Video: Kansas Head Coach David Beaty Makes Hilarious Recruiting Pitch While Riding A Hoverboard

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first_imgA general view of Kansas' football stadium.LAWRENCE, KS – NOVEMBER 04: Memorial Stadium sits empty before the game between the Baylor Bears and the Kansas Jayhawks on November 4, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)Don’t accuse head coach David Beaty of not doing everything he can to rebuild the moribund Kansas program. He’ll even record extremely goofy videos to send to recruits. Jayhawks wide receiver commit Reggie Roberson tweeted a video that was sent to him by Beaty, who rides around on a hoverboard.@beaty_david My Head Coach lol!#RockChalk #JayCrew17 pic.twitter.com/VlkbOTnWvi— Loading……..™ (@King_Reggiee) June 25, 2016 We’re not sure hoverboard antics are the thing that will get Kansas back to being competitive in the Big 12, but we certainly can’t knock Beaty’s hustle. Not much else is working.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more


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first_imgOTTAWA — Newly released figures show the federal government set aside nearly $17.7 million on public awareness campaigns between April and June.The spending through the first three months of the federal fiscal year marks an increase of nearly 21 per cent compared to the same stretch in 2018 to pay for various government advertising.The federal government had until June 30 to get any ad buys out of the way under new rules the Liberals introduced to create a moratorium on government advertising in the months leading up to the election.READ MORE: Federal Liberals make interim move to curb partisan government advertisingAt first glance, that could suggest the Liberals ramped up awareness campaigns in an election year, making sure Canadians know about everything from tax credits to services available to seniors.But a spokesman for Treasury Board President Joyce Murray says the dollars money is less than the $56.2 million the Conservatives allocated for the same time period ahead of the 2015 election.In the end, though, the outgoing Conservative government and the incoming Liberal government spent a total $42.2 million in the 2015-2016 fiscal year on advertising.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


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first_img(A trailer, debris and a smouldering fire was all that was left at the former site of the Sarnia blockade Thursday. APTN Photo) By Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsSarnia – When members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Sarnia agreed to shut down their blockade of a CN Rail line Wednesday at midnight that was believed to be the end of it.But it’s not over.Saturday they will attempt to block traffic on the Blue Water Bridge that also serves as the US/Canada border access.And then they’re going to get strategic explains spokesman Ron Plain, who has been the face of the blockade almost from the beginning and as result is facing possible punishment from the Superior Court of Justice.“Now that the blockade is down there will be a Phase 2 and that will include roving blockades,” he said at his home in Sarnia Thursday.They intend to shut down access to selected factories here for up to days at a time in the area known as Chemical Valley.“In my vision of what can happen I’ll look at the research of a company, for example Imperial Oil. I will look globally at what Imperial Oil’s record is with Indigenous peoples, as well as their record of dealing with us here in Aamjiwnanng,” said Plain, as part of wide-ranging interview with APTN National News that will look at the intimate details of the nearly two-week blockade to be aired next week.He said he will use that research to determine how to proceed, but a site hasn’t been picked yet.“From that we will base a campaign against Imperial Oil saying this is what we want as we block you,” he said. “It may be a 12-hour blockade, a 24-hour blockade, 36-hour blockade.”That will be determined by an organizing committee that plans to meet soon and is expected to keep the city updated. Mayor Mike Bradley said he was aware of further action but was happy the blockade came to a peaceful conclusion, which was echoed by Sarnia police Chief Phil Nelson.The selected factory will also be notified in advance of any action said Plain.Plain said the blockade of a CN spur line was ended in a negotiated settlement with Sarnia police after an Ontario judge ordered it shut down Wednesday.Plain called it the first victory of the Idle No More movement.He said the blockade, which began Dec. 21, 2012, had proven its point and didn’t need to continue. Plain said they were already negotiating to have the blockade end on Saturday.The blockade was originally launched in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s demand for a treaty meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and First Nations leaders.Plain was found in contempt Wednesday of a court injunction ordering an end to the blockade. He was ordered by the court not to go near the site of the blockade unless it involved negotiating its end.Plain is scheduled to be in court Friday to learn what happens as a result of the comptempt of court order.“I have to go back to court tomorrow and find out whether anthing is going to come to me for being the spokesman for the campaign,” he said.The ending to the Aamjiwnaang blockade leaves only the Mi’kmaq from Listuguj First Nation still holding a rail blockade. The Mi’kmaq there have been blocking the railway at Pointe-a-la-Croix in Quebec since Dec. 28, 2012.More rail and highway blockades, however, are expected in the coming days and weeks.First Nations chiefs are planning to hold a national day of action on Jan. 16 which could see the beginning of indefinite blockades across the country.kjackson@aptn.ca@afixedaddresslast_img read more


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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Swan Lake Fire Community Meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, June 26, at 6pm, at the Sterling Community Center in Sterling. The Alaska Incident Management Team will be on site to give an update on the Swan Lake Fire.For More InformationIncident phone number: (208) 391-3488Inciweb.nwcg.govFacebook @BLMAFS & @AK.ForestryTwitter @BLM_AFS & @AK_ForestryFirewise: firewise.org All interested residents are welcome to attend and ask questions about this incident and efforts being made to protect the community and critical infrastructure The meeting will be streamed on the Alaska DNR- Division of Forestry (DOF) This stream will be provided for those who are not able to attend the meeting in person. If the Facebook live stream does not transmit properly, the video will be uploaded after the meeting for residents to view. Incident command staff will be on hand to provide fire information and will share the strategies and tactics being used to protect critical infrastructure throughout the community of Sterling.last_img read more


