December 16, 2019
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first_imgmarkhachman A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#Microsoft#web center_img Analysts at IDC said Friday that the launch of Windows 8 in October will be directly responsible for boosting the flat U.S. PC market into a period of moderate growth next year. And they were surprisingly specific about how big a bump Microsoft’s new operation system will deliver.David Daoud, research director of personal computing at IDC, said the firm is attributing 5 percentage points of U.S. PC market unit growth to Windows 8.From Flat To Up“In other words, for 2013, the market otherwise would have been flat,” Daoud told ReadWriteWeb. “But for Windows 8, we boost it by about 5%, so that gives it 5% growth. That’s essentially the premium given to Windows 8.”On Thursday, IDC reported that PC growth was slowing in advance of Windows 8’s launch in late October. Just 367 million PCs will ship into the market this year, up less than 1% from 2011 and marking the second consecutive year of growth below 2%, IDC said.Despite the advent of Windows 8, IDC also reduced its worldwide PC forecast for the next few years. IDC now estimates that that worldwide PC shipment growth will average 7.1% from 2013-2016, down from the 8.4% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) previously forecast for 2012-2016. IDC did not formally break out numbers for individual regions.Next year, however, worldwide PC sales in units should jump from 0.9% this year to 6.5%, with growth accelerating to 7.0% and 7.5% in 2014 and 2015, respectively. Much of that demand will come from emerging markets, whose residents are still buying their first PCs, as well as purchasing Windows 8 replacements for those they already own.Part of IDC’s adjusted forecast can be explained by its definition of a PC: IDC still defines a PC as a box with an associated keyboard, whether it be a notebook or desktop computer. As more consumers choose tablets, which typically lack those discrete keyboards, the number of “PCs” sold decreases. Daoud also said that IDC factored in macroeconomic conditions; although U.S. GDP growth is expected to be about 2.0% next year, Europe is struggling and the Asia-Pacific region is “cooling off,” he said.Windows 8 Driving PC DifferentiationOne way that PC makers plan to cope is by using Windows 8 to drive new kinds of PCs. The Windows 8 PC designs Daoud has seen show that PC makers plan to differentiate their products. “So we do think there is the opportunity for growth,” he said.Still, Daoud wasn’t prepared to cast Windows 8 as an unmitigated success, citing increased uncertainty “Windows 8 will have positive repercussions, without any doubt,” Daoud said. “That’s why we’re witnessing consumers waiting for that operating system to hit the market.“But there’s a lot of unanswered questions: the price point, the design, how consumers will receive the product,” Daoud added. “So it’s also a wild card… We’re certainly moving to a crossroads in the industry: we’re moving to a new OS, new user interface, user behavior, new usage model, new software delivered through the app store, which is a new delivery mechanism. So we’re seeing a totally new type of environment, meaning that consumers will need to be educated about this.”PC Makers Getting HammeredGiven the anticipation and uncertainty surrounding Windows 8, the slowdown in PC shipments before the launch of the new operating system should have come as no surprise. But PC makers were apparently caught unprepared.In a conference call with analysts this week, Hewlett Packard chief executive Meg Whitman acknowledged that the number of PCs sold through the channel “softened” or slowed during the second half of July, driving the amount of stock in retailers’ hands “higher than our acceptable ranges,” Whitman said. All told, the company’s commercial revenue slipped 9% and consumer revenue declined 12% year-over-year, HP said.Dell’s results were even worse: consumer revenue slipped 22%, and a combination of weak consumer environment and macroeconomic concerns prompted Dell to cut its revenue forecast by 2% to 5%.“In the quarter, we saw the channel drawing down inventory in anticipation of the Windows 8 launch,” Brian Gladden, Dell’s chief financial officer, reported. Dell’s strategy of maximising profits at all levels of the business failed to pay off, as the only growth the company saw was in the low-value segments, Gladden reported; high-end customers, who undoubtedly knew Windows 8 was coming, held off purchasing PCs.Arrow image courtesy of Shutterstock. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgMuslim populationVadodara, Dec 7 (PTI) BJP contestant from Dabhoi Assembly seat in Gujarat, Shailesh Sotta today courted controversy by allegedly saying that the population of “topi and dadhiwalas”, an apparent reference to Muslims, should be “reduced”.He also said that he came to Dabhoi to “instill fear” and that if sporadic communal clashes were not stopped a “befitting reply” would be given.”If any topi, daadhiwala (anybody wearing a cap and sporting beard) is sitting here (in the crowd), then pardon me, but there is a need to reduce their population. Many leaders asked me not to say this, as it may go against me, but if 90 per cent of people are supporting me, then why shall I stop speaking about the 10 per cent people?” Sotta purportedly said at what appeared to be a small gathering in Dabhoi town in Vadodara district.The video of the speech he made in Gujarati has gone viral.”(They say) dont talk about the community in which you are born (Hindu), and if you want to talk about that (the community), then dont contest election. But I will fight election for the religion in which I am born,” Sotta purportedly said.Sotta, a Vadodara councillor who is contesting Assembly polls for the first time, said they (Muslims) will have to stop sporadic clashes (communal incidents) or they will get eent ka jawab pathhar se (tit for tat response).Dabhoi is going to polls in the second phase on December 14.”There was a meeting of a peace committee in which a tadipaar (externed criminal) said that he is scared of the BJP candidate (Sotta). There is nothing wrong in this,” he said.advertisementHe said he came to Dabhoi to “scare people” and not the other way round.”I came here to scare people. I am here not to get frightened, but to make others frightened. And if anti-social elements remain scared, then it is required for this place,” he said.Sotta could not be contacted on phone for his reaction.He is pitted against senior Congress leader Siddharth Patel.After Sottas video was aired by some news channels, Ahmedabad-based social worker Nishant Varma filed a complaint with the State Election Commission against Sotta over his “highly communal and instigating” comments against the Muslim community and for “violating the poll code”.”He (Sotta) is clearly heard saying that Muslim population must be reduced in the area, and that Muslims will face eent ka jawab pathhar se. He is saying all this to appease 90 per cent (Hindu) voters and not the rest 10 per cent,” Varma said in his complaint.”He (Sotta) is referring to Muslims as topi and daadhiwala which is completely unacceptable and a clear violation of the model code of conduct as well as various provisions of the CrPC and IPC,” he said. PTI KA PD NSK SClast_img read more

