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  • 1D star Harry Styles follows Kabbalah, gives up sex

    first_imgHarry Styles has decided to refrain himself from sex after becoming spellbound with a trendy religion Kabbalah.A source said that the 20-year-old One Direction ladies man, who was spotted sporting a red Kabbalah bracelet during his recent performance, doesn’t want to be known as a womaniser and is taking the practice really seriously, the Daily Star reported.Harry Styles goes celibate. Sorry, Kendall.The singer believes he’ll be able to have meaningful relationship if he abstains from sex for a while, the insider added.According to his pals, Styles, who had previously dated beauties like Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift, even meditates before his live shows.last_img read more

  • Team Lakay bounces back with perfect night at ONE: Masters of Fate

    first_imgLATEST STORIES Meanwhile, former flyweight title holder Eustaquio knocked out Toni Tauru with a vicious spinning heel kick 2:11 into the third round.The 23-year-old Pacio lost the title to Yosuke Saruta in January 2019 via split decision before taking it back three months later in April via fourth round knockout.“I’m very happy because I’ve said before that you’re not a World champion if you don’t defend the belt and I’m ecstatic that I was able to defend it,” said Pacio after his win over the 40-year-old Catalan.As for Eustaquio (13-8), knocking out Tauru was the end result of a near endless preparation that saw him master the spinning heel kick with former bantamweight champion Belingon.“I’m really happy and you know the feeling of seeing the result of the preparation that you’ve done every day,” said Eustaquio in Filipino. “Tonight I saw the results and I did it in front of my countrymen. It’s very satisfying because I applied what I did in training.” ADVERTISEMENT Pacio, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio were all triumphant against their respective foes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena and Lakay patriarch Mark Sangiao was ecstatic to see his team back on their feet.“I really can’t explain how I’m feeling right now, but I’m very happy,” said Sangiao. “We aimed to close 2019 and we needed to win those three fights to bounce back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceTeam Lakay coach Mark Sangiao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPacio successfully defended his title by submitting his veteran opponent with an arm triangle 2:29 into the second round.Folayang, a former two-time World lightweight champion, earned a technical decision win over Amarsanaa Tsohookhuu after an accidental headbutt in the second round. Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joshua Pacio leads strong night for Team Lakay. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Team Lakay had a fruitful run in ONE: Masters of Fate going 3-0 in the card that saw World strawweight champion Joshua Pacio retain his title against fellow Filipino Rene Catalan in the main event.The clean sweep was a welcome reprieve for the Baguio-based stable after three of its champions all lost their titles earlier in the year.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicscenter_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ View comments PH skateboarding team targets SEA Games golden sweeplast_img read more

  • FIFA’s Hubel to Recommend Football “Grexit” in His Report

    first_imgATHENS – Herbert Hubel, the chairman of the monitoring committee for Greek football, will recommend in his report to FIFA that Greek football teams – including the national team – be excluded from all international competitions, without any suspension or grace period.Based on his statements at a press conference in Athens, it was clear that Hubel was not satisfied with the plan presented by the Greek Football Federation (EPO) and its chief Vangelis Grammenos during their meeting in Athens earlier in March.“The current situation does not allow EPO to guarantee that national tournaments will be conducted smoothly,” Hubel said in his report.Hubel’s report will be delivered to the FIFA Member Associations Committee and discussed in May or June, something that means that there is time to make some changes but also that time is running out for the Greek football.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

  • In The Spotlight – Terry Deegan

    first_imgIn the twenty-third edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Men’s Open player, Terry Deegan, speaks about how he got involved in Touch Football and the biggest influences on his Touch Football career.  Name: Terry DeeganNickname: DeegsAge: 27Affiliate: EastsOccupation: EventsPosition: Middle/LinkDebut for Australia: 2010 Trans Tasman in New Zealand.Career highlights so far: Playing for Australia at the 2010 Trans Tasman.How you got involved in Touch Football: Well I grew up playing Rugby League and Golf.  I heard a bit about representative Touch Football and decided that I wanted to give it a go – so I trialled for Cronulla prior to the 2007 Vawdon Cup. Would love to have been introduced to the sport earlier – never got to play a Junior State Cup!Favourite player: When I first started playing in the Premier League, I tried to watch Anthony Ziade, Jason Stanton and Joel Willoughby as often as I could. They are three very different players, but I liked the way they all played the game.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: I am very honoured to be representing Australia in Touch Football.  The Australian Men’s team has a great culture, the coaching staff and leadership group do a great job. Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Matt Tope – he loves the game and I have trained with him since my first year in 2007.Favourite sporting moment: Tiger Woods – US Masters 1997.What do you know about Scotland: Cold and castles? Any superstitions: Always a Red Bull before a game.Funniest Australian teammate: Jamie StoweAny travel plans for after World Cup: Staying on in Europe until August 12.Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup. With only 31 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