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first_imgNETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 15, 2015 – 12:07 pm Robert Plant, Alison Krauss Win Album Of The Year When Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham — son of the late John Bonham — came together for a one-off show at London’s The 02, the resulting magic shook the heavens. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding.Celebration Day, the live document of the show released in 2012, found Page, Plant & Co. in top form — running through Zeppelin classics such as “Dazed And Confused,” “Black Dog,” “Stairway To Heaven,” and “Whole Lotta Love” with an urgent fervor. The live set would earn the group a GRAMMY for Best Rock Album at the 56th GRAMMY Awards.As if a GRAMMY wasn’t enough, the group’s legendary frontman looks back fondly on the gig in a new Rolling Stone interview.”It was magnificent. We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of,” said Plant of the reunion show. “There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kicka**, and sound kicka**.”Plant, however, prefers to look forward as it relates to his career. In October he will release a new studio album, Carry Fire, which has been preceded by the single “May Queen.” And though contemporaries such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen have written their life stories, don’t expect a memoir from Plant anytime soon.”What I know between my ears here is priceless. It’s magnificent, sometimes tearful, but mostly cheerful,” he said. “There have been highs and lows and a lot of adventure, and I keep it hid.”‘Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’ New Super Deluxe Reissue ​Read more Facebook Email Rock legend reflects on Zeppelin in new ‘Rolling Stone’ interview, plus he reveals whether or not he’d write a book Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Sep 22, 2017 – 2:41 pm Let’s face it: Some rock and roll reunions look good on paper but the actuality of a legendary group sounding great so many years later is the big question. Thankfully, in the case of Led Zeppelin, their 2007 reunion is secure.center_img Twitter Robert Plant On Zeppelin Reunion, Possible Memoir robert-plant-2007-led-zeppelin-reunion-was-home-run News Robert Plant: 2007 Led Zeppelin Reunion Was A “Home Run” last_img read more


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first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See at Turo Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Turo Tags Apple iPhone XS See It Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Lady Gaga YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Share your voice Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 7 Best Buy The first batch of over 100 music videos includes The Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, Tom Petty’s Free Fallin’, Janet Jackson’s When I Think of You and Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance, which came out a decade ago. You will also find fresh versions of songs from the Spice Girls, Smokey Robinson, No Doubt, Megadeth and George Strait.The remastered videos are slipping right into the same slots as the original SD versions, and they will keep their view counts. YouTube and Universal expect to roll out 1,000 titles by the end of 2020. You can look for the “remastered” designation in the video descriptions and reminisce over your youthful heyday spent watching actual music videos on MTV. $210 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile See It Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Rylo $59 at eBay The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $60 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Google Home Hub review Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read the AirPods review See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Chris Monroe/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89)center_img I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Lady Gaga’s Poker Face is among the newly remastered music videos. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET I’m staring at three women shaking their rears in black vinyl pants. Then bleach-blonde Billy Idol sneers at me in HD. This is the newly remastered music video for Idol’s 1982 hit White Wedding. It’s part of a massive video and audio remastering project from YouTube and Universal Music Group.Remastering won’t save some of these vintage music videos from their own absurdity, but it does make them look better. “Great music videos are works of art that continue to drive cultural influence across generations, and just like priceless paintings or sculptures in museums, from time to time they need some TLC,” YouTube said in an announcement on Wednesday.  0 Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Post a comment $999 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Share your voice DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read the Rylo camera preview 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. See it $299 at Amazon $999 1:47 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read Lenovo Smart Clock review YouTube TV review: It’s a cable replacement, but it’s not for budget hunters anymore YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter have a dark side. Here’s how to report abuse TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 5 tips for YouTube’s music app See at Amazon Online CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. 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first_img Convertibles Performance Cars null 8 Photos Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale shows the shape of the modern hypercar Share your voice 1:36 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Ferrari Ferrari 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold 0 Enlarge ImageLike this, but with less roof. Andrew Hoyle/CNET The Ferrari 812 Superfast is one hell of a car. I mean, it’s called the freaking Superfast. The one thing that it’s missing, though, is the ability to hear that absolutely bananas V12 yowl without having the sound muffled by a roof — that is to say, it’s missing a Spider version.Though, that may not be the case for long. According to the website FerrariChat, several Ferrari owners have received invitations to see the unveiling of the new model in early September at one of two events. According to a separate report by Motor1 published on Wednesday, all of these invites have gone to European owners, so either there will be a separate series of events for US buyers, or we won’t get this thing stateside, though the latter seems unlikely.As far as official details on potential specs for a Spider-ized version of the 812 go, there basically aren’t any. Seriously, we’ve heard nothing from the folks in Maranello on this one. If we were to put on our thinking caps and hazard an educated guess, we’d expect to see a folding hardtop roof like the Portofino and/or 488 Spider have. We’d be shocked to see any kind of change in power output, given just how potent the standard 812 is already, thanks to its 6.5-liter V12 engine.In any case, we can’t be bothered with the idea of a convertible 812 because the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 already exist and those are — as far as we’re concerned — the coolest Ferraris to roll out of Maranello in decades.Oh, and we’re journalists, so we don’t have Ferrari 812 Superfast Spider money anyway. That’s the other reason we can’t be bothered. More From Roadshow Ferrari’s new SF90 Stradale is a 986-horsepower hybrid… 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 2020 Audi R8 first drive: Improving an already fantastic supercarlast_img read more


