first_imgOUR REVIEW OF the year that was 2013 would not be complete without discussion of the now infamous dropping of Brian O’Driscoll for the third Test of the Lions tour of Australia.The iconic centre’s exclusion from the match-day squad following the return from injury of Jamie Roberts was quite nearly the only focus in Ireland in the build-up to the deciding Test, showing us – if a sign was even needed – how the Lions is still largely about our own players doing well within the multi-national frame.Jamie Heaslip was dropped too, but the uproar focused around O’Driscoll’s ‘scapegoating’ following the poor team performance in the second Test defeat. Jonathan Davies was preferred at outside centre for the deciding game of the series, something that really should not have been such a major shock in hindsight.Roberts and Davies were the centre pairing that head coach Warren Gatland wanted all along, the duo that he felt could ruthlessly punish what he believed was a comparatively lightweight Australian midfield. If Roberts had not sustained a hamstring injury in the warm-up game against the Waratahs, he would have started alongside Davies in the first Test.Did O’Driscoll’s exclusion make a difference on the pitch for Test number three?It’s impossible to know with utter certainty, but it was most likely irrelevant who played in the centre, given the dominance of the Lions forwards. With that kind of platform, you or I could have done a decent job in midfield. Gatland’s selections up front were 100% spot on and the Lions won the game there.O’Driscoll celebrates the Lions success with positional rival Jonathan Davies. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.We could speculate that O’Driscoll would have used his array of passes and flicks to create even more chances for the Lions, but it’s a moot point. Davies had a solid outing in a good team performance, touching the ball 10 times and completing all 10 of his tackles. He was not a decisive influence, but neither was he a negative one.So Ireland did overreact to his axing from the team?Not so. Following sport is about more than the tactical, technical and physical functioning of the teams we choose to support, even more so with a concept like the Lions. Sport is also about both reflecting and escaping the experience of being human. A man like O’Driscoll is only a legend because rugby fans make him so.Ireland’s reaction was not truly based on the belief that O’Driscoll was a better pick than Davies, that argument was always irrelevant. Instead, people may have felt it was wrong that the man who was the focus of so many of our feelings was being denied that chance to create history with the Lions, to finally be part of a winning tour after his three previous failures.It was not only about O’Driscoll’s feelings, but rather those of the majority of rugby fans in Ireland. Watching the Leinster centre being part of that third Test success would have made so many people genuinely happy, truly thrilled. It was wonderful to see Sexton, Bowe, O’Brien and Murray playing their parts, but it just wasn’t the same experience.Already deprived of Paul O’Connell through injury, Ireland lost its central focus for the third Test and the reaction was genuine. As with so many other things in life, there was an element of overreaction that spilled into abuse and animosity, directed towards Gatland and Davies on this occasion.But for most rugby fans, there was simply sheer disappointment at the lost chance to see Ireland’s greatest rugby hero making more international history.Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >last_img read more

first_imgGenerally known as the Blue Marble, we tend to see photos of Earth during daylight — clouds overlapping bright blue oceans and stark green and brown landmasses. We don’t see the Black Marble, the Earth at night, as detailed nearly as often. Captured by Suomi, a NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather satellite, the group of images show us the entirety of human civilization spread across the planet, residing in either the glow of civilization’s lights or the less populated darkness.The images were taken with Suomi’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, which can detect 22 different bands of radiation, making it able to detect and distinguish between various kinds of light. The above image of the United states is a composite of information taken with Suomi in April and October of 2012, and since it was taken with the VIIRS, not only strong city lights, but even gas flares and wildfires can be detected.The information gathered for the above flat map of Earth was also gathered in April (nine days) and October (thirteen days), and it took Suomi 312 orbits of the planet, and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a perfect shot of every piece of Earth.The above image features the city lights along the Nile, an area that only covers a little less than 5% of Egypt’s land area, but is home to around 97% of the entire country’s population. The time it took Suomi to gather the information for this image wasn’t nearly as long as the previous shots; it simply captured the information on October 13.A closer view of the United States’ East Coast.To check out some more amazing photos captured by Suomi as part of the Black Marble project, head over here.