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Photos Lissie Helps Launch Imagine Theres No Hunger

first_imgEarlier this week, Lissie, Hard Rock’s IMAGINE Artist Ambassador, performed in New York as part of the launch of Hard Rock’s 6th annual “Imagine There’s No Hunger” campaign benefiting WhyHunger and its grassroots partners combating childhood hunger and poverty worldwide. At the event, Lissie helped collect non-perishable food donations for the New York Common Pantry with Hard Rock matching the donations raised.Lissie poses with Annie Balliro, Hard Rock’s Senior Director of Brand Philanthropy, with WhyHunger representatives and Hard Rock Ambassadors Credit/Copyright: Scott Gries/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP ImagesLissie shows her support by collecting non-perishable food donations for the New York Common Pantry with Hard Rock matching the donations raised on Monday, November 25, 2013, in New York City. Credit/Copyright: Scott Gries/Invision for Hard Rock International/AP Imageslast_img read more

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‘NRC a plan hatched by BJP to displace Gorkhas from Hills’

first_imgDarjeeling: The National Register of Citizens (NRC) has become the most debatable issue this election in the Darjeeling constituency.The TMC and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) allege that it is a conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas. BJP President Amit Shah while addressing a rally in Alipurduar had recently threatened to implement NRC in Bengal to throw infiltrators and illegal immigrants out. “This is a very well-planned conspiracy hatched by the BJP to displace the Gorkhas from this region. One should carefully analyses the sequence of events. We should all unite against it,” alleged TMC leader NB Khawas. The TMC leader said despite repeated assurances the BJP had failed to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities in the ST list. They made multiple committees to examine the demand. The recommendations of the committees were not made public. Later, they assured that a bill would be tabled to include the 11 Gorkha sub communities. This too did not see the light of day. “Finally an RTI was filed to find out the status. The reply to the RTI clearly stated that granting of ST status would lead to an influx of immigrants from Nepal. This shows the Union Government’s actual stand and why they don’t want to grant the ST status,” Khawas said. The TMC leader said following this when the demand was being raised by the public that a son of the soil (Bhumiputra) should be fielded from the Darjeeling constituency, the sitting BJP MP of Darjeeling stated that whosoever are raising this demand are all Nepal born. “Following this BJP President threatened to implement NRC in Bengal. The National Register of Citizens has made thousands of Gorkhas in Assam D-voters or Doubtful voters. Their names have also not featured in the NRC. He wants a rerun of Assam in Bengal. The Gorkhas will have to prove their citizenship with land documents and even their family tree. They are just trying to create unrest and displace the Gorkhas,” Khawas said. BJP candidate Raju Bista while campaigning in Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling town on Tuesday claimed that the NRC would not effect the Gorkhas in anyway. “On the contrary it will act as a security for the Gorkhas and will drive away the Bangladeshis and Rohingyas from the state,” Bista said. “How can Bista say this? He should know better and explain how it will not affect the Gorkhas. He should study the history of the land to get a clearer picture,” said GJM president Binay Tamang. Tamang said 87.2 per cent of the people residing in the Hills live in tea gardens, cinchona plantations, forest villages, DI Fund land, and municipality leased land. “They do not have land right documents so how will they produce land documents required for NRC. We are fighting for land right document for the Hills,” Tamang said. He further said PM Modi should clarify the BJP’s stand on Gorkhaland and how NRC will not affect Gorkhas during his election campaign in Siliguri on Wednesday. “We are eager to see what new dream he shows the Gorkhas this time,” Tamang said.last_img read more

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Sri Lanka bans face covering after attacks

first_imgColombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people. Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday, his office said in a statement. “The ban is to ensure national security… No one should obscure their faces to make identification difficult,” the statement said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework It came days after local Islamic clerics urged Muslim women not to cover their faces amid fears of a backlash after the bombings carried out by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State group. Muslims in the majority Buddhist nation account for about 10 per cent of its 21 million population. Most Sri Lankan Muslims practise a liberal form of the religion and only a small number of women wear the niqab.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Opens Press House In Tangiers

first_imgTangier – King Mohammed VI dedicated on Monday a press house in Tangiers, a socio-cultural compound for the integration of Moroccan media professionals in their Arab and Mediterranean space.First of the kind in the Arab world and in Africa, the compound is a site for journalists to meet. It offers several services of training, competence reinforcement and leisure.It is expected to contribute to integrating the Moroccan media in the Arab-Mediterranean space by promoting communication among professionals in the region and the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. The Press house includes a Mediterranean center for media studies and research that will endeavor to reinforce ties between press organizations of the Mediterranean and enrich dialog and mutual knowledge among countries of the region.The establishment of the center in Tangiers illustrates the place of this cosmopolitan city, crucible of civilizations and ultimate site of inter-cultures dialogue, the third media pole at the national level after Casablanca and Rabat.Several public and private radio stations, a satellite TV channel and several papers are also located in Tangiers.Extending over a 5,000 m2-area, the press house also features a continuous training center, a conference room with a capacity of 300 seats, an open-air theater, an exhibition space, a VIP lounge, a sports hall, a children leisure space, a swimming pool, a restaurant and parks.The compound was built at a cost of MAD 14.3 million in partnership between the communication ministry, the Agency for the development of northern provinces, the Council of the Tangiers-Tetouan region, the urban commune of Tangier and the prefectural council of Tangiers-Assilah.last_img read more

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US Tourism Declines After Trump’s Travel Ban

Rabat – The unwelcoming message sent by Trump’s travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries has resulted in a rapid decline in desire to visit the United States.After heavy opposition and months spent battling courts, a revised version of US President Donald Trump’s travel ban went into effect on the evening of Thursday, June 29. Those from Libya, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan are now banned from the country for 90 days unless possessing a bona fide relationship in the States.Immediately following the controversial announcement, European travel groups cancelled plans to visit the country: Hostelling International USA recorded a loss of more than 2,000 overnight stays in the US. Group organizers stated that tourists were suddenly made aware that the US may not be as welcoming a place as it once was.Russ Hedge, chief executive of Hostelling International USA, told the Washington Post that the overwhelming number of cancellations made following the ban “was startling,” adding that the company had “never seen anything like that.” The company has more than 50 hostels worldwide and makes most of its bookings online, where international business to the US has decreased.In a statement from investment bank Robert W. Baird & Co., Vice President Michael Bellisario said, “The travel ban is only a negative at this point. It hurts travel, regardless of whether we’re talking about one of the banned countries or not.”Since Trump’s election as President of the United States in November 2016, the country’s share of international tourism dropped by over 18 percent, according to data from the check-in-tracking company Foursquare. While international tourism rates have risen by six percent, Trump’s strong “America first” rhetoric and policies seem to have made international travelers wary of paying a visit to the US.The US Supreme Court will take on the travel ban’s case in its entirety when it resumes case hearings in the fall of 2017. Until then, the nation’s tourism – and its use of the welcome mat – may be on hold. read more

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ICC prosecutor hails ruling on Kenya as crucial step for countrys future

