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Heetch App Begins Driving Customers in Rabat

Rabat – Heetch, the famous French mobile app that provides drivers for transportation, is now available in Rabat. After successfully launching in Casablanca in November 2017, Heetch extended its services to the capital on September 17. For its first run in Rabat, Heetch began with a fleet of 200 taxi drivers.In Casablanca, the application has become established in less than a year, with a large network of partners and a fleet of 4,000 taxi drivers. “This choice has been carefully considered, since Rabat is the capital of the country and the second largest city in the Kingdom,” said Teddy Pellerin, co-founder of Heetch, in a statement issued to MAP. Rabat and the city of Sale together make the country’s second largest metropolitan area.Heetch has ambitions to extend its services all around the North African country. “We are happy to accompany the spread of Heetch to other cities in Morocco,” said Sadik Boujaera, deputy secretary general of the National Union of Taxis (UNMT).In addition, Heetch developed the “Fiddek” label thanks to a partnership with UNMT, in which Heetch is under the supervision of UMT. The “Fiddek” label guarantees criteria related to the cleanliness and the quality of service. The Heetch application, which is downloadable on iPhone and Android, will allow users to be both geolocated and informed in real time of the progress of their drivers. Heetch hopes to provide legal, safe, reliable, and user-friendly mobility.Heetch was a French start-up founded in April 2013 by Teddy Pellerin and Mathieu Jacob. It is inspired by several websites, like Airbnb and Drivy.Heetch wants to make night transportation more accessible aims at young people returning from an evening out. Eighty percent of its users are under 25. read more

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Death toll from disasters surged in 2008 UN reports

The number of people killed in natural disasters spiked in 2008, with most of the lives claimed by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China, according to figures released today by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).The 2008 death toll of 235,816 was more than three times the annual average of the previous eight years. Cyclone Nargis and the Sichuan tremors, which both took place last May, killed nearly 140,000 people and almost 90,000 people, respectively.“The dramatic increase in human and economic losses from disasters in 2008 is alarming,” said ISDR Director Sálvano Briceño. “Sadly, these losses could have been substantially reduced if buildings in China, particularly schools and hospitals, had been built to be more earthquake-resilient,” he added. “An effectively early warning system with good community preparedness could have also saved many lives in Myanmar if it had been implemented before Cyclone Nargis.”Asia remained the continent most affected by disasters, with nine of the ten countries with the highest number of deaths in Asia. Despite the dramatic rise in deaths from disasters in 2008, last year also saw fewer disasters, with 321 compared to the 2000-2007 average of nearly 400. 22 January 2009The number of people killed in natural disasters spiked in 2008, with most of the lives claimed by Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and the Sichuan earthquake in China, according to figures released today by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). read more

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Flooding leads to camping closure

Flooding issues continue to plague Long Point Provincial ParkDue to recent rainfall and localized flooding, all campground areas of the 375-acre park are currently closed to the public.Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes campgrounds, which have been closed since May 12, are all now closed until July 29. Cottonwood Campground which was previously open, is now also closed until July 29.“Park staff are monitoring conditions daily,” Jeffrey Pickersgill, park superintendent, said in a phone interview with the Reformer. “Our decision to reopen or extend the closure will be made based on the forecasts available to us.”The park remains open for day use.The Ontario Parks Reservation Service will contact all affected reservation holders to offer a change in reservation, where available, or cancellation with no penalty. Locally, campers could relocate to Port Burwell, Turkey Point, Selkirk, or any other provincial park. They can also opt out for a full refund without penalty.Long Point Provincial Park features 1.5 kilometres of beachfront. It has 256 campsites, 78 of which have electricity. With more than 380 species, the park is a favourite with bird watchers. read more

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Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincolns new pitchman

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 21, 2014 6:29 am MDT DETROIT – Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey is the new spokesman for Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand.Lincoln says McConaughey will appear in a series of TV and digital ads featuring Lincoln’s new small SUV, the MKC.McConaughey has a multiyear contract with the brand.The actor says in a statement that he is a longtime admirer of Lincoln. In his 2011 movie “The Lincoln Lawyer,” McConaughey stars as an attorney who works out of the back of a 1988 Lincoln Town Car. Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln’s new pitchman

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Stapleton scores 27 FAU tops Florida Gulf Coast 8568

