Sport Relief Weekend Raises Over £55 Million

first_imgSport Relief has raised over £55,444,906 following its massive weekend of television in the UK.The Sport Relief Weekend kicked off with a fantastic night of sporting fun and sketches galore, as this year’s Sport Relief Night of TV (BBC One and BBC Two) entertained the nation while raising an incredible £55,444,906 so far. The money will help make a real difference to people living incredibly tough lives at home in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.“Thank you so much to the wonderful British public for their generosity and to everyone who has done their bit this Sport Relief – I could not be prouder!” said David Walliams. “The amazing amount of money raised is going to make a huge difference to people living incredibly tough lives, not only in the world’s poorest communities but right here at home in the UK too – thank you!”Included in the overall total and the largest corporate contribution on the night was £7,060,681 raised by Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers who have been doing themselves proud across the country by carrying out fundraising events. Sainsbury’s also raised money by selling the range of must-have merchandise, which includes the official Sport Relief t-shirt, available to buy in store and online until 22nd March.Hosting the TV spectacular on the BBC were John Bishop, Alesha Dixon, Greg James, Gary Lineker, Davina McCall, David Walliams and Claudia Winkleman. The return of the Clash of the Titans was hosted by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba and Sir Steve Redgrave and Freddie Flintoff were the captains of the two teams, with Team Flintoff winning an epic battle.The overall total also includes money raised by this year’s BT Sport Relief Challenges. Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk saw the comedienne take on an incredible 135.7 miles as she walked from east to west, across the width of the country. The toughest challenge of Jo’s life raised an incredible £1,159,220 with £360,331 of that pledged by BT.The One Show’s Alex Jones, TV presenter Angellica Bell, comedian Hal Cruttenden, actress Doon Mackichan, and TV presenters Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry all took part in the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas which saw the team battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. The mammoth challenge raised a fantastic £1,062,868 with £160,000 of that pledged by BT.BT also handled more than 104,000 calls to the donation line during the live TV show, peaking at 88 calls per second with BT over 6,000 volunteers at 79 call centres across the UK.Through its ‘Flying Start’ partnership, British Airways has raised £2,509,528 this Sport Relief from money donated by customers on board, as well as from staff competing in fundraising events.Reflecting the UK public’s generous support for Sport Relief, the UK government Department for International Development has matched £10million of the 50% of public donations that will be spent internationally to help young people overcome the obstacles they face. HM Treasury has also donated £3 million to the campaign as part of a funding partnership with Comic Relief to transform the lives of women and girls in the UK.Global healthcare company GSK donated £3 million to help fight malaria and improve health as part of a new five-year partnership launched with Comic Relief in 2015.Greg James also took on an epic challenge, BBC Radio 1’s Gregathlon for Sport Relief. The challenge saw the DJ complete a triathlon a day for five consecutive days, across five different UK cities, raising a phenomenal £1,041,001.The Premier League continued their fantastic backing for Sport Relief by contributing an astonishing £1,050,638 for the campaign. This included their support of BBC 5 Live’s Battle of the Five-A- Sides with footballing legends Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage taking on a challenge for Sport Relief once again. This time round the pair held Sport Relief’s biggest ever five-a-side football match, which saw over 1,100 players take part in over 57 hours of continuous football. The stars were also joined by Danny Jones, Rachel Riley and Josh Cuthbert, who all played 12 hours straight of continuous football. Alan Shearer came out on top when the final whistle blew.Sport Relief (BBC One and BBC Two) was packed with incredible entertainment, with highlights including: Live events from LeeValley Velopark and Aquatics Centre as Sir Steve Redgrave and Andrew 
’Freddie’ Flintoff captained two teams of celebrities in the return of the Clash of the Titans, hosted 
by Dan Walker and Ore Oduba. David Walliams brought back popular Little Britain character, Emily Howard, for a special one-off sketch with comedian Micky Flanagan and Stoke City striker Peter Crouch as you’ve never seen him before. A one-off Luther special as Idris Elba stared alongside Sir Lenny Henry and a whole host of sports stars including Rio Ferdinand, Denise Lewis, Louis Smith, Ian Wright and David Haye. Alex Jones, Hal Cruttenden, Ore Oduba, Angellica Bell, Doon Mackichan and Suzi Perry looked back on their sail around the UK that saw them battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures 
and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance. James Corden reprised his much-loved character, Smithy, for a spoof in which he runs for FIFA President with some of footballs greatest names including Sir Geoff Hurst, Brazilian football legend Pelé, England icon Steven Gerrard and the ‘Special One’ himself, Jose Mourinho. Paddy McGuinness and Harry Judd went head-to-head in a wrestling spectacular, Russell Kane and Will Young sported nose pegs for synchronised swimming routines and Freddie Flintoff and Darren Gough had their twirling batons at the ready as they took to the floor for rhythmic gymnastics.center_img Returning to his role after 40 years, Michael Crawford, who performed all of his own stunts, sported his beret as the disaster prone Frank Spencer in an exclusive Some Mothers Do Ave ’Em sketch with Michele Dotrice and cameos including Sir Bradley Wiggins. There were powerful reminders of the serious side of Sport Relief with moving appeal films that were presented by the likes of Danny Dyer, Marvin and Rochelle Humes and Olivia Colman, who showed how the money raised could help change lives both here in the UK and around the world. 
Some of the issues highlighted in the programme included Ebola, maternal mental health, HIV, malaria, and dementia. Money raised through donations to Sport Relief will go towards supporting these, and many other issues, to help make a real difference.
For those who missed out or just can’t get enough of the Sport Relief TV gold, bundles featuring the sketches from the night and exclusive behind-the-scenes content are available on the BBC Store and iTunes. Also available to download is ‘Running (Live from Abbey Road Studios)’, the official Sport Relief single by James Bay. Jo Brand and Greg James re-lived their outstanding fundraising challenges, whilst Eddie Izzard 
nears the climax of his epic 27 day Marathon Man endeavour in South Africa. There was also live music from Birdy and James Bay who gave a special performance of his track ‘Running’, the official Sport Relief single.last_img read more

