More Than Me Charity Gala To Help Girls In Liberia

first_imgMTV host Layla Kayleigh will host the More Than Me Charity Gala in LA on Saturday, September 15.More Than Me was launched in 2009 by Oprah’s Angel Network alumni Katie Meyler, and helps young girls get off the streets and into schools in one of the most dangerous slums in the world in Liberia, West Africa. To date, it’s served over 200 girls and now has the official support of the Liberian government.Referred to as “The most passionate person we’ve ever met!” by Bono’s ONE Foundation, a “Social Media Role-Model” at a United Nations conference on technology, Katie was recently honored with “Outstanding Woman of the Year” by the NJ Commission (where she was born into a crack house – see below) and also just received recognition from the Boy Scouts of America luncheon as this year’s Extraordinary Women.Katie’s earliest memory is waking up next in her family’s one bedroom apartment next to her uncle who had died that night from a drug overdose. Her early life was filled with adversity and solitude, but Katie was driven to create a better future for herself and become a voice for children who are silenced by poverty, hunger and slavery. It was an unexpected trip to Liberia with the United Nations that solidified her next step – founding an organization with a simple call – creating a life that is about “More Than Me”.Find out more here.last_img read more

Grammy Nominees Album To Benefit MusiCares

first_imgCapitol Records and The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Recordings will release the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album on Jan. 22, 2013 and provide lucky music and GRAMMY fans two chances to attend the 55th or the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.The album features 22 critically acclaimed smash hits from a myriad of chart-topping artists from various genres. Artists include The Black Keys, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, Taylor Swift, Gotye, Katy Perry, Florence + The Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Pink, Jack White, Maroon 5, Muse, Carly Rae Jepsen, Coldplay, Adele and more.The 19th edition of the best-selling collection includes many of the most widely recognized GRAMMY categories representing nominees for Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Best Rock Album. The album is made possible by a special arrangement with all of the major music distribution companies and rotates labels from year to year. A portion of the proceeds from the album benefit the MusiCares Foundation and the Grammy Foundation — two charitable organizations established by The Recording Academy.In conjunction with the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album, Capitol Records and The Recording Academy will offer two opportunities to attend the annual GRAMMY Awards. First, when pre-ordering the 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum by Jan. 21, music fans can enter to win a trip to the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 10, 2013. Additionally, providing another chance to win tickets to Music’s Biggest Night, each 2013 GRAMMY Nominees album purchased in stores will include a special game piece featuring a unique entry code for the GRAMMYTicket Game. To participate, the code must be entered at www.grammy.com/2013grammyalbum for the opportunity to win a trip for two to the 56th Annual GRAMMYAwards in 2014. The second-place winner will receive other official GRAMMY Awards merchandise.The 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 10 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Jussie Smollett To Perform At Point Honors New York

first_imgThe Point Foundation has announced that singer and actor and star of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, will be the featured performer at the April 9, 2018 Point Honors Gala at The Plaza in New York City.The evening will honor journalist Ronan Farrow, with the Point Courage Award, presented to him by fellow journalist, Thomas Roberts. Comedian Tig Notaro, is also slated to be honored. The event benefits Point Foundation scholarships for LGBTQ students.Jussie Smollett is best known for his groundbreaking role as Jamal Lyon in the mega-hit television series “Empire,” but is now emerging beyond what many call one of the most powerful characters on television. From co-starring as Sergeant Ricks in Ridley Scott’s No. 1 box office hit, “Alien: Covenant,” to the release of his new album “Sum of My Music,” Smollett is breaking new ground. His work has been recognized with multiple NAACP Image Awards and the prestigious NAACP Chairman’s Award.Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 98 current scholarship recipients and 270 alumni will be present at the event to share their inspiring stories about how they have overcome challenges to get their higher education degrees.Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training.For more information and tickets, please visit: www.pointfoundation.org/HonorsNY18last_img read more

