Polisario Faces New Corruption Scandal of Embezzling Aid

Rabat – The Polisario Front is facing another corruption scandal. The president of the Canary Sahrawi Forum Miguel Angel Ortiz wrote an opinion piece published by La Provincia to condemn what he called Polisario’s embezzlement of aid and corruption. In the publication, the author said that a new scandal broke within the Tindouf camps following the misappropriation of some €2.5 million of humanitarian aid from the international community for Sahrawis living in Tindouf camps.Ortiz further explained that a leader of the separatist group addressed the scandal and asked the front to provide explanations. The opinion piece said that the Polisario Front was unable to justify the expenses related to the grants, “which shows how corruption is deeply-rooted among the separatists.”“Once again, the Polisario commits this kind of indecent practices and dishonest behavior towards the population it claims to represent and the international community which donates every year, in good faith, huge amounts of money that are managed in a suspicious way by the polisario’s leaders,” wrote the president of the Canary Sahrawi Forum.Ortiz also recalled that Spain’s autonomous communities provide several million of euros of humanitarian aid in form of foodstuffs and materials sent to the camps by official bodies and international NGOs.Ortiz recalled also the European Union’s Anti-Fraud Office report published in recent years, which exposed and denounced Polisario’s embezzlements of humanitarian aid.In his 2018 report on Western Sahara, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the situation in the Tindouf camps.Guterres spoke further about the “the lack of progress in the political process,” as well as “persistent difficulties, such as malnutrition, brought about by the steady reductions in humanitarian aid.”In the sixth section of the report, the UN chief warned that “malnutrition and anaemia prevalence remained public health concerns.” read more

5 Key Steps for Your Customer Service Automation Roadmap

Interactive voice response (IVR) systems and their conversational evolutionHelp centers on the Web and mobileConversational assistants and chatbotsAnswer botsBot platformsRobotic process automation (RPA)Workflow and low-code platforms, sometimes called digital automation platforms How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. ProcessAutomation.jpg Enterprises are struggling with an ever-growing volume of customer interactions. Gartner has forecasted an increase of three and a half times in five years. Customer service organizations are turning to automation and self-service to cope with such an unprecedented growth. These initiatives, enabled by a slew of new technologies, have risen to the top of their agendas. What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. You should leverage your interaction taxonomy, in combination with the desired outcome, problem resolution, or more open-ended assistance, to identify the best form of automation. Deciding where to automate is the fourth element of your framework. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI 2. Choose your project approachThe nice thing about these modern technologies is that most of them can be implemented using an Agile approach — although some of them, such as IVR, might require additional tools to enable rapid iterations. While I advocate for use of an Agile methodology, you might decide otherwise. For example, if your organization is in a highly regulated environment, a more formal approach might be warranted. Tags:News & ViewsCustomer Interactionscustomer service automationRPAchatbotsContact Center & Customer ExperienceNews & Views Articles You Might Like While some of these are well-known solutions, several nuances and dependencies are less understood. Answer bots use unsupervised learning to pull answers from a knowledge base while conversational assistants, be they chatbots or voicebots, require training on specific intents. The notion of intent isn’t easily grasped. We tend to think of intent in general terms, whereas for conversational AI, intents are pretty narrow. Successful deployments will have hundreds of intents, with each requiring training. Bot platforms offer a simpler — scripted — approach, but may require a large number of scripts, and that makes maintenance difficult. Likewise, RPA is easy to deploy, but sometimes rebuilding a process using modern workflow technologies is preferable to stacking layers of automation. Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. I’ve been leveraging a framework based on three types of interactions: informational, transactional, and grievance. Gartner recently introduced a framework based on the job to be done. Its six resolution jobs include transact, confirm, discuss, workaround, validate, and vent. Whether you use an existing framework or create your own, you need a classification. An interaction taxonomy should be the third component of your framework. Instrumentation to measure not just the ROI of automation but also its impact on the customer experience and satisfactionA process to deal with knowledge needs, including gaps, content reformatting for voice and messaging channels, and feedback loopsEventually, a governance model to ensure the automations added stay manageable and don’t become an additional element of complexity The first thing to do is to look at this array of technologies as a toolbox and understand their specificities rather than picking one and trying to apply it across all use cases. When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail! It doesn’t mean that you need them all. You should choose a few based on the discussion that follows and pick the right one based on the job at hand. Automation has become inevitable. To make the most of all the available technologies without inducing customer experience backfires or adding complexity, you need to put together a dynamic automation roadmap. Doing so requires the assembly of technology toolbox, the choice of a project methodology, the classification of your interactions, an approach to define where automation should take place, and a model to evaluate process automation feasibility. 4. Decide where to automateSelf-service is a form of automation through which you push the burden of getting things done to the customer. It can address consumers’ appetite to self-help or explore options by themselves. It can backfire, putting too much effort on the customer. It can also remove your brand from desired interactions. Agent-side automation, whereby automation is used to assist an agent, is the second option. The third, pure automation, consists of automating the process either by stitching together several steps or building a new integrated process. 1. Look at technologies as a toolboxA wide range of technologies are available: 3. Develop your interaction taxonomyWhile various technologies shine at different types of interactions, the industry is still exploring how best to define use cases for each. The picture gets complicated because the boundaries between pre- and post-sales interactions are vanishing. Many pre-sales assistance interactions are customer service in nature. Also, with the development of the subscription economy, many service interactions are becoming sales opportunities. The choice of a project methodology is the second item of your automation framework. As part of this choice, you want to decide on three things: Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? However, I’m hearing consistent challenges on three fronts. Projects are harder to scale than envisioned. The choice of technology and approach often feels like a maze. Eventually, businesses wrestle striking the right balance of automation and human touch, making sure automation doesn’t get in the way of the customer experience. Today, I’d like to propose a five-element framework for putting together a dynamic automation roadmap. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » 5. Evaluate process automation feasibilityA few years ago, McKinsey estimated that 30% of customer interactions could be automated. The score may seem low compared to manufacturing or finance, industries that enjoy a higher degree of automation potential. The 30% figure takes into account all the exceptions with which customer service has to deal. Also, when you layer automation on top of a process, there’s always a risk of adding to its complexity. You need to evaluate whether automation is the way to go, whether you’re better off having a person handle the task, or if you should redesign the entire process. Forrester’s Craig Le Clair, a principal analyst serving enterprise architecture and business process professionals, came up with a rule of five for RPA. Consider robotic automation for processes requiring fewer than 500 clicks, five decisions, and five integration points. I recently discovered a process automation score that’s similar to the customer effort score. It lets you evaluate and prioritize which processes to automate based on attributes such as the daily volume, the human effort, the applications to integrate, and the amount of exceptions. The fifth element of your framework is a method to evaluate which processes you should automate. De Kouchkovsky is writing on behalf of BCStrategies, an industry resource for enterprises, vendors, system integrators, and anyone interested in the growing business communications arena. A supplier of objective information on business communications, BCStrategies is supported by an alliance of leading communication industry advisors, analysts, and consultants who have worked in the various segments of the dynamic business communications market. Log in or register to post comments read more

