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Bachelorette villain Chad Johnson to guest on Bachelorette Canada After Show

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Bachelorette supervillain alert: The Chad is coming to Canada.W Network says Chad Johnson, who gained infamy on recent seasons of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise, will be a guest on next week’s edition of The Bachelorette Canada After Show, which airs live from Vancouver.Johnson, a luxury real estate agent from Oklahoma, was a contestant on JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, where he was known chiefly for working out and threatening physical violence against other contestants. Twitter Facebook When last we saw him on Bachelor in Paradise Season 3, he was being kicked off the show for a drunken rampage that included calling an amputee a “one-armed bitch.”last_img read more

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Grassy Narrows mans struggle with kidney failure and mercury poisoning

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsHe’s one of many people from the Grassy Narrows First Nation in Ontario believed to have been poisoned by mercury.Now he’s fighting kidney failure.last_img

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US to go ahead with antidumping probe on tyres from Sri Lanka

According to a statement, the Commission further determined that imports of these products from China are negligible. A US investigative body has decided to go ahead with its anti-dumping investigations into a certain category of tyres imported from India and Sri Lanka that may have a damaging effect on the US domestic industry even as it let China off the hook, the Press Trust of India reported.All six commissioners of the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to determine that there is a reasonable indication that the US industry is materially injured by imports of certain new pneumatic off-the-road tyres from India that are allegedly sold in the country at less than fair value and subsidised by the governments of India and Sri Lanka. Following the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the US Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imported products from India and Sri Lanka, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on April 4 and its preliminary anti-dumping duty determinations due on June 16. As a result of the Commission’s finding of negligibility, the investigations on imports of these products from China will be terminated, USITC said.This is the first time that anti-dumping investigations have been launched into tyres coming to the US from India, while Chinese tyres have faced a similar probe in the past. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Ahead of World Day UN hails landmark global polio eradication campaign

Some 10 million people today would otherwise have been paralyzed, while an additional 1.5 million lives have been saved through the routine administration of Vitamin A during polio vaccination drives, UNICEF said in a press release today, which outlined the successes of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and the challenges that remain.The annual number of polio cases has fallen from 350,000 in 1988, to 416 in 2013, and 243 so far this year – an extraordinary drop of more than 99 percent. All but three countries where polio was firmly entrenched – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan – have eliminated the virus within their borders. And multiple outbreaks have been contained over the past 26 years.“In 1988 polio was a leading cause of childhood disability,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a press release. “In country after country since then, a generation of children has grown up without the spectre of polio.” “The success of the eradication effort – reaching some of the most disadvantaged communities in some of the most dangerous circumstances – proves that it is possible to reach all children,” Mr. Lake added. “Our most ambitious and audacious goals for children can be met. And if they can be, they must be.”Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters today, Peter Crowley, Principal Adviser, Health and Polio Team Leader, of UNICEF said, “We now have an entire generation of children that has grown up without the fear – and some cases, without even knowledge – of polio,” as a result of the 26-year long international eradication campaign.“We are almost there,” he said, explaining that nearly all cases of polio have been wiped out, even with its recent emergence in countries such as Syria and Iraq.While UNICEF marked the successes, it was not ignoring the remaining challenges. “Eradication is not easy; it has only been accomplished once before and that was with small pox,” explained Mr. Crowley, stressing that while the number of cases has fallen dramatically, the disease still existed. Nevertheless, the United Nations believed that the challenges around eradicating polio are not insurmountable. To this end, he noted that is the first year the World Day was being celebrated since the UN World Health Organization (WHO) had declared polio free. This was a significant achievement, because just five years ago, India had been considered the “hardest place to reach people with the virus.”He was joined by Hamid Jafari, WHO’s Director of Polio Eradication, and Jay Wenger, Director, Polio Eradication at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.According to UNICEF, Nigeria has had only 6 cases this year, down from 49 in 2013. Afghanistan has reduced transmission to very low levels, with most cases linked to Pakistan. With 206 cases already reported this year, Pakistan is now the world’s largest remaining reservoir of polio. While polio remains endemic in only three countries, it continues to pose a risk to children everywhere, especially in countries which have not made routine immunization a priority, like South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Ukraine. Outbreaks in Syria, Iraq, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Somalia can be traced to Pakistan and Nigeria. UNICEF procures 1.7 billion doses of oral polio vaccine to reach 500 million children every year. And UNICEF’s social mobilization work helps persuade families to accept the vaccine when it reaches them. Intensive efforts over the past decade have seen acceptance of the polio vaccine at their highest levels ever in countries where polio remains endemic.“The world has never been closer to this once-in-a-generation opportunity of eradicating polio for good,” Lake said. “Every child deserves to live in a polio-free world.” read more

