Treat Yo’ Self: Indulgent Valentine’s Day Gifts You Should Totally Buy Yourself

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts SplinterWorks/FacebookIt’s all about self-love, brother.Valentine’s Day is due for a reboot. Let’s shift attention away from cheap milk chocolate and synthetic fluffy bears and allow ourselves to get lavish and practice the beautiful art of self-love. Here’s a list of treat yo’ self gifts that show just how much you love you. Whether your single or in a relationship, selflessness is overrated this time of year. XOXO you.Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate Patrón Alquimia CollectionKreuther Handcrafted Chocolate/Facebook Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate/FacebookSix bars using different chocolates, ganache, and rare Patróns make up this extravagant line by Kreuther Handcrafter Chocolates, which costs $1,000 per 24-piece box. That’s close to $50 per chocolate square … but you can’t put a cost on loving yourself. The Nigraurum bar is a marbled milk chocolate with salted caramel and Patrón Extra Anejo 5 Anos, the crimson Rubedo bar is chestnut and Gran Patrón Burdeos ganache with chestnut confit bites enrobed in crimson-hued milk chocolate, and our third favorite is the amber Citrinitas made of Quebec forest honey ganache and rare Patrón en Lalique with citrus-almond Florentine crumble in smooth dark chocolate.Treat Yo’ SelfVan Cleef & Arpels Ruby Gold Wildcat CufflinksTreat yourself like the sexy beast you are with these 18-karat gold cufflinks from the high-end jewelry- and watch-makers Van Cleef & Arpels (they used to make bling for Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Duchess of Windsor.) The fearsome wildcat with glistening ruby eyes sets us back $4,6000, but the vintage piece is in mint condition and is a reminder that you should feel as fine as a wild beast.Treat Yo’ SelfDimitri Bez Zebra BoatHello, lover. A red-orange leather interior wrapped in dark wood. All-electric. Retro-meets-minimalist modern design. We’re in love. The Zebra Boat was designed by Parisian engineer and modern designer Dimitri Bez, who swapped the common combustible engine of ski boats with a low-impact, eco-friendly electric motor and tossed out futuristic, overcomplicated boat trends for a classic, clean look. The minimalist aesthetic of the dashboard is gorgeous, with a retro-looking white wheel and details. A contrasting OLED touchscreen for navigation doubles as a video screen for while you’re floating in the open sea.Treat Yo’ SelfOliva Serie ‘V’ Melanio CigarValentine’s Day is about being big and robust. We found the cigar to match. Wrapped in a dark and oily Sumatra leaf grown in Ecuador, Oliva Serie ‘V’ Melanio blends long-leaf ligeros from Nicaragua and Oliva’s heritage leaves from Condega and Esteli with tobaccos from Jalapa. Voluptuous and indulgent, touches of creamy coffee and pepper add a surprising rich and feisty kick. Often described as, “delicious,” this 2017 cigar is the male counterpart to the diamond earrings you get your S.O. every year. (So let them know!) One of these top 10 cigars of 2017 would do also.Treat Yo’ SelfSplinterWorks Hammock BathCelebrate V-Day with a bubble bath in a floating hammock tub. This modern, industrial design by SplinterWorks was created as “the ultimate vehicle for total escapism,” blending the relaxing power of the bath tub with the shape of a suspended hammock on a continuous, curved surface (not the flat-bottom you’re probably used to). Vessel is crafted in England out carbon fiber, making the tub super strong. Now for the bubbles — we’re not talking your everyday soap suds. Fill your tub with Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé. Because why the heck not.Treat Yo’ SelfVuarnet Glacier 1957The French masterminds of eyewear have made us fall in love all over again. There are only 600 pairs of Vuarnet’s 60th-anniversary ode to its classic 1957. The Glacier 1957 comes in three colorways (we heart the warm orange lenses) and protects against UVA, B, and C rays (most sunglasses are only UVA and B). Apart from the malleable cable arms, the crown feature is the set of detachable leather side pieces that reinforce the vintage, sporty style of French skiing. They just look so damn cool.Treat Yo’ SelfTHE FORTYSIX Penthouse in BarcelonaWe love ourselves for this romantic vacay for one. Built in the 1940s by Gaudí’s close friend, Buenaventura Conill i Montobbio, this Barcelona penthouse has been redesigned by famous interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán and architect Helga Hidalg. Yes, it sleeps nine, but this trip is all about treating you, so take up space, darling. The rental is conveniently located on Passeig de Gracia, the most exclusive boulevard of Barcelona, next to the boutiques and famous restaurants like La Manzana de la Discordia. The best part: Two balconies open to unimpeded views of the iconic Passeig de Gracia and Gaudí’s Casa Batlló. You’ll be swaggering in after an evening drinking fine Spanish wine. At $615 a night, it’s a better deal than most luxury hotels.Treat Yo’ SelfBonus: You’re going to need a Valentine’s-appropriate suitcase for your trip. RIMOWA Limbo in deep red is made of light, durable polycarbonate and, at $850, you’ll have a bag for the next 10 Valentine’s trips. When it comes off baggage claim, it’ll stand out with its beauty and color.Treat Yo’ Self Some MoreArticle originally published February 6, 2017. Feature image courtesy of SplinterWorks/Facebook. 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Super 30s Anand Kumar to teach in Delhi Govt schools

