first_imgThe Australian Touch Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the following Constituent Bodies and Regions have been issued with a Permit to compete at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour from 2005 through to 2007. 1. Tropical Cyclones (North Queensland Touch Association) 2. Queensland Country Rustlers (CQ, South West and Suncoast Touch Associations) 3. Brisbane City Cobras 4. Gold Coast Sharks 5. NSWTA-Northern Eagles 6. NSWTA-Hunter/Western Hornets 7. NSWTA-Sydney Mets 8. NSWTA-Sydney Scorpions 9. NSWTA-Sydney Rebels 10. NSWTA-Southern Suns 11. Australian Capital Territory Touch Association 12. Crusaders (South Australia, Tasmania and Victorian Touch Associations) 13. Barbarians (Western Australia and Northern Territory) The dates for the National Touch are yet to be finalised and are due to be released by the 14 May 2004. Jon Pratt Event Manager- ATAlast_img read more

Spiral Groove’s Revolution Turntable Turns Heads

first_imgIt’s a pretty great time to be a vinyl enthusiast. Not only has there been a resurgence in how many new releases are shipping on vinyl, but also in the relative quality of turntables, many of which can be had surprisingly cheap. The Spiral Groove Revolution would never be called cheap by anyone, no matter their income bracket, but with its eye-catching looks and forward-thinking engineering, it’s hard not to stare and dream.Designed to deliver what Spiral Groove calls “ultra-high-end” performance, the Revolution turntable does not spare any expense when it comes to the materials used or the build process. The turntable features a three-layer body made from aluminum and Delrin, which the company says makes for a solid build, but a less resonant platform.Unlike some of the relatively plain designs found in many modern turntables, the Revolution takes a different approach. The look is not retro, nor is it modern. Instead, the look is a combination of both, making it look like some vision of future tech from a 1950s-era sci-fi movie.The platter on which the record sits uses a Delrin top plate and aluminum bottom plate, along with a number of damping technologies used to reduce mechanical vibration. This includes Spiral Groove’s Strange Attractor isolation feet, which help to decouple the turntable from the surface it sits on, protecting against needle jumps from heavy footfalls and other heavy vibrations.When it comes to actually playing the record, a low-voltage / low-torque AC synchronous motor is attached to a one-piece motor mount that is decoupled from the rest of the turntable, making for quiet playback. The platter spins on an inverted sapphire disc / hardened steel bearing, the same used in Spiral Groove’s flagship SG 1.2 turntable. Playback speed is electronically switchable between 33-1/3 and 45 rpm.The Spiral Groove Revolution is available now and sells for a suggested retail price of $18,000. You will still need a tonearm, which is sold separately. The company offers the Centroid universal tonearm, which it says is a perfect match for the Revolution. For more information, visit the Spiral Groove website. Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide last_img read more

September CraveTV™ Highlights Jim Carreys new SHOWTIME comedy series KIDDING SNATCH Season

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook @CraveTVCanada@CraveTV_PRCraveTVCanadacravetvcanada SHOWTIME SERIES, DOCUMENTARIES & SPECIALS:KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 1 (September 9 @ 10 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 7 (September 16 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 2 (September 16 @ 10 p.m. ET)CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS (September 21 at @ 8 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 8 (September 23 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 3 (September 23 @ 10 p.m. ET)THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, Season 3B, Episode 9 (September 30 @ 8 p.m. ET)KIDDING, Season 1, Episode 4 (September 30 @ 10 p.m. ET)SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA:THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION, Season 6 (September 14)WORTH WATCHING:THE BIG BANG THEORY, Season 7 (September 1)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 1-7 (September 4)CASTLE ROCK, Season 1, Episode 9 (September 5 at 10 p.m. ET)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 8-12 (September 11)CASTLE ROCK, Season 1, Episode 10 *Season Finale* (September 12 at 10 p.m. ET)SNATCH, Season 2 (September 14)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 13-17 (September 18)THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Season 32, Episodes 18-22 (September 25)#ICRAVEFRIDAYS:THE GOLDBERGS, Season 5 (September 7)BLUE BLOODS, Season 8 (September 7)ARROW, Season 6 (September 14)BLINDSPOT, Season 3 (September 14)DAVID LYNCH: THE ART LIFE (September 14)MASTERCHEF, Season 9 (September 21)DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, Season 3 (September 21)CLINICA DE MIGRANTES (September 28)THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW, Season 2B (September 28)LAST CHANCE PROGRAMMING:MAYDAY, Season 9 (September 7)SPUN OUT, Season 1 (September 14)MASTERCHEF, Season 8 (September 20)BRAVE NEW GIRLS, Season 1 (September 28)KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK (September 30)$100,000 PYRAMID, Season 2 (September 30)COMING SOON:RAY DONOVAN, Season 6ESCAPE AT DANNEMORASocial Media links LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: Advertisement This month on CraveTV: from SHOWTIME, the new dark comedy KIDDING premieres and THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH returns with new episodes; starring Rupert Grint, Season 2 of the CraveTV Original SNATCH begins streaming; new episodes of CASTLE ROCK; CraveTV introduces new episodes of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, the first ongoing daytime series to join the service; and more.New series, documentaries, and specials that begin streaming in September include:Jim Carrey returns in his first series-regular role in more than two decades when the new half-hour comedy series KIDDING debuts on Sunday, 9 at 10 p.m. ET. Created by Dave Holstein and executive produced by Michel Gondry (who directed Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Carrey stars as Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy-tale, fable, or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The series also stars Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, and Judy Greer.Also from SHOWTIME: the groundbreaking political documentary series THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE WILDEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH, which pulls back the curtain on the Trump era of presidential politics, returns with nine new episodes beginning Sunday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET, just in time for the U.S. mid-term elections; and the new documentary CRADLE OF CHAMPIONS, which follows three young people as they battle to change their lives through competing in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament, debuts on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.Season 2 of crime-drama series SNATCH joins CraveTV’s Originals Collection beginning Friday, Sept. 14 with all 10 episodes dropping at once. Starring and executive produced by Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), and loosely based on the wildly popular film of the same name, Season 2 sees the Hills run afoul of a local kingpin after settling in the fictional coastal town of San Toledo. Finding themselves pressed into the malevolent crime boss’ service, just surviving takes every ounce of skill and daring they have. But outsmarting their enemies and taking over the town for their own is something only the Hills are savvy and daring enough to pull off.New episodes of the psychological-horror series CASTLE ROCK continue to stream Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, concurrently with their linear broadcast on Space, with the season finale set for  Sept. 12. The critically acclaimed series was recently renewed for a second season.CraveTV presents the iconic daytime series THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Weekly, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 4, the previous week’s episodes of the daily soap opera will be added to the service. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, now in its 31st Season, is the most-watched dramatic serial in the world. The Emmy Award-winning drama is set against the glittering backdrop of Beverly Hills and the American fashion industry.Following its broadcast run, Season 6 of CTV’s original reality competition series THE AMAZING RACE CANADA: HEROES EDITION begins streaming Friday, Sept. 14. Celebrating the heroes among us, the new season features advocates, coaches, elite athletes, first responders, mentors, Mounties, navy sailors, retired air force pilots, and volunteers as they push themselves out of their comfort zones in a non-stop, action-packed adventure.On Saturday, Sept. 1, CraveTV adds Season 7 of THE BIG BANG THEORY, Canada’s most-watched series for eight straight years, to the service. The comedy follows brilliant but socially inept physicists Leonard and Sheldon and their free-spirited neighbour Penny who aims to teach them a thing or two about life.In addition to titles listed above, #iCraveFridays continues in September with: Season 5 of THE GOLDBERGS and Season 8 of BLUE BLOODSon Sept. 7; Season 3 of BLINDSPOT and Season 6 of ARROW on Sept. 14; Season 3 of DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and Season 9 of MASTERCHEF on Sept. 21; and Season 2B of THE JIM JEFFRIES SHOW and HBO Documentary CLINICA DE MIGRANTES on Sept. 28.Additional information about CraveTV’s September lineup is outlined below. Program assets including episode synopses and images are available at BellMedia.ca/pr. Twitterlast_img read more

