Digby Back To Balance Session Postponed

first_imgThe Back to Balance session with Finance Minister Graham Steele scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, in Digby has been postponed out of respect for former Nova Scotia MLA Joe Casey, who passed away Feb. 16. Efforts will be made to reschedule the session. For information on up-coming Back to Balance sessions, visit www.gov.ns.ca/finance or call 1-800-670-4357. -30-last_img

Province Celebrates Duke Awareness Week

first_imgThe 43rd Duke Awareness Week begins today, Oct. 19, celebrating students across the province who are making a difference in their community. The week has young people, program participants, leaders, board members, parents and volunteers taking part in events that highlight great work youth are doing in their communities. “Participants in the International Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program are given the opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone and achieve personal goals for community service, skills, fitness,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey. “I am pleased that so many Nova Scotia students continue to participate each year.” The International Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program promotes community and national development, while participants learn the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. More than 4,100 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in the program each year. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org/ns .last_img read more

Evacuation alerts lifted around BC wildfires

first_imgVANCOUVER – Several significant wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia but fire crews have made good progress despite ongoing dry conditions and hot weather.All remaining evacuation alerts were removed Wednesday for hundreds of homes close to the nearly 18-square kilometre Mount Eneas wildfire burning near Peachland on the west side of Okanagan Lake.Evacuation alerts were also lifted for properties near Spences Bridge as crews doused a bush fire that broke out earlier this week and prompted travel restrictions on Highway 1 north of Lytton.The restrictions that required a pilot car to lead drivers through the fire zone were rescinded late Wednesday.The BC Wildfire Service says it has handled 810 fires since the season began on April 1, slightly above the average, while 564 square kilometres of woodland has burned, down dramatically from the average of 1,072 square kilometres.Campfire bans take effect Thursday across the Kamloops and southeast fire centres, adding to a similar ban imposed last week in the Coastal Fire Centre, as Environment Canada forecasts a heat wave gripping most of the province won’t ease until early next week.last_img read more

Construction of LPG terminal at Hambantota Port completed

In addition to the port, plans are also underway to develop an industrial zone close to the Hambantota Port premises. (Colombo Gazette) LAUGFS Chairman, W. K. H. Wagapitiya said Friday that the LPG terminal in Hambantota would bring tremendous economic benefits to Sri Lanka, and make a difference in improving Sri Lankan people’s livelihood. The Chinese company constructed liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) terminal in the Hambantota Port in the south of Sri Lanka has come to mechanical completion, the Xinhua news agency reported.The LPG terminal is invested by one of Sri Lanka’s largest LPG distributors, LAUGFS, and constructed by China Huanqiu contracting & Engineering Co., LTD, subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation. Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan also welcomed the completion of the project, saying it is another success in the China-Sri Lanka cooperation in the Hambantota area under China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The LPG terminal in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota is the largest of its kind in the Indian Ocean region with a total storage exceeding 60,000 cubic meters.In recent years, Sri Lanka and China have been strengthening cooperation in the island country’s Hambantota area. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchants Port Holdings last year signed an agreement to co-run the Hambantota Port. read more

