International Criminal Court to start functioning early next year key negotiator says

The International Criminal Court (ICC), which formally came into existence earlier this year, should be able to start functioning in March of 2003, a key negotiator leading preparatory discussions at United Nations Headquarters in New York said today. “The ICC is no longer just a court on paper,” said Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, the Permanent Representative of Jordan to the United Nations and President of the First Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The only outstanding issue left unresolved was the procedure for the election of judges, he said, but a working group had produced a consensus text on the matter. “Many of the required details relating to the financial and administrative architecture of the Court already have been approved, so in essence we are now working on the vision of a permanent International Criminal Court into a tangible reality, and this is great cause for hope for a world aspiring to something better, for celebration,” he said. While acknowledging that not all countries were ready to join the ICC, he voiced confidence that eventually they would come to appreciate its importance. “The inescapable logic governing the need for such a Court, the justness of its cause is the surest guarantee that one day it will enjoy universal acceptance and the full support of the entire international community.” read more

Offensive struggles carry over and culminate in upset loss at Penn State

The Penn State defense tackles OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett late in the fourth quarter to solidify a 24-21 victory over the Buckeyes on Oct. 22. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSTATE COLLEGE, Pa. — When the Ohio State football team got back to Columbus around 5 in the morning following the Wisconsin game, the No. 2 Buckeyes changed up their routine. They took an off day on Sunday and watched film on Monday. Throughout the week the team tried to correct the woes in the passing game that carried over to Wisconsin from the Indiana game the week before.Once again, a sluggish offensive performance reared its ugly head on Saturday night against the Penn State Nittany Lions. However, this time it ended in the team’s first loss of 2016, 24-21 in regulation. It was coach Urban Meyer’s first loss in 21 true road games with the Scarlet and Gray.“Offensively we didn’t control the line of scrimmage,” Meyer said. “(J.T. Barrett) was under pressure all night when he threw it. We didn’t move them off the ball in the run game.”After three quarters, the Buckeyes looked to be in control. Samuel silenced the white-out crowd with an electrifying 74-yard touchdown run that put OSU up 19-7. Then, a Penn State snap went over the head of punter Blake Gillikin who recovered it in his own end zone for a safety. The Buckeyes led 21-7, then things went south.Penn State scored on a 90-yard drive in just five plays. Then, after an OSU three-and-out and a blocked punt, the Nittany Lions put three more on the board to trim the deficit to 21-17. After OSU accumulated 59 yards, Penn State junior cornerback Grant Haley blocked a field goal attempt from OSU senior kicker Tyler Durbin and returned it 60 yards for the game-winning score.Albeit, the outcome wasn’t entirely the offense’s fault, but the team’s inability to gain first downs early in the game came back to haunt them late.With 4:21 on the clock for a game-tying or go-ahead score, a typical Urban Meyer offense can manage that time and score without much of a problem. For whatever reason, this year that has not been the case and it showed on Saturday. The kickoff was muffed, giving redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and the offense difficult field position. The entire drive, the Penn State defense — ranked 102nd in the country in rushing defense prior to the game— continued to disrupt the OSU offense. Barrett was flushed out of the backfield, had little time to throw and redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber had nowhere to run.Barrett was sacked twice on the drive in the team’s final two plays. In total, Penn State had six sacks on the night, the most allowed this season by OSU’s offensive line.“We didn’t get our job done,” redshirt senior center Pat Elflein said. “They were playing hard and we just didn’t do it. We didn’t get it done tonight.”For the third straight week, the passing game has not been met expectations. Barrett completed 28-of-43 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown, but over half of those completions were to Samuel and Weber — many on checkdowns.Barrett was forced out of the pocket on numerous occasions, but that wasn’t the problem in the past two games. Even when there was protection, Barrett often had to create more time to find an open receiver. He said after the game that the timing between the receivers wasn’t an issue.“I think it was just mental errors,” Barrett said. “It’s not looking for a hot (receiver) … not clearing out on some routes so somebody else can get open. I think that was part of it. I think we put our O-line in bad spots early on in drives, so we’re in 2nd-and-long and then we had to pass.”Moving forward, OSU has plenty of questions to answer on both sides of the ball, but the the presence of a passing game might avoid another loss that would effectively end OSU’s playoff hopes.“We’re not a great team right now,” Meyer said. “We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging.” read more

