Minister Anything could happen if Brexit deal rejected

first_imgLONDON — A senior British Cabinet minister has said that a second referendum or a so-called “Norway-plus” deal could be in the cards if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers’ approval for her Brexit deal.Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is the first minister to discuss a “Plan B” should May be defeated in a key parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday.Rudd, who backs May’s Brexit deal, said “anything could happen” if the government is defeated in Parliament, and predicted a chaotic period.She told the Times on Saturday that while none of the possible alternatives is better than the current Brexit deal, she would prefer a model similar to Norway, which is not an EU member but is part of the European Economic Area.The Associated Presslast_img read more

North Peace Leisure Pool hosting fundraiser for the BCSPCA this Wednesday

first_imgCanned Dog Food.Canned Cat Food.Specialty Food (gastro, critical care, urinary care).Squeaky Dog Toys.Cat Wand Toys. (Can be found at Dollar Stores).Cat Litter Scoops.Clay/Clumping Cat Litter.Paper Towel (Lots of it).Dish Soap.8.5×11 Printer Paper.Thermal Cash Register Rolls (Two 1/4 inch wide x 75 feet).Air Fresheners.Toilet Bowl Cleaner.Residents are also welcome to donate cash if they don’t have listed items. The event is part of the North Peace Leisure Pool’s Pet Week which is dedicated to all our furry and scaly friends.If residents are unable to make the fundraiser they are welcome to drop off donations to the BCSPCA’s North Peace Branch at any time.Pet Week flyer. Photo by Charity Nelson. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Leisure Pool will be hosting a fundraiser for the BCSPCA this Wednesday.The event runs from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and gives residents the opportunity to swim at the pool for just a donation.The SPCA released a list of items needed the most through donation. The list is shown below:last_img read more

Premier Horgan to release Caribou Recovery Programs SocioEconomic Impact Report Thursday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Thursday morning, after three weeks since its submission, Premier John Horgan will be releasing the findings from the Caribou Recovery Program’s Socio-Economic Impact Report.The report, prepared and submitted by Blaire Lekstrom, looks at the socio-economic impact that the Caribou Recovery Program could have on communities within the Peace River Regional District.While Lekstrom cannot comment on the content within the report, before the Premier’s official release, he does say that people were sharing their views respectfully during the meetings for this report. “People were tremendous, they brought their views forward, everybody was respectful, and moving ahead, I think that people share the same concerns.”Lekstrom submitted his report on May 27, prior to the May 31 deadline.In April, Lekstrom was appointed as Community Liaison to meet with community members to discuss the draft partnership agreements on caribou recovery following the Government’s announcement to extend the deadline to May 31.last_img read more

Centre justifies law for 10 quota to economically weaker sections

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday justified in Supreme Court its recent law granting 10-per cent quota for Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs), saying it was brought in to promote “social equality” by providing “equal opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status”.The government said the new law will not be covered by the Indra Sawhney versus Union of India (popularly called Mandal Commission verdict) of 1992 as provision for reservation was made after amending the Constitution. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”That the Constitution Amendment (103rd) Act 2019 was necessitated to benefit the economically weaker sections of the society who were not covered within the existing schemes of reservation, which as per statistics, constituted a considerably large segment of the Indian population,” an affidavit filed by the Centre said. It said in order to do justice across all weaker sections of the society, “it was therefore considered imperative that the Constitution be appropriately amended to enable the State to extend various benefits, including reservations in educational institutions and public employment to the EWSs of the society who are not covered by any of the existing schemes of reservation…”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe Centre’s affidavit was filed in connection with a matter where a batch of petitions have challenged the validity of the Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019 on the ground that it is contrary to the decision of this court in Indra Sawhney versus Union of India and violates the basic structure of the Constitution. “It is submitted that the conclusions drawn in Indra Sawhney are inapplicable to the present case as the said judgment was delivered while determining the constitutional validity of certain Office Memorandums issued by the Government of India in the year 1990, which provided for reservations for the backward classes of citizens in services under the State,” it said. The affidavit said the present challenge, however, is in relation to the validity of a constitutional amendment made wherein Article 15(6) and Article 16(6) have been inserted, which did not exist on the book when Indra Sawhney verdict was delivered. “Indra Sawhney verdict and the findings therein can therefore have no application thereafter,” the affidavit said. The Centre contended that merely affecting or impinging upon an Article embodying a feature that is part of the basic structure of the Constitution is not sufficient to declare an amendment unconstitutional. “To sustain a challenge against a constitutional amendment, it must be shown that the very identity of the Constitution has been altered,” it said. The government said the impugned amendment is in conformity with the constitutional principles and therefore does not violates the basic structure doctrine. “That in order to provide reservation to EWS without disturbing the existing reservations for SCs, STs and OBCs, the constitutional amendment has provided for a maximum of 10-per cent reservation for EWSs in addition to the existing reservations. The limit of 50 per cent is only applicable to reservation made under Article 15(4), 15(5) and 16(4) and does not apply to Article 15(6),” the affidavit said. It said several committees were set up wherein quantifiable data was collected highlighting the need for having reservation for the economically weaker sections of the society. “Accordingly, the constitutional amendments were necessitated for providing opportunities in higher education and employment to those who have been excluded by virtue of their economic status,” it said and added that it was essential that the EWS gets access to these facilities as mandated in the Constitution.last_img read more

