Samsung brings world’s first 4-rear camera smartphone to India

first_imgGurugram, Nov 20 (IANS) Upping the ante in the camera department, South Korean tech giant Samsung on Tuesday brought Galaxy A9, its first smartphone with quadruple primary (rear) camera system, to India.This is the world’s first device with quad camera system at the rear and the first from the company to feature dual tone, reflective gradient design.The 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants of Galaxy A9 cost Rs 36,990 and Rs 39,990, respectively.”Our final launch of the year has brought out four-camera phone to India,” Asim Warsi, Global Vice President, Samsung India, told reporters here. Samsung has already launched a three-camera Galaxy A7 in the country.Prospective buyers can pre-book the smartphone starting Thursday. The device will be available across all channels starting November 28. A major highlight of the device is its vertically-stacked four cameras consisting of an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 24MP main sensor, a 5MP depth sensor and a 10MP telephoto sensor at the back.On the front, the smartphone features a 24MP camera.There’s a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, face recognition support and a 3800mAh battery with Quick Charge 2.0 technology. The Samsung Galaxy A9 sports a 6.3-inch full-HD+ sAMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio.The handset is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, coupled with 128GB internal storage that can be further expanded.The Galaxy A9 features digital assistant Bixby, Samsung Pay and Samsung Health.The device comes in Caviar Black, Lemonade Blue and Bubblegum Pink colours and a 3D Glass-curved back.–ksc/na/bglast_img read more

Bedlam Features Two of the Hottest Teams In The Country

first_imgBedlam next Saturday will feature two of the hottest teams in the country. Neither school lost in October or November as they hurtled towards a de facto conference championship game. But it’s not just the Big 12 where they’re succeeding. OU and Oklahoma State have two of the current longest winning streaks nationally as well.Here are the top six.Alabama: 24Western Michigan: 14USC: 8Penn State: 8Oklahoma: 8Oklahoma State: 7Alabama, my gosh. Also, somebody hire P.J. Fleck.Oklahoma State and Oklahoma have won a combined 15 in a row. Somebody is going to be scorching hot heading into the postseason (likely the Sugar Bowl) with a final leaping off point of a Bedlam win.Might the momentum of each team be stymied by the off week and Thanksgiving? Perhaps, but it’s doubtful. I think it’s actually difficult to lose the flow this time of year. If anything, the bye week will provide a re-grouping of sorts — more time to watch film and more time to mentally and physically prepare for what should be one of the great Bedlams ever.“Everyone is focused on the team. We all know what we’re playing for and we all know what’s at stake,” OU safety Steven Parker told the Norman Transcript. “It’s about being smart this week and being safe throughout the holiday and coming back with an edge.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Judge denies NASL’s request for D2 status

first_imgNASL Judge denies NASL’s request for D2 status Goal 00:19 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcos Senna New York Cosmos NASL Final 11152015 NASL NASL The North American league was dealt a major blow in its bid for survival on Saturday A district court judge has denied the North American Soccer League’s request for a preliminary injunction to retain its Division 2 status.Judge Margo K. Brodie of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued her decision on Saturday, dealing a blow to a league that has been on the brink of dissolving for more than a year.“We are very disappointed with the court’s decision in denying our motion for a preliminary injunction,” NASL interim commissioner Rishi Sehgal said in a statement. “We remain steadfast in our pursuit of antitrust claims against the U.S. Soccer Federation and are confident that justice will ultimately be served. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “In light of the extreme harm this decision poses to the NASL and our teams, players, coaches and fans, we will immediately begin reviewing all of our legal options including the process for appealing today’s ruling.”U.S. Soccer also released a statement, saying that Brodie’s ruling confirmed it made the correct decision to strip Division 2 sanctioning from the NASL.U.S. Soccer’s Statement re: Court’s Decision on NASL Preliminary Injunction: pic.twitter.com/tc5LoFLDqw— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) November 4, 2017If NASL does not receive Division 2 sanctioning from the U.S. Soccer Federation, it could choose to operate as a Division 3 league in 2018, or it could dissolve and its eight teams could either fold or attempt to join the United Soccer League, which has also applied for Division 2 status.last_img read more

