This fall, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita, and other furry friends from Sesame Street will embark on a two-month USO tour to military installations throughout Europe.Sesame Street and the USO head overseas to perform for service members and their familiesThe 2017 Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families will perform more than 30 shows at 19 military bases in six countries; each 30-minute costumed character performance will center around the challenges military families face on a regular basis, including frequent moves and the military-to-civilian transition. The tour will kick off on September 11th at NAS Sigonella in Italy before journeying to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Spain, wrapping up in mid-November.“Since 2006, the Sesame Street/USO tour has brought to life the resources we’ve developed to help military families navigate the unique challenges they face,” said Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Sesame Workshop’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Social Impact. “Sesame Workshop is proud to continue our longstanding partnership with the USO, employing our early childhood expertise and beloved Sesame Street characters to support and celebrate military kids and families as they learn, heal, and grow.”Sesame Workshop and the USO know that when one family member serves, the whole family serves, which is why they partnered to create Katie, a special character who models the real-life experiences of today’s military children. In the military-to-civilian transition show, “Katie’s Family Transitions to Civilian Life,” military families will follow Katie as she starts a new adventure outside of the military, confident that her family and all her Sesame Street pals will be there to support her throughout the transition. The tour will also perform “Katie is Moving to a New Base,” which explores the feelings of uncertainty and excitement that come with moving to a new place. To best suit the needs of military families overseas, each installation will be given the chance to determine which show is performed on their base, with some installations opting for both.“There is no better time to kick off our ninth-year run of the Sesame Street/USO tour than on Patriot Day – a day the USO is encouraging Americans everywhere to connect with service members by sending them a message of support at uso.org/Reflect,” said Lorie Hennessey, USO’s Senior Vice President of Entertainment. “We are incredibly grateful for our collaboration with Sesame Workshop and look forward to supporting hundreds more military families this year.”The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families has toured the globe since July 2008, making it the longest-running traveling tour in the USO’s 76-year history. Based on Sesame Workshop’s award-winning Sesame Street for Military Families initiative, the tour has performed more than 1,100 shows on 150 military installations in 33 states and 11 countries and distributed more than 2.8 million outreach materials, entertaining nearly 600,000 service members and military families through the magic of song, dance, and beloved characters. To learn more about this year’s tour, including upcoming tour stops visit uso.org/Sesame.
Login/Register With: Stories of fractured relations, desperate acts and Hollywood ambition top our 16th annual “Chasing the Buzz” poll of the most keenly awaited movies at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 8 to 18.Kenneth Lonergan’s potent family reckoning Manchester by the Sea, Oscar-tipped since its Sundance premiere in January, took a leading three votes from the Star’s 30-member panel of critics, programmers, professors and regular film buffs.Four other films took two votes apiece: Damien Chazelle’s Tinseltown musical reverie La La Land, with the glittering pairing of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone; Barry Jenkins’ culturally and sexually fraught drama Moonlight; Zacharias Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers), a retelling of John Ford’s classic revenge western The Searchers; and Mathieu Denis’ and Simon Lavoie’s Quebec terrorist doc/drama hybrid Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves. MOVIES WITH 3 VOTESManchester by the Sea (dir. Kenneth Lonergan)“Looks to be a role made for Casey Affleck. Casey is quickly eclipsing bigger brother Ben and I can’t wait to see why.” —Eli Glasner, CBC arts reporter and film critic“Because I love beautifully crafted, emotionally rich American indie movies I’m looking forward to Manchester by the Sea. Lonergan does these small-town, slice-of-life stories so well. And it stars Casey Affleck, who is always terrific.” —Karen Gordon, film critic, Metro Morning, CBC Radio Advertisement Twitter Another 19 films each received a single vote: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, After the Storm, American Pastoral, Arrival, The Birth of a Nation, Catfight, Colossal, The Dreamed Ones, Free Fire, Gimme Danger, I Called Him Morgan, Lady Macbeth, Loving, Mascots, nirvanna the band the show, Nocturnal Animals, Personal Shopper, The Stairs and Toni Erdmann.The hive mind twitched for a total of 24 movies, out of 296 TIFF-bound features. Here’s the “because” behind the buzz: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