Belgium must overcome mental barrier – Martinez

first_imgBelgium boss Roberto Martinez has no doubts over the talent within his squad but insists they must break the mental barrier to win the upcoming World CupWith the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku at the peak of their abilities heading into Russia this summer, Belgium are being heavily fancied as one of the dark horses for the World Cup.However, the Red Devils suffered a shock defeat to Wales in the last eight of the Euro 2016 and were eliminated by Argentina in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.“We need to learn how to be a winning team,” Martinez said in a new book Football 2.0: How The World’s Best Play The Modern Game, via BBC.“We’ve got exceptional talent, but talent on its own is not enough to win a major tournament. We’ve never had the direction before.”After reaching the final of the 1980 European Championship and later making the semi-finals of the 1986 World Cup, Belgium then suffered a long period of no success with the national side failing to qualify for a major tournament between 2002 and 2014.Raheem Sterling, EnglandTop 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…Yet, in that difficult period, a new development structure was made which bases itself on young prospects playing in a 4-3-3 system.Nowadays, Belgium have a host of stars playing for some of the biggest clubs in Europe and have become a force to be reckoned with.Now Martinez believes that if they can win a tournament, then they can go on to emulate both France and Spain who both went on to win the European championship after winning the World Cup.“The mentality is the biggest area we have to improve,” Martinez said.“We need to work on the psychology and the mental aspect of being a team. We need the right mentality to get through the difficult moments of a game.“When France and Spain did that, and won, there was a knock-on effect where they went on to win more trophies.”last_img read more

Belgiums victory will motivate next generation

first_imgBelgium’s head coach Roberto Martinez has stated that his aim of winning third place play-off against England, isn’t only to get a good place in the 2018 FIFA world cup, but also to inspire their next generation of Belgium football players.“Belgium football is very strong and the concepts that we have is something we want to inspire in the next generation… You have to be very, very good at what you do in order to win, but for us the way you play is essential… We want to develop the younger players in the same manner that’s why it is essential for us to perform tomorrow in a typical Belgian way and make sure we do that at the high performance [level],” Martinez told journalists as quoted in Four Four Two.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The Belgium team in the semi-finals lost 1-0 to France on Tuesday leaving them to battle with England for third place of the FIFA 2018. This, however, isn’t their first meeting in this world cup, as they beat England 1-0 during the group stage.“This will be the same tactical game, there are no secrets between the sides, I think there is clarity of how England has been successful in this tournament. I think they are very dynamic, very quick, you can see the pace of players like [Raheem] Sterling, Harry Kane… This will be a challenge for us, we have to have concentration, be able to cope. But I don’t think this will be a surprise [comparing to] the group [stage],” the head coach said.last_img read more