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first_imgAlia got a chance yesterday to relive her childhood days as she paid a visit to her school for Annual Sports Meet.According to Pink Villa report, the actor enjoyed her time watching several children participate in sports events. While giving bytes to Pink Villa, Alia spoke about how she reached on time as she can’t be late to school no matter what.The 24-year-old actress, a former student of Jamnabai Narsee, told Times Now that she was honored to be taking the salute for the Sports Meet.About the event:The event commenced with a march-past of contingents from all participating schools followed by the Mallakhambh performance by the students of the Victoria Memorial School for the blindThe Athlete’s Oath was taken by winners of 2016 while the Torch Run was followed by varied athletic as well as festive races depending on the capabilities of the studentsAbout 1,150 differently able students from 43 special schools participated in the Special Sports Meet in order to celebrate the spirit of inclusionQualifications and professional career of the actor:She completed her class 12th from Jamnabai Narsee School, MumbaiShe had decided to finish her 12th and go on to study drama, but after being in the cast of Student of the Year film, she changed her plansHer college education didn’t start due to her acting careerHer film acting career as a leading star started in 2012 under the Karan Johar’s Students of the Year Since her first movie, she has not turned back and is continuing to entertain the audience with her outstanding acting skillsAbout Jamnabai Narsee School:Jamnabai Narsee School, situated in the western suburbs of Mumbai, stands tall as a premium educational institution of international standards in IndiaThe school provide quality education, right from the pre- school to the Indian School Certificate (ISC) examinationBesides offering the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) curriculum, the school facilitates schooling through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) at the secondary levelThe aim of the school is to develop well rounded individuals, who are eco-conscious and will grow up to be global citizens with humanitarian valuesThe school motto “Knowledge is Strength Supreme” is succinctly encapsulated in its school emblem through the symbol of the lighted lamp at the centre of the hexagonRead: Washington University to mentor IIT Delhi students, signs agreementadvertisementRead: National Medical Commission Bill approved by Union Cabinet, MCI to be replacedlast_img read more

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first_imgThe festive season in India has begun and this means e-commerce platforms like Amazon India and Flipkart will be trying to make the most of it through their big sales. Amazon has kicked off its Great Indian Festival for Prime members while the sale for all consumers will be open starting 10 October. Flipkart will simultaneously hold its own Big Billion Days sale from October 10 to October 14. During these festive sales, you can expect to see some really attractive offers and discounts on smartphones. Two in particular are the subject of this piece – the OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy S8.The OnePlus 6 is available starting at Rs 29,999 for Amazon Prime customer right now. This is a flat Rs 5,000 off from its original starting price of Rs 34,999. Meanwhile, Samsung’s 2017 flagship phone, the Galaxy S8 will be available at a price of Rs 29,990 on Flipkart once the Big Billion Days sale commences on Wednesday, October 10. With both these attractive and powerful devices available at under Rs 30,000 now, we help you decide which one is the right one for you.Premium designs, but Samsung has an edgeThe OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S8 are both extremely premium-looking phones with stunning displays and all-glass designs. The OnePlus 6 brings a tall AMOLED display with a notch and Gorilla Glass 5 protection on the front and back. This looks pretty attractive on its own, but when kept next to a Galaxy S8, you would find it hard to look away from Samsung’s flagship. If there is one thing Samsung has excelled at is at creating some gorgeous-looking phones. The Galaxy S8 also brings Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, but it’s curvier and more elegantly crafted. The display and the glass curves at the sides, making it look as though the screen is flowing down. The Galaxy S8 also has one of the best display panels on a smartphone. It gets a 5.8-inch QHD+ sAMOLED Infinity Display and HDR 10 support. The Galaxy S8’s display may not be as tall as the OnePlus 6, but the phone is a lot more compact and easier to hold.advertisementOnePlus 6 gets a better processor, Galaxy S8 gets better camerasAs I mentioned earlier, both the OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S8 offer terrific value at under Rs 30,000. The OnePlus 6 is powered by 2018’s flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset which is an absolute beast and is a chipset that promises a few years of fight in it. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, run on a now dated Exynos 8895 processor, which simply can’t compete with Qualcomm’s chipset. Both the phones will work smoothly initially, but the OnePlus 6 will naturally perform better in the long run thanks partly to a well optimised Android software.That being said, the Galaxy S8 is hard to beat in the camera department. Even today, the cameras on the Galaxy S8 are some of the best in the industry are perhaps the best you can find under Rs 30,000 right now. The 12-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ rear cameras with f/1.7 aperture and OIS captures terrific images both in sunlight and low-light. The 8MP front-facing camera will also deliver some amazing selfies even in low-light. Lastly, when it comes to battery life, the OnePlus 6 gets an edge with its 3,300mAh capacity over the Galaxy S8 which comes with a 3,000mAh battery. The OnePlus 6 manages to deliver a great battery life and will last you a full day and maybe more on average usage. The same usage will leave the Galaxy S8 dead much before you hit the bed.One is dated, the other is nearing its endNow, when you’re looking to buy a smartphone, you naturally hope that the device is as new as possible so that it is able to live longer. In that sense, the OnePlus 6 is definitely a newer phone than the Galaxy S8. Samsung’s flagship was launched in April last year, so understandably some of the specs are now dated. On the other side we have the OnePlus 6, which is just around five months old now. Yes, it’s pretty fresh in our minds, but here’s the conundrum we are faced with now that its successor is just a few days away from launch – is it worth buying the OnePlus 6 or should you wait for the OnePlus 6T.The OnePlus 6T, based on all the rumours so far, is turning out to be a significant upgrade over the OnePlus 6. It will sport a waterdrop notch and in-display fingerprint sensor, among other things. However, it will likely be priced much higher as we expect the starting price in India to be somewhere close to Rs 36,999. For a sub-Rs 30,000 phone, the OnePlus 6 is still a great choice, and should be considered if you’re not attracted by what the 6T is offering. The OnePlus 6 is still a relevant phone, at least until stocks last.advertisementThe way we see it, OnePlus phones have a great staying power and they usually perform smoothly even after a few years. It’s hard to say the same for the Galaxy S8, which does start showing some lags and stutters a year later. When it comes to software experience, the OnePlus 6 offers a near pure, stock version of Android which is bloat-free and offers a smooth experience. To top things off, the phone can also be updated to Android 9 Pie. The Galaxy S8, on the other hand, may never see Pie and the Experience UI does start weighing down on the phone after a while.In the end, if you’re looking for a dependable phone that offers a consistently smooth user experience with regular security updates, the OnePlus 6 is your best bet. But if design and cameras are your priority, then it doesn’t get better than the Galaxy S8.last_img read more