Trudeau departs China without securing commitment start to free trade talks

first_imgGUANGZHOU, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed China on Thursday without securing the start of free trade talks with the world’s second-largest economy, but said Canadians need to lower their expectations about just how quick that will happen.Trudeau said differences need to be addressed on how Canada deals with China’s state-owned enterprises. Separately, he also said he is committed to standing up for Canadian values in a “respectful way,” including protecting the interests of Canadians behind bars.“Canadians should be under no illusions that a free trade deal with China will be easy,” Trudeau told reporters before returning to Canada after a four-day visit.Before agreeing to formally start talks, the government wants China to agree to a broad framework that will incorporate its so-called progressive trade agenda, which would formally place the environment, labour, gender and governance issues on the bargaining table.Trudeau acknowledged that the two countries have a lot of work to do to “interface” their different systems in a way that is “mutually beneficial” — a phrase the Chinese are fond of using. He said the two countries have already had good success in partnering on the environment.Trudeau suggested that getting China to agree to other parts of his progressive agenda isn’t an insurmountable challenge.“Trade has been an essential element in their success in lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into the global middle class.”International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne stayed behind in Beijing to continue discussions over the last two days while Trudeau travelled south to China’s industrial heartland to attend the Fortune Global Forum, a major gathering of international chief executives, which Canada will host next year.Champagne was due to return to Canada on Thursday with Trudeau, leaving the trade discussions stalled at the exploratory phase.“There was good progress made and we expect that work to continue in the weeks ahead,” said his spokesman Joe Pickerill.Trudeau acknowledged that difficult talks lie ahead in addressing concerns when Chinese state-owned companies try to buy Canadian firms.The government faced criticism for allowing the takeover of Norsat by Chinese-based Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. without a full national security review. Vancouver-based Norsat makes radio systems and transceivers used by the American military and other NATO partners.And it is now weighing a proposal by a Chinese firm to buy the Canadian construction company, Aecon, which has been involved in landmark projects like the CN Tower.“As a socialist economy, China has a significant role for public ownership of enterprises that is simply characteristic of their approach,” Trudeau said.He future discussions would “reflect on the challenges, the opportunities, the advantages, the inconvenience when two systems that are different try to collaborate so we can create benefits for both groups of citizens.”Trudeau said he didn’t back down from raising consular cases in his meetings with Chinese leaders, including the detention of two British Columbia winery owners involved in a customs dispute.Trudeau said he pays closer attention to consular cases than past prime ministers — perhaps, he said, “because I spent a lot of time backpacking around the world when I was younger.”The prime minister also reiterated his support for a free press when asked about a scathing Chinese newspaper editorial that chastised the media travelling with him for unfair coverage of their country.“You play an essential role: a challenge function, an information function,” he said. “That is a perspective shared by many and it’s one that I am very happy to repeat today.”But he demurred when asked what he thought of China banning access to websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others.“In Canada, we have a different history, a different approach on a broad range of things, and we will continue to stand for the way we do things, and work with people who do things differently.”As Trudeau travelled back to Canada, analysts were underwhelmed by what he accomplished in China.“The visit seemed strangely unprepared,” said Wendy Dobson, co-director of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, who called the trip “a missed opportunity to deepen the relationship and diversify our markets.”Paul Evans, an Asia expert at the University of British Columbia, said the trip was “successful in the minimalist sense” because it managed to fulfil a commitment by both sides to hold a leaders’ meeting each year.Wenran Jiang, director of the Canada-China Energy and Environment Forum, said the delay in formally starting the talks “will only further convince the Chinese side that Canada can’t get anything done.”“We can’t build a pipeline to the west coast when every reason is there to get it done,” he added.“We are a country of complacency, without pressure to compete with others; we tend to think we have all the high moral grounds on gender, environment, labour while others are inferior to us.”Despite the differences on trade, Trudeau was warmly welcomed by President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing, as well as various other Chinese officials. And the prime minister returned the sentiment, repeatedly referring to how influential his travels 22 years ago as a student backpacker had been on him.His continued affinity for China appeared undiminished on his last day as he toured a 19th Century temple and witnessed a traditional lion dance by six dancers energetically flailing in three separate red costumes.Before performing a traditional eye-dotting ritual on the costumed head of one of the dancers at the Chen Clan Academy, one of his Chinese hosts declared:“We will awaken the lions.”last_img read more