Denmark Suspects Murders of Scandinavian Tourists Are Linked to ISIS

Rabat – Although ISIS has not claimed credit for the murder of two tourists from Norway and Denmark in Morocco, Danish officials said that the motive for the murders may have been terrorism, inspired by ISIS.The bodies of 24-year-old Louisa Vesterager Jespersen from Denmark and 28-year-old Maren Ueland from Norway were recovered on Monday, December 17, in an isolated, mountainous area.On Thursday, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said in a press conference, “Much now indicates that the killings could be politically motivated and thus a terrorist act.” ‘We must never give in’Rasmussen added, “There are still dark forces out there who will try to fight our values with violence, threaten our society, and the way we live our lives.”Expressing frustration, the prime minister said, “It makes me angry but also more firm that we never must give in or give way.”Rasmussen also commented on a video that has gone  viral on social media showing Moroccan men slicing the throat of a foreign woman.Read Also: 2019 Travel Risk Map: Morocco As Safe As European Countries, US, CanadaThe video records two voices. One of the men in the video was crying: “This is a revenge for our brothers in Hajin,” referring to a small town in eastern Syria that was ISIS’ last holdout.“There is a video going around on social media, but its authenticity is still not verified,” Rasmussen said.Locals have said that the video is not related to the murder, but the public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeal said that Moroccan security services are still checking its authenticity.ISIS has been shifting its strategy from explosive bombings to stabbing and vehicle-ramming attacks. The strategy is defined as “ISIS’ lone-wolf.” ISIS started using the strategy as its territory in Iraq and Syria shrank.In recent years, ISIS has been carrying several attacks, using knives and vehicles to run over people deliberately.A statement from a public prosecutor at Rabat’s Court of Appeals confirmed that the first suspect, arrested Tuesday, belongs to a “radicalized” group.Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) announced the arrest of three more suspects on Thursday morning.Danish journalist Stine Delfs told Morocco World News that Danish security services are now investigating the murder as an act of terror.She added that police informed the victims’ relatives of the new development.Norwegian Ambassador to Morocco Merethe Nergaard arrived in Marrakech yesterday to follow the case closely. In an interview with VG, the ambassador described the crime as “dramatic.” “It is a very tragic case,” she said.An experienced Norwegian policeman working in Norway’s embassy in Rabat traveled to Marrakech to investigate the case. The diplomat, however, denied that there are Norwegian investigators contributing to the investigation.“This is an investigation carried out by the Moroccan authorities,” she said.She added that the mission of the Norwegian embassy is to provide consular assistance to the relatives of the victims.Read Also: ‘Morocco a Safe Country,’ Diplomatic Source Says Amid Investigations into Tourists’ MurdersMorocco World News attempted to reach both embassies for further details, but their hotlines were unreachable.The murders came as a shock because Morocco is considered a safe travel destination for local and international tourists, according to the recent 2019 Travel Risk Map. read more

Metro supermarket buying majority stake in Quebec bakery Premiere Moisson

MONTREAL – Supermarket chain Metro is buying a majority stake in leading Quebec bakery Premiere Moisson to fuel the family run company’s expansion while adding to its own product offering in a competitive market.The Colpron-Fiset family, which founded the bakery in 1992, will retain 25 per cent of the company and continue to manage its 23 stores and three production plants. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.“For Metro, it’s a strategic partnership because it will help us to differentiate our banners with fresh and quality products,” Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said Tuesday at a news conference at Premiere Moisson’s Atwater Market bakery.Montreal-based Metro (TSX:MRU) said the partnership is set to close in a few weeks and will expand a relationship that has grown over more than 20 years. About 20 per cent of Premiere Moisson’s $100 million of annual sales are to Metro, including as a baker for some of its private label bread.Metro plans to help finance the expansion of Premiere Moisson’s premium artisan brands throughout Quebec and eventually across Ontario. In addition to crusty baguettes and other bread, Premiere Moisson sells premium cakes and pastries, gluten-free products, deli items and various ready-to-eat dishes.The partners hope to more than double the number of retail stores by adding bakeries in other parts of the province before focusing on Ontario, where it has one store.It’s a partnership model that Metro used in 2011 to acquire a majority stake in ethnic grocer Adonis, which has begun to add locations in Toronto.Canada’s third-largest supermarket chain is in tough competition with Loblaw (TSX:L), Sobey’s (TSX:EMP.A) and Costco, while its discount banners fend off U.S. banners Wal-Mart and Target.Premiere Moisson president Liliane Colpron said the partnership with Quebec’s leading food chain allows the company to make the leap from a family business to one that can reach more customers.“We needed a strategic partner to accelerate growth,” she told reporters, accompanied by her three children who will continue to run the business.Colpron insisted that Premiere Moisson won’t alter its artisan approach using quality local wheat and ingredients.“We aren’t changing a winning formula.”La Fleche said that’s part of what attracted Metro to the bakery, adding there will be no change to Premiere Moisson’s “winning recipe.”In addition to adding retail stores, the partners will consider other options, including setting up Premiere Moisson kiosks in Metro stores.The bakery has 22 locations in Greater Montreal and one in Ottawa, and sells its bread in grocery stores in both provinces. Existing agreements selling bread to grocery rivals will continue to be respected.Premiere Moisson also owns a 50 per cent stake in Les Moulins de Soulanges, a local producer of natural, premium-quality bread flours and other specialty flours adapted to the needs of artisan-style bakeries.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the partnership makes sense but is relatively small for Metro.“The real upside in this kind of transaction is less in the direct contribution of acquired stores and more in the value-added it can provide to the existing store offering/customer base,” she wrote in a report.Metro operates a network of almost 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores. It has annual sales of more than $11 billion and employs more than 65,000 people.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Metro’s shares were up 37 cents at $66.75 Tuesday afternoon.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 17, 2014 12:53 pm MDT Metro supermarket buying majority stake in Quebec bakery Premiere Moisson read more

