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Morocco in Top 10 Countries in ‘2015 Islamic Growth Markets Investment…

Rabat – Morocco has been ranked among the top ten countries in the 2015 Islamic Growth Markets Investment Index, which ranks the investment potential of countries within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).The index is conducted by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, in partnership with Dinar Standard, an Islamic markets research and advisory firm. The index is based on a set of nine metrics covering the categories of a country’s growth fundamentals, growth momentum, investment momentum and relative country risk.The report, presented during the Global Islamic Gateway conference in Bahrain last week, has revealed that Indonesia showed the strongest growth fundamentals among the top three having the highest population (249 million, 2013) and GDP ($870 billion, 2013), while Malaysia the strongest growth and investment momentum (217 per cent FDI inflows growth 2009-13). UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the three countries from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) which have made it to the top ten list. Other markets on the top 10 include Kazakhstan, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, and Mozambique.According to the report, the investment potential across the 57 OIC countries is “well above world average.” It added that member countries represent a combined GDP of $6.7 trillion in 2013 and are projected to grow at a higher rate of 5.4 per cent in 2015-19 than rest of the world (3.6 per cent) or BRICS nations (3.9 per cent).“The purpose of the Islamic Growth Markets Investment Report 2015 is to present a new view of looking at investment opportunities across the OIC member countries,” Dr. Sayd Farook, global head of Islamic capital market at Thomson Reuters, said in a statement.“Focused on fast-growing consumer-driven sector clusters of food, retail, tourism, health and others, as well as government spending driven infrastructure and construction, the report addresses a gap of looking at investment opportunities across the full geographic spectrum of these growth markets and their global value chain.”The report identified the top OIC sector clusters that “provide best opportunities for sector based investment strategy.” They are: Energy, food and agriculture, electronics, travel and transportation, metals, chemical and allied, plastics/rubber, textiles and related, infrastructure and construction, and health products and services.“The top 10 clusters were identified based on the analysis of manufacturing and services sectors that are collectively the strongest across these markets. This prioritization provides investors a first look at key sectors of activity and growth potential,” said the authors of the report.Energy, says the report, is the largest OIC sector cluster by virtue of aggregate score derived from exports volume, imports and domestic consumption across OIC markets. Energy sector cluster exports were the highest within OIC worth $1.3 trillion in 2013 representing 43 per cent of global exports.The OIC’s sector of food and agriculture is the second-largest and its exports were $118 billion in 2013, representing eight per cent of global exports. Domestic demand value from food sector across OIC is the highest among all sector clusters and estimated at $974 billion, representing 16 per cent of global food consumption, the report added.Travel and transportation is the third-largest OIC sector cluster, and its exports were $192 billion in 2013, representing six per cent of global exports.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Senior UN official on twoday visit to reinforce peacebuilding in Sierra Leone

22 October 2009A senior United Nations official is on a two-day visit to Sierra Leone for wide-ranging talks on the situation in a country that was the first to be put on the agenda of the new UN Peacebuilding Commission, set up three years ago to prevent conflict-plagued States from relapsing into bloodshed. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support Judy Cheng-Hopkins’ visit comes a little over a month after the top UN official in the West African nation warned that the journey towards a stable, peaceful and democratic country would will be bumpy, long, and even dangerous despite remarkable progress made since the end of a civil war earlier this decade. She will meet with Government and UN officials as well as other stakeholders including civil society groups in a country that provides a good case study for examining the work of the UN in peacebuilding.In September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Executive Representative for Sierra Leone Michael Schulenberg told the Security Council the country needs time, patience, determined national leadership and continued international support.“We must anticipate accidents, derailments and mistakes along this road… there are no easy benchmarks that will tell us that Sierra Leone is out of the woods,” he said, noting that the country is one of the poorest in the world, does not have a large educated middle class, and over 70 per cent of the population remains illiterate.State institutions, moreover, remain weak and the nation’s journey towards prosperity is taking place in a “difficult” regional environment, with the political and security situation in West Africa remaining “highly precarious” amid worrying signs of military coups, ethnic and inter-religious conflicts, and threats from illicit drug trafficking and international crime, he added.In October 2006, at its first ever country-specific meeting, the Peacebuilding Commission recommended Sierra Leone for support from the newly established Peacebuilding Fund, set up a week earlier to assist countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and prevent them falling back into bloodshed.Last month the Security Council extended for another year the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) after Mr. Ban stressed in his latest report that greater efforts are needed by all Sierra Leoneans to build on momentum from a key peace pact signed in April between the governing All People’s Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) to end political violence. read more

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WTO panel rules against Canada in Brazils complaint over Bombardier C Series