first_imgNEW DELHI: The creator of Super 30 programme, Anand Kumar, will now teach in Delhi government schools that have undergone massive facelift. Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia said that Kumar has agreed to conduct one class per month for students of the city’s government schools. Kumar teaches underprivileged children and prepares them for IIT Entrance Exams. “Am happy to share that Anand Kumar has agreed to conduct one class every month for Delhi Govt school students. This will be an online, virtual classroom for Class 11,12 students of our schools,” Manish Sisodia posted on Twitter. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn July 24, Kumar visited a government school in the national capital, during an event organised by the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Manish Sisodia called Anand Kumar, 46, an inspiration to teachers and students and said “this is what it truly means to be a guru”. Anand Kumar said, “I too had studied in a government school as a child. But today, the condition of government schools across the country has deteriorated to such an extent that there is a huge gap between private school and government schools. But the government schools in Delhi give me hope. These schools are equipped to match upto private schools and I have a desire to learn in the students here. Delhi’s government schools give us a model that needs to be urgently replicated across the country. In fact, I would like to congratulate Manish Sisodia because I have heard great things about Delhi’s education revolution not just in India but abroad Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsas well.” Both Anand Kumar and Education Minister Manish Sisodia attended a Happiness class and closely interacted with the students. Kumar said, “The Happiness Class is extremely beneficial to students. It is clear the children in this school are stress free. This is a positive sign for the children, the school and the country’s future. Schools across the country need to adopt this curriculum. Children learn only when they are meaningfully engaged and interested in school.” Deputy CM Sisodia said, “Students usually want to meet film stars. But today they have the opportunity to meet someone whose life has inspired even the film stars. Anand Kumar has helped students from very humble backgrounds achieve their IIT-JEE dreams. He is a true Guru. His story is a living example of how some people use failure as their ladder to the top through their perseverance, courage and positive attitude to life. We have to aspire to be more like him.” In light of the inspiration that Anand Kumar’s life story provides to both teachers and students, Deputy CM Sisodia announced that the film ‘Super 30’ will be made tax-free status in Delhi, to reach out to larger audiences.last_img read more

Islandwide curfew lifted except in North Western Province

The Police, who initially declared a curfew in the North Western Province and Gampaha yesterday, later declared an island-wide curfew to be in effect till this morning.Violence broke out in parts of Chilaw on Sunday, mainly instigated by a post on Facebook and then spread to parts of Kurunegala. As the situation continued to spread to other places the Government decided to declare an overnight curfew around the island. The island-wide curfew declared last night as violence targeting Muslims spread, has been lifted.However, the Police said that the curfew in the North Western Province will remain. read more