Olympic qualifiers: Indian women’s football team bows out after 3-3 draw with Myanmar

first_imgOlympic qualifiers: Indian women’s football team bows out after 3-3 draw with MyanmarThe Indian women’s football team hit a 3-3 draw with Myanmar in their Tuesday match and bowed out of their campaign after failing to qualify for the 2020 Olympic qualifiers Round 3.advertisement Press Trust of India MandalayApril 9, 2019UPDATED: April 9, 2019 18:42 IST The Indian women’s football team needed to win the match against Myanmar to move to the Olympic qualifiers Round 3 (@IndianFootball)HIGHLIGHTSThe Indian women’s football team couldn’t qualify for the 2020 Olympic qualifiers Round 3They were held to a 3-3 draw by Myanmar in their Tuesday matchIndia needed a win to top Group A of the Olympic qualifiers Round 2The Indian women’s football team Tuesday missed out an opportunity to qualify for the third round of the 2020 Olympic qualifiers after it was held to a 3-3 draw by Myanmar here.The Maymol Rocky-coached side, with an average age of 21, needed a win to top Group A of the Olympic qualifiers Round 2 but squandered the lead twice to play out a draw and bow out of the competition at the Mandalar Thiri Stadium here.India and Myanmar got seven points each from three matches but the home team advanced to the third round on the basis of superior goal difference (plus 8 as compared to plus 4 of India).Only one team qualifies for third round from each group.Indian women held by Myanmar , bow out on goal differenceRead the match report here https://t.co/fq0UphdqAY#IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #ShePower pic.twitter.com/0LemzO4TJN Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) April 9, 2019Sandhiya Ranganathan gave India an early lead in the 10th minute but Myanmar’s hat-trick woman Win Tun found the equaliser in the 17th minute. Tun scored again in the 21st minute but Sanju cancelled it out in the 32nd minute.Ratanbala Devi gave India the lead with a 64th minute strike but Tun levelled it yet again in the 72nd minute to complete her hat-trick.The Indian women, ranked 62nd in the world, displayed their attacking intent early on against Myanmar, ranked 42nd in the FIFA ladder.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women’s football team to face tricky Nepal in Round 2advertisementSanju came close to handing India the lead as early as in the second minute when her shot from close range, off a Dangmei Grace cross, went out for a corner.The Indian women had to wait eight minutes more before surging into the lead. In the 10th minute, Ratanbala burst out on the right flank and released a low cross for Sandhiya, who made no mistake to finish from inside the box.The lead, however, was short-lived as Myanmar scored two goals in five minutes. First, Tun headed home in the 17th minute and four minutes later, scored following a spot Kick.Indian goalkeeper Linthoi Devi dived to her right to save the penalty but Tun, lurching around, scored off the rebound to make it 2-1 for the home side.India’s hard work down the flanks and in the midfield bore fruit in the 32nd minute.Myanmar goalkeeper May Nwe fluffed her lines and made a howler of a clearance that fell to Ratanbala, who chested it down for Sanju and she made no mistake in burying the chance into the back of the net. Both teams headed to the interval at 2-2.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winIn the second half, Myanmar dominated the opening minutes, forcing the Indian defence to shut the opponents with some astute defending.Sweety Devi’s perfectly timed tackle on Tun showcased the maturity displayed by the young team.In the 64th minute, Ratanbala gave India 3-2 lead. The midfielder cut into the box from the right flank and sent a curling shot which crashed into the back of the Myanmar net leaving the opponent custodian dumbfounded.But eight minutes later, Tun completed her hat-trick, finishing from close range to equalise for Myanmar.India could have sealed the match in their favour in the 76th minute when Sanju ran clear of the defensive line, but the Myanmar custodian made a world-class save from close range to tip the Indian’s shot over the bar.A minute later, Dangmei Grace burst through but this time the custodian put her body on the line to shield the ball.Also Read | India can match any opposition in fitness, feels women’s football coachAlso Watch | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli struggles to solve RCB’s loss puzzleFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Women’s FootballFollow Olympic qualiferFollow Myanmar Nextlast_img read more