Moroccos ONSSA Warns of Bacteria Affecting Olive Trees

Rabat – The Moroccan National Health Security Office of Food (ONSSA) warns of a bacteria called “Xylella fastidiosa” which affects more than 350 plant species.  “Raising awareness among all the stakeholders concerned, as well as strengthening national technical capacities in the diagnosis and control of this plant disease.”, said the office in a statement. The office also warns against the introduction of any plants to Morocco without the necessary phytosanitary documents. ONSSA has set specific conditions and guidelines for importing plants susceptible to the bacteria to the country: plants likely to harbor the bacteria are not allowed for import from the countries in which the”Xylella fastidiosa” disease has been reported. “Xylella fastidiosa” mainly affect olive trees, however, the bacteria can include a variety of other host plants.Read also: ONSSA to Compensate Farmers for Cattle Losses from Foot, Mouth DiseaseAccording to the according to the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization EPPO: “Globally, the main economic hosts are grapevine (Vitis vinifera, V. labrusca, V. riparia), citrus (Citrus spp., Fortunella), almond (Prunus dulcis), olive (Olea europaea), peach (P. persica), coffee (Coffea spp.)”Plants susceptible to ‘Xylella fastidiosa’ “may be authorized for importation from countries where the disease of this bacterium has been declared, but only from the uninfected regions”, according to ONSSA official website. A few days ago ONSSA ordered the destruction of dozens of mint fields for the use of “unlicensed” pesticides and high levels of unapproved chemicals following a national study. read more

US Report on Religious Freedom Cites Moroccos Efforts to Promote Interfaith

Rabat – The US State Department released its 2018 report on religious freedom. The report cites Morocco’s efforts in promoting peace and interfaith dialogue between all citizens of the three Abrahamic religions.Coexistence and interfaith dialogue aim to promote tolerance among all religions for unity and prosperity.The report starts by outlining how the Moroccan constitution guarantees all citizens the freedom to “practice” their religious affairs. The report also explores the challenges that face religious minorities in the North African country whose constitution stipulates that Islam is the religion of the state.The US State Department quotes Christian citizens, community leaders, and activists who claimed that they face pressure from “non-Christian family and friends to convert to Islam or renounce their Christian faith.”Constitutionally, Morocco only recognizes Sunni Islam and Judaismas native religions. Moroccan law does not tolerate conversion to Christianity from Islam.Read Also: Figures of Islam, Judaism and Christianity Celebrate Tolerance and Peace in RabatThe US religious freedom report emphasizes that Morocco’s law “penalizes anyone who ‘employs enticements to undermine the faith’ or convert a Muslim to another faith.”Conversion to  Christianity is criminalized within Moroccan law. Those charged face a sentence ranging between six months to three years in prison, in addition to fine of MAD 200 to 500 ($21 to $52).The law also  provides the right to try in court suspects accused of incitement to undermine someone’s faith.  “Voluntary conversion is not a crime under the law,” says the report, adding that the law “permits the government to expel summarily any noncitizen resident it determines to be ‘a threat to public order,’ and the government has used this clause on occasion to expel foreigners suspected of proselytizing.”Extremism, a red lineThe  report also explains Morocco’s efforts to counter extremism, recalling that the country issued textbooks aiming to fight extremism.“The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs (MEIA) continued to guide and monitor the content of sermons in mosques, Islamic religious education, and the dissemination of Islamic religious material by broadcast media, actions it said were intended to combat violent extremism,” according to the report.A global and regional counterterrorism leader, Morocco has been involved in several international bodies to fight extremism and religion-based violence.Coexistence Morocco has continued to prove its commitment towards peace and prosperity among all citizens of every faith.The US report recalls King Mohammed VI’s speeches  in which the monarch emphasized his approach of coexistence between all religions in Morocco.The State Department’s report highlights King Mohammed VI’s speech during the second International Conference on Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue, held in Fez from September 10 to 12, 2018.“King Mohammed VI delivered remarks underscoring the tradition of coexistence in Morocco between Muslims and Jews and openness to other religions,” according to the report.“My country is sending a strong signal, reflecting its determination to set off a new dynamic – one that would enable us to pave the way, together, for innovative pathways to ensure respect for cultural and religious diversity as well as a common commitment to the virtues of dialogue and respect for others,” King Mohammed VI said in his speech.The US department reports that there are currently a significant number of Jews and Christians living in Morocco.The  report estimates that between 3,000 to 3,500  Jews live in Morocco, and between 2,000 and 6, 000 Christians are spread across the country.The Moroccan Association of Human Rights Report for 2017-2018, however estimates that there are 25,000 Christians across the country.The report also quotes Moroccan Shia Muslim leaders, emphasizing that there are an estimated 1,000 to 2,000 foreign-resident Shia from Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.Shia citizens claim that they face pressure from the government, according to the report.“Local Christian and Shia leaders reported the government detained and questioned some Christian and Shia citizens about their beliefs and contacts with other Christians and Shias.  Christian and Shia Muslim citizens also stated their fear of government and societal harassment led to their decision to practice their faiths discreetly.” Morocco promotes interfaith dialogueThe text recalls how the Moroccan government allows  Jewish and Christian schools, run by private institutions, the choice to either include or exclude Sunni Islam, or even to entirely exclude religious instruction. It also explains that private Jewish schools may teach Judaism.The report also comments on the signing of a cooperation in May 2018 between the Archives of Morocco and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) to facilitate the sharing of documentation on Jewish history in Morocco.The US Statement Department makes mention of King Mohammed VI’s message to the UN roundtable on the “Power of Education in Preventing Racism and Discrimination: The Case of Anti-Semitism” held on September 26, 2018.During the event, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani conveyed King Mohammed VI’s message to the participants, underscoring Morocco’s preservation of synagogues.“Anti-semitism is the antithesis of freedom of expression. It implies a denial of the other and is an admission of failure, inadequacy and an inability to coexist,” said King Mohammed VI. read more

