Bengal MPs to heighten glam factor in LS

first_imgKolkata: Bengal is set to raise the glam quotient in the upcoming Lok Sabha with a number of celebrity candidates sailing through the bitterly fought elections in the eastern state. Making their debut in the lower house of Parliament are two young Bengali actresses and Trinamool Congress winners — Nusrat Jahan (Basirhat) and Mimi Chakraborty (Jadavpur) — both famed for their oomph factor. Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to nominate the two political greenhorns had created quite a sensation, and they even became the butt of distasteful trolls on the social media. When the TMC announced its decision, there was a flurry of memes, jokes and comments. There were reports that several netizens were disgruntled with the development and quoted someone saying that Mamata Banerjee should know that unlike the Indian Premier League, politics does not need cheerleaders. However, the counting of votes has proved otherwise and shown that Tollywood celebrities can not only make the audiences flock to the theatres, but can also get a sweeping victory on the political battlefield. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaBanerjee’s gamble paid off as both actors defeated their BJP rivals by handsome margins. Chakraborty triumphed by a margin of 2,95,239 votes over Anupam Hazra, while Jahan left her nearest rival Sayantan Basu behind by 3,50,369 votes. Bollywood singer-actor-turned-politician Union minister Babul Supriyo retained his Asansol seat, but his victory robbed Parliament of the presence of yesteryear actress Moon Moon Sen, who lost out in the race. Bengali superstar Deepak Adhikari (Dev) retained the Ghatal seat for Trinamool, humbling BJP nominee and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh. Deb’s winning margin was 1,07,973 votes. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersAll the hard work of BJP’s Locket Chatterjee, who had failed to turn the tables on her opponents during the 2016 Assembly elections, brought cheer to the party as she won the Hooghly seat defeating Trinamool’s sitting MP Ratna De Nag by 73,362 votes. Another yesteryear actress and the Trinamool’s Birbhum candidate, Shatabdi Roy, posted a hat-trick of Lok Sabha wins by getting the better of BJP’s Dudh Kumar Mondal by 88,924 votes. However, theatre personality and Trinamool’s Lok Sabha sitting member Arpita Ghosh fell by the wayside in Balurghat, from where her BJP opponent Sukanta Majumdar won with a 33,293-vote margin.last_img read more

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N Korea demands security guarantees for nuclear talks from United States

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Monday demanded the United States provide security guarantees as a precondition to resuming deadlocked nuclear talks, dampening hopes for progress at a working-level dialogue expected in the coming weeks. Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington have been gridlocked since a second summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February ended without a deal. The pair agreed to restart working-level dialogue during an impromptu meeting at the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas in June, and Pyongyang last week offered to hold those talks in late September, a move the US said was “encouraging”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut hours later, Pyongyang carried out the latest in a series of weapons tests. A senior official from the North’s foreign ministry said Monday that “discussion of denuclearization may be possible when threats and hurdles endangering our system security and obstructing our development are clearly removed beyond all doubt”. North Korea has always insisted that security guarantees would be necessary as part of any deal — but it has not generally demanded them as a precursor to negotiations. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe director-general of the department of US affairs, who was not named, said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency that working-level talks were expected to be held “in a few weeks”. It was up to Washington whether it would prove to be an opportunity or “an occasion to precipitate crisis”, he added. “A proposal that the U.S. put forward at the negotiations may improve the relations and, on the contrary, may add to the hostility towards each other.” Pyongyang has also threatened to pull out of talks with Washington and has blasted senior US officials in recent months. Despite the escalation in tensions, Trump has insisted his relationship with Kim remains unharmed, and the pair have exchanged personal letters in the absence of talks. The North Korean leader asked Trump to visit Pyongyang in a letter sent last month, South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported Monday, repeating an invitation issued at their last meeting in the DMZ. At their first summit in Singapore last year, Kim and Trump adopted a vaguely-worded statement on the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” but little progress has since been made on dismantling the North’s nuclear programme.last_img read more