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Womens basketball Ohio State coach Kevin McGuff faces off against former mentor

“I couldn’t say enough positive things about what that was like when I had a chance to work with her,” McGuff said. “Fantastic person, great coach, been a great friend of our family for a long time. Tough to go against people you care about but it’ll be an exciting game and a great opportunity for us.”McGraw has been the head coach of the Irish for 30 years. She is a seasoned veteran of tournament play, with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two to the Final Four under her belt. McGraw has led her program to four runner-up seasons and one national championship.McGuff first met McGraw when he interviewed at Notre Dame after one season of assistant coaching at Miami of Ohio.“I was fortunate enough to get the job,” McGuff said. “That was really a life-changing event for me.”In their time coaching together, the pair took their team to an NCAA tournament appearance every year and a national championship in 2001. To this day, it is the only national championship either coach has won.McGuff stayed with the Irish until he accepted a head coaching position at Xavier in 2002. McGuff said that McGraw prepared him for the next level and taught him how to run a winning program.“She (runs a program) as well as anybody in the country,” McGuff said. “Just the organization, the structure of how things work. How to treat people well and what you get in return. She was great to work for. Had high expectations, which is an environment that I wanted to work in, but also will allow her assistants to do their jobs and really impact the program.”In addition to this, McGuff met his wife while they were both on the coaching staff at Notre Dame.“She’ll be pulling for us,” McGuff said. “Obviously that program means a lot to her as well, but she’ll certainly be pulling for us.”This season, Notre Dame and OSU are each playing their best basketball at the right time. No. 5 OSU advanced to the Sweet 16 after topping No. 4 seed Kentucky, while the No. 1 Irish defeated No. 9 Purdue, 88-82 in overtime.“They’re a great team,” said redshirt junior Linnae Harper. “Been great for years, have a great program, a great coach. Now it’s just about us focusing on ourselves. Preparation for that game, attention to detail, just doing the little things.”Last season, the Buckeyes made it to the Sweet 16, where they fell short against Tennessee, 78-62. But this year, the team is more experienced and eager to advance.“We’re deeper, we’re more experienced, we’re just better,” McGuff said.  “Last year, I thought the kids did a great job … we found a way to end on a pretty high note. We didn’t play well in the Sweet 16, but we ran into a really good Tennessee team. But I think we’re in a much different place this year. I like where we are and I like the opportunity that’s in front of us.” OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoWhen the Ohio State women’s basketball team takes on No. 1 seed Notre Dame this Friday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff will see a familiar face across the court. Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw served as a mentor to McGuff, who was an assistant under the Fighting Irish coach for six years. read more

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Győr to defend the EHF Final 4 title

