Modis Himalayan warning

first_imgKedarnath: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to Kedarnath, Uttarakhand, on May 19, 2019. (Photo: IANS)Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kedarnath temple and his meditation at 12,000 ft above sea level in the Garhwal Himalayas was an extraordinary event. It will probably go down in history as the highest level of meditation ever performed by any head of government. The fact that it happened just after the campaigning ended in the marathon 40-day Indian elections, and just before the counting of votes, made it singularly curious. Also Read – A staunch allyWrapped in traditional Garhwali outfit, Modi was seen walking on the snow-shovelled path with the backdrop of the majestic and imposing wall of the snow-clad Himalayas. Many termed it a serious and inspiring spiritual expedition; others found it full of political motives and even politically unethical. The real hidden message, however, was missed by the Indian media. That message is embedded in the Himalayan background that was clearly visible in the images appearing in media. That showed receding snowlines exposing the rocky walls of the Himalayas due to climate change. Also Read – Cuban pathosThe memories of the havoc caused six years back at the temple site by melting glaciers and flash floods in river Mandakini are as fresh as images of Modi trekking around the Kedarnath temple in May 2019. The Chorabari lake that overflowed and the eruption of the ferocious flow of the river in 2013 were certainly manifestations of global warming. A review by Modi of the rehabilitation efforts started soon after that climate tragedy conveyed a strong message about the cost and the time needed to rebuild and redevelop the area. That is the message about the damage that could be caused by climate change which was lost on the media which saw everything through a political prism. Indeed, during the fierce cacophony of the campaign trail and heated debates of a fiercely fought election, the heating of the planet took a back seat. Himalayan meltdown will result in unparalleled human sufferings in the world’s most populated region fed by the Himalayan rivers. No estimate has yet been made of how much snow has been lost in the Himalayas, the way it is done for Antarctic and Arctic, but the risk of a Himalayan meltdown currently poses an existential threat to India’s people, development, faith, and spiritualism. No amount of farm loan waiver, free electricity and free doles promised during election would address that threat of climate change. The report published by The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in 2019, just a couple of months before the announcement of the Indian national election, was revealing. That was the report on Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Assessment, the first such assessment of impacts of climate change on the ecologically important but fragile region. The HKH is often called the world’s ‘third pole’ as it contains the most ice outside of theAntarctic and Arctic regions. The report stated that the HKH region-spread over 3,500 square km across eight countries including India and China, is warming faster than the global average. The HKH also provides essential resources, especially water, to over a billion people and feeds the grain baskets of Asia. A third of the glaciers in the HKH ranges will melt by 2100 due to climate change, irreversibly affecting the population of nearly half a billion people in the north and northeast India that depends on the water from rivers originating from Himalaya including the Ganges. The dark side of the conclusion of ICIMOD report is that any changes in the HKH region would have a bearing on the Indian monsoon that already shows signs of changes in spread and distribution and, in turn, on the livelihoods ecological systems dependent on it. A ray of hope lies in drastically cutting global emissions in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade above pre-industrial levels. Though Paris climate agreement aims for limiting the temperature to 2 degrees centigrade, world leaders agreed to attempt a highly ambitious target to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees. To achieve that, the world would have to curb its carbon emissions by 50 per cent of 2017 levels by 2030 and then achieve 100 per cent reduction by 2050, according to a summary of IPCC report, released late in 2018. The grim fact emerging from ICIMOD’s report is that even if carbon emissions are cut, succeeding in limiting global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, 36 per cent of the glaciers in the HKH will be gone by 2100. If, the world does not act at all on reducing Green House Gases (GHGs) emissions, two-thirds of all glaciers could be gone by the end of the century. About 15 per cent of the glaciers have already disappeared. Once the glaciers have melted and the resultant devastating floods have receded, the rivers will run dry. The worst news came on the day when Modi was trekking around the Kedarnath temple. The concentration of carbon dioxide, one of the major GHGs in the earth’s atmosphere crossed the historic level of 415 parts per million (ppm) for the first time since the ancient dawn of humanity. That signalled the inaction by the world community to achieve the target set out in the Paris climate agreement. But the good news came on the eve of counting of the votes. In the meeting of the council of ministers on May 21, Modi discussed the priorities like inclusive development, nationalism, national security as well as climate change. It is not just the countdown of climate change that Modi is signalling through his walk and talk. He is signalling the button to be pushed for a ‘surgical strike’ to decimate the enemy of humanity i.e. GHG emission. (The author is Director, TERRE Policy Centre and former Director, UNEP. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Legionnaires of Laughter To Hold Inaugural Awards Honoring Comedians Contributions to Humanity

first_imgLegionnaires of Laughter (LOL), the Late Jerry Lewis founded Academy of Comedians to honor comedy’s contribution to humanity, announced today is its first-ever Legacy Awards, happening December 10th, 2018 at Cipriani Wall Street in Downtown New York City.The evening will be hosted by comedian Ken Jeong and will include several special performances and special guest appearances.“As comedians, we learn from the ones who came before us. From the uncle who asks us to pull his finger at our 5th birthday party, to the legends who broke ground in the art form of comedy and showed us where to find our funny bone. I wanted comedians to understand that it is not how long your funny bone lasts, it is what you do with it. I want ‘The Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards to be the ’Oscars for Comedy.’ Representing all forms of comedy from standup, film, tv, theatrical, to web-based. I want those who have carried the baton of comedy and those who will continue to, to have the opportunity to be celebrated for their work. Comedy is hard and not many can do it well. And it isn’t valued by the other awards properly. It needs its own Awards nominated and voted on by its own,” said the late Jerry Lewis.The inaugural event was founded by the late King of Comedy, to celebrate his peers and honor their efforts and achievements in the comedy arena. The evening will recognize comedians in a number of categories and are voted on by an exclusive group of 130 comedians, inducted by Jerry Lewis as the first Legionnaires in the LOL Academy.Legionnaires of Laughter’s Legacy Awards are executive produced by Emmy & Grammy Award winning producer, Rikki Hughes; Veteran Entertainment Executive Barry Florence; and Australian film producer, Louise Schultze.Profits from sponsorship of the evening will be donated to Jerry Lewis’ charity, Jerry’s House. Legionnaires of Laughter Legacy Awards is proudly brought to you by Australian Production House, BDC Entertainment, Magic Lemonade Productions, Magnify, Yes Captain (SFX), DWA Entertainment Lawyers, GSM Entertainment, Star Group AV, R.S. Owens, KMG Jewelry, Cipriani, Baldessari & Coster LLP, Stewart Falcon Design & Illustration, David Windsor Legal, Bader Media Group, Impulse Event Group and Pamela Taylor Hair & Makeup.For more information please click here.last_img read more