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Xavian Stapleton scored 27 points, with six 3-pointers, and grabbed seven rebounds and Florida Atlantic pulled ahead early to beat Florida Gulf Coast 85-68 on Sunday for the Eagles’ fourth straight loss.Jailyn Ingram had 11 points, 10 boards and six assists and Jaylen Sebree added 12 points for the Owls (6-1), who made 11 3-pointers and shot 49 per cent overall.Karlis Silins’ layup put the Owls up for good at 9-8 and Florida Atlantic pulled away on a 14-2 run and led 48-29 at halftime — the most first-half points FAU has scored this season.The Eagles closed on a 12-4 run and trailed 63-53 on Christian Carlyle’s 3 midway through the second half, but FAU answered with a 10-4 run and led by 20 points on Madiaw Niang’s jumper with 2:02 to play.Haanif Cheatham scored 20 points and Schadrac Casimir and Dinero Mercurius had 15 apiece for the Eagles (2-6).The Associated Press read more

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UK weather Newlyweds spend wedding night in school as mini beast from

first_imgThe Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice for all of England and Wales, lasting until 9am on Tuesday. Conditions are expected to brighten later in the week, with temperatures soaring to double figures by Thursday. Richard White, volunteer rest centre manager, said spirits were high among those sheltering in the school, despite their dramatic evening.He said: “We first of all provide them with something hot to drink and we’ve got blankets, duvets.”We make sure people get a good night’s sleep, we feed them in the morning and weather-permitting, we prepare them to get back in their cars and on their way.”Police want everybody off the roads to give them the opportunity to clear the roads with the snow ploughs and the gritters in time for the morning.” The A30 was hit by “significant snow” overnight into Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police said, with conditions “changing rapidly from passable to impossible”.Some 64 miles of road between the M5 at Exeter and the A38 at Bodmin were shut as a result while officers and Highways England cleared the route.Although it was believed the cold snap would be over by the beginning of the week, wintry weather is continuing into Tuesday. Dozens of flights cancelled after frosty weekendOn Sunday, ice led to delays and cancellations at Gatwick Airport – with 37 flights axed. Hundreds of schools across the country shut due to the treacherous conditions, while train services were also disrupted, with some disruptions expected to continue on throughout Tuesday.Drivers urged to avoid travelling on A30 in DevonHighways England advised motorists wanting to travel on the A30 to instead use the A38 between Exeter and Bodmin.Meanwhile, Devon County Council confirmed the closure of dozens of schools on Monday, while train services were also said to be affected. Our newly weds, John & Sara who spent their wedding night at Okehampton Rest Centre.. Pretty unique way of spending your first night.. pic.twitter.com/UKNCdG5Ksf— Richard White (@Sectorleadrich) March 19, 2018 Weather map for today and the week ahead A car is driven along a snow covered road near Okehampton in Devon “In the South West, we’ve seen a constant flow of snow coming in from the English Channel with snow depths going up and up.”In Exeter, we have at least 10cm (4in) of snow lying at the moment.”Many routes towards Dartmoor and Exmoor have the potential to see a lot of disruption because of ice this morning.” #A30 #DevonandCornwall closed, significant snow that highways are working to clear, if you`re already on it drive with caution as conditions are variable changing rapidly from passable to impossible , if not on it DELAY YOUR JOURNEY until midmorning at the earliest— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) March 19, 2018 Hundreds of schools shut due