CP Rail hit by strike by Teamsters but reaches tentative agreement with

Canadian Pacific locomotives idle on the track at the Cote St-Luc yard in Montreal, Sunday, February 15, 2015. More than 3,000 Teamsters members have gone on strike at the Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP)after contract talks failed to reach an agreement before the midnight deadline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2015 1:14 pm MDT CP Rail hit by strike by Teamsters, but reaches tentative agreement with Unifor MONTREAL – More than 3,000 Teamsters members have gone on strike at the Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP)after contract talks failed to reach an agreement before the midnight deadline.At the same time, however, a strike by the railway’s 1,800 Unifor members was averted when a tentative agreement was reached in Montreal just minutes before the strike deadline.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union represents 3,300 locomotive engineers and other train workers at CP.In a statement issued Sunday morning CP said it would deploy management personnel to operate a reduced freight service on its Canadian network.The railway also said it would be advising its customers on how they would be affected by the work stoppage.Labour and Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch had been involved in the bargaining effort and made her feelings clear in a statement issued after the talks failed.“I am incredibly disappointed that the TCRC failed to reach an agreement with CP Rail,” she said.Leitch was also clear about the federal government’s next course of action.“Due to this reckless disregard for Canadians, and the Canadian economy, our government will review all available options to end any work-stoppage expediently, up to and including the introduction of legislation in Parliament.”The minister urged the union to end the strike immediately and return to the negotiating table.Teamsters Canada president Douglas Finnson said in a statement that picket lines were being set up across the country and that the rail shut down was underway.Finnson added that despite the “complete breakdown” of bargaining Saturday night the union had advised CP that its negotiators would remain available to broker an agreement that would ensure “a healthy and safe” work environment for its members.The union leader also indicated that the railway’s most recent contract offer still contained demands for unacceptable concessions.CP, for its part, contends that it proposed fair options at the bargaining table, including wage increases, better benefit plans and changes to work schedules to improve the quality of life for engineers and conductors.It was unclear Sunday morning exactly how the labour action would impact rail service.But a Teamsters spokesman suggested last week that any disruption of service would have a widespread effect on industries that rely on trains, and that CP managers and other staff would be hard-pressed to maintain service.Commuter rail service in the Montreal area could also be disrupted. The regional authority Agence Metropolitaine de Transport tried and failed to secure an injunction that would have forced CP to maintain passenger rail service for the 19,000 daily commuters who use the CP-run train routes.Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz stated Friday that the government would “look at all the tools they had available” to ensure the economy didn’t suffer if a stoppage occurred.In 2012, the federal government passed legislation to force an end to a nine-day strike by some 4,800 striking members of the Teamsters union and CP Rail employees.It was estimated at the time that a prolonged strike would cost the Canadian economy $540 million a week.The Unifor members, whose collective agreement expired on December 31, conduct safety inspections on all rail cars and locomotives, as well as maintenance and repairs.The union issued a statement just after midnight that said ratification votes by members across the country would be scheduled over the next three weeks once local presidents and workplace chairpeople have had a chance to review the accord.“This was a very difficult set of negotiations, but I’m pleased that we were able to break new ground in several different areas,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said in the statement.Unifor Local 101R’s Tom Murphy said “We were able to negotiate a new agreement that addresses the concerns raised by our members.”Separate negotiations have also been taking place between the two unions and Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR). Late Saturday, Teamsters Canada announced a tentative three-year agreement had been reached with CN. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bernier takes aim at the CRTC says it should be phased out

TORONTO – The CRTC has discouraged competition in the telecommunications sector and should have a far diminished authority over the industry, Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier said Tuesday.“It is not the role of the CRTC, it is not the role of the government to decide how this increasingly complex market should evolve,” Bernier said in a speech at the Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto. “It is up to producers. It is up to consumers.”The CRTC has stifled competition with some of its decisions, he said, citing as an example the regulator’s ruling last year that requires major Internet service providers to sell space on their high-speed infrastructure to smaller rivals at wholesale prices. That decision was endorsed last month by the federal Liberal cabinet.Bernier, a former industry minister who once oversaw the CRTC, also slammed the regulator’s recent public consultations on broadband Internet services in Canada, calling them a waste of time and money.The CRTC said it had no comment on Bernier’s position.Bernier said the CRTC’s role as telecom regulator should be phased out over the next two or four years and that the federal Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development take over its remaining essential functions, such as 911 services, while the Competition Bureau oversee competition issues.He said he plans to outline what he believes the CRTC’s role should be as it relates to broadcast services later this year.He also expressed his opposition to the setting aside of a portion of wireless spectrum to new entrants at spectrum auctions. He said it would be better to open that up to foreign investment.BCE’s friendly deal announced last month to take over Manitoba Telecom Services also garnered Bernier’s support. The acquisition requires approval from the Competition Bureau.Bernier has repeatedly spoken out about the need to deregulate the telecom industry. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 7, 2016 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 7, 2016 at 10:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Conservative MP Maxime Bernier speaks at the 2016 Canadian Telecom Summit in Toronto, Monday, June 6, 2016. Conservative party leader candidate Maxime Bernier is calling for a phase-out of the Canadian broadcast regulator’s role as telecom watchdog as part of his plan to deregulate the industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Eduardo Lima Bernier takes aim at the CRTC, says it should be phased out as telecom czar read more