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the first Kinect motion controller was released it became an instant hit with hackers eager to see what they could with it. Microsoft reacted to this in the right way, by releasing both a Kinect SDK to experiment with and an official version of the Kinect hardware for use with Windows.The same was expected to happen with the second generation Kinect sensor, and Microsoft has now confirmed that is the case. However, it won’t be cheap, and you won’t be able to use the Kinect that ships with the Xbox One to experiment with using a PC.If you purchase an Xbox One, the Kinect unit in the box is only for use with the console. You can’t hook it up to a PC because there simply isn’t the connector to do so. It only has a proprietary connection for the Xbox One and Microsoft won’t be offering an adapter. Instead, Microsoft is going to offer a different version of the Kinect sensor for use with Windows that includes a USB 3.0 connection.The wait for that to be released may be frustrating, but the price of Kinect for Windows will stop many considering a purchase anyway. Microsoft wants $399 for it, and the company is also making it clear Kinect for Windows is different from Kinect for Xbox One. Although the basic functionality will be the same, the hardware could be different, and you can’t hook the Windows version up to an Xbox One and expect it to work.Purchasing the new Kinect for Windows requires signing up to the developer program and paying the $399 up front. A pre-release version of the hardware is set to be shipped at the same time as the Xbox One in November, but the final units won’t be available until some point in 2014. That price may fall once Kinect for Windows is available at retail, but Microsoft hasn’t released any pricing details beyond the $399 developer version.A proprietary connector on the Xbox One Kinect is surely not going to stop some hackers experimenting and attempting to make their own adapter for plugging it into a PC. If successful, Microsoft’s desire to limit its use to the console may have been a waste of time.last_img read more

first_img 38 Comments One of Ireland’s biggest landowners gets permission for hundreds of Dublin apartments Marlet Property is planning 320 apartments in four-storey blocks at the Cabra site. Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 9:15 AM Source: 私の写真Over the next few years, Kavanagh and New Generation spent hundreds of millions buying up development land around the capital and working on several large housing projects.Kavanagh exitLast year Kavanagh received what was reported to be a huge payout to exit New Generation, whose assets were acquired by London-based M&G Investments.The vast majority of New Generation’s land and assets moved to a company called Marlet Property Group, which is headed up by Pat Crean.Crean is also a director of Crekav, while Kavanagh recently resigned as a director from the company’s board.Crekav has also been involved in a controversial plan to build hundreds of housing units beside St Anne’s Park in Raheny.The initial attempt to get the project off the ground failed after the wrong name was included by developers New Generation Homes in its planning application to Dublin City Council.This article was updated to clarify that Crekav is a subsidiary of Marlet Property Group, not New Generation Homes.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on ONE OF THE country’s most prolific residential land buyers has just got the green light to build hundreds of apartments in Dublin.In November, Crekav Landbank Investments was granted permission by Dublin City Council to build 320 apartments at the former CIE lands in Carnlough Road, Cabra.The apartments will mostly be built in the form of four-storey blocks.The project will also see the construction of over 3,000 sq ft of commercial floor space, a supermarket, a creche, 420 car parking spaces and 320 bicycle parking spaces.Crekav had previously applied to build 387 apartments at the site but withdrew the application in November 2015 before applying again a few months later with a slightly scaled down version of the venture.The decision to grant the project permission had been appealed to An Bord Pleanála, however that petition was recently withdrawn leaving the way clear for the development to go ahead.New Generation HomesCrekav is one of the country’s most prolific landowners and is working on several major projects across Dublin.The firm was set up by Greg Kavanagh and his long-time business partner Pat Crean, two of Ireland’s best-known developers.Crekav is a subsidiary of Marlet Property Group, which was formed out of the split of New Generation Homes. New Generation was founded during the trough of the recession by Kavanagh when he was just 25. By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 46,543 Views Share Tweet Email20 Apr 9th 2017, 9:15 AM last_img read more