to snow and iceHundreds of schools across Somerset, Devon and Cornwall were closed on Monday due to snow and ice.Devon County Council’s website said that all but four of 307 schools were closed. The four were listed as “partially closed”.Cornwall Council said 97 schools were closed, with 51 opening late due to the weather.Somerset County Council had 163 schools listed as closed, just three as open and 28 as partially open.’Constant flow of snow coming in from Channel’Met Office meteorologist John West said: “It’s been a very, very cold night overnight with widespread frost.”A lot of the lying snow seen across the country over the weekend has created some icy stretches this morning. A car is driven along a snow-covered road near Okehampton in Devon on Monday morningCredit:Martin Keene /PA Speaking of the mood inside the centre, Mr White added: “It is people coming together, it’s the community working not for the benefit of each other, but for the whole community. It’s a lovely atmosphere we’ve got, it’s a fantastic atmosphere here and we make the most of it.” A newly married couple were forced to spend their wedding night in a school after heavy snow shut a 64-mile stretch of a major road in south west England.They spent the night with more than 80 other commuters as they took emergency shelter on Monday evening as a wintry snap dubbed the “mini beast from the east” wreaked havoc. John and Sara Lund spent their honeymoon night in a rest centre at Okehampton College on the north side of Dartmoor.The couple, who were married in Bristol on Saturday, told the BBC they had been headed to Watergate Bay Hotel on the north Cornwall coast.”We were heading down to Watergate Bay in Newquay for what would have been a very luxurious honeymoon in a beautiful bridal suite with bouquets of flowers but we, like a number of other people, got caught in the A30 just outside Okehampton,” Mr Lund told BBC Breakfast.”The lovely people of Devon County Council have looked after us very well.”I didn’t imagine there would be snow in March to be perfectly honest with you, but certainly didn’t expect to spend our first night in a school college.”The couple said they hoped to make their way to the hotel, where they are booked in for three nights, on Monday. Met Office: Drier and brighter weather on horizonForecasters painted a better picture for the rest of the day, with drier and brighter weather on the horizon for much of the country, but warned it will still feel particularly cold due to the wind chill.Mr West said: “Through the course of the day today, much of the country will experience a fine and dry day.”We’re sort of closing the door to the the cold easterly flow and temperatures will be less cold than we’ve seen over the weekend.”We could see highs of 5C (41F) or 6C (43F) but add some wind chill on there and it won’t feel very pleasant at all.”However there will be some decent, fine weather, plenty of sunshine around today, particularly in northern parts, and a bit of an improvement from what we’ve seen over the weekend.” Hi, a snowy morning for many, but hopefully the start of the thaw. Keep up-to-date with #snow and #ice warnings via our website: https://t.co/gesWAaUr3w, mobile weather: https://t.co/tt58GdAMfb or Weather app: https://t.co/7ABAM2XZT1 Watch out for icy roads and pavements!^Fleur pic.twitter.com/lrNo2v760w— Met Office (@metoffice) March 19, 2018 The airport apologised to affected passengers and advised them to contact their airlines to be kept up to date.”We apologise to all passengers who have been delayed or had flights cancelled tonight, this is due to the prolonged cold snap and the essential de-icing requirements which have mounted during the afternoon and evening,” the airport said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img
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Health insurance levy will cost customers up to 15 per cent

