Snake chases lawmakers from Nigerian parliament

first_imgLagos: A snake burst onto the chamber floor of a state parliament building in southwest Nigeria, sending lawmakers scampering and forcing an indefinite recess, officials said Friday. “When we were about to enter into plenary, a big snake just ran out of the chamber which disrupted our sitting and we had to hurriedly leave the chamber,” said Olugbenga Omole, a spokesman for lawmakers from Ondo State. The snake appears to have fallen from the roof into the plenary chamber. It did not bite anyone before it was caught and killed by parliament staff, said Omole. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe blamed the incident on the dilapidated state of the assembly due to a lack of funds and overdue maintenance. “That chamber is no longer safe for legislative business and because of that, we decided to adjourn indefinitely. The house will be going on an indefinite recess,” Omole said. He said lawmakers would not return until a proper fumigation of the complex was done. This was the first time a snake was known to have made an appearance in the assembly floor, though there have been complaints of rodents and reptiles in the bushes around the complex. Omole did not say what type of snake caused Thursday’s disturbance. Nigeria has many snakes, including venomous vipers, spitting cobras and puff adders. According to a 2001 study published in the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, nearly 500 people per 100,000 of the population are bitten by snakes in Nigeria on average per year.last_img read more

Quebec police raids target alleged members of organized crime

first_imgMONTREAL – More than 100 police officers targeted residences and vehicles belonging to alleged members of organized crime on Tuesday, as well as a Hells Angels bunker south of Montreal.The raids were in and and around Montreal as well as in the Outaouais area in western Quebec, provincial police said.No arrests were expected.Police say they raided nine residences and 10 vehicles as part of a crackdown on alleged drug trafficking.last_img

The Latest Wisconsin governor to meet with Foxconn head

MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Foxconn Technology Group and its Wisconsin project (all times local):10:20 a.m.Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is planning to meet with the head of Foxconn Technology Group for the first time, after saying the Taiwanese company was looking to make changes to its agreement with the state.Foxconn CEO Terry Gou met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Foxconn has repeatedly said it remains committed to investing $10 billion and employing 13,000 people in Wisconsin.Evers’ spokeswoman confirmed the planned meeting Thursday.But Evers has said he doesn’t think Foxconn will employ that many people because it’s building a smaller display screen manufacturing facility in Wisconsin than originally envisioned.Evers was a critic of the project when he ran for governor last year. The state’s head economic development official who brokered the current contract was also to meet with Gou and Evers on Thursday.___8:50 a.m.Foxconn Technology Group CEO Terry Gou has met with President Donald Trump to discuss the company’s ever-changing Wisconsin project.Foxconn confirmed the meeting on Thursday but offered few details on what was discussed. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says Foxconn approached him about changing the state’s contract with the worldwide electronics leader.The current deal makes more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits available to Foxconn if it invests $9 billion and hires 13,000 people. But Foxconn has reduced the size of the display screen factory it plans to build and Evers says he thinks fewer people will be hired.Foxconn says Gou and Trump “discussed the latest updates and the positive progress” of the project, among other things. Gou announced last month he is running to be president of Taiwan.The Associated Press read more