By Defending Muslims Hillary Clinton Will Lose to Donald Trump

By Majid MorceliSan Francisco – Is Hillary Clinton harming her chance to be nominated for the highest office in the land by standing up for Muslims?The answer is, sadly, a resounding yes. Americans in general, Republicans or Democrats (and surprisingly Independents), have a very unfavorable opinion of Islam, and as Hillary Clinton continues to oppose Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the US, she is alienating many Americans who would otherwise vote for her. 76 percent of Independent voters (see graph) who would make a difference in the election view Islam unfavorably, and it is likely that vote for Trump than seeing someone in the Oval Office who goes against their values. When Donald Trump decided to run for the presidency, many thought that he was nothing but a nuisance and he would eventually drop out after getting free publicity for his assets. They never expected that by simply calling Mexicans rapists he could change the rules of the game.Blaming immigrants for all ills is not something new; it happens all over the world. But this time, Trump was able to double down when he said that America should ban Muslims from entering the US.This is exactly what Americans want to hear, and they credit Trump as someone who “tells it like it is”, free from any political correctness.In 2009, the unemployment rate in the US was 10 percent. Today it is 4.9 percent, which is the lowest rate in 15 years. Obviously Americans cannot blame the economy, when the numbers speak for themselves and we have more people working. Who is to blame when the economy is doing well? Trump was able to find a scapegoat for America by demonizing Mexican immigrants and Muslims.During the Republican primaries, Hillary was ahead of Trump by double digits. We now see some polls that show that Trump is actually beating her.The reason for Trump’s success is that his rhetoric is different from everyone else, while many Americans feel that Hillary is just more of the same.They have grown fatigued of more of the same and they are now starting to feel hopeful when they hear Trump’s empowered speeches. When Hillary says that Americans need to work with Muslims to beat terror, Rambo-mentality Americans believe that they don’t need to work with them, they just need to cluster bomb them and make them disappear from the face of the Earth. Since 9/11, the majority of polls show clearly that Muslims are on America’s most hated list. In order for Hillary to win the hearts and the mind of those who are not sure who to vote for, she needs to steer away from defending Muslims. She can work with the Muslim world when she becomes president.Muslims themselves should advise Hillary that she does not need to side with them when she starts debating Trump. She should simply avoid talking about a subject that clearly favors Trump. Politics is a game, and in order for Hillary to win, she will sadly need to play dirty. Otherwise, Mr. Trump will win and America will be lost as the country of hope, freedom, and democracy, where there is no difference between Muslims, Jews, Christians, or any religion or lack thereof.We are now seeing people who just recently were so sure that they would never side with Trump or for what he stands for, scrambling to support him, fearing they will be left out if he becomes the President.Trump will say and do anything and everything to get elected. Hillary should be smarter and beat him at his own game. If Immigration and Muslims issues are issues that help him, Hillary will need to find a way to demonstrate to the American people that immigration and Muslims are just a ruse invented by Trump, and that falling for his trap is not the solution. Hillary Clinton will also need to understand that that more of the same will not cut it this time. She needs to remember that during her last try, she was ahead of Obama, and we all know the rest.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

UN court rules against Japans whaling activities in the Antarctic

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled against Japan in a case involving charges by Australia that the country was using a scientific research programme to mask a commercial whaling venture in the Antarctic.The Hague-based UN judicial arm ordered a temporary halt to the activities, largely involving fin, humpback and minke whales, finding that the Japanese Whaling Research Programme under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPA II) is “not in accordance with three provisions of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW).”In May 2010, Australia instituted proceedings alleging that Japan was pursuing a large-scale programme of whaling under JARPA II, and was in breach of its ICRW obligations, as well as its other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine environment. In its application, Australia requested that the ICJ order Japan to “end the research programme, revoke any authorizations, permits or licences allowing the programme’s activities; and provide assurances and guarantees that it will not take any further action under the JARPA II or ‘any similar programme until such programme has been brought into conformity with its obligations under international law.”Though Japan rejected the charges and countered that its scientific research programme was in line with treaty obligations, 12 of the 16 World Court Judges found that the country was in violation of three ICRW Schedule provisions and, following Australia’s request, ordered that the country “revoke any extant authorization, permit or license to kill, take or treat whales in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits” for that programme. The Court noted that there are three additional aspects of JARPA II which “cast further doubt” on its characterization as a scientific research programme: the open-ended time frame of the programme; its limited scientific output to date; and the lack of cooperation between JARPA II and other domestic and international research programmes in the Antarctic Ocean.“Even if a whaling programme involves scientific research, the killing, taking and treating of whales pursuant to such a programme does not fall within Article VIII unless these activities are ‘for purposes of’ scientific research,” explained the ICJ in a press release today, adding that it found no evidence of such purpose in JARPA II. Judgments handed down by the ICJ are final and binding on the parties. read more

Ukraine UN political chief says events over past four days should alarm

“Time is of the essence,” Jeffrey Feltman, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told the Security Council, as he painted a worrying picture of the past four days, during which the emerging spirit of compromise that led to the accord struck in Geneva at a meeting between Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union, “appears to have evaporated.”“The implementation of the Geneva Statement has stalled as parties have sought to give different interpretations of what had been agreed upon,” he said of the 17 April deal on a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine that reportedly include demobilizing militias and vacating seized Government buildings. “Unhelpful rhetoric on the part of many has further escalated the already high tensions,” he added.The Geneva Statement capped months of political unrest in Ukraine that led to the removal by Parliament of President Viktor Yanukovych in February. This was followed by increased tensions in the country’s autonomous region of Crimea, where Russian military were subsequently deployed and a secession referendum was held in mid-March, in which the majority of the region’s people voted to join Russia.By mid-April, tensions flared in eastern Ukraine as Lugansk, Kharkiv, Donetsk and at least 5 other cities in the region were targeted by uprisings and the violent takeover of Government buildings. And in the city of Slovyansk, where the police station was seized, self-declared separatist groups reportedly demanded a referendum similar to the poll held in Crimea. Mr. Feltman reported today that the situation in parts of eastern and southern Ukraine continues to deteriorate. On 25 April, a group of military observers under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and accompanying Ukrainian staff were captured and detained. Although one monitor has been released, the rest remain in detention. Reiterating UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s strong condemnation of the incident, Mr. Feltman urged those responsible to release the detainees immediately, unconditionally and unharmed. He also urged those with influence on the situation to assist urgently in resolving it; “lives are potentially at stake.”Meanwhile, he said, gangs of militia and armed civilians “are increasing in number and springing up in more and more cities across the region,” seizing buildings, setting up roadblocks and cutting whole towns and communities off from the rest of Ukraine. There are increasing reports of torture, kidnappings and violent clashes, he added.“Earlier today, self-declared separatist groups reportedly began an operation to take control of Lugansk. Just a few hours ago, they stormed the police headquarters in the city, opening fire with automatic weapons and throwing stun grenades at police officers still inside,” said Mr. Feltman, adding that the State Security building seized earlier his month remained under control of those groups.He went on to tell the Council that yesterday, Hennadiy Kernes, the Mayor of Kharkiv, was shot in the back by unknown assailants and remains in critical condition. “On the same day, self-declared separatists seized a local government building in Kostyantynivka, also in the Donetsk Oblast.”While in Donetsk itself, a pro-Unity rally turned violent when separatist elements reportedly attacked the group with clubs and chains,” he said, adding that two days ago, clashes between some 400 opponents and between 400 and 500 supporters of a unitary Ukraine broke out and resulted in a number of injuries.“What I just described are developments which have occurred only in the last four days. These developments should alarm us all,” Mr. Feltman declared.As for the efforts of the international community, he said that the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission provides fact-based and publicly available information on the state of human rights in Ukraine. In addition, the Secretary-General has continued his high-level engagement with world leaders. “He is your partner in using his good offices to help bring about a return to diplomacy and a peaceful resolution. In this spirit, he has asked me to return to Ukraine next week,” Mr. Feltman announced.Reiterating the call made yesterday by Mr. Ban, he said: “We must find a way back to the spirit of compromise exhibited on 17 April in Geneva. A diplomatic and political solution to this crisis is both imperative and long overdue.” “Let us work concertedly and expeditiously towards peace and stability,” Mr. Feltman said. read more

