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Rabat – In a series of comments completely counter to decades-long official US policy regarding Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Nikki Haley, created yet another controversy on Tuesday when she claimed in a television interview that the “Western wall is part of Israel.”Nikki HaleyHaley made the comments on Tuesday while appearing on The Brody File, a news program broadcast on the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN), founded by televangelist, Pat Robertson. They also came hot on the heels of a recent spat swirling around Trump’s planned visit to the Wailing Wall during his upcoming trip to Israel.Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had asked to join the President at the wall but was unceremoniously rebuffed by one US official who reportedly said “What are you talking about? It’s none of your business. It’s not even part of your responsibility. It’s not your territory. It’s part of the west Bank.” The remarks were met with “astonishment” on the part of the Prime minister’s office and an immediate explanation was demanded. When asked about the incident and Trump’s visit to the Western Wall, Haley made her position clear: “I don’t know what the policy of the administration is, but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that that is how, you know, we’ve always seen it and that’s how we should pursue it.”She claimed little knowledge of what precisely happened during the row but had no problem adding “I know that they’re trying to fix it and get that taken care of, but we’ve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel.”Analysts agree that her choice of words reflected her personal opinions on the issue and not necessarily an official trump administration stance. They also, however, agree that a diplomat of Haley’s stature simply isn’t afforded the luxury of giving voice to his/her personal views on issues. Historically, when the US ambassador to the UN speaks, their comments are widely accepted to be that of the administration they represent.The US government has long viewed the Western Wall, or so-called Wailing Wall, as belonging to Jerusalem, a key distinction in the US approach to the issue since the formation of Israel in 1948. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, the US as well as the international community, consider the wall and the entire area to be occupied territory.In other words, the question of possession is one for Israel and the Palestinians to work out on their own. This has made reaching a lasting peace accord between the two interests a contentious affair, with both claiming historical dominion and both claiming the city of Jerusalem to be their capital.Throwing diplomatic salt on an open wound, Haley continued her Brody File remarks saying “Obviously, I believe that the capital should be Jerusalem and the embassy should be moved to Jerusalem because if you look at all their government it’s in Jerusalem. So much of what goes on is in Jerusalem and I think we have to see that for what it is.”Allowing personal views and her diplomatic responsibilities to blur further, Haley admitted to not knowing what the administration’s official position is, saying “… but I believe the Western Wall is part of Israel and I think that is how we’ve always seen it and that’s how we should pursue it… We’ve always thought the Western Wall was part of Israel.”During his election campaign, Trump repeatedly raised the subject of moving the embassy. Since taking office, however, enthusiasm for the decision seems to have cooled, at least publicly.Under condition of anonymity, a US State Department official declared that the position on control of the Old City is that “no state has sovereignty…”Haley’s impolitic comments had White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, struggling for a coherent response. When asked a direct question by reporters he gave the following choppy response: “It’s clearly in Jerusalem… But there’s been — it’s an issue that’s had serious consideration. It will be a topic that’s going to be discussed during the president’s trip between the parties that he meets with.” read more