MONTREAL — A World Trade Organization panel is moving ahead with its review of Brazil’s complaint that Bombardier Inc.’s C Series is receiving unfair subsidies after throwing out a key Canadian argument.The panel ruled against Canada’s objection that it look at four programs including Ottawa’s supercluster plan that were not included in its original complaint.Brazilian aerospace rival Embraer S.A. launched the trade dispute last year alleging Bombardier and its suppliers have received more than $3.7 billion (US$3 billion) in subsidies, which it claims have hurt its aviation industry.Bombardier Global 7000 claims crown to become longest-range luxury jetChina’s move to slap tariffs on U.S. business jets seen as a boon for BombardierBombardier says end to Boeing’s ‘meritless’ trade case over CSeries is good news for aerospace, publicIt argues the government subsidies have allowed Bombardier to sell the C Series at artificially low prices that distort the global market and harm competitors.Canada had argued that Brazil’s request to include the additional programs broadened the scope of the dispute beyond the original request for consultations.However, the WTO ruled that they were within the terms of reference of the panel.The WTO also rejected an argument by Canada that Brazil didn’t identify specific measures in regard to its concerns about several other programs.Joseph Pickerill, spokesman for International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne, said Canada was disappointed the panel did not uphold its claim.“This is just a preliminary stage in the broader WTO dispute and Canada will continue to participate fully in the WTO proceedings,” Pickerill said in a statement.Bombardier’s aerospace rival has eaten away at its leadership in regional jets and is developing an updated offering to partially compete with the C Series.The WTO established a dispute settlement panel in September, a month after consultations with Canada failed to resolve Brazil’s complaint that government subsidies for the C Series are inconsistent with Canada’s WTO obligations. read more

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19 reasons why Ryan Giggs is a footballing legend

first_img1. His goal against ArsenalYouTube credit: Jordan Long2. Gary Lineker played against him3. Giggs had been playing first-team football at United for four years when Adnan Januzaj was born(Martin Rickett/PA Archive/Press Association Images)4. His very manly chest(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)5. His Secrets and Skills video 12. He’s a big fan of the current Ireland assistant bossYouTube credit: RyanGiggsOBE(From 1.10 onwards)13. He was around when black-and-white photographs were still being taken(Mike Brett/Mike Brett/Press Association Images)14. His unique celebrations with Incey(Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport)15. Himself and Scholes were a combined age of 75 when they were both in the team at one point(Eamonn & James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment)16. He was part of the famous Class of 92(Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/EMPICS Entertainment)17. Alessandro Del Piero once famously said that watching Giggs made him cry(Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport)18. The hard evidence for Giggs’ greatness YouTube credit: chongsiu20006. His surprise Countdown appearanceYouTube credit: Beanyman62Sports7. His mentoring of a young Danny WelbeckYouTube credit: Beanyman62Sports8. His career provides endless scope for montagesYouTube credit: stevenjvd9. He has made more Champions League appearances than any other player(Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images)10. Even as a youngster, he was scoring incredible goalsYouTube credit: MU FC11. His emotional reaction to United winning the league in 2013/Ferguson retiring(Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport)center_img Giggs has made 955 appearances for United since his debut in 1991. He has the record number of Premier League winner’s medals — 13, the most Champions League campaigns — 20, the most Premier League appearances and most appearances for one club — 666, he has appeared in the most seasons — 22, the first player to be named Young Player of the Year two seasons in a row, the most consecutive seasons to score at least one goal — 21. He is also 19th in the list of all-time Premier League scorers — 114 goals (168 overall). He has won 4 FA Cups, 4 League Cups, 2 Champions Leagues.19. Despite turning 40, we still think of him as ‘the boy wonder'(John Marsh/EMPICS Sport)It’s Ryan Giggs’ birthday this week, so here’s a look back at his first-ever United goal>Is this the worst open-goal miss you’ve ever seen?>last_img read more

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America gets 9 PSOne games on PS Vita Europe gets 129

first_imgWhen Sony rolls out a new firmware update for one of its machines there’s not usually much to talk about. But with the release of v1.80 for the PS Vita$364.71 at Amazon this week (new features covered in the video above), Vita owners will gain access to a number of PSOne games via the PlayStation Store.What games you can purchase depends on your region, but for some reason living in Europe is going to allow you access to a lot more PSOne titles. The discrepancy between the US and Europe games line-up is pretty ridiculous. US gamers get just 9 titles to choose from while Europeans get 129!Here’s the tiny US PSOne list:Arc the LadCool Borders 2Final Fantasy VIIHot Shots Golf 2Jet MotoSyphon FilterTomb RaiderTwisted Metal 2Wild ArmsThere’s some good games in there, but that’s not many titles and it seems like US gamers are set to endure a slow trickle of releases going forward. The European list on the other hand is too long to include here, but here’s just a few of the choice titles you will be able to purchase later this week:Crash Bandicoot, 2, 3Final Fantasy V, VI, VII, VIII, IXGrandiaParasite EveResident Evil Director’s Cut, 2, 3Ridge Racer Type 4Silent HillStreet Fighter 2 AlphaTomb Raider, 2, 3, The Last Revelation, ChroniclesVagrant StoryUS gamers get their PSOne games today, Europe gets theirs tomorrow.The one ray of hope for US gamers is that all the games listed for Europe must already work on PS Vita so it’s likely they will all get released eventually. But why the massive difference in title availability, Sony?More at PlayStation.Blog (US) and PlayStation.Blog (EU), via Kotakulast_img read more

