What happens to kids brains when they dont learn handwriting

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, handwriting isn’t taught much anymore. That’s bad for our minds in ways we are only now starting to realize. The practice was phased out of most curriculums because so few of us use it in everyday life, and to make room for more digital literacy skills—which we believe are crucial for kids to learn as young as possible.But new research is starting to show us the real purpose of handwriting—and it has to do with the way our brains process tasks. It turns out that annoying, painful cursive practice is what allows us to make the physical part of writing automatic and free our mind to concentrate on the meaning of what we’re putting on the page. So what happens to us when we’ve no longer got that skill?GUEST: Hetty Roessingh, Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of CalgaryYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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Anouar Invest To Launch Cement Plant in Laâyoune

Rabat – Moroccan Holding Group Anouar Invest announced  the construction of a cement factory in Laâyoune as part of  the new southern provinces development  projects in infrastructure and housing.The factory will seek  to meet the high demand for cement, an essential product for construction, the group explained in a communiqué.With an investment package reaching MAD 300 million, CIMSUD (Ciement Sud) will begin  operations by July 2017,  producing 500,000 tons of cement per year.The plant will be located in the area of Foum El Oued (Laâyoune). CIMSUD will create 75,000 employment days in its operation phase and 170 jobs in its exploitation phase. The group has also started construction of a cement entity in the Settat region with a budget of MAD 3 billion. It will produce 2.2 million tons of cement annually and will be in operation late 2018.Founded in 1994, Anouar Invest SA  has grown from a regional food distributor to one of the largest agribusiness players in Morocco. The group  primarily  processes and distributes staple foods, but it is also involved in real estate development.Anouar’s strategy focuses on consolidating its market position in agribusiness, preparing for future domestic market growth and gradually expanding to high potential markets in West Africa.The group’s consolidated sales reached MAD 7 billion in 2014. It employs 3,500 people in  more than 20 subsidiaries. read more

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Iraq must strengthen political momentum to quell sectarian violence UN envoy

“Recent developments have made negotiations on government formation more difficult,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for Iraq, told the Security Council in a public briefing.“This has created a dangerous and elongated political vacuum,” he warned, calling for the Council’s support for a stronger political momentum to prevent the situation from deteriorated further.Introducing Mr. Annan’s report to the Council, he noted that despite the enormous challenges Iraq has met all the technical benchmarks of its political transition envisaged by Council resolutions after Saddam Hussein’s regime was ousted by the United States-led invasion of 2003, given the recent national elections.However, he said that sectarian fissures have come to dominate and almost define Iraqi politics and its future prospects, gravely threatening those accomplishments.For that reason, Mr. Qazi said that his office and the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) have stepped up their engagement with political, religious and civic leaders with a view to encouraging greater inter-communal understanding. After earliest possible formation of a government, it was essential to conduct the mandated constitutional review in a way that created a national consensus on a strong framework for the Iraqi State, he said.“UNAMI stands ready to provide any assistance that might be necessary for the formation of an inclusive government and is fully engaged with Iraqi leaders to support the constitutional review and the effective implementation of the constitution,” he said.As underlined by Mr. Annan’s report, Mr. Qazi also stressed that, while political facilitation remains UNAMI’s priority in 2006, activities will also be strengthened in the key areas of reconstruction, development, humanitarian assistance and human rights.Action on human rights is particularly crucial, he said. While the Government has taken initial steps, more determined measures are necessary, he said, particularly with regard to the de facto arbitrary detentions, torture and extrajudicial killings.”If a more robust role is expected of the UN in the next phase of Iraq’s transition, however, greater mobility, flexibility and – above all – security for its personnel is essential, he underlined.Speaking on behalf of the Multinational Force, United States Ambassador John Bolton said the Force will continue to provide security for the UN, noting that UNAMI had made essential contributions to Iraqi progress, particularly to the elections and the formation of the Government.The representative of Iraq, Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, requested an increase in the number of UNAMI staff as the constitutional phase of the political process unfolded. “In a very real sense, the work of reconstructing Iraq’s political institutions is only now beginning, and the United Nations has much to offer in this respect,” he said.He stressed the Government’s ability to fully implement its human rights agenda has been severely hampered by the security situation, though it had taken many steps in that direction.The goal of the shrine attack was to foment civil war, he affirmed. “Yet Iraqis from across confessional, ethnic and political lines stand united in their horror and condemnation of such attacks,” he said. read more

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UN official condemns Taliban attack on schoolgirls in Pakistan