INTERVIEW We have to make decisions together and we have to make

It’s about involving the business community worldwide and understanding that maybe, in a little longer perspective, the green investment, the sustainable investment, is also the profitable investment you have to join in.  And it’s about leading nations to understand that they will have, that governments will have, to create the necessary framework, the basic conditions for private investors, for pension funds, for regional investment banks, whatever, to invest in this green development, and make it secure and profitable for them to do just that and not continue on the old path of unsustainable development.UN News Centre: You have served your country for 30 years in various capacities. What do you feel in all your experience will enable you to take on the job of President of the General Assembly and make a difference?Mogens Lykketoft: Well I have a very humble position in that I don’t know if I can do it the right way. I will do the best I can to be well prepared, to be inclusive with Member States. That’s what I have promised when I was elected in June, that’s the promise I will keep and that’s the promise I have to keep in order to be able to do this right in this very short window of one year. I think that the argument that brought me in this position was my background as a very long-serving parliamentarian, a long-serving minister both in finance and foreign policy, and as a Speaker of the Danish Parliament. If you can compare the United Nations to a country, I think the position of President of the General Assembly is most like the speaker of a national parliament. In a recent interview with the UN News Centre, Mr. Lykketoft discusses the need for Member States to overcome differences and unite in an urgent push to curb extreme poverty and reverse climate change, as they launch the new Sustainable Development Agenda in New York this month and seek to adopt a new universal climate change agreement in Paris in December. The interview has been edited for content and clarity.We have very different backgrounds but we hopefully have one thing in common, namely, the understanding that we only have this one planet and it’s in danger.UN News Centre: This is the first time that Denmark has presided over the General Assembly, and it’s such a significant session – the 70th session.  Could you tell us what it means for the country and what it means for you personally?Mogens Lykketoft:  I think that it’s a great honour for Denmark, and for myself, that we have this opportunity to make a difference – not of course by changing the whole world, we don’t expect that – but I think we can bring in some of the pragmatism necessary also in Danish politics, during this presidency.  And of course we think it’s a very great honour, especially in this year when so many huge decisions have to be made in the United Nations. It may be the most transformative year, of many, in the history of the United Nations.UN News Centre: When you say you might be able to utilise some of the pragmatism from the Danish Government, would you care to elaborate?Mogens Lykketoft:  Well, I don’t think very many people know about Danish politics but we have a multi-party system of minority governments and we have to cooperate in order to reach decisions – not only between one or two parties, but many parties, and different coalitions have to work together in order to get things done. So, we know the necessity of reaching out to each other, and making compromises as a necessary way forward. And I think that’s very much also what is needed in the United Nations. On 10 September, children, women and men who have fled their homes amid the ongoing refugee and migrant crisis walk through the town of Gevgelija, in the former Yugslav Republic of Macedonia on the border with Greece. © UNICEF/NYHQ2015-2168/Georgiev But anyway, for me, it’s a very steep learning curve in order to do things right in this short window of opportunity – to get implemented the decisions so bravely formulated and decided upon by Heads of State and Government. UN News Centre: You’re an economist by training and when you were Finance Minister, from 1993 to 2000, you spearheaded economic reforms that led to a rise in employment rates and a strengthened Danish economy. Is there anything you feel you can take away from that experience that could be applied globally to the international community?Mogens Lykketoft: That’s hard to say. I think we have to be aware, of course, that economic development is not a thing that can be reached successfully by one single nation. We are intertwined – we are interdependent to a degree never seen before. And that it’s not only about traditional handling of economic balances, budgets and employment in the individual country – it’s also about the more basic conditions for human life. And that’s why this new understanding of the necessity of sustainable development is so transformative, even compared with the job some of us did in the ‘90s in order to bring order in the national economies. But I think in Europe, we have had, over the decades, in building the European Union, the understanding that economic development is only possible to a successful degree if you work together. And that’s of course also something that I think we have to realise in the United Nations. And it has to do also with the international trade agreements, with the revitalization of the WTO [World Trade Organization], so it’s not only the rich countries making free trade agreements together but it’s including the less developed countries in a favourable way for them in any kind of international trade system.UN News Centre: Getting back to climate change, in December, countries will meet in Paris to adopt a new universal climate change agreement. Do you have any thoughts on how the General Assembly can advance that agenda?Mogens Lykketoft: Well we have said from the outset in this presidency that if it’s considered helpful in any way, we can also bring together here in the United Nations during the Fall some of the key players ahead of the Paris meeting.  But we will see what is convenient, what’s necessary. There is a very good process headed by Peru and France. The President of the 70th UN General Assembly discusses the need for countries to act together, and act now, for people and the planet. Credit: United NationsWe have very different backgrounds but we hopefully have one thing in common, namely, the understanding that we only have this one planet and it’s in danger – because of conflict, because of the deterioration of the environment and climate. We have to make decisions together, and we have to make them now. It could very well be that if we don’t act now, as we are defining it in the Sustainable Development Goals, then we will not be at all able to change the course of climate change and degradation of the environment. It’s the whole living condition of the human race that’s endangered, and it takes the whole world in cooperation to do something about it.UN News Centre: You mentioned the Sustainable Development Agenda which is expected to be adopted in September. It will guide the international community for the next 15 years. What do you see as your role at the helm of the General Assembly to take this forward?Mogens Lykketoft: Well, first of all, I think it’s a really historic and revolutionary achievement that 193 nations can agree on the analysis and the goals to solve global problems. And this analysis that we are now taking from the UN, it’s not a new one, but it’s the first time that we realise that the fight, the continued fight against extreme poverty in this world, and the fight against environmental degradation and climate change, are two sides of the same coin. You can’t do one thing without taking into account the necessity of acting, and acting now, also on the other.  