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first_imgFile PhotoThe United States has termed Bangladesh’s 30 December national election “lopsided” saying that it was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.The US Department of State in its latest annual report titled ‘Bangladesh Human Rights Report -2018’ states, “Prime minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League party won a third consecutive five-year term in an improbably lopsided December parliamentary election that was not considered free and fair, and was marred by reported irregularities, including ballot-box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.”In the report published on Wednesday, the US Department of State also criticised the obstacles opposition political parties faced last year before the parliamentary election.The report also reads, “During the campaign leading up to the election, there were credible reports of harassment, intimidation, arbitrary arrests, and violence that made it difficult for many opposition candidates and their supporters to meet, hold rallies, and campaign freely.”Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League won an incredible 288 seats in the 300-seat parliament in the 30 December, 2018 election, with opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail on charges her opponents say are politically motivated.Photo: US Embassy in Bangladesh On election observers of the 30 December polls, the report states, “International election monitors were not issued accreditation and visas within the timeframe necessary to conduct a credible international monitoring mission, and only seven of the 22 Election Working Group NGOs were approved to conduct domestic election observation.”The US in the report has said unlawful or political killings, forced disappearances, life-threatening prison conditions, freedom of speech limitations, negative government pressure on and fear of reprisal by press and media, and impunity for security force abuses were the most significant human rights problems in Bangladesh last year.”There were reports of widespread impunity for security force abuses last year, while the Bangladesh government took few measures to investigate and prosecute cases of abuse and killing by security forces,” says the report.It also considered a number of rights issues, such as torture, arbitrary detentions, corruption, trafficking, overly restrictive NGO laws, workers’ rights, use of the worst forms of child labour, and violence against LGBTI persons; unlawful interference into privacy, censorship, site blocking, peaceful assembly and freedom of association; criminal libel; restrictions on freedom of movement, political participation, trade unions.The report said the government neither released statistics on total killings by security personnel nor took comprehensive measures to investigate them. In regards to the security forces’ continued abuses with impunity, it identified lengthy trial procedures, retribution, and police having ties to ruling party men who occupy key positions in law and enforcement agencies.“Reluctance to bring charges against police also perpetuated a climate of impunity,” it adds.In terms of freedom of expression, it said the government sometimes failed to respect the right.”There were significant limitations on freedom of speech with self-censorship persisting due to harassment and fear of reprisal,” the report reads.It also said both print and online independent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views; however, media outlets that criticised the government experienced negative government pressure.It adds, “Civil society said political interference influenced the licensing process, since all television channel licenses granted by the government were for stations supporting the ruling party. There were also incidents of journalists coming under attack by ruling party loyalists and intelligence men.”last_img read more


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first_imgIn this 23 July 2018, photo, president Donald Trump arrives for a tour during a `Made in America Product Showcase` at the White House in Washington. A new report by the Washington-based watchdog group Public Citizen found that while Trump has positioned himself as a tough, “law and order” president, he has mostly excluded one group of offenders from his sights: those of the corporate class. Photo : APUS president Donald Trump on Tuesday accused China of seeking to influence knife-edge midterm congressional elections by taking aim at his political base in the economic giants’ rapidly escalating trade war.The allegation raised the temperature in the escalating dispute after Trump pulled the trigger late Monday on 10 per cent tariffs against another $200 billion in Chinese goods from next week, with a threat of more tariffs on another $267 billion.Beijing responded by announcing new tariffs on $60 billion of US imports to take effect at the same time.In a combative series of tweets, Trump, whose Republicans fear losing control of Congress in November, accused China of targeting retaliatory trade measures for political effect.Accusations of election meddling are especially sensitive, given the political maelstrom over Russia’s alleged intervention to support Trump in the 2016 presidential vote.“China has openly stated that they are actively trying to impact and change our election by attacking our farmers, ranchers and industrial workers because of their loyalty to me,” Trump wrote.“China has been taking advantage of the United States on Trade for many years. They also know that I am the one that knows how to stop it,” he added.“There will be great and fast economic retaliation against China if our farmers, ranchers and/or industrial workers are targeted!”It was unclear to which open statements by China-if any-Trump was referring.However, China and other US trading partners have targeted their retaliation to inflict pain in politically sensitive areas, including in areas that Democrats hope take from Republicans in November.Recent NBC News/Marist polling has also found the trade war is unpopular in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas.Tearing up the rulebookTrump believes that his tearing up of the international trade rulebook is long overdue. His promise to end what he says are grossly skewed Chinese trade relations was a key plank of his election.At a news conference on Monday, Trump again said the United States had been “ripped off” by China.“They rebuilt their country with tremendous amounts of money pouring out of the United States. I have changed that around,” Trump said during a news conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda.“Our country has been abused and taken advantage of by virtually every country that it does business with. And we’re just not letting that happen anymore.”Washington accuses China in particular of seeking global industrial dominance through industrial espionage and forced transfers of technology from foreign companies, state-sponsored corporate acquisitions, illicit market interventions, subsidies and dumping.Administration officials told reporters this week that China had been “obdurate” in refusing to address American grievances.Once the new round of tariffs takes effect on September 24, punitive duties will be in place on $250 billion in goods the US buys from China-its largest source of imports.This latest round of imports will face 10 per cent tariffs through the end of the year, when the rate jumps to 25 per cent.Trump has warned further retaliation from China will see the US put duties on all US imports from the Asian economy.Smartwatches sparedThe new taxes will hit a broad swath of products, including billions in Chinese-made voice data receivers, computer memory modules, data processors, and accessories for office equipment such as copiers and banknote dispensers-instantly making widely used goods more expensive.However, officials told reporters the initial list announced in July was reduced by 300 products following complaints from US industry.The products spared included consumer electronics like smartwatches and Bluetooth devices, child safety products such as high chairs, car seats and playpens, and certain health and safety products such as bicycle helmets.The removal of smartwatches and wireless headphones represents a win for tech giant Apple, which had warned the tariffs would hit its Apple Watch and Airpods product lines.Blow to consumersThe escalating confrontation initially shook up global stock markets, but Wall Street closed up solidly with investors relieved Trump’s measures had not been harsher.While officials say the impact on the US economy has been minimal, firms across the country have reported lost business, layoffs and possible bankruptcies as input costs rise.US officials told reporters the lower initial tariff rate would give businesses time to find new suppliers.In Brussels, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom described the new US tariffs as “very regrettable” and added that Europeans were “at odds with Washington’s methods.”“The escalation” in the US-Chinese trade dispute “is very worrying,” said Dieter Kempf, president of the German Industrial Federation (BDI), adding however that China must “take seriously the criticism of its partners.”last_img

