Prince Moulay Hicham Bouachrines Prosecution Has Political Motivations

Rabat – Moulay Hicham shared a statement on Twitter in which he criticized the sentence given by Casablanca’s Court of Appeal on Friday night. Bouachrine received a sentence of 12 years in prison.“We are deeply saddened about the absence of a fair trial in the case of journalist Taoufik Bouachrine,” the prince said.He added that the lack of a “fair trial “missed an opportunity to establish truth in a judicial case that was mainly intended to protect Moroccan women.” Bouachrine was arrested in February after several women journalists filed complaints against him for “sexual harassment, assault, human trafficking, attempted rape, and  rape.”Prince Moulay Hicham said that the absence of a fair trial in this case and the lack of “testimony [by] national and international human rights organizations, which are known for their credibility, lead automatically to the conclusion that there are national and Arab political motives behind the prosecution of a journalist, who was a nuisance because of his writings.”The prince also questioned press freedom in the country, saying that the target, in this case, is “freedom of expression and independent press.”For  Moulay Hicham, Bouachrine’s case is “a new episode of an ongoing series” wherein we witness the “targeting [of] news outlets and journalists.” He added that some of those journalists who were jailed or exiled include Abou Baker El Jamii, Ali El Merabet, Ali Anzoula, Hamid El Mahdaoui, and others.Moulay Hicham also criticized Morocco’s development model. He said that the recent cases come against the backdrop of the state’s admission that its development model has “failed.” “with the state acknowledgment of its failed development model.” read more

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Mom kills baby after illicit affair

A mother has been arrested after she killed her new born baby after having an illicit affair with a man while her husband was overseas, the police media unit said today.The police said that the 24 year old woman had killed the baby and hid the body. Information regarding the incident had been brought to the notice of the police yesterday. Investigations had revealed that the baby was born following an illicit affair she had with a man while her husband was overseas. She has been admitted to the Pollonaruwa hospital under police care, the police media unit said.

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UK car production continues to climb

December CV output up 27.1 per cent on December 2002 For the whole of 2003 it was down, just 1.3 per cent on 2002 For further tables, analysis and information, please click on the link below.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK car output rose 1.7 per cent to 1,657,558 million units in 2003 Production for export reaches record 69.2 per cent output share December’s output leaps 15.4 per cent boosting year-end total Commenting on car production last year, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The UK is a major player in global car production and today’s figures confirm that. With nine key manufacturers and a strong specialist sports car industry, Britain boasts a wider production base than any other European country. This continued growth is therefore particularly encouraging against a backdrop of falling output across continental Europe.’ Best December production volume since 1997Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics/SMMT show: read more

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What Analytics Can Teach Us About the Beautiful Game