The girls in green did it again. After a great display in defense, the conducted by Ambros Martín defeated CSM București 20-26 in the first semifinal of the EHF Final 4. In a packed Pap Laszlo Sportarena, the Hungarians won against a team that lacked fighting spirit.Győr started off the match with much more focus than their rivals, both in attack and in defense. With an outstanding Eduarda Amorim and Kari Grimsbø. The defending champions paved their path to the final against a Romanian squad that looked lost at times. The coached by Per Johansson had to wait 10 minutes until they scored for the first time in the match, through Cristina Neagu. Things improved for the 2015/16 champions by the end of the first period, which they managed to close with a 2 goal deficit (10-12).Everything was working fine for the Hungarian side, who relied on their experienced backs and an enormous. Amorim, Oftedal and Groot were taking care of the attacks and feeding both line players and wings. Nearly 10’ into the second half, Amanda Kurtovic, who had a good game, scored the equalizer (16-16). CSM had the ball to take the lead for the first time, but miscommunications and a troublesome attack saw Győr taking the lead again. A lead that would only grow until the end of the 60 minutes.The poor attack from CSM could not even be fully explained by Per Johansson, who stated: “when we respect the system we have decided, we score. We felt OK with 2 down on the break, but the problem Is that I don’t know why we’re not running the fastbreaks. In the end we played too much individually, but for example when Bella, Cristina and Amanda play together without so much bounce, we score, but you’ve seen it yourselves. And over 60’ this is not good enough. Then we were 16-16 and we had the ball, and we should’ve come with confidence, but also in that period Grimsbø made three or four really good saves. After that, we didn’t create any chances and that’s because we are leaving the system too early. We did good things, but then we get stressed when we miss, so we go back to the old habits”.Amorim, one of the best players on court today, had said yesterday that if Neagu had a bad day, she could still score six goals (she scored six goals today), and that one of the keys for today’s match was to stop her, to make her uncomfortable. Well, hard work paid off. “That’s exactly what we wanted to do. Neagu is the head of that team, and if she’s not having a good day, the rest of the team finds it hard to have a good day as well, because their game is very individual; and this season, they didn’t manage to play collectively. But we did, especially in defense, but also in attack, our goalkeeper was great today so that helped a lot”.Győr could make history tomorrow and successfully defend the EHF Final 4 title for the first time (they’ve already defended the title on the first Final 4, but the previous title was with the old definition system), and the powerful left back knows the team is ready to face this new final: “We’re very determined. Now we need to relax a little and try to change the ‘chip’ as fast as possible. After such an important victory, is normal for the athlete to relax, but we have to be ready and focused for tomorrow”.The defending champions have reached their 4th EHF Final 4 final in the same amount of appearances. CSM Bucurestieduarda amorimEHF Final 4Gyori Audi ETO KCKari GrimsbøPer Johansson ← Previous Story EHF Final 4: CSM – Győr and a clash to remember Next Story → It’s a rematch: Vardar are in the final! read more

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Stephen Port will spend the rest of his life in jail for