Ohio State senior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis (59) chases down Michigan quarterback John O’Korn (8) in the second quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDALLAS — When the Cotton Bowl trophy is given to the winner between Ohio State and USC Friday, the Buckeyes will watch  nine senior starters head to the locker room dressed in Scarlet and Gray for the final time.Leaders and key players like center Billy Price, quarterback J.T. Barrett, left tackle Jamarco Jones and defensive ends Tyquan Lewis and Jalyn Holmes will never again suit up for Ohio State, and their absence will leave major holes on the team’s roster.Those players have practiced all week in Dallas with the hopes of bringing that trophy back with them into the locker room, but another part of practice has been to help prepare their successors for the years to come. “It means a lot because you know it’s always the next man up and my time is coming to an end until the next season that I have, I’ll be with a different team,” Lewis said Wednesday. “I just try to show them like this is where hard work gets you and you know just the little things, little tidbits of things that they should work on. Things that I can help them get better at.”Several position groups will survive the turnover to the next season. A majority of the wide receivers are expected to return, and freshman running back J.K. Dobbins will be coming back. Ohio State also will keep several key members of its secondary like sophomore safety Jordan Fuller and cornerbacks Damon Arnette and Kendall Sheffield.Most other positions will be hurt by the departures. It is always challenging to replace a quarterback, particularly one who has been in the program as long as Barrett. The offensive line will lose both its top two players in Price and Jones.The defensive line will return Nick Bosa, but the loss of Lewis and Holmes — along with Sam Hubbard’s likely departure to the NFL — will cost the team much-needed depth. Defensive ends freshman Chase Young and redshirt freshman Jonathon Cooper will both be required to step into key roles, as will many other current freshmen and sophomores on the team.Ohio State freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) sacks Maryland quarterback Caleb Rowe and forces a fumble during the Ohio State-Maryland game on Oct. 7. Ohio State won 62-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorHolmes said for freshmen, this week of practice to receive extended time working with the veterans on the team who will be departing plays a critical role in the development of the players by helping rebuild lost confidence.“A lot of freshmen lose confidence and some things when they first get here because when you first get here as a freshman, you’re probably that five-star, four-star guy, and then you notice, ‘Oh, I’m not the best on my team anymore,’” Holmes said. “Now through these times in the bowl practices you get that confidence back, you get that swagger back.”All of the veteran players have been in that position. They all went through the bowl practices as freshmen hoping to carve out a future role on the team. For Lewis, the veteran who helped him the most was now-Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Adolphus Washington, a sophomore during Lewis’ first year in the program. “I mean he would definitely give me words of encouragement and just tell me like this is your time to become someone, break out your shell,” Lewis said. “He definitely helped me through all that spring ball period when I first earned my starting job.”All these players at one point were the students, learning from the veteran players on the team. Now they are the teachers. Washington passed the torch on to Lewis, and Lewis is hoping to do the same for the freshmen like Young and Cooper. On the offensive line, Jones said so far throughout the week of practice, freshman offensive tackle Thayer Munford has stepped up and played strong throughout the week. He added that with players like guards like Michael Jordan, Demetrius Knox and Branden Bowen — the latter of which could revert to his natural position of tackle — should provide the line with stability next season despite his and Price’s departures.“They’ve been getting a lot of reps this postseason,” Jones said. “They’ve been playing really well. Just making sure they’re ready to kind of step into their new roles or take that next leap, whatever I can do in these last few weeks I have.”The week of practice before the bowl game is all about looking toward the future. That future is both the upcoming matchup and preparing players for the years to come.And though head coach Urban Meyer said preparing to win the game is the top priority of the practices, the players remember how important it was for them to work with the veterans just before the roster starts to flip.“Rashad Frazier, Steve Miller, Michael Bennett, Adolphus Washington, just a whole lot, Joey Bosa. They all tried to help me be the best player I am, the player I am today,” Holmes said. “They helped mold that from the beginning.” read more

first_imgGoogle is renowned for the benefits it extends to its hard working employees, some of which include free lunch and dinner, an on-site doctor, physical therapy and chiropractic services, and even free shuttle service to the San Francisco, East Bay, and South Bay locations. Think that’s good? Add on top of that parental leave for non-primary caregivers of up to seven weeks at 100% take-home pay and a one-time bonus to all employees last year that included $1000 cash and a 10% raise.Google also goes out of its way to spur employee creativity through its 20% rule. The 20% rule allows for employees to work on projects of their own choosing which Google has benefited by since similar “personal projects” have spawned online offerings such as Gmail and Google News. Another, slightly cooler, benefit to Google employees has been a well kept secret.AdChoices广告Google Workshops opened in 2007 and is the brainchild of Larry Page who co-founded Google and is currently the company’s CEO. These workshops not only allow employees to build items with a business purpose, including prototype smartphones to run Android, but can be used by employees for fun, personal projects as well. Projects built by employees include holiday decorations, home cabinets and even a pedal-powered airplane with a 100-foot wingspan. Google Workshops consist of four rooms including one for metal, wood, welding and electronics. To use the shops, employees must past a test to ensure they have the qualifications to use some of the equipment available. Currently, only about 300 employees, or 1% of the company’s workforce, has been certified to date.Existence of the Google Workshops came to light after Larry Page gave the Associate Press an exclusive tour after he returned to the position of CEO on April 4th.Read more at AP, via Adafruit Industries.last_img read more