How to prepare for the next earthquake

first_img KUSI Newsroom, AP July 8, 2019 Posted: July 8, 2019 Updated: 3:13 PM KUSI Newsroom, AP, center_img How to prepare for the next earthquake 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 SettingsLOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful Mojave Desert earthquakes that rocked California ended a years-long lull in major seismic activity and raised new interest in an early warning system being developed for the West Coast.The ShakeAlert system is substantially built in California and overall is about 55% complete, with much of the remaining installation of seismic sensor stations to be done in the Pacific Northwest, said Robert de Groot of the U.S. Geological Survey.Areas that have the appropriate number of sensors include Southern California, San Francisco Bay Area and the Seattle-Tacoma region, de Groot said.The system does not predict earthquakes. Rather, it detects that an earthquake is occurring, rapidly calculates expected intensity levels and sends out alerts that may give warnings ranging from several seconds to perhaps a minute before potentially damaging shaking hits locations away from the epicenter.Depending on the distance, that could be enough time to automatically slow trains, stop industrial machines, start generators, pull a surgical knife away from a patient or tell students to put the “drop, cover and hold” drill into action.For alerts to be useful, delivery has to be timely, and that’s a problem with current cellphone technology. For cellphone delivery, the USGS ultimately intends to use the same system that delivers Amber Alerts, sending signals to everyone in reach of cellphone towers in defined areas where damaging shaking is expected.Pilot programs involving select users have been underway for several years. In October, the USGS announced the system was ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities following a software update that reduced problems such as false alerts typically caused by a big quake somewhere in the world being misidentified as a local quake.Currently, the only mass public notification is possible through a mobile app developed for the city of Los Angeles and functional only within Los Angeles County.The ShakeAlertLA app did not send alerts for last week’s two big quakes, but officials said it functioned as designed because the expected level of shaking in the LA area — more than 100 miles from the epicenters— was below a trigger threshold.Thresholds for alerting are important because California has daily earthquakes.“Imagine getting 10 ShakeAlerts on your phone for really small earthquakes that may not affect you,” de Groot said. “If people get saturated with these messages it’s going to make people not care as much.”In the Mojave Desert on Monday, rattled residents cleaned up and officials assessed damage in the aftermath of Thursday’s magnitude 6.4 earthquake and Friday’s magnitude 7.1 quake centered near Ridgecrest.It could be several more days before water service is restored to the small town of Trona, where officials trucked in portable toilets and showers, said San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert.Ten residences in Trona were red-tagged as uninhabitable and officials expect that number to increase as inspectors complete surveys. Wert said he’s seen homes that shifted 6 feet (nearly 2 meters) off their foundations.Electricity was restored to Trona over the weekend, allowing people to use much-needed air conditioners as daytime temperatures approached 100 degrees (38 Celsius).Teams will need several more days to finish assessments in nearby Ridgecrest, where the number of damaged buildings will likely be in the dozens, Kern County spokeswoman Megan Person said.Person says officials are bringing in counselors to help residents still on edge as aftershocks rattle the area.“You can’t feel every single one, but you can feel a lot of them,” she said. “Those poor people have been dealing with shaking ground non-stop since Thursday.”In studio with tips on how you can make sure you and your family is ready is Emily Cox from the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Girdwood Hand Tram Hike Remains Closed Until Further Notice

first_imgIt’s unclear at this time how long the tram will remain closed. The Whittier Police Department is investigating and interviewing witnesses from the most recent incident. Within an 8-week span two major accidents occurred on the tram prompting it’s closure. On June 8, an Anchorage man died after falling from the tram, and then on August 3, a man was critically injured after falling from the tram. Instructions for safe tram operation are posted at kiosks on both sides of the tram. Anyone intending to use the hand tram after the investigation is complete should review and follow the posted safety information. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Hand Tram Hike is still closed as of Friday, Aug. 9; the city says it will stay closed until an investigation is finished and it’s determined if any safety improvements are needed and what they are.last_img read more

Jacko Cover Blitz

first_imgIn the magazine world, unfortunate celebrity deaths usually mean a newsstand score for publishers (re: Paul Newman). And with the sudden death of Michael Jackson last Thursday, music, entertainment, and newsweekly magazines have been scurrying to publish tribute issues.While some, like Vibe, have released statements on the King of Pop and his global impact (“Jackson was an absurdly talented, amazingly hardworking, troubled man. Which is to say he was built, literally, to be the biggest pop star this world has ever known,” said a statement from Vibe Media Group COO and editor-in-chief of Vibe and The Most!, Danyel Smith), others, like Time and Newsweek, have managed to get their publications out of the gate for today.Time’s commemorative Jackson issue is retailing for $5.99 and is published in addition to its weekly issue. The last time the magazine published a special edition in between weekly issues was in the days following 9/11, said a company release; this issue sold more than 3.25 million copies in the U.S. Newsweek published its July 13, 2009 issue early, available on newsstands now, featuring a cover image of Jackson as a child.Of course, not all commemorative issues are created equal. Periodical distribution tracker and editor of industry newsletter The New Single Copy, John Harrington, wrote in his June 29 newsletter that it’s “unlikely that single copy sales records” for Jackson’s People commemorative issue will come close to the likes of Barack Obama’s election edition (sold 575,000 newsstand copies, nearly five times a typical issue) and the death of Princess Diana (sold over 1.1 million copies domestically). However, while individual titles may see Jackson ranking below expectation, the bright spot for publishers is a “major increase in newsstand sales” setting records with total sales for the category, including People, Us Weekly, In Touch, Star, Life & Style and OK!, said Harrington.Due to a quick turnaround time and compelling cover images, Time and Newsweek could see big returns on their Jackson covers. It remains to be seen how upcoming Bauer publications Life & Style Weekly and In Touch, Entertainment Weekly, The National Inquirer, People, Rolling Stone and OK!—and the plethora of other magazines that publish Jackson commemorative issues—will fair.Click here to see FOLIO:’s roundup of tribute issues from around the world.last_img read more