10seed Ohio State set to play VCU in NCAA Tournament 2nd round

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is going dancing despite a quarterfinal loss in the Big Ten Tournament.The Buckeyes (23-10, 11-7) were given the 10 seed in the West Region for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, drawing a matchup with seven-seed Virginia Commonwealth University set for Thursday in Portland, Ore.VCU holds a 26-9 record heading into the NCAA Tournament to go with a 12-6 mark in Atlantic 10 play. The Rams topped Dayton, 71-65, on Sunday to win their conference tournament championship.OSU dropped out of the conference tournament on Friday with a 76-67 loss to Michigan State in Chicago after topping Minnesota in the second round Thursday. But that loss didn’t deter the selection committee as the Buckeyes picked up their seventh straight NCAA bid.The Buckeyes lost in their first game of the 2014 tournament, against Dayton in Buffalo. They had made it to the Elite Eight in 2013 and the Final Four in 2012.Big Ten champion Wisconsin is the top seed in the West Region, while Arizona, Baylor and North Carolina round out the top four spots. If OSU tops VCU, it will take on the winner of the matchup between two-seed Arizona and 15-seed Texas Southern on Saturday. read more

£5 notes with tiny hidden Jane Austen engravings worth up to £50000

first_imgMicro-engraver Graham Short has given a surprise to people using the new plastic fiver. The 70-year-old artist has put into circulation four of the £5 notes, all of which have miniature, hidden engravings of Jane Austen on them.The notes, which could be worth as much as £50,000, feature the painstakingly engraved design next to the picture of Big Ben and Winston Churchill.He has also engraved quotes from ‘Emma’, ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and ‘Mansfield Park’ onto the notes. “When I saw the new £5 note, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if I could engrave something on it.'”I didn’t know what at first, but then I found out that next year is going to be the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and her image is also going to be on the new £10 note, which is coming out next year, so it ties in quite nicely with that.”He said he manages to engrave such tiny images  by working late at night, so he can’t hear the rumbling of traffic.The artist also wears a stethoscope so he can hear the beating of his own heart, working between beats so he remains perfectly still.  Mr Short also gets Botox injections between his eyes to stop the nerves around them from twitching, in order for him to create the perfect micro images.He revealed to Quartz that he swims six miles a day in order to keep his heart rate down, and never drinks coffee. Credit:AP AP 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. The Austen engraving is visible to the naked eye but viewers will need a microscope to see it properly.Mr Short is famous for engraving the Lord’s Prayer on the head of a pin.His latest work, a portrait of the Queen engraved on a speck of gold inside the eye of a needle, sold for £100,000. “I’m always looking to do something different,” the Birmingham-born engraver said.last_img read more

Vacon strengthens foothold in mining and minerals

first_imgTo respond to the boom in the mining and minerals segments, the Finland-based AC drives manufacturer Vacon is further expanding its offering in this field. Vacon will is presenting its products and services at Aimex, Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, in Sydney, Australia, this week. Vacon says it is able to provide fast and professional service and support to these segments where downtime is very costly.   “Vacon has delivered thousands of AC drives to mining and minerals customers across the whole world. Due to its vast natural resources, Australia is experiencing a great mining boom, and with our newly recruited experts in the field and our robust drives, Vacon has excellent opportunities for future growth in these segments globally,” says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Vacon.   “The Aimex Exhibition, the major mining exhibition in Asia-Pacific held only every four years, is a great opportunity for us to present ourselves and our services to the mining and minerals segment,” says Mike Smits, Managing Director of Vacon Pacific, Vacon’s subsidiary in Australia that opened in March 2007.   Vacon AC drives endure well in hot, dirty and dusty ambient conditions. They bring considerable energy savings and meet the tight space requirements of underground applications. The Vacon AC drive product line ranges from 0.25 kW to 5 MW, and step-up medium voltage solutions are also available.   “In the mining and minerals segment, where downtime is extremely costly, reliability of equipment and fast customer support are of utmost importance. With our reliable and efficient products and highly skilled and helpful personnel both locally and globally, we are able to meet the high demands of the field,” Smits concludes.   Fuel economy and automation control of various processes support the use of variable speed AC drives in the highly competitive mining and minerals processing sector. Running AC motors with variable speed drives instead of constant or fixed speeds can save up to 50% in energy consumption, especially when operating pumps, fans, compressors and winches. Furthermore, AC drives provide substantially lower levels of noise than traditional hydraulic alternatives, and motors can be run up to three times faster than with hydraulic systems in applications such as slack rope handling.   Vacon Group was founded in 1993 for one purpose only: to create, develop and provide AC drives worldwide. The company’s ambition is to meet the most demanding needs of customers looking for the ultimate in performance, ease of use and reliability. In 2006, Group revenues totalled €186.4 million.last_img read more

Rio Tinto Alcan inaugurates 11 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter Tahoes Escobal mine