BEIRUT — The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, far more than the number announced earlier by the U.S.-led coalition, Amnesty International and a London-based watchdog group said Thursday.Amnesty and Airwars said the toll came after the “most comprehensive investigation into civilian deaths in a modern conflict.”The U.S.-led coalition said last month that 1,257 civilians were killed in airstrikes against IS over four years in Syria and Iraq.“We continue to employ thorough and deliberate targeting and strike processes to minimize the impact of our operations on civilian populations and infrastructure,” the coalition said.Raqqa was the de facto capital of IS’s self-declared caliphate, which once encompassed a third of Syria and Iraq. Last month, IS lost the last area it controlled in eastern Syria marking the end of the so-called caliphate.U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Raqqa in October 2017 after a four-month campaign.The U.N estimates that more than 10,000 buildings were destroyed or 80 per cent of the city.“Coalition forces razed Raqqa, but they cannot erase the truth. Amnesty International and Airwars call upon the Coalition forces to end their denial about the shocking scale of civilian deaths and destruction caused by their offensive in Raqqa,” the two groups said in a joint statement.In June last year, an Amnesty International report said hundreds of civilians were killed in Raqqa, while the Airwars said it has evidence of 1,400 fatalities.The statement said Amnesty International’s innovative “Strike Trackers” project also identified when each of the more than 11,000 destroyed buildings in Raqqa was hit. More than 3,000 digital activists in 124 countries took part, analyzing a total of more than 2 million satellite image frames, it said.“The Coalition needs to fully investigate what went wrong at Raqqa and learn from those lessons, to prevent inflicting such tremendous suffering on civilians caught in future military operations,” said Chris Woods, Director of Airwars.Separately, Syrian Minister of Transportation Ali Hammoud said his country will sign a contract with a Russian company to run and expand the port of Tartous on the Mediterranean.Hammoud said in remarks published by the pro-government Al-Watan daily Thursday that Russia’s Stroytransgaz will run the port for 49 years. The minister added that a Russian company would expand the port and pump more than $500 million in this project, pointing that it has been agreed with the company to keep all Syrian workers in the port.Russia has been a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and Moscow tipped the balance of power in favour of government forces after joining Syria’s war in 2015.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov met with Assad in Damascus over the weekend and said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that he was expecting the contract to be signed this week.Borisov said the Russian lease of the port would boost bilateral trade and benefit the Syrian economy.Stroytransgaz is controlled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s childhood friend Gennady Timchenko. The Tartous port would be an important asset for the company which landed a contract for 30 per cent of the output in a major phosphate field outside Palmyra last year and signed a deal with a government-owned chemical company to rebuild Syria’s only fertilizer plant in the central province of Homs.Unlike many major Russian companies, private or state-owned, Stroytransgaz is not wary of international sanctions against the Syrian government since Timchenko himself and his businesses including Stroytransgaz were slapped with U.S. sanctions in 2014 following Russia’s annexation of Crimea.Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press
Police investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette) The bus veered off the road and overturned injuring 47 passengers who were in the vehicle at the time.A 23 year old man who was injured in the accident succumbed to his injuries on admission to hospital. One person was killed and over 40 others were injured following an accident involving a private bus in Galagedera last night, the police media unit said today.The police said that the driver of the bus had lost control of the vehicle along the Kandy – Kurunegala road.
The parliamentary process to ratify Enforced Disappearances as illegal has been indefinitely postponed and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) is yet to be repealed, while continuing use of torture to extract confessions is widely reported. Complete elimination of this dreadful practice from Sri Lanka needs leadership from the government which is solely lacking.The government has utterly failed to engage the majority Sinhala community about the need for true reconciliation and the indispensability of transitional justice to achieve that. In fact, a consistent narrative articulating the above and the need for ending the culture of impunity is absent in the political discourse of the country. If Sri Lanka is to enter a new era of respect for rule-of-law and good governance, resolute and consistent efforts are imperative. A careful comparison of the commitments made and the actions carried out unambiguously shows a glaring disparity. No efforts have been made by the top Sri Lankan leaders to integrate credible international participation in the local judicial processes as stipulated in the UNHRC resolutions. The report from the government’s own Consultation Task Force (CTF) – set up to recommend transitional justice measures based on country-wide consultations – has remained ignored for more than six months after its official release, reinforcing the impression most Tamils have that setting up Commissions and then discarding their reports is a continuation of delaying strategy practiced by many previous governments. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP), the only transitional justice mechanism Sri Lankan Parliament enacted exactlya year ago, was signed into law by the President only recently and yet to be operationalised. Mothers of disappeared have been protesting for over five months crying for attention living with the agony of not knowing the fate of their children for so many years. A month has passed since President Sirisena met with the relatives of the missing, but his promise to release any existing lists of surrendered and detained within 48 hours remains unfulfilled. We fail to understand the obstacles in bringing justice to these mothers, four of whom have died since the vigils started, and the unwillingness on the part of the government to bring closure to this highly emotive issue. GTF calls upon the International Community and the Government of Sri Lanka to take serious note of the impartial assessments made by such eminent organisations and mandate holders, and to recognise that Sri Lanka is truly in danger of losing the momentum in addressing the accountability issues that are critically important at this juncture. The Tamils are seeing the same old political dynamics that has plagued Sri Lanka since Independence and are understandably becoming cynical of the Government. For our part, the GTF would like to reaffirm its commitment to assist in any meaningful initiatives to arrest this dangerous trend.GTF notes it is essential that Sri Lanka take urgent concrete measures that will assure confidence to all its people, and most importantly to the victims, that achieving justice that has been denied for so long is possible. The latest report from the ICG (July 28) highlighted the plight of the Tamil speaking women in the North and East, stating that these women “have been marginalised during the transitional justice process” and called on the government to act “promptly by establishing the offices on missing persons and reparations” to prevent the emergence of “renewed grievance that damage already slim hopes of reconciliation among communities, and between the state and its Tamil citizens.” Though the GTF commends Sri Lankan Government for allowing external scrutiny of the human rights situation by facilitating visits by various UNHRC Special Rapporteurs, their assessments and reports are unsurprisingly scathing. The latest (July 14, 2017) is from Ben Emmerson, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, who told reporters at the conclusion of a four-day visit: “There is little evidence that perpetrators of war crimes committed by members of the Sri Lankan armed forces are being brought to justice,”… … “None of the measures so far adopted to fulfil Sri Lanka’s transitional justice commitments are adequate to ensure real progress” … … and progress on meeting commitments made under a 2015 U.N. Resolution have ground “to a virtual halt.”A report tabled at the 35th session of the UNHRC (May 2017) by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego García-Sayán, was again highly critical of the Sri Lankan justice system. The report identified ‘continuation of a normative framework based on PTA’, ‘persisting impunity for any abuses committed by the police or the security forces’ and ‘the lack of effective victim and witness protection’ as key areas where urgent action was needed. Both Special Rapporteurs concluded that it was the Tamil community that was at the receiving end, disproportionately.Various statements released by International Crisis Group (ICG), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Truth and Justice Project during the last six months also concur with the findings and sentiments expressed by the UN Special Rapporteurs. Clearly stating that Sri Lanka is faltering on its commitments made to its own people as well as to the international community, these institutions have called for re-energising the process of addressing the war’s legacy. The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) is dismayed that more than eight years after the end of war, Sri Lanka has yet to demonstrate that it is genuinely committed to addressing the accountability issues occurred during the brutal armed conflict. Despite twice co-sponsoring UNHRC resolutions calling for comprehensive transitional justice measures, the present coalition government has not lived up to its commitments and yet to take any meaningful steps in this respect.The lack of progress to-date in many ways is eerily reminiscent of the past when commitments made on political and governance issues concerning to the Tamil people (such as Bandaranaike-Chelvanayakam or Dudley-Chelvanayakam pacts) were reneged at the slightest of political opposition. While GTF acknowledges that some progress has been made it is far from adequate.