UN envoy condemns assassination of Somalias interior minister

The minister, Abdishakur Sheik Hassan Farah, who also held the national security portfolio, was killed in an apparent suicide attack in his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, yesterday.“This attack must be condemned by all those who want to see Somalia back on track to peace and security,” said Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia “The violent minority who carry out such vicious attacks must not be allowed to disrupt the ongoing peace process.”Dr. Mahiga conveyed his deep condolences to the bereaved family and to the Transitional Federal Government and wished all those injured in the attack quick recovery.The United Nations is striving to help Somalia restore peace and stability after more two decades of lawlessness and factional warfare that has dogged the country since the collapse in 1991 of the administration led by the late Muhammad Siad Barre. 11 June 2011The United Nations envoy for Somalia today expressed shock over the assassination of the country’s Interior Minister and condemned the murder, saying that the violent minority must not be allowed to torpedo the peace process. read more

Budget final vote set for April 4th

The 2019 Appropriation Bill will be presented to Parliament on February 5th. The final vote for the 2019 budget is set to take place on April 4th, the Finance Ministry announced today.The Budget proposal for the 2019 fiscal year will be presented to Parliament on the 5th of March.

Columbus Police sting operation led to Adolphus Washington solicitation citation

OSU senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington speaks to the media during Big Ten Media Days in Chicago in July 2015. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Assistant Sports EditorNewly released court documents show it was a Columbus Division of Police sting operation that led to the citation of senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.Washington was charged and released by the Columbus Police Vice Squad Unit on Wednesday night with a first-degree misdemeanor charge of solicitation for prostitution. The incident took place at the Extended Stay America hotel in Worthington, Ohio.An affidavit filed Friday by Columbus Police stated Washington first contacted an officer who was acting as a “decoy prostitute” in response to an ad posted by detectives on the classified advertising website Backpage.com.The advertisement was posted in the “escorts” section, stating “New to Columbus, Experience the Best.”Washington called the officer with a request to visit and asked for the address, before following up with a text message just after 10 p.m., according to the document. Washington texted again about 20 minutes later, stating he had arrived at the hotel.At 10:36 p.m., Washington entered the hotel room, where the decoy asked how long Washigton intended to visit, to which he responded, “a short stay.”The officer told Washington that a visit of that length would cost $60. However, after the officer stated she did not have change for Washington’s $100, Washington began to negotiate, asking, “Well, what will $100 get me?”The officer responded that $100 would pay for a one-hour visit. Washington agreed to the new price before placing his cash on the hotel dresser.The officer then offered Washington ”some head.” Upon agreeing to receive fellatio, Washington was detained by detectives, according to the document.OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that Washington has been suspended for the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame. The game was scheduled to be Washington’s last with the Buckeyes.In a statement issued Thursday afternoon, Washington expressed remorse for his actions.“I want to sincerely apologize to my family, to coach Meyer and the coaching staff, to my teammates and my friends for my lack of judgement (Wednesday) night and for my actions that I truly regret. I have wanted to be a high-character teammate, a contributor to the success of this program and, most importantly, someone my family can be proud of,” he said in the statement. “I am extremely disappointed in myself, and I can honestly say I will learn from my mistake and I will accept the consequences that deservedly will come my way. And I hope that people will know that I am truly sorry and that I sincerely do apologize.”Washington’s arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 17.Wednesday’s citation was the second in less than two months for the Buckeyes, as redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett was cited for operating a vehicle while intoxicated early in the morning of Oct. 31. read more

