Hit with arrest of exchair Ghosn Nissan profit nosedives

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Nissan, reeling from the arrest of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, has seen annual profit nose-dive to less than half of what it earned in the previous year. It’s forecasting even dimmer results going forward.Nissan Motor Co. reported Tuesday that its profit for the fiscal year ended March was 319.1 billion yen ($2.9 billion), down from 746.9 billion yen in the previous fiscal year.Yokohama-based Nissan said profit for the fiscal year through March 2020 will drop to 170 billion yen ($1.5 billion), as restructuring and product development expenses combined with currency-related losses and rising material costs slam earnings.Ghosn, who led Nissan and its alliance with Renault SA of France for two decades, was arrested in November on financial misconduct charges. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

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Afghanistan Iran and Pakistan agree an antidrugs plan brokered by UN

8 May 2008Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna. Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan have agreed to step up cross-border controls to stop the flow of illegal drugs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) announced today in Vienna. The three countries, meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran, agreed to establish Border Liaison Offices, on each of their three borders, to plan joint operations against traffickers attempting to smuggle heroin out of Afghanistan. The countries also announced that they would step up the campaign to block the transport of precursor chemicals for heroin production in and around Afghanistan. Another key focus was on how to prevent trade links and road transport from being used for the smuggling of narcotics. “We need to ensure that ways to facilitate trade are not exploited by smugglers of guns, chemicals and weapons,” said Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of UNODC. Today’s meeting in Tehran was part of the Triangular Initiative brokered by UNODC.Speakers at the meeting stressed the devastating impact of opium and heroin on their countries, and urged the international community, particularly European countries, to reduce demand for drugs and support the new plan. With UNODC’s assistance, Iran will establish a permanent secretariat for the Triangular Initiative and a regional centre for intelligence exchange. read more

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Olympic robots offer virtual attendance help out on field

TOKYO — A cart-like robot scuttles across the field to bring back javelins and discuses. A towering screen-on-wheels is designed for “virtual” attendance. The cute ones are, naturally, the likeness of the Olympic and Paralympic mascots.Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp., a major Olympic sponsor, is readying various robots for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The robots were shown to reporters for release Monday.The mascot robots have moving limbs and its eyes change to the image of stars and hearts. It cannot speak at all or walk very well. But the engineer in charge, Tomohisa Moridaira, suggested various possibilities, such as getting the robot to hold the Olympic torch using magnets.The T-TR1, developed by Toyota’s robotics institute in the U.S., highlights “virtual mobility,” taking the automaker’s usual business of transportation to another dimension. It’s a moving human-size display designed to represent people who can’t be there.Think a faraway grandma at a child’s birthday party or a legendary athlete not able to attend but “virtually” taking part in Olympic festivities.Like all the world’s major automakers, Toyota uses robotics in production plants. But it has also designed human-like robots, including those that play musical instruments.The Cue 3, which computes a three-dimensional image with sensors and adjusts motors for the right angle and propulsion to accurately throw basketballs, recently got listed in the Guinness World Records for making 2020 free throws without missing, a record for a robot and an homage to the Tokyo Olympics.An earlier Toyota robot that glides around like R2-D2 is devoted to picking things up, to help the sick and elderly.The latest “field support robot,” which looks like a cart, will also be picking things up: the javelin, discus or hammer on the Olympic field.Its intelligence helps it avoid obstacles as well as repetitive routes to minimize wear and tear on the grass.The catch is: It can’t go find the objects or pick them up on its own. A person has to run in front of it. Once the object is loaded, by the human, the robot will return to its original position.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Press read more

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Names of children who died in residential schools released in sombre ceremony