Sports analytics, no matter the field’s renegade posturing, has now been around long enough to have its own pieces of conventional wisdom. Baseball’s cognoscenti know all about the primacy of on-base percentage over batting average, and they’ve also come to realize once-treasured strategies like bunting and stealing bases are best used sparingly. In basketball, the mid-range jump shot is slowly being phased out as an inefficient relic of antiquity. Spreadsheets are shaming football coaches into rolling the dice more often on fourth downs.But for many American fans tuning into the World Cup this month and next, soccer’s nuggets of analytic insight remain as foreign as the game itself. There are set pieces to orchestrate, attacking strategies to plan, areas of the defense to exploit — and it isn’t always apparent which tactics are best. But analytics has clear advice on how to do some things right.Soccer analytics is very much viewed as a discipline in its infancy. And the sport itself is often described as especially resistant to the pull of number-crunching, whether due to its fluid nature, its sportocratic establishment culture, or a fear that the unsentimentality of data will rob the Beautiful Game of its celebrated elegance.There’s not much truth to that. Off and on, people have been tracking relatively detailed soccer data in some form for more than six decades, up to and including the modern companies that exhaustively log every event on the pitch.That said, WAR isn’t coming to soccer anytime soon. Most attempts to create an all-in-one statistical index for soccer players (like we have for basketball and baseball) have suffered from a distinct lack of transparency1Generally speaking, no formulae for these indices have been released to the public — just vague assurances like this: “The Castrol Index tracks every move on the field and assesses whether it has a positive or negative impact on a team’s ability to score or concede a goal.” and a noticeable bias toward strikers and other scorers, whose output is most readily quantifiable. There are a number of interesting metrics at fans’ disposal, but no magic algorithm that accounts for a player’s role on his club, the system he plays in, the quality of his teammates and countless other factors. By necessity, even the individual plus/minus ratings ESPN uses for the talent portion of our Soccer Power Index fall prey to this phenomenon — we simply have to be more conservative when assessing the impact of a fullback than of a prolific goal-scorer. That makes it hard to distinguish between the value of, say, Manchester United teammates Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidić.At the team level, though, the numbers offer more hope. They have the potential to provide soccer with broad strategic conventions comparable to the sabermetric-minded rules of thumb in other sports. None of these is a hard-and-fast decree, but they offer guidelines generated by actual data instead of blind hunches.In “The Numbers Game” by Chris Anderson and David Sally — probably the definitive volume on statistical analysis in soccer — the authors tell the story of Charles Reep, a former Royal Air Force Wing Commander who was tracking play-by-play data for matches and serving as a quantitative consultant for Football League teams as early as the 1950s.Reep’s research was quite groundbreaking for its time, even if it was fatally flawed. The Wing Commander gathered data on how often a given number of successful passes were strung together, and how frequently goals resulted from those sequences, broken down by length. Reep determined that a team’s probability of retaining possession dropped precipitously with each consecutive pass attempt, and that most goals were scored on possessions of fewer than three passes — often originating from quick counterattacks.In Reep’s mind, this meant teams should abandon trying to control possession and maneuvering through the defense with endless passing. Instead, they should focus on getting the ball downfield in as few movements as possible on offense, and applying pressure on defense to generate opportunistic counter-rushes. The numbers seemed to suggest that the long game was the most efficient tactic for soccer success.But subsequent analysis has discredited this way of thinking. Reep’s mistake was to fixate on the percentage of goals generated by passing sequences of various lengths. Instead, he should have flipped things around, focusing on the probability that a given sequence would produce a goal. Yes, a large proportion of goals are generated on short possessions, but soccer is also fundamentally a game of short possessions and frequent turnovers. If you account for how often each sequence-length occurs during the flow of play, of course more goals are going to come off of smaller sequences — after all, they’re easily the most common type of sequence. But that doesn’t mean a small sequence has a higher probability of leading to a goal.To the contrary, a team’s probability of scoring goes up as it strings together more successful passes. The implication of this statistical about-face is that maintaining possession is important in soccer.2As analysts have also recently discovered it to be in hockey. There’s a good relationship3Correlation coefficient in last season’s English Premier League: 0.78. between a team’s time spent in control of the ball and its ability to generate shots on target, which in turn is hugely predictive of a team’s scoring rate and, consequently, its placement in the league table. While there’s less rhyme or reason to the rate at which teams convert those scoring chances into goals, modern analysis has ascertained that possession plays a big role in creating offensive opportunities, and that effective short passing — fueled largely by having pass targets move to soft spots in the defense before ever receiving the ball — is strongly associated with building and maintaining possession.As for the long ball, it’s proven futile in today’s game. During the 2013-14 English Premier League season, the percentage of a team’s passes classified as “long” by Whoscored.com’s data was very negatively correlated4Correlation coefficient: -0.8. with how many goals it scored.5If you’re concerned that the EPL isn’t representative of worldwide soccer, the numbers are essentially identical in Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga, and Italy’s Serie A.The same goes for trying to spearhead an offense from the wings instead of attacking up the middle. In their book, Anderson and Sally write about a seminal piece of quantitative analysis on the 1986 World Cup from researcher Mike Hughes: “Successful teams played a passing game through the middle in their own half and approached the other end of the pitch predominantly in the central areas of the field, while the unsuccessful teams played significantly more to the wings.” The numbers from the 2013-14 season in Europe’s “Big Four” leagues6England’s Premiere League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A. bear this out as well. The percentage of a team’s attacks made up the middle did have a moderately positive7A correlation of 0.32. relationship to its scoring rate relative to the league average, while the relationship between wing attacks and scoring was of the same magnitude and in the negative direction.This, coupled with the fact that corner kicks are surprisingly ineffective at generating goals, is probably related to the negative correlation between a team’s propensity for winning aerial duels8That is, battles for possession strictly on balls played in the air. and its overall goal-scoring rate. By the numbers, it’s a losing bet to count on goals in the air via set pieces — or even off crosses in open play — as a steady way to generate offense, just as it is to rely on the long ball to consistently produce chances. Instead, the statistics seem to support an approach more in line with the artful tiki-taka style exemplified most notably by FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. In soccer, data and aesthetics are not mutually exclusive, just as they aren’t in any other sport.That’s the one bit of analytics wisdom that could stand to become more conventional. For now, though, we have a reasonably good idea of which metrics correlate with a team’s success more than others. Keep those in mind as you gorge on soccer over the next month. read more