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first_imgUS Defence Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Chinese Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, on 9 November 2018. Photo: ReutersStanding side by side, top US officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarisation of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending US warships close to islands claimed by Beijing in the strategic waterway.During a round of high-level talks in Washington, the two sides aired in sometimes blunt terms many of their main differences, including a bitter trade dispute, freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific waters, self-ruled Taiwan, and China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority.Two visiting senior Chinese officials also seized the opportunity to warn publicly that a trade war between the world’s two largest economies would end up hurting both sides and to call for keeping channels of communication open to resolve an issue that has unsettled global financial markets.Despite the airing of grievances, the talks appeared aimed at controlling the damage to relations that has worsened in recent months and at paving the way for an encounter between US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina at the end of November.”The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with respect to China,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a joint news conference.Even as the United States and China confront difficult challenges, “cooperation remains essential on many issues,” he said, citing efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme.The meeting paired Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and defence minister Wei Fenghe. The annual US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was originally set for Beijing last month but had been called off amid rising tensions.Pompeo took aim at China over its continued building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs in the South China Sea, where China insists it has sovereignty despite competing claims from some smaller neighbours.“We have continued concerns about China’s activities and militarisation in the South China Sea,” Pompeo said following the talks. “We pressed China to live up to its past commitments in this area.”Yang said China was committed to “non-confrontation” but that Beijing had the right to build “necessary defence facilities” on what it considers its own territory and urged Washington to stop sending warships and military planes close to the islands that Beijing claims.Mattis made clear that this demand go unheeded by Washington, which insists it is acting under international law to preserve access for it and others to the South China Sea.TaiwanResponding sharply to Pompeo’s mention of Taiwan, which China considers a wayward province but which is armed by Washington, Wei said Beijing would defend its claim on the island “at any cost.”But Wei and Mattis agreed on the need to lower US-China military tensions to avoid unintended clashes, with the Chinese general saying confrontation “will spell disaster to all.” Washington has protested to Beijing about recent behaviour by its warships that the US Navy considered unsafe.While Pompeo spoke little about trade in his public comments, Yang said he hoped the two sides would find a mutually acceptable solution on the issue “before long.”China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China’s $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute cannot be resolved.Trump’s administration has also accused China of meddling in US politics ahead of this week’s congressional elections, charges China strongly denies.Reflecting growing US concerns about the Chinese cyber threat, a senior US intelligence official on Thursday accused China of violating a 2015 agreement aimed at stopping cyber espionage through the hacking of government and corporate data.Pompeo also reiterated US criticism of China’s “repression of religious groups,” citing treatment of Buddhists in Tibet and minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups.Yang defended China’s policies in Xinjiang as measures against “ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes” but said it was a Chinese internal affair and foreign governments should not interfere.last_img read more