CP-Web. Joyce Hunter, whose brother Charlie Hunter died at St. Anne’s Residential School in 1974, passes Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, as she carries a ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS Justin Tang / THE CANADIAN PRESS A number of national Indigenous officials spoke at the ceremony Monday, which felt much like a funeral for the many young victims of abuse and neglect in residential schools.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations mourned for the “little ones,” many of whom were buried unceremoniously in unmarked graves.He called the deaths of the children in the schools a “genocide” — echoing the findings of the final report of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, which was released earlier this year.“The residential-school system was a genocide of Indigenous peoples, First Nations peoples, forcibly removing from their homes and inflicting pain,” Bellegarde said during the ceremony.“We still feel the intergenerational trauma of that genocide. We see it every day in our communities. But now we say there’s hope, because it’s not just (the term) ‘survivors’ we want to use. The people are … thrivers, starting to thrive, becom(ing) proud of who we are as Indigenous Peoples.”But not everyone was feeling so upbeat about the current state of affairs for Indigenous children in Canada.After all, many are still dying of suicide and from the effects of other systemic mistreatment, Moran said.“My greatest fear right now, and I think a reality for this country is that there may very well be another day like this in 80 years, remembering the children that are dying today,” he said.Moran noted concerns raised recently by well-known Indigenous advocate Cindy Blackstock, who called for more political attention to a ruling earlier this month from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. The ruling found the federal government had been “wilful and reckless” in discriminating against First Nations children living on reserves by knowingly underfunding child-welfare services.“We live in a country that is still in the midst of a human-rights crisis, profound human-rights violations. We’ve got to do better and we can do better and I hope that all Canadians feel that, if we get this right, we’ll be a better, stronger country,” Moran said.Although the names of the victims unveiled Monday are public, the details researchers have been able to uncover about them will be restricted to families.The work won’t stop, Moran added. The team continues to seek the names of the 1,600 others confirmed dead and to find some kind of resolution for the children who disappeared.Researchers plan to return to First Nations communities to refine the list, fill gaps, and add as much as they can. Many, many graves need to be located.They will also try to collect as many and as much of the stories behind the names as they can.“That is the next phase — making sure that when we remember these children, we bring life to them and help understand what really went on. That’s got to be led by the communities and the families. We’re there to help.”The work has been difficult and draining — “really, really harsh,” Moran added. Many openly wept. Mournful songs performed by Indigenous artists pierced the quiet sadness that hung over the room.The list has been created to break the silence over the fates of at least some of the thousands who disappeared during the decades the schools operated.“Today is a special day not only for myself but for thousands of others, like me, across the country to finally bring recognition and honour to our school chums, to our cousins, our nephews to our nieces that were forgotten,” said elder Dr. Barney Williams, a residential-school survivor and member of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation survivors committee.“I know that the angels in heaven — the names that are on that list — are certainly smiling down on you and me. Smiling down to know that finally, after all this time, they are not forgotten.”The cloth is the product of years of research conducted on what happened to the many children who were taken into residential schools and never came out. Archivists pored over records from governments and churches, which together operated as many as 80 schools across the country over 120 years. It’s the start of meeting one of the 94 calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report issued in 2015, which called for resources to develop and maintain a register of deaths in residential schools.A total of 150,000 Indigenous children are thought to have spent at least some time in a residential school.“It is essential these names be known,” said Ry Moran, director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, which compiled the list.The 2,800 are those whose deaths and names researchers have been able to confirm. Moran says another 1,600 also died, but remain unnamed.There are also many hundreds who simply vanished, undocumented in any records so far uncovered.Some schools have an extensive list of students who died; some list none. Moran wonders at such large discrepancies.“Even our recent research efforts have uncovered another 400 students,” Moran said. “We know there’s many more students to be found.”The age range is wide.“Infants, three-year-olds, four-year-olds all the way up through their teenage years. We’ve got some students on this list that are named as ‘babies.’” CP-Web. Joyce Hunter, right, whose brother Charlie Hunter died at St. Anne’s Residential School in 1974, and Stephanie Scott, staff at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, lay down a ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Ontario on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. A ceremonial cloth with the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools and were identified in the National Student Memorial Register, is carried to the stage during the Honouring National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. Rose Mary Wolfe in Lestock, Saskatchewan. Bella Johnson in Whitefish Lake, Alberta. Jacob Grey in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. James Paul in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.The list goes on and on — children who died in Canada’s residential school system. Child victims being named for the first time.On Monday, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation revealed the names of 2,800 children who died in residential schools during a sombre ceremony in Gatineau, Que.A 50-metre-long, blood-red cloth bearing the names of each child and the schools they attended was unfurled and carried through a crowd of Indigenous elders and chiefs, residential-school survivors and others. 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Iran European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran – Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the state-owned IRAN daily reported on Thursday.The newspaper quoted Mohammad Khodakarami, deputy head of Iran’s civil aviation authority, as saying British Airways officials visited Tehran on Tuesday to discuss resumption of flights. He did not elaborate.Khodakarami also said both Air France and Dutch flagship KLM have already expressed their readiness to resume flights to Tehran.Air France said last month it would resume flights to Tehran for the first time in more than seven years starting in April.A KLM spokesman said the carrier always looks for opportunities for new destinations but has not yet make a decision about resuming flights that were suspended in 2013.“At this moment there are no concrete plans to open Tehran. KLM follows the current situation concerning the lifting of sanctions against Iran closely,” spokesman Joost Ruempol said.BA also has not announced any firm plans to return to Iran, though Willie Walsh, the chief executive of its parent International Airlines Group, reportedly told a recent conference the airline is interested in flying to Tehran soon.European carriers stopped their flights to Iran after the West imposed sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions. Currently Iran’s national carrier, Iran Air, has three weekly flights to London as well as two weekly flights each to Paris and Amsterdam.Earlier this week, Iran said it is also considering direct flights to the United States. Direct flights stopped between the two countries more than three decades ago. Iran and the United States severed air links when Washington broke relations in 1979 after Iranian militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held the occupants hostage.About 1 million Iranians live in the United States, mostly in California. Thousands fly to Iran every year, often changing planes in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Dubai.Iran also plans to renew its aging passenger fleet. On Thursday it signed a deal to buy 118 aircraft from Airbus, valued at 22.8 billion euros ($25 billion). Tehran has also expressed interest in buying scores of new airplanes from American aircraft manufacturer Boeing.___Associated Press writers Mike Corder in the Hague, Netherlands, and Greg Katz in London contributed to this report. by By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2016 2:06 am MDT Last Updated Jan 28, 2016 at 1:30 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Iran: European airlines set to resume flights to Tehran read more

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How Our Womens World Cup Model Works