first_imgThe underworld hitman responsible for the 2002 shooting death of convicted killer Paul Kallipolitis – known as P – has had this murder charge dropped. It was alleged that Faruk Orman drove the getaway car for hitman Andrew Veniamin after he shot Kallipolitis in his Sunshine home more than a decade ago. But on the eve of his trial, the prosecution dropped the murder charge when it deemed a witness unreliable. With the lifting of the suppression orders, Orman’s role in the Victor Peirce murder can now be revealed. Peirce was shot dead by Andrew Veniamin while he sat in his car in Port Melbourne in May 2002. Veniamin was driven to the scene by Orman in a stolen car. Orman was aged 20 when Peirce was shot dead. Orman was jailed in 2009 and is serving a 20-year jail term with a minimum 14-year term for his part in Peirce’s murder. In sentencing, Justice Mark Weinberg accepted counsel’s view that Orman was immature and suffered low self-esteem. Source: ABC. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgDéveloppement durable : Levallois chauffe ses piscines grâce aux eaux uséesFrance – La ville de Levallois-Perret a équipé sa piscine municipale d’un système de récupération de chaleur des eaux usées. Une grande première en France. Baptisé “Degrés Bleus”, ce système permet de maintenir à température l’eau des bassins en utilisant les calories des eaux usées.Ce système a été breveté par un Suisse il y a quelques années. Il est utilisé dans son pays, tout comme en Allemagne et désormais en France. Mis en place en février dernier par Lyonnaise des Eaux, “Degrés Bleus” utilise les calories des eaux usées qui présentent une température comprise entre 11 et 20°C grâce à l’apport d’eau chaude des douches et des eaux de lavage.La chaleur est récupérée grâce à un échangeur de 80 mètres de long installé au fond des égouts. Elle est ensuite transportée via un fluide caloporteur jusqu’à une pompe à chaleur installée dans le centre aquatique de Levallois-Perret. 48.000 euros d’économie chaque année Grâce à ce système, la ville espère voir diminuer de 24% sa consommation d’énergie, et de 66% les émissions de gaz à effet de serre pour le maintien à température des bassins. La ville devrait également réaliser une économie de 48.000 euros par an, pour un investissement total de 474.000 euros, en partie financé par l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) et la région.”Ce dispositif innovant est une belle illustration du Grenelle qui avance et la traduction concrète du virage environnemental de notre société” s’est félicitée Chantal Jouanno, la secrétaire d’État à l’Écologie, lors de l’inauguration du centre.D’autres collectivités devraient suivre la voie ouverte par Levallois : Bordeaux, Valenciennes, Nanterre et Paris. Et les bâtiments de l’Élysée pourraient eux aussi utiliser prochainement la chaleur des eaux usées pour se chauffer. Une étude est en effet en cours pour déterminer la faisabilité du projet.Le 18 septembre 2010 à 09:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 24, 2017 – Providenciales – Happening Now at Gus Lightbourne Gym, a stellar opening of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank.Some 500 international delegates are in country for the week long gathering of CDB Governors.Standing in receipt of Premier Hon Sharlene Robinson, Chairman of the session and HE Dr John Freeman, Governor of the TCI was the room filled with delegates and local leaders from the Corporate, Civic, Parliamentary, Public and Church sectors.It is the second hosting of the meeting in the TCI. Participants in the meeting are set to include Ministers and Government officials, private sector representatives, members of civil society and academia, and media. The flagship event will highlight the impact of the Bank’s investments in its 19 borrowing member countries (BMCs). In addition, stakeholders will take part in strategic discussions on resolving some of the Caribbean Region’s most pressing economic and social development issues.Meetings will take place today, May 24 and tomorrow, May 25. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#CDBAnnualMeeting, #magneticmedianewscenter_img #magneticmedianews#caribbeandevelopmentbankmeetinglast_img read more

first_imgAccording to a release from HEA, at first light on January 2, crews were able to access Port Graham to fly to the power line. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association, Inc experienced multiple outages over the holiday weekend. The cause of the outage was a faulty fuse. Repairs were made and power was restored to all members the same day. The largest outage affected 189 members in the Port Graham and Nanwalek area on January 1. Due to poor weather conditions, crews were unable to get across the bay to make repairs. HEA reminds you during the winter season, be prepared for snow, ice, and strong winds. Remember to stay away from downed power lines, which may still be live, and call HEA, 888-868-8243 or 911 to report it immediately. Snow load or trees falling on lines due to high winds was the cause for the outages listed below:– 85 members on Kachemak Dr. were out for 1 hour on 12/31– 23 members were out on Skyline Dr. in Homer for 3 hours on 12/31– 42 members were out on Candlelight Dr. in Kenai for 3 hours on 01/01– 24 members were out on Spruce St in Kenai for 2 hours on 01/01– 15 members were out on Olson Ln in Homer for 1 hour on 01/02 Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-HEA-multiple-outages.mp3VmJennifer-on-HEA-multiple-outages.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

