Jacqueline launches her YouTube channel

first_imgMumbai: Actor Jacqueline Fernandez has launched her YouTube channel, to take forward her bond with fans. Jacqueline, who is quite active in the digital world, went live on her Instagram handle to launch the channel. The first video that the actor uploaded gives glimpses of her childhood, her family, her first rampwalk, her first audition, and the moment she was crowned Miss Sri Lanka. “Looking back, I think I always had a special relationship with the camera. I feel I have always been camera-friendly – a happy little kid. I have two people to thank for that – my dad and my mom,” she said in the video. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”As I grew up, so did my dreams and so did the size of the ramp… I was only 21 when I got a chance to be at Miss Universe. Although I didn’t win, this gave me enough confidence to chase my dreams, and that somehow got me to Mumbai. That is a story I will tell you later,” added Jacqueline. Jacqueline made her Bollywood debut with Sujoy Ghosh’s 2009 film Aladin, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh. The film turned out to be a dud at the box office, but Jacqueline got noticed. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”The journey of mine had its ups and downs, but it has been a Bollywood-themed crazy rollercoaster ride,” the actor said, with the video showing the bond she shares with her fans. “All my life I have been surrounded by the camera. This time, it is different because this is my camera,” said the actor, while concluding the video. On the work front, Jacqueline will soon be seen in Netflix’s upcoming thriller ‘Mrs Serial Killer’.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Fair Elections And Inclusive Peaceful Transition In PostMugabe

first_imgThe Elders today called on all political, military and civil society leaders in Zimbabwe to work together towards free and fair elections and a peaceful, inclusive transition following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe.They urged all stakeholders to implement immediate socio-economic measures to address urgent issues that affect ordinary Zimbabweans’ welfare and provide relief to their pain and suffering. Zimbabwe’s neighbours in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries must do all they can to support a successful political process that respects human rights and returns stability and growth to the country.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders, said: “The period between now and the 2018 election is critical both for reconciliation and organised transition in Zimbabwe. All stakeholders should come together and engage in serious debate on a future vision and public policy.”Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders and a former freedom fighter in Mozambique, said: “The departure of Robert Mugabe offers a huge and rare chance for the people of Zimbabwe to chart a new course towards a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive future. This will only succeed if civil society activists, human rights defenders, independent media, religious organizations and academia are engaged on the type of transition to be chosen. Zimbabwe must look to the future, but also deliver justice to those who have suffered in the past.”The Elders agree that upcoming elections in 2018 are a crucial test of Zimbabwe’s new leaders’ commitment to democracy and political reform. All state institutions, especially the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, must put transparency and integrity at the heart of their work. This is particularly important regarding the ongoing Biometric Voter Registration process, which must deliver a credible electoral roll to restore confidence to the voting system.last_img read more

Nanisivik project has come crashing to the ground MP

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government is revising their plans for the Nanisivik research station on Baffin Island in Nunavut.Nanisivik was originally proposed in 2007, when debate about Canada’s Arctic sovereignty was in full force. Now, the project has been scaled back dramatically, and one MP is saying it was little more than political opportunism to begin with.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier talks to MP Dennis Bevington about the hopes for Nanisivik and what this says about the state of arctic sovereignty.last_img

Hodgson aims to win the FA Cup

first_imgFor the Crystal Palace manager, winning the prestigious tournament would be the highlight of his career.English Premier League team Crystal Palace will visit Football League One side Doncaster Rovers tomorrow in the FA Cup Fifth Round.They will meet at Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday, as the “big guns” of the Premier League are already out of the competition: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, and Arsenal.And for manager Roy Hodgson, winning the prestigious tournament would be the highlight of his career.“Winning it would certainly be a highlight and something I would be extremely proud of and glad to do,” said Hodgson to Sport BT.“There will be some good Premier League teams left in the quarter-finals, and in the semi-finals, too, so sooner or later you will come up against a team like Manchester City or Chelsea.”“But I will worry about that when we get there. Let us concentrate on this game first and if we win, then we will see what fate brings and the draw sends us,” he added.“It would be a fantastic situation to find myself in, and I would love to do it, even if I only got a finger on the trophy.”“We are in for a big challenge,” added Hodgson.Joel Ward, Crystal PalaceHow Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“They are doing well at the moment and we have an awful lot of respect for them.”“We have watched a lot of videos of them playing, and we have been impressed by what we have seen,” he added.“They are on a good run of results and it is a home match for them, so it is not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination.”“We are talking about a team on the verge of the Championship, so we are preparing for a tough ask.”Crystal Palace is in the 13th position of the English Premier League table with 27 points.The team has only won seven matches out of 26 played, with six draws and 13 loses.👀 There were some familiar faces involved the last time we faced @drfc_official #CPFC 🦅 pic.twitter.com/vrkR3HmYK9— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Port of San Diego job fair and economic impact report