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Consommation énergétique 30000 travailleurs sociaux pour enseigner les écogestes

first_imgConsommation énergétique : 30.000 travailleurs sociaux pour enseigner les éco-gestesFrance – Une formation aux “éco-gestes” va être mise en place par le ministère chargé du Développement durable. Elle s’adressera à quelque 30.000 travailleurs sociaux qui pourront ensuite enseigner ce qu’ils auront appris aux publics défavorisés.A l’occasion d’un forum baptisé “Développement durable, créateur de lien social”, la secrétaire d’État Valérie Létard a annoncé la création de cette formation destinée aux travailleurs sociaux de la fonction publique territoriale. Elle leur permettra “d’expliquer aux familles comment, au quotidien, changer leurs comportements et en voir un bénéfice immédiat pour leur pouvoir d’achat”, a-t-elle déclaré.Fruit d’une convention entre l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) et le Centre national de la fonction publique territoriale, dont l’élaboration est en cours, la formation devrait être lancée d’ici le mois de janvier prochain. “L’objectif est de former les gens qui sont au contact des publics précaires, souvent sous-informés sur les questions environnementales et qui risquent d’être à la fois victimes des fractures sociale et environnementale” souligne le ministère. Alors que 3,4 millions de ménages français consacrent plus de 10% de leur revenu à leurs factures énergétiques, les travailleurs sociaux qui travaillent auprès des populations les plus modestes enseigneront les éco-gestes à mettre en œuvre pour réduire ces consommations. “L’écologie peut être un énorme levier pour réduire les inégalités sociales” assure Valérie Létard, quand les tarifs de l’électricité ont augmenté de 3% depuis le 15 août dernier.Le 2 septembre 2010 à 17:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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WhiskyWaste Biofuel is Ron Swanson Approved

first_img Scotland, in the words of Ron Swanson, is where “where God’s chosen elixirs are distilled, barrelled, and prepared for consumption.” Now, it’s also where brilliant scientists are turning out high-quality biofuel.Not just any biofuel, mind you. This stuff is born of the waste produced from the whisky distillation process. Called biobutanol, it’s made using draff (the residue of barley husks) and pot ale (a yeasty, carbohydrate- and protein-rich residue).The whisky waste was supplied by the Tullibardine Distillery, a family-owned operation that’s been producing fine single-malt Scotch whisky for almost 70 years. Researchers with Celtic Renewables supplied the brainpower,The liquid pot ale is combined with the draff and fermented. The biobutanol that’s produced can be substituted for gasoline. There’s no need for engine modifications as with some biofuels. Just top off the tank with biobutanol, turn the key (or push the ignition button), and drive away!According to an article from the BBC, whisky distillers produce around 800,000 tons of draff and well over half a billion gallons of pot ale every year. Celtic Renewables is confident that’s enough to turn biobutanol production into a $130 million industry in Scotland alone. They hope to take their process to other major whisky- (and whiskey) producing nations, too, including India, Japan, and the good ol’ U S of A.That’s great news, since this is the perfect modern fuel to power classic American vehicles like Ron’s trusty late-70s Ford F-Series and his beloved Buick Park Avenue… or whatever car real person Nick Offerman actually drives. Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair last_img read more

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Paleontologists ID Ancient Animal Masquerading as a Plant

first_img Egg Fossils Provide Glimpse Into Prehistoric ParentingBoy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort Stay on target Ediacaran organisms have long puzzled scientists: Are they a form of algae, fungi, or some other plant?The ancient life forms—common in the Earth’s oceans half a billion years ago—may actually have been something entirely different.Two paleontologists recently revealed that the identity of the mysterious creatures: animals.Since first discovering Ediacaran organisms in 1946, scientists have identified some 200 types within fossilized rocks around the world. Their unique bodies—branched fronds with a repeating pattern—are easy to recognize.But not, it turns out, easy to catalog.Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill and Jian Han, however, uncovered “key evidence” that the Ediacaran organisms were in fact animals, and not, as previously speculated, shrubbery.The pair analyzed more than 200 fossils of a 518-million-year-old marine species called Stromatoveris psygmoglena. Paleontologists had already classified the 10-centimeter-tall species an animal, based on its environment and similarly preserved findings.A fossil of one of the 200 types of Stromatoveris (via Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill)“I began thinking: My goodness, I’ve seen these features before,” Hoyal Cuthill, of the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge, said in a statement published by Science.She and Han, from China’s Northwest University, make the case that S. psygmoglena was also an Ediacaran organism—a rare “survivor” of the Cambrian explosion.Upon further examination, the colleagues found Stromatoveris and other Ediacaran organisms are quite strange indeed; they don’t belong to any living animal group.Rather, they “cluster on their own branch in the animal evolutionary tree,” the team reported in the journal Palaeontology.The Petalonamae branch—which falls between sponges and complex animals with a digestive cavity (worms, mollusks, vertebrates)—”could well be its own phylum, and it apparently lacks any living descendants,” according to Hoyal Cuthill.The case is not closed yet, though.As Science pointed out, Ediacaran organisms’ demise has been linked to the appearance of animals in the Cambrian Explosion. But that doesn’t make sense if Ediacaran organisms were animals themselves—some still alive tens of millions of years later.“It’s not quite so neat anymore,” Hoyal Cuthill said. “As to what led to their eventual extinction I think it’s very hard to say.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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This Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom Routine