DETROIT – Troubled air bag maker Takata Corp. of Japan is selling its automotive interior trim and seating material operation, raising cash as its inflator recall costs continue to mount.The Japanese company is selling Pontiac, Michigan-based Irvin Automotive Products to Piston Group, an auto parts supplier run by former Detroit Pistons guard Vinnie Johnson. The sale price wasn’t disclosed, but Piston Group, based in suburban Detroit, said in a statement Wednesday that Irvin has annual sales of $500 million.Takata faces billions in costs for what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history. Its inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel. They’ve been linked to as many as 16 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. The company is recalling 69 million inflators in the U.S. and around 100 million across the globe.“For Takata, this transaction gives us additional financial flexibility and enables us to focus on our safety operations, with a particular focus on managing the complex, global air bag recalls alongside our automotive customers and regulators,” Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada said in a statement.In August, Takata reported a second-quarter profit of 2 billion yen ($19.8 million), down 33 per cent from the same period the previous year. Tokyo-based Takata, which had two straight years of losses over the recalls, has said it will return to the black this fiscal year, although some analysts note that recall costs now being paid by automakers eventually will be billed to Takata.Takata also faces class-action lawsuits and possible government fines over its defective air bag inflators.Takata has hired the advisory firm Lazard to engineer a restructuring of its finances, likely with the help of some of its biggest customers. An air bag analyst has estimated the cost of making and distributing replacement inflators could cost more than $20 billion.Honda, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler are among the biggest customers for Takata inflators. In all, 17 automakers are affected by the recalls. Many automakers have said they will stop using Takata air bag inflators in models under development, and they will be billing Takata for the recall costs.Analysts expect Takata to go through a bankruptcy restructuring to shed some recall costs, with investors taking control of the company and changing its management. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2016 7:50 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Takata sells auto interiors unit as recall costs rise
Ian Brindle, Rick Dykstra and Steven Hudson (Niagara College’s Vice-President Academic) chat at the Nov. 12 announcement.Brock and Niagara College have received federal research funding that will allow them to help local business innovate and bring new products and processes to market.Both Brock and Niagara College have received the maximum $750,000 in funding as part of the Applied Research and Commercialization Program (ARC), supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario – FedDev Ontario. The funding was announced at a Nov. 12 event.The funds will allow Brock, through its Brock Research department, and Niagara College, through its applied research division Niagara Research, to work with small and medium-size companies. The work will be in various areas, including:product and process applied researchengineering designtechnology developmentproduct testingproof of conceptpiloting and problem solvingProjects eligible for ARC are open to almost all small and medium-sized companies from southwestern Ontario. Small and medium-sized companies are defined as companies with fewer than 1,000 employees.“Programs like the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative are critical to building a more innovative and versatile Canadian economy for the future,” said Ian Brindle, Vice-President Research at Brock. “This program will help researchers partner with entrepreneurs and leverage each other’s strengths for Niagara’s benefit.”Niagara College applauds the government’s growing investment in applied research, Niagara College President Dan Patterson said.“Applied research is strengthening our economy by helping companies innovate and develop new products and processes that have tremendous commercial value. Local companies are better able to compete worldwide through applied research.”“This is an amazing opportunity for small and medium sized business to avail themselves of the resources and expertise at Brock University and Niagara College”, said St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra. “I am confident our community will reap the benefits in terms of job growth and economic stimulus.”Companies whose projects are selected for the program will provide $25,000 in cash or in kind and FedDev will provide $50,000. Brock and Niagara College will each work with a committee of business and industry leaders to review and approve proposals. All projects will be identified, approved and initiated by March 31, 2011 and completed by March 31, 2012.To apply to partner with Brock or Niagara College on this initiative, please fill out the online forms at brocku.ca/government-relations/research-and-commercialization for Brock or niagaracollege.ca/research/information/niagara_research_arc_collaboration_project_outline.doc for Niagara College.