  • 9 hours agoScholes slams Man Utd for Euro win: Zero encouragement

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Scholes slams Man Utd for Euro win: Zero encouragementby Paul Vegas9 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Paul Scholes slammed the performance for their 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade in the Europa League on Thursday.Anthony Martial’s first half penalty was the difference between the sides but the hosts were guilty of squandering several good chances to level.”I think after the Liverpool game there was a little bit of encouragement,” he said to BT Sport. “But then you come back to tonight and it seems very similar to the start of the season. “It’s like a team of strangers, it’s like they’ve never played with each other before. There’s no link between the midfield players and the strikers. The weight of pass at times was so bad. “You want to be encouraged you want to see some bits of good play now and again, a one-two here and there, the number 10 receiving the ball on the half turn, but there’s a lack of encouragement.Phil Jones partnered Harry Maguire at centre-back in Belgrade and struggled as he made just his third start of the season and Scholes was also critical of United’s rearguard and lack of ingenuity. “I think defensively they were quite poor as well tonight,” he added. “Second half there was only one team that looks like scoring. I don’t see anything. A lot of the games they’re going to have the ball but they have to be cleverer.” last_img read more

  • A Few Things About That “Sushi” You’re Eating

    first_img Is Classic French Technique Still Relevant In Today’s Culinary World? Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States With summer just around the corner, we’ve got fresh fish on the brain. So we sat down with Chef Toru Oga, Kyoto-trained master sushi chef and owner of Oga’s in Natick, Massachusetts. His restaurant opened in 2001, and has been lauded as one of the best sushi restaurants in the region for the past twelve years. The Boston Globe deemed it one of the Most Authentic Restaurants of 2005 and claimed that by eating at the sushi bar and watching Oga and his chefs work, “you could almost be in Tokyo.” Oga gave us an unscripted, expert’s take on what more people might want to know about the tasty Japanese cuisine.That stuff you’re eating isn’t sushiWell, it is and it isn’t. Food tastes and definitions change over time, so most people living in the U.S. today would call your basic California roll – rice, wrapped around seaweed, wrapped around fish in a circle – “sushi.” But according to Japanese tradition, sushi is a slice of fish or egg over a bed of rice, period. No added fruit, seaweed, or spicy mayo tobiko sauce. The maki rolls with lots of stuff piled on top and in between (delicious though they may be), are typically from Chinese and Korean traditions. The nigiri rolls on your menu, simple and classic, are what Japanese sushi connoisseurs like Oga define as true “sushi.”It’s not all about the fishWhen you bite into a perfectly crafted piece of nigiri sushi, the chef may have spent between five to ten years studying how to put that piece together, about as long as it takes to become a doctor. A fresh piece of salmon, for example, will be fatty, tender, and have a melt-in-your mouth quality to it, without tasting overly fishy. But the difference between a good piece of sushi and a great piece comes down to the rice.Chef Oga spent three years studying how to make his signature sushi rice – a recipe he regretfully couldn’t divulge with us (damn). He prefers short grain rice, cooked in a rice cooker, with very specific combinations of sugar, salt, vinegar, and water. The ratio of those ingredients is so exact that most of us could have the same piece of fish over two different rice recipes and have completely different experiences. He did give us one tip for making this at home: use warm water when you put the ingredients into the rice cooker, it will take less time for the entire batch to heat up.The proof is in the eggIf you really want to know whether a sushi restaurant is “good” or not, Oga believes that the fish isn’t the best indicator, simply because the chef typically does not make or catch the fish in the restaurant; they get it from vendors. The choice of those vendors is important, and we hope that a top-notch place wouldn’t serve anything less than fresh. But you will be able to discern the chef’s skill based on the egg sushi. Some restaurants will make their omelets from ready-made packets, bleh. But a true sushi chef will have spent a large part of his or her career perfecting the egg sushi omelet. It will consist of specially crafted layers of egg, with a combination of sugar, salt, dashi broth, and soy sauce. A high quality piece of egg sushi will have just the right amount of sweet, salty, and savory, with a texture that makes your whole mouth happy.Now if only we could master the art of chopsticks…Image courtesy Shutterstock/saddako How to Make Sushi at Home How to Make a Cuban Sandwich, According to Chefs last_img read more

