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Suits star Meghan Markle launches accessible clothing line at Reitmans

first_img Twitter Advertisement The “Kate effect” — selling out fashions worn by the Duchess of Cambridge — is well established, as are the frenzies stirred up by offspring George and Charlotte’s sartorial moments. Canada’s own Reitmans may be mobbed when the second Meghan Markle capsule collection launches Thursday on the heels of romantic rumours linking the TV star to one very eligible, very red-haired prince.Six days before that gossip bomb landed, an impromptu celebration took place at Soho House in Toronto, though the reason is now virtually eclipsed by the Prince Harry factor. Palace-worthy cut-glass coupes appeared magically at the leather-rimmed round booth, followed, also via invisible hands, by champagne.Markle, who plays paralegal-turned-law student Rachel Zane on the filmed-in-Toronto smash legal series Suits, had received some big news on her way to this interview: she had surfed past one million followers on Instagram earlier in the day. Just imagine what will happen to her Insta numbers now? The five-piece line is modelled after what she wears in real life, running from day to night engagements, on and off of planes. It is also “an accessible version” of the glamorous duds she wears in character. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: The excitement comes at an all-around swell moment for this California girl, who turned 35 over the summer. The collaboration with Montreal-based Reitmans “is totally an extension of my personal style,” she says, which she describes as, “Aspirational Girl Next Door.”She was “deeply and passionate involved in the design process. I’m a brash American and if my name is going to be on something, I’m going to have my say.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Hindu Rao resident doctors plan indefinite strike from today

first_imgNew Delhi: Health services at North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao hospital are feared to be disrupted as its resident doctors plan to go on an indefinite strike over pending salaries from Monday. There is no word on payment of salaries due for past three months. Around 450 resident doctors and interns are forced to go on strike from Monday, said Rahul Chaudhary, president of Resident Doctors Association (RDA) at the hospital.”We have planned to set up a temporary OPD on the campus for patients but will not join our respective departments and other duties,” Chaudhary said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe resident doctors will also stage a march and seek “alms” from patients as a symbolic protest against failure of the corporation authorities to pay their salaries, he said. The municipal corporation, suffering financial stress, has been facing hardships in regular payment of salaries to its employees, including sanitation workers and those serving in other departments. A senior NDMC official said salaries of the doctors were delayed due to “lack of funds” and arrangements were being made to solve the problem. Since Thursday, the resident doctors of the hospital have abstained from duty for three hours everyday, warning about an indefinite strike from Monday. Chaudhary said the strike is being held to protest delay in payment of salaries and the association is not against patients. The doctors of this civic body-run hospital haven’t received their salaries for three months, owing to which around 400 resident doctors went on a strike for two days (Thursday and Friday) –from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.last_img read more

Rich countries must focus on quality of early childhood care – UN

“High quality early childhood education and care has a huge potential to enhance children’s cognitive, linguistic, emotional and social development,” the Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Innocenti Research Centre, Marta Santos Pais, said. “It can help boost educational achievement, limit the early establishment of disadvantage, promote inclusion, be an investment in good citizenship, and advance progress for women.”But poor quality may result in weak foundations and shaky scaffolding for future learning, and what is true of cognitive and linguistic skills is also true of psychological and emotional development, the Centre stressed, calling for doubling spending on early childhood services in some countries.The Centre’s latest Report Card – The Childcare Transition – showed that for the under threes, the proportion of those in some form of early childhood education and care is 25 per cent, rising to more than 50 per cent in individual members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) group of 30 top industrialized countries.In part, these changes reflect new opportunities for women’s employment outside the home. But they also reflect new necessities. And the poorer the family, the greater is the pressure to return to work as soon as possible after a birth – often to unskilled, low-paid jobs.At the same time as this change is advancing across the economically developed world, progress in the scientific understanding of early brain development is confirming that the quality of care and interaction in the earliest months and years of a child’s life are critical for almost all aspects of a child’s development. “Taken together, says the report, these two developments mean that the child care transition carries with it the potential both for great benefit and great harm,” UNICEF said.Some OECD members have engaged closely with the childcare issue, pursuing policies designed to realize the potential benefits, but in others out-of-home child care is proceeding in an ad hoc way with less assurance of quality.The Centre proposes 10 benchmarks to monitor progress in early childhood education and care across the OECD. “The proposed benchmarks should be regarded as a first step towards establishing a set of minimum standards to facilitate good early childhood outcomes,” Ms. Santos Pais said.At present, only Sweden meets all 10 benchmarks, followed by Iceland with nine, and Denmark, Finland, France, and Norway with eight each. These are the same six countries that top the table of government expenditures on early childhood services. Many other OECD countries will need to at least double current levels of expenditure on early childhood services, concludes the report, if minimum acceptable standards are to be met. 12 December 2008With almost 80 per cent of three-to-six year-olds in rich countries now spending time away from their parents in some form of early childhood education and care, the quality of such services can make all the difference between great benefit and great harm for almost all aspects of a child’s development, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Boehner Basic fairness dictates action to help unauthorized immigrants brought as kids

