Toshiba CEO promises turnaround in 5 years beefed up ethics

first_imgTOKYO – Nobuaki Kurumatani, the outsider tapped to lead scandal-tarnished Japanese electronics company Toshiba Corp., is promising a turnaround in five years by reshaping its operations and boosting profitability.Kurumatani, the first outsider to be appointed chief executive at Toshiba in more than half a century, acknowledged the system of governance and risk management had been weak. He stressed he brought to the company his experience in the financial sector, where compliance controls were tougher.Toshiba has been embroiled in an accounting scandal involving massive doctoring of books.“I feel that the organization is determined to change,” Kurumatani told reporters Tuesday at Toshiba’s Tokyo headquarters.Toshiba has also racked up heavy losses in its nuclear business and is selling its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up.At the centre of the losses is the acquisition of CB&I Stone & Webster by its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse, which filed for bankruptcy protection last year.Kurumatani said the company will withdraw from all overseas nuclear operations, and the future of the energy business is moving toward renewables.Costs of building nuclear reactors have surged due to beefed-up safety measures after a March 2011 accident at a plant in Fukushima in northeastern Japan sent three reactors into meltdowns.“Toshiba has many dedicated employees and talented engineers,” Kurumutani said. “Things go well when things are good. But once things start going wrong, then it keeps going wrong.”Toshiba’s chairman stepped down last year, but veteran Satoshi Tsunakwa has stayed on as president and chief operating officer and will be working with Kurumatani toward a turnaround.Kurumatani’s rise is an effort by Toshiba to put on a fresh face to a long-pristine brand that has plunged from grace not only over the Westinghouse fiasco but also because of spiraling accounting scandals that raised serious questions about its ethical practices.Efforts to reform corporate governance turned up more embarrassing wrongdoing, which dated back years.A graduate of the prestigious University of Tokyo, Kurumatani most recently served as president of CVC Asia Pacific Japan, an investment fund.Before that, he was deputy president and a director at Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, one of Japan’s biggest banking institutions and a major Toshiba lender.Unlike previous Toshiba executives with backgrounds in engineering, Kurumatani built his career in corporate planning, public relations and auditing.Toshiba has been gradually selling off pieces of its operations, such as its medical equipment and household appliance businesses.But the key sale is its prized flash memory chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital Private Equity. That sale was initially set to be completed in March but is ongoing, awaiting regulatory approval in China, according to Kurumatani.Toshiba has reached a settlement with American computer data storage giant Western Digital, its joint venture partner, which had initially fought the sale.Toshiba still has a sprawling infrastructure business, such as railways, power systems and factory automation. It’s still responsible for running and decommissioning dozens of nuclear reactors in Japan, including those at the Fukushima plant.Toshiba is forecasting a profit for the fiscal year that ended in March, a reversal from the red ink it had expected earlier. It racked up a loss for the previous fiscal year.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyamalast_img read more

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Afghans hit by soaring food prices receive emergency UN aid

6 March 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing emergency assistance to Afghans suffering from food shortages due to the surge in the price of wheat, which has risen by 70 per cent over the past year. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is distributing emergency assistance to Afghans suffering from food shortages due to the surge in the price of wheat, which has risen by 70 per cent over the past year. “Between now and mid-year, WFP aims to reach 2.5 million people in both urban and rural areas of Afghanistan,” said WFP Country Director Rick Corsino. The agency will begin distributions this week, including wheat to 650,000 people in and around the capital, Kabul. The UN and the Afghan Government joined forces in January to appeal for more than $80 million to help those affected by the rise in food prices. So far WFP has received pledges for two-thirds of the $77 million it requested as part of the joint appeal to deliver 89,000 tons of food to the poorest Afghans. The 89,000 tons of food requested in the appeal is on top of the 180,000 tons that WFP plans to distribute this year for nearly 3.7 million people recovering from war, civil unrest and recurring natural disasters. “We must take immediate action to reduce the impact of soaring food prices on poor people in Afghanistan,” Mr. Corsino said. “Distributions will be completed before the main mid-year wheat harvest as we do not want this additional food to discourage Afghan farmers from growing wheat for domestic markets and needs.” The global surge in food prices – up 40 per cent since last June – has also impacted WFP, which says the cost of projects already approved for 2008 has risen by $500 million to reach a total of $3.4 billion. In response, WFP has increased local purchases and is asking international donors for more contributions, to make up for its sharp decline in purchasing power. The agency has also set up an internal task force at its Rome headquarters and is reviewing ways to better target its assistance. At the global level, WFP plans to launch a series of consultations with leading experts in the field of hunger and food security, and has called for a special meeting with key non-governmental organization (NGO) partners to tackle the issue. read more