Nicole Richie puts on her hostess hat to kick off NY Fashion

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Style Awards at Lincoln Center kicked off New York Fashion Week with honours for Kate Upton, Zac Posen and Rachel Zoe, among others.The largest venue at the tents that serve as fashion week’s hubs were filled with tables, ice buckets and celebrities Wednesday night, just 12 hours before BCBG Max Azria would preview the first major collection of the week on the catwalk.Christie Brinkley, “Mad Men’s” Jessica Pare and Joe Manganiello of “True Blood” watched ceremony hostess Nicole Richie make a half-dozen outfit changes as she gave shout-outs to Upton, named model of the year, and to designers, industry titans and costumers, including John Varvatos, Victor Cruz, Victoria’s Secret, Janie Bryant and Frederic Fekkai. Posen was picked as the year’s top designer and Zoe as the No. 1 celebrity stylist.“I have the best job in the whole world,” said 21-year-old Upton, who noted she’s been to all seven continents — wearing a bikini in each.Richie said on the red carpet that she was looking forward to meeting Upton, the two-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl. “I don’t know her, but, yeah, I’m very excited to meet her… my twin!” Richie said.Presenting Upton with her award, Brinkley added, “It seems like the entire world is raving about Kate Upton.”Meanwhile, it was Posen, who was named designer of the year, who captured Brinkley’s heart before the show. The Instagram buddies had an amusing exchange in front of Brinkley’s teenage daughter Sailor.“I love your clothes. I mean the cut, the femininity,” Brinkley gushed.Posen responded, “Well, I love women. It should be about encouraging that. … That’s why we do what we do to celebrate these amazing, amazing iconic creatures. Let them flourish and feel good forever. That’s what fashion is for.Varvatos was awarded the prize as the top menswear designer, and he said the work of outfitting men — from rock stars to everyday Joes — was rewarding. “This is what I come to work to do every single day of my life,” he said.___Associated Press reporter Nicole Evatt contributed to this report. Nicole Richie puts on her hostess hat to kick off NY Fashion Week at Style Awards by Samantha Critchell, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 12:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Chasen Shreve Cardinals agree to 900000 deal

ST. LOUIS — Left-hander Chasen Shreve and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract.Shreve can earn an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched as part of the deal announced Friday: $50,000 each for 35, 40, 45 and 50; $75,000 apiece for 55 and 60; and $50,000 for 65.The 28-year-old was 3-4 with a 3.93 ERA and one save in a career-high 60 appearances this year for the New York Yankees and the Cardinals, who acquired him on July 28 along with right-hander Giovanny Gallegos for first baseman Luke Voit and $1 million in international signing bonus pool allocation. Shreve was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA for St. Louis.Shreve earned $805,000 this year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press read more

Orhian Johnson sees ball gets ball for Ohio State

“I just saw ball, I get ball.” That’s how Ohio State football senior defensive back Orhian Johnson described the fourth-quarter interception he grabbed against the Central Florida Knights. The interception was coupled with a team-high five solo tackles – six in total – and a deflection that led to an interception by senior cornerback Travis Howard during the then-No. 14 Buckeyes (2-0) 31-16 win against unranked UCF (1-1). Johnson hasn’t always been the defensive catalyst for OSU he showed himself to be Saturday at Ohio Stadium, though. Not in the eyes of first-year coach Urban Meyer, anyway. “(Johnson’s) a guy that’s been around here, production hasn’t been exactly what it needs to be,” Meyer said of Johnson’s play in his three previous seasons at OSU. Recently, there’s been a change. Johnson said he sees the value of Meyer’s criticism and encouragement, and is trying to better himself. “You know, just with Coach Meyer going out there and pushing me. He’s really trying to get the best out of me, getting all the potential that I do have and just kind of pouring it all out,” Johnson said. “There will be some times where I may not do that and I’m really just trying to do better for everybody on the team and for myself.” In the run-up to the UCF game, Meyer said he was very involved in the decision to increase Johnson’s playing time heading into Saturday’s contest. That decision paid off. Johnson might have gotten a whole lot more than just the ball during the UCF game. By seeing the ball and getting it on his fourth-quarter interception, as well as several others during the contest, Johnson, a backup on OSU’s two-deep depth chart entering the Buckeyes’ second game, might now be cemented among the top-11 players on OSU’s defense. “He does some really good things for us on special teams,” Meyer said after the game. “And we needed more production out of that nickel spot.” Johnson, who sported a grin as he walked off the field after Saturday’s victory, agreed with Meyer’s assessment of his OSU career and praised his coach for encouraging him. “The coaches said they’re going to put the best 11 players on the field, so they’re going to go there and put whoever the best 11 is,” Johnson said. “Last week, I wasn’t in, so I can’t really worry about it. This week, I just got to go out there and when they call my number, make the plays when it’s called.” Despite criticism for past play from Meyer and himself, it wasn’t all bad for Johnson coming into 2012. OSU co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Everett Withers said Johnson has always possessed the physical tools needed to succeed. His physical attributes – Johnson stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 210 pounds – coupled with his experience in the program make Johnson an attractive option, Withers said. “We’re always trying to find our best 11 (players). What Orhian give us, maybe, is a little more athleticism in the slot to do some things,” Withers said. “He’s an older guy. He’s a senior. He’s played a lot of snaps here. To be able to have that kind of guy that you can put in a game … obviously helps your defense.” Johnson tallied a single tackle in OSU’s season opener against Miami (Ohio). Of the six he had against the Knights, two came in the fourth quarter as the Buckeyes tried to stave off a UCF comeback. He saw the ball, went and got it and will probably get more chances to do so in the coming weeks. “I just want to go out there and help (my teammates). I was glad I could go out there and make those plays to help the team win,” he said. “I mean, it felt good. It felt comfortable being out there on the field today. Just getting out there (and) running around – it definitely felt good to get my hands on the ball.” OSU, now ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press top 25 poll, continues non-conference play against California Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium. read more