first_imgWales were beaten 1-2 at home by Denmark which means that the Scandinavian nation secured the first place in the group – and therefore a promotion to the League A.However, the coach of the home side had something to say mostly about the late tackle of Kasper Dolberg on Welsh Ethan Ampadu who was pushed over the advertising hoardings – and Giggs, as well, praised his player that he tried to pay back to Dolberg.The former Manchester United midfielder reflected on this challenge as he said, according to BBC:“I want to see it, as long as they don’t go overboard.”Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“It shows they care, it shows they are not going to get bullied. I like that in a team. It shows tremendous character.”“I just thought it was a cheap shot.”“You’ve got a lad who has just turned 18, broke his leg when he was 17. It was a late tackle.”“I realise we’re not playing tiddlywinks and tackling is part of the game – and I like that – but for a young lad who’s been injured badly, it was a cheap shot. That’s why I reacted.”last_img read more

first_imgConstruction is expected to start in June on a project to widen and improve 1.7 miles of Northeast 88th Street, from Highway 99 to Northeast St. Johns Road.Clark County Public Works staff will provide details and answer questions at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Clark Regional Wastewater District, 8000 N.E. 52nd Court.The $17.5 million project includes plans to rebuild one travel lane in each direction, add a continuous left-turn lane, install bicycle lanes and sidewalks, replace utility lines and build stormwater improvements such as rain gardens.Residents who must drive through Northeast 88th Street construction should expect delays. All other traffic should use Northeast 78th Street.At this point, the Vancouver and Battle Ground school districts plan to use regular bus routes, according to a county news release.Construction will require C-Tran Route 25 (Fruit Valley/St. Johns) to use a detour. Beginning Sunday, May 13, buses will not serve Northeast 88th Street between Northeast 25th Avenue and Highway 99 during construction. Riders may need to catch the #25 bus on Northeast 99th Street or the #78 bus on Northeast 78th Street.For details and alternatives, go to more information on this road project, go to read more

first_imgRhona Sen Hoss Rhona Sen Hoss will become the next executive director of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools under an agreement between the foundation and Vancouver Public Schools. The appointment is subject to approval by the boards of directors of both organizations. Sen Hoss will start the position July 1. She replaces Tara Taylor, who led the foundation for three years.“I’ve always had a passion for education,” Sen Hoss said. “Our boys are fourth-generation college graduates. Education is paramount because it levels the playing field.”As assistant director of development at Washington State University Vancouver, Sen Hoss led an initiative targeting high-tech companies and increased director program scholarships for engineering and computer science. She leaves WSU Vancouver on June 30. In that position, she was paid $65,000 in 2011. The salary for the new position was not available.From 1998 to 2010 she was the community partnerships manager at The Columbian.Susan Parrish: 360-735-4515;; susan.parrish@columbian.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the ruling against taxi organisation Uber, stating that its drivers are employed as workers and are entitled to employment rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.In the case of Aslam and Farra v Uber, the drivers contended that they were workers rather than independent contractors, and were therefore entitled to workers’ rights such as the national minimum wage and holiday pay.The 25 drivers’ claims, which were brought by the GMB trade union, were originally heard in a preliminary hearing at the London Central Employment Tribunal in July 2016. The decision, which was published in October 2016, found that the drivers were employed as workers within the meaning of the Employment Rights Act, National Minimum Wage Act, and the working time regulations. The tribunal found that the claimants were engaged in unmeasured work for the purposes of the National Minimum Wage Regulations, and that their working time should be calculated in accordance with the working time regulations.Uber was granted the right to appeal the ET’s decision in April 2017. The appeal was heard at the EAT in London on 27 and 28 September 2017, with the decision being published today (10 November 2017). The EAT has upheld the ET’s ruling and dismissed Uber’s appeal.As part of the ruling, the EAT also confirmed that the period from when drivers are logged on and are ready and willing to accept rides counts as working time, meaning that drivers should be paid at least the minimum wage for that whole period.Since the case was first heard in July 2016, the number of GMB member claimants in the group claim has increased to 68.Uber has approximately 40,000 drivers in the UK.Her Honour Judge Eady, who made the EAT judgement, said: “I am satisfied the ET did not err either in its approach or in its conclusions when rejecting the contention that the contract was between driver and passenger and that ULL was simply the agent in this relationship, providing its services as such to the drivers. Having rejected that characterisation of the relevant relationships, on its findings as to the factual reality of the situation, the ET was entitled to conclude there was a contract between ULL and the drivers whereby the drivers personally undertook work for ULL as part of its business of providing transportation services to passengers in the London area.