  • Moroccos Current Account Deficit to Narrow in 2018 and 2019 BMI

    Rabat- According to BMI Research, Morocco’s current account deficit will continue to narrow in 2018 and 2019, owing to strong goods and services exports, although rising energy imports will temper the pace of improvement. In its latest economic analysis report, BMI — a member of the Fitch Group that provides macroeconomic, industry, and financial market analysis — expects Morocco’s current account deficit to shrink to 3.1 percent of GDP and 2.8 percent in 2018 and 2019 respectively, down from 3.6 percent in 2017. External Demand BMI attributes the improvement of Morocco’s current account status to the rapid growth of goods and services exports, driven by a “robust” demand from France and Spain, the country’s key trading partners. Together, joint demand accounted for 44.4 percent of Moroccan exports in 2016. The firm stated in a previous report that Morocco’s strategic expansion into sub-Saharan Africa is predicted to play a key role in future export growth.“About two-thirds of these exports are consumer goods, and given our expectations for private consumption to accelerate in both markets, this will result in goods export growth picking up. As such, we forecast exports to grow by 14.1 percent in 2018, up from 13.6 percent in 2017,” the report reads.  Regarding Tourism In addition to the rapid growth of goods and services exports, the firm attributes the improvement of Morocco’s current account status to tourism industry performance. For BMI, tourism will witness a similar growth pace over 2018 and 2019. “Similarly to goods exports, Morocco’s tourism sector relies on European visitors, with EU countries accounting for 69.4 percent of total arrivals, excluding Moroccan nationals, in 2016,” the report adds. With Spain and France predicted as the largest contributors in this group at 40.8 percent of the total, BMI believes that the uptick in private consumption in these countries, as well as the broader Eurozone, will support a continued expansion of the sector in 2018, which will further contribute to the declining of current account deficit. Rising Energy CostsDespite this optimistic outlook, the Fitch group predicts that rising energy imports will at most have a tempering effect on Morocco’s account status over the coming quarters. According to the study, energy products made up 16 percent of total imports in 2017, driving an increase of 8.1 percent in overall imports.BMI’s Oil & Gas team forecasts that Brent will trade at an average of USD 67 per barrel in 2018 and USD 75 per barrel in 2019, up from USD 54.8 per barrel in 2017. Therefore, goods import growth will accelerate to 10.1 percent in 2018, limiting the pace of current account improvements.Previously, BMI asserted that the government’s plan to introduce renewable energy sources will effectively diminish the need for energy imports but cautioned this will take years to manifest itself.Limited External Risks BMI’s research indicates that the risks to external stability will remain low for the foreseeable future. They attribute this to Morocco’s continued strategy of nurturing foreign direct investment, which will stabilize the country’s external funding and limit pressure on its international reserves.“Morocco’s drive to become a regional manufacturing hub, notably by attracting greater foreign investment, will result in large inflows of foreign direct investment, underpinning the stability of the country’s external funding,” the report concludes. read more

  • Policeman killed by monk promoted posthumously by IGP

    A policeman who was killed by a monk while on duty, has been promoted posthumously by the Inspector General of Police (IGP).The Buddhist monk strangled the policeman to death in Ratnapura when an attempt was made to arrest him. The Police Sergeant has been promoted to the rank of Sub Inspector (SI) by the IGP. (Colombo Gazette) The Police said that the policeman had visited the temple in Galenda in Ratnapura to arrest the monk over an ongoing investigation.The monk had then strangled the policeman and killed him. read more