first_imgStay on target You can now communicate with Alexa in the bathroom, thanks to Kohler’s new Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet.On Friday, the company unveiled the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet and other smart bathroom products at CES 2019. In a press release, Kohler said it extended voice control technology, so customers can have a connected bathroom experience. The products aren’t available right now, however, Kohler said they will be introduced to the smart home market this year.“Connected technology is driving innovation in the smart home category, but connectivity alone isn’t enough,” David Kohler, CEO of Kohler Co., said in the press release. “We believe in leading with design and seamlessly incorporating the right technologies so that our customers can personalize their bathroom experiences to be just right for them.”Kohler’s smart bathroom products, including the the Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, sync with Kohler Connect, an application for Android and iOS devices that enable hands-free motion control, personalized presets, and voice commands. The aim of Kohler Connect is to make key living areas, including the bathroom, more smart-home friendly. With Kohler Connect, customers cane easily ask questions and manage devices without moving rooms.The Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet isn’t your typical potty. Its cool features include personalized cleansing and dryer functions, a heated seat and excellent water efficiency to get the job done. For a more peaceful bathroom session, the toilet’s lighting comes with ambient colors and  high-quality speakers. Plus, Alexa is built into the toilet, so you can use simple voice commands to heat the seat, ask questions about the weather, and play your favorite beats in the bathroom.If you have your heart set on a smart bathroom, Kohler also offers other high-tech additions, including a Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror powered by Google Assistant, a DTV+ Shower System that allows you to virtually control water settings, and a PerfectFill Technology filler that produces the right water level for your bathtub. You can easily turn your boring bathroom into a high-tech lavatory with Kohler’s innovative technology.More on Geek.com:Pencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From PoachersNew App Warns LA Users Of Impending EarthquakeRolls Royce Aims to Build the World’s Fastest All-Electric Airplane SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit last_img read more

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Woman gets 15 months for vacuum cleaner attack

first_imgThe evening of a drunken argument with her boyfriend, Michelle D. Hawn’s weapon of choice was a vacuum cleaner. “She described holding it like a toilet plunger over her head” as she inflicted blows on victim Todd Proetel, fracturing his skull, Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino told Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis.It was the plastic upright Dirt Devil that upped the penalties against the Hazel Dell woman at her Wednesday sentencing.She was given 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree assault domestic violence — and a year of that sentence was the result of a deadly weapon enhancement added because she used the vacuum cleaner. The standard sentencing range of second-degree assault is three to nine months in jail. Hawn has no prior criminal record. Prosecutors initially charged Hawn, 37, with first-degree assault. She was offered the plea deal because her attorney contended Hawn lacked criminal intent to seriously hurt her former boyfriend.She will receive credit for the 203 days she’s spent in the Clark County Jail, as part of Lewis’ sentence.Gasperino said the assault happened the night of Aug. 3 at the couple’s home, when they began “arguing about infidelity issues in their relationship.” Deputies responded to Callaham’s Mobile Manor, 10804 N.E. Highway 99, and found Proetel lying unconscious in a pool of blood.The responding deputy’s report said that Hawn ran to a neighbor’s house after the attack, crying and saying, “Todd beat me up.” However, deputies wrote that after her arrest, “there were no outwardly visible signs of recent abuse” on Hawn’s face and body.last_img read more

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Okada Manila hits record GGR EBITDA in January

first_imgOkada Manila enjoyed another record month in January with gross gaming revenue growing 134% year-on-year and by 52.3% compared with December GGR to Php3.84 billion (US$73.7 million).According to figures released by Universal Entertainment – the parent company of Okada Manila operator Tiger Resort, Leisure and Entertainment Inc – the property enjoyed solid increases across all gaming segments with VIP table revenue up 241%, including a 111% improvement on December, to Php2.29 billion and mass table revenue rising 66.9% to Php786 million. Slot revenue grew from Php503 million to Php771 million but was slightly down on December’s Php773 million. RelatedPosts 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Load More Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Adjusted segment EBITDA for the month rose 683% to Php565.9 million – another property record.In its results announcement, Universal attributed the strong results to higher win rates in both VIP and mass table games.“Volumes in VIP rolling, mass table drop and gaming machine handle remained strong as well,” the company said. “VIP rolling chips for the month, in particular, produced the highest rate of increase among the gaming segments that posted a record high.”Total revenue for January was Php4.02 billion, with non-gaming revenue up 66% year-on-year but down 42.5% on December to Php176 million.last_img read more