“The claimants’ case was not put on the basis of an umbrella contract and the ET found they were only working under a contract to personally undertake work or services for ULL as and when they had the app switched on, were within the territory in which they were authorised to work, and were able and willing to accept assignments. Allowing that there could be gaps, when the drivers did not meet these requirements, the ET did not consider that to be fatal to their status as ‘workers’ when they did.“On the ET’s findings, I certainly see no difficulty with that conclusion in respect of those periods when a driver accepts a trip from ULL, the obligation assumed at that point is clear; the trip is assigned to that driver and there is an expectation that they will undertake the assignment personally, for which they will be paid at a rate laid down by ULL, or face possible penalties if they fail to do so.”Tom Elvidge, acting general manager at Uber UK, said: “Almost all taxi and private hire drivers have been self-employed for decades, long before our app existed. The main reason why drivers use Uber is because they value the freedom to choose if, when and where they drive and so we intend to appeal.“The tribunal relies on the assertion that drivers are required to take 80% of trips sent to them when logged into the app. As drivers who use Uber know, this has never been the case in the UK. Over the last year we have made a number of changes to our app to give drivers even more control. We’ve also invested in things like access to illness and injury cover and we’ll keep introducing changes to make driving with Uber even better.”Paul Jennings, partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, one of the law firms representing the claimants, said: “We are delighted with today’s judgment which is ethically and legally the right outcome. The ruling will have significant implications for approximately 40,000 Uber drivers and, more broadly, individuals engaged across the so called ‘gig economy’. We anticipate that tens of thousands drivers will now seek to make substantial back-dated claims. Our clients have fought tirelessly to gain the rights that they clearly should have been afforded from the outset.”Nigel Mackay, employment solicitor at Leigh Day, also representing the claimants, added: “We are very pleased that the EAT has rejected Uber’s appeal. We have always believed that the Employment Tribunal’s decision from last October was entirely correct in saying that our GMB member clients were entitled to workers’ right such as the minimum wage and holiday pay.“We now hope that Uber will accept this decision, rather than pursuing further appeals, so that we can swiftly return to the Employment Tribunal on behalf of our GMB member clients, for the tribunal to decide the compensation that they are entitled to.”Maria Ludkin, legal director at GMB, said: “This landmark decision is yet more vindication for GMB’s campaign to ensure drivers are given the rights they are entitled to, and that the public, drivers and passengers are kept safe. GMB is delighted the EAT made the correct decision to uphold the original Employment Tribunal ruling.“Uber must now face up to its responsibilities and give its workers the rights to which they are entitled. GMB urges the [organisation] not to waste everyone’s time and money dragging their lost cause to the Supreme Court.”Crowley Woodford, employment partner at law firm Ashurst, said: “The implications of this appeal decision reach far beyond the price of a taxi journey home. Uber’s business model for its workforce has again been found to be fatally flawed; the so-called ‘self-employed’ drivers are in fact workers entitled to basic rights such as holiday and sick pay. This decision has re-opened a can of worms which will have a ripple effect on the financial viability of the gig economy in its current form and beyond that into mainstream industries.”last_img read more

first_imgLess than two weeks after the Reader’s Digest Association announced a reorganization of its interactive division, president Lara Bashkoff has told the company that she will be leaving her position at the end of October.In an e-mail to FOLIO:, Bashkoff indicated that her departure was not associated with the recent reorganization. “RDA and I came to a mutual agreement, and I’m leaving the company after a transition over the next month,” she wrote. “I’m excited about the accomplishments we’ve achieved here over the last three years, and the team is poised to continue growing digital business within the realm of a traditional media company.”Bashkoff’s responsibilities as president will be absorbed by RDA CMO Amy Radin, who Bashkoff reported to.Following the announcement last month that it was realigning its U.S. business operations with the creation of the U.S. Affinities and Emerging Businesses divisions, RDA said it was reorganizing interactive to support the company’s global initiatives and corporate priorities associated with the new U.S. affinities. As part of the reorg, RDA transferred responsibility for its branded U.S. Web sites into the new U.S. business structure. RDA Interactive was to continue to be led by Bashkoff; Jonathan Hills was named managing director of A team of about 20 “dedicated to corporate digital roles,” remained following the reorganization, an RDA spokesperson said at the time. A number of corporate digital positions, however, were eliminated.Bashkoff was promoted to president of the interactive division in February after serving as interim president since November 2008, when Jodi Kahn left the company. She joined RDA in 2006 as vice president of corporate digital strategy.