Boehner: ‘Basic fairness’ dictates action to help unauthorized immigrants brought as kids AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Legislation offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. as children is “about basic fairness,” House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, pointing to an emerging consensus among House Republicans as they struggle for a way forward on immigration.“These children were brought here of no accord of their own, and frankly they’re in a very difficult position,” the Ohio Republican said. “And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed.”Boehner’s comments at a news conference came in response to a question about legislation being drafted by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., that would offer citizenship to certain immigrants brought here as children.Details of the bill have not been made public but Goodlatte’s committee is holding a hearing on the issue next week.“These in many instances are kids without a country if we don’t allow them to become full citizens of our country,” Cantor said. “It is not only an issue of fairness, as the speaker said, it’s an issue of decency and compassion. Where else would these kids go?”Boehner and Cantor spoke as they and other GOP leaders weigh their options on immigration legislation following a special House Republican conference on the issue last week. During that meeting Boehner pledged not to bring comprehensive Senate-passed immigration to the House floor, and to proceed instead in a step-by-step fashion with individual bills, focusing first on border security.There’s little consensus among House Republicans about how to deal with the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally, who would get eventual citizenship under the Senate bill. That legislation also aims to boost border security and workplace enforcement and create new legal means for hundreds of thousands of high- and low-skilled workers to come to this country.It’s not clear how or whether the House would act to deal with the bulk of immigrants here illegally, or vote on giving them citizenship. “It’s too early to predict what we will or won’t do,” Boehner said.But his comments indicated that at the least, the House may act to give citizenship to those brought as children, though Cantor’s legislation is expected to be narrower in scope than DREAM Act bills that have failed in past congresses. The Judiciary Committee has also approved bills dealing with enforcement of immigration laws, agricultural guest workers, high-tech visas and workplace enforcement, along with a border security bill approved by the Homeland Security Committee.A package of these bills could end up being the vehicle for the House to enter into negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive bill — though there are some House conservatives who oppose any negotiations with the Senate, fearing the outcome could be a far-reaching path to citizenship that some condemn as amnesty.Whatever the approach, no action is expected on the House floor until after lawmakers return from their annual monthlong summer recess in August, which will give them an opportunity to hear from their constituents on the issue. by Erica Werner, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:53 am MDT read more

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge present shamrocks to Irish Guards in London

first_imgLater, the Duke and Duchess will be received with an official welcome from President Francois Hollande in Paris, before a glittering black tie dinner designed to celebrate the relationship between Britain and France. This time, all eyes will be on the Duke and Duchess and their welcome in France, as Brexit negotiations begin.While they are there on the request of the Foreign Office, a Royal spokesman emphasised the trip was intended in the spirit of celebrating friendship across the Channel. Later this year, they will also travel to Germany and Poland, while the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall embark on a tour of Romania, Italy, Austria and the Vatican, where they will be received by Pope Francis. The Duchess of Cambridge pinning shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish GuardsCredit:James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock The Royal couple then met with members of the regiment and their families, enjoying a toast at the Guardsman’s lunch before making their way to a private charter plane to fly to Paris.Video taken inside the barracks showed that the Duchess was somewhat less enthusiastic about her pint of Guiness than some of the soldiers:  Audrey TautouCredit:AP The Duchess of Cambridge at the annual Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day paradeCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty The Duke and Duchess are leaving their children at home for the short trip, 20 years after the death of the Duke’s mother in the city.They will visit Les Invalides, where victims and first responders from the Bataclan terror attack will share their stories.The historic war hospital has long been working on rehabilitating those affected by the attack, with around 20 victims reported to still be in physical recovery.The Duke and Duchess’ visit has been welcomed by French press, including one magazine which noted with approval that the Royals “hadn’t forgotten” the shooting. A Royal source said the Duke and Duchess were “incredibly honoured” that their trip has been formally recognised by the President.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand as the  1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen leads the annual Irish Guards’ St Patrick’s Day paradeCredit:Dan Kitwood/Getty Led by their mascot, the Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the 450 1st Battalion Irish Guards marched onto the Parade Square at Cavalry Barracks.Four-year-old Domhnall prepared for his moment in the spotlight with a breakfast of three boneless chicken thighs for breakfast and a five mile walk, and was wrapped up in a scarlet coat.Handler drummer Adrian Cathcart, 29, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, said: “He’s taking it all in his stride.” The Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish GuardsCredit:Sgt Rupert Frere/PA The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have honoured the Irish Guards in London before travelling to France for a two-day visit.Prince William, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards, and Kate visited the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at their base on Friday morning to present them with shamrocks during a parade to mark St Patrick’s Day.The Duke and Duchess, in dark green coat by Catherine Walker decorated with her Irish Guards brooch, were celebrating at the annual parade at the barracks in Hounslow, west London.The Duke stood at his wife’s shoulder on the parade ground as she handed out sprigs of shamrock to the Irish Guards, according to decades of tradition. 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. The highlight of the trip for many observers will be Saturday night’s Six Nations rugby match, where Wales will take on France.The Duke has been invited in his role as patron of the Welsh Rugby Union; his first match since he took over the role from the Queen in December.The trip is only the third time the Duke has officially visited France, following two appearances at military commemoration services. It is the first time he has been in Paris on a public engagement since the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, nearly 20 years ago. French television news described the trip as a “charm offensive”, with the Royal couple designated as Britain’s “secret weapon to sweeten the bitter Brexit pill”. The visit will form part of a series of Royal tours to Europe, designed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a sign of soft power even as the UK extricates itself from the European Union.President Hollande has been among those speaking out against Brexit, warning ” there must be a price” for the UK’s departure.But he will be among the first to meet the Duke and Duchess, welcoming them into the Elysee this evening. (Friday)  The couple will then attend a reception at the British Embassy, at which they will officially launch “Les Voisins”, a programme celebrating UK-French links.Later this evening, they will attend a black tie dinner in the same venue, alongside guests chosen for careers which span the English Channel.Among them will be Kristin Scott-Thomas who played the Queen on Broadway in Peter Morgan’s play The Audience,  and may offer the Duke a welcome talking point among the formalities.Other guests will include actors Jean Reno and Audrey Tautou, Robert Pires, the footballer, several paralympians and business leaders. President Hollande Audrey Tautou On Saturday, the Royal couple are due to attend Les Invalides, where victims and first responders from the Bataclan terror attack will share their stories.The Paris trip comes after a difficult week for the Duke, who has been accused of being “workshy” after missing the Commonwealth Day service in favour of a skiing trip with his friends which inspired a string of lurid tabloid headlines. The Duchess of Cambridge pinning shamrock to Irish Wolfhound Domhnall, the mascot of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards President Hollande is among those speaking out against BrexitCredit:AFP/Getty Images The Duke and Duchess will not be commemorating the anniversary in public while in Paris. The Duke’s father, the Prince of Wales, visited Paris with his late first wife in 1988, with glamorous photographs of their various receptions shared around the world. Duke of Cambridge, Colonel of the Irish Guards The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stand as the  1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen leads the annual Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day parade The Duchess of Cambridge presents the 1st Battalion Irish Guardsmen with shamrocks during the annual Irish Guards' St Patrick's Day Parade at Household Cavalry Barrackslast_img read more

