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first_imgWASHINGTON – Donald Trump raised eyebrows during the election campaign by calling for the jailing of his opponent. Now he’s wading into all sorts of justice matters, opining on roughly five different cases this week about who should be prosecuted, who should be executed, who should be jailed, and how he deserves exoneration.The president’s allies have launched a multi-pronged attack on the Russia investigation, which he has repeatedly called a hoax. Pro-Trump media are pounding away at Robert Mueller’s reputation, as he lays his first charges.An initial formal call for Mueller’s head came Friday from three congressmen in staunchly conservative districts — they presented a non-binding motion in the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the investigator to step aside.Mueller was hailed as a universally respected figure when appointed this year, but is now under heavy political fire over his friendship with former FBI director James Comey, a likely probe witness, and over his failure to crack down on years-old allegations about corruption in uranium sales.Trump has opined on this case and others.In fact, his Twitter feed is filled with demands aimed at his own Justice Department. Over the course of a few days this week, the president has waded into no less than four justice matters and in a fifth case his public trashing of a defendant was raised as an issue, then he slammed the sentencing decision.”Let’s go FBI & Justice Dept,” he wetted, urging law enforcement to look into favourable treatment Hillary Clinton received from the Democratic party during last year’s primary against Bernie Sanders.”People are angry. At some point the Justice Department, and the FBI, must do what is right and proper. The American public deserves it!”He also called for the death penalty in the case of the New York truck attacker, referring to him as a ”degenerate animal.” A few hours later, Trump slammed the lack of a prison sentence for army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, whose lawyers are already trying to get the case dismissed over the president’s frequent insults of the defendant. He’s made similar remarks about the uranium sale. His mutterings about the Russia probe are myriad.Trump even complained this week that he can’t meddle in justice matters.He told a radio interview: ”The saddest thing is because I’m the president of the United States, I’m not supposed to be involved in the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved in the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it. … Why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and dossier? … It’s very discouraging to me. To be honest I’m very unhappy about it.”A rare anti-Trump Republican sounded the alarm over this. Neoconservative writer Bill Kristol tweeted: ”What Trump thinks is the saddest thing about his presidency is basically that he’s not able to be a Third World-type authoritarian ruler.”It also struck some as a throwback to his campaign — where he threatened during a debate to prosecute Clinton and his rally crowds chanted, ”Lock her up!”At that time, The New York Times interviewed political scientists who study failing democracies and they called his debate threat troubling. Adrienne LeBas of American University called it a risk to the rule of law and basic democratic norms, and said: ”For those of us who work on authoritarian regimes and hybrid regimes (such as Turkey)… this sort of thing is just eerily familiar.”A colleague told the newspaper she was less worried about an authoritarian power-grab in the U.S. Unlike Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, she said, American institutions are strong enough to prevent a president from serious abuses.Someone who worked closely with Mueller said she can’t imagine he’d be fired.”I find it very hard to believe that will happen. I hope not to be proven wrong,” Anne Milgram, a former federal prosecutor and attorney general of New Jersey, told a podcast hosted by her ex-colleague Preet Bharara.”(If that happens) I think that’s an unbelievable crisis for the rule of law.”The first strike against Mueller has come from politicians who risk no backlash.The three lawmakers who co-sponsored the condemnatory motion won their districts last year by 38, 29 and 50 percentage points — they are Matt Gaetz of Florida, Andy Biggs of Arizona, and Louie Gohmert of Texas.A growing number of districts look like these in an increasingly polarized. rural-versus-urban America, where many politicians have little fear of general elections and greater fear of angering their partisans and risking a primary on their own side.last_img read more


first_imgFREDERICTON — A Fredericton student who was told that the crop top she wore to a campus gym was too distracting will get an apology from St. Thomas University.MacKenzie Parsons says she was embarrassed and shocked when a male gym employee warned her that there was a policy being developed that would not allow crop tops.The 21-year-old took to social media to complain, and noted that male students often went shirtless or wore muscle shirts that were ripped down the sides.Jeffrey Carleton, associate vice-president of communications at St. Thomas University, said the situation was terribly mishandled by the university and the student would be getting an apology.He said the university is developing a policy but it’s based on health and safety in an effort to keep sweat off the gym equipment.Carleton says the new policy will not be gender specific or deal with any specific kind of clothing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