Michael Noonan says that Ibecs budget sums are at best a guesstimate

first_imgThey may turn out to be right but as I say, it’s a guesstimate. There isn’t enough data in yet for me to talk about it.Budget callThis morning Ibec said that just 10% of a proposed €2 billion in cuts is needed in this year’s Budget.Ibec also says that tax bands should be expanded and the higher rate of tax cut.The group says said that the latest growth figures mean a net adjustment of €200 million will be enough on budget day, far below the planned €2 billion.This would reduce the budget deficit to 2.7% next year, comfortably under the 3% limit, they said.In its Budget 2015 submission, published today, the group calls for €300 million worth of income tax reductions, a €100 million reduction in consumer taxes and the abolition of the pensions levy. It said the budget must focus on reducing tax rates and boosting investment across the economy.Ibec CEO Danny McCoy said: “We have an opportunity to put fresh momentum behind Ireland’s recovery. Now is the time to draw a line under the period of painful austerity. It was necessary, but the economy has entered a new phase. FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has said that calls to cut just €200 million from the 2015 budget from employers’ group Ibec are “at best a guesstimate”.Speaking before a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels this morning, Minister Noonan said that the lobby is “ahead of the facts” with its call to reduce the amount to be cut. This needs to be reflected in the budget. We have a chance to give consumers a break, put money back into peoples’ pockets and kick start personal, commercial and public investment.“If we get it right, we can look forward to strong growth in the months and years ahead. This will result in thousands of new jobs.”Ibec believes the government should:Increase the entry point to the marginal tax rate from €32,800 to €34,800Reduce the marginal tax rate from 52% to 51%Reform the universal social charge so self-employed and PAYE workers are treated the sameReverse recent alcohol excise increasesContinue the reduced 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sectorDrop the pensions levy, as had been promisedItalian jobNoonan said that he expects there to be more wiggle room for countries to achieve tight fiscal targets in a growth-friendly manner under the Italian presidency of the EU, although he doesn’t consider any dramatic move to be likely.“There seems to be a move towards flexiblity in the recent interpretations…I think that could contribute to the common purpose across Europe.”He said that he was “mystified” by reports that the German Bundestag finance committee had found that Ireland had no concrete plan for recovery after an official visit to Dublin recently.He said that in his meeting with the German parliamentarians “most of the ground was common ground”.Updated 16.12Read: €800 million, not €2 billion in budget cuts is enough, government toldRead: Some older people are being forced to choose between food, fuel and medicationlast_img read more

ECCV conference to give next generation of multicultural Vic a voice

first_imgAs we experience a generational transition, what is the future of multiculturalism in Victoria? This will be the question being addressed next month by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) and Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council in a statewide conference on ‘The Next Generation of Multicultural Victoria – Intergenerational Perspectives’. Held in the historic town of Ballarat on Friday 11 November, this year’s event will lead a public discussion on the changing face of multiculturalism in Victoria with regards to generational transition. The ECCV’s aim is to come together with individuals and organisations to commit to making practical and achievable changes over the next three years and beyond.To give greater substance to the discussion, speakers from different generations will participate, talking about their vision for the future and will include chair of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Helen Kapalos.Hosting the conference will be award-winning performer and Bully Zero Australia ambassador, James Liotta and will feature a host of entertainment and inspirational speakers throughout the day.Amongst those taking part will be Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott; Peter van Vliet from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection; Greens MP Colleen Hartland; Liberal MP Joshua Morris; South Sudan Australia Peace Initiative’s Nyok Gor; Cultural Infusion’s Peter Mousaferiadis; and Zakia Baig Hazara from the Women’s Friendship Network, among others.A pre-conference dinner will take place on Thursday 10 November at Housey Housey @ The Forge, 12 Armstrong St, North Ballarat Central, VIC from 7am – 10pm. The conference will follow on Friday 11 November at the Mercure Convention Centre, 613 Main Rd, Ballarat, VIC from 9am – 5pm. To Register for the conference and/or pre-conference dinner, visit https://www.trybooking.com/MTLB Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Oregon loses 3800 jobs in September hospitality hit hard

first_imgPORTLAND — Oregon shed jobs for the second month in the row, though its unemployment rate remained essentially unchanged, the state Employment Department said Tuesday.Oregon’s nonfarm payroll employment dropped by 3,800 jobs in September, following a revised loss of 7,000 jobs in August, according to the monthly jobs report. The late-summer slowdown came after six months of robust hiring, when employers added 42,600 jobs.The jobless rate for September stood at 4.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent in August.The leisure-and-hospitality industry cut 3,700 jobs in September, its second consecutive month of weak hiring after a spike in June and July. State employment economist Nick Beleiciks said employers probably got the workers they needed in early summer and didn’t need as many as the season wore on.Oregon’s construction industry, consistently strong over the past year, added 2,900 jobs. No other industry added half that many.Beleiciks said the forest fires that charred the state in September did not impact the jobs report.“Although some people were out of work because of the forest fires, I don’t think enough people were out of work long enough,” he said. “So, basically, if someone was out of work early in September because of the fires — but they ended up going back to work in September — they’d still be counted as having a job in these figures.”A total of 2.05 million Oregonians were employed in September, an increase of more than 68,000 workers from this time last year, when the jobless rate was 4.9 percent.Another unemployment measure, known as U-6, was at 8.2 percent in September — up slightly from August. The figure includes discouraged workers who stopped looking and part-time workers who want but can’t get full-time jobs.last_img read more