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first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel was red with rage at being stripped of a much-needed win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.So the four-time Formula One world champion took matters into his own hands – literally.After getting out of his car with his helmet still on and stomping back to his garage, Vettel then made his way to the post-race grid.The Montreal crowd watched in amazement as Vettel theatrically grabbed the big No. 1 sign parked in front of race winner Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes car and moved it to where his Ferrari should have been in the empty No. 2 slot.Then Vettel did the opposite with the No. 2 sign, hauling it over and dramatically plonking it in front of Hamilton’s car.Parc Ferme… #CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/cJOuT5hnwPFormula 1 (@F1) June 9, 2019The crowd cheered, as if witnessing a moral victory.”Obviously I’m angry, as you can imagine,” Vettel said. “I gave everything I had today and more.”Vettel had started from pole position and crossed the finish line narrowly ahead of Hamilton.But Vettel had been given a five-second time penalty for an incident which happened with a little more than 20 laps to go. Despite Vettel taking the checkered flag, that penalty gave the five-time F1 champion Hamilton his fifth win in seven races and 78th overall.Vettel, meanwhile, has not won in 15 races – a dismal run at the most storied team in F1.His mistake was basic, unfair time penalty or not.He went into the grass with Hamilton pressuring behind him, and then swerved back onto the track, forcing Hamilton to brake suddenly to avoid crashing into the barriers to the right of the track.advertisementRace. Defining. Moment. #CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/053sau3we1Formula 1 (@F1) June 9, 2019But amid the anger Vettel did have a point.F1 carved its reputation in decades of daredevil acts and used to be famed for such high-speed drama but here it was deemed preferable to fine Vettel for an unsafe re-entry back onto the track.Vettel took a swipe – or rather a full-blown lunge – at governing body FIA, saying the reasoning of the stewards went against the spirit of motor racing.VETTEL: “The people shouldn’t boo at Lewis… I really enjoyed the race and the crowd. Lewis was a bit faster, but we were able to keep him behind. Ask the people what they think”#CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/iUAXm7vPMsFormula 1 (@F1) June 9, 2019″It is not making our sport popular. People want to see us race, and it was racing. Just a shame when we have these funny decisions,” Vettel said. “I just wish I could be as good as I am … but in the old drivers’ time. We should be able to say what we think, but we can’t. I disagree with where the sport is now. It’s not the one I fell in love with.”Strong words from Vettel, who finished ahead of his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in fourth place and taking a bonus point for the fastest lap.In the standings, Hamilton is 29 points clear of Bottas and already 62 ahead of Vettel heading into the French GP in two weeks’ time.An exasperated Vettel said on team radio “they’re stealing this race from us” – and the stewards’ decision clearly festered for the remaining laps – but it was another Vettel blunder following multiple mistakes in losing the past two championships to Hamilton.Vettel’s barren streak dates back to the Belgian GP last August, while his longtime rival Hamilton is well poised in his bid for a sixth F1 title to move within one of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record.Hamilton and Schumacher have both won the Canadian GP a record seven times.Hamilton showed a touch of class on the podium, grabbing Vettel’s arm and pulling the German alongside him on the top step. Hamilton was asked for his view and some of the crowd jeered when he said “all I can say is I didn’t make the decision.”Rivals on trackRespect off itThere’s room for two on the top step#CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/fZhua30FgCFormula 1 (@F1) June 9, 2019Vettel intervened quickly and told the crowd not to boo Hamilton, but to jeer the stewards’ decision itself.”We have very great respect for each other,” Vettel said. “I heard some fans booing when Lewis got his trophy. I will defend Lewis 100 percent here because it wasn’t him.”Mercedes has now clinched seven straight wins this season – and nine in the past 10 races overall – and Ferrari has not won since former driver Kimi Raikkonen’s victory at the United States GP in October last year.advertisementOnce again, Vettel seemed to have the race under control only to lose his composure.It is the third straight season he is making panicky errors.He span his car with Hamilton behind him in Bahrain earlier this season, went into the barriers when leading the rain-soaked German GP by nearly 10 seconds last July; and crashed from pole at the Singapore GP two years ago.This time, the mistake was made on a bone-dry track and in perfect weather conditions.The excuses are running out fast for Vettel, unfair decisions or not.last_img read more