Tech stock selloff pulls TSX into the red loonie up on hawkish

by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 9:39 am MDT Last Updated Jun 12, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tech stock sell-off pulls TSX into the red, loonie up on ‘hawkish’ BoC speech TORONTO – Weakness in the technology sector weighed on North American stock markets Monday while the loonie shot up after “hawkish” comments about the economy by the Bank of Canada’s second in command.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 89.41 points to 15,383.80 at the close.The TSX came under pressure from information technology stocks including BlackBerry (TSX:BB), which saw its shares drop 74 cents or 4.98 per cent to $14.11. CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) fell 99 cents or 1.47 per cent to $66.15.In New York, stock indexes slipped again Monday as U.S. technology companies suffered a second day of sharp losses. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) shed $3.56 or 2.39 per cent to US$145.42. Google parent Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Facebook and Microsoft also sank, as other 2017 top performers like Activision Blizzard, Netflix and Skyworks Solutions tumbled.The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index fell 32.45 points to 6,175.47, while the Dow Jones industrial average lost 36.30 points at 21,235.67 and the S&P 500 index shed 2.38 points to 2,429.39.The technology sector has made strong gains this year but investors are selling some of the best-performing stocks, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I don’t necessary view this as a crack in the overall bull market that’s going to get larger,” he said.“But I do think it’s a reflection of the fact that after the tremendous gains that we’ve seen over the past couple of months and couple of years, investors are looking for areas where they can perhaps trim some of the winners — and tech is obviously a standout in that space.”In Canada’s technology sector, where the field is fairly thin, Fehr said the drop in share prices was likely “indicative of the indiscriminate selling we’re seeing in the tech sector now.”In currencies, the Canadian dollar was up 0.21 of a U.S. cent to an average trading price of 74.54 cents US, following a speech Monday by the Bank of Canada’s Carolyn Wilkins.The senior deputy governor said the central bank is encouraged by a broadening of economic strength, which includes gains across 70 per cent of industries.Experts noted how the speech was filled with increased optimism about the economy’s trajectory.“The hawkish nature of the speech is the first acknowledgment from the bank that the next move is likely to be a hike,” CIBC’s Royce Mendes wrote in a research note to clients.In commodities, the July crude contract was up 25 cents at US$46.08 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was down two cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was down US$2.50 to US$1268.90 an ounce and the July copper contract was down three cents at US$2.62 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Brock Encore Series continues with hit show

It’s going to be hard to resist the beat at Brock’s latest Encore! Series performance.With more than 70 instruments used in their lively show, the TorQ Percussion Quartet plans to get feet tapping and the crowd moving on Friday, Jan. 25 at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines.Held in Partridge Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m., the concert is the second performance of the Department of Music’s Encore! Professional Concert Series.TorQ is a four-piece Toronto-based ensemble that utilizes everything from marimbas and vibraphones to tom-toms, cowbells and even tin cans and garbage cans in their energetic performances.Music Department Chair Matthew Royal is looking forward to the unique performance and invites Brock faculty, staff and students, as well as members of the community, to attend.“The Music Department is delighted to welcome the accomplished percussion quartet, TorQ, back to Brock,” said Royal. “The concert promises to be entertaining, informative and chock-full of inspired musicianship.”Formed in 2004, TorQ features the talent of Richard Burrows, Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and Dan Morphy. The ensemble has developed a dedicated following and has worked to make percussion music accessible to audiences of all ages.The group has performed across Canada and internationally, including shows at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in San Antonio and Indianapolis, and the International Percussion Quartet Festival in Luxembourg.TorQ will perform a wide variety of pieces during Friday’s concert, including some composed by members of the Quartet themselves. Guests will also hear works by Canadian composers Dinuk Wijeratne and Ken Shorely.Tickets to the TorQ Percussion Quartet performance on Jan. 25 are available through the FirstOntario PAC website.For more information on upcoming performances, please visit the Department of Music’s website. read more

