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Kookies for Khloe Kardashian Manitoba cookie company gets custom order

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba cookie company is receiving praise from Khloe Kardashian for custom creations featuring her daughter True.The famous Kardashian posted a photo of the custom-order cookies made by Winnipeg’s Scientific Sweets on Instagram.“I have never seen cuter cookies in all my life,” Kardashian proclaimed in a video showcasing the cookies on social media.Scientific Sweets was created by Jenn Strauman and Mary Lou Vendivil a couple of years ago. Both work as laboratory technicians in a Winnipeg hospital.When they discovered they had a mutual love of baking, they started making their signature portrait sugar cookies for custom orders and to sell locally at markets.Last week, they received an email from someone claiming to be Kardashian’s assistant who spotted the duo’s work on Instagram.“At first we thought it was a joke. It can’t be legit,” Strauman said with a laugh. “So we did some fact-checking and it turned out to be legit.”“We couldn’t say no. It’s the Kardashians. How can you not do it?” Vendivil added.Kardashian and two-month-old True were heading back to Los Angeles for the first time since the baby’s birth in April. There needed to be very special cookies for the occasion.The Manitoba bakers and the assistant decided to go with a theme of pink, white and flamingos. The portrait cookies were also on order.After final touches of gold lettering and pink flowers were added, the cookies were shipped south where they became a big hit in the Kardashian home on the weekend.“Oh my God, my little baby,” Kardashian says in the video as she zooms in on the cookies.The two bakers were very excited when they saw their cookies on the celebrity’s Instagram account. Vendivil said she screamed so loud her husband was concerned something bad was happening. Strauman, who was at a store, started jumping.“We are just hobby bakers in Winnipeg and for them, our cookies, to land in a celebrity’s house is just insane,” Vendivil said.While they don’t plan on quitting their day jobs just yet — Scientific Sweets currently isn’t taking any other custom orders — Strauman and Vendivil say they’d happily get their aprons on right away if another certain celebrity happened to call.“If Adam Levine asked for cookies today, I would have them tomorrow,” Strauman said.last_img read more


APTN viewers have their say on the news of the day

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Marrakech GES2014 Biden Launches J Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative

Marrakech-  US Vice President Joe Biden announced, here Thursday, the launch of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative to promote exchanges between American and MENA region youth.Launched in honor of Christopher Stevens, former US ambassador to Libya killed in September 2012 in Benghazi, the initiative, which will kick off in Morocco with the launch of a pilot project early 2015, aims to enhance the capacity of young people to take up local and global challenges through promoting their connectivity, Biden said in a speech at the opening ceremony of the 5th Global entrepreneurship summit, held in Marrakech on November 19-21. The United States are committed to the emergence of a new generation of open and future-oriented young people, the US vice-president said, adding that this initiative, the result of a multilateral partnership between private and public sectors, will contribute to consolidating bonds between young people in the USA and the MENA region, building on the valuable contribution of new information technologies. In this respect, the program will strive to lay the groundwork for exchanges between young people especially in the field of education. More than a million young people will benefit from this initiative whose ultimate goal is to overcome the problems related to misunderstanding.The US vice-president said, in this context, that a number of countries have expressed their desire to partner with the United States in this initiative.So far, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have signed financial commitments totaling more than $ 31 million over the next five years as part of the initiative, which will involve foundations and private sector partners, Biden said.Joe Biden, who led the US delegation to the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, had also met with young entrepreneurs taking part in this international summit on the challenges of innovation, free enterprise and sustainable development. read more