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCommissioner Rafael Castellanos join Good Morning San Diego to discuss the upcoming job fair for the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal construction projects and he will also talk about the economic impact report recently released.The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 101 at the San Diego Continuing Education Center.According to the Port of San Diego’s economic impact report in 2017, the Port’s overall economic impact on the San Diego County region was $9.4 billion, a 13 percent increase over two years, and a 22 percent increase over four years. There were more than 44,300 jobs on the Port’s waterfront, including shipbuilding and cargo handling, tourism and hospitality jobs. Through a multiplier effect, approximately one in 30 San Diego County jobs were generated by the Port.View the complete 2017 Economic Impact Report by clicking here. March 13, 2019 Posted: March 13, 2019 Port of San Diego job fair and economic impact report KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Myanmar photojournalists freed on bail

first_imgPolice have released two Myanmar photojournalists covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine after they were granted bail by a court, police and a lawyer said.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were detained early this month in the border district of Cox’s Bazar, where more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August.Police have said they were arrested on suspicion of espionage-a charge rejected by the pair’s lawyers.“They were freed on bail,” a police inspector told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.One of the pair’s lawyers, Jyotirmoy Barua, confirmed that the two were granted bail by a court of a judicial magistrate in Cox’s Bazar.It was not clear whether the two would be allowed to travel back to Myanmar.The lawyer said the two were charged with “false impersonation” and providing “false information” after police accused them of using tourist visas to enter the country, instead of journalist visas.Cox’s Bazar police, however, earlier told AFP the pair were also “primarily accused of espionage”.An award-winning photographer from Bangladesh also arrested with the pair was later freed.Scores of foreign journalists have poured into Bangladesh’s southeast to cover the Rohingya exodus.The UN has accused Buddhist-dominated Myanmar of waging an ethnic cleansing campaign against the stateless group.Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat arrived in Cox’s Bazar in early September on assignment for Hamburg-based magazine Geo to cover the refugee crisis, which has strained relations between Muslim-majority Bangladesh and Myanmar.The lawyer described Minzayar Oo as “an award winning photographer whose work was published in reputed dailies and magazines including the New York Times, Guardian and National Geographic”.The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Bangladesh to release the photographers and drop all charges against them.“The Bangladeshi authorities should not criminalise covering a major world story,” said CPJ deputy executive director Robert Mahoney said last week.“Both local and international journalists reporting on the Rohingya story must be allowed to work freely,” he said.Read more:Bangladesh accuses two Myanmar journalists of ‘espionage’last_img read more