first_imgThe hottest new thing e-retailers are now selling isn’t some foldable phone or fancy service — it’s ads.It may seem a little counterintuitive, but most retailers have largely avoided putting ads on their sites and mobile apps for fear of annoying their customers or distracting them away from actually buying stuff. That’s now starting to change thanks to — you guessed it — Amazon. Getty Images In just a few years, Amazon has turned itself into the third biggest online ads platform in the US, behind leaders Google and Facebook.Those gobs of cash have motivated other major online sellers, including eBay, Walmart and Target, to get into the game and try to snag a piece of a new ad market opening up to them. “It’s been one of the most successful new products we’ve rolled out, from a seller perspective, ever,” eBay CEO Devin Wenig said during an earnings call last week about new promoted listings, which let sellers pay for better placements on eBay.So where does that leave you? In a best-case scenario, which Walmart and eBay executives laid out in interviews, these ads will provide shoppers with more useful information to make their purchases and introduce them to new products they didn’t know about before. These executives also said they’re taking a slow and steady approach to introducing more ads to avoid turning off customers. I’m sure advertisers are willing to pay a lot because you’ve got consumers right where you want them. Andrew Lipsman, eMarketer Comments Incredibly expensive things you can buy on Amazon Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Following Amazon’s lead, all these companies are trying to find ways to grow their piece of the digital ad market. The online retailer now takes up 8.8% of the $129 billion digital ad market in the US, making it the third biggest ad platform after Google (37.2%) and Facebook (22.1%), according to eMarketer.If you’re not that thrilled about seeing more ads, you may be less thrilled to know that this trend is predicted to ramp up. Other popular internet destinations, including food delivery sites like GrubHub and ride services like Uber, are expected to join the crowd. More physical stores will come on board, too, taking advantage of their huge visitor traffic, Forrester analyst Sucharita Kodali wrote in a December report titled Retailers: You’re The Next Media Moguls.”It’s the story of the internet, right?” Lipsman said of more ads coming to more sites. “It’s what always happens in the end.” Internet 26 Photoscenter_img 1:20 Walmart E-commerce Amazon eBay Tags 12 Amazon tool fights counterfeiting, Moto to unveil foldable… But in a worst-case scenario, retail web pages will load more slowly because of the ads, and customers will get annoyed by retail search results stuffed with sponsored listings and display banners. Some have griped that this already happened at Amazon, with sponsored listings clogging the top of pages and crowding out organic search results. Plus, retailers will have to be careful not to share too much of their customers’ data, or they may gain a reputation like Facebook’s.”It’s such easy money, I’m sure advertisers are willing to pay a lot because you’ve got consumers right where you want them,” said eMarketer analyst Andrew Lipsman. “But they’ll have to be attuned to how much this is damaging the user experience because in the long run they don’t want to turn those customers away.”For online stores, the benefits are obvious. Retail is so competitive that prices stay low to attract customers, but stores end up making little money on each sale. Advertising, on the other hand, is way more profitable.Advertisers, meanwhile, are looking for new venues where they can park their ads so they don’t have to rely as much on Google and Facebook. Major retail sites are a solid option, since they bring in tons of visitors who are already thinking about spending money. Plus, unlike with ads on radio or television, retailers can easily show advertisers whether their ads are boosting sales.This perfect storm is sure to result in more ads on retail sites in the near future, Lipsman said.An on-again, off-again love affair with adsThis isn’t the first time retailers have tried to tap into the ad market. Walmart and Best Buy used to show ads on TVs in their stores, and eBay started serving up display ads on its site after buying Shopping.com. The TV ads didn’t work well, since sometimes store workers didn’t even turn on the TVs, according to Forrester. The eBay ads drew customers away from its site and sometimes to rival sites.Now eBay is weaning itself off competitors’ ads and instead showing display ads for stuff it doesn’t sell, like insurance from Geico and Liberty Mutual, said Bridget Davies, eBay’s vice president of advertising. The company is also making a big push for promoted listings, which are expected to help eBay generate $1 billion in ad revenue annually in a few years.Stefanie Jay, vice president of Walmart Media Group, said her company is building up its in-house ad business to offer display ads, sponsored search ads and video ads on its Vudu video service. Earlier this month, it agreed to buy ad tech company Polymorph to keep up this work. Target in 2016 started Target Media Network to bring in more ad revenue.last_img read more

first_imgMike Bonito poses with his donuts at The Kobuk. Hillman/KSKADownload Audio:Friday is National Donut Day, and one Anchorage shop is getting national attention. The Kobuk’s old fashioned donuts were highlighted by Huffington Post as one of the best in the country. Donut baker Mike Bonito is trained as a professional cook and baker, but he says anyone can make a roast. Donuts, though, are different.“Donuts have lots and lots of little variables that you have to be able to control and to master. And once you get it all figured out, your donut is different from other donuts. It’s a reality.” He lovingly explains that to get the perfect donut, you have to mind the temperature of the oil, the batter, and even the room. “Here’s how picky these donuts are,” he says, pointing to a freshly glazed tray. One or two lack the symmetrical lobes. “This fryer has a heating element, but it doesn’t heat at the same temperature all throughout. So, try as I might, I rotate the donut from the front to the back when they’re actually frying, but sometimes I miss one. When you miss one for just ten or 15 seconds at one part of the fryer, it effects it.”Bonito started baking nearly 40 years ago. Twenty of those have been focused almost exclusively on donuts.last_img read more