15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of New

first_imgEdward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), and Loreen Arbus, Founder & Chair of Women Who Care, announced today that BLACK GIRLS ROCK!TM founder and CEO Beverly Bond, “Inside Edition” anchor Deborah Norville, Accenture chief leadership & human resources officer Ellyn Shook, Expect a Miracle author Jenny Long, and the healthcare system Northwell Health, will be honored at the 15th Annual Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, to be held Monday, May 9th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.Beverly Bond is to receive the Women Who Care Award, Deborah Norville the Women Who Care Luella Bennack Philanthropy Award, Ellyn Shook the Women Who Care Women in Business Award, Jenny Long the Women Who Care Karen Hansen Caregiver Award, and Northwell Health the Women Who Care Corporate Commitment to Caring Award.The luncheon benefits United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary women as professionals, philanthropists, and caregivers, who have broken glass ceilings and inspired others through their professional and charitable endeavors. The event has raised nearly $8 million during its fourteen years.Susan Lucci, star of the hit series “Devious Maids,” Emmy award-winning actress of “All My Children,” and New York Times best-selling author, will return for the fourth consecutive year as host of the luncheon. For the first time, Liza Huber, Founder & CEO of Sage Spoonfuls and past star of the hit TV series “Passions,” will co-host the awards luncheon with her mother Ms. Lucci, for the event taking place May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day.Beverly Bond is one of the world’s premier DJs, and a celebrated TV producer, social innovator and philanthropist. In 2006, Ms. Bond founded BLACK GIRLS ROCK! and the annual BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards to showcase empowering images of women of color. In 2010, Ms. Bond partnered with BET to produce the TV presentation of the awards, which has grown to an annual viewership of over 10 million. She has recently launched additional advocacy and empowerment based platforms including BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Africa; GIRLS ROCK TECH, a STEM initiative for women and girls; ROCK LIKE A GIRL, a music, film and arts education initiative for women and girls; and KING ME! a holistic youth development program for black boys. A 2013 and 2014 NAACP Image Award winner, Ms. Bond has been listed amongst EBONY Magazine’s Power 100 list for five consecutive years, in ESSENCE Magazine’s “40 Fierce and Fabulous Women Who are Changing the World,” among Variety’s Spring 2014 “Women of Power” and in Elle UK’s 2015 “Feminist Issue.”Deborah Norville is a two-time Emmy winning journalist and a New York Times best-selling author. She is known to millions as the Anchor of “Inside Edition”, the nation’s top-rated syndicated news-magazine, a position she has held since 1995. Ms. Norville is the author of a number of best-selling books including Thank You Power: Making the SCIENCE of Gratitude Work for YOU, and The Power of Respect. A lifelong crafter and seamstress, her Deborah Norville Yarn Collection, a line of high-quality yarn for knit and crochet enthusiasts, has grown 678% in sales since its introduction five years ago. Ms. Norville is a Director of the Viacom Corporation and a member of the Women’s Forum of New York. She serves on the Children’s Council for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and a Director for the Broadcasters Foundation of America.Ellyn Shook is Accenture’s chief leadership & human resources officer, responsible for the people programs that empower 373,000-plus Accenture professionals to improve the way the world works and lives. Her team is focused on re-imagining leadership and talent practices in the digital age to help attract, develop, inspire and reward the very best people. She is a strong advocate for inclusion and diversity and is especially passionate about gender equality in the workplace. Ms. Shook serves on the board of trustees at Harvey Mudd College and the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a member of the HR50 division of World50 and the American Health Policy Institute Board of Governors. She is also active in Women in America, the Ellevate Women’s Network and the Women’s Forum of New York. A 2015 article in Forbes.com named Ms. Shook one of the top 10 CHROs.Jenny Long is the author of Expect a Miracle, the best-selling inspirational story of how she raised two extraordinary boys against all odds – brothers whose love and determination affirmed her deeply held faith that everyone, no matter their challenges, can find their miracle. Ms. Long is the mother of Conner, 12, and Cayden Long, 10, who have competed in triathlons together as Team Long Brothers since 2011. Connor saw it as a way for him to connect with Cayden, who suffers from Spastic Cerebral Palsy, and they have competed together in more than 14 triathlons, including two IronKids Triathlons. In 2012, the brothers were awarded the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) Hero Among Us Award, as well as the Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids Award.The healthcare company Northwell Health is to be recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality care to patients facing developmental, physical, and emotional challenges, how it has fought to create better, more inclusive lives for children and adults with disabilities, and its commitment to improving the overall health of the community.The Women’s Who Care/Luella Bennack Award is presented each year at the Women Who Care Luncheon, in memory of Luella Bennack, the late wife of Frank Bennack, long-time Hearst Corporation CEO, long-term supporter of UCP of NYC and Women Who Cares’ lead sponsor. Luella believed that philanthropy is essential to increasing the well-being of humankind. In living out that philosophy, she focused many of her talents on supporting UCP of NYC while motivating others to follow her example. Like Luella, all of the extraordinary women who are honored with her namesake award inspire others through their care, concern, and deep commitment to charitable endeavors. Recent honorees of the Luella Bennack Award include Lynda Carter (2015), Judith Light (2014), Cyndi Lauper (2013), Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Gayle King, Ann Curry, Marlo Thomas and Lauren Bush Lauren.Disability rights activist, philanthropist, producer and author Loreen Arbus, the first woman to head programming for a US television network, is Founder and Chair of Women Who Care. Among her many awards, Ms. Arbus was presented The Heart of Giving Award by President Bill Clinton in 2001 and the Ms. Foundation for Women Woman of Vision and Action Award by Gloria Steinem in 2011, as well as being twice nominated for an Emmy. She is the daughter of Leonard and Isabelle Goldenson, Co-Founders of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP). Mr. Goldenson was Founder and Chairman of ABC. This will mark Ms. Arbus’ final year as Chair of Women Who Care.Frank A. Bennack Jr., Executive Vice Chairman of Hearst, will serve as Honorary Chair of this year’s Women Who Care. Tamsen Fadal, Emmy award-winning Anchor of PIX 11 News; Robin Givens, actress/director/author; Donna Hanover, journalist/radio personality and former First Lady of New York City; Ali Stroker of “Glee Project” and “Glee” fame; and Emmy award winner Paula Zahn, host of “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” will serve as Co-Chairs of the event.To purchase tickets for the Women Who Care Awards Luncheon, please visit www.ucpnyc.org.last_img read more