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Les taupes dorées sont capables d’iridescencePubliant ses travaux dans Biology Letters, une équipe internationale étudiant les taupes dorées, de petits mammifères méconnus d’Afrique, a constaté que le pelage de ces animaux avait la particularité de décomposer la lumière en différentes couleurs. L’iridescence, ou décomposition de la lumière ambiante en couleurs de base, est un phénomène observable non seulement sur l’arc-en-ciel, mais aussi sur le corps de certains animaux : plumage d’oiseaux ou carapace d’arthropodes (insectes, etc.). C’est pourtant chez des mammifères que des chercheurs viennent de mettre en évidence cette faculté.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Étudiant quatre espèces de Chrysochloridae (ou taupes dorées), de petits mammifères insectivores vivant dans les déserts de Namibie et du Kalahari, les scientifiques ont caractérisé les mécanismes de cette irisation de la lumière, liés à la morphoologie des poils de ces animaux : très aplatis et possédant des écailles cuticulaires fortement réduites, ils offrent une surface large et lisse propice à la réflexion lumineuse.”Les taupes dorées sont des mammifères rares en ce que leur pelage produit un arc-en-ciel de couleurs, vu sous différents angles, tout comme la surface d’un disque compact. Une coloration irisée joue un rôle clé pour attirer des partenaires sexuels [chez] les oiseaux, les reptiles, les papillons et les coléoptères. La façon de produire cette coloration, chez les taupes dorées, est semblable à celle observée chez ces animaux, mais elle a une fonction totalement différente”, explique le Dr Kevin Rowe, du Muséum Victoria (Australie).”La surface lisse et régulière du pelage entraînant l’irisation n’a pas évolué pour attirer des congénères ou pour se camoufler des prédateurs. C’est probablement pour réduire les frottements lorsque ces taupes se déplacent à travers le sable, sous le sol. Les couleurs qu’elle produit ne sont qu’un ‘sous-produit’”, complète sa collègue, le Dr Karen Rowe. Le 5 février 2012 à 10:12 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Amazon Prime is about to unleash a Studio Ghibli television series on us and it’ll be the first kids show ever released by the iconic studio.Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter is a 26-episode series based on the Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking) book of the same name. As you would expect from the title, Ronja is the young daughter of a robber. Over the course of the story, she comes to learn what that means after meeting Birk, the child of a rival tribe. Together, the two explore a forest full of mystical creatures and learn about the values of family, loyalty, and friendship.Amazon released a trailer for the show on Tuesday, which shows off some expected elements from a Ghibli production: fluid animation (although it becomes obvious that the studio did the animation mostly digitally), bright colors, whimsical creature designs, and nature-filled backgrounds full of detail. You can see for yourself below.The series was directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s son, Gorō Miyazaki, who previously worked on another book adaptation for the studio: Tales from Earthsea. He also directed From Up on Poppy Hill back in 2011. It’s a joint production between Ghibli and Polygon Pictures, best known for Knights Of Sidonia and Transformers Prime. It was released in Japan in 2014 to great critical acclaim and a couple international animation awards under the name Sanzoku no Musume Rōnya.Hmm, other reasons to watch…it’s being narrated by Gillian Anderson. Just putting that out there.We’ll be the first to admit that we wish the show’s animation wasn’t mostly computer-generated. It’s also unclear if Amazon will release the show with original Japanese audio and English subtitles. Regardless, we’ll be checking this out. It’s a Studio Ghibli television series! No matter your age, it’s easy to enjoy a Ghibli story, even if it isn’t directed by Hayao Miyazaki.Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter premieres Jan 27 on Amazon’s streaming service. AdamTots Presents: Kiki’s Dealer ServiceMay’s Garden House Restaurant is The First Licensed Totoro Restaurant
Lou Brancaccio is The Columbian’s editor emeritus. His column of personal opinion appears the first Saturday of every month. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming days, we’ll see lots of stories looking back over the crazy year that is about to end, but there are a couple of concepts I’m hoping we all can find time to examine as we look forward. At first glance, they might not seem all that important, but I happen to believe they’re critical to our future. And I hope you’ll weigh in.ListeningWe all need to listen more. I mean really listen. Really listening is a lost art. I know, for example, I could do a lot better at listening. So why is listening so difficult? The truth is, we’ve all been taught at a very young age to express ourselves but not taught how to listen. We are constantly encouraged to talk. As we grow older, we also are taught not to let others “walk all over you.” You have an idea? Say it forcefully and — whatever you do — don’t cower. Don’t … back … down.See the problem? The squeaky wheel always gets the attention. Yep. We’ve created a society of monsters who never really hear arguments for stuff we don’t agree with. Oh, we sometimes pretend we’re listening, but what we’re really doing is biting our lip, waiting until that other testa dura shuts his pie hole.
Hector Bellerin hailed teammate Mesut Ozil’s stunning display in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Leicester City and called him a “born champion”The German playmaker proved instrumental as Arsenal came back from a goal down to claim their 10th straight win in all competitions on Monday night.After producing a grand finish to equalise for Arsenal, Ozil then played a major role in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s double.Bellerin, who scored an unfortunate own goal to open the scoreline in Leicester’s favour, praised Ozil after all the concerns regarding his motivation levels by former coach Arsene Wenger.“Mesut is a player that always keeps giving his best and is always surprising everyone and he’s a player that we’re very grateful and very lucky to have,” Bellerin told Arsenal.com.“When the team play well with good football and he can find space he’s always a killer with his passes and finishes, so for us to have a player like him in the team is very important.The Spanish right-back believes Ozil is an example for everyone to follow and added they are fortunate to have him as a captain.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Mesut is a player that has been through a lot in his career through loads of ups and downs, but most of all he’s a born champion and he’s a player who has so many records in the world of football,” said Bellerin.“So he’s a player that is an example for everyone. Everyone wants to have the success that he’s had on and off the pitch, so for us to have someone like him as a captain is really important.”Following another win at the Emirates Stadium, Unai Emery’s side are back within two points of Premier League leaders Manchester City and Liverpool in fourth place.😖 Own goal😯 Assist for @MesutOzil1088 😄 Assist for @Aubameyang7Bouncing back: @HectorBellerin style 👏 pic.twitter.com/d4auhLCJ0U— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 22, 2018