first_imgInternational superstar Shakira chose Charitable Checkout to power a social cause marketing campaign to raise awareness and dollars for her Barefoot Foundation which builds schools for underserved communities around the world.Shakira Buy-a-BrickThe campaign, which launched in the last days of 2012, will run through March. It is accessible via mobile or desktop devices, in English or Spanish, here. Donors get an exclusive download, a Thank-You post on their Facebook Wall from Shakira, and a chance to win a video-chat with Shakira.Video: Shakira & Barefoot Foundation: Buy a Brick Campaign
Thanks to Dympol, Inc.‘s Charitable Checkout, public figures and influential organizations now have access to an all-in-one platform to promote their favorite causes and benefit by rewarding their fans and followers for getting involved. Charitable Checkout not only makes it easy to start a social fundraising campaign for any of over 1.5 million non-profit organizations, it also enables the distribution of a wide range of donor rewards, including digital media, discount coupons, loyalty program points, product samples, public appreciation in social media (aka ’Social Thanks’), and contesting.Brands have been involved in charitable activities for years but, as company Founder & CEO Jay Ziskrout discovered by chance, they are not always effective. On the contrary, if mishandled, cause-related programs can actually create ill-will on the part of consumers.“The notion of Charitable Checkout came from a personal visit to a traditional ´brick and mortar´ retailer,” recalls Jay. “After spending a couple hundred bucks, I was asked to make a donation to a charity I knew very little about. The retailer’s participation was limited to making the ask and then, presumably, taking the credit with one of those oversized-check photo opps. They weren’t offering donation matching, or any other incentive for participating. And, in terms of the social aspects, all I felt was pressure to give; not the good feeling you get when you’re genuinely motivated to make a difference. I left the shop thinking about what a terrible experience that was and all the ways each negative element could be reversed. Soon, I put pen to paper and Charitable Checkout was born.”The Charitable Checkout platform turns the traditional “buy our product and we’ll make a donation” model (or worse, the donation solicitation model described above) upside down. Instead, it creates a valuable experience for all stakeholders and measurably helps companies convert their corporate social responsibility efforts from a pure expense, in to a goodwill-generating, customer-acquiring, profit.

How It Works 
Anyone can create a free, personalized Charitable Checkout campaign with basic functionality at CharitableCheckout.com. The company doesn’t touch donations raised but does charge for customization and for performance; quantifiable achievement of desired user behavior apart from making donations.Such actions include social media posts, click-throughs, providing personal data, signing-up for third party services, and/or spending money on a sponsoring brand’s product or service. In addition to standard placement on Web and Facebook Page instances, premium campaigns can also play out via mobile apps, text message, online display ads, and e-commerce checkouts. Premium campaigns also have access to ‘Giving Squads’ functionality which captures big data on user preferences and influence while enabling socially-connected clusters of people to compete for greatest charitable and/or social media impact.Charitable Checkout Works
In a recent campaign for Omaha Steaks, 13% of people that saw the campaign on Omaha’s Facebook Page made a donation to one of the brand’s three preferred charities. Of those, 52% subsequently clicked through to Omaha’s e-commerce site and 21% made a purchase. When HGTV used Charitable Checkout to power “Raise A Roof College Challenge,” a charitable face-off between gridiron rivals Ohio State and University of Michigan to benefit Rebuilding Together, top fundraisers won various prizes including $10,000 tuition payments and an appearance on (HG)TV. Being a highly motivated cohort, 63% of campaign views converted into a donation and 57% of donors Tweeted about their participation. 

When the platinum-selling artist Switchfoot ran their campaign in support of Standup For Kids in their online merchandise and ticket store, 15% of customers made a donation during checkout and 14% of those made a subsequent purchase with campaign sponsor, Hurley.So far, Shakira’s “Buy-A-Brick” campaign is also racking up impressive numbers. Nearly 5% of campaign views have converted into charitable donations and over 80% of all donors have participated in at least one post-donation action such as subscribing to an email newsletter, accepting the “Social Thanks” post, adding their profile picture to the campaign photo mosaic, or participating in the social media contest.last_img read more


