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N Korea warns USS Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

first_imgSeoul: North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their resumption at an impromptu meeting in the Demilitarized Zone in June, following months of deadlock between the two sides. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping The joint drills have been held for years but were scaled down to facilitate dialogue with the North after Trump’s historic first summit with Kim in Singapore last year. “If the military exercise really goes ahead, it would affect the DPRK-US working-level talks,” an unnamed foreign ministry spokesperson said in comments carried by state news agency KCNA, using the official acronym for North Korea. The official described next month’s drills as “clearly a breach” of a joint statement signed by the leaders in Singapore and hinted that Pyongyang may resume weapons tests in response. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang Pyongyang’s moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests was a commitment aimed at improving bilateral relations and “not a legal document inscribed on a paper”, the official said. “With the US unilaterally reneging on its commitments, we are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the US as well.” Trump and Kim’s latest meeting took place as negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington were at a deadlock, following a rocky negotiation process brokered by Seoul after a thaw in tensions in early 2018. During the encounter, Trump stepped into North Korean territory in the border village of Panmunjom, becoming the first US president to set foot on North Korean soil. There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion. But following the Singapore summit, Trump announced the suspension what he called Washington’s “very provocative” joint military exercises with South Korea. A smaller-scale version of the exercises was last held in March, with more scheduled for August. Washington has previously insisted on North Korea’s complete denuclearisation as a condition for lifting punishing US sanctions. At the Singapore summit, the two adopted a vaguely-worded statement on “complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” and agreed to “establish new US-DPRK relations”. But failure to reach an agreement over sanctions relief and what the North was willing to give in return led to the collapse of the leaders’ second summit, which was held in February in Hanoi. Pyongyang had taken “humanitarian measures without conditions” to implement the Singapore statement, the foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, in reference to the return of the remains of US service members killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. Tensions were raised in May, during the standstill in negotiations between Trump and Kim, when North Korea fired short-range missiles for the first time since November 2017.last_img read more

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Arsenio Hall Emcees Visionary Ball

first_imgThe UCLA Department of Neurosurgery held their annual “The Visionary Ball” on Thursday, October 30th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.Arsenio Hall at The Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciTalk show host Arsenio Hall emceed the event and Wilson Phillips headlined the entertainment.Kelsey Grammer Honored at Visionary BallCredit/Copyright: Vince BucciThe event, which raised close to three million dollars for UCLA’s Department of Neurosurgery, was hosted by Dr. Neil Martin, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA, with co chairs Edie Baskin Bronson, three-time Emmy Award nominee and former Saturday Night Live photographer, and Richard “Skip” Bronson, CEO of Beverly Hills based The Bronson Companies.This year’s honorees included world renowned physician, surgeon and scientist Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who received the Medical Visionary Award: Philanthropist Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin received the Visionary Leadership Award: Entertainment Industry icon Jonathan Dolgen and his wife Susan received the Courage Award: and multi-award winning actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer received The Rodney Respect Award.Rodney Dangerfield was a patient at UCLA Medical Center. He left a legacy that will benefit our community for generations to come. Rodney’s greatness is now celebrated with this “Rodney Respect” Award – from his comic genius to his devotion to making a difference in the lives of others. This honor is presented to a member of the entertainment industry who Rodney admired and whose accomplishments pay tribute to Rodney’s remarkable legacy. The past recipients of the “Rodney Respect” Award are Jay Leno, Chelsea Handler, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey, Chuck Lorre, and Bob Saget.last_img read more

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Row in TN Cong over naming Karti from Sivaganga seat

first_imgChennai: Former Union Minister E M Sudarsana Natchiappan who was a contender for the Sivaganga Lok Sabha seat has strongly opposed the party high command’s decision allotting it to Karti P Chidambaram saying people “hated” that family.While the names of eight other Congress candidates from Tamil Nadu were announced on Friday, the nominee for Sivaganga – Karti Chidambaram – was declared only on Sunday evening. Besides Karti, the only other contender for Sivaganga seat was Natchiappan. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Natchiappan, who emerged victorious in 1999 Lok Sabha polls defeating H Raja (BJP-runner-up) and P Chidambaram of the Tamil Maanila Congress (who secured the third position), said the decision by the high command has pushed the Congress into a tough situation since Karti Chidambaram was facing “court case.” P Chidambaram has won from Sivaganga seven times starting 1984. “As far as I understand, people hate that entire family (P Chidambaram’s family) as they have not done any good for the Sivaganga constituency,” Natchiappan who was elected twice to the Rajya Sabha (2004, 2010) told reporters. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KNatchiappan, who is also an advocate said naming Karti could also be a reason for future problems in the Congress party. A former union minister of State for commerce and industry, Natchiappan alleged that Chidambaram prevented him from becoming not only the Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president but also a Minister at the Centre for about nine years (since UPA assumed power in 2004). He alleged that whenever some posts were offered to him, Chidambaram used to opposed it.last_img read more

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Samsung delays folding phone launch after breaking issues

SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung is pushing back this week’s planned public launch of its highly anticipated folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking.The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday. Instead, it says it will to run more tests and announce a new launch date in the coming weeks.Several journalists reported issues with the phones last week while testing review copies. Some said the phone’s inside screens stopped working. Others removed an outer plastic layer that was meant to stay on and which protected the screen from scratches.Samsung says there could be issues when pressure is put on the hinges that open and close the phone. It plans to find ways to better protect the screens.The Galaxy Fold has a $2,000 price tag.The Associated Press read more

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Reparations should be made for African slave trade Antigua and Barbuda tells

“None should disagree that racism and other legacies of slavery continue to shape the lives of people of African descent – thus reparations must be directed toward repairing the damage inflicted by slavery and racism,” Baldwin Spencer, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, told the General Assembly’s annual general debate in New York.He stressed that former slave-owning States should begin a reconciliation process by formally apologizing for the crimes committed by those nations or their citizens over the 400 years of the African slave trade.“And to help counter the lingering damage inflicted on generations of peoples of African descent by generations of slave-trading and colonialism, we call on those very States to back up their apologies with new commitments to the economic development of the nations that have suffered from this human tragedy,” said Mr. Spencer.He said that planned African Diaspora Summit in South Africa next year will provide a platform for the African diaspora to put in place economic policies that will ensure sustained economic cooperation among public and private stakeholders to promote development, entrepreneurship and business opportunities in diaspora regions. 24 September 2011The Caribbean island State of Antigua and Barbuda today demanded reparations for injustices suffered by African slaves and their descendants, saying at the United Nations that segregation and violence against people of African descent had impaired their capacity for advancement as nations, communities and individuals. read more

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India to build 43000 houses for IDPs

The beneficiaries of the 43,000 houses will be selected through a transparent and norm-based process on the basis of clearly defined and objective criteria. The Indian High Commission said that the construction of 43,000 houses for resettlement and rehabilitation of war displaced in the north and east is part of the overall commitment by India to build 50,000 houses in Sri Lanka for the war affected communities. India is to build 43,000 houses for Sri Lanka’s war displaced communities in the north and east of the country, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.Contracts to build the houses have been awarded to the respective agencies and the project will be implemented immediately. In order to ensure early operationalisation of this commitment, a pilot phase for the construction of 1,000 houses in the five districts of Northern Province was launched in November 2010 of which 950 houses have already been completed.In the last phase of the project, which is also expected to commence soon, about 6,000 houses will be directly built by construction agencies for people from most vulnerable sections of the war displaced in the northern and eastern provinces and for the estate sector in the Central and Uva Provinces, the High Commission said. The entire Project is under full grant assistance of the government of India with a total outlay of approximately 270 million U.S. dollars.Thousands of Tamils were displaced during the last stages of the war in Sri Lanka which ended with the defeat of the Tamil Tiger rebels after 30 years of fighting.Strong sentiments expressed in India, particularly in the southern Tamil Nadu area, towards the Tamils in Sri Lanka saw the Indian government coming forward to help the war displaced. (Xinhua) read more

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Lankan maid in Saudi tortured

“We want to offer more skilled and quality manpower to the Kingdom and other regional job markets,” he said.Perera said that the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment would assist the companies in the host countries to train the human resources according to their needs.“We have well established training centers to update the prospective foreign workers with the required skills,” Perera said, adding that we also could supply trainers to help the employers.“An innovative mechanism is currently being developed in Sri Lanka to implement job-specific, country-specific and company-specific training programs for the citizens, who seek foreign opportunities,” he said. A senior official from the embassy told Arab News that the incident was alleged to have been perpetrated by the Saudi sponsor. The diplomat said that the mission is trying to negotiate for an amicable settlement between the employer and the maid, since the maid has only been in the Kingdom for the past two months.Dilan Perera, minister of foreign employment promotion and welfare of Sri Lanka, said that his ministry is now focusing on the supply of skilled workers to the Kingdom and other countries in the region, stressing a need to move toward a “gradual shift from housemaids to skilled workers.”Perera said that supplying domestic workers to the foreign job markets after ensuring their security and rights as well as welfare and rehabilitation programs when they return to the island have been among the challenges that are unresolved often. Perera said: “We are resolving the problems of our migrant manpower and working on improving their welfare system, by introducing education scholarship to the children of Gulf returnees. Work-related complaints such as employee or agent harassment, physical abuse, health challenges and issues of absconding maids have significantly come down at the Lankan missions in the Kingdom.”As a welfare measure for Lankan foreign workers, Perera said his government is considering allocating a sizable quota for their students to enroll in the new private university, which is underway in Colombo.“Through this program, we will be able to attract foreign remittances from our nationals and thus help our community members too,” the minister, added.Regarding complaints from housemaids, he said they are minimal compared to the housemaid population in the Kingdom. Around 80 percent of the island’s workers population in the Kingdom are maidservants. (Colombo Gazette) “We summoned the housemaid to the mission with the help of the job agent and the Saudi Embassy,” he said, adding that the maid was in good health, except for some burns on her body. “The maidservants who come out for foreign employment face problems such harassments, delayed wages, breach of contracts, in the host countries, while their families back home face serious socio-economic problems,” the minister said, adding that the government is unofficially discouraging citizens to take up housemaid jobs abroad, as the country gradually trains nationals for more skilled and dignified professional opportunities. A Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia has been tortured by her employer and even forced into a  refrigerator, the Arab News reported.The Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia however refuted reports that the housemaid in the Kingdom was frozen to death inside a refrigerator. Nilangederage Dayaratne had come to the Kingdom as a maidservant to a household in the Al-Qassim region. Sources say the maid had complained to her husband in Sri Lanka that her sponsor was torturing her and putting her in a refrigerator with the aim of killing her.The official said that the maid was admitted for a medical check up at the hospital and the authorities found that she was healthy. She was discharged from the hospital on the same day and was brought to a safe house. The maid had complained that she was tortured over her dispute with her employer. read more