UN force commanders in three West African countries hold coordination meeting

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, Albert Tévoédjrè, said the UN Mission in that country (MINUCI) convened the meeting of the force commanders for Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone because of the regional dimension of their mandates, highlighted in Mr. Annan’s most recent report to the UN Security Council.That report noted that a number of cross-border problems underlie the instability in Côte d’Ivoire and the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. These include the pervasive culture of impunity, the use of child soldiers, the employment and proliferation of mercenaries, the exodus of refugees and the prevalence of numerous West African ex-combatants.Lieutenant General Daniel Ishmael Opande, Force Commander of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL), Major General Sajad Akram, Force Commander of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and Brigadier General Abdul Hafiz, Chief Military Liaison Officer of MINUCI attended the coordination meeting, which was the third of its kind in the sub-region, but the first to be held in Abidjan.Military coordination among the three peacekeeping missions has included measures to promote the easy exchange of information, greater coordination and rapid intervention when necessary. Through border observation posts and other sources, the missions warn each other of potential hotspots. read more

Australia struggles to keep on top of red and green tape for

first_imgA new report has indicated that despite years of commitments from all levels of government to reduce and streamline green tape in Australia, the level of reglatory complexity for development approvals has increased in the past seven years with little observable improvement in environmental outcomes. An audit by environmental and economic consultants URS comparing approvals laws in 2006 and today shows there has been more than 120 changes to state and federal government approvals laws and supporting legislation.The audit shows there have been six new pieces of legislation, six replacement Acts and more than 60 sets of amendments to approvals laws; and 50 sets of additions and amendments to subordinate legislation, regulations and codes of practice. In December 2007, the Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Business Regulation And Competition Working Group agreed to pursue a national approach to red and green tape with the objective of ensuring “no net increase in the regulatory burden”. It appears little progress has been made in pursuit of this goal.The changes identified in the URS audit have had a material impact on the time and cost of obtaining approvals in Australia without any related increase in environmental protection. URS concludes that “the approval processes have become more politicised and with a shorter-term focus since the 2006 Audit, and that this has increased uncertainty and compliance costs for industry, as well as the costs incurred by government agencies in administering the processes”.The audit shows that in many cases there has been an inability to specify the “problem” or market failure the regulatory changes were designed to redress. This despite a November 2007 COAG agreement that new regulations would only be introduced after government had established a ‘case for action’.It is well past time that all levels of government got serious about their commitments to improve Australia’s regulatory environment. This does not mean less scrutiny nor should it mean lower environmental standards, it means more efficient and effective oversight. It also means less words and more action from all levels of government.As the URS report says: “The extent of regulatory ‘churn’ is highly destabilising for business. Further, the audit update also revealed that while there is a strong commitment to red/green tape reduction by governments, this has resulted in a plethora of review processes rather than efficiency reforms”.Other URS findings include that mining is subject to more regulatory requirments than most, if not all, other economic activities and the creation of independent expert panels has the potential to undermine the confidence of existing approvals processes. Offices of Best Practice Regulation become involved too late to have significant influence on the development of policy initiatives and associated regulatory measures. The loss of capacity, capability and competence with government agencies has impacted the ability to make the right regulatory decision in a timely manner.last_img read more

Another €150 million added to Governments economic stimulus plan

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT HAS announced that an additional €150 million will be invested in its major capital economic stimulus plan.The extra funding will go towards school construction and road maintenance and repair, as well as the scheme for retro-fitting local authority houses.28 school projects will be funded, with around €50 million in new funding matching €40 million of funds previously assigned to the Department of Education.An additional €50 million will be allocated to road upkeep and development, with 600 kilometres of roadway “to be rehabilitated to a high standard”.A further €50 million will be allocated to an energy efficiency grant scheme, allowing 25,000 local authority houses to be upgraded so that they can become more energy efficient.In each case, the funding is additional to the capital budgets already assigned to each Department in the Budget 2013 estimates.The Department of Education expects 1,200 direct and indirect construction jobs to be created through the school projects, which are in addition to the 275 projects announced last year.Transport minister Leo Varadkar, meanwhile, said his €50 million would be used to address the damage caused to the country’s roads by two successive harsh winters.“While resources are limited, there is a risk that roads can deteriorate quite rapidly and are expensive to repair if repairs and maintenance are not carried out,” he said.It is expected that most of the funding will go towards projects where the design stage is well advanced, with some projects beginning construction by the end of 2013.Public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin said it was important to continue capital development works despite the financial constraints on the government.Poll: Do you feel safe on Irish roads?last_img read more

Antoine de SaintExupéry Google célèbre lanniversaire de sa naissance

first_imgAntoine de Saint-Exupéry : Google célèbre l’anniversaire de sa naissanceAntoine de Saint-Exupéry, le père du Petit Prince, aurait eu 110 ans aujourd’hui. Google célèbre l’événement avec un Doodle aux couleurs du célèbre conte philosophique.Né le 29 juin 1900 à Lyon, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry est connu pour ses aventures de pilote, et pour ses œuvres littéraires. Ces dernières s’inspirent parfois directement de son premier métier, comme Vol de Nuit, paru en 1931.Mais “Saint-Ex”, comme il fut rapidement surnommé, est surtout connu comme l’auteur du conte Le Petit Prince, qui depuis 1943 fait voyager petits et grands du monde entier entre philosophie et poésie.Disparu en mission durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, le 31 juillet 1944, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry aurait eu 110 ans aujourd’hui. Le 29 juin 2010 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NYCC 2017 Exclusive Collectibles We Need to Get Our Hands On