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Favorite Tools for Online Edit

first_imgA word of caution: looking at the Chartbeat dashboard is extremely engrossing. If you ever had an ant farm as a kid, you’ll know what I mean. Sarah Lockyer , Director, Digital Content, Penton Restaurant Group (Food Management, Nation’s Restaurant News, Restaurant Hospitality),Penton MediaVideo content is becoming more and more important on B-to-B sites, as videos can drive audience engagement, build time on site, and provide advertisers with another touch point for online readers. At Nation’s Restaurant News we needed a third-party plug in to improve the video capabilities we have with our Drupal-based CMS, and Magnify provided us the opportunity to not only catalogue our own video content, but aggregate video content from around the web. As a brand covering restaurants, chefs, food trends and the business of being a restaurateur, video content abounds, and we are now able to tap into it.The beauty of a platform like Magnify is that it allows the editorial staff to quickly build a library of content, and then provides the flexibility for editors to embed videos from around the web in any related article. NRN moved from about 60 videos to nearly 300 videos in less than two months. We’ve seen our time on site jump more than 10 percent.Even more, platforms like Magnify provide other parties, whether news aggregators or bloggers, to easily pick up embed code for their own sites, driving additional online readers to the content. NRN immediately saw its videos embedded on such sites as Huffington Post and Eater.com, driving thousands of visitors and video playbacks for NRN.com. Each of those videos can contain advertiser pre-roll, providing additional digital revenue opportunities. NRN sister publication Food Management just went live with Magnify, and Penton Media has about 10 publications using the video content management system. For digital operations that aren’t exactly video heavy, nor have the editorial resources for a concerted video effort, this tool was a great example of using technology to improve and monetize content. Look for the expanded version of this article in the next edition of FOLIO: Magazine. Today, working with staff to produce quality content is only a portion of what it takes for editors to create a winning digital presence. Here, several editorial executives offer their take on the top tools that are helping not only push out content to their own channels, but also to disseminate it through others.  Kaelin Zawilinski/Editorial Manager, Better Homes and Gardens, BHG.com (pictured)Many of our digital editors at BHG.com have been admiring Pinterest.com for more than a year but it wasn’t until recently that we started using it on a day-to-day basis. If you are not familiar with this site, Pinterest.com is a virtual pin board of inspiration where many bloggers and home, garden, and food enthusiasts ”pin” beautiful photos from all over the internet to curated design boards, which can then be repinned, liked, or commented on.

We are using Pinterest in multiple ways here at BHG.com. As editors, we have started storing the ideas that inspire us from our favorite blogs, websites or retail sites, in our personal pin boards. These boards help cultivate ideas as we plan upcoming features on our website. It is also a speedier way to gather all of our ideas and inspiration in one place, eliminating the cumbersome process of organizing saved image files and bookmarked web pages. Plus, their iPhone app is super convenient for on-the-go pinning at tradeshows. We just launched an account for Better Homes and Gardens where we are pinning some of our favorite photos from BHG.com so other Pinterest users can be inspired by our photography and share it with their friends, ultimately connecting more people with our brand. James E. Green/ Group Editorial Director, Summit Business Media A tool that I’ve found really helpful recently has been chartbeat (www.chartbeat.com; @chartbeat). Chartbeat is an analytics tool for real-time website monitoring. For our editorial teams, it’s becoming increasingly important to have intelligence into what readers are doing on our sites at this very second. Google analytics is indispensable and has its place in our editorial strategy, but it doesn’t always provide us with the immediacy and richness of data we need in order to identify and react to reader needs on the fly.Using the Chartbeat dashboard, I can see stories that are trending well on the site, and I can also drill down to see engagement levels on individual stories. If I have 500 readers looking at the same story simultaneously, for example, Chartbeat can give me up-to-the-minute page-specific engagement metrics. I can see how many of those 500 visitors are idle versus actively reading and how far down on the page they are scrolling. I can also see how many minutes readers are spending on each story, and I get a more accurate measurement than Google’s time-on-site metric.Chartbeat also offers a breakdown of our traffic sources (between referral, search and direct) and supplies us with information on the domains of the referring sites and the most commonly used search terms.Armed with this real-time intelligence, our editorial teams can accomplish a variety of things, from optimizing the home page to informing our social media activity. Most importantly, if we notice an abnormal spike in traffic around a particular story or topic, we treat that as an indication of reader demand so we’ll supply more content on that topic and perhaps build a keyword strategy around it and feed more specific story assignments to our stringer reporters.More and more, our sites are going head-to-head against some major traditional media outlets, so speed of delivery is important as we attempt to build user loyalty by breaking news for them. Chartbeat gives us front-end optics into our readers’ interests so that we can pick our battles wisely when we are going up against media outlets that have access to more resources.last_img read more

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Apple TV app vs Apple TV Channels vs Apple TV Plus Whats

