Little Big Town To Kick Off The 2017 Music In Our Schools

first_imgCMA Award Winners Little Big Town will kick off the 2017 Music In Our Schools Tour following a spectacular performance of the National Anthem at Clemson vs. Alabama College Football Championship.Join them on Friday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. for the kickoff of the fourth annual Music in Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour (#MusicInspires, #MIOStour) with the Give a Note Foundation (GNF), Country Music Association (CMA) Foundation, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country.The 2017 Music In Our Schools – Music Inspires Tour will visit six schools chosen to be part of the Tour. These schools will receive a $2,500 grant from Give A Note Foundation, which will be matched by the CMA Foundation. Additionally, Radio Disney and Radio Disney Country will join in celebrating the talented students with select hosted performances.• Ramona High School, Riverside, CA• Joliet Central High School, Joliet, IL • Salina South Middle School, Salina, KS • James Otis Elementary School, Boston, MA • Tar River Elementary School, Franklinton, NC • Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee, WAFive-time Country Music Association (CMA) Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will kick off the 2017 Tour at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort. The group of country singers will make a surprise appearance during one of the Disney Performing Arts Workshops, Disney Sings — where students are immersed in a “real world” performance experience and record a portion of a Disney film soundtrack. Little Big Town (Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Philip Sweet, and Jimi Westbrook) will share their own experiences with music education and the importance of music in the lives of all students. Radio Disney Country Correspondent Savannah Keyes will moderate the session.Event Date and Time: Friday, January 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.last_img read more

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Ban Kimoon voices outrage at deadly attacks on AU peacekeepers in Darfur

30 September 2007Condemning in the strongest possible terms the recent attack in Haskanita, South Darfur, which killed some 10 African Union (AU) peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for those responsible to be brought to justice for the “outrageous” act. According to AU reports, personnel from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS) have also been wounded and many are missing following yesterday’s “shocking and brutal assault,” Mr. Ban said in a statement.He offered his condolences to the families of those who were killed, and called “on all parties to recommit as a matter of the highest priority to a peaceful resolution to the conflict as the Government and rebel movements prepare for peace talks in Libya on 27 October and as the African Union and United Nations prepare to deploy a joint peace operation in Darfur.”The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) also decried the incident, which it characterized as “unprovoked and barbaric,” by an armed group.”UNMIS is shocked at the unprecedented scale of the attack,” it noted in a statement issued today.The Mission also reiterated that “attacks on AMIS constitute a serious violation of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council and the African Union and urges all concerned to assist in identifying the perpetrators so they could be held accountable without delay.” read more

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UN envoy urges constructive steps for Palestinian unity amid postponement of key

“This shows leadership and wisdom in giving adequate time for consultation with all factions in preparation of a regular session, which should strengthen unity and chart the way forward,” Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement, referring to the decision announced by the Council’s Chairman, Salim Zanoun. The meeting of the Council had been set to take place next week in the West Bank city of Ramallah, according to media reports. A new date has reportedly not been set for what would be the first gathering of the 700-plus member Council in nearly 20 years.“I urge all Palestinian leaders and factions to seize this opportunity to take constructive steps towards achieving genuine Palestinian unity on the basis of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) principles, and to strengthen the PLO as the sole and legitimate representative of the Palestinian people,” said Mr. Mladenov.“This would be an important step forward towards ending the occupation and realizing a just and lasting solution on the basis of two States – Palestine and Israel – living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.” Senior UN officials have repeatedly stressed the need for all Palestinian groups to resolve their differences and find common ground, on the basis of non-violence and reconciliation, to achieve national unity which is critical for a two-State solution. read more

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Cambridge University inquiry into slave trade connections is virtue signalling on steroids

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. King’s College chapel at Cambridge University, where an inquiry into the institution’s historical connection with the slave trade will take placeCredit:Geography Photos/Universal Images Group Editorial Commenting on Cambridge University’s inquiry, Mr Phillips told The Telegraph: “It seems to me that this is virtue signalling on steroids. This is really about making white liberal academics at Cambridge feel a bit better about themselves. It will do very little for any ethnic minority person.“Rather than having some clever people looking back 200 years for the next 35 months, wouldn’t it just be a good idea to have some people looking a few months into the future and do some work on how we could prevent discrimination affecting people of colour every single day.“If they actually wanted to do something for young people, there are at least a dozen other exercises they could have chosen over this one.“I have got no objection to some academics looking into the background of Cambridge. In fact, I made a series about this topic 18 years ago. However, if Cambridge University wanted to do something useful they might want to change the future rather than attempting to rewrite the past, which is what this is all about.”Prof Martin Millett, who is chairing Cambridge University’s inquiry, suggested that one potential outcome of the investigation could be reviewing the names of campus buildings that are connected to the slave trade.Speaking on the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday morning, Prof Millet said: “I think it’s quite interesting how Glasgow University have dealt with this. They have thought of symbolic ways of recognising the issue in terms of quite simple things, like how buildings are named and so forth.”Glasgow University have named a new building due to open next year after James McCune Smith, who was born into slavery in 1813 and later became the first African American to be awarded a medical degree.Cambridge University’s Colleges are omitted from the inquiry, which will only apply to the main university buildings, including eight museums and numerous libraries.Academics and students labelled the investigation as nothing more than a “PR exercise” for failing to include the Colleges in the investigation.“The real wealth in this university, as well as historical benefits, are constitutively collegiate,” Dr Priyamvada Gopal, English lecturer at Churchill College, wrote on Twitter. “If Cambridge REALLY wants to look at how it benefited from slavery, leaving the colleges out is absurd. Totally absurd.“Short of that, this is in danger of becoming a PR exercise.“I think this is a terrible dodge on more than one front: many many problems are located at the collegiate level and the University repeatedly washes its hands of the colleges.” Cambridge University’s slavery inquiry is “virtue signalling on steroids” which was only initiated to make “white liberal academics” feel better about themselves, one of the country’s leading equality campaigners has said.Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, criticised the University’s decision to investigate how it benefitted from the slave trade, calling on its vice-chancellor to “change the future rather than attempting to rewrite the past”.His comments come as details of a similar inquiry launched at University College London (UCL) in November last year have emerged, looking into their “historical and present role in the teaching and study of eugenics”.The UCL investigation will deliver recommendations on current financial benefits the University receives from “instruments linked to this field”, as well as how to manage the naming buildings after prominent eugenicists.This includes Victorian scientist Francis Galton, the man responsible for coining the term ‘eugenics’. UCL students are currently campaigning to get his name stripped from a lecture theatre and a laboratory. King's College chapel read more