Column What does the climate change report mean for Ireland

first_imgJohn Sweeney is Ireland’s leading expert on climate science, and a Professor of Geography at NUI Maynooth.He was a contributor to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC, which was published in 2007.  The IPCC shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.  Professor Sweeney was the keynote speaker at a Stop Climate Chaos briefing on the latest IPCC report, which took place in Dublin’s Science Gallery earlier today.You can follow Stop Climate Chaos on Twitter @SCC_Ireland and on Facebook. The Twitter hashtag for the publication of the IPCC report is #IPCCAR5. IN JANUARY 1839, a major winter storm hit Ireland.  Homes, shops and farms were destroyed, and several hundred people lost their lives.  In Dublin alone, nearly a quarter of houses were damaged, and 42 ships were wrecked.  It is said the wind carried seashells as far inland as Athlone.This event was so unprecedented and had such catastrophic consequences that ‘Oíche na Gaoithe Móire’ (the ‘Night of the Big Wind’) became embedded in Irish folklore.  More than that – at a time when few births were recorded and illiteracy levels were high – it became a measure by which people could gauge their age. Seventy years later, when the State pension was established and many could not prove their date of birth, they were asked if they could remember the ‘Big Wind’; if they could, they were old enough for the pension.In the 175 years since this event, catastrophic storms – thankfully – have been an infrequent phenomenon in Ireland.  In the coming decades, however, if we allow climate change to continue unchecked, extreme weather events will become more common.Extremes of heat and cold – such as we experienced in 2010 and 2011 – will be much more frequent. Summers will be hotter and drier; winters will be warmer and wetter; and a risk of more frequent widespread flooding will occur.IPCC reportThe  IPCC report, part of which is published today, is the most comprehensive, authoritative and scrutinised report on climate change ever written.  It was prepared by over 800 scientific experts from all over the world, and its findings have been arrived at by exhaustive review processes.What it shows is that scientists are now as positive that climate change is real and caused by humans as they are that smoking causes cancer.In the 250 years since the Industrial Revolution, mankind has emitted half a trillion tonnes of carbon by burning fossil fuels – a process that has caused atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to rise by 40 per cent.  We are on track to release another half trillion tonnes in the next few decades, and this would result in a major jump in global temperatures.If this is allowed to happen, parts of the earth that are currently home to hundreds of millions of people will become uninhabitable.  Droughts and floods will wreak havoc in many vulnerable regions of the tropics, and there will be mass movements of people trying to escape the consequences.Facing factsBefore I’m attacked as a harbinger of doom and gloom, let me make a few points.First, I’m a scientist: I deal with facts; not opinions and sentiment.Second, I’m an optimist.  So, although I know irrefutably that climate change is real and is caused by humans, I also believe we can do something about this.The Irish contextIn Ireland, we often downplay the risks from climate change because we enjoy a temperate climate.We are a small island nation, and we feel we won’t be directly affected.  But the truth is that climate change – if unchecked – will severely damage not only our environment, but also our economy and quality of life.If extreme weather becomes commonplace, there will be consequences for major economic sectors such as agriculture and food production.  Uncontained climate change will cause major disruption to world trade and the global economy, and Ireland – with our open, export-led economy – will suffer as a result.The phenomenon of ‘climate refugees’ will grow, and – with our temperate climate – Ireland is likely to be viewed as a safe haven. So, in addition to the impact on our economy of climate change disruption in other parts of the world, we could also be looking at unprecedented levels of migration, and at supporting a larger population here.Good newsThe potential economic, demographic and environmental fallout from climate change is not a pleasant scenario.But the good news is we can act now to make sure it doesn’t happen.  Governments throughout the world must urgently implement plans to reduce emissions, encourage clean energy and discourage the use of fossil fuels.In Ireland, the Government has published the Heads of a new Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill.In advancing this legislation, it is important to ensure there is an effective strategy for emissions reductions and provision for independent oversight and monitoring of progress.Finally, we must remember there’s an opportunity for Ireland here: we should incentivise private investment in a low-carbon economy and encourage our highly-skilled and entrepreneurial tech sector to focus on developing alternatives to fossil fuels.Our current depressed economic state presents a chance to rebuild in a more sustainable way.  We are a small, nimble country that can react quickly, take advantage of opportunities and position ourselves to make sure we’re not a big loser because of climate change.  We have the talent and the potential to become leaders in a new, low-carbon industrial revolution.Let’s act now, before it’s too late.last_img read more

Thousands turn up at demonstrations around Ireland for Gaza

first_imgIt is the third week in a row that protests for Gaza have been held around the country. Source: Michael BrennanIsrael is reported to have agreed a four-hour extension to the current ongoing 12-hour ceasefire which has been in place since this morning, which would see a truce lasting until midnight tonight local time (9pm GMT).Explainer: What is happening in Gaza? > Read: Israel extends temporary ceasefire to 9pm tonight as Gaza death toll passes 1,000 > Source: Workers Solidarity/Twitter Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandSEVERAL THOUSAND PEOPLE have attended demonstrations in cities and towns around Ireland this afternoon in support of the people in Gaza.An estimated 3,000 people marched from the Spire in Dublin city centre to the Israel embassy in Ballsbridge. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandTDs Clare Daly (Ind), Joan Collins (United Left), and Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin) all held the banner at the front of the march, alongside members of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Source: Remy ConnollySome protesters held signs calling for embargos and sanctions against Israel. Others had banners critical of Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan after Ireland’s abstention on a UN vote to hold an inquiry into possible war crimes by Israel.“Ireland’s position is absolutely appalling,” Freda Hughes, one of the organisers, told “Abstaining from that vote was not a reflection of the will of the people”.“In most major towns and cities across the country, people are really annoyed by what they’re seeing”. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland“People who weren’t already pro-Palestinian are coming out over this because it’s a human rights issue. A huge proportion of the people who are being killed are Palestinian civilians”.“People are outraged and disgusted, and to abstain from a vote which was only calling for an investigation into possible war crimes is appalling and does not reflect the Irish people”. Source: Remy ConnollyThe demonstrations came on the day that the death toll rose to over 1,000 since Israel’s onslaught on the territory began 18 days ago.center_img Die-in in #Cork in solidarity with #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack— Workers Solidarity (@WSMIreland) July 26, 2014last_img read more