first_imgPRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE customers could end up paying an extra 15 per cent on their premiums, an analyst has warned.Dermot Goode of Cornmarket told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that yesterday’s decision by Health Minister James Reilly to increase the levy on health insurance would accumulate with lowered tax relief to hit 90 per cent of policy holders.Goode said that families and individuals could end up paying between three and 20 per cent more on their premiums.Laya healthcare and Glohealth have both warned that the move will force people out of the private healthcare market and increase the burden on the health system.Goode agrees with that sentiment, saying that young people are most likely to be forced from the market, with 250,000 people already having cancelled policies in the last four years.“Those young people are the lifeblood of a community rating model because they effectively subsidise the older members.“We are forcing those younger, healthy people out of the system and that, in turn, pushes up claims costs.”Read: Department of Health to increase cost of health insurance policiesRead: Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of thatlast_img read more

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La Nasa sélectionne la mission GEMS équipée dun instrument français

first_imgLa Nasa sélectionne la mission “GEMS” équipée d’un instrument françaisLa Nasa a retenu trois projets spatiaux parmi les 28 en lice dans le cadre du programme Discovery. La station de surveillance géophysique GEMS fait partie des finalistes et est équipée d’un instrument français, financé par l’Agence spatiale française et conçu par une équipe technique du CNRS et de l’université Paris Diderot-IPGP.La Nasa a lancé en juin 2010, dans le cadre de son programme Discovery, un appel d’offres qui a généré 28 propositions de projets. Trois d’entre eux ont été retenus et, bien que très différents, ont néanmoins un point commun : ils doivent se poser sur un objet céleste, qu’il s’agisse d’une planète, d’un satellite ou d’un petit corps du système solaire. Ainsi, GEMS devrait déployer pour la première fois un observatoire géophysique destiné à étudier la structure interne de la planète Mars, TIME devrait étudier la composition du lac d’hydrocarbure d’une des lunes de Saturne, Titan, tandis que Comet Hopper se propose de se poser à la surface du noyau d’une comète. Chacune de ces trois équipes dispose d’un budget de trois millions de dollars pour consolider son projet, indique le CNRS dans un communiqué. Un seul sera retenu à l’été 2012, pour une mission qui débutera en 2016. GEMS prévoit un budget de 300 millions d’euros, sans tenir compte du financement du lanceur et des charges utiles françaises et européennes.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESACette mission prévoit d’étudier la structure et la composition de l’intérieur de Mars en vue d’améliorer notre compréhension de la formation et de l’évolution des planètes telluriques. Le Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) de la Nasa, situé en Californie, gère le projet auquel est associé l’IPGP qui doit fournir le sismomètre large bande de la mission. C’est l’Agence spatiale française (le CNES) qui a financé cet instrument mis au point par une équipe technique CNRS-Université Paris-Diderot-IPGP.La responsable des programmes Etude et Exploration de l’Univers au CNES, Fabienne Casoli explique que “la présélection de GEMS valorise les efforts de plus de dix ans de recherche technologique dans le développement d’un sismomètre large bande aux performances inégalées. GEMS s’inscrit dans l’héritage des projets de réseaux martiens (MarsNet, NetLander) étudiés dans le passé et qui visent à mieux connaître la structure interne de Mars. Un tel réseau sera la suite logique de la mission GEMS”, rapporte le communiqué du CNRS.Le projet GEMS prévoit également d’intégrer d’autres systèmes mis au point notamment en Allemagne, au Max Planck Institute de Lindau (MPS), à l’Ecole Polytechnique de Zurich (ETH), à l’Institut de Planétologie de Berlin (DLR/IfP) ainsi qu’à l’Imperial College de Londres. La durée de vie de l’observatoire géophysique devrait être d’une année martienne, l’équivalent de deux années terrestres. Il devrait permettre de mesurer l’activité sismique de la planète rouge, le flux de chaleur interne et les fines variations de rotations de la planète. Grâce à ces données, il sera possible de déterminer la structure interne de Mars, de connaître la taille exacte de l’épaisseur de la croûte située sous la station ainsi que la profondeur de la zone située entre le manteau et le noyau.Le 21 mai 2011 à 17:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Google Nexus 7 Jelly Bean et Tegra 3 confirmés

first_imgGoogle Nexus 7 : Jelly Bean et Tegra 3 confirmés ?De nouvelles fuites ont permis d’en savoir encore un peu plus sur la future tablette tactile de Google. Celle-ci serait bien pourvue d’un processeur Nvidia Tegra 3.Le site web Android Police a découvert et donc donné davantage de poids aux rumeurs selon laquelle la tablette Google Nexus 7 serait pourvue d’un processeur Nvidia Tegra 3. De même, la tablette tactile fabriquée par Asus serait livrée avec l’OS Android 5 Jelly Bean.C’est plus précisément le nom de code correspondant à ce produit qui a été identifié dans la base de benchmark Rightware Basemark ES 2.0 Taiji. Dans ces résultats, le terminal de Google apparaît sous le nom “Grouper” (“mérou” en français !). Ce produit est associé dans cette liste aux codes “Nexus 7” et “Asus” ainsi qu’aux éléments techniques pré-cités.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Il semblerait aussi selon CNet que cette tablette puisse afficher en définition 1280 x 768 pixels. Alors que nous évoquions la possibilité que le terminal de Google soit équipé d’un processeur Tegra 3 cadencé à 1,3 GHz, cette piste semble donc toujours d’actualité. La tablette Nexus ou Nexus 7 pourrait être officiellement présentée lors du Salon Computex au début de ce mois-ci ou bien au plus tard à la fin du mois de juin pour la conférence i/O.Le 1 juin 2012 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Wager award nominations open for park heroes

first_imgThe Parks Foundation of Clark County is accepting nominations for the Florence B. Wager award.Established in 2011, it has three categories. Awards will be presented at the Parks Foundation’s meeting and luncheon April 30 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington.The categories are:• Leading Eagle, recognizing a community leader who has led initiatives that have significantly impacted parks and recreation programs.• V-Formation Flyer, recognizing a parks volunteer who goes above and beyond.• Tributary, recognizing a parks professional for innovations.Nomination packets are available at www.parksfoundation.us/2015-flossies or by calling 360-487-8370. The deadline is Feb. 28.The awards honor Wager, who died in 2012 after years of community service in Clark County.last_img

