New Delhi: Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom with several innovations such as the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera. The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. OPPO’s sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants — 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM+256GB configuration that cost Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app We tested the Ocean Green coloured premium variant with 8GB RAM+256GB storage that costs Rs 49,990 for a week. Here’s how it fared during our review. The handset has a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass that rendered a sophisticated matte look which was minimalistic yet stunning. The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. The matte finish ensured that the smartphone does not retain fingerprint marks. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Along with a 48MP primary sensor, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 13MP lens 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom at the back. Placed right at the centre of the rear, the triple cameras sit flush with the smartphone in a vertical set-up, thus, making the phone less wobbly. The flash is located at the rear of the shark-fin pop up camera. The primary camera worked very well in dark lighting and the images were neither grainy nor disintegrated. The launch time of the camera app was also quick. The notchless display offered an immersive experience; it was bright, sharp and had vivid colours. The almost bezel-less display performed well under direct sunlight too. However, its rival in the same price range, OnePlus 7 Pro scores better with fluid AMOLED display and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The left edge of Reno 10x Zoom sports volume rockers while the right edge houses a single power button. The dual SIM tray is located on the bottom of the smartphone while a type-c charging port sits next to the stereo speaker. This new pop-up camera is definitely one of the biggest USPs of the Reno 10x Zoom. However, it raised with a low mechanical sound. The phone’s facial recognition was as snappy as its in-screen fingerprint sensor. The selfie camera took beautiful and sharp images. Just like its competition — OnePlus 7 Pro, the Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that ensured performance was superfast even during multi-tasking and gaming. OPPO outpaced OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery with a 4,065mAh battery in the Reno 10x Zoom. The hefty battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge. OPPO’s in-house VOOC fast charging technology quickly charged the smartphone in less than an hour. The device runs OPPO’s own ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which quite looked like a rip off of iOS. There was a pair of fancy colour coordinated type-c earphones bundled in the box which is not-so-common these days. OPPO has not advertised the phone to be water and dust protected. Other downsides include no support for expandable memory. In addition, it was impossible to charge and use the earphones simultaneously as there was no separate headphone jack. Despite being a performance powerhouse, the device lacked wireless charging. Conclusion: The stunning look and innovative design language of OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has the potential to take on its competition OnePlus 7 Pro in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in India.
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:American Airlines Group Inc., up $2.01 to $33.66The airline’s profit and sales were better than expected and it said revenue will continue growing in the first quarter.Citrix Systems Inc., down $6.80 to $101.86The cloud computing company’s forecasts fell short of Wall Street estimates.Xilinx Inc., up $16.51 to $106.06The computer chipmaker’s third-quarter results were significantly stronger than analysts anticipated.PG&E Corp., up $5.96 to $13.95Investigators determined the utility’s equipment did not spark a deadly 2017 wildfire in California’s wine country.SLM Corp., up $1.24 to $10.73The student loan company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue.Union Pacific Corp., up $6.01 to $160.34The railroad reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue.W.W. Grainger Inc., down $10.94 to $286.22The industrial supply company reported mixed fourth-quarter results, with sales falling short of expectations.McCormick & Co., down $14.65 to $124.35The spices and seasonings maker reported disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue.The Associated Press
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan have partnered to conserve and manage the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal. The world-renowned pilgrimage destination of Lumbini has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini. The Indian emperor Ashoka, a pilgrim to the site, erected a commemorative pillar there. “This project is a significant step forward that will enable the Government of Nepal to reinforce its effort in the protection, enhancement and sustainable development of Lumbini, which as a major pole of international pilgrimage tourism in Nepal is a major source of national income,” said Axel Plathe, UNESCO’s Representative to the country. The Japan-funded project will focus on conserving the Ashoka Pillar, the Marker Stone and the Nativity Sculpture. It will also, among other activities, review the current state of the Sacred Garden and set up a management plan for the entire property. It will be coordinated by UNESCO’s office in the capital, Kathmandu, and will be implemented with Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust. Bishnu Karki, who heads the Department of Archaeology, expressed “the gratitude of the Nepali people to all those who work with us to safeguard Lumbini,” which he called “one of the most emblematic places in the world and has tremendous value for our people and for the global community.” 28 July 2010The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan have partnered to conserve and manage the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal.