3 March 2011A joint delegation of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officials today backed calls for delaying Benin’s presidential poll, scheduled for Sunday, to allow time to ensure that the electoral process is credible. The team “expressed its support for a postponement of the presidential elections by a few days to a date that is consistent with the deadlines prescribed by the Constitution,” according to a joint communiqué issued at the end of today’s visit.The delegation included Said Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa; Ramtane Lamamra, the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security; and James Victor Gbeho, the President of the ECOWAS Commission.They were received in Benin’s capital, Cotonou, by incumbent President Boni Yayi, and his main challenger in the poll, Adrien Houngbedji, and other officials, including the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENA).“The delegation took note of concerns expressed by various stakeholders, including candidates in the presidential election suggesting the postponement of the presidential election to make adjustments necessary for the holding of credible elections under acceptable conditions,” said the joint statement. Media reports have highlighted opposition claims that more than one million people have not been included in the voter register, which lists some 3.5 million people.The delegation encouraged stakeholders to explore all possible ways consistent with the rule of law and the Constitution to create the best conditions for holding peaceful and credible elections to preserve peace and stability and maintain national cohesion in the West African nation.“The delegation appealed to the people of Benin and their leaders to continue to demonstrate a high sense of responsibility and preserve its values of tolerance and peace at this historic moment of democratic consolidation,” the statement added. read more


TORONTO — Strong jobs reports in Canada and the United States boosted the markets Friday, finishing the week on a positive note ahead of the long weekend.On Bay Street, the S&P/TSX composite index advanced 66.01 points to 15,257.97.Meanwhile on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average posted its eight straight record close, climbing 66.71 points to 22,092.81. The S&P 500 index added 4.67 points to 2,476.83 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 11.22 points to 6,351.56.“It’s been jobs Friday and jobs Friday is always the driver of that day when it comes to markets, commodities and currencies,” said Macan Nia, a senior investment strategist at Manulife Investments.Earlier in the day, Statistics Canada reported that the economy added 10,900 jobs in July, the eighth month in a row of employment growth.The unemployment rate fell to 6.3 per cent, a level not seen since October 2008, just before the global recession gripped Canada.U.S. stocks also rose following that country’s jobs report release, which showed employers added 209,000 jobs last month. July was the second consecutive month of strong hiring, suggesting that the U.S. economy is still growing steadily.Nia said the ideal situation for the markets is a so-called Goldilocks recovery where the pace of economic growth isn’t rapid enough to induce central banks to raise rates in quick succession and provide a headwind for capital markets.Growth in Canada and U.S. is slightly above average, he said, which allows central banks to be accommodating and is the best environment for capital markets.Friday’s jobs reports indicate the countries’ central banks are likely to raise rates one more time before the close of the year, Nia added.The likelihood of the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates once again in December has strengthened the greenback and weakened gold, he said.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 79.13 cents US, down 0.37 of a U.S. cent, while the December gold contract shed $9.80 to US$1,264.60 an ounce.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 55 cents to US$49.58 per barrel, September natural gas declined 2.6 cents to about US$2.77 per mmBTU and September copper gained about one cent to roughly US$2.89 a pound.Canadian financial markets will be closed on Monday, Aug. 7 for the Civic Holiday, while U.S. financial markets will be open.By Aleksandra Sagan in Vancouver.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more


CEREAL, Alta. — One person is dead and others have been injured in a fiery crash that forced the closure of Highway 9 about 300 kilometres east of Calgary.The Alberta government ordered the evacuation of the hamlet of Chinook due to the Tuesday afternoon collision, but later cancelled the order.RCMP said seven passenger vehicles and three trucks were involved in the crash that happened on the highway near Range Road 72 between Chinook and Cereal.Two of the more seriously injured were flown to hospital and others were transported by ground ambulance.A semi tanker truck hauling fuel and another truck carrying butane engulfed the area in flames, police said.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The fire was extinguished at about 8 p.m. local time, Mounties said, and a collision analyst was on scene to conduct an investigation.“There will be a further delay while vehicles are towed and the highway is cleaned,” RCMP said in a news release Tuesday night.“It is anticipated that the road will remain impassable until early tomorrow morning.”Two of the more seriously injured were flown to hospital and others were transported by ground ambulance.RCMP said there is no confirmed information available on the number of dead and injured.Police were seeking witnesses who saw or were involved in the crash.EMS spokesman Stuart Brideaux said the highway was impassable for emergency crews due to the number of vehicles involved.RCMP were asking motorists to avoid the area. (The Canadian Press, CTV Calgary, CFFR) read more


