PETA has declared 2017 the Year of the Vegan Wonder Women in its annual Sexiest Vegan Celebrity contest, handing the title to Jenna Dewan Tatum, Ruby Rose, and Maggie Q in its first-ever three-way, all-female tie.“Not all superheroes wear capes, and these three prove it by being a superhero to animals every day by choosing not to eat them,” says PETA President Ingrid Newkirk. “Jenna, Ruby, and Maggie are fierce, strong, and kind women, and PETA honors them for being beautiful inside and out.”World of Dance host Tatum, who previously starred in a sexy vegan fashion campaign for PETA, told the Los Angeles Times last year that she encourages everyone to go plant-based since it’s better for animals, our health, and the environment: “It’s a huge one-for-three action. There aren’t many things in life that let you affect the world so profoundly with just one decision.”“We can be the change,” says Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose, who is constantly tweeting about the benefits of vegan food and cruelty-free products to her more than 1.3 million followers.Designated Survivor star Maggie Q, who starred as a nude and bodypainted Mother Earth in a PETA ad, agrees that the best way to fight climate change is by going vegan. She says, “I know that when I’m eating … I’m not hurting the planet, I’m not hurting other people on this planet, I’m not hurting animals, … and I’m not hurting nature.”Other top contenders this year included two more wonder women who prove that vegan eating may be the key to eternal youth — Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer — as well as Kate McKinnon, Bridget Malcolm, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ellie Goulding, Joaquin Phoenix, Colin Kaepernick, Swizz Beatz, Ricky Gervais, Travis Barker, RZA, Peter Dinklage, and Waka Flocka Flame.Past winners of PETA’s annual contest include Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus, Jhené Aiko, Ellen Page, Jared Leto, Kristen Bell, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand, Carrie Underwood, Natalie Portman, Shania Twain, Leona Lewis, André 3000, Tobey Maguire, and Alicia Silverstone.
26 September 2011Direct talks without preconditions are the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Canada’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly today, saying his country cannot “stay silent while the Jewish State is attacked for defending its territory and its citizens.” Speaking at the Assembly’s annual general debate, John Baird backed last Friday’s call by the diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, the European Union, Russia and the United States – for the two sides in the Middle East to immediately resume a process of negotiations with the aim of reaching a lasting deal.“The only solution to this issue is one that is negotiated by the two parties themselves,” he said. “We continue to encourage both sides to accept these principles and return to direct talks based on a two-State solution without delay or preconditions.”On Friday, the Palestinian Authority’s President Mahmoud Abbas submitted an application for Palestine to become a United Nations Member State, and today the Security Council said it would formally discuss the issue on Wednesday.“But we will not go along with the unilateral actions of the Palestinian Authority,” Mr. Baird stressed, noting that Canada has supported participants in the Arab Spring pro-democracy movement that has swept North Africa and the Middle East this year.“We uphold Israel’s right to exist. We uphold its fundamental right, like any Member State, to defend innocent civilians against acts of terrorism. Just as fascism and communism were the great struggles of previous generations, terrorism is the great struggle of ours.“And far too often the Jewish State is on the front line of our struggle and its people the victims of terror. Canada will not accept or stay silent while the Jewish State is attacked for defending its territory and its citizens.”Mr. Baird said global citizens had a duty to defend the vulnerable, particularly minorities being denied their human rights or fundamental freedoms. He cited the treatment of Christian clergy in China, gay men and lesbians in Uganda and women, Christians, Bahá’í and others in Iran as examples.“It is our common duty to uphold the rights of the afflicted. To give voice to the voiceless.”
A demonstration was staged in Jaffna today seeking the release of all political prisoners arrested under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.The demonstration took place as some 14 Tamil prisoners at the Welikada Magazine prison staged a hunger strike for the ninth day today. Civil society members, politicians and relatives of the political prisoners participated in the demonstration.A Tamil detainee who was freed from prison this week also joined the demonstration. (Colombo Gazette)
A coroner’s jury looking into the police shooting death of Andreas Chinnery came back with 18 recommendations. Eight of which are directed at Hamilton Police.Brittany Gogo spoke to the Chinnery family about the inquest now that it’s finally over, as well as Hamilton Police.It’s been five years since Andreas Chinnery was shot and killed by Hamilton police and his family has spent those five years wondering what really happened.The two officers who responded to Chinnery’s Barton Street East apartment in February 2011 told the inquest they heard yelling, threats and swearing and loud banging coming from inside.They said the 19 year old came to the door with a baseball bat and when he didn’t drop it, two shots were fired.The five day inquest heard from 20 witnesses, testimony that was difficult for the family to hear, including his mental health struggles.The use of force lead the jury to make a number of recommendations directed at Hamilton Police, including more training for officers and dispatch on mental health.Some changes have already been made since Chinnery’s death.Those changes come too late for the Chinnery family but they’re hoping these recommendations prevent others from losing loved ones.And now that the pain of the inquest is over, that’s exactly how the Chinnery family is remembering him.One of the recommendations to Police was the use of lapel cameras as a way to gather more information about an interaction. Hamilton Police say they are studying their use and waiting for feedback from a pilot project in Toronto.Both of the officers in the Chinnery case were cleared by the provinces Special Investigations Unit.
Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative, Jan Pronk, said he had notified the Sudanese Government that a UN expert panel monitoring the arms embargo was mishandled over the weekend.UNMIS said the report indicated that on Sunday and Monday the armed group travelling on camels and horses and in vehicles killed 18 people, wounded 16 others, and attacked and burned the Dar es Salam, Jamali, Funfo, Tabeldyad, Um Djantara, Um Putrum villages in the Gereida area of Darfur.The African Union (AU) was notified of these reports and intended to investigate them, UNMIS said.Secretary General’s Special Representative in Sudan, Jan Pronk, reported that he sent a demarche, or diplomatic protest, to the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It pertained to an incident on Saturday in which two members of the UN arms embargo panel had been manhandled, forcibly restrained and suffered abrasions, despite the fact that they had clearly identified themselves and their capacity.Mr. Pronk said he met today with the State Minister of Foreign Affairs, who said the behaviour of Military Intelligence “had been wrong” and promised that the panel’s mission would not be hindered further.
Puzzolana is the largest supplier of crushers in India. In crushing and screening it has in-house solutions ranging from 50 to 2,000 t/h. Additionally, whether it is in-plant, cross country, troughed or tube, downhill or uphill, Recent international business has included Indonesia, Zambia and Gabon. Puzzolana’s first surface miner, the PMM 2205 seen here, has now been working for a contractor to CIL for more than a year. It offers a 2.3 m drum but a second has just been ordered with a 3.8 m drum. The original 672 kW unit can produce at up to 1,000 t/h.Puzzolana has wide conveying expertise to engineer and develop solutions. Stacking and reclaiming, and wheel loaders are other sectors in which this wide ranging supplier is involved. The Puzzolana’s newest sector is dredging. Designed and developed with in-house R&D efforts; Puzzolana is one of the first Indian companies to offer hydraulic cutter suction dredgers. The maximum dredging depth is 14 m at outputs up to 650 m3/h. India’s mining industry is a major feature of our April issue of the magazine.
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Element Six is showcasing a live wear test using a grinding machine at the Bauma exhibition in Munich, this week.The leader in supermaterials, and part of the De Beers Group, says this will demonstrate the difference in wear rate between polycrystalline diamond (PCD) and tungsten carbide, to showcase the extreme properties of synthetic diamond and the areas in which it can outperform tungsten carbide.“The test will highlight the potential of PCD as a material to enhance the performance of tools and machines in the construction and mining industries,” the company said.“The findings from the test will echo Bauma’s own key messages this year around efficiency and sustainability, by proving the ability to significantly improve the performance and safety of machinery.“Synthetic diamond tools can exceed standard tungsten carbide tool life by 40 times for applications such as road milling, reducing downtime, fuel consumption and machining time, while improving quality and surface finish,” Element Six said.Speaking at Bauma, Markus Bening, Global Sales Director, Road, Mining & Wear Parts at Element Six, said: “Based on our experience developing synthetic diamond tools for road milling and roof bolting applications, we see huge opportunities for original equipment manufacturers and toolmakers in construction and mining.“Feedback from end-users in Sweden, where synthetic diamond is today’s standard for road milling jobs, has consistently shown that the benefits can be game-changing in terms of increased machining speeds and productivity.”He added: “As companies look to embrace forward-thinking concepts like smart drilling and smart mining, longer-lasting tools are at the forefront of their minds. At our booth, we’ll be demonstrating how synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide tools can deliver incredible results in industries seeking the best performance.”The Element Six booth is located in Hall C3, Booth 536.
EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie casts its eye over events inside and outside Leinster House that have got people talking.As the saying goes: ‘You win some, you lose some.’So here are our political winners and losers from the past seven days:The 5 winners of the week are…1. Colm KeaveneyWhen you think about the personal benefit to the Galway East TD it’s easy to see why he comes out of this week a winner. Denied of speaking rights, he should now have some. Denied a party apparatus with which to gain more prominence, he now has one.Keaveney was, as he would probably admit himself, descending towards irrelevancy in independence, but he will now have a party machine behind the effort to retain his seat in just over two years time. A smart move.2. Patrick O’DonovanIt’s more often the case that politicians are caught rapid by journalists, but in this case it was the TD catching out the civil servant as the Fine Gael deputy asked the question which arguably did the most damage to John O’Connor’s chances of becoming chairman of Eirgrid.O’Donovan wanted to know if the former An Bord Pleanála chair would like to live next to an electricity pylon. The smart answer is “of course” or “it would be no problem”. Instead, O’Connor responded: “I wouldn’t like to live close to a pylon, but who would?”A dreadful, albeit, honest answer that could well have torpedoed his prospects.3. Brendan GriffinTDs have to be mindful that they could be turfed out of the Dáil at any time which is why carving out an alternative career isn’t always a bad idea. Judging by the reception so far, Brendan Griffin may well have a career in novel writing ahead of him as he launched his debut book Secrets of a Moonlit River this week.4. Aengus Ó SnodaighHe meant ‘amazeballs’ but the Sinn Féin TD has coined the word ‘amazey-balls’ to the delight of amusement of everyone on Twitter and the confusion of everyone else in the Dáil chamber. The look on deputies’ faces was one of the better moments of the debate on the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill this week.5. Ceann ComhairleNot content with trying to get TDs to be less rowdy in the chamber, Seán Barrett also wants to stop the annoying habit of TDs and Senators leaving their phones on as they speak, resulting in dreadful mobile phone interference, which makes audio unusable for broadcasters and anyone who is watching proceedings in the Dáil or Seanad turn off.… and the 5 losers of the week are…1. Gerry AdamsThe Sinn Féin leader’s response to the Smithwick Tribunal was poorly handled and he probably regrets using the words ‘laissez faire’ in relation to the two murdered RUC officers’ attitudes to their personal safety. But his attempt to clarify things in a further statement did not really atone for his initial remarks.Politically, this has been another very damaging week for Adams and Sinn Féin, with Padraig MacLochlainn’s staunch defence, and talk of IRA members’ “duty” to carry out the killings, hampering things further.2. Fianna FáilDoes the main opposition party know what it’s got itself in for by accepting Colm Keaveney into the fold? An ardent critic of Fianna Fáil when he sat on the Labour benches, Keaveney has a lot of work to do to improve moral in Galway East which has undoubtedly been hit by parachuting him into the organisation.3. The governmentThe Fiscal Advisory Council has delivered a slap down to government’s hopes of cutting taxes in the coming years, warning that there is little room for manoeuvre until after 2016. Other events this week have largely overshadowed this significant intervention by the government’s budgetary watchdog just days after the Tánaiste spoke about offering some relief for middle income earners.4. Dinny McGinley The resignation of the Irish Lanaguage Commissioner – “the worst blow to the Irish language” in many years, according to one expert – is bad news for the Gaeltacht Minister and the government’s overall agenda in relation to the Irish language.Seán Ó Cuirreáin’s criticism of Irish language schemes and supports undermines McGinley’s strategy and he’ll have some explaining to do when a Dáil debate is held on the issue in the coming weeks.5. The government’s PR peopleWe’re not sure whose idea it was to schedule as yet unknown events marking the bailout exit for Friday the 13th, but we’re pretty sure it’s not the best idea in the world. Let’s hope everything goes swimmingly.Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?WATCH: TDs try to figure out what ‘amazeballs’ means‘It’s very much a Kerry book’: Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin pens debut novelKeaveney: Mistakes were made but Micheál Martin has apologised for them
Greek Australian cosmetician Napoleon Perdis, is set to end the exclusive deal his brand Napoleon has with David Jones, and begin stocking his range in rival department store Myer. “We’re David Jones’ No 1 (cosmetic) colour brand and No 6 total business brand, so we have a phenomenal volume with David Jones, but department stores represent only about 7.5 per cent of my total volume for the business of $130 million,” Perdis told The Australian.“The Myer distribution may give more volume, but David Jones still has a phenomenal amount of growth — our floor sales were up 7 per cent for the season ended January 31.”Mr Perdis added that he wasn’t phased if David Jones downgraded the marketing on his products if he were to distribute them at Myer, stating “when you’re hot and the customer wants you, the department stores will always market you”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le Kindle Touch débarquera en France… bientôt ?Depuis son lancement le Kindle Touch, premier Kindle avec un écran tactile, n’était disponible que sur le sol américain. Aujourd’hui, les livraisons internationales sont enfin possibles… sauf vers certains pays, y compris la France. Cependant, ce ne devrait être qu’un contretemps et l’arrivée du Kindle Touch serait tout de même pour bientôt.La France n’est pas le seul pays exclu, l’Europe est en fait encore très peu desservie. Sont ainsi également exclus : l’Angleterre, l’Espagne, l’Italie ou l’Allemagne. Il s’agit en fait de tous les pays qui ont des Kindles Stores spécifiques. Ce qui suggère qu’Amazon pourrait y faire de vrais lancements, avec campagne de pub à l’appui.