Nexus 5 rumors and specs Everything we know about Googles KitKat flagship

first_imgGoogle announced the Nexus One in 2010, but it didn’t sell very well. In fact, Google’s first Nexus device was discontinued a few months after release and people were questioning if the company would ever make another phone. Now here we are a few years later and we expect a new Nexus every fall. Not only that — we expect it to be inexpensive, even if that means sacrificing features.This year, the rumors are pointing at a very competitive device, likely to be called the Nexus 5. Let’s dig through the mountains of rumors and leaks to see what this Android phone is going to offer.Nexus 5’s designThe Nexus 4’s glossy glass back was famous for being pretty, but incredibly slick and fragile. A Google video of the KitKat statue reveal showed an employee holding the Nexus 5 up to take a picture, thus revealing the back. Subsequent leaked images of the Nexus 5 clearly showed a back much like the 2013 Nexus 7 — a smooth, soft-touch plastic. It also appears to have the same big landscape-oriented Nexus logo seen on the new Nexus 7.Basically, the Nexus 5 should be much more stable in your hand, which is good considering the size of this device, and better able to take a drop than the Nexus 4.From leaked bug reports and system info screens, we can safely say the Nexus 5 will sport a 5-inch screen. The name certainly could tie into the screen but this will be the fifth Nexus device, so we’re guessing that’s relevant as well. The screen will probably be the same LCD panel used in the LG G2, seeing as LG makes both. The manufacturer of the phone really isn’t in question anymore — there have been too many leaks that point to LG.The overall shape, as ascertained from the leaked shots, is slim and roughly the same as the Nexus 4. It has the same “2001 monolith” vibe from the front that most Nexus phones have had, but the back has a fairly large metal ring around the camera lens.Nexus 5 specsThanks to those leaked log files, we have a good handle on what sort of hardware the Nexus 5 is going to be packing. At the heart of Google’s next phone will be a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.3GHz per core. There will also be 2GB of RAM, and if the leaked files are to be believed, both 16 and 32GB storage options. The Nexus 5 will essentially be an LG G2 in a different shell.There has been speculation that Google could bring the hands-free voice actions from the Moto X to the Nexus line by way of the Snapdragon 800. Like the Motorola X8 platform, Qualcomm’s chip has a snappy low-power digital signal processor (DSP) core that could handle much of the same functionality.One of the more interesting rumors is that the 32GB version of this phone will also have a larger battery. The device that landed in the FCC had a 2300mAh Li-ion cell, which was disappointing to some potential buyers who have become accustomed to seeing larger batteries in phones like the LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3. Anonymous sources have floated the idea that a 3000mAh battery could be included with the more expensive version.One notable difference between the G2 and the Nexus 5 is the camera. The G2 has a good 13MP image sensor on back and a 2MP camera up front. The Nexus 5 is probably going to ship with an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front-facing module. Google has taken a lot of heat for sticking mediocre cameras in Nexus phones, so everyone was hoping Mountain View would step it up this time.Next page: The Nexus 5 and KitKat… 1 2last_img read more

iMusicSchool annonce avoir levé 19 millions deuros pour ses cours en ligne

first_imgiMusic-School annonce avoir levé 1,9 millions d’euros pour ses cours en ligneCette école de musique en ligne vient de déclarer ce lundi, qu’elle avait réunit presque deux millions d’euros en provenance de Seventure Partners et Viveris Management.Depuis 2007, cette société, iMusic School, donne des cours de musique en vidéo, le tout sur la toile grâce à des abonnements mensuels de 9,90 à 19,90 euros. Avec sa levée de fond, l’entreprise marque une étape dans son développement. Aujourd’hui, elle représente 12.000 vidéos de formation (pour la guitare, basse, le chant, la batterie ou encore les platines de DJ). Les professeurs sont parfois reconnus, comme Sanseverino. Un plus, c’est certain. Les cours s’accompagnent également de partitions, de tablatures etc.Selon le directeur général de iMusic-School, Stéphane Chauffriat, cet argent va notamment servir pour proposer de nouveaux cours, avec de nouveaux profs reconnus. Alors n’attendez plus si vous êtes un artiste en herbe.Le 19 janvier 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Parks Foundation of Clark County awards 192K in grants