first_imgMeghan Markle birthday.TwitterMeghan Markle has eyes only on two men in her life, husband Prince Harry and son Prince Archie! The Duchess of Sussex, who will be celebrating her 38th birthday on August 4, has plans surrounding her two precious men. A source spoke to HollywoodLife and stated, “Meghan’s world is pretty much just [her son] Archie [1] right now. She’s so in love with being a mom, her mind’s on her baby boy, not her birthday.”However, the source further explained how even if Archie weren’t around, Meghan would have had an intimate birthday bash. “Plus, Meghan’s never been one for huge birthday parties,” continued the source. “She prefers to use her day more introspectively. She’d much rather have a low-key dinner with her loved ones over a big blowout party.” The source also added that there are high chances that Prince Harry will plan a good birthday bash for his wife. Calling Archie as the best gift she could ever receive, Meghan has no demands from Prince Harry. The source added, “[Prince] Harry [34] is always very thoughtful so I’m sure he has some special things planned for her, but there’s nothing Meghan’s asked for. She’s very clear that she’s already got the best gift she could ever get – her little dream baby Archie.” For Meghan’s last birthday, the two attended his friend’s wedding. A year before that, the Duke of Sussex did whisk away his wife to Botswana. Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie.Instagram”Members of the Royal family celebrate their birthdays in private, except of course for the Queen, who has her annual Trooping The Colour. But the rest of the family doesn’t traditionally have any sort of pageantry or a public celebration, so there’s certainly nothing like that in the works for Meghan,” the source concluded. Well, we surely would like to see how Meghan Markle’s birthday is celebrated. Hopefully, the palace will share some pictures from the bash!last_img read more

first_imgA couple died after inhaling toxic gas while cleaning a septic tank at Char Brahmandi village in Sadarpur upazila of faridpur on Friday.The deceased were Miraj Hawladar, 45, son of late Rashed Hawladar, and his wife Chaina Begum, 35.Chairman of Sadarpur union parishad Md Shahidul Islam and locals said Miraj was cleaning the tank around 11:30am when he inhaled toxic gas and fell sick and started screaming loudly.Hearing the scream, his wife tried to rescue him but she too fell sick.Getting no response from them, their son Hridoy Hossain, a student of Government Yasin College in Faridpur, rushed in and found the duo senseless.He and his neighbours rescued the couple and took them to Sadarpur Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced them dead.last_img read more