  • Where the bloody hell are you 8 tourism campaigns gone wrong

    first_imgENTICING PEOPLE TO visit your country should be an easy task, especially when it’s crammed full of golden beaches, beautiful sights, and cute marsupials.But some countries go to a whole other level when it comes to promoting themselves – and the results can be utterly baffling. Here’s a look at some of our favourites.Australia “Where the bloody hell are you?” isn’t exactly what you’d like to hear roared at you by someone asking you to visit their homeland, but that’s precisely what this Australian tourism ad asked in 2006:(RobinGood/YouTube)However, despite the enthusiastic welcome the people behind this ad thought they were sending out, it didn’t quite have the impact they envisioned. People objected to the phrase “bloody hell”, and the UK’s ad watchdog even made them replace the offending ‘bloody‘ with a series of symbols instead. Whoops.PanamaThings that will never leave you: Bad memories, scars, herpes, and… Panama?“It Will Never Leave You” might have seemed like the perfect way to convey the impact Panama has on its visitors, or it may just make them feel a bit weird. This ad was even nominated for an award for its failure to hit the mark.(Edynsson Caballero/YouTube)LouisvilleThere are a few things we don’t get about this ad, but mainly the whole thing just makes us tilt our head like a pug.(LouTelevision/YouTube)New MexicoDribbling aliens who lie at work and try to snitch on their colleagues are probably not the world’s greatest advert for New Mexico, methinks.(NmToDe/Youtube)IsraelBack in 2007, the Israeli government wanted to improve their country’s image. So what did they do?Well, their unorthodox approach included paying for a photoshoot in lads’ mag Maxim featuring female soldiers in bikinis, and making a TV ad that was more about the beauty of Israel’s female inhabitants than, ooh, its history, culture, beaches, hummus…(SkyNews/YouTube)New OrleansNew Orleans is an intriguing city, with a fascinating history, inspiring culture, vibrant citizens and incredible architecture.Plus,  it’s Europe, without the Euros.Oh.North DakotaWhile cheerily enforcing gender stereotypes, this ad asks the not very pertinent question, “RU Legendary?”. The text-speak alone is enough to make us cringe.(LegendaryND/YouTube)And finally, the tourism ad campaign that never was…Trust the Onion to explore what would happen if Lars Von Trier directed a tourism ad campaign for Denmark. Warning: It’s not pretty.Read: Irland, bitte: German footie fans targeted in Irish tourism campaign>last_img read more

  • A Cremated Cat Will Be Buried in Space for the First Time

    first_imgStay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Pikachu is going where no kitty has gone before: The tabby cat, who recently passed away from feline diabetes, will be launched to space for the first time and receive the ultimate cosmic “burial.”“Pikachu will have a final send-off like no cat has ever had before,” Steve Munt, Pikachu’s owner, wrote on a GoFundMe page. “A portion of his remains, from his heart, will be launched into orbit, where he will watch over the Earth, and we can track his location as he showers the world with love.”Celestis, a company that also offers memorial spaceflights for humans, will send the orange tabby’s cremated remains to space as a small secondary payload on a satellite launch, which is expected to blast off from Earth within the next 18 months, Space.com reported.#IGetAllSmileyWhen I think about Pikachu going to space. Be a part of a historic tribute to a historic cat, at https://t.co/21il0Z2q5v. #CatsOfTwitter pic.twitter.com/D0KP9BirJB— Zee (@growingupzee) April 13, 2019Munt, who also owns another cat named Zee, started Pikachu’s fundraising campaign about two months ago, and as of April 25, he has raised $1,615 of the $5,000 goal. Celestis charges $5,000 for its “Earth orbit pet launch service,” which is one of four different options the company offers for pet memorial spaceflights. According to celestispets.com, the container of the pet’s ashes will be “placed in Earth orbit where it remains until it reenters the atmosphere, harmlessly vaporizing like a shooting star in final tribute.”Munt’s GoFundMe hasn’t raised enough funds to meet the price for Pikachu’s proposed space memorial, however, Munt told Space.com that he already purchased the feline’s ticket to space with his own savings. “I have already signed the contract and just recently paid in full for the service. While I continue to accept donations for those who wish to be a part of this tribute, fundraising is not a primary goal for me,” Munt told Space.com. “My dream is coming true, regardless of any additional donations, and I am currently awaiting an assigned slot on a future launch.”Light the biggest candle in the world in memory of your beloved family member (or pet!) http://t.co/mi7qc0epRl pic.twitter.com/JxSJ4MrPiX— Celestis Pets (@CelestisPets) August 12, 2014Pikachu will be the first cremated cat to go to space, but he isn’t the first kitty to venture beyond Earth’s atmosphere. In 1963, a French stray named Felicette launched on a Véronique AG1 rocket and returned to our planet alive after her suborbital flight. If Pikachu’s remains successfully get to orbit, he will be the first feline to orbit Earth, even though he sadly won’t have the same view as the International Space Station (ISS) astronauts.Pikachu and Zee (Photo Credit: Pikachu’s Send-Off to Outer Space/GoFundMe)Instead of placing Pikachu’s remains in an urn or burying them in a yard, Munt wanted to do something different to remember his beloved kitty. Pikachu, who was believed to be a stray, was actually someone else’s pet who voluntarily chose to stay with Munt’s family due to their strong bond from day one.“I wanted Pikachu to be the first, continue his legacy as an explorer and show the world that a cat is just as worthy as a dog of a special tribute,” Munt told Space.com. “Pikachu is a hero, and I am honoring him as such.”More on Geek.com:Bobcat That Survived California Wildfire Gives Birth to KittensBobcat Struck by Police Car Released Back Into the WildAnimal Control Looking for Exotic Pet Cat On the Loose in Virginialast_img read more

