At first, there’s nothing you can do against a horde but run for your life. Later on, you’ll have weapons and tools that make dealing with hordes manageable. But even if you’re decked out with military-grade weapons, bombs, and cocktails, you’ll need to keep your wits about you and use the environment wisely in order to survive. Hordes are not a joke.While Days Gone doesn’t have the graphical prowess of other PS4 exclusives, it’s still an impressive looking title. Environments come to life in stunning detail. Everything from ruined towns, destroyed roads, lush grasslands, and frozen forests feel real. The world looks great no matter if it’s a bright sunny day or a dark stormy night. The highlight are the characters and their expressive facial animations. You sometimes forget these are digital creations and not actual people. I expect many gamers will take full advantage of photo mode.For an open-world title, Days Gone doesn’t have many bugs or graphical hitches. I didn’t experience anything crazy like falling through the world or enemies getting stuck in the environment. I only suffered two crashes during my entire playthrough. There were moments when the frame rate dropped considerably. This only ever happened when driving, but it’s not something that occurred consistently. Overall, Days Gone runs and plays smoothly.I was on the fence about Days Gone because it contained so many elements I’ve grown tired of. Thankfully, it won me over thanks to its tight combat, abundant missions, precise driving mechanics, and immersive narrative. It’s always nice to play a game that bucks your expectations and leaves you wanting more. Days Gone is another winner for Sony and the PlayStation 4.More on Geek.com: Stay on targetcenter_img These Are the Games You Should Check Out in April 2019After ‘Days Gone,’ What’s The Next Early 2019 Gaming Casualty? last_img read more

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Stephanie McMahons announcement regarding the main event at WrestleMania

first_imgFacebook Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Becky Lynch Charlotte Flair Now Playing Up Next Why Is Becky Lynch Is Calling Out Ronda Rousey Ahead Of Wrestlemania 35? WhatsApp WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Stephanie McMahon announced on RAW tonight that the main event at WrestleMania 35 will be for both the RAW and Smackdown Women’s Championships.When RAW went on the air, Stephanie joked about how her announcement regarding the women’s championships was that she was adding herself to the match.However, the real news is that both women’s titles will be on the lin involving RAW Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey, Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch this Sunday night at Metlife Stadium.McMahon called it a “Winner Takes All” match.Make sure to read Mike Tedesco’s live recap of RAW in progress.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:31 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 Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Twitter Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Awardlast_img read more

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On Location LA Get Grounded With Rising Star Jade Novah

first_img Facebook The singer/songwriter stays true to her intuition and shares the inspiration behind her music and artist nameAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2018 – 7:41 am In the most recent episode of the Recording Academy’s new music and travel series “On Location,” singer/songwriter Jade Novah gives us a taste of Los Angeles’ spiritual side and shares the connection between her music and artist name. Email “On Location: L.A.”: Get Grounded With Rising Star Jade Novah News Get Grounded With Rising Star Jade Novah location-la-get-grounded-rising-star-jade-novah NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 29, 2018 – 7:39 am Get Grounded With Rising Star Jade Novah Twitter In “On Location: L.A.” host Charlie Travers chats with musicians around the city to get a personal taste of the place they call home and to visit the different spots that inspire their music and boost their creativity. Originally from Cleveland, up-and-coming star Jade Novah takes us to the welcoming, crystal-filled House of Intuition in L.A. where she tells us a bit about her debut album, All Blue.”Everything is about elevating spiritually. The way that I love, the way that I treat people,” she explains as she shares the message behind her music.The breakout star is letting her voice shine as she finally takes center stage – she spent plenty of time writing songs for other artists, singing backup vocals and touring with megastars, including GRAMMY-winner Rihanna. She gained a large following in recent years on YouTube for her covers of Rihanna, Beyoncé and more.Novah is staying grounded yet aiming for the stars with her music: “I gave myself the name Jade because of the stone, which represents positivity and love and feminine energy; and Novah is an exploding star,” she shares.See who else Travers meets and what other L.A. hidden gems she explores in the full episode, including a sustainable vegan restaurant run by DJ/producer Moby and a former punk-venue-turned-surf-museum with Noodles of the Offspring.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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OBITUARY Daniel C Wandell Jr 55