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Down East Magazine Will Book Your Next Maine Adventure

first_img Pricing edges up into premium levels because of the curatorial attention the trips receive. Editors are the ones creating the trips, picking the destinations and the experts and guides. From there, partnerships are the next most important component. The brand is exploring sponsorship opportunities, but the trips are crafted based on elements that provide the best experience rather than the magazine’s business relationships. “You aren’t picking the trips because they’re your biggest advertisers, you’re picking based on the experience,” says Fleury. “No one was hitting Maine at all and we saw it as an opportunity to use our unique knowledge of the state to create great custom trips,” says editor-in-chief Kathleen Fleury. The editors also participate in the excursions. On the cruise, for example, Down East visuals editor and photographer Mark Fleming teaches a course while under sail on how to take better vacation photos. The trips are priced per person and range from $99 for the brew tour to $3950 for the North Woods experience. Down East, a regional publication serving Maine, has launched an editorially curated travel and local adventure service called Down East Adventures. The project leverages the brand’s coverage of the state’s best attractions, experts and interesting get-aways to attract tourists, locals and, eventually, corporate and group customers. These aren’t necessarily new ideas, and Down East Enterprises itself has been running “reader-writer” excursions through its Shooting Sportsman brand for years. But in Down East’s case, there was an obvious space in the market for Maine-specific travel and one-of-a-kind sight-seeing adventures.center_img “We mark it up because we give people an experience they can’t get on their own,” says Fleury. “It’s not like we’re just recreating a Trip Advisor trip. These are places you read about, but might not necessarily go to. You don’t want to create an experience that someone can just do themselves. You want to unlock something special.” The title tested the waters last year with a schooner tour, which sold out. That same trip sold out quickly again for 2015 and helped green-light an expansion of the tour strategy. Down East Adventures now offers four trips: A North Woods fishing trip, a week-long photography course in Acadia, a local brewery bus tour and a Penobscot Bay food cruise. But for a project like this to work, editorial buy-in is key. After all, trips are selected based on the editors’ knowledge of not only the state’s interesting attractions and personalities, but of what readers are passionate about. “It makes for a really special experience,” says Fleury. “People feel like they have an intimate connection to us and the authorities on Maine.” Magazines have increasingly been tapping the travel market as a new revenue stream. Afar notably launched its own experiential travel group. Outside partnered with a travel agency to launch Outside Go and Smithsonian recently launched a print magazine that heavily promotes its own travel service, Smithsonian Journeys. Expansion plans include selling corporate groups, and the magazine plans to hire someone with that specific sales talent. Custom itineraries are another opportunity, adds Fleury.last_img read more

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Wilmington DPW Announces Spring Yardwaste Curbside Collection Center DropOff Dates

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open on Wednesdays and Saturdays during selected dates for the drop-off of leaves and brush.Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.SPRING 2019 LEAVES/BRUSH DROP OFF PROGRAM:Wednesday, April 3, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 6, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 20, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, April 27, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, May 1, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, May 4, 2019 (9am to 4pm)Wednesday, May 8, 2019 (8am to 2pm); Saturday, May 11, 2019 (9am to 4pm)LEAVES/GRASS CLIPPINGS CURBSIDE COLLECTION:Leaves/grass clippings, placed in bio-degradable paper bags or uncovered barrels, will be collected curbside on your trash day as follows:Week of April 8Week of April 22Week of May 6(NOTE: The above information is from the Wilmington DPW website.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Yardwaste Center Will Be Open Twice This SeptemberIn “Community”Wilmington Yardwaste Center Open This Week — August 7 & 10In “Government”Wilmington DPW Announces Summer Yardwaste Dropoff ProgramIn “Government”last_img read more

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Google testing Explore interface on Chrome all you need to know

first_imgGoogleGoogle is reportedly testing a new content discovery interface in the Chrome browser’s new tab page called “Explore”, which users can access on Android by enabling an experimental flag.According to a report by tech website Android Police, the interface is in its early stages and contains a large number of placeholder sites at the moment — most of them of specific interest to Indian users.The report suggests that the feature will not, necessarily, be targeted at the Indian market, adding that the websites appearing in this new user interface (UI) have been chosen as examples by whoever is in the process of developing it.In short, you can think of “Explore” as an extremely broad “channel” browser meant to present websites that could potentially be of interest to you, the report said.It’s not clear if this will be based on your individual habits (knowing Google, though, that’s almost certainly a yes) or if it will be more broadly tailored to locales and regions than specific users, it added.To enable the “Explore” interface, users can go to chrome and search for “explore”, and you should see the “Explore websites” flag.Set it to ‘enabled’ and relaunch Chrome, then open a new tab. The “Explore” interface should then appear on the new tab page.last_img read more