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Huge bonfires light up Belfast to mark start of Twelfth of July

first_imgVery busy night, 133 incidents attended including 40 bonfire incidents. Read our statement – https://t.co/i0vseNZd5U— NIFRS (@NIFRSOFFICIAL) July 12, 2017 twelfth of July Twelfth of July That community interface has been the scene of violence in recent years. A total of 18 venues will be hosting parades across the region. Sinn Fein reacted angrily to a coffin bearing an image of the late Martin McGuinness being attached to one in east Belfast, while Irish flags and posters of Sinn Fein and other non-unionist politicians were a common sight on many fires. Huge bonfires across Belfast have ushered in the start of the annual ‘Twelfth of July’ celebrations in Northern Ireland.The enormous bonfires created a spectacular sight across the city ahead of thousands of Orange Order members taking part in parades across the country today. People watch a bonfire in the Sandy Row area igniteCredit:Reuters  Twelfth of July celebrations Bonfires built side by side are lit Credit:Reuters  Twelfth of July celebrations The lighting of the bonfires at midnight on the eleventh night mark the start of the annual Twelfth of July celebrationsCredit:Getty  Orangemen and nationalist residents at the most contentious parade – at Woodvale/Ardoyne in north Belfast – have struck a deal that aims to reduce tensions in the area. A loyalist is silhouetted as he gathers in front of the bonfireCredit:Getty  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 Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) described the night as “exceptionally busy”, with crews dealing with 95 operational incidents between 10pm and 1am. Homes were boarded up at a number of bonfire sites amid concerns around safety and risk to property. Firefighters doused at-risk buildings with water in an effort to keep them cool as the fires raged nearby.There is cautious optimism this year’s Twelfth, the main date in the Protestant loyal order calender, will pass off without major incident. A child throws bits of wood onto a bonfire Credit:Reuters  During the most intense period, the NIFRS’s regional control centre handled an emergency 999 call every minute. The bonfires often prove contentious and this year was no different. Twelfth of July celebrations  The events mark King William of Orange’s victory over James II at the Battle of Boyne in Ireland in 1690.Firefighters in the region dealt with 40 bonfire related incidents – up 21% on last year – on a night when they received 213 emergency calls in total and mobilised to 133 incidents overall – a 49% hike on 2016. Twelfth of July A man holds a Union flag in front of a bonfire Credit:Reuters last_img read more

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Lasse Boesen goes home to KIF Kolding

One of the best player of the SG Flensburg in the last three season, Lasse Boesen (32) goes back to his native country and his former team – KIF Kolding. The only team abroad, where left back of the Danish national team spent more time is Portland San Antonio (2002-2006). Boesen also played for TBV Lemgo in the season 2007-2008.With KIF Kolding, where he played until 2002 and 2006-2007 season, Boesen signed three-years contract.Photo: sg-flensburg Website KIF Kolding handballLasse Boesen ← Previous Story Sinka decided to say “Goodbye” – Hungarians looking for a new President Next Story → Sanela Knezovic to Oltchim Valcea

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Giant €21 billion dome edged over Chernobyl power plant as existing one