Hearst Magazines Survives Roller Coaster Year

first_imgIn June, David Carey will mark his fifth anniversary as Hearst Magazines president, and a New Year’s Day tradition of his (begun over a decade ago when publisher of The New Yorker) is to look back and look ahead in a letter to colleagues.In his 2015 message, Carey acknowledged that Hearst Magazines did not escape the “roller coaster of a year” that 2014 was for the media business as the unit “experienced a mix of both growth and turbulence.”There’s more coming in 2015 though, including the launch of a new title. Carey didn’t provide details though, only saying the company is exploring options with several joint-venture partners at the moment.Perhaps the most notable “turbulance” was putting Seventeen under the auspices of Cosmopolitan, and how well the newly-formed Millennial Group fares under Cosmo publishing director, Donna Kalajian Lagani, and editor-in-chief, Joanna Coles, in 2015.The overall corporate growth led Carey to declare that the privately-held Hearst Magazines “posted the best performance in the industry” in 2014. Highlights included:The launches of Dr. Oz the Good Life and Trending NY in the U.S. stood out, as well as a number of international launches for Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire and Town & Country. Extensions in the U.S. and abroad will play a role going forward.Editorial innovations led by Good Housekeeping‘s redesign engineered by new editor-in-chief, Jane Francisco, and “crossover content” between Food Network and HGTV. Both magazines are Hearst Magazines partnerships with Scripps Networks.The 147-year-old Harper’s Bazaar and the 20-year-old Marie Claire “beat their own best [advertising] performances once again.”The company leaned on its B2B operations which grew rapidly through both organic growth and acquisition, helping to “counterbalance the volatility of the media businesses.” (Hearst Corp. president and CEO, Steven Swartz also highlighted Hearst Business Media’s performance in 2014 in his year-end letter to employees, calling it the company’s fastest growing division.)Digitally, monthly unique visitors to Hearst Magazine titles doubled in 2014 (excluding December) to 112 million, and social media followers increased 90 percent to 63 million “as audiences engage with us on every platform imaginable.”The Nick Matarazzo-led Jumpstart, the digital marketing company tied to both Car and Driver and Road & Track, “turned in a terrific performance, by far the best in its history.”Cosmo‘s “24/7 English-language newsroom” providing content worldwide was made possible by the time differences between the sources in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.O, The Oprah Magazine‘s “Circle of Friends” premium subscriber initiative, which is nearing 10,000 members at $199 per year in spite of starting “with minimal marketing” last fall. Two other Hearst Magazines (not named) will test premium initiatives in 2015.Plenty of work awaits Carey and Hearst Magazines management in 2015, but so, too, is the celebrating, with O turning 15; Elle, 30; and Car and Driver, 60.last_img read more

Premiere Ginger Root Is A OneMan Band In Charming Ohio Video

first_img Premiere: Ginger Root Releases “Ohio” Video premiere-ginger-root-one-man-band-charming-ohio-video Premiere: Ginger Root Is A One-Man Band In Charming “Ohio” Video Email News Ginger Root from Southern California is following the footsteps of Toro Y Moi’s atmospheric beats and Vulfpeck’s funky sounds. Watch the exclusive premiere of their latest video for “Ohio”Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 25, 2018 – 9:23 am SoCal band Ginger Root led by singer/songwriter Cameron Lew is making atmospheric pop music that will have you pressing play over and over again for their infectious upbeat rhythms. The band’s latest video single “Ohio” is no exception.Lew’s soft vocals instantly put you at ease as an equally soft piano and guitars, drums and bass that he plays all by himself, come together. Wearing his signature black rimmed glasses and a helmet in the video, Lew is surrounded by ’70s neon-style lighting as a camera rotates around him playing all his instruments. The video was originally set to be shot outside in Huntington Beach, Calif., but due to strong winds that Lew says “never [happen] in Huntington Beach,” the set had to be taken indoors.Influenced by Toro Y Moi, the band’s latest music is reflective. Songs on Ginger Root’s most recent album, Mahjong Room, are about trying to figure out the future. Many of the songs were written during a time in which Lew, who has a film school education, was thinking of dropping out of college. But “Ohio” was actually about the moments after his time in school.”‘Ohio’ is about me debating whether to move far away from home after college,” Lew told the Recording Academy. “For a quick moment before graduating, I wondered what it would be like if I just up and left Southern California, left my friends, left my family. Not necessarily to Ohio, but somewhere totally different than where I’m from.”center_img Facebook Twitter “Ohio” is representative of a kind of change that is just hard to imagine. “January’s cold/Where I’ll be when I move to my Ohio/But why is it so hard to believe?” Lew sings.A huge fan of GRAMMY winner Feist’s songwriting, Lew is practically a one-man band in Mahjong Room, the follow up to Ginger Roots debut EP Spotlight People. The rising frontman got his start in music when his parents gifted him a guitar for Christmas just so we would have “something to do.””After learning through the included DVD, I started to pick up other instruments,” he said. “It wasn’t until high school were I learned how to record what I was playing, where music became a huge part of my life.”Catch Ginger Root live on a U.S. tour with Houston trio Khruangbin:Nov. 27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First AveNov. 28 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic TheatreNov. 29 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music HallNov. 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union TransferDec. 1 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music HallToro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance”Read morelast_img read more