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 30 prefeasibility studies, four feasibility studies, and 17 projects in development, four new mines that have gone into production, five existing operations that are expanding and four merger and acquisition announcements, and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 25 gold projects, 14 copper projects, eight silver projects, four coal, and diamond projects, three nickel, and zinc projects, two graphite and polymetallic projects and one tin, lead, hematite, rare earths, lithium, oil sand, tungsten, uranium, and graphene projects. This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads.Rio Tinto Alcan has inaugurated the $ 1.1 billion Arvida Aluminium Smelter, AP60 Technology Centre, in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec. The new plant has an installed capacity of 60,000 t of aluminium and is the most technologically advanced aluminium smelter in the world.Whilst Tahoe Resources has announced that its Escobal mine in Guatemala has reached commercial production. Operations commenced in late September 2013 and production has been ramping towards the 3500 t/d target level since that time.Flinders Resources has recently purchased key lead-order items for the Woxna processing facility in central Sweden, to facilitate its aim to re-establish the Woxna graphite project to its former position as a key supplier of graphite to Europe.Australia’s largest privately held mining and civil contracting firm, BGC Contracting, has been awarded a contract worth more than $100 million to restart iron ore mining operations at Arrium Mining’s historic Iron Knob mine near Whyalla in South Australia. The contract period is four years with the potential for an extension.Thiess has made a return to iron ore mining having secured a A$135 million three-year contract with Western Desert Resources at its Roper Bar project, a remote greenfield iron ore mine in Australia’s Northern Territory. Thiess has been working with Western Desert Resources for some time, providing on the ground mobilisation and project support since November 2013. The contract has just commenced, with Thiess leading the mining operations.last_img read more

Trelleborg RedFine offers new abrasion resistance level in rubber for mining

first_imgTrelleborg’s engineered products operation has launched RedFine+, an innovative compounded, abrasion resistant sheet rubber for mining equipment preservation and wear protection. Suitable for use in a range of mining applications including pipe and spools, cyclone launders, vibrating screen under pans, and hoppers, RedFine+ “delivers the world’s best European produced quality abrasion resistant rubber that can help minimise downtime and help lower total costs.”Colin Turnbull, General Manager of Mining within Trelleborg’s engineered products operation, says: “Across the mining industry, operational excellence and the ability to find new productivity gains and cost down initiatives are most important. Mine downtime as a result of unscheduled maintenance repairs due to material failure directly results in costly downtime and reduced output. At Trelleborg, we are constantly looking at ways we can improve abrasion resistance in our materials to ensure maximum throughput in processing plants is achieved.He adds: “The new RedFine+ sheet rubber features superior mechanical properties resulting in unrivalled performance in slurry transfer. RedFine+ is our most advanced abrasion resistant rubber ensuring the protection of critical plant equipment.” Made from a high performance rubber compound and manufactured with a bonding layer for optimum bonding strength, NR R397, RedFine+ is available in thicknesses from 3 to 25 mm.last_img read more

Poll Should yoga be taught in Irish schools

first_img Yes (8366) 114 Comments Image: Shutterstock/ Feb 25th 2019, 9:32 AM I don’t know/No opinion (591) FINE GAEL SENATOR Jerry Buttimer has called for yoga to be taught in schools as a way of developing positive mental health among Irish pupils.The practice is renowned to be a good way of relieving stress, anxiety and improving mental health, as well as being good exercise.According to a report in today’s Irish Examiner, Buttimer believes that yoga could give students the tools to cope with the strains of technology and boost their self-esteem.So today we’re asking: Should yoga be taught in Irish schools? Poll Results: Poll: Should yoga be taught in Irish schools? The practice is renowned to be a good way to improve mental health. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comcenter_img No (3917) Share135 Tweet Email4 Monday 25 Feb 2019, 9:32 AM Short URL By Stephen McDermott YesNoI don’t know/No opinionVote 31,554 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Jackomos named on Victorian Indigenous Honours Roll

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Merle Jackomos OAM, was one of the 20 indigenous Victorians to be honoured in an Australian first through inductions to the nation’s Indigenous Honour Roll. Mr Jackomos was inducted into the roll for his efforts in establishing many important community-run services that benefit Aboriginal communities. The honour roll is to ensure that future generations continue to recognise and pay tribute to those who have made and continue to make significant contributions to society. The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll is part of the Victorian Government’s broader commitment to closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Victorians. “The Victorian Indigenous Honour Roll will acknowledge the legacy and achievements of Indigenous Victorians, past and present, who have made, and who continue to make, important and lasting contributions to our society,” said Ted Baillieu, premier of Victoria.last_img read more