North Korea says it wont surrender to USled sanctions

first_imgSeoul: North Korea said Wednesday it won’t surrender to U.S.-led sanctions and accused Washington of trying to “bring us to our knees.” The statement is yet another reminder that North Korea keeps mistrust of the U.S. though its leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump recently exchanged letters. Their second summit in Hanoi in February ended without any agreement due to disputes over the extent of sanctions relief North Korea should win in return for a limited denuclearization step. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The North’s Foreign Ministry said it “will not hesitate to pull a muscle-flexing trigger in order to defend ourselves” if anyone dares to trample over its sovereignty. It accused the U.S. of maintaining hostility toward North Korea. It cited recent U.S. reports on alleged human trafficking and religious crackdowns in North Korea, and comments by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that some 80-plus percent of the North Korean economy is sanctioned. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Pompeo “let loose a sophistry as if the sanctions are rendering the bilateral talks possible,” said the statement, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. The statement said all these developments show the “wild dream of the U.S. to bring us to our knees by means of sanctions and pressure has not changed at all but grows even more undisguised.” It said North Korea is “not a country that will surrender to the U.S. sanctions.” The letter exchanges between Kim and Trump suggested the two leaders hoped to keep diplomacy alive, though there have been no publicly known official meetings between the two countries since the collapse of the Hanoi summit. Trump is scheduled to arrive for a two-day visit to South Korea on Saturday.last_img read more

Canfor announces another week of curtailments in Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canfor has announced another week of curtailments at it’s facility in Fort St. John.The operating curtailments will reduce production capacity by 75 million board feet between September 3 and the end of the year. Its Houston, Polar, Prince George and Fort St. John sawmills will be curtailed the week of September 3.In addition, Canfor’s Plateau and Houston mills will transition to a four-day work week in September, which will remain in effect until market and economic conditions support a return to the full operating schedule of five days per week.  The curtailments are due to the ongoing low price of lumber and the high cost of fibre, which are making the operating conditions in BC uneconomic. These curtailments are in addition to all previously announced capacity reductions.last_img read more

Portuguese Sonae Sierra to invest 100 mln euros to develop Zenata

Lisbon – Portuguese group Sonae Sierra, an international shopping centre specialist, announced on Monday that it will invest 100 million euros to develop the Zenata trade center located in Mohammedia.In a statement, the group, which will develop the project in partnership with Marjane, Al Futtain and the Société d’Aménagement de Zenata (CDG Group), said it will be charged of providing services of development, marketing and real estate management of the center.This is the first Sonae Sierra investment in Morocco where the group is present since 2011. The center will have a surface area of 90.000 square meters and will host 250 shops. read more

Former candidate for Miss Belgium converts to Islam

Rabat – Lindsey Van Gele, a candidate for the Miss Belgium contest 2012, has reportedly converted to Islam after marrying Mamoutou N’Diaye, a midfielder for Zulte Waregem, a Belgian football team. Van Gele now calls herself “Aisha,” has given up alcohol and pork, and no longer wears short skirts. She refuses to show her body uncovered in events such as the Gala Golden Shoe.This week, Lindsey was a guest on the show “Komen Eten Vier” with other women and girlfriends of Belgian footballers. “I became a Muslim when Mamoutou asked for my hand. A civil marriage was not enough for me. Moreover, I wanted to support my conversion,” she said in Het Laatste Nieuws.It has been four years since she married the Malian footballer, and two since she became a Muslim. Being a Muslim has not really changed her life, except that she now does not eat pork or drink alcohol. Lindsey says that she drinks soda and has recited a few sentences of the Koran to an imam, although she may not remember the sentences in detail. She meditates before going to bed, and says a prayer.Lindsey studies management communication at Ghent University and hopes to finish her studies in 2016. She is looking forward to becoming a mother, and does not see becoming a stay-at-home mother as a problem, according to Belgian media reports.Lindsey has agreed to keep to Islamic codes of dress out of respect for her husband, and refuses to wear miniskirts or shorts. She does not show her legs or chest as she used to in beauty competitions. read more