Michael Heseltine I didnt think Margaret Thatcher was leadership material

He was Margaret Thatcher’s self-styled “assassin” who would eventually become the architect of her downfall. And 40 years after her election as prime minister, Michael Heseltine remains scathing in his assessment of the Iron Lady’s career and social background, describing how he found it “incredible” she was elected to lead the Conservative party in 1975 as “this was not a leader”. The outspoken Tory grandee is among a number of political heavyweights who contribute to a new five-part BBC series marking 40 years since Lady Thatcher was elected as Britain’s first female prime minister. Charting her rise to prominence and decision to challenge Edward Heath for the Tory leadership, members of her… read more

VELUX EHF Champs Lg Gorenje and Metalurg advance to L16 Pick Szeged

In the five games played today we saw two more teams qualify for the L16 phase. Metalurg had more trouble than expected at home against Chambery, however with the support of the crowd which was loud as always, managed to break Chambery’s resistance in the end and win with 26:21. Gorenje Velenje had another rather easy game against St Petersburg and with their physical superiority easily coped with the Russians and won by 7 goals, 32-25 victory in Chekhov.In Group D, Barcelona scored another routine victory, and easily beat Kadetten with 36:25, while perhaps in the most interesting game  Pick Szeged beat RK Zagreb at home with 26:24 and therefore took the 4th position at the moment after 7 games, and is on the pole-position for the 4th team to qualify ahead of the final 3 matches in the group.Celje were hoping to prepare another miracle as against THW, but Veszprem proved too strong and had the support of around 2000 Hungarian fans in Celje, and strengthened their lead on the table ahead of the THW-Atletico clash. Veszprem are now with 14 points, while THW and Atletico have 8 and 6 respectively. ← Previous Story Wisla Plock wins again over Sungul Snezhinsk, advances to group phase Next Story → ASOBAL (Round 12): Anaitasuna with a surprise win away at Cuenca! BarcelonaCeljeChamberydumoulinkadettenmetalurgPick SzegedSzegedveszpremzagreb read more

Drivers told to slow down in estates after fouryearold knocked down

first_imgCALLS HAVE BEEN made for drivers to slow down in built up areas after a four-year-old girl was hospitalised after being knocked down.The girl is in a stable condition in St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny after being hit in an incident involving a car and a truck in the John Sweeney Park estate in Carlow this morning.LARSO, the Local Authority Road Safety Officers group, asked the public to take heed of their surroundings when driving.Their Road Safety Officer Declan Keogh says people should be extra vigilant while driving in housing estates.“We are appealing to everyone to be mindful of the fact that many young children and vulnerable people are out and about in housing estates, play areas and crossing roads, and we would urge everyone to be alert and watch out for these people, particularly in built up areas”.Gardaí in Carlow town are investigating the incident.Read: Young girl and three women killed in Westmeath road crashRead: Woman critical after crash which killed 8-year-old girllast_img read more