Family of 12yearold Grenfell victim say they will not rest until they

first_imgAt least 80 people died in the fireCredit:Natalie Oxford/AFP Jessica Urbano The family of a 12-year-old girl described as a “little angel” who died in the Grenfell Tower fire have said they will not rest until they get justice for her, after she was formally identified as one of the victims.Jessica Urbano Ramirez’s family said the news that she had been formally identified as one of those killed in the blaze, which claimed the lives of at least 80 people, had left them “totally crushed”.They pledged to work for justice for Jessica and the others who died when the fire ripped through the 24-storey block of flats last month.Their statement came after Scotland Yard said last week it had “reasonable grounds” to suspect corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed. 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. Jessica’s family said: “We have received probably the hardest news any parents will ever have had to bear, over the past weeks we have been in a state of confusion and limbo. Now that she has been formally identified we feel totally crushed.”Nothing will ever bring our little girl back, and we are angry that this should ever have happened to our little angel. We will not rest until we get justice for her and for the many other lives lost as a result of this crime. A total of 45 people have been formally identified as victims of the fire.Police have also recorded baby Logan Gomes, who was stillborn in hospital after his parents escaped the fire, as a victim.The family of another victim formally identified on Monday said her “last words were about asking for forgiveness”.Nura Jemal, a 35-year-old mother, was described as “vibrant, full of life and positive-minded”.Her family said: “You were grateful, and appreciated even the smallest things in life. And your joy was contagious. Being around you could lighten up anyone’s day in a matter of seconds. You could befriend absolutely anyone – no matter who they were or what they believed in.”You were so passionate when you talked about heaven. Even your last words were about asking for forgiveness. You seemed to know that heaven was waiting for you and your family.” Grenfell Towercenter_img “We will only feel justice has been served when the highest possible charges are applied to culpable individuals. We entrust this task to the authorities in the hope that we will not be let down.” The preliminary cause of death for all three victims was recorded as “consistent with the effects of fire”.Coroner Fiona Wilcox offered her “sincere condolences” to all those touched by the deaths.She has opened and adjourned 41 inquests, all of which she has suspended while a public inquiry and criminal investigation are carried out.A total of 26 victims who have been formally identified have not been named at the request of their families, police said.Further inquests are expected to be opened later this week. Joseph Daniels, 69, was found on the 16th floor of the building. He was identified by DNA.The inquest for a 35-year-old woman, whose family asked for her not to be named, was also opened. She was discovered on the 23rd floor. The inquests of three more victims were opened at Westminster Coroner’s Court on Monday.As family members listened, the court heard how Eslah Elgwahry, 64, was found on the 23rd floor of the tower block and had to be identified by her dental records. It is believed she lived on the 19th floor. Jessica Urbano lived in the tower blockCredit:Ana Ospina /PAlast_img read more