UN expands fight against potentially fatal Chagas disease that affects millions

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is joining forces with Bayer HealthCare to expand global efforts aimed at eliminating Chagas, a parasitic disease that affects an estimated 9 million people, mostly children, and which causes the slow swelling of victims’ internal organs and is fatal to around a third of those infected. The expanded WHO programme will be supported by funds and free tablets from Bayer HealthCare, which manufactures nifurtimox, a drug used to treat the disease, and these will allow the treatment of an estimated 30,000 patients over a period of five years, the agency said in a press release. “This disease still poses a threat to so many people in Latin America and now that threat has spread to other countries via blood banks lacking adequate screening of infected donors. This provision is indeed an important step towards elimination efforts of Chagas worldwide,” said Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, WHO/PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) Regional Director for the Americas Region. For decades, Chagas disease largely affected people in rural areas of Latin America but blood donations and poor safety in blood banks have led to infections in other countries as some people who may be unaware they carry the infection have donated their blood to the national blood supply. As a result, the disease has now appeared in Europe and various parts of the United States. The disease is caused by the protozoan parasite, which enters the human body though broken skin, and can be passed on either by the bloodfeeding ‘assassin bugs’ that emerge at night to bite and suck blood, through transfusion with infected blood or congenitally from infected mother to foetus. Usually a small sore develops at the bite where the parasite enters the body. Within a few days, fever and swollen lymph nodes may develop. This initial acute phase may cause illness and death, especially in young children. However more commonly, patients enter a symptom-less phase lasting several months or years, during which time parasites are invading most organs of the body, often causing heart, intestinal and oesophageal damage and progressive weakness. In 32 per cent of those infected, fatal damage to the heart and digestive tract occurs during this chronic phase. For therapy, two drugs can be used for the early chronic phase. 13 April 2007The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is joining forces with Bayer HealthCare to expand global efforts aimed at eliminating Chagas, a parasitic disease that affects an estimated 9 million people, mostly children, and which causes the slow swelling of victims’ internal organs and is fatal to around a third of those infected. read more

DR Congo UN envoy to launch dialogue between Government and rebels

5 December 2008The United Nations envoy tasked with helping to resolve the conflict behind the recent fighting that has engulfed the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will launch a dialogue next week in Nairobi between the DRC Government and the rebel group known as the National Congress in Defense of the People (CNDP). Set to kick off on Monday, the talks will be facilitated by Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes Region and former Nigerian president, and Benjamin Mkapa, representing the African Union (AU) and the International Conference on the Great Lakes (ICGLR), who is also the former president of Tanzania.The agreement to launch the discussion comes after the their recent talks with regional heads of State, the Congolese Government, the CNDP and other armed groups in which they appealed for dialogue and respect for the ceasefire to allow for humanitarian assistance.Escalating conflict between the FARDC and the CNDP has uprooted an estimated 250,000 people in the past three months, mainly in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda. Other armed groups, including the Mayi Mayi, have also been involved in deadly clashes, some of which have been along ethnic lines.The UN peacekeeping mission in the country, known by its French acronym MONUC, has welcomed the decision to hold the talks, as well as the agreement to normalize bilateral diplomatic relations and regional economic cooperation between DRC and Rwanda.MONUC said it will have to review the operational plan between the two nations to disarm the DRC-based Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a mainly Hutu rebel group.It was announced yesterday that MONUC seeks to press FDLR fighters to leave a town near the Ugandan border they recently entered.The mission disputed information in some news reports that FDLR had systematically redeployed to “fill in” positions vacated by the CNDP, although they had entered the town of Ishasha in north-eastern North Kivu.Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency today said that over 90,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) taking shelter around Rutshuru, 80 kilometres north of Goma, North Kivu’s capital, cannot be accounted for.For the first time, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was able to visit three former makeshift camps now that the security situation has calmed down. “As we feared, we found these sites empty,” agency spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva.Three UNHCR-run sites in the area “were forcefully emptied and destroyed some weeks ago,” he said.Some of the 5,000 IDPs who took sheltering around the MONUC base in the area told UNHCR that they are afraid of reprisals and do not want to return home.“They alleged numerous atrocities and summary killings,” Mr. Redmond said.UNCHR has passed out emergency aid supplies to over 10,000 in need in the destroyed camps around Rutshuru, and has delivered relief items to tens of thousands of others in surrounding areas.There have been reports by local authorities in Orientale province, just north of North Kivu, that 2,000 IDPs who fled attacks by Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a notorious rebel group that has waged war against Ugandan Government forces since the mid-1980s.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) today estimated that over 83,000 Congolese have been uprooted due to LRA violence since mid-September, with some 6,000 fleeing to southern Sudan. read more