OSU redshirt sophomore middle blocker Blake Lesson goes to serve in the set against No. 4 Long Beach State. OSU won 3-1. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Lantern ReporterIn the No. 1 Ohio State men’s volleyball team’s journey to rewrite the record books, all roads lead through No. 12 Ball State.When the Ohio State men’s volleyball team lost in five sets on Feb. 6, 2016, no one thought much of it. It was a close-fought match between two top 15 opponents.That was it.At that point, not many thought OSU would win the national championship. Even fewer thought that the Buckeyes would threaten a school record that has stood for almost half a century.On Thursday in Muncie, Indiana, No. 1 OSU goes for win No. 33 to set the longest win streak in program history when it takes on No. 12 Ball State — the same team that gave the Buckeyes their last defeat.Ball State and OSU’s rivalry goes back to the creation of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The two teams are the only two that still exist from the beginning of the conference. Ironically enough, after going 24-0 in the 1969 season and 8-0 to start the 1970 season, the Buckeyes were defeated by the Cardinals to end their 32-win streak.“When you’ve got that much history, there’s a rivalry there for sure, naturally,” said OSU coach Pete Hanson. “Ball State — I’m sure they circle the Ohio State matches on their calendar every year and I think our guys do too.”OSU comes into the matchup against Ball State with 15 wins over opponents ranked in the top 12 nationally, with six of those wins over teams in the top 5. In this season alone, the Buckeyes have topped teams currently ranked No. 2, No. 3, No. 7 and No. 15 in the country.Hanson credits the team’s success and win streak to the team’s growing maturity over the past two seasons.“What I saw — after that loss to Ball State — I saw somewhat of a renewed commitment by a lot of those older guys — by Gabriel, Miles, Christy — to say we didn’t like this feeling and we’re going to work very hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Hanson said. “Just through their efforts every day in practice and in the weight room, how they approach matches, the attention to detail on the game plan — those are things veterans do that kind of go unnoticed by, as a coaching staff you notice them.”Offensively, OSU will need continued attacking success from team leaders, senior opposite hitter Miles Johnson and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, to overcome the highly ranked blocking efforts from Ball State’s junior middle hitter Matt Walsh. Walsh ranks second nationally in blocks per set with 1.29. In last season’s losing affair, the Buckeyes won the first two sets by a combined 20 points, only to lose the match in the fifth set, 16-14.“We all looked at that loss and obviously, no one liked it,” Johnson said. “I think that prior to that loss we were on a good winning streak and then that happened. So, then we had to figure out ways where that wouldn’t happen again.”The team found ways to prevent losses over the 23-game win streak, which contained an avenged win against Ball State as well as MIVA and NCAA titles, to close out the 2016 season.In addition to tying the school record for consecutive wins, two other Buckeyes etched their names in school history as both Johnson and Szerszen sit atop the career serving aces list. They are tied at 124.The Buckeyes will be looking to keep make school history against Ball State on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena. read more


first_imgLike many cyclical industries, mining is reviving, driven by steady global economic growth and an increasing demand for materials to support new technologies like electric vehicles, renewable energy and mobile devices. Despite the optimism, the industry still faces major operational challenges including process efficiencies, cost control, worker health and safety, and skills gaps.To address these challenges, Rockwell Automation has introduced The Connected Mine, leveraging the latest enabling and digital technologies. “Utilising advanced analytics, The Connected Mine helps mining companies collect and aggregate data to gain end-to-end visibility into their operations and make informed business decisions to improve mining operations.”“One mining company improved production at a mine site by almost 15 percent by implementing a simulator that provides operators real-time recovery targets that are automatically updated based on ever-changing feed grades,” says Fabio Mielli, market development manager, Rockwell Automation. “The Connected Mine concept provides our global mining customers with the digital infrastructure needed to tap into exciting new technologies for optimised operations.”Rockwell says The Connected Mine can improve all areas of mining operations:Extraction: Connecting and automating your mobile assets and mine infrastructure – such as mine machinery and ventilation – helps to make the extraction process safer and more efficient.Process Management and Optimisation: The Connected Mine automates, controls and optimises mineral processes and metal refining operations, helping achieve greater throughput, enhanced recovery and better quality – all while reducing energy, water and reagents.Material Handling: Smart machines like hoists, conveyors and stacker reclaimers improve material handling by providing unprecedented access to data that can be collected, logged and analysed to help workers make better decisions.Mine Electrification: A digital electrical system helps to enable seamless integration of power distribution, motor management, and process control and captures the information needed for predictive maintenance and remote monitoring.Asset Performance: Whether device-based or enterprise-wide, machine learning and scalable applications that monitor the performance of critical assets and predict failures can help reduce equipment downtime.Worker Safety and Efficiency: Real-time mobility and augmented-reality tools deliver timely, enhanced visibility to field workers, helping to confirm the right personnel have the right information at their fingertips.Mine-to-Market Integration: A powerful analytics platform provides full visibility of the business, removing information silos, connecting disparate systems and applications, and informing better business decisions.“Rockwell Automation has combined expertise in motor control, process, power and energy management, and information solutions to deliver specific and powerful solutions that address the most critical mining operational challenges. The Connected Mine from Rockwell Automation is built on application expertise, alliances with best-in-class system integrators, equipment manufacturers and technology providers with strong execution capabilities.”last_img read more


