Local Government Elections heat up across The Bahamas

first_img Related Items: #MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #BahamasLocalGovernmentElections2017#BahamasLGE2017Due Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: It’s June 2017, and that means Local Government Elections are due. Following the general elections last month, Acting Parliament Registration Commissioner, Charles Albury says his department was already in preparation mode for the upcoming Local Government polls. The date has not been set yet.There are a total of 32 local government districts, 13 second-schedule districts and 19 third-schedule districts.  Local government is administered through the Office of the Prime Minister.Consultant at the Department, Mr.Harrison Thompson described the process of electing council members during the local government polls, “council members are elected to govern from the town committee. From the town committee there’s a designated number of council members for each district, except in Grand Bahama where they will vote directly for council members as opposed to committee members. From the town committee, you are eligible to be council on most of the islands”, end quote.The last Local Government Polls held in June 2011 and saw 391 positions contested.last_img read more

After 20 Years Devens Approaches Workforce of 5000

first_imgEmployment at Devens, the 4,400-acre, mixed-use community in north-central Massachusetts that has taken shape since Fort Devens closed, has jumped 24 percent over the past two years due to growth in manufacturing, transportation and warehousing, and professional services.After two decades of redevelopment, total employment among businesses, government agencies and nonprofits at the reuse project managed by MassDevelopment now stands at 4,977, according to a new study by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.Private sector and nonprofit organizations had estimated combined sales of more than $1.4 billion in fiscal 2016. Devens’ total contribution to the Massachusetts economy nearly reached $2.5 billion after counting additional spending of $1 billion in local supply chains supported by the community’s tenants.“The increasing number of Devens employees has resulted from significant commercial growth and has led to a demand for a mix of housing types in new Devens neighborhoods like Emerson Green,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Marty Jones. “We’re pleased to work with the business community, residents and surrounding towns to continue to advance the redevelopment of Devens as a major driver of the regional economy and make even more sustainable growth possible.”On Tuesday, WGL Energy Systems announced it had finished installing a 3.2-megawatt solar facility at Devens. The fully installed photovoltaic solar system is designed to provide power to the residential, commercial and industrial customers of the Devens Utilities Department.The system consists of 10,488 rooftop solar panels installed on top of two buildings in Devens. WGL Energy owns and operates the facility and will sell power to the Devens community under a 24-year power purchase agreement, according to a release. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Inside Nick Caves Candid Open Dialogue At Conversations With in NYC