Morocco Africas regional hub for investment Minister

New York – Morocco, thanks to its strategic geographical position and several free trade agreements, is Africa’s regional hub for investment, said Monday in New York Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation M’Barka Bouaida. Bouaida, who was speaking during a high-level meeting on mobilizing investment and capitals for Africa on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (Sept. 24/ Oct. 1), said the Kingdom has become a genuine economic platform with not only sea, air and road transport infrastructures, but also with strong financial services.In this respect, the Minister highlighted the importance of the Casablanca Finance City which has become a financial hub for Africa, noting that the Casablanca stock exchange is “one of the most dynamic stock markets in Africa,” which gives a modern image to the African continent. She also stressed the positive impacts of structural reforms and planning as well as partnerships with sovereign countries and funds on Africa’s economic growth and its people’s daily lives.Bouaida called on to ensure stability and security through political reforms and structural investment plans to offer more visibility to investors, underlining the importance of private/public partnerships. read more

Beijing Rejects Polisarios Participation at the ChinaAfrica Summit

Rabat – China has refused the participation of the leaders of Algeria-backed Polisario Front at the Second China-Africa Forum Summit to be held Thursday in Johannesburg.Morocco will be present at the summit represented by its Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, according to Yabiladi news.In line with their neutral position on the question of the so-called Western Sahara, Chinese authorities have decided to exclude the presence of the Polisario movement at the summit for Cooperation between China and African countries. The summit is taking place in South Africa, but China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has set its own conditions on top of the rules of the summit.According to the same source, to avoid pressure from Algeria and South Africa, the Asian country decided to only include countries with which it maintain diplomatic relations. China does not recognize the self-proclaimed Polisario’s Saharawi Arab Diplomatic Republic, and has no diplomatic relations with the separatist movement.This is not the first time the Polisario is excluded from an international event in which the African Union is one the main participants. Last October, the Polisario was removed from the list of participants at the Third India-Africa Summit in New Delhi.The First China-Africa Forum of entrepreneurs was held in Marrakech from 27 to 30 November. read more

UN releases guidebook to help countries access climate financing markets

2 June 2011The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today launched a guidebook that provides advice to decision-makers in developing countries on how to tap into growing environmental finance markets as funding becomes increasingly available to tackle the challenges of climate change. The guidebook, entitled “Catalysing Climate Finance,” draws on UNDP’s experience managing hundreds of climate projects in 140 countries over the past two decades. It contains step-by-step guidance for identifying and implementing a mixture of public policies and funding instruments to raise climate finance.“In the absence of effective capacity building and appropriate advisory services, there’s a significant risk that only a few emerging economies will fully benefit from these positive developments,” said Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator.“By some estimates around 90 per cent of investments in clean energy go to G20 [Group of 20 economies] countries and the remaining 10 per cent go to the rest of the world,” she said.Between 2009 and 2010, clean energy sector investments worldwide grew by 30 per cent to a record $243 billion, according to UNDP. Only about one tenth of the investments went into developing economies, which could benefit from greener, less carbon-intensive growth.Most governments lack the knowledge and capacity to enter the complex and highly technical climate finance landscape, where more than 6,000 equity funds and scores of international public funds and carbon markets are active.“UNDP’s global presence, expertise in capacity building, and extensive development finance experience allow us to help countries in this process, by supporting them to develop capacities to attract and drive investments towards sustainable human development,” said Ms. Grynspan.Governments in developing countries face three major challenges when planning a green, low-emission and climate resilient future – gaining access to new and innovative climate finance sources; creating links between climate change strategies and national development objectives; and identifying how to use limited public finance resources to attract private capital, according to UNDP.“Without doubt public funding is a key element in this equation, alone it will be insufficient to transform economies. It needs to play a critical role in creating an environment conducive to catalysing larger-scale investment,” added Ms. Grynspan.Meanwhile, Secretary-Ban today stressed the role of mayors in creating greener and prosperous societies that will draw energy from clean sources.“As mayors, you play an important leadership role in curbing emissions and strengthening resilience within your communities,” Mr. Ban said in a message to the two-day Mayoral Summit on Climate Change that got under way today in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito. “I encourage you to join forces, share ideas and learn from each other’s efforts,” the Secretary-General added. read more