first_img Hands-On: Monster Energy Supercross is More Exciting Than Soft DrinksCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Stay on target New York Comic-Con is three weeks away, and we’re already getting ready for it. For normal people that means putting together a schedule or arranging cosplay. For me, it means building a shopping list. The convention is getting dozens of show-exclusive pieces of merch. Action figures, statues, vinyl toys, prints, albums, comics, you name it.I pored through the rows and rows of announced NYCC exclusives and found some of the best. At least, the best by my strange standards. Here we go!Bandai Hobby Perfect Grade Millennium FalconNot to once again weeb out, but American model kits have nothing on Japanese ones, specifically those from Bandai Hobby. Decades of Gundam plastic model kit (or Gunpla) technological advancement has led to massive intricate models that don’t need any glue, and boast a surprising variety of colors even when unpainted. That technology extends into Bandai Hobby’s Star Wars model kits, most of which are smaller starfighters like the X-Wing and TIE Interceptor. Then there’s the NYCC exclusive Perfect Grade Millennium Falcon. 1/72 scale. 700 pieces. $400. Going into the different Gunpla model grades and what they mean would be its own article, but let’s just say that Perfect Grade is the biggest, most elaborate type of Bandai Hobby model you can get.Where: Bluefin, booths 1612 and 1813How Much: $400Bob’s Burgers Kuchi KopiKuchi Kopi is a weird thing from Bob’s Burgers, which is full of so many low-key weird things. Japanese mascot night light cartoon sculpture thing? I don’t even know what it is, but you can get it at NYCC. This is a vinyl figure, and it glows in the dark, so you can use it when you’re hiding in a crawlspace.Where: UCC Distributing, booth 2574How Much: $29.99Hot Ryu Action FigureGaming’s favorite karate hobo took a level in sexy when he grew a beard for Street Fighter V. Storm Collectibles takes him out of his torn gi and into some torn black pants, looking like the beefy martial arts dad of so many rule 34 fantasies. And yes, the official name of this design is “Hot Ryu.” They’ll also have less-hot Ryu in a unique brown gi, and from Mortal Kombat a bloody Noob Saibot figure.Where: Bluefin, booth 1612, 1813How Much: $60James Gunn Funko PopWe can all make jokes about Funko Pops and whether they suck or rule. I’m personally not a fan because I prefer my collectibles to be on-model or at least detailed enough to justify the cute redesign (Good Smile’s Nendoroids are a great example), but honestly, I’m just happy to see James Gunn get some vinyl representation. Guardians of the Galaxy 1 and 2 were both great, as were his previous films like Super (which is better than Kick Ass, fight me). Now if they would just make a Lloyd Kaufman Funko Pop, I might actually consider starting a small collection. Also, if you want it or any of the other Funko Pop exlcusives, you need to enter a lottery to get a chance for a time slot to enter the booth. That’s horrifying.Where: Funko, booth 722How Much: Not listedRick & Morty Chrome Portal GunThis season of Rick & Morty is super strong. Darkness, continuity, hilariously bizarre situations, Mortys killing Mortys, you name it. Rick’s portal gun enables everything in the show, starting with Rick’s own megalomaniacal nihilism, and you can get your own at NYCC. And you can get it chromed the hell out. This is one shiny bastard of a toy gun, and it even projects a green portal on whatever you point it at. Not a real portal, because $30 isn’t enough to get you a drop of even bootleg portal fluid.Where: UCC Distributing, booth 2574How Much: $29.99Original Star Wars Movie PosterThis is just impressive for any Star Wars fan. Spiderwebart is going to sell 65 of the original Star Wars movie posters from 1977, at the show. It probably got its hands on those posters because it’s owned by Greg Hildebrant, one of the brothers who drew the art for that very poster. And he’ll sign it, and sketch Darth Vader’s head to go with it. If you preorder it before the show, you’ll get a Chewbacca sketch, too! That’s Star Wars enthusiast gold, right there.Where: Spiderwebart Gallery, booth 345How Much: $300Steven Universe 15-Inch Cookie Cat PlushI’m not gonna lie, this is totally going to be my new throw pillow. It’s Steven’s favorite ice cream confection, and considering the insanely long waits between new episodes to complete story arcs on Steven Universe, this big, flat plush ice cream sandwich is going to have to tide me over until the truth behind Rose Quarts is revealed.Where: UCC Distributing, booth 2574How Much: $24.99The Witcher Light-Up Wall SculptureThat weird spiky wolf head from The Witcher has become the icon of the series, and is almost as popular as Geralt in a bathtub. The Dark Horse Comics booth will have a wall sculpture of that goofy wold head, with light-up red eyes.Where: Dark Horse Comics, booth 1636How Much: $60Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