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first_imgA team of US researchers has developed a tiny “walking” motor that can move back and forth across a surface or turn the gears of a machine.The mobile motor could pave the way for robots to assemble complex structures — including other robots, said the team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).These tiny robots to work in confined spaces”One emerging application is to make tiny robots that can work in confined spaces,” said Professor Neil Gershenfeld.Langford’s initial motor has an ant-like ability to lift seven times its own weight.About this novel motorThe team assembled the novel motor that moves an appendage in discrete mechanical steps, which can be used to turn a gear wheel, and a mobile form of the motor that turns those steps into locomotion, allowing it to “walk” across a surface in a way that is reminiscent of the molecular motors that move muscles.These parts could also be assembled into hands for gripping, or legs for walking, as needed for a particular task, and then later reassembled as those needs change.The ‘digital materials’Gershenfeld refered to them as “digital materials,” discrete parts that can be reversibly joined, forming a kind of functional micro-LEGO.To build in the “brains,” Langford has added part types that contain millimeter-sized integrated circuits, along with a few other part types to take care of connecting electrical signals in three dimensions.The work was set to be presented at the ongoing “International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales” (MARSS) in Helsinki, Finland.advertisementRead: Education Budget 2019: National Sports Education Board to be set up under Khelo IndiaRead: New IIT-Guwahati Director T. G. Sitharam plans extension centres in Northeastlast_img read more

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first_imgA general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. There weren’t too many surprising results this week, as the top 10 teams all got the job done.With another week down, ESPN has updated its bowl projections. There aren’t too many changes, though a few tweaks were made from last week’s version.Here are the major bowl predictions from ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura and Mitch Sherman:CFB Playoff at the Orange BowlBonagura: Clemson vs. Oklahoma Sherman: Clemson vs. OklahomaCFB Playoff at the Cotton BowlBonagura: Alabama vs. Ohio State Sherman: Alabama vs. WisconsinTexas BowlBonagura: Texas A&M vs. Baylor Sherman: Texas Tech vs. Texas A&MCamping World BowlBonagura: Virginia Tech vs. TCU Sherman: Boston College vs. TCUAlamo BowlBonagura: Oregon vs. West Virginia Sherman: Oklahoma State vs. OregonPeach BowlBonagura: Notre Dame vs. Auburn Sherman: LSU vs. Notre DameGator BowlBonagura: Missouri vs. Maryland Sherman: Missouri vs. Michigan StateFiesta BowlBonagura: Boise State vs. Washington Sherman: Boise State vs. StanfordRose BowlBonagura: Wisconsin vs. Stanford Sherman: Ohio State vs. WashingtonOutback BowlBonagura: LSU vs. Michigan Sherman: Michigan vs. Mississippi StateSugar BowlBonagura: Georgia vs. Oklahoma State Sherman: West Virginia vs. GeorgiaCitrus BowlBonagura: Mississippi State vs. Penn State Sherman: Penn State vs. AuburnYou can view their full bowl predictions here.last_img read more