UN food relief agency partners with Hunger Games film

23 February 2012The United Nations food relief agency announced today its partnership with the producers of the upcoming film The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling science fiction novels, to raise awareness about hunger around the world. The United Nations food relief agency announced today its partnership with the producers of the upcoming film The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling science fiction novels, to raise awareness about hunger around the world.A video starring the film’s cast, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, was launched by the World Food Programme (WFP) and film studio Lionsgate urging fans to help end hunger. The video can be found on a website created for the cause where users can test and expand their knowledge on global hunger and can make contributions to help fight it.“This partnership will help us spread the word that hunger is the world’s greatest solvable problem,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Communications, adding that millions of readers identified with the characters in The Hunger Games trilogy, and are excited about the upcoming movie, which will be released next month.The first novel in the series, written by Suzanne Collins, was released in 2008 and has since been translated into 26 languages, selling over 800,000 copies.“We want to tap into that excitement,” Ms. Roman said. “If all of us did just one small thing to fight hunger we could end hunger around the world. We are deeply grateful for the support of Suzanne Collins, who writes as though she understands hunger in the world, as well as Lionsgate and The Hunger Games cast – who have the power to change lives as they feed people worldwide,” she added.According to WFP, hunger affects one in seven people – almost one billion men, women and children around the world. read more

Five long guns stolen during break in at Cayuga home

The Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after five long guns and several electronic items were stolen during a break and enter in Haldimand County.Investigators say a home on Haldimand Road 20 in North Cayuga was broken into between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday. A 52 inch Sony television, video game system, landscaping power tools, hunting apparel and equipment as well as five firearms were taken from inside the home. Anyone who may have information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police. The OPP is reminding the public to report any suspicious vehicles or persons to the police. “If you see something or know something, say something.”

Most drivers ignore 20mph speed limits official figures show

first_imgBlack cab going over a speed bump Many 20mph zones now come with speed humps, however last year the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which sets NHS treatment policy, called for them to be scrapped on the basis they increase pollution. The new figures, which were measured using traffic counters installed on the road, undermine the recent findings of a poll commissioned by road safety charity Brake, which indicated that only 52 per cent of drivers break the 20mph limit.The DfT report also shows one in 10 drivers exceeds motorway speed limits by at least 10mph, and 1 per cent hitting 90mph, with 53 per cent of cars exceeding the speed limit on 30mph roads.However, the percentage of overall vehicles breaking the speed limit has declined since 2011.Twenty mph speed limits have been in place in the UK since 1991, with 250 introduced by the end of the decade.The law was then liberalised to gave local highway authorities the flexibility to impose limits without applying for permission from central Government, as well as introducing traffic calming measures such as speed humps within the zones. A DfT spokesman said: “Research shows that 20mph zones in the right areas can save lives and we have made it easier for councils to introduce them. Twenty mph speed limits are ignored by more than eight in ten drivers, new official statistics suggest.Figures released by the Department for Transport show that 81 per cent of cars recorded at nine sites across the country in 2016 broke the limit, with a handful – 15 per cent – travelling at more than 30mph.Motoring groups have said the low limit zones should only be imposed where they are supported by local communities, and warned that many are not being consulted before the limit is lowered. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img The problem is a knee-jerk reaction to have these zones everywhereLuke Bosdet, AA spokesman “It is for councils to set speed limits in their area and police to decide how best to enforce them.” The intervention followed a study by Imperial College London which found that forcing drivers to slow down and speed up again results in notably more harmful emissions.England has seen a recent expansion of 20mph limits, with several authorities adopting them as a default limit for residential streets, including Oxford, Bristol, Warrington and Hackney.Meanwhile in 2015 officials in Edinburgh announced that more than 80 per cent of the streets in the centre of centre would to be turned into 20mph zones.Luke Bosdet, a spokesman for the AA, said: “The target is to get people driving below 30mph in these areas.“That’s what the 20mph limit is clearly for, and in that sense as far as we’re concerned it’s working.”“The problem is a knee-jerk reaction to have these zones everywhere.“If local residents want them, they should get them, but the big question is whether they are being consulted.“If they’re not being consulted you’re not going to get adherence.”AA research indicates the number of accidents on 20mph roads has decreased, but that for those who are involved in accidents, the likelihood of being killed or seriously injured has now increased. Speed humps, found in many 20mph zones, actually increase pollutionCredit:Alamylast_img read more

Police investigate possible hate crime after two Goth teenagers assaulted

first_imgPOLICE IN MANCHESTER are investigating a possible hate crime after two teenagers wearing Goth clothing were assaulted.One of the victims, a boy, was kicked and punched 17 times in just over 60 seconds. The second victim, a girl, was punched in the head.The assault was carried out by three teenage girls who, police said, acted without provocation.The attack happened outside a newsagents in Stockport on Tuesday night, but police have just now appealed for information as neither of the victims have come forward to police.The attack only stopped when a member of the public passing by on a bike intervened, and the offenders left the scene.Greater Manchester Police have asked the teenage boy to contact them so they can find out if the attack was a hate crime motivated by the clothing the victims were wearing.“Clearly we have to consider that as an aggravating factor,” said police spokesperson Steve Watson.Police in the UK have treated attacks on anyone belonging to an alternative sub-culture – such as goths, punks, or metallers – as a hate crime since last year.A hate crime is one in which a crime is committed against someone solely because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or membership of some other social group.Read: UK police to treat attacks on goths and punks as hate crimes >last_img read more