A true Braille watch seeks funding on Kickstarter

first_imgIf you are blind or visually impaired, even the simplest task such as checking the time on your watch can be cumbersome and sometimes inaccurate. Current solutions include a watch which flips open to allow the wearer to feel numbers in Braille on the face of the watch in conjunction with its hands. A more accurate solution is a digital watch which announces the time, but it’s not practical in many situations and could disturb those around the wearer.That’s why David Chavez, an award winning product designer in San Francisco, has come up with the Haptica Braille Watch. The watch simply lists four numbers in Braille which will allow the wearer to know the time discretely and with better accuracy. Since the watch allows the wearer to check the time so discretely, it is even being marketed to those who are not blind or sight impaired since it only requires knowing how to read the numbers 0-9 in Braille.Chavez hopes to raise $150,000 through Kickstarter by March 4th to get the Haptica Braille Watch developed, sourced and ready for sale. Those who donate $25 will receive a t-shirt with a raised Braille print graphic on it and a special numeric Braille wristband so the wearer can practice reading the numbers on the watch. $250 or more will also get you an actual Hapitca Braille Watch while $500 or more gets you the watch and one or more donated to a charity for the blind. Contributors who donate $5,000 and up will also get a signed copy of the Why Design Now? exhibit catalog which features the watch.Read more at KickstarterKickstarter WristbandKickstarter WristbandKickstarter T Shirtscreen-captureBrian’s OpinionI’m a big fan of this watch design for two reasons. First, it has the potential of enhancing the lives of those who are blind and visually impaired in a big way. Second, it is not only beneficial to the blind and visually impaired, but for the able-sighted as well. That’s a great connection to have, especially since able-sighted wearers need to learn Braille to use the watch.I’m really surprised someone hasn’t though of this watch previously. Perhaps they have, but the technology didn’t exist or they didn’t have the vision to see it through like David Chavez seems to be able to do. Of course, Chavez can’t do it on his own, he needs the help of those who also share his vision.Unlike a new iPad case or iPod nano watch accessory, there is a greater good when it comes to making this Braille watch a reality. Let’s all do what we can to move it forward.last_img read more

Colorations pour cheveux des risques pour la santé

first_imgColorations pour cheveux : des risques pour la santé ?Dans son dernier numéro, le magazine 60 millions de consommateurs a de nouveau tiré la sonnette d’alarme en réitérant ses tests sur les produits de coloration pour cheveux. La majorité contient toujours des substances potentiellement toxiques.Sur les 18 teintures capillaires analysées par 60 millions de consommateurs, 17 contiennent des substances potentiellement toxiques. C’est ce que révèle le numéro d’avril du magazine, qui a décidé de tester une nouvelle fois les produits de coloration dont la composition inquiète depuis plusieurs années.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Si ces teintures assurent sans aucun doute une bonne coloration, le “problème majeur provient des substances potentiellement toxiques” qu’elles contiennent, indique le magazine qui précise également qu’au cours des tests, il a “recensé jusqu’à 15 ingrédients préoccupants dans une seule référence”. Parmi ces substances, sont particulièrement cités l’ammoniaque, le paraphénylènediamine (PPD), le formaldéhyde, le toluène-2,5-diamine-sulfate ou encore le 2,2-methylènebis-4-aminophenol HCl. Les effets secondaires majeurs sont des réactions allergiques dont le risque varie en fonction des individus. Mais le magazine évoque également “un effet mutagène potentiel au delà d’une certaine concentration” alors que le formaldéhyde est déjà reconnu comme cancérigène.Cela fait plus de six ans que l’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) reçoit “un nombre croissant de déclarations d’effets indésirables consécutifs à la réalisation de teintures capillaires permanentes”. Si elle contrôle étroitement la composition de ces produits, elle a donc décidé d’émettre une série de recommandations concernant leur utilisation.D’une manière générale, l’Afssaps insiste sur le respect scrupuleux des consignes d’emploi des teintures (lien non disponible). Elle alerte de plus que les réactions allergiques peuvent apparaitre même si le produit mentionne sans ammoniaque ou sans PPD et si aucune réaction n’a été constatée lors d’une touche d’essai. Enfin, elle recommande de conserver l’emballage du produit au moins 1 mois, signalant qu’en cas d’allergies les informations qui y figurent peuvent être utiles.Le 29 mars 2011 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Commodity Classic Registration and Housing Now Open

first_imgCommodity Classic registration and housing reservations are now open online. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.The 20th annual farmer-focused, farmer-led event is scheduled for Feb. 26-28, 2015, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The convention center will house all Commodity Classic events, including the Opening Reception, General Session, Evening of Entertainment, Trade Show, Learning Center Sessions and What’s New Sessions.Commodity Classic hotels are within easy walking distance or provide complimentary shuttle services to and from the convention center. Full Commodity Classic registration includes:• Trade Show access, including lunch on Thursday and Friday and a mid-morning snack on Saturday• General Session• Educational Sessions, including Learning Centers, What’s New Sessions, Mini What’s New Sessions and Early Risers• NEW this year! Complimentary access following the conclusion of this year’s Commodity Classic until next year’s Commodity Classic to view recordings of the 2015 Learning Centers, Early Risers and What’s New sessions• ASA or NCGA banquet (based on space availability, and not guaranteed)• Evening of Entertainment• If you are a grower, grower-family member, media or state staff, full registration also includes the Opening ReceptionIf you are coming to Commodity Classic and plan to attend the ASA Awards Banquet, make sure to sign up soon, because it’s sure to sell out quickly. You can register for the banquet as part of your Commodity Classic registration process. Association banquets are included in full registration fee, based on first-come, first serve availability.The ASA Awards Banquet is Friday, Feb. 27 and begins at 6 p.m. This annual event celebrates the accomplishments of farmer-leaders and industry representatives, whose outstanding work benefits U.S. soybean farmers and the soybean industry. Sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto BioAg and United Soybean Board/Soy Checkoff, the banquet offers a night of dinner, awards and entertainment.Check out the 2015 Commodity Classic website for additional information.last_img read more