Greece airs idea of bailout extension ahead of leaders talks

first_imgGreece’s lenders urged the government to come to an agreement swiftly as Athens proposed the extension of the country’s bailout program by nine months, until March 2016.A Greek official speaking on the sidelines of a summit in Brussels between leaders from the European Union and Latin America said that the government would consider an extension of the program if lenders also agreed to provide funds from the European Stability Mechanism and buy the Greek government bonds that the European Central Bank purchased on the secondary market through its SMP scheme.The ECB holds a total of 27 billion euros in SMP bonds and Athens believes that withdrawing them will reduce its funding needs over the months to come.Greece also wants its lenders to make available again some 11 billion euros that had been destined for bank recapitalization but which Athens had to return to the ESM in February.However, ahead of a late night meeting between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the government and its creditors had yet to settle differences over issues such as Greece’s primary surplus targets for the coming years. A government official rejected reports that Athens had agreed to creditors’ demands for a 1 percent of GDP surplus target for this year. Athens has proposed 0.75 per cent.Ahead of the tripartite meeting, Merkel stressed that Greece must reach a deal with its creditors and stop seeking a political agreement to bypass reforms. “The message will be: You’ve got to continue negotiations with the three institutions,” she said.Hollande emphasized the lack of time. “We must now move quickly, we must not relent, we must not allow solutions that would be bad for Greece, for the European Union and for the eurozone,” he said.European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas made it clear that creditors were waiting for Greece to make the next move. “For this final push, the Commission is of the view that the ball is now clearly in the court of the Greek government,” he told a news briefing in Brussels.Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Greece and its creditors can still reach a deal in time for the next meeting of eurozone finance ministers on June 18. He said only a few issues remained to be solved but noted that Greece’s revised proposals were inadequate. “We are still open to serious alternatives, but the alternatives of the last couple of days have not been of a high enough standard,” he said. In talks last week with Tsipras and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, “we made quite clear that there is room to put in alternative measures,” he said, adding however that “the bottom line is that it has to add up, because Greece has to become financially independent again.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece exports saffron to China

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Nikos Patsiouras, president of the Kozani Saffron Producers Cooperative, told the Athens Macedonian News Agency (ANA) that the first consignment of Greek saffron will be exported to China by the end of May.Patsiouras voiced his satisfaction on behalf of the Kozani saffron producers, and said this commercial development means entering a market of tremendous dynamic potential.READ MORE: The Ancient Greek origins of saffronHe added that saffron is being farmed in an area as large as 0.55 hectares, however Kozani producers would be willing to expand on this area should Chinese demand for saffron increase.Saffron from Kozani, northern Greece, is currently exported to the rest of Europe, the United States, Australia, and more recently Vietnam.READ MORE: Who says that saffron and ryzogalo don’t mix?last_img read more

Nokia lève le voile sur son premier smartphone sous MeeGo

first_imgNokia lève le voile sur son premier smartphone sous MeeGoA l’occasion d’une conférence de presse organisée à Singapour, Nokia a annoncé le lancement de nouveaux terminaux. Parmi eux, son premier smartphone fonctionnant avec le système d’exploitation MeeGo. Un OS né de la fusion entre les projets de Nokia et Intel Maemo et Moblin.Nokia vient de dévoiler son tout premier smartphone équipé de l’OS MeeGo, développé en partenariat avec Intel. Contrairement à ce qu’annonçait la rumeur, le terminal n’est pas doté d’un clavier coulissant. Avec son écran de 3,9 pouces AMOLED, d’une résolution de 854×480 pixels, le smartphone est entièrement tactile. Il ne dispose même pas des boutons de façade pour décrocher, raccrocher ou revenir à l’écran d’accueil. Comme le souligne Nokia, le N9 “est conçu pour être utilisé avec une main”. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?En outre, le téléphone qui existe en noir, cyan et magenta, est prêt pour accueillir la technologie du paiement sans contact, grâce à sa puce NFC (Near Field Communication). Il est doté d’un capteur photo de 8 mégapixels, d’une mémoire de 16 ou 64 Go, et d’un processeur Texas Instruments cadencé à 1 Ghz. Mais si les caractéristiques du N9 ont été dévoilées, aucun prix ni aucune date de sortie n’ont été pour l’instant fixés. Nokia se contente d’affirmer qu’il sera commercialisé “plus tard dans l’année”, à l’instar de son premier smartphone sous Windows Phone 7. La firme finlandaise a en effet signé un partenariat avec Microsoft, et son premier smartphone MeeGo pourrait bien être aussi le dernier.Le 21 juin 2011 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Police respond to multiple robbery shooting calls around Vancouver