LGs L03C is the worlds first true camera phone or is it

first_imgFor years, cell phone manufacturers have been trying to cram as many different gadgets into their handsets as possible. It all started with the cell phone camera but these days, you can crack open any smartphone and find half a dozen gadgets inside: from gyroscopes and accelerometers to FM radios and 3G modems. Heck, cell phones these days are actually fairly advanced computers. As the cell phone continues to swallow all other gadgets up, it’s rather amusing to see the convergence process go the other way… well, at least for one gadget. LG have just announced the L-03C, which may look like a point-and-shoot digicam… but actually has a phone inside.The L-03C will be sold exclusively in Japan by DoCoMo in January. Inside, you’ll find a 12.1MP sensor supporting a maximum ISO of 3200, as well as a Pentax 3.6-5.5 lens with three degrees of optical zoom. It can also shoot video in 720p, and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS. It’s a weird gadget. Is it a phone that looks like a camera, or a camera that happens to contain the phone? I think the best way to describe the L-03C, though, is that it’s probably the first camera phone that even remotely matches the quality and performance of even the cheapest point-and-shoot compact… and the only way they could manage that was by just making a point-and-shoot compact and cramming a phone inside. I wonder if Nikon will get in on the action next? Read more at Akihabaralast_img read more

More Samsung Galaxy S4 details and images surface ahead of launch

first_imgLike most smartphone releases, details surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4 are pouring in from every direction just before the official unveiling this evening. More information about the international (or at least the Chinese) variant of the phone have popped up, this time bringing higher quality photos, components details, and videos of the headlining features for Samsung’s next flagship Android smartphone.There’s been no shortage of whispers surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its suspected innards, though the sheer volume of rumors breeds doubt that most of them are true. Samsung’s Galaxy line has grown popular enough that the first wave of renders and specs that “leak” are often little more than wishlists from fans eager to see their favorite manufacturer deliver the best possible product for the coming year. The Galaxy S4 is upon us nevertheless, and while it may not have a lock on being the best phone of 2013, what we know about it so far assures that it will be a highly sought after handset.From previous leaks of Chinese models and a sneak peak from Samsung earlier in the week, we know that the front of the Galaxy S4 will be nearly identical to its predecessor. The Galaxy S3 is hands-down the best selling Android phone to have ever been made, so it would be silly to mess with that design if you don’t have to. Today more images and video emerged, giving expectant fans a nearly completely look at what seems to be a variant of the GS4.There are some subtle differences to the casing, since the 4.99-inch screen is a slight increase over the 4.8-inch found in last year’s Galaxy S3. The increase in size is matched by a drastic increase in resolution, bringing the often rumored 1080p SAMOLED+ screen to replace the previous 720p screen. The added screen size and extra 500mAh found in the battery make the GS4 an imperceptible 5 grams heavier, but will also be a full millimeter thinner than the Galaxy S3.As if the display and battery weren’t impressive by themselves, it’s being reported that the Galaxy S4 will pack a tri-core PowerVR 544MP3 GPU alongside the previously unearthed sort-of-but-not-really octo-core processor. The Exynos Octa has eight physical cores, split between four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores. The big.LITTLE setup here is designed to allow the more powerful cored to handle any heavy lifting that needs doing, while the less powerful cores handle low power tasks like garbage collection. This is the first Android phone to deploy this setup, and while the concept suggests that there will be significant gains in battery life there’s yet to be any significant real world testing.Samsung won’t win the hearts and minds of the world on hardware alone, and just like last year it looks like the company is stuffing their TouchWiz flavor of Android with a ton of features that you can only find on their phones. We’ve heard plenty about the ability to use your eyes to control the phone, and now there’s a video of one such behavior in action. If you are watching a video on the Galaxy S4 and you look away from the screen, Samsung’s Smart Pause will pause the video without any commands from the user, and will begin playing again once your face is detected by the front facing camera. Like many of Samsung’s features, SmartPause is likely something that you’ll have to activate and it is unlikely to work in apps like YouTube and Netflix.We’re looking down the home stretch for Samsung to officially pull the curtain off of this phone, and if history is any indicator there’s going to be plenty to talk about tonight. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 was widely considered the first Android phone to ever be able to compete with the iPhone one on one, and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 has some pretty big shoes to fill as a result.Screen Shot 2013-03-14 at 11.18.56 AMScreen Shot 2013-03-14 at 11.18.56 AMScreen Shot 2013-03-14 at 11.18.45 AMGalaxy s4 leak – 006Galaxy S4 profilegs4 backlast_img read more

Trump calls for cancel of Boeings new Air Force One planes

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The government should cancel its multibillion-dollar order for new Air Force One presidential planes, Donald Trump declared Tuesday, serving notice he’s ready to jump in and start making decisions six weeks before his inauguration.Costs for the two Boeing 747s are “totally out of control,” Trump told reporters in the lobby of his New York skyscraper.The government has contracted with Boeing to build the planes, which would go into service around 2024. That means Trump wouldn’t fly on the aircraft, which carry U.S. presidents around the globe, unless he pursued and won a second term. But the Air Force has pressed for a faster schedule, saying the current version is becoming too expensive to repair and keep in good flying shape.The contract for the planes was to be about $3 billion, but costs have been reported to be rising. Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”Later, he said the costs are ridiculous: “I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”last_img read more