And that’s a new statement – a new definition of goals. We are intertwined – we are interdependent to a degree never seen before.This means that we cannot continue to work on the same path as we have successfully worked on in fighting against extreme poverty in the last 15 years. We have to do it different. We have to make major changes in production methods, energy technologies, consumption patterns, both in rich and poor countries, in order to solve the immense global challenges. That’s a new common understanding of what’s upon us. And what we can do in the Danish presidency is to work as hard as we can to make governments implement the tools necessary for fulfilling those goals in the coming 15 years. And I think it’s also about – here in the United Nations at the high-level events we are planning in the Spring in this presidency – including civil society, the millions of active people who have contributed to the definition of the Goals, also in the fight for pushing governments to do the necessary things to fulfil those fine Goals. Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark was elected President of the General Assembly’s seventieth session on 15 June 2015. At the time of his election, he was the Speaker of the Danish Parliament. A veteran parliamentarian and government minister, and an economist by training, he was his country’s Foreign Minister from 2000 to 2001. As Finance Minister, from 1993 to 2000, he directed economic reforms that led to a strengthened Danish economy. On the eve of the General Assembly’s seventieth session, Sam Kutesa (Uganda), President of the sixty-ninth session, invites Mogens Lykketoft to the podium and hands over the gavel as Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon applauds (left). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Mogens Lykketoft (Denmark), President of the UN General Assembly’s seventieth session, shares his thoughts with the UN News Centre in a recent interview. UN Photo/Mark Garten Now there are good signs that it will be a productive outcome in Paris. Maybe not sufficient – I don’t know when these decisions will be really sufficient – but much more positive than we have seen in the previous COP [Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change].  It seems to be possible to have an outcome in Paris where both the United States, as President Obama announced recently, and China, and the European Union, and hopefully India and other big players as well, really commit themselves. And, you are right, the COP21 in Paris will be the first real test of the political will to implement the totality of the Sustainable Development Goals – because the climate change issue is maybe the most urgent. That’s where it’s really necessary to act now in order to avoid irreparable damage to the balance of the world. And that’s where not acting creates the risk of uncontrolled waves of hundreds and hundreds of millions of people who cannot be continue to live where they live now, because of sea levels rising, because of fresh water access disappearing. So we will really – by not implementing the big goals of fighting against climate change – risk instability and the collective conflicts with that instability that make it impossible for us to mobilize resources to fight poverty in the future. It’s the whole living condition of the human race that’s endangered, and it takes the whole world in cooperation to do something about it.So that shows very much the interconnectivity of all the big challenges we are facing. And that’s why I think that now, finally, the big players in the world economy are realising the necessity and the urgency of acting.UN News Centre: Is there anything else during this Assembly that you would like to see accomplished?Mogens Lykketoft: Of course there are these three pillars of the whole idea of the United Nations: development – which we have talked much about in connection with the Sustainable Development Goals in this interview; there are peacekeeping and peacebuilding architectures; and there is also the human rights dimension. And we also have to realise that those three are interconnected as well.  You cannot make fruitful development without peace. You cannot make fruitful development without inclusive government, rule of law, respect for human rights. You have to include each and every human being in this world, as far as possible, in the whole development exercise.  So, of course, working with the United Nations General Assembly is also about working with peace and security – not specifically with the different conflicts, because that’s more the authority of the Security Council, of course. But we will have to work hard in order to modernize the whole concept of peacekeeping operations and especially political missions, conciliation efforts, so we could avoid, hopefully, more costly peacekeeping operations. We will have to work on the peacekeeping architecture, and we will have to work on the reports coming out on women and conflict  in order to make the whole role of the United Nations  in peacebuilding and peacekeeping stronger and more universal. A scene of traffic in Beijing, China. World Bank/Li Lou And we of course also have to work with the human rights issue, for instance, in connection with the huge challenges we are facing with the more than 160 million people on the run as refugees or migrants because of war and because of extreme poverty. All these things are integrated. And what we will do is to make it as obvious as possible – one, the need for action, and, two, the need for realising that all the things we’re talking about are closely interconnected and universal in their character.UN News Centre: Finally, on a more personal note, you’ve said that in your youth you took an interest in the UN. Could you tell us what shaped your interest at such an early age? What drew you to the UN, and did you ever hope to play a direct role in its work?Mogens Lykketoft: Well, that I should play a direct role in the UN I never imagined when I was a young boy! I was interested in history, in international development and politics in general.  But actually my political interest came out of my interest in history and in international development at the time, and in the big issues. So, in a strange way, that explains why I am here also near the end of my political career – because it has always been the holistic view of world development and the wish to transfer also to other parts of the world the experiences and successes of the part of the world I come from where we have actually been able to create some of the richest, some of the most equal and socially harmonious societies in this world. And I think where we have something also to contribute to the whole discussion of sustainable development – because sustainable development is also about realising that we can’t do everything good with an economic growth of the kind we know. We have to redistribute. We have to understand that inequality inside nations and, especially, between nations, is a route to conflict, a route to not using the resources of billions of people sufficiently. And, therefore, the fight against inequality in living conditions is essential for creating a better world.@media only screen and (min-width: 760px), screen9 {#PhotoHolder3 #PhotoCrop { max-height: 770px; /* sets max-height value for all standards-compliant browsers */ width: 134%; margin-left:-161px; margin-top: -280px;}#story-headline{ font-size: 3.6em; line-height: 1.2em; color:#fff; position: relative; top: 200px; xtext-align:center; text-shadow: 1px 1px 3px rgba(0,0,0,0.8); width:57%;}}#sidebar {display:none;} div#story-content .span8 {width:100% !important} #fullstory p { font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.6em;}strong { font-size: 1.1em; line-height: 1.7em; xfont-family:Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;}blockquote { font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.5em; font-style:italic;}.videoWrapper { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; /* 16:9 */ padding-top: 25px; height: 0;}.videoWrapper iframe { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;} read more