Lankan maid in Saudi will not be executed

The Appeal against the verdict of the Sri Lankan domestic worker arrested on the charges of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning by the Al Dwadmi Court in Saudi Arabia was taken up yesterday.The Government says the appeal for clemency on the sentence was successful and the Sri Lankan national will now have to serve a reduced sentence and serve a term in prison. The Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia who was on death row will not be executed but will be imprisoned, the Government said today.The Sri Lankan maid was to be stoned to death for committing adultery. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Ministry of Foreign Employment and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment undertook the responsibility to safeguard the Sri Lankan national and through the Sri Lanka Mission in Saudi Arabia, extended every assistance to provide legal counsel and consular assistance in order to assist the appeal process,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.The Government appreciated the good offices of the Saudi Authorities and also the sympathy, the understanding and the concern expressed, and assistance extended by many other parties. (Colombo Gazette) The Foreign Employment Ministry and the Foreign Ministry were in touch with the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to seek clemency for the maid. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that an appeal made by Sri Lanka has been considered by Saudi Arabia and the execution order has been withdrawn. read more


Joint UN study sheds light on plight of millions of displaced in

While the grave humanitarian repercussions of Colombia’s internal conflict have shaped daily life for millions of people for 40 years – the country now hosts the world’s third-largest population of internally displaced persons (IDPs) – it has been difficult for the Government and humanitarian organizations to provide them with adequate assistance.The report by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the ICRC is an attempt to remedy that situation, and is based on a joint assessment of food and basic needs in six Colombian provinces. It aims to provide solid data on displaced people’s social and economic situations, and to improve overall efforts to provide assistance.While the findings do not cover the country’s entire displaced population, WFP and ICRC say they do reflect certain general tendencies: lack of a steady income; inadequate housing, health services and education; and poor hygiene and sanitation all exacerbate food and economic insecurity. According to the report, displaced families living in urban environments, which face the greatest risks and difficulties in adapting to their new circumstances, are especially vulnerable.”This study will let us define a baseline for all the actions we are going to develop,” says WFP’s Colombia Director, Peter Goossens. “This joint study…will let us work in a better, more focused and in a more coordinated way to provide assistance to displaced people in the country.”The data collected show that displaced families spend 58 per cent of their scant resources on food, most of the rest on housing and public services such as water, electricity and gas, and only 6 per cent and 3 per cent, respectively, on health and education. The study also points out that the Colombian Government must ensure that displaced persons receive humanitarian aid both during and after an emergency. read more