  • Bale edging closer to firstteam action

    first_imgReal Madrid fans have been handed an injury boost after Gareth Bale returned to first-team training following three weeks on the sidelines with a calf injury.Bale resumed full training session this morning, as the squad prepares to face Espanyol on Sunday, alongside fellow returnees Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz who endured spells on the sidelines.Manager Santiago Solari was delighted to see his injury concerns decrease, with Toni Kroos and Marcos Llorente already back in the first-team action, but he expressed caution over rushing players back from injury.“We will have to see who plays tomorrow, and in the next few weeks. He disclosed via Football Espana.“The players who are recovering, and we want them to be ready as quickly as possible.“Gareth is important for us because he is a fantastic footballer.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Madrid have struggled to keep up with runaway League leaders Barcelona as they remain 10 points adrift, in the third spot.With the competition for the top-four spot hotting up, Solari would be happy to see his key players hit the ground running as the team wrap up the current campaign.Real Madrid: Bale and Asensio return to training with the group https://t.co/VJjGLahZXP pic.twitter.com/MbJNUOmFyx— SPORTS USA (@sportsusa_net) January 26, 2019last_img read more

  • LUI Che Woo Prize Holds 2018 Prize Presentation Ceremony

    first_imgHans-Josef Fell, the World Meteorological Organization and the Pratham Education Foundation have been named as the three winners of the 2018 LUI Che Woo Prize.Celebrating its fourth year since launching in 2015, the LUI Che Woo Prize aims to recognize and honor individuals or organizations around the world for outstanding contributions while encouraging the continuation of that work in three objectives: sustainable development of the world, betterment of the welfare of mankind and promotion of positive life attitude and enhancement of positive energy. Amax reports significant 2019 losses after Greek Mythology write-off RelatedPosts Load More Hong Kong airport shut down as analysts warn protests having negative impact on Macau GGR Greek Mythology write-off sees Amax International issue FY19 profit warning on widened losses Each laureate receives a cash award of HK$20 million, a certificate and a trophy.At a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday night, Hans-Josef Fell was awarded the 2018 Sustainability Prize for the Development of Renewable Energy, having worked as an environmental pioneer since the 1970s. Fell established the world’s first energy community to produce solar power in 1994, transforming the market for renewable energy, and successfully fought for the adoption of the Renewable Energy Act in the German Parliament. This law has since been replicated over 100 times around the globe, contributing to changes in renewable energy practices worldwide.The 2018 Welfare Betterment Prize for Reduction of the Impact of Natural Disasters was awarded to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which is responsible for setting worldwide standards and providing the framework for international cooperation by supporting its 191 member states and territories to implement adopted policies, leading to better monitoring, forecasting and communication of meteorological hazards on a global scale.The 2018 Positive Energy Prize for Elimination of Illiteracy was awarded to the Pratham Education Foundation, which directly helps one million children attain basic literacy and numeracy annually, and is now one of the largest NGOs in India focusing on high-quality, low-cost interventions which address gaps in the education system.“No distance is too far for like-minded people,” said Dr Lui Che Woo at the ceremony. “We have travelled thousands of miles to come together because we have a similar vision and philosophy. The three laureates this year share the same vision with the LUI Che Woo Prize. They not only believe in making a better world, but also overcome difficulties with courage, wisdom, and selflessness.“They are role models in their fields and have greatly contributed to the world; inspiring more people to participate and jointly create our future. It is our honor to have the three laureates attending in person tonight to accept the Prize.”last_img read more