Aurasma lets everyone view and create augmented reality on a smartphone

first_imgMatt Mills, a technologist from Aurasma, gave a TED talk on augmented reality last month which has just become viewable online. You can watch it above.The content of his talk, like many TED presentations, is pretty compelling and paints a promising picture for how we will be able to create and use augmented reality on our mobile devices.The talk centers around technology carrying the same name as the company: Aurasma. What it allows is for anyone to take an image or object of interest, tag it, and then add additional information to it. That added detail is called an aura, and could be anything that counts as digital content including images, audio, animation, video, or the loading of a web page.Augmented reality using a smartphone, tablet, or handheld gaming device isn’t a new idea, but Aurasma has a lot of potential to become hugely popular. The reason? It is completely free for anyone to tag objects and associate digital media with them, and the tools to do that are very simple to use.The examples Mills gives on stage clearly demonstrate how powerful of an idea this content link up is. If you bought a newspaper this morning with the sports results in, you could point your smartphone at the page and see the video replays appear. It also has the potential to replace user manuals with interactive guides played through your phone as he shows.Of course, advertisers will be jumping all over this tech. Magazine ads that proclaim “look at me through your phone for a free gift,” and movie trailers that appear on your display when you point your phone at a poster seem like predictable uses. But there’s definitely potential here for non-commercial use. Much like people use YouTube to record a tutorial, Aurasma could be used to create a guide for any object, be that a gadget, location, or piece of text.What will be interesting to see is how Aurasma deals with lots of content being associated with the same objects. There’s some very popular imagery out there, and multiple people will want to tag it with video and information. It’s either going to end up with the user having to select what they want to see, or if commercial, someone paying Aurasma in order to be the default choice.More at Aurasma and TEDlast_img read more