Heres What You Missed From PlayStations State of Play

first_img Geek Pick: Sony HT-S350 Is a Superb SoundbarTom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud You know how even if you don’t really care about Nintendo you can still get caught up in the excitement of a Nintendo Direct? A publisher randomly dropping a little press conference’s worth of news just can’t help but raise hype. So after years of Nintendo Directs becoming bonafide institutions, naturally other publishers are going to try the format for themselves. Microsoft has been experimenting with Inside Xbox shows, to mixed results. And now Sony has just released its first State of Play, a straight-up Nintendo Direct for PlayStation games.Check it out!I’m not a huge PlayStation guy, so I’m not really one to judge whether or not this video got fans excited. However, my immediate takeaway is that considering the huge number of PlayStation 4s Sony has already sold, they now seem more interested in converting more of those hardcore users into PlayStation VR owners. Arguably the most exciting reveals here were VR-related like Iron Man VR, Five Nights at Freddy’s VR, Everybody’s Golf VR, Trover Saves The Universe from Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland, and VR support for the upcoming No Man’s Sky Beyond expansion. And of course Days Gone continues to be a game that exists. That was the big first-party trailer, not Last of Us Part 2 or Ghost of Tsushima.So while it may not have been fantastic, this first State of Play at least seems like a good start. Between this and the lack of a Sony E3 show, it feels like the company is just trying to ride out the proven success of PS4 until the next generation. But if they work out the kinks now, the future State of Plays for the PlayStation 5 could be where greatness truly awaits. We got trailers for big third-party games like Mortal Kombat 11 and Crash Team Racing. Considering Crash Bandicoot’s PlayStation lineage, it’s nice to see the PS4 version get exclusive retro skins, karts, and tracks. Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Boys Final Trailer Its War With the Worlds Worst Superheroes

first_imgStay on target Top Movie and TV Trailers You Might Have Missed This WeekWhat to Stream on Amazon Prime This Weekend The Boys, Amazon Prime Video’s new show based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis, is almost here: Amazon Prime Video just shared a final trailer for the series and it teases an epic power struggle between good guys and two-faced superheroes who are motivated by fame and don’t care about “accidental deaths.”There aren’t many details on The Boys TV series’ plot, however, the final trailer reveals some key information: Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) has his first bad experience with the “supes” when his girlfriend is accidentally killed by A-Train (Jessie T. Usher Jr.), who was trying to fight another superhero at the time. From there, Hughie Campbell is driven by this experience to join Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and the rest of the squad to fight “The Seven,” who are selfish and out to better themselves, not society.F*ck supes is a whole mood and so is this new NSFW trailer for @TheBoysTV. Coming July 26.— Amazon Prime Video US (@PrimeVideo) July 23, 2019Another twist hits the team as well, and it might involve a member of “The Seven” who doesn’t like the superhero group she’s with: Starlight (Erin Moriarty), another “supe,” meets Hughie Campbell in a park and he starts to strike up a friendship with her. Despite Starlight actually appearing friendly, Billy Butcher cautions Hughie Campbell that she might be up to something bad.When The Boys declare war on “The Seven,” it’s unknown how a group of men who don’t have any powers, can outsmart otherworldly figures who might be the end of humanity.The Boys will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 26.More on Craziest Moments in Comic Series ‘The Boys’‘The Boys’ Amazon Series Trailer: CIA Agents Take on Evil SuperheroesAmazon Is Making a ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMORPGlast_img read more

Pelosi asks Trump to delay State of the Union speech

first_imgWASHINGTON  — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his Jan. 29 State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought.In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are entangled in the partial government shutdown, now in its fourth week. She added that unless the government reopens this week, they should find another date or Trump should deliver the address in writing.The White House did not immediately respond to the high-stakes move on the 26th day of the shutdown, as Trump and Democrats are at an impasse over Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the Mexican border.Pelosi is refusing money for the wall she views as ineffective and immoral; Democrats say they will discuss border security once the government has reopened.Trump met a bipartisan group of lawmakers Wednesday that included seven Democrats. Two people who attended the White House meeting agreed it was “productive,” but could not say to what extent Trump was listening or moved by the conversation.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of April 7 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, April 7, 2019:190364 — A&S Towing — Adams 2014 Subaru Impreza Wilm190402 — Land Court — Green 6 Brand Avenue190419 — O’Hare Conservator Appt190424 — Bradford Estate190452 — Wall Estate190454 — Daly Estate(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2019