first_imgRidgefield kids will swing, East Vancouver grown-ups will work a new fitness circuit, pickleball will hit Washougal and needy children will enjoy fully funded access to Vancouver recreation programs — including swimming lessons, field trips and outdoor sports — thanks to the latest round of community grants from the Parks Foundation of Clark County.At its annual luncheon on Tuesday, the Parks Foundation announced grants totalling $192,157 for local parks, trails and recreation programs. Some of these grants were underwritten by corporate or foundation donors interested in specific locations or programs; the Parks Foundation also bundles many smaller donations from individual people.Since 2009, the Parks Foundation has distributed more than $350,000 through its Community Grants program, which was launched in response to recession-driven cutbacks and layoffs in local parks departments.“It’s definitely backfilling where budget cuts have left some huge gaps,” said Parks Foundation Executive Director Cheri Martin.Here’s a rundown of the grants that were announced Tuesday.• New swing set in Abrams Park, Ridgefield: $4,100. The city of Ridgefield will be able to replace the aged, safety-challenged swing set in its largest and most popular community park with a new swing set that meets the latest safety standards and accommodates more children.• Free Summer Playground Program in Battle Ground parks: $9,500. Sponsored by Riverview Community Bank with support from Banner Bank and Wal-Mart.• Fitness circuit in Homestead Park, East Vancouver: $10,000. Wooden fitness stations were installed in this small park in the Cascade Highlands neighborhood more than 25 years ago, but deteriorated and eventually were removed. This grant will provide new equipment.last_img read more

Fire crews continue battling brush fire in Big Pine Key

first_imgBIG PINE KEY, Fla. (WSVN) — Firefighters work to contain a brush fire in Big Pine Key which burned nearly 100 acres, Wednesday.Crews who have been battling the blaze since Sunday created a perimeter in the hopes that it will stop the flames from spreading.At least one structure has reportedly been destroyed but there have been no injuries. Residents do not have to evacuate at this time.The fire is 60 percent contained, as of Wednesday night.In the meantime, Monroe County firefighters took the time to celebrate a small victory and posed with a turtle they rescued from the quick moving flames.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Footpath encroached

first_imgMallapur: The footpath near newly opened Sri Chaitanya School in Mallapur has been occupied by a small vendor. This is causing a lot of inconvenience to the pedestrians. During the evening time, the customers park their vehicles near the footpath, making it difficult for the pedestrians to make their way to the road.last_img

Govt to Partner with Flipkart Snapdeal Amazon to Promote Solar Products Report

first_imgThe Government of India is reportedly planning to partner with domestic e-commerce companies like Flipkart, Snapdeal and to increase the use of solar energy. Towards this, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has contacted the online retailers for listing solar energy products such as water heaters, lanterns, chargers, house systems, lights and coolers in their sites, a senior government official informed.”We have been writing to Flipkart, Amazon and Snapdeal to showcase more solar products as none can match their reach today. We want to leverage this opportunity,” Livemint quoted the official as saying.The move to promote solar products comes in the wake of the government’s decision to give higher priority for renewable energy in its energy security agenda.The government has significantly increased its solar energy target to 100,000 megawatts (MW) by 2022 from an earlier 20,000 MW. Besides, the government also aims to achieve 60,000MW of wind power capacity by the same year, which needs a total investment of nearly Rs10 trillion in the renewable energy sector.MNRE has been taking various initiatives to increase the usage of green energy in the country. It rolled out a new wind resource atlas on Wednesday to promote larger usage of wind power in the country.”The new Indian Wind Atlas is an important online GIS (Geographic Information System) tool for the identification of regional and local wind energy potential in India. It contains average annual values of Wind Speed (m/s), Wind Power Density and Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) calculated for an average 2 MW turbine at 100 m,” the power ministry said in a statement.India is the world’s third biggest greenhouse gas emitter after the US and China, with renewable energy accounting for just 13 percent of the total installed power capacity of the country.last_img read more

New Bridge Could Mean Congestion Relief For Montgomery County Commuters

first_img X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 5About 33,000 vehicles a day have been using the old two-lane Kuykendahl Bridge that links Harris and Montgomery Counties at Spring Creek. Matt Beasley with Montgomery County Precinct 3 says it gets so bad during the afternoon rush that traffic comes to a standstill.    “It’s been an increase in traffic in that area due to the developments in both Montgomery and Harris County and the growth,” explains Beasley.Those commuters will have some added capacity with the opening of the new Kuykendahl Bridge. It’s a $6 million project funded by Harris and Montgomery Counties and The Woodlands Road Utility District #1. Beasley says the number of lanes at Spring Creek will increase from two to four. “It’s actually going to provide the traffic that’s going south from Montgomery County into Harris County a new bridge which is two lanes in one direction,” adds Beasley. “And the old bridge will serve as northbound.” The Kuykendahl bridge is expected to be fully open by late next week. Beasley says they also want to build a new bridge on nearby Gosling Road, which also carries a lot of traffic from the Grand Parkway. Harris and Montgomery Counties are now working on funding. 00:00 /01:05 Sharelast_img read more

