Maria Sharapova will not settle for lower-tier titles after making her comeback last year and the former world number one is determined to add to her five grand slam crowns.The 31-year-old Russian returned from a 15-month doping ban at the Stuttgart Grand Prix last April and Sharapova has since won one title, the Tianjin Open, after inconsistent performances and injury problems.She is back in Stuttgart this year and plays Caroline Garcia in the first round later on Tuesday.”When you’ve experienced grand slam victories, it’s absolutely natural to have that goal in your mind,” Sharapova told CNN.”It would be silly for me to say my goal for this year is to win a lower-tier tournament because I strive to be on the big stage and to win on the big stage.”I’ve experienced it, and I know what it’s like and I want that feeling again. I continue to work for that.”Sharapova, who won her last grand slam title at the 2014 French Open, has no plans to retire.”I haven’t set a time table for myself, but I’ve always said that I would do it on my own terms… ” she said.”I’d love to play in another Olympics, but I don’t know if that will happen and at this point in 2018, I don’t really want to know. I want to keep going and I want to keep working and see where that takes me.”advertisement
Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or lengthy phrases. You’ll find them in almost every discipline and area of life; it is commonly used abbreviations in names or titles, such as Mr. for Mister. To help you out, this list contains a compilation of the 21 most common abbreviations utilized in text messages, social networks where people want to use only a few typed characters to communicate a thought or an idea.Commonly used abbreviations: ATM stands for ‘Automated Teller Machine’ and it is wrong to say ATM Machine because the abbreviation ATM has already included the word “Machine”. A.M & P.M stand for ‘Ante Meridiem’ and ‘Post Meridiem’. In Latin, meaning “before midday” and “after midday”. A.M & P.M stand for ‘Ante Meridiem’ and ‘Post Meridiem’. In Latin, meaning “before midday” and “after midday”. It means ‘Post Script’. We usually see people stating P.S. at the end of a letter or email to include an extra thought that was intended to be included in the letter but forgotten. It stands for ‘Intelligence Quotient’. Quotient here means a result obtained by dividing one quantity by another. E.Q. on the other hand stands for ‘Emotional Quotient’ or ‘Emotional Intelligence’. It stands for ‘Intelligence Quotient’. Quotient here means a result obtained by dividing one quantity by another. E.Q. on the other hand stands for ‘Emotional Quotient’ or ‘Emotional Intelligence’. SIM represents ‘Subscriber Identity Module’. Therefore SIM Card means a smart card carrying an identification number unique to the owner.advertisement Short Message Service, we all know that it is a text messaging service component of a phone. PIN stands for ‘Personal Identification Number’. A common feature/fields in the email, CC means “Carbon Copy” while BCC means ‘Blind Carbon Copy’. A common feature/fields in the email, CC means ‘Carbon Copy’ while BCC means ‘Blind Carbon Copy’. DVD is a short form for ‘Digital Video Disc’ or ‘Digital Versatile Disc’. Most widely used graphic format, JPEG (or JPG) stands for ‘Joint Photographic Experts Group’. LTE is a short form for ‘Long Term Evolution’, which is a 4G mobile communications standard or wireless broadband technology developed by the Third Generation Project (3GPP), an industry trade group. We know it is a specialized section of a hospital that provides comprehensive and continuous care for persons who are critically ill; it stands for ‘Intensive Care Unit’. SUV stands for ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’. ASAP, as soon as possible, is used when encouraging someone to respond to a request without delay. This acronym stands for ‘do it yourself’, which means creating something on your own, is used for crafts and home repairs. The advent of the internet brought about a whole new range of abbreviations into our daily lives. BRB stands for ‘Be right back’. LOL stands for ‘Laugh out loud’. ROFL stands for ‘Rolling on the floor laughing’.These are just a handful of innumerable abbreviations that are used in online chats.Abbreviations have become an important part of our lives, they save our time and space making communication easy.Read more: From a common man to RSS pracharak to Goa’s CM: How Manohar Parrikar was like a breath of fresh air
Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB), Carole Eleuthere-Jn Marie, has urged regional states to move speedily to implement agreements that will facilitate the establishment of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). Speaking during the Association’s 39th Annual General Meeting at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James, on Wednesday (November 14), Mrs. Eleuthere-Jn Marie noted that current global economic challenges demand that CARICOM moves to put the agreed positions on the CSME in place to ensure the sustainability, growth and development of regional economies. “With current world events demonstrating, more and more, the value of integration, the benefits of CAB and the difference we can make to the integration of the industry are immeasurable. There is need for us to build consensus and continue to collaborate with stakeholders in the financial services sector, in order for us to survive the challenges of the industry,” she said. Mrs. Eleuthere-Jn Marie noted that the global economic outlook remains “grimly characterized” by high levels of unemployment, unsustainable debt and fiscal imbalances. These factors, she lamented, continue to impact the Caribbean nations, whose economies are “heavily dependent” on inflows of foreign direct investments, tourism, and trade in goods and services, largely originating from the Euro zone and the United States. “Consequently, the financial services sector of the region is now at a juncture where the need to be innovative, steadfast and efficient is paramount in order to secure its very survival,” she underscored. The CAB official contended that part of the solution, going forward, is to “navigate the future”, adding that the Association will continue it is mission of advancing its members’ interests through advocacy, networking, training, and other solutions. This, in the organization’s quest to strengthen the Caribbean’s financial services sector and position the industry’s sustainability and survival. “It is my humble opinion that, now, more than ever, is an opportune time for the region to move speedily towards the implementation of the provisions under the CSME; and to make good, some issues of integration and consolidation, especially as it pertains to inter-regional trade in goods and services,” she posited Mrs. Eleuthere-Jn Marie further contended that: “The current environment gives financial services institutions the opportunity to take bold strategic action in order to survive and grow. We, as stakeholders of the financial services industry, (must) take heed and position ourselves to build on our success, regroup, and learn from our failures”. Meanwhile, the CAB’s incoming Chairman, Jamaica’s Carlton Barclay, urged members to “re-examine our strategies (as) we need to grapple with the matter of financial literacy; we need to modernize our systems and be more responsive; and be more proactive about doing business”.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license French and Italian shipbuilding industry associations have signed a common Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Roadmap for Shipbuilding and ship supply.During the Euronaval international exhibition, the associations ASSONAVE and GICAN signed the document, which singles out the key technologies that the shipbuilding industry should develop in the next 10 years and more in order to remain a step ahead the Asian competition.“Our leadership is currently under attack by the Asian key shipbuilding countries and requires high investments in RDI to be safeguarded in the near future, as well as strong governmental support to these investments,” ASSONAVE said.The associations defined 5 key areas where major investments should be concentrated. These include Green Ships, Smart Ships, Autonomous Vessels, Smart Offshore infrastructures and Smart Yards. Enabling technologies and technical goals for 2030 and 2050 have been defined for each area.The roadmap is in line with the European agenda, in particular the ongoing work for FP9 and for the European Defence Fund (EDIDP for development and EDRP for research). In this framework, this common roadmap opens new dual opportunities of civilian and military cooperation for French and Italian companies.ASSONAVE and GICAN will now propose their RDI Roadmap to the other Maritime European Associations in order to arrive to a shared ambitious European RDI Plan able to develop the European Industry.“The definition of this roadmap is a key step forward to ensure that the leading role played by the respective shipbuilding industries at global level is adequately reflected in the relevant European bodies,” Vincenzo Petrone, ASSONAVE Chairman, said.“Despite the dimension of our industry, we Europeans are still in need of consolidation so that European champions acquire the important dimension required to compete with the Asian shipbuilders both in the civilian and the military sectors,” Petrone added.