first_img Recap: Conversations With Nick Cave In NYC inside-nick-caves-candid-open-dialogue-conversations-nyc The punk rock poet navigates passionate, heartfelt and absurd fan questions on his personal exploration of the unknown in intimate Q&A eventNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 4, 2018 – 3:29 pm “I have absolutely no idea what I’m really doing here,” admits a nervous Nick Cave, walking to the front of the stage after opening his Conversations With Nick Cave event at New York City’s Symphony Space with a moving solo piano rendition of “Sad Waters.” The Australian-born cult-rock hero has decided it’s time to have a dialog, of some sort, with his audience. “There was something about doing this that felt like it fit into a larger idea that I want to pursue in some kind of way … I don’t even know what the idea is yet.”Even at what is presumed to be his most uncomfortable, Cave is still impossibly cool, dressed sharp in a black well-tailored suit, his black hair slicked back, his shoes shined. Later this year, Cave and his longtime band the Bad Seeds will play Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclays Center to thousands of screaming fans, but on this night the audience is comprised of a mere few hundred of his most devout fans, many of whom are eager to take advantage of the evening’s loose question and answer format. The questions begin flying at Cave immediately.Perhaps Cave’s nerves were put at ease when he saw most of his fans doing the asking were many times more petrified than him at the reality of speaking with their idol.”I adore you,” one fan began with a stammer. “Me too,” replied Cave, igniting the room into laughter. The questions pour in, covering a topical potpourri from humor to death, his feelings on cell phones at shows to performing in Israel, and working many projects from novels to film scoring. Inside Nick Cave’s Candid Open Dialogue At Conversations With… in NYC Email News center_img “Lyric writing is my main interest,” says Cave before he decides a question posed about the gradual slowing of his performance tempos of “Mercy Seat” over the years is best answered with a “really slow” performance of the song itself. He heads back to the comforts of the piano and plays the song, one of his most well-known, with a thoughtful devotion to each word, possibly as a byproduct of the unique format of the night where every syllable seemed on the table for discussion.Neither the crowd nor Cave shied away from talking about the tragic loss of Cave’s son Arthur. Fans shared their similar stories of loss, lauding Cave for helping them cope through his music and his 2016 film documenting his creative and healing processes, One More Time With Feeling, which was nominated for Best Music Film at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.Cave cites a poem by Philip Larkin called “The Mower” as being particularly helpful in his time of grief. “We must be careful of eachother/ We must be kind while there is time,” were the poem’s final lines he repeated in his mind like a mantra of healing.Musically, Cave took requests and plowed through a wide range of his songs on the piano in spurts of two or three throughout the night, including gems such as “Stranger Than Kindness,” which featured music by Blixa Bargeld and lyrics by Anita Lane; “Papa Won’t Leave You, Henry,” at a tempo and volume more suitable for New York’s Upper West Side; and his classic “Into My Arms,” at the request of a couple celebrating their anniversary.There was no shortage of questions at the ready whenever Cave took a break from the piano. Because of — or perhaps despite — the audience’s eclectic questions, he covered a lot of ground: his connection to the songs as a narrator, saying “Certainly over the last three to four records, I’m writing about myself;” his thoughts on the 12 steps and recovery, saying “I’m very familiar with it, unfortunately”; and his painstaking creative process, describing how you must “prepare yourself for the small miracle of songwriting.”Cave opened up about some of his chief collaborators, including Bargeld and Warren Ellis, and revealed his predilection for collaborating with women. He recounted recent sessions with Marianne Faithful, his friendship with Kylie Minogue and his respect for PJ Harvey (whom he calls by her given name, “Polly”) as evidence of how his voice and aesthetic work well musically with female artists. Later, he’d play “Henry Lee,” a duet featuring Harvey from his groundbreaking 1996 album Murder Ballads, and her voice seemed to sneak into fans’ minds at all the right parts.At 60 years old, Cave admitted he listens to less and less new music these days, but said there are always staples for him such as Neil Young, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Van Morrison. He also admitted he was late to the party on appreciating some of his British ’80s alt-rock contemporaries like the Cure and the Smiths, and told inspiring yet chilling stories of working with Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin. Perhaps the most promising news of the night was that Grinderman, Cave’s daring psych-blues side-project with Ellis and other Bad Seeds is “waiting in the wings.”Throughout the night Cave seemed present, if not self-aware, as if it were his intention in hosting an open discussion to be stumped, and have a breakthrough. He gave a particularly articulate answer to his thoughts on chaos versus order, finding the perfect place in his life and work for both, and when confronted with the question of religion, he glanced over his right shoulder back at the piano at which he just performed “God Is In The House.””It feels unfair that I am taking aim at something that has a lot of value to someone,” Cave thinks out loud in what feels like a real-time realization. “Truth is not the ultimate ideal, meaning is the ultimate ideal.”Not all of the questions or answers were quite so heavy or philosophical. The audience had the chance to find out what kind of sandwich Cave prefers (“nothing with meat in it”), why he likes meditation (his wife, Susie, saw an immediate change), that his son Earl is becoming an acting star (complete with his own superfans who wait in hotel lobbies to meet him), and whether or not he should bring back his mustache (a show of hands in the room revealed the jury is still out). But eventually the so-called “Humans of Nick Cave” would go a little too far out in left field.”There’s so many problems with that question, I’ll play a song for you,” Cave said, sidestepping one particularly sticky inquiry, and the crown chuckled and cheered.Cave played “Mermaids,” honored a request for “Love Letter” and dove back into his middle years with the Bad Seeds for “The Ship Song,” “And No More Shall We Part” and “Far From Me.” Fittingly, he closed the evening with “Skeleton Tree,” the title track from his latest album and a symbol for the tragic, regenerative and transformative time in this aging punk’s creative life.If his Conversations With … concept yields anything for Cave, it’s an escape back to reality of how adored, enjoyed and respected his work is, and his fans hope that through this dialog he finds exactly what he’s looking for.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. 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Galaxy S10 has an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner Heres why you should care