À lire aussiL’App-Shop d’Amazon enfin disponible en FranceLe Kindle Touche pourrait donc bientôt aussi débarquer en France. Mais si les Américains profitent d’un choix entre une version Wi-Fi et une version 3G+WiFi, à l’international il faudra se contenter du WiFi. Sans doute aurait-il été trop compliqué pour Amazon de former des partenariats avec les opérateurs téléphoniques de chaque pays, car Amazon tient à offrir une 3G gratuite à leurs clients.Par ailleurs, si toute la gamme Kindle était jusque récemment restée basée sur une ergonomie performante à base de boutons, le Kindle Fire (à écran normal) et le Kindle Touch (encre électronique, noir et blanc mais plus confortable) sont passés au tactile et cela ne leur réussit pas trop mal. Paradoxalement, le clavier tactile y est même meilleur que les claviers physiques de premiers Kindle, dont le mécanisme laissait trop à désirer. Le Kindle Touch n’a ainsi plus qu’un seul bouton, que l’on confond d’ailleurs sur les photos avec un haut-parleur !Outre-Atlantique, certains observateurs pensent que l’arrivée du Kindle Touch Wi-Fi pourrait être synchronisée avec le lancement du Kindle Fire, imminente. D’autres rapportent officieusement une sortie prévue pour avril 2012. Ne reste donc plus qu’à attendre afin d’en savoir plus. Le 8 février 2012 à 14:55 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Amazon is the latest player to join the global broadband internet race: The company aims to place more than 3,000 satellites in low Earth orbit with a new tech-meets-space project, according to recent federal filings.Dubbed Project Kuiper, the effort follows reports on Amazon planning a “big space project” that involves space-based systems and satellites, GeekWire reported. The project, which is expected to take many years to complete, will likely cost billions of dollars and face competition from other companies, including SpaceX, which sent prototypes for its Starlink initiative, a project that aims to provide low-cost broadband internet from low Earth orbit, to space last year.“Project Kuiper is a new initiative to launch a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world,” an Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in a statement.They added, “This is a long-term project that envisions serving tens of millions of people who lack basic access to broadband internet. We look forward to partnering on this initiative with companies that share this common vision.”The filings for the project included a fleet of 3,236 satellites, which aim to cover areas where roughly 95 percent of people live on the planet, Engadget noted. The satellites will be placed in low Earth orbit, including 1,156 satellites in 391-mile orbits, 1,296 satellites located 379 miles above Earth, and 784 satellites that will be at an altitude of 367 miles.According to UN Broadband Commission data, roughly four billion people worldwide are not connected to the internet, which might change over the next few years if companies, including Amazon, continue to innovate and develop space-friendly solutions to increase broadband internet access across the globe.Amazon has not provided additional comment on Project Kuiper developments.More on Geek.com:Drunk Shoppers Blow $48B Annually-Mostly on Amazon Amazon Lets Prime Members Choose Weekly Delivery Date Here’s Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April 2019 Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls
NEW YORK — Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll’s founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” died Saturday at his home in an unincorporated area west of St. Louis. He was 90.Emergency responders summoned to Berry’s residence by his caretaker about 12:40 p.m. found him unresponsive, police in Missouri’s St. Charles County said in a statement. Attempts to revive Berry failed, and he was pronounced shortly before 1:30 p.m., police said.A police spokeswoman, Val Joyner, told The Associated Press she had no additional details about the death of Berry, calling him “really a legend.”Berry’s core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group from garage band to arena act that called itself rock ‘n roll. While Elvis Presley gave rock its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the template for a new sound and way of life. Well before the rise of Bob Dylan, Berry wedded social commentary to the beat and rush of popular music.“He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the ’50s when people were singing, “Oh, baby, I love you so,’” John Lennon once observed.
Looks like it going to heat up agin. Find out how hot is suppose to get with our local weather coverage.Here are some of the stories that grabbed our readers’ attention this weekend.Fourth Plain on footI’ve never walked Fourth Plain until now.At 9:23 a.m. I toss my car keys in my backpack and head toward Fourth Plain Boulevard with Columbian photographer Alisha Jucevic. She has been on staff only a couple of months, so this is new to her too.Our destination is Thurston Way, which is 3½ miles east. Stops along the way will add to our mileage and, ideally, our understanding of this diverse area, now on the crux of change.Will its diverse and vulnerable residents and merchants see their lives improve? New apartments, burgeoning businesses, improved streets and sidewalks, colorful murals and revamped buildings are all beginning to change the look and feel of Fourth Plain, to make it more of a whole place.