first_img Smart Home • Google Assistant can adjust your thermostat, turn off your lights, lock the door, show you the weather and more with a simple voice command. The voice-enabled digital helper from the eponymous search giant launched alongside the original Google Home smart speaker in 2016. Back then, it only worked with four smart home brands. Now, it works with over 1,000 of them.Thanks to all of those options, building a smart home around Google Assistant makes sense. Devices like a smart speaker or a smart display will help you tangle with fewer apps and give your family a control point without needing to access your mobile device. Picking between Google Assistant and Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa comes down to splitting hairs and personal preference. If you’d prefer an Alexa app centered smart home, check back tomorrow for that list. Apple’s HomeKit platform isn’t as robust as far as number of products, but if you love your iPhone and the built-in assistant Siri, check out our favorite HomeKit gadgets. If you’re ready to jump in with a Google-powered smart home, here are the best Google Home devices and Google Assistant devices from a variety of categories in smart home products. Get started with a smart display or smart speaker, then branch out with our picks for compatible lights, door locks, smart switches, thermostats and more as you desire.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. How To • Make Google Home get your groceries If having an extra screen in your house would annoy you, the Google Home Mini makes another good smart home starting point. Google’s small smart speaker offers all of the same Google Assistant-enabled voice commands as the rest. Control compatible gadgets, search the web, play music and more just by asking.The Mini is also cute and comes in a variety of colors. At $50, it’s the least expensive way to kick off your smart home without any sacrifices in voice control. The Mini also makes for a good secondary device. If you put a Google Nest Hub in your kitchen, you can put a Mini in a different room, and both will be able to control any compatible smart devices you set up. Even if they both hear you, only the closest one will respond. reading • The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2019 The complete guide to Philips Hue lights Now playing: Watch this: Once you set up control points with a smart display or a smart speaker, it’s time to figure out what smart devices you want. A smart lightbulb is a good first step, and the C by GE bulbs work particularly well with Google. These affordable Bluetooth bulbs can use a Google Home device (both the Home Mini and the Nest Hub will work) as a bridge. You can set up the bulbs from the Google Home app then control them from anywhere as long as the bulb is close to your Google gadget. Even better, because the bulb is communicating directly with your Google device, the response time is incredibly quick. (If you’re looking to smarten things up at the switch, read more about the Lutron Caseta In-Wall Dimmer Switch.)  See the Nest Cam IQ Indoor review Best smart lock: August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle, $280 Best overall / best smart display: Google Nest Hub, $130 (or less) Wrapping this up with another one from Nest, but to be fair, the Nest Hello is our favorite video doorbell overall, so it’s definitely the best one for a Google-centric smart home. The Nest Hello has two-way audio and great video quality when you want to check on the feed from your porch. You’ll get an alert when someone rings the bell.Even better, if you have the Nest Hub, you can talk to the person at the door with your smart display. The Nest Hello even offers facial recognition for a premium subscription. It ties together well with other Google products, and it’s the smartest and most capable video doorbell out there. Chris Monroe/CNET See at Best Buy The Google Home Hub is a cute, little home control center See the August Smart Lock Pro review Tyler Lizenby/CNET See at Walmart See at Walmart See the TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug review Here’s everything that works with Google Home and Home Mini Best video doorbell: Nest Hello, $230 Chris Monroe/CNET Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Best smart plug: TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini, $23 See at Amazon 1 See the Google Nest Hub Review Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Google Home SimpliSafe’s wide variety of accessories rival professional options from companies like ADT. The starter kit is a reasonable $230. Unfortunately, you have to pay for remote app access, but $25 a month nets you that and professional monitoring. With the $25 monthly subscription, you also can control your system with Google Assistant, and Simplisafe’s devices will respond quickly to your voice commands. Again, Nest has an option here that poses a viable alternative. The Nest Guard has a loftier up-front cost, but you can do much more without a subscription. Thanks to all of the reliable accessories, SimpliSafe edges out Nest Guard especially if you want monitoring.  See It 3:05 Tags See the Nest Hello review See All See the SimpliSafe Home Security review Best smart thermostat: Ecobee3 Lite, $170 $79 The obvious choice from Nest makes the most sense here. The $300 Nest Cam IQ Indoor is a great security camera in its own right. You can check out a live stream remotely and get motion sensor alerts and person alerts for free. Sign up for Nest’s premium “Nest Aware” service and you can get alerts based on who the camera sees thanks to its built-in facial recognition.Even better, the Nest Cam has a built-in microphone so you can use it to talk directly to Google Assistant, making it a great choice both to secure your home and expand your connectivity with Google.  See at Amazoncenter_img Crutchfield $69 See the Ecobee3 Lite review CNET Smart Home Chris Monroe/CNET The Google Nest Hub (formerly the Home Hub) is a great way to kick off a Google-centric smart home. It uses Google Assistant to respond to all of the same voice commands as a Google Home smart speaker. The touchscreen will show you extra info when you ask about the weather, search for restaurants and more. Plus, you can use it to watch videos or scroll through family pictures.In fact, unique adaptive brightness sensors make the Nest Hub a great digital photo frame, as it adapts to both light levels and color temperature so it always looks like a physical photo in a frame. You can set a scrolling slideshow of family pics as your screensaver.The Nest Hub is also a great kitchen helper, as it can walk you through recipes step-by-step and you can multitask while you cook. Set a timer, play music, add an ingredient to your shopping list and more — the Nest Hub will even keep your place in the recipe when you need to check it next. You can plug it in and set it up on your Wi-Fi network using the Google Home app and ask Google Nest Hub any question you’d ask the original Google Home. All of these features make the Nest Hub useful in a lot of ways, but a simple control panel makes it the best choice for your central connected home device. Swipe down from the top for shortcuts letting you turn off the lights or check on your smart home security cameras. You can then tap to see a room-by-room (living room, kitchen, etc.) overview of all of your devices. The control panel is well organized and helpful, particularly if you have family members that struggle to remember what voice commands work. Now, they can just tap. The Nest Hub is our favorite smart display overall, and regularly on sale for even less than its reasonable $130 price. It’s useful even if you don’t have a lot of smart home gadgets, but it’s indispensable if you want a smart home that works with Google Assistant.  Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Speaking of locking down your home, the easy-to-install August Smart Lock Pro fits over your existing deadbolt. The Connect module lets you control it remotely and with your voice, so you can tell Google Assistant to lock your door. The August Smart Lock Pro has lots of features, including open-close sensors so you can check to make sure you pulled the door shut on your way out. August is responsive and reliable as well, making the Smart Lock Pro a good choice if you want to put Google Assistant in charge of your smart lock, door and entryway. Chris Monroe/CNET Mentioned Above Google Home See the Google Home Mini Review See it Tyler Lizenby/CNET See at Best Buy Comment See at Walmart Best smart speaker: Google Home Mini, $50 See It See at SimpliSafe CNET Smart Home Chris Monroe/CNET A smart plug is a great way to efficiently add connectivity to dumb devices. Plug in a lamp or fan, and you’ll be able to control it with an app. The TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug offers app controls and Google Assistant compatibility. Plus, the smart plug is an attractive design and doesn’t block adjacent outlets. It won’t monitor energy, but the smart plug lets you control an old-fashioned floor fan with your voice for a reasonable price. Like most smart plugs, it works with a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network connection. Best smart light: C by GE, $25 for a two-pack 58 Photos News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $99 Best home security: SimpliSafe Home Security, $230 for the starter kit Best smart cam: Nest Cam IQ Indoor, $300 Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house See at Walmart Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Chris Monroe/CNET Walmart Share your voice Changing the temperature of your thermostat with a voice command is a cool trick that never really gets old. Lots of smart thermostats work with Google Assistant. Check out our smart thermostat best list for options. Since Google owns Nest, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is the obvious choice here, but I’ll give the nod to the Ecobee3 Lite. Ecobee’s budget model and its companion app (for iOS and Android) offer most of the same smarts as more expensive competition, including the $250 Nest model. It responds to all of the same voice commands and the intuitive controls make manual scheduling easy.  Chris Monroe/CNET Amazon Google Applelast_img read more