first_img News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Phones Abt Electronics Qualcomm Google Samsung Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 $899 New Galaxy S10 phones bring it Galaxy Fold is the most exciting phone we’ve seen in years Every camera lens and curve on the new Galaxy S10 phones What’s the difference in all the S10 models? Galaxy Buds with wireless charging arrive March 8 for $130 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice 2:48 $899 Best Buy Why the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader matters Samsung Event Mobile World Congress 2019 The Galaxy S10’s in-screen fingerprint reader comes with a col ripple effect. Sarah Tew/CNET The Galaxy S10’s in-screen fingerprint scanner may look just like the one on the OnePlus 6T, but don’t be fooled. Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus are the first phones to use Qualcomm’s ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint technology, which uses sound waves to read your print. Related to ultrasound in a doctor’s office, this “3D Sonic Sensor” technology works by bouncing sound waves off your skin. It’ll capture your details through water, lotion and grease, at night or in bright daylight. Qualcomm also claims it’s faster and much more secure than the optical fingerprint sensor you’ve seen in other phones before this. That’s because the ultrasonic reader takes a 3D capture of all the ridges and valleys that make up your skin, compared to a 2D image — basically a photo — that an optical reader captures using light, not sound waves. The debate between ultrasonic and optical fingerprint scanners comes at a time when biometric security is on the ascent. In-screen fingerprint readers are a hot trend in phone design because they don’t take up any room on the phone face, and require less groping around than a sensor embedded on the phone’s power button or back casing. That design dovetails nicely with the move toward an all-screen face with barely visible bezels.  See It $899 Now playing: Watch this: Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Tags • Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Apple More from Samsung reading • Galaxy S10 has an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Here’s why you should care Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprint See All See it Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See It 21 See It Samsung Galaxy S10 “Security and biometrics have been integrating into mobile platforms at a rapid pace,” Alex Katouzian, Qualcomm senior vice president of mobile technology, said in December at Qulalcomm’s yearly tech summit in Hawaii. “This is the future of fingerprint technology.”The ultrasonic fingerprint sensor built into the screen layers replaces iris scanning as the biometric sensor of choice on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus in particular. (The Galaxy S10E has a traditional capacitive fingerprint reader on the power button.) Iris scanning has existed since the Galaxy S7, so Samsung’s move away from it is a surprise about-face. Rumor has it that Google might fold 3D face scanning into the next version of Android, referred to as Android Q. For an animated explanation at how ultrasonic fingerprint scanners work, be sure to also check out the video in this story. Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know about the ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus.What’s an ‘ultrasonic’ fingerprint sensor?The 3D Sonic Sensor fingerprint sensor developed by Qualcomm uses sound waves (this is the “sonic” part) to “read” your fingerprint when you unlock your phone. The trend these days is to embed this fingerprint sensor underneath the display so that you unlock the phone by putting your finger or thumb in the center of the screen — it’s also called an in-screen fingerprint reader — but this type of sensor could also exist on a device’s home button. CNET saw a prototype of this ultrasonic sensor in 2015.In this case, the ultrasonic sensor is integrated into one of the several layers that make up your phone’s display. When you put your finger on the target area, you’re touching the glass that tops your phone, not the sensor. But your skin does send out a tiny electrical pulse that activates the sensor and gets it to do its thing. It’s been snoozing but by touching the phone, you’re giving it a wake-up nudge.oneplus-6t-3435The OnePlus 6T was the first phone with a US carrier to have an (optical) in-screen fingerprint reader. James Martin/CNET How exactly does the ultrasonic sensor work?When your electrical signal hits the sensor, it emits sound waves that bounce back up to your skin. Your skin’s surface isn’t flat — your fingertip is a unique pattern of of ridges and valleys, which is what makes fingerprinting a useful form of identification. These ultrasonic waves bounce back to the processor, which maps your fingerprint based on the pressure reading of the sound wave bouncing off your skin. Specifically, it calculates different levels of voltage based on your ridges and valleys.In a simplified example, say that your ridges are a 1 and your valley is a 0. The ultrasonic sensor module can map out that data to form a detail-rich 3D image of your fingerprint. The soundwaves can also detect your blood flow, and would reject a print from a severed finger. It can’t be fooled by fake fingers or synthetic skin.Ultrasonic versus optical fingerprint reader: How is it different?An optical fingerprint reader — like the one powered by component-maker Synaptics that we first saw in Vivo phones — bounces light up to your finger and back down to the sensor, which interprets the reading as a 2D image. It essentially takes a photo of your finger to determine the pattern of ridges and valleys. But experts say this approach is easier to fool with a photo, a fingerprint transfer (for example, if someone lifted your print) or a prosthetic fingerprint.Qualcomm claims that its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is powerful enough to get a reading 4 millimeters deep when it scans your print. That’s pore level. We have’t tried the Galaxy S10’s ultrasonic fingerprint reader yet, so we can’t say for sure if that’s right. But it’s a sure bet everyone in the security community will test it to the limit.samsung-galaxy-note-9-1296Goodbye, capacitive fingerprint reader. Hello, ultrasonic. Angela Lang/CNET How is ultrasonic different from a physical fingerprint reader?When you put your finger on a smooth reader on a phone’s back, side or home button, your fingerprint’s captured by a capacitive fingerprint sensor. Yes, “capacitive” is the same term that applies to your phone’s touchscreen, where your finger lets off trace amounts of electric charge for the display to sense where exactly you’re touching.It’s the same case here. Capacitors throughout the scanner detect the placement of your finger ridges by measuring electrical charge and then matching the pattern of those charges to your registered fingers.qualcomm-5g-prototype-phone Jessica Dolcourt/CNET What’s the advantage of using this over Face ID and other face unlocking features?Apple’s Face ID uses a depth map made of 30,000 infrared dots to map your facial contours. Samsung used to use competing technology to scan your irises, but has removed that for the new phones. The Galaxy S10 phones use a third method that’s baked in Google Android, which essentially takes a photo of your face. Face ID and iris scanning are considered secure enough to use for mobile payments, but the facial-recognition option In Android Pie won’t support mobile payments. It’s there for convenience, but won’t give you strong protection. It’s possible that Samsung ran into difficulties getting a front-facing 3D face scanner to work in time for its Galaxy S10 launch. It’s also possible that Samsung’s tying its fate to whatever Google supports, in order to save money on an investment that might be just a few months away. It wouldn’t be completely out of bounds to think that Samsung wanted to save a Face ID-style option for an August release of the Galaxy Note 10.Whatever the plan, whatever the motivation, it’s likely that the ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint reader will stick around for several generations — especially if it proves to be as fast, convenient and secure as Qualcomm says.Published: Dec. 4, 2018.Update: Feb. 21, 2019 at 10:01am PT. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $899last_img read more