Toyota teases new TRD Pro offroader for Chicago Auto Show

first_img Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Preview • 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro: The most extreme midsize off-roader you can buy More From Roadshow More about 2017 Toyota Tacoma SR Access Cab 6′ Bed I4 4×2 AT Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 Share your voice Enlarge ImageToyota’s TRD Pro line also took center stage at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. I smell a trend. Toyota Toyota’s TRD Pro line is more than just an aesthetic package, offering upgrades that truly do increase a vehicle’s off-road capability. At the 2019 Chicago Auto Show, Toyota will introduce a new member of that family.Toyota announced on Tuesday that it plans to unveil a new TRD Pro vehicle at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show later this week. The automaker says that, in addition to this new TRD Pro vehicle, the whole line will receive some updates for the 2020 model year.It’s not too hard to narrow down the possibilities. Both the Tacoma and Tundra have TRD Pro trims already, and while there’s a new Tacoma coming to the show, I wouldn’t call a 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro “new,” necessarily. There’s also a 4Runner TRD Pro already, leaving the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander, Sequoia and Land Cruiser as possible candidates. Since all TRD Pro vehicles right now are body-on-frame, I think it’s safe to say the mystery car in the teaser above is either a Sequoia or a Land Cruiser. Given that Toyota already announced a new Land Cruiser variant for Chicago, I assume it will be the Sequoia, but we won’t know for sure until the Chicago Auto Show kicks off on Thursday. A Land Cruiser TRD Pro would be gnarly. See All Chicago Auto Show 2019 Toyotacenter_img reading • Toyota teases new TRD Pro off-roader for Chicago Auto Show 2 • 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous SUVs Future Cars Tags Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Toyotalast_img read more

Senator to introduce bill banning loot boxes in video games

first_img Share your voice Comments Gaming Star Wars: Battlefront 2 triggered an outcry over loot boxes. EA Microtransactions in games are responsible for huge profits for the games’ developers. However, one US senator has proposed legislation that may put an end to the controversial practice. Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, said Wednesday that he’d introduce legislation banning “manipulative video game features aimed at children.” Called the Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act, the bill would prohibit loot boxes and pay-to-win microtransactions. “Social media and video games prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits,” Hawley said in a release. “No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”The new rules would focus on games aimed at minors as well as games “whose developers knowingly allow minor players to engage in microtransactions,” according to the release.Loot boxes are in-game caches that players typically purchase with in-game currency and that contain random in-game items. They became a prominent issue in 2017 with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, in which players could purchase crates holding various power-ups that helped them progress in the game and be more competitive when playing against others online. There are other games that don’t have a randomized box with in-game power-ups but still have in-game currency. The currency can be used to buy items or more playtime that’ll give an advantage over people who choose not to spend additional money. Games with microtransactions that don’t have a randomized or pay-to-win aspect, such as Fortnite, appear to be safe from the effects of this legislation as it’s currently written. Stanley Pierre-Louis, acting president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying group for the video game industry, said on Wednesday that parents already have controls to limit or prohibit in-game purchases. “Numerous countries, including Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, determined that loot boxes do not constitute gambling,” Pierre-Louis said in an email. “We look forward to sharing with the senator the tools and information the industry already provides that keeps the control of in-game spending in parents’ hands.” So far, Hawley has only outlined the legislation and hasn’t introduced it to the Senate. center_img 6 Tagslast_img read more