BEIJING, China – China’s government vowed Wednesday to take “firm and forceful measures” as the U.S. threatened to expand tariffs to thousands of Chinese imports like fish sticks, apples and French doors, the latest salvo in an escalating trade dispute that threatens to chill global economic growth.China gave no details, but it has plenty of options to retaliate that could extend beyond additional tariffs on U.S. imports. There are fears that Beijing could attempt to disrupt operations of American automakers, retailers and others that see China as a key market.The spiraling conflict stems from Washington’s complaint that Beijing steals or pressures companies to hand over technology and concerns that plans for state-led development of Chinese champions in robots and other fields might erode American industrial leadership.A possible second round of tariff hikes announced Tuesday by the U.S. Trade Representative targets a $200 billion list of Chinese goods. That came four days after Washington added 25 per cent duties on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods and Beijing responded by increasing taxes on the same amount of American imports.The abrupt escalation is “totally unacceptable,” said a Commerce Ministry statement. It said Beijing would take unspecified “necessary countermeasures” to protect its “core interests.”Asked what Beijing would do, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying gave no details but said, “We will take firm and forceful measures.”The USTR, the federal agency that oversees international trade policy and negotiations, said it was responding to Beijing’s decision to retaliate instead of changing its policies. President Donald Trump has threatened higher tariffs on more than $500 billion of goods, or nearly all of China’s annual exports to the United States.The USTR will accept public comments on the latest round of tariffs and hold hearings Aug. 20-23 before reaching a decision after Aug. 31, according to a senior U.S. official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.The first U.S. tariff list focused on Chinese industrial products, an attempt to reduce the direct impact on American consumers.The new list includes vacuum cleaners, furniture, auto and bicycle parts, French doors and plywood. It left untouched U.S.-branded smartphones and laptop computers.That “will hit the Chinese export sector hard,” said Rajiv Biswas of IHS Markit in a report.China imports far less from the U.S. than the U.S. imports from China. That means China’s imports of U.S. goods are so small that Beijing “cannot match fresh U.S. tariffs,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in a report.China bought $130 billion of U.S. goods last year. Both governments have raised tariffs on $34 billion worth of each other’s goods and already said they are considering additional charges on another $16 billion. That would leave China only $80 billion for further retaliation.Instead, Beijing has other ways to disrupt American companies’ operations. Regulators can deny or cancel licenses or launch lengthy tax, environmental or anti-monopoly investigations.Companies are watching U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc., which has waited months for Chinese regulators to decide whether to allow its proposed $44 billion acquisition of NXP Semiconductors. All other major governments have approved the deal.The economic impact of the conflict already is spreading.The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said this week its member companies are rearranging the global flow of their goods to make sure any bound for the United States don’t pass through China.Members of Congress are increasingly questioning Trump’s tactics. They warned tariffs on imports raise consumer prices and expose U.S. farmers and manufacturers to retaliation.“Tonight’s announcement appears reckless and is not a targeted approach,” said Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch in a statement.Envoys from the two sides last met June 3 when Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visited Beijing for talks with Vice Premier Liu He. They have given no indication when they might meet again.Chinese leaders have tried without success to recruit support from Europe and other governments. They criticize Trump’s tactics but share U.S. complaints about Beijing’s industrial policies.Investors had been taking the trade war in stride but Tuesday’s announcement appeared to dent that optimism.On Wednesday, China’s main stock index lost 1.8 per cent and Japan’s market benchmark fell 1.1 per cent. Hong Kong’s main index shed 1.3 per cent.The conflict is “far from over,” warned Hannah Anderson of JP Morgan Asset Management in a report, “and the impact will be global.”___AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman contributed from Washington.___Chinese Ministry of Commerce (in Chinese): www.mofcom.gov.cn
In a country of billion people with billion disappointments, some stories inspire others instilling faith in what Paulo Coelho stated in his bestseller The Alchemist, when you want something the universe conspires to help you achieve.One such story is of this housewife turned fashionista Shalini Rai. Shalini recently participated in the Mrs. India Queen of Substance winning 3 titles,1. Mrs. Compassionate2. Beauty with purpose3. Pride of North.In a beauty pageant organised by MIQS.net (Mrs India Queen of substance) that encourages married women to fulfil their glamourous dreams.”I am addicted to facing new challenges.” says the owner of a luxury fashion brand, Signature Wardrobes. I have been part of the world of glamour designing exclusive western and Indian wear for celebrities. I never took care my health. Was overweight and had stage fear. But this time the challenge was not only to lose weight but also fit into what I designed for celebrities. Have that perfect body.Shalini lost over 15 kgs in 3 months the healthy way to participate in the pageant. “I completely switched to a healthy diet and regular exercise and weight training. I also worked hard on beating my stage fear.”Shalini’s story is of a typical Indian girl coming from a conservative family in Gorakhpur who was married off very early in life. “I couldn’t continue in the army even after being one of the best shooters in the regiment, due to family pressure to get married and settle down very early in life” Shalini is one of the very few women to have won Mavalankar’s trophy in shooting. It was a decade after marriage that I mustered the courage to learn designing and launched a fashion brand.” Signature Wardrobe in a very short span of time became a favored brand of fashionistas and celebrities. Rai is associated with the Pinkshe institution where she helps raise awareness among young women of the underprivileged class on use of sanitary napkins and personal hygiene. “I want to give back to society especially to women who are not as fortunate as me to have a partner who helped in fulfilling my dreams.”Shalini Rai’s story is of a woman of today accepting challenges against all odds, entering unexplored careers and taking bold steps to chalk out new paths for themselves.