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Daniel C. Wandell, Jr. “Danny”, age 55, of Tewksbury, formerly a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 10, 2018. Born in Winchester on February 26, 1963, Dan was the beloved son of Daniel and Catherine Wandell. Danny grew up in a large family in Wilmington and graduated from Wilmington High School. He was a devoted employee as the Director of Operations in the Secretary of State office in Boston.Danny loved all kinds of sports. He enjoyed golfing, crunching through different players stats and loved hockey, especially the Bruins. He enjoyed watching his children as they played various sports and carried that through to watching his grandson Jaxon at all his games.Family was the most important thing to Dan. His children and grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved to spend time with them and would take the kids to amusements parks, on trips, and his legendary sleepovers with his granddaughter Paige that always involved ample amounts of candy. He looked forward to their annual trip to Storyland and Santa’s Village that they just returned from last week. These are special memories will forever live on in their hearts.Danny was the devoted father of Victoria Smith & her husband J.T. of Westford, Curtis Wandell & his wife Hayley of Tewksbury and Allyson Wandell of Avondale, Arizona. Loving “Pa” of Paige, A.J., Jaxon, Payton, Landon, and soon to be Lily. Cherished son of the late Daniel C. Sr. and Catherine E. “Betty” (Hennessy) Wandell, dear brother of Kim McDonough-Gawron of Hollis, ME, Joan Wandell of Lowell, Susan Landry & her late husband William of Billerica, Nancy Brothers & her husband Patrick of Tewksbury, Kathy Mireault & her husband Erik of Lowell and Michael Wandell & his wife Bridget of Dracut. Danny is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, August 14th 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, at 10:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, August 13th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations in Danny’s memory may be made to Tewksbury Youth Skating Association, PO Box 694, Tewksbury, MA 01876.Daniel C. Wandell, Jr.(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Alaskas popular walrus cam streams again after a decade

first_imgA popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach is once again streaming on the Internet.The high-definition stream from Alaska’s remote Round Island had been dormant for nearly a decade after private funding ran out.But thanks to the philanthropic organization explore.org, the cam is again up and running.Every summer, up to 15,000 walruses haul out on the island about 400 miles southwest of Anchorage in northern Bristol Bay.There are four cameras pointed at two beaches on the remote island.But like in 2005, the camera will be offline for a week in the fall so Alaska Natives can take part in a legal subsistence hunt of the walruses.last_img read more

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State seeks power to prosecute Bill Allen on federal trafficking charge

first_imgAlaska Attorney General Craig Richards. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)Download AudioAlaska Attorney General Craig Richards says the state wants authority to pursue charges against former VECO boss Bill Allen for allegedly transporting a young woman across state lines for sex. The state has tried before, but in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch today, Richards cites a new law that requires her to allow the state to pursue the federal case, or provide a detailed explanation why she won’t.Richards, the state’s top lawyer, says the explanation would matter.“Because, of course, there has been a longstanding supposition … that maybe an immunity deal was cut with Mr. Allen that basically allowed him to not be prosecuted for the crimes committed to his minor victims in return for his testimony against U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens in his political corruption trial in 2008,” Richards said.Allen, once a powerful Alaska businessman and political kingmaker, was the key witness against Stevens. Allen has also been accused in a civil lawsuit of having paid sex with a teenager, starting, she says, when she was 15 and continuing after she moved out of state.Defenders of the late Sen. Stevens allege Allen lied on the stand in the Stevens trial to avoid charges he victimized the girl.If the state had reliable evidence Allen had sex with a girl younger than 16, it could bring a child sexual abuse case,U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. (Photo by Josh Edge/APRN)under state law. John Skidmore, the head of the criminal division at the state Department of Law, says both Anchorage Police and the FBI investigated.“We did review the information in that investigation and came to the conclusion that we would not be able to file any state charges against Mr. Allen for anything found in that investigation,” Skidmore said. “However, our review did suggest there were potential Mann Act violations.”The Mann Act is a federal law making it a crime to transport a person over state lines for prostitution or human trafficking. For the Mann Act, the victim’s age doesn’t matter. But that’s a federal law, and Skidmore says the Feds have refused to prosecute the case, or to turn over their investigative files.“We want to know the rest of the information that the Department of Justice has so that we can determine if there are appropriate Mann Act violations, then we’d like to pursue those,” he said.The Feds can “cross-designate” state attorneys to prosecute federal cases, but they’ve refused to do that, too.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says the Justice Department has been ignoring the state’s requests for information about Allen for years, dating back to Sullivan’s turn as state A.G.“Well, that ends today,” Sullivan said, speaking at the state’s press conference.The state has new leverage in federal law. Sullivan last year added an amendment to a human trafficking bill that requires the U.S. Attorney General to cross-designate states to prosecute Mann Act violations, or explain why that would undermine the administration of justice.Sullivan says the state’s use of the new law sends a message of deterrence.“That if you’re a perpetrator  of these kinds of crimes – sexual abuse of minors, human trafficking – that the state of Alaska, state officials, federal officials working together, are not going to rest until you are brought to justice,” Sullivan said.Paul Stockler, an attorney representing Allen in the civil case, says Allen didn’t violate the Mann Act.“He wasn’t transporting girls to Alaska for sex.”Also, Stockler says, his client didn’t knowingly have sex with a minor.“She held herself out to be of age, and we believe her to have been of age.”Allen, former owner of oil field services company VECO, served a jail sentence for bribing state legislators.  His testimony helped convict Sen. Stevens, but that conviction was later thrown out for prosecutorial misconduct.last_img read more