first_img 31 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share177 Tweet Email1 Giant €2.1 billion dome edged over Chernobyl power plant as existing one crumbles The Soviets built the original one in haste when disaster struck three decades ago. Short URL Nov 30th 2016, 7:59 AM https://jrnl.ie/3110486 Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 7:59 AMcenter_img Image: Efrem Lukatsky But my friends, I congratulate you – yes, we did it!‘Super-human efforts’Radioactive fallout from the site of the world’s worst civil nuclear accident spread across three-quarters of Europe and prompted a global rethink about the safety of atomic fuel.Work on the previous dome began after a 10-day fire caused by the explosion was contained but radiation still spewed out of the stricken reactor.30 years on: The impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster >“It was done through the super-human efforts of thousands of ordinary people,” the Chernobyl museum’s deputy chief Anna Korolevska told AFP.What kind of protective gear could they have possibly had? They worked in regular construction clothes.About 30 of the cleanup workers known as liquidators were killed on site or died from overwhelming radiation poisoning in the following weeks.The Soviets sought to try to cover up the accident that was caused by errors during an experimental safety check and its eventual toll is still hotly disputed.The United Nations estimated in 2005 that around 4,000 people had either been killed or were left dying from cancer and other related diseases.But the Greenpeace environmental protection group believes the figure may be closer to 100,000.Authorities maintain a 30-kilometre-wide exclusion zone around the plant in which only a few dozen elderly people live.30-year lifespanOne of the main problems of the Soviet-era response was the fact that it only had a 30-year lifespan.Yet its deterioration began much sooner than that.“Radioactive dust inside the structure is being blown out through the cracks,” Sergiy Paskevych of Ukraine’s Institute of Nuclear Power Plant Safety Problems told AFP.Paskevych added that the existing structure could crumble under extreme weather conditions.The new arch should be able to withstand tremors of 6.0 magnitude – a strength rarely seen in eastern Europe – and tornados that strike the region only once every million years. Source: Efrem LukatskyLong time comingKiev has complained that European assistance was slow to materialise.The EBRD found 40 state sponsors to fund a competition in 2007 to choose who should build the massive moveable dome.A French consortium of two companies known as Novarka finished the designs in 2010 and began construction two years later.The shelter was edged towards the fourth reactor in just under three weeks of delicate work this month that was interrupted by bad weather and other potential dangers.It will later be fitted with radiation control equipment as well as air vents and fire fighting measures. Source: Efrem LukatskyThe equipment inside the arch is expected to be operative by the end of 2017.“Only then will we begin to disassemble the old, unstable structure,” State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine’s head Sergiy Bozhko told AFP.But he said no timeframe had yet been set for the particularly hazardous work of removing all the remaining nuclear fuel from inside the plant or dismantling the old dome.Novarka believes that its arch will keep Europe safe from nuclear fallout for the next 100 years.- © AFP 2016Read: Igor was abandoned in an orphanage as a baby – now he spends his summers in Ireland with a loving family> 28,520 Views By AFP Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUKRAINE UNVEILED THE world’s largest moveable metal structure over the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s doomed fourth reactor to ensure the safety of Europeans for future generations.The gigantic arch soars 108 metres (355 feet) into the sky – making it taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty – while its weight of 36,000 tons is three times heavier than the Eiffel Tower in Paris.The €2.1 billion structure sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has been edged into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets built in haste when disaster struck three decades ago.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was visibly proud at his impoverished and war-torn country’s ability to deal with one of the worst vestiges of its Soviet past. Source: Efrem Lukatsky“Many people had doubts and refused to believe that this was possible,” Poroshenko told the festive ceremony held in front of the gleaming new dome. Image: Efrem Lukatskylast_img read more

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Aspirine une nouvelle forme de molécule pour les patients résistants

first_imgAspirine : une nouvelle forme de molécule pour les patients résistantsPour combattre la résistance à l’aspirine que présentent certaines personnes, des chercheurs viennent de développer un “transporteur” de la molécule qui la dépose directement dans le sang.L’aspirine est l’un des médicaments les plus consommés dans le monde. Ce sont près de 120 milliards de comprimés de 300mg qui sont utilisés chaque année. Il existe pourtant des millions de personnes dans le monde sur qui elle ne fait pas ou peu effet. Mais des chercheurs chinois viennent de développer une nouvelle forme de la molécule qui pourrait résoudre ce problème, comme ils l’expliquent dans la revue ACS Nano. De son nom scientifique “acide acétylsalicylique”, l’aspirine est prescrit dans de nombreux traitements et constitue la substance active de beaucoup de médicaments. L’une de ses propriétés est d’inhiber l’agrégation des plaquettes sanguines, permettant ainsi au sang de mieux coaguler.Souvent utilisée pour réduire la douleur, elle permet également de limiter les risques de maladies cardiovasculaires en empêchant la formation de caillots dans les vaisseaux sanguins, prévenant de cette façon les thromboses.Un système de livraisonÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Chez les personnes résistantes à la molécule, il est donc nécessaire de passer par d’autres traitements, plus onéreux et avec potentiellement plus d’effets secondaires.Pour remédier à ce problème, des chercheurs de l’université de médecine de Pékin ainsi que de Taïwan ont réussi à attacher la molécule à un fragment de protéine.Cette technique agit alors comme un “système de livraison” qui amène l’aspirine directement dans les parties obstruées des vaisseaux sanguins. Testée sur des rats, ce procédé semble parfaitement fonctionné et permet de conserver l’intégrité de la molécule jusqu’à son point de livraison, où elle peut s’activer pour dissoudre les caillots, expliquent les chercheurs.Des tests chez l’hommeAvec de tels résultats, les scientifiques ont d’ores et déjà prévu des phases de test chez l’homme qui devraient être bientôt entamées. La résistance à l’aspirine étant encore un phénomène mal compris, cette étude pourrait permettre aux malades de contourner efficacement ce problème.Le 5 septembre 2013 à 19:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vancouver creator could tap into booming board game industry