The night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a

first_imgThe night Peter Robinson and a gang of masked loyalists invaded a Co Monaghan village The incursion terrorised a village – and later criminal charges threatened to derail the future first minister’s career. Paisley and Robinson at Dundalk Courthouse in August 1986. Source: Eamonn FarrellThe incident was condemned by both the British and Irish governments. The official Northern Ireland Office report noted that Robinson appeared to have lingered behind deliberately. He had been held in custody for 32 hours, the report added, during which time “he refused all sustenance provided by the gardaí, preferring the wholesome Ulster food brought to him by his wife”.Robinson was later charged with four offences, the report said, “including assaulting gardaí and causing willful damage”. Bail was set at IR£10,000 in court the following day – double the amount expected by his lawyers.“The court sitting was timed to take place after the banks had shut and the judge then raised the bail,” Ian Paisley contended in a complaint later made to the British foreign office.“Dr Paisley claimed that this was a deliberate attempt to prevent Mr Robinson’s release from custody,” an official report on Paisley’s complaint said.He also pointed out that £10,000 sterling had been handed over and alleged that the Irish authorities had failed to keep their promise to repay the difference between the Sterling and Punt values. EVENTS OF THE past few weeks have done little to change the widely-held impression that politics in Northern Ireland seems to do little else but lurch from crisis to crisis – with the two sides retreating to their entrenched, tribal positions whenever disputes flare up.But a look-back at a bizarre event that kicked off months of controversy some thirty years ago underscores just how far politics in the North has come in the last few decades.The ‘Clontibret Affair’, as it came to be known, came to an end thirty years ago this month with a final appearance before the Special Criminal Court by Peter Robinson.The DUP politician accepted a charge of ‘unlawful assembly’ for his part in an incursion by some 150 loyalists into the Co Monaghan village the previous summer, along with a hefty fine.Robinson’s decision to take part in the invasion, during which gardaí were attacked and missiles thrown at buildings, almost derailed his political career.And although his boss and political mentor, Ian Paisley, gave full-throated support to his then-deputy throughout the controversy, the events of Clontibret became a bone of contention between the two men in later years – with Robinson challenging Paisley’s recollection of events just months before the latter’s death.What happened? The 1985 Anglo-Irish agreement, which for the first time gave Dublin an advisory role in the North, had been met with fury by the unionists (Paisley gave his famous “never, never, never…” speech to rally protesting the deal, attending by hundreds of thousands of people). Paisley addresses a rally at Belfast City Hall. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesAfter almost a year of unrest, more protests and demonstrations had been called for the evening of 6-7 August 1986: one, it turned out, wasn’t scheduled to begin until the early hours of the morning, just a few miles from the border – on the southern side. An official’s note to the British ambassador, released years later, described how 150 loyalists, “some wearing paramilitary uniforms and carrying cudgels,” invaded Clontibret in the dead of night.Garda Frank Gallagher, recalling the events in court later, said he was woken by noise at around 1.35am, looked out his window and saw several cars, accompanied by people walking on both sides of the road.“They were lined up in fours out in the middle of the road there,” another garda, Jim Curran, told a reporter the next day.Someone was in command and they gave a command of ‘quick march’. They marched down the village and came back up again and stopped up at the cross here – and that’s when the patrol car and the army arrived.It later transpired that the RUC had tipped off gardaí about the expected events of the night – and armed Garda reinforcements arrived from Monaghan town within half an hour.Journalist Ed Moloney recounted what happened next in his biography of Ian Paisley: three Special Branch officers, armed with revolvers and Uzi submachine guns, arrived in an unmarked car – to find a line of men blocking the village’s main street.They reversed, before approaching again slowly – joined this time by two officers from a uniformed police patrol who drove their marked car ahead of the gardaí dispatched from Monaghan.As they approached the line of loyalists, Garda Leo O’Hara got out of his car – but almost instantly, the crowd moved forward and started shouting. The garda was struck in the back, and later recounted:The crowd then grabbed me and pulled me on the road. I struck out with my fists but was overwhelmed by the numbers of the crowd. I was thrown to the ground, kicked and beaten repeatedly with an iron bar. I heard shouts of ‘get the bastard, kill him’ and I screamed and screamed.A series of warning shots discharged by the Garda Special Branch officers dispersed the crowd – who fled to their cars and back across the border. Source: RTÉ News/screengrabAs gardaí gave chase, one invader was apprehended at random. As the dust settled, it later became clear that the man, detained under the Offences Against the State Act, was Peter Robinson MP – already a well-known figure in Northern politics, and the deputy leader of the DUP.The extent of the damage emerged as the village awoke the next day. Slogans had been painted on several buildings, including the garda station. Stones and small trees, which had been uprooted from a garden next-door, were also thrown at the station. Windows and lights had been broken on the main street – and locals gave multiple accounts of masked men marching through the town, carrying bars and other basic weapons.“It was terrifying – we were all shaking in bed,” one woman told RTÉ the next day.Court drama The loyalists insisted that the incursion had proved the lack of security along the border – and speaking to the media from his police cell in Monaghan the following day, Robinson was unrepentant.“I confess that I could have run away if I had sought to run away,” the MP for Belfast East told Downtown Radio.“But I was there to observe security and I saw no reason, as I had done nothing wrong, as to why I should run away.I can tell you this – that as far as security along the border is concerned we have the worst area of South Armagh with a gaping hole in it without any sign of security forces on either side of the border.If hundreds of men could walk around in what was supposed to be bandit country, Robinson asked, “how much easier must it be for the IRA going in ones and twos?”. 52,099 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 55 Comments Jan 21st 2017, 10:00 PM By Daragh Brophycenter_img Ian Paisley speaks to the BBC in a documentary aired in January 2014. Political historian at Stranmillis University College in Belfast Dr Eamon Phoenix said that official files from the 1980s released in recent years contained speculation about tensions between Paisley and Robinson.“He had been the loyal lieutenant since the 1970s but now was beginning to chafe at the bit somewhat at this stage, certainly,” Phoenix said.Paisley was out of the country at the time and certainly did not authorise Clontibret, there’s no question about that – and the files would give the impression that he was actually quite cold or perhaps privately critical of Robinson’s histrionics.There were indications the two men’s relationship had become “tetchy” by the 1980s as Robinson became increasingly frustrated that power was eluding him, Phoenix said.It was also clear that Paisley regarded Clontibret as an attempt to gazump his leadership and to really propel Robinson to the forefront during one of his regular absences.Explainer: What is the ‘cash for ash’ scandal?Related: Nearly half of Irish people think it’s time for a United Ireland > Short URL Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 10:00 PM Peter and Iris Robinson arrive in Dundalk with Ian Paisley and supporters. Source: Eamonn FarrellAfter a later court appearance, in Dundalk, Robinson’s supporters were chased out of town. News footage from the time shows stones and petrol bombs being thrown as the loyalists were pursued back their cars.Paisley complained to foreign office officials that he and Robinson had been afforded “totally inadequate protection” and had “narrowly escaped with their lives”.“The DUP leader claimed that £100,000 worth of damage had been done to cars belonging to Mr Robinson’s lawyer and supporters because of the Garda’s failure to protect them,” the foreign office report, released in 2014, said.Robinson, speaking to the same officials, “expressed grave concern about his safety should he appear in court again, as required, on October 2nd”.Threat to career The saga eventually came to an end in January of the following year – but only after another dramatic turn of events.At that October court appearance, Robinson learned that he would be served with seven further charges – including that of assaulting a garda in the course of duty.If found guilty, the MP could face up to two years in prison. While such a penalty, in and of itself, clearly presented a significant concern – as a result of laws brought in during the republican hunger strikes, it also it also meant that Robinson could be barred from standing from future elections in Westminster.A deal that would save his career was eventually agreed: in return for the more serious charges being dropped, Robinson pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of unlawful assembly.After a night a Limerick Prison, he appeared before the Special Criminal Court for sentencing on 17 January 1987, and was set free after being fined IR£17,500. Paisley and Robinson canvass in 1996. Source: JOHN McAVINEY/RollingNews.ieLeadership challengeThere was speculation at the time that Robinson had planned to use his arrest as a springboard to take over the leadership of the DUP – intending to burnish his reputation among hardliners by spending jail time in the Republic.Speaking in 2014, in what turned out to be his final interview, Paisley said that the cross-border incursion “”shouldn’t have been done”.Asked whether there was a feeling in his family that Robinson was making a challenge for the party leadership he said: “Everybody has a right to decide for themselves what their answer to that is.”Paisley added:I think he (Robinson) thought that there was going to be a tremendous uprising as a result of all that, and that didn’t happen.In a stinging public criticism of his mentor, Robinson responded by contending that Paisley, then aged 87, had had “a failure of recollection” about the incident.Paisley “was the one who had agreed to go to Clontibret,” the then-first minister insisted.He had to leave to go to a funeral in the US and I stepped in as his deputy into the Clontibret arrangement. 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Apple offre 3500 iPad 2 pour son anniversaire