“Everything is now in place for the first phase of the transfer, which we hope can begin as soon as possible,” Delphine Marie told reporters in Geneva.The refugees were scattered during a deadly attack by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels on the Acholi-Pii camp in northern Uganda. Their relocation had been temporarily suspended since last week, pending resolution of a disagreement about the final destination.The issue was settled after UNHCR officials met with the Ugandan authorities, who agreed to an initial transfer of up to 8,000 refugees to a site at Kyangwali. “The government has proposed two other sites for the remaining refugees, and negotiations continue,” Ms. Marie said.
by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2014 9:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stocks down sharply at midday after reports of sluggish growth in the US economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are falling sharply in midday trading, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points, as investors react to reports of sluggish growth in the U.S. economy.The decline adds to losses racked up by the market in January.The Dow was down 183 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 15,516 at 11:26 a.m. (1626 GMT) Monday. The index fell as much as 206 points earlier. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 22 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 1,760. The Nasdaq slipped 58 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 4,046.A report Monday showed that U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month. Construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains earlier.Fresh signs of weakness in China’s manufacturing sector added to lingering worries about developing economies.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – If the cash you doled out for a Las Vegas cab ride hurt your wallet, it’s not all in your head — auditors in Nevada also think taxi rates are outrageous.Las Vegas-area cabs are overcharging customers to the tune of $47 million a year, according to an audit released Tuesday of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates the rides in Clark County.Auditors for the governor’s finance office blamed a $3 credit card processing fee that they say is much higher than in other cities and probably shouldn’t exist. They also criticized a decision to increase a fuel surcharge even as gas prices are tanking, saying having the surcharge at all is unique among the 12 major Western cities that the taxi board tracks.“The board’s decision is a windfall for the industry,” the audit says. “These are mostly tourist/visitor dollars that would otherwise likely be spent elsewhere in the local economy.”The criticism comes a few months after ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft started operating in Nevada with promises of cheaper and more convenient rides. The taxi industry, which makes big bucks taking tourists on a 5-mile trip from the airport to the Strip, fought hard against allowing the companies before losing its battle in the Legislature last spring.Cynthia Kulak, 43, who was visiting Las Vegas from Raleigh, North Carolina, said a taxi ride from the airport to the Bellagio casino-hotel was $21 with tip on Wednesday.“Once you’re in there and you’re driving, what else are you going to do but pay it?” she said, adding that she will probably use Uber next time.Denver resident Dominick Lovely, 37, said he paid $9 for a cab ride of 5 minutes or less from the Sands convention centre to the Bellagio, calling the cost a rip-off.“Three dollars doesn’t sound like a lot, but aggregated over an entire population of people in Las Vegas taking cabs, it’s not a fair deal,” he said, referring to the credit card fee.Representatives of a union for many area taxi drivers said they have long fought to end the fee, arguing it enriches the cab company but hurts drivers. For example, some passengers mistakenly believe it is a tip for the driver and skip the gratuity.“It is absolutely, utterly ridiculous to have a credit card fee of $3. That’s absurd,” said Sam Moffitt, a union organizer representing drivers of the large taxi company Yellow-Checker-Star. “The drivers do not get any portion of that money.”Gene Auffert, CEO of Yellow-Checker-Star, declined to comment.The audit panned the fee, saying it far exceeds the cost of cab companies accepting cards. State agencies pay 8.5 cents to Wells Fargo per credit card transaction, auditors said, and taxicab regulatory agencies in other cities allow fees between 3.8 per cent and 5 per cent of the total fare.The $3 fee accounts for about 17 per cent of the total average cab fare in Clark County and should be immediately reduced to 90 cents at most or halted altogether, auditors said.They also said a cab fuel surcharge that regulators approved last summer is based on a federal gas-price average that’s higher than Las Vegas rates. The fee structure, which the taxi industry supports, is designed so customers pay a full 12 cents more per mile once gas hits $3.25 a gallon, instead of kicking in gradually depending on how high gas prices rise, the audit said.Auditors were so critical of the Nevada Taxicab Authority that they recommended abolishing it and turning over its duties to another agency.Ron Grogan, chief of the authority, said the taxi board would have to discuss the recommendations before making changes. But he acknowledged that his agency had probably outlasted its usefulness and struggled amid complex regulations.Complaints against taxicabs aren’t uncommon nationwide, although they usually centre on individual driver behaviour, such as declining a passenger because of their race. A New York City driver was fined $25,000 in August for refusing to pick up a black family, and Los Angeles is considering tighter penalties on drivers after undercover black officers were routinely denied rides from the airport.Las Vegas-area cab drivers have previously been criticized for “long hauling,” or illegally taking passengers on a longer route to run up the bill. A 2013 state audit found that nearly a quarter of airport trips involved the practice, costing passengers an estimated $15 million in one year.That appears to be what happened to Ashleigh Rojanavongse, 23, a Gainesville, Virginia, resident who visits Las Vegas often and was recently there for work. Her taxi driver took a different route to the airport than she was used to, costing her $35 instead of the usual $15.Next time, she said in a phone interview, “I definitely will not be taking a cab.”