Two Tons per Hour The World Soy Foundation is Mobilizing a Colossal

first_imgAbout 15 years ago, the government of Norway gave a large extruder originally manufactured by Insta-Pro to Nicaragua. A few years later, the organization responsible for running the massive piece of machinery realized they just didn’t have the capacity to manage it and it was moved by the government to sit in a warehouse near Managua.Jumping ahead to January 2010, World Soy Foundation representative Nathan Ruby was visiting Nicaragua for a different project when he learned of the unused extruder gathering dust in a warehouse not far from them. The World Food Program discussed its history with Nathan and asked the WSF for help. Here is where our story begins with the extruder. Over the course of about four years, the Foundation worked with local non-governmental organizations, local partners, and government officials, to bring the extruder out of the warehouse so it could be utilized to feed a very impoverished population in Nicaragua—22% of children in Nicaragua are suffering from stunting, meaning they are malnourished and will be unable to continue growing to their full physical and mental potential.After years of work, the Foundation gained permission to move the extruder.  WSF’s local partner, Fabretto, offered their warehouse located near Managua. WSF’s current Director of Development Nathan Ruby and Randy Van Kooten, WSF Board member and Iowa grower, traveled to Managua with an Insta-Pro technician mid-August to evaluate the machine to determine how much work it would need to get it back to good running condition. To their surprise, the machine ran like it was brand new—no shaking, vibrating, or broken belts. This massive piece of equipment can produce two tons of corn-soy blend per hour, or 16 tons in an 8-hour work shift! Check out this video to see the brief first test run of the extruder!Earlier this year, the WSF partnered with the National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) with funding from the Illinois Soybean Association to complete a market assessment and business plan to recommend uses for the extruder. It will be designed for Nicaraguan micro-enterprise partners, and the assessment will include a draft formulation for a blended, soy-based extruded product that will help develop a protein-rich, soy-based food to promote the nutritional value of soy.The next step is to identify a food manufacturer in Managua that can run the machine. WSF will help create a financially sustainable program utilizing the extruder to produce soy-based products that can be sold into the market and provide food to World Food Program recipients, Nicaraguan school lunch programs, and thousands of individuals around Managua.Not only does this extruder have the ability to provide protein-rich soy-based foods to malnourished people, it is building microenterprises along the soybean value chain, educating communities on the benefits of soy protein, and addressing the immediate needs of hungry people. This project is reducing malnutrition through the power of soy in a big, two-ton-per-hour way!Visit www.worldsoyfoundation.org or check us out on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube to see what other exciting projects are happening and how you can help us continue furthering our mission!Photo: Iowa grower and WSF Board member Randy Van Kooten shows Nicaraguan Cabinet members, and Fabretto and Insta-Pro staff the output of the first extruder test.last_img read more

Art Africa exhibit explores black lives celebrates Overtowns legacy

Art Africa exhibit explores black lives celebrates Overtowns legacy

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – An art exhibition that opened in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood during Art Basel Miami Beach gave visitors a chance to see artwork that explores current challenges faced by the black community.Art Africa was held over the past week at the Miami Arts Fair gallery off Northwest 10th Street and Second Avenue.This year’s theme confronts what organizers called “stereotypes and ignorances,” labeling the exhibit “Black Art Matters.”It showcased the largest range of contemporary artists from the global black community.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Amazon may start fining sellers for using ridiculously huge boxes

first_img Share your voice $999 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Tech Industry Bulky boxes, your days may be numbered.  Getty Images Amazon wants to make massive, hard-to-open boxes a thing of the past. Last fall, the e-commerce giant asked companies to make packaging for larger items more efficient and easier to open. If companies don’t comply, they’ll be charged a penalty, according to a Tuesday report by The Wall Street Journal. Amazon said Wednesday that it extended the deadline from Aug. 1 to Sept. 3.The changes Amazon hopes to roll out would make packages more environmentally friendly and cut back on shipping costs. Amazon wants all items to eventually meet similar standards. Companies that don’t meet the guidelines of the so-called Frustration-Free Packaging Vendor Incentive Program would face a “chargeback” rather than a fine, Amazon said, though it didn’t explain the difference.Vendors told the Journal they reduced the volume of their packaging anywhere from 34% to 80%. Some also cut down on the number of components used to ship their products. As Amazon continues to grow and ship more products, it’s pushing to be more efficient with packaging. Last year, the company said it asked manufacturers to cut extra space and materials in packaging to bring down shipping time and costs, according to the Journal. Amazon’s sustainable packaging initiatives over the last decade have cut more than 244,000 tons of packaging materials, the company said, and it’s been working with vendors to create more sustainable packaging. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sprint $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Read Google Home Hub review Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $520 at HP Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Amazon Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Rylo 17 Photos DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. The Cheapskate $999 Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 1:32center_img See It See at Turo Tags Best Buy Comments Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the AirPods review $6 at Tidal $60 at Best Buy Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Sarah Tew/CNET Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Comments $155 at Google Express $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Tags Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Originally published July 30.Update, July 31: Adds comment from Amazon. 7 $299 at Amazon 4 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: Read the Rylo camera preview TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See It An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999last_img read more

Ashok Chavans resignation as Maharashtra Congress chief

Ashok Chavans resignation as Maharashtra Congress chief

first_imgMUMBAI: Central leadership of the Congress has accepted the resignation of Ashok Chavan as the president of the Maharashtra unit, a senior leader disclosed Wednesday. He said Chavan’s replacement would be announced in a day or two. A meeting took place in New Delhi on June 29 with Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary in charge of Maharashtra, Mallikarjun Kharge, where party leaders from the state, including Chavan, were present. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us In the meeting, Chavan reiterated his offer to quit owing moral responsibility for the party’s worst-ever defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, he said. The Congress had won just one out of total 48 seats in Maharashtra. “Chavan said he wished to be relieved of the post so that he can concentrate on Nanded from where he was defeated,” the leader said, adding that Chavan’s replacement will be announced in a day or two. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Balasaheb Thorat, who is the Congress’ Legislature Party (CLP) leader and MLA from Sangamner in Ahmednagar district, is the frontrunner for the post. “The meeting was convened with an objective to discuss the party’s preparations for the Assembly elections due later this year,” he said. On the issue of alliance with Prakash Ambedkar-led Vanchit Bahujan Agadhi (VBA), Gandhi asked the Maharashtra leadership to take a decision in the interest of the party, the leader added. Advertise With Us Senior party leaders Harshvardhan Patil and Manikrao Thakre are authorised to hold talks with Ambedkar. Meanwhile, VBA general secretary Gopichand Padalkar has said that the front will contest 248 out of total 288 seats and is ready to leave 40 seats for the Congress. “The Congress should get back to us in ten days,” he told a press conference.last_img read more

Awareness programme held on firstaid

Awareness programme held on firstaid

first_imgNacharam: Jeevan organisation on Sunday organised an awareness programme for Nacharam police on how to give first aid. Circle Inspector Mahesh said it was everyone’s duty to save a person who met with an accident or in critical condition. He said this programme helped them to know how to give first aid to injured persons. He called upon everyone to come forward to help the people in need.last_img

Mosby Announces Debate Schedule Defends Record

Mosby Announces Debate Schedule Defends Record

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comVeteran defense attorney Ivan Bates and former Maryland Deputy Attorney General Thiru Vignarajah, both vying to unseat Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, have both accused her of ducking them on the debate stage.Mosby replied to those accusations by releasing the dates and venues for debates she says she will participate in prior to the June 24 Democratic primary and defended her record as State’s Attorney.Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary (District 13) and Marilyn Mosby at a reception after the passage of the Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (Courtesy Photo)“I’m proud of my record of accomplishment over the last four years. We’ve convicted every Public Enemy #1 brought to trial, while creating innovative programs that work with our at-risk youth,” Mosby said in a statement. She also said she worked with both political parties in the Maryland General Assembly to help pass, “the Repeat Sexual Predators Prevention Act to give prosecutors across the state the tools they need to hold sexual predators accountable,” she stated.Mosby’s office said she will participate in three debates. The first debate will be at WYPR and the Midday show hosted by Tom Hall (the specific date in May or June has not been announced yet). On June 7, Mosby will also participate in the Baltimore Sun/WJZ debate and on June 13, Mosby will take part in the WOLB debate on the Larry Young Morning Show.“We have announced a robust schedule of forums I hope my opponents will be able to commit to attending,” stated Mosby. I know how busy election season can be, but it is critical that the people of the city of Baltimore hear about us about our plans for the future.”So far, Baltimore residents have heard very little from all three candidates for State’s Attorney in the same venue a fact recently lamented by Vignarajah via Twitter. “I have accepted invitations to each of the seven scheduled State’s Attorney debates and shown up to every one,” Vignarajah wrote on April 30. “I’m disappointed my two opponents, combined, have gone to none.”According to Mosby’s office, both Vignarajah and Bates will have at least three opportunities to confront Mosby and challenge her record in public forums between now and June 24.last_img read more