Check out FiveThirtyEight’s Women’s World Cup predictions.Women’s sports don’t have the same rich data that men’s sports do. So what do you do if you want to forecast the Women’s World Cup? You gather up everything you can get.We put together a database of about 8,000 international women’s soccer matches since 1971 — as many games as we could find. And we used these to develop a set of women’s national team ratings — we call them WSPI (Women’s Soccer Power Index) — and projections for the 2015 World Cup. The United States and Germany enter as front-runners, and you can read more about all the elite teams, the dark horses and the players to watch in our colleague Allison McCann’s World Cup preview. We’re here to take you through the methodology behind these projections.WSPI ratings are based on a simplified version of the Soccer Power Index (SPI), a system that Nate developed in conjunction with ESPN in 2009 to rate men’s soccer teams. Men’s SPI is based on two components: a team rating derived from scores of international matches and a player rating, which is primarily based on results from club play for the individual players on each national team’s roster. For WSPI, we use only the team ratings component because detailed data on club play is not readily available for women’s soccer.Otherwise, the major features of WSPI are similar to the team-rating component of SPI:Ratings account for the final score of each match, including whether the match went into extra time or a shootout, and the location of the game.Ratings also account for the importance of the match: A World Cup match counts far more than a friendly.A team’s rating varies continuously over time. For example, China had a considerably stronger WSPI in 1999, when it played the United States in the World Cup final, than they do now.WSPI ratings, like SPI ratings, are broken down into offensive and defensive components. The offensive rating can be interpreted as how many goals we would expect the team to score in an average competitive international match,1In the past, we’ve sometimes referred to SPI ratings as indicating how many goals a team would score and allow against an average international opponent. But that’s not quite accurate: The way SPI ratings are designed, they indicate a team’s performance in an average international match, controlling for strength of schedule and weighting by match importance. The same is true for WSPI. The distinction matters because stronger teams tend to play more matches than weaker ones, especially in women’s soccer. The average international match, in other words, is typically against a considerably above-average opponent. while the defensive rating is how many goals it would concede in such a match, controlling for strength of schedule. Higher offensive ratings are better. Lower defensive ratings are better.The offensive and defensive components are combined into an overall WSPI rating, which reflects the percentage of possible points we would expect the team to score in a hypothetical round-robin tournament against every other team in the world.Let’s look at a more detailed example of how a team’s WSPI rating is calculated. Here are some of the United States’ recent results, along with the ratings the team received for each match and the weight WSPI gives to the match: You can see some of the key features of WSPI in these examples (a team’s overall offensive and defensive ratings are a weighted average of these game-by-game ratings). The USWNT’s March 11, 2015, match against France receives relatively little weight, even though it was played fairly recently, because it was a friendly. The 2012 Olympics still receive quite a lot of weight, however, given their importance.2Unlike in men’s soccer, women’s Olympic soccer teams don’t have any age restrictions. The Olympic tournament tends to be almost as competitive as the World Cup. (The maximum possible weight for a match, in case you’re wondering, is 1.68.)Meanwhile, you can see how much strength of schedule matters in WSPI. The USWNT gets a higher offensive rating for beating France 2-0 than for beating Mexico 3-0 because France has a tougher defense. It’s not uncommon for a team to win a match against a weak opponent but receive poor adjusted ratings because it didn’t win by as much as WSPI expected. Conversely, a team can receive a good offensive rating just by scoring on a very good team, even if it loses. The location of a match is also important: Home advantage in competitive matches has historically been worth about 0.35 goals and would make the home team about a 60-40 favorite in a matchup between two equally rated teams.Once we’ve generated WSPI ratings for every team in the world, we can estimate the probability that any team will beat any other team.3This part of the model is “trained” on all non-friendly matches between two teams in the WSPI top 50 — matches that roughly approximate World Cup competition. More specifically, we first calculate the expected number of goals that each team will score in a given match and then convert these into a matrix of possible outcomes using Poisson distributions. Thus, in any given match, we’ve estimated the probability that it will end in a 0-0 tie, a 1-0 victory, a 2-3 loss or any other possible scoreline. Knowing this distribution of possible scores is important because the tiebreaker to advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup takes goals scored and allowed into account.With these individual match probabilities in hand, we can calculate the chance that each team in the tournament will advance to the knockout round or eventually win the tournament. To do so, we simulate the tournament 20,000 times: If the U.S. has a 28 percent chance of winning the tournament, this means that it won in approximately 5,600 out of 20,000 simulations. As simulations are played out, each team’s WSPI is updated to reflect its results in that simulation. Loosely speaking, this accounts for the possibility that a team will “get hot” during the tournament and considerably outperform its pre-World Cup WSPI.4For a more technical discussion, see here.Matches in the knockout round continue into extra time if they are tied at the end of regulation and a shootout if tied after that, so we’ve spent some time making sure our simulations handle these cases accurately. Extra time is treated as a shortened match in which teams score at a slower rate than during regulation.5Historically, teams have scored at a rate about 25 percent lower during extra time. Shootout win probabilities are also derived from WSPI instead of being treated as random. There is evidence that shootouts are skill-based — the team with the better WSPI rating has won 58 percent of shootouts in our database — but good teams don’t tend to be as dominant in shootouts as they are in regular time. For example, the USWNT would be more than a 90 percent favorite to beat Thailand in a regular game, but only a 71 percent favorite to win in a shootout. For this reason, it’s usually in the interest of the weaker team to play for a shootout even though it’d be an underdog if one occurred.Have any more questions? See Nate’s 2009 article and FAQ for more of the technical details and philosophy behind SPI, most of which also apply to WSPI. Or drop us a note here. We hope you’ll enjoy following the women’s tournament with us. DATELOCATIONCOMPETITIONOPPONENTSCOREWEIGHTOFF. RATINGDEF. RATING 10/24/14Chester, PennsylvaniaWorld Cup qualifierMexico3-00.963.10.1 7/28/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsColombia3-00.803.10.1 3/11/15Faro, PortugalFriendlyFrance2-00.284.3-0.3 7/25/12Glasgow, ScotlandOlympicsFrance4-20.808.11.3 10/15/14Kansas City, KansasWorld Cup qualifierTrinidad & Tobago1-00.960.30.4 read more