Leila Zerrougui, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, wished 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai and the two other girls who were shot and wounded a “swift and full recovery,” as she denounced the attack for which the group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility.“Education is a fundamental right for all children,” the Special Representative said in a news release. “The TTP must respect the right to education of all children, including girls, to go to school and live in peace.”Ms. Yousufzai was seriously wounded in the attack, which took place in the city of Mingora in Pakistan’s volatile Swat Valley, where the youngster is “known for speaking out against the forced closure of girls’ schools by the TTP.”“The girl was shot and wounded by Taliban gunmen, together with two other school girls, in the school bus in front of her school,” according to the Special Representative’s office. The young activist and “strong voice on girls’ education” had received the Pakistani Government’s highest civilian award in 2011, the office pointed out, adding that she continues to receive numerous threats to her life from the TTP. read more

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Embarrassing loss prompts concerns at Real Madrid

MADRID — Just like that, Real Madrid is under pressure again.One bad loss was all it took to put the Spanish club on the verge of another crisis, quickly erasing the joy that had come with the hiring of coach Santiago Solari.Solari had put Madrid back on track after taking over from the fired Julen Lopetegui, but the defending European champions head into their Champions League match against Roma on Tuesday heavily scrutinized following a 3-0 loss at Eibar in the Spanish league.Madrid’s potential is being questioned again after a troubling performance in its first match since Solari was given the permanent coaching job.The loss left the team in sixth place, six points behind leader Sevilla. But more concerning was how Madrid succumbed at Ipurua Stadium on Saturday, being outplayed and escaping an even greater beating only thanks to a good performance by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.“We are upset because we went into the international break on a great run that had restored our confidence, then we lose another away game and it keeps us further behind the leaders in the league,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said. “We have to take a good look at ourselves. We were not at the level we should be. When you don’t match your opponent in terms of intensity, you are just an average side.”Solari, a former Madrid player who understands how volatile everything can be at the Spanish powerhouse, did his best to try to remain positive.“We have to rethink a few things,” he said. “But we were coming off four victories in which there were some positive aspects and in which we did things well, we have to focus on that. The recent games give us reason to remain optimistic.”Madrid is in good position in the Champions League, tied with Roma at the top of Group G with nine points from four matches. A win in Italy will secure first place for the three-time defending champions.One thing Solari will likely have to focus on going forward is the team’s defensive system. Madrid has one of the worst defences in the Spanish league, with 19 goals conceded in 13 matches. Only five teams have conceded more goals in the league.Among the team’s losses were a 3-0 result at Sevilla and a 5-1 setback against Barcelona at Camp Nou, a demoralizing result that eventually led to Lopetegui’s dismissal only a few months into the season.Madrid’s defence looked as soft as ever on Saturday, when Eibar easily got near Courtois’ goal. Madrid was unable to keep its opponents from threatening on counterattacks and struggled to clear routine balls crossed into its area. Eibar players weren’t really challenged inside the box as they scored the three goals and had chances for a few more.The team’s numbers on defence aren’t as bad in the Champions League, where Madrid has conceded only twice in four matches. It can advance to the knockout stage even with a loss to Roma if CSKA Moscow doesn’t win its home match against Viktoria Plzen earlier on Tuesday.But another setback would leave the club in crisis again, and with Solari carrying a big target on his back.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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Terror chief Max Hill warns risk of attacks in Britain is highest