No intention to return to power by any means Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday reiterated that she does not want to go to power by any means which may destabilise the present peaceful situation in the country.”I don’t have any desire to go to power by any means possible …if we can get elected by people’s vote then it’s Alhamdulillah. If we can’t retain power, there is no problem. Let peace prevail in the country,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said this while addressing the businessmen conference titled ‘Bangladesh towards peace and prosperity’ at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) organised by the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI).She said her party wants to see a peaceful election in the country as many political parties are contesting the 11th general election.The AL president said a beautiful and peaceful situation is prevailing in the country. “Let the election be held maintaining this peaceful atmosphere, the party which will get the people’s mandate will be there in power,” she said.The prime minister said she wanted the people of the country to cast their votes peacefully and choose their desired government. “Let that environment prevail in the country… I do want that.”Hasina mentioned if the peaceful situation prevails in the country the country will advance further.She sought support from the businesses community for the ‘Boat’ to maintain the pace of development and finish the incomplete development projects to make the country developed and prosperous one.”As we’ve taken many projects including some mega projects, we need more time to complete those,” Hasina said.Mentioning the private sector as the driving force of the economy, she said the private sector will be the key player while the government will act as the facilitator.Hasina said the drive against militancy, terrorism and drugs will continue while the government will show zero tolerance against corruption.Former FBCCI presidents Mahbubur Rahman, Salman F Rahman, Mir Nasir Hossain and AK Azad, and Rokeya Afzal Rahman, Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Chamber (MCCI) president Nihat Kabir, Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman, Alhaj Sufi M Mizanur Rahman, Incepta Pharmaceuticals managing director Abdul Muktadir, ACI chairman Anis Ud Dowla, GP CEO Michael Foley, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh Sonia Bashir Kabir, City Group chairman Fazlur Rahman and Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) president Syed Almas Kabir also spoke at the programme.It was also addressed by president of Leather Goods And Footwear Manufacturer & Exporter’s Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) Saiful Islam, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Abul Kashem Khan, Bashundhara Group chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, Berger Paints managing director Rupali Chowdhury, Mohammadi Group managing director Rubana Haq, AKM Selim Osman, MP, former president of BGMEA engineer Kutub Uddin Ahmed, Tipu Munshi, MP, former BGMEA president Atiqul Islam, Anwar Group managing director Manwar Hossain, Abdul Momen, Sugar Refinery chairman Mainuddin Momen, BSRM Group chairman Ali Hossain Akbar FCA, former BGMEA president Anwarul Alam Chowdhury Parvez, Dokan Malik Samity president Helal Uddin and Captain Anisur Rahman Sinha of Opex Group. FBCCI president Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) moderated it.last_img read more