Lt Col Melvin Russell Leads Baltimore Community Policing Effort

first_imgAs violence and fear encroach upon schools and shopping malls even in the sleepiest of Baltimore’s suburbs, so has the stark reality that crime is everywhere, and that faith leaders and communities must abandon their own apathy first in order to change anything.Gone are the years of so-called zero tolerance policing during the 1990s when the sole responsibility for public safety in big cities like Baltimore was vested almost entirely in the uniform, the judicial robe, and the capacity of prisons to absorb the tsunami of those arrested on minor drug charges.Community policing, the new normal being embraced by police districts across the country in places as diverse as Boston and Baton Rouge, is nowhere more evident than in Baltimore City where Lt. Col. Melvin Russell, the commander of the Community Partnership Division, is slowly but steadily breaking down barriers between police, faith communities, community leaders, and neighborhoods both east and west.“These neighborhoods share many of the same issues,” says Russell, “no matter where you live.”Baltimore is a collection of more than 300 neighborhoods spanning 92 square miles with a resident population of about 621,000, according to the latest census figures. The face of crime in Gardenville can look very different from crime in Penn Lucy given Baltimore’s broad diversity.“I always ask first do you want to see peace, hope and love restored to the community. If we can use that as our foundation, we can accomplish a lot,” says Russell, an assistant pastor in his church, who is gaining a reputation among law enforcement nationally for effective policing strategies that combine respect for the community, practical solutions and his strong faith in Jesus Christ. At a recent event on community policing in Lowell, Mass., Dave Funnell, a community leader who attended, recalls that Russell, the invited guest speaker, began by saying he came dressed just for a “talk” in blue jeans and a sweater. But before he was done, Russell had received “half-a-dozen standing ovations with people crying ‘Praise the Lord.’” Russell says that most places operate in silos, especially within the faith community. “It doesn’t matter whether we are Christian, Muslim or Jew, we can all work together.” Central to the work of Baltimore’s Community Partnership Division is a pilot program currently being implemented in the Eastern and Western Districts.Russell is focused on building out 29 “sector leadership teams” that are comprised of “shareholders” within the faith community, nonprofit organizations and community volunteers. Each sector within the community is tasked with identifying issues and concerns, devising strategies to solve the issues and implementing the strategy. One of his challenges internally within the department is getting the manpower and organizational resources that are a necessary part of developing the continuity and engaged presence between community officers and the communities they serve. “I want every community officer on the force to fall under my division. They will stay in their respective communities, but they will remain under my tutelage,” says Russell, who during his tenure as commander of the Eastern District, is credited with a precipitous drop in homicides and shootings in the district.The problem is that community officers, who are often viewed as expendable, are pulled away to work as patrol officers responding to 911 calls, burglaries, drug-related incidents and robberies. “We’re all police. We all took the same oath. And we all win when the skills of community officers are put to their best use. In the long run, a full-time community officer will bring relational equity between the police and the community. This gives the community an opportunity to establish an ongoing two-way dialogue.And it teaches the community officer to engage with the other patrols in the district providing them with key intelligence they couldn’t otherwise access. It’s a force multiplier.”In addition to using community officers as important bridges to the community, Russell believes strongly that it makes a huge difference when communities themselves roll up their sleeves and engage. He saw firsthand the transformational difference this approach made in east Baltimore during his signature “Days of Hope” when the Eastern District facilitated huge community events that brought resources to thousands of residents from dozens of nonprofits, engaged volunteers and faith leaders.“It’s difficult to sell drugs when 20 or 30 people from the church turn out en masse in an open-air drug market to send a signal that they don’t want this in their community,” he says.A collective shift in the community’s responsibility toward crime prevention and reduction is critical to the long-term success of community policing however.The Baltimore City Police 2013 Strategic Plan for Improvement for Improvement reveals the need for a greater connection between police and the community. In response to a Community Leader Survey, the majority of respondents rated most of the services provided by the police as ‘extremely’ or ‘very important,’ but less than half of the community leaders surveyed were satisfied with the current level of service.“The stress must be on “partners,” says Russell, “the community needs to know from the police that we love you. We appreciate you. And we want to support you.But our community shareholders must take ownership.”last_img read more