first_imgVancouver police responded to two robberies involving a handgun and a reported shooting in Vancouver Sunday afternoon.Vancouver police Sgt. Sean Dumas said police were initially called to a report of someone brandishing a gun in the Bagley Downs neighborhood, at a retail complex at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Dumas said a group of young men approached a woman in the parking lot there around 6:20 p.m. and tried asking her for drugs. When that didn’t work out, they took her phone. Dumas said her boyfriend intervened as they assaulted her, and one of the assailants produced a handgun.The suspects ran away, and the victims headed toward the police West Precinct building. Dumas said neither the man or woman were hurt badly.Shortly after, at around 6:40 p.m., officers responded to another robbery call in the Bagley Downs neighborhood, this time at the Marketplace Apartments, 2900 General Anderson Ave.Dumas said a man walking his dog nearby was attacked by several young men, who took his wallet and phone. He chased after them and into the apartment complex.last_img read more

Modern prepaid bill paying system launched in Grand Turk

first_img Related Items:billing, grand turk, pre-paid water, smart metering Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Providenciales, 05 Nov 2015 – A modern process to paying water bills is being introduced in the capital, Grand Turk according to a media release from TCIG today. The pilot program is called, Smart Metering and the technology will allow customers, to control their water accounts, with the use of a ‘top-up’ or ‘pay as you go’ card. The Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure and the Department of Public Works report that the card is topped up much like one would top-up a cellphone.It was explained that once installed, this smart meter will: eliminate monthly bills, detect leaks in your distribution system, and alert you before your credit expires. Grand Turk residents interested in the system have to volunteer to sign up. It was about a year ago that Caribbean Governments convened at a regional water and sewerage conference in Nassau; a chief concern was the monster size debt created by non-payment of water bills to the government run water companies. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Paylast_img read more

General Motors Unveils the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 PHOTOS

first_imgChevrolet Corvette StingrayChevrolet has taken the wraps off its next generation iconic sports car, the Corvette Stingray, at the Detroit Auto Show on Sunday night.The latest version of the Chevrolet Corvette also resurrected the name of Sting Ray. The overhauled version of the iconic American sports car takes the stage with a change in interior design as well as on the exterior. However, the company stuck with the overall design of the original model of the car. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray”Like the ’63 Sting Ray, the best Corvettes embodied performance leadership, delivering cutting-edge technologies, breathtaking design and awe-inspiring driving experiences,” said General Motors’ North America boss Mark Reuss. “The all-new Corvette goes farther than ever, thanks to today’s advancements in design, technology and engineering.”The rehashed Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 houses 6.2-liter V8 engine which is expected to generate 450 horsepower at 610 Nm of torque. The engine is also tested to accelerate from zero to 60mph in less than four seconds. The aluminium and the carbon chassis of the car make it lighter. The next generation Corvette sports with Advanced driver technologies which  includes a five-position Drive Mode Selector that tailors 12 vehicle attributes to fit the driver’s environment and a new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching that anticipates gear selections and matches engine speed for perfect shifts every time.The two-door hatchback sports car will be pitted against the likes of Audi R8 and Porsche 911. The track-capable Z51 Performance Package of the car includes an electronic limited-slip differential, dry-sump oiling system, integral brake, differential and transmission cooling, as well as a unique aero package that further improves high-speed stability.”Stingray is one of the hallowed names in automotive history,” said Ed Welburn, GM vice president of global design. “We knew we couldn’t use the Stingray name unless the new car truly lived up to the legacy. The result is a new Corvette Stingray that breaks from tradition, while remaining instantly recognizable as a Corvette the world over.”last_img read more

Mondays Storm Plus Harvey Pushes Houston To New Annual Rainfall Record

first_imgThe National Weather Service said Monday’s rain totals have pushed Houston to a new annual rainfall record.IAH’s 0.42″ of rain today pushed 2017’s rain total to 71.30″; a new annual rainfall record for the City of Houston, breaking 2001’s mark. pic.twitter.com/cV9UyT86aw— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) September 19, 2017National Weather Service Meteorologist Molly Merrifield says it breaks the previous record, set in 2001 at 71.19 inches. “With all the rain that we’ve had to far this year, including the mass amounts we’ve had during Harvey, yesterday’s storm at [George Bush Intercontinental Airport] pushed 2017’s rain total to 71.3 inches, which is a new annual rainfall record for Intercontinental,” said Merrifield. “And it’s only September. We have the rest of the year to go.”Merrifield said Harvey dumped 50 to 60 inches of rain in some areas, causing annual rainfall totals to reach almost-record amounts. She says this most recent rainfall is what pushed it past the record level.  Sharelast_img read more