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Grocer Loblaw reports sluggish food sales touts ecommerce progress

Canada’s largest grocer reported sluggish same-store sales in its food business during its latest quarter, but touted growth in its online offerings after the company spent the past year prioritizing its digital business.Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported same-store sales, a key retail metric, during its fourth quarter grew 1.9 per cent at Shoppers Drug Mart and 0.8 per cent at its grocery stores.The food metric was “sluggish” and lagged the forecast, Irene Nattel, an analyst at RBC Dominion Securities Inc. wrote in a note. She pointed out that rival Metro Inc., reported an increase of 3.2 per cent in food same-store sales for its most recent quarter.Loblaw president Sarah Davis said when general merchandise was excluded and only food was taken into account, same-store sales grew 1.8 per cent the grocery stores.“So, we’re happy with our core food. We’re not happy with our (general merchandise) performance,” she said, adding the drop happened as the company changed its promotional strategy to every-day low prices.That strategy improved margins, she said, but the company would have liked to have seen more sales. It may look at tweaking that strategy this year, she added.Executives said the company has grown its digital sales to more than $500,000,000 during 2018.“We feel like we’re gaining share on, in digital sales in Canada,” said Davis, adding the company is seeing higher than expected volumes at its Western Superstores, and traction in urban centres, like Toronto and Vancouver.When customers shop online, they order more on average than when shopping in store, she said, but the digital sales do cannibalize from the bricks-and-mortar locations to some degree.The company has learned that customers seem to like a fast turnaround time for online orders and will work to improve fulfillment speed this year, she said.Loblaw said its profit for the quarter ended Dec. 29 improved compared with a year ago when it was hit by restructuring and other one-time charges.The grocer earned a profit of $221 million attributable to common shareholders or 59 cents per share. That compared with a profit of $31 million or eight cents per share in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue totalled $11.22 billion, up from $10.99 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw earned $1.03 per diluted share from continuing operations, up from $1.02 per diluted share in the final quarter of 2017.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:L) (TSX:MRU) read more

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Five questions to ask about Ohio State – Illinois

1. Will Terrelle Pryor continue taking care of the ball on the road? Pryor is third in the Big Ten in total offense with 302 yards per game. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after recording six total touchdowns last week against Eastern Michigan. But the key stat for No. 2 is that he has only turned the ball over twice this season. OSU becomes nearly unbeatable if Pryor takes care of the football, but this is the first time the Scarlet and Gray have played away from Ohio Stadium this season. 2. Can “Boom” and “Zoom” get on track? Between them, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine have six rushing touchdowns and 361 yards rushing. Even their yards-per-carry average of 4.6 (Herron) and 4.7 (Saine) are solid. But anyone who has watched the first four games would say these two running backs could do better. Saine appears to be having trouble changing direction and finding the right holes. Herron has trouble breaking past the second level of the defense. Right now, Pryor is OSU’s leading rusher. 3. Will the Illini break OSU’s 100-yard individual rusher streak? Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Fighting Illini’s three games in 2010. It has been 27 games since the OSU defense allowed a 100-yard rusher. The “Silver Bullets” have only allowed seven 100-yard rushers since the start of the 2005 season, fewest in the nation. Something’s got to give. But consider this: Illinois has played Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois to open the season. Chances are LeShoure will have trouble getting to the century mark. 4. Does anyone know what Illibuck is? Whenever OSU and Illinois meet, the Illibuck trophy is at stake. The original Illibuck was a live turtle. But the grind of traveling back and forth between Champaign and Columbus took its toll and Illibuck died in the spring of 1927. His successor, a wooden replica, has been used ever since. Members of two of the schools’ junior honorary societies meet at halftime of the game to award Illibuck to the previous year’s winning school. OSU leads the series 62-30-4 and has a 33-12 advantage in Champaign. 5. Will OSU have another close call in Memorial Stadium? Although Illinois’ last victory over OSU in Champaign was nearly 19 years ago, a 10-7 win on Oct. 12, 1991, the last four times OSU has visited Memorial Stadium, the scores have been close. OSU won 24-21 in 2000, 23-16 in overtime in 2002, 17-10 in 2006 and 30-20 in 2008. However, none of those OSU teams boasted the combination of a high-scoring offense (third in the nation in points) and suffocating defense (No. 19 in points allowed). Coach Jim Tressel said the difference between playing at home and playing on the road is pretty clear-cut in terms of dealing with hardship during the game. “You’re going to have some adversity,” Tressel said. “You’re not going to have that crowd there to help you through it. So you better play as well or better than you’ve ever played this year if you want to be successful.” read more