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Barea Mavs pull away in 4th for 113104 win over Celtics

DALLAS — J.J. Barea scored 20 points with a key 3-pointer that helped put Dallas in control in the fourth quarter, and the Mavericks won their sixth straight home game, beating the Boston Celtics 113-104 on Saturday night.Harrison Barnes also had 20 points, teenage rookie Luka Doncic totalled 15 points and matched Barea with eight assists while starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined by a wrist injury as the Mavericks (9-9) got back to .500 with their seventh win in nine games.It’s the latest Dallas has been .500 or better since the end of the 2015-16 season, and it’s the first six-game home winning streak for the Mavericks in almost two years.Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart had 19 apiece for the Celtics, who followed a win with a loss in a back-to-back for the third straight time this season a night after winning in Atlanta.Boston was without Gordon Hayward, who sat with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle, in part because of playing on consecutive nights.The Mavericks led by five starting the fourth quarter but pushed the lead to 106-90 on 3-pointers by Barea and Wesley Matthews, who had 15 points after missing three straight games and four of the past five with a left hamstring strain.Doncic looked like a natural at the point from the start with five assists in the first quarter while making all three of his 3-point attempts for nine points.In one sequence, he sent Marcus Morris lunging toward the basket with a fake away from the ball, then watched Irving fly past him by faking the shot before making a 3.Irving got rolling in the second quarter, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while helping cut an 11-point deficit to three at halftime (59-56).Doncic was doing enough for the Celtics to feel the need to try to knock him off his game in the third quarter.Jaylen Brown put a forearm in Doncic’s chest when he was looking another direction while running up the floor and sent the 19-year-old sprawling. Brown’s move came after Doncic intercepted a pass in transition near midcourt, drove to the baseline and slipped a pass to Jordan for a dunk.Jordan was given his second technical for hanging on the rim, but officials ruled it a non-unsportsmanlike technical, allowing Jordan to avoid an ejection as he finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brown received an offsetting technical on a video review for the blindside hit on Doncic.Doncic had to be separated from Brown after the sequence, and there was another dustup when Smart shoved Maxi Kleber not long after they were part of a jump ball in the final seconds, long after the outcome had been decided. Smart, playing against his hometown team, was assessed a technical.TIP-INSCeltics: Al Horford returned after missing his first game of the season to rest a sore left knee. He had eight points and eight rebounds. … Brown scored 16 points, and Morris added 13. … Irving was 9 of 24 from the field with six assists and five turnovers.Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan had 14 points and 13 rebounds. … F/C Dwight Powell missed his third straight game with a left knee injury. … Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith sprained his right wrist in a loss to Memphis two games earlier. He played but was limited in a win over Brooklyn.UP NEXTCeltics: At New Orleans on Monday.Mavericks: At Houston on Wednesday.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSchuyler Dixon, The Associated Press read more

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Junior doctors row Jeremy Hunt wins High Court fight over new contract