  • Publishers Pony Up for Plush Manhattan Show Houses

    first_imgAiling economy? Down housing market? One might not recall such conditions looking at how some magazine publishers are locking up plush Manhattan residences for events and brand extension initiatives.Again this fall, Hearst is planning its annual Esquire “Ultimate Bachelor Pad” in Soho, featuring a 9,200-square-foot, glass-walled penthouse at Soho Mews, with an opening gala set for September 21 to celebrate the New York Film Festival. The price tag for the penthouse? According to nyc BLOG estate site, Soho Mews’ rentals range from $7,000 to $20,000 per month. Two years ago, Esquire’s Ultimate Bachelor Pad—Esquire North, located in Harlem—cost $8.5 million. For the first time ever, The Mews will also host Hearst’s fourth year of “Designer Visions” program, opening on October 13, where each designer decorates a townhouse in “Cinema Style.” Each of Hearst’s three shelter titles has paired with a designer who will choose a movie to be representative of the show home’s décor: House Beautiful’s designer Thom Filicia chose The Big Chill; Town&Country’s Richard Mishaan selected Dinner at Eight; and John Saladino for Veranda went with Girl with a Pearl Earring. Once unveiled, buyers will have the opportunity to purchase these living spaces. Hachette’s Metropolitan Home will also keep its “Showtime House” alive for a second year (after winning FOLIO:’s 2008 silver FAME Award for Best First-Time Event) with twin penthouses in the Tribeca Summit building. Designers will transform the 14,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space into rooms based on Showtime series, like Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, The Tudors and Weeds [pictured], and open to the public from September 12 to mid-October. Regardless of the price, the fact that publishers are still signing on for show houses—particularly when the shelter category has been hit the hardest—is one of the few industry bright spots. Fall parties at the Mews, anyone?last_img read more

  • Reliance AGM 2019 Mukesh Ambani announces rollout of Jio Giga Fibre on

    first_imgRepresentational ImagetwitterReliance Jio will roll out commercial home broadband plans under Jio Giga Fiber from September 5, Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani said on Monday, speaking at RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM).There were great speculations about the offerings and product releases before the AGM. These came to a rest after the company declared its future plans at the general meeting. Some of the major announcements that came from Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance were the sale of 20 percent stake in oil and chemical business to Saudi Aramco, the commercial launch of the long-awaited Jio Giga Fibre and a partnership for new cloud data centres in the country. RIL Chairman and MD Mukesh AmbaniYoutube screenshot/RILAmbani clarified that Jio Giga Fibre will offer lifetime free voice calls from landline phones and high-speed broadband with additions like high definition TV and dish at a monthly rental of Rs 700 to Rs 10,000.Reliance gave the biggest shock to its customers with its announcement that the Giga Fibre will allow its users to stream new movies on the same day of release by mid-2020.  Mukesh Ambani (R), chairman of Reliance Industries Ltd, poses with his wife Nita (C) and son Akash AmbaniReutersAmbani said the company has already received over 15 million registrations from about 1,600 towns for its Jio Fiber broadband service across India. He also confirmed that Jio’s IoT services will be launched on January 1 next year, which will deliver around 20,000 crore revenue for the company.Reliance Industries also put forward its plan to provide POS services to create an ecosystem around small merchants. The company proposes to modernise the smallest kirana store to a digitized store. Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio will provide connectivity and automation tools to Indian businesses at a monthly rental of Rs 1,500.Mukesh Ambani also announced that Reliance Jio has entered into a long-term partnership with Microsoft to accelerate digital transformation with the help of new cloud data centres. The company also offered a plan to set up large-scale data centres across India with the help of Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform.last_img read more