first_img Amazon LG Samsung Sony Apple Preview • Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer adds HDR, better gaming See It More from the Apple event Crutchfield Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far $179 Tags Everything Apple announced It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service See all our Apple event coverage Apple Event $179 Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) $169 2:50 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service See All See It Updated, March 30: Clarifies watching from within vs. bouncing out of the TV app. Apple $179 But Apple also talked about updates to its new TV app, which includes a new Channels option. So what’s actually new and what do we know? Here’s a cheat sheet.apple-tv-app-spiderverse-032519-big-jpg-large-2xThe Apple TV app is getting an update in May. Apple Apple TV appIntroduced in 2016, this app for the Apple TV streamer as well as iPhones and iPads provides a single place to browse, discover and resume watching TV shows and movies from apps like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, ESPN, PlayStation Vue and many more. It shows individual episodes and movies but doesn’t let you watch them from within the Apple TV app itself. Instead you’ll select one and get bounced out to the app in question (such as Hulu for The Handmaid’s Tale) to begin or resume watching.An updated version of the app, coming in May 2019, will integrate purchases from iTunes TV shows and movies, as well as provide suggestions for more TV shows and movies to watch. Apple says the app will also come to smart TVs from Samsung this spring, as well as Sony, LG and Vizio TVs and Roku and Amazon Fire TV streamers and TVs in the future. It would also be available to MacOS computers this fall.More: Apple TV app coming to Macs, smart TVs in 2019apple-tv-channelsWith Apple TV channels you watch and subscribe to the services within the TV app itself, no extra app (like HBO Now) required. Apple Apple TV Channels This is an all-new addition to the Apple TV app that allows subscribers to add content from a variety of partners, including HBO, Showtime, Epix, Starz, Britbox and more. You subscribe within the TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. The same goes for watching content: Instead of being bounced out to the HBO Now app, for example, you can watch your Game of Thrones episode within the Apple TV app itself. Users can also share Apple TV channels subscriptions via Apple’s Family Sharing feature. The service sounds similar to Amazon’s Prime Channels service, available now. Apple didn’t announce pricing, but one report says services like HBO will be discounted.More: Apple TV Channel’s streaming service is here and wants to run the showf1a7651c-e49b-4c59-836c-6a1dd45c4011-800Apple has gathered A-list Hollywood talent for its new Apple TV Plus streaming service, coming this fall. Connie Guglielmo/CNET Apple TV PlusComing this fall, this is a separate TV streaming service that will be home to original TV shows, movies and documentaries exclusive to Apple. Apple has a multiyear partnership deal with Oprah and deals with Reese Witherspoon, J.J. Abrams and dozens of others. The company has spent more than $1 billion budget and has committed to 30 shows and a handful of movies. They include Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories series, The Morning Show starring Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell about workplace relationships and Little America, which features stories that center around immigrants. Pricing for an Apple TV Plus subscription was not announced.More: Apple introduces Apple TV Plus for its original showsgrannysmith-13.jpg Sarah Tew Apple TVThe three above are brand-new services, but Apple is also continuing to sell its streaming box under the Apple TV name, too. It’s our favorite “luxury” streamer at $150 for the standard version and $180 for the 4K version. It will be interesting to see if the company makes any changes to the Apple TV later in the year, or at least drops the price, before the fall rollout of Apple TV Plus. We’ll see.More: Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer — if you’re willing to spend up 97 Photoscenter_img Apple CEO Tim Cook triples down on “Apple TV.” Apple/Screenshot by CNET Apple has three new ways to get you watching more TV shows and movies. Unfortunately they all have very similar names, and all start with “Apple TV.”On March 25 in Cupertino, Apple CEO Tim Cook finally took the wraps off his company’s latest “service” ambitions. It was an Apple event without any new gadgets. Instead we saw a news and magazine aggregation app, a subscription gaming play and an Apple credit card. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better Best Buy 4 • Apple’s TV app, Apple TV channels and Apple TV Plus,… Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino reading • Apple TV app vs. Apple TV Channels vs. Apple TV Plus: What’s the difference? Most of the event focused on streaming TV shows and movies, however, culminating in Apple’s new television service with original shows from stars like Jenifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Kumail Nanjiani and producers like J.J. Abrams and Oprah Winfrey. It’s called Apple TV Plus. Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Share your voice See it Apple Event Comments Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 See It Now playing: Watch this: Media Streamerslast_img read more

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Amal Clooney to lead defence team of Duterte critic

first_imgMANILA: Acclaimed human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will head the international legal team defending a Philippine media personality who is one of the fiercest critics of President Rodrigo Duterte. The CEO of the independent news portal Rappler, Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its 2018 Persons of the Year, faces several criminal charges for alleged tax evasion, cyber libel and violating media nationalization laws, which both she and human rights defenders describe as persecution for her journalistic work that has often railed against Duterte’s administration, reports Efe news. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us “Maria Ressa is a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for reporting the news and standing up to human rights abuses,” Clooney said in a statement released by her London-based law firm, Doughty Street Chambers, on Monday. “We will pursue all available legal remedies to vindicate her rights and defend press freedom and the rule of law in the Philippines,” the Lebanese-British attorney added. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Clooney, together with Caoilfhionn Gallagher – both specializing in international law and human rights – will lead the team of global attorneys that will work in coordination with the Philippine lawyers advising Ressa. “I am delighted that Amal Clooney and her team will be representing me at the international level to challenge the violations of my rights and those of the media organization I represent,” Ressa said in a statement on Tuesday. Advertise With Us Ressa, who in the past was CNN’s correspondent for Asia, has been arrested twice this year and has had to post bail up to seven times for her release while awaiting trial. She is the recipient of the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award presented by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and won the 2018 Knight International Journalism Award in Washington. The head of Rappler, a website established in 2012 that has since gone on to become one of the most influential news sites of the Philippines, claims that all the charges against her are an attempt to silence her and in retaliation for her critical reporting on Duterte, especially the abuses committed in the anti-drugs campaign he launched after coming to power in 2016. The Philippine president has not concealed his animosity towards the media, and particularly Rappler, which he has accused of being financed by the CIA, in addition to trying to revoke its license and denying its reporters access to the presidential palace. Clooney, appointed special envoy for media freedom by the British government, has also defended two Reuters journalists who were jailed for more than 16 months in Myanmar after exposing an army-sponsored massacre and released in May.last_img read more