first_imgMr Justice Green concluded that Mr Hunt had approved the contract but had not compelled employers to adopt it.The judge said the decision was sufficiently clear and was not irrational.Justice for Health – founded by Dr Nadia Masood, Dr Ben White, Dr Fran Silman, Dr Amar Mashru and Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh – said Mr Hunt’s decision to impose the contract lacked a sound or rational foundation and should be quashed.Speaking after the judgement was issued, Saimo Chahal QC, who represents the campaign group, said they were  “thrilled” to have established beyond doubt that the Health Secretary did not have the legal power to impose the contract.She said that, given junior doctors were not legally bound to accept the contact, they were free to negotiate on terms and conditions. The contract will begin to be introduced in NHS hospitals from next Wednesday. Dr Ben White, Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Francesca Silman, Dr Nadia Masood - of Justice for Health - outside the High Court The litigation follows opposition to Mr Hunt’s plans for seven-day NHS services in England.Junior doctors began strikes, the longest of which has lasted two days, in January. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. We must now move on from this dispute to the crucial job of making sure patients get the same high standards of urgent and emergency care every day of the weekDepartment of Health spokesman Ben White, from Justice for Health said the judgement meant NHS trusts were now free to negotiate terms and conditions with junior doctors, and could change the contract. He said the judgement established that: “Mr Hunt is not imposing a contract. He never was.”Mr White said NHS trusts were now “free from the shackles” of Mr Hunt to do as they thought best. However, the NHS is due to introduce the new national terms from next week. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents England’s hospitals. said“This has been a very difficult time for junior doctors, NHS trusts and the patients who have been affected by the strikes. We hope that today’s ruling will enable the health service to draw a line under the situation and now move towards effectively introducing the new contract for junior doctors.But he said there was little chance that NHS trusts would make individual decisions to negotiate terms with their staff. Mr Hopson said: “Junior doctors have raised a number of legitimate concerns that still need to be addressed and NHS trusts will be working hard with their junior doctors to do so. In particular, those issues that are within the remit of the contract, for example the introduction of a new guardian role to each trust, need to be implemented consistently. “As for suggestions that individual trusts have a choice as to whether to introduce the new contract or not, NHS trusts tell us that they believe a single national contract offers a consistent approach that is in the best interests of patients and the wider NHS workforce. This is also the view of the NHS arms length bodies,” he said. Mr Hunt said he approved a new contract, but has not imposed it on employers or compelled them to adopt the terms.Ms Chahal said: “The case is all about what happens when loose language is used and meanings imperfectly conveyed and the very serious consequences which can flow from those words.”The words used have led to junior doctors striking and serious consequences for patients.”The key message from the judgment is this: Mr Hunt is not imposing a contract on junior doctors, he never was, he did not suggest he was, he says he never thought anyone else thought otherwise.”The Justice for Health junior doctors are thrilled to announce that they have succeeded in establishing beyond doubt that the Secretary of State for Health is not imposing the latest July 2016 contract on junior doctors.”Further, that employers of junior doctors are not legally compelled to adopt the contract and that they can continue to negotiate on terms until agreement is reached.”Without the courage and determination of the Justice for Health doctors in taking this legal challenge this position would not have been established.”A Department of Health spokesman said: “We welcome this clear decision by the judge that the Secretary of State acted entirely lawfully.”We must now move on from this dispute to the crucial job of making sure patients get the same high standards of urgent and emergency care every day of the week, which involves more than the junior doctors’ contract.”We urge the BMA to remove all threat of further industrial action so we can work constructively with junior doctors to address their wider concerns and better recognise their vital importance to the NHS.” Dr Ben White, Dr Marie-Estella McVeigh, Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Francesca Silman, Dr Nadia Masood – of Justice for Health – outside the High CourtCredit:Alexander Christie/Justice For Health The British Medical Association, which represents doctors, has suspended industrial action by junior doctors planned for October, November and December. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has won a High Court fight with junior doctors over a staffing contract.Junior doctors had complained that Mr Hunt wrongly imposed the contract on NHS employers.Justice for Health, a group founded by five junior doctors, said Mr Hunt acted beyond the scope of his powers by compelling NHS employers to adopt the new contract.Mr Hunt had said the complaint was without substance and should be dismissed.Mr Justice Green, who analysed evidence at a High Court hearing in London last week, ruled in favour of Mr Hunt on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Scientists Discovered a New Human Organ The Interstitium

first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend You’d think with our massive research budgets and the fact that we tend to know and think a lot about ourselves, we’d know just about everything about ourselves. Now, I get that the brain is complicated and we haven’t totally worked that out yet, but you’d think we’d at least know all of the organs… right?Well, a group of scientists are arguing otherwise. They claim that there is a network of “fluid-filled spaces” throughout the body. The group dubbed the organ the interstitium, and it was discovered wholly by accident.The team discovered the organ while conducting an endoscopy. That’s the procedure wherein they shove a camera through you. Modern cameras can see down at the tiniest level, and that’s given researchers a closer look than ever at the tissues in the body. And among them, seems to be a collagen-based mesh with fluidic sacs that surrounds almost everything. The team also claims that they’ve confirmed these results on a number of organs.Okay… so this is cool, but we’ve also taken lots and lots of samples of our own bodies. We’ve sliced and diced humans in every way possible for all kinds of research — how the hell did everyone miss this?Well, the group says, most tissue collection causes these fluidic sacs to collapse. But, with a specialized collection method that froze the tissues immediately after collection, they once again found these pockets.“This fixation artifact of collapse has made a fluid-filled tissue type throughout the body appear solid in biopsy slides for decades, and our results correct for this to expand the anatomy of most tissues,” study co-author Neil Theise and professor at New York University’s Department of Pathology, said. “This finding has potential to drive dramatic advances in medicine, including the possibility that the direct sampling of interstitial fluid may become a powerful diagnostic tool.”This discovery is pretty massive, too. As it’s now thought that the interstitium contains a large amount of the body’s fluids — up to 20%. And this could be a critical part of understanding certain types of cancers, including how some are able to metastasize, or jump to new organs. If these findings can be reproduced and the discovery confirmed, the interstitium would be the body’s 80th known organ. So that’s pretty cool.center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Skyviews Dobbin back on softball diamond