first_img Source: CPS/Twitter 21,615 Views Friday 25 Nov 2016, 12:35 PM https://jrnl.ie/3102175 More: ‘Grindr killer’ Stephen Port convicted of murdering three men with date-rape drug Stephen Port will spend the rest of his life in jail for drugging, raping and killing four men The so-called ‘Grindr killer’ was sentenced to a whole-life term in court today. “Over a period of three years the defendant committed a series of murders and serious sexual offences against young men,” said Malcolm McHaffie, deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS London.“Port manipulated and controlled these men through the chilling and calculated use of the drug GHB, which he administered without their permission.”His chilling cover-ups included disposing of mobile phones, writing a fake suicide note and planting vials of drugs on their bodies.“He even claimed that the deceased themselves were responsible for the overdoses and in one instance accused a murder victim of carrying out one of the other killings,” explained McHaffie. Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of the fake suicide note that serial killer Stephen Port put into the hand of victim Daniel Whitworth Source: Metropolitan PolicePort met all his victims on dating websites between June 2014 and September 2015. He brought them back to his house in Barking, London, where he poisoned, raped and killed them. Their bodies were found in a nearby graveyard. By Sinead O’Carroll I have previously said that Port is one of the most dangerous individuals I’ve encountered in almost 28 years of policing and a full life term in prison was the only appropriate punishment in the circumstances.“All of those affected have my deepest sympathies and I hope they can find some solace from the fact that Port will spend the remainder of his life behind bars.”An investigation into the handling of the cases by London police has been launched. The force failed to uncover the connection between the four men’s deaths until Taylor (Port’s final victim) family put pressure on for a re-examination of the cases.The Independent Police Complaints Commission will look at whether “discrimination played any part in actions and decisions” by investigators.A total of 17 officers – ranging from constable to inspector – are under investigation and have been served with either gross misconduct or misconduct notices.“As his trial established, Port was known to the police in connection to the death of Mr Walgate. We now know that tragically, three more young men went on to lose their lives,” IPCC commissioner Cindy Butts said on Wednesday.“I have met with LGBT community members in Barking and Dagenham to explain the IPCC’s role, and would like to provide the assurance that our investigators are continuing to work hard to scrutinise the police response to the tragic deaths of these four young men.”The Guardian reports today that the judge pointed to the issues during sentencing today. He said:It is not to me to say whether the seeming bizarre coincidence of these three gay young men being found dead so close together might have given rise to suspicions that these deaths were not the result of ordinary self-administered drug overdoses but that is how their deaths, including Jack Taylor’s death, were treated at the time; the competence and adequacy of the investigation will later be examined by others.In the fake suicide note (pictured above), Port – writing as Whitworth – said he had taken his own life because he killed Kovari by accident ‘while having some fun at a mate’s place’ with the drug, which is known as G or liquid ecstasy.“BTW, please do not blame the guy I was with last night, we only had sex, then I left. He knows nothing of what I have done,” the note continues.Police did not attempt to trace the person referred to in the letter and took its contents as the truth.Port was on bail (for lying about the discovery of his first victim’s body in June 2014) – when he killed Kovari and Whitworth in August and September 2014. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSTEPHEN PORT WILL spend the rest of his life in prison in the UK for the murder of four men.The 41-year-old serial killer was sentenced to a whole-life term at a London court today.Port was found guilty on Wednesday of four counts of murder, four counts of rape, four counts of assault by penetration and 10 counts of administering a substance.According to prosecutors, the chef spiked his victims – whom he met on dating apps – through their drinks or by other means. Four of the men died from an overdose of the psychoactive drug GHB and four others were raped while unconscious.Altogether, he was convicted of offences in relation to 11 men. Convicted murderer Stephen Port has today been sentenced to a whole life term, meaning he will spend the rest of his life in jail https://t.co/wX2XzNR5aE— CPS (@cpsuk) November 25, 2016 Nov 25th 2016, 12:35 PM Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of a plastic bottle containing GBL found on victim Jack Taylor. Source: Metropolitan PolicePort’s victims were Anthony Walgate, a 23-year-old fashion student from Hull; 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari from Slovakia; Kent chef, 21, Daniel Whitworth; and Dagenham forklift driver Jack Taylor, 25.“These evil crimes have left entire families, a community and a nation in shock,” Detective Chief Inspector Tim Duffield said today. Share123 Tweet Email Short URL 41 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Canadian Storage Breakthrough Could Fit 138TB on a Postage Stamp

first_img Western Digital is Working on 40TB Hard DrivesWestern Digital Unveils a Monstrous 20TB External Hard Drive Hard drive manufacturers have been using helium to help boost hard drive storage capacity for several years. Now a team of Canadian researchers has made a major storage breakthrough thanks to another element.Scientists at the University of Alberta have successfully used hydrogen atoms to store data. The atoms were applied to a silicon chip roughly half the size of a fingernail. To write zeroes and ones, the team cut and pasted individual atoms with the help of a scanning tunneling microscope.Working with hydrogen atoms allows for a ton of data to be stored in a very small amount of space. “Essentially, you can take all 45 million songs on iTunes and store them on the surface of one quarter,” doctoral student Roshan Achal said.The team pinned storage density at 128TB per square inch. For comparison’s sake, one of today’s 10TB hard drives sits somewhere in the neighborhood of 512GB per square inch. Just think about the kind of capacity you could pack into a 3.5-inch bay. Well, if you didn’t need something the size of an STM to do the reading and writing, anyway.It’s one of the problems the team will need to sort out before this becomes a practical way to store data. Another teensy little issue: read and write speeds. To record just a small amount of data — the iconic first 24 notes of the Super Mario Brothers theme — took between 10 and 15 minutes.That doesn’t make what the U of A team accomplished any less impressive. They managed to do this all under real-world conditions. Physics professor Robert Wolkow notes that the hydrogen-based memory remained stable “well above room temperature.”What led Wolkow and his team down this road in the first place? A project that they worked on for Canada’s 150th birthday last year. They printed a maple leaf 10,000 smaller than the width of a human hair for Canada Day.Visit our sister site PCMag to learn more about how hard drives are tested.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Broward program temporarily removes additional fees for overdue tickets fines