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Richard Plepler Don Lemon To Keynote Varietys Entertainment and Technology NYC Summit

first_img Popular on Variety The day-long event, held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, will also include speakers Lyle Schwartz, president of investment for North America GroupM; Jennifer Breithaupt, global consumer chief marketing officer for Citi; Katherine Sullivan, president of U.S. investment for Omnicom; Kristen Naiman, senior vice president of brand creative for Kate Spade and Co; Kristi Argyilan, senior vice president of marketing for Target; Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brand officer for Discovery Communications; Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios; Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks; Saigin Govender, head of Alexa News for Amazon; Ben Lerer, CEO of Group Nine Media and Dan Nguyen, publisher for BuzzFeed.Registration info can be found here. HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and “CNN Tonight” anchor Don Lemon will be keynote speakers at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology NYC Summit. Held on Friday, the conference will explore how film, TV, gaming, music and digital media is being transformed by new technologies.The Ent and Tech Summit will also include a keynote conversation with Chris Carey, head of sales for strategy and business development for Verizon Digital Media Services, and Joe Ambeault, senior vice president of product and technology for Discovery Communications.“Variety is excited to examine the latest strategies to grow our entertainment industry, which is both challenged and inspired by technology’s great impact on their businesses,” said Andrew Wallenstein, co-editor- in-chief of Variety. “Ent & Tech New York is a crucial gathering to discuss brand storytelling, new TV business models, multi-platform advertising and marketing and more.”center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Watch the Ouya developer console unboxing

first_imgYesterday we heard that the Ouya developer consoles had started shipping, and just a day later the folks on the Ouya developer team have been kind enough to do an unboxing video. You can watch it above.This is by no means final hardware, but promises to give developers everything they need to start developing apps and games for Ouya. Included in the jet-black box is an official developer welcome letter, frosted translucent developer console, two frosted translucent controllers, the power adapter, HDMI cable, Micro USB cable, and batteries for the controllers. The only surprise in that package is the Micro USB cable because they decided to add a Micro USB port to the hardware making it easy to hook up to a PC.These versions of the console are special and form a very limited run. Although they allow developers early access to the hardware, they also come with a few issues that need to be worked out before the final hardware ships. Most notably, the controller has a D-pad and triggers that are less than great. Although still very usable, fine tuning the controls for a game wont be possible as the controller Ouya gamers use will be different.The Ouya development team now wants feedback, and they are expecting a lot of bug reports to come in. But that’s a good thing, as it’s not until the hardware is used in anger that it starts to become a real product you can ship to consumers. As for the software, the dev units are also shipping with a very early version of the user interface, which is aiming to look like the screenshot below:More at Ouyalast_img read more

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Male St Andrews Cross spiders sniff web pheromones to determine suitability of

first_img Explore further More information: Can males detect the strength of sperm competition and presence of genital plugs during mate choice? Behavioral Ecology (2014) DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru045AbstractFemale reproductive status can have strong selective effects on male mating strategies due to the threat of sperm competition, which may explain why males prefer virgin over mated females. However, in mating systems with female multiple mating rates and mating plugs, males should not only respond to the risk but also to the level of sperm competition and should be sensitive to the interference from mating plugs. In the orb-web spider Argiope keyserlingi, females possess paired sperm-storage organs facilitating separate sperm storage from different males. Males are limited to 2 copulations due to mutilation of their paired genitals (pedipalps). By conducting binary choice experiments, we tested whether males of different mating status can distinguish between females that mated with 1 or 2 males and whether single-mated males discriminate between single-mated females with matched or unmatched virgin genital openings. Furthermore, we investigated whether males adapt their mating strategies to the intensity of sperm competition by providing males with varying qualities of females in their immediate vicinity. Our results demonstrated that males are sensitive to the level of sperm competition and preferred single-mated females over double-mated females. However, they failed to identify single-mated females whose virgin genital opening matched their unused pedipalp, which is required due to their fixed ipsilateral insemination. Surprisingly, males never mated twice with the same female independently of the quality of surrounding females. This suggests that the benefits from searching and mating with a different female are greater than the benefits of monopolizing the female by mating twice with her. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Behavioral Ecology This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Argiope keyserlingi. Credit: James Niland/Wikipediacenter_img (Phys.org) —A trio of researchers, two with the University of Hamburg in Germany and a third with Macquarie University in Australia has discovered that male St. Andrew’s Cross spiders sniff the webs of female spiders to determine if they are suitable for mating attempts. In their paper published in the journal Behavioral Ecology, the team describes how they conducted experiments on several specimens of the species in their lab and discovered that male spiders could “smell” pheromones on the females web and used that information in deciding whether to attempt copulating with them or not. St. Andrew’s Cross spiders of both genders have dual sex organs—a left and a right. To copulate, the organs from both genders must match, i.e. right male to right female or left to left, or things won’t work. Furthermore, when a male mates with a female, his organ (pedipalp) breaks off, forming a plug preventing other males from mating with that female’s organ. The end result is that both genders can only mate twice.But how do male spiders know if a female has already mated twice? Climbing onto her web for a closer look is dangerous, if the (much larger) female is hungry, she’s likely to eat the intruder if both of her organs are plugged. To find out, the researchers placed a male on a wooden peg that two females had used to anchor their webs. The researchers found that the male was able to tell if the female was done mating by simply sniffing her web—he was able to pick up telltale pheromones, and thus avoid the females that provided no reproductive opportunity. Sadly, the sniff test was not able to also tell the male if he and the female had compatible organs remaining (left to left or right to right) for mating, thus, there was still some degree of risk in venturing onto the web.Interestingly, the team also found that the males also would not mate with the same female twice, regardless if all other females in the vicinity were incompatible or already doubly mated. Such a strong predisposition suggests the urge to spread genes was stronger even than the urge to procreate. Citation: Male St. Andrew’s Cross spiders sniff web pheromones to determine suitability of female mates (2014, March 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-male-st-andrew-spiders-web.html Male dark fishing spiders found to die spontaneously after matinglast_img read more