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.June 16 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmBeads By BarbaraDovetail BeautyGaouette FarmGrateful TastesGrazing Platter BoardsGuilday GlassKC StylesMagic of Yarrow BalloonsPolish Prince PierogisPurple Carrot BreadRed Antler ApothecarySeafood ExpressShawsheen Tech Food TruckSwiss BakersTewksbury HoneyAdditional Attractions:Aerial Arts Circus Broadway ShowMASS SAVEMagic of YarrowMake Snake Puppets at the Kids TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On Sunday, September 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 18In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On August 25In “Community”last_img read more

first_img Expandable storage Up to 512GB See It iPhone XS Not disclosed Display size, resolution Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors The new Galaxy S10 sports three rear cameras instead of the two on the iPhone XS and the one on the Pixel 3. Angela Lang/CNET The Galaxy S10 was heavily leaked for months, but on Wednesday at the Unpacked event in San Francisco, Samsung made things official by announcing the four new phones: Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10 5G and budget S10E. The new phone features a 6.1-inch AMOLED screen with a hole-punch notch called the Galaxy O display. The fingerprint reader has moved from the back to the front and is now built into the display. The Galaxy S10 with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is — on paper — the most powerful Android phone. But it has to contend with Apple’s iPhone XS and its blazing fast A12 processor, and the Google Pixel 3 which has arguably one of the best still cameras on any phone today and costs $100 less.Editor’s note, March 13, 2019: Our Galaxy S10 Plus review and our Galaxy S10E review are both now live. Keep reading for more about the Galaxy S10, S10 E, S10 Plus and Galaxy S10 5G. And here’s more about the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable phone.To see how these phones compare, check out the spec chart below. $999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB), $1,349 (512GB) Yes Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3 specs 5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 128GB, 512GB 7-megapixel with Face ID 5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in 2,915 mAh Now playing: Watch this: Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.9 x 2.77 x 0.31 in See it Front-facing camera 12.2-megapixel Google Pixel 3 RAM 8GB 145.6 x 68.2 x 7.9 mm Apple A12 Bionic Dimensions (Inches) 5.53 oz.; 157 g Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Google Pixel 3 News • Unlocked Google Pixel 3: Just $499.99 with this exclusive code £799 10-megapixel Review • Pixel 3 review: The best Android phone of 2018 Processor Special features See It Android 9 Pie Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.5GHz + 1.6GHz octa-core) Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS: How do they compare? Comments Preview • Pixel 3 and 3 XL: Google’s nicest Pixel might lack that killer feature 13 Pixel density IPX8, wireless charging support, Pixel Buds USB-C headphones in the box 64GB, 256GB, 512GB Price off-contract (USD) 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED; 2,436×1,125 pixels Back cover Phones None 6.1-inch AMOLED; 3,040×1,440-pixels Price (GBP) iOS 12 Tags None Price (AUD) $799 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 5.5-inch “flexible” OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels 3,400mAhcenter_img Storage 458ppi Mobile software • 6.2 oz; 177 g Headphone jack Dimensions (Millimeters) Dual 12-megapixel No None (Face ID) 64 Photos 4K Walmart 4K Lightning Share your voice $799 (64GB); $899 (128GB) 4GB AU$1,349 £999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB), £1,349 (512GB) 64GB, 128GB Not disclosed, but Apple claims it will last 30 min. longer than iPhone X Samsung Galaxy S10 5.2 oz; 148 g Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10E: Every camera lens and curve $849 Wireless PowerShare; hole punch screen notch; water resistant (IP68); Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 Battery Sprint 4:13 Dual 8-megapixel Video capture 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm £739 (64GB); £839 (128GB) In-screen See It USB-C Best Buy 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto) Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI Mentioned Above Google Pixel 3 (64GB, not pink) Water-resistant (IP68); dual-SIM capabilities (nano-SIM and e-SIM); wireless charging; Face ID; Memoji See All CNET may get a commission from retail offers. No USB-C $812 reading • Galaxy S10 vs. iPhone XS, Pixel 3: All specs compared 4K Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Fingerprint sensor 443ppi Connector $900 AU$1,199 (64GB); AU$1,349 (128GB) Apple AU$1,629 (64GB), AU$1,879 (256GB), AU$2,199 (512GB) Camera Samsung Event 550ppi $589 Google Samsung Applelast_img read more