The United Nations and international figures marked World Food Day today with calls for immediate aid and longer-term solutions, and warnings of factors that keep hundreds of millions mired in hunger, such as price swings and gender discrimination. In a message delivered to a ceremony at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that there is more than enough food on the planet to feed everyone, yet nearly one billion people will go hungry because food is unavailable or unaffordable“Today, in the Horn of Africa, more than 13 million people are affected by one of the region’s worst droughts in 60 years,” he said, referring to a crisis that in war-torn Somalia alone has already killed tens of thousands of people, put 750,000 more at risk of death in the next few months if there is no adequate response, and affected four million others.“Yet, drought does not need to become famine – nor should it ever be allowed to, either through system failure or through the kind of deliberate deprivation we are seeing in areas controlled by Al-Shabaab,” he added, referring to the Islamic militants who hold much of southern Somalia. This year’s theme for the Day is “Food prices – from crisis to stability,” focusing on recent price swings, at nearly record highs, that threaten to push millions more people into hunger. FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf stressed that over $80 billion in additional investment is needed annually to ensure food supplies for the world in 2050, attributing the devastating impact of soaring and volatile food prices on the livelihoods of the poor to 20 years of under-investment in agriculture and neglect. “The world has the knowledge and financial means needed to ensure food security for all, and thus a more stable world. Now is the time to make it happen,” he concluded.In a reference to the Horn of Africa Pope Benedict XVI said in a message: “In the face of the death of entire communities due to hunger and the forced abandonment of people’s lands of origin, immediate assistance is essential, but it is necessary also to intervene in the medium and long-terms so that international activity is not only responding to emergencies.”He described as “lamentable” the idea gaining ground that food was just merchandise and thus subject to speculative movements.UN Women’s Executive Director Michelle Bachelet warned that a significant cause of food insecurity is “the poverty and discrimination faced by women and girls, including women farmers. Since women are on the frontlines of food security, we need to put their needs and rights at the forefront of trade and agricultural policies and investments to move from crisis to stability,” she said.“If the world is to meet the challenge of feeding people today and nine billion people by 2050, we must invest in girls and women, who are key to food security… Empowering women and girls is key to progress in development, food security and improved nutrition.”UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran also stressed the fundamental role of women. “Women are the secret weapon against hunger. They are a powerful force in the fight against malnutrition,” she said.“When women have food, children eat. When they are helped to grow food, communities eat. So, an important key to fighting hunger is to provide women with knowledge and skills, capital and tools, to help achieve food security for themselves, their family, and their community.”UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) President Kanayo F. Nwanze noted that while droughts are not preventable, famines are. “There are effective strategies and tools that farmers can use to increase their resilience to climatic and other shocks. Long-term investment in agriculture – not only from international donors, but from the countries themselves – is the key to ensuring that such tragedies do not happen again,” he said.In a message to the ceremony President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, current Chair of the African Union (AU), said sub-Saharan Africa in particular is bearing the brunt of the food price crisis. He identified improving productivity and competitiveness of small farmers, investment in agriculture and policies related to land tenure as priorities.For Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, ridding the world of hunger requires a different form of globalization, one reflecting the concepts of “sharing, generosity and cooperation.”In a lighter vein, American jazz legend Dee Dee Bridgewater and Brazilian classical guitarist Marcus Vinicius performed live at the ceremony when the appointment of British actor Jeremy Irons as a new FAO Goodwill Ambassador was announced.The Day was also marked elsewhere in the world. In Changwon, Republic of Korea, (ROK), the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has been discussing future food security, with its Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja warning that high and volatile food prices are likely to last for some time to come.“World Food Day is a powerful reminder of the vast inequalities in the availability of food for the world’s population,” he said. In a related development, a high-level panel of experts on food security and nutrition working under the auspices of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has released two new reports – one on price volatility and food security, and the other on land tenure and international investments in agriculture. They will be discussed at CFS’ five-day annual meeting beginning today in Rome. 17 October 2011The United Nations and international figures marked World Food Day today with calls for immediate aid and longer-term solutions, and warnings of factors that keep hundreds of millions mired in hunger, such as price swings and gender discrimination.