Challenges remain in accessing HIV prevention treatment in Africa – UN official

Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), noted that in 2008, about 45 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV in Africa were receiving antiretroviral drugs to prevent transmission to their children, up from 35 per cent the previous year. “Tens of thousands of new HIV infections have been prevented as a result of prevention programmes and the efforts of African governments, civil society and youth,” he stated, while adding that in spite of this progress, access to treatment and services needs to be improved.Mr. Sidibé made his comments in Dakar, where he arrived earlier this week to take part in the agency’s Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Management Meeting, with the aim of leveraging HIV for broader health and development outcomes in Africa.While in Senegal, he also met with top officials to discuss the country’s progress on universal access. Meeting with President Abdoulaye Wade on Monday, Mr Sidibé thanked the leader for taking the initiative to include an item on eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Africa on the agenda of the African Union (AU) summit, scheduled to be held in Kampala, Uganda, in July. HIV has been the major cause of child and infant mortality in major parts of Africa, with about 390,000 children under 15 newly infected with HIV in 2008 alone, the Executive Director noted.Mr Sidibé also thanked Mr. Wade for the progress made by Senegal in the fight against HIV, particularly in the eradication of the transmission of the virus from mother to unborn child.In addition, he met the Prime Minister of Senegal, Souleymane Ndéné Ndiaye, who reaffirmed the country’s commitment to total eradication of mother-to-child transmission. 21 April 2010Despite the progress that has been made in the AIDS response in Africa, many challenges remain that prevent people from accessing the HIV prevention and treatment services they need, a top United Nations official said during a visit to Senegal. read more

Central African Republic Security Council boosts UN mission presence as tensions continue

In a unanimous resolution adopted earlier this morning, the 15-member Council agreed to increase the number of ‘blue helmets’ serving in the UN mission in the CAR, also known by the acronym MINUSCA, by 750 military personnel, 280 police personnel and 20 corrections officers. The UN body had deemed the situation in the African country remains “a threat to international peace and security” due to continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka alliance and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. More than two years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in CAR. According to UN estimates, nearly 440,000 people remain displaced inside the country while some 190,000 have sought asylum across the borders.At the same time, more than 36,000 people remain trapped within the landlocked country in enclaves across the country, hoping to find asylum in neighbouring States.Moreover, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) recently reported that some 1.5 million people in CAR remain food insecure amid ongoing hostilities throughout the country and cautioned that the figure was likely to rise should immediate support not be provided. read more

Ohio State golfer shoots 79 in 1st round of US Womens Open

Then-freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik reads the green at the Lady Buckeye Invitational April 19 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State golfer Jessica Porvasnik, who finished her freshman season as an honorable mention All-American in 2014, finished with a nine-over par 79 in the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open Thursday.Porvasnik sat in a tie for 70th when she headed for the club house. She shot a four-over par 39 on the front at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C. – the same course the men played their U.S. Open last weekend. She finished with a 40 on the back nine to complete the round.Her day included consecutive birdies on the ninth and 10th holes, seven pars, seven bogeys and two double bogeys.The Hinckley, Ohio, native qualified for the open after shooting consecutive rounds of 73 at a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., May 12.She placed first at the Big Ten Championship and the Westbrook Spring Invitational for the Buckeyes this season. Porvasnik also came in the top five four times and the top 10 at the Mary Fossum Invitational and the Web.com Intercollegiate.She is at least the third Buckeye to take part in the U.S. Women’s Open. Her coach at OSU, Therese Hession, played in the event seven times,and former OSU golfer Meg Mallon won the tournament in both 1991 and 2004.Porvasnik is one of 25 amateurs playing the field of 156 total golfers at the championship. She ranked 10th among amateurs after her performance Thursday. Porvasnik played her opening round with professionals Erica Popson of the U.S. and Wei-Ling Hsu from Chinese Tapei. The trio is scheduled to tee off their second round at 12:41 p.m. Friday. read more