first_imgMr Hill also brought to justice the men behind the failed plot to bomb the London Tube weeks after the attacks of 7/7Credit:PA Mr Hill said the prosecution of Damilola Taylor’s killers was the case that made the biggest impression on him British citizens are facing a level of threat from terrorists not seen since the IRA bombings of the Seventies, the country’s new terrorism watchdog has warned.In his first major interview since taking the role, Max Hill said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) was planning “indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians” on a scale similar to those perpetrated by the IRA 40 years ago. He told The Telegraph that Islamists were targeting UK cities and said there was an “enormous ongoing risk which none of us can ignore”.  Firefighter Angus Campbell remonstrating with Ramzi Mohammed inside the Underground train in the failed 21/7 bomb plotCredit:PA The warning comes just days after Mr Hill, one of Britain’s leading terrorism prosecutors, was unveiled as the new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. It follows a 30-year legal career during which he helped convict the 21/7 bomb plotters, break up terror cells and imprison Damilola Taylor’s killers.  Max Hill won’t be afraid to take on ministersCredit:Jason Alden Metropolitan Police handout photo of CCTV footage shown to the jury of the 21/7 bomb trial at Woolwich Crown Court He also raised concern about the hundreds of British extremists who fled to fight in Syria and Iraq with Isil but are set to return after a string of military defeats. “It’s an enormous concern that large numbers – we know this means at least hundreds of British citizens who have left this country in order to fight – are now returning or may be about to return,” Mr Hill said. “Of course the imminent fall of Mosul and perhaps the prospective retaking of Raqqa are both bound to lead to a higher instance of returning fighters. Does that mean that the British public need to be immediately alarmed at a spike in terrorist activity within this country? “The answer to that is, I don’t know, but it doesn’t follow as a matter of fact that those who chose to go to live or fight abroad will bring that fight back to this country.” Revealing his views about the terrorism threat in Britain, Mr Hill also:Expressed “enormous concern” at the imminent return of hundreds of British jihadists who have been fighting for Isil in Syria;Warned that British teenagers as young as 14 are being radicalised by extremist videos and hate speech online;Promised to stand up to Theresa May if he believes her administration’s policies will harm British society;Defended ministers who approved a reported £1 million compensation payment to Ronald Fiddler, the Guantanamo Bay detainee who this month carried out a suicide bomb attack in Iraq;Pledged to review Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures amid concerns they are an “extraordinarily serious infringement” on freedom. Mr Hill was unveiled on Monday as the new watchdog, taking over from David Anderson in a role that dates back to the height of the IRA threat. He was praised by Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, for his “wealth of experience and legal expertise” when the appointment was announced. In the role, Mr Hill will  report annually to Parliament on the state of British terror legislation as well as undertaking his own reviews. center_img Mr Hill also brought to justice the men behind the failed plot to bomb the London Tube weeks after the attacks of 7/7 Max Hill won't be afraid to take on ministers Speaking exclusively to this newspaper, Mr Hill made plain his fears that the scale of threat facing Britain today has not been seen since the Seventies.“It is possible to point to distinctions in terms of the mindset, organisation and strategy of different terrorist groups and therefore it would be wrong to draw a simple comparison between Irish republicanism and the ideology of so-called Islamic State,” Mr Hill said. “But in terms of the threat that’s represented, I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning – with a view to indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or colour in metropolitan areas – represents an enormous on-going risk that none of us can ignore. “So I think that there is undoubtedly significant ongoing risk which is at least as great as the threat to London in the Seventies when the IRA were active on the mainland.” At the time Britain was facing a concerted terrorist campaign from Irish republicans that saw pubs, train stations and Parliament repeatedly targeted in bomb attacks. It was a battle that would only truly end with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, signed by Tony Blair, which secured peace in Northern Ireland.  Mr Hill said the success of the intelligence services after the 7/7 bombings in 2005 was largely to thank for such attacks not becoming more frequent.   I think the intensity and the potential frequency of serious plot planning – with a view to indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians of whatever race or colour in metropolitan areas – represents an enormous on-going risk that none of us can ignoreMr Hill Mr Hill said the prosecution of Damilola Taylor's killers was the case that made the biggest impression on him Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Jinchuan moves in to Mexico

first_imgTyler Resources has signed a definitive support agreement with Jinchuan Group, China’s largest producer of nickel, cobalt and PGMs and a major producer of copper, pursuant to which Jinchuan will make an offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares on a fully diluted basis of Tyler for C$1.60 per Share in cash. The offer values Tyler at approximately C$214 million on a fully diluted basis.The offer represents a 116% premium to Tyler’s closing price on October 18, 2007, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the unsolicited offer by Mercator Minerals, and represents a 60% premium to Tyler’s most recent closing price on January 4, 2008. In addition, the offer represents a 54% premium to Mercator’s November 9, 2007 unsolicited offer based on Mercator’s closing price on January 4, 2008.Alan Craven, Chairman of the Tyler Board and the Special Committee: “In response to Mercator’s hostile bid, we began an active and thorough process to identify a range of value enhancing alternatives for the company. Over the past several weeks, we received serious interest from a number of parties. In the end, Jinchuan came forward with the best offer. The offer has the unanimous support of the Tyler Board.”Li Yong-jun, Chairman and President of Jinchuan: “Tyler’s management team has developed Bahuerachi as one of Mexico’s most notable resource projects. Jinchuan looks forward to building on the efforts expended thus far to aggressively progress Bahuerachi through development and into production.”Jinchuan is a large integrated non-ferrous metallurgical and chemical engineering company engaged in mining, concentrating, metallurgy and chemical engineering. It produces nickel, copper, cobalt, rare and precious metals and also some chemical products. Jinchuan is the largest producer of cobalt, nickel and platinum group metals in China. Jinchuan is also the largest copper producer in northern China and has an annual production capacity of 130,000 t of nickel, 400,000 t of copper, 8,000 t of cobalt and 5,000 kg of PGMs.Tyler Resources’ primary project is the Bahuerachi property, which hosts Mexico’s fourth largest mineralised porphyry deposit. As part of its ongoing drill program, the Company has now drilled in excess of 52,000 m of combined diamond and reverse circulation drilling since 2004, making it one of the most active Canadian junior exploration companies operating in Mexico.last_img read more