Uber Brings Its SelfDriving Cars To San Francisco

first_img Uber has always had a big presence in San Francisco, so it makes sense that the big brand should be bringing the hottest tech trend to the city. Uber’s self-driving car service will now be available here. Rejoice, ride-takers and those needing to get from point A to point B without fear of having to talk to your driver!It’s also the debut of the XC90 self-driving car! This is a smart Volvo with lidar, a radar that’s based on laser beams and wireless technology. It’s all thanks to Uber’s Advanced Technologies Center, the research facility that’s responsible for bringing all of this to life after Uber introduced self-driving cars to Pittsburgh earlier this year.This is all part of Uber’s bid to keep rolling out and bettering driverless technology, which the company is hoping to utilize in cars like the Ford Fusion and XC90 eventually. It’s currently in a race to get this done as soon as possible to beat its rival companies to the punch since this absolutely going to be a Thing with a capital T going forward as the future keeps getting weirder and more real as the days pass.Of course, as The New York Times points out, it’s not immediately apparent if the driverless cars are indeed allowed in San Francisco when speaking with the California D.M.V., since autonomous vehicles are technically those “without the active physical control or monitoring of a natural person.” Uber contends with the fact that its self-driving cars require drivers for surveillance and control, so they’re not the same thing.If you’re in San Francisco and hail Ubers pretty often, this might well be a thing going forward. Who knows if it will be a permanent institution, but it sure is cool even if it’s temporary. Never Miss Another Putt With Nissan’s Self-Driving Golf BallTesla EV Catches Fire After Colliding With Tow Truck in Moscow Stay on targetlast_img read more

Rice growing into defensive midfield role

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Declan Rice is relishing playing in central defensive midfield for the Hammers this season.After an impressive pre-season, Rice has established himself in the West Ham team this season under Manuel Pellegrini.The 19-year-old’s frequent involvement in the team also coincided with West Ham’s return to form starting with their 3-1 victory at Everton.“I’d say Everton away was my best performance since I came back in, because we’d lost the first four and we couldn’t lose five in a row,” Rice told the club’s website.“The manager changed the team up and we went out there, everyone played really well, we won our first game and got the three points and there’s no better feeling than that, to be honest.“If you compare the first game I played at Liverpool compared to the ones I’m playing now, my positioning at Anfield wasn’t the best for a holding midfielder.Mason MountRice tips Mount for greater things Taimoor Khan – September 11, 2019 Declan Rice says that Mason Mount is going to match the exploits of Frank Lampard when he was in his prime during his playing…“Positioning is one of the main things when you play in that position because you’ve always got to play in the center of the pitch.“I always look back at that Liverpool game because it was the first time I’d played CDM (central defensive midfielder) in a while and I was not really in the back four, I was wide, and sometimes it’s not about that.“You’ve just got to hold your position and trust that the ball is going to come near you.“I think, since I’ve started to do that, the amount of interceptions and tackles I have made has gone up.”last_img read more

San Diego native and professional illustrator draws on the air before he

first_img Updated: 5:36 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Bobby Alcid Rubio was born and raised right here in San Diego. He went to Morse High School and grew up in Paradise Hills. He has been drawing since he was a child. He attended the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia (Cal Arts) and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Arts.After graduation, he worked for Homage Studios (Image Comics) in La Jolla, and then continued on to pursue a career in animation. Bobby worked nine years with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a traditional animator and storyboard artist on several films including “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.”After Disney, he worked as an assistant director/storyboard artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on the series “Avatar: The Last Airbender” for 2 and 1/2 years.Currently, Bobby is a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on the animated short “Tokyo Mater” and the feature animated movie “Up” and the most recent block-buster “Incredibles 2.” After hours, he works on his creator-owned and independent comic series, “Alcatraz High” and “4 Gun Conclusion.”Bobby is married to his junior high sweetheart (Susan) for 21 years and has three boys. The Rubio family lives in Oakland (where Pixar is based). Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom July 19, 2018 Posted: July 19, 2018center_img San Diego native and professional illustrator draws on the air before he heads to Comic-Con Lauren Phinney, KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Man who raped Southern California toddler gets 85 years

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter June 19, 2019 Man who raped Southern California toddler gets 85 years AP, AP Posted: June 19, 2019 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A registered sex offender who raped a 3-year-old girl in her San Diego home has been sentenced to 85 years in state prison.Forty-seven-year-old Francisco Diaz was sentenced Monday.Authorities say last August, Diaz broke into a neighbor’s Oak Park home and assaulted the toddler. When she cried out, he removed her from the house and was taking her to his home when the girl’s mother saw him.A state website says Diaz was convicted in 2007 of annoying or molesting a child. last_img read more