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Polls from across Europe show a rise in leftleaning parties

first_imgRESULTS FROM VOTES across Europe are beginning to filter in as exit polls results are published.It’s revealing a trend emerging across Europe, echoed in Ireland with Sinn Féin – the rise of left-leaning parties.German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won with 36 per cent of the vote in European parliamentary elections, while the centre-left Social Democrats gained strongly, scoring 27.5 per cent, exit polls showed.The anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD), founded last year, won 6.5 per cent to make its entry into the European parliament, according to public broadcasters ARD and ZDF.Anti-austerityExit polls in Greece have the anti-austerity leftist party Syriza at a slight lead in European Parliament elections.Syriza was ahead by about three points over the leading government party, conservative New Democracy, polls jointly carried out by six leading opinion companies showed.Syriza have between 26 and 30 per cent while New Democracy have between 23 and 27 per cent, the polls showed.Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn ranks third with up to 10 per cent of the vote, despite an ongoing criminal investigation and the fact that several of its leading members are in pre-trial detention.SocialistsThe other party in the government coalition, the Pasok socialists, are fourth with up to nine per cent.In Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, and Italy, anti-EU parties are poised to take first or second place, shaking up national politics and setting up a battle against Brussels from the inside.However, turnout in some eastern European areas is struggling to a read a third of levels here in Ireland.“If we top 20 per cent turnout, it won’t be a disaster,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk grudgingly admitted on Sunday as four days of continental voting entered its final leg.Only 14 per cent of Slovaks dragged themselves to the polling station on Saturday, down from 20 per cent in 2009, according to unofficial results published in the SME daily.LatviaLess than 30 per cent of Latvians turned out for their vote on Saturday, according to the national electoral commission, and similar results are predicted for Romania.A survey by FOCUS found that 49 per cent of notoriously eurosceptic Czechs believe their 2004 entry into the EU had no effect on their day-to-day lives.“Czechs think of the European Parliament vote as a second-tier election,” said Prague-based political analyst Tomas Lebeda.“When a party needs to get rid of someone, it sends them to Brussels.”- © AFP, 2014, additional reporting by Nicky RyanFollow our Election LiveBlog here >last_img read more

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Sony Apologizes Offers 30 Days of Free PSN Service

first_imgSony’s finally come around and has made a public statement about the security breaches it suffered last month. The PSN is still unavailable, but Sony executives said in a press conference today that they were deeply sorry and will offer 30 days of free service to PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited customers. The company insists that all credit card information in their database were encrypted, and that hackers who got access to the network should not have anything sensitive aside from usernames and passwords – which PSN users will have to change. Sony also says they’re working with the FBI to make sure users are protected and that they’re complying with the law. Sony still puts some of the blame for the attack on Anonymous, the group that announced they would attack Sony because of its lawsuit against Geohot – the man who initially jailbroke the PS3 – and because of Sony’s approach to the rights of its users at all. Sony says that the Anonymous attack stole information from their “top management,” although they stopped short of blaming the whole issue on them. Regardless, Sony has a lot more work to do before gamers are happily playing on their PS3s again, and it remains to be seen whether 30 days of free service will be enough to help customers forgive and forget. [via Geek.com]last_img read more

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SFR la hausse de la TVA génère des augmentations complexes

first_imgSFR : la hausse de la TVA génère des augmentations complexesAlors que la hausse de la TVA début février générera une augmentation de 1 à 3 euros des forfaits, SFR annonce une politique tarifaire originale. Le nouveau prix des abonnements dépendra non seulement de l’offre mais aussi de la date de souscription. Les opérateurs vivent la hausse de la TVA différemment. Si Orange annonce une augmentation des prix allant de un à trois euros pour chaque client, SFR fait plus compliqué. Les nouveaux prix des forfaits dépendront de l’offre mais aussi de la date de souscription et des durées des abonnements. Ainsi, selon BusinessMobile.fr, les prix peuvent varier de 90 cents à 9,50 euros selon les cas ! Par exemple, un forfait Illimythics 5 webphone 2 heures sera proposé à 54,09 euros dès le 1er février si l’abonnement a été souscrit avant le 16 novembre et sur une durée de 24 mois. Si le client a souscrit après cette date, la même offre est proposée à 49,70 euros. Les clients aux abonnements plus modestes ne subiront aucune augmentation. Les utilisateurs d’offres mobiles peuvent résilier sans frais, comme l’autorise la loi, durant quatre mois après la mise en place de l’augmentation. Le 30 décembre 2010 à 13:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Money to Burn Should You Buy a Gizmondo