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Creepy Momo Challenge Reappears on WhatsApp

first_img“Our advice as always, is to supervise the games your kids play and be extremely mindful of the videos they are watching on YouTube,” the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) wrote in a Facebook post. “Ensure that the devices they have access to are restricted to age suitable content.”U.K. schools, including the Northcott Community Special School in Hull, also cautioned parents about the “Momo Challenge” and how it can appear on social media platforms and online games, such as Fortnite.IMPORTANT: we are aware that some nasty challenges (Momo challenge) are hacking into children’s programmes Challenges appear midway through Kids YouTube, Fortnight, Peppa pig to avoid detection by adults. Please be vigilant with your child using IT, images are very disturbing— Northcott School Hull (@NorthcottSchool) February 26, 2019While police and schools are raising awareness on the creepy “Momo Challenge,” digital platforms, such as WhatsApp and YouTube, are also taking action to curb the game on their apps and websites.“Our Community Guidelines prohibit harmful and dangerous challenges, including promoting the “Momo Challenge,” and we remove this content quickly when flagged to us,” a YouTube spokesperson told CBS News.Even though the “Momo Challenge” won’t probably disappear anytime soon, it’s important for parents worldwide to know about the dangers of this game on their kids’ physical and mental health.If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.More on Geek.com:‘Momo Challenge,’ a Creepy Viral Game, Prompts Social Media WarningsWatch: Japanese Company Creates Traffic Safety Video for Cats Attempted Mummy Smuggling Thwarted at Cairo Airport Stay on target The “Momo Challenge” is back: Police in the U.K. are issuing warnings to parents after the creepy digital game, which encourages self-harm and destructive behavior, reappeared on WhatsApp.Last year, the “Momo Challenge” rose to international fame after it spammed several social media platforms, including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook. The hoax game, which encourages participants to engage in violent activities and was most likely created by hackers, unfortunately led to injuries and suicides among young students, and prompted law enforcement, schools, and communities to take action against it.Earlier this week, parents in the U.K. discovered the “Momo Challenge” again on WhatsApp and other social media platforms, CBS News reported. Police and law enforcement officials are aware of the viral game, and warned parents about its harmful consequences.center_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

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Two caught in middrug deal in Playa del Carmen

first_imgPolice say they were on a surveillance tour of the area when they came across the men. Both were standing between their vehicles when police witnessed a bag of what turned out to be cocaine, exchanged between them. Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Two men have been arrested after police stumble upon them in the middle of a drug deal in a residential area of Playa del Carmen. Once the men spotted police, however, both took cover in their vehicles and attempted to flee, but were stopped. During an inspection, police reported finding several bags of cocaine which led to their arrest. They were transferred to the facilities of the Dirección General de Seguridad Pública where they were made available to the appropriate authorities. Photos: Policías Municipales de Solidaridad The arrest of the two men was made in the Pedregal neighborhood of Playa del Carmen around 10:30 p.m. when the Policías Municipales de Solidaridad reported seeing two men making a drug deal. The two men were standing in between their vehicles when the deal was reportedly made. Both vehicles were seized and remain under the guard of Seguridad Pública. 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)last_img read more

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first_imgJanuary 24 , 2019 Indian table grape exports to Europe are set to ramp up over the next couple of weeks, amid expectations that shipments to the market could increase by up to 10% this season.Cold weather over December and January has led to a slightly later start than the previous season, but overall exporters say it should be a good campaign albeit with some market challenges at the start due to heavy competition.”We have been working in two stages – we are already shipping to Russia and increasing suppliers slowly to the European continent,” said Amit Kalya of Nashik-based Kalya Exports, explaining that low temperatures had limited sugar levels and prevented earlier exports.”Right now we have a good plan for the season. The fruit looks good, everything has been going well in the early stage, and farmers are expecting good volumes. Plus with our new, modern packhouse we are quite confident that our control over the fruit will be better.”Ashok Montiani of Nashik-based Freshtrop said India should enter its peak export period in a couple of weeks, and described the seasons as looking “nothing extraordinary”.”It is like a normal season. There has been good quality generally, the quality of Indian grapes has been improving year-on-year a little bit,” he said.”I think the European market will get what it has been getting over the last two or three years. A 5-10% increase is definitely possible due to the kind of enquiries and demand exporters have received, and other markets should increase at a higher percentage.” You might also be interested in India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke … Pravin Sandhan of Monsoon Fresh also said the season has started slowly this year with recent temperatures as low as 4ºC (39ºF) and only as high as 22ºC, but he said that it was not unusual for this time of the year.”We will start exporting in week 4 and by week 6 we will have regular shipments,” he said. “This year we will have a full season until the end, and it should go quite late with similar quantities to last year – maybe 5% higher. The question is how much the European market can take.”He said greater volumes from other supplying countries like Peru – and to a lesser extent South Africa – had led to more challenging conditions in the European market than this time last year, but he hoped that good quality fruit would result in good movement.This was a view echoed by Montiani, who said: “Europe would be lower than last year in terms of pricing, but with the increasing quality of Indian grapes the sales should generally be good.”Kalya said that India typically ramps up volumes to Europe as South Africa is winding down, and he expected a relatively smooth transition this year.He added that Kalya Exports has been shipping to the Chinese market for the last five years, and while it is a low-volume market for Indian grapes, their presence is increasing.”China is a new market for Indian grapes, and India is a new origin for Chinese consumers,” he said. “India is still learning what they actually like.”He added that more Indian grapes were being sold in Chinese supermarkets instead of in wholesale markets.center_img Study finds molecules in oranges, grapes, carrots … Grapes in Charts: Mexico helps make America grape … The calm before the storm: Undersupplied U.S. tabl …last_img read more