PM asks army to stay alert against internal external threats

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday directed members of Bangladesh Army to keep a constant vigil to face any “internal and external threats” to safeguard the country’s constitution and sovereignty.“You will have to always remain ready to face any ‘internal or external threats’ unitedly to protect the sacred constitution and sovereignty of the motherland,” she said.The prime minister was addressing the “national standard” handing over ceremony of the Bangladesh Infantry Regiments (BIR)-7th, 8th, 9th and 10th at Shaheed Colonel Anis Parade Ground at Rajshahi Cantonment Sunday morning.She handed over the national standard to the commander of the respective regiments.A smartly turned out contingent of Bangladesh Army presented the salute to the prime minister through a spectacular parade.Along with chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and the parade commander, the prime minister reviewed the parade riding on a decorated open jeep.Describing Bangladesh Army as an asset of the country and a symbol of the confidence and the trust of the people, the prime minister also asked its members to be more professionally-efficient and welfare-minded with social and religious values.“Bangladesh Army is our asset and a symbol of confidence and trust of the people…so, you will have to be more competent, efficient, honest and welfare-minded being imbued with social and religious values to achieve desired standard of professionalism,” she said.Noting that her government always received constant support of the army to serve the people, Sheikh Hasina expressed her firm belief that the army will stand beside the people whenever it will be necessary during the running of the state by the present government.The premier said the members of Bangladesh Army played an important role in upholding the democratic trend of the country by performing their responsibilities with utmost sincerity in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad polls.“I extend my thanks to you and I also express gratitude to the people for the opportunity to form the government for the fourth time and the third consecutive term,” she said.The premier said her government always wants to run the country as the servants of the people, never rulers.Mentioning that the government is pledge-bound to build a modern and all-round armed forces, Sheikh Hasina said for this the government has framed the Forces Goal-2030 which is being implemented in phases.As part of it, she said, new infantry divisions, brigades, units and training centres were established. Besides, three new divisions were formed in the army, she also said.The prime minister said her government has established para commando brigade for the first time, while MLRS and Missile Regiment have also been added to the army for further strengthening the country’s air defence system.Besides, the present government has strengthened operational capability of the army to a great extent through inducting various modern war equipment, helicopters and modern infantry gazettes to keep pace with the developed world, she added.Referring to her government’s steps for women’s empowerment, the prime minister said the government took an epoch making decision to get female officers and soldiers enrolled to the army.Sheikh Hasina said in continuation of the initiative, appointing female pilots for the first time in the history of the army opened up a new horizon.The prime minister recalled that despite economic constraints, the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman took steps to establish strong armed forces in the country.At the directives of Bangabandhu, she said, Bangladesh Military Academy was founded in Cumilla Cantonment in 1972.Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu framed the defence policy in 1974 by realizing the necessity of a developed and professional army.The premier said in the light of Bangabandhu’s far-reaching defence policy, a process for modernisation of the army is underway. Today, Bangladesh Army has been elevated to a dignified position at home and abroad, she said.Sheikh Hasina said that in order to infuse more dynamism into the Infantry Division, her government for the first time established its second regiment alongside the East Bengal Regiment. “I approved in principle the formation of Bangladesh Infantry Regiment in 1999 and formally hoisted its flag in April 2001,” she said.The prime minister said Bangladesh Infantry Regiment is the first regiment established after independence. There are 43 units including two para commando battalions in the regiment, she said.“The members of the regiment have a good reputation at home and abroad and I hope that they will continue to uphold this reputation,” she added.Sheikh Hasina said her government has taken all kinds of steps to build Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre as a modern training centre. The work on increasing training and administrative facilities is underway, she said.Besides safeguarding the country’s independence and sovereignty, she said, the army has engaged themselves in the nation building programmes.“Due to your professional efficiency, the important responsibility of supervising work on the Padma Bridge and the construction work of Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf Marine Drive, the Hatirjheel Project in Dhaka and Mohipal Flyover in Feni was given to you,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the army members at different foreign missions are bringing honour and dignity through sacrifice, dutifulness andprofessionalism which has further brightened Bangladesh’s image abroad.She said the flag is a symbol of independence, sovereignty, honour and dignity. “So it’s a responsibility of all soldiers to protect the dignity of the flag,” she said.The prime minister said earning ability of getting the national flag by any unit is a matter of rare honour and pride. “The national flag, a symbol of independence and sovereignty, has been handed over to you and I extend my heartiest congratulations to BIR-7,8,9 and 10 for achieving this honour and glory,” she said.“You’ll have to remain always prepared to protect the dignity of the flag which you have received as recognition to your work with efficiency, hard exercise and dutifulness,” she said.Earlier on her arrival at the venue, the prime minister was received by chief of army staff general Aziz Ahmed and GOC and area commander of the army and the Commandant of the Bangladesh Infantry Regimental Centre.Ministers, advisers to the prime minister, parliament members, the chiefs of navy and air force, former army chiefs, foreign diplomats and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

first_imgA man with a Putin mask and a rainbow flag attends a rally against the policy of US president Donald Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin in central Helsinki, Sunday, 15 July 2018. President Trump and president Putin will meet in Finland`s capital on Monday, 16 July 2018.President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assuring that “nothing bad … and maybe some good will come out” of Monday’s meeting in Finland. His national security adviser said they aren’t looking for “concrete deliverables.”Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he “hadn’t thought” about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 US presidential election.But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said “certainly I’ll be asking about it.”He blamed the Democratic National Committee for “allowing themselves to be hacked” by Russians trying to help elect him.The US has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can’t compel Russia to hand over citizens. Russia’s constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.Asked whether Trump would ask Putin to turn over the 12 military intelligence officials, US national security adviser John Bolton called the idea “pretty silly” and said doing so would put the president in a “weak position.”He said Trump goes into the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.”I think the president can put this on the table and say, ‘This is a serious matter that we need to talk about,'” Bolton said. He said asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect.”For the president to demand something that isn’t going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength.”In the CBS News interview, Trump said he’s entering the Helsinki summit with “low expectations. I’m not going with high expectations.” He declined to discuss his goals, but said such sessions are beneficial. He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as a “good thing,” along with meetings he’s had with Chinese president Xi Jinping.”Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out,” Trump said.He described the European Union, a bloc of nation’s that includes many of America’s closest allies, as a “foe.””I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,” Trump said, adding that “you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe.”He said Russia is a foe “in certain respects” and that China is a foe “economically … but that doesn’t mean they are bad. It doesn’t mean anything. It means that they are competitive.” Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him as a competitor in recent days.Trump said he respects Europe’s leaders but adds that they’ve taken advantage of the US on trade and defense spending.The president sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts hours before Trump flew to Helsinki on Sunday.Trump and Putin have held talks twice before. Their first meeting came last July while both participated in an international summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes. The leaders also met last fall during a separate summit in Vietnam.But Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russia, said Monday’s meeting “is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it’s a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests.”Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday’s meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some international issues.”The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russia is off-the-charts high so it’s a good thing these presidents are getting together,” he said.Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling, along with Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics. Bolton described the meeting as “unstructured” and said: “We’re not looking for concrete deliverables here.”Sen Chris Murphy, D-Conn., rejected Bolton’s assertion that the indictments put Trump in a stronger position going in to the meeting.”He has already said that he has asked Putin about meddling, Putin told him he didn’t do it, and he believed him,” Murphy said. “And so it just belies common sense that the president of the United States, this president, is going to sit down across from Putin and press him hard on the issue of Russian meddling.”Putin has denied meddling in the election.Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it’s inevitable that Russia will interfere in US elections and that it’s pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn’t “morally equivalent” to US interference in Russian elections, but “I think in their mind it is.”Huntsman was interviewed on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and Bolton and Murphy spoke on ABC’s “This Week.”last_img