He said that an appeal had been made to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to address the housing issue faced by displaced Muslim families.The LTTE had forced hundreds of Muslims to flee Jaffna in 1990 and most of them sought temporary refuge in Puttalam, Colombo, Gampaha and Panadura. Minister of Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Cooperative Development, Rishad Bathiudeen had said that after three decades since their initial displacement, Muslim IDPs from Jaffna now scattered across the country will finally be able to resettle in Jaffna. It was announced recently that a condominium project had been proposed for Muslims displaced from Jaffna during the war. The Government has allocated funds through the 2019 Budget to resettle Muslims displaced during war.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera made the announcement while presenting the budget to Parliament today. Since then 700 Muslim families returned to Jaffna but most of them were unable to get back their own land. (Colombo Gazette)
An island-wide curfew has been declared from 6pm today to 6am tomorrow.
Following the eruption of the Nyaigongo volcano, 350 UN international staff were evacuated by road and by plane from Goma, according to a spokesman for the world body. A skeletal staff from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), along with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), remained behind to plan assistance to the displaced, but were preparing to evacuate if necessary. Situated near the border with Rwanda, Nyaigongo is known as one of Africa’s most active volcanoes, according to OCHA, which reported that since this morning, lava flow has been observed on both Rwandan and Congolese territory.
When most people see an unknown number flash up on their mobile phone, they brace themselves for a cold call telling them about a road accident or mis-sold PPI.But Sheku Kanneh-Mason will be glad he answered one particular mystery telephone call, after picking up to find Meghan Markle on the end of the line.Kanneh-Mason, a rising star of the classical music world and teenage prodigy cellist, has described how he was “bowled over” by a telephone call from Ms Markle, personally inviting him to play at her wedding to Prince Harry on May 19.The 19-year-old cellist, who became the first black winner of the prestigious BBC Young Musician award in 2016 and has since played at the Proms, will join a line-up of wedding musicians including a gospel choir, a soprano singer, a trumpeter and the choir of St George’s Chapel.Kanneh-Mason, who comes from a family of talented musicians, said: “I’m so excited and honoured to perform at Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle’s wedding. Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of BBC Young Musician 2016Credit:BBC James Vivian, Organist and Director of Music at St George’s Chapel Credit:Reuters Karen Gibson and The Kingdom ChoirCredit:PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19Credit:Eddie Mulholland 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. Trumpet player David BlackadderCredit:Reuters Mr Vivian said: “The choristers, lay clerks, organists and I are very much looking forward to this exciting day and are pleased to be performing at the service music chosen by the couple.”We are also looking forward to welcoming to St George’s musical colleagues from near and far who will be performing at this very special and joyful occasion.”The service has been designed around the couple’s own tastes, with their spokesman previously saying: “This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom.” The chapel will echo to the gospel sounds of the Kingdom Choir founded and directed by Karen Gibson, who has previously worked on high-profile events including the Queen’s Jubilee, the Concert for Diana, and VE Day celebrations at Buckingham Palace in 1997.The palace said the British choir “has become known for its united sound, warm energy and enthusiastic performance”. “I was bowled over when Ms Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes.”What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can’t wait!” They will be joined by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas, best known for her performances of Baroque masterpieces.James Vivian, director of music at St George’s Chapel, will be in overall control of the service’s music which will also feature state trumpeters from all ranks of the Band of the Household Cavalry, St George’s Chapel choir and Luke Bond, the chapel’s assistant director of music, will play the organ. Gibson, who will lead her group during the service, said: “The Kingdom Choir is truly honoured to be invited to sing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle, and very excited to be taking part in such a historic moment.”It will be a moment that we will always treasure, and we’d like to take the opportunity to wish the couple all the very best for their coming union.”The Prince and Ms Markle may be planning to contrast the uplifting voices of the gospel singers with Baroque pieces, selecting soloists who have made their name playing music from the period. The invitation came after the cellist impressed Prince Harry during an evening in London last June in aid of Antiguan charity the Halo Foundation.In a statement releasing details of the Royal Wedding music, Kensington Palace said: “Both Prince Harry and Ms Markle have taken a great interest and care in choosing the music for their service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral works.” David Blackadder, principal trumpet with both the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music, will play with The Orchestra, comprised of musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos challenged government critics to work in management positions at state hospitals for free. There are 87 available positions and the deadline for applications is March 27. The minister also hit back at those earning generous salaries in management positions in the private sector to stop criticizing the state of affairs in the public sector and contribute their expertise instead. “Any important manager out there in the market who wants to help their country at this difficult time should come and take an unpaid job instead of criticizing.” The maximum salary being offered for the managerial positions at state hospitals is 3,000 euros gross per month. Source: Kathimerini