first_imgAfter saying for years he wanted to invent a board game, Marc Neidlinger finally decided it was time to roll the dice.“I said to myself, if I don’t do it now, I never will,” the Vancouver resident said. “If I don’t do it today, when? If you can’t answer that, it means it’s never going to happen. I’ll go to my grave never making a board game.”That was two years ago. His game, Epoch: The Awakening, appeared on the online crowdfunding website Kickstarter this week and reached its goal of $30,000 in contributions within 24 hours. Neidlinger said the day was “pretty overwhelming.”“I hope it inspires other people to do the same thing — if they want to start their own business or write that book or something,” he said. “Maybe they decide to start that book. That’s the heart of what I’m trying to do.”Besides inspiring the masses, Neidlinger is well on his way to raising about $60,000 in contributions before hitting the market, he said. The game will retail for close to $70.Epoch: The Awakening pits players in the role of a scoundrel looking to atone for his past. Players crusade across a hexagonal game board, winning companions, items and boosts to their heroes’ constitutions.last_img read more

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Nawettan roundup

first_imgBy Sulayman BahNawettan around the country’s recognized zones is at fever pitch.At Serrekunda West, Old Jeshwang battered Jantabi two unanswered goals in an early kick-off while Ta-Babi got one better of Old-Hands. Still at West, DK United are left weeping after the zone’s nawettan committee opted to hand Kanifing United the three points.The verdict came on the heels of an appeal lodged by their opponents claiming DK United used an ineligible player who is serving suspension from last year for using profanity on a referee.Findings by the committee confirmed Kanifing Layout’s claims who decided to strip DK of the points –despite their 1-0 win -, giving it to Kanifing instead.last_img

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RESIDENT VOWS TO TAKE ACTION says Police harrassing her

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Feb 2016 – Magnetic Media was today called to the scene of an apparent Police stop and search where three young men were subdued by officers.The mother of the 17 year old, was enraged and told MM the police suspected that a wanted man was in the vehicle, herjeep and stopped them. The three were taken from the jeep and made to lay on the ground at Grant’s Gas Station on Millennium Hwy.When we arrived the trio was cuffed and face down on the ground; as many as five Police vehicles, nearly a dozen umiformed and plain clothed Police and the Commissioner were at the scene.It seemed chaotic.The vehicle was reportedly searched and no wanted man or nothing illegal was found and the three were let go at the site.You could hear the woman arguing with Police, they were unable to answer her questions about the stop and search. There was no resistance from the three males.The mother and owner of the jeep said officers searched in areas of her vehicle which were beyond the scope of hunting down a person.“Why were they all up in my wallet? Why did they take all my stuff out and have it all over the ground? I am tired of being harassed. These boys only came to the gas station to get motor oil.”The woman admits she is related to a suspect; but she said she has never been told what specifically is the crime Police want him for.Police did not reply to our questions about what was happening and advised MM to stop filming.All of this was unravelling in full view of the passing public at the junction to Millennium Heights, Phase II where the men live.The men under suspision were released and the crowd of Police dispersed soon after we arrived. Related Items:harassment, police, resident Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back open Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested)last_img read more

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Battle Ground woman arrested after crash

first_imgA Battle Ground woman was arrested Monday morning after she reportedly rolled a sedan north of Dollar Corner.Demi Bolger, 22, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and driving with a suspended license, according to Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Duncan Hoss.She was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord traveling south on Northeast 72nd Avenue. She was reportedly driving erratically and clipped a pickup.Her car ran off the roadway, hit a ditch and flipped, said Tim Dawdy, battalion chief with Clark County Fire & Rescue. The crash was reported minutes before 8 a.m.Paramedics responded and helped Bolger extricate herself from the wreck, he said.She refused medical attention, Dawdy said, and was taken into custody.last_img