Comcasts new remote control lets you channel surf with your eyes

first_img Amazon News • Microsoft Surface Headphones are $100 off Tech Enabled Share your voice • $240 Best Buy See It Microsoft Surface Headphones 0 Review • Surface Headphones review: Microsoft’s first noise-canceling headphones are almost great Preview • Microsoft Surface Headphones: Hands-on with Microsoft’s new Bose-buster noise-canceling headphones See It $349 Apple See It Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it $349 TVs Laptopscenter_img reading • Comcast’s new remote control lets you channel surf with your eyes Mentioned Above Microsoft Surface Headphones $243 How an Xbox controller helped this disabled Iraq War… Now playing: Watch this: See All Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 2:07 See it Post a comment Abt Electronics Tags Comcast’s Xfinity X1 eye control is a web-based remote that pairs with eye gaze systems. Comcast My eyes follow a little cartoon cow from the top left to the bottom right of a Microsoft Surface screen. There’s a reason I’m staring so intensely — and it’s not because it’s adorable. Both of my pupils are dilated by the act, but in less than five seconds they will be paired with a new virtual remote control system, the Comcast Xfinity X1 eye control. After this calibration ends, I can now access the virtual keyboard on the Microsoft Surface. By staring at specific buttons on this virtual keyboard in my internet browser, I can flip through different channels on the connected TV behind the computer. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, on Monday released this new virtual keyboard, compatible with laptops and computers, to help you navigate your TV screen with the power of your gaze.This virtual keyboard is the latest example of how companies are working to make their products and services accessible to the disability community. For instance, at its Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, Apple announced Voice Control, an accessibility feature that allows users with motor limitations to browse their iOS devices by simply speaking directions. Similarly, Google at its annual I/O conference in May announced a Live Caption feature that transcribes videos and audio in real time, meant to benefit deaf users. Comcast’s customizable virtual keyboard is accessed via the URL Xfin.tv/access, and it will be available to people with both the existing Comcast Xfinity platform and third-party assistive eye-tracking technology from companies such as Tobi. Customers can use the technology to not only change the channel, but also launch the TV guide, search for content or record a movie. While the keyboard is available to anyone with the Xfinity X1 cable TV platform and a browser, the technology is intended to benefit people who cannot use their hands well enough to handle a remote control, including people with ALS or spinal cord injuries — or for those who just need to use a voice-controlled device.During my trial of the Xfinity X1 eye control, Comcast repeatedly referenced how the product could assist those with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that gets worse with time and causes people to lose control of their muscle movement. There are more than 30,000 Americans and 450,000 in total worldwide with the condition, according to the ALS Therapy Institute. “Disability isn’t a one-size fits all … We have to be able to spend that time with the customer and understand what they’re trying to accomplish,” said Tom Wlodkowski, who heads up the accessibility team at Comcast. “And then assess what equipment, what services we have that can line up with their needs … to deliver the experience they’re looking for.”Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Philadelphia resident Jimmy Curran, who has spinal muscular atrophy, was one of the first to receive the new X1 eye control system. Comcast A keyboard layered with optionsThe Xfinity X1 eye control system does require some discipline. If you aren’t used to the technology, a distracted gaze could mean clicking on the wrong TV channel.Fortunately, the keyboard is customizable, which means there are options for using your eyes. Instead of using the dwelling feature to select keys based on the length of your gaze, you can opt to blink to make a selection. You can also adjust how long you want to gaze or how much you want to blink for the keyboard to select optionsWlodkowski, who has two decades’ worth of creating tech for people with disabilities, says the company’s long-term vision with the platform isn’t just about making watching TV easier, but using its X1 platform, available in 39 states, to operate a whole smart home. “X1 is the centerpiece of what we call the operating system of the home … You can manage your home network,” said Wlodkowski. “You can arm, disarm your security system. Our job is to make sure this is as inclusive as possible.”For Comcast, accessibility has long been part of the culture. In October 2013, it opened its first dedicated center for customers with disabilities. Today, the center houses about 90 agents who handle more than 20,000 monthly interactions through calls and email, according to Wlodkwosi. Those with legacy platforms older than the Xfinity X1 can also acquire the service by calling the company’s disability customer center.”It’s less about the business opportunity … You are already paying for a service, let’s give you the most out of it,” said Wlodkowski.Correction, 7:43 a.m. PT: This story initially misspelled the name of Comcast’s accessibility head. His name is Tom Wlodkowski. Comcast Microsoft Applelast_img read more