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XBMC now works on Apple TV iPad and iPhone

first_imgXBMC is a free and open source project offering anyone with a Linux, OSX, Windows, or even old Xbox the opportunity to turn it into a media PC with an interface to suit. It works well, and makes navigating your media a simple and pleasurable experience.Now the XBMC team have done something that is going to make a lot of people very happy: they’ve ported XBMC to ARM and released a version that works on Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone.That’s right, the $99 Apple TV can be jailbroken and turned into an XBMC media center as the video above shows. And if you want something a bit more portable you can also stick it on a jailbroken iPad or iPhone 4 giving you access to your media anywhere in your home.Here’s the feature breakdown for both the Apple TV and iPad/iPhone 4 implementations:AppleTVFull XBMC install, this is not a remote or thin client streamer.No longer is your AppleTV2 chained to iTunes.Who wants transcoded video anyway?Share files on your network your way.Full hardware decode for 720p/1080p movies.Everything else you know and love about XBMC.iPad/iPhone 4You guessed it, this is full-blown XBMC. Not a remote.Launch XBMC like any other app.Drag and drop media from your computer, or share it on your home-networkAlso fully hardware accelerated for most formats.Works on iPhone4, though it’s currently frustrating to use.Challenge: Who will be the first to create a gesture-driven skin?Instructions are available for how to get this new version of XBMC on your Apple TV and iPad/iPhone 4. There’s also the full source code available for anyone who wants it.Will anyone be liberating their Apple devices this weekend and tunring them into XBMC-driven media centers?Read more at XBMClast_img read more

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Man charged after motherofthree killed in Clondalkin

first_img Short URL The scene of the incident yesterday. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Man charged after mother-of-three killed in Clondalkin The woman was named locally yesterday as Cathy Ward. Mar 2nd 2019, 9:59 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald 30,012 Views https://jrnl.ie/4520845 Share1 Tweet Email center_img Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 3:47 PM The scene of the incident yesterday. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Updated Mar 2nd 2019, 3:47 PM A MAN ARRESTED in connection with the killing of a woman at her home in Clondalkin has been charged this afternoon.Mother-of-three Cathy Ward was found with serious injuries believed to have been inflicted with a knife at her in Clondalkin, west Dublin, on Thursday night. The incident happened at a house on Greenfort Drive, where gardaí responded to a call-out at around 12.30am on Friday morning.She was pronounced dead at the scene and a man in his 50s, who was known to the victim, was arrested. The man appeared before Dublin District Court this afternoon charged in connection with the case. It is understood that investigating gardaí are treating this as a domestic incident and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the woman’s death. South Dublin mayor and Sinn Féin councillor Mark Ward said the killing was “another devastation visited on the area of north Clondalkin”.The arrested man is being detained at Lucan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Separately, a post-mortem is due to be carried out on the  body of David Lynch (42), who was shot dead as he walked out his front door in Foxdene Avenue in Clondalkin at around 2pm yesterday afternoon. The gunman fired at least two shots at Lynch. He died almost instantly as he was shot in the head.With reporting from Garreth MacNamee, Michelle Hennessy and Daragh Brophy No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Video 205Life series profiles Hideo Itami and his final two weeks with

first_imgFacebook Google+ The latest episode in the #205Life series focusing on WWE’s Cruiserweight division focuses on Hideo Itami and his final two weeks with the company.In the video, Itami talks about living in Orlando for the last four years during his time with NXT and later getting brought up to the main roster as part of 205.Itami discussed some of the challenges he faced when moving to the United States, including having a hard time learning English. The end of the series shows Itami having an emotional goodbye with WWE stars Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka.As reported last week, Itami requested his release from WWE and finished up after last week’s 205 Live TV tapings in Phoenix following the Royal Rumble. Reports last week indicated Itami became “unsatisfied creatively” with his WWE career.You can check out the full episode below on Vimeo. Pinterest Twitter Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightcenter_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte last_img read more