“Yesterday’s decision is establishing individual responsibility for the post-electoral violence but also for a peaceful Kenya,” stressed Luis Moreno-Ocampo, adding that the ruling also holds international significance as it reiterates that no country has sovereignty to attack civilians.Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said the Court was appreciative of the fact that Kenyan judges explained the decision in a public session and that there have been no reports of violence since the result.“We also appreciate the fact that the accused appeared voluntarily before the court. This goes to show Kenya is managing its transition to a less violent future. President Kibaki yesterday committed to solve the problems of victims of violence still displaced. Victims do not have to wait for a conviction before they receive any help. The Government of Kenya has a responsibility to help its citizens,” Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said.The ICC confirmed charges against Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance; William Samoei Ruto, former Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology; Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Head of the Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet; and Joshua arap Sang, Head of Operations for KASS FM radio station, who are accused of being responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians. Mr. Moreno-Ocampo stressed the prosecution is already preparing for trial, but its start could be delayed if judges accept the appeal that has been put forward by some of the accused.According to the ICC, more than 1,100 people were killed, 3,500 injured and up to 600,000 forcibly displaced in the violence that followed the December 2007 elections. There were also hundreds of rapes, possibly more, and at least 100,000 properties were destroyed. 24 January 2012The recent ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) requiring four prominent Kenyans to stand trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed in late 2007 represents a significant step towards a peaceful future in the country, the Court’s prosecutor said today. read more

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Heated exchange at Chief Ministers meeting with MR

A heated exchange of words had reportedly taken place at the meeting held today between former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Seven Chief Ministers of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).The meeting held this morning ended inconclusively but the Chief Ministers have sought a follow-up meeting with him soon. The Chief Ministers called for the meeting to seek Rajapaksa’s support for the SLFP at the next Local Government elections.President Maithripala Sirisena had approved the meeting. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Federal government expected to unveil foreign takeover rules Friday

foreign take-over rules|Harper government|MacDonald Dettwiler|Nexen|potash by News Staff Posted Dec 7, 2012 10:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal government expected to unveil foreign take-over rules, Friday The Harper government may be unveiling its foreign take-over rules, Friday, as well as reveal decisions on two controversial energy deals. The rules and regulations are likely to have a major financial impact on investors. The federal government was forced into the debate after CNOOC of China offered $15-billion for Calgary’s Nexen, and Malaysia’s state-owned oil company Petronas offered $5-billion for progress energy. According to the Globe and Mail, either Friday or Monday, the industry may announce its decision on deals, which would set the tone for future investments in the resource sector, specifically from Asian economies. Many have expected the deals to be given a green light, but in the past, the Conservative government rejected deals involving Potash and MacDonald Dettwiler, and shares in both Nexen and Progress have traded far below the offer prices. The European Union, meanwhile, gave its unconditional support to the Nexen deal. read more

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Defence lawyers in Colorado theatre shootings question reliability of firearms analysis

Defence lawyers in Colorado theatre shootings question reliability of firearms analysis CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Defence attorneys in the Colorado theatre shootings are attacking the reliability of firearms analysis, saying it’s subjective and lacks statistics to measure its accuracy.The judge heard testimony Wednesday from a state crime scientist who said he matched bullets and shell casings found at the theatre to three weapons, apparently the ones officers seized at the scene.The defence wants firearms testimony barred from the trial.James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to charges of killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the 2012 attack. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.Defence lawyers have acknowledged Holmes was the shooter but continue to challenge any evidence prosecutors present.Holmes’ attorneys say he was in the grip of a psychotic episode at the time of the shootings. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 23, 2014 12:47 am MDT read more

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Thailand bombs unnerve tourists and sap industry confidence

by Penny Wang And Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Aug 12, 2016 12:40 am MDT Last Updated Aug 12, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Thailand bombs unnerve tourists, and sap industry confidence From left, Hendrik Buus, 62, Ole Sorensen, 63, Freddy Hansen, 61, and Flemming Madum, 51, drink beers in a hotel lobby in the tourist city of Hua Hin, Thailand on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Buus said that while he might not have taken security seriously in the past, he no longer felt safe in the sunny beach town after a wave of coordinated explosions rattled multiple cities across southern Thailand on Friday. (AP Photo/Penny Yi Wang) HUA HIN, Thailand – An hour before midnight, Andrea Tazzioli was fetching his own birthday cake, looking forward to celebrating with friends in this balmy beach resort town, a world away from his stressful military work in Afghanistan.Then the bomb went off.“I saw light, white light, big explosion and immediately it hurts here in my shoulder, like big fire. And I go down on the floor in blood. Everyone was screaming, the glass broken, table broken, confusion,” the Italian said Friday from a Hua Hin hospital bed, a place he never expected to turn 51.While Tazzioli recovered from blast wounds, other tourists huddled in their hotel rooms, locked down after bombs exploded in at least five areas of Thailand, including popular beach cities, killing at least four people and wounding dozens more.British vacationer Darren Hilling was lounging by his hotel pool in Hua Hin when a pair of blasts shook the Friday morning calm, “quite loud, sounded very close to here.”Those attacks killed one person and wounded three. The Thursday night blast in which Tazzioli was hurt also killed a street vendor and wounded 20 other people in this beach city about 200 kilometres (120 miles) southwest of Bangkok. The 24 injured included Thais, three Germans and other visitors from Italy, Austria and the Netherlands.Overnight and into Friday, bombs also went off on Phuket’s Loma Beach in southern Thailand and the southern provinces of Trang, Surat Thani and Phang Nga. One person was killed in the Trang blast, which occurred Thursday, and another was killed in the Surat Thani attack on Friday morning.Police said it was too soon to say who was behind the attacks, but added that they have ruled out international terrorism or a long-running insurgency in the country’s Islamic south.Phuket in particular is frequented by millions of European, Chinese and Thai tourists each year who come to swim in the warm, azure sea, party at the open air night clubs and explore tropical rainforests. The other towns hit are less prominent international destinations but still popular among Thais and many foreigners.Even as police searched for suspects and fears of more bombs continued, locals said the explosions will be a blow to tourism, a critical source of income. Governments including the U.S., Germany, Australia and Britain advised their citizens travelling in Thailand to take precautions.Henrik Buuz, 62, of Denmark sipped beer in a Hua Hin hotel lobby Friday. He said that while he might not have taken security seriously in the past, he no longer felt safe. Streets were eerily quiet for the beginning of a three-day holiday.“No, no, no, no. Now we don’t think it’s funny anymore,” said Buuz, as bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled nearby beaches.Tourism already suffered a setback nearly a year ago after a bomb blast ripped through a Bangkok shrine, killing 20 people, mostly visitors from other Asian countries.Friday’s attacks were a new blow.“This ruins business. Hotels, restaurants, tours, we were already suffering, but this, it’s going to ruin our lives,” said Hua Hin Adventure Tours guide Natsupa Dechapanya.Natsupa raced Friday from hotel to hotel, visiting clients and warning them not to go outside, especially where people gather. She was also fielding cancellation calls, although she was staying away from her office, opposite a clock tower where Friday’s bombs went off.“I’m scared. It’s bad,” she said. “We think of this as a safe town, but now everyone is fearful.”Thailand’s economy has struggled since a 2014 military coup; investors grew wary and have stayed away, but tourists came back, even after last year’s shrine bombing. More than 14 million people visited between January and May 2016 — up from 12.5 million the year before, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand.Earlier attacks have been tied to political turmoil. The latest explosions came less than a week after voters approved a new, junta-backed constitution. Friday was a national holiday in Thailand marking the Queen’s birthday, also Mother’s Day.Sirasit Teimtontanin, a manager at City Beach Resort in Hua Hin, said one of Friday’s explosions went off about 300 metres from the front door. Stores, shopping malls and movie theatres were closed. More than 15 rooms had been cancelled within hours.“We’ve never had anything like this in our city,” he said.___AP writer Rod McGuirk in Canberra, Australia, and video journalist Jerry Harmer in Hua Hin, Thailand, contributed to this report. Mendoza reported from Bangkok.___Follow Martha Mendoza on Twitter: @mendozamartha read more

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With ISIL down but not out continued vigilance is key UN Security