first_imgDiablo fans are a patient bunch of gamers. It’s been nearly 12 years since Diablo II saw a release, and Blizzard keeps delaying the launch of Diablo III. It was meant to come out in 2011, then Blizzard said sorry and pushed it back to early 2012. Earlier this month we were told it could now be June before it appears.Regardless of whether it’s next month or three months from now, fans are very excited about Diablo III. However, one of Blizzard’s community managers named Bashiok is concerned there’s too much hype, and has gotten quite serious about it in the Battle.net forums.Bashiok explains that part of his role as a community manager is to manage the expectations of gamers. He feels the expectations people have for Diablo III are, quite frankly, way too high. He compares it to M. Night Shyamalan movies, suggesting the third game in the series is no Sixth Sense, it’s more like a sequel to The Happening. If you’ve watched both those films, that’s a pretty damning statement to make.The one mistake Bashiok made was to not explain himself properly. His comments could be interpreted as a warning that the game isn’t very good, but I don’t believe that is what he is trying to say. Diablo III isn’t bad, it’s just not going to be a breakout title like Diablo was because it can’t be. It’s still going to be a fantastic gameplay experience, but it’s basically more of the same, which is what fans want in an up-to-date graphical form on modern hardware. if you expect anymore than that then yes, you will probably be disappointed.I’m quite confident Diablo III will appear at some point in 2012 and the majority of gamers will be happy with what they get. I’m also equally sure that someone high up at Blizzard is having a chat with Bashiok about his post, and why he should probably get a second opinion in future before hitting publish.More at Battle.net, via Massivelylast_img read more


first_imgPeter Mousaferiadis, CEO of Cultural Infusion, and developer of Sound Infusion, received an honourable mention by the United Nations as one of the ten finalists of the 2012 Intercultural Innovation Award. Mr Mousaferiadis’ Cultural Infusion was recognised for its persistent dedication to the promotion of intercultural understanding and awareness in the form of its latest initiative: Sound Infusion. The award ceremony held in Vienna, Austria this week, was a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group for their work in cultural harmony. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img


first_imgGuerre des brevets : l’Italie ne bloquera pas l’iPhone 4SLe duel qui opposait Samsung à Apple en Italie vient de se clore par le rejet de la demande d’injonction de Samsung visant à interdire les ventes de l’iPhone 4S. Entre les deux, une histoire de brevet, encore et toujours…Selon Foss Patent (lien non disponible), c’est la juge Marina Tavassi, du tribunal de Milan (première instance sur les brevets) qui a pris la décision de rejeter la demande d’injonction du coréen. Après une première audience le 26 octobre 2011, la cour avait préféré reconduire l’affaire à une seconde qui avait lieu hier. Il a donc été décidé de ne pas interdire à Apple de vendre ses iPhone 4S sur le sol italien, ce qui ne veux pas dire pour autant que le dossier est définitivement fermé.C’est la troisième fois que Samsung tente de stopper le géant américain en Europe, sans succès (notamment en France et aux Pays-Bas). Contrairement à ce concurrent, Apple avait réussi, toujours dans la guerre des brevets, à faire passer ses demandes d’injonction préliminaire pour bloquer des produits Samsung, en Allemagne ou encore en Australie (du moins temporairement, certaines injonctions ayant été levé) ? Le petit jeu auquel se livrent les deux géants de l’industrie numérique ne semble pas près de s’arrêter.Le 8 janvier 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgMile Jedinak’s second penalty of the world cup helps the Socceroo secure a vital point in their all-important Group C clash against Denmark.The Aston Villa midfielder was on hand to score from the spot for the Aussies after Denmark’s Yusuf Poulsen was adjured to have handled the ball from Matthew Leckie’s header.The penalty was the 11th of this World Cup Finals so far, and also amongst the few given by the newly introduced VAR system.Denmark, Euro 2020Euro 2020 qualifiers round up from group D George Patchias – September 5, 2019 In Euro 2020 qualifying group D, Denmark hit Gibraltar for six while Ireland and Switzerland played out a draw.The Danes made easy work of…Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, Christain Eriksen gave the Danes an early lead when his well-struck volley found the roof of the net in the seventh minute.And his team appeared to be cruising into half-time but Jedinak’s spot-kick proved decisive as Australia took a point to avoid an early exit from the world cup.Denmark go into their last game against France knowing a point could see them through to the next round, while Australia faces Peru knowing only a win, as well as other results going their way, will do.last_img read more