Is adding live TV to Hulu more of a good thing Not

first_img No Yes No $ Yes Premium live TV streaming services compared Yes $ No No No Travel Channel Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Yes Yes Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Freeform FX Movie Channel Hulu with Live TV ($45) No No 3 $ No Yes Yes Yes No Yes (no ABC) Yes, in many markets Record shows for later (cloud DVR) Yes (keep for 9 months) No Yes Yes (30GB, 500GB for $10 a month) 63 Yes Yes Yes Yes No MyNetworkTV Yes $ Yes 2 ($6 option for 3) 5 DirecTV Now ($50) Premium channels compared Cartoon Network Yes Yes TV Land No Total channels: TBS $ $ Yes ABC Yes $ No Comedy Central CBS Yes IFC Yes No Yes Yes $ Yes Lifetime Movie Network Yes Yes Nat Geo Wild No No Yes No Yes Yes Cheddar $ Yes No No Fox Sports 1 Yes Yes DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes $ PBS Yes No PlayStation Vue Yes YouTube TV ($50) Animal Planet Yes Yes Yes No Fox Sports 2 64 Yes No No No No Yes $ Yes Yes Yes No No No $ $ $ Yes Yes NFL Red Zone Yes No PS Vue ($45) No Yes No Yes Weather Channel Hulu Apple No $50/month, $60/month or $80/month Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $ $ No No Yes Fox News Yes No $50/month for 70+ channels Hulu with Live TV No HGTV Yes Yes Yes Yes What do you get?Hulu has offered the Live TV service for over two years now, and its price has remained relatively stable — only increasing $5 a month. Other services have had bigger increases, including YouTube TV and DirecTV Now, both now up to $50.Hulu with Live TV expands on the existing on-demand service with over 60 live channels and throws in both a DVR and “guide.” Live TV is available on all the major platforms including browsers, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV and Roku.  Yes Yes Yes No No No BET No No Yes No Investigation Discovery No CNN Yes No Yes No MLB Network Sarah Tew/CNET With its recent price drop to $6, basic Hulu is one of the best deals in streaming. It offers gobs of current and past TV shows and movies for the price of a salted caramel mocha. Sadly, upgrading your subscription to Hulu with Live TV renders it a poor bargain. At $45 per month, or $55 if you want a DVR that actually lets you fast-forward through commercials, Hulu’s live TV option pales in comparison to other premium live TV streaming services, especially YouTube TV.In its favor, Hulu with Live TV does offer a healthy mix of channels and a (limited) DVR at the cheapest tier, and the deep on-demand catalog of Hulu is a great addition. But the problems of Hulu’s user interface, which may be forgivable in a service that costs $6 per month, are tough to overlook on a premium product. See it at HuluNote that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy products or services featured on our site. FuboTV No No Cooking Channel Yes Yes Fox No $ VH1 Yes Yes CW Yes Yes Yes Yes No Hallmark Yes Yes Smithsonian No Newsy No Yes Yes No Disney Junior Channel Yes HBO Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Disney XD No No Golf Channel No AMC $55/month for 100+ channels TNT No No Yes Yes Yes Premium services History Yes 2 ($15 option for unlimited) Yes Yes No ESPN Yes BBC World News Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Telemundo No Yes BBC America Yes No Yes $ $ Yes No Food Network DIY Yes Yes OWN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No $ Yes No Yes No Live TV streaming services for cord cutters: How to choose… ESPN 2 Disney Channel Yes No E! $ Boomerang No $ TVs Media Streamers Cinemax $ Yes Yes $ No Yes No Yes Yes Now playing: Watch this: No Yes FXX No Yes Yes No No reading • Hulu with Live TV review: Frustrating menus, limited DVR spoil the deal Yes Yes $ No 47 No Yes No Yes Viceland NBC Yes Yes Yes Yes CNBC Oxygen NBC Sports Network Total number of top 100 channels Yes $ No No Yes (need $10/mo. Enhanced DVR to skip commercials) No No Yes Yes No No No SEC Network CBS Sports Network Yes (20GB, keep for 30 days) Simultaneous streams per account Yes Yes $ Lifetime No Yes Yes No $ No No Yes $ ESPNU Turner Classic Movies Yes (keep for 28 days) No No $ Showtime Yes Yes Yes MSNBC Yes $ No Bravo MTV No $ YouTube TV No Yes A&E Step-up packages with more channels Yes Base price Yes Yes Yes No 58 Yes HLN No National Geographic Yes Yes Big Ten Network No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes CNET Apps Today Sundance TV No Yes Yes $ $ Tags $ $ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No 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. Yes, in many markets No Yes Yes No Yes No No Science Nicktoons No No No Yes No Yes No No No Nickelodeon ESPNews Yes Yes Yes Paramount Network No Motor Trend $45/month for 60+ channels $ Comments MTV2 Yes Destination America Yes 45 • $ $ No NFL Network Yes Yes $ Yes Fox Business Apart from the unusual interface, which I’ll cover shortly, the service’s biggest gotcha is the $10-a-month charge for the Enhanced DVR. The standard, non-enhanced DVR on Hulu Live lacks the ability to fast-forward and rewind through commercials on recorded content. To get that functionality, you need to spring for the Enhanced DVR.Many users see commercial skipping as a must-have for any DVR. Adding it brings the monthly price of Hulu with Live TV up to $60, which is more expensive than the basic tier of any other live TV service. And all of the other premium services include cloud DVRs that let you skip commercials as part of their standard functions.Read more: Hulu vs. DirecTV Now vs. Sling TV vs. YouTube TV and more: Live TV channels comparedHulu’s channel count is solid, better than PlayStation Vue but worse than YouTube TV and Fubo TV (meanwhile DirecTV Now has HBO). Check the channel lineup at the end of the article, or the big comparison above, to see if the Hulu with Live TV’s mix is right for you. Important missing channels include AMC, BBC America, MTV and Comedy Central.A short time ago, Hulu and Spotify cooperated on a super-sweet $10 bundle and while the deal has now expired it still has a number of subscribers who are grandfathered in. In case you’re wondering, you can’t upgrade this package to Hulu with Live TV (I know, I tried). To upgrade, you’ll need to create a new account and/or lose the bundle.What’s it like to use?02-hulu-live-tvGo directly to the Kardashians. Do not pass go. Do not pay $45. Sarah Tew/CNET Of all of the live TV services I’ve used, Hulu’s interface has the most radical design, but I liked it the least. As soon as you open Hulu with Live TV, the home page shows you just four-and-a-half shows at a time — a tiny number compared to all of the choices on Hulu — and other tabs are similarly limited, with too much wasted space. If you’ve used Hulu before, then you’ll notice that Live TV adds two new tabs to the existing Home, Browse, Search and Profile — these are My Stuff (DVR) and Live TV. I also dislike the two rows of different tabs at the top, which makes it more confusing to navigate. The first sub-tab on the home page is called Hulu Picks. Unlike Netflix’s suggestions, it seems to simply push whatever the hell Hulu feels like showing. On my account, it was the same five shows regardless of the profile chosen  — the Kardashians and the Good Fight — and these only disappeared if the particular profile had been created as a kid’s one. Hulu’s guide is the least-usable of any other streaming service out there. It again displays just four-and-a-half rows on each page and there’s no 14-day guide to browse upcoming shows. The Roku/Fire TV interface only shows you the next show on the selected channel. You need to scroll down ad infinitum to see what’s playing next. Meanwhile, Apple TV does lets you flick through and see more for the rest of the day — but the current show still takes up most of the available space. 05-hulu-live-tv Sarah Tew/CNET Likewise recording to the DVR is a pain — you can only do it from the guide and not while watching a show. You need to enter the guide and either long-press the middle button (Apple/Roku) or press the hamburger button and click record. Every other DVR-available service lets you record straight from the timeline, or at least while the show is still playing.Should you get it?If you’re a Hulu fan, like the mix of channels and don’t need a DVR with commercial skipping, then Live TV could be what you’re looking for. That is, if the interface doesn’t drive you bonkers. If you are looking for a premium live TV service, YouTube TV is worth the extra $5 per month over Hulu. Its channel offering is better, its DVR is more robust, and its interface is much easier to use. Yes No $ Yes No No $70/month Bloomberg TV Yes 2 ($5 option for 3) Yes Yes Yes Syfy Yes No $50/month for 45+ channels FX No 58 No 2:44 No $45/month for 55+ channels No C-SPAN Yes Yes No Yes WE tv Yes $ No No Starz No CMT TLC No Yes Yes No NBA TV Yes Yes ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC channels $ No $ Yes 45 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes EPIX Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Univision $ Yes Yes NHL Network Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Yes No USA Network Yes No Yes Yes Yes No TruTV Yes Yes Yes, in many markets Yes Nick Jr. Yes Yes No $ No Tastemade No No Yes No 62 Yes See All Apple Yes Yes No No Discovery Channel 47 Tennis Channel Share your voice 15 No Yes Yes Yes Yeslast_img read more