Bangladeshborn British conferred with UKs highest neurosurgery award

first_imgTipu Aziz. Photo: Oxford`s NDCNBangladesh-born British neurosurgeon Tipu Aziz, founder and head of Oxford functional neurosurgery, has been conferred with the United Kingdom’s highest neurosurgery award for his contribution in the neurosurgery sector.Tipu was awarded the lifetime Medal of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) for on 21 March at a programme in United States’ Manchester.According to the website of the Oxford University’s Nuffield department of clinical neurosciences, the neurosurgery professor’s ‘work was central to confirming the subthalamic nucleus as a possible surgical target for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease and more recently the pedunculopontine nucleus.’“His research interests are the role of the upper brain stem in the control of movement, the clinical neurophysiology of movement disorders and neuropathic pain and autonomic responses to deep brain stimulation, use of MR and MEG imaging in functional neurosurgery,” it added.last_img

8 charged over XulhazTonoy killing

first_imgXulhas-TonoyThe Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Sunday submitted a charge-sheet to the home ministry for its approval in a case filed over the killing of LGBT magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, reports UNB.The investigation agency brought charges against eight people over the double murder and placed the charge-sheet before the ministry as it needs prior approval before submitting it to the court, said DMP deputy commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman.Four of the accused — Mozammel Hossain alias Saimon, 25, Media head and member of intelligence wing of banned Islamic outfit Ansar Al Islam, Md Arafat Rahman, 24, coordinator of military wing of Ansar Al Islam, Md Sheikh Abdullah, 27, and member of military wing of the militant group Asadullah, 25, are behind the bars.Four others have been on the run and they are Syed Md Ziaul Huq alias Major Zia (sacked army major), 42, Akram Hossain, 30, Sabbirul Haque Chowdhury, 26, and Md Zunaid Ahmad alias Maulana Zuned alias Zunaid, 26.During investigation, the CTTC found direct involvement of 13 people into the double murder. Of them, five were excluded from the charge-sheet as their full names and addresses were not found during investigation.The four arrested accused have already given statements before the court, confessing their involvement in the murder.Xulhaz Mannan, editor of LGBT magazine Roopbaan, and his friend MahbubTonoy, an activist of theatre group Loknatya Dal, were hacked to death by some unidentified miscreants at an apartment in the capital’s Kalabagan area on 25 April, 2016.A case was filed with Kalabagan police station on the same day in this connection.Primarily, Detective Branch (DB) investigated the double murder. Later, the CTTC unit took the onus of probe and arrested four suspects in connection with the killings.last_img read more