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Active Interest Media Adds a Managing Director and CFO People on the

first_imgActive Interest Media has promoted Andy Hawk to managing director of the company’s Mountain Group. Expanding on his current role as the managing director for Warren Miller Entertainment, Hawk will now oversee AIM’s full portfolio of Mountain Group properties, which includes SKI magazine, Warren Miller Entertainment and Custom Production, and the SIA Snow Show Daily. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: Hawk joined AIM in 2013 as director of industry partnerships for Warren Miller Entertainment, and was quickly promoted to managing director. The company’s revenues have grown substantially through innovative video production and partnerships during his time with AIM.  Prior to the Denver Post, he spent 16 years at Freedom Communications, where he eventually served as CFO for the Orange County Register. “I am very excited to be joining AIM and working directly with Andy and the leadership team. My background and skillset will aid in the continued growth and strategic direction of the company,” said Henry. Chris Porter has been named digital director in London. He joins from Facebook where he held a number of positions, most recently as head of luxury and apparel.  Style fashion editor Mobolaji Dowadu has been named fashion director of GQ Style. Additionally, Lili Göksenin joins GQ Style as digital editor of GQStyle.com. Göksenin joins the brand after four years at Vogue, where she worked in the features department. Appointed to the role of international business director is Saverio Schiano, who’ll lead digital efforts in Milan. Most recently, he co-founded his own business, 360Music, a VR 360-degree music platform.  The team also includes Simon Reed, Hearst’s international trading director who joined from AOL in May 2016, and Christina Watson, Hearst’s digital business director. Both Reed and Watson are based in London. Additionally, Michael Henry has joined AIM as chief financial officer, With 20 years of experience in media finance, Henry served as SVP of finance and CFO at the Denver Post for over four years, before joining AIM. center_img “Under Hawk’s leadership, Warren Miller has emerged as one of AIM’s best-performing brands this year,” says Andrew Clurman, AIM’s president and CEO. “Hawk has demonstrated great leadership of the Warren Miller team, and has compelling ideas to innovate the Mountain Group.” Bonnier has named Rick Straface and Scott Stewart to its sales department. Straface joins as corporate advertising director and Stewart as account manager for the Lifestyle Group which includes PopSci, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, and Saveur. Straface most recently worked for the Miller Publishing Group and Stewart joins from the Sports Illustrated Golf Group. Hearst Magazines has launched a Global Digital Commercial Team, which will provide digital solutions for international clients. The company has announced several key hires for the group in London and Milan:  Gianluca Ena has been appointed global digital account management director. He joins from Twitter, where he served recently as head of performance.  Susan Murcko has been named the new features editor of Popular Science. Murcko joins from Wired, where she served as senior editor and ran the website’s Security channel. Terrell Starr been hired as Foxtrot Alpha’s full-time senior reporter covering national security. He served most recently as senior editor of the activist news site AlterNet. Time Inc. has named Clay Chandler executive editor, international. Chandler has worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Time Inc. Most recently, he served as Asia editor of McKinsey Global Publishing. Quartz has named Zoe Schlanger an environmental reporter. She was most recently a senior reporter at Newsweek.last_img read more

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MPs from TMC Shiv Sena give Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena MPs on Wednesday gave Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha on separate issues. Manas Bhunia and Dola Sen of TMC sought immediate discussion on the “Centre’s proposal to dis-invest 42 PSUs”. Another TMC MP, Santanu Sen, gave notice over “violence against doctors in medical institutions”. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP, Sanjay Raut, gave notice over delay in the production of Vande Bharat Express train. The Zero Hour refers to the time immediately following the Question Hour in both the Houses of Parliament. During this hour, parliamentarians can raise matters of importance without the mandatory ten-day advance notice.last_img