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Northstar Travel Group Acquires Burba Hotel Network

first_img “The BHN transaction is another important step in our strategy of expanding our event portfolio as well as to move into related market segments such as hotels and hospitality,” Kemp wrote in the memo. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. But CEO Tom Kemp said in a companywide memo that the acquisition is the largest in Northstar’s history. Jim Burba and Bob Hayes, founders of BHN, will continue to run the portfolio as Northstar’s Hospitality Group. The group will report to Alicia Evanko, SVP of Events, and Bob Sullivan, president of Northstar’s Travel Group. Northstar Travel Group announced Monday that it has acquired the Burba Hotel Network (BHN) and its portfolio of hotel investment conferences—and said that with this deal, event revenues at the company now surpass print for the first time. The BHN portfolio also includes ALIS, the largest hotel investment conference in the world, which is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Northstar Travel Group will co-produce ALIS with the AHLA. BHN, based in Costa Mesa, Calif., consists of 10 events and conferences globally. These include the Alternative Ownership Conference Asia Pacific, which takes place in Singapore, as well as the Hotel Investment Conference Europe, which takes place in London. Northstar Travel Group already owns several international events, including CruiseWorld China Shanghai, and Phocuswright Europe. Northstar is only the latest media company to shift its sights toward events, as print revenues decrease across the media landscape. Similar recalibrations have happened at Informa and UBM. Event revenues grew 1.2 percent across the B2B space in 2016, while print revenues dropped 8.6 percent, according to Connectiv’s BIN Report.last_img read more

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Only Arkansas Has Slower Internet Than Alaska

first_imgAlaska’s internet is the second slowest in the country. (Photo by Sarah Yu/KTOO)Alaska’s internet speeds are up 33 percent from last year, but we’re only up one spot ahead of Arkansas for the slowest internet in the country, according to a pending study.Download AudioFor the first quarter of 2014, Alaska had the slowest internet in the U.S. That’s according to a report by Akamai Technologies, an internet content delivery company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alaska’s internet is about half as fast as the top three states: Virginia, Delaware and Massachusetts. Akamai’s studies and rankings are based off of actual content, such as websites and videos, delivered to users from their servers.David Belson wrote the study. He’s senior director of industry and data intelligence at Akamai.“The speeds that we do see, even in the slower states, are still pretty good,” says Belson.The United States ranked 12th globally in internet speeds, with an average of 10 Mbps. Libya has the slowest internet speed worldwide, with an average of 0.5 Mbps.Economy, population density and geography play a large part in how fast local internet is.“If you can bring high speed connectivity to a city and you can hit a large percentage of the population there, that’s a good thing. But if you have to be running it along, you know, roads and over hills and across rivers, that all gets really expensive,” he says.GCI and Alaska Communications are Alaska’s largest internet providers. They had to run fiber optic cable underwater more than 1,000 miles from Anchorage to the lower 48.“We’re more similar to an international carrier that’s connecting continents, rather than a lower 48 provider that is connecting on land,” says ACS spokeswoman Hannah Blankenship.She says Alaska’s large landmass and low population contributes to slower speeds. Communities off the road get internet via satellite, which is slower than cables and fiber.David Morris, a GCI vice president, says sometimes large organizations such as the State of Alaska, hospitals or schools will pay to build infrastructure for faster internet to offer vital community services.For example, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. used USDA Rural Development grant funding to upgrade 65 rural communities in southwest Alaska from satellite internet to GCI’s land-based network. That meant paying for a combination of line-of-sight microwave dish relays and fiber optic cables.The health care provider needed faster internet to keep up with changes in a federal health insurance privacy law that limited certain health care communications, but allowed for specific types of live video conferencing.“You’ve got the village health clinic that is connected to a regional hospital and then in turn those hospitals are connected in to Anchorage, as well as to lower 48 hospitals,” Morris says.Once the infrastructure was there, the internet provider could offer faster internet to locals.GCI itself has spent $150 million dollars to improve internet in rural communities, in addition to having a $44 million grant and $44 million loan in Federal Broadband Stimulus Funding.ACS just announced it will offer 30 and 50 Mbps home internet for Anchorage residents. And GCI is in the process of making 1 Gbps internet connections available in Anchorage.Akamai Technologies’ next Internet study is due out this month.last_img read more