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Sergey Gorbok is new victim of Mateusz Kus

Mateusz KusSergey Gorbok The 34 years-old Russian left back Sergey Gorbok will be forced to miss upcoming matches with his PICK Szeged due serious injury – broken nose. Dr. Zsolt Bella examined (nasal fracture), and then put it back on the injured body part.Everything happened during match of the VELUX EHF Champions League against Vive Tauron Kielce 27:29, when Polish defender Mateusz Kus broke his nose after head collision.Gorbok isn’t the first “victim” of Kus this year. He already injured his team-mate Michal Jurecki during Olympic tournament in Rio, when defensive specialist felt on compatriot’s foot.Michal Jurecki two months out ← Previous Story Gornik Zabrze sack Polish legend Mariusz Jurasik Next Story → Anti “resin-free” handball hit by OberLiga guys! read more

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Assange accuses CIA of devastating incompetence and warns he has a lot

first_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 9th 2017, 10:35 PM Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:35 PM 22,560 Views Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images By AFP Assange accuses CIA of ‘devastating incompetence’ and warns he has a lot more info to leak US officials told CNN that a federal criminal investigation was being opened into the leak. 83 Comments Share77 Tweet Email Updated 10.35pmWIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN Assange has accused the CIA of “devastating incompetence” for failing to protect its hacking secrets and said he would work with tech companies to develop fixes for them.“This is a historic act of devastating incompetence, to have created such an arsenal and then stored it all in one place,” Assange said.“It is impossible to keep effective control of cyber weapons… If you build them, eventually you will lose them,” Assange said.Assange was speaking in a press conference streamed live from Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has been living as a fugitive from justice since 2012.He said his anti-secrecy website had “a lot more information” about the Central Intelligence Agency’s hacking operation but would hold off on publishing it until WikiLeaks had spoken to tech manufacturers.“We have decided to work with them to give them some exclusive access to the additional technical details we have so fixes can be developed and then pushed out.“Once this material is effectively disarmed by us we will publish additional details about what has been occurring,” he added.Commenting on the press conference, Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said Assange “should spend the rest of his life wearing an orange jumpsuit”.“He’s an enemy of the American people and an ally to (Russian President) Vladimir Putin,” he said in a statement.“Do us harm”The CIA had accused Wikileaks of endangering Americans, helping US rivals and hampering the fight against terror threats by releasing what the anti-secrecy site claimed was a trove of CIA hacking tools.There are reports in the US that a federal criminal investigation into the leaks is being opened to investigate the documents.CIA officials also confirmed to the US news group CNN that the documents were genuine, despite the CIA’s public statement refusal to confirm the authenticity of the materials, which said they were leaked from the spy agency’s hacking operations.Nevertheless, said spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak, “The American public should be deeply troubled by any Wikileaks disclosure designed to damage the intelligence community’s ability to protect America against terrorists and other adversaries.”“Such disclosures not only jeopardize US personnel and operations, but also equip our adversaries with tools and information to do us harm,” she said.Horniak defended the CIA’s cyber operations, which the Wikileaks materials showed focused heavily on breaking into personal electronics using a wide range of malware systems.“It is CIA’s job to be innovative, cutting-edge, and the first line of defense in protecting this country from enemies abroad,” she said.Massive leakOn Tuesday, WikiLeaks published nearly 9,000 documents it said were part of a huge trove leaked from the CIA, describing it as the largest-ever publication of secret intelligence materials.“This extraordinary collection, which amounts to more than several hundred million lines of code, gives its possessor the entire hacking capacity of the CIA,” it said.The documents showed that CIA hackers can turn a TV into a listening device, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control one’s car.Most experts believe the materials to be genuine, and US media said yesterday that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is opening a criminal probe into the leak.The source of the materials remained unclear. The investigation could focus on whether the CIA was sloppy in its controls, or, as The Washington Post reported, it could be “a major mole hunt” for a malicious leaker or turncoat inside the agency.Wikileaks itself said the documents, hacking tools and code came from an archive that had circulated among US government hackers and private contractors.An investigation would come as the CIA is already enmeshed in a politically-charged probe into Russia’s alleged interference in the US election last year in support of President Donald Trump’s campaign.WikiLeaks, which has stunned the US government with a series of publications of top-secret political, diplomatic and intelligence materials, said the publication Tuesday was only the first of a series of releases of CIA hacking materials.That raised concerns that the site could release the actual hacking tools it obtained along with the documents. Experts worry those could fall into the hands of anyone, including US enemies and criminals.Tech sector scrambles for fixesThe Wikileaks documents detailed the CIA’s practice of exploiting vulnerabilities in hardware and software, without ever informing producers of them.The CIA allegedly found ways to hack into personal electronics from leading companies like Apple and Samsung, Android phones, popular Microsoft software, and crucial routers from major manufacturers.The documents suggest it can also infiltrate smartphones in a way that allows it to get around popular messaging encryption apps.The tech sector was scrambling to understand how their products were at risk.“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” Apple said in an emailed statement.“We’re confident that security updates and protections in both Chrome and Android already shield users from many of these alleged vulnerabilities,” Google director of information security and privacy Heather Adkins said in a released statement.“Our analysis is ongoing and we will implement any further necessary protections.”Samsung and Microsoft both said they were “looking into” what Wikileaks revealed.Encryption apps safeJoseph Hall, a technologist with the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital rights organisation, said the documents raise questions about the US government’s pledge last year to disclose vulnerabilities to technology firms.That pledge means “security flaws should get back to the companies so they can get fixed, and not languish for years,” he said.The American Civil Liberties Union commented in a tweet: “When the government finds software security holes, it should help fix them, not hoard them and leave everyone vulnerable.”Companies that make encryption programmes and apps targeted by the CIA said the revelations show the agency has not been able to break their software.Open Whisper Systems, which developed the technology for the Signal encryption app, said the CIA documents showed that Signal works.“None of the exploits are in Signal or break Signal Protocol encryption,” the group said in a tweet.“The existence of these hacking tools is a testimonial to the strength of the encryption,” said Steve Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science researcher, in a blog post.- © AFP 2017Read: TVs used to spy on people? 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More inspectors added