Hyundai Mobis and Yandex reveal 2020 Sonata selfdriving prototype

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe 2020 Sonata already has some… polarizing style, so slapping a bunch of AV kit on the roof barely changes it. Yandex The 2020 Hyundai Sonata isn’t even out yet, but already, one company has created a self-driving development prototype out of one. It’s nice to know people — or, in this case, it’s nice to know the parts and service arm of the greater Hyundai empire.Russian internet giant Yandex and Hyundai Mobis on Thursday debuted their jointly developed 2020 Hyundai Sonata self-driving development prototype. Based on a regular ol’ next-generation Sonata, the vehicle has been fitted with the hardware and software necessary to enable autonomy and continue development on the technology. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create Level 4 and Level 5 autonomous vehicles, and this is the first step towards that end goal.According to Yandex’s Medium post, the company received its first 2020 Sonata at the end of May, just two months after inking the partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Engineers from both companies worked to adapt Yandex’s tech to the Sonata, and the result looks surprisingly sleek. The majority of the car’s hardware looks contained to the pod up top, which sports some recognizable lidar emitters. Cables run to the trunk, where there’s more hardware responsible for crunching all the data its sensors receive. So far, testing has been limited to Yandex’s testing grounds, but according to the company, it’s been operating completely autonomously in that closed environment, coming up against things like simulated weather and traffic. Yandex said its prototype will start operating on public roads in Moscow “shortly.”This is just the beginning for their partnership. Eventually, Yandex wants to have a fleet of 100 development vehicles, a feat it hopes to achieve by the end of 2019. Future prototypes won’t just be based on the Sonata, either. To prove its flexibility, Yandex wants to add its hardware and software to a multitude of Hyundai and Kia vehicles, although it declined to say which ones. 2019 Nissan Altima review: Better dressed with better tech Post a comment 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings an extra dose of style to… More about 2020 Hyundai Sonata More From Roadshow News • 2020 Hyundai Sonata reveals striking new design ahead of New York Auto Show 1:42 Autonomous Vehicles Auto Tech Sedans Hyundai Share your voice 2019 Toyota Camry Review Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Tags Hyundai 0 Preview • 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan 29 Photos 2020 Hyundai Sonata brings arresting style to New Yorklast_img read more

Spice Group To Set Up Mobile Making Unit for ₹500 crore in

first_imgMake in India’ campaign launch in Delhi by PM Narendra Modi. [Representational Image]Reuters FileTaking forward the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign, mobile phone maker Spice Group announced on Tuesday an investment of ₹500 crore to manufacture smartphones in Uttar Pradesh, India.The company also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Uttar Pradesh government for the purpose.Spice claimed the manufacturing unit will strengthen the company’s strategy to introduce affordable smartphones in India through domestic manufacturing, thereby catering to a larger market by offering best technology at affordable prices.The MoU stipulates that the UP government will support Spice Group in establishing the facility in a time bound manner and facilitate the necessary infrastructure, ecosystem and incentives under various schemes announced by the State government and the Central government.Dilip Modi, Chairman, Spice Group, said, “We are delighted to announce our investment plans to set up a mobile manufacturing unit in Uttar Pradesh with the support of the Government of Uttar Pradesh. With a local manufacturing plant, Spice Group can achieve its vision to create affordable and high technology mobile products for a larger audience.” In a survey conducted by The Economic Times Brand Equity in 2014, Spice Group was ranked as the second most trusted Indian mobile brand in the country. Spice Group targets tier II and III markets through its affordable segment of smartphones and featurephones, and unique offerings.last_img read more

Saudi Arabia to execute 3 influential Sunni scholars after Ramadan

first_imgPolitical executions aren’t an uncommon thing in Saudi Arabia but the startling fact is that the kingdom is annihilating moderate voices under the garb of its fight against terrorism and extremism.’ Sarah Leah Whitson of the Human Rights puts this succinctly:”These particular cases highlight how the government is pursuing its own extremist, intolerant agenda under the absurd guise of ‘moderate Islam,’ she said. Executions Around The World – The Shocking Facts Saudi Arabia seeks the death penalty for cleric Ali al-OmariTwitterSaudi Arabia will execute three major Sunni Islam scholars after Ramadan, according to reports. The orthodox Islamic kingdom had beheaded 37 people, mostly Shia Muslims, in April, attracting very little condemnation globally. Saudi government sources have discreetly said the execution of 37 people at one go was used as a trial balloon to see the nature of international reaction, according to the Middle East Eye.The three — Sheikh Salman al-Odah, Awad al-Qarni and Ali al-Omari — are accused of terrorism. But the surprising fact is that they are not terrorists, but moderates, in fact. Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed and dismembered on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, had put this in context.’Odah will be executed not because he is an extremist. It’s because he is a moderate. That is why they consider him a threat,” Khashoggi had said.Moderate who denounced Osama bin LadenWhile Odah is an internationally known scholar with moderately progressive ideologies, Awad al-Qarni is a Sunni preacher, academic and author and Ali al-Omari is a broadcaster with large following. Riyadh is going ahead with the plan to execute them immediately after Ramadan, despite the fact that they are known for their moderate voices and have large social media following.That stands in stark contrast to the routine beheading and crucifixion of people accused of dissent, mostly Shia Muslims.According to the Middle East Eye, Odah’s Arabic Twitter account has more than 13 million followers while Omari’s TV station “For Youth” enjoys huge audience as well.Odah is known for the public rebuke of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 2001 attack on the Manhattan twin towers in the US and other targets in New York, known as the 9/11 attacks. Odah was arrested in September 2017.He had also called for a reconciliation between Saudi Arabia and Qatar following the blockade of Doha enforced on the behest of Saudi crown prince MbS. His arrest happened after raising the voice of dissent.’They will not wait to execute these men’The men are waiting trial and lodged at the Criminal Special Court in Riyadh. Top Saudi government sources confirmed the three will be executed. “They will not wait to execute these men once the death sentence has been passed,” one of the sources told ME.Awad al-Qarni, prominent Sunni scholar, is one of the people behind the Sahwa movement and enjoys large international following. The 45-year-old Ali al-Omari is known for his campaign for women’s rights and denunciation of violent extremism.center_img Closelast_img read more