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first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 04:27 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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first_img “The declaration of a State of Public Emergency does not mean the suspension of the rule of law. The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all,” he said. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that citizens’ rights will be protected during the State of Public Emergency now in effect in the parish of St. James. Mr. Holness said crime and violence, in particular murders, have been escalating in the parish of St. James. “I have been advised by the security forces, in writing, that the level of criminal activity experienced, continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety,” he noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring that citizens’ rights will be protected during the State of Public Emergency now in effect in the parish of St. James.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House, today (January 18), Mr. Holness said while the security forces will have extraordinary powers and some rights are suspended, “this does not mean that the use of these extraordinary powers can be arbitrary or are beyond review”.“The declaration of a State of Public Emergency does not mean the suspension of the rule of law. The security forces are expected and have been directed to treat citizens with respect and protect the dignity and safety of all,” he said.Mr. Holness implored the public to cooperate with the security forces, adding that the operations may create some level of discomfort.“Now is the time, if you know where the guns are, please tell us; if you know where the criminals are, please tell us,” he said.The Prime Minister added that the reward for guns programme is still in effect, and that persons may call Crime Stop at 311 or the security forces hotline at 837-8888.Mr. Holness said crime and violence, in particular murders, have been escalating in the parish of St. James. “I have been advised by the security forces, in writing, that the level of criminal activity experienced, continued and threatened, is of such a nature and so extensive in scale as to endanger public safety,” he noted.He said the Government will continue with a “credible process” of communicating with the public. “We ask the press and the public to be understanding of the sensitivities of this matter,” he said.The Prime Minister pointed out that the Governor-General signed the Proclamation to effect the State of Public Emergency, and that the Proclamation has also been gazetted.Meanwhile, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, said the Constitution provides that a period of public emergency can be declared by proclamation if the Governor-General is satisfied that action has been taken or is immediately threatened by any person or body of persons of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as to be likely to endanger public safety.He said the Emergency Powers Act refers to the existence of a State of Public Emergency and empowers the Governor-General to make regulations during a period of public emergency.The Minister noted that the Emergency Powers Regulations 2018 will be tabled in Parliament during its next sitting, in accordance with the Emergency Powers Act.For his part, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, appealed to the citizens of St. James for their full cooperation during the period.“Although there will be instances where some activities will be curtailed, as much as possible, we do not intend to stop the good citizens from doing what they are supposed to be doing in the normal scope of things. We need your full cooperation in moving forward in restoring peace and order, so that the good people can continue to contribute to the well-being of Jamaica,” he said.Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Rocky Meade, said the troops have been refreshed in their training on human rights and how to engage with citizens.“All citizens of Jamaica, including the violence producers, can feel safe in the hands of the military, as long as you are not threatening the troops. We are ensuring that we enforce the rule of law, that we disrupt gang activities, and the particular focus is on those that are responsible for murders, lotto scamming, trafficking of arms and guns, and extortion,” he said.He said all persons and vehicles using roads in and out of St. James may be subject to search, and individuals will be asked to provide information to verify their identity.“In support of the state of emergency, I have requested the call-out of the Jamaica National Reserves, and I have, since dawn this morning, deployed additional troops to St. James,” he said. He added that joint patrols will be carried out throughout the parish.Commissioner of Police, George Quallo, informed that last year, 335 murders were recorded in St. James. “This is almost twice that of any other parish, with Clarendon having 168 murders over the same period. There are numerous gangs operating in St. James,” he said.He pointed out that the gangs use murder as a tool to further their criminal interests, protect turf and incite fear.Mr. Quallo said the key operational objectives of the security forces are to disrupt the activities of the gangs, regularise the security environment, ensure the restoration of peace, the rule of law and the protection of the rights of citizens.During the State of Public Emergency, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, enter places and detain persons without a warrant.last_img read more

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first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,213.45, lost 153.84 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 23 cents, or 2.47 per cent, to $9.07 on 9.7 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX:PLI). Biotechnology. Down 14 cents, or 15.91 per cent, to 74 cents on 7.4 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down nine cents, or 2.40 per cent, to $3.66 on 5.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 24 cents, or 2.09 per cent, to $11.25 on 5.4 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $1.65, or 4.90 per cent, to $32.01 on 5.3 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Down $1.01, or 6.82 per cent, to $13.80 on 3.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Down five cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $1.68 on 518,276 shares. Aeroplan’s parent company is apologizing for a politically charged survey it circulated that it says “offended” customers. In a statement made to the Canadian Press, Aimia spokesperson Christa Poole says the questions had not been properly reviewed internally and didn’t meet the company’s data-gathering standards.CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (TSX:CMED). Healthcare. Down $2.07, or 5.72 per cent, to $34.15 on 20,118 shares. CEO Brent Zettl has resigned, effective immediately, as Aurora Cannabis nears completion of its $1.1 billion acquisition of the medical marijuana company.Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) – Media company. Down three cents, or 1.68 per cent, to $1.76 on 6,500 shares. The media company says it is hiring 20 new reporters in Western Canada and will rebrand and upgrade the digital offerings of its five free daily Metro urban newspapers across Canada. As of April 10, the Metros will be called StarMetro Vancouver, StarMetro Calgary, StarMetro Edmonton, StarMetro Toronto and StarMetro Halifax.Transcontinental Inc. (TSX:TCL.A) – Printer and publisher. Up $2.47, or 9.71 per cent, to $27.92 on 538,309 shares. Transcontinental is taking a big leap in its strategic shift towards flexible packaging with the company’s largest ever deal that would diminish the role of commercial printing that has been the cornerstone of the company since its founding 42 years ago. The C$1.72 billion purchase of Coveris Americas will make it North America’s seventh-largest packaging company.last_img read more

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15 January 2010The top United Nations human rights official today urged the Ugandan Government to do away with a “draconian” draft bill that would prohibit homosexual relations and contains provisions for punishing people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. The so-called ‘Anti-Homosexuality Bill’ was tabled by one member of the Ugandan parliament and is due to be put before the entire legislative body later this month. It prohibits any form of sexual relations between people of the same sex, as well as the promotion or recognition of homosexual relations as a healthy or acceptable lifestyle in public institutions. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned that the bill would bring Uganda into a “direct collision” with established international human rights standards aimed at preventing discrimination, according to a news release issued by her office. “The bill proposes draconian punishments for people alleged to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered – namely life imprisonment or, in some cases, the death penalty,” said Ms. Pillay.It also contains a provision that could lead to a prison sentence of up to three years for anyone who fails to report within 24 hours the identities of any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered individual they know – including members of their own family – or who overtly supports the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people. “It is extraordinary to find legislation like this being proposed more than 60 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – as well as many subsequent international laws and standards – made it clear this type of discrimination is unacceptable,” Ms. Pillay noted. Describing the bill as “blatantly discriminatory,” the High Commissioner said that, if passed, it would have “a tremendously negative impact on the enjoyment of a range of fundamental human rights by homosexuals, lesbians and transgendered individuals, as well as on parents, teachers, landlords, human rights defenders, medical professionals and HIV workers.” The High Commissioner added that she was “encouraged” by the fact that a number of Ugandan civil society groups were actively opposing the bill, and by the recent statement by President Museveni, reported in the Ugandan press, which appeared to suggest the Government would intervene to prevent the draft bill from becoming law. “This is the only responsible course of action for a government to take in such circumstances,” she said, while also urging the Government repeal existing Ugandan laws that criminalize homosexuality, albeit with less severe punishments. Ms. Pillay also voiced concern that a gay couple in Malawi who were engaged to be married were being prosecuted and had been denied bail by the court. read more