Facebook grants paid time off for baby leave as global benefit

first_imgLess than a week after Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he would take two months of paternity leave, the social media company announced it is extending its parental leave policy to full-time employees outside the United States.The policy, which provides 4 months of paid time off, will be provided to all new parents regardless of gender or location, starting from 1 January. Employees may take leave at any point up to a year after the birth of their child, Lori Matloff Goler, the company’s head of human resources, said in a Facebook post late on Wednesday, 25 November.Facebook currently offers 4 months of paid parental leave to US-based full-time workers. Outside the United States also, Facebook now offers a minimum of four months of paid leave to some full-time non US employees who are new mothers and primary caregivers. Fathers and non-primary caregivers outside the United States get four weeks of paid leave.”We want to be there for our people at all stages of life, and in particular we strive to be a leading place to work for families,” Goler added. “An important part of this is offering paid parental or ‘baby’ leave.”She said that the new policy will primarily help new fathers and employees in same-sex relationships outside the United States, noting that it will not change maternity leave already available to employees worldwide.Zuckerberg last week said he would take two months off after his daughter’s birth. Zuckerberg announced in July that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were expecting a baby girl; they have not said when the baby is due.His announcement was seen in Silicon Valley as a strong endorsement from a high-technology industry top executive on the importance of family time.Technology companies in Silicon Valley have been rushing to extend parental leave allowances and other benefits to help recruit and retain employees.Many high-tech workers, however, do not take advantage of such benefits for fear of falling behind at work or missing out on promotions.last_img read more

WB blacklists Tiger IT for smartcard scam

first_img.The World Bank has blacklisted Bangladeshi company Tiger IT for nine and half years on charges of corruption in the smartcard printing project of the election commission.Chairman of the company Ziaur Rahman has also been blacklisted for six and half years, according to a WB statement.Although the WB carried out an investigation on the same project in 2015, it did not find corruption at that time.According to the WB, Tiger IT and its chairman have indulged in corruption by tampering tenders. They interfered in the tender process so that others cannot participate in the tenders. They also tried to influence the investigation the WB was carrying out on the alleged corruption. WB blacklisted Tiger IT’s associate French company Oberthur in November last year.WB disclosed it on 24 April. The concerned board of WB took the decision after hearing different parties. The hearing was held in Washington.The EC undertook a project ‘Identification System for Enhancing Access to Services’ (IDEA) on 14 November 2011 to issue smartcards to voters. Around Tk 14 billion was taken as loan from WB to implement the project.The EC gave the work to Oberthur instead of qualified companies for making smartcards. The EC set conditions in the tender so that none but Oberthur can participate. The EC did it at the advice of Oberthur’s local agent Tiger IT.The matter became clear later. Locally Tiger IT did the work although Oberthur got the work to make smartcards.Following an allegation of aggrieved companies, WB sent a two-member team to Dhaka in June of 2015 to carry out an investigation. At that time they could not identify any corruption.In 2016, Prothom Alo approached two WB officials for information about the investigation, which they declined.Oberthur was in debt before making the contract with EC. Soon it merged with another company named Morpho to get rid of the liability after getting the work of making smartcards. The current name of the company is IDEMIA.The EC made the contract with Oberthur on 14 January 2015. As per the contract, Oberthur will make smartcards for 900 million voters, will carry out personalisation (preservation of voters’ information) of cards and will distribute at the upazila and thana (police station) levels. The EC’s contract with Oberthur was supposed to be ended on June 2016. But despite extensions, the company could not finish the work in time. As a result, EC cancelled the contract with Oberthur in 2018.It is learnt Oberthur could not supply empty cards timely due to change of its owners. The new company hiked the price of cards and a conflict with Tiger IT ensued. The dispute between the companies is under trial at a Dhaka court.When asked about the matter, Tiger IT director Tapendra Narayan declined to make any comments.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.last_img read more