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first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Pentecostal pastors vow to fight proposed Uganda church regulations in court News Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsconfirmation First United Methodist Church Omaha homepage featured Judicial Council LGBTQ Top Story United Methodist Church,You may also like By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — United Methodists across the U.S. have protested the global denomination’s crackdown on LGBTQ members in all kinds of ways.But now a group of teens in a confirmation class at a historic United Methodist church in the Midwest has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to join the church.Eight teenagers, aged 13 and 14, who make up this year’s confirmation class at First United Methodist Church in Omaha, Neb., stood before the congregation on Confirmation Sunday (April 28) and read a letter saying they do not want to become members at this time.The teens said they took their stand on principle because they believed the denomination’s vote to uphold and strengthen its ban on LGBTQ ordination and marriage to be “immoral” and “unjust.”“We are concerned that if we join at this time, we will be sending a message that we approve of this decision,” the confirmation class wrote.“We want to be clear that, while we love our congregation, we believe the United Methodist policies on LGBTQ+ clergy and same-sex marriage are immoral,” they said.The eight teens received a standing ovation. As is customary following confirmation, the church treated the youth to dinner: lasagna and salad and a gift of journals for each teen.Since the February vote at a special session of the General Conference in St. Louis, some Methodist churches across the United States have protested through newspaper ads. Others rallied in front of their church administrative offices. Still others voted to withhold their annual dues, called apportionments.But this is the first known refusal to join the church at the end of confirmation, a formal rite of passage that includes education in the faith. Traditionally, confirmation classes spend a year learning about Christianity, the history of the United Methodist Church, its social principles, its polity, and what it means to be a member.They then decide if they want to join the church as members.In keeping with First United Methodist of Omaha’s history of confronting its denomination’s policies, the Rev. Kent Little, pastor of the church, supported his young people. “Myself and our associate pastor are in full support of their decision,” he said. “We’re proud of them. It’s not an easy thing to do to resist.”First UMC Omaha Confirmands by RNS on ScribdThe congregation, which predates the establishment of the state of Nebraska in the 19th century, now has about 350 active members.In 1997, its then pastor, Jimmy Creech, performed a same-sex blessing for two women on church grounds. After a church member complained, Creech was put on trial and defrocked.More recently, the church council voted to host same-sex weddings should its clergy choose to perform them and to withhold funding, or apportionments, to the denomination for the remainder of the year.Even supporters of the church’s LGBTQ bans acknowledged that the confirmands’ decision was novel.“I’m not aware of anything like that having occurred,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, president of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, a group that supports the ban on LGBT clergy.Referring to the confirmation class’ joint letter, Boyette said he’d be “surprised if they wrote it themselves.”But Tim Fickenscher, a retired junior high school teacher who taught the confirmation class, said the adults had little to do with it. (The confirmands did not want to speak individually to reporters but only as a group.)The idea originated about a month ago, Fickenscher said, when two girls announced they didn’t want to join a denomination that denies LGBTQ full rights.Fickenscher explained what that meant. For one, they wouldn’t be allowed to vote at churchwide meetings. He also made it clear that others in the confirmation class may have different opinions.But in the end, the other youth decided they, too, wanted to join in the protest.“It was a very thoughtful, well-discussed decision,” Fickenscher said. “We tried to give the kids as much latitude in decision-making as we could.”LGBTQ advocates react to the Traditional Plan being adopted at the UMC General Conference on Feb. 26, 2019, in St. Louis. RNS photo by Kit DoyleOn Friday, the United Methodist Church’s top court upheld most of the February vote regarding LGBTQ.The Judicial Council also ruled that a clergy member who performs a same-sex wedding will face a minimum one-year suspension without pay for the first offense and a loss of credentials for the second.The new rules will take effect in January 2020.The council also upheld an “exit plan” that allows churches to leave the denomination with their property over decisions made at the special session.That is something First United Methodist is considering.Little, who came on as pastor in July, said the church council voted on April 2 to hold small group discussions about whether to remain in the United Methodist Church. He said the church would consider three options: staying and continuing to resist church rules in solidarity with LGBTQ people; affiliating with another denomination such as the United Church of Christ, which gives LGBTQ people full rights; or becoming an independent, non-denominational congregation.In the April church newsletter, Little wrote that “a significant part of the church of my youth and the church I have fought so hard for these last 27 years of my ministry died in St Louis this past February.”But he said he would remain as pastor as long as the church would have him. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Widow of Mother Emanuel pastor: ‘Much prayer is needed’ four years after a … center_img News • Photos of the Week Yonat Shimron Yonat Shimron is an RNS National Reporter and Senior Editor.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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first_imgResidents who escaped spoke of others trapped and screaming for help, with some holding children from windows and others jumping from upper floors. Some were reported to have attempted to use bin bags as makeshift parachutes.A witness, Samira Lamrani, told the British Press Association a baby was thrown from a 9th or 10th floor window and caught by a bystander.“The windows were slightly ajar — a woman was gesturing that she was about to throw her baby and if somebody could catch her baby,” Lamrani said, according to the BBC. “A gentleman ran forward and managed to grab the baby.”Lamrani said there were “endless numbers of people” trapped and “screaming for their lives.”One person, who did not want to be identified, told the British newspaper The Guardian, “I’m lucky to be alive — and lots of people have not got out of the building.”Police say it will take some time to confirm the cause of the fire, and authorities did not want to speculate on why it spread so rapidly, The Associated Press reports.As noon approached Wednesday, the building in the west London neighborhood of North Kensington was still smoldering and breaking out into flames. Volunteers were bringing sandwiches to people forced out of their homes; others donated supplies and money.The AP reports that the building had been viewed as a fire risk:“Local residents said they had warned local authorities about fire issues in the building, a public housing block built in 1974 and containing 120 homes, according to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.” ‘We’ve complained to council,’ said Edward Daffarn, 55, who said nothing had been done to improve safety. ‘I consider this mass murder.’ “On Twitter, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the fire was declared a major incident; he and other city officials are spreading information about how survivors and families can find one another or report someone missing.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Matt Dunham/APFire and rescue crews are fighting a blaze and searching for people who may have been trapped in a 24-story apartment building in London that was engulfed in fire overnight. At least six people have died from the fire, which was not yet fully under control nearly 12 hours after it started.“These are very early stages and we do expect that figure to rise,” London’s Metropolitan Police said of the death toll.The blaze at Grenfell Tower was reported around 1 a.m. (8 p.m. ET Tuesday). Soon after, people nearby reported seeing smoke and flames shooting from its windows. Since then, more than 64 people have been taken to hospitals, and 20 are in critical care units, the London Ambulance Service says.“This is an unprecedented situation, with a major fire that has affected all floors of this 24 story building, from the second floor up,” said London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton.Cotton told reporters she’d never seen anything like the fire in her nearly 30 years as a firefighter.#GrenfellTower fire: Crowdfunding page raises more than £20,000 in just hours https://t.co/XBuimKyMLK pic.twitter.com/GX9zv4IVsi— Telegraph News (@TelegraphNews) June 14, 2017Up to 600 people may have been inside the building’s 120 apartments at the time the blaze broke out.Alex Ritson, reporting from London for NPR, says the blaze appeared to start on a lower floor of the building and spread with astonishing speed. “At its height, pretty much the entire building appear to be ablaze, with huge flames of several hundred feet running up the side of the tower,” he says. “Forty fire engines and around 200 firefighters went to the scene — but their equipment didn’t reach much beyond the 11th floor.“There are already disturbing reports emerging of the pipework in the building for a fire emergency being out of action,” Ritson says. “Also, the fire escape plan for the building told residents to stay in their apartments behind supposedly fire safe doors. Those who escaped the blaze were the ones who both woke up and ignored that advice.”Mickey Paramasivan, who took his children out of the building after he woke up and smelled smoke, told Ritson they made it out with just a few minutes to spare.“I sure would have been dead if I weren’t awake,” he said. “Five more minutes and that was us. That’s how close it was.”He described a perilous situation: “Only one fire escape to get down, and apparently that caught on fire,” he said. “And the fire alarm that was going off, that wouldn’t have woken no one up. It was as silent as it could be. … Someone’s got to be held responsible for this. It’s ridiculous.”Eyewitness accounts describe horrifying scenes of people who could not escape from the building.The Telegraph reports:Strangers rally to support survivors of the #GrenfellTower fire by offering food, clothing and somewhere to rest https://t.co/4jzAtqpwoN pic.twitter.com/secTyahG6e— The Sun (@TheSun) June 14, 2017 Sharelast_img read more