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Alberta throne speech promises changes to expand economy end carbon tax

first_imgEDMONTON — The new Alberta government has set its first legislature sitting in motion with a promise to repeal the provincial carbon tax, roll back the corporate tax and cut red tape.Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell outlined the priorities of Premier Jason Kenney’s United Conservative government in the traditional speech from the throne.Kenney has promised what he calls a spring of renewal to repeal the provincial carbon tax brought in by the former NDP government and to pass new rules to help businesses and entrepreneurs flourish.The federal government has already indicated that Ottawa will impose its own levy on greenhouse gas emissions if Alberta punts the provincial tax.The sitting is also expected to see legislation introduced to keep royalty rates consistent on oil and gas wells and to improve access to regulated trades and professions.It is expected to last until the end of June, although the government has said it will sit into July if necessary to get the bills passed.A full budget is to be introduced in the fall. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Morocco to Celebrate Eid AlAdha September 1

Rabat – Morocco is expected to celebrate Eid Al-Adha on September 1, corresponding to the Islamic month Dul Hijja 10, 1438, according to the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowment. Eid Al-Adha is one of the holiest feasts in Islam, marking the end of hajj, a religious pilgrimage undertaken by millions of Muslims each year. Its exact date, based on the Islamic lunar calendar, is determined by a moon-sighting performed by government astronomers each year.The holiday honors the willingness of prophet Ibrahim to comply with God’s orders. God told Ibrahim to sacrifice his first son, Ismael, but at the last moment stopped him and asked Ibrahim to sacrifice a sheep instead. Muslims start their celebration with morning prayers at the mosque, listening to a special sermon on the importance of sacrifice.The Islamic calendar is based on the Moon’s movements. Many Muslim countries rely on eye-sighting of the crescent to determine the start of each month, while others base the calendar on astronomic charts. read more

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Simcoe BIA elects new board of directors

The campaign is over, the ballots have been counted, and the Simcoe BIA is ready to welcome a new board of directors.According to a memo circulated at Norfolk council Tuesday, seven candidates for eight positions were successful in last week’s balloting. They are, in order of most votes received:Cam Carter, the third-generation owner of Carter’s Men’s and Ladies’ Wear on Norfolk Street South. Jess Bommarito, winner of the Norfolk planning department’s “Win This Space” contest for free use of a downtown storefront at the corner of Peel Street and Norfolk Street South. Bommarito’s business is called Groundswell Co-working. David Lopes, a pharmacist at Roulstons on Norfolk Street South. Suzanne Earls, artist and owner of the Pieceful Arts store on Robinson Street. Brian Jones, downtown patron and a resident of the BIA zone for nearly 20 years. Joe Botscheller, a tax specialist with Tax2000 in Simcoe, Woodstock and Tillsonburg since 1993 and a partner in the Magic Piper children’s wear store on Norfolk Street North since 1986. Tiffany Niece, owner of the Sloth and Molasses gift shop/artisan outlet on Norfolk Street South. Niece and Botscheller tied in the vote count, which wasn’t released.Norfolk council went in-camera Tuesday to consider the report from county clerk Andy Grozelle. When it did so, it had to consider a tie for the eighth and final position on the board between former downtown merchant Les Anderson and convenience store clerk Dustin Wakeford.In his recommendation to council, Grozelle suggested letting the new board decide which of the two should fill the position. Instead, council decided that both made the cut and the BIA’s nine-member board was approved.Carter and Earls were brought together for a photo Wednesday.Carter said he intends to contact outgoing BIA chair Jim Carroll as soon as possible to convene a meeting and get the transition underway to the new leadership.The Simcoe BIA is an arms-length subcommittee of Norfolk council. Council took the extraordinary step of calling an election last month after some BIA stakeholders expressed dissatisfaction with the former appointment process.Some suggested the BIA – which is responsible for promoting and beautifying the core – had become inward looking and was no longer responsive to the wishes of the membership. There were concerns the BIA was losing credibility and might fold. Council called the election as a means of refreshing the BIA’s mandate.The Simcoe BIA is funded by a special levy on properties in the BIA zone. The BIA budget this year is in the range of $200,000. Property owners, employees, merchants and other stakeholders within the BIA boundaries took part in last week’s balloting.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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DR Congo UN hails appointment of senior adviser on sexual violence child