Man Accused of Posing as College Student and Raping Teens

first_imgBy The Associate PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The owner of a Washington, D.C, barbershop is accused of posing as a Howard University student and preying on incapacitated teenagers.Prosecutors say allegations against 35-year-old Julian Everett, of Maryland, date back to at least 2001, including a case in which he was convicted of kidnapping a transgender woman. News outlets report Everett is accused of raping three teens, ages 16 to 18, and was arrested last week on rape and related charges.Barbershop owner, Julian Everett is accused of posing as a Howard University student and raping teens. (Screengrab from news video)Prince George’s County police say the victims, two of which were Howard students, reported going on a date with Everett and losing consciousness after being given alcohol. Police say they were then taken to another location and assaulted.Chief Hank Stawinski says Everett posed as a student to gain credibility with the teenagers.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo On YouTube there is a three-minute teaser clip. The NFL Network interviewed Arians’ past quarterback pupils, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck. The film will also feature current Arizona players Carson Palmer, Tyrann Mathieu, Patrick Peterson and Larry Fitzgerald, along with Cardinals president Michael Bidwell and general manager Steve Keim.For those looking to watch the documentary on a device other than a television, it can also be streamed live on the NFL Mobile app (, the NFL app delivered on XBOX from Microsoft, and through Watch NFL Network ( for viewers who use use a participating cable or satellite provider. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The NFL Network will feature an hour-long documentary on the career of Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.“Bruce Arians: A Football Life,” is set to air at 7 p.m. MST Friday on the league network.The documentary will cover Arians’ NFL coaching career and his quest to become a head coach.It will also touch on his upbringing, his commitment to his family and his success mentoring several successful quarterbacks.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Jumeirah at Saadiyat Is

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterJumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort opened last week as Jumeirah Group‘s first luxury “eco-conscious” resort, second location in Abu Dhabi and sixth opening of the year for the upmarket hotelier. The luxury beachfront resort overlooks 400 metres of beautiful white sand on the Arabian Gulf and offers beautiful scenery and undisturbed wildlife. Guests may catch a glimpse of Indo-pacific humpback and bottle nose dolphins, green or hawksbill turtles and dugongs, which live in the Saadiyat Mangroves. Inland, gazelles, socotra cormorants, grey herons and greater flamingos are known to visit.Eco-conscious practices at the resort go beyond preserving the island’s protected sand dunes; Jumeirah has partnered with Dubai-based Trust Your Water to reduce single-use plastics. Guests are offered locally sourced filtered still and sparkling water in their own personal reusable bottles. The resort has also eliminated plastic straws.“Our commitment to protecting the natural sand dunes and sea around this hotel means that we are also continuously trying to minimise the impact that guests have on this environment by bringing in our own environmentally friendly solutions and working with partners who are dedicated to employing sustainable, ethical practices in their businesses,” said Linda Griffin, Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort GM.Located 10 minutes from Abu Dhabi centre, guests can explore nine kilometres of mesmerising white beach and the crystal-clear waters. Golf aficionados can enjoy Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, the Arabian Gulf’s first beachfront course.Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort | Ocean Deluxe King RoomSunlit rooms overlook the water and the panoramic suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows and have balconies. There are three infinity pools, a kids’ pool and Bodyism Wellness Centre, the first to open in the United Arab Emirates. The two-, three- and four-bedroom duplex villas also offer private pools.The 2,700-square-metre spa is a haven of tranquillity and includes a Moroccan Hammam, 15 treatment rooms (male and female facilities), saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam and salt rooms and a traditional Arabic rasul. Guests staying in the Spa Villas can enjoy pampering in the privacy of their own room.Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort | Presidential SuiteThe resort offers traditional Arabic cuisine at Levantine-inspired TEAN, long poolside lunches at the pool bar and Italian al fresco dining at Mare Mare.Saadiyat Island is undergoing a transformation into a world-class destination. The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened last year and will be joined by the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The resort is 10 minutes away from Yas Island, home to the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Mall, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Warner Bros. World.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Riviera Maya Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgRiviera Maya, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFrom July 11 to 23, the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya resort will host a delectable culinary festival commemorating the French Revolution. The luxury retreat’s gourmet restaurant Piaf, an inspiring work of French classicism, welcomes New York City’s Madison Bistro chef and owner, Maître Cuisiner de France Claude Godard, on the occasion of this tribute to the venerable French culinary tradition.Godard, who has worked alongside some of the best chefs in Paris, Burgundy and South Africa, will now work with Piaf’s executive chef Michele Mustiere to craft an unforgettable five-course tasting menu with wine pairings to celebrate the momentous Storming of Bastille.This special prix fixe menu will include such delights as sautéed foie gras with artichoke mousseline and white truffle; hazelnut-butter roasted sea bass and a decadent chocolate dessert served with poached raspberries and caramel fudge. The tasting menu is available to all resort guests at no additional charge as part of the all-inclusive rate. For outside guests, dinner is $1,200 pesos (about $100) per person and $1,500 pesos (about $125) with wine pairings.www.velasresorts.comlast_img read more