___Rindels reported from Carson City. Associated Press writer Samantha Shotzbarger in Phoenix contributed to this report. Audit: Vegas cabs overcharging public by $47 million a year by Michelle Rindels And Sally Ho, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea’s missile at the Seoul Train Station, South Korea. Image: Lee Jin-man/PA By Garreth MacNamee Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3235727 Share31 Tweet Email 17 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:18 AM Image: Lee Jin-man/PA A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea’s missile at the Seoul Train Station, South Korea. Feb 12th 2017, 8:18 AM NORTH KOREA FIRED a ballistic missile on Sunday, drawing a strong response from US President Donald Trump who vowed “100%” support for key ally Japan at a press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The missile, the first test since Trump became president, was launched around 22.55 Irish time on Saturday, from Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan, and flew east towards the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said.It flew about 500 kilometres before falling into the sea, a ministry spokesman said, adding the exact type of missile had yet to be identified.“Today’s missile launch… is aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities”, the ministry said in a statement.“It is also believed that it was an armed provocation to test the response from the new US administration under President Trump,” it added.Trump responded with an assurance to the visiting Abe that Washington was committed to the security of its key Asian ally. A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Source: Lee Jin-man/PA“I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%,” Trump said, without elaborating.Abe denounced the launch as “absolutely intolerable” while top government spokesman Yoshihide Suge told reporters in Tokyo it was “clearly a provocation to Japan and the region”.North Korea is barred under UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology but six sets of UN sanctions since Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.‘Clear provocation’ Last year the country conducted numerous tests and launches in its quest to develop a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.A South Korean army official quoted by Yonhap news agency ruled out the possibility of a long-range missile test, describing the device as an upgraded version of the North’s short-range Rodong missile.Seoul-based academic Yang Moo-Jin said the latest test was “a celebratory launch” to mark the February 16 birthday of Kim Jong-Il, late ruler and father of current leader Kim Jong-Un.Pyongyang often celebrates key anniversaries involving current and former leaders with missile launches, Yang, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.South Korea’s acting president Hwang Gyo-Ahn vowed a “corresponding punishment” in response to the launch, which came on the heels of a visit to Seoul by new US Defense Secretary James Mattis earlier this month. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make statements at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Source: Susan Walsh/PAMattis had warned Pyongyang that any nuclear attack would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response.Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, spoke to his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-Jin on the phone and agreed to “seek all possible options” to curb future provocations by the North, Seoul’s presidential office said in a statement.In January leader Kim Jong-Un boasted that Pyongyang was in the “final stages” of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in an apparent attempt to pressure the incoming US president. Trump shot back on Twitter, saying “It won’t happen.”James Char, senior analyst at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, said the launch was Pyongyang’s “way of showing characteristic defiance against… Trump”.Test for TrumpWashington has repeatedly vowed that it will never accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed nation and the latest launch poses a test for Trump, who will need the help of Beijing, Pyongyang’s closest ally, to deal with the reclusive state.Relations between the two superpowers have thawed in recent days after Trump reaffirmed Washington’s “One China” policy in what he described as a “very warm” telephone conversation with President Xi Jinping.“The recent Trump-Xi phone call would be considered an important platform from which the two powers will move forward,” Char said.Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realising its full nuclear ambitions, especially as it has never successfully test-fired an ICBM.But all agree it has made enormous strides in that direction since Kim took over after the death of his father in December 2011.© – AFP, 2017Read: This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folk-artist called Maud >Read: Bertie Ahern says Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is putting peace in the North at risk > 19,491 Views North Korea fires ballistic missile drawing tough response from Trump The exact type of missile has yet to be identified. 