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March 26 2018This week Northpoint Academy joined

first_imgMarch 26, 2018This week Northpoint Academy joined us for a tour of Arcosanti followed by a silt cast plaster-tile workshop.Northpoint Academy’s mission is to create a healthy and vibrant learning community to shape students into thinkers and problem solvers of the future.Our resident and Northpoint Graduate Taylor, had a great time explaining the process in which we make bronze bells.Our resident and Northpoint Alumnus Zeb answering questions about how the vaults were made.The Northpoint students working on their silt models to later pour plater over.All and all the students and chaperons had a great day, goodbye is such sweet sorrow, however we are sure they will all comeback and visit!(text and photos by Jesse Fernandez and Shannon Mackenzie)last_img

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Urgent appeal to help Syrian boy with brain tumour

first_imgAN URGENT appeal for funds and necessities is being made by Caritas volunteers in Paphos to help an eight-year old Syrian boy and his family as he undergoes a life-saving operation in Germany to remove a brain tumour.Ahmed Al Shiko was rushed to Germany on Thursday night, accompanied by his father, Abdo, after doctors at Makarios hospital decided he needed to be transferred for specialised surgery, according to volunteer, Rehab Al Habrat.“He has been at Makarios hospital for around two weeks and had an operation there, but it wasn’t successful and now they are trying to save his life in Germany,” she told the Cyprus Mail on Friday, “they have been told that they will have to stay there for six months.”Al Habrat has lived in Cyprus for 15 years and volunteers with both the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and Caritas, a charity working with refugees.Although the state will pay for the child’s medical treatment, the cost of the father’s flights to and from Germany, food and accommodation are not covered.“The mother is in a terrible state, she is devastated and crying all the time, terrified that Ahmed will die and that she will never see her son again,” said Al Habrat.Ahmed and his family arrived in Cyprus around six months ago, fleeing Aleppo in Syria and arriving on the island illegally by boat. The family claimed asylum and have just this week received the first financial assistance from the Cyprus government. Before that, they received coupons for a short time, which have since stopped, said the volunteer.According to the European Commission, before a person can receive asylum, they must be recognised as a refugee or as a beneficiary of subsidiary protection. The relevant directive aims to ensure that people fleeing persecution, wars and torture are treated fairly, in a uniform manner throughout the EU.Refugees are entitled to immediate material reception conditions which include accommodation, food clothing and medical care. These are offered at the Kofinou reception centre where they are the responsibility of the interior ministry and the asylum services, but as the centre has become full, refugees leave there and in effect often become homeless.The responsible ministry is then the ministry of labour and the social welfare department. They are then supposed to be given food coupons, a small allowance to cover electricity and water and a rent allowance.“They managed to stay with a friend in the beginning and Abdo got work building, so they could share food and rent. Another Syrian lent them money to get a flat and they moved.”However, the apartment which is cheap because it is run down, in urgent need of repair, very cold, full of mould and overrun by cockroaches.“We [Caritas Paphos)]have helped with some furniture, food and clothes, but we can only give so much as we have 45 other families, some with eight children, that are desperate for help as well. More and more families arrive all the time,” Al Habrat said.Around two weeks ago, Ahmed had a high fever and head pain during the night and his parents took him to Paphos General hospital in a friend’s car, where he was given some medication, told to wait for 15 minutes and then sent home.He didn’t improve and so his parents took him back to the hospital and he underwent a number of tests including an MRI scan. The boy was immediately transferred to Makarios hospital in Nicosia for treatment.“The government gave Abdo permission to travel with his son as he is a minor. It is good that they are helping the sick child, but the family really need more help,” Al Habrat said.Caritas are appealing for cash donations for the family that can be made through their Cyprus branches and will be transferred to Caritas in Germany, ensuring that funds will get to Abdo and his son.In addition, the mother and two young children, a four-year-old girl and a son who is under a year old, are in need of, food, clothing, heaters, blankets and warm clothes.Items such a nappies, baby food, powdered baby milk, baby clothes and wipes are also needed.The couples’ youngest child was also taken ill four days ago and Al Habrat drove him and his mum to the hospital. As the family is living in such cold conditions and without a heater, the baby is suffering from a terrible chest infection and was given a course of medication and antibiotics.“The mum is also now so afraid for the health of this child too,” she said.For further information or to help: Wendy Burdon, Caritas, Paphos: Tel : 99040294You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoYahoo SearchYou’ve Never Seen Luxury Like This On A Cruise Ship. Search Luxury Mediterranean CruisesYahoo SearchUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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