first_imgApple offre 3.500 iPad 2 pour son anniversaireLa firme à la pomme souffle aujourd’hui ses 35 bougies. Pour l’occasion, les Apple Store de France ont prévu de faire gagner 3.500 iPad 2 ce soir.Apple va faire des heureux ce soir, à l’occasion de son 35e anniversaire. Les Apple Store français ont prévu de faire remporter exactement 3.500 iPad 2 ce soir, apprend-t-on dans un communiqué de presse. Nouveau coup de pub pour la firme à pomme, qui a déjà battu des records de ventes le week-end du lancement de sa deuxième tablette tactile ?À lire aussiiPad Air 2 : Keynote confirmée, tout ce que l’on sait sur la future tablette ApplePour avoir une chance de remporter l’un de ces iPad 2, il faudra appeler à partir de 18 heures l’un des Apple Store de l’Hexagone en expliquant que l'”on aime croquer la pomme” ! La firme de Cupertino n’a toutefois pas précisé dans quel délai les tablettes tactiles seraient remises, ni si elles seront envoyées par la poste aux plus rapides ou s’il faudra venir les chercher sur place.En France, l’iPad 2 est commercialisé depuis une semaine. Les chiffres officiels concernant les ventes au niveau mondial seront connus le 20 avril prochain, jour où Apple doit annoncer les résultats financiers pour son second trimestre fiscal. Dans la mesure où la production a été ralentie par les évènements dramatiques qui se déroulent en ce moment au Japon, ces chiffres risquent de ne pas être mirobolants malgré un démarrage puissant.En effet, plusieurs magasins américains ont témoigné de ruptures de stocks. Certains technophiles ont toutefois trouvé une parade pour se procurer la tablette vedette : eBay. CNET fait savoir aujourd’hui que 12.000 iPad 2 ont trouvé preneurs grâce à ce site en deux semaines, entre le lancement américain et l’international.Le 1 avril 2011 à 15:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 10 Wilmington Students Named To Deans List At Endicott College