2020 MercedesAMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York

first_img Share your voice Other new model-specific updates include a flat-bottomed AMG wheel (S models get AMG Drive Unit controls, too), as well as an added dynamic drive setting, “Slippery,” on the mode selector. There’s also a newly available upholstery combination: Magma Grey and Black leather with yellow contrast stitching.Pricing and fuel economy numbers have not yet been revealed for either the 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 or GLC63 Coupe models, so we don’t yet know how well they’ll stack up against rivals like the Porsche Macan and Audi SQ5. We’ll be able to fill in the blanks as these two SUVs approach their US on-sale date late this year.Originally published April 16.Update, April 17: Adds new photos from the show floor. 31 Photos Apr 19 • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup 49 Photos • New York Auto Show 2019 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeed 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e review: A thrifty hybrid with more grip More From Roadshow 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 SUV rushes into the New York Auto Show Make what you will of the very idea of a high-performance SUV (let alone one with a “four-door coupe” body style), these crossovers’ performance credentials are all but unassailable. Standard GLC63 models get a 4.0-liter biturbo V8 generating 469 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. If that’s not enough power for you, well, first you might want to carefully reconsider. Second, your local Mercedes dealer will happily point to the GLC63 S in either standard or Coupe bodywork. In S trim, power has been bumped out to 479 hp and 516 pound-feet. What do those power metrics translate to? Standard models rocket to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and S trims do the deed in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is let out in the S model, too, to 174 mph, while the base 63 cries uncle at 155 mph. In the model’s official press release, Mercedes notes that the GLC63 S lapped Germany’s legendarily difficult Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack in just 7.49.369 minutes, a record for SUVs.Enlarge ImageMy, what big … everything you have. Mercedes-Benz The biggest change for the 2020 model year doesn’t take place under the hood or on the outside — it’s the cabin, which has been overhauled to accommodate the Mercedes-Benz User eXperience (MBUX for short). The new infotainment interface is much more powerful and configurable than the company’s outgoing COMAND system. It features a 10.2-inch floating center touchscreen atop the center stack, augmented by a 12.3-inch screen that functions as a gauge cluster. There’s also a new, vastly reconfigurable head-up display that’s available too. MBUX supports Alexa-like voice commands with the simple callout, “Hey, Mercedes,” or you can use the touchscreen functions, the gesture-control pad on the center console or a pair of steering-wheel thumbpads. That’s a lot of different ways to interact with one system, and while in our experience MBUX takes some getting used to, it’s a very powerful and attractive-looking system that allows drivers to choose their preferred interface method. 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 Coupe blitzes the New York Auto Show New York Auto Show 2019center_img See All Some updates can be seen a mile away, well before an automaker makes it official. After we saw the refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC, we knew it would only be a matter of time before those changes applied to the hotter AMG versions, as well. Now, at the 2019 New York Auto Show, everything’s come full circle.Like the standard GLC, the GLC63 and GLC63 Coupe models receive freshened lighting fixtures front and rear, as well as newly optional 21-inch wheels and reworked trapezoidal exhaust trims. Regardless of whether you go with the more practical GLC or the more slippery-looking AMG Coupe, there are visual changes. An AMG-specific grille and a more aggressive front splitter are visually carried on through enlarged side sills to the rear of the vehicle, where you’ll find a unique rear diffuser. May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know Tags reading • 2020 Mercedes-AMG GLC63 brings refreshed V8 grunt to New York Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 1 Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V Comment 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro first drive: Extreme yet surprisingly approachable SUVs Luxury cars Performance Cars Crossovers Audi Mercedes-Benz Porschelast_img read more

How Toll Road Officials Are Encouraging Violators To Pay Up

first_imgGail DelaughterNew reloadable EZ Tags are now being sold at HCTRA’s Ship Channel Bridge.News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently visited the Harris County Toll Road Authority to talk with Deputy Director Lisa Castaneda. They discussed HCTRA’s new website, along with the continuing challenge of tracking down toll road violators.  Delaughter: Tell us a little about the website and what it’s going to do for people.Castaneda: We looked at what people were calling into our call center, what kind of business they needed to take care of. And we tried to be as self-service as possible. So offering a website 24/7, 365, putting most of the things that customers are calling into the call center for, getting them off the phone, and being able to be self-service if they want to be. Delaughter: What kind of self-service is available there?Castaneda: Managing your account, that’s probably the biggest one, and all the things associated with managing an account. But also when a lot of people are calling in they’ve had a violation. And so instead of having to call in through the call center, we’ve put in two new features to deal with violations to make it self-service for the customer. Delaughter: So how are those violations going to be handled on the website?Castaneda: If you have accidentally used the facility, you can go on and through a small convenience fee you can take care of your violation. The sooner you go to take care of your violation, the cheaper it is. The longer it goes the more expensive it gets. The process involved with trying to collect those tolls through the violation process is very expensive. We try not to pass that off to the customers who are paying. Delaughter: So why doesn’t the Harris County Toll Road Authority just let people pay after they’ve gotten on the toll road, either by phone or online?Castaneda: That’s a very expensive business model. We don’t have a big demand for that. We don’t want to take the additional cost of doing that and add it to the burden of people who are already paying in our existing model. Paying later, it’s hard to enforce. It costs more money. It starts by an image that’s taken of the license plate. First of all, some of those image aren’t going to be great. Some of them are intentionally obstructed. They have mud on them, whatever. You may never find that person, but you’ve got all these other people who are paying.  Delaughter: How much of a problem is that, when people don’t get around to paying? We’re heard stories about people who’ve racked up some very egregious violations over a period of time, so how much of a problem is that, to track down people who just don’t pay?Castaneda: It’s a very costly problem to track it down for all those people who pay their tolls. We try to keep the tolls reduced to a reasonable amount. The people that we have to track down, that’s why the fees do get expensive. We’re not in the business to make money off people’s violations. We’re just passing the cost of what that violation is to the people who aren’t paying. But it’s pretty complicated to look for somebody after the fact. Delaughter: How complicated is that, to actually track down someone on the toll road when they haven’t paid?Castaneda: We have set up some systems for our law enforcement. They have dedicated resources that are set up to always be looking for these top violators. And they pull over maybe 100 of them a day. Egregious is the key word. These aren’t first-time violators. These shouldn’t be people who didn’t know they owed the money. It shouldn’t be people who are lost. If someone is new to Houston or visiting, they’re not going to wind up on that list. But they should know they are on the toll road. And that’s part of the website. It allows people to be self-serviced, 24/7, 365. They can go on and they can take care of it for a very reasonable amount. They just can’t repeat and do it again and again. Listen Share 00:00 /03:46 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Of notebooks and revolutions