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PSG Handball older brother of French handball

← Previous Story Telekom Veszprem are ready to fight for 4th trip to Cologne! Next Story → Slavko Goluza to overtake HC Tatran Presov HBC Nantes couldn’t save 26:26 from the first match of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 16 in Paris, where Paris Saint Germain won 35:27 (15:13).Nedim Remili with 10 goals and Thierry Omeyer with 15 saves were the first protagonists of the victory which put PSG in position to fight for EHF CL Final4 against winner of clash between PICK Szeged and Bjerringbro Silkeborg.PSG HANDBALL – HBC NANTES 35:27 (15:13)Paris : Skof (0 arrêt dont 0/3 pén), Omeyer (15 saves 0/5 pén); Gensheimer (6/6 dont 2/2 pén), Mollgaard, Stepancic (1/2), Kounkoud, Barachet, Rémili (10/13), Abalo (3/5), L. Karabatic (4/5), Hansen (4/6), Narcisse, Nielsen (3/3), N. Karabatic (4/8), NahiNantes : Dumoulin (2 saves), Siffert (6 saves 0/2 pén); Lagarde (0/3), Gharbi (1/1), O. Nyokas (6/9), Claire (4/10), Nyateu, Klein (1/5), Buric (1/1), Tournat (0/1), Feliho, Derot, Matulic, Delecroix, Gurbindo (5/9), Balaguer (9/9 dont 8/8 pén) read more

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Hideo Kojima Rejects Battle Royale Games at SDCC

first_imgStay on target ‘Death Saves’ D&D Streetwear: Interview With Designer D…Wesley Snipes Says ‘It’s All Good’ With Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ Reboot Film Surely one of the reasons why battle royale games became the biggest thing in gaming is because of how appealingly straightforward the premise is. A bunch of players drop onto an island full of guns and try to murder each other as the walls close in until there’s only one left. Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends may mess around with different ideas in the margins, but that core idea is pretty easy to understand.Hideo Kojima, meanwhile, is making a game where Norman Reedus tries to bridge America back together with a baby in a tube while fighting Mads Mikkelsen’s time-traveling goo soldiers or something in the upcoming Death Stranding. We’re excited, but not because we think it’s going to be easy to understand. And at the game’s San Diego Comic-Con panel Kojima bluntly stated his disinterested in creating something more mainstream.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kojima got a big applause when he said “The easiest way to make money is to make a game where everyone is on an island trying to shoot each other. I don’t want to make that.”Considering that I’m also more into weird Kojima games than derivative battle royale games, I’m happy about this. But it is a little surprising considering how well the battle royale genre might have blended with Kojima’s past work. For all of its political anime weirdness, Metal Gear is ultimately a game about sneaking around and shooting people like in a battle royale. The kind of intense emotions battle royales evoke in players I have to imagine Kojima would love. And you know if Metal Gear Survive (infamously made without Kojima’s involvement) was made just a year or two later it would’ve been a battle royale game.But this Fortnite shade wasn’t the only thing Kojima had to say at SDCC. The gaming legend talked about how streaming offers new possibilities for the future of the medium. We learned more about Death Stranding characters including Heartman, played by director Nicolas Winding Refn, who dies every few minutes. And we even found out that before he became the breathtaking star of Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves could’ve taken the Death Stranding role that ultimately went to Mikkelsen. That Metal Gear Keanu mod could’ve been real.For more on Death Stranding, rewatch the latest trailer to see if you can wrap your head around it before the November release. For more on battle royale games, check out PUBG’s attempt at a story for its latest season.last_img read more

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Mourinho reveals Bailly Smalling played with injuries

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the team’s defensive duo of Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both played with injuries against Arsenal.Mourinho lamented the pair were tired towards the end of the encounter. The former Chelsea boss was asked whether he felt under attack as Arsenal mounted pressure but rejected that theory.“No. Not under siege, not at all,” Mourinho said, according to Manchester Evening News.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I feel that is a moment where, for example, we played against the team that is at the top of their season, in the top of their moment where everything goes well for them, I think that’s clearly a team in a high against a team that has so many problems, and the top of these problems, during football matches we shoot outselves.”“Today we had a very, very good start, I think everybody was expecting a good start, 1-0 for us. We score [David de Gea’s error for Shkodran Mustafi’s opener], 1-0 for them. In the second-half, in the best moment of our team, where Arsenal was clearly trying to stop the game, get one injury here, get one injury there, they were trying to control the game and to reduce the intensity of the game, we score the second goal for them and then is again 2-1. So difficult.”“But the reality is in the last four matches we didn’t lose, bad results, yes, apart from Young Boys, the three draws were three bad results. But we did not lose. And before that we lost against Manchester City, everybody loses, not just us. And then before that we had a period where we were playing in our limits which is sometimes people don’t understand, where we play in our limits.”last_img read more