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Ministry of Transport and Communications is planning to recruit an additional 100 inspectors to catch commuters who do not pay for their journeys, following revelations that ticket dodgers cost the Athens Urban Transport Organization some 40 million euros every year. Up to 12 percent of commuters travel on Athens public transport without a validated ticket. The highest rate of ticket dodging is on trolley buses, buses and trams where 16 percent of commuters travel illegally. Some 12 percent evade inspectors on the Piraeus-Kifissia urban electric railway while just four percent take the same risk on the capital’s metro system.last_img read more

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Paratici Juventus have discussed Pogba return

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed they’ve discussed re-signing Paul Pogba many timesThe 25-year-old midfielder’s future at Manchester United continues to be clouded in doubt amid a fractured relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Pogba has been persistently linked with a move to Barcelona since the summer along with a return to Juventus.The French World Cup winner enjoyed a successful four-year spell at Turin before completing a then-world record transfer of £89m to United in 2016.But Pogba’s performances at Old Trafford have failed to live up to his price tag with things between himself and Mourinho appearing to not be improving.Now Paratici revealed Juventus remains fond of Pogba and have contemplated a reunion with their former star.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“A return? We have already discussed this many times,” said Paratici, according to talkSPORT.“He’s a great player we’ve had before and are fond of, but now he plays for Manchester United.“We are exploring the market, the president and Pavel Nedved, with the help of coach [Massimiliano] Allegri.“To improve the team we are always careful. We still have great players and we enjoy them. It will not be easy to always have so many strong ones.”Pogba managed 34 goals and 43 assists in 178 appearances for Juventus in all competitions.last_img read more