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CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A bridal store that unexpectedly shut down its locations in July announced, Thursday, that they will no longer fulfill pending dress orders.According to a statement from the Chapter Seven Trustee, Alfred Angelo, which filed for bankruptcy on July 14, will not fulfill orders that have not yet been delivered to customers.“Thus, to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled,” part of the statement read.Before Thursday’s announcement, the bridal chain was successfully obtaining customer records and delivering dresses and accessories for its customers, but, according to the trustee statement, there was a “logistical and financial strain.”Related: Brides-to-be left without dresses as bridal store unexpectedly shuts downFor those who did not get their dress and believe they are owed money, click here to file a claim on the company’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The acclaimed Whistler, BC, film festival started this week, featuring Canadian first-run Oscar-buzz films like Ms. Sloan and La La Land. Although the pictures feature Hollywood luminaries Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, those stars could be upstaged by the subjects of another film – one creating a lot of controversy in the mushing world.Listen NowFern Levitt’s documentary, Sled Dogs, has tripped the social media trigger among sled-dog kennel owners and animal rights activists.One Canadian kennel owner threatened the festival with a lawsuit if it shows the film, while Vancouver’s humane society urged the festival to show it.None of that bothers Whistler Film Festival program director Paul Gratton.“I find it pretty amazing that people are trying to stop a public screening of a film that hasn’t been seen,” Gratton laughed.Gratton said the controversy is sparked by the film’s trailer, which sensationalizes certain aspects of the film — some of the footage in the film and the trailer were shot in Alaska during the Iditarod.Gratton said he thinks people should give the movie a chance.“It’s not like I was getting death threats or anything crazy like that, but people were very upset over a movie that they hadn’t seen, because the world premiere is happening here,” Gratton said. “And, I understand that a two minute trailer that the producer supplied to us, is, by it’s very nature, designed to sell tickets. And I don’t think it represents the film. My personal feeling is that if it had been a mindless, hysterical, hatchet job against the industry, I wouldn’t have shown it.”The film is tentatively scheduled to air on Canadian national television next year. Gratton said, in Whistler, it is showing in a 200 seat theater for it’s premiere. He said he’ll be available to discuss the film with the audience after it airs Saturday night at 9:30 BC time.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowOil and gas companies scoop up North Slope leases on state and federal landsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageState and federal oil and gas lease sales held Wednesday in Anchorage saw an unexpected surge of interest in the North Slope.Environmentalists ready for ANWR fight, with vets in their campLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska’s congressional delegation sees a chance to finally open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The environmental lobby is ready for the fight. And they’ve got some new, patriotic allies on their side: military veterans.State to audit the Alaska Gasline Development CorporationRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe state corporation charged with taking over the massive Alaska LNG project is going to have its finances scrutinized. The legislators who called for the investigation say they want to know what the corporation has done with the $600 million given to it by the state over the last several years.Restaurant chains to pay $835K in unpaid overtime, damagesAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTwo Alaska restaurant chains have to pay employees about $835,000 in overtime pay and damages to 159 employees. The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development investigated Taco King and Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants after receiving several complaints by employees since 2007 and a number of anonymous calls.Successes and shortcomings in Anchorage’s homelessness strategy Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs the year comes to a close, Anchorage officials are taking stock of the city’s problems with homelessness. Several aggressive measures to connect people with housing and social services are succeeding, but the coordinated effort is showcasing just how much work is left to do. A Wednesday meeting of the city’s committee on homelessness put on display where the city’s programs are succeeding, and where critical gaps remain.ACLU sues Kenai Peninsula Borough over religious invocation policyShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) is following through with its threat to sue the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy.University of Alaska Southeast to house all UA education collegesQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauThe University of Alaska is bringing its three colleges of education under one roof at the University of Alaska Southeast.Guitar maker opts for more sustainable Sitka spruceElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA little piece of Alaska has helped create some of the music industry’s biggest hits. Sitka spruce is a prized “tonewood” used to make guitars and violins. But one guitar company is pushing back and asking the feds and music insiders to reconsider clear cut logging in the Tongass National Forest.