  • Blizzard says World of StarCraft mod is okay as long as it

    first_imgOn Wednesday, we reported that the makers of an in-game Starcraft II mod called World of Starcraft had found its official YouTube trailer pulled due to a copyright complaint on the part of Activision-Blizzard.Well, good news, closure and all that: it appears that the modder is going to be allowed to go ahead with his MMO StarCraft II project and all of the confusion has been sorted out. Predictably, the big issue was the (unwise) choice of the name World of StarCraft, which provoked the ire of Blizzard’s layers. World of StarCraft‘s creator explained the resolution on the official project forums:“The Deputy General Council from Blizzard contacted me last night to discuss the details of the “World of Starcraft” project. We talked for a while and apparently some people from Blizz were concerned I was developing the game somehow outside of SC2. Anyways I explained the details of the project to him and made it clear this mod was to be developed within SC2.“After that was clear he obviously wanted the name to be changed… I’m trying to work with him to get the name Starcraft Universe (Currently in holding by Mille25) or Starcraft Chronicles. I am fully respectful of Blizzard’s Intellectual property, and they DO in fact own a copyright on “World of Starcraft” and have EVERY RIGHT to do what they did. If I want to continue this project I’m at the mercy of Blizzard’s good graces since they OWN it all.” In short, Blizzard was just trying to protect their IP and make sure that the mod team didn’t intend on making this a stand-alone game… they didn’t really want to squash a good StarCraft II mod by a true fan. All’s well that ends well.Read more at World of Starcraftlast_img read more

  • How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices

    first_img Logo Advertisement Many Android devices come with Google applications and services, even if the device is not a device created by Google itself but by another company. Google Assistant is available as a standalone application as well which Android users may install to integrate it on their device.Two of the features that you may find on your Android device are OK Google and Google Assistant. OK Google is a tool that is activated by voice to run searches or certain actions. Google Assistant ties into that but can also be controlled via text.If OK Google or Google Assistant are active on your Android device but you are not using these tools, you may want to consider disabling those.You may remember that I bought a Google Pixel 3A device when it first came out to replace my trusted by aging Nokia 5.1 device. The Google device is chock-full when it comes to Google services and tools; OK Google and Google Assistant are a part of the device but I never use these services.I don’t have any use cases for these, don’t want to talk to my phone, and don’t like the privacy implications either.One of the first things that I did was to go through the smartphone to disable any service or tool that I don’t use. OK Google and Google Assistant were two of the features that I disabled. Here is how I did it.Note: The way to disable Google Assistant and OK Google may be different depending on the Android version of the device. If you notice that you have to follow different steps to disable the features, let me know in the comments. If you figured it out, please share your experience in the comments so that others may benefit from it as well.Disable OK GoogleHere is how you disable OK Google on your device:Open the Google application on the Android device.Click on the “More” link when it opens.Now navigate to Settings > Voice > Voice MatchDisable “Access with Voice Match”, “Unlock with Voice Match”, and “While Driving”.Disable Google AssistantGoogle Assistant is disabled in the Google settings on the device, not in the Google application.Open the Settings on the device.Select Google and use it to navigate to Search, Assistant & Voice > Google Assistant.In the Google Assistant settings, switch to the Assistant tab.Scroll down until you find the list of Assistant devices.Select your device.Turn off “Google Assistant” on the screen that opens.Closing WordsDisabling does not mean that these two services are removed entirely from the device. You still get the voice icon in the search field but a tap on the icon displays a “turn on” prompt indicating that Google Assistant is turned off.Now You: do you use voice search or assistants on your devices?SummaryArticle NameHow to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devicesDescriptionFind out how to disable the two Google services OK Google and Google Assistant on your Android devices.Author Martin Brinkmann by Martin Brinkmann on August 12, 2019 in Google Android – 11 commentscenter_img How to disable OK Google and Google Assistant on Android devices Publisher Ghacks Technology Newslast_img read more

  • Wotif riding a 58 million high

    first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W Online agent Wotif has announced a record-breaking full year result, lifting 14 percent to an all time high of $58 million.The company outperformed previously predicted figures at all levels, seeing total transaction values and revenues up five percent, operating profits up 11 percent and after tax profits up $7 million (14 percent).Wotif’s managing director and CEO Robbie Cooke said the results display Wotif’s return to form in an operating environment still every bit as challenging as previous years.According to Hitwise, Wotif.com is the number 1 online travel agency in Australia, selling around one in every ten hotel rooms in the country.  In total, 7.04 million room nights were sold in this financial year.“This was a very credible performance given the continuing appetite of leisure travellers for offshore travel, fuelled by the strength of the dollar. It also highlights that there is still substantial distribution in Australia that we have not yet captured,” Mr Cooke said.The introduction into the flights market produced strong growth of 30 percent, representing nine percent of all travel transactions.  Mr Cooke said the flights market was a standout result for a measure which is still in its infancy. Success in cross selling flights to the Australian market is promising for the recently launched holiday homes range that exclusively offers instant bookings of holiday homes.Wotif’s mobile site and app for iPhone attracted 14 percent of traffic to the company, converting bookings to account for nine percent of the total room night sales.Mr Cooke forecasts the company’s international flights business will continue to grow and be a beneficiary of the cycle, while accommodation bookings will remain robust.last_img read more