You Can Buy Epic Games Store Exclusives on Humble

first_img Disclaimer: Humble Bundle is owned by IGN which is owned by Ziff Davis, who also owns Geek.com.Just as we predicted, at GDC the increasingly bloody new PC game store wars are just heating up. And Epic is going on the attack to convince players and creators alike to support its new Epic Games Store platform over Steam. This is good news though because more competition puts more power back in the hands of the people.More competition can also lead to more intriguing collaboration. And Epic is leading the way on that front, too. At its GDC keynote Epic revealed that exclusive Epic Games Store titles are also coming to the Humble Store.While it has become more of a traditional games store in recent years, including publishing its own games like the sublime Wandersong, Humble Bundle still conjures fond memories of “pay what you want prices” and generous sharing of profits among developers and charities. The Epic Games Store also wants to cultivate this charitable image, already giving developers a way bigger cut off profits, so a good-faith partnership between the two makes sense.Soon, you can buy games on Humble and receive keys for their Epic Games Store counterparts. You can also link your Epic and Humble accounts to just buy games directly. None of the profit-sharing will change as Epic isn’t taking any revenue for Humble purchases. And it sounds like this isn’t the only store Epic plans to partner with in the future.For more on the Epic Games Store look back on its last battle over Metro: Exodus and see how it currently stands against rivals like Steam and Good Old Games. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on targetlast_img read more

Body found in Columbia River near I205 bridge

first_imgAuthorities are investigating after a body was found floating in the Columbia River near the Interstate 205 bridge Monday afternoon.Deputies with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office River Patrol responded to the report of a body in the river about 1 p.m. Monday and discovered a male dead in the water, the agency reported.Detectives with the sheriff’s office responded and are conducting a death investigation.The body was turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office. Further details are pending identification and family notification.last_img read more

Real estate agents seek flood insurance reform

first_imgReforming federal flood insurance policies could help take pressure off of the housing market, local real estate agents say, and calls for change are rising.Organizations including the Clark County Association of Realtors are rallying to adjust the National Flood Insurance Program because they say its methods are outdated, keeping premiums too high and slowing house sales, among other things.“It definitely becomes a barrier to closing a deal on time. And sometimes, especially in this day and age, consumers can lose out on interest rates,” said Nathan Gorton, government affairs director for Washington Realtors.Currently, homes with a federally-backed mortgage that are also considered vulnerable to rising waters have to enroll in the program. Homeowners pay premiums based on how prone to flooding their areas may be.But detractors argue the program is faulty, charging the riskiest homes too little and the safest homes too much. Real estate groups say that if the federal government put private insurers “on equal footing,” risk could be distributed more evenly, insurance premiums could drop and ultimately the experience could be much smoother, they said.last_img read more

Illegal landing in NW Provo

first_img Car-jacking, armed robberies, TCI Police hands full with new gun crimes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #SeeSomethingSaySomething Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Gun Crimes unit under construction, says TCI Police Commissioner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – Illegal landing of a suspected Haitian boat yet again in NW Provo last night and yet again anything and everyone aboard the vessel got in without apprehension.  There are no details at this hour including how many people, if this was another speed boat drop off or the precise time of the landing.What is clear is that greater UK support is required to aide the TCI in this huge, multi-pronged fight.   OPBAT, which includes Royal Bahamas Defense Force, US Coast Guard and DEA is useful but the waters of the Atlantic Ocean surrounding the TCI, The Bahamas, Cuba, Hispaniola and the Florida coast is a massive area to police.    There have been significant interceptions  over Spring and Summer 2017.Crimestoppers TCI continues to pitch messages to discourage these risky voyages in Haiti and in country and the prevelance of these human smuggling operations are beginning to blemish the reputation of Turks and Caicos.The TCI awaits the findings of a UK assessment of National Security needs; the assessment was conducted earlier this year by the United Kingdom which is constitutionally responsible for Natl Security and Foreign Affairs.#seesomethingsaysomething#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you Editorial: Stop Likin’ Man!last_img read more

LongServing Members of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Celebrating Churchs 45th Anniversary

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 23, 2017 – Nassau – Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, welcomed to Government House 45 long-serving members of Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, who was ‘there from the beginning’ — celebrating the church’s 45th Anniversary with their courtesy call on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)last_img read more