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Police warn to be vigilant at day of Pride in London World

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Pride in London festival 2017 A large number of high visibility police patrols, including armed and unarmed officers, will be in place. There will also be plain clothes officers deployed.Threat level is ‘severe’They said: ‘The current threat level remains at severe. We ask all attendees to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to police or stewards assigned to this event.’Chief Superintendent Helen Millichap, Met spokesperson for the event, added: ‘As with any large event the Met’s priority is public safety and we are working closely with the organizers in the lead up to Pride to develop our policing plan.‘We want Pride to be a friendly, safe event for everyone to enjoy and to help us we need the public to take the usual precautions by remaining vigilant and reporting anything of concern to police officers or stewards at the event.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The England vs Sweden game will take place during the Pride parade and festivities at 3pm.Officers have reminded the public the threat level in the UK capital remains ‘severe’.Warning before Pride in London and World Cup match take place on same dayA Metropolitan Police spokesperson told Gay Star News both operations will go ahead as planned.Authorities have revealed there are no plans for any large screens for people to watch the game in central London.They have asked anyone who is out and about on Saturday to ‘remain vigilant and report any concerns to police’.Over 150 police officers and staff from across the Met will take part in this year’s Pride march.They will be marching alongside colleagues from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.center_img Is Pride a safe space for all?Gay policewoman ‘disappointed’ about not being able to march in uniform at this Canadian PrideLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/police-issue-severe-warning-before-pride-in-london-world-cup-match/ Police have issued a warning as both Pride in London and the next England World Cup match will take place Saturday (7 July). eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

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Japanese airline unveils Star Wars themed plane

first_imgJapanese airline All Nippon Airways will bring a little Star Wars to the skies by decorating a new Boeing Dreamliner aircraft in R2D2 robot livery.The airline said it will introduce an “R2D2 jet,” a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner painted in white and blue stripes like the trusty, chirping Star Wars droid, with the Star Wars logo in black on the aircraft’s fuselage.The airline informed that “the jet is scheduled to fly on international routes this autumn.”The airline apparently appreciates the droid, saying on its website that R2D2 is “highly loyal and whenever he faces challenge he comes up with an original idea to succeed the mission.”The new aircraft are part of ANA’s strategy to “enhance its international presence”.“Although it is a lofty goal, we hope that like Star Wars, ANA will become well known and loved across all borders and generations,” said Takashi Shiki, an ANA Executive Vice President.“We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character,” said Kayleen Walters, Vice President, Marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd.last_img read more