Photo via Twitter @UNreal_Donald_TPresident Trump and Mick Mulvaney, currently the White House’s budget director.A federal judge has ruled in favor of President Donald Trump in his effort to appoint the acting head of nation’s top financial watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.In a ruling from the bench Tuesday afternoon, Judge Timothy Kelly declined to stop on an emergency basis the president from putting in place Mick Mulvaney, currently the White House’s budget director. In doing so, Kelly ruled against Leandra English, the CFPB’s deputy director. English had requested an emergency restraining order to stop Mulvaney from becoming the acting director of the bureau.The leadership of the bureau had been thrown into chaos over the weekend after its permanent director, Richard Cordray, resigned and appointed English as his successor. Both Mulvaney and English claimed to be the rightful acting director. Share
Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump listens during a roundtable on immigration policy in California, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Wednesday.President Donald Trump violates the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday.U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from viewing his Twitter account, saying it was enough to point out that it was unconstitutional to continue to do so.“A declaratory judgment should be sufficient, as no government official — including the President — is above the law, and all government officials are presumed to follow the law as has been declared,” Buchwald wrote.The case was brought last July by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and seven individuals blocked by Trump after criticizing the Republican president.The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a message. A government lawyer did not respond to an email request for comment.Jameel Jaffer, the Knight Institute’s executive director, said in a release that his organization was pleased.“The president’s practice of blocking critics on Twitter is pernicious and unconstitutional, and we hope this ruling will bring it to an end,” he said.The lawsuit was filed after Trump blocked some individuals from @realdonaldtrump, a 9-year-old Twitter account with over 50 million followers.Justice Department lawyers had argued that it was Trump’s prerogative, no different from the president deciding in a room filled with people not to listen to some.Buchwald ruled that the tweets were made in a public forum.“The President presents the @realDonaldTrump account as being a presidential account as opposed to a personal account and, more importantly, uses the account to take actions that can be taken only by the President as President,” the judge said.After a hearing this year, the judge had suggested that Trump mute rather than block some of his critics. At the time, a Justice Department attorney agreed that muting would enable Trump to avoid a tweet he doesn’t want to read. Share
(PhysOrg.com) — It seems like small displays are all of the rage these days, and they just keep getting more and more advanced. In October of last year Ortus Technology created a 4.8-inch liquid crystal display that showed full color images. At the time, this screen with its pixel density of 458 pixels per inch, a density beyond the detection limit of the human eye, was the latest and greatest in the world of tiny screens. Now, it is only the most advanced of the 2D screens out there. Explore further Now, it has some 3D competition, and the call is coming from inside the house. Ortus has created a Hyper Amorphous Silicon TFT (HAST) screen. This new screen reduces the space between the pixels and gives it a whole new view. The 4.8-inch LCD screen will still show 2D images at the 458 pixels per inch rate, but now it can also show 3D images at a fairly impressive rate of 229 pixels per inch. This rate of pixels per inch will be able to show full HD resolution images with a final resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The 3D does require the use of glasses to see the images pop, unlike other small format 3D screens such as the one found on the Nintendo 3DS. The 3D images will have a viewing angle of 160 degrees, and will be able to display up to 16.77 million colors.The 3D effect is created with a circular polarizing film known as Xpol, which was developed by Arisawa Manufacturing. The film needs to be precisely placed on the screen because this technology shows images for the left and right eye alternately on each line, halving the vertical resolution. More information: www.ortustech.co.jp/english/ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2010 PhysOrg.com World’s Highest Resolution 3D Images Citation: The worlds smallest 3D HD display (2011, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-worlds-smallest-3d-hd.html
Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Cyprus has condemned plans by a group from the U.S.-based Biblical Archaeology Society to travel to the ethnically split island through its breakaway north.Cyprus’ Foreign Ministry said in a statement on its website Wednesday that the group’s planned arrival on June 11 through Turkish-dominated north would breach Cypriot and international law and be “inconsistent with scholarly ethics.” It appealed to the group to amend its itinerary. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Cyprus was divided in 1974 into a Greek speaking south and a Turkish speaking north in 1974 when Turkey invaded after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.The Society’s two-week trip to Turkey and Cyprus traces the footsteps of the Apostle Paul on his 1st century A.D. mission to spread Christianity in the region.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Top Stories Comments Share New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths
February 20, 2012 396 Views Chase Partners With Nonprofit to House Veterans As many as 100 wounded veterans and service members may receive homes free of charge, thanks to a new partnership between the mortgage lending unit for “”JPMorgan Chase””:http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm and nonprofit “”Operation Homefront””:http://www.operationhomefront.net/default.aspx.[IMAGE]The financial institution will pair homes it currently owns with qualifying families the nonprofit serves, including active-duty, Guard or Reserve, and honorably discharged service members.[COLUMN_BREAK]Any veteran from any era is eligible to apply, as are surviving single spouses of service members killed-in-action and post-9/11 disabled veterans.””This is an incredible gift from Chase to our men and women in uniform,”” “”Jim Knotts””:http://www.operationhomefront.net/about.aspx?id=1945, president and CEO of Operation Homefront, said in a statement.””We’re proud to partner with Operation Homefront in awarding homes to members of the military and their families,”” “”Frank Bisignano””:http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=2133325&ticker=JPM:US, JPMorgan Chase chief administrative officer and CEO of mortgage banking, said in a statement. Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces, a subunit within the office of First Lady “”Michelle Obama””:http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/first-lady-michelle-obama, called the program “”exactly the type of wonderful, collaborative effort that the First Lady and Dr. [Jill] Biden hoped to see when they rolled out ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├ï┼ôJoining Forces’ last year ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô companies and organizations coming together to better serve veterans, service members and their families.””As part of the effort, Operation Homefront will also accept donated goods to furbish homes for veterans and service members. Agents & Brokers JPMorgan Chase Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-02-20 Ryan Schuette in Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share
More Evidence Suggests QM Rule Isn’t Having ‘Significant’ Impact on Lending Yet in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News, Origination Before implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s qualified mortgage (QM) and ability-to-repay rules, many industry analysts expressed concerns over the ultimate impact of these rules on mortgage lending and access to credit. Now that the rules have been in effect several months, the debate over the impact of these rules has only intensified.In fact, the Federal Reserve’s recent Senior Loan Officer Survey, which explored the topic of lending in the post-QM/ability-to-repay environment, lead to various interpretations of the rules’ ultimate impact on mortgage lending so far. The survey found lending for prime residential mortgages at large banks has not changed much since the new rules went into effect.A new analysis from the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research group, maintains there has been “surprisingly little impact on the origination numbers” as a result of the QM and ability-to-repay rules.”While there remains a great deal of uncertainty over the ultimate impact of the QM rule, we do not yet see significant changes in the market,” the institute stated on its MetroTrends Blog.The Urban Institute attributed the minimal impact of the rules to the already tight lending environment prior to rule implementation and to the “patch” that allows the GSEs and Ginnie Mae to continue to abide by their own standards for the next seven years. With agency loans accounting for about 80 percent of today’s originations, the majority of loans remain unaffected by the new rules.However, the Urban Institute did acknowledge the potential for further impact as some institutions may have been slow to implement the rules, which are still relatively new.Furthermore, the institute lacks data from small banks and credit unions, and these institutions may be reacting differently than larger banks and government agencies, analysts said.According to the institute’s data, QM restrictions on interest only loans, prepayment penalty loans, and loans with debt-to-income ratios higher than 43 percent have thus far had little impact on lending.”Very few IO and essentially no PP loans were made before QM went into effect, and that is still the case,” according to the Urban Institute, while the percentage of loans with DTIs exceeding 43 percent “has remained relatively steady.” The institute did note a small decline in high-DTI loans at the GSEs, however.Another source of potential impact is the QM stipulation that adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) carry the maximum possible interest rate for the first five years of the loan. The impact of this stipulation is difficult to measure thus far as ARM loans began to climb alongside interest rate hikes in the second half of last year. Since January, ARM share has “declined marginally” while remaining higher than early last year during a lower interest rate environment.One segment of the market where the Urban Institute did see a decline in lending since QM implementation is among loans for less than $100,000. However, this decline appears to have started in November and is not overly broad. “[T]here was only a 400-loan decline in the number of new small loans in the bank portfolios between November 2013 and March 2014,” according to the institute. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Credit Standards Qualified Mortgage Urban Institute 2014-08-24 Krista Franks Brock August 24, 2014 642 Views Share