A labourer pulls an underground cable at a construction site of a commercial complex in Mumbai in this January 20, 2011, file photo. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiAgainst the backdrop of a week of optimism from the government on the positive effects of demonetisation last year, the results of the exercise have not done wonders for India’s gross domestic product (GDP).Data released on Thursday said that GDP grew just 5.7 percent in the latest quarter, its slowest pace since the January-March quarter 2014, and lower than the Central Statistical Organisation’s estimates of 6.1 percent.The slowdown was led by the manufacturing sector, which expanded at 1.2 percent from a year earlier compared with a 10.7 percent growth last year. The financial, insurance, real estate and professional services sectors also slowed to 6.4 percent in the June quarter from 9.4 percent a year ago.In contrast, the Indian economy had expanded 7.9 percent expansion in the same quarter last year.Thursday’s data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that India’s “real” or inflation-adjusted GDP grew at its slowest pace in 13 quarters and is still a long way off from returning to an 8 percent growth path, last seen in 2015-16.Importantly, the CSO estimates showed that gross value added (GVA) grew 5.6 percent in April-June lower than the last year’s 7.6 percent growth during the same quarter. Crops account for around 60 per cent of the agriculture sector in GVA, while the balance comes from forestry and fishing, among other things.GVA — which is GDP minus taxes, subsidies, cost of inputs and raw materials – is beginning to be recognised as a more realistic proxy to measure changes in the aggregate value of goods and services produced in the economy. It is a measure of total output and income in the economy.The slowdown in the economy has delivered a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is facing criticism for disrupting business activity through his shock cash squeeze last year under the rationale of eliminating black money from the economy, said a Reuters report on Thursday.Nevertheless, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in a PTI report earlier in the day, reiterated that the note ban move would benefit the economy in the medium and long term even if it hits GDP in two or three quarters. Employees assemble switchgears inside a Schneider Electric Infrastructure Ltd. plant on the outskirts of Vadodara in this file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveCash and demand crunch hit outputThe government’s move to denotify Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency denominations on the night of November 8, 2016 had wiped out nearly 86 percent of the currency in circulation overnight. It’s primary consequence was the creation of a cash crunch and curbing of consumer demand in a country where people are predominantly dependent on cash to carry out their daily transactions.Sandwiched between the government’s demonetisation programme and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), most experts had expected the GDP print to be at around six per cent.The government said that the slowdown could be a one-off affair, given the largescale inventory clearance before GST’s rollout, financial website Moneycontrol reported on Thursday.GDP figures had clocked a 6.1 per cent growth rate in the January-March period — its lowest pace of growth in the past nine quarters, mainly due to demonetisation.”The numbers seem to suggest that the slowdown from last the quarter has intensified due to the combination of long-term slowdown and temporary shock factors like demonetisation and GST,” said Abheek Barua, chief economist with HDFC, told Reuters.Barua said that HDFC would have to revise its GDP outlook numbers for the full year.Fiscal deficit at 92.4% of full-year target The economy has witnessed fiscal deficit of Rs 5.05 trillion (Rs 5.05 lakh crore) for the April-July period, or 92.4 percent of the budgeted target for the current fiscal year that ends in March 2018.The deficit was 73.7 percent of the full-year target during the same period a year ago, government data showed on Thursday, Reuters said in a report.Net tax receipts in the first four months of 2017-18 were Rs 2.58 trillion (Rs 2.58 lakh crore), government data showed on Thursday.India aims to trim the fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2017-18 compared with 3.5 percent in the previous year.
The Associated PressAmerican Greetings has apologized for a Father’s Day card that drew criticism on social media for depicting a Black couple over the words “Baby Daddy.”The inside of the card reads: “You’re a wonderful husband and father — and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day.”(Screengrab)American Greetings says the front page communicated “an unintentional meaning that is out-of-touch and offensive.” Communications director Patrice Molnar says the company is adding steps to its product review process “to ensure cards like this are not created.”Retailer Target saw the discussion on social media and asked American Greetings to remove the card from 900 stores where it was available. Spokesman Joshua Thomas says it was never the company’s intent to offend.Thank you for raising this concern and bringing it to our attention. This card was intended to be a playful husband card, but we have notified the product team that it missed the mark. Please accept our sincerest apologies and know we will do better in the future.— American Greetings (@amgreetings) June 13, 2018The phrase “Baby Daddy” is “not sweet or nice,” wrote Dallas-based Facebook user Takeisha Saunders, reported USA Today. “It’s a term used to describe a deadbeat or absent parent. Yeah it’s sweet on the inside, but whomever created this card doesn’t know what it means.”Not everyone was as offended, however.Facebook user Antwan Lester, responding to Saunders’ post, said the issue was “not that deep.”“I’m a black man who finds NOTHING wrong with this card,” he wrote. “ But to sit here and compare this card with the real s**t we had to overcome though? If you’re not, I’m embarrassed for you and the woman who posted this.”