first_imgLoaded: The Camas Papermakers have two quality pitchers (Harli Hubbard and Katie Schroeder). They return the All-Region player of the year (Amee Aarhus). Oh, and they had new talent move into town. Camas reached the Class 3A state tournament last year. Now a 4A program, the Papermakers hope to make it to state this year at the biggest classification in the state.Also moving up: Ridgefield moved from 1A to 2A, but the Spudders should not be intimidated. They have Shannon Boyle in the pitching circle, which means they likely will be in every game.Moving down, but possibly going to the top: The Woodland Beavers went from 2A to 1A this year. In softball, that means they are automatically a contender for a state championship. Makayla Lefever has been pitching great the first weeks of the season, including quality wins over 4A and 3A competition. Emily Tesdale and Emma Pilkington, meanwhile, provide bats and leadership. The three of them, now seniors, were part of Woodland’s state championship team as freshmen.Staying put: The Prairie Falcons did not change leagues. They remain a solid program in the 3A Greater St. Helens League. Taylor Bussey seems to crush the ball at every plate appearance. Another team that remains in the league is Mountain View. The Thunder stunned everyone but themselves last year by making it to state with two seniors. Our guess if the Thunder believe they can make another long run this year.Name to remember? Columbia River’s Teaghan Cowles has been nothing short of amazing in her first couple weeks of high school softball. A freshman, she can hit for power. Or, if she just gets on first base, it’s almost as good as a triple. So fast, she is just about automatic with steals.last_img read more

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People on the Move

first_imgTime Inc. appointed Steve Marcopoto to the newly created position of president, Time Inc. International, formalizing his role during the past year as a consultant. Effective immediately, Marcopoto is charged with expanding Time Inc.’s business portfolio in international markets.  Marcopoto was previously president and managing director of Turner Broadcasting Asia-Pacific, where he oversaw all programming, original production, business and network development, advertising and distribution sales, marketing and promotion. Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure, has appointed a new leadership team for the brand. Renee Rupcich, previously of Nylon, domino and Men’s Vogue, has been named design director. Amanda Meigher, who most recently served as managing editor at Teen Vogue, has been appointed managing editor. Rachael Wang, a highly-regarded fashion stylist who has held positions at Glamour and Style.com, has joined as fashion director, and Jeremy Allen, who has held positions at Bloomberg, GQ and Vogue, has been named senior photo editor. Marcopoto said, “I am delighted to be returning to Time Inc. to help drive the diversification and expansion of our best-in-class brands, content and media properties around the world. The digitally fueled growth of the media industry internationally makes this an ideal and exciting time to extend the Time Inc. transformation globally.” Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Time’s Inc.’s HelloGiggles has named Leonora Epstein executive editor. Epstein has nearly a decade of experience as a writer and editor. For the past three years, she worked at BuzzFeed, most recently as deputy editorial director.center_img Robert Kolker is joining Bloomberg’s Projects & Investigations team and will write for Bloomberg Businessweek, as well. Kolker was at New York Magazine for 17 years and is a New York Times bestselling author. “Steve’s expertise and success in growing international operations make him an excellent choice to lead us as we aim to extend our capabilities on a global scale,” said Joe Ripp, the company’s chairman and CEO. Kalmbach Publishing Co. has appointed veteran science editor Becky Lang to the role of editor-in-chief at Discover. Lang, a senior editor on the Discover staff since 2013, succeeds Stephen C. George, who will now serve as Kalmbach’s VP of content and Discover’s editorial director. Lang joined the Discover staff from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she had served as health and science editor since 2002. The Atlantic has embarked on a multi-platform expansion of its coverage of Washington politics and policy across TheAtlantic.com, the magazine, video, and live events. The reporting team, which will triple in size, has added Sacha Zimmerman, Nora Kelly, Clare Foran, Priscilla Alvarez, Marina Koren, Andrew McGill, and Michelle Cottle, who join in various editorial roles from National Journal. Five additional editorial hires will be announced in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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T The New York Times Magazine Names EditorinChief People on the Move

first_img For Yanagihara, this is a return to the brand — she was previously the deputy editor of T until leaving the title last April. She’s also the author of two novels, including the 2015 book “A Little Life.” Steve Perrine, former editor of Best Life and a creative director at Men’s Health, has been named an executive editor at AARP The Magazine. Perrine will work from AARP’s nascent New York office. “In a search that included meetings with some of the best magazine editors in the country, Hanya stood out for her taste and broad interests,” The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn wrote in an internal memo. “She understands what a style magazine should look like when it bursts from The New York Times.”  Marian Bull has been appointed food and travel editor overseeing GQ’s new vertical T&E. Bull has written about food for Lucky Peach, Eater, Vogue, and Bon Appétit, among other brands. She was previously an editor at Food52 from 2012 to 2015. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move… In addition to Yanagihara, other names that had been mentioned as Needleman’s replacement included W editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi, W deputy editor Armand Limnander and features editor Alix Browne, as well as Jessica Diehl, Vanity Fair’s style director, and former InStyle editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman. Charlie Kammerer, a veteran sales executive formerly at Time Inc., has been named CRO of Slate. Kammerer spent more than 20 years at Time Inc., most recently as president of sales for sports, news, finance and lifestyle. Hanya Yanagihara has been named the new editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Magazine. The position had been vacant since Deborah Needleman left in mid-November after four years in the role.  Deadspin senior editor Alex Pareene is moving over to Fusion.net, where he will be politics editor for the site. He’ll be leading a new team that’ll also include Deadspin senior writer Hamilton Nolan and senior reporter, special projects desk Ashley Feinberg. Univision is the parent company for both Fusion and Deadspin. Teddy Lynn, who recently joined Bloomberg Media from Ogilvy as global CCO, has hired two new creative directors: Shannon McGlothin and Nathaniel Pincus-Roth. McGlothin was most recently ECD at BBH New York and Pincus-ROth was CD at CAA Marketing. Tupelo Press has named Kristina Marie Darling its new associate editor-in-chief. Her appointment marks the culmination of a three-year search. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Tupelo Quarterly.last_img read more