HR professionals are the most hangry

first_imgSomething for the weekend: Whether you are clock watching for your lunch hour or whether you get the munchies mid-afternoon, being hungry at work can impact your mood, with 34% of respondents feeling stressed when hungry, according to research by Tastecard.The survey of 1007 Brits also found that HR professionals are the most likely to feel angry because they are hungry, or ‘hangry’, with 93% of HR respondents feeling hangry at least once a week.The research also found:42% of respondents feel irritable when hangry, and 41% feel frustrated.26% of respondents have broken a diet while hangry.40% of respondents feel hangriest between breakfast and lunch.83% of male respondents feel hangry at least once a week, compared to 77% of female respondents.91% of 18-24-year-old respondents are hangry at least once a week.31% of 18-24-year-old respondents have had an argument when hangry.21% of respondents in media and marketing have thrown a tantrum when hungry.The top 10 hangriest professions are:HR (93%)Media and marketing (88%)Sales (86%)Finance and purchasing (85%)IT (83%)Legal (80%)Business administration (77%)Transport and logistics (74%)Healthcare (73%)Education (64%)Matt Turner, chief executive officer at Tastecard, said: “The results of our poll show that the majority of us have experienced ‘hanger’ and have had a hangry moment or two at some point, whether it’s losing our temper or breaking a diet. It’s interesting how hunger can have such a big impact on our behaviour, and how quickly it can turn into hanger.”With 88% of media employee respondents becoming hangry at least once a week, we suggest anyone visiting the Employee Benefits team before lunch brings snacks!last_img read more

Demi Lovato Earns Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt

first_imgGRAMMY nominee shows off her advancing martial arts skillsRenée FabianGRAMMYs Aug 29, 2017 – 9:39 am Don’t mess with GRAMMY nominee Demi Lovato. Just two days after singing the national anthem to open the fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, the singer/songwriter has announced her own martial arts mastery.Lovato earned her blue belt in the Brazilian art of jiu jitsu, which focuses on ground fighting and grappling. A blue belt for an adult recognizes the first advancement level from beginner to intermediate fighter. Lovato announced the achievement on Instagram, adding she has been practicing the martial art for the last year.”I’m so beyond excited because I just received my blue belt in #brazilianjiujitsu,” Lovato said. “I fell in love with #BJJ over a year ago and have been training several times a week ever since.” Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato: Favorite National AnthemRead more Demi Lovato Earns Jiu Jitsu Blue Belt Twitter Content Not Available Facebook News center_img Email What Jiu Jitsu Achievement Did Demi Lovato Earn? demi-lovato-earns-jiu-jitsu-blue-belt https://www.instagram.com/p/BYWDr25F161 https://www.instagram.com/p/BYWEuE5HKeg A force to be reckoned with in the music world, it’s clear Lovato is dedicated to personal empowerment in all aspects of her life.”I’m more proud of the work [Demi Lovato] puts in with nobody watching than I am what she does with the world watching,” said Jay Glazer, the owner of Unbreakable Performance, the gym where Lovato trains. “Congrats on achieving your blue belt today in #bjj, YOU put the grind in!”last_img read more

Logic Calls Out Lets Make America Rap Again On New Single The

first_img Facebook Logic Calls Out “Let’s Make America Rap Again” On New Single “The Return” https://twitter.com/Logic301/status/1032842221752606721 The rapper’s latest single challenges rap itself to supply more powerful inspirationPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Aug 24, 2018 – 5:02 pm GRAMMY-nominated rapper Logic released “The Return” today, slipping back into his “Young Sinatra” persona to come hard and challenge the state of the genre. Produced by 6ix, the track’s rhymes close with Logic’s call-out to Jay-Z to join him in a “real rap” collaboration to “smack the whole industry.”While last month’s release of “One Day” with Ryan Tedder reminded listeners of their own ability to get up when they’re down, “The Return” keeps the focus more on Logic himself, setting up an unconventional take on the tough-and-boasting song format that is one of rap’s classics. While superficially he’s bragging on his own history of rising to the occasion and getting back up after beat-downs, the track also embodies a tribute to how rap helped him accomplish that feat. “The Return” Brings Logic Back To Rap Basics logic-calls-out-lets-make-america-rap-again-new-single-return Email The sample behind Logic on “The Return” is from Nina Simone’s “Wild Is The Wind,” blended with horns. Rolling Stone summarizes other references in the lyric, but for many, Logic’s aspirational twist of “Let’s make America rap again” will stand out. The call-outs are all future-facing, like his suggestion he’s been waiting to hear from Nike, and their context is confidence based on experience that getting back up is doable, for him, for you and for rap itself.Logic received Song Of The Year and Best Music Video nominations for “1-800-273-8255” at the 60th GRAMMY Awards earlier this year, with Alessia Cara and Khalid helping to deliver the song’s message that the U.S. suicide helpline is one phone call away. As much as he admonishes individuals not to stay down, he also gives recognition to the help that’s out there. Knowing how much rap has done for him and millions of others, Logic shows he’s a champion for rap to help us make it through the new challenges we’re facing.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter News last_img read more