Child locked in bedroom by grandparents is taken into care

first_imgA child was taken away from her grandparents and put into foster care after they locked her in her room overnight. The seven-year-old, from the West Midlands, was put into the care of the local authority after social workers found out that she had been locked in to prevent her from wandering around. The couple say that Judge Rosalind Bush, a senior family court judge, ruled that the child should go into care after a private hearing in Wolverhampton. But they have not had a written explanation or seen a judgment so don’t know why the decision was made.  If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into careJohn Hemming The child was locked in her bedroom at night on two occasions after she started to wander. The grandparents said this was for her own safety, but social workers intervened.The case was heard at a private family court hearing, but no ruling was ever published. Wolverhampton town centre The private hearing took place in WolverhamptonCredit:Andrew Foxcenter_img “I doubt she’s the first child to have been locked in a bedroom,” he added. Legal advisers for the couple said they had asked the Court of Appeal to re-open the case. Earlier this month researchers said people were being left with a “patchy understanding” of the family justice system because judges did not consistently following guidance on the publication of case rulings.Academics at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics analysed more than 800 rulings published in the two years after guidance was issued following complaints about court secrecy.A report said “only 27 judges and 12 courts” had sent more than 10 cases to the British and Irish Legal Information Institute website for publication during that period. John Hemming, a former Liberal Democrat MP who campaigns for transparency in the justice system, said that the judge had to “show her working”. “To not give a reason just isn’t acceptable. If the judge doesn’t have a proper explanation as to why they’re taking the child into care, then they shouldn’t be taking the child into care,” he said.  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.last_img read more

Man arrested after drugs worth €40000 found in Mayo house

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE SEIZED €40,000 worth of drugs during a raid of a house in Mayo.A man in his 20s was arrested after the bust.Thirty cannabis plants were discovered at the house near Bangor Erris this morning.Gardaí also found a large drying chamber, fertiliser and liquid feed.The man is now being held at Belmullet Garda station.Read: Use cannabis from time to time? Even casual use can alter your brain, a new study says>Read: Two released and three still in custody over €5.1m drugs seizure>last_img read more

Nuance offers comfortable typing for all with FlexT9 for tablets

first_imgMy biggest gripe about 10-inch tablets, regardless of manufacturer, is typing. Sure, if you prop your tablet up or set it on a flat surface in a way that makes the device no more convenient than a laptop (and much harder to see) you can really get some typing going on. However, if you’re walking around, sitting on your couch, or doing any of the things that tablets are supposed to be really great for typing is not an enjoyable experience. Portrait use isn’t so bad for small sentences or dropping in the occasional URL, but landscape is a mess.One of my favorite examples of the level of customization in Android that you just can’t find anywhere else is the ability to change the virtual keyboard to whatever makes your life easier. So, if you’ve just gotta have that 10-inch device, you might want to check out FlexT9 from Nuance.AdChoices广告The makers of the globally famous Dragon Naturally speaking have been fiddling in the mobile space since the MyTouch 3G with Dragon Dictate. While Dictate was really cool, and at the time much more accurate than Google’s cloud based integrated solution, the keyboard that came with the speech recognition software was kind of weak. So, Nuance went back to work and came back offering up a keyboard that combines their fantastic speech recognition with three of the most popular typing solutions as well as a pile of features to really make it shine on a tablet.If you are a fan of the stock keyboard for Honeycomb, you maintain nearly the same experience. The primary differences when typing on the keyboard comes with word guessing. It will provide you with a list of alternatives if it doesn’t know the word, rather than change it automatically. If you prefer to lay your tablet down or put it on a stand and type right on the glass, your experience hasn’t changed much. However, Nuance has also added an almost Swype-like drawing experience, allowing you to quickly draw lines from letter to letter on the keyboard in order to get that word out quickly. If you are still not quite happy with your typing experience, the ability to write the letters on the screen Graffiti-style is also available, and allows you to quickly jump into writing especially if you favor the Capacitive Stylus method of data entry.The crowning jewel to the keyboard remains as Nuance’s Dragon software. Dragon Dictate, powered by the same software that drives their Naturally Speaking software, works hard to analyze the sound byte it records and filter out background noise, static, music, etc. and deliver the spoken word to the screen both quickly and accurately.Nuance’s FlexT9 app is available in the Android market for both phones and tablets for $4.99.last_img read more