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Police search for Coral Gables bank robber

first_imgPolice are searching for the man involved in a Coral Gables bank robbery.The FBI has released surveillance images from the robbery, which took place at the Citi Bank, off South Dixie Highway and Mariposa Court, Thursday.Officials said the man came in and demanded money from one of the tellers before taking off in a silver Chevrolet Cruz.If you have any information on this robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Kent Jones performs at Plantation school prior to FSA testing

first_imgPLANTATION, FLA. (WSVN) – Some South Florida students had a moment to relax with a private concert before taking the state assessments test.Hip-hop artist Kent Jones performed for hundreds of students at Imagine Charter School in Plantation.The students have been preparing for the upcoming FSA test and teachers and staff hope this concert will help motivate, as well as make students relax before taking the test.“We start testing season after spring break and students feel stressed out,” said principal Ethiel Calvo, “and we thought let’s do something fun.”The kids had a chance to sing as well and even bust some moves during the performance.Kent Jones made their day when he took a selfie with a student’s phone.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Sells 347 Million Smartphones in First Half of 2015

first_imgXiaomi Mi Logo: Image Featured for Representational purpose onlyREUTERS/JASON LEE/FILESSmartphone-maker Xiaomi has sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015. By posting this update, the Chinese company also claimed that they have experienced 33% more sales compared to last year.About 70% of the sale was carried out through Xiaomi’s official online store Mi.com, helping the company become China’s third-largest e-commerce player. During Mi Fan Festival in April this year, Xiaomi sold 2.12 million phones in just 12 hours.Currently, most Xiaomi smartphones are already on open sale without any need for pre-registration, making it more convenient for users to make purchases.”Even with the China smartphone market slowing down, we did a stellar job of posting a 33% growth on last year’s numbers. It can be said that we outperformed the market and produced an excellent report card,” said Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun.Xiaomi has successfully maintained its ranking as China’s top smartphone vendor in terms of market share for five consecutive quarters. In February this year, analyst firm IDC revealed that Xiaomi ranked first in China in 2014 with a market share of 12.5%.On 1 July, former partner of international investment fund DST Shou Zi Chew joined Xiaomi as its new CFO. Earlier on June, former president of Qualcomm Greater China, Wang Xiang, became senior vice president of strategic cooperation at Xiaomi.Apart from selling its smartphones in Asia, Xiaomi has also entered Brazil recently, by launching its affordable smartphone Redmi 2 in the country. The launch hints that Xiaomi is preparing itself for releasing its smartphones in North America and Europe.last_img read more

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Washingtons NFL Cheerleaders Say They Had To Pose Topless As VIPs Watched