PM Minnis Speaks At The Austin Technology Council Texas Association of Business

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, January 24, 2018, Texas  – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis was the guest speaker at the Austin Technology Council/Texas Association of Business forum, Austin, Texas, on Monday, January 22, 2018.   The Prime Minister and delegation are currently visiting Texas to identify foreign investment and business opportunities.The delegation attending with Prime Minister are: The Hon. Darren Henfield, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senator the Hon. James Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama; Cornelius Smith, Non-Resident Ambassador-Designate for Central American States; Joshua Sears, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Prime Minister. Also, His Excellency Sidney Collie, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, Linda Mackey, Consul General; Lynden Rose, Honorary Consul, Houston, Texas who joined delegation in Austin, Texas; Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media, Terry Archer/Protocol Officer, Miami; and Kirk Bastian, Aide to the Prime Minister.Release: BIS Related Items: [Photos/Yontalay Bowe, Photographer/Social Media] Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Photo CaptionsHeader: Senator Kwasi Thompson, Minister of State for Grand Bahama (left) Prime Minister Minnis; Jeff Moseley CEO, Texas Association of Business; and Lynden Rose, Honorary Consul, Houston, Texas.Insert: Prime Minister Minnis Addresses the Business Forumlast_img read more

Mary J Blige Singing Elton Johns Sorry … Is A Catharsis

first_img Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Mary J. Blige On Covering Elton John’s “Sorry …” mary-j-blige-singing-elton-johns-sorry-%E2%80%A6-catharsis Email Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Prev Next Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Mary J. Blige’s memorable rendition of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” brings powerful feelings of releasePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 6, 2018 – 4:50 pm GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige has shaped contemporary R&B on the highest level. On April 6 the Elton John tribute album Revamp was released, and her reshaping of his classic “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” gives the song a soulful treatment that feels like it was waiting to be uncovered.”I specifically chose to sing ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ because of how beautiful and sad the song is and it was also so cathartic for me to sing,” Blige explained to Billboard.Blige says her participation in the tribute album “is special to me not only because [Elton] is a good friend of mine but also because of my love for his songwriting and amazing songs.””Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” was the breakout hit on John’s 1976 LP, Blue Moves, the last album in his initial series of collaborations with lyricist Bernie Taupin before they took a creative hiatus. Beyond being a break-up song, “Sorry …” seems to freeze a moment in time, hold an emotion and reinforce how letting it go through expression allows a person to move forward.Summing up the long-running partnership between John and Taupin, Blige commented, “Elton and Bernie’s songs, so inspiring and powerful, will continue to stand the test of time.”Be sure to tune in to “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The two-hour concert special will feature performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, SZA, and many more. Twitter Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage News Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Facebook 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? 5 Charities Elton John Supports 5 Charities Elton John Supports Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Imagescenter_img Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Mary J. Blige: Singing Elton John’s “Sorry …” Is A Catharsis Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA 5 Charities Elton John Supports Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Elton John GRAMMY Special Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton Johnlast_img read more

Amazon to fund 10M to improve fairness in AI research

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 5:11 Sci-Tech Tech Industry Post a comment 0center_img Tags Amazon wants funded projects to broaden acceptance of AI systems.  Ben Fox Rubin/CNET Amazon is giving money to broaden AI acceptance. The e-commerce giant on Monday said it’s working with the US National Science Foundation to give a total of $10 million in research grants over the next three years to help improve fairness in artificial intelligence.”We believe we must work closely with academic researchers to develop innovative solutions that address issues of fairness, transparency and accountability and to ensure that biases in data don’t get embedded in the systems we create,” Prem Natarajan, vice president and head scientist of Alexa at Amazon, wrote in a blog post. “Funded projects will help to enable broadened acceptance of AI systems, helping the US further capitalize on the potential of AI technologies.”This comes as Amazon faces criticism for selling Rekognition, facial recognition software that relies on AI and machine learning, to law enforcement agencies. Civil liberties groups, such as the ACLU, have raised concerns about the speedy adoption of facial recognition tech among US law enforcement agencies and the potential for its abuse, particularly against immigrants and people of color.Amazon said specific topics of interest for its funding program with the NSF include transparency, explainability, accountability, potential biases and effects, inclusiveness and fairness in AI technology. Interested researchers can submit their letters of intent by May 10. Facial recognition: Get to know the tech that gets to… Amazon Facial recognitionlast_img read more