Transparent speakers usually just show off internal components or an LED-illuminated chamber full of bubbles. Not the Turtle Beach HyperSound Glass, though.These are transparent speakers that you can actually see right through. There’s no cone. There’s no voice coil. No magnet, no dust cap, no terminals. The HyperSound Glass is just a black stand and a rectangular frame that surrounds a completely translucent panel.So if a HyperSound Glass speaker doesn’t contain the parts a traditional speaker does, how does it produce any sound? Turtle Beach says that its glass panels are “layered with a set of transparent films allowing it to generate a beam of ultrasound,” and that’s where these speakers get even cooler.Apart from being see-through, the sound produced by HyperSound Glass speakers is directional. The “stream” of ultrasound they send out is highly focused, and it gradually becomes audible sound as it reaches its intended target. Listeners just a few feet away won’t hear a thing.Turtle Beach’s existing HyperSound speakers are marketed as a way for hard-of-hearing folks to enjoy TV viewing with friends and family without having to strap on a set of headphones or reach for an as-seen-on-TV gadget like the Miracle Ear.They’re keen to license the tech behind HyperSound Clear, though, so there’s a good chance that you could see their slick directional sound magic built-in to products like monitors and televisions. Turtle Beach thinks it could work in vehicle dashboards, too, to project alerts only at the driver. Or maybe right into the second row to tell your mother-in-law to stop it with the back-seat driving already.
Open to the new shades with TAT Newsroom BloggerOpen to the new shades with TAT Newsroom BloggerThe Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) new communication concept of ‘Open to the New Shades’ is the focus of the eagerly awaited third edition of the TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 competition, for which blogs and photos can be submitted beginning 1 January 2018.Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said: “Bloggers can share their experiences in Thailand with a real sense of passion and thus inspire their audiences to visit the kingdom. This is a trend we very much support, in the way it can show the world’s travellers there is so much to see and do in ‘Amazing Thailand’ either for the first time or from a new perspective.”Bloggers entering the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition can find plenty of inspiration in the ‘Open to the New Shades’ concept, in preparing their submissions.This could be in the area of Gastronomy, for example, in which Thailand serves up an endless array of experiences from delicious street food to fine-dining restaurants to cooking classes to intriguing food tours.Arts and Crafts is another element of the new communication campaign, with local wisdom, fascinating festivals and world-class artisans to be found throughout Thailand.In terms of Nature and Beaches, Thailand offers outstanding natural sites and stunning landscapes from the North to the South and West to East. The beaches of the South are renowned as being among the most beautiful in Asia.Culture is another fascinating area in which bloggers are presented with endless opportunities to discover new perspectives of Thailand, whether in the area of religion, sports or the arts for example, or to build on memorable experiences enjoyed on earlier visits.Way of Life is another element of the ‘Open to the New Shades’ campaign and one that abounds with unique Thai local experiences. Bloggers can build their competition entries around the warmth and hospitality of a farm tour or homestay they might take in Thailand, or their mind-boggling exploration of a bustling street market. The opportunities are many and widespread throughout the country.Bloggers can submit their entries to the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition between 1 January and 15 February, 2018. The voting period is from 1 January to 15 March, 2018, with the winners’ announcement to be made in the last week of March.As in previous years, the winners will be treated to a return airfare and an all-expenses-paid trip in Thailand. This time around, the trip routing will be highlighting the ‘Colours of the East’, combining the capital Bangkok with the cultural charms and natural wonders of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, and take place in May 2018.More information on the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition, including rules and requirements for submitting entries, can be found at http://blog.tatnews.org/See more at TAT NewsroomSource = Tourism Authority of Thailand