State gasline corporation quietly opens office in Tokyo

first_imgChief Oil & Gas Advisor John Hendrix, Alaska Gasline Development Corporation President Keith Meyer, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack gave a press conference on Friday Sept. 30, 2016 to discuss their meetings with potential Asian markets for Alaska’s LNG in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney)The state gasline corporation has opened a satellite office in Tokyo.Listen nowState officials and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation have been working to market the state’s natural gas reserves to Asian markets.Masatoshi Nick Shiratori confirmed by phone late Wednesday evening that he is running the new office in Japan.Shiratori previously worked at Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Gas Shipping before he joined the state’s gasline team.On January 19 a spokesperson for the corporation confirmed that the office is open. But, they have not yet announced it publicly.Alaska’s gasline corporation is tasked with managing the massive Alaska LNG project that is expected to cost $45 billion to $65 billion to build. It’s still negotiating with ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips to take over the project.In its current form, the LNG project would include an 800-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from the North Slope to Cook Inlet.last_img read more

Ranbaxy Unit at Dewas Plant Slapped With EU Ban for NonCompliance Company

first_imgRanbaxy Laboratories has been banned by the European Union (EU) from exporting injectables from one of its units at Dewas plant due to non-compliance.Sources however quoted the company as saying that the drug maker has already stopped production of the said product.  Germany said that the issues highlighted in the non-compliance report include deficiencies in the design and operation of the clean rooms, controls for preparation of components (including sterilisation) and equipment and controls over aseptic filling, according to BusinessLine report.While the ban is enforceable across the European Union, it does not cover all drugs and products manufactured at the facility, said European Medicines Agency (EMA).An EMA spokesperson said in an email that the German supervisory authority found deficiencies in certain aseptically prepared sterile products produced at Block C to be in contravention of GMP (good manufacturing practice) and therefore could not be imported into the EU.The spokesperson added that products already manufactured in the block have been assessed and no recall was needed.Ranbaxy clarified in a statement that the ban was limited to cephalosporin injectables. “The European authorities along with those from Australia and Canada carried out an inspection in June 2014 of all the facilities in Dewas. Well before that, the company had decided to stop producing cephalosporin injectables at Dewas. Since then, the agencies have approved all our facilities for manufacturing dosage forms and APIs at Dewas … with the exception of the cephalosporin injectable unit,” said Ranbaxy. Sources at Ranbaxy said that about 95% of products manufactured at the facility have been found to be in line with EU compliance norms, adding that the manufacturing of cephalosporin injectables has been discontinued, as part of a business decision.The news did not impact Ranbaxy stock on the exchanges on Friday morning. It was trading at ₹628.05, up 0.50% from Thursday’s closing price. Ranbaxy faces EU ban over non-compliance at Dewas facilityReuterslast_img read more