first_imgThe Book Office of the Institut français en Inde or the Embassy of France in India is proud to be associated with the release of the English translation of Chowra Makaremi’s Le Cahier d’Aziz. Au cœur de la révolution iranienne (Gallimard, 2011) published in India by Yoda Press under the title Aziz’s Notebook: At the Heart of the Iranian Revolution.The author will be in conversation with books editors and press on 18 March. Head over for an interesting talk.last_img

Save and restore Firefox tabs with Session Boss

first_imgSave and restore Firefox tabs with Session Boss by Martin Brinkmann on March 12, 2018 in Firefox – 26 commentsSession Boss is a free browser extension for the Firefox web browser to save and restore Firefox tabs for safekeeping, backups or working with different tab sets.The well-designed extension saves sessions automatically in intervals and supports manual session savings to give users full control over the saving of tabs in the browser.Firefox comes with session saving and restoration functionality built-in which works for the majority of users reliably (provided that they configured Firefox to remember the previous session).Firefox users who want more control or independent backups that they may restore, can use extensions like Session Boss to do so. Even if Firefox’s session restore functionality fails, it is possible to at least restore the open tabs using third-party extensions.Session Boss: save and restore Firefox tabsSession Boss adds an icon to the Firefox toolbar when you install it. It requires several permissions, all of which are explained by the developer on the add-ons website.The extension saves tabs automatically in 15 minute intervals and if that is all you want, you don’t have to interact with Session Boss at all other than opening its interface when you need to restore tabs.You may save tabs manually as well. It takes two clicks to save the active window or all windows, and the process itself is fast. While I did not test Session Boss with hundreds of open tabs, it worked well with a few dozen tabs open in the Firefox browser.The extension displays three backup lists in its interface. It lists user sessions and auto backup sessions separately, and lists all sessions as well.Each features a search and various sort options to find sessions quickly if plenty are listed. You may sort by time, group or name. The latter is useful if you use Session Boss’ rename functionality to name saved sessions.Session Boss lists all saved windows and tabs of the selected session. You can click on any address to open it individually, or use controls to restore all tabs at once.The extension gives you several options to do so:Restore sessions over existing windows by replacing them.Restore sessions with new windows keeping existing windows and tabs open.Restore one window and its tab by replacing the active window.Restore one window and tabs by creating a new window.Session Boss supports lazy load; windows and tabs are restored over a short period of time to avoid slow downs or freezes while the operation is in process.Cookies are preserved by the extension. In fact, the only data that is not preserved is the navigation history due to API limitations. Restoration of internal tab pages is limited as well due to APIs. Session Boss lists internal pages like about:addons but it cannot restore them. You may copy and paste the URLs to restore them as Session Boss keeps track of those.A click on the menu icon displays options to delete sessions, copy them, create groups, and update sessions.Closing WordsSession Boss is a well-designed extension for Firefox to save windows and tabs manually or automatically. I did not run into any issues while using the extension but would like to see some options added to it; for instance, an option to change the interval of the automatic backup could be useful.Related articlesExport Firefox Sessions to the bookmarks or HTML filesHow to change the number of bookmark backups in FirefoxHow To Reload Previous Firefox SessionsSummary12345 Author Rating4.5 based on 12 votes Software Name Session BossSoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/firefox/addon/session-boss/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Quantum computing – Trick or treat

first_imgQuantum computing uses quantum mechanics in quantum computers to solve a diverse set of complex problems. It uses qubits to store information in parallel dimensions. Quantum computers can work through a solution involving large parameters with far fewer operations than a standard computer. What is so special about Quantum Computing? As they have potential to work through and solve complex problems of tomorrow, research and work on this area is attracting funding from everywhere. But these computers need a lot of physical space right now, kind of like the very first computers in the twentieth century. Quantum computers also pose a security threat since they are good at calculating large items/numbers. Quantum encryption anyone? Quantum computing is even available on the Cloud from different companies. There is even a dedicated language called Q# by Microsoft. Using concepts like entanglement to speed up computation, quantum computing can solve complex problems and is a tricky one, but I call it a treat. What about the security threat? Well, Dr. Alan Turing built a better computer to decrypt messages from another machine, we’ll let you think now.last_img read more