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Broward County Clerk’s Office is providing residents an opportunity to pay unpaid tickets, fees and fines for no additional fee.Operation Green Light Broward is giving anyone the opportunity to pay off overdue Broward County traffic tickets, court costs, fines or fees that have been assigned to a collection agency without an additional statutory collection fee, saving residents up to 35 percent.Participants must pay in full. The offer is available from April 24 through April 29.All four courthouse locations, including the Central Courthouse, the West Satellite Courthouse, the South Satellite Courthouse and the North Satellite Courthouse will take part in the program.You can pay by way of cash, money order, cashier checks, personal checks or credit card. You can also make payments through the Clerk’s website at www.browardclerk.org.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday February 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, February 28, 2019:#1) The Sugar Talk At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding “The Sugar Talk” at 7pm. Are you curious about sugar and why you crave it? Join Holistic Health and Food Coach Julia Grimaldi to learn simple and effective ways to tame your sugar cravings. Coach Julia will discuss how sugar impacts our energy, mood, and health and will offer 7 simple solutions to help you control your sugar cravings without giving up the sweetness in your life! Register HERE.#2) WHS Girls Basketball Playoff GameThe Wilmington High School Girls Varsity Basketball Team travels to Pentucket High for a 7pm playoff game.#3) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in High School’s Large Instruction Room. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Wilmington Board of Assessors Meeting MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Assessors meet at 10am in Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. Read the agenda HERE.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, July 11, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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Iran president says Zarif sanctions show US afraid of top

first_imgTEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that a US decision to impose sanctions on Mohammad Javad Zarif showed Washington is afraid of the top diplomat. “They are afraid of our foreign minister’s interviews,” Rouhani said in a televised speech, referring to a recent round of interviews Zarif gave to foreign media in New York. “It is completely clear that the foundations of the White House have been shaken by the words and logic of an informed, devoted and diplomatic individual,” he said. Also Read – Leading 22-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested Advertise With Us “They are doing childish things now. Maybe there’s no better way to describe (the sanctions) but childish,” Rouhani said on a visit to the northwestern city of Tabriz. “Our enemies are so helpless that they have lost the ability to act and think wisely.” Rouhani was speaking after Washington announced it was designating Zarif under sanctions that would freeze any of his assets. Also Read – US states declare emergency over hurricane Dorian Advertise With Us “Zarif implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei), and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behaviour is completely unacceptable.”last_img read more

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The Queens Shocking reprimand to Meghan Markle for her behaviour the Monarch

first_imgMeghan MarkleSuits Official FacebookMeghan Markle is new to the Royal Family, having married into it only last year. So, she has quite a bit to learn. But it seems that Meghan in her enthusiasm to do just that has rubbed quite a few people the wrong way. The Royal staff for starters, as well as Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.But apparently, Meghan took things a little to far when she got into a fight with royal staff after tasting egg in a dish for the Royal Wedding. The Duchess of Sussex was given a scolding by the Queen herself, a royal expert has claimed. Royal author Katie Nicholl explained Meghan Markle had insisted there be a macrobiotic alternative’ for some of her Hollywood friends who followed the diet, which derives from Zen Buddhism. Ms. Nicholl told Yahoo’s Royal Box: “Meghan got very upset when she felt that she could taste egg in a dish when she was told there was no egg in there, and she said, ‘No, I can taste it, I can taste there’s egg in this dish.’  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesSupposedly the fight did not sit well with the Queen who took Meghan aside and explained to her how things worked at the Royal Palace and how staff there was supposed to be addressed. Meghan Markle may be finding it hard to adjust at the Palace, or it might be that she has a few unrealistic expectations, now that she is a Duchess. And if anyone can explain to Meghan Markle how things are done in the Royal Palace, it’s none other than the Queen.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child this month. Meghan is on maternity leave and the Royal couple has moved to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival o the Royal baby. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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Spotify Enlists Its Users to Add Music Metadata EXCLUSIVE