“It capitalizes on its affiliates and inspired attacks and has an estimated residual wealth of up to three hundred million dollars at its disposal”, said Vladimir Voronkov Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), in his briefing on the threat ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) poses to international peace and security.Moreover, “acute concerns” remain over foreign terrorist fighters, returnees and relocators, he continued, noting that from the “initial estimate” of 40,000, between 24,000 and 30,000 have survived. Counter-Terrorism Chief Voronkov & @UN_CTED brief UN Security Council on ISIL’s threat & reiterates UN’s commitment to supporting Member States countering the threat.Check his statement: https://t.co/NtZPpNGwlO pic.twitter.com/gAqTCPHt0S— United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (@UN_OCT) August 27, 2019 And Member States also must contend with the threat posed by ‘frustrated travelers,’ or ISIL sympathizers – the number of whom is hard to estimate.Global, regional overviewWhile acknowledging ISIL’s defeat in Syria as “a watershed” that ended the “dystopia of the so-called ‘caliphate’”, Mr. Voronkov said that the fall of Baghuz “was not a fatal blow” as the group “continues to evolve into a covert network.“This follows the same pattern we have seen in Iraq since 2017, where ISIL insurgency activity reportedly designed to prevent normalization and reconstruction efforts continue”, maintained the counter-terrorism chief.Turning to Africa, he noted “a striking increase in ISIL and Al-Qaida-linked recruitment and violence” in the continent’s West, pointing out that “the Islamic State’s West Africa Province is now one of the strongest ISIL affiliates” with some 4,000 fighters that also “calls for vigilance”.In Europe radicalization in prisons and those released from prison “remain major concerns” that compound the risk of “homegrown terrorism” at time when ISIL is having trouble sending fighters to the continent, according to Mr. Voronkov. And despite military pressure, hundreds of thousands of ISIL fighters in Asia continue to pose a threat.He recounted two worrying developments in South-East Asia, namely women playing a more active role in attacks and the explicit targeting of places of worship, “which may indicate a new trend”.Responding to the aftermath While acknowledging ISIL’s military defeat in Syria as “welcome progress”, Michèle Coninsx, the Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee, pointed out that challenges in responding to the aftermath of that defeat and the threat posed by its affiliates globally “remain substantial”. In parallel, repatriation efforts “should also prepare to deal with the post-repatriation phase, issues of accountability, and the challenges involved in rehabilitation and reintegration”, she detailed.“Because of the short sentences given to many returnees…there may be limited opportunities to engage them in rehabilitation and reintegration programmes prior to their release,” continued Ms. Coninsx.Moreover, she said that extended periods of pre-trial detentions without guarantees of due process can “undermine the effectiveness of rehabilitative measures and increase the potential risk” of radicalization within the prison systems.Ms. Coninsx upheld as “essential” that post-repatriation strategies have “short, medium and long-term components” in relation to “prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration”, aligned with human rights, gender sensitivity and the special needs of children. The counter-terrorism chief drew the Council’s attention to the thousands of suspected ISIL fighters and their families currently detained in Iraq and Syria, many of whom are “stranded in overcrowded camps, in dire conditions, generating acute and humanitarian concerns”.Noting that there are “as many as 70,000 people in Al-Hawl camp in Syria alone, including women and children” with potential links to UN-listed terrorist groups, he cited the report as saying that “Member States have the primary responsibility for their own nationals” and urged against Statelessness.Mr. Voronkov said his Office would launch on 30 September, a handbook on “ensuring a child rights-based approach” for children affected by “the foreign fighter phenomenon”. Looking aheadThe Under Secretary-General highlighted some of his Office’s initiatives, including law enforcement and border security, an upcoming four-year global programme on protecting vulnerable targets, an expansion of a global programme to stem terrorism financing.Stating that “the current lull” in ISIL attacks “may only be temporary”, Mr. Voronkov upheld the importance of remaining vigilant “to mitigate the risk posed by the evolution of ISIL…deny it new recruits and prevent its resurgence’. “It is essential that Member States keep a comprehensive and long-term perspective in this fight”, he spelled out, adding that “urgent political leadership and a principled approached, based on international law” is needed. Prisoner challenges read more

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Vukovic Our defense was impressive – Wenta Efficiency ZERO

← Previous Story EHF EURO 2012 (Round 1): Jicha beats Germany – Serbia destroys Poland Next Story → Wilbek after the first win: “Typical first match of the Tournament” After the first win of Serbia against Poland 22:18 (11:7) at the beginning of the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia, two coaches, Veselin Vukovic and Bogdan Wenta have different opinnions:– Results was 22:18, like a game from “our time” – said Vukovic and look at his colleague, Wenta:– I hope that Belgrade’s spectator enjoy our impressive defense. We didn’t “die in a beauty” in attack, our actions weren’t so attractive, but my team was highly motivated to win. Tommorow is a new days, we want to stabilize and prepare for the Danes – said Serbian coach, Veselin Vukovic.Polish NT coach, Bogdan Wenta was angry:– Serbia was clearly better all 60 minutes. We lost 22:18. When you received 22 goals, it’s not too much, but if you score 18, that is nothing. We had 14 technical mistakes. Our efficiency was ZERO. Players were agressive, but not effective. That was our problem – said Wenta. read more

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Failing Kickstarter project proves gamers hate motion controls

first_imgGamers have always been split on the motion controls debate. Some have embraced the likes of Kinect, PlayStation Move and the Wii while others contend there’s just no place for them when it comes to hardcore gaming.The developer of a rcent Kickstarter project has come to the conclusion that the use of motion control is exactly why his Kickstarter is failing. Kostas Zarifis’ game, Kung Fu Superstars uses Kinect to teach the player real kung fu moves, as well as telling the story of wannabe stuntman, Danny. The game looks good, it’s being developed by people who have worked on some great games and there’s even an endorsement by Peter Molyneux in the video.It seems like the project should be succeeding but it’s got under 5 days to go and only £40,000 ($64,000) of the £200,000 ($320,080) target has been funded by a mere 440 people (at press time).Kostas said that hardcore gamers treat motion games with “hatred,” not indifference. He also noted they have good reason to as a lot of motion games haven’t delivered what they promised such as Star Wars and Steel Battalion. Kostas and his team wanted to change peoples opinions of motion controls but he now thinks that time has passed as obviously, people just don’t care about them any more  He also says that they were too slow to mention that Kung Fu Superstars is not entirely motion controlled, it uses a traditional controller too. Apparently at tech demos where they’ve shown off the game, when people saw how they blended motion controls with a controller, the game was called “innovative” and got a positive response.Kostas also blames the confusion between the UK Kickstarter site and the US one, stating that American users were having problems funding the project and he would have preferred to launch the project in the US, despite it being more hassle.Perhaps it’s time for developers to listen to what gamers really want – whilst kids and casual gamers like Kinect dancing games and Wii Sports, it seems the rest of us are not so keen. Let us know what you prefer, motion controls or physical controllers?More at Kickstarter via MCVlast_img read more