first_imgBEVERLY, MA — Endicott College is pleased to announce the Dean’s List students from Wilmington for Fall 2018:Morgan BresnahanJennifer DovidioKimberly DownsHanna MalloyTierney McCueCourtney MurphyMichelle MurrayAlexa PapastathisHeather PozziJonathan PozziIn order to qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must obtain a minimum grade point average of 3.5, receive no grade below a “C,” have no withdrawal grades, and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the semester.For more information, visit http://www.endicott.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Endicott College.)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… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 9 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Endicott CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Bridgewater State UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 2 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Springfield CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

Snapchat Will Let Media Partners Aggregate Monetize User Posts

first_imgSnapchat is teaming with two dozen media partners to let them package together publicly shared user posts into curated segments — and make money from them.The initial Snap-approved partners for the Curated Our Stories program span the gamut from traditional news orgs like CNN and NBC News; digital brands like Group Nine’s NowThis and The Dodo, Refinery29, and Mic; existing partners like Viacom, iHeartMedia, Vice Media and Hearst (Cosmo and Harper’s Bazaar); emerging content companies like high-school sports media startup Overtime and The Infatuation; and viral-content aggregators like Jukin Media and LADbible.Those partners will be able to stitch together publicly submitted content from Snapchat users into Stories about events, places or themes, with editorial wrapped around them. Snap plans to run ads in the partner-curated Our Stories and split that revenue for the Stories they produce. The first Curated Our Stories will begin showing up in the next few weeks. Snapchat users create over 3 billion Snaps each day — but only a fraction of those are shared publicly. The new partner-curated Stories are an extension of Our Stories, which Snapchat launched in early 2015. That content, which is assembled by Snap’s in-house editorial team, has proven very popular: In the past month, over 75 million people have watched Our Stories on Snapchat’s Discover.The goal with the new Curated Our Stories partners is to expand the volume and variety of content available in Discover. Snap will provide tools to create the Stories, including the ability to source publicly submitted video and photo Snaps as well as add editorial elements like graphics and text.As with Our Stories, Snapchat users whose public posts are aggregated and monetized won’t receive a cut of the ad revenue directly (although some of Snap’s media partners plan to incorporate content from affiliated talent and influencers for their curated Our Stories).The new curated Our Stories initiative is being overseen by Rahul Chopra, head of Stories Everywhere at Snap. He’s the former CEO of News Corp’s Storyful social-analytics unit who joined Snap in December 2017.The impetus behind letting third parties like CNN, Viacom and Hearst tap into Snapchatters’ content came out of Snap’s Stories Everywhere launch earlier this year. That lets select Stories be shared on the web and make them searchable (although the web-based embeddable Stories don’t currently carry ads). The No. 1 request from media partners using Stories Everywhere was to have Snap open up public posts so they could curate their own user-generated packages.Here’s a full list of launch partners for Snapchat’s Curated Our Stories program: Brut, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, Daquan, The Dodo, Harper’s Bazaar, iHeartMedia, The Infatuation, Jukin Media, LADbible, Love Stories TV, Mic, NBC News and “Today” show, NBC Sports, New York Post, NowThis, Overtime, Refinery29, Telemundo, The Tab, Viacom, Vice Media, Wave.TV and Whalar. Snap is hoping partners create compelling curated collections. Popular Our Stories have included the surprise hit series Oddly Satisfying, as well as Tattoo Regrets, posts about the Hajj to Mecca, and user submissions about the NFL. ×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 Popular on Variety last_img read more