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Parents say synagogue suspect is part of history of evil

first_img___ Updated: 3:12 PM Posted: April 29, 2019 AP Parents say synagogue suspect is part of ‘history of evil’ AP, center_img April 29, 2019 POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old college student suspected of attacking a Southern California synagogue said Monday that they are shocked and saddened that “he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”John T. Earnest’s parents said they raised him and his five siblings in a family, faith and community that rejected hate.“Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold,” the parents said in a statement, which didn’t include their names.A gunman on Saturday burst into the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on the last day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others.“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act,” the statement said.Earnest’s parents, who are cooperating with investigators, said their sadness “pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people.”Earll Pott, a family attorney who issued the statement, said the parents will not provide a legal defense for their son, who will likely be represented by a public defender. They asked for privacy and do not plan to make additional comments until the criminal case is resolved.The FBI said Monday that it received tips on a threatening social media post about five minutes before the attack.The tips to the FBI’s website and phone number included a link to the anonymous post but did not offer specific information about its author or the location of the threat. The FBI said employees immediately tried to determine who wrote the post, but the shooting occurred before they could establish his identity.One of the tipsters told The Associated Press that he called the FBI tip line at 11:15 a.m. Saturday because the post linked to a manifesto that said the author was responsible for a mosque arson in the city of Escondido last month. He says he found online that had the mosque attack had happened and feared the new threat was real.The tipster, who refused to provide his name because of security concerns, said the call with the FBI lasted four or five minutes and the shooting happened soon after. He described the FBI as quick and professional and said he doesn’t know what they could have done.The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m., and police arrested Earnest moments afterward. He is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.The online manifesto written by a person identifying himself as John Earnest was an anti-Jewish screed posted about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 on Oct. 27.About 100 congregants were worshipping when the gunman killed Lori Kaye, 60, and wounded the synagogue’s rabbi, Yishoel Goldstein; Noya Dahan, 8; and her uncle Almog Peretz.Goldstein said he was preparing for a service and heard a loud sound, turned around and a saw a young man wearing sunglasses standing in front of him with a rifle.“I couldn’t see his eyes. I couldn’t see his soul,” Goldstein said. He raised his hands and lost one of his fingers in the shooting.And then, Goldstein said, “miraculously the gun jammed.”In the moments that followed, Goldstein said he wrapped his bloodied hand in a prayer shawl and addressed congregants gathered outside the building, vowing to stay strong in the face of the deadly attack targeting his community.“We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone take us down. Terrorism like this will not take us down,” Goldstein recalled telling the community.Authorities said Earnest had no previous contact with law enforcement and may face a hate crime charge in addition to homicide charges when he’s in court later this week. He was being held without bail.Police searched Earnest’s house in San Diego and said he was also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24. California State University, San Marcos, confirmed that Earnest was a student who was on the dean’s list.There were indications the AR-type assault weapon might have malfunctioned after the gunman fired numerous rounds inside, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said. An off-duty Border Patrol agent fired at the shooter as he fled, missing him but striking the getaway vehicle, the sheriff said.Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, and when an officer found him on a roadway, he “pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said.The rabbi described Kaye as a founding member of the congregation and said he was heartbroken by her death. He said the attack could have harmed many more people had the shooter turned toward the sanctuary where so many were praying.“Lori took the bullet for all of us,” Goldstein said, his hands wrapped in bandages. “She didn’t deserve to die.”Friends described Kaye as giving, warm and attentive to community members on their birthdays and when they were sick. A wife and mother, she loved gardening and made delicious challah for her family and friends, said Roneet Lev, 55. Her funeral is planned for Monday.When the gunfire erupted, another worshipper, Shimon Abitbul, said he immediately placed his 2-year-old grandson on the floor and waited for a break in the shooting to grab the boy and sprint away.Abitbul, who was visiting from Israel and staying with his daughter and her family in Southern California, said he was still coming to grips with the carnage.“All of us are human beings,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are Jews or Christians or Muslims.”Peretz, who was wounded in the leg, said he turned around after hearing gunfire and saw the shooter standing by the door. He grabbed his niece by the hand and carried out another child.He then saw a group of children and got them running, “I tell them, ‘go this way, go this way,” said Peretz, who is visiting from Israel.RELATED STORIES: Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounts Saturday’s attack at the Chabad of PowayCommunity leaders speak out on Poway synagogue shooting Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Watch: Governor Newsom, state leaders, and members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus discuss the attack on the Chabad of Poway synagoguelast_img read more

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MSLOs Q1 Results Are First Full Report Since Shifting Pub Biz to

first_img First-quarter revenues for the publishing division dropped from $19.5 million in 2014 to $5.7 million in 2015, again reflecting the shift in publishing business and management from MSLO to Meredith. Operating expenses dropped 65 percent, with the group recording an operating loss of $2.1 million.   Total company revenues for the quarter were about $17 million, down from $33.3 million same period last year. The 10-year licensing agreement between Meredith and MSLO was announced last October and took effect in November. Looking longer-term, Dienst said in the earnings call that the Meredith deal is expected to drive publishing group profitability and that it was not solely a way to take costs out of the operation. In a statement about the report, CEO Dan Dienst described the company as more efficient and “asset-light.” The majority of revenues are out of the merchandising group.center_img First-quarter results provide some visibility into the group’s run rate, he says, adding, “This was not just an exercise in cost avoidance, as noble an endeavor as that may have been for a business that bled for years. We’re hoping and expecting that as we build this traffic pipeline and creating this content, that we’ll start to see that profit share come through on the print side or the revenue share come through on the digital side.” Those upsides will become most evident during the company’s busy holiday season in the fourth quarter, he said. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Q1 results are out and it’s the first report to reflect a full quarter since the company transferred the print and digital sales and circulation business of Martha Stewart Living to Meredith.last_img read more