Dollar Princesses – The Young American Ladies Sold to the British Aristocracy

first_imgIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hundreds of American women flocked to the United Kingdom in search of eligible, aristocratic bachelors. These were the so-called “Dollar Princesses”, wealthy American heiresses hoping to infiltrate the upper echelons of the British imperial elite. In this period, the United States was a relatively young country without an aristocracy. Rich Americans seeking to elevate their status, therefore, had to look across the pond to their British neighbors in order to secure links to noble families.For British aristocratic families, on the other hand, this foreign interest in their titles presented a significant opportunity. According to Smithsonian Magazine, several established families and estates were struggling in the late 19th century, and many British nobles were actually strapped for cash.The Gilded AgeAs the glory of the British Empire reached its pinnacle, some members of the upper strata of the British elite were struggling to keep up appearances.Marrying a wealthy foreigner was the ideal way to boost the family income and inject a blast of American glamor into the staid and conservative British aristocracy. The Dollar Princesses were often young, beautiful, and wealthy enough to sustain a lavish lifestyle.Moreover, by marrying British nobles they significantly raised their rank and influence and emerged as important political and social actors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Portrait of Lady Randolph Churchill, c. 1880According to the Smithsonian Magazine, the first of these affluent American émigrés was Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a fantastically rich American financier and speculator.Born in Brooklyn, and a notable beauty, Jennie was introduced to the young Lord Randolph Churchill by the then-Prince of Wales, later to become Edward VII.Within days they were engaged, although the official announcement was not made for several months, as their parents haggled over the marriage settlement.Lord Randolph Churchill and Lady Randolph Churchill in Paris (1874) by Georges PenabertAs part of this agreement, Jennie brought with her £50,000, and a personal annual allowance of £1000. This was an enormous sum that transformed the fortunes of the young Lord Randolph, who until this point had been reliant on a small stipend from his father, the 7th Duke of Marlborough.This marriage was significant for a number of reasons, not least because Jennie and Randolph’s first child was named Winston, and he would grow up to be Britain’s most famous and arguably most important political leader. However, according to Smithsonian Magazine, the union did not escape public scrutiny and was colored by scandal.Lady Randolph Churchill with her two sons, John and Winston, 1889First, Winston was actually born only seven months after the marriage had taken place, leading to speculation that he had been conceived out of wedlock.Second, both Jennie and Randolph engaged in several scandalous extra-marital affairs and Jennie was even reported to have had a dalliance with the Prince of Wales.Regardless of the gossip, her society connections gave her significant influence in political circles, and she was instrumental in furthering the careers of both her husband and her son.Jennie Spencer-Churchill photographed in 1889Jennie’s successful integration into British high society encouraged other American families to search for eligible bachelors on the other side of the Atlantic.However, not all of these marriages were successful. Consuelo Vanderbilt, from one of the wealthiest families in the United States, was bitterly upset when she was forced, against her will, to marry the Duke of Marlborough.Consuelo VanderbiltShe later recounted that she wept on the day of her wedding and she was very unhappy in her marriage. Both partners had a string of affairs and eventually separated after 10 years.It is estimated that around 350 wealthy American women married into the British aristocracy between the late 19th century and the outbreak of the Second World War.Many of these Dollar Princesses were effectively “sold” by their families and forced into a loveless marriage and a life that was not their choice.Consuelo Vanderbilt with her fatherNevertheless, they often exploited their new status to become influential political and social actors in their own right.Read another story from us: The Founding Mother – George Washington’s Mom was Quite the CharacterIcons of the so-called Gilded Age, these women brought an estimated $25 billion into the British economy, shoring up many ancient aristocratic families and shaking up British elite culture in the process.last_img read more