Spotify has found a new way to beef up its knowledge about music: The company has begun to solicit music metadata suggestions from its users, asking them to describe genres of albums or moods of songs.“Listeners describe music in different ways, and understanding that information will help improve, extend, and confirm the information that describes music on Spotify,” a spokesperson recently told Variety. “We hope to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists.”To that end, Spotify quietly opened up Line-In, a music metadata editor, to all of its users this month. Users of Spotify’s desktop app can access line-in by clicking on the three dots next to any song, album, or artist, and select “suggest an edit.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Line-In’s web interface.From there, they are taken to Line-In’s web interface, which lets them suggest a wide variety of attributes, including the language of the lyrics of any given song, aliases used by an artist and even links to external websites.Spotify first began testing Line-In with a subset of its audience last fall. “Over the past few months, we’ve confirmed our beliefs that listeners care deeply about the content on Spotify—they want the data to be useful and accurate,” said the company’s spokesperson.“We’ve also seen that listeners are eager to describe the music they’re passionate about in ways beyond traditional concepts like genre and mood.” That’s why the company added the ability to use tags as descriptors as well.It’s worth noting that Spotify treats all these data submissions as suggestions; users don’t have the ability to directly edit the metadata for music in Spotify’s catalog. “Spotify considers the source, and thoroughly reviews and checks the accuracy of this information, before the suggestions are folded into the data that powers our services,” its spokesperson clarified.The company not only checks whether your submissions match what other users are saying, but also keeps track of your past performance. For instance, Line-In includes a number or surveys to test a submitter’s music knowledge. And if you completely mess up on your hip-hop test, you might have a harder time making your future contributions about the genre count.Spotify is the first music service of its size to launch a tool like Line In — but the move is consistent with the emphasis the company has put on data in the past. Back in 2014, Spotify acquired The Echo Nest, a music metadata provider, for a reported $100 million.And this month, it revealed in its F-1 filing with the SEC that it had amassed a total of 200 petabytes (about 200,000 terabytes) of data about music and the way its users access it. In the process of recommending, selecting and playing music, it accesses 5 petabytes of this data every single day. read more

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Teenager who created massive Skyrim mod Falskaar lands job at Bungie

first_imgBack in July we heard about the work of 19-year-old Alexander J. Velicky. He wanted to get a job at Bethesda, so set about creating a mod for Skyrim. But this wasn’t just any mod, this was Falskaar, a mod that has a land mass about a third of the size of Skyrim’s entire world, and he created it all by himself.Falskaar isn’t just big in terms of environment size, though, it actually adds around 25 hours of new content to the game. Velicky spent over 2,000 hours creating new quests, characters, items, as well as doing new voice work and creating a soundtrack. He’s an all-rounder, and someone Bethesda surely had to take notice of.However, Bethesda apparently didn’t take any notice and didn’t even offer him an interview for a job. But don’t let that put you off creating your own mod in an attempt to enter the games industry because creating Falskaar has earned Velicky a pretty sweet new role. He is now working, not for Bethesda, but for Bungie.After being overlooked at Bethesda, Velicky started applying for other jobs in the industry, including companies he thought he’d never have a chance of working for. But he was surprised to find someone at Bungie took notice of his work on Falskaar and clearly saw he had talent. Velicky has since been offered and accepted the position of Associate Designer at Bungie where he will be working on their latest project in production: Destiny.Posting on the Bethesda forums Velicky thanks the community and passes on what he calls a “corny life lesson.” He says no one should be afraid to try, and if they set their sights on a goal it’s just a case of working hard to achieve it. Working at Bungie is proof that works.last_img read more

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Dont discuss partys strengths weaknesses in open forums Bakshi tells TMC workers

first_imgKolkata: Subrata Bakshi, state President of Trinamool Congress, has urged party workers not to discuss their views and opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the party in different constituencies in open forums.He also asked them to maintain their cool and not get involved in debates or discussions in open forums. Bakshi, who was an MP from the Kolkata South seat, has been dropped from the candidate list and he will look after the party instead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBakshi said some party workers give their opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of the party in open forums and take part in debates on the issue. “This is not desired at all as it gives wrong messages to the people who might think that the party has strength in some areas and weakness in some others,” he said, adding: “In addas many things come up for discussion. But hot debates on the party’s performance in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls should be avoided.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that in the meetings held by party supremo Mamata Banerjee, the party workers have been asked to work wholeheartedly and develop contacts with the local people. She has also asked them to give up infighting and put up a united resistance against BJP. Political experts said at the moment Trinamool Congress has the highest number of young workers, who are working as a disciplined force in the city and districts. Trinamool Congress has already selected the workers who will man the 77,000 odd polling booths across the state. Mamata Banerjee knows the booth level leaders by their name. Except Trinamool, no party in Bengal has such a strong youth force and teaching them the dos and don’ts will ultimately help the party to conduct the election more efficiently.last_img read more