Bing : six mois seulement pour rendre les données anonymesEurope – Microsoft a annoncé qu’il rendrait anonymes les données collectées avec Bing après un délai de six mois. Une décision qui conforme son moteur de recherche à la législation européenne.Microsoft vient d’annoncer à Bruxelles qu’il rendrait anonymes les données des recherches effectuées sur Bing après un délai de six mois. Par la suite, les adresses IP des internautes seront supprimées. Cette décision, qui sera mise en œuvre dans un délai de 12 à 18 mois, permet au moteur de recherche américain de se mettre en conformité avec la législation européenne.Par contre, le Vieux continent a rappelé à l’ordre Yahoo! et Google, les deux leaders en Europe, qui, eux, gardent ces données durant respectivement 13 et 9 mois. Ce cadre européen permet de protéger les libertés et la vie privée des internautes.Le 20 janvier 2010 à 19:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by rising water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence’s remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and New York state.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that the flooding set off by as much as 3 feet of rain from Florence is far from over and will get worse in places.“I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he said.Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and “countless more” staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday.Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.
Clackamas Bakery has recalled its angel food cake bar sold at Fred Meyer stores in Washington and Oregon.Fred Meyer announced the recall Monday due to allergens not listed on the label. The product contains soy and milk.“Clackamas Bakery initiated the recall when it was discovered that the Fred Meyer Bakery Angel Food Cake Bar label had been incorrectly applied to packages of cornbread,” according to a press release from Fred Meyer.People who are allergic to milk or soy could have a severe reaction if they eat the cake. No customer illnesses have been reported.The recall includes stores in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.Customers can return the cakes to a store for a full refund or replacement.
US President Donald Trump (L) and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. File photoUS President Donald Trump on Saturday invited his Philippine counterpart to Washington in a “friendly” call in which the leaders discussed Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and their countries’ alliance, the White House said.Duterte has faced international condemnation for his brutal crackdown on crime, which has claimed thousands of lives and led to warnings from rights groups about a possible crime against humanity.The White House said the two leaders, who were both elected to office last year, had “a very friendly conversation” that included discussion about the Philippine government’s efforts to “rid its country of drugs” and the regional security threat posed by North Korea.“President Trump also invited President Duterte to the White House to discuss the importance of the United States-Philippines alliance, which is now heading in a very positive direction,” the statement said.There has been concern about Duterte’s efforts to loosen the Philippines’ long-standing alliance with the US as he looks to court China, whose push to control most of the disputed South China Sea has alarmed neighbours.Duterte has regularly hit out at the Philippines’ one-time colonial ruler for perceived hypocrisy over human rights and last year branded then US president Barack Obama a “son of a whore” for criticizing the drug war.The White House said Trump “enjoyed the conversation” with Duterte, and looked forward to attending the key US-ASEAN and East Asia summits in the Philippines in November.Vice President Mike Pence had announced earlier this month that Trump would attend the Asian meetings as a sign of “unwavering commitment” to the region.Duterte’s spokesman Ernesto Abella confirmed Trump’s invitation, although he gave no indication of when the visit would take place.Philippine police have reported killing 2,724 people as part of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign, although authorities insist the shootings have been in self defence.Many thousands of others have been killed by shadowy vigilantes, according to rights groups.A Philippine lawyer last week filed a complaint at the International Criminal Court accusing Duterte of mass murder, alleging his war on drugs had led to about 8,000 deaths.Duterte’s pledge to stop the country turning into a narco-state has proved wildly popular with millions of Filipinos looking for a quick solution to crime and corruption.Over the weekend some Southeast Asian leaders attending a regional summit in Manila also expressed support for the drug war, including Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo.
By Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROEducation was the central issue at the candidate forum on June 5 sponsored by the Coalition for D.C. Public Schools and Communities. The event, moderated by freelance journalist Sarah Stodder, pitted current council Chairman Phil Mendelson, against Ed Lazere, former executive director of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. There was also a second panel for the at-large council candidates that included incumbent Anita Bonds and political newcomers Marcus Goodwin and Jeremiah Lowery.The D.C. council chairman candidates explored how they’d tackle obstacles preventing some children, especially those from impoverished Wards 7 and 8, from attending school. Both panels addressed larger issues, like their vision for school reform in the wake of a persistent achievement gap and a D.C. Public Schools graduation scandal that rocked the District.Jeremiah Lowery, At-large City Council candidate, says the District should bring back the school board.Mendelson touted funding the Office of Victim Services with millions of dollars to send community-based organizations to work with students, their families, and principals to uncover why these students have 10 absences or more and to help get them back in the classroom.In some cases, he said, the oldest child in the family stayed home to look after younger siblings. Mendelson cited a case where a family couldn’t do laundry and kept the child home from school instead of sending the student to school in dirty clothes.“We know what the different reasons are, but we do need to identify them on an individual basis and then through the CBO-like collaborative, bring the appropriate resources to help . . . get them back into school,” Mendelson said.Lazere said there are multiple stressors affecting families that keep kids from going to school, like housing instability, rising Metro fares, poor neighborhood schools and bus route cuts. He suggested the city invest in housing stability so low-income families don’t get pushed out, and in quality neighborhood schools so local children have good educational options close by and don’t have to travel across the city for school. D.C. should also invest more money in Metro so that it thinks twice about raising fares or cutting crucial bus lines that Ward 7 and Ward 8 residents rely on.Since D.C. students ride Metro for free, parents of elementary school students should get to ride for free, so they can take their kids to school and reduce truancy, Lazere added. “If you’re a second grader, you’re not going to ride a Metro bus by yourself,” he said.Revelations about a citywide graduation scandal showed more than 900 students – about a third of DCPS’s graduates last year – shouldn’t have gotten their diplomas because of truancy and other problems. This shocked the city and made officials question the school reform agenda started in 2007 after then-Mayor Adrian Fenty took over the schools.The scandal “ripped the veil off the truth in terms of what’s really going on with our schools,” Mendelson said.The pressure of the high-stakes prompted some school leaders to falsify their graduation figures, Lazere said, and the failure of the council and of Mendelson was that they didn’t analyze whether those traditional metrics were the right way to reform DCPS. “Education reform in Washington, D.C. has failed,” Jeremiah Lowery, an at-large council candidate said.“The council can, in fact, play a strong counterweight to the mayor to make sure that school reform is, in fact, focusing on the right things and heading in the right direction,” Lazere said.Lowery demanded more transparency from DCPS and the charter schools, especially when it comes to data. If elected, he’d push for an empowered school board.Now that the media has uncovered the “ugly” in the school system, the reform process can begin anew and should include adult education and literacy, Anita Bonds said. “More than 30 percent of our adults are not able to read . . . and so we really have that as a byproduct of our school system and we have to work on that in order to make our families whole throughout the city,” Bonds said.Marcus Goodwin said mayoral control has put the school system on the “right path” to accountability and having a school board isn’t the answer. He pushed a multi-faceted approach- investing in after school tutors and mentors to help students get beyond grade level in critical subjects, investing in summer programming to ensure students remain at proficient levels in their subjects, bringing in university-level thinkers to help Washington move beyond its achievement gap and revive vocational education for high school students.“The economic realities for many people in this city who look like me is that they can’t take four years off and go live the college life,” Goodwin said. “They need to help support their families when they turn 18 and they need to be given the opportunity to be trained to learn how to be an HVAC technician, an electrician, a plumber.”The election is June 19.