Disney Reorganizes Divisions Creates Dedicated DirecttoConsumer Streaming Unit

first_imgDisney unveiled plans to launch its own subscription VOD service last summer, and would end its licensing deal with Netflix for Disney’s movies starting with 2019 releases.Disney senior VP Agnes Chu will move to Mayer’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group and will continue to oversee programming for the upcoming Disney-branded streaming service. She had previously been head of story and franchise development at Walt Disney Imagineering. The Disney service will be the exclusive SVOD home for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies and will include original and exclusive TV series and movies programming, plus thousands of titles from the Disney film and television libraries.New York-based BAMTech, led by ex-Amazon video exec Michael Paull, is developing both the Disney-branded and ESPN+ streaming platforms. In January, BAMTech hired former Apple and Samsung exec Kevin Swint as SVP and GM of the Disney SVOD service.Mayer also has oversight of Disney’s international channels, with regional managers across Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia and Latin America reporting in to the exec. Disney announced a reorganization of the company into four segments, which will include a newly created direct-to-consumer division to house the conglomerate’s portfolio of streaming businesses.Kevin Mayer, who has served as Disney’s chief strategy officer since 2015, will head Disney’s new Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment as chairman. That will encompass ESPN+, a sports-streaming subscription service slated to launch in the spring of 2018, and the Disney-branded streaming service (as yet unnamed) set for a late-2019 debut.Mayer also will oversee BAMTech Media, the streaming-infrastructure company founded by Major League Baseball in which Disney owns a majority stake; Disney’s ownership stake in Hulu; and Disney Digital Network (formerly within the Consumer Products and Interactive Media division), which includes Maker Studios. Popular on Variety With the reorg, Disney is dismantling the Consumer Products and Interactive Media group, previously headed by Jimmy Pitaro and created in 2015. Last week Disney named Pitaro as the new president of ESPN.Consumer products will now move under Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He’ll assume additional responsibility for all of Disney’s consumer products operations globally, including licensing and Disney stores, as chairman of the newly reorganized Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products business segment.Variety first reported last week that Disney was considering moving DCPI under Chapek’s purview.According to the company, the Disney Media Networks and studio businesses will remain “virtually the same.” Disney Media Networks, which includes ABC, ABC News, ESPN and Disney’s other cable channels, is co-chaired by Ben Sherwood, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, and Pitaro. Alan Horn remains chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.However, Disney is transferring global advertising-sales operations from Media Networks into Mayer’s new group. That includes the ad sales teams for all Disney media properties, including ESPN, ABC, Freeform and the Disney Channels. The move is aimed at “giving advertisers a one-stop-shop for reaching audiences across all of Disney’s media properties, including its online and direct-to-consumer platforms,” according to the company. With the change, Rita Ferro, president of advertising sales, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Edward Erhardt, ESPN’s president of global sales and marketing, will now report directly to Mayer.In addition, Disney’s program-sales operations headed by Janice Marinelli will move under the new Direct-to-Consumer and International business segment.Mayer, as head of Disney’s corporate strategy team since 2005, has overseen Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Club Penguin and Maker Studios, as well as its pact announced in December 2017 to acquire most of the assets of 20th Century Fox. In his new role, Mayer continues to report to Disney CEO Bob Iger.“Kevin is a proven leader who has played a critical role in bringing together the collection of creative and technological assets that will allow Disney to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences in a direct-to-consumer future,” Iger said in a statement. ×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

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjees biography hits the shelves

first_imgKolkata: A biography of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was released in bookstores across the country Monday, an official of publishers Penguin India said. The biography was penned down by journalist Shutapa Pal, keeping the national readers in mind, the official said. The book, titled “Didi: The Untold Mamata Banerjee”, brings out the unique position the Trinamool Congress supremo has occupied in Indian politics and establishes her as a national figure. Describing Banerjee as one of the country’s toughest women, the book explores her unique style of politics, her struggles and achievements, starting from her days in college politics to defeating the formidable over-three decades-old Left Front government in West Bengal in 2011. It also explores the role she is expected to play in the 2019 parliamentary polls.last_img read more