first_img Conspicuous consumption. It’s a way of life, especially if you’re a nerd. While it’s easy enough to be a complete person not defined by your interests or #brand allegiances, that’s boring! These days there are countless toys and props and plastic for geeks to spend their hard-earned(?) cash on. In fact, there’s so much, it can be hard to decide what’s actually worth buying.Any true fan will know the rarer the nerd swag the cooler it is, and you won’t find too many authentic rare loot drops at your local department store. For that, you’ll need to head to auction sites like eBay. But again, with so many choices, how can you figure out the best nerd items to snag when you have Money to Burn?There are some truly insane stories that come out of the video game industry. From the failed Nintendo/Sony partnership to the Xbox One DRM reversals to the sheer amount of drugs used by developers (and everyone else) in the late 70s/early 80s. But the saga of the Gizmondo takes the cake in terms of sheer criminality.You could probably write a book about the Gizmondo but here’s a condensed version. The Gizmondo handheld video game system, Game Boy competitor, from Tiger Telematics released in 2005. And it was even more terrible than it looks with poorly implemented PDA features, shoddy wireless communication, and a pathetic library of games including the incredibly titled Sticky Ballz and Momma Can I Mow The Lawn?What kept the Gizmondo from simply being a failed product was the revelation that Gizmondo executive Stefan Eriksson was in fact tied to “Uppsalamaffian,” or the Swedish mafia. Tons of Gizmondo money was totally dirty, and no one realized this until cops investigated Eriksson after he crashed his limited edition Ferrari Enzo while driving over 160 miles per hour in California. The scandal was wild, Eriksson went to jail (but not before trying to pin the blame on a made up driver named Dietrich), and the already failing Gizmondo was definitively shut down.The Gizmondo sucks, but it’s also now a rare product tied to a bonkers piece of gaming history. So should you buy this Gizmondo and collection of Gizmondo games on eBay if you have Money to Burn? Let us know! Should You Buy a Gizmondo?Yes (Money!)No (Burn!)VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould You Buy a Gizmondo?Money to Burn is Geek.com’s ongoing series of polls. We put up a geeky eBay listing, talk about it, and leave it up to you whether or not the physical item is worth buying (Money) or is just cheap trash (Burn). And of course you should leave a comment explaining your rationale. Then be sure to keep coming back to Geek.com to vote in the latest poll. Dispose of that income, you dorks! Money to Burn: Should You Buy Mac Tonight Merch?Money to Burn Poll: Should You Buy a Resident Evil 4 Chainsaw Controller? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Winners of WCGFT Fishing Tournament catch nearly 500lbs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Mar 2015 – The Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament held over the weekend was a gleaming success and after two days of fishing Roscoe Talbot, captaining the boat Therapy won with 187lbs after catching nothing on day one of the tourney. On the Gwendolyn was Codney Capron, coming in slightly under the winner with 184.5lbs and rounding out the top three; the NJ Law, skippered by Ozzie Virgil with 103lbs of sport fish. Related Items:codney capron, gwendolyn, ozzie virgil, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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North County Fire Protection hosts active shooter drill

first_img September 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, North County Fire Protection hosts active shooter drill KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 22, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBONSALL (KUSI) — North County Fire Protection District hosted an active shooter drill at Bonsall Elementary School Saturday.The drill was a full-scale exercise with participants from North County Fire, Vista Fire, Oceanside Fire, Deer Springs Fire, Pala Fire, Cal-Fire, and North Comm., as well as San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, United States Customs and Border Protection, the Oceanside Police Department, and representatives from the Bonsall Unified School District.In an effort to create the safest community possible, North County Fire Protection District partnered with other local fire, police, and school officials to practice an active shooter training drill in Bonsall.This training will help agencies practice working together in this type of call. last_img read more

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Vancouver man injured in boating crash

first_imgA Vancouver man was hospitalized after his personal watercraft collided with another Thursday afternoon on the Columbia River near Marine Park.He was riding the watercraft when it collided with another vessel just beyond the no-wake zone near the park’s boat launch, according to Deputy Kevin Gadaire, who’s part of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit. The crash was reported at 4:22 p.m.The 28-year-old man had deep cuts to his legs and was taken to a hospital.Less than an hour before the collision, he had been cited for not carrying a boater education card.last_img read more

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Alaskas Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In January

first_imgThe minimum wage will rise from $9.84 to $9.89 effective January 1, 2019. By law, Alaska’s minimum wage must remain at least $1 per hour over the federal minimum wage. The current minimum wage is $9.84 through December 31, 2017. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s minimum wage will see a 5 cent increase as of January 1, 2019, for all workers, regardless of whether their pay is calculated by time, or commission. According to Beaty, all actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. Tips are not part of the equation. Heather Beaty with the State Department of Labor and Workforce Development: “This increase will affect anyone who is working for minimum wage, and this modest increase will help protect minimum wage workers and their families over inflation over time.”last_img read more