first_img Tags Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Read more: The best universal remotes for 2019  Four stupid-good TV dealsWhile we’re on the subject of TV, the deals just keep coming out of the woodwork. Really, it’s an embarrassment of cheap riches. I’ll start with the smallest: The Insignia 24-inch 720p Fire TV for $90.See it at AmazonNext up: Best Buy has the TCL Series 4 49-inch Roku TV for $249.99. If you’re thinking, “wait a sec, wasn’t this $200 back in January?” you’ve got a great memory. But that was the Series 3. This is the newer and better Series 4.See it at Best BuyFor $30 more, you can bump up another inch (though to be honest, I think the TCL is the better value of the two): The Insignia 50-inch 4K Ultra-HD Fire TV for $279.99.See it at AmazonFinally, tied with its lowest price ever (at Amazon, anyway), the Insignia 55-inch 4K Ultra-HD Fire TV with HDR is $329.99.See it at AmazonSo whatever size you need and whatever budget you have, you’ve got options. Oh, and be sure to check out new sales on bigger TCL models as well!CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Comments Amazon Best Buy Logitech Monoprice 4:11 Logitech’s Harmony Ultimate: Some flaws but still very… TV Accessories TVs The Logitech Harmony Ultimate: An oldie but goodie, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET How many steps does it take for you to cue up Netflix? Find the remote. Turn on the TV. Turn on the sound bar. Switch the input to Roku. Navigate to the Netflix channel. Sheesh, I could binge watch a season of Travelers by the time all that’s done! Maybe that’s an exaggeration (though you should definitely binge watch Travelers), but this is 2019. The era of automation. From now on, I just want to plunk down on my couch and say, “Alexa, turn on Netflix!”With the right universal remote (and a hub to go with it), you can do exactly that. Here you go: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Monoprice has the refurbished Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home universal remote for just $75. It originally sold for $350, and the last time I ran a deal on it, it was $170. Update: Oof… sold out already. And the Harmony Touch, below, is back up to $80.See it at MonopriceIf you don’t need or want the hub (more on that in a bit), Monoprice also has the refurbished Logitech Harmony Touch for $30. Both products have been discontinued, but both are manufacturer-refurbished, which means there should be some kind of warranty. Unfortunately, Monoprice doesn’t specify what it is.The Ultimate and Touch are just about identical, with a color touchscreen and handy charging dock. They can control up to 15 devices, and you program them using a companion smartphone app.If you opt for the Ultimate Home, you also get Logitech’s Hub, which adds support for Bluetooth, IR and Wi-Fi devices and integration with the likes of Amazon’s Echo.You may want to check out CNET’s Harmony Ultimate review, keeping in mind it dates back to 2013. I believe this “Home” variant came out a year later, but I’m not sure what’s different about it. I’ll simply say that $75 is a great price for a universal remote like this, and $30 is even better if you can live without the hub.Your thoughts? The Cheapskate 24 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.last_img read more