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Murkowski frets fees on public lands especially Mendenhall

first_imgThe viewing platforms along Steep Creek will be inside the new fee area at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Thursday challenged National Park and Forest Service officials about the fees they collect from visitors. At a Senate hearing, Murkowski said she “generally” supports the law allowing the agencies to collect fees.  The 10-year-old law requires that most of the revenue is spent on things like visitor services, maintenance and public safety. But then Murkowski homed in on the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, in Juneau.Download AudioThe Forest Service is raising the entrance fee at Mendenhall, from $3 to $5, starting in May. Murkowski says the increase is reasonable, but she was leery of plans to expand the fee area beyond the visitor center.“If you want to bypass the visitors center, you don’t want to go to the restroom, you don’t even want to park your car, if you just want to go to – and I’m just reading the article from the Juneau Empire here – if you just want to go to the Photo Point Trail, we’re going to charge the $5,” she said.The senator says she worries the agencies are making public lands “uninviting.”“I don’t want to go to my Mendenhall visitor center and go hiking on the great trails that we have out there and feel like I’m going to have somebody from Forest Service who’s going to be chasing me down the trail to pull up my multiple rain jackets to see if I’ve got a wristband on,” she said.John Neary, director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, wasn’t at the hearing, but he says he’s concerned about preserving the visitor experience, too.“Not only are we not going to chase them down trails, but our real focus is going to be on trying to get our community to support us more in the future, by delivering things for this fee that they’ll support,” he said.He says 90 percent of the 500,000 visitors the park expects next year will have already paid their fee, through a commercial tour operator. For those who arrive on their own, enforcement will be intermittent, and Neary doesn’t envision asking any hikers to roll up their sleeves.“In the past we’ve used wristbands. We’d like to get away from that, for a variety of reasons,” he said. “One is that they increase our costs to issue them, and I think a lot of people do find them annoying.”Neary says visitors won’t be charged to use most trails, only those the Forest Service has invested money in, like Photo Point Trail, which is paved. User fees help maintain those improvements, and he says Mendenhall needs more amenities.“Right now, women that come out on a cruise, and take a bus out here, on a Monday afternoon, typically have to wait 15 or 20 minutes on line to use the restroom block,” he said. “And that’s unacceptable.”Neary says the visitor fees will help pay for new bathrooms, since they can’t rely solely on funds allocated by Congress.last_img read more

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PM Hasina fears country may turn dysfunctional if antiliberation forces return to

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will become a failed state again if the anti-liberation forces return to power.”If the anti-liberation forces and patrons of killers return to power, the country will become a failed one again,” she said while addressing a reception here on Sunday.Canada Awami League arranged the event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.The prime minister said today Bangladesh is marching forward and the trend of this progress should continue. “The country can’t be developed unless there is continuation of the government.”Talking about her party’s election manifesto, Sheikh Hasina said they did much more than what they wanted to do. “As Bangladesh is making progress, it now gets invitation to join the G7 Outreach Session.””When our country makes progress, we get such invitations,” she said adding that she also got invitations and joined G7 Outreach Session in 2001 and 2016.Hasina said her government is working aiming to ensure the development and welfare of the country’s people.She said her government has placed a Tk 4.64 trillion national budget for the 2018-19 fiscal, but once the budget size was only Tk 610 billion.In the proposed budget, the size of the annual development programme (ADP) is Tk 1.73 trillion, which was only Tk 190 billion. Some 90 per cent of ADP cost now comes from government funds, she added.In the past, the prices of essentials used to go up with the announcement of national budget. “But, now the prices remain under control as the present government has been able to bring down the inflation at 5.6 per cent.”Now, she mentioned, the per capita income in Bangladesh has increased to $1752.Coming down heavily on BNP, the prime minister said they do not see any development of Bangladesh, but they enjoy the benefits of the development.About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, she was convicted in the court after the trial process continued for 10 years. “But, big lawyers failed to prove that Khaleda didn’t embezzle orphans’ money.””A comfortable environment has been arranged for her in jail. I’ve no right to release Khaleda Zia from jail as it’s the jurisdiction of the court. Their (BNP’s) big lawyers should solve it moving to the court,” Hasina said.Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali and AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif also addressed the reception event presided over by Canada Awami League president Golam Mohammad Mahmud Miah.last_img read more

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Trump visits Jerusalem seeking elusive peace

first_imgUS President Donald Trump attending a meeting with leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh. Photo: AFPUS President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem Monday to seek ways to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace, a goal that has eluded his predecessors but which he says could be easier than “people have thought”.Trump’s visit is part of his first trip abroad as president and follows an initial stop in Saudi Arabia, where he urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence committed in the name of religion.It also comes as he contends with a raft of problems back home, including a special counsel investigating whether his associates colluded with Russia.Trump is due in Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon and, ahead of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will tour two iconic sites in Jerusalem, a city holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews.His first stop will be the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built at the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.Afterwards, he is expected to become the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray and located in east Jerusalem.The Western Wall visit drew controversy before Trump even left Washington, when US officials declined to say whether it belonged to Israel.“Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of Israel,” Netanyahu said late Sunday. “The Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli sovereignty.”Israel occupied east Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967 in moves never recognised by the international community.It later annexed east Jerusalem and claims the entire city as its capital. The Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.Trump will meet Netanyahu at 6:00 pm (1500 GMT).Enormous challenge“I will discuss with President Trump ways to strengthen even further the first and strongest alliance with the US,” Netanyahu said Sunday.“We will strengthen security ties, which are strengthening daily, and we will also discuss ways to advance peace.”The United States is Israel’s most important ally, providing it with more than $3 billion in defence aid annually.On Tuesday, Trump will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in Bethlehem in the West Bank, visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and give a speech at the Israel Museum.Any leader would face an enormous challenge in seeking to bring the Israelis and Palestinians together for meaningful talks, and Trump’s inexperience and domestic political struggles will only add to it.He has spoken of his self-described deal-making prowess in declaring that the “ultimate deal” is possible, vowing “we will get it done”.“It is something that I think is frankly maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years,” Trump said when meeting Abbas in Washington earlier this month.Trump has sent mixed signals about how he will approach the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.He cast uncertainty over years of international efforts to foster a two-state solution when he met Netanyahu at the White House in February.Criticism of IranAt that meeting, he said he would support a single state if it led to peace, delighting Israeli right-wingers who want to see most of the West Bank annexed.At the same time, he urged Israel to hold back on settlement building in the West Bank, a longstanding concern of Palestinians and much of the world.Trump advocated during his campaign breaking with decades of precedent and moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, deeply alarming Palestinians.He has since said the move was still being looked at.Trump’s seeming openness to at least some of Abbas’s concerns has given Palestinians more reason for hope than many may have expected, but still reason to remain wary, some analysts say.On the Israeli side, Netanyahu heads what is seen as the most right-wing government in the country’s history, and members of his coalition were elated with Trump’s election.Some even called for an end to the idea of a Palestinian state.Trump’s actions since have left them disappointed, with the embassy remaining in Tel Aviv—at least for now—and the White House seeking to restart peace efforts.In Saudi Arabia on Sunday, Trump told dozens of Muslim leaders the time had come for “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamic extremism”.He also lashed out at Iran, accusing Tehran of fuelling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” and calling for its international isolation.After Israel and the Palestinian territories, Trump will head to the Vatican along with Brussels and Italy for NATO and G7 meetings.last_img read more