Environmental Group Urges Lawmakers To Focus On Renewable Energy Natural Gas

first_img X 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen An advocacy group is urging Texas lawmakers to prioritize renewable power sources and natural gas over coal.In a new report, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) argues that would create jobs and help the state’s economy.John Hall is EDF’s Associate Vice President for Clean Energy and the report’s author. He says his group wants to see a comprehensive state energy plan that would prioritize wind, solar and natural gas.“We have all of these resources in abundance, so let’s utilize more of them, and less dirty imported coal.”The group wants the state Public Utility Commission to raise energy efficiency goals for utilities, and it wants regulators to make rules cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. The report says these and other recommendations would lead to new clean energy jobs and economic growth.Dr. Ramanan Krishnamoorti at the University of Houston says the jobs angle isn’t the best selling point for investing in renewables, because those jobs require higher-skilled workers than the coal industry. But he says renewables are increasingly attractive.“Wind and solar will increase because of market forces,” he says, “because of the fact that they have become price competitive, and because of an overall cleaner environment that they lead to.”Hall says at the very least, his group will feel good this session if lawmakers don’t pass bills helping the coal industry, and don’t make changes to the state’s competitive electric market. last_img read more

Texas Environmental Group Says It Will Keep Up The Pressure To Get

first_img X 00:00 /00:45 The group’s Brian Zabcik said they’ve now spoken with a Whataburger representative and they’ve agreed to talk more in the future.“This is not a campaign against Whataburger, this is a campaign against Styrofoam,” said Zabcik. “We’re trying to bring awareness of this in Texas and trying to get Texans to realize that Styrofoam is polluting this great state of ours.”“The problem with Styrofoam is that it’s technical recyclable but practically speaking it doesn’t get recycled a lot,” continued Zabcik.As for their next step, Environment Texas wants to ask lawmakers to get rid of the municipal preemption clause, which prohibits cities from banning single-use items like plastic grocery bags.“Recycling is just part of the answer but recycling just does not capture all of our trash,” added Zabcik. “As long as that’s the case we need to take steps to make sure that our trash isn’t harming the environment.”The Texas Supreme Court recently tossed out Laredo’s ban on plastic bags. Justices say it ran contrary to the state’s law on solid waste disposal.More #whatawaste. @Whataburger please go #foamfree. Let’s put #WildlifeOverWaste pic.twitter.com/zplVRTQxPM— Environment Texas (@EnvironmentTex) June 27, 2018 Share Photo via Twitter @EnvironmentTexEnvironment Texas recently targeted Whataburger over the use of its iconic orange and white Styrofoam drink cup. They say some of those cups are winding up in local waterways where fish and wildlife ingest the tiny fragments.center_img Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

How to LiveStream Todays Apple Event

first_imgOn Sunday, users spotted a mock-up of a text exchange between Tim Cook and Kevin Durant — the NBA star who’s the subject of an Apple docu-series about his early life and career — on Apple’s placeholder page for the live-stream. Also seen was an image showing an incoming call from Chris Evans, who is starring in Apple’s “Defending Jacob” limited-series thriller.It’s still not clear when those Apple original series will be available — or how much users will have to pay to watch them. Those details are expected to be revealed Monday.Initially, Apple’s subscription-video product is expected to center on a bundle of third-party TV services; in recent months, the company has held talks with HBO, CBS, Showtime and Starz about being part of the integrated service. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said last week that it will not be part of Apple’s subscription service.Apple has been negotiating with HBO, Showtime and Starz to offer their streaming services for $9.99 per month each, the Wall Street Journal reported. Apple also plans to charge a fee for its originals, per the WSJ report, which didn’t have that pricing info.The company sent out invitations to the March 25 confab to media two weeks ago, which said only “It’s show time.”In addition to news on the video front, Apple also is expected to launch a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine-subscription app the company acquired a year ago. The Wall Street Journal is reportedly in the mix, while the CEO of the New York Times Co. signaled it’s going to sit out.Apple also may announce a game-subscription service at Monday’s event, Bloomberg reported.Cook tweeted Monday ahead of the event, “Excited for a big day ahead!” along with a GIF showing the sun rising on the Steve Jobs Theater. Monday is the coming-out party for Apple’s Hollywood ambitions: After years of trademark secrecy about its plans to stream into video entertainment, the tech giant is set to pull back the curtain at a media event.The live program kicks off at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 25, from the Steve Jobs Theater at the tech giant’s campus in Cupertino, Calif. Apple is offering a free live stream of the big reveal at apple.com/apple-events/livestream.In addition to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the company has invited stars of several of its original series to the event, who are expected to join execs in unveiling the first looks at clips of some of Apple’s projects.Shows that Apple has announced to date include a Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama; dramas “Little Voices” and “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends” from executive producer J.J. Abrams, with the latter starring Jennifer Garner; drama “Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer; and a comedy about a video-game development studio from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Dish Taps ExFuse Media CEO Michael Schwimmer to Lead International Strategy and