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first_img Share PexelsGetting help with homework, having someone teach you how to take notes and even just getting a full night’s sleep are often privileges that kids in poverty don’t have.The Dallas Morning News reports so what if there was a way to mimic such a home life, which usually is organic in middle class and affluent families?Dallas businessman Randy Bowman says he knows how to do that — by creating an urban boarding experience that’s similar to those at private elite boarding schools. Children would still attend their local schools but spend the week living in communal residence halls with structured support to help them grow academically and socially.The idea may seem extreme at first. But after Bowman spent a year researching urban education and the challenges students face, over and over again, it boiled down to one thing: poverty.Children living in the poverty — which is nearly one out of three kids in Dallas — have to overcome trauma that can include homelessness, hunger, illnesses and even violence. Those are challenges not easily dealt with during regular school hours.“The 71 percent of the day that you spend at home overwhelms the 29 percent that you spend at school,” Bowman said. “Our premise is that home is not a problem. The home is simply under-resourced. We just want these kids to have a fair shot at reaching the highest level of potential.”He recently kicked off his campaign to raise an initial $2.5 million it will cost to build two starter facilities in South Dallas and staff them for the first two years. The program would be open to 16 kids at first, but the hope is to have four homes serving up to 200 students in first through sixth grades at each site he runs.Bowman, 54, is well-known across Dallas. He was a corporate lawyer when he transitioned to entertainment with a client list that included Vanilla Ice. He also founded his own logistics business and took the lead on the Parkland Foundation board that raised millions for the new county hospital that opened in 2015.But Bowman identifies with the children struggling in South Dallas as much as he does the city’s power brokers.Bowman grew up in Pleasant Grove and was raised by a single mother. And he can tell you exactly how many times she was able to help him with his homework from elementary to high school: twice.Her time was spent trying to juggle jobs and raise four children while dealing with various illnesses. When he hears comments about Dallas parents not caring enough to be engaged with their children, he takes it personally.His mom was his hero. So when he looks for ways to give back to the community, she’s always on his mind as he thinks about what would have helped her along the way. He says that’s what drives this passion project for him.“The reason an after-school program is great but can’t quite fill the bill is because we could never — as a family — convince the ravages and challenges of poverty to organize themselves neatly and attack us during a two-hour period after school,” he said. “That’s not the way it works. It attacks you throughout the clock, overnight.”He sees the boarding experience as a way to insulate kids from some of the chaotic and traumatic forces that can quickly derail academics, while giving their parents more flexibility to work or learn new skills.Across the street from South Oak Cliff High School, Bowman looks at 4 acres of land now covered with trees and some scattered debris. He purchased it with his own money just a few months ago to be the first site for his project.Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell has agreed to share space on his campus to open a second location for the boarding experience. Students from the college would also work with the program to provide tutoring, support and some overnight supervision that will include other staff.“Randy’s program just opens up a treasure-trove of possibilities,” Sorrell said at a recent education forum, sponsored by Sen. Royce West, where the idea was unveiled. For example, the college could use the residence halls during the summer months for Paul Quinn’s own programs.Some ideas may seem a bit romanticized, such as having grandparents from the neighborhood work as morning counselors to help get the children ready for school each day. But Bowman sees that as a practical solution to boosting neighborhood support and keeping the kids part of the community.There are a handful of urban boarding schools across the nation specifically geared toward helping kids living in poverty. The most well-known are run by charter school operators who have entrance requirements that include enrolling kids who have been in the foster care system, who are homeless or who have faced other traumatic experiences.Some struggled initially with students fighting, throwing chairs and causing other disturbances. But a 2012 study by a Harvard economist found that low-income kids in one such boarding school with 24-hour support had significantly higher math and reading scores than kids who didn’t get into the program, setting them on track toward increasing their potential for higher future earnings and decreasing their chances of committing crimes.Bowman said he’s met with organizers from some of those groups to learn from their challenges but he’s made it clear that doesn’t want to start his own school.Public schools themselves aren’t really the issue. Poverty is, he said, so why spend time reinventing an entire system?He estimates it would cost about $52,000 per student to offer the program during the startup year, then drop to about $16,000 the next year and even further after that. But families participating wouldn’t have to pay anything. He’s looking for donations to cover the bill.Bowman shopped the idea around first, making sure he had support from key elected officials and pastors. He’s met with local psychology experts to make sure arrangements wouldn’t be detrimental to kids. He surveyed local parents to gauge interest.At the recent forum in South Dallas, pastor Stephen Brown listened to the pitch with deep curiosity. Brown is a former teacher who serves at the Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church.“The concept is shocking, but I’m still very interested,” he said. “I think there’s so much potential. It’s going to be a leap for families, but those who have reached the end of their capacity might be more apt because they are stretched to the max already.”Bowman realizes it’s a big ask to have parents trust someone else with their children and says the program won’t be right for all families. A key to making this project successful is community buy-in to make sure parents aren’t stigmatized for their choice, he said.Affluent and middle class families often turn to outside support to help their kids succeed and that’s called good parenting, he said.“We don’t question how it is that the resource got on the shelf, we just label it an act of good parenting,” he said. “If a poor person reaches up on the shelf and brings this resource down that we’re providing so their children can have a better education, shame on us if we call that anything other than good parenting.”Bowman has applied for several grants. He hopes to break ground on the first residence hall later this quarter and start serving the first families as soon as next school year.last_img read more