The appointment of Jeannine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi is a demonstration of President Joseph Kabila’s personal commitment to the fight against conflict-related sexual violence and recruitment and use of children in the DRC,” said Zainab Hawa Bangura and Leila Zerrougui, the Secretary-General’s Special Representatives on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Children and Armed Conflict, respectively. “It comes at a crucial moment when the Government of DRC is moving forward and asserting greater ownership in the fight to end conflict-related sexual violence and the recruitment and use of children in its armed forces,” they added in a joint statement. The envoys pledged their full support and collaboration with the new appointee and called on civil society, service providers, non-governmental organizations and UN partners to rally behind her to ensure that her work is successful.Last month, Ms. Bangura noted that the DRC – described by her predecessor as “the rape capital of the world” – has shown commitment at the highest level to end sexual violence, including by signing a joint communiqué with the UN. It is also developing new legal structures to end impunity for perpetrators. Meanwhile, the latest report of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict noted that the UN has documented 910 children (783 boys and 127 girls), who had been newly recruited and used by armed groups. Almost half of the children were reportedly used as combatants, but children were also used as porters, cooks, informants and in other support roles. Most of the girls were subjected to sexual slavery. read more

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Scotland Yard wrong for not reviewing shoot to kill tactic

first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON have admitted that “it was wrong” not to formally review the so-called ‘hard stop’ tactic used against known criminals and suspects.However, Scotland Yard defended its record on dealing with firearms incidents.In a statement ahead of tonight’s Panorama investigation, entitled Shoot to Kill, the Metropolitan Police Service said that officers “fire shots only once or twice a year”.“Pre-planned operations including armed surveillance are conducted against the most dangerous of armed criminals,” it continued. “They carry risk because it is impossible to predict the actions of the criminal.”The enforced stop (or hard stop) is just one tactic used to resolve an operation and arrest criminals, they said.We do many hundreds of these operations a year and it is extremely rare for shots to be fired. This is because of the professionalism, training and restraint of armed officers.“The alternative to using this tactic is to allow highly dangerous criminals who get into cars with guns intent on committing harm to carry out the crime, only investigating it afterwards, with potentially catastrophic consequences for their target.“Alternatively we could intervene early and disrupt the crime but this may fail to gain sufficient evidence to prosecute them. They will then go free to plan more criminality but now they will be forewarned.”Over the past 10 years, eight people have been killed in pre-planned operations. Two were as a result of an enforced tactic.In 2005, following the shooting of suspected drug dealer Azelle Rodney, the IPCC recommended to the London force that it should formally review the tactic. The watchdog called it a “high risk option”.This was not done, something Scotland Yard now admits was wrong.“However, following the result of the Azelle Rodney enquiry, an interim review has been completed by the College of Policing and the MPS will now work with the College and the national lead to see if there are any alternative or better tactics available in Europe or the rest of the world,” a spokesperson continued.“Firearms operations against the most dangerous and determined armed criminals are of course not straightforward.“We are proud of our success in reducing gun crime in London by taking weapons off the street and putting criminals in prison for long periods.Criticising those who have the responsibility for running such challenging operations is easy.“We welcome better ideas and are currently researching internationally to see if other forces have alternative tactics.”BBC’s Panorama reporters spoke with the unit responsible for killing Mark Duggan in 2011. His death sparked riots across a number of British cities and his family believe he was ‘executed’.One of the officers said he “killed someone because I thought my colleagues and I were about to die”.He added that he would make the same decisions if faced with the situation again.“All the training in the world will not prepare you for dealing with having to kill someone. It’s absolutely horrendous,” added the second officer.Related: Armed police in London to wear cameras to record their actionsVideo: Police shouted down after verdict in London riots caselast_img read more

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Une autogreffe dovaire congelé permet à une jeune fille davoir sa puberté