first_imgRohit Sharma walked off from Mumbai Indian’s practice session on the eve of their Indian Premier League encounter against Kings XI Punjab after suffering an injury on his right thigh and this could deal a body blow to India’s chances at the ICC World Cup 2019. The Mumbai Indians skipper was doing his training drills on April 9 at the Wankhede Stadium and it was during his running session that Rohit pulled up clutching his right thigh. Rohit was in agonising pain as he could not keep standing and subsequently collapsed himself to the floor. He could be heard wincing in pain as he held onto his head in agony. The Mumbai Indians physiotherapist Nitin Patel rushed to attend to Rohit who lay on the ground in pain. He checked on the Indian opener, following which Rohit gingerly held himself up on his feet and limped off the ground. He did not take any assistance in climbing up the staircase of the Wankhede Stadium which leads to the dressing room.  File photo of Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma.IANSMumbai Indians has not released any statement yet regarding the extent or severity of the injury but it looks either a muscle injury or a hamstring pull. In case, Rohit has injured his hamstring, it is a cause of concern for the Indian team as these kind of injuries take time to completely heal. The worrying factor is that Rohit went down by himself without any sort of external contact which means that something is wrong within his body.Rohit is an integral part of the Indian set up and is the vice-captain of the Indian limited overs side which is why everyone will be sweating over the severity of this injury. As is the protocol, the MI physiotherapist will now consult with the BCCI physiotherapist Patrick Farhart before taking any calls. This is not the first time an Indian player has been injured this IPL season as Jasprit Bumrah hurt his left shoulder in MI’s opening match against Delhi Capitals. Thankfully on that occasion, Bumrah’s injury was minor and he returned to action in the very next game.  Jasprit Bumrah went down after the final ball of the 1st innings against Delhi CapitalsIANSSports scientists across the world believe that the intensity of a T20 game takes a heavier toll on players than any other format in cricket. The IPL is thus a very demanding tournament when one takes all the travelling into consideration too. Workload management had been a point of heavy discussion ahead of the IPL given its proximity to the World Cup and now this debate will gain further steam. The World Cup which will be played in England and Wales begins on May 30. India will play its first match on June 5 against South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Close Mumbai Indians are favorites for IPL 2018 glorylast_img read more


first_imgRohingya refugees walk at Jamtoli camp in the morning in Cox`s Bazar on 22 January 2018. — ReutersMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) detained a total of 11 foreigners who made an attempt to enter Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia of Cox’s Bazar.The elite force held them in front of a relief centre at Ukhia Degree College on Friday noon.According to police, two foreigners were from Italy and two from United Kingdom while the rest seven were from Netherlands, Turkey, South Korea, Kenya, Brazil, Belgium and Norway.Ukhia police station officer-in-charge Abul Khayer said the RAB handed over the 11 foreign nationals to the police station on Friday afternoon.The detained foreigners, who had no passports in their possession, were going to Kutupalong of Ukhia from Cox’s Bazar town, the police official quoted the foreigners as saying.Abul Khayer also said the foreigners claimed that they had left their passports in the capital city.last_img

first_imgKolkata: With the low pressure trough hovering over north-west of Bay of Bengal likely to gain strength from Saturday, South Bengal districts are looking at more rainfall soon.The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Friday predicted that various South Bengal districts will receive moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours, as the low pressure zone will intensify further from Saturday morning.According to a senior official of the MeT office, districts like Murshidabad, Nadia and Birbhum may witness heavy rainfall in the next two days, while the other South Bengal districts will receive moderate to heavy rainfall. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome of the North Bengal districts may also receive heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours as predicted by the weather office. The prediction also says that there may be scattered rainfall in the coastal districts of the state, due to the impact of the low pressure trough.”Rainfall will be intensified both in North and South Bengal districts from Saturday, as there is a possibility of another low pressure trough forming in Bangladesh, complicating the situation further. The situation may improve from Monday, as the low pressure trough over Bay of Bengal will lose its strength,” a weather official said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was learnt that the districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly and West Midnapore will receive moderate rainfall in the next 48 hours. The city may also see scattered rainfall on Saturday and Sunday.It may be mentioned here that various parts of the city and its outskirts witnessed light to moderate rainfall on Friday afternoon, due to the presence of the low pressure trough over Bay of Bengal. The city’s sky remained cloudy from the morning. There was slow movement of traffic in some stretches in the city in the afternoon due to rain.last_img read more


first_img Advertisement Recent media reports from sources close to Josh Rosen have stated that the star UCLA QB would rather stay in school than be selected by the Browns with the 1st overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Today, the always outspoken Rosen essentially confirmed those reports with comments he made to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.Although Rosen didn’t explicitly say he wouldn’t play for Cleveland, he did say he would rather be selected with a lower pick to “the right team” than go 1st overall to the “wrong team.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the “wrong team” here is the Browns.Cleveland is on the clock. Baker Mayfield is on line 2.UCLA QB Josh Rosen on getting drafted by certain teams, if he comes out this year: “I’d rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team.”— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) December 26, 2017last_img read more