Popular on Variety Related The three characters invite children and their parents to identify and find everyday objects in their households that take on a second life as fantastical creatures. Intertwined with these treasure hunts are physical challenges, encouraging children to slither around on the floor, and more. “(They are) not just sitting in a chair having a conversation with Alexa,” promised Salema.The Isobar team also wanted to make sure that kids can interact with the skill at their own pace. That’s why they made sure that it enabled continuous play over multiple sessions. “It picks up exactly where you left off,” said Salema.Right now, there are no plans to add more content to the “Missing Link Adventures” skill, but Salema said that skills like these could conceivably be used by studios to bridge the gap between the release of a movie and upcoming sequels. “It’s an exciting way to get people inside of a story,” he said.Salema also said that he expected skills like this to make more use of artificial intelligence in the coming years, as voice assistants like Alexa become more powerful. “We are entering what we call the age of conversation,” he said. Smarter artificial intelligence could soon allow users to have truly interactive conversations with movie characters beyond today’s scripted narratives. Said Salema: “We are inventing the future as we go.” Altice Partners With Devialet for High-End Smart Speaker ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Just in time for this week’s premiere of Laika’s and Annapurna’s new stop-motion comedy “Missing Link,” United Artists Releasing and digital agency Isobar have launched a new Alexa skill that lets kids and their parents join the protagonists of the movie in a series of goofy adventures.The “Missing Link Adventures” skill, which is now available for Amazon Echo speakers, Echo Show displays, Fire TVs and other devices with Alexa support, gives users a chance to participate in 6 treasure hunts in their own home, complete with spontaneous exercises, riddles and back-and-forth banter between the movie’s main characters.Altogether, the skill offers a total of 1.5 hours of interactive audio content, starring the movie’s main characters including Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis), Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and Adelina (Zoe Saldana). That participation was key to keeping participants engaged with the skill, said Isobar’s chief creative officer Ricardo Salema. “We don’t use the Alexa voice,” he explained. “We use the character voices for the film itself.” Chelsea Handler Bonds With Alexa in iHeartRadio Smart Speaker Promo
Sega’s ill-fated Dreamcast released in North America in September of 1999, and production ceased less than two years later in March of 2001, in no small part due to the ease with which you could burn pirated games to a disc and have them run flawlessly on the system. Despite not being the forebear of competent DRM, the console did set the stage for future console tech, such as built-in modems, downloadable content, and games with online voice chat. Some of the Dreamcast’s most popular games lived on other consoles for a while, like Jet Set Radio and Phantasy Star Online. Other games began life on the Dreamcast and ended life on other consoles. One such game was ToeJam & Earl III, which released on the original Xbox. Now, that Dreamcast version has finally released.Nearly 13 years after the console officially ceased production, the Dreamcast is still receiving the occasional (never official) game. This time, it’s in the form of an abandoned version that was ported over to the Xbox. ToeJam & Earl may not have much of a presence in modern-day gaming, but the series was iconic back in the gaming days of yore. The second game was most notable for not only being hilarious, but featuring one of the earliest “complex” rhythm game segments in gaming history. The segments had mechanics similar to Harmonix’s FreQuency and Amplitude, which in turn led to the Guitar Hero and Rock Band boom. The first TJ&E featured the most notable segment from the series, a secret hot tub level complete with hula girls.The third game — ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth — was initially in development for the Dreamcast, but when the console folded, creators Greg Johnson and Mark Voorsanger preferred if the title continued life on the PlayStation 2 or GameCube. However, due to the simplicity of porting over to the Xbox — and also thanks to some free advertising on Microsoft’s part — the third game in the series made its way to the Xbox.A beta copy of the Dreamcast version of the game was discovered on the hard drive of a Dreamcast dev kit — purchased for around $1,200 on eBay — and recently released. The beta version is unstable, and is more like the original game than its sequel or the Xbox release — no boss fights, mini-games, or hub world. Also, no one is panicking on Funkotron, which is regrettable.If you’d like to brave the early, unstable beta, you can grab the files here — links are toward the bottom of the first post. If you don’t want to brave an unstable beta, you can just be sad with the rest of us that ToeJam & Earl don’t have much influence on this world anymore.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 1 min read Finnish telecoms network maker Nokia confirmed late on Monday that it may start designing and licensing mobile phone handsets under its brand name in 2016.Nokia said it was looking for a partner who would take on the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for the products.The company said a Nokia mobile phone would not reach the market before the fourth quarter of 2016 when Nokia’s agreement with partner Microsoft allows it to use the brand name again.Nokia sold its phone business to Microsoft in 2014 after years of declining sales.(Reporting by Anna Ercanbrack; Editing by Daniel Dickson) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Reuters July 14, 2015 Register Now »