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first_img Share As part of an initiative to bring the library to more people, the Houston Public Library has launched a new way for people to check out and return books on the go: vending machines.Officially known as BookLink, the first two book vending machines were opened this week in downtown Houston — one is located in One Allen Center next to Amille’s Coffee and the other is in the food court at The Shops at Houston Center.   “We just are so excited that we’re bringing this service to Houstonians where it can be more convenient for them to interact with the library,” said Rhea Lawson, Executive Director of the Houston Public Library. “All you need is a library card.”The machines are simple to use. Users scan their library cards, enter their PIN, and open the door to select the books they want. After the door is shut, the machine runs inventory to determine what’s been checked out. Users then have the option to print a receipt showing what they’ve borrowed and when it’s due.The machines are also equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot.Lawson says the machines are part of the library’s HPL Everywhere initiative to provide library services in locations throughout the city.“We believe that the library should be everywhere, and we’re trying to try different opportunities, or provide different opportunities, for people to interact with us,” she said.The next book vending machine will be placed at Discovery Green. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/06160023/Library_Vending-3.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more


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first_imgBy The Associated PressAn Alabama woman has made history as the first Black female pilot in the state National Guard’s history.News outlets report that 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman of Huntsville graduated from Fort Rucker’s Army Aviation School last month, following her 2016 graduation from Tuskegee University where she was enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.Retired Col. Christine Knighton pins aviator wings on 2nd Lt. Kayla Freeman at Freeman’s graduation from the Army Aviation school at Fort Rucker, Alabama. (Photo Credit: 1st. Lt. Jermaine Thurston)Freeman’s aviator wings were pinned by retired Col. Christine Knighton, the second Black woman in the Department of Defense to earn aviator wings and the first from Georgia. Freeman says Knighton has been an inspiration since college and “it was only right” to have her do the pinning.Her assignment as a Black female pilot was also applauded by Maj. Gen. Sheryl Gordon, the Alabama National Guard’s first female general and the first female to serve as adjutant general for the state.“We take the ideals of equal opportunity very seriously and we’re extremely proud of 2nd Lt. Freeman’s achievements,” Gordon said in an Army news release. “She is further proof that we don’t see race or gender in the Alabama Guard, we see soldiers and airmen and their potential.”Freeman is currently at Fort Hood in Texas, where she is preparing to deploy to the Middle East as a platoon leader in the Alabama National Guard’s 1-169th Aviation Battalion.last_img read more