reading • Google’s new Nest Hub Max smart display has a camera. Can you trust it? • See All Now playing: Watch this: The Google Nest Hub Max soups up the smart display A new frontier for privacy”We have to be better about our transparency, about how we actually deal with your data and your devices inside your home.” Rishi Chandra, the Google VP in charge of the new Google Nest brand, talked with me last week at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA about the Hub Max and the challenges of privacy in a home with a variety of cameras and sensors. “As we are defining our privacy principles, one thing we wanted to commit to was any time a camera is streaming information to Google, whether it’s through a Google Duo call or a Nest Cam feature, we want to be very transparent to the user that it’s happening.”The Hub Max indicates that the camera is recording with a green light and a message on the screen. The green light will always be on when it’s recording, even if you’re not home and checking on the stream from your phone. You won’t be able to use the Hub Max to secretly spy on anyone. Google I/O 2019 $199 See It HP Google I/O 2019 CNET Smart Home $157 4:47 See It Aug 26 • Android Q has a name: Android 10. Here’s how you’ll use it Here’s everything we’ve learned so far at Google I/O 2019. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Nest Amazon Privacy Facebook Google Dell Walmart Tags Now playing: Watch this: Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Google Nest Hub Max: A closer look at Google’s bigger smart display $199 Comments 12 Photos $199 Review • This security cam watches over things when you can’t Jul 10 • How to get Android 10 right now 5:11 Jul 24 • Nest Hub Max: Google’s 10-inch Assistant smart display costs $230, debuts Sept. 9 Trustworthy? Angela Lang/CNET Google debuted a device called the Nest Hub Max at its Google I/O developer conference on Tuesday. It’s the first product under the new Google Nest brand, which combines the formerly distinct Google smart home and Nest teams. The Hub Max features a 10-inch high-definition touchscreen, powerful speakers, always-listening microphones and an embedded camera that can recognize your face.Just a few months ago, Google launched a similar but smaller product called the Google Home Hub, which will be renamed the Google Nest Hub to showcase the new brand. The Nest Hub doesn’t have a camera, and Google touted the omission as a way to give privacy-focused customers peace of mind. The camera on the Hub Max is the smartest cam on any smart display. In addition to recognizing your face, you can use it as a security monitor and get alerts if it detects motion. It’s also smart enough to recognize gestures and track your motion if you’re moving around while on a video call. The Hub Max is impressive, but it’s also potentially worrisome to have a camera like that watching you in your home. Google undoubtedly understood the concerns people would have with the Hub Max. Here’s how the search giant intends to keep your privacy intact with the Hub Max.Also read: Tell Google Home ‘stop’ and you can go right back to sleepGoogle slashes prices on its Home Max, Nest Hub and Google Home Share your voice 7 Aug 12 • Google will ask you to migrate your Nest account soon: Here’s what you need to know See it Mentioned Above Nest Cam Chandra noted that the mandatory green light is actually a shift for Nest Cams. Their default setting is to show a green light when they’re recording, but previously you could turn that off in the settings. Google is removing that option. While this move removes a customization option from the cam, it’s part of what Chandra called a new set of privacy principles from Nest.”We want to make sure that we as Google are transparent to everyone,” Chandra said. “When it’s going to Google, when it’s being recorded, that we are transparent to any user that comes into your house, whether it be the babysitter, the nanny, your guests, your family members, what have you.”Chandra noted that these steps are necessary as we move away from tech that’s strictly personal, such as a smartphone, toward tech that needs to be both communal and personal. He called the Google Nest Hub Max a representation of how the company wants to approach this dichotomy while keeping privacy intact. Anyone can interact with the Hub Max, but the Face Match feature allows it to also offer personalized notifications and information. Chandra called Face Match an example of how Google can “rethink the computing model to do really helpful things, but in a privacy sensitive way.” The Hub Max can show personalized notifications after it recognizes you. Angela Lang/CNET The Face Match feature is optional. Chandra said the Hub Max will store all face models on the device itself and it will perform the processing locally as well so that the information never leaves the Hub Max. Blake Kozak, a senior analyst at smart home and security analysis firm IHS noted that as far as security cams in general, on-device storage provides “an enhanced-level of security compared with cloud-storage. By storing footage locally, consumers can rest assured that the risk of hackers gaining access to the footage is far less than if the footage is stored in the cloud.” Several Google representatives also noted that Face Match is meant solely as a personalization feature and it’s not meant for security. You won’t be able to make purchases on the Hub Max verified only by your face.Cameras and dataThe mute switch on the back of the Nest Hub Max will also function as a hard switch for the camera. It will essentially cut power