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First Lady Wows Crowd at Native Youth Confab

first_imgAbout 30 Alaskans in their teens and 20s were in Washington, D.C., today to participate in the first-ever White House Tribal Youth Gathering. The highlight for many was a passionate speech by First Lady Michelle Obama.Download Audio:In a cavernous hotel ballroom near the White House, Mrs. Obama told the crowd they, as individuals, matter.“Each of you was put on this Earth for a reason,”  she said. “Each of you has something that you’re destined to do. Whether that’s raising a beautiful family, or succeeding in a profession, or leading your community into a better future. You all have a role to play. And we need you.”Law student Meghan Topkok, of NomeObama urged them to notice the investment placed in them. She also said, despite how they may feel at low points, they are never alone.“Everyone in this room has your back. Everyone speaking at this summit – all those cabinet secretaries and powerful people who’ve come here for you – they have your back,” she said. “And you definitely have a president and a first lady who have your back.”The gathering is part of President Obama’s Gen-I – or Generation Indigenous –project, aimed at cultivating leadership in young people and helping them succeed. The participants, more than 1,000, had to apply for selection, so this is a high-achieving bunch. Many of them have already launched projects to improve their communities. In her speech, the first lady warned attendees that some of the big changes they’re seeking may not occur until their children or grandchildren are grown.Sierra Shanigan-Daugherty, 19, of Anchorage, and Miss Arctic Circle: Elizabeth Ferguson, 21, of Kotzebue in Washington, D.C. Photo by APRN’s Liz Ruskin.“And, see, maybe decades from now, maybe those kids — your kids, your offspring — will look back at all of you and say you were the generation who started it all. Gen-I,” she said. “You were the generation that dug deep. You were the generation that drew strength from your history. And wrote a new story of Indian Country, and of America.”Among those seeking big changes is Meghan Topkok of Nome, who has roots in Ambler and Mary’s Igloo.”My to-do list? It’s very long,” she said. “I’m really concerned about subsistence hunting, and shipping that’s increasing through the Bering Strait. As well as the erosion of the land.”She’s a law student at the University of Oregon and, at 24, one of the older attendees at the gathering. She spoke after a session on environment and climate change.“I think what’s really inspiring is our youth are engaging in these issues, because I think so often, especially out in the village, like where I’m from, there’s kind of a lack of awareness, or  a passivity about it, and these kids are really inspiring because they’re doing things in their communities and bringing ideas here with them and sharing them. So we’re all learning from each other and we take those ideas back and it’s like a ripple effect.”Some of the Alaskans wore fur vests and calico kuspuks that made them easy to identify. Twenty-one year old Elizabeth Ferguson really stood out. She wore a tall crown made of jade and ivory. It’s her tiara for winning Miss Arctic Circle, a regional culture pageant. She was also wearing a sash across her torso, with “Miss Arctic Circle” spelled out in sealskin.I’m from Kotzebue Alaska. I’m the youngest tribal council member on our Native village of Kotzebue.Ferguson says she drew inspiration from other leaders at the conference, but she says the First Lady’s speech really hit the mark.Not only did she just speak to us and encourage us and empower us, she didn’t speak down on us, you know, like she’s superior,” Ferguson said. “She spoke at us. She met us at our level, and she lifted us up.”In conjunction with the conference, the White House also announced a raft of grants and programs to improve Indian education, justice, and economic opportunity.Watch Michelle Obama’s speech following brief introduction:last_img read more

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Atmeeya Samavesham of colony welfare body

first_imgSerilingampally: Local MLA Arekapudi Gandhi and corporator M Lakshmi Bai on Sunday attended as the chief guests at the ‘Atmeeya Samavesham’ programme conducted by the Saptagiri Colony Association of 122 Vivekanandnagar division.Addressing the meeting, they assured members of the association that they would always strive to know the problems of local residents, be available to them, and sanction funds for various development works. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The corporator stated that the association should approach him for any problem faced by the colony residents, so that he could refer it to the officials concerned for solution. The association members felicitated the MLA and the corporator for developing the colony and thanked them for their valuable contributions. The elders of the colony and association members were present.last_img read more