Child marriages declined post implementation of Kalyana Lakshmi

first_imgSuryapet: Education Minister G Jagadish Reddy on Wednesday distributed Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak cheques to beneficiaries in Suryapet and Huzurnagar constituencies in the district.Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao was giving top priority to welfare of the people and in this regard, the government had introduced several schemes for their uplift. ” Over Rs 45,000 crore are being spent on welfare schemes,” he informed, adding that the State government has been spending Rs 800 crore on Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us Both the schemes have built confidence among parents that they can perform the marriage of their daughter without landing in any financial crisis. “Child marriages have declined considerably after the implementation of Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes in the State,” the Minister said. Stating that the government was planning to spend Rs 55,000 crore on welfare schemes, Jagadish Reddy said Rythu Bima, Rythu Bandhu, Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya were unique schemes implemented by the TRS government to bail the farmers out of crisis. District Collector Amoy Kumar, Zilla Parishad chairperson Deepika, district library chairman N Srinivas Goud, ZPTCs Jeedi Biksham, Sanjeev Naik, party Huzurnagar constituency leader Shanampudi Saidi Reddy and beneficiaries participated in the programme.last_img read more

PM Modi realised dream of Atal

first_imgAmberpet: Former president of BJP city B Venkat Reddy said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had realized the dream of Atal Bihari Vajpayee by abrogating Article 370. He was speaking at a programme to pay tributes to the former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s first death anniversary here at Red Building crossroads on Friday. The programme was organised by BJP Amberpet division president Chukka Jagan. On the occasion, BJP leaders garlanded the portrait of the former minister and paid rich tributes. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us Venkat Reddy said that the former prime minster had taken several measures to bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir during his tenure as prime minister. Lauding the former prime minister for his moral integrity, Venkat Reddy said that the former prime minister always stood for clean and ethical politics. Among those who paid tributes to the departed leader include Chukka Jagan, Krishna Goud, Sambashiva Goud, Ajay Kumar, K Chandrashekhar, Rangampalli Raju, Raghunandan, Balaraju, Venkatesh, V Ramesh, Chitti Babu, D Ramesh, K Srihari, Balakrishna Goud, Srinivas, T Venkatesh, Sathyanarayana, Aravind Goud and others.last_img read more

Texas US Gas Prices Spike After Disastrous Hurricane Harvey

first_img Listen Harvey’s devastation is affecting more than just homes and roadways.News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter spoke to Daniel Armbruster with Triple-A Texas, who says it doesn’t come as a surprise. He says there’s usually a price spike after a hurricane or a flood. X 00:00 /00:45center_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country spiked by at least a dime following disastrous Hurricane Harvey. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.26 per gallon. That’s 12 cents higher than a week ago, when Harvey threatened Texas, and 4 cents above Wednesday’s price. The association survey says U.S. gasoline prices Thursday averaged $2.45 per gallon — that’s 10 cents higher than a week ago and a nickel increase since Wednesday. Harvey made landfall in South Texas last Friday, leading to coastal flooding and swamping of much of Houston. Parts of Beaumont and Port Arthur also flooded as Harvey lost strength and moved into Louisiana. Dallas had the most expensive gasoline in Texas on Thursday at an average $2.37 per gallon.last_img read more

A celebration of life

first_imgThe exhibition titled Art Beyond Canvas is a medley of studio ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, oil painting on canvas, hand-painted ceramics and mixed media on wood. The show that opens on 20 September is an amalgamation of traditions and rich heritage of India by ceramicist Tanuja Jain and artist Mamta Malhotra.The work engulfs ancient arts, archaeology, religious places, and sculptures with a touch of modern and vibrant India. The concept is inspired by mixing landscapes of Varanasi the oldest living city, into clay, the oldest medium used by mankind. Jain and Malhotra have captured the many moods of Chai through different expressions in their individual and combined works, bringing affordable art to the tables and homes of people. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Inspired by colours and forms of nature, Jain has created ceramic pieces using a multitude of slips, stains, textures, special pencils, crayons, pigments and hand painting,  giving a compelling artistic vision and identity to ceramic tableware and furniture. She said, ‘It has been a wonderful experience to create work inspired by Varanasi- the oldest cultural and vibrant city of India. Mamta and I have synchronised varied moods and expressions of Chai and the city to bring people close to ancient roots’. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe juxtaposition and contrast of urban landscapes and rich cultures have inspired Malhotra to paint cityscapes highlighting the beauty and fragility of Varanasi. They evoke the intense vitality of an ancient and vibrant lifestyle. She uses wood, canvas, paint, paper, ceramics and thread to add layers and dimension resulting in highly textural works. She said, ‘I have collaborated to create a unique mélange of art. I hope that this desire to find beauty, perfection and optimism is carried over to the viewer.’last_img read more