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Alibabas Jack Ma emerges as a Communist Party member

first_imgAlibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attends Alibaba Group`s 11.11 Singles` Day global shopping festival in Shanghai, China, 12 November 2018. Photo: ReutersJack Ma, founder of Chinese tech giant Alibaba, is among the world’s richest people but he has now emerged as a member of another club: China’s 89-million-strong Communist Party.The billionaire’s Communist bona fides were revealed by the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, in an article praising contributors to China’s development.He is neither the first nor likely the last Chinese super-rich capitalist to join the party, which counts property titan Xu Jiayin and Wanda Group founder Wang Jianlin among its billionaire members.But Ma’s membership had not been known until now as China’s richest man had previously suggested that he preferred to stay out of politics.In Monday’s article, the People’s Daily said Ma was a party member who has played an important role in pushing China’s Belt and Road global trade infrastructure initiative — a pet project of president Xi Jinping.He has also been honoured as one of the “outstanding builders of socialism with Chinese characteristics in Zhejiang Province,” where Alibaba is based, the daily said.Joining the party can be helpful to private businessmen and women in the country as they navigate a complicated business environment where the state-led economy dominates many industries and private business can be unwelcome.Xi has renewed a push to expand the Communist Party’s influence in private business, requiring any company with more than three party members to set up a party cell, or lacking numbers, join with nearby firms.Three in four private companies already host party organisations.”We must do a good job in the education and management of party members and guide them to play an active role,” Xi told officials in Shanghai earlier this month, noting the increase in private employment and new types of employment.Xi is pushing to further intertwine the party and business, with the latest rewrite to the rules for party organisations published Sunday by official news agency Xinhua.In private companies party cells should “guide and supervise the enterprise to strictly abide by national laws and regulations,” the draft order says, according to Xinhua.Ma did not reveal his Communist Party membership in paperwork filed for Alibaba’s 2014 initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange. It is not known if Ma was a member at the time.A spokeswoman for Alibaba declined to comment.Ma — who announced in September that he would step down as head of Alibaba next year — has previously indicated he preferred to keep the Chinese state at arm’s length.”My philosophy is to be in love with the government, but never marry them,” he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007.But party members must hold up their right fist and recite an oath upon joining.”Be loyal to the party, work actively, fight for communism all one’s life, always be prepared to sacrifice everything for the party and people, and never betray the party,” they recite.last_img
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Harris County Organizes Recovery Fair For Residents Affected By Hurricane Harvey