first_imgUne autogreffe d’ovaire congelé permet à une jeune fille d’avoir sa pubertéAtteinte d’une forme majeure de la drépanocytose, une patiente de 13 ans s’est vu greffée ses propres tissus ovariens qui avaient été congelés avant qu’elle ne soit traitée. L’opération a permis à la jeune fille d’avoir sa puberté. C’est en 2007 que cette opération unique au monde a eu lieu au Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Créteil. Réalisée par les Drs Pascal Piver (CHU de Limoges) et Fadi Abirached, ele avait alors un seul but : restaurer la fertilité de la patiente. En effet, cette jeune fille de 13 ans était atteinte d’une forme majeure de drépanocytose, une maladie génétique grave du sang qui entraîne des problèmes vasculaires importants pouvant menacer la vie. Pour traiter la patiente, les médecins ont alors envisagé une greffe de cellules souches sanguines de moelle avec donneur. Une opération qui permet des guérisons dans 95% des cas de drépanocytose, ont souligné les praticiens dans un communiqué. Toutefois, avant d’injecter ces cellules réparatrices, il faut au préalable administrer un traitement pour détruire les propres cellules souches sanguines de la patiente, porteuses de la maladie sanguine. Un traitement qui s’avère toxique pour les ovaires, empêchant dans la plupart des cas l’apparition d’une puberté spontanée et causant de l’infertilité à l’âge adulte. Avant que toute substance soit administrée, les médecins ont donc prélevé des tissus ovariens à la fillette avant de les congeler pour les préserver. Ils ont ensuite pu donner le traitement et pratiqué la greffe de moelle. Des années plus tard, l’autogreffe des tissus ovariens a alors été réalisée. L’intervention, sous anesthésie locale avec un patch d’anesthésiant, a consisté à placer sous la peau trois petits fragments de cortex ovarien. Au final, la greffe a alors parfaitement fonctionné et a permis d’induire une puberté chez la jeune fille sans qu’elle ait à prendre un traitement hormonal substitutif.Une technique déjà pratiquée chez l’adulte À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis une quinzaine d’années, les patientes devant subir des traitements très toxiques pour les ovaires se voient proposer de préserver leur fertilité en conservant par congélation du tissu ovarien. Ainsi, l’autogreffe de cortex ovarien (périphérie de l’ovaire), après congélation et décongélation, a actuellement permis la naissance d’une vingtaine d’enfants au monde, rapporte l’AFP. Mais les médecins n’avaient encore jamais procédé au prélèvement de tissus immatures pour cette technique. Pour le Pr Catherine Poirot de l’unité de biologie de la reproduction à l’hôptial de la Pitié-Salpêtrière (AP-HP), ce cas apporte donc la preuve qu’un tissu ovarien prélevé avant la puberté, alors qu’il est immature, est fonctionnel après autogreffe. “Nous avons toutes les raisons de penser que les prélèvements d’ovaire effectués pour les petites filles avant traitement gonadotoxique pourront leur restaurer, à l’âge adulte, une fertilité”, ajoute cette spécialiste qui a contribué à cette réussite décrite dans la revue médicale britannique The Lancet.Le 16 février 2012 à 11:39 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Breath of the Wild Special Edition Has the Best Nintendo Switch Case

first_imgSomething semi-amazing happened over this weekend. After my own Nintendo Switch arrived at my apartment, I set out to look for a case. I lucked out and found a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special Edition. Now I have a rad Sheikah Slate case for my Switch, and you can see how sick this special edition is. We both win!This is the Special Edition, not the Master Edition with the Master Sword statue. It’s a $30 retail price difference between the two (Special Edition is $100, Master Edition is $130), though both are obviously going for several hundred dollars on eBay and Amazon. I would have loved to show you all the Master Sword it comes with (and confirm for myself whether it’s crappy hollow plastic, solid resin, or a mixed-material piece), but that wasn’t in the cards. The Special Edition is still pretty darn good.The centerpiece of the Special Edition is the Sheikah Slate case for the Nintendo Switch. It’s based on the tablet device Link uses in Breath of the Wild, and it’s surprisingly detailed and well-made. It’s a brown, hard-shell plastic case covered in molded rubber accents to reflect the design of the Sheikah Slate. I was surprised that the design elements were molded and not simply painted on, and it really makes the case feel more detailed than it would otherwise be.The case measures 10.5 by 5.3 by 2 inches, not counting the faux leather strap running along one of the long sides. It’s pretty chunky, even for a Nintendo Switch case, but this is justified by the storage inside. The case unzips to open up lengthwise, showing two compartments separated by a hard flap. The compartment for the Switch itself has a small velcro strap you can secure over your Switch, so it doesn’t fall out when you unzip it, which is a great little touch. The other compartment features a mesh pocket for cables and other accessories, though it isn’t big enough to comfortably hold a Joy-Con Grip or Pro Controller. The flap between the two compartments has 12 elastic pockets for Switch game cards. It’s the best case I’ve seen for the Switch yet.The Breath of the Wild Special Edition also comes with a map of Hyrule, a Sheikah coin, a soundtrack CD, and the game itself. The map isn’t cloth, but it also isn’t a flimsy paper print-out, either. It’s a very heavy poster stock that feels more like a vinyl placemat than a sheet of paper, with art printed on both sides. One side of the map shows a smudged, ancient map of Hyrule with no useful details for the game besides general geography. The other side is the ancient mural of Link, Zelda, and the (spoiler) armies fighting Ganon through the ages, which you repeatedly see in the game when talking with other characters about the great war 100 years ago. I’m a sucker for cloth maps, but this heavy poster-style map is the next best thing.The Sheikah coin is a bronze-colored, 1.5-inch metal coin with the Sheikah eye on one side. I got coins very similar to this one at Breath of the Wild previews at E3 and in New York over the last year. Surprisingly, the coin included in the Breath of the Wild Special Edition is different. The promotional coins I got at events have the full The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild logo on the opposite side. The coin in the Special Edition has a large Z with the Master Sword through it. I like the Z version a bit better because it’s the best element from the game’s logo.The soundtrack CD is a soundtrack CD, and the game is in a standard box with no steelcase or alternate art. Nothing to really note with either of them.It’s a $100 edition of a $60 game, so the big question is whether it provides a solid $40 of value on top of the game itself. Between the excellent case, the map, the coin, and the soundtrack, I have to say yes. I love the case, and Switch cases already range between $20 and $30 each. The map is paper, but a very heavy paper and certainly worth framing. The coin’s made of metal feels heavy and is just a fun extra. Plus you get a soundtrack CD too.Of course, that all depends on finding a Special Edition at retail price, and that’s a bit of a feat. I was remarkably lucky to find one in the wild, but odds are if you want one you’ll be browsing through online listings at a significant markup. You might get lucky too, though! Good luck!Also, Breath of the Wild is a fantastic game. Go read my review and Jordan’s tips.last_img read more