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CHECK OUT How To Help Houston And Its Victims Get Through Harvey

first_imgRed Cross:The Red Cross has been organizing shelters to aide families displaced by the storm.They rely on monetary donations to provide immediate relief.Use this link to donate or  text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Red Cross in Texas has also asked people to volunteer. They announced Friday that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast=track” course. The Salvation Army also announced it would be accepting volunteers to hand out supplies and food at shelters. Check for a local group in your area that is sending volunteers. Share The flooding and devastation caused by Harvey has not stopped since it made landfall Friday night. Home have been destroyed and thousands have been displaced.There are many who feel compelled to help the afflicted in any way they can.If you plan on donating to Harvey relief here are some things you should consider. Other charities to donate to include:The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society.The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.What to watch out for:Before you donate, it is important to know where your aide is going.By using organizations like GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau, you can make sure you know your money is being used to help. USAID CIDI:USAID is the U.S. Agency for International Development Office, and the CIDI is the Center for International Disaster Information.Their mission is to guide and inform the public, including religious and community groups; diaspora; embassies; non-profits; corporations; businesses and governmental organizations about the most effective ways to support international disaster relief and recovery.They have released a detailed guide on the steps you should take to donate responsibly.last_img read more

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Disney to Offer Streaming Bundle of Disney Plus ESPN Plus and Hulu

first_img Popular on Variety Disney Earnings Miss the Mark, Stock Slides Disney to Offer Streaming Bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and Hulu for $12.99 “I’ve been really impressed with the quality and the variety and the volume” of original production for Disney Plus, Iger said.Iger also emphasized Disney’s flexibility with the content it creates. The FX team may produce an original series for Hulu that will have a second window down the road on FX.Iger acknowledged that the company faces a “balancing act” in the near term as it weighs how much to invest in its new direct-to-consumer businesses and how much it needs to maintain its traditional linear TV operations including ABC, Freeform and FX.“It is important for us to continue to fuel those channels with enough quality and original programming to support these businesses as they exist today,” Iger said. At the same time, “the pivot to direct to consumer businesses is designed not only to address the opportunity that exists in that space but also address the challenges that exist on the traditional side.”Iger added that Disney is in the midst of “setting ourselves up in a way to be more resilient than any of our competitors should the traditional side erode so significantly that it is not as viable as it was.” Iger said consumer marketing for Disney Plus will start to emerge later this month. On the tech side, the Disney Plus team is devoting considerable energy to making it easy for prospective subscribers to sign up. “We know how important it is to create a friction-less experience,” he said.Disney’s investment in its budding streaming services is only growing. Disney chief financial officer Christine McCarthy told analysts that the company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International divisions are projecting an operating loss of $900 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, up from $553 million loss in Q3 and up from a loss of about $370 million in fiscal Q4 2018.The Hulu venture is now entirely on Disney’s books, which contributed to Disney’s widening loss in Direct to Consumer and International. Iger said Hulu’s subscriber base stands at 28 million. The Hulu Live digital MVPD service grew faster than any of its digital rivals in the quarter, McCarthy said.In discussing the Q3 results, Iger emphasized the complexity of the 21st Century Fox integration and the need to invest as Disney makes significant shifts in its business priorities as it bets on streaming as the future of content distribution. Despite disappointing numbers from 21st Century Fox legacy units, including the Star TV satellite platform in India, Iger stressed that the company remains bullish on the $71.3 billion Fox deal.“Our appreciation of the long-term value that we can create has increased,” Iger said.Disney Plus will launch with more than 300 movie titles on day one, growing to 400 by the end of its first year. The tall includes eight “Star Wars” pics, four from Marvel plus eight more by the end of year one, 18 Pixar-produced features, 70 from the Disney animation vault and some 7,500 episodes of television. Iger said the Disney Plus originals are coming in strong. He’s watched the first season of “The Mandalorian,” the “Star Wars”-themed live-action series.center_img Disney disclosed Tuesday that it will offer a streaming bundle of Disney Plus, ESPN Plus and the advertising-supported version of Hulu for $12.99 a month.The bundle of Disney direct-to-consumer properties will be available for purchase on Nov. 12, the day that the ambitious Disney Plus service is set to bow in the U.S.Disney chief Bob Iger revealed the plan for the bundle during Disney’s quarterly earnings call with Wall Street analysts. Disney’s fiscal second quarter numbers came in below expectations, a shortfall Disney chalked up to lower than expected performances by key divisions of 21st Century Fox, which Disney formally acquired in March.“Nothing is more important to us than getting this right,” Iger said of Disney’s aggressive move into direct-to-consumer streaming.Iger also disclosed that Disney is in talks with Apple, Amazon and Google to distribute Disney Plus and presumably the newly disclosed bundle on their platforms. “We think it’s important to achieve scale relatively quickly and they’ll be an important part of that.” Related ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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GameStop ruins Zeldathemed Monopoly board with exclusive ingame content