Future of Imax VR Uncertain After Company Closes Two Centers

first_img Popular on Variety This points to another problem: Imax VR was built around the idea of bringing VR to audiences that don’t own headsets yet. Virtually all of the games and experiences you can use at Imax VR centers are also in one form or another available to the in-home VR market. Imax has tried to customize some of these experiences with special motion chairs as well as better VR headsets, but these differences may not necessarily warrant paying $10 or more for 10 minutes of fun.Imax has experimented with selling bundles to multiple experiences, and even introduced a day pass for one of its centers earlier this year. However, an industry insider told Variety that the big studios are resistant to such pricing models, which forced the company to exclude at least one title from the promotion.There are also some doubts as to whether the combination of VR and traditional theaters will actually work. The theory behind Imax VR, and similar efforts by other companies, was that VR headsets could help lure younger audiences back into theaters, effectively working as a promotional vehicle for the big screen.At least in one instance, a theater had to resolve to flipping that model altogether: The Odeon Cinema in Manchester, which hosts Imax’s first European VR center, has been giving theatergoers vouchers for free VR experiences with every movie ticket this summer.Correction: 2:40pm: A previous version of this post stated that Imax closed a VR center in Singapore, whereas it actually closed its Shanghai location. Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Toronto: When Imax opened up virtual reality centers in a handful of cities around the world last year, the company painted it as a first step toward a possible massive global initiative. The iconic brand was looking for a chance to expand beyond cinemas and become a major player in the nascent market for location-based VR.One year later, the future of Imax VR looks a lot less certain. The company closed one of its two VR centers in New York at the end of June, and shut down its VR center in Shanghai in early July.Imax CEO Richard Gelfond first opened up about the company’s struggles to make VR work during the company’s Q1 2018 earnings call. “The consumer reaction was extremely positive, but the numbers just weren’t there,” he said. Gelfond said only one of the seven centers open at the time was meeting the company’s financial expectations. Imax CFO Patrick S. McClymont even suggested that the company may pull the plug on the remaining five centers, telling investors during the company’s Q2 earnings call: “Regarding our VR and home theater ventures, in order to continue to focus on reducing costs from new business, we expect to reach a decision on these initiatives during the next few months.”“As we’ve said since launch, this is a pilot program for us to test whether VR centers in multiplexes is a viable business that could be launched worldwide,” a spokesperson added via email. “We’re still in the review process.”It’s true: Imax did bill Imax VR as a pilot program from the very beginning. “We want this to be a true experiment,” said the company’s chief business development officer Rob Lister when the company opened its first center in Los Angeles in January of last year.The plan, as outlined by Lister, was to open five to 10 such locations to gauge the interest in VR — and then possibly commit to a much bigger roll-out that could ultimately mirror the company’s engagement in the theater space, where it operates more than 1,000 locations. Last summer, Lister still said that Imax VR was “off to a promising start.”So what went wrong in the following months? Market insiders told Variety that Imax struggled to get its hands on enough titles with name recognition to attract sizeable crowds. In the theater space, the company is known for showing blockbusters. Just last week, Imax announced that it would bring all of Marvel’s movies to its theaters to celebrate the studio’s 10th anniversary. Other titles coming soon to Imax theaters include “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” “The Nun,” and “Venom.”In the VR space, there aren’t simply as many blockbusters that would appeal to a wider audience beyond hardcore gamers. The company anticipated some of that, which is why it set up a $50 million fund with participation from CAA, China Media Capital, and the Raine Group to co-produce VR experiences.However, up until now, Imax has only invested $4 million into VR content production, which has resulted in the launch of just a single title: “Justice League, An Imax VR Exclusive,” debuted in Imax VR centers in November. The company’s exclusive window for the title lasted merely two weeks. After that, it was made available to consumer VR headsets, where it has received mixed reviews. ×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

Beheaded body of woman found near paddy field at Nayapara

first_imgKolkata: A beheaded body of a woman was found at nayapara in Kultali on Monday morning. Some locals found the body beside a paddy field and informed police. Later, they recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy.Locals sources informed that the body could not be identified as the head was missing. Police have also enquired whether there was any missing complaint filed in the last few days from the adjacent areas. The sleuths suspect that the woman has been murdered somewhere else. The woman was married, police confirmed. The murderers cut off the head to keep the identity hidden. The investigators are also suspecting that the woman may have been sexually harassed. However, they are waiting for the autopsy report to proceed. An all concerned message with the body’s description has been sent to the adjacent police units as well.last_img read more

European court upholds key anticrisis program

first_imgHigh borrowing costs can push a country to need a bailout package of rescue loans, as happened with Greece, Portugal and Ireland.The ECB’s offer was challenged by a conservative German lawmaker and others who argue the ECB overstepped its legal powers and strayed into using its monetary powers to lend financial aid to governments.The court disagreed, saying the bond-purchase offer “falls within monetary policy and within the powers” of the European system of central banks with the ECB at its head.Blocking the program could have dented market sentiment as the eurozone struggles to overcome slow growth and figure out how to help Greece avoid defaulting on its debts. But worries over the upcoming decision largely faded after a court official in January issued a preliminary opinion upholding the program.Under the offer, dubbed outright monetary transactions, or OMT, the ECB could buy bonds to drive down an individual country’s excessive borrowing costs, in an effort to transmit the ECB’s interest rate policy across the eurozone. Countries that got the help would have to sign written promises to reform their finances.The OMT program, which was never used, is different from the ECB’s current bond-buying program, in which it is purchasing 1.1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) in government and corporate bonds through September 2016 in an effort to boost inflation from current low levels and help promote growth and employment. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Court of Justice has upheld a key financial backstop that helped calm Europe’s crisis over high government debt.In a decision Tuesday in Luxembourg, the court said the European Central Bank was legally permitted to buy the bonds of countries whose governments face excessive market borrowing costs.The ECB’s 2012 offer to carry out such purchases if needed helped reassure markets — even though no country has used it. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall European Central Bank Governor Mario Draghi waits for the start of a meeting of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee at the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday, June 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Australians explore their own backyard