The Myth Of Trumps Economic Populism As Proved By The Tax Bill

first_img Share Susan Walsh/APPresident Trump points out a supporter of Roy Moore, the embattled Alabama Republican Senate candidate, as he speaks at a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Fla., Friday.Once upon a time, there was a group of conservative intellectuals who were agnostic about Donald Trump.They were not “Never Trumpers,” but they weren’t Trump superfans either.They thought Trumpism might offer something new for the GOP. Since Trump wasn’t tied to the orthodoxies of either party he could, theoretically, offer a more populist path toward the future for Republicans.Conservative writer Henry Olsen, at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, looked to the tax plan to reflect this new vision, but it wasn’t there.For now, Olsen said, “Trumpian populism remains a tantalizing promise for people who are interested in it.”Olsen expected the tax plan to include some of Trump’s populist campaign promises — that the rich would pay more, the forgotten working class would pay less, and special interest loopholes like the carried-interest provision for hedge-fund managers would be gone.But the tax bill ended up instead being traditionally Republican in its focus on cutting taxes for the well-to-do but barely touching the working class and not helping the middle class to a significant degree.“That’s not what Trump promised,” Olsen said. “And it’s not what Trump’s voters thought they were getting.”Whatever happened to Ivanka Trump’s child care tax credit?One of the biggest disappointments for conservatives who believed that Trump could have offered a new, more reform-minded populist economics was the failure of the expanded child care tax credit offered by Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Marco Rubio.It was an actual populist idea, geared to the working class, because it was refundable against payroll taxes. But not only did Republican leaders oppose it, they made sure it failed by requiring it to get 60 votes, unlike other amendments.Not populist, but very conservativeThe tax bill might not be the kind of populist piece of legislation Trump promised during the campaign, but it does have a lot in it to make conservatives happy. Obamacare is unraveled; there are more tax breaks for people who home-school their kids or send them to religious schools; and there are tax hikes for graduate students, university endowments and voters in high-tax states. In other words — Democrats.Maybe economic policy isn’t the point of Trumpism at allNicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty ImagesSupporters wait for President Trump to speak during a rally at the Pensacola Bay Center Friday in Pensacola, Fla.Maybe the most important thing Trump offers his supporters isn’t economic policy or any policy at all — it’s his racially charged Twitter feed and the cultural grievances it directs at immigrants, Muslims and millionaire black athletes.Sure, Trump’s followers like the idea of having fewer tax brackets, said conservative Ben Domenech, publisher of TheFederalist.com, but, “What gets them riled up and active is the embrace of the culture-war issues — that Trump has shown himself perfectly happy to fight in a way that Republicans in a lot of other positions have been unwilling to traditionally.”There have always been two parts to the Republican Party’s message: conservative social issues for its white, blue-collar, evangelical base (think school prayer, abortion, same-sex marriage, immigration and crime) and a supply-side, trickle-down economic message for the rich and corporations. Trump has taken this two-pronged approach and put it on steroids.His tax bill is much more tilted to the wealthy than the tax bills of Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush. And his white-identity politics is much more raw and more central to his persona.It’s as if the Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street and the wealthy get the policy, while Trump’s blue-collar base gets the Twitter feed.What happens to this tension over time?In the long run, Olsen doesn’t think this Trumpist combination of trickle-down economics and white-identity policies offers a viable path for the GOP.Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiles while talking to reporters. The GOP tax bill he’s shepherding passed the Senate and is now being reconciled with the House.He’s not even sure it’s sustainable for Trump. And he disagrees that the basis of Trump’s appeal was racial.“There is a lingering discontent in the country that is much more than racial resentment,” Olsen said. “The working-class voters who voted for Obama and then for Trump were not motivated only by race.”Olsen said voters generally give their presidential choice a long leash. But if the person doesn’t deliver on what they really want in the end, voters will turn against him. And then, the culture wars on Twitter won’t be enough.But in the short term, this tax bill just might be the kind of win Trump and his party need.To the extent it has any impact at all, in the first year or two, it will probably be a positive one for most people. Their taxes will go down, and they’ll be able to keep more of their own money.That’s because the tax bill is front-loaded; the goodies come first. The regressive, nonpopulist part of the bill, where taxes for the middle class actually go up — kicks in later, well after the next election cycle.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines

first_img BAE Systems Selected to Develop Humvee on-Board Vehicle Power System More information: Press release (PhysOrg.com) — BAE Systems says it has a camouflage system that can render battle machines like tanks invisible or even seen as other objects in the immediate environment to protect against attack. The ‘cloak’ applied to a tank, which is BAE’s illustrated object to showcase its Adaptiv technology, can enable the tank to blend into the environment undetected or to look like another object entirely, avoiding night vision surveillance equipment and infrared targeting by aircraft. In so doing, the Adaptiv technology can mask the vehicle’s infrared signature. Explore further The Adaptiv cloak consists of a sheet of hexagonal hand-sized patches, or as BAE calls them, pixels. Their thermo electric material can switch temperatures quickly. On-board thermal cameras are what drive the panels, picking up whatever scenery is around and then showing that image on the vehicle. Around 1,000 of these panels can cover a small tank.BAE field-tested its technology on a Swedish CV90 tank made to blend into the scenery without detection. Alternatively, the pixels can protect gear by manipulating their appearance. Tanks can be made to look like cars, large rocks, trucks,or cows, for example.The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), helped fund BAE’s project; use of the infra-red spectrum in warfare has been an important focus for them.BAE estimates that the technology could be ready for production in two years. Later this month BAE will demonstrate the technology on a CV90 tank at the UK Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition from September 13 to 16. According to reports, research about the Adaptiv approach has been submitted to Britain’s Ministry of Defence.Since the days when infantry men marched in confidence wearing helmets with hanging leaves, technology has come a long way and has a way to go in the use of camouflage in the face of modern weapons. BAE sees its Adaptiv technology as a breakthrough, however. Past attempts have entailed excessive power requirements and that’s where Adaptiv stands out. Adaptiv project manager Pader Sjolund in a statement said Adaptiv panels in contrast consume relatively little power. “Our panels can be made so strong that they provide useful armor protection and consume relatively low levels of electricity,” he said.No doubt developments and ideas to address camouflage for warfare will continue in and outside BAE Systems. “Invisibility cloaks” is a topic of research that has been explored for some time. In 2006, Sir John Pendry at Imperial College London, led a group that focused on a “transformation optics” technique that involves the design of materials that steer light around objects, making them disappear from view.center_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: New camouflage technology from BAE hides war machines (2011, September 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-camouflage-technology-bae-war-machines.html 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.last_img read more

Mythological dance recital

first_imgRam Navami is celebrated in North India with great fervour and to mark the occasion, Bharatiya Sangeet Sadan and Sangeet Natak Akademi is going to organise a dance and music programme titled-’Shri Ram-Panchwati Varnan – Ram Van Gaman’ on Friday in the national Capital.Dr Mahesh Sharma, minister of State for Tourism & culture will be inaugurating the event where dance maestro and Padamshri Uma Sharma will perform Nritya-Bhinaya (Kathak) on this auspicious occasion. The cultural programme will provide a delightful experience to all dance and music lovers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event is based on the Tulsidas Chaupai and it will be presented by Uma Sharma with her disciples. Vocal support and music direction will be provided by Pt. Jwala Prasad. The performance will show the flawless presentation from the ancient text, chapter Ram Van Gaman and will unfold the deep emotion and love of Sita towards her better half. It will also show how for an Indian woman, the company of her husband is more important rather than the comfort of a palace. Panchvati Varnan is also narration of Surpanakha’s jealousy towards Sita’s beauty and how her rage to take revenge led to abduction of Sita. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUma Sharma has worked majorly in preserving the ancient Indian art dance form with her passion and extensive research on our age-old dance form and brought out the transition of former style of Kathak to modern. She has travelled around the world narrating the timeless stories of Indian mythology and attended various workshops. To keep the culture long lived, she is mentoring budding stars who share the same interest and preserve the art.When: April 15Where: Meghdoot Theatre, Sangeet Natak AkademiTiming: 6:30 pmlast_img read more