first_imgInformation about the fair:The Harvey Recovery Fair will take place Saturday, October 7, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.At the Harris County Precinct 2 North East Community Center, located a James Driver Park, 10918 Bentley St, Houston, TX 77093.Free meals will be available for residents attending. The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will put together a recovery fair on Saturday for those  affected by Hurricane Harvey. The event, the county says, will connect victims with information about available disaster assistance programs from governmental and non-profit organizations. The Harvey Recovery Fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Harris County Precinct 2 North East Community Center, located at James Driver Park, 10918 Bentley St, Houston, TX 77093.Representatives from Harris County, the City of Houston, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and other volunteer agencies will be available to answer questions and help residents apply for disaster assistance. Additional recovery fairs will be held in the coming weeks to assist residents that live in other areas of Harris County. Participating Organizations: Harris County Judge Ed EmmettHarris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency ManagementHarris County Office of Commissioner Jack MormanHarris County Community Services Department Harris County Engineering DepartmentHarris County Flood Control DistrictHarris County Public LibraryHarris County Public Health ServicesHarris Center for Mental Health and IDDCity of Houston 311City of Houston Solid Waste DepartmentCity of Houston Public Works and EngineeringFederal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)Small Business Administration (SBA)U.S. Administration of Children and Families – Immediate Disaster Case ManagementAmerican Red CrossUnited Way of Greater HoustonLone Star Legal AidTexas Gulf Coast VOADBilly Graham Ministries Rapid Response TeamWorkforce Solutions center_img Sharelast_img read more

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Zuckerbergs Pivot Message Facebook Will Keep Building

first_imgFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg struck a defiant tone during his opening keynote for the company’s f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, assuring developers that the company wasn’t slowing down. “We will keep building,” he announced to applause from the audience.Zuckerberg did spend a significant amount of time talking about Facebook’s recent problems, highlighting the work that the company has been doing to combat fake news, election interference, and privacy intrusions.“This has been an intense year,” Zuckerberg quipped. “I can’t believe we are only four months in.”Facebook’s chief executive once again mentioned that the company was in the process of hiring 20,000 people to shore up security, something the company had previously committed to. He promised that Facebook was making “good promise” on fighting fake news, but also admitted that some of these problems could never really be solved. ×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 “We will make mistakes, and they will have consequences, and we will need to fix them,” he said. “Security isn’t a problem that you ever fully solve.”Zuckerberg also had one privacy-related news bit to share: The company is going to build new privacy tools that will allow its users to see which third-party apps and websites are gaining access to their information. Users will also be able to delete any such information, and opt out of future information sharing, something that Zuckerberg likened to the ability to delete cookies with a web browser. The information in question includes analytics data that Facebook shares with publishers, as well as data transmitted as part of its ad network.Zuckerberg a minute to acknowledge the departure of Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum, saying that he had been “a tireless advocate for privacy and encryption.” Facebook wouldn’t have built what essentially became the largest end-to-end encrypted messaging network with Whatsapp if it hadn’t been for Koum, Zuckerberg said. Koum had announced his departure from the company Monday, and a report in the Washington Post had pointed to disagreements over encryption as well as ways to monetize Whatsapp.Zuckerberg spent some 16 minutes talking about the company’s recent crisis before moving on to a large number of product updates for Facebook services like Instagram, Messenger and Facebook itself. The announcements also included the launch of the Oculus Go VR headset.This year’s keynote lacked the far-out technology optimism that Zuckerberg displayed in previous years.  But the presentation was clearly designed as a way to turn a page for the company, with Zuckerberg even making light of some of the company’s recent troubles by jokingly using his recent Congressional testimony as a use case for the company’s Watch Party feature. “Let’s say your friend is testifying in Congress. You can laugh together, you can cry together,” he joked, adding: “Let’s not do this again soon.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