An oasis of calm and relaxation awaits Lufthansa First Class passengers and HON Circle members at the newly opened First Class Lounge in Concourse B at Frankfurt Airport. An exclusive First Class Spa area within the lounge offers a retreat from the every day travel norm, with six spa-quality bath facilities — two of them with Jacuzzis. For the first time at a Lufthansa Lounge, two spa treatment rooms help guests refresh and unwind with a range of cosmetic treatments and massages which can be paid for with Miles & More award points.“Frequent flyers and business travelers are constantly on the go — so time becomes a precious asset. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the airport, we offer guests at the new First Class Lounge an opportunity to use the time to relax in an exclusive atmosphere or to work,” said Lufthansa Hub Manager Dr. Karl-Rudolph Rupprecht.With a total floor space of more than 13,000 square feet –slightly bigger than the Frankfurt First Class Terminal — the new lounge can seat some 100 guests. It also provides the same exclusive amenities that Lufthansa’s First Class lounges have become known for. A spacious comfort area with relaxing leather armchairs offers a view of the airport apron and invites guests to sit back and unwind. Two quiet rooms with leather day beds and Bang & Olufsen sound systems are available for guests wishing to rest or sleep. Fully-enclosed office units equipped with telephones, PCs with Internet access and writing amenities provide an opportunity for guests to work as they await their departure. Complimentary WLAN access is also available throughout the lounge.Guests looking for some fun can take advantage of the new Wii Activity Room at the First Class Lounge, offering a choice of Wii Sport an d Wii Fit games. The game CDs, balance board and remote controls are available from the Lounge Concierge Desk.A separate Cigar Lounge features a view of the airport apron as well as a snack bar, drink selections and increased air exchange rate for a pleasant atmosphere without the smell of smoke.International culinary selections provided by the world-renown Viennese caterer Do & Co pamper guests in the restaurant and bistro area. An extensive buffet is provided or meals can be ordered à la carte. Dishes are freshly prepared in front of lounge guests and served by waiters. In the bar area, an assortment of beverages and spirits are offered in an open, inviting atmosphere.A new addition to Lufthansa’s Lounge product is the limousine service for passengers whose flights are departing from Terminal areas A and C – or, in the case of flights to a non-Schengen or non-EU destination, from an apron position. This service was previously only available at the Frankfurt First Class Terminal. In addition, passengers arriving at or transferring from an apron position will be taken by limousine from their aircraft to the Bus Arrivals point in Terminal B, where they will be met by a dedicated Lufthansa staff member and directed to the new First Class Lounge.www.lufthansa.com
By Evie Mitsidou PhillipsWEEE Cyprus, the non-profit organisation set up for the collection of waste electrical and electronic equipment has to-date recycled 17,351 tons of electric and electronic appliances, the organisation’s President Stelios Athanasiou told CNA, noting that at present there are over 260 points of collection throughout Cyprus.Athanasiou said WEEE Cyprus was an initiative set up by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) in June 2008, to encourage consumers to recycle their old electric and electronic appliances instead of throwing them away.Legislation adopted in 2002 defines the framework of electric and electronic equipment producers’ duties and responsibilities which also concerns importers of such equipment.Athanasiou said that 378 companies are registered with WEEE Cyprus, adding that 26 of those are shareholders in the organisation.“We collect information and telecommunications equipment, consumer products, such as televisions, lamps, electric and electronic tools, games and sport entertainment equipment, medical appliances, monitoring devices and automatic distribution devices,” he explained.To put it plainly, “our organisation can recycle anything which uses a power plug or batteries.”Of the 260 collection points, 76 are for the collection of lamps, 145 pallets for small appliances and 39 hook containers, with that number rising to 68 after a significant investment of €100,000.As regards the volume of appliances recycled, Athanasiou said that “from 2009 to 2011 we collected small quantities of electric appliances. From 2011 onward, quantities increased at a steady rate.”In 2018, “we collected 2,603 tonnes of electric and electronic appliances, 32 tonnes of lamps, while 160 tons were reused.”Athanasiou also raised the issue of “free-riders”, who do not manage the appliances in the appropriate manner, resulting in these ending up in scrap metal waste.“Our organisation guarantees that appliances will be recycled in the appropriate manner,” which end up in the system’s sorting and storage centre in Geri industrial estate where ordinary citizens, companies and government departments can also take their appliances.“Once appliances are weighed, they are categorised in various groups in accordance with how they will be dealt with later,” he explained.The WEEE Cyprus President said that the organisation’s operational cost is covered by the companies who participate in the system, that is to say importers of electric and electronic appliances who sell their products in Cyprus.Companies pay a fee every year depending on the quantity of appliances they import and their weight, and that “naturally the cost is then transferred on the consumer.”Because of that, Athanasiou noted, “our goal is to maintain the collection and management cost as low as possible so that the end consumer pays the lowest possible cost.”More information is available on the organisation’s website www.weeecyprus.com.cy(CNA)You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityMake earthquake insurance a family priorityCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoCyprus and Italy in hot water over tax breaks for yachtsUndoGreek PMs visit ‘of utmost importance’, spokesman saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola