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first_imgIn honor of International Women’s Day, the nominees for the first WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD SHOW were announced yesterday, proving that the future is female!The Women’s Choice Award Show will honor fierce women who passionately advocate for the empowerment of girls and women.The Women’s Choice Award Show is an important opportunity to let the voices of girls and women be heard in a big way with a show dedicated to honoring and celebrating trailblazing women. The show will also serve to inspire girls to step into their power and pursue their dreams.“Now is the time to celebrate the power of ‘She’ and all that girls and women contribute to the human experience. We are so humbled to have an exceptional group of fierce female community activists, everyday Sheroes, powerful female storytellers and celebrities who use their platform for good, as part of the first Women’s Choice Award Show. We’re excited to honor the incredible accomplishments of boundary-breaking women and inspire girls to live up to their potential. We look forward to raising funds and awareness through the Women’s Choice Award Show to support our cause partner I Am That Girl, and all of the wonderful work they do to foster self confidence in young women,” said Delia Passi, CEO of Women’s Choice Award.Starting today, voting is open to determine winners in three categories, including the “Shero,” “Spotlight,” and “Voice of Women” awards. The Shero Award will be given to a passionate activist doing incredible work that benefits girls and women. The Voice of Women Award will be given to a leader who has helped shape the positive portrayal of girls and women in entertainment and media. The Spotlight Award will be given to a celebrity using her platform to shine a spotlight on issues affecting girls and women. Fans can vote by clicking [here. Voting ends on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST.The Shero, Spotlight and Voice of Women award winners will be announced live at the star-studded Women’s Choice Awards at the legendary Avalon Hollywood ballroom on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. The Women’s Choice Award Show will also present the Visionary Award to a fierce female humanitarian who has dedicated her life to the empowerment of girls and women.The Women’s Choice Award Show is proud to include the non-profit I Am That Girl as the cause partner for this very special event. I Am That Girl is shifting girl culture. They are raising the standards for how girls treat themselves, each other, and the world. By building a community for girls to be seen, be heard, and belong, I Am That Girl is giving them something bigger than themselves to stand for and creating a healthier, more powerful world.I Am That Girl Founder Alexis Jones will speak at the event and girls from the global I Am That Girl community will be on hand to present awards to Women’s Choice Award Show winners. Girls from local I Am That Girl chapters will enjoy an inspiring and empowering night as VIP guests at the celebration.Guests at the Women’s Choice Award Show will have the opportunity to make a donation to help send high school girls to I Am That Girl’s transformational Leadership Summit. Fans can support I Am That Girl by making a donation to the organization when voting on the WWW.WOMENSCHOICEAWARDSHOW.COM site.The Women’s Choice Award Show would like to invite everyone to click here and rock their vote for their favorite extraordinary women. Bios for all of the Women’s Choice Award Show nominees are available on the Women’s Choice Award Show website. Below includes the complete list of nominees. WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARDS SHOW 2017 Nominees:SHERO AWARD:Alicia Garza Brittany Packnett Carmen Perez
Dr. Knatokie Ford Dr. Yvonne Cagle Georgie Smith Miki Agrawal Reshma SaujaniSPOTLIGHT AWARD:Alyssa Milano Amy Purdy Deondra Brown Elizabeth Falkner Emma Watson Keke Palmer Maggie Q Meryl Davis Nura Afia Priyanka ChopraVOICE OF WOMEN AWARD:Ana Navarro Elaine Welteroth Jennie Urman Jennifer Pozner Julie Taymor Kara Holden Maria Menounos Tery Lopezlast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Northwest Territories is experiencing one of its worst forest fire seasons in decades.Right now, there are over 200 fires burning throughout the region and crews have been called in from across the country to help battle the blazes.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has an update on the situation.last_img

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OMAHA, Neb. — The economy appears to be going strong for the major freight railroads that haul the products and raw materials companies rely on, but the lingering trade disputes could derail business.Union Pacific, Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads all sounded optimistic about the economy when they reported hauling 3 per cent more carloads of freight in the fourth quarter.“Our customers in discreet markets are in large part doing OK,” Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz said Thursday. Shipments of steel, construction products, intermodal containers and a few other categories look particularly strong. “We think there is still opportunity for modest growth in the United States.”Edward Jones analyst Dan Sherman said the railroads’ results won’t add much to fears that the economy is slowing down.“There hasn’t been any indication at all that the economy is slowing even slightly,” Sherman said.Union Pacific said its fourth-quarter net income jumped 29 per cent to $1.55 billion, or $2.12 per share, and topped Wall Street expectations. The Omaha, Nebraska-based railroad benefited from strong demand and efforts effort to streamline its operations that began in October. It has already stored 1,200 locomotives as it works to haul freight more efficiently.The ongoing trade disputes create some uncertainty about certain products, but Union Pacific still expects volume will continue growing at a low-single-digit rate.Nearly all the major U.S. railroads are implementing some of the operating principles that have led to dramatic improvements in the profitability of rival CSX over the last two years.CSX reported $843 million in net income, or $1.01 per share, last week and promised to continue working to reduce costs and find ways to deliver more freight with fewer locomotives.The number of carloads railroads carry is considered an indicator of the health of the overall economy because of the variety of goods rails deliver.Norfolk Southern’s fourth-quarter profit surged 44 per cent higher to $702 million, or $2.57 per share. The results topped the $2.30 per share that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected.Norfolk Southern is also planning to reform its operations, but railroad officials didn’t discuss many details Thursday. Instead, investors will have to wait until next month to hear what changes the railroad plans.Josh Funk, The Associated Press read more

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Rabat – French car company Peugeot Societe Anonyme (PSA) is set to open a factory in Kenitra, a city near Rabat, valued at MAD 6 billion ($620 million).PSA manufactures major car brands including Citroen, Peugeot and DS Automobiles.The exact opening date of the factory is not yet confirmed, but according to Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste, Carlos Tavares, the director of PSA will be coming to Morocco soon for the inauguration. PSA is currently recruiting for the factory to ensure it is 100% operational on opening day.PSA has been present in Morocco since 2017, when it opened a pilot import center in Casablanca for Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Opal cars, as well as a research and development center.  PSA will now also build its cars in Morocco. The first car is due to be assembled in July.Read also: Renault Manufactures over 400,000 ‘Made in Morocco’ CarsThe Kenitra factory will produce smaller vehicles like the latest Peugeot 208. The company is aiming to produce 20 000 cars in 2019. Next year, it will produce 100 000 cars, and in the long run, it has a target production of up to 200 000 cars per year.PSA factory in Kenitra.The cars are mainly destined for export, to Africa but also to the Middle East and Turkey. Morocco is already the largest automobile producer in Africa. Between 2012 and 2018, it increased its production from 50 000 cars to 400 000 cars per year, after Renault opened a factory in Tangier. Chinese company BYD also has planned to open a factory in Morocco.Morocco aims to produce 1 millions cars a year by 2022. Once the new Kenitra factory is up and running Morocco’s production capacity will already reach 700 000 cars a year (500 000 by Renault and 200 000 by PSA). read more

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Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that members of the Peuhl, Tuareg and Arab ethnic groups were being targeted. “The situation has been exacerbated by the propagation of inflammatory messages, including through the media, stigmatizing members of these communities, thousands of whom have reportedly fled out of fear of reprisal by the Malian army,” she stated.“Those who remain in the country are afraid of being targeted not for what they have done, but for who they are,” Ms. Kang added, as she presented the High Commissioner’s report on the situation of human rights in Mali. The report is based on the findings of two missions deployed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to the region late last year, and covers the period from 17 January to 20 November 2012. It highlights the human rights violations committed primarily by the various armed groups that controlled the three main regions of northern Mali – Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu – but also raises some issues of concern in the south.Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.According to the report, reprisal attacks and inter-ethnic conflicts appear to have materialized since January, when the French intervention took place. While the violations by the extremist groups have largely been stopped, there have been widely reported allegations of serious human rights violations taking place in the recovered territories. Among the human rights issues that require the most urgent attention are the displacement of populations from northern Mali; the increase in incidences of ethnically motivated human rights violations, including violence; and the continuing insufficiency of the Government’s response to human rights violations, including to the challenges in the administration of justice. Ms. Kang acknowledged the public commitments made by the Government of Mali to fulfil its obligations under international human rights law and to fight impunity, as well as statements by senior government and military officials condemning human rights violations and retaliatory violence. “These commitments are, however, not yet sufficiently translated into concrete actions to ensure that prompt and independent investigations are carried out in order to identify and prosecute perpetrators and provide effective remedies to victims,” she stated.“We call on the Malian authorities to protect the communities at risk and to ensure that their troops act in accordance with human rights law and international humanitarian law. The civilian population should be protected and the suspected rebels who have been arrested should be treated humanely and their due process rights respected,” Ms. Kang added.“Allegations of involvement of the elements of the Malian army in acts of reprisals against civilians should be investigated and those responsible should be brought to justice.” read more

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Brock University’s String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will bring captivating melodies from legendary composers to the stage in their first performances of the season.As part of the Brock University Music Department’s instrumental series, the Orchestra’s Simply Strings concert will take place Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre’s Cairns Recital Hall. The Ensemble will perform its Tribute to the Legends recital on Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Partridge Hall.The String Orchestra brings musicians from the University together with members of the community to perform standard masterworks and lesser-known gems of the string repertoire. It was added to the ensemble roster of the Brock University Choirs and Brock University Wind Ensemble in September 2017 to provide a place for university and community string players to perform together and share their talents.Led by conductor George Cleland, the String Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue, Warlock’s Capriol Suite, Sibelius’ Canzonetta, Op. 62a and Britten’s Simple Symphony at the Nov. 28 concert.Under the baton of conductor Zoltan Kalman, the University Wind Ensemble features the talents of 64 musicians drawn from Brock University, community members and Niagara region high schools. Musicians from the Hamilton Symphony on the Bay and Niagara Symphony will also join in the concert on Dec. 4.The program will feature works of the past and present, including Bernstein: Three Dance Episodes, Gillingham: Galactic Empires, Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, Bourgeois: Trombone Concerto, Barker: Cole Porter on Broadway, Bennett: Symphonic Songs and Bourgeois: Trombone Concerto.Kalman said the ensemble is thrilled to pay tribute to some of the world’s most influential composers in the state-of-the-art Partridge Hall.“We’re going to perform a diverse repertoire of timeless classics and easy-listening charts that will surely leave our audience breathless,” he said. “The evening also includes a brilliant trombone concerto, featuring our very own, supremely talented Alyssa Shanghavi.”Such performances from the Department of Music are a key part of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts’ mandate of building connections between the community and the breadth of talent and creativity at Brock.The conductors said their ensembles serve as cultural ambassadors of the Niagara region and encouraged, “faithful audience members and other music lovers to come out and experience these concerts.”Tickets are on sale now for both performances.Simply Strings takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Cairns Recital Hall. Tickets are $12 general admission and $5 for children 14 and under, as well as high school students through the eyeGo program. Complimentary tickets are available to current Brock students with valid student ID.Tribute to the Legends takes place Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Partridge Hall. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $5 for high school students through the eyeGo program. Complimentary tickets are available to current Brock students with valid student ID.All tickets can be purchased through the FirstOntario PAC Box Office. read more

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first_imgCRICKET IRELAND HAVE today confirmed that they will host One Day Internationals against England and Australia in 2015.With the Cricket World Cup taking place in February and March, the addition of two full Test nations to Ireland’s fixture list promised another year of growth in the sport’s popularity.Having played in Malahide last year, England will return to the north Dublin venue on Friday May 8.Australia will also tread on familiar turf, facing Ireland at the Stormont ground in Belfast on August 27 – just over two years after their last visit to the Belfast ground.“There’s a real buzz around the squad with everyone really looking forward to next year, captain William Porterfield said with today’s announcement.“The fact that we’ve these ODI’s too has given everyone a real boost –  I’m sure that there will be huge crowds at both games, and given the fact that it’s an Ashes year next summer, I’d expect a large number of travelling supporters too, giving the games an incredible atmosphere in both Dublin and Belfast.”Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: “It’s a fantastic boost for Irish cricket to have these two high profile clashes. We’re always looking to test ourselves against top quality opposition, and they don’t come much bigger than England and Australia.“Next year is shaping up to be the most exciting in Irish cricketing history. We’ve got the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, these high profile ODI’s and we’re also co-hosting the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers along with Scotland. That’s a fantastic line-up of cricketing action, and I’m sure there will be a lot of support for these games,”‘I took it to the limit’, but Tony Browne wants to keep hurling until he’s 45*Craig Kieswetter nailed the ‘Cricket is a Tough Game’ Selfielast_img read more

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first_imgMelbourne heritage architect Arthur Andronas has won a top architecture award for the second year running.Mr Andronas’ firm Andronas Conservation Architecture took out the Australian Institute of Architects Victoria Heritage Architecture Award for their work on Newman College at the University of Melbourne.Ecstatic at the surprise win, Mr Andronas said he appreciated the recognition.“It’s acknowledgement that our pursuit of excellence, across everything we do, is recognized by our peers,” he told Neos Kosmos.In their citation, the Institute’s judges praised Mr Andronas’ groundbreaking approach to the work.“In developing their restoration program … the architects have demonstrated admirable quality assurance practices,» the judges said.«Their methodical approach provides innovation in conservation of Victoria’s most important sandstone, which will be applicable to other buildings.»Newman College was designed and built in the early 1900s by Walter Burley Griffin, who also designed the layout of Canberra.As a result Newman has become one of the top ten most important 20th century buildings in Australia.Mr Andronas was tasked with restoring the facade of the building and says he drew inspiration from Burley Griffin’s own controversial techniques, including the use of repair mortars, which had to be imported from Germany.«Because he was a fairly controversial architect in the methods he used, we were allowed to use this sort of approach, given the complexity and the delicacy of the stone,» Mr Andronas said.It’s the second year straight that Andronas Conservation Architecture’s work has been recognized among the best in the country, after they won both the AIA Victoria Heritage Architecture Award and the AIA Lachlan Macquarie National Award for Heritage in 2009, for their work on St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne.Mr Andronas says that winning the awards has taken his four-person practice to a new level.«We’ve been invited and have been successful in getting a job with Port Arthur and the restoration of the ruins of the early penitentiary, so that’s a real coup and a real honour,» he said.«They only select people who have won national awards to do their work, and given that Port Arthur is about to go on the World Heritage list, the job has international ramifications as well.» Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgGreece has won the INSP trophy at this year’s Homeless World Cup with a 6-2 victory over Switzerland.The final of this year’s competition took place at a temporary stadium in Amsterdam’s Museumplein (Museum Square), in the Netherlands.“I still can’t believe it, it doesn’t seem real,” Greek captain Nikolaos Petropoulos said after the match, according to the website of the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) which sponsored the event.“I’m so happy for myself and the whole team. This is a once-in-a-lifetime feeling,” Petropoulos was quoted as saying.It was only the second time that Greece, coached by editor of Shedia street paper Chris Alefantis, took part in the event.Meanwhile, Mexico won both the Women’s and the Men’s Homeless World Cup trophies this year. This year’s event, which was first held in 2003, brought together 500 players from 48 countries.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Former Dolphins player Kim Bokamper opens restaurant on Las Olas

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Former Miami Dolphins player Kim Bokamper celebrated the opening of his new restaurant in Downtown Fort Lauderdale, Saturday night.Celebrities joined NFL players at the invitation-only masquerade party at the new upscale restaurant The Balcony, located on East Las Olas Boulevard and Southeast 13th Avenue.The two-story hot spot will feature New Orleans-inspired cuisine.It is scheduled to open to the public May 4.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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MISSING CAT Have You Seen Kracka

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Kracka, an outdoor cat that lives in the 90 block of Shawsheen Avenue, has been missing for the past two weeks. If seen, please call Animal Control at 978-658-7988 x 5400.KrackaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMISSING CAT: Have You Seen Lakshmi?In “Missing Pets”MISSING CAT: Have You Seen Mic?In “Missing Pets”POLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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first_img Close A polling agent was arrested from the city of Faridabad in Haryana after a video of him allegedly trying to influence voters during the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections went viral on social media.In the video, a man in a blue t-shirt can be seen walking towards the voting area, where a woman is preparing to cast her vote. The man then presses the button or points towards a specific party symbol before the woman could exercise her vote. He repeats the same with two other women.The incident took place at a polling booth in Prithla assembly constituency of Asawati village as Faridabad went on polls on Sunday, May 12. The Election Commissioner of India, Ashok Lavasa has confirmed that the polling agent was arrested on Sunday afternoon and an FIR has been filed against him. Polling agent arrested in Haryana’s Faridabad for influencing voterstwitterThe District Election Office (DEO) of Faridabad tweeted from their official handle saying, “The person in the video is the polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & ARO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in Prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated.”The district DEO said that the matter was taken very seriously by the district administration. The Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) Bharat Bhushan Gogia HCS rushed to the spot and he was soon joined by the observer SH Sanjay Kumar who investigated the entire matter.Even after the Election Commission admitted that the man was trying to influence voters, it said that the polling process was not violated in the booth. However, this has raised many questions to the election body’s claim that the voting process was not vitiated.ECI Ashok Lavasa responded to this citing that the agent influenced only three voters, “The scrutiny of this polling station will be comprehensive,” he said. He also said that a report on the issue will be examined by the Election Commission to take further actions against the violator.However, the arrested polling agent’s political party has not yet been made known by the authorities. Watch | Polling agent from Faridabad arrested for influencing voterscenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:12Loaded: 0%0:03Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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first_imgIndia’s second-largest IT services exporter Infosys is likely to follow its counterparts TCS and Wipro in announcing a share buyback plan. The company informed in a regulatory filing on Thursday that it will seek shareholder approval to get a fresh Articles of Association. As of December 31, 2016, Infosys had 2,296,944,664 shares (229.69 crore shares, or 2.29 billion shares) and the closing price on Friday (February 23) was Rs 1,009.05.Read: TCS approves buyback of shares at Rs 2,850 per share; pressure now on InfosysVoting for the enabling resolution can also be done via e-voting or postal ballot till March 31, 2017. The outcome will be known latest by April 5, 2017. Infosys had cash and cash equivalents of about Rs 26,113 crore ($3,844 million) as of December 31, 2016.Here is a look at Infosys starting from its initial public offering (IPO) more than two decades ago (10 shares acquired in 1993 at IPO price of Rs 95 per share would now be worth Rs 51,66,080)February 1993IPO at Rs 95 per share of face value Rs 10 eachJune 1993Shares got listed at Rs 145 per shareOctober 1993Private placement of 5.50 lakh shares to institutional investors and FIIs at Rs 450 per shareJune 1994Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1June 1997Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1January 1999Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1March 199920.70 lakh American Depository Shares (ADSs) issued at $34 per ADS; each ADS was equivalent to 2 equity sharesNovember 1999Stock split announced; face value reduced to Rs 5 per equity shareApril 2004Bonus issue in the ratio of 3:1April 2006Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1October 2014Bonus issue in the ratio of 1:1April 2015Bonus issue in the ration of 1:1(Source: Infosys website, annual reports, statements, regulatory filings)Wipro bought back 4 crore (40 million) at Rs 625 per share for a total value of Rs 2,500 crore last year and TCS announced its share buyback programme of up to 5.61 crore shares at Rs 2,850 per share.last_img read more

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Maria von Trapp Wasnt Even Invited To The Sound Of Music Premiere

first_imgThe Sound of Music is one of the most popular films of all time. Beloved by generations and still gaining new fans to this day, the 1965 film was directed by Robert Wise and starred Julia Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the lead roles. It was an adaptation of a stage musical of the same name from 1959 and based on the real-life story of Maria von Trapp, with the film and musical being fictionalized retellings of Maria’s memoir: The Story of the Trapp Family Singers.The film charts the story of Maria herself, played by Julie Andrews, as she arrives at the home of an old naval officer to become the governess of his seven children. Maria is carefree and joyful, while the officer, Captain Georg von Trapp, is rather miserable and strict.Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews on location in Salzburg, 1964Over time, however, Maria’s infectious enthusiasm and love of music wins the day. She and the captain fall in love and ultimately get married.It’s a fantastic film that won no less than five Academy Awards and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the era, breaking and setting numerous records in the process.Georg von Trapp on the bridge of a U-5 of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, 1915Strangely enough, however, the woman who made it all possible, Maria von Trapp herself, was not even invited to the opening night. As reported by The Telegraph, Maria wondered why she hadn’t received an invitation and took it up with the producers, but was simply told that there were no seats left.This must have come as quite a shock to Maria and is seen by many as a highly discourteous act on the part of the film’s producers. After all, without Maria’s original memoir, the film would never have been made in the first place, so it would only seem natural that she be present for the very first screening. She was, however, invited to the opening night of the 1959 stage musical, composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein II.Maria von TrappMaking the story even stranger is the fact that the producers had previously shown Maria a lot of respect, even providing her with a cameo appearance in the film itself. During the song “I Have Confidence”, Maria can be seen walking by an archway.She was accompanied by her real life daughter Rosmarie, as well as Barbara, the daughter of Werner von Trapp, and this particular instance is regarded as one of the more notable movie cameo appearances in cinematic history.Had Maria been invited to the premier of The Sound of Music, however, she might have been a little disappointed with the critical response. Initial reviews of the film were quite poor, with the likes of Judith Crist, writing for the New York Herald Tribute, calling it an “icky sticky” picture aimed at “the five to seven set”, while Bosley Crowther of The New York Times took issue with what he saw as “romantic nonsense” in the film’s plot and the “artificial roles” of the children.The front of the Austrian-style main building of the von Trapp Family Lodge. Photo by Royalbroil CC BY-SA 4.0Over time, however, the film proved to be a smash success. It now consistently features in lists of the best movies ever made, is regarded as a timeless classic by many leading movie critics, and has a special place in the hearts of millions of viewers.Read another story from us: Major Movies which Caused Major Real-Life HeadachesIt made over $280 million worldwide, earned numerous awards, is still being talked about today, and it was all based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, for whom the producers seemingly forgot to set aside a ticket on the opening night.last_img read more

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first_img Register Now » 4 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals January 5, 2015 Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch poses a conundrum for advertisers: How to tap the enticing possibilities of the tiny gadget without overwhelming consumers with messages.At this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, mobile-marketing firm TapSense plans to release an Apple Watch ad-buying service. The service will provide a first glimpse of how businesses can serve up ads on the watch, even though the gadget will not be available until later this year.At issue: the same qualities that render the watch exciting to Madison Avenue, such as the ability to detect customers approaching a store and to zap an ad directly to their wrists, also risk alienating those customers.Apple declined to comment on the use of its watch by advertisers, and will not attend CES officially. But many companies that make devices and services based around Apple products will be there, including several that are working with WatchKit, a software-development tool Apple released in November that allows developers to build watch-tailored applications.Using that tool, developers are devising Apple Watch ad formats including interactive wallpapers on the watch dial with brand logos and personalized clock faces, said TapSense’s chief executive Ash Kumar. His product helps developers insert ads, bought and sold instantaneously, in those apps.The watch’s main screen allows the display of several tiny icons, including for email, weather, time, and potentially a few favorite service and retail apps.Businesses could use those apps to notify customers of special deals, but only within already-opened apps, Kumar said. Otherwise, the vendor risks annoying consumers by introducing an ad that is out of sync with whatever they are doing.If a consumer is using a transit app on the watch to monitor delays, for example, an advertiser could insert a marketing offer that would light up on the watch face for a ride-sharing service or a deal at a coffee shop nearby, Kumar said.Smartwatch spam box?But moderation is key. Push notifications and banner ads on smartphones can be turn-offs. Some marketers advise avoiding showing ads to users who typically click out of them or delivering the same ad too many times to any one user.”If it feels like your smartwatch is turning into a spam box, you will take it off,” said Padden Guy Murphy, who heads business development and public policy at car-sharing service Getaround.The startup is exploring using Apple Watch’s location-based features to target new customers. Apple has not added global positioning on the Apple Watch, but apps can track location as the device is tethered to a smartphone.If a consumer shows interest in an ad, such as raising the wrist for a better look, WatchKit allows for notifications that expand and take up more room on the screen. Conversely, a disinterested consumer could tap an “X” mark to exit the ad, TapSense’s Kumar said.Communicating through buzzing or vibrations is currently only available on Apple’s own apps on its wearable device.Force PushWhether Apple scores a hit with its upcoming Apple Watch and creates a new mass-market category remains unclear. Venture capitalist Fred Wilson caused a stir last week by predicting the watch “will not be the home run product that iPod, iPhone, and iPad have been.”But advertisers see potential. They particularly like a watch feature that Apple calls “Force Push” that activates when a user taps the screen with extra pressure, opening up a menu with up to four actions. They envision coupons that when tapped can show directions to a store, for example.Ad executives hope that the watch can overcome challenges that have prevented location-based ads from succeeding on mobile phones. Unlike on phones, says Jeff Malmad, North American mobile director at media agency Mindshare, users will not need to dig into a bag or pocket to see the ad. They will be right on a user’s wrist, in sight at all times.But to keep them effective, he says, consumers will need to opt for them, much as many consumers opt to receive email messages from various retailers.(Additional reporting by Christina Farr; Editing by Sarah McBride and Tomasz Janowski)last_img read more

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first_imgHerbal Tea Market Herbal tea is an infusion of a variety of leaves, fruits, flowers, roots associated to roughly any edible, non-tea plant. It is ordinarily referred to as tisanes in Europe and few other areas of the world. Since, it is not derived from the Camellia sinensis plant (i.e. the plant used to produce black, green and oolong tea), herbal tea is not essentially a true tea. It is emerging as a new trend with the rise in health consciousness among people.The surge in popularity of herbal tea over the past several decades is attributable to not only their vibrant flavor, but also its mental and physical health benefits. In ancient days, herbal blends were used for their competence to invoke spiritual awareness and enable consumers to reap its physical benefits. However, eventually consumers started drinking herbal tea merely for its wonderful taste and aroma. Depending upon the type of herbal tea, consumers can extract numerous benefits such as overcoming sluggishness, aiding digestion, soothing joint pain, or sleeping better.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/5362Herbal tea if simply considered as a natural alternative to prescription medicines, could be a crucial factor in growing its consumption contemporarily. Since many people face lack of sleep due to several reasons, herbal tea can be used to overcome this issue, hence driving the market growth. Increase in population alongside rise in disposable income are some driving factors determining the growth of the herbal tea market in the forthcoming years.Key Benefits For StakeholdersThis report provides an extensive analysis of the current trends and emerging estimations & dynamics of the Herbal tea market.Comprehensive analysis of factors that drive and restrict the growth of the market is provided.Detailed analysis of the industry based on the type and distribution channel help understand the trending product type and other potential variants.Porter’s five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders to make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.Extensive analysis of the market is conducted by following key product positioning and monitoring of top players within the market framework.Key market segments:By Raw MaterialGreen TeaBlack TeaYellow TeaBy Flavor TypeChamomilePeppermintLemongrassGingerHibiscusFruitsBy PackagingLoose TeaPaper PouchesTea BagsPlastic ContainersAluminum TinsBy Distribution ChannelSupermarkets/HypermarketsSpecialty StoresConvenience StoresOnline RetailOthersBy RegionNorth AmericaEuropeAsia-PacificLAMEAMajor key players includeTielkaMountain Rose HerbsTega Organic TeasTerra teasArbor teasTetleyIndigo herbsThe Indian ChaiTwiningsOrganic IndiaRequest Sample Copy: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-toc-and-sample/5362About Us:Allied Market Research (AMR) is a full-service market research and business-consulting wing of Allied Analytics LLP based in Portland, Oregon. Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.last_img read more

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Dell P3418HW 34inch Curved Monitor Review

first_img USB 3.0 Review 2 Mini DisplayPort Display Resolution When it comes to productivity, monitors embody the old saying that bigger is better. The ultrawide Dell P3418HW gives you 34 inches of visual real estate, with a 2560 x 1080 resolution, a curved panel and plenty of handy features. If you regularly work with large spreadsheets, side-by-side windows and apps, or just want more room for all of your activities, the Dell P3418HW is a solid choice. The ultrawide monitor even performed well enough to earn a spot on our Best Curved Monitors page. article continued below Design The Dell P3418HW has a 34-inch IPS display panel that boasts extra-wide 1080p (2560 x 1080) resolution. The display has an extra-slim bezel measuring 0.3-inch wide along the top and just under 0.3 inch on either side, with a wider 1-inch bezel along the bottom edge. An anti-glare coating on the screen cuts down on reflections, so there’s less concern over visibility if you’re seated near a window or under bright fluorescent lights. The panel uses in-plane switching (IPS) technology to ensure high-quality color reproduction and good viewing angles. The ultrawide display has an aspect ratio of 21:9, which makes it less like a large TV on your desk and more akin to a pair of side-by-side 17-inch monitors. It also has a gentle 3800R curve, meaning the arc has the same radius as a circle with a 3800-millimeter circumference. That curvature is the same as the gaming-oriented LG 34UC89G (3800R), while other curved gaming monitors often have a significantly steeper arc, such as the Alienware AW3418DW (1900R) or the Samsung CHG70 (1800R). The result is just enough curvature to make the ultrawide display easy to see even at the edges, with optimal visibility. The Dell P3418HW’s stand, on the other hand, is all about function. The pillar design has a hole in the center for basic cable management, but the square base and dull gray color aren’t likely to turn heads. What it lacks in looks it makes up for in functionality. Height can be adjusted from 16.8 to 21.5 inches; tilt ranges from minus 5 degrees to 21 degrees; and it can be swiveled horizontally 30 degrees in either direction. The only thing it can’t do is pivot, but curved screens don’t lend themselves to use in portrait mode, so it’s not really an issue. Ports and Interface On the back of the Dell P3418HW, you’ll find two HDMI inputs, a DisplayPort connector, a mini DisplayPort connection, an audio output, one USB 3.0 upstream connection and two downstream USB 3.0 ports. An additional pair of USB 3.0 ports can be found on the left-hand side of the monitor housing. Navigating through the monitor’s menus and settings is fairly straightforward, thanks to a cluster of buttons on the underside of the bottom bezel. In addition to standard settings such as brightness, contrast and source selection, the on-screen display lets you cycle through a number of preset color modes (Standard, Comfort View, Movie, Game, Color Temperature, and Custom). Most notable of these is Comfort View, which reduces blue-light emissions to alleviate eyestrain. The P3418HW also boasts Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes, which let you connect two separate PCs – such as a desktop and laptop – and use the single display much as you would a pair of monitors. MORE: This 4K OLED Monitor is Completely Portable and Absolutely Stunning Audio The monitor is also equipped with built-in speakers, a pair of 9 watt speakers that delivered more than enough sound to fill a small office, and even produced a fair amount of bass. Listening to Daft Punk’s “Around the World,” there was a decent amount of bumping bassline, while the band’s “Give Life Back to Music” played with a clarity that made it easy to make out the subtle chimes in the song’s intro. Performance Using the Dell P3418HW for work showed me how useful an ultrawide display is for productivity. The large display made it easy to work on documents and conduct research using side-by-side windows, while still leaving room for interoffice chat in a window off to one side. The size of the display meant that there was no need to zoom or re-center documents to keep all of the text readable on the page. It’s especially good for viewing large spreadsheets and multiple documents. A spreadsheet that would normally require horizontally scrolling through two or three screens to view all the data can be viewed in full, thanks to the wide 21:9 aspect ratio of the 34-inch display. Color quality was also quite good. YouTube videos of brightly lit beaches and colorfully feathered parrots popped with vibrant color, but never looked oversaturated. Shades of gray managed to blend smoothly but still be distinct, and the brightness of the LED backlit panel was great. My only real issue with the display is its resolution. While 2560 x 1080 resolution is fine for word processing and web browsing, I would have appreciated the sharper resolution and improved readability of a WQHD or 4K display when working with densely packed spreadsheets. And while the P3418HW isn’t marketed as a gaming monitor – it has a nice 60Hz refresh rate, but lacks the speedy response times we’d recommend for serious gamers – we did test it with a handful of games. Grand Theft Auto V made it obvious that the P3418HW wasn’t a monitor made for gaming. At almost all settings, the game was choppy, stuttering as I moved around. Despite this, color quality was quite good and the brightness of the display made it easy to see everything on screen, whether it was a shootout in broad daylight or a car chase through the dark night. Injustice 2 looks great even at full-HD resolution, but without HDR, the game looks flatter and less vibrant than it does on HDR-equipped monitors, like the Samsung C32HG70. Elements like neon signs and burning flames are bright, but they don’t glow. Lab Testing All of my observations were confirmed by our instrumental testing, performed with a Klein K10-A colorimeter. Average brightness was 263.8 nits, which is lower than the 300 nits claimed by Dell, but it’s not far off from what we’ve seen on the Alienware AW3410DW (270 nits). Compared with HDR-capable displays that ramp up the brightness for higher dynamic range, like the Samsung CHG70 (364.8 nits, up to 600 nits in HDR mode), it’s not so impressive. That said, it’s more than adequate for office work and even some graphics work. Color accuracy on the Dell P3418HW is quite good, with a Delta-E rating of 0.08 (closer to 0 is better). Even calibrated gaming monitors will sometimes do worse – the Alienware AW3410DW (0.2) and the the LG 34UC89G (1.08) both fared worse, and even the best cheap monitors rarely do better than 0.10. MORE: 11 Cheap Monitors (Under $150) Ranked from Best to Worst It also has a decent color gamut, reproducing 129 percent of the sRGB color spectrum. That is slightly better than both the the Alienware AW3418DW (127.2 percent) and the LG 34UC89G (126 percent). Bottom Line In the end, the Dell P3418HW is a solid office monitor that is especially good for anyone who works with multiple documents or extra-large spreadsheets, but its color support and good looks also make it a good display for more visual uses, like watching video and editing multimedia. I can grumble about the full-HD resolution, and the lack of fancy video features like HDR or gaming-grade response times, but these are only quibbles. If you want higher resolution on a similar style display, Dell’s own UltraSharp U3415W ramps up the resolution to 3440 x 1440. It’s an older model, and you won’t get the slim bezels offered on the more current P-Series model in our review, but it’s a worthwhile alternative at a similar price. As for the P3418HW, it’s well-suited for its intended purpose, which is getting things done in an office setting. Credit: Laptop Magby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoCNN International for ANAWhy Tennis Pundits Are Tipping This WomanCNN International for ANAUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndo 34 Display Size Ports Docking Port 2560 x 1080 HDMI Weight Specifications Ports Number of HDMI Ports Advertisement Refresh Rate Ports Ports Ports 15 lbs. 3.5mm audio jacklast_img read more

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The fate of thousands of Cuban migrants will be determined at a

first_imgForeign ministers from across Central America, Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador are set to meet in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Tuesday to hammer out an action plan for an estimated 3,000 Cuban migrants blocked from entering Nicaragua on their way to the United States. Cuba was invited to participate but had yet to confirm on Monday.Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González, along with Immigration Director Kathya Rodríguez, will travel to San Salvador Tuesday morning to meet with counterparts at an airport Quality Inn to hash out a plan for what to do with the thousands of Cubans stuck at the Costa Rican-Nicaragua border since Nov. 15.“This is not just a problem for Costa Rica or even Central America – it’s a problem for all the countries on this migratory corridor,” González said during a news conference Monday.Costa Rica has proposed a “humanitarian corridor” through Central American that would allow the migrants — who are arriving in Costa Rica at a rate of nearly 300 daily – to pass freely through the region with temporary transit visas. González said Costa Rica would present this option but was open to hearing solutions from other countries.Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez has yet to confirm his attendance at the meeting Tuesday but previously had met with representatives from Nicaragua and Ecuador.“I hope – and not naively – that these contacts between Cuba and Ecuador and Cuba and Nicaragua could facilitate a possible solution, what with the influence Cuba has with Nicaragua,” González said.Cuban migrants have been leaving the island in exponentially larger numbers during the last several years and especially this year, amid loosened travel restrictions and fears that rapprochement between the U.S. and the island’s government could lead to a change in the “wet-foot, dry-foot” policy. Under current U.S. law, Cubans who reach U.S. soil can declare asylum and apply for permanent residency after one year.After facing a first migrant overflow on its southern border with Panama, Costa Rica started issuing seven-day transit visas for Cuban migrants with the intention that they would quickly pass through Costa Rica and on to Nicaragua. On Monday, Casa Presidencial announced that the visas would be extended to 15 days.Besides extending the temporary visas for Cuban migrants, Costa Rica has continued to establish shelters, provide food, water, health care and even music and other forms of entertainment for the waylaid migrants. According to the National Emergency Commission, 1,996 Cubans are staying in 11 different shelters in La Cruz, Upala and Liberia, in northern Costa Rica. Another three have been set up in anticipation of 470 more migrants. Costa Rica renueva visa temporal a migrantes cubanos por 15 días más. Personal de Migración facilita este proceso. pic.twitter.com/A59z9yURBa— Casa Presidencial CR (@presidenciacr) November 24, 2015 Foreign Minister González said he is cautiously optimistic about the meeting but that the “humanitarian crisis” must be resolved as soon as possible.“All of these countries have been aware of this problem for years, have signed documents and resolutions. But this has stayed on paper, not in actions,” González said. “The time has arrived.” Facebook Commentscenter_img Related posts:President Solís, church leaders discuss Cuban migrant crisis Cuban migrants spend a month in camps as regional leaders fail to reach solution Central American countries agree to safe passage for Cuban migrants marooned in Costa Rica Costa Rica declares ‘success’ after first airlift of Cuban migrantslast_img read more

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Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The Cardinals, who enter Thursday night’s nationally-televised game as one of only three unbeaten teams in the league, have clear areas for improvement in this game. Of course, the running game has been an issue for Arizona. Despite their 4-0 record, the Cardinals rank 29th in the NFL in rushing (68.0 yards per game). After giving up eight sacks in their win over Miami, the Cardinals are tied for 30th in the league in that category.In addition to the challenge of improving in those areas this Thursday against the St. Louis Rams, Whisenhunt is concerned with the truncated preparation schedule. “There’s a fine line between doing enough to get prepared and also making sure you give (the players) enough rest, because the game will be on us fast,” he said.To make things even more interesting for the Cardinals is the fact that they’re the road team.“The biggest challenge is us having to fly, I think,” wide receiver Andre Roberts said. “For us and St. Louis, we both have two days to prepare, or three days if you count Wednesday, but we’re the ones flying, so that’s probably the biggest challenge for us.”Roberts’ comments seem to have at least some validity. Road teams are 17-27 in Thursday night contests since they became a regular part of the schedule in 2006. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Defensive end Calais Campbell doesn’t seem to think the change in the calendar is a big deal.“Usually by the time Thursday comes, I’m ready for the game to be here already,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Top Stories The last time the Arizona Cardinals played on a Thursday, it was pretty much a debacle from start to finish.Brian Westbrook scored three first-half touchdowns and four total as the Philadelphia Eagles completely embarrassed the Cardinals 48-20 on Thanksgiving night, 2008.“I hope we do better a better job this time, it didn’t go so well for us last time on Thursday night,” Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. “We’ve got a schedule that we feel pretty good about, so the challenge for us is working on things that we need to improve on.”last_img read more

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McCready to chair Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education

first_img Categories: McCready News 16Jan McCready to chair Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education Legislator to serve as vice chair of appropriations subcommittees for Human Services, Licensing and Regulatory ReformState Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, this week was appointed to chair the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education in the 98th Legislature.“Balancing a multi-billion dollar budget is no simple feat, but I’m eager to assist the process in my appropriations roles,” McCready said. “Properly and responsibly funding important aspects of state government is always a challenge, but I am prepared to work with my colleagues to make the best decisions for Michigan.”The second-term Oakland County lawmaker will also serve as vice chair of the appropriations subcommittees on the Department of Human Services and the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Reform. The representative will serve on the House Committee on Appropriations and as a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Police.In addition to his appropriations positions, McCready will be a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.“Making our roads safe for Michigan families and reliable for our state’s economy has always been a top priority of mine,” McCready said. “I hope to continue the work we began last term to truly reform road funding in the Great Lakes State.”Michiganders of the 40th District are welcome to contact McCready’s legislative office in Lansing by phone at 517-373-8670, via email at MikeMcCready@house.mi.gov or through his website at RepMcCready.com.###last_img read more

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