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Romora Bay Resort Marina Best Season in Resorts Nearly 50Year History Caps

first_img Related Items:#RemoraBayResort&Marina Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19, 2017 – Harbour Island –  Romora Bay Resort & Marina, a Harbour Island landmark since 1968, reported the strongest season in its nearly 50-year history with all revenue streams – marina, rooms and restaurant – at peak occupancy and spend records in April. “We could not be more pleased with the reception we have been getting, particularly among the captains and owners of increasingly larger vessels at the marina. What gives us the greatest satisfaction is that we are operating at our very best with all-Bahamian management and staff sharing that special touch of Bahamian hospitality,” said Joe Dargavage, Operations Manager, the sole non-Bahamian. Dargavage, who has a 25-year history in The Bahamas and has served as president of the Association of Bahamas Marinas, credits much of the success of Romora Bay’s growing share of the popular Harbour Island visitor market to the desirability of The Bahamas.“These are turbulent times in many parts of the world and The Bahamas is seen as a secure and highly desirable place to be. A lot of the traffic, and particularly mega-yachts, which used to go elsewhere for part of the year are spending more time in the Caribbean and The Bahamas,” Dargavage said. He also credits what he calls the ‘Romora hospitality factor’ for attracting repeat visitors and marina guests. “There are larger marinas in The Bahamas and even in Harbour Island, but we get an extraordinary number of repeat visitors who tell us when they are here, they feel like family,” he said. “It’s friendly, the staff are friendly, the Sunsets Bar & Grille which is the only place in Harbour Island that has live music three nights a week, is friendly. And then there are the amenities that marina guests as well as those in our little resort on a lot of land get to use -– infinity edge pool, crew lounges, new gym, newly renovated and furnished guest suites. Fishermen bring in their fresh catch daily and if a boat comes back with a large catch and wants the chef to cook it up, we’ll prepare and share. Success is not built on the best bedspread or art on the wall. It’s in the art of hospitality.” Among the Bahamians serving in key roles are Assistant General Manager Marc Tonis, Front End Manager Altonette Ferguson, Guest Relations Manager Laurieann Albury and Marina Manager Lorria Whitfield.Even as Romora with its 14 guest suites and 40-slip marina enjoys its time in the sun, Dargavage said the trend toward more boats creating greater benefits for The Bahamas overall is significant. “The boating and yachting industry throughout The Bahamas has enjoyed a steady incline since 2013,” said Dargavage, who serves as vice president of the Association of Bahamas Marinas. “Every year, we see more and larger vessels coming from Europe that only a few years ago did not spend time in The Bahamas. We project that this trend will continue over the next five years. Key industry factors like fuel prices, a bright outlook for the U.S. and local financial sectors and most importantly safety and security, all help to drive yachts to our beautiful turquoise waters and we do not see anything that would alter those basic factors in any dramatic way in the next several years so the outlook is encouraging and bright for businesses related to the yachting industry in The Bahamas.” Romora Bay Resort & Marina has also enjoyed growth as a venue for photo shoots. Victoria’s Secret, Cover Girl, La Perla, Elle, Marie-Claire, Sony, J. Jill, Gilette,  LLBean, Photo Magazine and Ocean Drive are among the many companies or products who have shot print or video at the waterfront resort.  #RemoraBayResort&Marina Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Tough Period for FirstHalf Consumer Circulation