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Ignored at viewings because theyre black or Asian Dozens of asylum seekers

first_img CONCERNS HAVE BEEN raised about where dozens of asylum seekers will live after the expected closure of Dublin’s biggest Direct Provision (DP) centre this summer.There are 235 people (10 above the contracted capacity), including 78 children, living at the centre located at the site of the former Clondalkin Towers Hotel in west Dublin. Seventy residents already have protected or leave-to-remain status, including 19 refugees, and face having to find private rented accommodation. The remainder are expected to be transferred to other DP centres when Clondalkin Towers closes. At the start of October, residents were informed that the centre would close on 3 December as the company running the centre was not renewing its contract. However, a deal was later reached to keep the centre open until June. The company, Fazyard Ltd, has been paid €27.5 million from the State over an 11-year period for operating the centre.Residents say they are now struggling to source accommodation for various reasons – the housing crisis and increasing rents, some landlords refusing to accept the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), and racism.On Friday, there were 17 properties listed for rent in Dublin 22 on Daft.ie. Fourteen had two or three bedrooms and the average monthly rent for these houses was €1,740. The most recent Daft report (for Q4 0218) put the average rent in Dublin 22 at €1,500 for a two-bed, €1,745 for a three-bed and €1,904 for a four-bed house. A number of residents from the Clondalkin centre told TheJournal.ie they are looking for accommodation but have been unsuccessful to date. Some residents say they have been ignored at house viewings, or denied viewings outright, because of their nationality or skin colour.A spokesperson for Nasc, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre, said DP residents face “significant issues” when trying to source alternative accommodation. They said trying to source housing “in the midst of a housing crisis” must be putting added pressure on individuals and families who are unsure where they will go when the Clondalkin centre closes.The timing of the expected closure is far from ideal. The government has paid over €1.6 million to a private contractor to source emergency accommodation for asylum seekers since September 2018; close to 200 people are living in hotels and B&Bs in the Cavan-Monaghan area.Meanwhile, hotels in Leitrim and Donegal earmarked as future DP centres have been the subject of suspected arson attacks in recent months.700 people with protected status Almost 6,300 people live in Direct Provision centres across Ireland.More than 700 of these individuals have been granted protection status or permission to remain in Ireland; over 200 people have refugee status. People with such status have the same entitlement to housing supports as people from Ireland or Europe.However, many are unable to find privately rented accommodation, meaning they remain in the centres.The DP system was established in 2000 to house asylum seekers entering the country. It was originally intended to be a temporary measure where people would be housed for a six-month period while their asylum application was processed.As of this week, 446 people have been living in DP centre for over five years. It can take an extended period for a person to receive a decision about their application and many choose to appeal if they are unsuccessful, further lengthening the process.Adults and children each receive a weekly allowance of €21.60. This allowance was raised from €19.10 for adults and €15.60 for children in August 2017. There have been numerous calls for the DP system to be reformed or scrapped altogether.Five of the country’s 38 DP centres are oversubscribed, meaning they house more people than their contracted capacity. However, this figure may not be the same as the maximum capacity of a premises. A spokesperson for the Department of Justice and Equality said this overcapacity may be due to “family configuration reasons”, such as when a baby is born.The fact the many residents with protected status are unable to find new accommodation also has an impact. Many are forced to stay in the centres, despite having special protection or refugee status which entitles them to housing rights. Third centre to close The Department of Justice is trying to source an alternative location for a DP centre in the area. The Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) has sought expressions of interest from service providers for premises within 40km of Newbridge in Co Kildare, which would cover the Clondalkin area.A spokesperson for the department said it would be “inappropriate to comment on any prospective tender bid that may be participating in an ongoing public procurement process”. The procurement process is expected to be concluded in the coming weeks.The centre in Clondalkin is the largest of three centres in the capital (the others are in Dublin 2 and Finglas). Two centres in Dublin city closed last year: the Georgian Court centre on Gardiner Street, which housed 80 people, closed last February; and the centre at Watergate Hall on Usher’s Quay, where 52 people lived, closed in July. File photo of Clondalkin Towers. Source: Donated to the Asylum ArchiveThe department’s spokesperson said the fact people are staying in DP centres for some time after they receive a protection status or permission to remain “is putting increased pressure on the system”. Under EU regulations, Ireland must accommodate new arrivals who apply for asylum here. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Ignored at viewings because they’re black or Asian’: Dozens of asylum seekers facing homelessness Clondalkin Towers is set to close in June and many residents are struggling to secure new accommodation. By Órla Ryan 36,993 Views Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 10:00 PM File photo of Clondalkin Towers. Image: Donated to the Asylum Archive Share325 Tweet Email Short URL File photo of Clondalkin Towers. Feb 24th 2019, 10:01 PM https://jrnl.ie/4506249 Applicants who have been granted status or a permission to remain – either because their claim for international protection has been accepted or on other discretionary grounds – should no longer be residing in accommodation centres as they have the same housing, social welfare and other rights as everyone else.“Considerable work is being done by the Department to support residents with status or permission to remain to move out of accommodation centres and to secure long-term accommodation,” the spokesperson noted.‘Ignored because they’re black or Asian’One woman who lives at the Clondalkin centre, and is on the residents’ committee, said some residents who are looking for accommodation have experienced racism and discrimination.“Because they’re black or Asian, landlords won’t talk with them, some go to a viewing and are ignored,” she told us.Another issue is the fact some landlords refuse to accept the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). The Nasc spokesperson said the organisation is aware of this practice, noting it is “not unique to this context” and “appears to be happening to a lot of people who qualify for HAP”.Racism and discrimination from landlords is certainly another factor we have heard from residents; we would hear this from all categories of migrants and ethnic minorities that we would work with and it is definitely a problem.The spokesperson added that there is “a lack of consistency across local authorities in whether those exiting Direct Provision can sign up for social housing and HAP, and this needs to be looked at”.They said Nasc is particularly concerned about the Clondalkin centre’s expected closure, “given the current capacity issues and the difficulties the Department is experiencing accessing new accommodation”.When asked about the situation in Clondalkin, a spokesperson for the Irish Refugee Council (IRC) said the prospect of people “having to leave a place where they have been living for several years and built connections and community is very worrying in the absence of further integration supports”.We would have particular concerns for the disruption it will cause to children and young people in school, those attending university, and those who have secured work in the area.“If Clondalkin Towers does close, this will be the third Dublin centre to close, making it more difficult for people seeking asylum to access jobs, universities, hospitals, and other services.”They added that the imminent closure highlights why the State needs to “shift to a new way of accommodating people who seek asylum: from a reactive, managed emergency style system delivered by private actors towards a long-term, planned model delivered by non-profit bodies who are experts in housing and supporting vulnerable people”.‘People are nervous getting papers, it’s a mad situation’Sinn Féin’s housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin said some residents are actually afraid of getting protected status in the coming months as it could lead to them becoming homeless. People are nervous about getting papers, it’s a mad situation. Say the centre closes in the summer, if you get papers four weeks out from that you’re in a really precarious position. It takes months to get a place.Ó Broin said one woman is due to pay €150 to her son’s school next week for costs associated with the academic year beginning in September. She’s unsure if she should pay as she doesn’t know if they will still live in the area then, but she’s afraid he’ll lose his place if she doesn’t. “I can’t tell her what to do, we just don’t know what to say,” Ó Broin stated. He said if the centre does close, “clear commitments” must be given that families with strong connections to Dublin, particularly those with medical needs that can only be catered to in the capital, are rehomed there.  A hallway in the centre.He noted that there has been cross-party support for residents in the centre, as well as support from the wider community. “There’s a very strong sense among civil society groups in south Dublin that the Towers centre is part of the community and we want the people to stay.”Ó Broin said if some or all of the 70 residents who have protected status, which includes many families, can’t find somewhere to live if the centre closes, that would be “a big, big problem for both the families and the local authority”.“There are around 250 homeless households in south Dublin. If a family presents as homeless today, they’re given a list of hotels. What if [all 70 people] present as homeless on the same day?“At this moment in time we just don’t know what’s going on. The earlier we know what’s happening the better, but it’s the end of February and we still don’t know,” he said. ‘Trapped in DP or facing homelessness’Some residents at the Clondalkin Towers centre said they have received conflicting information about their housing entitlements.Two families told TheJournal.ie that South Dublin County Council (SDCC) said they are not eligible to apply for social housing as they haven’t lived in Ireland for five years. However, they said the IRC told them a local authority must take into account the three years they have spent here as well as the three years leave-to-remain status they have been granted – a combined total of six years.A spokesperson for SDCC said all applications for social housing support are assessed in accordance with the Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011. When assessing non-Irish nationals, Circular 41/12 is considered. This states that asylum seekers “are not eligible to be considered for social housing support”.However, it notes: “If the applicant is a “former asylum seeker”, who has been given “leave to remain” and a Stamp 4, the application may be accepted for assessment regardless of prior length of residence, provided the applicant has a current Stamp 4 in their passport a letter from the Department of Justice giving leave to remain on foot of the applicant’s representations under section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999.”The IRC stated that people with leave-to-remain status are “not subject to the reckonable residency rule for the purposes of accessing social housing support”. The organisation said it has helped “a large number of people affected by the incorrect application of the relevant rule at local authority level and are continually raising this issue at local authority level and with the Department of Housing”.The spokesperson said the “erroneous application” of this rule means “people may be trapped in Direct Provision or face homelessness, despite their entitlements to such supports”. “This needs to be immediately addressed as it is, unsurprisingly, causing significant confusion and we are concerned that many people will not be aware of their rights,” they added.The SDCC spokesperson said residents of Clondalkin Towers are “eligible to make an application for social housing support and each application is individually assessed and the applicant made aware of the decision following assessment”.“If they are not accepted on the social housing list, they can re-apply in future if their circumstances change,” they stated. 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LG lancera sa tablette tactile début 2011