to the cam so it can’t be used. Even though the switch is functionally the same as a physical shutter, I’m sure an actual physical shutter would give added peace of mind to some shoppers.The mute switch cuts the power to the camera. Angela Lang/CNET “Overall, many manufacturers, especially in Europe, are making security cameras with shutters,” said Kozak. “So when the camera is off or not recording, it is clear for the consumer that their privacy is intact.”In addition to disabling Face Match, you can use the settings in the Google Home app to disable any drop-in viewing of the camera — so you won’t be able to check on the live feed of the cam when you’re out and about.You’ll also find a tab in the Google Assistant app settings called “You.” While the tab can help you see more personalized search results and organize your contacts, it will also house your activity history and privacy settings in one place so you can easily make changes.Competing for privacyGoogle isn’t the only company with a renewed emphasis on privacy. Last week, Facebook touted a new focus on privacy at the company’s F8 developer conference. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said “The future is private” and announced scholarships to help students create secure and private artificial intelligence. Facebook has been mired in privacy scandals recently, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal and mishandling customer data.Amazon, Google’s main competitor in the smart home space, came under fire recently when it was revealed that Amazon workers listened to your conversations with the company’s digital assistant and had access to private data. Google faced backlash recently as well after it was revealed that the hub of the Nest Secure system — the Nest Guard — had a built-in hidden microphone.With the Hub Max’s new facial recognition abilities, Google is stepping into an area of tech with lots of privacy implications. Storing all Face Match data locally is a nice touch, but you can still use the cam as a security device and with Nest’s premium Nest Aware subscription, it can use facial recognition to customize alerts based on who it sees.If having an extra camera in your home will make you worried, Google will continue to offer the cameraless Google Nest Hub. As far as the Hub Max, Google is saying the right things at the very least. I also appreciate the new “You” tab and hope it legitimately makes it easier to manage your privacy and usage settings. That said, only time will tell if the company’s promises of privacy will hold up to its growing roster of increasingly personalized smart home gadgets. Smart Home Preview • Here’s everything you need to know about the new Nest Cam Nest Cam Indoor
Zaheerabad: Congress party state leaders and party BC leaders hoisted Congress party flag at Hamali Colony here on Sunday. Congress party town president Kandem Narsimhulu participated in the programme. Kandem said, “TRS party failed in solving the problems faced by people in the division. KCR should fulfill the promises done at the time of election campaigning.”He further added, “Development of division is only possible with Congress party. I request people to vote for Congress party in the coming elections for development.” Congress leaders Mohit, Majeed and others attended in the programme.
“Try this one on,” said the energetic young costumer as she handed me an earth-toned blazer. I slipped my arms through the sleeves and was relieved that it fit perfectly.“What’s your pants size?” she asked, raking through a freestanding shirt rack.“I’m not exactly sure,” I said. “In the U.S., I’m a 34 waist.”As the costumer nodded and went to fetch more options, I wondered who exactly I was supposed to be. The last I heard, I would be playing a “Gringo reporter,” which I figured would be easy, since I’m a Gringo reporter in real life. But now I wasn’t sure. No one had explained my role. I hadn’t even seen a script, much less read it. Then again, that’s how movies often work, especially for actors hired at the last minute.I stood in the middle of a locker room in the Colleya Fonseca Stadium in Barrio Guadalupe, which buzzed with activity. A dozen male actors were dressing themselves in knee socks and athletic shorts, bright jerseys and cleats. Half of them wore the uniforms of the 1990 Costa Rican national soccer team, while the other half dressed in the jerseys of Scotland. Nearly every actor was Tico, and everyone spoke Spanish as a first language. Everyone but me – the only Gringo, and the only guy asked to wear a suit.This was the set of “Italia 90,” a feature-length film produced entirely by a Costa Rican cast and crew. Directed by Miguel Gómez and shot over the course of 20 days, the film’s first phase was nearly finished by the time I showed up: The next morning, shooting was slated to wrap.As I shimmied into a pair of tan slacks, I spotted Alejandra Vargas, the young woman who hired me. “They need you in makeup,” she said. “When you’re ready.”Alejandra led me into the dark corridor, which was even busier than the locker room. Crewmembers adjusted lights and tinkered with audio equipment. Actors milled around, pouring themselves coffee and water from plastic containers. Other actors formed a line around a makeup artist. One by one, they sat down, received a dusting of base and jogged away. Finally I sat down before the middle-aged man and his makeup kit. He held his brush aloft.