Video of meteoroid crashing on Jupiter goes viral but why should we

first_imgNASA, ESA, and A. Simon (NASA Goddard)Several space experts have previously predicted that the earth will face a doomsday scenario when a gigantic space rock hits the planet with full fury. Studies conducted by NASA reveal that there are hundreds of near-earth objects (NEO) lurking in the solar system, and catastrophe will be triggered if one such object hits the earth. Just a few days ago, one such event happened in the solar system, and luckily, the meteoroid impact fell on Jupiter, not earth.An amateur astronomer named Ethan Chappel, captured the visuals of the impact using an ordinary telescope, and the visuals have already gone viral on the online space. It should be noted that the meteoroid that hit Jupiter was so big, and it was the reason why the bright light of the impact became visible on the earth.After spotting the meteoroid crash, Ethan Chappel compiled the images taken to a gif and uploaded it on Twitter where it went viral. The meteoroid impact happened in the southern equatorial belt of Jupiter, and the bright flash only lasted for some moments.Imaged Jupiter tonight. Looks awfully like an impact flash in the SEB. Happened on 2019-08-07 at 4:07 UTC. pic.twitter.com/KSis9RZrgP— Chappel Astro (@ChappelAstro) August 7, 2019Experts believe that discoveries like these could help humans to know more about wandering space rocks in the solar system and the way in which their collisions affect the planets.In the meantime, NASA, the United States space agency is busy developing a planetary defense system to protect the earth from doomsday scenarios that might arise due to asteroid and meteor hits. The planetary defense weapon aims to deflect the collision trajectory of space bodies using a large spacecraft so that they will zip past the earth without a devastating collision.However, some experts believe that NASA’s planetary defense weapon will not work on large asteroids, and they believe that the only way to protect the earth is by nuking the approaching rogue space body.last_img read more

Could Texans Receive A False Alarm About A Nuclear Missile Launch

first_img Share Hawaii is the only state that is set up to send cellphone alerts about the threat of an incoming ballistic missile. https://t.co/Yt5dMVhbmD— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 17, 2018 Emily Albracht for The Texas TribuneSend us your questions about Texas politics and policy by emailing texplainer@texastribune.org or visiting texastribune.org/texplainer.Hey, Texplainer: Does Texas have statewide precautions in place should we get threatened with a ballistic missile? And could Texans ever receive false alerts like Hawaiians did Saturday?Thousands of Hawaii residents and visitors said they feared for their lives Saturday after receiving a cell phone emergency alert warning of an incoming ballistic missile. The alert — which read “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL” — was later found to be a false alarm.Officials first blamed the faulty notification on an employee who pushed the “wrong button,” though The Washington Post later reported that the employee was working with a drop-down menu on a computer program and chose the wrong item.Could Texans receive the same kind of false alarm? Experts say no.According to Michael Mosser, a lecturer in the International Relations and Global Governance program at the University of Texas at Austin, “it’s definitely an apples-to-oranges comparison between Hawaii and Texas.”Unlike most of the continental United States, Hawaii was identified as a likely strike target by a North Korean propaganda photo from 2013. Due to its proximity to countries like North Korea, in 2016 Hawaii built a statewide version of the the federal early warning system. Texas, on the other hand, doesn’t have the same kind of statewide civil defense procedure to protect against the threat of an incoming missile.“In Texas, defending against ballistic missiles from North Korea is not high on our list of priorities because there are limited budgets,” Mosser said. “This could only have happened in Hawaii because of the system they have in place that we don’t really have,” he added. The closest system Texas has in place is the State Operations Center, which is at the Department of Public Safety headquarters in Austin. The center monitors “all hazards” in Texas, said DPS spokesman Tom Vinger.According to its website, the agency is charged with “monitoring threats, making notification of threats and providing information on emergency incidents to local, state, and federal officials, and coordinating state emergency assistance to local governments that have experienced an emergency situation that local response resources are inadequate to deal with.”However, if a ballistic missile were headed in Texas’ direction, the federal Emergency Alert System would be tasked with issuing a warning, Vinger said. The federal system requires broadcasters to give the president the ability to communicate with the American public during national emergencies. State and local authorities may also use the system to deliver emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information.Should a missile be launched at Texas, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises people to quickly find shelter, preferably a building made of brick or concrete, to go as far below ground as possible, listen for official information and follow the instructions provided by emergency personnel.However, Mosser said there’s little evidence to suggest Texas is a primary target of a North Korean missile.“We’re not completely off the radar screen from North Korea’s point of view,” Mosser said. “The entire continental U.S. is in range of the most recent North Korea missile, so sure, Texas is a possible target, but there’s very little evidence to suggest Texas is a primary target in any way.”The bottom line: Texans couldn’t receive a false nuclear missile alert because the state has no warning system like Hawaii does. If a missile were headed toward Texas, the federal government would have primary responsibility for warning, and then aiding, the state.Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors is available here.Panic in Hawaii as Civil Defense issues alert for ‘inbound ballistic missile threat’ which told residents to ‘urgently seek shelter’ https://t.co/HLb1g3FFF4 pic.twitter.com/AMNTVDa6Kp— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 13, 2018center_img After the false alarm in Hawaii, what to do in the event of a missile threat. https://t.co/HXif6ciZ2t pic.twitter.com/bDr1MPe7mU— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) January 16, 2018last_img read more