first_imgLG lancera sa tablette tactile début 2011Après avoir pris du retard, le constructeur coréen indique que sa LG Pad sortira au premier trimestre 2011. Un dirigeant du constructeur LG affirme que la tablette tactile disposera d’un écran 8,9 pouces et intégrera la future version d’Android, connue sous le nom de code Honeycomb. Elle est présentée comme la première version vraiment optimisée pour les tablettes, et devrait donc sortir début 2011 également.Une grande partie des spécifications techniques reste pour le moment inconnue. LG France a seulement confirmé au site Les Numériques que l’Optimus Pad serait présenté en janvier au CES de Las Vegas, le plus important salon consacré à l’innovation technologique en électronique grand public. Le 5 novembre 2010 à 18:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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MovieBobs 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2019

first_img The year is 2019. The world is on fire. Long held assumptions about the stability of cherished institutions are being shaken to their core. Entire populations of citizenry are set against one another by divisions that appear utterly irreconcilable, precipitating a global rise fringe radicalism, demagogic leadership, panicked-protectionism, the maddening collapse of the post-WWII global order and unchecked ecological devastation wrought by climate change. On the other hand, there are some decent looking and/or sounding movies to look forward to — here are the 15 I’m most overwhelmingly pinning my hopes on i.e. “please distract us from literally everything else happening right now.”Godzilla: King of the MonstersI wasn’t the biggest fan of Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla update, appreciating its aim to ground its impressively-realized take on the titular kaiju in a somber, realistic story similar to the post-WWII allegorical gloom that birthed the Japanese original while none the less noting that this ultimately amounted to Godzilla guest-starring in his own film that didn’t have much else going on. This follow-up, poised to pit Godzilla against a doomsday-plot that involves unleashing updated versions of A-list nemeses Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah, looks to be striking a more appropriately-scaled balance, although whether it can match the pure raw fun of last year’s Rampage remains to be seen.UsWhy anticipate yet another horror film about a suburban family under siege? Two words: Jordan Peele. Need two more? Get Out. Peele’s big breakout was one of the most audacious (and successful) debut features in years, and his sophomore effort was going to be a big deal no matter what. But even without that pedigree, this creepy-looking shocker (in which a family is menaced by creatures who can, apparently, mimic their appearances) would likely still look like a major event.Gemini ManGemini Man (at various points shortened to and from simply “Gemini”) is one of the most famous, long-unmade projects in Hollywood. A sci-fi action-thriller originally developed from a script by Darren Lemke (current screenplay credited to David Benioff) and to be made at Disney/Touchstone in 1997, it has been bounced between multiple studios and producers ever since with dozens of major action stars attached for the lead role at various times in the intervening 20-plus years. The premise? The world’s most dangerous hitman, now on the other side of middle-age, is hunted by a genetically-identical clone of his younger self. The gimmick? One actor will play both roles via CGI de-aging effects (the “not there yet” quality of which being what scuttled prior versions.) Ang Lee will direct the version finally making it to screens this year, with Will Smith playing both the protagonist and (presumably) his own once-again-Fresh-Prince-aged nemesis.Knives OutWhat is it? Apart from “a modern take on the whodunit murder mystery” with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Jaeden Lieberher, and Katherine Langford… no one really knows yet. But after delivering possibly the most “divisive” (and easily the most talked-about) big studio franchise blockbuster in years with The Last Jedi, whatever quixotic indie-auteur turned bete-noir of terrible YouTube conspiracy theorists Rian Johnson was going to do next (before his other planned spin-off projects at Lucasfilm) was bound to be fascinating.IT: Chapter TwoThe first IT scored big by turning one of Stephen King’s most beloved but also most notoriously unfilmable books by shaving it down to the core of only the main “flashback” story about misfit kids spending their Summer battling a child-killing monster; leaving the more uneven “adult” parts of the story and the more esoteric/cosmic-horror aspects of King’s gonzo supernatural mythos to be dealt with later. Now, later is here and it’s time to find out what an entire movie of the “awkward parts” of IT has to become to work… if that’s indeed possible.Ford v. FerrariThink The Godfather for gearheads: Matt Damon and Christian Bale star as famed automotive designer Carroll Shelby and British driving legend Ken Miles, tasked along with a team of engineers by Henry Ford (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) to develop an entirely new form of high-performance racing car in order to settle Ford’s rivalry with Enzo Ferrari by defeating his drivers at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans; ultimately leading to the creation of the iconic Ford GT40. James Mangold (Logan) directs. For some reason, 20th Century Fox is allowing this to be released two weeks after Father’s Day.Shazam!Call it whatever you want (as your comic book fan friends will be glad to tell you, this character used to be called “Captain Marvel” back before there was a different character/publisher using the name — it’s complicated), Shazam! has always had one of the best hooks ever for a superhero action-comedy: Ordinary kid Billy Batson finds himself with the ability to simply speak a magic word (an acronym for the various ancient gods and heroes whose powers he channels) and transform into a full grown adult caped-crusader who’s basically Superman with a few extra powers… but still has the mind and attitude of a 10-year-old – hijinks ensue. At one point the most popular character in the Golden Age of comics, the film (featuring Zachary Levi as the “adult” Shazam) looks like a refreshingly zany change of course for the reflexively portentous DC Extended Universe; with trailer that harken back to energetic 90s genre-comedies like The Mask and Meteor Man.Pokemon: Detective PikachuVideo game fans finally got a good, games-to-film adaptation (at least on the basis of “as good as good comparable films in the same genre not based on video games) in Rampage, but there’s still never been a legitimately great live-action film based on an A-list currently-popular game franchise. If the reaction by generations of Pokemon fans on social media to the first trailers (and seeing the “real world” Pokemon for the first time), Detective Pikachu may finally be the one to do it, helped by a sly premise (a “Roger Rabbit” mystery riff set in the Pokemon game/anime “universe” but with Ryan Reynolds voicing a different sort of Pikachu whose words can be heard as normal human speech — but only by one person) that could split the difference between spoofing an embracing the games’ offbeat sensibilities.John Wick: Chapter 3 – ParabellumThe John Wick movies rely on the formula of a simple premise (Keanu Reeves is actually legendarily-fearsome contract-killer who comes out of retirement after gangsters kill his dog and proceeds to kill… pretty much everyone in retaliation) playing out in a fictional universe just “off” enough to let things grow progressively more absurd as the stakes do. The first film? A modern action classic. The sequel? Solid follow-up. This third episode, which adds Halle Berry to the eclectic cast roster? We shall see.Frozen 2The original Frozen was a phenomenon whose size and intensity was surprising even to Disney, who generally doesn’t “get” surprised; with the film they ultimately released being massively different from the film they’d originally set out to make and words like “new generation feminist icon” and “queer-coded coming-out anthem” suddenly associated with the once heavily-criticized for, well… exactly the opposite of all that “Princess Factory” development-line. So now we find out how the Mouse House follows-up the film that upended their entire way of conceiving/crafting fairytale musicals; especially with so much of the praise afforded the original being about things it didn’t include (like a romance storyline for Queen Elsa) and the premise for the sequel so far a tightly-guarded secret.Captain MarvelMarvel Studios may have lost out on the “first female lead franchise” ribbon in the hypothetical superhero movie arms race with Warner Bros’ DCEU thanks to Wonder Woman (has that score now been “evened” by Black Panther becoming the first superhero movie with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture?), Captain Marvel remains a fairly big deal in its own right as both the first female-front release of the omnipresent MCU and the widely-presumed positioning of Brie Larson’s titular character as one of the main players in the next wave of post-Endgame Marvel productions. The film, a combination space-opera/superhero-origin, is a prequel to the rest of the (modern) MCU films set in the 1990s, and is set to establish the Captain as possibly the most powerful Marvel hero yet seen.BrightburnJames Gunn still has yet to announce his next official directing project (he’s set to take a screenplay pass at Suicide Squad 2 with the possibility of helming) after having been forced from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in a takedown campaign by internet political-agitators, but until then he’s producing this “superhero horror” feature from director David Yarovesky and screenplay by cousin Mark Gunn and brother Brian. The film, which reimagines the Superman origin-story in the context of a “killer kid” horror movie, made waves with the debut of its creepy first trailer (which memorably mimicked the infamous early Man of Steel ads.)Star Wars: Episode IXIt’s a new Star Wars movie; the conclusion of the new Sequel Trilogy and (presumably) the status-quo setter for the future of the franchise under the Walt Disney umbrella — what more do you need to know? Well, several things (the title, for one…) but apart from the obvious unresolved story threads the big question will be whether returning Force Awakens director JJ Abrams will keep the series on-pace with the unpredictable, anything-can-happen path and forward-looking narrative themes set by Rian Johnson’s game-changing The Last Jedi or bow to pressure from a minority of vocally-disappointed internet rage-cases and deliver a safer, more generic experience.Once Upon a Time in HollywoodPhoto Credit: Andrew Cooper / CTMG, Inc.Quentin Tarantino productions always keep their plots a secret for as long as possible, but the potentially-controversial nature of his latest feature has all of Hollywood buzzing as the notoriously movie-obsessed provocateur trains his dark imagination on the twisted recent-history of Tinseltown itself. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a struggling former Western TV star who, alongside his best friend and stunt double (Brad Pitt) become involved in events leading up to the infamous “Manson Family Murders” of actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) in 1969 Los Angeles. Little else is known of the project, including whether it will depict something like the “real” history of the famous events or be another Tarantino alternate history, or what the presence of other real-life figures like Bruce Lee and Steve McQueen (Mike Moh and Damian Lewis) in the cast will mean; but it should be quite an event.Avengers: EndgameThe Marvel Cinematic Universe (at least we’ve known it) comes to an end after having defined an entire decade of blockbuster movies and effectively rewritten the entire business of multimedia franchise filmmaking. Casual and devout fans alike are all eager to find out how (or if?) the heroes will reverse the tragic events of Infinity War and which stories will come to a definitive end one way or another, but everyone will be watching to see whether or not this is indeed the last time they see some of these beloved stars in their iconic roles.More on Geek.com:‘Black Panther’ Best Picture Nod Brings Oscars Into MCUJohn Boyega Teases Shocking Photo from ‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ SetNew ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theory Highlights a Hidden Time Loop Stay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWatch These Movies Before ‘Hustlers’ last_img read more