TSX closes lower amid rising commodities concerns about US rally

TSX closes lower amid rising commodities, concerns about U.S. rally by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 19, 2013 6:34 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Tuesday amid concerns that the U.S. stock rally may be running out of steam and a new report predicting slower than anticipated global economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index ticked 15.46 points lower to 13,442.6 while the Canadian dollar fell 0.36 of a cent to 95.5 cents US.The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development cut its 2014 forecast for global growth from four per cent to 3.6 per cent. The OECD cited U.S. fiscal uncertainty, the impact of the Federal Reserve tapering its asset purchases and weakness in emerging markets.U.S. markets were lower after indexes backed off Monday after hitting key technical levels, raising questions about whether American markets are due for their first serious retracement in two years.The Dow Jones industrials declined 8.99 points to 15,967.03, the Nasdaq fell 17.51 points to 3,931.55 and the S&P 500 index slipped 3.66 points to 1,787.87.Investors remained cautious a day after the Dow broke 16,000 and the S&P breached the 1,800 mark — both for the first time. The Dow alone has surged more than 20 per cent this year and is up about 900 points since early October amid optimism that the Federal Reserve won’t be moving to cut back on its monthly US$85 billion of bond purchases until well into the new year.“You always have to be cautious when the market has gone up as fast as it has,” said Ian Nakamoto, director of research at 3MACS.“(But) any correction that could happen I would use it to buy the dips because valuations are still reasonable.”The TSX is up about 8.5 per cent for the year so far, held back by the mining sector. Most other sectors have put in solid performances, particularly financials, energy companies and industrials — companies Nakamoto thinks will likely take the TSX higher.“Much more of the direction of the TSX is going to be the financial and energy components because we have had such a correction in the mining sectors,” he observed.Commodity prices advanced and the energy sector was up 0.43 per cent as December crude on the Nymex moved up 31 cents to US$93.34 a barrel. Bankers Petroleum (TSX:BNK) ran up 13 cents to C$3.86.Niko Resources (TSX:NKO) surged 23.6 per cent to $1.78, recovering for a second day after plunging more than 50 per cent Friday after it said that it had secured a “very high cost,” $340-million loan to avoid defaulting on debt payments and other obligations.The gold sector was up about 0.55 per cent while December bullion climbed $1.20 to US$1,273.50 an ounce. The sector has been a major drag this year, plunging about 45 per cent as global inflation remains very low while economic conditions are gradually improving, making bullion less attractive as a hedge. Kinross Gold (TSX:K) advanced seven cents to C$5.18.The consumer sector was in focus Tuesday as Sears Canada Inc. (TSX:SCC) stock jumped $1.07 or 6.37 per cent to $17.87 as the retailer said that it will pay its shareholders an extraordinary dividend of $5 per share. Sears also posted a quarterly net loss of $48.8 million or 48 cents per share, mainly due to severance and restructuring costs.Food company George Weston (TSX:WN) posted earnings ex-items of $1.38 a share, seven cents shy of estimates. Its shares declined six cents to $80.85 as the company also said overall sales rose 2.1 per cent to $10.38 billion.The base metals sector weighed on the Toronto market, down 0.02 per cent as December copper edged up one cent to US$3.16 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 30 cents to C$18.55.In the U.S., Home Depot Inc. reported net income of US$1.35 billion, or 95 cents per share, up from $947 million, or 63 cents per share, a year ago. Analysts expected earnings of 89 cents per share. Revenue rose seven per cent to $19.47 billion from $18.13 billion. Wall Street had predicted $19.18 billion. Its shares gained 71 cents to $80.38.Shares in electric car maker Tesla (Nasdaq:TSLA) ran ahead $4.51 to $126.09 even as the U.S. government’s auto safety watchdog opened an investigation into battery fires in its Model S electric cars. The probe affects more than 13,000 cars from the 2013 model year that were sold in the U.S. Tesla has sold about 19,000 of the cars worldwide.Traders are looking to the release Wednesday of the minutes from the latest Fed meeting held late last month for hints about when the central bank might start cutting back on its asset purchases, which have kept bond yields low and encouraged people to buy equities. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