New hard Xray eclipsing polar identified

first_imgOM V-band (upper panel) and PN 0.3–12 keV (lower panel) background subtracted light curves of 2PBC J0658.0-1746 binned at 200 s, where for plotting purposes is also shown the result of a fit made with 7 sinusoids, the orbital period (8,565 s) and its first six harmonics (red curve). Image credit: Bernardini et al., 2019. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: New hard X-ray eclipsing polar identified (2019, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-hard-x-ray-eclipsing-polar.html Using ESA’s XMM-Newton and NASA’s Swift spacecraft, astronomers have found that a hard X-ray source known as 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 is an eclipsing magnetic cataclysmic variable of the polar type. The finding, presented in a paper published July 11 on arXiv.org, makes the object one of only a handful hard X-ray eclipsing polars known to date. Explore further New eclipsing cataclysmic variable discovered More information: 2PBC J0658.0-1746: a hard X-ray eclipsing polar in the orbital period gap, arXiv:1907.05318. arxiv.org/pdf/1907.05318.pdf Cataclysmic variables (CVs) are binary star systems consisting of a white dwarf and a normal star companion. They irregularly increase in brightness by a large factor, then drop back down to a quiescent state. Polars are a subclass of cataclysmic variables distinguished from other CVs by the presence of a very strong magnetic field in their white dwarfs.Although over 140 polars have been detected to date, only 33 of them have been identified as eclipsing systems. Out of this number, so far, 12 such objects have been classified as hard X-ray eclipsing polars, which makes it a rare class. Therefore, any new addition to the still relatively short list of such objects is very important for building a larger database of these systems. This could offer astronomers more opportunities to study magnetic accretion in binaries, for instance.Now, a team of researchers led by Federico Bernardini of Rome Observatory in Italy reports about the newest addition to this list. By analyzing the data from XMM-Newton and Swift, they found that 2PBCJ0658.0-1746 (J0658), an unidentified source discovered by the Swift/BAT survey, appears to be a hard X-ray eclipsing polar.”The XMM-Newton observation, carried out a few months later in 2018, is here reported together with archival Swift/XRT and Swift/BAT light curves and spectra,” the researchers wrote in the paper.According to the paper, the X-ray emission shows bright and faint phases and total eclipses recurring every 2.38 hours. Moreover, the X-ray emission was found to be modulated at the orbital period and the intensity of the modulation turned out to be variable from cycle to cycle. Such behavior is indicative of a non-stationary mass accretion rate. The astronomers also found that the X-ray luminosity is highly variable on long timescales and the XMM-Newton spacecraft caught it at the lowest state ever observed. When it comes to the X-ray spectrum, observations have shown that it is thermal and consistent with a multi-temperature structure, as observed in many magnetic systems.In general, the results confirmed that J0658 is the 13th hard X-ray eclipsing polar detected. The researchers added that its orbital period of around 2.38 hours makes it a rare find, as only one pulsar of this type with similar orbital period (between two and three hours) has been identified to date.The study also reported fundamental parameters of the J0658 system. According to the research, the polar is located some 681 light years away and consists of a white dwarf with a mass of at least 0.6 solar masses and a companion of spectral type M4 about four times smaller than the sun, with a mass between 0.2 and 0.25 solar masses. The effective temperature of the white dwarf is estimated to be between 12,000 and 22,000 K, while for the companion this value was calculated to be at least about 3,000 K. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