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Galaxy Fit vs Galaxy Watch Active vs Fitbit Inspire HR

first_imgGalaxy Fit vs. Galaxy Watch ActiveThe Galaxy Fit doesn’t have music storage or playback, any mobile payments, GPS, dedicated swim tracking, or integration with third-party fitness apps like the Galaxy Watch Active has. That’s where the Fit becomes a weird choice. The Galaxy Watch Active is really, really good, and doesn’t cost all that much ($200). Spending an extra hundred isn’t absurd at all.The Fit feels pretty basic compared to the Watch Active, which is my biggest concern with it. Battery life is supposed to last up to a week (versus about 4-5 days on Inspire HR). I haven’t worn it long enough to know what the real battery life is.08-samsung-galaxy-fitSwapping the (limited) watch faces is easy, even on an iPhone. Sarah Tew/CNET Should you buy it?If you’re budget conscious, and want that smaller band design, and like Samsung hardware, the Galaxy Fit may be a good choice. But I still think the Fitbit Inspire HR hooks into a far better social fitness ecosystem with Fitbit, which is why you’d be best off with that instead. (If you’re a huge Samsung S-Health fan, the Gear Fit may be something you’d prefer.)Samsung’s biggest advantage tends to be unique hardware features, and those are mostly on the Watch Active. More to come in a full review. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung Galaxy Fit feels like a Fitbit Fitbit Fitness Samsung Apple Galaxy Fit vs. Fitbit Inspire HRThe closest parallel in Fitbit-land is the Fitbit Inspire HR, which also costs $99. The Inspire HR also has water resistance for swimming, sleep tracking, heart rate, and notifications. It has a black and white screen instead of a color screen. Otherwise, it’s pretty similar.The Galaxy Fit band is thin, feels like firm rubber, and has proprietary connections. It felt comfy on my wrist and attached firmly, but maybe it was a bit too slim. The included (proprietary) charger magnetically attaches to the back of the Fit.03-samsung-galaxy-fitIt’s not always easy to see the text. Sarah Tew/CNET Navigation on the Galaxy Fit happens through touching and swiping: it works fine, but it’s not always easy to do when moving (the text is small). A side button goes back to the main watch display, or quick starts a workout when pressed and held: this is my favorite thing it does that, weirdly, the Fitbit Inspire HR doesn’t.I also like Samsung fitness devices’ automatic tracking of walks and workouts, and how the stats instantly appear onscreen. On a brisk walk, I’m suddenly in workout tracking mode without doing anything.Loading a limited set of five customizable watch faces is pretty easy, even on iOS, via a watch face gallery that feels like what the Apple Watch has. Steps, heart rate, weather and a few other stats can appear on the watch faces, but you can’t cycle through them or see more than a couple at once, which is annoying. Also, only watch face can be on the Galaxy Fit at a time. Watch faces are faster loading from the phone than Fitbit Inspire HR, but Fitbit’s a lot better with adding more stat access.Much like Fitbit Inspire HR, you can swipe to see a quick dashboard of daily stats: heart rate (and resting heart rate), steps, calories burned. There’s no stair climbing feature, though. Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 19 Photos reading • Galaxy Fit vs. Galaxy Watch Active vs. Fitbit Inspire HR 6:30 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean itcenter_img • Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit:… Samsung Galaxy Fit: a bit Fitbit, a bit Nike. Sarah Tew/CNET The Samsung Galaxy Fit has finally arrived today. I’ve been wearing the $99 tracker on my wrist for a little over 24 hours. How does it compare to the Fitbit Inspire HR, or to Samsung’s other new fitness watch, the Galaxy Watch Active? It feels, in a lot of ways, like it falls right in between them.The Galaxy Fit feels more like a lightweight, budget fitness tracker than the round, higher-design Galaxy Watch. It’s an evolution of Samsung’s longer-display bands going back to Gear Fit. Despite its lower-key look, it has some impressive specs: it’s 5ATM water resistant, has onboard heart rate (and Samsung’s “stress level” tracking, which seems a little unreliable/confusing), automatic sleep tracking, automatic activity workout tracking (for walking, running, biking, rowing, elliptical) plus phone notifications. 1 Share your voice Comment See All Tags Apple Mobile Wellnesslast_img read more