Mobile phones ruining the theatre Blame the middle aged Sherlock star says

first_imgHugh Jackman: not a fan of phones ringing in the theatre “Because if they’re fans of Sherlock or something like James Bond, [people assume] they’re not possessed of the qualities necessary to spend hours in the theatre without Snapchatting. Publicity shots for Andrew Scott in Hamlet Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 It is the absolute blight of the modern theatre: the flashing lights and relentless ringing of a mobile phone piercing the stalls.But critics should not be too hasty to blame the younger generation, one actor has warned, as he claims the culprits are in fact the middle-aged.Andrew Scott, star of BBC Sherlock and Hamlet at the Almeida Theatre, has said young fans are unfairly blamed for disrupting the theatre, being written off as “savages” without evidence. The following year, he threatened to leave the stage when phone ringing three times interrupted a performance of the History Boys on Broadway. It helps pivot debate towards mastery of phone, opposed to false lazy assumption of yoof vs “etiquette”. FOH & Actors witness daily reality. https://t.co/kX3a25bmt7— Cumberphone Campaign (@cumberphone) April 30, 2017 Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet at the Barbican in 2015 The Cumberphone Campaign, a social media movement named for Benedict Cumberbatch’s plea to theatregoers, said Scott’s comments were “spot on”, helping to “pivot debate towards mastery of phone, [as] opposed to false lazy assumption of yoof vs ‘etiquette’.”In 2015, Cumberbatch issued a personal plea at the Barbican stage door, insisting phone use was becoming “blindingly obvious”.“I can see cameras, I can see red lights in the auditorium,” he said.Last year, Richard Jordan, an award-winning theatre producer,  described  “possibly the worst West End audience I have ever encountered” after seeing Kit Harington from Game of Thrones in Doctor Faustus.  Hugh Jackman: not a fan of phones ringing in the theatre In fact, he argued, ringing mobile telephones invariable belong to their technophobic elders, who ignore them or struggle to switch them off as actors watch on helplessly from the stage.Scott is one of a cohort of television stars luring young fans into the theatre, with those who have admired his work as Moriarty in Sherlock stretching their cultural tastes to Shakespeare.His colleague Benedict Cumberbatch did similarly at the Barbican, while Kit Harington transferred some of the buzz from Game of Thrones to the West End last year. As a second phone went off, co-star Craig added: “Just get the phone.”In 2013, Diana Quick improvised a cutting retort during The American Plan at the St James Theatre in London, staying in character to tell a phone owner: “That’s an awful habit.” Kit Harington in Game of Thronescenter_img Publicity shots for Andrew Scott in Hamlet Richard Griffiths (right), star of The History Boys, with director Nicholas Hytner and playwright Alan Bennett In 2009, Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman both confronted members of the audience on Broadway during A Steady Rain.After being interrupted by a persistent ringtone, Jackman said:  “You want to get that? You want to get it? Grab it. I don’t care.” Richard Griffiths (right), star of The History Boys, with director Nicholas Hytner and playwright Alan Bennett Kit Harington in Game of Thrones “In my experience, if a phone’s ringing, it’s someone in late middle age who doesn’t know how to turn it off and they think ‘who’ll be ringing me anyway?’ and they let it ring out .“Young people know how to turn their phone off.”His comments follow several years of high-profile campaigning about mobile phones ruining the theatre experience. “What amazed me most was this audience, many of them Game of Thrones fans, could see nothing wrong in talking, eating and taking pictures throughout the show – or complaining when asked to stop,” he said.Several A-list actors have previously made a habit of shaming noisy mobile phone owners from the stage.The British actor Richard Griffiths ordered a woman to leave the theatre or switch her phone off when it it started ringing during a West End performance in 2005. Andrew Scott as Moriarty in Sherlock Andrew Scott as Moriarty in Sherlock Scott has now said a special week of performances for the under 25s enjoyed an “amazing” atmosphere, making them the best shows in the entire season.“The energy! The quality of the laughter! The enthusiasm!” he told the Observer. “They were the five best performances we’ve done in the whole run.”He added there is “a lot of bulls— spoken about young people: that they’re apathetic or whatever and that’s not how it is. They’re incredibly passionate.”Referring to fears that Sherlock or Spectre fans would be coming to the theatre to take pictures of him on their mobile phones, he said: “You know, I’m asked, are they going to act like savages? Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more


Japanese ISP leaves Google Fiber in the dust with 2Gbps downloads

first_imgWhile the United States drools over Google Fiber‘s $70 per month residential internet speeds of 700Mbps up and down as it slowly rolls out to certain parts of the country, a Japanese ISP has left those mind-boggling speeds in the dust. For just $51 per month (if subscribed with a two-year contract), So-net Entertainment will provide customers with a 2Gbps download speed, and a 1Gbps upload speed. How’s your Google Fiber now, Kansas City and Austin?So-net, an ISP backed by Sony, rolled out the service to residential areas and small businesses around Tokyo today, and is based on fiber optics. Since everyone doesn’t have a fiber optics connection, the service will come with an optical network unit, which converts fiber to broadband. Perhaps unfortunately, some users that sign up for the service won’t be able to partake in the 2Gbps, as their hardware won’t actually be capable of accepting such blazingly fast speeds.2Gbps down and 1Gbps is a far cry from the fastest internet speeds ever achieved, as a record of 101Gbps was set almost one decade ago back in 2004. Then, back in 2011, 109Tbps was sent screaming down fiber optics. The United States — and other parts of the world — aren’t quite up to snuff when compared to So-net’s ridiculous consumer-grade speeds, as some of us are still being charged $50 per month for around 30Mbps down, not including the modem that we have to lease on a monthly basis.If you live in a major metropolitan area that isn’t Tokyo, don’t fret, as internet speeds climb higher as time moves on, and if Google Fiber has any aspirations, we’ll get faster speeds soon enough.last_img read more