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Xbox One controller will have Kinect syncing batterysaving low power m

first_imgMicrosoft has released additional details about the Xbox One‘s controller. The input device’s highlights include a seamless connection to the console and low power modes for extending battery life.As the next generation console competition continues to take shape, one of the major focuses so far has been the new input devices coming from Sony and Microsoft. While the controller is the only thing we know for sure about the PS4, Microsoft has been quite willing to show their hand and reveal additional features in a nice slow drip. It looks like the Xbox One’s new controller isn’t just thinner, lighter, and shinier, but also comes ready to connect to your console instantly and give you everything you need to play for hours.Thanks to a Major Nelson post, we now know that the new micro USB-driven controller for the One utilizes infrared LEDs on the top to communicate with your Kinect. The controller will flash a pattern of light that is invisible to the human eye over to the Kinect, which will use that pattern to pair the controller to the console. This process can be repeated any number of times, so you can take your controller to a friend’s house and not waste any time connecting the controller to the console.Instead of shutting off entirely, the new controller will enter a sleep mode when you’re not using it but still have the console on. When you need the controller, all you need to do is pick it up and it will wake up on its own. This is designed to work when you’re in the middle of a Kinect game, watching a movie, or anything else that uses the console but not the controller.Based on what we’ve seen from the revamped design of the controller, it looks like Microsoft has really made significant improvements over the previous iterations. Time will tell if gamers prefer the new slimmed down Xbox One controller to the new PS4 controller, with a trackpad and a share function built into the top. It couldn’t be clearer that Microsoft and Sony are approaching things from wildly different perspectives this generation, which is exciting for the future of console gaming as a market.last_img read more

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OneThird of ForSale Homes Considered Unaffordable

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Recovery in the housing market is not without its side effects, particularly in major metro markets on the West Coast and in Florida. A look into 35 major markets by Zillow reveals that buyers making the median income in Southern California, the Bay Area, Portland (Oregon), Denver, and Miami face markets where more than half the available homes are beyond their price range—which could mean the beginning of a new housing bubble.Zillow’s latest report, released Friday, found that buyers who make the median income in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose are paying a larger share of their income toward mortgages than they did during the pre-bubble years of 1985 to 2000. In addition, median-income buyers in San Diego; Riverside, California; Portland; Sacramento; and Miami typically pay 5 percent mortgage interest rates, meaning these buyers are also paying more of their incomes towards mortgages than they have historically. Freddie Mac announced this week that the average 30-year fixed mortgage rate nationally is 4.41 percent; Zillow expects 30-year fixed rate mortgages to reach or exceed 5 percent by the first quarter of 2015.The largest gulf in affordability is in Miami, where 62.4 percent of houses are beyond the reach of the average resident. Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco each have more than 55 percent of their homes above the means of the average resident. Denver, San Jose, and Portland are at just over 50 percent.Moreover, existing mortgage holders in these markets are typically spending more than 40 percent of their monthly income on their mortgages. Consequently, more buyers are forced to look farther out into peripheral markets surrounding metro hubs for more affordable homes.Comparatively, about 33 percent of homes in the other 28 markets surveyed by Zillow are out of reach to the average buyer, which is typical. Better news for those making median income in cities such as Dallas, Seattle, and Philadelphia is that in addition to a sizeable number of within-reach homes, average residents spend a far smaller percentage of their income on their homes. In some areas, such as large cities in Ohio, Atlanta, and Dallas, owners are paying less than 12 percent of their monthly income toward mortgages.If Zillow’s predictions of 5 percent mortgages come true and if rates at that level and another year of forecasted home value growth pan out as expected, buyers in California, Portland, and Miami will also soon be paying a larger share of their incomes to their mortgage than they were during the pre-bubble years.What this translates into for Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, is worry of a new bubble. “As affordability worsens, we’re already beginning to see more of the kinds of worrisome trends we saw en masse during the years leading up to the housing crash,” Humphries said. Specifically, he cited a growing reliance on non-traditional home financing, smaller down payments and a greater pressure to move farther away from urban job centers in order to find affordable housing options. “We’re not in a bubble yet, but we’re beginning to see the early signs of one in some areas.” One-Third of For-Sale Homes Considered ‘Unaffordable’ April 4, 2014 464 Views center_img Home Prices Housing Affordability Mortgage Rates Zillow 2014-04-04 Scott_Morgan Sharelast_img read more