“Who are you?” he asked.Good question, I thought. I’m not exactly sure. •Three months ago, I received an email from DeleFOCO, an “audiovisual community” that brings together industry talents from across Central America. The email was a casting call for the film “Italia 90.” The name meant nothing to me, but as a longtime semi-professional actor, I was intrigued. I sent an email to DeleFOCO, describing myself as a red-bearded Gringo with passable Spanish and a lot of acting experience. If I wasn’t right for “Italia 90,” maybe I could join a roster for future projects?To my surprise, Alajandra wrote me back a few weeks later to ask for a head shot. Soon after, she offered to put me in a scene as a “Gringo reporter.” The prospect excited me, but there was a problem: I was at the beach and couldn’t get back in time. I assumed I’d missed my chance, but after some phone tag and frantic rescheduling, we finally arranged to shoot a different scene on a sunny April morning.From the moment I arrived on set, I was impressed: I’ve worked on only a couple of Hollywood sets, and always as an extra, but the Costa Rican studio had all the essentials – catered breakfast, grips, dressers, makeup people and mountains of equipment, from a professional digital camera to boom mics and floodlights. Yet what really struck me was the costuming: Each actor was outfitted with period-accurate Selección uniforms from 1990, including outrageously short shorts. The actors had fashioned their hair into mullets and Jheri curls. The costumers had even applied colored tape to their socks, to make them appear striped. Actors in period-accurate costumes prepare for a scene in the film “Italia 90.” Courtesy DeleFOCO“It’s so weird,” murmured one actor dressed as a referee. “They look just like famous La Sele players. I keep thinking, ‘That’s Enrique Rivers.’ But then I think, ‘No, that’s just an actor.’”I laughed and nodded, even though I had no idea who Enrique Rivers was. Until this past year, I had never seen a professional soccer game played in its entirety, and I knew nothing about the history of Los Ticos. In a way, I was the least likely person to appear in a sports movie, much less a movie about Costa Rican soccer legends. But as I learned more about the project, it became clear how special “Italia 90” would be – not for Gringo reporters, but for Ticos who remembered that fateful year.•By 1989, world soccer fans pretty much ignored La Sele. While the team had existed since 1921, Costa Rica’s soccer players hadn’t impressed anyone for two solid decades.“It’s not like today,” my friend Beto recently told me. “They had to work regular jobs.”When Costa Rica qualified for the 14th World Cup, they suddenly had a chance to fly to Italy and perform on a global stage. To everyone’s surprise, Costa Rica defeated both Scotland and Sweden in the first round. The 1990 World Cup was also a blockbuster event – billions of people tuned into the games on television, competition was particularly brutal, and FIFA handed out a record number of red cards.You could say that 1990 was La Sele’s “Rocky” moment: They didn’t win the cup, but their success in Italy won international acclaim and boosted Costa Rican confidence. Many would argue that that year was the turning point, and La Sele would never be the popular powerhouse it is today without “Italia 90.”I try to imagine a familiar equivalent: If Pittsburgh (where I lived most of my adult life) produced a movie called “The Immaculate Reception,” produced entirely in Western Pennsylvania and starring respected local actors, movie theaters would be packed with Steelers fans. The nostalgia and pride would excite everyone who remembered – or had even heard of – that miraculous play in 1972.For Ticos, “Italia 90” isn’t just a movie: It’s a chance to relive a national triumph. •“Places, everybody!” shouted Santiago Fornaguera, the tough and humorless assistant director for “Italia 90.” “Vamos! Vamos! Rapido!”As a rule, filmmaking is torturously slow, and most time is spent quietly hanging out, waiting for instruction. (I once spent two entire days bumming around a parking lot, waiting for someone to use me in a scene – and working up the courage to say hi to Maggie Gyllenhaal). In the stuffy corridor of the Colleya Fonseca Stadium, the set was filled with the usual anarchy: cinematographers adjusting the camera, technicians debating how to light the scene, and lots of unidentified assistants scrambling around. To a director, all this stuff makes sense. To a random extra, it’s bedlam. Assistant director Santiago Fornaguera (standing) prepares a scene. Courtesy DeleFOCOBut then the two teams lined up, side by side. At the rear of the line stood a skinny actor in a polo shirt. As we waited for the production team to set up, the actor made small talk with me in perfect English.“I’m playing Bora Milutinovic,” he said. “He was the Ticos’ coach in 1990. Really interesting guy. He brought five different teams to the World Cup. He was a real inspiration to the players.” He added, “At the end of the shot, I’m supposed to lean into you and say, ‘These guys are like my kids.’ It’s not in the script, but they want to show that moment.”“Lean into me?” I said.