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 13inch 2019 Review

Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 13inch 2019 Review

first_img3DMark Fire Strike1 of 8Tests notebook graphics performance.Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019)HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019)Huawei MateBook 13Lenovo Yoga C930Category Average (as of 02/28/19) Bluetooth Graphics Card 3269 Weight Display Size 3DMark Fire Strike3DMark Ice Storm UnlimitedBattery Life (Test Ver 2.0)Color AccuracyColor GamutDisplay Brightness (Nits)Geekbench 4.1Hard Drive Speed USB Ports Review Wi-Fi Model Company Website 1920 x 1080 Intel Core i7-8565U processor Hard Drive Speed Windows 10 RAM 2.72 pounds RAM Upgradable to CPU Hard Drive Type Optical Drive Speed Optical Drive 8GB 3 Wi-Fi Intel UHD 620 GPU 4.7 x 2.5-inch 256GB SSD If a MacBook and 2-in-1 Windows laptop had a baby, it would be the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. For a relatively affordable $1,099, Samsung’s latest Notebook offers decent performance and solid battery life packed in a light, premium chassis. And MacBook fans will enjoy its bouncy keys. This 13-inch laptop’s display is dim and the speakers are less than desirable. But overall, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a great 2-in-1 laptop for the price.article continued below Samsung Notebook 9 Pro Price and Configuration Options I tested the base model of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro, which costs $1,099 and comes with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Intel UHD 620 GPU. Compare that with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which costs $1,499 for similar specs. The only other Notebook 9 Pro model costs $1,299 and packs a beefier 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro will be available to purchase on March 17 exclusively at Best Buy and on Samsung’s website. Design The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has a silver aluminum chassis with a Samsung logo stamped on it — its design is simple, but it looks premium. And while the chassis has diamond-cut edges, they don’t look as good as they sound, mostly because they’re reminiscent of a tin can. The Notebook 9 Pro’s interior is eerily similar to the MacBook’s design — its silver deck is home to a black keyboard with rounded keys. When you fold this machine into a tablet, its lid perfectly aligns with the underside, which satisfies my inner perfectionist. It’s also nice to see the webcam on the top accompanied by slim bezels. At 2.7 pounds and 12.1 x 8.1 x 0.55 inches, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is lighter and thinner than its ultraportable competitors. However, the HP Spectre x360 (13-inch, 2019) at 2.8 pounds, 0.6 inches; Huawei MateBook 13 at 2.9 pounds, 0.6 inches; and Lenovo Yoga C930 at 3.1 pounds, 0.6 inches are still sexily slim machines. Ports The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro has decent ports for its size, but it would have been nice to see a USB Type-A port. On the left, there’s a headphone jack and two Thunderbolt 3 ports, while on the right, there’s one USB Type-C charging port, the power button and a microSD card slot. Display While the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 glossy panel is colorful and sharp, it’s dimmer than we would have liked. In the trailer for Aladdin, Jasmine’s pink dress with gold and green accents popped on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s display, while the threading of Aladdin’s clothes in the next scene was pronounced. However, it was difficult to make out darker scenes, like those in the Cave of Wonders, due to the intensified glare on the display. In the trailer for Aladdin, Jasmine’s pink dress with gold and green accents popped on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s display. Our colorimeter clocked the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s panel for 118 percent of the sRGB spectrum, which matches the premium laptop average. It beat the Yoga C930 (100 percent), but the Spectre x360 (150 percent) and Huawei MateBook 13 (122 percent) were more vivid. MORE: Laptops with the Most Colorful Screens At 254 nits, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s screen is frustratingly dim, as it falls well below the 328-nit category average. While the Spectre x360 (287 nits), MateBook 13 (318 nits) and Yoga C930 (273 nits) didn’t make the average either, they were brighter. Keyboard, Touchpad and Stylus Despite having low travel, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s keys are quite bouncy. While I didn’t find the keyboard satisfying, anyone who’s partial to MacBook’s butterfly switches will enjoy the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s typing experience. The keys themselves are well spaced, but they have dull backlighting. I mustered 65 words per minute on the 10fastfingers.com typing test, which is just under my 66-wpm average. The Notebook 9 Pro’s keys travel at 0.9 millimeters and require 63 grams of actuation force. We prefer 1.5 mm of key travel and a minimum of 60 grams of force. Using the included Active Pen, I drew a poor representation of eggs and waffles, but the digital ink glided smoothly across the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s panel without stuttering. The stylus features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. The button closest to the tip acts as an eraser, while the other one acts as a right-click and select function. Unfortunately, they’re not reprogrammable, and also, there isn’t a garaged slot to house the pen. MORE: The Laptops with the Best Keyboards – Comfort, Accuracy The 4.7 x 2.5-inch touchpad is remarkably soft and comfortable to use. It’s also responsive to Windows 10 gestures like two-finger scrolling and three-finger tabbing. Audio The bottom-firing speakers on the Notebook 9 Pro are loud enough to blast System Of A Down’s “Chop Suey!” across a small office, but they’re not the best-sounding ones. The guitar strumming and drums during the intro sounded sharp and scratchy, like someone cranked the treble a little too high. The vocals were pronounced throughout the song, but the electric guitar and bass sounded hollow. MORE: 5 Tips for Quality Notebook Audio In the Samsung Settings app, you can adjust the audio with a couple of presets like Music and Movies, but I would just leave it on Standard because it sounded the most balanced. Performance Powered by an Intel Core i7-8565U processor with 8GB of RAM, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro sped through the 40 Google Chrome tabs and five 1080p YouTube videos that I threw at it without stuttering. On the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance test, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored 15,432, which beats the 13,328 premium laptop average. With the same CPU, the Spectre x360 and MateBook 13 hit 14,935 and 17,214, respectively, while the Yoga C930’s Core i7-8550U averaged 14,739. If a MacBook and 2-in-1 Windows laptop had a baby, it would be the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro. The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro took a sluggish 24 minutes and 36 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p, which is a few minutes slower than the category average (21:45). The Spectre x360 (22:30), Lenovo Yoga C930 (20:45) and MateBook 13 (18:30) did it much faster. MORE: Best Laptop Processor: Laptop CPUs Compared Samsung’s 256GB SSD copied 4.97GB of data in a decent 13 seconds, for 392 megabytes per second. While that’s slower than the average premium laptop (543 MBps), it beats the Yoga C930’s 256GB SSD (339 MBps) and matches the Spectre x360’s 256GB SSD. The MateBook 13’s 512GB SSD had the fastest transfer rate, at 636 MBps. Graphics With an Intel UHD 620 GPU, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro scored 61,662 on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics benchmark, coming up short of the 87,638 premium laptop average. The Spectre x360 (90,977) and Yoga C930 (85,758) did much better with the same GPU, while the MateBook 13 (141,995) excelled with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU. Battery Life Despite the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro being superslim, it has a big enough battery to get you through the workday. After continuously surfing the web over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness, the Notebook 9 Pro lasted 8 hours and 53 minutes, which beats the average premium laptop (8:29) as well as the Yoga C930 (8:09) and the MateBook 13 (6:15). However, the Spectre x360 came out on top, surviving 12:07 on a full charge. Webcam The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s 720p webcam took grainy shots of my face, and it was difficult to make out where my hairline started and ended. The blue in my shirt was relatively accurate, but half of the ceiling was consumed by white light due to being overexposed. Heat This sleek ultraportable runs surprisingly cool. After streaming a 15-minute HD video, its underside measured only 88 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well within our 95-degree comfort threshold. Meanwhile, the center of the keyboard and touchpad hit 85 and 82 degrees, respectively. The hottest it got was 91 degrees near the hinge on the underside. Software and Warranty Samsung includes quite a few of its own branded apps in the Notebook 9 Pro. The most interesting one is Samsung Settings, which allows you to configure settings for power management, the color of the display and audio effects. Another notable one is Samsung Security, which allows you to enable Secret Screen, to make apps difficult to see by increasing opacity. There’s also Samsung PC Cleaner (kills apps through managed backups), Samsung Recovery (creates backups), Samsung Update (updates Samsung apps), Samsung Flow (allows phone connectivity), Samsung Gallery (photo app) and Samsung Notes (note-taking app). On top of that, you get Windows 10 bloatware, like Candy Crush Friends, Candy Crush Saga and Township. Samsung offers the Notebook 9 Pro with a one-year limited warranty. See how Samsung performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands rankings. Bottom Line The Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (13-inch, 2019) offers solid power and productivity for the price. Its superslim aluminum chassis is packed with an 8th Gen Core i7 CPU and dependable battery life for just $1,099, which is $200 less than its competitors. However, you will have to deal with its dim display and scratchy speakers. If you have the extra money to spend, we suggest getting the HP Spectre x360 ($1,349), which will give you longer battery life and a brighter and more colorful display as well as stronger graphics. But for the price, the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro is a good choice if you’re looking for an ultraportable 2-in-1 laptop. Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndo Best Laptops for College Students The Best Laptops for Business and Productivity The Best Laptops for Every Need Secondary Hard Drive Speed Hard Drive Size 12.1 x 8.1 x 0.55 inches Operating System Advertisement 1112 13.3 1195 Specifications Highest Available Resolution Mobile Broadband One-year limited warranty Native Resolution 1920×1080 Secondary Hard Drive Size Warranty/Support 3624.86 0 800 1600 2400 3200 4000 4800 Secondary Hard Drive Type Video Memory Size Touchpad Size 1022last_img read more