Endeavour la navette des EtatsUnis voit son décollage retardé de 24h

first_imgEndeavour : la navette des Etats-Unis voit son décollage retardé de 24hÉtats-Unis – Le décollage de la navette Endeavour a été retardé de 24 heures à cause de la météo. Elle est partie à 9h14 GMT ce matin, au lieu de dimanche.Dimanche soir, Endeavour devait envoyer dans l’espace six astronautes afin de livrer à la station spatiale internationale un nouveau module ainsi qu’un poste d’observation. D’un coût de 100 milliards de dollars, la station ne demande plus qu’à être finalisée, d’où l’envoi de cinq navettes en 2010 afin de fournir les pièces manquantes.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCependant, la Floride était couverte d’un plafond nuageux trop bas, le vol a donc dû être reporté au lendemain. Le décollage a eu lieu ce matin, à l’heure prévue, 9h14 GMT. La navette apportera aux astronautes présents dans la station spatiale de quoi rendre leur séjour plus confortable. Le module Tranquility notamment, un cylindre de 6,7 m de long pour 4,5 m de diamètre. Il permettra de recycler les eaux usées afin de les transformer en oxygène via un système de purification des eaux. La navette enverra également un poste d’observation, Cupola, constitué de sept hublots en silice fondue, matériau très résistant. Les scientifiques pourront ainsi profiter d’une vision panoramique de la planète bleue.Suite à la crise financière, le président des États-Unis Barack Obama a décidé de réduire le budget des missions spatiales, et plus spécifiquement celles visant à envoyer des astronautes sur la Lune. De même, le nombre de navettes sera réduit et les États-Unis risquent de dépendre des vaisseaux Soyouz de la Russie, leur principal concurrent, pour envoyer leurs  astronautes vers la station spatiale.Le 8 février 2010 à 12:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

OGM José Bové et 7 autres faucheurs relaxés

first_imgOGM : José Bové et 7 autres faucheurs relaxésJugés pour avoir détruit deux parcelles expérimentales de maïs OGM, des faits qui remontent à 2008, José Bové et sept autres faucheurs volontaires ont été relaxés. Le juge du tribunal correctionnel de Poitiers a rendu sa décision mardi.Le tribunal correctionnel de Poitiers a décidé de relaxer, sur un vice de procédure, l’eurodéputé José Bové et les sept autres faucheurs volontaires poursuivis pour avoir détruit deux parcelles expérimentales de maïs OGM Monsanto dans la Vienne, rapporte le site de France Soir. Les faits remontent au 15 août 2008, et le 14 juin dernier, le parquet avait requis contre les huit militants anti-OGM des amendes allant de 500 à 1.000 euros. Il se basait alors sur un texte de la nouvelle loi sur les OGM. Mais le tribunal a estimé que ce texte ne correspondait pas aux faits jugés. “Ils étaient poursuivis sur la base de la nouvelle loi sur les OGM mais sur un mauvais texte. Le tribunal ne pouvait pas les condamner et la requalification n’était pas possible”, s’est réjouit l’avocate des huit faucheurs volontaires, Marie-Christine Etelin.Noël Mamère s’est lui aussi félicité de la décision du tribunal, qui selon lui fera jurisprudence. “La relaxe de José Bové et des huit faucheurs volontaires va faire jurisprudence, c’est la preuve qu’aujourd’hui la justice ne condamne plus ceux qui défendent la Charte de l’environnement et le principe selon lequel l’environnement est un bien collectif”, a déclaré le député EE-LV, dont les propos sont rapportés par le Parisien. “Il y a une reconnaissance de la part de la justice aujourd’hui de ce que les interventions des faucheurs volontaires sont une nécessité contre ceux qui ne respectent pas notre propriété collective qu’est l’environnement”, se réjouit celui qui en 2005 avait été condamné pour avoir détruit des plants OGM. Il avait écopé de trois mois de prison avec sursis et à une amende solidaire de 100.000 euros.Le 29 juin 2011 à 15:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Roland Garros et pollution la balle jaune deviendratelle verte