“Yeah. Because you’re the Scottish coach.”I smiled at this, but I wanted to double over laughing. The Scottish coach? It didn’t really matter who I was, since I had no lines, but I loved the idea of standing in for such a dignified personality. Did the real Scottish coach of 1990 have a red beard? Was he in his mid-thirties? Did I look anything like him?For a few minutes we joked about how much fun it would be to say some lines in a terrible Scottish accent, but our joviality was interrupted by Fornaguera. “Positions, everyone!” he shouted. “And … action!”The scene was brief, but it was significant: Moments before the two teams enter the field, the Ticos start tough-talking their Scottish rivals. They yell insults and gruffly chant. One of the players starts to drag his shoes across concrete, and sparks fly from his cleats. (The sparks were a special effect, but they looked fearsome). Then the enormous gates open, and the two teams march forward into blinding daylight.As film roles go, the “Scottish coach” was almost meaningless, and I might as well have played the soccer ball. But I was thrilled to contribute, in my own tiny way, to a Costa Rican film. Over the course of three hours, I sensed the camaraderie of the crew; aside from one Venezuelan, everyone seemed to be born and raised in Costa Rica. Almost everyone appeared old enough to remember the Italian World Cup. The operation felt tight and professional. In such a small country, where feature films are rare and small budget, I loved the attention to detail: The crew filmed the scene from every angle. Makeup was reapplied to faces for consistency. When actors started to drag, we received cookies and cups of coffee.Like most movie shoots, the session ended without fanfare. “You’re done,” Alejandra said. “You’re free to go now.”I changed into my street clothes and left the stadium, heading for the nearest bus stop. I was lightheaded and my body ached, as often happens after making the same motions 20 or 30 times in a row, with long stretches between takes. But I was also giddy: I had made my film debut during a critical period in the Costa Rican film industry. I would probably be a fuzzy silhouette in the background. I might be cut altogether. Still, totally worth a few hours on a Thursday.•Before I left, Alejandra revealed the film’s astonishing timetable: “We want to release the film before the World Cup.” That is, within five weeks. Related posts:Public workers can take recess to watch Costa Rica’s World Cup games, Solís says Hey NFL, are you out of your #$@% minds? PHOTOS: Bulls, beer and injuries at Costa Rica’s annual Zapote festival Palmares festival, Allende play, and other happenings around Costa Rica Few features are put together so quickly, and most “post” sessions can take months or even a year. Yet I soon learned that the “Italia 90” team shot footage and then edited the scenes the very same night. Unlike Hollywood films, Costa Rican producers don’t get bogged down in the studio system, appeasing focus groups and appealing to the Motion Picture Association for a lower rating. While Café Volio is sponsoring the film, Tico producers don’t have to satisfy armies of investors or spend a fortune on publicity. The film’s budget is probably modest (the studio refused to give an exact figure), but such freedom is its own virtue.When the trailer was released online the other day, I was delighted. Tico friends are already excited about the film’s official release on July 5, when cinemas across Costa Rica will screen “Italia 90.”“There are several things people don’t know about the players or that moment,” director Gómez recently told La Nación. “They don’t really know about how they prepared. The film is about those guys, who are very humble.”It’s impossible to say how good “Italia 90” will be. But it doesn’t really matter. I’ll just be happy to root for the home team. Facebook Comments
Will Underwater Mortgage Borrowers Ever Come Up for Air? March 10, 2016 652 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Share Negative equity is down to 13.1 percent nationwide, but is still a nagging problem choking real growth and limiting new inventory, according to a new report by Zillow.Wednesday’s report found that six million homeowners were underwater in the Q4 of 2015. And while that number is still a problem, it is significantly lower than the peak 16 million underwater homeowners that existed in Q1 of 2012, and the 8 million underwater homeowners of a year ago.According to Zillow, the millions of underwater homeowners who have resurfaced over the past year have led to a $75 billion decline in negative equity, which has helped keep the U.S. housing market jogging along steadily. But while the overall picture is vastly improved from even just a year or two ago, there are still 820,000 homeowners who owe more than twice as much on their mortgages as their homes are worth.“Some owners are so far underwater that positive equity may be several years away, leaving them stuck in their homes unable to sell,” the report stated.Las Vegas and Chicago have remained especially hard it. According to Zillow, a fifth of all homeowners in these cities remain underwater. Atlanta, Baltimore, and Cleveland still have 17 percent of buyers upside down on their mortgages.In contrast, San Jose has the lowest number of underwater homeowners, with 2.8 percent. Its closest competitor is across the Bay in San Francisco, where 4.4 percent of homeowners are upside down. Denver and Portland, Ore., each have about 5.5 percent underwater homeowners.Svenja Gudell, Zillow’s chief economist, said that the effects of this nagging negative equity on the overall housing market could be subtle but serious.“Over time, negative equity can act as an anchor on a housing market, preventing underwater homeowners from listing their homes and reentering the market,” Gudell said. “It is more prevalent in less expensive areas that are affordable to first-time buyers. Without these homes available, many potential buyers are sidelined and unable to take advantage of mortgage rates that remain near historic lows.” Negative Equity Zillow 2016-03-10 Scott_Morgan
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