Dont miss these LGBTI documentaries and films at Sheffield DocFest

Dont miss these LGBTI documentaries and films at Sheffield DocFest

first_imgThe UK’s premier documentary festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place this weekend (7 – 12 June 2018.Across the six-day programme, international filmmakers and immersive and interactive creators will be showing their work. São Paulo pop star Linn da Quebrada is a black trans woman whose explicit electro-funk anthems give voice to marginalized communities from the favelas, while also confronting the Brazilian music scene’s macho, heteronormative prejudices. Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s candid profile of this radical performer deftly blends raucous concert footage with tender offstage interludes showcasing her family and friends.[embedded content]This One’s for the Ladies(International premiere; USA, 2018, 83 min, dir. Gene Graham)Sun 10 June / 15:00 / Abbeydale PicturehouseTue 12 June / 21:00 / The Light Cinema 3Race, class, and sexuality intersect at Newark strip club the Dojo: a karate school by day, home to the New Jersey Nasty Boyz by night. In addition to spotlighting the exotic dancers who work there – both male and lesbian – Gene Graham’s affectionate portrait celebrates the community of women who sustain this microcosm of black American society.Guest in attendance: Gene Graham (filmmaker)This Ones For The Ladies | Photo: VarietyGame Girls(UK premiere; dir. Alina Skrzeszewska, 90 min)Mon 11 June / 16:30 / The Light Cinema 3 + Q&ATue 12 June / 18:15 / The Light Cinema 6 + Q&AThis compassionate observational documentary charts the relationship between two homeless women in Los Angeles’ sprawling Skid Row. Tiahna seems resigned to street life, but girlfriend Teri wants to escape.Guest attending: Alina Skrzeszewska (filmmaker)[embedded content]Music When The Lights Go Out(UK premiere; Doc/Fest Art Doc Award, Brazil, 2017, 70 min, dir. Ismael Caneppele)9 June / 09.00 / The Light Cinema 312 June / 21.15 / Showroom Cinema 1In a small town in Brazil, where pristine nature meets growing urbanity, Emelyn is a teenager with an androgynous appearance. When a woman director – both foreign and close, perhaps like a feminine alter ego of the filmmaker, arrives in town and starts to turn her life into fiction, Emelyn becomes Bernardo.[embedded content]Out(World premiere; France, 2018, dir. Denis Parrot, 70 min)Sat 9 June / 21:15 / Showroom Cinema 1Tue 12 June / 14:15 / Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2Through a montage of compelling videos posted on the Internet by young gays, bis, lesbians or transsexuals, Out makes us experience from within the ground-breaking moment of their coming out – after which their intimate and social life shall be forever changed.[embedded content]Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin(World premiere; dir. Arwen Curry, 65 min)10 June / 21.00 / Odeon Cinema 312 June / 09.30 / The Light Cinema 8A trailblazing rebel who shook the world of literature, defying gender norms, societal expectations, and patriarchal gatekeeping. Ursula K Guin remains a peerless lightning bolt of imagination and political insight.[embedded content]ALTERNATE REALITIES PROGRAMME Authentically Us: We’re Still HereVENUE – TRAFALGAR WAREHOUSEThu 7 Jun / 12:00 – 17:00Fri 8 Jun / 10:00 – 20:00Sat 9 Jun – Tues 12 Jun / 10:00 – 18:00Direct violence and discriminatory legislation against the transgender community continues to rise at a time when transgender visibility in popular culture continues to break glass ceilings. Step into the life of Aiden ShortCloud, a Two-Spirit artist and historian in Boise, Idaho, struggling to preserve and revive his heritage in a race against time.SPECIAL EVENTS4:3 X Boiler Room Present: Shakedown AfterpartySat 09 June / 22:00 / Theatre DeliBoiler Room’s new film channel 4:3 is proud to host the after party for Leilah Weinraub’s Shakedown. Vogue icon Ian Isiah aka Big Shugga will be flying in especially from NYC for an exclusive UK performance, alongside London’s queer POC collective.See the rest of the weekend’s line up of screenings and workshops.Read more from Gay Star News:When is Pride? Check out our international Pride calendar 2018 Over 32,000 delegates will descend on the northern UK city in Yorkshire from over 60 different countries all around the world.With stunning views of the nearby Peak District National Park with moorland and rocky ridges surrounding the city, the festival is also going to be super queer this year.The wealth of LGBTI content of short films, screenings, and documentaries are exploring narratives of pride, identity, and sexuality.Here is everything you should fill your queer brain with if you are headed to the festival this weekend.McQueen(UK/USA, 2017, 111 min, dir. Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui)Thu 7 June / 21:30 / Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4Archival footage and personal testimonials present an intimate portrait of revolutionary British fashion designer ‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen, the working-class boy who became a global one-man fashion brand.[embedded content]Room for a Man(UK premiere; Argentina/Lebanon/USA, 2017, 77 min, dir. Anthony Chidiac)Thu 7 June / 2:30 PM / Showroom Cinema 1Sat 9 June / 9:00 AM / Curzon Cinema 1A young gay Lebanese filmmaker refurbishes the apartment he shares with his mother, then rebuilds paternal ties in Argentina. This artful, hypnotic personal essay explores identity, masculinity, and sexuality.[embedded content]Shakedown(UK premiere; USA, 2018, 72 min, dir. Leilah Weinraub)Fri 8 June / 9:45 PM / PBS America Showroom Cinema 3Sun 10 June / 1:15 PM / The Light Cinema 3“If you straight, you don’t need to be in the front.” Former drag show host Teresa and Ronnie-Ron co-founded Shakedown in the 90s, establishing a thriving underground scene. Dancers including Egypt, Miss Mahogany, I-Dallas and Slow-Wine entertain the throng. This strip club was a space for LA’s African-American queer community to explore identity, sexuality and have an incredible time.Still from Shakedown | Photo: Sheffield Doc FestObscuro Barroco(UK premiere; In competition: Art Doc Award, France/Greece, 2018, 60 min, dir. Evangelia Kranioti)Fri 8 June / 9:30 AM / The Light Cinema 8Mon 11 June / 2:30 PM / The Light Cinema 3A metamorphosis is taking place under the gaudy lights of the Rio de Janeiro carnival. Bodies shimmer with otherworldly luminosity, as transgender Luana Muniz dreams herself into being.