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Big Stakes In High Court Fight Over Partisan Political Maps

first_img Share Twitter User @BostonHeraldDemocrats and Republicans are poised for a Supreme Court fight about political line-drawing with the potential to alter the balance of power across a country starkly divided between the two partiesDemocrats and Republicans are poised for a Supreme Court fight about political line-drawing with the potential to alter the balance of power across a country starkly divided between the two parties.The big question at the heart of next week’s high court clash is whether there can be too much politics in the inherently political task of drawing electoral districts. The Supreme Court has never struck down a districting plan because it was too political.The test case comes from Wisconsin, where Democratic voters sued after Republicans drew political maps in 2011 that entrenched their hold on power in a state that is essentially evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.“It could portend massive changes in our electoral system,” Washington lawyer Christopher Landau said, if the court for the first time imposes limits on extreme partisan gerrymandering, or redistricting. Courts have struck down racially discriminatory maps for decades.Wisconsin Republicans controlled the redistricting process that followed the once-every-decade census because they held the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature. They worked in secret to fashion precise, computer-generated maps and won approval on a party-line vote.The results in three elections held under those maps have almost perfectly aligned with their predictions, even in 2012, when Democratic President Barack Obama carried the state. Democratic legislative candidates won a majority of the vote statewide then, but wound up as the minority party in the State Assembly.“I don’t want anybody, any party, to be in full control,” said Emily Bunting, an organic farmer from western Wisconsin who joined the lawsuit. “I want fair elections, is what I want. I don’t think a Democratic gerrymander is any better than a Republican one. I think that issue needs to be addressed.”A handful of Republican elected officials, including Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, have joined in the call for the court to rein in extreme partisan gerrymandering.“From our vantage point, we see wasted votes and silenced voices. We see hidden power. And we see a correctable problem,” McCain and Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said in a Supreme Court brief.But the parties are otherwise sharply divided, with Republicans arguing that courts should not be involved in the competition between the parties to wring gains out of redrawn electoral maps. Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller told the justices that “political competition is a necessary component of legislative-controlled redistricting.”A three-judge court in Wisconsin, though, agreed with the Democratic voters that there was too much politics in the Wisconsin maps. The redistricting packed Democratic voters into some districts and scattered them across others, with the aim of limiting how many seats Democratic candidates could carry, even in a good year for Democrats.The case will be argued before the nine justices on Tuesday, although the arguments will be tailored to just one, Anthony Kennedy.People on both sides of the case widely anticipate that the four liberal justices will side with the voters who sued. Conversely, the four conservatives probably will think these disputes should be resolved by the political branches, not the courts.That leaves Kennedy, who has left the door open to court challenges to extreme partisan redistricting, but has never found a satisfactory way to measure it.The legal team representing the Democratic voters is saying, “’Justice Kennedy, we have found the shiny holy grail you said was lacking,’” Landau said. He was describing the test that the three-judge court used to establish the districting plan’s discriminatory intent, its likely durability over its 10-year life and the inability to explain it other than for partisan advantage.Gerald Hebert, who directs voting rights and redistricting litigation at the Campaign Legal Center, said the case his team is making is not a partisan one, even though the center represents Democrats in the case.“If we’re going to get Justice Kennedy’s attention, we have to make sure he really understands this is not just a Democratic problem. It happens to be right now that Republicans control way more legislatures. But … in states where Democrats control the entire redistricting process, the districts also are gerrymandered,” Hebert said.Other lawsuits challenging maps are ongoing in Maryland, where Democrats hold all but one of the state’s eight seats in the House of Representatives, and North Carolina, another narrowly divided state in which Republicans nonetheless hold commanding majorities in the legislature and the state’s congressional delegation.Defending the maps in the Supreme Court case, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, a Republican, said courts would be overwhelmed with partisan redistricting lawsuits if the high court rules against the state.“The Supreme Court has never permitted a map to be struck down when you followed traditional redistricting criteria and these maps do,” Schimel said.Thirty-one years ago, in an earlier case about partisan redistricting, it was the Republican National Committee that pointed to the dangers when one party held too much sway over map-making.“The new technology available to redistricters provides those in the majority with a very tempting means of discriminating against any minority, political or otherwise,” the RNC wrote, concluding that “the vitality of America’s political parties, and the integrity of our representational government, are at stake.”last_img read more

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Oculus Rift dev kits wont ship with promised copy of Doom 3

first_imgTo say that the Oculus Rift Kickstarter was a success last year is a bit of an understatement. The team asked for $250,000, but ended up raising $2,437,429. However, an update posted over the weekend has informed backers that one of the promised deliverables with the dev kits can no longer be included.Originally, anyone pledging enough money to receive an Oculus Rift dev kit would also get a copy of Doom 3 BFG Edition thrown is as a way of saying thanks. But Doom 3 will no longer be shipped, simply because it won’t be ready in time.In order for any game to work with the Oculus Rift headset it needs to include support. As Doom 3 is already available to buy, it meant going back into the source code and updating the game to make it compatible with the VR headset. That process is taking longer than expected and will not be completed in time for the launch of the Rift dev kits. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t seem to be a fault of the Oculus VR team, but whoever is updating the game internally at id Software/Bethesda.If you are one of the backers affected by this, don’t worry, alternatives are being offered. To make up for the lack of Doom 3 you can choose to have $20 of Steam Wallet credit, $25 of Oculus Store credit, or if you are really upset a complete refund is available.I don’t think the Oculus VR team can be any fairer than that, and I suspect most backers will choose to take the Steam Wallet credit. You also have to remember that Doom 3 is still coming to the Oculus Rift, and chances are id may release it as a free update in the near future. Worst case: it costs $20 or so.last_img read more