first_imgThough prosecutors couldn’t make the case against any of the six defendants charged in the death of Freddie Gray, sentencing continues for destructive rioters who took to the streets after his funeral on April 27, 2015.Darius Raymond Stewart (Screengrab WBAL news report)Darius Raymond Stewart, 22, was sentenced to five years in prison Aug. 4 for setting fire to one of the many liquor stores lining West North Avenue. U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis also ordered Stewart to pick up the $378,526.56 tab for repairing and restoring the building. After his prison term, there will also be three years of supervised release.“Surveillance cameras recorded Darius Stewart setting fire to a store with people inside, while other rioters viciously attacked the store owner,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement released by the Department of Justice. “When the evidence proves that criminals destroyed property and jeopardized lives, they must be held accountable.”According to the Department, as the city spiraled out of control, two waves of rioters flooded into the liquor store that Steward carefully set on fire. Camera footage shows him tending to the blaze with paper and cardboard from the street. (AP Photo/ Juliet Linderman)The situation quickly escalated. As one storeowner was being beaten, another sought refuge on the second floor as looters spread through the building. Authorities say the gutter was his only recourse as he tried to break his fall from the balcony. Inside, a man also lay unconscious until firefighters put out the fire and found him suffering from “smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning” in the basement.Stewart is one of several Baltimoreans charged with arson and other crimes that occurred during last year’s unrest. Raymon Carter, 25, has already been sentenced to a four-year prison term and $500,000 in restitution for his role in the riots. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Carter plead guilty and admitted to the “federal crime of rioting, including the arson of the CVS Pharmacy.” Twenty-year-old Donta Betts will spend the next 15 years in prison for firing a weapon while he trafficked drugs just months after “making a destructive device” during the riots. Trevon Green is scheduled to receive his sentence on Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. The 23-year-old told authorities he beat the owner of the liquor store he looted as Stewart set the property ablaze.Gregory Lee Butler Jr., 22, also decided to accept a plea agreement for obstructing firefighters during the riots – a federal crime. Butler, who also goes by the moniker, “Greg Baly,” is set to be sentenced for his crimes on Sept. 20, 2016. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is still pursuing rioters responsible for property damage, assaults, and other crimes related to the unrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the ATF hotline, 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). There is a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest and conviction.last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety White/Caucasian64%58%60%72% 35-5433%37%36%28% Male49%60%46%44% Married50%49%51%51% Female51%40%54%56% U.S. General PopulationWatch Ad-SupportedOTT MostWatch SubscriptionVOD MostTV-Only Viewers 55+36%18%21%61% Black/African American12%15%11%11% Hispanic16%14%23%11% It turns out there’s a large group of Americans who don’t watch just Netflix or other ad-free video services: 45% of consumers who regularly watch video online say they mainly watch ad-supported over-the-top services.That’s according to a new study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau. The online-advertising trade group’s research also found that the largest audience segment of ad-supported OTT viewers comprises adults 18-34 years old, and on average they have higher incomes than the overall U.S. population (with 34% of ad-supported OTT viewers reporting income of $75,000 or more).In addition, consumers who mostly watch ad-supported OTT services skew higher among men; black and Asian consumers; and households with children, the IAB study found.As a cohort, ad-supported OTT viewers are harder for advertisers to reach through conventional TV (while pure subscription-based video-on-demand services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, or HBO Now do not carry advertising). On average, primarily ad-supported OTT viewers watch 10.4 hours of cable TV per week versus 14.7 hours among TV-only viewers. Meanwhile, about 52% of ad-supported OTT viewers are cord-cutters or cord-shavers, with over one-third citing “better content on streaming services” as a reason for choosing ad-supported OTT over other services. The IAB report is based on two online surveys, fielded among Maru/Matchbox’s Springboard America online panel. The first was an omnibus survey polling 1,500 nationally representative U.S. consumers on Aug. 10 to determine the profile of ad-supported OTT video viewers; the second surveyed 1,223 U.S. consumers 18 and older with age/gender quotas set to reflect viewership profiles from the omnibus study and was fielded Sept. 25-26, 2018.The “Ad Receptivity and the Ad-Supported OTT Video Viewer” study is available to download at iab.com/ad-supported-video-ott. $75K+ Income28%34%34%21% ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 IAB released the findings at its inaugural NewFronts West advertising event in L.A., which runs Oct. 9-10. Sue Hogan, the trade group’s SVP of research and measurement, said the study points to “the high value that brands should place with increased investment in ad-supported OTT.”The IAB’s study defined ad-supported OTT video viewers as those who watch video through a free streaming service with ads (such as YouTube, Pluto, the Roku Channel, Crackle or Vevo); via an online pay-TV provider (e.g., Sling TV, DirecTV Now); through a streaming app that requires a cable, satellite or telco login (e.g., Discovery Go, FX app, WatchESPN, Comcast Xfinity); or through a subscription-streaming service that includes ads (e.g., Hulu or CBS All Access with limited ads). Source: IAB and Maru/MatchboxThe IAB study also found that the predominantly “ASV OTT” cohort showed higher ad receptiveness than those who mostly watch SVOD or only watch TV — which is not surprising, but a key point for marketers. About 59% of ASV OTT users agreed that “I don’t mind seeing ads if I’m getting to watch content when I want,” compared with 47% of primarily SVOD viewers and 34% of TV-only viewers.In addition, ad-supported OTT viewers reported spending more on online subscription purchases — $119 per month — than subscription VOD viewers, at $89 per month. ASV OTT fans also are more likely to follow social influencers: 25% said they regularly watch videos from YouTube personalities, vs. 17% of SVOD-dominant consumers and 5% of TV-only viewers. Kids in Household41%51%51%26% 18-3430%44%42%10% Asian/Other8%12%6%7%last_img read more

first_imgAnything you can do, Buddhist monks can do better—while wearing ritual robes.When police in Japan fined a monk ¥6,000 ($55) for driving in a kimono that could “affect safe driving,” the brotherhood banded together for a bizarre-yet-life-affirming Twitter protest.Armed with a hashtag that translates to “I can do it with monk’s clothes,” bhikkhus across the country posted clips of themselves juggling, playing drums, and sword fighting—without any interference from their traditional garb.One video shows a surprisingly springy monk perfectly sticking his landing after a series of somersaults. Another two highlight the fact that there is no right attire for the gym.The wide sleeves and long tails of customary robes are no obstacle even for a lightsaber-wielding monk. お坊さんの衣は、動きやすいですよ。運転に支障がないですね。#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/x8zVxzm3Tz— マナップ (@manappuland) January 2, 2019 僧侶にとって僧衣というのはスーツのようなもので、「正装」です。僧衣にも色々な種類があり、略式のものから法要用の正式なものまであります。着ながら演奏もできます。#僧衣でできるもん pic.twitter.com/VmAZn3J0bV— Yasuaki Fukuhara(福原 泰明) (@yasu_f18) January 2, 2019According to The Japan News, the unnamed monk who unwittingly launched this movement was on his way to a Buddhist memorial service in September when he was stopped by cops in Fukui, about 180 miles west of Tokyo.While local traffic regulations prohibit operating a vehicle in clothing that could affect safe driving, many monks drive in their robes—which typically fall below the knees—on a daily basis.This man in particular said he had driven in such attire for 20 years and never received a traffic violation, according to The Japan News, an English version of the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper.As of Dec. 29, he had not paid the fine or responded to a subsequent demand. Further refusal could result in a formal trial, which appears to be exactly what he wants.“I’d like to clearly state at a trial that I can drive safely in a monk robe,” he told Yomiuri Shimbun.The Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha sect, to which the man belongs, said the regulation is a “challenge to monk’s activities,” and is therefore unacceptable.More on Geek.com:Japan Quits IWC to Resume Commercial WhalingJapanese Man Happily ‘Married’ to 16-Year-Old Hologram SingerAccording to Japan, Christopher Robin Has It Easycenter_img #僧衣でできるもん #StarWars改良衣ですが参加!動きやすくてとても便利です。 pic.twitter.com/oXZEHv0Dw0— 祥山(声優) (@showzan331) January 2, 2019last_img read more