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by Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 23, 2017 1:36 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 23, 2017 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EDMONTON – Sluggish oil prices are forcing Alberta to dip into its reserve fund and look for more in-house savings to keep its $10.5-billion deficit from sliding further into the red.In his first-quarter fiscal update, Finance Minister Joe Ceci said the province had expected the West Texas Intermediate benchmark oil price to average out at US$55 a barrel this year.Instead, it’s hovering below US$49 a barrel and isn’t expected to rise much in the near term.“The forecast (at budget) in March was based on the best private sector forecasts available. The same is true of the updated forecast,” Ceci said Wednesday. “What it speaks to is a tremendous volatility in world oil markets.”The province had hoped to bring in $2.5 billion in oilsands royalties this year, but now expects to take in $563 million less.Ceci said the government will use half of its $500-million contingency fund to keep this year’s deficit from growing.It also aims to double the amount of money spent on department operations to $400 million from $200 million. The government will continue to consolidate services, streamline IT, reduce travel and maintain hiring restraints while avoiding civil service layoffs.About $120 million has already been found, he said.“It’s an ongoing exercise and I know my colleagues in different ministries are up for it.”Ric McIver, the United Conservative Party finance critic, said taxpayers deserve more details on the savings.“The minister gave himself a pat on the back for doubling the in-year savings projections, but can’t tell us where these savings are coming from, or why he’s so confident in his double projection,” said McIver.“One could at least wonder whether the second $200 million wasn’t concocted to make today’s media conference go better for the minister.”Ceci noted there are bright signs on the horizon. The province expects the economy to grow by 3.1 per cent in 2017, up from the March budget forecast of 2.6 per cent. Employment is also expected to rise by 1.3 per cent, higher than the 0.9 per cent forecast in the budget.Alberta has been struggling for years with a prolonged trough in oil prices, draining billions of dollars from its bottom line and throwing thousands of people out of work.Despite the downturn, Premier Rachel Notley’s government has committed to ramped up capital spending and to stay away from deep cuts to operational spending. Notley has said it’s the best approach to catch up on infrastructure and to help keep the economy going in tough times.“For the time being, we’re going to keep delivering the programs and services Albertans rely on, and for the time being we’re going to keep up the pressure on finding … savings because those are some of the things we can control,” Ceci said Wednesday.The province has been hit with multiple credit warnings and downgrades in the last two years. The accumulated debt by year’s end is forecast to be $43.3 billion and debt servicing costs will rise slightly to $1.4 billion.Opposition politicians have said the government needs to do a better job reining in spending to avoid saddling future generations with debilitating debt-interest payments.“The NDP’s record level of borrowing and debt is seriously concerning, especially without a credible plan to pay it back,” said Liberal Leader David Khan.“We need to concentrate on controlling operational costs and focus on smart investments in infrastructure instead of borrowing to keep the lights on.”Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark said the NDP doesn’t have a plan to keep spending in check.“This government is continuing to cross their fingers and hope the price of oil goes up,” he said. “Hope is not a strategy.” Sluggish oil prices continue to plague Alberta’s bottom line: fiscal update read more

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Demand for new cars increased for a 21st consecutive month in the EU last month, according to the latest figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA), with more than 1,109,893 registered in May 2015. This represents a 1.3% rise on the same month last year, although it also marks the lowest increase seen so far in this 21-month period.Registration figures were boosted by the EU’s new member states, in particular the Czech Republic and Poland, where demand grew 17.6% and 11% respectively. Meanwhile, demand in the region’s major markets was more diverse. While Spain (14%), Italy (10.8%) and the UK (2.4%) all saw growth in May, the picture was less positive for the French (-3.5%) and German (-6.7%) markets.Year-to-date figures remain strong, with 5,805,367 new vehicles registered so far in 2015, an uplift of 6.8%. All the major markets produced positive results in the first five months of this year, with year-to-date registrations in Spain (21.7%), Italy (10.8%), the UK (5.7%), France (3.8%) and Germany (3.6%) all up on the same period in 2014.New passenger car registrations by market, European UnionClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upNovember 11, 2015In “Regional”Man remanded for attempting to kill Police OfficerJune 28, 2016In “Court”Linden men remanded to prison for robbing family of Motorcar, cash, jewelleryFebruary 4, 2014In “Crime” (Trinidad Express) An Easter get-away trip turned into a nightmare when two of six friends drowned on Sunday.The deceased have been identified as Darion McKenzie, 21, Devon Trotman of Foster Road, Sangre Grande. According to police, six men were in a fishing boat about a kilometre out at sea off Plum Mitan when at around 2.30 p.m. the boat overturned.Police said four of the men, Miguel Phillip, Brian Coutain, Sheldon Bethelmy and Curvin Attza, were able to swim ashore.The police and Coast Guard were contacted.At around 10 a.m. on Monday, a beachgoer found the bodies of McKenzie and Trotman along the Manzanilla Beach. read more