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Techsavvy people more likely to accept robot doctors

first_imgPeople with advanced computer skills are more likely to accept and use digital healthcare services and robot doctors, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher. “There is increasing use of automated systems in the medical field, where intake is now often conducted through a kiosk instead of by a receptionist,” said a Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the US. “We investigated user acceptance of these ‘robot receptionists,’ along with automated nurses and doctors,” he added. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, scientists recruited participants from the online workforce Amazon Mechanical Turk to gain a better understanding of user psychology behind the acceptance of automation in clinics. The research team gauged the participants’ preconceived beliefs about and attitudes toward machines – what is called a “machine heuristic.” The team measured participants’ adherence to the machine heuristic by asking them to indicate their level of agreement with statements such as, “When machines, rather than humans, complete a task, the results are more accurate.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We found that if you’re high on machine heuristic and you’re high on power usage, you have the most positive attitude toward automated healthcare providers. This combination seems to make people more accepting of these technologies,” said the professor. “A power user (a person with advanced computer skills) is more likely to accept a robot doctor, for example, than a non-power user.” The results were presented at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Glasgow, Scotland. According to him, the healthcare industry can benefit from increased reliance on automated systems. “Doctors are limited by their human bandwidth, by their experience, knowledge and even state of mind from minute to minute,” he said.last_img read more

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Thai tourists loosening the wallet in 2013

first_imgTravel review sites are the most important sources of information to researching travellers. Image: TripAdvisor Travellers from the Asian region are looking forward to travelling this year, with 49 percent wanting to spend more money on their trips in 2013.According to a recent study, Thai’s have an even bigger year ahead with 83 percent intending to increase their travel spending budgets. TripAdvisor has revealed that out of the 1,600 accommodations surveyed in Asia, 79 percent reported 2012 to have been economically successful, with 24 percent even saying that the past year was “very profitable”.Unsurprisingly, 72 percent were optimistic that 2013 would also be a profitable year.This optimism in a successful year seems to also be encouraging Asian accommodations to increase the hiring of staff with 19 percent of respondents planning to add new jobs in 2013, whilst 42 percent intend to increase room rates.Travel review websites are having a significant impact on travellers with 62 percent of respondents from Asia, including 68 percent of Thai’s, looking at the websites.Travellers named travel review websites to be the most useful source of information, with web based travel agencies and travel operator websites coming in second and third place respectively.Moreover, 95 percent of Asian travellers said that people’s opinions and reviews on travel review websites influenced their trip and 97 percent of accommodations thus believe that online reviews were of crucial importance in generating bookings.Furthermore, 31 percent of Asian travellers were writing reviews after their trips and 91 percent of Asian accommodations were actively monitoring those reviews and controlling their product’s online reputation, with 71 percent responding to positive reviews and 78 percent responding to negative reviews.On the other hand, 28 percent of accommodations reported that their own websites generated the majority of bookings, followed by online travel agencies at 24 percent.13 percent of booking were generated through the accommodation’s own mobile app, however 79 percent of Asian travellers said that they thought it was beneficial for such a booking channel to be available with 74 percent of accommodation providers agreeing.Nevertheless, only 39 percent of accommodation providers had mobile friendly websites and a mere 25 percent had special offers for mobile device users.If you are an accommodation provider, will you be improving your online networking habits?Source = e-Travel Blackboard:A.N.last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Latest: Woodstock 50 in talks with alternate venue by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 5:14 pm PDTcenter_img WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — The Latest on the Woodstock 50 festival (all times local):8:15 p.m.A principal organizer of the Woodstock 50 festival says he and others are in discussions with another venue to host the event after Watkins Glen International pulled out.Gregory Peck said organizers “look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”Earlier Monday, Watkins Glen issued a statement saying it had terminated the site license for the festival scheduled for Aug. 16-18.The festival has faced a series of issues since a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live in April.The festival announced last month that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. had signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together.The tentative lineup includes Jay-Z, Santana, Miley Cyrus, John Fogerty, Dead & Company and Imagine Dragons.___5:10 p.m.The fate of the Woodstock 50 festival is further in doubt after Watkins Glen International announced it’s not hosting the anniversary event.Watkins Glen issued a two-sentence statement Monday saying it had terminated the site license for the festival “pursuant to provisions of the contract.”A representative of the festival says a comment will be issued soon.The festival scheduled Aug. 16-18 has faced a series of issues since a falling-out with backer Amplifi Live in April. Woodstock co-founder and 50th anniversary festival organizer Michael Lang filed a lawsuit against the investor.The festival announced last month that investment bank Oppenheimer & Co. had signed on as a financial adviser to pull money together.The tentative lineup includes Jay-Z, Santana, Miley Cyrus, John Fogerty, Dead & Company and Imagine Dragons.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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