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Alaska History Gallery To Get Complete Rebuild

first_imgAfter nearly 30 years, the Anchorage Museum is preparing a complete renovation of one of its most visited areas. The Alaska History Gallery will be taken down at the end of summer 2016 and rebuilt from scratch.Download Audiolast_img

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Pakbacked protesters target Indian diaspora celebrating IDay

first_imgLondon: Scotland Yard said it made four arrests as thousands of protesters converged outside the Indian High Commission in London for planned protests and counter-demonstrations to mark Independence Day on Thursday, resulting in an extremely tense face-off between different groups. The anti-India protest, organised by Pakistani groups and Sikh and Kashmiri separatist outfits, was demarcated with metal barriers from a pro-India demonstration outside India House, during which placard-waving crowds disrupted the flow of traffic and chanted slogans. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us As the clashes progressed through the day, there were instances of stone-pelting and bottle-throwing, with Scotland Yard officers on duty seen tackling some of the protesters to restrain them. The protests, which according to the Metropolitan Police resulted in one injury, was described as largely peaceful involving a small number of incidents. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “The event was largely peaceful but officers did have to react and deal with a small number of incidents as they happened. In total there were four arrests for Section 4 of the Public Order Act, affray, obstruction of police and possession of an offensive weapon,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. “Public order trained officers were policing today’s demonstration as part of a planned operation. One person was injured during the demonstrations,” it said. Advertise With Us Earlier, the Met Police had confirmed that it had been aware of the protests and had therefore made appropriate policing arrangements, which included considerable number of officers on foot as well as officers mounted on horses. While the anti-India protesters chanted slogans, the counter-protesters waved the Tricolour during the face off. The anti-India crowd included the pro-Khalistan Referendum 2020 group, a regular feature outside India House during Independence Day protests over the years. However, the turnout this year was expected to be much larger in the wake of the Indian government’s move to revoke the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Earlier in the day, the Indian High Commission hosted its annual Independence Day celebrations with a flag-hoisting ceremony, with the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, felicitating members of the World Peace Rally, which concluded in London this week after covering 105 cities and a distance of 17,000-km. Ghanashyam also greeted the Indian Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged team, which recently beat England to win the Physical Disability World Cricket Series 2019 at Worcester in the West Midlands region of England.last_img read more

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Dhanushs wacky dance moves in TEJOTF song Madaari grips internet

first_imgWoaah….what a cool move nd song too Lets nacho Jadoo ka pantra… #Madaari is rocking Madari is here to dance on his tunes Another great number by @ dhanushkraja is so great! Jadu’s box is now open what a song, Madari from the movie “The extraordinary Journey of th fakir” must watch video #MadaariManiaNow Pihu % @pihu3333 Only he can moves and still look so handsome Mostly expected Madaari mania starts #MadaariManiaNow Wow sach guyz it’s Madaari song of The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir is out it’s wonderful #MadaariManiaNow Mona lisa‏ @monalisa77_ I definitely Such a feet moving song, Madaari is here to make you dance to his tunes #MadaariManiaNow Nishi Singh Thakur‏ @Nishi_thakur21 Pllaying Madaari from #TheExtraordinaryJourneyOfTheFakir on loop Another brilliant number by @ItsAmitTrivedi @dhanushkraja #MadaariManiaNow प्रेरणा.xOxO‏ @pyalaa_center_img Dhanush’s wacky dance moves in the music video of the second song Madaari from The Extraordinary Journey of the FakirTwitterThe makers of The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir (TEJOTF) have released its second song Madaari and Dhanush’s wacky dance moves in this peppy number have wowed the music lovers.After wooing audience across India, Dhanush is now making his Hollywood debut with The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. The film, which is based on the book by Romain Puértolas, revolves around an Indian street magician’s journey to Paris. He finds himself in the midst of a crazy adventure he never bargained for. It was screened at international film festivals and received a lot of critical acclaim and awards.The makers recently released the trailer and the first song Angrezi Luv Shuv from The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir. Both of them have got a thumbs up from the audience. Now, they have dropped its second song from Madaari. It is a peppy number composed by Amit Trivedi.The song Madaari has vocals by Vishal Dadlani and Nikhita Gandhi. Dhanush’s adorable dance moves are one of the major highlights of the number, and Oscar-nominated actress Berenice Bejo is equally terrific in this song. Many people on the internet have fallen in love with his dance moves and are busy circulating its link on social media.Here is what they have to say about Madaari.Vikas jain‏ @Vikas__Jain Velli Mamta‏ @MamtaParmar19 jiya‏ @jiyabharati Mukesh Prajapat‏ @Mukesh_p9 Avantika Pandit❤️‏ @Avantika_Pandit अस्तिमा‏ @singh_Asteema What a amazing song such amazing acted by @dhanushkraja I’m totally impressed.lets enjoy and get ready to dance at madaari tunes. Loving the vibe. Madaari just amped it up! Such a fun and peppy number MadaariManiaNow Hey guys don’t miss to watch #MadaariManiaNow Madaari is such a super cool dance @dhanushkraja ‘s dance are Let’s enjoy and Get ready to dance on madaari tunes. #MadaariManiaNowThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is directed by Ken Scott and produced by Saurabh Gupta, Gulzar Inder Singh Chahal, Aditi Anand, Samir Gupta, Luc Bossi, Jaime Mateus-Tique, Gregoire Lassalle and Genevieve Lemal. The film will be releasing in India, USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and Malaysia on June 21.Watch Dhanush’s wacky dance moves in the music video of the second song Madaari from The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir:last_img read more