first_imgWhile Australians continue to venture overseas, domestic leisure travel is also on the rise, according to the latest National Visitor Survey results.Tourism Research Australia revealed that Australian domestic tourism injects $187 million per day into the national economy.Australians spent $50 billion on overnight domestic travel and a further $18.2 billion on day trip last year.“This expenditure supports more than 500,000 direct jobs in tourism across Australia, providing business opportunities and contributing 2.5 per cent of total GDP ($34.6 billion),” Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) acting chief executive Trent Zimmerman said.Domestic overnight visitor numbers increased 3.6 percent year-on-year, visitor nights were up 4.1 percent and spending rose 3.4 percent in 2012 compared to 2011.“The growth in domestic overnight travel was driven by a 7.4 per cent increase in people visiting friends and relatives, particularly across the eastern sea board.“Australia must continue its efforts to attract domestic visitors and investment in tourism infrastructure is critical to achieving this,” Mr Zimmerman said.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T. Domestic tourism in Australia on the rise.last_img read more

Lucerne 6 October 2008 Passion authenticity and

first_imgLucerne, 6 October 2008. Passion, authenticity and the thirst for perfection are values, which are central for the independent watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer with head office in Lucerne, and are further reflected in its strongly profiled collection. Carl F. Bucherer produces timepieces in the premium segment for people, who like to go their own way, independently, self-assured and with great commitment, converting their dreams into reality.Nela König, the new protagonist of Carl F. Bucherer has also realized her dream. For years the 37-year-old Berliner has been traveling throughout the world as a much in demand photographer, mostly to make portraits of international stars from the world of films and music. In her sights, she has already captured Sting, Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani and Peter Ustinov. For Nela König, the fascination of her profession does not lie in producing touched up, commercial pictures of the glamour world. Her soul work is making pictures which are clearly authentic and coming from a totally personal angle. She attaches great importance to continually looking behind the façade and getting to know and observe the artist as a human being.Passion and self-awareness. Authentic and personal – values which watch manufacturer Carl F. Bucherer also pursues in its brand identity. With the new ladies model in the Patravi line, the enthrallingly beautiful T-24 Ladies, the Lucerne watch brand has converted another dream into reality. The 48 diamonds on the case made of stainless steel or warm pink gold, the extravagant barrel-shape profile, the dial in radiant white or precious mother-of-pearl, with 9 diamonds and the bracelet in high quality galuchat, python or alligator leather or polished and satin-finished steel links are components, which stand for passion and feminine self-awareness. And so for demanding, freedom-loving women like Nela König.With her own point of view about success. Many years ago, with persistence and a great deal of selfassertion, Nela König conquered the domain of photography so dominated by men at the time – and with great success, if one looks at her work and references today. Meanwhile, she has been able to combine her family and career under one roof, whether in Berlin or at her second home in Ibiza. Then naturally on top of this, from autumn 2008, her commitment as protagonist for Carl F. Bucherer, which she has taken on due to her affinity with high value Swiss watches. “In a world, where there is an excess of almost every product, a watch company rich in tradition such as Carl F. Bucherer, for whom the highest regard for precision, the greatest technical demands and a self-willed approach are important, is rather unusual”, Nela König explains her involvement.last_img read more

Records show a dry December

first_imgSince the beginning of December, rainfall in has reached only four per cent of what is normal, it was announced on Tuesday.From the beginning of the month to date, rainfall reached 4.7cm compared to the average norm for this time of the year of 105.6cm, the met service said.The largest amount of rainfall since December 1 was recorded in Athalassa (Nicosia) with 15.7cm and in Stavros tis Psokas with 10.3cm.The average rainfall from October 1 was at 99cm, measuring 52 per cent of what is normal at 191.6cm for the period since October 1 to December 31.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoCrossovers | Search AdsBest New Compact Crossovers for Under 20kCrossovers | Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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