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Japans IBIS keyhole surgery robot demonstrated w Video

first_img The team of scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TokyoTech), have been developing their robotics system for some years. It consists of a master unit connected to a slave unit. The master unit is operated by the surgeon, who views the surgery on a stereoscopic 3D display and moves the robot’s arms by means of two finger- and hand-operated joysticks with multiple controls. The slave unit consists of pneumatically driven arms that carry out the delicate surgery.IBIS is unusual in being driven pneumatically, and they say this makes the robot arms more gentle when it touches the patient because the air pressure at the tip of the robot arm can be used to estimate the force being applied. Being pneumatically operated also means the system can be more lightweight and compact than similar electrically operated robots.One advantage of using robots to perform keyhole surgery is that they eliminate hand shake, which can be a problem in this type of minimally invasive surgery, where a steady hand is vital. The force feedback signals relayed to the operator are produced without the need for force sensors, simply by inference from the air pressure at the tip. The lack of force feedback has been a major challenge in the development of successful robot-assisted minimally-invasive surgery (RMIS). A group of robotics scientists in Japan have demonstrated their pneumatic robot, IBIS, which is designed for performing keyhole surgery. They say it may cost as little as one tenth the price of its main rival, Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot. © 2013 Phys.org Associate Professor Kotaro Todano of the Precision and Intelligence Laboratory at TokyoTech recently demonstrated IBIS, and showed that operators had fine control of the arms in manipulating a variety of small objects.The Intuitive Surgical da Vinci robot is priced at around two million US dollars, and the TokyoTech team think their robot will cost somewhere between one tenth and one third of its American rival, partly because it is more compact and pneumatic, but also because many off-the-shelf components are used in its construction. They expect the robot will be available for practical use in four or five years.Via Diginfo TV OB/GYNs told robot hysterectomy not best optioncenter_img Explore further Citation: Japan’s IBIS keyhole surgery robot demonstrated (w/ Video) (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-japan-ibis-keyhole-surgery-robot.html 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

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Amazon Unveils Its Fire Phone

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » In Seattle, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the e-commerce giant’s further foray into mobile, with the launch of the Fire Phone. For those following Amazon, this shouldn’t be a huge surprise.Earlier this month, the online retailer rolled out a 50-second teaser video that had customers looking at the hidden-from-view device and remarking on it with variations of “Whoa,” and “I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that.” It wasn’t too much of a stretch to assume the gadget they were examining was indeed a smartphone.Leading up to the launch event, attendees received a copy of the CEO’s favorite childhood book, Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard P. Kessler and note from Bezos that said “I think you’ll agree the world is a better place when things are a little bit different.”   Related: Stephen Colbert Throws Punches at AmazonTo that end, the phone has a 4.7-inch screen, a durable Gorilla Glass 3 and rubber frame and aluminum buttons. It comes with 2GB of RAM, a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization to combat shaky handling and four front facing cameras (complete with infrared lights) that create a 3-D “dynamic perspective.”That “dynamic perspective” changes the images users see as the device is tiled and moved around. You can angle the phone to scroll through an article or gallery of photos. For example, when playing a game, you can do so without touching the screen — the phone will track your head and face at all times to adjust to your movements.Also included is free unlimited photo storage on the Amazon cloud drive and magnetized ear buds with a flat cable (in an attempt to cut down on tangling).  Plus, you can “fling” videos from your phone to Amazon TV and with their Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) technology the phone can predict what you want to watch and pre-buffer it. The phone also comes with free “Mayday” customer support like with the Kindle Fire.Related: Amazon Will Now Manage Subscription Payments for Startups and BusinessesAt the event Bezos also demonstrated a new app called Firefly. With Firefly, the phone can recognize images of books, DVDs, URLs, bar codes and QR Codes and search for them in the database for users to be able to purchase. Bezos says it can identify more than 100 million items — from a song to a work of art to an episode of Game of Thrones. There is a Firefly button on the phone and third-party developers like myfitnesspal, iHeartRadio and Vivino, have already utilized Firefly SDK.The phone starts at $199 and AT&T will be the exclusive carrier with a two-year contract. Customers can pre-order it now and it will ship on July 25th. Twelve months of Amazon Prime are included and existing Prime members get an additional 12 months free with the purchase. Another mobile partnership was also announced this week.  Starting in the fall, Blackberry 10 devices will offer users 240,000 Android apps from the Amazon store like Candy Crush Saga, Netflix and Pinterest.  Related: Amazon May Launch a Local Services Marketplace Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 3 min read June 18, 2014last_img read more

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