PropelTO networking group launches in Toronto for all ages in the travel

first_img Share Tags: Events, PropelTO, Toronto Travelweek Group Posted by PropelTO networking group launches in Toronto for all ages in the travel industrycenter_img Thursday, July 25, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — From the ashes of Young Travel Professionals (YTP) rises a new networking group in Toronto called PropelTO, giving the travel industry a place to network, connect and share ideas.The sold-out launch event, sponsored by Tour Radar and Sherpa, was held last night at the Toronto Island Marina & Yacht Club and successfully brought together over 100 industry professionals of all ages.“When YTP disbanded all its global chapters in April, the Toronto board still saw an undeniable need to provide a venue for community and networking in a relaxed setting, for those of us who are passionate about driving the industry forward, “ says Iris Serbanescu, PropelTO board member and TourRadar’s director of partnerships.The main difference between YTP and PropelTO is that it intends to be more inclusive, welcoming all ages. Added Annie Ewing, PropelTO board member and TTI luxury travel advisor: “Rather than focusing on an age cohort, we are building a membership that is enthusiastic and forward-thinking about the future of the travel industry at any age.”The vision for PropelTO is to continue having causal networking events, like the launch event on the island, but also to incorporate roundtable discussions and leading edge speakers into the event series. PropelTO intends to be a voice of the travel industry and would like to be a collaborative association, getting ideas from its members and focusing on community engagement.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsAt the event last night, travel professionals had the chance to network, enjoy food and beverages and take in the beautiful views of the Toronto skyline. Also, an open mic session allowed guests 30 seconds to promote their brand and job openings or share anything that might be relevant to the group. This will be a staple of events going forward, with the next event planned for September.“The event was awesome and I was able to meet a lot of different people within a short period of time. When the age limit was lifted, it seems like there were a lot more people in attendance and it was a great opportunity for me to connect with many different people across the industry,” says Kate Ivchenko, Wheels Up Network content manger and PropelTO member.Here’s how you can get involved in PropelTO:• Become a member and get notified of future events by signing up at propelto.org/#join-us• Volunteer to be an Ambassador and help recruit attendees for future events• Follow us on Facebook and use #PropelTO in social media postsMore news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyPropelTO is also seeking corporate event sponsors. Like-minded travel businesses can benefit from connecting with PropelTO’s membership base in person. Sponsors would commit to covering all or some of the cost of drinks and snacks in exchange for a chance to scout potential new hires, increase brand awareness and receive marketing privileges.“We all love working in the travel industry and know that there is a lot of passion, knowledge and ideas floating around the community. We intended to bring together all individuals that are committed to creating an even better industry for the future, as well as continuing to build our industry friendships” says Devin Kinasz, board member and Travelweek publisher.For more information contact PropelTO at propeltoorg@gmail.com.last_img read more

Nevada officials reach out to Dbacks on potential

first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   No matter how you slice it, 2011 was a tough year forArizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb.Sure, he got a chance to be a starter and received ahealthy new contract upon being acquired via trade by theCardinals, but things on the field didn’t go exactlyaccording to plan.Kolb, who had missed four games with a turf toe injury,saw his season come to a premature end in Week 14 when hesuffered a concussion after getting a knee to the headfrom San Francisco’s Ahmad Brooks. Top Stories Though he was around the team for the final three games ofthe year, Kolb was still plagued by symptoms well into theoffseason.“Probably three weeks after the season was over,” Kolbresponded when asked about how long it took for theeffects of the concussion to disappear. “To be honestwith you, when I first went home it was still prettysevere.“It kind of worried me because I figured once I got awayfrom the game it would clear up pretty fast, but it didn’tand I stayed in contact with our guys here and withinthree or four days after that three-week period, it wasfine.”Kolb was fully healthy as the team gathered at their Tempetraining facility, and is looking forward to buildingteam-wide chemistry with teammates during the spring, anopportunity he wasn’t afforded last season due to the NFLlabor dispute.“We’ve got a lot of new guys, I think there’s 22 guys thathave been through this offseason before, so with a hundredpeople in here, we have a lot of relationships to build,”he said. “We had a good turnout (Monday), and it lookslikea good group, so we’ll be rolling.”Arizona Sports’ Adam Green contributed to thisreportcenter_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Georgiades defends Cyprus economic policy ahead of Eurogroup

first_imgFinance Minister Harris Georgiades said on Sunday the government would not take any fiscal measures that would undermine the economy`s growth prospects, despite the European Commission`s view that Cyprus should implement measures to comply with the Stability and Growth Pact targets concerning the structural balance in 2017.Georgiades told CNA that “the Commission`s view is not based on the real performance and projections of the economy but on a false approach based on the view that the economy has entered an overheating phase and we should take measures, such as imposing new taxes, to contain economy`s growth prospects.”In their meeting in Brussels on Monday, the euro area finance ministers will discuss the government Draft Budgetary Plans for 2017 in combination with the Commission`s winter forecasts. The meeting is expected to repeat the well-known recommendations to correct a deviation from the medium-term objectives concerning the structural balance for Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Finland.Cyprus disagrees with the Commission`s position, citing “a methodology that entails counter-intuitive results”. The Commission believes that for 2017 Cyprus structural balance will turn into a deficit of 1.9% of GDP, pointing to a risk of a “significant deviation from the requirement for balanced budget in structural terms.” The finance ministry maintains that the structural deficit will reach 1.0%.“From the government’s standpoint it is clear there is disagreement over this issue and we will not follow such wrongful recommendation,” Georgiades said.The finance minister also made clear “we will safeguard the main approach of our policy which is focused on strengthening and guarding growth and concurrently maintaining a balanced budget”.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchResearch Compact SUVs. New SUVs May Make You Want To Trade Yours In Today – See For Yourself!Yahoo SearchUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img