first_img Share Alex Brandon/APWashington’s football team is facing allegations from its cheerleaders about the way they were treated on a 2013 trip to Costa Rica. Here, the squad warms up before an NFL preseason game in 2014.A “mandatory” trip to a nightclub where they were told to escort wealthy sponsors. A topless photo shoot that male spectators were invited to attend. Those are two of the main allegations made by cheerleaders from Washington’s NFL team about a 2013 trip to Costa Rica to photograph the squad’s swimsuit calendar.The allegations described in a New York Times story stem from a trip to the Occidental Grand Papagayo, an adults-only resort on Culebra Bay, on Costa Rica’s west coast.Citing interviews with five cheerleaders who were there, the Times‘ Juliet Macur reports that the women were unhappy with their lack of privacy — and worried that the team wasn’t concerned enough with their safety. Also unsettling: They said the team collected their passports early in the weeklong trip.The team told the Times that it normally collects passports on international trips as a matter of security.When it was time to take photographs for the risqué calendar — including ones that involved being topless — the cheerleaders said men who backed the team as either sponsors or stadium-suite holders were invited to watch the photo shoots up close.Captain Susan’s shoot is underway! Thanks to @Dmilikah swimwear for the swimsuit! #WRCCalendarShoot pic.twitter.com/KUUoVle3ux— Redskins Cheerleaders (@1stLadiesOfFB) May 30, 2013“At one of my friend’s shoots, we were basically standing around her like a human barricade because she was basically naked, so we could keep the guys from seeing her,” one cheerleader told Macur. “I was getting so angry that the guys on the trip were skeezing around in the background.”Nine of the cheerleaders were also told they had been chosen to be “personal escorts” for sponsors during an outing at a nightclub, according to the Times. Several said the order came from the squad’s director.That trip included urgings that the cheerleaders drink and flirt; one participant said the cheerleaders felt as if their bosses were “pimping us out.”The cheerleading squad’s director, Stephanie Jojokian, told the Times that she doesn’t agree with the depiction of the trip. She denied ordering anyone to go out with sponsors and said she provides a supportive environment for her cheerleaders.“Where is this coming from?” Jojokian is quoted as saying. “I would never put a woman in a situation like that. I actually mentor these women to be strong and to speak up, and it kills me to hear that.”Neither Jojokian nor the team responded to NPR’s request for comment and clarification about the cheerleaders’ allegations.In a statement to the Times, the team said:“The Redskins’ cheerleader program is one of the NFL’s premier teams in participation, professionalism, and community service. Each Redskin cheerleader is contractually protected to ensure a safe and constructive environment. The work our cheerleaders do in our community, visiting our troops abroad, and supporting our team on the field is something the Redskins organization and our fans take great pride in.”News of the allegations comes after two former NFL cheerleaders – one from the Miami Dolphins and another from the New Orleans Saints – recently filed federal and state complaints over their working conditions. Their complaints cite discrimination and describe a controlling environment that also limits cheerleaders’ ability to profit from their careers.The attorney for both women, Sara Blackwell, has said they would agree to settle their claims for $1 — and the guarantee of a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss leaguewide standards on working conditions for cheerleaders.Responding to the report about the Washington cheerleaders, Blackwell said via Twitter, “In light of the latest NY Times story, Goodell is completely awful if he refuses to meet with us to create rules that are lawful and fair.”In light of the latest NY Times story, Goodell is completely awful if he refuses to meet with us to create rules that are lawful and fair.https://t.co/FzMyAc79U6— Sara Blackwell (@4US_Workers) May 3, 2018In an earlier tweet, Blackwell also said it was a “big mistake” if Goodell doesn’t discuss how to protect the NFL’s cheerleaders — and protect the NFL and its teams from a future lawsuit.When the Times contacted the NFL about its Washington story, a spokesman said the league “has no role in how the clubs which have cheerleaders utilize them.”“Our office will work with our clubs in sharing best practices and employment-related processes that will support club cheerleading squads within an appropriate and supportive workplace,” the spokesman added.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_img All ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Search Ads by Amazon AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Close A massive reservoir of relatively fresh water stretching from Massachusetts to New Jersey has been discovered underneath the Atlantic Ocean.A recent survey of the U.S. Northeast coast revealed that gigantic aquifer trapped in porous sediments below the salty ocean water. The underwater aquifer stretches out about 50 miles to the edge of the continental shelf.If found on the surface, the freshwater reservoir would create a lake that covers 15,000 square miles. The researchers claimed that it is the largest such formation found in the world, and there might be more. Finding Freshwater Underneath The Atlantic Ocean”We knew there was fresh water down there in isolated places, but we did not know the extent or geometry,” stated Chloe Gustafson, a PhD candidate at Columbia University and the lead author of the study that appears in the journal Scientific Reports.According to the researchers, the first hint of an aquifer underneath the Atlantic Ocean surfaced in the ’70s, when companies drilled the coastline for oil. Instead, they found fresh water.Scientists, at the time, debated whether the fresh water came from isolated pockets or something bigger.It was not until recently when the research team used electromagnetic imaging (the same technology used to look for oil in the sub-seafloor) that they truly discovered how massive the freshwater reservoir really is.In 2015, study coauthors Kerry Key of Lamont-Doherty and Rob L. Evans of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution spent 10 days on the vessel Marcus G. Langseth to make measurements.They found that the freshwater deposits are “more or less continuous,” extending from the shoreline up to the shallow continental shelf. They begin at around 600 feet below the seafloor and end at about 1,200 feet, the analysis revealed.The researchers also believe that the freshwater sediments span not just New Jersey and Massachusetts but also the intervening coasts of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York.Source Of FreshwaterThe researchers added that the newfound reservoir could one day provide fresh water in places that are now in danger of running out, like in the Saharan Africa. They believe that similar aquifers remain hidden and undiscovered underneath many other coasts across the globe.”It could turn out to be an important resource in other parts of the world,” added Gustafson. TAG Atlantic Ocean, FreshWater, Water Crisis Ads by Amazon Bestsellerlast_img read more