first_img ×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 Amazon’s interest in high-definition audio isn’t entirely surprising: The company has been moving upmarket with its audio hardware in recent months, and recently released an Echo Link Amp product for audiophile consumers interested in Alexa voice control. Amazon is working on a high-definition tier for its paid music service, according to a new Music Business Worldwide report. The e-commerce giant has been talking to multiple rights holders about launching a high-definition service, which is likely going be priced around $15 per month, according to the report.Amazon could potentially launch the new tier before the end of the year; a company spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The new service tier would compete with a number of other high-resolution streaming services in the marketplace. Deezer first launched in the U.S. with a high-resolution tier, which offers access to lossless audio for $19.99 per month. Tidal also offers lossless audio streaming for $19.99 per month.Amazon’s current music service is priced $9.99 per month, with a $2 discount for Prime subscribers. The company is also offering a $3.99 tier for consumers who want unlimited music listening on one single Echo speaker or Fire TV, and has a separate free plan for Prime subscribers that is based on personalized playlists, but doesn’t offer full on-demand access to its entire catalog.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_img This story originally appeared on CNBC Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios took the wrap off its plans for original programming Monday, announcing a lineup that stretches from soccer to Sarah Silverman.With everyone from Amazon to Netflix launching new premium content, Microsoft is hoping Xbox’s distribution network, along with its interactive features, will give it a competitive advantage.”There are a lot of gamers who are used to actually interacting with the content itself, and what we’re doing is creating high quality, premium content, and then hoping that we also can take advantage of the tech that we already have, with the over 200 engineers in Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Redmond, to create interactive features that offer a new TV experiences,” said Nancy Tellem, Microsoft’s president of entertainment and a former president of CBS Television Studios.Microsoft has 12 originals in the works and is leaning into its base–millennial males–who spend more hours streaming content than they do gaming on the Xbox. In June, the studio kicks off with “Every Street United,” a street soccer documentary series featuring international soccer star Thierry Henry and launching ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Tellem hopes Xbox’s massive distribution network–Xbox has 48 million subscribers worldwide–makes the world’s biggest sporting event a likely score for the software giant’s first foray into premium content.”The most important thing is really creating this social community. So obviously with the use of Skype, you can actually, in your own living room, connect with people on the other side of the United States or the world for that matter, and be able to speak and exchange actually real-time conversations while you’re watching the show,” Tellem said.Also in the works, a much talked about “Halo” live action TV series based on Microsoft’s popular gaming franchise, produced by Steven Spielberg in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television. The show goes into production in November. It’s one example of how the company plans to leverage its substantial intellectual property developed for Xbox games into video.In addition to originals, Microsoft is diving into live streaming, starting with the Bonnaroo music festival in June.”It essentially creates a virtual festival in your own living room,” Tellem said. She noted that fans will be able to flip between different stages and camera angles, go backstage and follow individual artists, all while Skyping with friends to watch remotely together. “The new audience likes the complexity–and the exciting thing is we have a platform that can allow us to tell more complex stories and the audience can dig in as much as they want to.” It’s content like this that may help Microsoft draw in a wider audience beyond gamers. 