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first_imgRUC Cementation, the diversified underground mining contractor operating throughout Australia and Asia Pacific, has chosen ThoroughTec Simulation to develop a high fidelity CYBERMINE simulator in order to increase the productivity and safety of their Sandvik DS421-C drill rig operators. The simulator will be deployed at PT Freeport’s Grasberg mine in Indonesia, where ThoroughTec, one of the leaders in simulator-based workforce optimisation solutions, already maintains four CYBERMINE training simulators.The DS421-C is a rock reinforcement drill rig for specialised cement grouted, cable bolt installations. “Recognising our leadership in the market for underground equipment simulators, RUC, who are on the frontline of operations at Grasberg, have invested in simulator technology to help their Sandvik bolter operators, work safer and smarter,” says Larin Allison, Regional Vice President of Asia Pacific at ThoroughTec.Barry Upton, Managing Director of RUC Cementation says, “This drill rig is a complex piece of equipment. There is a drive for multi-skilled operators to optimise our workforce underground and we believe this simulator will help us achieve this.” RUC Cementation, part of the global Murray & Roberts group, seeks to maximise the engagement of local workers, whilst maintaining world’s best practices wherever they operate.  Upton added that, “Safety forms the foundation of our company ethos and through our safety, training policies and procedures, RUC makes every endeavour to ensure that our employees operate in a safe and productive environment.”ThoroughTec has extensive experience working with the Murray & Roberts group of companies, as they commissioned five high fidelity simulators for Sandvik equipment at Murray & Roberts Cementation’s Bentley Park training centre in Johannesburg, South Africa a few years ago. “We also have a fantastic working relationship with Sandvik, worldwide and unsurpassed credibility in high fidelity reproduction of their equipment. This helps us take the CYBERMINE simulator system to the next level in terms of realism and accuracy,” says Allison.” We have simulated well over 50 drill rig models for mines, training schools and universities around the world.”The CYBERMINE system is extremely useful for evaluating how the operator reacts in an emergency. Just one example would be equipment fires, “It’s obviously difficult to simulate a fire on the actual equipment, so the simulator is a very useful tool in simulating one and assessing how the operator reacts to it,” says Allison.“Because the drill rigs will be used for fewer training tasks, the associated running costs of training will also come down significantly. Damage and wear-and-tear decreases as operators are able to familiarise themselves with the controls and iron out their mistakes on the simulator instead of the real equipment. This means less unscheduled maintenance and lower maintenance and training costs,” notes Allison.last_img read more

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first_imgTACOMA — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.A handful of people milled around him. Three young women stood behind the bar, ready to assist with the preparation of the bongs, as the strains of a blues band playing downstairs sounded faintly off the exposed brick walls.“It feels so comfortable in here,” said Connelly, 33. “It’s just a great social aspect.”Welcome to the Stonegate — puns welcome. It’s one of a tiny number of bars, cafes and private clubs catering to the stoner class in Washington and Colorado since voters last fall made them the first states to legalize marijuana for adults over 21.Both states bar the public use of marijuana — which typically would include bars and restaurants — and most bars are steering clear of allowing pot use at least until officials come up with rules for the new weed industry.But a few have been testing the boundaries of what’s allowed in hopes of drumming up business and making a political statement.“I’ve been running a bar a few years now, and people would always go outside around the corner, into the shadows, to smoke up,” said Jeff Call, the Stonegate’s owner. “People shouldn’t have to hide. There’s no rules yet, but I’m trying to do this thoughtfully and responsibly.”last_img read more

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first_imgHighlighting that LIC’s core focus would be infrastructure investment, the life insurer has decided to be a partner in India’s first sovereign wealth fund earmarked for infrastructure sector, reported Press Trust of India. The Rs. 40,000-crore National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) will be owned by the government and other partners in a 49:51 ratio.”LIC has enough funds to invest in NIIF. LIC’s core focus is infrastructure investment. There is no problem in investment quantum,” said S.K. Roy, chairman of the state-owned insurance company.NIIF has already signed MoUs with global sovereign wealth funds like Russia’s Rusnano, Abu Dhabi Infrastructure Authority (ADIA) and Qatar sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). All the MoUs are analysing investment opportunities in Indian infrastructure sector. The Fund is also in look out for a chief executive officer, reported PTI.Last week the NIIF Governing Council, headed by Union finance minister, met and approved some alteration in its investment model, reported the Indian Express. The council proposed that the government should open investments in individual projects, given the growing interest by potential investors.It highlighted that global sovereign wealth funds are primarily long-term funds that would require the government to be a partner and facilitator.last_img read more