FILE – In this June 21, 2013, file photo, Jonas Kaufmann, right, in the role of Manrico and Elena Manistina as Azucena sing during a dress rehearsal for the opera “Il Trovatore” by Giuseppe Verdi in the Bavarian State Opera House in Munich, southern Germany. The world’s most sought-after tenor is back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jonas Kaufmann, the world’s most sought-after tenor, hopes his cancellations are in the past.Back in the United States after a four-year absence caused mostly by illness but partly by a desire to spend more time with his children, the 48-year-old German with the clarion voice and heartthrob looks is giving recitals in California and New York this week and returns in April for performances in Boston and New York.“I’m very happy and thankful that I have so enthusiastic fans that they would love to see me every day perform,” he explained during an interview this week.He missed the Teatro Comunale of Bologna’s 2011 tour of Japan because of surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest, and a burst blood vessel on his vocal chords sidelined him from September 2016 until the following January.Kaufmann withdrew from two performances of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera in 2014-15 and an entire run of a new staging of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” there the following season because of illness.Then he missed this season’s new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” saying he needed to skip the rehearsal period and early performances to spend time at his home outside Munich with his 19-year-old daughter and younger teenage sons. The Met decided to replace him for the whole run, though he is scheduled to return next season for Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West).”He now limits travel to three consecutive weeks.“Even though my kids are getting bigger and bigger all the time, they still need me,” he said. “There are lots of things, school and private life, that they need to discuss or want to discuss with their father. So, you see, that’s the thing. And I could have said I need a sabbatical or whatever, that’s not the case. I just need to reschedule my daily life so that it somehow works for everyone, including the opera.”With a burnished tone in the most demanding repertoire, Kaufmann received raves for his debuts in the title roles of Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Met in 2013 and in Verdi’s “Otello” at London’s Royal Opera last summer.This season, colds caused him to cancel appearances in Bucharest, Romania; Moscow; and Rome.“If I would come back too early, I would probably ultimately ruin my instrument,” he said. “I think it’s best also for my fans if I protect my instrument in a way that I know exactly when to stop singing and to wait until it’s good enough and safe enough to start again.”After studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, he spent 1994-96 at the State Theatre in Saarbruecken, and debuts followed at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala (1999), The Royal Opera and Paris Opera (2004), and the Met and Vienna State Opera (2006).He will be at Carnegie Hall on Saturday to repeat the Schubert program he sang in Santa Monica and will make his first public try at Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in an uncut second act concert version at Boston and New York in April. His first staged performance is not for 3 1/2 years.Up ahead are more stagings of “Otello” and the French version of Verdi’s “Don Carlos.” He will sing an unusual tenor version of Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” in London this May — usually performed by a soprano — and plans to learn Wagner’s Tannhaeuser” and Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt (The Dead City).”The work comes even as he tries to maintain a private life. He separated from his wife, mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig, four years ago and is partnered with opera director Christiane Lutz.“There was a generation of singers that dedicated their lives, at least it seemed that would be the case, to the art and they couldn’t do anything but — they would never go to do sports, they would never go outside if the temperatures are too low,” he said. “They would forget what life is about, and if you don’t know that, you have nothing to tell on stage.” Opera star Jonas Kaufmann returns to the spotlight by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 12:10 pm PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 2:41 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
‘The Favourite’ named best UK film at British Academy Awards LONDON — Tragicomic royal drama “The Favourite” took best British film and a clutch of other trophies Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, the U.K. equivalent of the Oscars but where the audience is studded with British royals as well as the A-list stars who are royalty in Hollywood.Yorgos Lanthimos’ period drama had a total of 12 nominations going into the night. Star Olivia Colman has already won a Golden Globe for her performance as Queen Anne in “The Favourite” and was favoured to take the best-actress prize in London.The 18th-century queen’s distant relative, Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge — wearing a white, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress — joined Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other film stars for the black-tie ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.“Absolutely Fabulous” star Joanna Lumley was the gently risque host.“The Favourite” lived up to its title, snapping up the outstanding British film award and prizes for its opulent production design, its larger-than-life hair and makeup and the supporting actress performance of Rachel Weisz.Weisz, who plays the queen’s confidante and rival Sarah Churchill, said she “had the greatest luck in that I played opposite two of the most glorious women” — Colman and Emma Stone.Production design winners Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton dedicated their award to “every woman and working mother who keeps it together and makes it happen.” ”The Favourite” also took the trophy for best original screenplay.“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power,” said Deborah Davis, who won the award alongside co-writer Tony McNamara.Other winners included Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” for best adapted screenplay, the Bradley Cooper-directed “A Star is Born” for music and Alfonso Cuaron’s lush black-and-white “Roma” for cinematography.Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor as a concert pianist touring the 1960s Deep South in “Green Book.”The awards, known as BAFTAs , will be scoured for clues to who might triumph at Hollywood’s Academy Awards on Feb. 24, in what’s shaping up as an unpredictable awards season.Colman is up against Glenn Close, who took Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for “The Wife.” The other best-actress nominees are Lady Gaga for “A Star is Born,” Viola Davis for “Widows” and Melissa McCarthy for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”“I feel like I’m in a fever dream,” said McCarthy of recognition for the offbeat film, based on the story of a real literary forger.Her “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” co-star Richard E. Grant has secured both BAFTA and Oscar nominations for his performance as an affable rogue.“I’ve been working for 40 years, I’ve never won anything,” said Grant, who called this awards season “the ride of my lifetime.”Best-actor contenders are Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and Steve Coogan for “Stan and Ollie.”Best-picture nominees are “The Favourite,” Roma,” ”A Star is Born” and two very different movies about racism in America: “Green Book” and “BlacKkKlansman.”British academy voters have all but ignored superhero blockbuster “Black Panther,” which is up for best picture at the Oscars and took top prize at the SAG awards last month. It had a single BAFTA nomination, for visual effects, although one of its stars, Letitia Wright, was named Rising Star, the only category decided through a public vote.The red carpet glamour unfolded against a backdrop of soul-searching and scandal about abuses in the entertainment industry.Last week, the British academy suspended director Bryan Singer’s nomination as part of the team behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” after four men accused him of sexually assaulting them when they were minors.BAFTA said the alleged abuse was “completely unacceptable” and incompatible with its values. Singer, who was fired while “Bohemian Rhapsody” was in mid-production in 2017, denies the allegations. The film itself is still nominated.At last year’s BAFTAs ceremony, many women wore black as a symbol of opposition to harassment, abuse and inequality in the wake of allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.A British wing of the “Times’s Up” campaign founded last year is vowing to keep the campaign going and to double the number of women in film, on and off screen.The number of female nominees is up this year, but there has been criticism of the academy’s failure to nominate any female filmmakers in the best-director category. Only one woman has ever won the directing prize, Kathryn Bigelow for “The Hurt Locker” in 2010.BAFTA chairwoman Pippa Harris said only 10 per cent of films entered for this year’s awards were directed by women.“It needs to be 50 per cent,” said Harris, who called the gender imbalance an industry-wide problem.“There has been a traditional problem with getting females to be noticed in terms of their TV work and then get picked up to make feature films,” she said. “Men seem to find that transition much easier.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessJill Lawless, The Associated Press by Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2019 1:04 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Actress Timothee Chalamet poses for photographers upon arrival at the Finch Chanel Pre BAFTAs Dinner in London, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Almost 2,000 runners took part in the 19th Logicom Cyprus Marathon in Paphos on Sunday.A spokesman for the organisers said there had been a 60 pr cent increase in entries this year, according to CNA. Around half of all participants for the four events – the Logicom Cyprus marathon, the half marathon, the 10km road race and the 5km fun run -came from abroad, he said, including the UK, Russia and Poland.This year’s marathon had extra significance as Paphos was the cultural capital of Europe, the spokesman said. Also it has been officially recognised for the first time this year as it has been certified by an AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) official, who accurately measured the course.This year’s marathon is again dedicated to the memory of legendary Paphos born marathon runner Stelios Kyriakides, winner of the 50th Marathon of Boston in 1946, and the overall winners will be presented with gilded olive wreaths by his son, Dimitris.The marathon spokesman said the event was also important in contributing to the development of winter sports tourism in Paphos.The marathon is being followed by a programme of entertainment with the Paphos municipality philharmonic and the radio station Rock FM.Logicom is also marking 30 years in the IT industry this year.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoSenior Living | Search AdsThe Cost of Senior Living in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouSenior Living | Search AdsUndoClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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