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Behind An Integrated Ad Campaign

first_imgFrom an advertiser’s perspective, there are few things to get more excited about than weddings. You can’t have one without pulling out the credit card, which gave rise to an integrated marketing program that wedding specialists The Knot launched with Chase. Central to the campaign was utility. Couples that are about to get married are essentially embarking on a spending spree and what better way to introduce an advertiser than during the highest spending stages of the process? Yet, for Carrie Reynolds, vice president of sales, branding alone wasn’t enough. “We wanted to make sure this was focused on delivering solutions for the customer in authentic ways,” she says. “We looked at all the different places the customers were going to make their decisions and we planned to connect with them during the highest-spending parts of these different stages—we wanted to integrate a conversation into those areas.”Chase was looking to promote its Blueprint brand of credit cards and needed a campaign that could showcase it as an authority on financial responsibility. “Like a lot of customers these days, they are looking for conversation and authenticity,” says Reynolds. Reynolds and her team crafted a program that included print, video, social and online elements that were attached to specific parts of the spending arc that wedding couples typically go through—the dress, reception, new home furnishings, baby room, and so on. “We pulled all those elements together and created a custom hub that housed them all—a video series, case studies, and so on—and each was focused on specific solutions,” says Reynolds.The content hub gathered the various elements together in one spot, but individually those assets were also spread across XO Group’s brands—TheKnot.com, TheNest.com and TheBump.com. A custom video series, for example, appeared on all of the sites, and Twitter chats were created that featured conversations with financial experts and XO Group editors. In print, Reynolds wanted to avoid the typical advertorial approach and devised a way for Chase content to interact with edit without actually integrating the two. While The Knot magazine acts as a source of inspiration, and the Chase content was printed on vellum inserts that layered messaging on top of the fall issue’s content. One insert touts Chase Blueprint as a way to “Pay Off Your Gown Faster” and overlays a pictorial of wedding gowns. Pricing these programs comes down to measuring production time along with the value of each media. “The way I look at it is production, people’s time and the value of the media,” says Reynolds. “It’s pulling those elements together and the value of the media is based on impressions and how we’re pushing it out. We don’t do the ‘if you by 12 pages we’ll add this other stuff.’”last_img read more

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At home in my hijab How the internet helped me embrace modest