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St Louis news station lists Rams COOs job title as Professional Liar

first_imgYesterday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams announced the firing of head coach Jeff Fisher, after a 4-9 start to the franchise’s inaugural season in Los Angeles. The Rams pulled the trigger on the Fisher firing following an embarrassing 42-14 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday, and postgame comments from franchise running back Todd Gurley that many on the team were mailing it in until the end of the season.One city that doesn’t feel any sympathy for the Rams and their current dilemma is their former home of St. Louis. It’s no secret that the city feels the Rams were unfairly taken from them by owner Stan Kroenke. The prevailing sentiment is that Kroenke was always determined to move the team to L.A., a plan that was pre-approved by the NFL power structure. In reality, it’s all probably true. To make a long story short, they think they got jobbed.The bitter feelings surfaced again yesterday, when Rams COO Kevin Demoff held a press conference to address the firing.St. Louis based news station Fox2, didn’t hesitate to use the opportunity to take a dig at Demoff, using the graphic chyron at the bottom of the screen to do so. In the graphic they listed his title as “Rams Chief Operating Officer/Professional Liar.” Ouch. Advertisement Old feelings die hard, and apparently there’s no love lost in St. Louis for Demoff and the Rams. We’ll have to see what they pull next when the Rams announce the hiring of Jim Harbaugh.last_img read more

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HK Tourism Board rides into Year of the Horse

first_imgThe festivities were enjoyed by all, with a jazz band, cocktails and canapés.  The stars of the travel and tourism industry attended the annual Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Chinese New Year reception last night, with some big name guests from Cathay Pacific, Jetset Travel World and Virgin Atlantic making an appearance. Source = ETB News: T.N.center_img The HKTB Sydney chief executive officer, Andrew Clark, mentioned the importance of tourism professionals in helping the Tourism Board grow since 2004.last_img read more

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FHA Commissioner to Step Down

first_imgFHA Commissioner to Step Down in Government, Headlines, News Bailouts Carol Galante FHA HUD 2014-08-11 Tory Barringer Updated.Less than two years after being confirmed as the head of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), Commissioner Carol Galante is making plans to step down from her post.In a message sent to her staff Monday morning, Galante revealed that she intends to depart from HUD by the end of this year, after which she will assume a distinguished professorship at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her master’s in city planning.She will also serve as the director of UC’s Berkeley Program in Housing and Urban Policy and will co-chair the Fisher Center on Real Estate’s Policy Advisory Board, according to the letter.Biniam Gebre, currently general deputy assistant secretary for housing, will lead following Galante’s departure.The announcement is expected to come later this week.Galante has been with HUD for five years, starting her career at the department as deputy assistant secretary for multifamily housing. She was nominated by President Obama for the role of FHA commissioner in 2011, receiving her confirmation from the Senate in late 2012, only a month after an audit revealed the agency’s mortgage insurance fund had plummeted deep into the red as a result of losses it took following the housing bust.Despite efforts made to restore the fund, FHA was forced last year to take a $1.7 billion Treasury draw to strengthen its financial position.As FHA continues to see the effects of its push to bolster its capital—including overhauling its reverse mortgage program and bringing up insurance premiums—the White House budget forecasts no further draws this year, a fact Galante celebrates in her message: “By working hard to establish the right pricing, increase recoveries on distressed assets and better manage risk, we have turned the corner on those losses and significantly improved the financial health of the Fund.”Over the next few months, the commissioner said she plans to continue focusing on FHA’s recent Homeowners Armed With Knowledge (HAWK) program, which aims to increase credit availability to first-time homebuyers by offering reduced premiums to those who participate in counseling and homebuyer education programs.”I remain passionate about the work we do to make housing more available and affordable for American families and assist communities to thrive,” Galante said. “It is why I joined HUD and why having the opportunity to work with you has been so rewarding.”center_img August 11, 2014 533 Views Sharelast_img read more