first_imgMeanwhile, chief competitor Time went in the opposite direction. It purged 72 percent of its verified subscription while increasing paid circulation by 3.3 percent. Single copy sales jumped 16 percent and total circulation was up almost 2 percent.The Week dropped 3 percent on the newsstand, but managed a 2 percent gain in overall circulation. Another verified subscription jumper was TV Guide magazine, going from about 8,000 to 63,000, a 695 percent jump. The celebrity category, long a newsstand stalwart and often carrying overall sales on its back, declined noticeably at retail. As mentioned, People dropped in single copy sales by 10.5 percent. US Weekly was down 17 percent. OK! fell 21.3 percent. In Touch was down 16 percent while Star dropped 16.7 percent. Total circulation for the category faired slightly better, except for In Touch–which had a terrible first half–and Star. In Touch fell 10 percent in paid subscriptions and 15.7 percent in total circ. Star lost 7 percent in total circulation, but paid subs were up 13 percent. On the business front, Bloomberg Businessweek lost a significant 34 percent on the newsstand, boosted verified by 19 percent and managed to remain flat on total circulation. The Economist dropped 12 percent at retail and edged up by 2.6 percent in overall circ. Forbes fell 8 percent for the period in single copies, but remained flat in total circ. Harvard Business Review faired much better at retail, jumping 30 percent and managing a 2 percent overall circ gain. ABC released its first-half 2011 FAS FAX report today and the numbers reflect a tough reporting period for publishers. The newsstand held back many attempts to gain circ, and overall circulation-paid, verified and analyzed non-paid-dipped into the negatives for about 45 percent of the U.S. magazines in the report. It wasn’t all doom and gloom, however. The women’s category managed to remain relatively even for the period when compared against the first half of 2010. But again, single copy sales were the fly in the ointment. Cosmopolitan (-2.6 percent), Elle (-9 percent), Glamour (-17.5 percent), O, the Oprah Magazine (-6.4) all dropped on the newsstand. Allure (.6 percent) and Vogue (12.7 percent) did better. All titles, however, remained relatively flat with low single digit or very slight drops in total circulation.And despite Cosmo‘s dip in single copy sales, it still topped the list on that front, even beating People, at almost 1.6 million copies sold for the period. Surprisingly, People dipped 10.5 percent in single copy sales in the first half. On the weekly news front, Newsweek goosed its verified subscriptions by 95 percent, jumping from almost 38,000 to about 74,000, while paid subscriptions dropped almost 8 percent. Single copy sales eked out a 2.8 percent gain, but total circ edged down 5 percent. last_img read more

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Chrome extension from Google wants to filter out toxic comments