first_imgThe white viscose headscarf, delicately draped over a mannequin, leaves my mouth slightly ajar. Along the bottom of the fabric, the word “FEMINIST” is scrawled repeatedly in giant black letters. Delicate pink and orange flowers surround the block of text, as if to counteract the word’s power.  Channeling my inner influencer.  Angela Lang/CNET As a 25-year-old Muslim woman who loves fashion and wears the hijab, or headscarf, I’ve seen plenty of head coverings. But never anything like this. It’s a statement of resistance, a rebuttal of the idea that Muslim women are weak and oppressed.And I never thought I’d see it here, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, let alone any major museum outside the Middle East. The scarf is displayed among nearly 80 outfits in the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit, which, according to the exhibit description, “examines how Muslim women — those who cover their heads and those who do not — have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities.”The outfits range from haute couture to streetwear and burkinis, or modest swimsuits. One ensemble, by Dubai fashion brand Pose/Arazzi, catches my eye. It features a long black dress with a full-body image of a teal skeleton across the front, topped with a black jacket resembling a ribcage.The display wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for social media, says curator Laura Camerlengo. Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube have pushed modest fashion — a term used to describe less-revealing clothing — into mainstream consciousness. It’s a market looking to reap the benefits of Muslims’ spending power on clothing, which is expected to increase from $270 billion in 2017 to $361 billion by 2023, according to the State of the Global Islamic Economy. Online 3:07 Now playing: Watch this: Modest fashion goes mainstream, thanks to Instagram,…center_img “Muslim modest fashionistas have been among the early users of all different social media platforms and blogs since the turn of the 21st century,” Camerlengo says. abrar-fashion-11Deep reflection. Angela Lang/CNET Influencers like Summer Albarcha, Amena Khan and Maria Alia have racked up hundreds of thousands of followers online, becoming go-to sources for hijab-styling tutorials, layering tips and modest-fashion inspiration. These women have used their blogs and social media accounts to share their favorite outfits and makeup routines and, in Khan’s case, to promote her hijab and clothing line Pearl Daisy. Social media has become an open platform for these women to show that dressing modestly can be fashionable.”I’d always felt that I was the only one who looked the way I did,” says Albarcha, who’s 23 and lives in New Jersey. “But when I saw this whole world of people online, I was like ‘Wow, there are people who are interested in styling their scarves and wearing modest clothing in a fashionable way, just like me.’ I had no idea there was such a wide community out there.”20180923-132023The “FEMINIST” scarf that caught my eye. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET That sense of community has made wearing the hijab much easier for me, too. Gleaning style inspiration from girls on Instagram and YouTube helped transform a routine experience that often made me feel isolated, like an outsider, into something more enjoyable. When I first started wearing the hijab in 2006, I was practically on my own when it came to figuring out what to wear. There was no Instagram. I couldn’t open up Teen Vogue and find a spread with the hottest new hijab trends. Now, it’s a whole different story. I can scroll through hundreds of jaw-dropping images from women all over the world, click on links to buy what they’re wearing and learn new hijab-styling tips. I’m not the only one drawn to that online community. Platforms across the board have seen a rise in activity related to modest fashion. YouTube, a go-to site for hijab-styling tutorials, says uploads of videos related to “hijab” and “tutorial” grew by 57 percent last year. In addition, uploads of videos with “modest fashion” in the title or description nearly doubled year-over-year. On Instagram, the hashtags #hijab, #hijabstyle, #modestfashion, #modest and #representationmatters collectively increased by 37 percent from September to November, the company says. And on Pinterest, searches for “modest fashion” rose 500 percent last year in the UK.”Social media has taken communication to a whole new level,” says Alia Khan, founder and chairwoman of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council, which works to help mainstream designers and retailers understand Muslim consumers. “[Modest fashion] isn’t new. What is new is this advent of influencers and social media users who share their lifestyles with their friends and followers.”abrar-al-heeti-fashion-3555My friends Maryam Bacchus (left) and Atia Musazay (right) also turn to social media influencers for modest-fashion tips. James Martin/CNET Mainstream appealIn the last three years, mainstream brands from H&M and Uniqlo to high-end labels like MaxMara have launched their own modest-clothing collections. In 2016, Dolce and Gabbana debuted a line of hijabs and abayas, or loose, robe-like dresses worn by some Muslim women. And in 2017, Nike announced its Pro Hijab along with an ad campaign featuring fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and boxer Zeina Nassar. Modest clothing has also made its way to high-profile runways for brands like Yeezy and Sherri Hill, as well as to the pages of fashion magazines like Allure, British Vogue and CR Fashion Book.”When I was growing up, I could never flip through a magazine and see anybody wearing a hijab or somebody that I could relate to.”That’s Halima Aden, a 21-year-old Somali-American model — and former refugee — who has captivated the international modeling world. In 2017, she became the first hijab-wearing woman signed by IMG Models. Aden has leveraged Instagram to share her experience representing major brands like American Eagle and Tiffany with her more than 800,000 followers. She says things have changed dramatically.abrar-al-heeti-fashion-3795-1Enlarge ImageAtia Musazay stands out in her long-sleeve shirt and full-length skirt. James Martin/CNET “Even five years ago, I couldn’t log on to YouTube and find a hijab tutorial,” Aden says. “Today, it’s all over the place. I’ll see it all over my [Instagram] timeline.”That’s not to say there aren’t issues. Mainstream adoption of modest fashion has led to some pushback from bloggers like Hoda Katebi, who runs the political fashion blog JooJoo Azad. She’s critical of how companies like H&M and Nike use hijab-wearing models in their advertising while exploiting Muslim women in sweatshops abroad.H&M declined to comment. Nike didn’t respond to a request for comment.Katebi has also criticized companies like Dolce & Gabbana for running ads featuring non-Muslim women in hijab, without understanding the struggles of women who actually cover every day.”It really feeds into this idea that Muslim women are nothing more than a piece of cloth, that we can just be used to tap into our dollars because [the models are] wearing a headscarf,” Katebi says.Many mainstream companies have turned to Muslim influencers to promote their products and campaigns. In 2017, Net-a-Porter teamed up with American-Kuwaiti fashion blogger Ascia Al-Faraj to spread the word about its first Middle East campaign. Companies like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic launched partnerships with blogger Leena Asad to promote their modest clothing options, and influencer Hajra Tariq appeared in an ad for Uniqlo last year. In 2015, H&M made headlines after featuring a hijab-wearing model, Mariah Idrissi, in one of its ads for the first time. Idrissi, who is from the UK, shared photos from the shoot on her Instagram to promote the company’s “Close the Loop” campaign, which encourages customers to recycle old clothing.”Social media has been the influence for fashion,” says fashion psychologist Carolyn Mair. “It’s taken over from designers, really. Fashion follows social media now, rather than social media following fashion.” Money talksMany companies are cluing in to the fact that there’s a huge market they’ve been neglecting, says Liz Bucar, associate professor of philosophy and religion at Northeastern University. That extends beyond Muslim consumers.”Beautiful design is beautiful design,” says Holly Frey, who visited the de Young exhibit in October. “It stops being about, ‘Oh these are designs for Muslim people,’ and it just [becomes], ‘Wow, look at that dress.'”abrar-fashion-9Stepping out in stripes. Angela Lang/CNET But for those looking to lure Muslim consumers, not having Muslim women or people who are familiar with Islam in a production room can lead to problems, says Sylvia Chan-Malik, associate professor of American and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She points to an ad by Israeli apparel company Hoodies from last year in which model Bar Refaeli appears to equate taking off the niqab — a face covering worn by some Muslim women — with freedom. The ad didn’t sit well with some Muslim women, who feel that wearing a niqab does not necessarily diminish their autonomy.  That’s not to discount the progress that’s been made regarding inclusion and representation, particularly when it comes to Muslim-owned companies like Haute Hijab and Verona, a hijab and clothing line that Macy’s began carrying last year.”There’s no denying that it’s meaningful, and it’s moving and it touches people’s hearts to see these representations,” Chan-Malik says. “We can acknowledge that this is exciting. Muslim women are being represented. We can also acknowledge that we can continue to interrogate what that excitement is made of as we move forward.”A unifying forceContemporary Muslim Fashions was a perfect demonstration that modesty and beauty are not mutually exclusive. When I visited the exhibit in the fall, I felt a sense of pride as I walked past jaw-droppingly beautiful clothing designed and worn by Muslim women.A few visitors even came up to me to compliment my bejeweled black suede boots, ask how to pronounce “hijab” and request I translate a line of Arabic calligraphy (I failed). In a sense, I felt like a modest-fashion ambassador. Contemporary Muslim FashionsOutfits on display at the Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco / Joanna Garcia Cheran Interest in less revealing styles isn’t going anywhere, says Carmen Muhammad, founder of clothing brand Al Nisa Designs.”Modest fashion is not a fad,” says Muhammad, whose pieces were displayed at the exhibit. “It’s a market that’s going to be around for quite some time.”Fashion, after all, may be just what we need to bring people together and help them better understand Islam and its followers, says Khan, head of the Islamic Fashion and Design Council. “Everybody loves beauty,” Khan says. “It reminds me of a saying we have in our belief: ‘God loves beauty, and therefore we, too, should embrace beauty.'”The Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibit wrapped up at the de Young Museum in January, and will run from April 4 to Sept. 15 at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.  Instagram YouTube Tagslast_img read more