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Rolling power cuts likely as EAC workers go on strike

first_imgBy Elias HazouTrade unions of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) have announced that workers at the power utility will hold a work stoppage on Friday, followed by three-hour strikes daily as of next week.The work stoppages are in protest at government plans to privatise the state-owned power company.A “warning” strike will be held on Friday from 7am to 10am. During this time, the announcement said, the EAC will maintain sufficient staff to operate three steam turbines at the Dhekelia power station and two steam turbines at Vasilikos.The power utility does not anticipate power cuts on Friday, sources at the EAC said.But rolling power cuts across the island are likely – depending on electricity demand – starting from Monday, when the EAC will operate just two steam turbines at Dhekelia in the morning.As of Monday, the strikes will be from 7am to 10pm, daily. The strikes will continue indefinitely.Power outages during this three-hour window are not likely to last for more than an hour in certain areas, EAC sources said.To prevent the system from crashing due to the lower capacity, the EAC, working with the Transmission System Operator, will decide if, when and where cuts are necessary and will issue regular advisories to the public, which is urged to limit electricity consumption during those times.The EAC will operate on a skeleton staff from 7am to 10am. Customer service will likewise be closed during this time, resuming normal service thereafter.Striking employees will gather outside their workplace and hold demonstrations, the announcement by the four major EAC unions said.The industrial action is intended to turn the screws on the government, which plans to privatise the EAC in line with its bailout obligations.To pay down a €10bn international bailout, Cyprus must generate proceeds from privatisation of at least €1bn within the bailout programme period (by 2016) and €0.4bn outside.Privatisation of the EAC is to be completed by 2018.The government-appointed Privatisations Commissioner has launched a tender for commissioning an independent consultant to prepare a study into how the legal separation of EAC would be carried out.The unions want the tender scrapped, and a new study initiated, to be carried out by them, the EAC and the energy ministry – taking the Privatisations Commissioner out of the loop.“In private conversations I had with them, they put forth this demand in a take-it-or-leave it fashion,” energy minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis said on Tuesday.“Based on a cabinet decision, instead of going straight to denationalising the EAC, we are proceeding with a study, which has a specific remit,” he told the state broadcaster.“The study will tell us: can I privatise the EAC? If so, in what way? How do I ensure security of electricity supply, how do I safeguard consumers’ rights?”Asked whether this meant that the EAC might eventually not be privatised, the minister said: “That is exactly what we want the study to tell us. And if this is the wrong way of going about it, as the trade unions claim, then I don’t know what the right way is.”According to Lakkotrypis, the study will decide which parts of the EAC can be privatised.“The EAC itself acknowledges that the organisation comprises competitive parts and monopolistic parts. For example, production is a competitive part, the grids are monopolistic. All this will be examined by the study.“Now, why all this reaction over the study, I cannot understand,” the minister added.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep Leutheuser Domestic Harmony official testify on expanding township services

first_img Categories: Leutheuser News,News 11Nov Rep. Leutheuser, Domestic Harmony official testify on expanding township services LANSING – Rep. Eric Leutheuser, R-Hillsdale, was joined by Kristen Lucas, who is the board chair of Domestic Harmony, during testimony in support of House Bill 4563 before the state Senate Committee on Local Government on Tuesday.The Hillsdale-based Domestic Harmony organization, which works with families affected by domestic violence, helped provide the inspiration for Rep. Leutheuser’s legislation. HB 4563 expands the parameters of non-profit services that townships can legally contract with to include those organizations doing similar work to Domestic Harmony.“Years ago, when the state considered what kind of services townships might contract for, shelters for victims of domestic and sexual violence hardly existed,” said Rep. Leutheuser. “Now, many organizations are doing this valuable work all across our state. HB 4563 will permit townships to lawfully contract with these non-profits, if they chose to, so more of our residents may benefit.”Representatives from the Michigan Township Association and the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic Violence also spoke in support of the legislation before the Senate committee.HB 4563 was approved by the full House membership 103-0 on Sept. 16.last_img read more

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