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Fewer Latinos Dropping Out Of High School In Austin Compared To National

first_img Share GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUTStudents walk to William B. Travis High School in South Austin on the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.The number of Latinos dropping out of high school nationwide is lower than ever before, according to a new study. The dropout rate in Austin is even lower than the rest of the country.Nationwide, the dropout rate was 10 percent in 2016. In the Austin Independent School District, it was 1.3 percent. About 200 Latino students dropped out of AISD high schools last year.The number hasn’t always been this low. It’s about a third of what it was five years ago, thanks to efforts from the district.“We know that teaching the whole child, not just the tested parts of the brain, … is very important,” said Craig Shapiro, associate superintendent for high schools. “If a student feels safe and secure that they will do better in school. They will feel as if they can take risks and work to have mastered the material they need to master.”KUT’s Claire McInerny reportsThe “whole child” method includes offering more services to deal with concerns  outside the classroom. In 2012, officials noticed many of the students dropping out were dealing with mental health or social issues, so the district added mental health services in schools. It also now provides academic coaches, and teachers give lessons on dealing with stress and anxiety.AISD is 60 percent Latino, so Shapiro says it’s important to make sure the population are supported in all areas. But the dropout rate for all students is declining, he says, because the district makes sure its efforts start as soon as a student enters school.“It’s really about intervening and being proactive with our interventions,” Shapiro said. “I think that would be a change that we have made over the last couple of years that’s really key.”This is the type of practice that John Bridgeland, the founder of Civic Enterprises and a leader at the GradNation campaign, says works. GradNation works with communities to get the national graduation rate to 90 percent. He says many districts across the country have done what Austin is doing: focused on students most at risk of dropping out.“The encouraging news to us was that some of the most vulnerable students, including students who have English as second language, have been making significant gains and that schools and districts have been focusing like a laser,” Bridgeland said.He said this work extends beyond high school graduation, as Latino students are also attending and completing college at a higher rate.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

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Riverdale Season 3 Ep 6 Recap Archie Breaks and Betty Screams

first_imgGet comfortable. #Riverdale starts NOW on The CW! pic.twitter.com/vVlVBbPdBT— Riverdale (@CW_Riverdale) November 29, 2018Unfortunately, the show doesn’t really do anything with that, or really with the manhunt for Archie. We’re told how severe it is, but rarely shown. Much of the action of this plot is focused on Veronica, which to be fair, is much more interesting than what Archie’s doing. She spends the episode looking for a way to exonerate Archie, and even that happens mostly offscreen. After she finds some extremely obvious evidence that really should have been caught in, like, Episode 2. Somehow the high school student is the only person to notice that in the video of the witness testimony, Sheriff Minetta’s coffee disappears in an instant. From there, it only takes a little breaking and entering to find the missing 10 minutes of footage proving a falsified testimony. Does the town of Riverdale actively make you dumber as you age?For his part, Archie tries to find the three witnesses for himself. Unfortunately, Hiram had the same idea and sent Sheriff Minetta out to do his dirty work. By the time Archie and Kevin locate the three paid witnesses, they’ve all been shot dead. And because Archie is eternally a martyr, he blames himself for their deaths rather than, you know, the dude who actually shot them. Or the dude who ordered them to be shot. Archie continues to be the dimmest bulb on Riverdale. Honestly, this whole story felt a little rushed. It’s like this season spent way too much time lingering on shirtless Archie in the fight club (and really, who can blame them?), then realized the midseason finale was fast approaching and they needed to get this arc up to speed fast. By the time Riverdale leaves us for the winter, Archie and Veronica needed to be broken up, and it was this episode’s job to get us there.Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CWThe breakup scene leaves a lot to be desired, and it’s not really any of the actors’ fault. After Veronica gets Archie acquitted, he calls her to tell her he’s leaving Riverdale. Camila Mendes does a fantastic job with this scene. She makes you feel angry and sad and heartbroken right along with her. The problem is it comes so far out of left field, the show never earned this level of emotion. It feels like it’s happening because the plot demands it, not because it makes any kind of sense for the characters. But hey, I guess Archie and Veronica were overdue for a little relationship turmoil. Maybe it’d be more effective if it wasn’t so obvious that this is temporary. The only bright side is that finally Kevin got something to do this episode. Sure, he’s being dragged along by Archie, but he actually has more than one scene’s worth of dialog this time. Progress!Meahwhile, Betty is trying to make some real headway on the mystery surrounding Griffins and Gargoyles. She doesn’t get as much information as any of us would hope, but she gets at explanation at least. According to Penelope Blossom, Dilton Doily’s dad did the deed. But Dilton’s dad is dead. Damn. Penelope says he was in love with her and put the pellet with the poison in the chalice from the palace so they could ascend together. When she rejected him she assumed he’d dumped the poison, when he actually just left them in the bathroom. Years later, the guilt got to him and he killed himself with carbon monoxide. Betty, ace reporter that she is, thinks that’s just a little too convenient. She’s right too. After all the parents storm out without giving her any more info, she tracks down Daryl Doily’s autopsy report. He didn’t have any carbon monoxide in his lungs. They did find White Oleander though. And there’s only one member of the Midnight Club with access to that.Nathalie Boltt as Penelope Blossom (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)As fun as all this intrigue and investigation is, it’s easy to get frustrated with every adult giving Betty the run around. That’s by design, as by the time Betty’s asking her mom why she helped cover up a murder, we’re as frustrated as she is by the lack of answers. Still, it gets old watching the same scene play out over and over. Fortunately, at the moment it starts to wear out its welcome, the show picks up with a genuinely good scare. As Betty and Alice argue, the lights suddenly shut off. The scene goes full horror movie here. Scream, specifically, with Jiffy Pop on the stove and everything. They investigate a knock on the door and of course, no one’s there. That’s because THE GARGOYLE KING IS INSIDE THE HOUSE! As over the top as this homage is, it’s a decently scary scene that’s way more exciting than anything that came before. The scares don’t stop there, either. Betty and Alice run up to Betty’s bedroom, and FP comes through the window, saying he heard screaming. HUH! Where have we seen Skeet Ulrich in this exact situation before? I’m not totally convinced he’s the Gargoyle King, but it certainly looks suspicious.Even if this is meant to imply that FP is the Gargoyle King, that wouldn’t be the craziest G&G twist in this episode. That comes later. Alice decides she doesn’t feel safe in her own house anymore, so she and Polly are going to run away to the Farm. Because nothing says safety like the warm embrace of a cult. Even worse though, she blames Betty for bringing the Gargoyle King after them. She sends Betty to where she’ll be safe: The Sisters of Quiet Mercy convent. Yes, we’re going back there. And Jughead isn’t even going to be able to save her because he’s busy train-hopping with Archie for some reason. Betty may have just stumbled closer to the truth, though. When she gets to the convent, she’s brought to a room where everyone is painting pictures of the Gargoyle King. Now that’s a decent twist. Alright Riverdale, I’m on board.Madchen Amick as Alice Cooper and Skeet Ulrich as FP Jones (Photo Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW)There may have been a few moments that straight up didn’t work, but this was still a solid episode of Riverdale. I always love watching Betty play detective, especially when it gives the parents a chance to act like the gooniest cartoon villains who ever existed. Even with the missed opportunity of the manhunt, this episode was full of exactly the kind of bonkers fun we come to Riverdale for. And if the big Varchie breakup happens in an episode like this, what could they possibly have planned for the next few weeks leading to the midseason finale?Riverdale airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CWPreviously on Riverdale: Stay on target Riverdale left us on one hell of a cliffhanger before taking the week off for Thanksgiving. Two weeks later, it probably won’t surprise you to learn it doesn’t make good on any of it. After seeing the Gargoyle King, Jughead just… ran back to Betty. That’s it. You’d think someone so obsessed with Ascending in the game and meeting the King, he’d at least try to communicate. For now though, this episode wants to focus on Archie.Archie is out of prison, but that doesn’t mean he’s a free man. There is a full-scale manhunt for him, which means he has to stay in the bunker. There are wanted poster (complete with Archie’s strong jawline) and everything. At least he gets to cuddle with Veronica while he’s stuck down here. Meanwhile, she’s doing everything she can to clear his name, now that she knows her father paid off the witnesses who accused Archie of murder. On the outside, the investigation is intense, with Sheriff Minetta grilling the students in class. It gets so bad that Josie has a seizure while Minetta threatens her future. Hmm, those have been going around lately. Riverdale Season 3 Episode 5 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 4 RecapRiverdale Season 3 Episode 3 Recap SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 last_img read more