4 min read Enroll Now for Free April 28, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. But Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter says Microsoft has a unique challenge in the media market. “I don’t think Microsoft is in a rivalry with Hulu or Netflix. It’s more that Microsoft has a service that has a completely different value proposition–it wants Xbox Live members to feel good about subscribing,” he said. “They’re not going to win Netflix customers and have them switch over to Xbox Live. But if 3 percent to 5 percent of Microsoft subscribers like any given show they produce, that makes the service stickier; and for some people that’s a great deal.”It remains to be seen whether it will be enough to launch a successful studio in the face of such formidable competition.”I will give them credit–they hired Nancy Tellem,” Pachter said, noting that Tellem is “a pretty capable TV executive” whose hire is reminiscent of when Netflix hired Ted Sarandos. “They have their respective professionals, and I expect they’re going to do the right thing.”Other shows on Microsoft’s roster include a six-film documentary series called “Signal to Noise/Atari Game Over”; a drama co-produced with U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 called “Humans”; a detective thriller based on New York Times bestseller “Gun Machine,” by Warren Ellis; a show hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman; a stop-motion show executive produced by Seth Green called “Extraordinary Believers”; and “Winterworld,” a live-action series based on a graphic novel.last_img read more

first_imgRiviera Maya, Q.R. — A tour van with passengers overturned on the federal highway near Xel-Ha while on its way to Playa del Carmen.The accident occurred when the driver of a local tour company van lost control and ended up on its side. Municipal Civil Protection along with firemen from Tulum attended the accident, having to free people from inside the overturned van.Preliminary reports sat that in total, eight people were injured, four of which were reported to be serious. All the injured received medical attention.Unofficial reports say that the van was struck by a tire that dislodged from a dump truck, causing the van to crash.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“The more unstable Guerrero is, the better it is for the criminals,” Benitez said.Electoral officials have said they will go ahead with Sunday’s elections as planned, but that they don’t want to militarize the elections.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Members of a teachers union march towards scores of police in riot gear surrounding the office of the National Electoral Institute, in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico, Friday, June 5, 2015. The confrontation ended peacefully. Radical groups and unionized teachers have vowed to block Sunday’s voting for the lower house of congress, nine governorships and hundreds of mayorships. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Violence ahead of the Sunday elections for Congress, governorships and mayorships has already claimed the lives of three candidates, one would-be candidate, and at least a dozen campaign workers or activists.But unlike the years from 2010 to 2012, when the violence appeared to come largely came from drug cartels, radical movements now appear to pose the greatest threat.Radical teachers on Friday burned or attacked the offices of five political parties in Tuxtla Gutierrez, the capital of Chiapas. They broke into the offices, ransacked the contents — computers, paperwork and furniture — and burned it in the street.In the southern state of Guerrero, unidentified assailants tossed an explosive device at the offices of the conservative National Action Party, damaging the windows.There have been tense moments in recent days as army and police forces faced off with protesters intent on breaking into electoral offices to burn ballots, as they have done in recent days.“I think this is the worst (election violence) in a lot of ways,” said Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez of the Monterrey Technological University. “We didn’t have this level of violence even in 1994, when we had elections at the same time as the Zapatista guerrilla conflict.” 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government announced Friday it was sending army troops, marines and federal police to southern states to protect polling places as violence threatened the country’s midterm weekend elections.The decision came after radical teachers attacked the offices of political parties in the southern state of Chiapas, burning the contents, and vowed to block the voting.The deployment is “aimed at ensuring all Mexicans can go to the polls peacefully,” Mexico’s Interior Department said in a statement. It said troops would be sent particularly to southern states and Oaxaca, where many of the attacks and ballot burnings have occurred. The teachers have issued wildly ambitious demands, including 100 percent pay hikes and the end of a constitutionally-mandated teacher evaluation system.In the colonial city of Oaxaca, teachers have burned ballots and blocked gasoline distribution facilities. Their leaders told local media they would block elections, even if they got the pay hikes.“They are using pressure, not to get any demand met, but rather to block the elections, that is their goal,” said Raul Benitez, a security expert at Mexico’s National Autonomous University.In 2010, a drug cartel assassinated a leading candidate for governor in the northern state of Tamaulipas, and also killed several mayors. In this year’s elections, it is not yet clear whether the killing of a candidate in Michoacan and another on the outskirts of Mexico City were related to drug violence. Two contenders for mayorships were also killed in Guerrero, where it appears more likely that criminal gangs were involved.“I think organized crime isn’t getting involved in these cases, except in Guerrero,” said Benitez, suggesting the drug cartels may be happy to see the radical movements causing disturbances that would draw police attention away from the gangs.last_img read more