Tech Food Transportation How Life Has Changed Since the 1964 Worlds Fair

first_imgThen: Belgian Waffles were introduced to American palates in the ’60s, first at Seattle’s World Fair and then in New York’s Belgian Village two years later — as made and served by the Vermersch family, they became a runaway hit at the fair.   Now: Taco Bell is hoping its waffle taco will appeal to millennial customers and Chef Dominique Ansel presented the follow-up to his ubiquitious cronut to fans at SXSW — milk and cookie shots.  Technology Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Belgian WafflesImage credit: KCTS 9 via Flickr Then: The customizable and cool Ford Mustang made its first appearance at the fair.   Now: Elon Musk’s electric Tesla car has continued to make waves in the auto industry.Related: How to Be More Creative, Wherever You WorkFood Then: Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress attraction — that creepy yet endearing animatronic view of an American family — was created for the fair and showcased in the General Electric Pavilion.Now: Visitors to Disney World can now opt to be tracked by wearable tech Magic Bands, but not everything is different. As you traverse the park, you can still check out the Carousel of Progress and try like mad to get “It’s a Small World” (which also premiered at the fair) out of your head.Transportation Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress attractionImage credit: Express Monorail via Flickr Ford MustangImage credit: Ford Europe via Flickr Fifty years ago this week, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened to the public in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Dating back to 1851 London and the first Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace, these fairs have acted as showcase for innovation and what big business hoped would be the next big thing. In August of ’64, Isaac Asimov, the acclaimed science fiction author of works such as I, Robot, wrote a prediction for The New York Times about what the 2014 World’s Fair would look like. Some of his views were imaginative (moon colonies), and others were frightening (the stretch between Boston and Washington would become one giant city), but parts were pretty on point (video phones, 3-D televisions, unmanned vehicles on Mars). Related: The Next Big Thing: Embeddable Tech?The 1964 fair ended up being smaller in scale than its organizers had hoped, and was beset by some controversy, but the architectural symbol of the event — the silver globe Unisphere — remains in the park today. Perhaps more importantly, the innovative spirit that underscored the event can be found in more places than ever, including the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, SXSW in Austin, Texas, and the Toy Fair in New York City, just to name a few. Here’s a snapshot of 1964’s inventive offerings and how they stack up today. In many ways, it seems the more things have changed, the more they’ve stayed the same. Entertainmentcenter_img April 23, 2014 3 min read Then: The Bell Telephone System Pavilion had a Picturephone on display, a precursor for cell phones equipped for Skype and Google Hangouts, and visitors to RCA Television’s pavilion got to see themselves on screen for the first time in living color.Now: Modular phones like Google’s Project Ara are getting people talking.  Related: Entrepreneurs on the Moon, DNA Hacking and Real-Life Iron Man Gear Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer The Bell Telephone System PavilionImage credit: AT&T Tech Channel via Youtube Listen Nowlast_img read more

Cancun prison guard dies from gunshots

first_imgState Police reported the arrest of two who tried to escape on a motorcycle but were intercepted after a chase that involved gunfire. Cancun, Q.R. — A prison guard who was shot while in a Cancun shopping mall parking lot, has died. The shooting took place Thursday at 9:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bodega Aurrera supermarket on López Portillo Avenue. The Cancun prison guard was shot while in his car. He died about two hours later, after arriving at an area hospital. center_img The two detainees were transferred to the base of the State Police for procedures.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thieves steal cash electronics from Polis home

first_imgThieves stole more than €2,000, an iPad and an iPhone from a house in Polis Chrysochous on Monday evening.A British national staying at the house reported to police that the culprits took a small safety deposit box containing €2,000 and £150 in cash, an iPad worth £450 and an iPhone worth £350.During their investigation police officers found that the robbers had forced open the balcony door of the living room to gain entry.Various items were seized to facilitate investigations.You May LikeFigLeaf Beta AppGet Maximum Privacy with Minimum EffortFigLeaf Beta AppUndoSenior Living | Search AdsLuxury Senior Apartments in Rowland HeightsSenior Living | Search AdsUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more