first_imgThe Tune Chrome extension wants to let you control what comments you see on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, YouTube and Disqus. Google The comments sections of websites bring out the best and worst of the internet —  engaging insights are often found right next to enraging insults. Unless website moderators keep watchful eyes, comments sections can devolve into chaos flooded with toxic posts that drive away conversations. Moderating comment sections has become so difficult, websites like The Atlantic, Vice and NPR have decided to shut them down entirely.”If publishers and websites really want to get people engaging with their content, they need to figure out the comments section, and right now they’re still very toxic,” said Jennifer Grygiel, a social media professor at Syracuse University.Enter Tune, announced Tuesday by Alphabet’s Jigsaw. The new Chrome extension automatically hides comments that its Perspective AI considers toxic. The tool will only work for comments on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Disqus. Its like a volume control for internet comments, CJ Adams, a product manager at Jigsaw, said in a blog post. Jigsaw first rolled out Perspective in 2017, offering AI to comments sections of platforms like The New York Times and Wikipedia. Perspective learned to flag negative comments from thousands of people labeling millions of posts as spam, harassment or obscene content.”Most of us spend more time reading online comments than writing or moderating them,” Adams said in the post. “As we read, a single toxic post can make us give up on a discussion completely and miss out on reading valuable thoughts buried underneath the shouting.”Google implemented Perspective for YouTube, allowing channel owners to block out comments that the AI found was toxic. The tool was originally created to help moderators keep their comment sections under control, and now the Chrome extension allows anyone to control what they see online.”This abuse is an industry-wide issue and it should be all hands on deck across the industry,” Grygiel said.You can toggle how many comments you want to see — from complete silence in “Zen Mode” to essentially viewing everything online without a filter. You can also adjust it by site, in case you only want to block toxic comments on Facebook but want to see every post on Reddit, for example. You’re also able to filter it based on certain terms, if you’re specifically looking to block negative comments with threats, sexually explicit attacks and insults, Google said.The “Filter Mix” setting is still “very experimental,” and will have a significant amount of false positives.Perspective isn’t perfect, and Adams said that it could still miss toxic comments or accidentally block comments that are perfectly fine. When the AI was first launched, it mistakenly considered trash talk over sports to be online harassment.Jigsaw said Perspective is constantly learning, and it’s asking for Tune users to leave feedback on the extension to improve its algorithm. It won’t be automatically collecting users’ data, as Google wants to avoid people purposely tricking its AI. “When people manually leave feedback and false positives, we use that data to help train and improve the models,” a Google spokesperson said. Jigsaw’s hope is that Tune shows platforms a new way to handle trolls and harassment campaigns, without a need for comment moderations. While Tune may block out negative content for its users, it’s not blocking it from the internet — which means harassment will ensue, you just might not see it.But if a comment calls me an idiot, and no one was there to read it, was I really insulted? 2 Online Tagscenter_img Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

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Khandaani Shafakhana movie review Sonakshi Sinhas film is relevant but thats about

first_imgKhandaani Shafakhana movie reviewPR Handout Khandaani Shafakhana Ratingcenter_img Making a ‘hatke’ movie with a strong and important subject like sex education should always be appreciated. But the attempt goes to waste when it is made with a very limited dose of entertainment. The same happened with Sonakshi Sinha starrer Khandaani Shafakhana.STORYLINEBaby Bedi (Sonakshi Sinha), a medical representative by profession, lives a troublesome life due to financial crunches amidst the responsibility of running a family comprising of her mother (Nandita Babbar) and a younger brother (Varun Sharma).While Baby’s chachaji (Rajiv Gupta) eyes her father’s house in exchange for a loan they took from him, Baby tries hard to pay off the debt but fails. When all hopes seem to be shattered, fortune strikes Baby as her mamaji (Kulbhushan Kharbanda), a sexologist who used to run Khandaani Shafakhana (sex clinic), dies and in his will gives away his property and clinic to Baby.However, on one big condition – Baby has to serve at the clinic for six months and finish the course of medicine for all his patients. Khandaani Shafakhana stillYouTube ScreenshotBut in a conservative society, no one approves the idea of a girl serving at a fertility clinic. However, considering the financial difficulties in her family, Baby secretly starts working at the clinic, treating all the patients with the medicine kept in stock by her mamaji. But none of these good deeds help her as these patients are too poor to pay her fees.Nonetheless, things take a drastic twist when a big-time celebrity, Gabru Ghaatak (Badshah), knocks on her clinic’s door. He turns out to be mamaji’s patient as well. With such a big personality becoming her patient, Baby hopes to make some good money treating him. However, things turn messier and Baby faces a lot of struggle. Khandaani Shafakhana stillYouTube ScreenshotPERFORMANCESSonakshi plays the character of an emotional but modern woman quite well. Varun Sharma as a stupid but good-hearted brother is funny at times. Other supporting cast, including Annu Kapoor, Priyanshu Jora, Badshah, Kulbhushan, Rajiv and Nandita did a decent job. The film did not demand a powerful performance from any of the characters. Khandaani Shafakhana stillYouTube ScreenshotPOSITIVESKhandaani Shafakhana has a significant and interesting subject. Bollywood has not made many movies related to sex education. The film does not have too many songs to distract the plot. Khandaani Shafakhana stillYouTube ScreenshotNEGATIVESKhandaani Shafakhana hardly has any memorable comic moment. Despite being a comedy-drama, the film lacks humour that one expects from such a genre. Khandaani Shafakhana lacks the entertainment quotient. Khandaani Shafakhana stillYouTube ScreenshotVERDICTKhandaani Shafakhana can be a one-time watch for the relevant subject line, but that’s about it. If you want entertainment as well, you can give it a miss.last_img read more