first_imgRoland Garros et pollution: la balle jaune deviendra-t-elle verte?Pour lutter efficacement contre la pollution générée par les petites balles jaunes, la Fédération Française de Tennis offre une seconde vie aux balles usagées, en les recyclant en sols sportifs de sécurité.Avec 14 millions de balles utilisées chaque année en France, le tennis serait le cinquième sport le plus polluant de la planète. En effet, il faut 25 siècles pour venir à bout d’une balle de tennis qui pèse 53 grammes. Afin de limiter les déchets générés par ce sport de raquette, la Fédération Française de Tennis a mis en place l’Opération Balle Jaune qui utilise les balles usagées pour les recycler en sols sportifs. « C’est en identifiant le problème de la consommation des balles que nous avons réfléchi à une démarche responsable et mis en place un plan d’actions. Bien sûr, nous approchons cette prise en compte du développement durable avec beaucoup de modestie, mais nous nous engageons à remettre en cause les pratiques de notre quotidien et à intégrer cette notion de responsabilité dans l’ensemble de la vie de la Fédération », explique Jean Gachassin, Président de la FFT.À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on 15 – 30 – 40 au tennis ?Créée depuis 2008, l’Opération Balle Jaune rencontre néanmoins un certains succès et a permis, en 2012, de collecter autour de 1.100.000 balles. La démarche est assez simple, les clubs mettent à disposition des joueurs des containers spécifiques où jeter les balles utilisées. Les containers sont acheminé vers un centre de recyclage une fois par an. Par la suite, les balles sont séparées de leurs feutrines et broyées en granulats de caoutchouc qui seront mélangés à de la résine puis coulés afin de réaliser des sols sportifs de sécurité, utilisés notamment par les centres de rééducation. Avec 40.000 balles pour 100m², la Fédération a déjà réalisé 13 sols pour des hôpitaux, des structures d’éducation ou des associations solidaires.Mais il reste encore du travail à faire, car parmi les 36 ligues présentes en France seules 23 participent à l’opération, et la ligue compte bien sur le tournoi de Roland-Garros, qui n’utilise pas moins de 60.000 balles pendant quinze jours, pour promouvoir cette initiative.Le 4 juin 2012 à 12:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

DCEU NEWS First Look At Titans Robin More The Batman Rumors and

first_img Birds of Prey Narrows Down Its Cast, Joaquin Phoenix Jokes & More DC NewsHenry Cavill to Stay Grounded, When the Flash Will Run & More DC Movie News DC is starting to revamp their space a little by announcing some dope stuff coming to the company. They’ve announced their DC Universe streaming service. It serves as a curated platform for DCs extensive collection of comics, movies, live-action and animated shows like Batman: The Animated Series. It will also premiere new shows like Swamp Thing, Doom Patrol (please be good!) and, in the future, Young Justice and Harley Quinn in 2019.After a very long wait and some slight leaks, DC has given us a long-awaited glimpse of the show Titans. This small glimpse comes in the form of Brenton Thwaites, dawning the Robin costume as Dick Grayson in the new live action series. He looks beaten, bloody and oh so beautiful just like Dick Grayson should. Titans, developed by Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Akiva Goldsman will be “gritty” take on Teen Titans. We follow our classic characters of Raven, Beast Boy, Starfire and Robin as they’re caught up in a conspiracy. Collider also reports that everyone’s favorite salt-muffin Jason Todd and the Doom Patrol will be apart of the series. Titans might just be wrapping up productions from this picture Brenton posted on his Instagram. The DC Universe streaming service is set to launch in Fall 2018.It seems DC is pretty damned determined to make this new streaming service a success. However, some questions loom. How MUCH will be on this service? What about the DC Extended Universe films and CW’s Arrowverse? Will they be apart of the package or will it stay on Netflix? In the trailer for the DC Universe announcement, fans didn’t see the hit CW shows Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, or Supergirl appear. We also don’t have the DCEU movies Suicide Squad, Batman v. Superman and Wonder Woman on deck as well.AdChoices广告According to Screenrant, the situation may be as simple as saying that CW show already has a home with Netflix. This means that DC Universe and Netflix will have to come to some sort of streaming/hosting deal if they want to get those shows onto DC Universe. For the films, that seems different and stickier situation. Warner Bros is still developing the film universe while trying to land on solid ground.It’s a situation that’s very much up in the air. It would be convenient to have all the DC content on one screaming service, but deals and plans always work in the strangest of ways. Perhaps this may change in the future and all the DC content can live in harmony! For now, DC Universe will be offering some cool content, and Netflix will be providing us with our CW shows.Speaking of DCEU, let’s turn to some good ol’ confusing Batman news. I bet you guys have been following the madness that is ‘The Batman.’ Here are the quick SparkNotes of the saga. Ben Affleck was attached to direct and star in the standalone Batman. However, he gave the directing role over to Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, War for the Planet of the Apes). It wasn’t necessarily confirmed or denied that Ben Affleck would be staying on to play Mr. Wayne in ‘The Batman.’ It still hasn’t been confirmed or denied. We may be getting some hints between rumors and uncovered plot details. It seems Ben Affleck may not be in it because it’s going to be taking Batman in a different direction.Collider reports that Matt Reeves will be ‘sort of’ rebooting Batman, focusing on a younger Batman before he met his newfound homies, the Justice League for the new standalone film. It’s also rumored that Joaquin Pheonix’s Joker film will be apart of the DCEU. Reeves may still be keeping Batman in the DCEU. This could mean Affleck might still be apart of everything and still be Batman for future films.It’s interesting to see this happening because it’s not much of a breakaway from the diverse Batman films we’ve seen before. Each Batman films, whether it be Nolan, Burton or Schumacher, feels like it lies within its own pocket universe. They become different types of interpretations of who Batman and Bruce are not necessarily where they fit on a timeline. That’s what this film may end up doing as well. Backtracking to create the mythos that is Batman and seeing where it lands for better or worse. Matt Reeves is also rumored to be hiring his production crew and filming will get started. Hopefully, he’ll be able to give us some details about the films soon and stop relying on super rumors. Meanwhile, we’ll shall all stay cautiously optimistic about the future of ‘The Batman‘ and hope for the best! Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Group docks in east Clark County on journey to the Pacific