KMC to install LED advertisement boards in city

first_imgKolkata: In a significant step towards curbing pollution and reduction in electricity bills, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will install LED advertisement boards that will be lit up by solar power at 26 places in Kolkata.The decision has been taken in the recent Mayor in Council’s (MMiC) meeting. The tender in this regard will be floated soon, an official in the Advertisement department of the civic body said.According to sources at the advertisement department, the places that have been earmarked for this purpose include Park Circus, Dum Dum Road, Jadavpur 8B bus stand, junction of Sukanta Setu in Jadavpur, Ramlal Bazaar crossing, Santoshpur crossing, DL Khan Road, AJC Bose Road, Sarat Bose Road, Elgin Road, SP Mukherjee Road to name a few. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The company that will put their advertisements in these LED monopoles will have to keep 60 percent of these boards for social welfare schemes undertaken by the state government like Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Rupashree etc or that of KMC regarding dangerous buildings, unit area assessment, drive against vector-borne diseases and others.The rest 40 percent will be reserved for their own advertisements,” a senior official of the KMC’s advertisement department said. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIt may be mentioned that in a bid to check illegal banners and hoardings of advertisements in the city, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce GPS mapping.”We have a GPS mapping system to keep a check on filling up of waterbodies. A similar system will be introduced in case of advertisements as well,” a senior official said.He added that the civic body will prepare a map of the geographical area and anyone, who puts up advertisement hoardings beyond that area, can be identified through this GPS mapping. “This will stop illegal hoardings in the city,” he added.last_img read more

Art Karat celebrates its 30th anniversary

first_imgArt Karat, one of India’s oldest and most renowned designer jewellery houses, celebrated its 30th anniversary on February 6, 2018, at the Kamani Auditorium, New Delhi. To commemorate this glorious day, the jewellery house presented ‘Art Karat Awards For Excellence 2018’. It was followed by a tribute to the nightingale of India, Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi, with a vocal recital by her great-granddaughters S Aishwarya and S Saundarya.Art Karat also honoured those who have contributed to the society in the field of art and culture. The selected awardees were Vineet Jain, Chairman Times of India Group, Manushi Chillar, Miss World 2017, Ashok Pratap Singh, Chairman Modern School, Vivek Burman, Chairman Dabur India, Paresh Maity, Painter, Jaya Prada, film actor, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI, Muzaffar Ali, filmmaker and Krishen Khanna, painter. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn this special occasion, Art Karat launched their spectacular new jewellery collection ‘Padmaavat’, which has been created by Asha Kamal Modi, the designer behind Art Karat. She has tirelessly researched and created rare masterpieces to capture the grandeur of the period. This collection is extremely special as for the first time a designer has recreated the amazing jewels in silver instead of gold, thereby making it more affordable for a lot of women who wanted to own a part of this timeless heritage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBiggest names from the fashion fraternity, art circuit, and prominent socialites graced the evening with their presence. Guests like politician Amar Singh, Anju Modi, Fashion Designer, Meera Muzaffar Ali, Fashion Designer, Sushma Seth, actor, Yuvi Suri, actor, Uma Sharma, Kathak dancer, Sonal Mansingh, dishi dancer, Ranjana Gauhar, Padmashree and Pavleen Gujral, actor are some of the names that made the glitterati event a rather memorable one.last_img read more