[embedded content]The Gospel of Eureka(International premiere; Doc/Fest Art Doc Award, USA, 2018, 75 min, dir. Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher)Fri 8 June / 9:00 PM / Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4Tue 12 June / 12:00 PM / Bertha DocHouse Showroom Cinema 4Eureka Springs, Arkansas is known for both its passion play and gospel drag shows, attracting Christian and queer audiences alike. This nuanced portrait blends colorful performances and contrasting opinions.[embedded content]Turning 18(World premiere; Taiwan, 2018, 87 min, dir. Ho Chao-ti)8 June / 14.00 / The Light Cinema 69 June / 14.00 / Yorkshire Building Society Showroom Cinema 2Two young girls meet at a vocational training programme after which their lives move in completely different directions. Both from broken homes, Pei searches for hope in love, while Chen struggles to avoid her parents’ fate. As they approach 18, the undercurrents of their lives surface, nearly overwhelming them. How can an unloved life find a strength of her own?[embedded content]Silvana(UK Premiere, 91 min, Sweden 2018, dirs. Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring & Christina Tsiobanelis)9 June / 18:00 / Abbeydale Picture House10 June / 18:30 / Exchange/DomeSilvana Imam is a fierce force of nature. We witness the Swedish rap artist’s career soar, and the genesis of her relationship with the pop artist, Beatrice Eli. The pair becomes Sweden’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z; a power couple of phenomenal talent and influence. As the pressures of her iconic status begin to spiral, Silvana is forced to confront her inner conflicts.[embedded content]Tranny Fag(UK premiere, In competition: Youth Jury Award; Brazil, 2018, 75 min, dir. Kiko Goifman, Claudia Priscilla)Sat 9 June/ 21:15 / Abbeydale Picturehouse – with a live performance from Linn da QuebradaMon 11 June / 21:00 / Curzon Cinema 1 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- Queer film festival leads world with majority female directors in its lineup7 queertastic highlights of Pride in London fest 2017Timberlina’s speed dating and more: Queer and Now at Tate BritainRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sheffield-doc-fest-2018/last_img read more

Thousands begin voting in Cancun Playa del Carmen Tulum

Thousands begin voting in Cancun Playa del Carmen Tulum

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — At 8:15 a.m., voting stations across the state opened, many already with long lines of citizens taking the opportunity to vote in new political figures.In Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, the Electoral Institute of the District opened access to the highly confidential areas of voting stations. On Isla Mujeres and in Cancun, people who had lined up early to vote ended up with an additional 30-minute delay as officials were noted as being late setting up voting stations.At several stations including Kilometer Zero of Boulevard Kukulcán, voters were delayed half an hour as officials scrambled to get the ballot boxes and voting stations in order.In Playa del Carmen, people began lining up at 5:00 a.m. at Fundadores park to cast their vote. The votes will include all levels of government from a new municipal mayor to the president of Mexico, however, there is no vote for a new governor of Quintana Roo since the current governor, Carlos Manuel Joaquín González, was not challenged.In Tulum, councilor president of the Municipal Electoral Council of Tulum, César Vargas Castañeda, says a total of 62 ballot boxes have been opened for residents to cast their votes.The largest municipality of votes in the state will come from Benito Juárez where 580,853 citizens are registered to vote. The municipality of Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) is the second largest with 199,592 registered voters followed by Othon P. Blanco with 166,189 voters.Approximately 89 million Mexican nationals are eligible to vote in the Sunday elections. Millennials and the so-called Generation Z are expected to play a key role in today’s elections since they grew up surrounded by the drug violence and corruption and make up nearly half of the registered voters.According Enrique Andrade González of the National Electoral Institute, over 98,000 Mexican nationals living abroad have already submitted their votes, noting it’s an increase of 150 percent over the last presidential election.They say  that over the last 90 days, nearly 23 million political advertising slots were filled across Mexico for today’s presidential election.The winner of Sunday’s presidential election doesn’t need the absolute majority of the vote to be elected, just the most votes among the four candidates.In March, five candidates were running to fill the president of Mexico seat. They were Ricardo Anaya, Jaime Rodriguez, José Antonio Meade, Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Margarita Zavala, however, Zavala pulled out of the race last month.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LaGuardia runways reopen after Pence plane slide

LaGuardia runways reopen after Pence plane slide

first_img The Canadian Press NEW YORK — The agency that runs New York’s LaGuardia Airport says two runways have been reopened after U.S. Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence’s campaign plane slid off a runway during a rainstorm.The Port Authority of New York and Jersey said Friday that crews worked through the night to remove the plane.It says travellers could still encounter some residual delays.One of the runways reopened soon after the landing Thursday night. The other remained closed while the plane was being removed.There were no injuries. The 37 passengers, including Pence, and 11 crew members were evacuated through the back of the plane. Tags: New York Share Friday, October 28, 2016 center_img LaGuardia runways reopen after Pence plane slide Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