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first_imgPets are a part of your family, understood. You choose to make them a part of your celebrations, understood. But many do not understand the grave effect which the celebrations might have on them. Since Holi is just round the corner, here are a few tips to keep your pooch all safe and secure whilst the joy is on.Most dog owners feel that as long as they use dry colours on their pets, there’s no harm. But the truth is, the presence of lead, which acts as an accumulative poison, makes these colours a high-risk material for pets. Inhalation of colour powder may cause nasal irritation and possibly respiratory allergy or infection. Pet parents also need to know that most dogs get paranoid when you rub colours on them, since it very often gets into their eyes and nose, making them very uncomfortable. They also tend to lick their body, and the taste of dry colours makes them prone to throwing up. Some breeds are so sensitive that they gets rashes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’According to Dr KG Umesh, Waltham Scientific Communication Manager, South Asia Mars India, ‘We must ensure that during celebrations like these, we keep our dogs safe from the colours. We advice people not to try using kerosene, spirits or any hair oil to clean the colour off their coat. A good light shampoo should suffice. If the dog has been hit in the eye by a water balloon, wash the eye with clean water, and if irritation persists, bring the dog to a vet.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘It is extremely important to understand that some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to the accidents than others. Puppies, aged dogs and short hair coat dogs are more predisposed to falling victim to these colours than long hair coat breeds. The reason being that sparsely coated regions of body are commonly affected by colours. The pet owner should keep the pet away from children who tend to throw water balloons at the pet and also avoid taking their dogs at places and at times when they are likely to be the target of such insensitive play,’ he added.Indulging in variety of sweets is also customary during Holi. Care should be taken as these foods are rich in butter, cream and sugar and does not go down well with canines and can give them an upset stomach. Keep your pets happy during Holi and double the celebrations!last_img read more


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first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. April 30, 2014 Orthotics can be sexy.Kegan Schouwenburg really thinks it’s possible. “We’re not there yet,” she admits. “We’re getting there, though. We’re well on our way.”If anyone can convince you of the latent sexiness of an insole, it’s Schouwenburg. She’s the founder and CEO of SOLS, which creates custom 3-D printed orthotic insoles by scanning customers’ feet. Yesterday, the company announced that it has raised $6.4 million in a Series A round of financing.“Until now, our focus has been on engineering,” Schouwenburg says. With the influx of additional cash, she can hire a branding agency, focus on product management and concentrate on making her insoles look…well, sexier.Kegan Schouwenburg, founder and CEO of SOLSImage credit: Kegan SchouwenburgSchouwenburg is something of a 3-D printing pioneer – before founding SOLS, she was the director of operations and industrial engineering Shapeways, a 3-D printing marketplace which prints objects designed and uploaded by users. While there, she oversaw the 3-D printing of everything from egg cups to lampshades to shoes.So why leave to found a company that just makes 3-D printed insoles?Schouwenburg predicts that as the 3-D printing market evolves, value will shift away from novelty towards usefulness. “Things will really start to get interesting when we stop looking at 3-D printing as technology for the sake of technology and start thinking about how it can impact the things in our lives that matter to us,” she says.Related: 5 Steps to Take Your Product From Concept to RealityA 3-D printed custom coffee mug may be novel, but its impact is small. The ability to walk more comfortably and reduce pain? Schouwenburg is betting that’s something people care about. Our feet are all unique — since founding the company, “I’ve become acutely aware of how different they all are…frankly, I’m amazed shoes even work at all,” she says – and yet the orthotics industry struggles to provide customized orthotics at a reasonable price point. 3-D printing may be the solution, providing a more seamless, accurate and quick solution than traditional manual processes.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgHow it worksFor now, SOLS is focusing on working with podiatrists, orthopedics and physical therapists; the company provides each doctor with an iPad equipped with the SOLS app that, using a process called photogrammetry, takes hundreds of photos of a patient’s feet and knits them together to create a detailed virtual model. (“It’s great, because you don’t need expensive equipment, just a camera,” Schouwenburg says.)Doctors can then use a web-based tool to assess problems and make alterations to the 3-D model in order to biometrically correct a patient’s walk. When they’re done, the model is sent to the SOLS manufacturing facility to be printed.Currently, SOLS is working with 50 doctors, a number it hopes to see grow to 200 by the end of the year. (Each doctor, Schouwenburg predicts, should prescribe between 20 to 40 insoles a month.) At $300-$700 – SOLS’ suggested retail price is $500, but the actual price will depend on the doctor — the insoles don’t come cheap, even when you subtract the 15 percent that can be billed to insurance providers. At this point, they’re really only meant for “people have more advanced foot problems and need hands on knowledge of medical professional,” Schouwenburg says.Related: How 3-D Printing Startups Are Shaping the FutureBy next year, however, SOLS plans to offer a separate service for anyone who “feels discomfort, or just wants to feel less tired at the end of the day.” Consumers will be able to scan their feet from home using an smartphone app, and the insoles will cost around $100.Image credit: Kegan SchouwenburgWhat’s nextThe way Schouwenburg tells it, orthotics is simply the first, biometrically correct step along the winding and exciting road of 3-D printing.While Schouwenburg doesn’t envision a world where we’ll all have 3-D printers, she does believe the technology will make our lives more comfortable. “For so long we’ve been shoving our feet and our bodies and our hands into products that don’t fit us because that’s what we have to do,” she says. “You have a set amount of sizes, and so you pick the size that mostly fits you.”We may get hung up on the technology’s ability to print figurines, but the real revolution lies in its potential to dramatically lower the cost of customization. In the near future, everything from intricately customized prosthetics, safety helmets, braces, to shoes will be available at an affordable price point, Schouwenburg predicts. “Mass customization is something that the market wants.”Related: 3-D Printers Take a Step Toward the Mainstream Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more


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first_imgRussian president Vladimir Putin has named former Tatarstan information and communications minister Nikolai Nikiforov as minister of communications and mass media in prime minister Dimitry Medvedev’s new government.Nikiforov, who has been credited with helping make Tatarstan one of the best-provisioned parts of the Russian Federation for communications infrastructure, replaces Igor Shchegolev.last_img