first_imgBefore early access, cash shops, and day-one DLC were the scourge of modern-day gaming, store-specific pre-order bonuses ruined everyone’s good time. GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and even Walmart got in on the chain-specific content, but luckily missing out on a Target-specific in-game costume was never really too devastating. Now, though, as the gaming industry becomes more digital and GameStop’s iron grip over it loosens, the retail chain looks to fasten that once-tight grip on non-digital games. A fancy, official Zelda-themed Monopoly set will be releasing this fall, but you can’t get all the tokens unless you place a pre-order with GameStop.As is tradition for a themed Monopoly set, all of the game pieces, cards, and locations are Zelda-themed. The iconic game tokens will be replaced by iconic Zelda items, such as the bow, hookshot, boomerang, Hylian shield, and the Triforce (which seems a bit too awesome to include as a standard piece). Sadly, though, rather than the Monopoly money being plastic rupees, it remains paper bills with a graphic of the rupees splashed across the front.If you pre-order from GameStop, you’ll receive an extra token, the Ocarina of Time, as well as six item power cards “for added gameplay value,” though GameStop doesn’t disclose exactly what that means. The GameStop exclusive also comes with a Hyrule map lithograph (measuring 11 x 17 inches) in a treasure chest holder.The special edition of the game releases September 15, and retails for $39.99.last_img read more

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Discord Will Soon Let You Stream Privately to Friends

first_imgTech This Out: Samsung Galaxy Note 10, GamesCon and Disney+More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpGalaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus Hands-on: What’s New, What’s Different05:28OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:2403:24 (Image credit: Discord)All Discord users will be able to stream in 720p at 30 frames per second for Go Live. If you’re a Nitro Classic member ($4.99/month), you’ll be able to broadcast at up to 1080p/60fps, while Nitro subscribers ($9.99) will get a 4K option.I’d like to see certain features be added to Go Live. For instance, Discord already supports game detection for Xbox One, so it would be great to be able to share my Xbox gameplay with my server. But in its current state, Go Live seems like handy way to show your friends a new game (or just show off your skill) without any technical legwork. Discord: Everything You Need to Know Chat program Discord is already the go-to platform for communicating with friends both in and out of your favorite PC games. And soon, it’ll allow you to show your buddies what you’re playing with a single click.Launching on August 15, Discord’s Go Live feature will let you broadcast your gameplay privately to up to 10 friends in your Discord server’s voice channel. As long as you have Discord’s game detection enabled, you can fire up a game on your PC, hit “Go Live,” and instantly share your Rocket League goals or Mortal Kombat 11 fatalities with a virtual room full of pals. (Image credit: Discord)I got a live demo of Go Live in action, and it really is as simple as it sounds. During my demo, a Discord employee invited me to a voice channel in a private server, opened up Rocket League, and activated Go Live. As soon as I saw that he was live, I could click an icon and immediately get a live view of his gameplay. According to Discord, Go Live is strictly meant for giving your friends a live look at what you’re playing. It won’t let other players take control (like PS4’s Share Play does), nor will it have a public streaming option similar to Twitch or Mixer. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch.last_img read more

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Killer Deal Galaxy Note 10 700 Off at Best Buy

first_imgSamsung’s Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus are now available for purchase online and in-stores. And as expected, retailers are already slashing the price of Samsung’s new flagship with discounts of up to $700 off. As a reminder, the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 10 starts at $949.99, whereas the Unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus starts at $1,099.99. However, with a qualifying trade-in and activation, you can take up to $700 off either phone at Best Buy. Qualifying trade-ins include phones from Samsung, Google, and Apple. An iPhone 6s, for instance, will snag you a $200 discount, which isn’t bad for such an old iPhone.If you don’t have a phone to trade in, you can still take $100 off when you buy either an unlocked Note 10 (or unlocked Note 10 Plus) and activate it via Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T. You must activate your new Galaxy Note 10 on the same day in order to get this deal. Even better, you’ll get 6 months of Spotify Premium for free when you purchase either phones. It’s one of the best Galaxy Note 10 deals you can get. Galaxy Note 10: Up to $700 off w/ trade-in and activation or $100 off w/ activationTake up to $700 off the new Galaxy Note 10 when you trade-in an eligible phone and activate your new Note 10 on the spot. Don’t have a phone to trade in? You can still take $100 off with activation. Plus, get 6 months of Spotify Premium for free. View DealGalaxy Note 10 Plus: Up to $700 off w/ trade-in and activation or $100 off w/ activationBest Buy is taking up to $700 off the new Galaxy Note 10 Plus with trade in and activation. Alternatively, you can take $100 off with activation. Plus, you’ll get 6 months of Spotify Premium for free in both scenarios.View DealOn the fence about which Galaxy Note 10 to get? Check out our Note 10 vs. Note 10 Plus comparison to help you decide.The base model Galaxy Note 10 packs a 6.3-inch display, a Snapdragon 855 (7nm 64-bit Octa-core) processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. By comparison, the base model Note 10 Plus packs the same hardware except it boasts a 6.8-inch screen and 12GB of RAM. Both phones run on Android 9.0 Pie, upgradeable to Android 10.0 Q.Best Buy’s Galaxy Note 10 sale ends September 2, so act fast to get one of the industry’s best smartphones on the cheap.Galaxy Note 10 Plus Reviewlast_img read more