first_imgCrystalbrook Collection brings over 500 hospitality jobs to CairnsCrystalbrook Collection has launched its recruitment campaign to attract over 500 jobs to the region in the next 18 months across its three Cairns based hotels.With the first property Riley, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort, due to welcome its first guests in early November 2018, the pre-opening team are looking to fill over 150 roles in the next 100 days.From Lobby Ambassadors, Experience Curators, Food and Drink Guides to The Fix It Team, Crystalbrook Collection is on the hunt for all types and levels of experience to join the team.Crystalbrook Collection CEO Mark Davie said it was a very exciting time for Crystalbrook: “It’s hugely rewarding to now be in a position where we are able to have all these roles to fill and to bring the Crystalbrook brand to life.”Crystalbrook Collection Group Director HR and Operations, Laura Davie said: “Our environment is dynamic and entrepreneurial and we heartily believe in looking after our people. If you’re a hospitality professional who’s passionate, proactive and believes in solutions, not problems, then you’re the kind of person we want to hear from.”To launch the campaign Crystalbrook Collection is inviting everyone to join them on the Esplanade in front of Riley* between 10:00am and 1:00pm on Saturday 18 August 2018 to meet the management team, hear the latest from Crystalbrook and get a taste of what’s to come.With Riley being the first of three Crystalbrook Collection luxury resorts to open in Cairns this is just the beginning for job opportunities. Superstars wanting to submit their CV can do so at more on Crystalbrook Collection, visit*Riley is located at 137 The Esplanade, CairnsAbout Crystalbrook CollectionCrystalbrook Collection is an Australian based tourism and hospitality group. Its portfolio consists of Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, hotel and resort developments, a luxury lodge and a 90-foot motor yacht.To date, Crystalbrook Collection has committed more than AU$800 million in tourism investments within Australia.Crystalbrook Collection and Ghassan Aboud Group Crystalbrook Collection is owned by accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist Ghassan Aboud. Ghassan Aboud Group is a multi-business conglomerate engaged in automobiles, real estate, retail, bespoke catering, media and logistics. In business for more than two decades, the group operates from its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates with offices in Australia, Belgium, China, Jordan and Turkey.The establishment of Crystalbrook Collection in Australia marks the group’s substantial investment foray in the region – notably in the acquisition, development and management of hospitality, tourism and related assets.Source = Crystalbrook Collectionlast_img read more

first_imgThe Truffle Festival held every year in the Canberra Region from the beginning of June until the end of August marks the harvest of the Black Winter Truffle. This year’s festival features more than 250 individual events across the region, offering a rich variety of opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these prized gems.There are many species of Australian native truffles, but the one most prized in culinary circles is the Black Winter Truffle also known as Perigord Truffle.One can indulge in the special flavours and aromas of truffle dishes at local restaurants and cafes. Join a hunt and see for yourself how the talented dogs unearth truffles. Learn from chefs and other truffle experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a farmers market and rustle up your own truffle dish.A range of truffle breakfasts, lunches and degustation dinners will be held at a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars throughout the region including Pod Food, Italian and Sons, Mezzalira, Hyatt Hotel Canberra, Conservatory Restaurant, Hotel Kurrajong, Vibe Hotel, Joes Bar and Muse– Food, Wine and Books.last_img read more

first_imgNovember 28, 2002 Harvest images fromthe garden. October workshoppers Jordan Stettner and Erin Jeffries.[Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] Garden volunteerKaren Petinelli and October workshopper Nancy Hackenmiller. [Photo:Ania Gorka & text: sa] The garden crewholds a farmer’s market on the lawn in front of the Ceramics Apse.[Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] offers fresh picked organicproduce, fresh herbs and eggs from chickens all year around. [Photo:Ania Gorka & text: sa] The turkeys, raisedby our garden crew, have taken on enormous proportions. They seem tospend most of their time with their feathers all fluffed up, perhaps incompetition with the emus which have been their penmates. [Photo: AniaGorka & text: sa] Amazing faces thatremain nameless provide us with a food chain reality when the nationcelebrates the holiday. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]last_img read more

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