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Wholesale cooperative society to give 7 Samabayika stores a makeover

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta Wholesale Consumers Cooperative Society (CWCCS) is planning to revive the seven Samabayika stores under its aegis in the city and make it at par with other departmental stores of leading private companies.The CWCCS has already given a facelift to two of its stores — one at Hazra and another at Rashbehari in South Kolkata, but the other five are in urgent need of a revival. “Our largest store located on Lindsay Street near New Market that is spread across an area of 9,360 square feet presents a sorry picture with a handful of customers visiting the place. We have submitted a detailed proposal to the state Cooperation minister Arup Roy which will entail an investment of Rs 2 crore for a complete facelift of this store. As soon as we get the funds work will start. It will take around six months to complete the work,” said Alok Das, chairman of CWCCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDas said only selling rice, pulses, spices and similar articles will not boost sales, we also need to have everything under one roof such as the likes of popular private departmental stores. It may be mentioned that all the Samabayika stores under CWCCS are located at prime locations. Apart from Rashbehari, Hazra and New Market, four other stores are at Chandni Chowk, Ekdalia near Ballygunge railway station, Uttarayan Market at Ultadanga and Hatibagan near Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedStar Theatre. CWCCS is a central society that was formed in 1963 with more than 90 percent share from the state government and the Centre. There are a number of sub-societies that individually run Samabayikas in the city. There was a time in the 70s when there were 229 stores in the city but currently it has come down to around 45. One such Sambayika store at Moni Sanyal Road in Chetla that has received a facelift was inaugurated by Kolkata Mayor Firhad Hakim on Friday. “If there is a proposal for reviving Samabayikas, I will surely try to provide assistance,” Hakim said. Most of the Samabayikas in the city had come up in the 1970s, but due to utter neglect during the Left Front regime, most of these departmental stores are in a bad shape,” Das added.last_img read more

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Second journalist killed in Philippines in a week

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies MANILA, Philippines (AP) – A Philippine newspaper editor who recently wrote about illegal gambling has been killed, the second journalist slain in the country in a week, police said Thursday.Vergel Bico was shot twice in the head Wednesday as he was driving his motorcycle in Calapan City in Mindoro Oriental province, said local police chief D’Artagnan Katalbas. The gunman fled on a motorcycle, which was driven by another man. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   Katalbas said a motive was not yet known, but that investigators were “not discounting” that the killing was related to Bico’s work as a journalist.“We are looking at suspected guns for hire here,” Katalbas said.Bico, 41, was an editor for the weekly Kalahi newspaper in Calapan, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Manila.Ronald Bula, publisher of the Bandera Pilipino weekly, where Bico worked as a columnist for two years until leaving last October, said Bico recently wrote about illegal gambling in another Mindoro town.Last week, radio commentator Fernando Solijon was fatally shot by a motorcycle-riding assailant in southern Iligan City.The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Solijon had criticized local politicians on his program and linked a village chief to illegal drugs.Nearly 160 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since the fall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, according to the union.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories last_img read more

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Hawaii Tourism Authority appoints new Chairperson

first_imgThe Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Board of Directors declared that L Richard ‘Rick’ Fried, Jr. has been chosen as the new Chairperson. While Craig Nakamura and Lorrie Stone would continue as Co-Vice Chairs.“This is an exciting time for the HTA as we begin a new chapter for the agency, and I am pleased that Rick will be our chairperson for the board of directors and Craig and Lorrie will continue as our vice chairs,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA President and CEO. “As a well-established member of the community, Rick will provide a different perspective for our organisation and help us to better gauge the community at-large as we continue to balance the needs of the state and the visitor industry.”Fried has served on the HTA Board of Directors since 2012 and this will be his first term as board chair. One of the founding members of well-established law firm Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks, Fried has been practicing law for over 40 years. Fried had also been the past President of the Hawaii Association for Justice (formerly the Consumer Lawyers of Hawaii) and has been named in ‘Best Lawyers in America’ for more than 25 years. He has also served with local organisations, including the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Theatre, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).Fried succeeds Aaron Sala who served as the Board Chair from 2014 and as a Board Member since 2011.last_img read more

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