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Sense Photonics flashes onto the lidar scene with a new approach

first_imgLidar is a critical part of many autonomous cars and robotic systems, but the technology is also evolving quickly. A new company called Sense Photonics just emerged from stealth mode today with a $26M A round, touting a whole new approach that allows for an ultra-wide field of view and (literally) flexible installation.Still in prototype phase but clearly enough to attract eight figures of investment, Sense Photonics’ lidar doesn’t look dramatically different from others at first, but the changes are both under the hood and, in a way, on both sides of it.Early popular lidar systems like those from Velodyne use a spinning module that emit and detect infrared laser pulses, finding the range of the surroundings by measuring the light’s time of flight. Subsequent ones have replaced the spinning unit with something less mechanical, like a DLP-type mirror or even metamaterials-based beam steering.All these systems are “scanning” systems in that they sweep a beam, column, or spot of light across the scene in some structured fashion — faster than we can perceive, but still piece by piece. Few companies, however, have managed to implement what’s called “flash” lidar, which illuminates the whole scene with one giant, well, flash.That’s what Sense has created, and it claims to have avoided the usual shortcomings of such systems — namely limited resolution and range. Not only that, but by separating the laser emitting part and the sensor that measures the pulses, Sense’s lidar could be simpler to install without redesigning the whole car around it.I talked with CEO and co-founder Scott Burroughs, a veteran engineer of laser systems, about what makes Sense’s lidar a different animal from the competition.“It starts with the laser emitter,” he said. “We have some secret sauce that lets us build a massive array of lasers — literally thousands and thousands, spread apart for better thermal performance and eye safety.”These tiny laser elements are stuck on a flexible backing, meaning the array can be curved — providing a vastly improved field of view. Lidar units (except for the 360-degree ones) tend to be around 120 degrees horizontally, since that’s what you can reliably get from a sensor and emitter on a flat plane, and perhaps 50 or 60 degrees vertically.“We can go as high as 90 degrees for vert which i think is unprecedented, and as high as 180 degrees for horizontal,” said Burroughs proudly. “And that’s something auto makers we’ve talked to have been very excited about.”Here it is worth mentioning that lidar systems have also begun to bifurcate into long-range, forward-facing lidar (like those from Luminar and Lumotive) for detecting things like obstacles or people 200 meters down the road, and more short-range, wider-field lidar for more immediate situational awareness — a dog behind the vehicle as it backs up, or a car pulling out of a parking spot just a few meters away. Sense’s devices are very much geared toward the second use case.These are just prototype units, but they work and you can see they’re more than just renders.Particularly because of the second interesting innovation they’ve included: the sensor, normally part and parcel with the lidar unit, can exist totally separately from the emitter, and is little more than a specialized camera. That means that while the emitter can be integrated into a curved surface like the headlight assembly, while the tiny detectors can be stuck in places where there are already traditional cameras: side mirrors, bumpers, and so on.The camera-like architecture is more than convenient for placement; it also fundamentally affects the way the system reconstructs the image of its surroundings. Because the sensor they use is so close to an ordinary RGB camera’s, images from the former can be matched to the latter very easily.The depth data and traditional camera image correspond pixel-to-pixel right out of the system.Most lidars output a 3D point cloud, the result of the beam finding millions of points with different ranges. This is a very different form of “image” than a traditional camera, and it can take some work to convert or compare the depths and shapes of a point cloud to a 2D RGB image. Sense’s unit not only outputs a 2D depth map natively, but that data can be synced with a twin camera so the visible light image matches pixel for pixel to the depth map. It saves on computing time and therefore on delay — always a good thing for autonomous platforms.Sense Photonics’ unit also can output a point cloud, as you see here.The benefits of Sense’s system are manifest, but of course right now the company is still working on getting the first units to production. To that end it has of course raised the $26 million A round, “co-led by Acadia Woods and Congruent Ventures, with participation from a number of other investors, including Prelude Ventures, Samsung Ventures and Shell Ventures,” as the press release puts it.Cash on hand is always good. But it has also partnered with Infineon and others, including an unnamed tier-1 automotive company, which is no doubt helping shape the first commercial Sense Photonics product. The details will have to wait until later this year when that offering solidifies, and production should start a few months after that — no hard timeline yet, but expect this all before the end of the year.“We are very appreciative of this strong vote of investor confidence in our team and our technology,” Burroughs said in the press release. “The demand we’ve encountered – even while operating in stealth mode – has been extraordinary.”last_img read more

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List of AndroidPowered Smart TV Box Options on Discount Includes Lenovo G66