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7 things to consider before retiring abroad

first_imgIs it it your goal to spend your golden years living in a hut on the beach of a Caribbean island? Or Costa Rica, perhaps?Or do you dream of a second act running a vineyard in Tuscany? Retiring abroad can be both more enticing and and more affordable – depending on the locale – than retiring in the United States. But a smooth transition requires careful planning.“When you just begin thinking about it at a superficial infatuation level, it’s a very exotic, romantic, sexy idea,” says Kathleen Peddicord, publisher of Live and Invest Overseas, which publishes an annual ranking of the best places to retire abroad. “But the truth is that once you get into it, it’s not easy.”Not all of the lifestyle changes that come with moving overseas will be ideal. Retirees will want to research how the move could affect their cost of living, tax bill and health. Here are some of factors to think about before you sell your belongings and buy a one-way plane ticket:1. Residency. Some countries are extremely welcoming to retirees from the United States, luring them with tax breaks, property rights and other perks. In parts of Latin America, “pensionado” programs may let retirees live in the country indefinitely and import property such as a car to the country tax free, Peddicord says. The initiatives typically require retirees to show they have a certain amount of income coming in each month – a threshold that can often be reached with Social Security benefits, she says.Other countries have a higher bar for residency, requiring retirees to have sizable savings as proof that they can sustain themselves and won’t become a burden. In some countries, the minimum needed may be about $250,000, Peddicord says. Retirees may also start by getting a temporary visa before establishing long-term residency. Customers of Costa Rica’s National Power and Light Company will see a 3.78 percent decrease in electricity bills starting next month. Still, utility costs are one common gripe among retirees here. (Via CNFL)2. Cost of living and lifestyle. One of the biggest factors motivating people to retire abroad is the realization that their savings may go a lot further in another country, Peddicord says. The average rent bill in some major U.S. cities may be enough to cover a month of housing, food, utilities and entertainment abroad. For instance, in the Algarve region of Portugal, named the most attractive place to retire abroad by Live and Invest Overseas, a retiree could live on $1,410 a month, including $600 for rent. One of the more affordable cities, Da Nang, Vietnam, requires $840 total monthly to cover housing, food, utilities and other bills.But retirees need to keep in mind that those lower bills usually mean making some changes when it comes to lifestyle. Someone living cheaply in a third-world country may have to deal with the power going on and off, the water disconnections and limited access to appliances they might be used to having back home, says Ben Gurwitz, a financial adviser with Financial Life Advisors in San Antonio.“If you’re trying to bring America somewhere else, you’re going to be disappointed,” he said. “If you embrace what the locals do, you’ll be happier with the move.”3. Health care. Medicare, the health insurance most U.S. patients rely on in retirement, won’t cover you out of the country. People living outside of the states will generally need to buy a health insurance policy that protects them in whatever country they’re in, Peddicord says. Or they can buy an international plan that covers them in multiple countries, including the United States, she adds. (Those will generally cost more since health care in the U.S. tends to be more expensive than in other countries.) In some countries with low health-care costs, retirees may be able to skip insurance and pay for routine doctor’s visits and other basic treatment out of pocket, Peddicord says. People going this route can buy a plan with a high deductible that would help cover costs after a major accident or other emergency, she says.Some people will still want to enroll and pay for Medicare, even if they are living abroad, Gurwitz says. That will ensure they are covered if they need to return to the states for surgery or other treatment, he says. Signing up when they become eligible can also help people avoid late enrollment penalties if they decide to move back to the U.S. later on. (Those penalties typically increase monthly premium costs by more than 10 percent.)See also: 14 reasons to live in Costa Rica4. Where to keep your money. The ideal strategy may require at least two bank accounts – one in the United States where you keep the bulk of your savings and one in the foreign country where you keep your spending cash, says Scott Bishop, director of financial planning at STA Wealth Management in Houston. Retirement savings in a 401(k) or an IRA should be kept in the states because otherwise the account may need to be cashed out completely, an event that would require people to pay taxes on all of their savings at once, he says.Having a U.S. checking account will make it easy to receive Social Security benefits and simplify matters for taxes. You can transfer a few months worth of spending money into a local bank account, which might be easiest for withdrawing cash and having money in the local currency, Bishop says. That foreign checking account may need to be registered with the Internal Revenue Service, he adds. And retirees should factor in the fees for transferring cash and any foreign transaction fees they might face for withdrawing money from a U.S. bank account while abroad, he says.5. Social Security. Most of the time, U.S. citizens find that their Social Security benefits will follow them wherever they land. There are some exceptions, however.The Social Security Administration won’t send payments to beneficiaries in Cuba and North Korea. It also won’t send payments to people in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, to name a few. (Check with the Social Security Administration and the Treasury Department, which periodically update the list of countries with restrictions.)Some people can qualify for exceptions if they agree to certain rules, such as picking up their checks in person each month at the U.S. embassy. But generally, the administration will withhold payments until a U.S. citizen moves to a country where benefits are not restricted.Related: How to stay happy when relocating to Costa Rica One of Costa Rica’s many stunning views. David Boddiger/The Tico Times6. Taxes. Moving to, say, Belize won’t offer an escape to the dreaded April 15 deadline. Retirees living abroad still have to file a tax return every year. Many retirees will receive credits for the taxes they pay to other countries, helping them to avoid double taxation, Bishop says. Retirees need to research the rules for the places they think they want to move so that they can estimate taxes and factor the costs into their planning, he says.7. Property. Real estate can often be much more affordable outside of the United States, especially after you account for the dollar’s recent rise against the euro and other currencies. But people looking to establish a permanent abode for themselves in another country may find that they’re restricted from buying property. In Mexico, for example, foreigners can’t buy property near the coast unless they do it through a corporation or trust, according to Live and Invest Overseas.Looking for property in Costa Rica? Check out our Real Estate section here.Still many countries, including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Dominican Republic, allow foreigners to buy property as any citizen would, the report notes. If owning your home is important to you, look up the rules before you make a final decision. One option is to rent out your home in the states to pay the last of your mortgage or to provide rental income that can pad your living expenses overseas.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Are you a Gringo? 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