Tata Steel to tap women power aims to achieve 20 women in

first_imgReutersSalt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group’s steel wing—Tata Steel aims at achieving 20 percent women workforce by 2020 to ensure gender diversity in the company, a top company executive told Mint.”Gender diversity is essential, and not having it can be detrimental to business. A diverse workforce ensures that we have different mindsets dealing with challenges in different ways, and this helps us strategise better,” Mint quoted a Tata Steel chief diversity officer and chief group HR Atrayee S Sanyal.Sanyal of Tata Steel said that the company has set a target to increase women in its workforce from current 11 percent to 20 percent by end of this decade.”We are definitely planning to employ a large number of women in the coming years. Tata Steel, as an equal opportunity employer, believes that women can perform any role with equal competence as that of a man,” Sanyal explained.Sanyal said the company has not restricted itself in defining certain roles or levels where they will employ women. The firm’s diversity targets have been taken for the overall organisation and it is open in employing women across all roles and levels.”Our recent Take 2 policy aims at filling these gaps due to maternity and child care leaves by hiring women who are experienced professionals on project basis for short-term engagement. This is a mutual benefit as we have a good replacement resource for a woman and it also becomes a platform for those women looking to resume their careers,” the business publication quoted Sanyal as saying.On difficulties faced in hiring women employees with the required skills in core sectors likes manufacturing, mining and engineering, she said that availability is gradually improving.”It is supply-led demand to a great extent. Engineering institutes need to have more women and only then companies can recruit women in these areas. We engage early with various leading institutes that helps us capture the best women talent in the early years of engineering,” she added.Sanyal explained that a mix of people with diverse views encourages innovation and problem solutions, thereby leading to increased profitability and opportunities for business. “Our recruitment sensitisation handbook clearly mentions that at an equal level of merit and competence, we would prefer a female candidate but we consider merit as the ultimate criterion for selection,” she added.last_img read more

RCom fears DoT bank guarantee push can scupper assets sale deal with

first_imgAnil Ambani’s debt-ridden Reliance Communications has told the Supreme Court that the government’s insistence on a Rs 2,940-crore bank guarantee to allow the spectrum transfer to Reliance Jio Infocomm could scupper a vital deal to prevent the company from sinking.The court is hearing an appeal that department of telecommunications (DoT) filed seeking to a Telecom Disputes and Settlement Appellate Tribunal order allowing the spectrum transfer, according to media reports.DoT is of the view that it cannot allow transfer of the spectrum to Mukesh Ambani’s company to go through unless either of the parties came up the bank guarantee of Rs 2,940 crore.RCom contended on Monday that its asset sale to Reliance Jio would stall if the approvals did not happen by mid-December, Bloomberg news agency reported.The situation could affect the company’s debt repayment plan. The company owes creditors Rs 46,000 crore, of which the company hoped to raise Rs 18,000 crore by asset sales. Repayments amounting to Rs 700 crore fell due in March, according to sources.RCom told the court it had given as collateral security land worth nearly Rs 1,400 crore in lieu of the government’s dues but was not in a position to raise further bank guarantee.The government was refusing to accept the land as security and wanted a bank guarantee.Debt reductionRCom had approached the tribunal challenging DoT’s demand seeking the bank guarantee.As part of its debt reductions efforts, RCom signed Rs 25,000-crore deal with Reliance Jio in December 2017. The brothers have signed several deals, including one involving transmission nodes. The deal between the companies that the Ambani siblings own include the sale of assets held by several banks in mortgage to stall insolvency proceedings.On NSE, RCom shares closed on Monday at the one-year low of Rs10, having lost 64 per cent this year. The share touched its one-year high of Rs36.15 on December 29, 2017.RCom obtained 3G spectrum in three cities for Rs 5,864 crore in 2010 but wound up its GSM operations last year after a deal it sought with Maxis Aircel fell through last year after the talks had progressed much. RCom entered into the deal with Reliance Jio after the Maxis Aircel setback.Anil Ambani announced at a shareholders’ meeting on September 18 that the cash-strapped Reliance Communications would completely exit the telecom business to focus on real estate.last_img read more