first_imgMedia consumption is always best on a bigger display and there’s no better option than your television, so you can just sit back, relax and watch your favorite shows. To amplify the experience you have to compliment your TV set with an Android-powered smart TV Box, which will go a long way. Well, today is your lucky day as we have a bunch of high-end latest Android-powered smart TV Boxes available at a hefty discount. Our list includes the Lenovo G66, Xiaomi 4SE and many more.Best Discount On Latest Android-Powered Smart TV Box Options – Xiaomi 4SE, Lenovo G66, moreIf you’re interested in owning a smart TV Box for yourself, be sure to note that our list features options which are only available at discount for a limited amount of time. This means that if you fail to order your share, the discount would revert back to its original model. So be advised to act fast and place an order as soon as you can.MeCool M8S● A full-4K high-performance SoC that supports H.265 video decoding up to 4K at 30fps● 2GB DDR3 + 16GB eMMC, support up to 32GB of expandable storage, you can download whatever you like, keep them and enjoy them● It runs on the Android 7.1, which is good to use. You can connect to a world of content and entertainment at home with the box● A high performance of quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU can play a wide range of games● Built-in 2.4G WiFi. Support IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. A more stable signal for you to enjoy higher quality video experience● HDMI 2.0 is a faster way to send video and audio output to your TV● YouTube, Netflix, HBO, Twitter. These network functions are no problems if you have this product● Support Miracast / Airplay, share your video to your TVThe MeCool M8S is a great option and boasts all the necessary features which you’re looking for in a smart TV Box. This particular model is available at a good 12 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $29.99. Head over to this link to get it.Lenovo G66Main Features● Supports 4K resolution and H.265 decoding, high-definition imaging effect● 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, large capacity allows you to enjoy more pleasure● RK3288 processor ensures more smooth and flexible operation● 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz Wi-Fi, dual-band Wi-Fi brings you high-speed wireless transfer experience● Supports many different video, audio, and photo formatsThe Lenovo G66 is a high-end option on our list featuring the best design out of the bunch and a solid build to go with. It includes all the features and bits that you’re looking for and would not go wrong with it. The Lenovo G66’s design is quite unique and blends in well with the surrounding. If you’re enticed to own the Lenovo G66, it is available at a massive discount of 23 percent, making the price come down to just $53.99. Head over to this link to get the Lenovo G66 at a discounted price.Beelink GT1 MiniMain features:• HDMI interface to connect with LCD TV, projectors, your home TV changing to internet TV• Traditional TVs connected via AV interface can also change to upgraded smart TV• 2G / 4G DDR4, (the other boxes on the market usually only 1G). Watch high-definition video smoothly, no stuck• 32G / 64G storage (the other boxes on the market usually only 16G), allows for massive software download• Google Play comes with the original screen, users can download the app themselves, such as IPTV to watch local TV channels, YouTube to watch video• Support 4K ultra high definition output, pictures more natural and clearer, moreThe Beelink GT1 Mini is a powerful TV Box with more than enough features that an average user would want. Also, it supports video in 4K ultra-high resolution, so you’re good on that behalf. If it piques your interest, the Beelink GT1 Mini is available at a hefty 11 percent off for a limited time. This makes the price jump down to just $59.99. Head over to this link to get it.Alfawise H6Main Features:6K Ultra HD video• Supports playing thousands of android games in large screen. Enjoy excellent gaming experience.Android 9.0, the latest OS with beautiful UI• Makes sure the box running stable and smooth to load movies.• Much better than boxes of Android 8.1, 7.1, and below.H.265 Hardware decoding• Supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats.• Saves 50 percent of bandwidth resources, to watch movies fluently, moreThe Alfawise H6 features a simplistic design but boasts the latest Android 9.0 software, so the performance is smooth. In addition, the TV Box is capable of 6K HD video. It definitely is a spec-monster compared to the rest and a must-have if you’re an avid media consumption users. If you’re interested in owning the Alfawise H6, it is available at a good 3 percent off for a limited time, which makes the price of the TV Box to come down to just $41.99. Head over to this link to get it.Xiaomi 4SEMain Features•Voice control function, control TV box through voice• Multiple video images to meet your needs• Cortex A7 CPU• 2.4G WiFi• H.265 decoding• Artificial intelligence TV box, gold-plated HD HDMI cable• Supports Chinese languageWhile coming with an elegant and simplistic design, the Xiaomi 4SE has its own set of essentials that you should take note of. It is available at a good 2 percent discount, which makes the price come down to just $46.99. Head over to this link to get it.That’s all for our list of discount on branded Android-powered smart TV Box options. We would advise you to act fast and place an order as soon as you can if you want to avail the discount. Otherwise, the price drop would revert to its original structure. Also, check out our discounts on high-end smartwatches here.This is all for now, folks. What are your thoughts on our list of discount on smart TV Box options? Are you willing to get one for yourself? Let us know in the comments. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

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Say hello to Sequoia a new Rust based OpenPGP library to secure

first_imgGnuPG developers have recently begun working on Sequoia, a new OpenPGP implementation in Rust. OpenPGP is an open, free version of the Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) standard. It defines standard formats for emails and other message encryption and is based on the original PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) software. Sequoia is an OpenPGP library that provides easy-to-use cryptography for applications. It helps you protect the privacy of your users and is easy to incorporate into your application, no matter what language you use. It helps you manage your keys better as its keystore stores keys and updates them so that new keys or revocations are discovered in a timely manner. It is currently in development led by three former GnuPG developers, Neal H. Walfield, Justus Winter, and Kai. The project is funded by the  p≡p foundation, where each of the aforementioned developers has been working since fall 2017. What motivated the developers for this new implementation was their experience with GnuPG, a free software replacement for Symantec’s PGP cryptographic software. PGP or Pretty Good Privacy is a program which is used to encrypt and decrypt texts, emails, files, directories, etc. to increase the security of data communications. According to Neal H. Walfield, GnuPG posed several problems as “it is hard to modify due to lack of unit tests and tight component coupling”. He also mentioned other reasons like how a lot of developers are unsatisfied with GnuPG’s API and that GnuPG can’t be used on iOS due to GPL. The developers also have major social and technical goals in mind for Sequoia. “The social goals are — to create an inclusive environment in our project, it should be free software and — community-centered,” says Neal. Here’s the video of Neal introducing the new OpenPGP library: Sequoia On the technical side, the team is taking a different approach. They are putting the library API first, and a command-line interface tool, second. Neal says that the team “encourages” the users to use the library. They also aim to create an API which is friendly, easy to use and supports all modern platforms such as Android, iOS, Mac, etc. Let’s have a look at how Sequoia is built. Starting at the bottom level, we have the OpenPGP library which provides the low-level interface. There are two services built on top of this library, namely, Sequoia network service ( helps with accessing keyservers) and Sequoia-store which is used for accessing and storing the public keys along with the private keys. Architecture of Sequoia On top of these three, there is a Sequoia library, a high-level API. If it’s a rust application, then it can use this library directly or else it can access the library via FFI ( foreign function interface). Apart from this, the vision for Sequoia is “a nice OpenPGP implementation — with focus on user development, and its community” says Neal. For more information on Sequoia, check out the official Sequoia documentation. Read Next Will Rust Replace C++? Mozilla is building a bridge between Rust and JavaScript Perform Advanced Programming with Rustlast_img read more

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