first_imgWASHOUGAL — People got to see the familiar waters of the Columbia River from a new perspective Thursday.And that new perspective was provided by a couple of designs that are thousands of years old.A group of paddlers heading toward the Pacific Ocean stopped at the Port of Camas-Washougal to share their up-close-and-personal view of the river. Local residents got a chance to see what the water looks like from a traditionally built log dugout, or a birch-bark canoe.The rides were provided by members of Voyages of Rediscovery, an environmental-education program.Members are paddling from Beacon Rock to Astoria, Ore. — one of two groups on the river right now to observe the 200th anniversary of David Thompson’s mapmaking voyage down the Columbia.“The Columbia River belongs to everybody,” said John Zinser, one of the Rediscovery voyagers from the eastern Washington town of Chewelah. But not many people get to see it from river level.Zinser is one of the people who built the 24-foot birch-bark canoe by hand a few years ago at Lake Temagami in northern Ontario. The group talked to the local First Nations band — the Canadian equivalent of a tribe — Zinser said, and, “we got their permission.”The group did the work with knives, axes and saws.Power tools were not needed, which was just as well, Adam Wicks-Arshack said. “We were 30 miles from a road,” he said.The design came from a photograph of a canoe; much of the work was on-the-job training.“You mess it up, and you do it again,” Wicks-Arshack said.No screws or nails went into the canoe; the split cedar ribs and other wooden frame components are held together by wooden pegs. The pieces of birch bark were sewn onto the frame with strands of spruce root.last_img read more

3 hurt after at least 17 gunshots ring out in Miami Gardens

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Three people were injured during a hail of gunfire in Miami Gardens.At least one of the victims was transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.7Skyforce hovered over the scene as Miami Gardens Police and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue searched for clues, at around 4:30 p.m., Thursday.Officials said the victims – ages 17, 19 and 25 – were shot in front of a Miami Gardens home. They were then treated by paramedics at the back of a home.At least 17 yellow markers could be seen on the ground, indicating where police found spent bullets at the scene near Northwest 180th Terrace and 24th Avenue.One of the three victims was found three blocks away at 183rd Avenue.Officials believe the injuries sustained by the three victims are not life-threatening. All three were transported to Aventura Hospital. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Witnesses said they saw two gunmen flee from the scene.Police said they are looking for the two subjects involved.“Right now we do have two males that we’re looking for,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Nelly Joseph. “The first male was said to be wearing a black hoodie, a red shirt. Also, the second one is a gray hoodie, gray shorts, white shirt, and right now, we’re possibly looking for a gray vehicle of an unknown make or model.”A resident told 7News that her daughter was outside when bullets began to fly.“I heard the shots, maybe about three or four,” said Alga Jones. “I’m not sure now. It’s very scary.”The area was cordoned off by crime scene investigators but has since been cleared.If you have any information on this triple shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. last_img read more

GST impact subdued business activity push Nifty below 9900 Sensex drops around

first_imgA man looks at a screen across the road on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai May 16, 2014.Reuters fileThe Indian equity market is witnessing a mild downturn, with the benchmark index declining for the fifth straight day to a near four-week low.The BSE Sensex on Monday tanked 417 points intraday before closing at 31,626.63, down 296 points. On the other hand, NSE Nifty 50 Index slipped 91 percent or 0.92 percent to 9,872.60.The NSE Nifty Bank index fell for the fifth day in a row and hit a 1-month low on Monday, declining as much as 1.45 percent to touch 24,015 points.The corrections have been triggered by a series of factors such as GST impact on domestic market, subdued consumer spending, weak global cues, continues FPI outflows, muted growth forecast and because of growing global uncertainties.”Clearly both the initiatives (GST and demonetisation) had a more severe impact than what we have imagined. The negative impact is more in wholesale businesses in rural areas along with small and medium-sized industries. And, this is worrying,” Harsh Mariwala chairman of Marico told BloombergQuint.Recently, R Shankar Raman, chief financial officer (CFO) of Larsen and Toubro (L&T), opined that the government’s preparedness for rolling out tax reforms was nowhere close to what was claimed and this found reflection in the slipping GDP growth numbers.In an interview with Mint last week, Raman said, “…this pain is going to continue for another six to nine months, and consequently, working capital is going to get blocked. In fact, I don’t see the private sector coming back for the next couple of years.”On the global front, uncertainties keep putting pressure on emerging stock markets. The US Fed’s hawkish monetary policy stance and decision to begin its balance-sheet reduction programme from October 2017, a sharp depreciation in the rupee over the past two weeks and increasing tensions in the Korean peninsula are pushing investors away from the market.Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) have been net sellers form the past two months. As on September 25, they pulled Rs 4,511 crore out of the Indian equity market and in August they pulled out a whopping Rs 12,770 crore, according to NSDL data.last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show star Chinki Minki thank Vicky Kaushal for doing this