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first_img by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Feb 17, 2018 10:22 am PDT Last Updated Feb 17, 2018 at 11:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vince Gill defends Grammys on female representation NEW YORK, N.Y. – Vince Gill defended the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards.Gill said it is “impossible” to not leave someone off the list in a given year.“I look at it kind of trying to see the whole field, you know. And I think the Grammys will go on and the country artists will feel slighted. Or maybe the classical people will feel slighted,” Gill said. “It’s impossible to pull something off like that and not leave a few people by the wayside.”The country star spoke before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha.Sitting with Harris and Morris before the concert, the 21-time Grammy winner said all that matters is that musical people are “conscious of what’s great at the end of the day.”“You’re looking at three really ope- minded musical people. We don’t care about genres, of colour of skin, or gender, or anything. We just love playing music with great people and that’s all,” he said.Morris, who won her first Grammy last year, agreed, saying that the Grammys history backs it up.“I think the person that’s won the most Grammys is Alison Krauss so I don’t know. I mean, there’s obviously some things that need to be looked at, I think, and maybe it’s just voting members. Maybe we need to like expand on that,” Morris said.Krauss has won 27 Grammys, and nominated 44 times. Krauss is actually tied for second place with Quincy Jones for most Grammy wins. Hungarian composer Georg Sorti holds the record with 31 wins.Morris also cited another Grammy winner.“I was really proud of Alessia Cara that she won best new artist. I think she really deserved that,” Morris said. “But I think there’s always improvement that needs to be had.”Harris admitted she was aware of the problems facing women in the recording industry, from sexual misconduct to unfair treatment, but doesn’t count herself among those affected.“I haven’t run into a lot of the problems that I know are out there. But my path has been pretty unfettered with those kinds of things,” Harris said.The Recording Academy drew criticism for a variety of issues, including not having album of the year nominee Lorde perform on the live telecast last month. Also, of the awards shown on the broadcast, only two winners were women — Cara and Rihanna (for a collaboration with Kendrick Lamar).Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow intensified the situation, saying that women need to “step up” when asked about the lack of female winners backstage. He later said he misspoke.center_img FILE – In this Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Vince Gill performs during a memorial service for country music singer Troy Gentry at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Gill is defending the Recording Academy over the criticism that female artists were underrepresented at this year’s Grammy Awards. Gill says it’s impossible not to leave someone off the list each year and that some group always feels slighted. The country music star made the comments earlier this week of Feb. 12, 2018, before a benefit concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame in New York where he shared the stage with Emmylou Harris, Maren Morris, and Kesha. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) last_img read more

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Ibrahims Khan hosts first Christmas event

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneIbrahim’s Khan, an historic building in the heart of Paphos old town, will host its first interactive Christmas event on Saturday and a full day of entertainment including decorating a Christmas tree is planned.Organised by the Ibrahim’s Khan event and promotion team along with Paphos municipality, entrance is free and it will get underway at 11am.Artists and artisans occupy the individual units at the newly renovated Khan. Historically, the ancient building was used as an inn and an area where merchants and craftsmen would come together.There are sixteen units altogether, including an olive house, a carob workshop, traditional products, jewellery, mosaics, wood carving, painting, chair-making and pasta-making workshops and a new restaurant. There is also a theatre space with a stage that is available to hire.Team member and well-known mosaic artist Sharen Taylor also has a workshop at the Khan, and told the Cyprus Mail that the event will be an interesting day out for all of the family.“We want to encourage people to come and visit us at the Khan as some people still don’t know that we exist.”As well as the resident artists and craftspeople, a number of guest workshops will also be hosted at the space at the ‘Christmas Spirit at Ibrahim’s Khan’ event. Most are interactive and will invite members of the public, both children and adults to participate, she said.“The Christmas tree has just been put up and all of the decorations will be hand made by the public on the day,” she said.A workshop on how to make decorations and decorate a Christmas tree will conclude with participants placing their creation on the 6m high fir tree.Jewellery maker Stephanie Socratous, also a member of the Khan’s organising team, said that the programme will also include,  wine tasting, oil tasting, making carob products, gingerbread  and waffle making and fabric stamping.“People will be able to stamp fabric and postcards at various workshops, they will also dress the tree and there will be other activities and workshops too,” she said.Homemade soups by Beatriz bistro and hot chocolate will be on offer and stilt walkers and a full music programme will keep the public entertained, she said.Accordion player, Stavros Savs, will play from 11am-1pm, followed by Pavel on saxophone until 3pm and DJ George Kara will also play from 11am to 4pm.“The musicians and DJ will lay together at some points,” said Taylor.Visitors will be able to try their hand at mosaic making at Taylor’s workshop and also view the mosaic map of Ibrahim’s Khan that was created by children of Paphos as part of the artists’ summer school workshop, 2018.The mosaic will be placed on a wall of the Khan at a later date.‘Christmas Spirit at Ibrahim’s Khan’ – Saturday November 24, 11am until late Further information: Sharen Taylor: 99603782www.facebook.com/ibrahimskhanoldtown/You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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