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Organization Helps Veterans Who Served in the Militarys Bomb Squad

first_imgTimothy ColomerA robot deals with unexploded ordinance on the battlefield. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X EOD — which stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal — is considered one of the most dangerous occupations in the military. These men and women are responsible for the disarming and disposal of bombs.The EOD Warrior Foundation is a national organization that provides financial assistance and support to active-duty and veteran EOD technicians and their families.Timothy Colomer is a Marine Corps veteran and an ambassador with the Houston chapter of the foundation. Back in 2017, he told Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin what makes this particular military specialty unique.– / 4 00:00 /09:58last_img read more

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Sigmas Zetas Captivate DC

first_img“Best Is Yet To Come”Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity opened its highly anticipated centennial week, themed “The Best is Yet to Come,” July 16 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Northwest D.C. by unveiling an ambitious initiative to aid the nation’s young men of color.Speakers for the opening press conference included Broderick Johnson, chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fraternity member who is also founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN); George Selvie, professional football player for the Dallas Cowboys; Jeff Obafemi Carr, Ph.D., producer of the anti-hazing film “He Ain’t Heavy;” and representatives from the organization’s longtime partner, the March of Dimes, a non-profit organization founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat the spread of polio. Monument UnveiledAs a tribute to its founders A. Langston Taylor, Leonard F. Morse, and Charles I. Brown, the Sigma organization continues in its 100th year to exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service by unveiling a monument at Howard University, the college where the fraternity originated. Sigma Museum OpensThe Sigma organization is the first Black fraternity to open its own museum. A sea of members from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority gathered at the Howard University Quad to view the unveiling of a monument dedicated to Sigma foundersThe AFRO has provided real time news coverage on Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.’s historical moments, pivotal discussions, and entertainment showcases during its centennial celebrations July 16-20. In conjunction with the mighty wave of blue and white’s festivities, the AFRO also covered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.’s biannual leadership conference. Centennial Step Show CompetitionSigma brother and comedian Joey Wells emceed the event, donning a blue cap and white T-shirt with the Sigma emblem. Amid cheers of encouragement and the traditional Sigma call and response, brothers performed creative but calculated routines, featuring a wide array of acrobatic stunts and the fraternity’s signature movement, the Nut Cracker, to pay homage to the organization’s ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service.After the winners were announced, the crowd erupted in excitement as Jonathan A. Mason, international president, taught the young brothers a thing or two by showing them some ‘old school’ stepping. Centennial BallThe Sigma men, dressed in white overcoats, blue bowties and burgundy and white leis, danced the night away with their guests and Zeta sisters at the 2014 Centennial Grand Orchid Blue Tie Ball. Zeta Grand BouléThe Zeta Amicae National Choir lifted their voices in an uproar as they sang “Every Praise,” while two liturgical dancers performed and hundreds clapped in unison during the 2014 Grand Boulé Awards Banquet.The Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-Hope) awards banquet recognized members and organizations for their service.last_img read more