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Themed gastronomic cruises for privileged culinary

first_imgThemed gastronomic cruises for privileged culinary and oenological momentsFor its most epicurean guests, Ponant proposes gastronomically themed cruises every year. With ports of call in the heart of sites with a rich cultural heritage, tastings, gala dinners with careful attention paid to the wine, these cruises promise privileged culinary and oenological moments.These themed cruises provide an opportunity to set sail alongside illustrious guests and, in particular, Michelin-starred chefs, distinguished sommeliers or specialist journalists who share their passion for the culinary art with guests through tastings, workshops and fascinating conferences. Go back to the enewsletterFor over 30 years, Ponant‘s ships have been sailing all the world’s oceans and offering its guests the very best of the French way of life. An essential part of French culture, gastronomy understandably has a special place aboard the company’s ships. Meeting the very high standards of guests, Ponant cruises are an invitation to discover fragrant flavours, carefully selected ingredients and refined dishes. On board, a brigade of talented chefs, who are driven by their passion for French culinary heritage and draw inspiration from the ports of call visited, preside over a setting worthy of the greatest tables.Ponant & Ducasse Conseil deliver gastronomic excellenceBased on its collaboration since 2016 with Ducasse Conseil, the expert catering service of Ducasse Paris, Ponant is hoisting its culinary standards even higher thanks to a catering offering that has been redesigned for the entire fleet.Philippe Tremel, Ponant Corporate Chef, said, “It is a daily challenge to combine the requirements of onboard catering with our passion for French haute cuisine. This collaboration enables us to pursue this search for culinary excellence on board to serve our guests.”This long-term collaboration between the two companies incorporates review, optimisation of the culinary offering and world-class training for the teams on board and is based on three principles, “Healthy. Tasty. Elegant”, for exceptional culinary experiences. Exquisite destinations of Ponant’s next gastronomic cruisesPanama & Pre-Columbian Treasures Cruise – in partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France magazineThrough an exceptional itinerary, Ponant invites travellers to discover an unspoiled America where the past seems to have left a still intact, indelible mark. This gastronomic and cultural cruise aboard L’Austral will sail from the wild islands in the Gulf of Panama to the legendary land of the Incas.Between culinary demonstrations, fine wine tastings and conferences about new gastronomic trends, everyone will be able to fall under the spell of all-new flavours. A gala dinner conceived and orchestrated by Christian Le Squer, the three-Michelin-starred chef of Four Seasons Hôtel George V in Paris, will also be one of the highlights of this cruise. Philippe Faure-Brac, winner of World’s Best Sommelier, and Sophie Menut, Editor-in-Chief of Cuisine et Vins de France magazine, will also be on board to share their passion with guests.From Fuerte Amador to CallaoAboard L’Austral23 October – 1 November 2019 – 10 days / 9 nightsFrom €3,350*Find out more about the cruise here.Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus, Cruise Northern Europe – in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château LatourWith this cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour, Ponant subtly blends gastronomy and oenology. This epicurean itinerary is punctuated with ports of call in the heart of exceptional vineyards and towns with a rich cultural heritage, along the Atlantic coast.To enhance the experience, the famous cheesemaker Bernard Antony will also be present on board, proposing a buffet of exceptional mature cheeses. This gourmet journey will also be the occasion to chat with the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, who will give fascinating conferences about wine throughout the cruise.Guests will have the privilege of discovering all the know-how and excellence of two renowned chefs, currently in charge of Ducasse Paris’ restaurants, during prestigious gala dinners.From Lisbon to LorientAboard L’Austral11–19 April 2020 – 9 days / 8 nightsFrom €3,600*Find out more about the cruise here.For more information on Ponant, see en.ponant.comGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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TAP Portugal has revealed strong demand for its ne

first_imgTAP Portugal has revealed strong demand for its new Lisbon to Warsaw offering in the wake of the route’s launch.According to the airline, 15,000 passengers have already booked a place on the route for flights between now and the end of the year.The service will be operated five times a week, with flights to Warsaw from Lisbon departing on Thursdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.Return flights to Lisbon from Warsaw will take off on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, all of which will be operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.Commenting on the impact of the new route on Warsaw Airport, Michal Marzec, general director of Polish Airports State Enterprise, said: “The start-up of Warsaw to Lisbon flights is the most important of the summer period, enabling an increase in the direct flights our airport offers and which already amount to more than 83 through 32 different airline companies.”TAP Portugal recently became the first airline to launch an International Air Transport Association-backed carbon offset programme on a worldwide scale.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedNew flights between Oslo and LisbonTAP Portugal has unveiled new flights to Oslo from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.Twice daily flights to Valencia to be launched by TAPTwice daily flights to Valencia to be launched by TAPNew express security system at Lisbon AirportTAP Air Portugal has introduced an express security system at Lisbon Airport for its priority access passengerslast_img read more

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