How to differentiate a pensions offering to attract talent

first_imgWorkplace pension provision has been transformed in the last few years as employers that previously have not offered pensions comply with the auto-enrolment regime. Where the scheme introduced the bare minimum, the homogeneity of contribution levels means employers must look to other features to differentiate their benefits in order to offer an attractive package to retain talented staff. In effect, contributions of 8% will eventually become the new zero.Few employers contribute more than the minimum to auto-enrolled schemes. In fact, the number of employers levelling down their contributions towards staff pensions has increased slightly, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Automatic-enrolment evaluation report 2015, published in November 2015, which reveals that the average amount saved per employee fell from £6,370 in 2012 to £4,673 in 2014. Partly, this reflects increased participation levels among lower earners, but the proportion of eligible savers experiencing some form of levelling down by their employers also rose slightly, from 6% before automatic-enrolment was introduced to 8% in 2014.Attractive retirement optionsHowever, stumping up higher contribution rates is not the only way to mark up a scheme. Some schemes offer the full raft of post-retirement freedoms. Around 50% of employers have chosen a multi-employer master trust rather than make their own arrangements, according to The Pensions Regulator’s Automatic-enrolment commentary and analysis, April 2014–March 2015, published in July 2015, and these schemes increasingly offer options at retirement such as income drawdown. Ken Anderson, Head of [defined contribution] DC Solutions at Xafinity, argues that it is prudent to offer post-retirement services because if members leave at retirement to go into a self-invested personal pension (Sipp) or income drawdown plan elsewhere, that arrangement will carry retail charges, as opposed to lower institutional charges, creating a tenfold increase in fees and some very unhappy pensioners.The battle can also be won on user-friendliness and compelling financial planning tools. For example, master trusts from Aon and Towers Watson include tools allowing members to aggregate all their pensions, and other savings such as individual savings accounts (Isas) that they may want to use for funding their retirement, and in this way to come up with creative strategies. Members also receive guidance on the most tax-efficient order in which to encash various investment holdings.Behavioural science techniquesIn communication terms, understanding of behavioural science is improving all the time. Mark Rowlands head of DC services at Mercer, says: “One of the reasons pensions communications fail is that people are hit by 2,500 marketing stimuli per day. We need to cut through the noise of too much information, and then empower people to take action.”He explains that Mercer is working with behavioural science expert Shlomo Benartzi to explore ways to overcome employee inertia. One central tenet is that any call to action must include an opportunity to sign on the dotted line there and then. If, on the other hand, employees attend a pension seminar and come out saying they need to increase their contributions, then unless they can sign up immediately, evidence suggests that six months down the line only 14% will have done so.Auto-escalation also works particularly well if employees are asked to agree to automatic increases in contributions in the month of January, something behavioural scientists call ‘fresh-start syndrome’. Individual communications on birthdays are similarly effective.Responsiveness also varies according to the time of day. Employees are typically more receptive to ideas in the afternoon compared with the morning when they often arrive at the workplace with a pre-set list of things to do.Improve pensions understandingTessa Wishart, senior consultant at Towers Watson, says: “There is so much in the press about pensions, but this does not mean people understand it. The job of employers is to help people get to grips with understanding pensions generally.”That includes hikes in the state pension age and other changes such as the disappearance of the ability to inherit a spouse’s state pension, which could come as a shock to women who have not built up a pot for themselves.“People need very simple steps, and not to be overwhelmed with information,” adds Wishart. “Pensions are not the number-one attraction that makes a person work for a specific [organisation] but if positioned as part of a deal and as part of the brand of an organisation, then employees will value it.”Employee perception of pensionsOthers have noticed a marked shift in perceptions about pensions as a benefit, however. Damian Stancombe, partner at Barnett Waddingham, says that a straw poll the firm conducted at a recent National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF – now the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association) event suggests that the standing of pensions for attracting and retaining staff has fallen back from its previous position as second only to holiday entitlement, as people now have ‘more here-and-now’ issues, such as debt and concern about keeping their jobs.Lee Hollingworth, head of DC consulting at Hymans Robertson, says: “A complete change in approach is required. The sooner it’s accepted that the majority of employees will never fully engage with their pension and make informed decisions, the sooner we can move on to an effective ‘help-me-do-it’ approach.”In this world, for example, investment funds would be selected on behalf of each member.Perhaps the industry is heading to a place where pension providers and consultants should give up trying to help members make informed decisions and actually make the decisions for them.Viewpoint: Pension changes present an opportunity for employers to engage staffMany employees are unconcerned about the value of their pension scheme, if they have a scheme at all, until they are close to retirement. Indeed, many employees are hard pressed to specify the benefits their workplace pension scheme offers.Two things are changing this situation. First, changes to the rules regarding when people can access their pension fund, which came into effect in April 2015. This means that from age 55 onwards people can get access to as much of their pension money as they like, when they want it.Second, the advent of auto-enrolment, making it compulsory for all employers to offer a pension scheme. The government has set minimum levels of contributions that must be paid to the workplace pension scheme by the employer and employee.These changes are a golden opportunity for employers to emphasise the benefits of a staff pension scheme at a time when the topic is constantly in the media. With the labour market tightening and good staff in short supply, a staff pension scheme will be viewed as a significant additional benefit. Such schemes may also prevent existing staff from leaving for other employment. This is particularly the case if the scheme provides benefits better than the auto-enrolment scheme.One message employers need to emphasise is with staff likely to be working until their 70s, pension contributions by an employee in their 20s have nearly 50 years to accumulate benefits. This is a compelling argument that employers need to make.Clive Lewis is head of enterprise at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Need to know:Pensions differentiation does not have to be all about contribution levels. The first step is to help employees understand the benefit.Master trusts can provide great tools and the complete panoply of post-retirement options.Behavioural science can be harnessed to improve pensions engagement, because employees are more receptive in certain environments.last_img read more