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BJP booth level leader shot dead in West Bengal

first_imgBurdwan(WB): A BJP booth level leader was shot dead and a party worker seriously injured when unidentified miscreants attacked them in West Bengal’s Paschim Burdwan district, police said Monday. The BJP booth level president, Sandip Ghosh and party worker, Jaidip Banerjee, were returning home after attending a meeting when they were attacked by the miscreants at Malandighi Saraswatigunj area of the district on Sunday night, they said. Banerjee has been admitted to a private hospital in Durgapur, they said. Bijay Ghosh, the father of the deceased, said his son had told him that he was going to attend a picnic. The BJP alleged that Ghosh was killed by TMC goons. Denying the allegations, a Trinammol Congress district leader said that BJP’s internal party rivalry was responsible for Ghosh’s death.last_img read more

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These Siblings Want to Open Up the Movie Theater Experience to NonEnglish

first_img 3 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer December 7, 2016center_img Listen Now For many families, especially during this time of year, going to the movies can act as both a tradition and an easy way to spend time with each other. But for Olenka Polak and her family, “a trip to the movies together was just non-existent,” Polak says.That’s because the Polak and her brother Adam grew up in a multilingual household, with Polak’s parents mainly speaking Polish. The siblings always wanted to figure out a way that their parents could enjoy movies and understand all their nuances and cultural references.In 2012, while she was a student at Harvard, it occurred to the siblings that there are studio-produced dubbed audio tracks on both DVD and internationally releases of films. They then came up with idea for myLingo.Related: 18 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch It’s an app that enables moviegoers to download a Spanish language audio track onto their phones. The app syncs to the action on screen, and the phone’s microphone captures and calibrates the sound to get the full experience of what is happening — from the dialogue and sound effects to the soundtrack. While Spanish is the first language available, the Polaks are currently at work on providing more languages.”Since initiating our beta program, we’ve had tens of thousands of users download and test out myLINGO,” Polak says. “We now have some amazing studio partners on board and are working to build out even more as we prepare for a formal commercial launch next year.”Related: 5 Movies With Great Lessons for Entrepreneurs Those official studio partners are Disney, Paramount and Sony, and the company is also working with Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Theaters, two of the top three exhibitors in the industry.  The pair have worked over the past four years to develop a proprietary algorithm and figure out how to make the platform helpful for moviegoers. For example, users listen to the alternate track through headphones, and in the event the headphones become unplugged, the audio simply stops — it doesn’t start blasting out to the theater.The central hurdle was getting industry buy-in from the studios and movie exhibitors, including developing a training program for movie theater staffers to be able to tell the difference between someone using myLingo and someone who was pirating the movie.Related: 14 Inspirational Movie Quotes for Entrepreneurs “This is the first time that Hollywood studios have allowed for their content to be on an app platform during a theatrical window,” Polak says. “We had to make sure our content security protocol could fight through the fiery hoops of studio requirements. We are one of the very first apps that major circuit exhibitors have endorsed.”And with these big name partnerships, the Polaks have their eyes on getting all of the major studios to jump on board, not just in the United States, but overseas. “No matter where you are in the world,” Polak says, “you can listen in your language.”last_img read more

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Featured Deal 21 Off Axis VIDIUS FPVCamera Drone