first_imgWith Halo: Reach having been released in September 2010, and 2011 being completely Halo free, you probably guessed that something was going to come from the franchise this year.Of course, with Bungie no longer developing for Halo the future path wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but we all know that the next title would be in the capable hands of 343 Industries, and it was expected to see a Holiday 2012 release.Above is an early hint that everything is on schedule and that we’ll get a lot more information on the game quite soon: it’s a Finnish magazine graphic saying that on February 29 Halo 4 will be on full display.Don’t speak Finnish? Here is a rough translation:Halo 4 and other new products [will be] on display at the Xbox 360 Spring Showcase event in San Francisco. Remember the play to the podcast. @Kaban0ssi who tweeted the image asked, “Onko varmaa tietoa?” — is this information certain — to @pelaaja, the magazine that published the image. The magazine does not seem to have responded, at least via its Twitter account.The Spring Showcase unveiling, on the Leap Year-specific date of February 29th, would be a big move for Microsoft, with the company opting to show off the game at its own event as opposed to waiting for a major show, like E3. It would be in keeping with Microsoft’s new strategy of controlling its own message and stepping away from shows, CES for instance, though. Microsoft has done these showcases in the past, and they can range from major events with top-level executives speaking to smaller ones that are focused on giving industry people hands-on time with upcoming products.via neogaflast_img read more

first_imgThe legend of Aaron Judge continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in New York. Today, the Yankees budding superstar slugger absolutely murdered a 495-foot home run in the sixth inning against the Orioles that almost collided with some of the retired numbers in the mezzanine.According to Statcast, it’s the longest home run of 2017. It was Judge’s 20th on the campaign. Don’t count on seeing a longer blast this year.You can go to baseball games your whole life and maybe never see a ball hit this far. ??4⃣9⃣5⃣ pic.twitter.com/bQREyESD3i— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 11, 2017 For good measure, Judge added an oppo blast, his 21st, in the 7th..@TheJudge44 is so fair, so even-handed, he decided the fans in right field were also entitled to a homer. https://t.co/2T5Td1aHef pic.twitter.com/u4Egn6qhYF— MLB (@MLB) June 11, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAs part of promoting and developing local artists within the arena of Arts & Culture in Emnambithi/Ladysmith, Alfred Duma Local Municipality hosts monthly ‘Concert in the Park’ programmes in which local artists are given a platform to showcase their talent and promote themselves.On October 28, the Department of Museums, Tourism, Arts & Culture hosted their Concert in the Park, with the special theme of cancer awareness in support of people fighting the disease; also to encourage the community to visit local clinics and get tested.The event was held in partnership with the Employee Assistant Programme Office, Walton’s Clinic and Nokwim Media who provided the sound system and photography.The event was a huge success and was graced by the presence of guest speaker Mrs Elaine Smuts, a cancer survivor who imparted words of encouragement with regards to cancer and fighting it.The cancer awareness address was delivered by Sister Happiness Mthethwa from Walton’s Clinic, who spoke to the community on the importance of visiting local clinics for check-ups and tests.Local artists who performed in support of the cancer awareness programme were Ziphora ‘Ndie’ Ndlovu (gospel), Lindani ‘Junior’ (gospel), Krazy (hip-hop) and Fezela (African music). WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A token of acknowledgement was handed over to Mrs Elaine ‘Ouma’ Smuts as a local cancer survivor.There was also a message board on which the community could show their support by writing words of encouragement to people living with cancer.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