Alan Chambers MBE and DLA Piper to speak at Employee Benefits Connect

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Former royal marine and polar adventurer Alan Chambers MBE (pictured) will deliver the closing keynote address at Employee Benefits Connect 2018, while global law firm DLA Piper will discuss the future of performance.Concluding the conference programme on Wednesday 28 February 2018, Chambers’ closing keynote address, titled ‘The only limits are those of vision’, will focus on how employers can deliver authentic leadership when under pressure.Chambers will discuss the importance of innovation, highlighting why employers should embrace innovation as part of planning processes, and how reactive innovation that responds to changing plans is vital. Linked to this, Chambers will also comment on the need for individuals to remain flexible in order to refine projects and plans once they have been implemented.The keynote session will further explore team culture, demonstrating how leadership can be used to empower individuals, and how culture can be created around teams to allow all members to have input.Also confirmed to speak at Employee Benefits Connect 2018 are Jean Slater-Romp, head of compensation and benefits at DLA Piper, and Michelle Mason, head of talent at DLA Piper. They will present a session titled ‘Alexa, how can I manage performance in a disruptive world?’ as part of the performance conference stream.The session will explore the best ways to identify, manage and reward top talent, as well as analyse the role that technology and artificial intelligence will play in enabling an effective high-performing organisational culture. It will additionally offer practical advice on how employers can navigate the future of performance.Employee Benefits Connect 2018 will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018 at Park Plaza, Westminster, London.For more information or to book your place.last_img read more

Audi ETron charging plans in Europe are a little convoluted

first_img Transit Tariff Share your voice Basic fee News • 2019 Audi E-Tron SUV range and on-sale date released Audi E-Tron: Check out our first drive of this new EV.Jaguar I-Pace: For comparison’s sake, read up on the I-Pace, too. Audi E-Tron charging schemes 7.95 euro per charge 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 17.95 euro per month Tags 2019 Audi E-Tron basking in the desert sun Audi has unveiled its charging programs for the E-Tron SUV, its first full-production modern EV, but they’re not exactly straightforward, and while its fast chargers are pricey, it still appears cheaper than filling up with gas.There are two tiers of plan available — City Tariff and Transit Tariff. City Tariff is aimed at shorter-distance commuters, costing a base 4.95 euro (about $6) per month. It offers flat-rate charging for 22-kW AC charging and 50-kW DC charging, with the former costing 7.95 euro (about $9) per charging session and the latter costing 9.95 euro (about $11) per charging session. Transit Tariff offers the same flat charging rate for AC and DC, but its 17.95-euro (about $21) monthly base price also offers access to Ionity’s network of 150-kW fast chargers scattered about Europe. At the start of the program, E-Tron owners will only have to pay 8 euro (about $9) per charging session, but eventually it will switch to a rate of 0.33 euro (about 40 cents) per kWh. Thus, a full top-off of the E-Tron’s 95-kWh battery will eventually cost 31.35 euro (about $36) once the introductory pricing goes away.Here’s a chart that puts all that info in a somewhat more straightforward manner: AC charging (22 kW) N/A 9.95 euro per charge 8.00 euro per charge (for now) 0.33 euro per kWh (later) 4.95 euro per month 9.95 euro per charge 7.95 euro per charge 51 Photos More about 2019 Audi E-Tron Audi Electric Cars Luxury cars SUVs More From Roadshow City Tariff Things get a little more complicated from there. These figures only apply to chargers in Germany at the moment, due to what Audi calls “applicable legal calibration requirements.” However, the program promises access to infrastructure in 10 different countries to start, with six more to follow in the first quarter, finally expanding to eight additional markets in Eastern Europe over the next year or so. Chargers are accessed using an Audi charging card with NFC built in. To sweeten the deal and push users to the higher tier, E-Tron buyers get the first year’s worth of monthly fees waived if they opt for the Transit Tariff package.It’s a little expensive, but it’s still cheaper than a big ol’ tank of petrol. For example, an Audi Q5 SUV has a gas-tank capacity of approximately 75 liters. With gas in Germany costing approximately 1.5 euro (a little under $2) per liter, that would put a full tank of gas at 112.50 euro (about $130). Even if the E-Tron’s battery goes half the distance that a topped-off Q5 can, paying $72 sounds a lot better than paying $130. Under the introductory (per-charge) pricing, it’s even cheaper.Since Ionity’s fast-charging network only exists in Europe, we’ll likely see a vastly different charging structure when the E-Tron goes on sale in the US. It could partner with VW Group’s own Electrify America subsidiary, as Porsche did with the Taycan, but Audi has yet to confirm anything. DC charging (50 kW) Audi Jaguar 0 Post a comment Preview • 2019 Audi E-Tron: A worry-free, all-EV SUV 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Ionity charging (150 kW) 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