first_imgWhat is better than a camera drone? A camera that can not only take beautiful shots from the up above, but can also stream and record live videos! Take the pilot seat and be ready to get the awesome views with this Axis VIDIUS FPV-Camera Drone.Introducing the World’s Smallest First Person View Camera Drone…Bringing the support for all the Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, this deal also gets you a controller for the non-Android or Apple users. Following are the detailed specs of this first person-view camera drone:Dimensions: 1.69″L x 1.69″W x 0.98″HFlight time: 5-7 minutes (per 20 minute charge)Charges via USB cable150 mAh Battery3-Speeds pre-programmed for desired level of flight sensitivity6-Axis gyro stabilizationYou don’t need a bulky, FAA-registered drone to get a view from the pilot’s seat. The Axis VIDIUS Drone may be small, but it offers a live first person view from its built-in video camera! You can flip, roll, speed through narrow spaces, and more while streaming and recording your every move. The live video feed is transmitted to your Apple or Android device via Wi-Fi, and can even be shared instantly with the VIDIUSDrone App. Plus with an 100-foot range, you can explore far and wide without lifting a foot.Control flight w/ included 2.4 gHz controller, smartphone or tabletStream & record live video & still images in 420p during flightFly for 5-7 minutes per 20 minute chargeChoose your desired level of flight sensitivity w/ 3-speed pre-programmed functionalityKeep the drone stable & centered w/ 6-axis gyro stabilizationSeamlessly adjust orientation w/ 360-degree rotational yawEnter pre-programmed “Trick Mode” to pull off amazing flips & rollsFly at night w/ the bright LED colored lightsDon’t worry about FAA registration!With a 21% discount, Wccftech Deals is offering this smallest drone camera for just $74.99. With free shipping, get this tiny little camera drone and start enjoying the top view! Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Gold Cup semifinals set United States vs Jamaica Mexico vs Haiti

first_imgCosta Rica’s Gold Cup run ended in the quarterfinals as La Sele waseliminated by Mexico via penalty-kick shootout.Despite the result, the Mexico game marked perhaps Costa Rica’s most complete performance under manager Gustavo Matosas. La Sele defended well and were able to generate a number of attacking chances, both on the counterattack and in the run of play.Importantly, Costa Rica proved it can still compete with CONCACAF’s best despite its recent struggles. Were it not for Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa — who made a key stop in extra time and the decisive save during penalty kicks — La Sele might have earned the victory.El Tri will face Haiti, which completed a comeback to defeat Canada, 3-2, and earn its first-ever Gold Cup semifinal berth. After his team fell behind 2-0, Duckens Nazon began the response with a goal and later provided an inch-perfect assist on the winner.Haiti has come-from-behind wins in three matches already during the 2019 Gold Cup — against Bermuda, Costa Rica and Canada — so Mexico can expect a stiff challenge for all 90 minutes.On the other side of the bracket, a Darren Mattocks penalty kick sent Jamaica through against Panama, while the United States suffered through a lackluster second half but survived Curaçao, 1-0.The semifinals are familiar territory for Jamaica, which reached the championship match in the 2015 and 2017 Gold Cups. But the Reggae Boyz will be without reliable defender Damion Lowe, who is suspended from the match due to yellow-card accumulation.They’ll face a U.S. men’s national team that epitomized “survive and advance” against Curaçao. Despite an electric Christian Pulisic, the U.S. couldn’t add to a 1-0 advantage and found itself out-possessed and out-shot in the second half.Gold Cup semifinal scheduleHaiti vs. Mexico:  Tuesday, June 2 at 10 p.m. ET. Game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.Jamaica vs. United States: Wednesday, June 3 at 9 p.m. ET. Game will be played at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.U.S. residents can watch the games on Fox Sports, while Costa Rica residents can watch on Repretel (streamed for free on Repretel.com). Facebook Comments Related posts:Mexico defeats Jamaica 3-1 in Gold Cup final Mexico’s Tigres defeat Costa Rica’s Herediano to advance in Champions League Costa Rica eliminated from CONCACAF Champions League with Herediano loss Costa Rica falls to Haiti, finishes second in Group Blast_img read more

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Top five Golden rules for female travellers

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P With 45 percent of woman making up the corporate travel market, International SOS has identified five golden rules to help woman keep safe when travelling for business.Rule number one: Know Yourself Understanding your profile and how that profile may be perceived when you travel is vital. Key areas to consider include your physical appearance, travel experience, personality type and budget.Rule number two: Do your researchDon’t assume, do your research before you travel and know the geography of the city you are visiting, plus be aware of any cultural differences.Rule number three: Don’t be an easy targetPlan your flights so you arrive in the daytime especially if you are planning to catch a taxi and always use official taxis.Rule number four: Be assertiveBe confident as appearing unfamiliar can make you a potential target.  Trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.Rule number five: Stay calm in a crisisStatistics have proven that woman are more prone to harassment, assault and hand bag theft therefore it important to know how to respond in a crisis.  Being prepared is key to reducing risk while on business travelInternational SOS will be hosting a webinar on the ‘golden rules for female travellers on the 19 July, to register visit the International SOS website.last_img read more

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