first_imgWhen Chinki Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show met Vicky KaushalInstagramThe popular Tik Tok twins stars, Surabhi Mehra and Samriddhi Mehra, who are now known as Chinki and Minki of The Kapil Sharma Show, had a fan girl moment when they recently met the National Film Award winner Vicky Kaushal at Mumbai’s Film City.Dressed in coordinating white shirt and blue jeans, the twin sisters were seen posing for a photograph with Vicky who looked all happy to meet them. “With the most humble, charming and versatile actor @vickykaushal09 PS- Thank you for matching height,” Surabhi and Samriddhi wrote on Instagram.Last month, Chinki and Minki had entered into The Kapil Sharma Show as Kapil’s new neighbours and stunned everyone with their unison talk. They stole the show with their short presence and even got a standing ovation from Archana Puran Singh and the audience for their brilliant performance on stage.Both Surabhi and Samriddhi are also popular on Instagram and have 197k followers and after appearing on The Kapil Sharma Show, their popularity witnessed a huge growth on social media. The TikTok twins have also been a part of modelling assignments and brand endorsements which you can easily get a glimpse of it on their respective Instagram handles.For the uninitiated, Vicky recently bagged a National Film Award for the Best Actor for Uri The Surgical Strike and shared the trophy with Ayushmann Khurrana who also won the Best Actor for Andhadhun.last_img read more

VoterRegistration Snafu Sows Confusion in Maryland Primary

first_imgBy The Associated PressA major voter-registration snafu was sowing confusion in an important primary June 26 as officials prepared for as many as 80,000 voters to cast provisional ballots that won’t be counted until next week.State officials were still assessing the fallout from a computer error at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.Former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker lead a crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary field to win a nomination to face popular Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the fall. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)The problem relates to changes voters made in address and party affiliation on the administration’s website or self-service kiosks, information that failed to be sent to the state elections board.“As far as we know it was a failure of MVA to transfer data to us. That is what they are telling us,” said Nikki Charlson, the state elections deputy administrator. “They told us it was a computer-programming error that failed to transfer that subset of data.”She added that elections officials had not heard of any problems relating to the programing error during the first several hours of voting on Tuesday.“We haven’t heard of any great push for provisionals today,” Charlson said.The error comes in a big election year for Maryland. Voters were choosing candidates for all 188 state legislative seats in Tuesday’s primary, as well as the Democratic nominee for governor in a crowded primary. Polls have shown it to be a close contest between former NAACP President Ben Jealous and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is unchallenged in the GOP primary.“Our administration is obviously incredibly disappointed that this happened,” said Amelia Chasse, Hogan’s spokeswoman. “What matters most is that every eligible voter will be able to vote, and every vote will be counted. The governor has directed the auditor for the Maryland Department of Transportation to conduct a comprehensive review of the situation and ordered MVA leadership to make themselves available for any legislative hearings.”The problem was discovered Friday when a state board of elections employee who changed her address realized she never received a voter notification card, said state elections administrator Linda Lamone.“And that’s why I picked up the phone and called the Motor Vehicle Administration and said, ‘What’s going on here? Why didn’t she get this notification card, and then we checked our database and it hadn’t been changed,” Lamone said Tuesday.Asked how things were going Tuesday, Lamone said, “so far so good.”State officials first said Saturday night that about 18,760 people were affected. On Sunday, state Sen. Joan Carter Conway said the Senate committee she chairs would hold a hearing. After Monday’s announcement, Conway and Del. Anne Kaiser, who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, called for MVA Administrator Christine Nizer’s resignation.Affected voters are encouraged to verify their registration information using the state elections board’s voter look-up website. If the website doesn’t show the voter’s current address, a voter can use the board’s polling place locator to find the right voting location for the voter’s new address. Then, the voter can use the provisional voting process to cast a ballot on Tuesday.Provisional ballots won’t be counted until July 5.Lamone, the state elections administrator, said the timing was set long ago in regulations.“You need the time. You have to research every one of the provisionals,” she said.last_img read more