first_imgIn 2014, Schwimmer oversaw NuvoTV’s acquisition of Fuse Media from the Madison Square Garden Co. He resigned from Fuse Media last month.“Michael is one of the key architects of what has become the Dish TV and Sling TV international businesses, and everything we are doing today traces directly back to his early work at Dish delivering international content,” Schlichting said in a statement. “His track record of creativity and innovation in our industry will be a tremendous asset for Dish as we seek growth in our international offerings.” Popular on Variety Dish Network has hired Michael Schwimmer, who stepped down as president and CEO of Fuse Media last month, as executive VP of international, business development and strategy.In the role, Schwimmer will be tasked with growing the multicultural businesses of Dish TV and Sling TV, as well as pursuing development and partnership opportunities in the U.S. and internationally for Sling. He will start at Dish in June, reporting to Warren Schlichting, Dish’s executive VP of programming and group president of Sling TV.It’s a return to the company for Schwimmer: He first joined Dish in 1996 as a member of its legal team. He later led the company’s marketing and programming organization and played a key role in launching Dish International and DishLatino.He left Dish in 2005 to become CEO of the SíTV cable network, after shepherding Dish Network’s original investment in the start-up. He oversaw the network’s growth and rebrand to NuvoTV in 2011, and the following year, established a partnership with Jennifer Lopez and her company, Nuyorican Productions.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Dancing Divabot performs on stage w Video

first_img Developed by the country’s biggest public research organization, Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the new variant of HRP-4, the female robot HRP-4C deemed “Divabot,” has a realistic face, movable features and even mimics human-sounding breaths. The robot utilizes two primary technologies, using a real singer as a model. Researchers recorded the model’s every move as she sung a Japanese song. They used VocalListener to synthesize the singing voice on the computer, and imitate the singing voice. For the facial expressions, they used a new technology, Vocawatcher, which studies a person singing to replicate the expressions naturally. They then mapped the data onto HRP-4C and voila–Diva-bot was brought to life.A member of the institute said they want to create a new content industry with the technology. Diva-bot’s intricate software creates complicated movements such as jumping, dancing and even balancing. Using a mouse, those with zero robotic expertise are meant to find Diva-bot easily operable, which may or may not be a good thing considering how complex the robot is.Comparable to the software commonly used in CG character animation, Diva-bot’s positioning can be controlled by clicking on the different parts and dragging them to the desired position, creating a sequence of key poses that the software generates, making the robot move. Explore further Citation: Dancing Divabot performs on stage (w/ Video) (2010, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-divabot-stage-video.html Introducing Japan’s new singing robot (w/ Video) (c) 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A singing, dancing humanoid recently joined a live group of dancers to perform. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Elon Musk People Dont Understand How Hard it Is to Manufacture Something