Watch: Great White Sharks Swim Yards Away From Oblivious Surfers

first_imgStay on target In the footage, the hydrofoil surfers are located beyond the surf zone, with one standing on a motorized board and another being towed behind a private boat.“From what I could see the guys in the water had no idea that there were sharks in the water, let alone close to them,” Larmand explained. “At least until the [end] of the video where the driver of the jet ski finally sees it and points it out.”Great white sharks have been swimming in California waters lately, prompting officials to educate the public on these creatures. The Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach recently kickstarted Shark Shacks to inform people about shark safety tips, The Orange County Register noted. The mobile shack visits beaches along the California coast, so people can know what to do if they encounter these animals in the water.More on Geek.com:Sharks Bite 2 Surfers Minutes Apart at Florida BeachWatch: Drone Captures Great White Sharks Interacting Off Cape CodAt Least 9 Great White Sharks Spotted By Researchers Off Cape Cod Aerial footage captured by a photographer shows hydrofoil surfers riding yards away from great white sharks and they are completely unaware of the predators beneath them.Matt Larmand shot the video off Capistrano State Beach in Dana Point, California, on Wednesday, For The Win reported. According to Larmand, the drone-cam viewfinder detected about five sharks during the film session between 12 p.m. PDT and 5 p.m. PDT. Larmand shared the chilling video on Facebook, which has been viewed more than 1,000 times.center_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida last_img read more


Consumer Ad Pages Flat in First Half 2011

first_imgIn the first half of 2011, the magazine industry was abuzz with news of the latest digital editions, Apple’s subscription mandates for publishers selling their wares through the App Store and those stepping away from Apple’s model to go the HTML route for app offerings. But, despite the glitz of the growing industry, digital advertising has not yet matched its print counterpart in relation to revenue gain.According to the Publisher’s Information Bureau, total magazine advertising pages for the first six months of 2011 are at 79,426.11 pages, up one percent from the same period last year.Per PIB, leading the print game in terms of ad page growth from the first half of 2010 to first half 2011 is Bonnier’s Motorboating. Increasing 70.2 percent, first half 2010 had 171.17 ad pages; for first half 2011, Motorboating included 291.39 pages. American Express’s DEPARTURES ad page numbers grew 63 percent, from 181.25 ad pages in first half 2010 to 295.51 ad pages in first half 2011.Media Industry News (min) reports that Competitor Group’s Competitor magazine’s ad pages grew 49.06 percent, with first half 2010’s 179.92 ad pages leaping to 268.18 pages in first half 2011. Trailing behind Competitor is Time Inc.’s People En Espanol, as ad pages jumped 46.35 percent. In the first half of 2010, the magazine’s ad pages were at 273.76; the first half of 2011 included 400.65 pages. Another Time Inc. publication, People StyleWatch, rounds out the top five gainers with a sizable jump of 43.54 percent, up from 398.27 ad pages in first half 2010 to 571.69 pages in first half 2011.On the flip side, the first half of 2011 also saw drastic drops in ad pages for some publications. According to PIB, the most dramatic fall was for U.S. Airway Magazine, down 32.5 percent from first half 2010’s 367.91 ad pages to first half 2011’s 248.36 pages. Renovation Style is down 28.8 percent, with 64.91 ad pages in first half 2010 and 46.23 ad pages in first half 2011.Newsweek, now under editor-in-chief Tina Brown’s tutelage, experienced a loss of 27.4 percent. Ad pages in first half 2010 were at 440.77, and first half 2011 numbers show 319.79 pages. Celebrated Living experienced a 26.8 percent decrease, from 80 ad pages in first half 2010 to 58.55 ad pages in first half 2011.Min stats show Meredith Corp.’s Traditional Home down 23.3 percent with 239.41 ad pages in the first half 2011. The first half of 2010 saw 312.12 ad pages for the magazine.Overall, both PIB and min report that ad page numbers have remained flat, with both reports totaling a percentage increase a bit of one percent.last_img read more