first_imgAn estimated 2 million people will participate Friday in an annual pilgrimage to Cartago in honor of Costa Rica’s patron saint, La Virgin de Los Angeles. Many walk the 22-kilometer distance from San José to the church, and some choose to complete the last few hundred meters on their knees. Pilgrims, or romeros, come from all over Central America. A few romeros have already begun the journey.The history of the pilgrimage begins nearly 400 years ago. ***On the morning of Aug. 2, 1635, a young indigenous girl named Juana Pereira went to collect firewood as she did every morning. She was walking barefoot through the brush near a spring when she was surprised by a figure of a woman holding a child in her arms. The figure was on top of a rock, and the young girl brought it back to her house and stored it in a trunk.The next morning, Juana went out to get wood again, and when she went by the spring, she saw the same figure on the same rock. She took it home to put it with the one she had found the day before. But when she opened the trunk, it was empty.The same thing happened the next two days.Then, on the fourth day, Juana brought the figure to the Parish Priest Alonso de Sandoval, who decided to keep it in the church’s sanctuary. When he went to check on it the following day, the figure was gone.Juana found it near the spring again the following day.That’s when they realized that figure was staying there, in an area called La Puebla de los Pardos, or as it’s known today, Los Ángeles de Cartago. That’s where they built the church and since then, the figure has been called by different names: La Virgen Morena, La Virgen de los Pardos, La Reina de Cartago and Our Lady of the Angels. While the name has changed, the legend has stayed the same for hundreds of years. Photo by Jonathan JiménezIn 1926 the image was canonically crowned Our Lady of the Angels.Some Catholics give the Virgin Mary the title of co-redemptrix for her role in helping redeem mankind. They believe she helps advocate for them and deliver their prayers to God.That’s why Costa Rican Catholics display gratitude, respect and devotion to the Virgen de los Ángeles with a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels in Cartago. The pilgrimage is known as the “Romería.” Pilgrims often bring an item that represents what they’re going to pray for and leave it in the basilica’s museum. Pilgrims leave gifts of gratitude in the basilica. Different offerings people have left in the basilica’s museum. (Photo by Jonathan Jiménez)The original stone where the figure — also known as “La Negrita” — was found is also in the museum. The rock where legend says the image was originally found. Photo by Jonathan JiménezSince the middle ages, Catholics have completed pilgrimages to places they consider holy, like the Way of Saint James, which is a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain.In Costa Rica, people from every corner of the country make the pilgrimage to Cartago. People in San Jose have to walk about 25 kilometers to the basilica, while people from Pérez Zeledón make a 130-kilometer trip.The spring that Juana walked by barefoot nearly 400 years ago is now a basin for holy water where pilgrims fill up water bottles shaped like the Virgin Mary. A pilgrim drinking water from a basin in the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels. Photo by Jonathan JiménezA version of this story was first published in 2018.  Facebook Comments Related posts:La Romería: From 1635 to now VIDEO: Check out the epicenter of Costa Rica’s annual Romería Costa Rica celebrates Virgen de los Ángeles Day La Negrita, please fix my peacocklast_img read more

first_img 0 Comments   Share   Campbell collected 19.5 sacks and 39 total tackles for a loss in his collegiate career. Buckner had 18 sacks and 36 tackles for a loss. The Oregon prospect also produced a 10.5 sack season in his final year at Oregon, a feat that Campbell also accomplished in his second season at Miami (FL).Arizona drafted Campbell with the No. 50 pick of the second round back in 2008. According to ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.’s recent mock draft, Buckner is projected to go third overall to the San Diego Chargers.The NFL Draft begins April 28 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo One of the top pass rushers in the upcoming NFL Draft looks awfully familiar to a current Arizona Cardinal. DeForest Buckner (@WinTheDay) vs. @Campbell93 (@AZCardinals) #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/RgUcBKO3AD— NFL (@NFL) February 28, 2016Not only are the two carbon copies from a physical standpoint, DeForest Buckner nearly replicated Calais Campbell’s college stats. It’s important to note though, that Buckner played college ball all four years, while Campbell left for the draft after three. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more

first_imgHong Kong, China – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineJoining the ranks of Van Cleef & Arpels’ first two stunning Maisons in Paris and New York, the celebrated jeweler’s Hong Kong Maison opened in unparalleled style in September 2011. Although the jewelry house boasts 89 boutiques around the world, it is their elegant Maisons that truly showcase the poetry that Van Cleef & Arpels weaves with its sparkling creations.Designed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, the new Hong Kong Maison is unique and sophisticated, exuding a sense of refinement, exclusivity and modernity. On opening night, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in this gorgeous setting at the Prince’s Building on Chater Road in Central.A spectacular gala dinner followed at the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, where the party—composed of international luminaries (like Cate Blanchett and Asian movie star Josephine Siao Fong Fong—was the first ever to take over the entire 25th floor, including the M bar, Pierre and Man Wah. Three-Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire masterminded the evening’s special menu. The celebration continued atop the Prince’s Building, at SEVVA, where guests were treated to a performance by international recording artist Lisa Stanfield.www.vancleefarpels-princesbuilding.comlast_img read more