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first_imgVaporizes are everywhere these days, be they the e-cig or the *cough* herbal variety *cough cough.* Most of them are poorly built, cheap-looking, and often have a lot of problems. But Cloudious 9 is on a mission: they’ve been out to make the best portable vaporizer around. And, once you set aside some convenience issues, they’ve succeeded.At first glance, the Hydrology 9 is… intimidating. Standing at a bit over six inches, it’s huge for a portable. And it comes with a ton of little pieces. Just about everything comes apart (which is actually a point in its favor, as it makes the cleaning process easier), but that also means that it comes with a bit of a learning curve. Once you’ve got the hang of it, though, the machine’s pretty straightforward.In the box, you’ll find a detachable mouthpiece (which features a one-way valve to help prevent spilling), a cap for the water reservoir, the glass wall for the reservoir, the base, and a cover for the oven. Each of these pieces has a couple of delightful surprises that showcase the ingenuity behind the Hydrology’s design. The oven, for example, included a built-in, rotating stirrer, so you can stir your herbs and get a more even burn without having to open the chamber and adjust it manually.But the biggest feature here is the water filtration. Water is meant to cool the air intake, making your draws easier. And from my experience, it really works. The Hydrology produces remarkably smooth vapor. Plus, when the unit’s on, it shines RGB LEDs through the water, creating a calming, diffuse light. And that’s just awesome.That water does cause some problems, though. The machine has to be taken almost completely apart between each session. After my first use, I forgot about it, letting the Hydrology sit around for a couple of days. When I returned, bacteria had clearly started growing in the water, causing a foul smell. After that, I had to take a bit of time to clean it thoroughly, and I’ve avoided repeating the mistake. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s definitely something worth noting. While Hydrology has a lot of advanced features, hygiene is essential, and there’s no way around that. It’s a bit tedious, but the team at Cloudious have taken great care to make the process as easy as possible.When I put it together the first time, I also had to tighten some of the pieces so hard that I was a bit worried the reservoir’s glass walls would shatter. But, once you get used to putting a little elbow grease (that is a little, not a lot) it’s not too bad.With an array of temperature settings, tools to adjust total air flow, and a suite of other features, plus the aluminum construction, the Hydrology feels like a premium, luxury product. And, at about $250, you’d hope so. It’s a joy to use, too, though its size makes it much harder to stow and use on the go, despite the claim that it’s a “portable” vape.The Hydrology 9 is certainly unique. I can’t think of any other water-filtered portable vaporizers, and certainly none that are quite like this. Everything about the machine makes it clear that its designers have an exacting attention to detail, and eye for aesthetics. But with some premium features and metal-and-glass chassis come a bevy of convenience issues which, while annoying, do little to degrade the overall experience.ProsExcellent build qualityRemarkably smooth inhalationsExcellent Battery lifeConsHeavy, not very portableCleaning can be a painThere’s a lot to set-upBottom LineThe Hydrology 9 is a water-filtered vaporizer that embodies high-quality design and engineering, but that comes at the cost of portability and ease-of-use.last_img read more

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first_imgBALURGHAT: Police have arrested a youth on charges alleged rape of a class X student at Basuria village of Pransagar under Gangarampur police station in South Dinajpur district on Monday.Police arrested the youth named Abdul Kader (22).The victim was admitted to Gangarampur sub-divisional hospital after her condition deteriorated. A medical test of the victim has already been done. Police said the victim met the accused on her way back home from her uncle’s house on Monday afternoon.The accused asked her to spend some time with him. He took her to a nearby footbridge where he allegedly raped her. He left the girl who became unconscious. Locals took her to a hospital where she narrated the whole story and told the name of the accused.A large contingent of police has been sent to maintain peace. There was tension in the area after the news spread. Locals have demanded stringent action of the accused.last_img read more

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first_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean CANNES, France (AP) — From “M.A.S.H.” to “Three Kings,” the humor that erupts amid the horrors of war has been a tough but tempting subject for filmmakers.Spanish director Fernando Leon de Aranoa tackles the dark comedy of conflict in “A Perfect Day,” which stars Benicio Del Toro and Tim Robbins as aid workers trying — and often failing — to do some good during the 1990s Balkan wars. Top Stories “When you do a smaller film there’s less people making decisions,” said the actor, who had a rocky big-budget movie experience with the horror clunker “The Wolfman.”“I tried to include myself in the people making decisions while I was doing ‘The Wolfman,’ and I didn’t get in the room that much,” he said. “In an independent movie, I can have a little bit more say. And you know what? I should.”___Follow Jill Lawless on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/JillLawlessCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The director, who has shot documentaries for humanitarian groups, drew on that experience for the film, which aims to capture the adrenaline — and the absurdity — of life in conflict.“The first casualty in war is common sense,” said Leon de Aranoa, whose gritty films include the unemployment drama “Mondays in the Sun” with Javier Bardem.“If these guys mean something to me in the movie, it is just common sense,” he said. “They are trying to put some kind of order in chaos.”The plot of Leon de Aranoa’s English-language debut involves an attempt to remove a corpse from a village well. It seems a simple task, but everything from a shortage of rope to local enmities to U.N. bureaucracy frustrates the aid team’s efforts.The filmmaker said he chose not to put the characters into “epic or heroic situations.”“Even if they fail — they fail a lot in the movie — the heroism is just to try,” he said on a hotel terrace in Cannes, where the film is playing in Directors’ Fortnight, a lineup separate from the main competition that seeks distinctive voices from around the world.“A Perfect Day” veers from pathos to broad comedy to near-satire, played out to a hard-rock soundtrack. Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Actor Benicio del Toro poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Sicario, at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau) Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “That balance between humor and tenderness and darkness is my cup of tea in movies,” said Leon de Aranoa, who is slated to direct a biopic of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar with Bardem and Penelope Cruz. “This was the big challenge for the movie. … It has to work, the change from drama to humor.”The film’s tonal shifts can feel abrupt, but it has been applauded for taking risks — and for being one of the few movies to feature aid workers as heroes.Its originality appealed to Del Toro, the film’s linchpin as the humane but weary Mambru. Melanie Thierry and Olga Kurylenko play the — somewhat underwritten — female members of the group.“You’ve got a lot of movies about cops and robbers and all that stuff,” Del Toro said. “Here’s a movie that the main focus is aid workers.”The Puerto Rican actor is also in Cannes with Denis Villeneuve’s Mexican drug cartel thriller “Sicario,” in which he plays a mysterious Colombian involved in the war on drugs. And he provides the voice of The Snake in animated Cannes entry “The Little Prince.”Del Toro said he tries to balance big projects with smaller ones. Patients with chronic pain give advice New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementlast_img read more

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