Sensorequipped footballs could help refs and players

first_imgEquipped with a GPS receiver and accelerometer, a football could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. Image credit: Andrew Rush/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Citation: Sensor-equipped footballs could help refs and players (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Wimbledon: lawns look lovely, but time to keep off the grass After getting tired of throwing things at the TV during unfair calls, Narasimhan wondered if it would be possible to improve the accuracy of the referees’ decisions by adding sensor technology to the instant replays. She began working on a way to equip the football with a GPS receiver and an accelerometer that could help refs make calls such as whether the ball was caught before it hit the ground, or if a player had possession before fumbling. She has also designed gloves with 15 touch sensors that wirelessly transmit data to a computer. The data can show a player’s grip by sensing which parts of the glove are in contact with ball at any given time, and provide information on how an individual player throws the ball.Narasimhan hopes that the technology will be used for training referees and players, and possibly scouting. She doesn’t intend for the electronics to take any of the fun out of the game.”You’d never want to replace the human referees because they make these calls based on years of experience, and no technology can replace that,” she said. “But in addition to the instant replay, if you had a supplementary system that said this is exactly where the ball landed and where the player stopped with it, you could make these kinds of calls accurately.”Besides being used in games, the technology could be used to help coaches, for instance, when they need to replace a second-string quarterback. Potential replacements could wear the sensor-laden gloves while throwing and running, and coaches could tell how the players react in different situations. “You could have whoever you’re scouting wear these gloves and you could ask, well, does he throw the same way under the same defensive schemes or does he run the same way and make the same kind of cuts as a terrific running back does?” she said.The technology still needs improvement to be useful, though. The current prototype transmits information just once a second and is only accurate to within 30 feet. Narasimhan and her students are working on a newer prototype that can transmit information four times per second and combine data from fixed GPS receivers near the field for greater accuracy.Besides the ball and gloves, sensors could one day be added to players’ shoes to measure running stride and patterns, or in shoulder pads to calculate blocking positions and force. Narasimhan hopes to work with a college or pro team to get players’ input on what kind of information would be most helpful for improving their game.via: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Gizmodo© 2008 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. ( — When Dr. Priya Narasimhan moved to Pittsburgh seven years ago, she fell in love with the people, the city, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Although the Carnegie Mellon computer engineering professor grew up in India and Africa, she became passionate about the American sport of football, including its bad calls and referees’ human error.last_img read more

Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed

first_imgCataglyphis savignyi. Credit: AntWeb/ Creative Commons Attribution License, Photographer: Ryan Perry A team of researchers at Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium has found that desert ants (Cataglyphis savignyi) have a means for binding their spermatozoa into bundles that, by working together as a team, are able to swim faster than individual sperm cells. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the researchers describe how in studying the ant’s sperm under a microscope they were able to identify bundles formed of 50 to 90 sperm cells, forming what appears to look like an octopus with a huge number of appendages. Citation: Researchers find bundled team swimming in ant spermatozoa increases speed (2014, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Paper: Team swimming in ant spermatozoa, rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.or … .1098/rsbl.2014.0308 © 2014 Sperm cells compete in a never-ending racecenter_img Female desert ants mate promiscuously, that is, they mate with one male after another in quick succession, building up a load of sperm which they then use to fertilize their eggs. While this approach might seem logical to the females, it clearly is cause for problems for the males, each of which are genetically programmed to do their best to pass on their genes. Even more problematic is that the males die shortly after mating, which means, they only get one shot at making sure it’s their sperm that is selected by the female. As a result, the team in Belgium reports, the desert ant has developed a means for speeding up the rush to the queen’s spermatheca—having its sperm cells band together to swim together as a single unit. To help the swimmers stay together and work as a team, their heads are all “glued” together with a cap of sticky protein, creating the impression of a single headed creature with a mass of tails swimming frantically forward.The researchers found that such bundles could swim up to 51 percent faster than individual sperm cells, which in theory should mean more of an individual’s sperm ends up in the female’s spermatheca. The problem of course is that all the other males are using the same technique. Perhaps in the future, the ants will develop a means for adding water squeezed propulsion to the bundles to add even more speed, ala octopi and squid. In the meantime, it appears that with ants the best bundler will be the one that prevails. Journal information: Biology Letters Explore further 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.last_img read more

8yearold Tech Mogul Theres an App for That

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the September 2010 issue of . Subscribe » August 23, 2010 Joseph Hudicka needs to make about $999,500 more before he can claim the title of young millionaire, but he’s still light-years ahead of his peers in terms of entrepreneurial success.At the age of 8, Joseph has already joined the ranks of the tech elite: He has developed two applications for the iPhone. Pretty good for a kid who doesn’t even own a mobile phone.Joseph’s first app, Puckz, went on sale in Apple’s App Store in March. The game, which combines elements of chess and ice hockey, evolved from a homemade board game Joseph created three years earlier.”I was getting bored with my other games and wanted to make my own,” he says.The explosive growth of mobile gaming inspired Joseph and his parents, Joseph Sr. and Lora, who live in Flemington, N.J., to translate Puckz to the iPhone platform, tapping mobile solutions partner [x]cube Labs to oversee the software development. Joseph supervised the creative process, suggesting color schemes, layouts and sound effects. And like every creative genius, he laments the technical limitations of the iPhone gaming experience. “I imagined Puckz in 3-D,” he says.Puckz successfully avoided the pitfalls of the notoriously labyrinthine App Store submission process, earning Apple’s approval in just one day. Joseph’s soccer-themed follow-up app, Goalz, spent several weeks in administrative limbo when Apple objected to its use of licensed trademarks. Even after Joseph removed the offending content, Apple still took its sweet time before lending its official endorsement in June. (Joseph’s theory: “Maybe they slept in late and forgot about my app.”)As of the end of June, downloads of Joseph’s two apps numbered nearly 800. After giving Apple its cut, he has netted $489. Joseph’s parents gave him permission to buy an iPhone when his app sales reach the 1,000-download milestone.Despite his early success in the tech world, it may be premature to pin Joseph as a budding entrepreneur. Right now, he’s planning to make his mark as a professional hockey player–or maybe a pro bowler. Either way, life as a software magnate may not be in the cards, because, Joseph says, “I’ve already done that.” Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more