first_imgwww.bigmarketresearch.com Add New Report ‘Digital PCR Market’ from its database which covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years.Digital PCR Market Overview:The global digital polymerase chain reaction market generated $318 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $1,206 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 18.0% from 2018 to 2025. Digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) is an advancement of traditional polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The traditional PCR with its limited precision and accuracy often fail to amplify small samples of nucleic acid to a detectable level. As a result, there is a growing demand for better techniques to assess the minute quantities of DNA or RNA. dPCR is a more sensitive and reliable technique with improved ability to quantify the absolute amount of nucleic acid. It divides the sample into large number of fragments, each containing either one or no template nucleic acid sequence. After DNA amplification, scoring is done with the help of fluorescence, counting the score as positive for the fraction containing template sequence and negative for the sample without the template sequence.The major factors driving the global digital polymerase chain reaction market are increase in demand for innovative diagnostic techniques, rise in disease awareness, need for early diagnosis of viral, infectious, and genetic disease, and surge in number of diagnostic centers across the globe. However, high cost of dPCR testing and limited expertise and accessibility, especially in the developing countries are expected to restrict the market growth.The Global Digital Polymerase Chain Reaction (Dpcr) Market is segmented on the basis of technology, type, application, end user, and region. According to technology, the market is bifurcated into droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) and BEAMing digital PCR. On the basis of type, the market is divided into digital PCR equipment, consumables & reagents, and software & services. Based on application, it is categorized into clinical diagnostics, research and others. On the basis of end user, the market is segmented into clinical diagnostic laboratories, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industries, and university and government organizations. Based on region, it is analyzed across  North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2880886?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSKey Benefits for Digital PCR Market:This report offers a detailed quantitative analysis of the current market trends from 2018 to 2025 to identify the prevailing opportunities.The market estimations provided in this report are based on a comprehensive analysis of the key developments in the industry.In-depth analysis based on region facilitates in analyzing the regional market to assist in strategic business planning.The development strategies adopted by key manufacturers are enlisted in the report to understand the competitive scenario of the market.Digital PCR Key Market Segments:By TechnologyDroplet Digital PCR (ddPCR)BEAMing Digital PCRBy Product TypeDigital PCR equipmentConsumables and reagentsSoftware & ServicesBy ApplicationClinical diagnosticsResearchForensicsBy End UserClinical diagnostic laboratoriesPharmaceuticals and biotechnology industriesUniversity and government organizationsBy RegionNorth AmericaU.S.CanadaMexico Asia-PacificJapanChinaAustraliaIndiaSouth KoreaTaiwanRest of Asia-Pacific LAMEABrazilSaudi ArabiaSouth AfricaRest of LAMEA EuropeGermanyFranceUKItalySpainRest of Europe Key Players ProfiledBio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. (RainDance Technologies, Inc.)Expedeon AGFluidigm CorporationJN MedsysMerck KGaAQiagen N.V. (Formulatrix, Inc.)Stilla TechnologiesSysmex Corporation (Sysmex Inostics GmbH)Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.Acquire Discount on this report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2880886?utm_source=HTN&utm_medium=NSAbout Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more


first_imgSonora, Mexico — NASA has announced it will be carrying out exercises in Sonora for its upcoming Mars mission in 2030.NASA will carry out tests in northern Mexico with the aim of training astronauts for the multinational mission of humanity to Mars set for 2030, the Government of Mexico announced Tuesday.The exercises will be carried out in the volcanic field of the biosphere reserve known as El Pinacate located in the state of Sonora in northwestern Mexico.El Pinacate, located in the region known as Gran Desierto de Altar and bordering the United States with Arizona, is unique in the world as it has extensive dune fields in one of the driest regions of the Sonoran desert.For the first exploration in the area, a team comprised of several specialists from Arizona State University, the dean of the Technological University of Guaymas, Sornoa, as well as researchers from the National Space Society and two postgraduates from the Institute of Geophysics of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, will set out for Sonora.Others on the expedition include members of El Pinacate staff as well as directors and managers of science from the Mexican Space Agency.“It is a little known historical fact that this region, with its unique characteristics in Sonora, was selected by NASA as a training spot for astronauts during the Apollo Program from 1965 to 1970in what was the first lunar exploration made by humans,” said the general director of the Mexican Space Agency, Javier Mendieta Jiménez.“Several groups of astronauts including Edgar Mitchell and Alan B. Shepard trained there,” he added.El Pinacate is a dormant volcanic area with numerous volcanic phenomena and geological formations located on the El Pinacate Sheild (Sierra Pinacate). The area is around 2,000 square kilometers with three main peaks. It’s overall complex structure, comprised of red and black lava flows, is the most spectacular and young lava field in North America with extensive fields of dunes in the driest region of the Sonoran desert.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more