This Is Why You Should Be Excited for the Internet of Bikes

first_img Register Now » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 15, 2014center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Bikes generally haven’t changed that much since they first rolled, apart from getting lighter and sleeker and being outfitted with mini motors. For about 120 years, the humble, spoked two-wheeler has helped people get where they’re going.But it’s never been smart enough to tell people where to go. Not until now.Enter the Vanhawks Valour, a GPS-enabled Bluetooth smart bike that delivers turn-by-turn directions to riders using LED indicator lights embedded in its handlebars.Related: A Fashionable, Inflatable Bike Helmet Collar? Yes, You Read That RightIts Canadian creators are calling the sleek, matte black and ruby red pedal pusher the “world’s first connected bike for the urban commuter.” And, though we’re typically extremely skeptical of often inflated “first-ever” claims, we don’t think these guys are exaggerating.  California engineering undergrad Kenny Gibbs came close last year when he invented a set of standalone GPS-enabled Helios handlebars for bikes. The Yuba City, Calif.-based designer’s aluminium bars help users geolocate their bikes when lost or stolen, indicate estimated speed and light up on either side to tell riders which way to go when they roll up to their next turn.Cool as Gibbs’ handlebars may be, they’re hardware you have to add to your bike. Not a bike itself. That’s where he lost his edge.Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday LifeThe Toronto-based Vanhawks crew went whole hog and put all of the “connected” functionality that the Helios bars have into a badass, heck of a good-looking bike. And they took “the internet of bikes” theme quite a bit further than Gibbs did, though he still has one thing on them — his Helios bars have blinking directional lights, a safety feature we’re surprised the Valour doesn’t seem to have.   Designed to make urban bike commuting safer, the Valour does, however, warn riders of dangers lurking in their blind spots. The bike’s mesh network, ultrasonic haptic feedback sensors detect nearby vehicles. When riders veer too close to traffic, the sensors trigger the handlebars to vibrate, another industry “first” the bike’s designers claim they boast the bragging rights to.The multi sensor-loaded Valour also works like a Fitbit with wheels, tallying stats like riders’ calories burned, speed, distance traveled, best times and more. Ride data is delivered via Valour’s companion smartphone app, which is slated to be available for iOS and Android devices and Pebble smart watches upon product launch.  Related: College Startup Re-Imagines Bike SharingThe durable, ultra-light carbon fiber bodied bike went live on Kickstarter 16 days ago and has already more than quadrupled its $91,962 funding goal. With 16 more days to go, additional pledges are icing. The extra cash will fund the addition of a few fun, tricked-out features, including additional rim and frame colors, along with disc brake and carbon belt drive options.  A pledge of $900 (plus shipping) would have gotten you a limited edition, production number engraved single-speed fixie Valour. Too bad they’re all sold out. Luckily, you can still put your money on a variety of other Valour rides, for fixie lovers and gear heads. About 225 were still up for grabs as of 3 p.m. ET.See the Vanhawks Valour in action in its official Kickstarter video below: Related: Uh, Did Your Refrigerator Just Send Me an Internet Virus?last_img read more

Stop cyber bullying In 5 clicks

first_img3. UnfollowThe simplest way to deal with an abusive cyber bully is to unfollow them and rid your newsfeed of their negative energy.4. BlockIf reporting abuse and unfollowing someone doesn’t seem to deter them, the next step would be to block them completely and prevent them from having any contact with you.5. Remove ProfileThis is the most extreme precaution anyone can take when it comes to cyberbullying. Removing your profile ensures that there is no trace of you on the social media site and therefore preventing anyone from being able to make contact at all. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Cyber bullies have a great way of sucking the fun out of social media. Don’t allow them to become a regular fixture in your daily online life. Say goodbye to cyber bullies by clicking on five important buttons on your social media platforms.1. IgnoreAlthough cyber bullies are the hardest people to ignore online because they always scream at the top of their lungs trying to get a reaction, acknowledging them can exasperate the situation and get you into even bigger trouble.2. Report AbuseOn most social media platforms nowadays there are options to report any offensive or abusive users especially if they have broken the rules of engagement.last_img read more