  • Asia Pacific Travel Marketing Services APTMS is

    first_imgAsia Pacific Travel Marketing Services (APTMS) is set to expand offerings by partnering with LA City Tours – established in 1981, with a mission to provide each visitor with an enriching sightseeing experience that is worthy of the great City of Los Angeles. “I am absolutely thrilled to be working in partnership with Jan and her vibrant LA City Tours team,” said APTMS md Kylee Kay. “They are all so enthusiastic about L.A. and all the wonderfully fun ways they can help our clients to experience it. LA City Tours really brings the destination alive and complements a growing list of US based partnerships for APTMS”.LA City Tours invites guests to climb aboard and experience all L.A. has to offer, with an entertaining and knowledgeable guide, to explore everything from the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive and the world-famous Hollywood Sign, to the end of Route 66 at Santa Monica Pier and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is LA City Tours’ philosophy to provide the best value for the best price, striving to treat their customers just like family members visiting from out-of-town. Through their vast hotel partnerships, they have created the most convenient and cost-effective, Los Angeles tours and travel packages. APTMSLA City Tourslast_img read more

  • TORONTO – Televisions reboot resurgence continues

    first_img TORONTO – Television’s reboot resurgence continues unabated with an animated take on the Canadian comedy “Corner Gas” about to join the recent return of “Roseanne,” while upcoming reboots of “Murphy Brown,” “Magnum P.I.,” “Cagney & Lacey” and “Charmed” wait in the wings.And it’s no wonder there’s a plethora of returning faves — viewer appetite for refreshed hits has proven strong with successful returns including “Will & Grace,” “Fuller House,” “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.”Canadians can also look forward to a reboot of “ReBoot,” a Canadian computer-animated classic from the ’90s, that will be titled “ReBoot: The Guardian Code” in its new incarnation.But there are many more Canadian classics that command wistful memories, even decades after leaving the dial.Here’s a look at some other Canadian series that might be ripe for a reset:“Slings and Arrows” — Fans of this star-studded comedy series have been calling for a reboot for years, and its creators have done nothing but stoke the flames with assurances that a script is in the works. Given how many of its regulars went on to forge stellar film and television careers, a true reunion would be a remarkable coup. Its regulars included Paul Gross, Sarah Polley, Rachel McAdams, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar and Colm Feore.“King of Kensington” — A life-sized statue of late star Al Waxman stands tall in the downtown Toronto neighbourhood where this ’70s CBC-TV hit was set. He’d be tough to recast, so perhaps a sequel featuring a new generation of Kensington pals is in order? Cameos from past guest stars, however, would be more than welcome — they include a young Mike Myers and Eugene Levy.“Ready or Not” — This Canadian teen series portrayed the coming-of-age angst of two very different girls — one a drummer with three older brothers who often clashed with her family’s traditional Italian Catholic background, the other an imaginative only child raised by hippie parents and eager to grow up fast. The slyly subversive storylines were ahead of their time, but they may be just right for the debates about gender and identity politics of today.“The Littlest Hobo” — Few Canadian series engender as much drippy fondness and mushy sentiments as this ’80s series about a homeless German shepherd that roams the country, looking for people to save and criminals to catch. Whatever form it takes, any restart would have to include the indelible theme song “Maybe Tomorrow” and its evocative lyrics, “Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.”“Being Erica” — OK, it’s only been seven years since the last episode of this quirky CBC series about a time-travelling woman aired, but this is another somewhat groundbreaking show that could have benefitted from more seasons to push the envelope further. Besides, there isn’t much that’s hit network television since that has delved as deeply into a woman’s interior life, actually putting her struggle to conquer insecurities, grief, and remorse front-and-centre. Maybe tomorrow? A look at some Canadian series due for a comeback by Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2018 10:06 am PDT Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 10:41 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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