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Galveston County Is Monitoring Harvey Closely

first_imgRight before we spoke to Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, he was being briefed by the national weather service.“They are now forecasting between one and three feet for Bolivar peninsula,” he says.Henry called for a voluntary evacuation for Bolivar peninsula suggesting that people who rely on medical assistance need to leave.But he says that may become mandatory.“The thing we are most concerned about is people not taking this seriously,” he says “It’s going to be a water event more so than a wind event.”For people staying at home he suggest buying more than just food and water.“The things people forget about are prescription medication,” he says. “Make sure you have five days worth of prescription medication and a plan for your pets. Do you have enough pet food or whatever you need to take care of your animal.The Bolivar Ferry could be cut off if the tide is higher than four and a half feet and winds reach 45 mph. 00:00 /00:47 Share Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

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Mr Gay Belgium violently beaten in antigay attack

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Roy Moore’s sexual abuse accuser loses home in possible arson attackDisgraced homophobe Roy Moore faces lawsuit after smearing sex abuse accuserDoug Jones officially wins! Alabama rejects homophobe Roy Moore’s lawsuitPINK NEWS- “A lot of people like me in our country have had to deal with physical violence because of their sexual orientation and they do not yet dare to express themselves.“That’s why I decided to tell my story to the media. These incidents have to be reported.”The 19-year-old won the title of Mr Gay Belgium last year after beating 22-year-old Muslim contestant Abdellah Bijat.Bijat was the first Muslim man to reach the finals of the competition.Speaking about his success at the time, he said: “In the Koran it says that we should be tolerant and open. That means respecting others, no matter what their preferences are.”He said he wants to break down misconceptions about Islam and homosexuality and acceptance within the community.“I want to show that 2016 should be a feasible year for the existence of different cultures including Islam, in order to all live in peace,” the former contestant said.“It should be feasible for everyone to accept people as they are,” he added.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… (Photo by Jaimie Deblieck/Facebook)Writing about the alleged attack on Facebook, he explained that he was attacked from behind.“Attacking me from behind and stamping on me is one thing. Calling me “fucking homo,” you’re gonna regret it. I’m not going to drop it, you coward,” he wrote.Bram Bierkins, the organiser of the Mr Gay Belgium event said that Jaimie is “disappointed and angry”.“He is a strong personality and he has also survived threats and other negative comments after his election,” he said.Deblieck has not been left with any permanent injuries but he has reported the attack to police who are now investigating it.Related: Gay man killed at cruising spot Mr Gay Belgium has been violently beaten and called abusive anti-gay slurs in the streets of his hometown.Jaimie Deblieck was pushed to the ground, stomped and kicked by an attacker who called him a “f*cking homo” and other offensive things in Roeselare. last_img read more

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Driver causes electrical tower to fall on unit

first_imgMiraculously, the driver of the trailer was uninjured when he somehow hit the bast of the tower, causing it to fall on his unit. Traffic was rerouted for serveral hours while emergency officials were on scene. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Mexico City, Mexico — A transport trailer traveling along the Lechería-Texcoco highway managed to topple a high voltage electrical tower, cutting power to thousands and leaving traffic at a standstill. Civil Protection, along with police and fire, were on hand to close traffic and estimate the best course of action. Personnel of of the Urban Rescue and the Fire Department worked in the area in coordination with CFE personnel to remove the driver and upright the toppled tower. center_img The electrical tower, which belonged to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), was ripped from its base, which resulted in it falling across the highway and resting on top of the tractor trailer unit. last_img read more

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Heat waves revive New Jersey tourism

first_imgNew Jersey is back on the map for tourists after completing months of recovery work post-Sandy and a recent set of heat waves.Parts of the beach destination’s coastline was battered when the hurricane struck the region in October last year.However, the sun has begun to bring positivity back to the region, according to an AccuWeather update, with parts of the East enduring its fourth heat wave this year, which is drawing in a number of tourists back into New Jersey to cool off.Despite the pick up, doubt is looming whether the region will be able to generate its 2012 tourism record of US$34.7 billion, which amounted to seven percent of the entire state economy.New Jersey division of travel and tourism Grace Hanlon said weather plays a major role in tourism to the area, and she remains “optimistic about the future”.”While the Jersey Shore saw a slow start with the weather Memorial Day weekend, Fourth of July weekend brought spectacular weather and crowds all along our 130 miles and the momentum is continuing,” she explained.“We are pleased that visitors are coming to visit the Jersey Shore to see for themselves the incredible recovery and rebuilding that has taken place over the past couple of months and to do their part in helping these shore town economies.”This week in the Jersey Shore, ocean temperatures reached 70°F.Source = ETB News: N.J. It’s getting hot in New Jersey.last_img read more

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