Disney Plus will discount a bundle with Hulu and ESPN Plus for

first_img Tags TV and Movies Digital Media Comments Everything we know about Disney Plus The original shows planned for Disney Plus include a big-budget Star Wars spinoff series, The Mandalorian. François Duhamel/Lucasfilm/Disney Plus Disney Plus, the $7-a-month streaming service coming from Disney in November, will be bundled at a discount with the company’s other streaming services: ESPN Plus and the ad-supported version of Hulu. Disney will combine all three subscriptions for $13 a month, CEO Bob Iger said Tuesday, a $5 discount on what you’d pay for the three services separately.That’s the same price as Netflix’s most popular plan in the US. (Iger said that’s a coincidence.) The bundle will be available in the US on Nov. 12, when Disney Plus is set to launch there. Disney also hinted Disney Plus would have reboots based on Fox franchises like Home Alone and Night at the Museum. Disney bought 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion earlier this year. Iger said Tuesday that Disney is interested in “reimagining” those franchises and others like Cheaper by the Dozen and Diary of a Wimpy Kid “for a new generation.” In another effect of its Fox takeover, Iger said Disney may create FX shows that premiere on Hulu but ultimately end up running on the traditional network.Disney Plus is one of the highest-profile examples of traditional Hollywood digging in to compete against streaming services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon and, soon, Apple. With tech giants pouring money into their own TV shows and movies and luring consumers away from traditional pay TV, Disney is aiming to pull all its content off other services and consolidate it with flashy original programs on its own service. When Disney announced its “initial” $7-a-month pricing for Disney Plus in April, the theater full of investors and analysts gasped at the low price. That’s half the cost of HBO Now and significantly less than Netflix’s most popular plan. At that April meeting and since, Disney said it planned to offer a discounted bundle for all three of its subscription services, but it hadn’t specified the price until Tuesday.Though Disney Plus is meant to be the streaming home for nearly all things Disney — such as Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars — ESPN Plus is designed to complement the company’s cash-cow sports network. By subscribing to ESPN Plus, you don’t unlock the same programming that ESPN’s channels have. Disney Plus plansIger said Disney will be revving up its marketing machine to campaign for Disney Plus later this month. “It’s going to be treated as the most important product that the company has launched … certainly during my tenure,” he said. People attending Disney’s biennial fan conference in Anaheim, D23, are going to be the first to sign up as subscribers. D23 opens Aug. 23. Iger also expects Disney will strike deals with distributors like Amazon and Apple that sell subscriptions to streaming services through a single bill, like Amazon Channels. Originally published Aug 6.Update, Aug. 7: With Netflix context. Now playing: Watch this:center_img Disney Fox Hulu Netflix Share your voice 20 1:29last_img read more

INTERVIEW Sitting down with Aliy Zirkle in Galena

first_imgTwo Rivers musher Aliy Zirkle reached the Yukon River checkpoint of Galena Friday morning. (Photo by Zach Hughes/KSKA)On Friday, before Aliy Zirkle and her team’s run-in with a person riding a snowmachine who, according to an Iditarod press release, deliberately tried to harm her and her team, KNOM’s Emily Schwing sat down with her in Galena during Zirkle’s mandatory 8-hour layover.Zirkle has been racing a dog team in the Iditarod for the 15th time. In the last four years, she has finished in second place three times. On Friday, she came into Galena with a newer leader up front.Download Audiolast_img read more

WATCH How Did The Texas Primary Elections Shake Down

first_imgRed, White and Blue hosts focus on the Texas primary runoff election results, including the marquee races for the year as the general elections begin in earnest. With Dr. Jon Taylor, Professor of Political Science, University of St. Thomas; and Dr. Mark P. Jones, Professor of Political Science, Rice University. Original air date: June 1, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red White and Blue Sharelast_img

Samsung tablet concept shows a seethrough bendable future w video

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. With all the visual interest going on in this video, the most attention among bloggers and mobile device enthusiasts is being centered on the bendable, AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) display. Explore further Samsung Flexible AMOLED Display at CES While some bloggers wonder why, beyond novelty, they and others would want to have a device that bends, some strong reasons are easily found from those tracking new technologies in mobile devices. Louis Bedigian of Benzinga lists some key advantages. Bendable screens can withstand impact and be less likely to break or crack; bendable screens open up new possibilities in wearable computing; new applications, especially in gaming, can leverage the screen’s physical flexibility. Users can not only tilt and twist but bend the screen to influence gaming elements. Nokia has also been teasing away in promoting a similar future of smart devices with concepts of flexible, bendable phones. Also, according to reports, the firm’s research and development unit, the Nokia Research Center, has been working with scientists at The University of Cambridge to create products that can change the appearance and interface of handsets. Besides exploring technology that allows a phone to be controlled by squeezing and twisting, Nokia is reportedly exploring technology involving wearable phones. Foldable display shows no crease after 100,000 folding cycles © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Samsung tablet concept shows a see-through, bendable future (w/ video) (2011, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-samsung-tablet-concept-see-through-bendable.html (PhysOrg.com) — A Samsung smartphone-ish, tablet-ish sized device is see-through, bends at will, and changes size according to what kind of app you want to use. Lest we forget, the device translates, explores, and locates, among other things. It shows images on either side, at the same time. Really? Yes, but. Samsung has released a concept video of a transparent, flexible 3D AMOLED display based tablet of the future, not anywhere near now. The video shows a user walking around the streets brandishing his wafer-thin see through rubbery device that is sized somewhere between smartphone and tablet, performing a range of tasks that connects him to people and places. That is where mobile devices are headed in the near future, even though the concept device shown in the Samsung video, with all its bells and whistles, may be far off.OLED is a display technology and the “active matrix” points to the control of pixels. AMOLED technology is already in use and is seen as becoming a staple in the new generation of screen displays, Samsung considers itself the leader in AMOLED technology.The company demonstrated ‘bendable’ AMOLED screens earlier this year. According to numerous reports, bendable AMOLED smartphones from Samsung are due in 2012. last_img read more