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first_imgMoving on after Bruce Arians called it a career, the Arizona Cardinals were among seven NFL teams searching for a new head coach following the 2017 regular season.They were the among the last to make their choice, hiring Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks on Monday after a deliberate round of interviews with nine coaching candidates.While several teams publicly made hires, a handful of others decided on their new coaches but couldn’t make the moves official until those coaches’ current teams ended their respective seasons. Arizona CardinalsBruce AriansSteve Wilks, Panthers DC It appeared that Arizona was last to finalize their hire, but after Super Bowl LII, the Indianapolis Colts’ expected hire of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was set back when the New England assistant opted to instead remain under coach Bill Belichick.The Colts scrambled and reportedly have decided to hire Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich to wrap the coaching carousel this offseason.Here is a list of the job openings, who left and who will take over. Indianapolis ColtsChuck PaganoJosh McDaniels, Patriots OC Frank Reich, Eagles OC Chicago BearsJohn FoxMatt Nagy, Chiefs OC – / 9 TeamOutgoing coachIncoming coach, previous job New York GiantsBen McAdooPat Shurmur, Vikings OC Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Oakland RaidersJack Del RioJon Gruden, ESPN analyst 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Detroit LionsJim CaldwellMatt Patricia, Patriots DC The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Tennessee TitansMike MularkeyMike Vrabel, Texans DC Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img In this April 19, 2017 photo provided by Morgan Karanasios, sculptor Valery Mahuchy works on a clay model for his bronze statue of the comic book character “Archie” at his studio in Bethlehem, N.H. Bob Montana, who was the first to draw original depictions of the “Archie” characters, lived in Meredith, N.H. for 35 years until his death in 1975. The life-sized bronze statue of “Archie” is scheduled to be installed Aug. 9, 2018, in Meredith’s Community Park to coincide with the town’s 250th anniversary. (Morgan Karanasios via AP) by Stephanie Morales, The Associated Press Posted Jul 4, 2018 7:35 am PDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2018 at 9:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Archie’ artist honoured with statue by his hometowncenter_img CONCORD, N.H. – A life-size bronze statue of a red-haired, freckled Archie will soon greet visitors at a New Hampshire town in honour of the local man who drew the comic book character and his group of wholesome teenage friends.Bob Montana illustrated Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead from 1942 until his death in 1975 at age 54. He lived in Meredith, New Hampshire, for 35 years until he died from a heart attack while cross-country skiing.“It is a privilege to be able to draw attention to one of our community members who did so much and did it so quietly and so well,” said Monica Philbin, executive director of the Greater Meredith Program.The Greater Meredith Program, a community development non-profit, raised nearly $57,000 for the project in less than six months mostly from residents. Architect Chris Williams originally suggested the idea to honour the former Meredith resident with an Archie statue. Williams said no other sculpture of the character exists anywhere.The one-of-a-kind statue will be commemorated Aug. 9 in Meredith’s Community Park to coincide with the town’s 250th anniversary.Montana brought the Archie Andrews character to life when he drew the first “Archie” comic strip while renting a cottage on Lake Waukewan in 1942. He was joined by other illustrators over the years, including Tom Moore, who also chronicled Archie’s escapades from 1953 until he retired in the 1980s.The comic strip was distributed in newspapers nationwide a few years later. Its popularity led the company that originally published the comic books, MLJ Comics, to change their name to Archie Comic Publications in 1946. Over the years, the comic sold billions of copies worldwide and inspired several television shows including “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Riverdale.”In a book about Montana’s life, author Carol Lee Anderson noted that he placed Archie at various New Hampshire landmarks, including Lake Winnipesaukee, and even modeled characters after people in the Lakes Region town. Archie’s gang of friends were said to be inspired by the cartoonist’s high school classmates in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Montana used drawings of his characters for community fundraisers, including an effort to save a mill building in Laconia.“My father was very proud to be able to earn his living by bringing a smile to people’s faces,” said his daughter Lynn Montana, who lives in Meredith. “He wanted to empower Archie as a force of good that was bigger than the comic strip.”Despite his fame, Lynn said her father was a humble and private man, partially why he raised his family in “peaceful” Meredith.“In his eyes, Archie was famous, but he was not,” Lynn said.Montana’s impact in Meredith went beyond the comic strip. He had a vision of turning Meredith into an art colony, his daughter said, at one point converting a gas station into an art studio and frame shop. He introduced several artists to the small town and created a local theatre group.Montana once united the community to change zoning laws, which prevented commercial development from being built along the waterfront in Meredith. He also successfully fought to have the town’s parking meters removed, according to his daughter.“He was a lot more than just a cartoonist, he was a wonderful friend, neighbour and leader in our community,” said the project’s chairman, Jim McFarlin, adding that there are still people in Meredith who remember the days when Montana would take children out for rides in his 1923 Model T Ford, the same car Archie drove in early comics.The beaming statue will sit on a bench and look toward his workshop, now vacant, where Montana spent his days quietly drawing cartoons. The Belarusian artist commissioned to do the sculpture, Valery Mahuchy, said he wants to bring people together and offer unity with the statue.“It’s like a dream come true to have my father permanently honoured in the town and we’re so grateful to the community for supporting it in the way they have,” Lynn said. “It’s a testament to my dad’s work that it’s still alive and meaningful to people today.”last_img read more

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