I think hes a very dynamic player Probably the m

I think hes a very dynamic player Probably the m

first_imgI think he’s a very dynamic player. Probably the most difficult player to defend that we played against all year. We played against some really good players. I think, like, the Clemson quarterback is really, really a good player. But when you’re talking about a guy that is an effective passer and has the quickness and speed and versatility of Kyler Murray, it is really, really hard on your defense.It takes you out of almost everything that you want to do. We didn’t get a lot of pressure on the guy because we rushed three guys a lot, because you have somebody spy the guy all the time, and then the spy can’t get him on the ground. So it’s like, ‘Why are we even doing this?’ But when you don’t do it, he pulls it down and runs it for 25 yards. So it’s really, really difficult. This guy is a really dynamic player. A fine young man, too, really sharing some time with them in the playoff game and some of the things that we do, he’s a character quality leader on his team as well.The NFL Draft will begin on April 25. If you had to pick the three names that are most commonly linked to the Arizona Cardinals in mock drafts, those would probably be Nick Bosa, Kyler Murray and Quinnen Williams.It just so happens that Alabama head coach Nick Saban is very familiar with the latter two, and had positive things to say about each of them when he joined Bill Lekas and Charlie Weis on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week.Williams, a defensive lineman, was Saban’s own player at Alabama. He was a starter for two years there for the Clemson Tide, earning a unanimous All-America selection in 2018 as he made 71 tackles, 19.5 for loss, to go with eight sacks and a pass defensed. Several mock drafts have him going No. 1 overall to the Cardinals next month. (Getty Images) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Q is just very, very instinctive,” Saban told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Really good initial quickness. He’s also one of those guys that’s very bright and understands blocking schemes.Related LinksArizona Cardinals acquire OT Marcus Gilbert for 6th-round pickGambo’s 6 free agent LBs the Cardinals are expected to targetArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?“He’s got a little bit of explosive power to go with his initial quickness. So even though some people would think that he’s a little undersized, he doesn’t play that way. And he’s really athletic and a really good pass-rusher. So a really good combination, I think, for what people are looking for.”At the combine, Williams measured 6-foot-3 at 303 pounds.But the latest buzz has been all about Murray, the quarterback who has suddenly found himself surrounded by rumors that the Cardinals might take him No. 1. That would be quite the pick for several reasons, not the least of which being that the Cardinals took Josh Rosen No. 10 overall in last year’s draft.Saban saw Murray last year when Alabama faced the Oklahoma Sooners in the college football playoff semifinal, winning 45-34. In that game, Murray threw 19-for-37 for 308 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown.center_img 12 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

Beale Street tops Spirit Awards Close wins best

Beale Street tops Spirit Awards Close wins best

first_img‘Beale Street’ tops Spirit Awards, Close wins best actress SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Two years after his “Moonlight” triumphed on the eve of the Oscars, Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of the James Baldwin novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” on Saturday topped the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards, winning best film, best director and best supporting female for Regina King.The Spirit Awards, always a casual, oceanside preamble to Sunday’s Academy Awards, featured a few things the Oscars don’t have: a host (actress Aubrey Plaza) and female filmmaker nominees, including Tamara Jenkins (“Private Life”), Debra Granik (“Leave No Trace”) and Lynne Ramsey (“You Were Never Really Here”).But as much as the afternoon belonged to women, Jenkins’ lyrical period drama emerged the biggest winner two years after his “Moonlight” won at the Spirits and (despite a touch of trouble with the envelopes) at the Oscars. Given his fellow nominees, even Jenkins was sheepish about it.“I’m not gonna lie, man,” said Jenkins accepting the directing award. “I didn’t want to win this.”Jenkins used his speech to instead largely urge more movies to be made with female directors and specifically credited the Scottish filmmaker Ramsey — who encouraged a Jenkins as a film student — for inspiration. “This award has your DNA in it,” Jenkins said.“Leave No Trace” and “You Were Never Really Here” won other awards, though. “You Were Never Really Here” won for its editing. Granik was honoured with the Spirits’ second annual Bonnie Award, a grant for mid-career female directors. The audience gave her a standing ovation.“I wasn’t expecting such a love bomb,” said a clearly moved Granik.A day before many expect her to finally win her first Academy Award, best female lead went to Glenn Close for her performance in “The Wife.” Close was accompanied everywhere by her loyal white Havanese dog Pip: on the awards’ “blue carpet,” on stage with her, and backstage speaking to reporters. While Close accepted her award, Pip rolled on his back alongside her.“I hope you don’t mind Pippy came up here with me,” said Close. “He’s my date.”This year’s Spirits included fewer Oscar contenders than usual, which meant a chance, as Plaza said, for the Spirits to get back to their roots and honour “the movies that are too good to be seen.”Their best-picture winner has often predicted Oscar-winners, including “Moonlight,” ”Spotlight,” ”Birdman” and “12 Years a Slave.” But last year Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” took the Spirits’ top honour before Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” won at the Academy Awards. This year, “Beale Street” is nominated for three Oscars but not best picture.King, though, is the front-runner for best supporting actress. “If you haven’t seen it, go see it,” said King of “Beale Street” before chuckling. “I’m still promoting.”The Spirit Awards limit nominees to films with budgets of $20 million and under, eliminating bigger budget contenders like “Black Panther” and “A Star Is Born.” They also focus on American movies, limiting Oscar nominees like “Roma” and “The Favourite” to the best international film category — which Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” won.Cuaron, whose film is favoured to become the first foreign language film to win best picture on Sunday, said he believes cinema is growing more diverse, “and that will make this category irrelevant.”Plaza led a profane, sarcastic and often very funny ceremony that was broadcast live on IFC. The show featured a show-stopping song-and-dance performance by drag queen Shangela who turned the night’s top nominees, like Paul Schrader’s anguished religious drama “First Reformed,” into a disco medley. “If Beale Street Could Talk, what would she say?” sang Shangela while Jenkins doubled over in laughter.Plaza also brought in her old “Parks and Recreation” co-star Jim O’Heir for a spoof on Andy King, the infamously dedicated producer featured in the Netflix Fyre Festival documentary, “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.”Ethan Hawke won best male lead for “First Reformed,” an award collected for the absent actor by his co-star, Amanda Seyfried.Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” took awards for both Richard E. Grant’s supporting performance and best screenplay for Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Witty. Holofcener called up Heller to join them on stage.Best first feature went to Boots Riley’s madcap political satirical “Sorry to Bother You.” In his acceptance speech, Riley, a longtime musician making his directorial debut, spoke out against U.S. involvement in Venezuela. He said film is growing more socially conscious.“There are real movements out there happening on the streets,” said Riley. “Rightly so, film is responding to that.”Other awards included best documentary for the Oscar-snubbed Fred Rogers documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?”; best first screenplay went to the comedian-turned-director Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”; Luca Guadagnino’s “Suspiria” won the Robert Altman ensemble award and best cinematography; and the micro-budget “En El Septimo Dia” won the Spirits’ John Cassavetes Award, which honours movies made for less than $500,000.In her opening monologue, Plaza tweaked the Oscars: “The network’s first choice was no one, but they were already booked for tomorrow.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 23, 2019 5:47 pm PDT Richard E. Grant arrives at the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) last_img read more