Iran state TV accuses BBC of hacking website

first_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Sponsored Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s state TV charged Wednesday that the BBC hacked its website to change the results of a poll about Iran’s nuclear program. The BBC denied the allegation.The West suspects Iran may be aiming to produce nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes like energy production.The British broadcaster’s Farsi language service reported that the poll showed 63 percent of those who took part favored halting uranium enrichment in exchange for an end to Western economic sanctions. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The TV report Wednesday said the actual figure was 24 percent, and the rest favored retaliation against the West with measures like closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key to exporting oil from the Gulf.In a statement, the BBC said the claims were “both ludicrous and completely false, and the BBC Persian Service stands by its reporting.”“There is a significant audience within Iran which depends on BBC Persian to provide impartial and trusted news, and we are confident they are familiar with the state media’s tactics,” it said.The poll was taken off Iran TV’s website on Tuesday.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   Quick workouts for men Top Stories 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finisheslast_img read more

PrivateFly wwwprivateflycom the unique online

first_imgPrivateFly,, the unique online booking engine for private aviation charter, has launched a white label solution to global travel partners. This new opportunity supports PrivateFly’s existing partnership offering which includes online content and tools, backed by experienced offline customer service – enabling partners to offer a trusted private charter service to their client base with minimal workload.The company has already formed recent partnerships across several sectors within the Travel Trade including Camper & Nicholsons International Yacht Brokers, and Grosvenor Travel Management, the corporate travel agent. Fin Jordan, VIP Account Director of Grosvenor Travel, commented: “PrivateFly has made our lives easier and significantly reduced the workload involved in researching and booking private charter for our top clients”PrivateFly is an online platform for comparing and booking private aviation charter, worldwide. Its booking engine provides a price comparison for aircraft charter, making it quicker, easier and more transparent for partners and their customers. The company’s mission is to bring about exciting change in the private jet sector, with the aim of transforming brokering via the internet, allowing customers direct access to individual aircraft operators, and unifying the highly fragmented market. For operators, PrivateFly is the only free marketplace to advertise their aircraft and find new customers.Through its white label solution, the private aviation specialist will offer global travel companies exciting content and web tools with a lucrative revenue sharing opportunity. As part of PrivateFly’s comprehensive offering, Partners will now be offered the chance to white label the unique platform to their brand, so clients can book private aviation directly via their website. There is no cost to the partner and the workload is minimal, as the PrivateFly team undertakes all product integration, and manages the booking process. The partners’ clients will be provided with one search, online pricing, market comparison and a full VIP charter service. And, where a client relationship is primarily on an offline basis, the PrivateFly team will provide partners with comprehensive support.Commenting on the white label solution, founder and director of PrivateFly, Adam Twidell, said: “We are thrilled to be formally launching our white label proposition to the travel sector. This is a step-change for our industry, and the chance for travel players, who may not have otherwise had the opportunity, to play a part in the exciting world of private aviation.“White-labelling has proven to be a real success in the travel sector, and we see no reason for private aviation not to go the same way. We have high hopes, and are already garnering interest from companies across the world. Our new proposition will also support the private jet operators, by offering them free and additional marketing channels. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”Hume Jones, Yacht Broker at Camper & Nicholsons, which uses PrivateFly as its private aviation supplier, added: “It has been a revelation finding PrivateFly, and we have been very impressed by its services. We are very confident entrusting our clients with PrivateFly.”www.privatefly.comlast_img read more

BEVERLY HILLS Calif — Have you got a grownup st

first_img BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Have you got a grown-up state of mind? If so, the AARP has some film awards just for you.For the 18th year, the organization for retired persons and its AARP, The Magazine, have awarded their “Movies for Grownups.” The ceremony was held Monday night and will be broadcast Feb. 15 on PBS.Shirley MacLaine was honoured for career achievement and “Green Book” was named best picture/best movie for grown-ups. Glenn Close earned best actress for “The Wife” and Viggo Mortensen best actor for “Green Book.”Best supporting actress went to Judi Dench for her role as William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, in “All is True,” a Shakespeare biopic directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh.The awards were hosted by Martin Short.The Associated Press by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2019 8:37 pm PDT AARP film awards for grown-ups honour Shirley MacLainecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more