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. After Tesla reported earnings on Wednesday, beating Wall Street expectations with a modest $0.02 profit, CEO Elon Musk took questions from analysts.In the wake of a debate about whether Tesla will be able to meet 2014 sales targets, Musk was clearly irritated.Tesla reported on Wednesday that it will sell a total of 33,000 Model S sedans, its only vehicle, versus an earlier expectation of 35,000.Analysts and media outlets have begun to address a possible decline in demand for the Model S.Musk tried to further clarify a point that he made on Tesla’s second quarter earnings call, when he insisted that Tesla doesn’t have a demand problem. “It’s not a question of demand,” he said. “Demand is not our issue, production is our issue. We have more demand than we can address and levers we can pull to increase demand, and we’re not doing it.”Musk’s point was that if Tesla engaged in conventional advertising strategies — the company currently does almost no advertising — it could increase demand, but its more pressing issue now is being able to simply built its cars, and build them well.”It’s worth saying that making one of something is quite easy,” Musk said. “Making lots of something consistently that’s going to last a long time is extremely hard. In fact, it is way harder to make the machine that makes the machine that it is to make the machine in the first place.”Musk is also ticked off that the battery industry doesn’t hold itself to a high standard of truthfulness (Tesla is preparing to construct a massive $5-billion battery factory in Nevada).”The battery industry has to have more B.S. in it than any industry I’ve ever seen,” he said. “We’re not worried about blindsided on a technology.”Musk is usually very forthcoming about Tesla’s business on earnings calls, and Wednesday’s call was no exception, but throughout he seemed annoyed and at times confrontational that the market and the media have fixated on speculation that Tesla is running out of customers.Again and again, he insisted that Tesla could stoke demand if it wanted to — but isn’t. His testiness clearly stemmed from the same group of analysts he told this to last quarter revisiting the issue again.From his perspective, the bottom line is that Tesla has people lining up to buy its existing cars and expects to have people lining up to buy its new cars and is far more worried about being able to build the vehicles and properly support them than it is about seeing demand drop off.He also anticipated production growth rates of 50% from 2014 to 2015 and admitted that Tesla could “do better” on being less perfectionistic with future cars.  Register Now » This story originally appeared on Business Insider November 6, 2014last_img read more

Kesto applauds Jewish Ensemble Theatre grant

first_img Categories: Kesto News 17Nov Kesto applauds Jewish Ensemble Theatre grant State Rep. Klint Kesto today applauded the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (JET) on their receiving a $15,000 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). JET was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2016 funding.JET holds the distinction of being the longest, continuously running professional Jewish theatre in North America, with 27 years of operation. Rep. Klint Kesto applauded the grant.“The Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s cultural impact on our community is immeasurable,” said Rep. Kesto, R-Commerce. “Through drama, JET enlightens us on both historical and contemporary sociopolitics. The Theatre has not only carved out their own artistic niche, but has also brought a needed voice and perspective for those of Jewish heritage.”Rep. Kesto expects that the theatre will receive more rewards in short order.“With nearly three decades of performances, JET keeps going strong,” Rep. Kesto said. “They have soldiered on through the recession and have kept the arts an important part of Michigan’s comeback.”A full list of grant awards around the state is available by visiting MCACA’s website. Rep. Kesto can be reached by phone at (517) 373-1799 or by e-mail, KlintKesto@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Eutelsat Amercias has renamed its fleet of Satmex

first_imgEutelsat Amercias has renamed its fleet of Satmex satellites, reflecting its strategy of operating under a single brand. Each satellite in the fleet will now follow the Eutelsat pattern of a number reflecting its orbital position and a letter indicating its order of arrival at that position.Under the name changes Satmex 5 becomes Eutelsat 115 West A; Satmex 6 becomes Eutelsat 113 West A; Satmex 8 becomes Eutelsat 117 West A; the yet-to-launch Satmex 7 becomes Eutelsat 115 West B; and the yet-to-launch Satmex 9 becomes Eutelsat 117 West B.last_img

Chris Castallo Former CBS alternative programming

first_imgChris CastalloFormer CBS alternative programming chief, Chris Castallo, is headed to digital video platform Go90 to lead its development efforts.Castallo was one of a number of CBS execs that left the business earlier this year, with Sharon Vuong promoted to replace him.Youth-focused Go90 has handed him a head of development role, in which he will oversee programming for the Go90 Saga, Go90 XO, Go90 Zone and Go90Session brands.These target specific demographics – sci-fi, sports, pop culture and counterculture respectively – and work with algorithms and a recommendation engine to offer personalised programming.Focus on Go90’s original programming has ramped up at parent Verizon following the decision to scrap a separate mobile SVOD service that former ABC exec Samie Falvey would have led.Castallo will now source, acquire and develop scripted and unscripted content for the four networks.While he spent his ten-year run at US broadcaster CBS’s alternative team, he had joined them from a senior VP of drama development post at NBC.At Go90, Castallo will report to chief content officer Ivana Kirkbride.last_img read more