Lil Uzi Vert Noah Cyrus Demi Lovato Set For TRLs First Week

first_imgNews Twitter Who’s Going To Guest-Star On “TRL” Next Week? lil-uzi-vert-noah-cyrus-demi-lovato-set-trls-first-week The classic music video request program returns next week after a nine-year hiatusBrian HaackGRAMMYs Sep 27, 2017 – 6:28 pm Next Monday, Oct. 2, will mark the long-awaited return of MTV’s daily music video countdown program “Total Request Live,” and the network is reporting that the show has an exciting lineup of guests planned for its first week back. Facebook Email Lil Uzi Vert, Noah Cyrus, Demi Lovato Set For “TRL”s First Week NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 14, 2017 – 10:09 am Noah Cyrus: Writing ‘Better Me’ With Her Father “TRL” has been on hiatus since 2008, so MTV has brought out the big guns for the inaugural week of the show’s reboot.  Already announced as guests are Ed Sheeran and Migos for the first episode on Oct. 2, with Noah Cyrus, Playboi Carti, Demi Lovato, and Lil Uzi Vert all stopping by on Wednesday, Oct. 4.The original version of “TRL” was so popular because it gave young people a vote on which of their favorite music videos might get to rule the airwaves for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Speaking on the return of the program, network President Chris McCarthy has said, “MTV at its best … is about amplifying young people’s voices.”Clearly, MTV has high hopes the rebirth of “Total Request Live” will signal the network’s return to the roots of what originally made it a musical powerhouse and cross-cultural launch pad.Fifth Harmony Taps Becky G For Latin American Tourlast_img read more


Snatching others work and behaving like sheep Kanganas sister attacks Alia again

first_imgKangana Ranaut, Alia BhattTwitter/Varinder ChawlaKangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel, who is also the official spokesperson of the actress, is in no mood to end the fight with Alia Bhatt. While Alia chose to remain tight-lipped on Kangana’s scathing remarks, Rangoli yet again attacked her and her family on Twitter.Kangana and Rangoli have been making derogatory comments and allegations on Alia and her family. But the Raazi actress has been responding to such comments with respect and showing no sign of aggressiveness.Even in response to Rangoli’s allegation of Mahesh Bhatt throwing “chappal” at Kangana during her initial days in the industry, Alia chose to dodge the controversy without making any provocative remark. “If I am like this, then my family is ten times more mature and stronger than I am. I don’t want to get into this. I want to be happy, positive, work hard and be a better version of myself every day,” Alia told a reporter when the latter praised her “maturity” and sought her response to the criticisms made on her family.Nonetheless, Rangoli yet again targeted Alia by accusing her of “behaving like a sheep” and using back-hand PR mechanism in reality.In a series of tweets, Kangana’s sister slammed Alia by accusing her of “snatching” others’ work and “playing games”.”I really hope you go quiet darling, you and papa Jo have milked enough backhand PR from this, please take a seat now,” she said in the first tweet.Continuing the salvo, she then tweeted, “People arnt stupid, they see who stands alone and where is gang of movie mafia, in this time and age honesty and transparency is most valued so keep your medieval age ‘ Main chup rahoongi’ sob story to yourself, no need to make this viral every day.””Snatching others work and opportunities everyday, begging and pleading makers to cast, playing games and using connections to grab films doing back hand PR , as if people are idiots not to see through this,” Rangoli said in the last tweet. Well, Kangana and Rangoli are certainly in no mood to end this war so easily. It will be interesting to see if Alia still remains calm in her responses or otherwise.last_img read more


Why Some Colleges Are Dropping Student Yearbooks

first_imgProducing a college yearbook can cost anywhere from $35,000 to more than $100,000.  When the recession hit in 2008, media departments at some universities had a tough choice to make.View the Yearbook CoverThis edition of the Houstonian, published in 2011, is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.“Schools were looking to find money to keep funding their student newspaper, and the yearbook was usually the first thing they looked at because it was their biggest expense,” says Kelly Lash (also known as Kelly Callaway), the director of student publications at Rice University and president of the College Media Association.That group is trying to put a number on just how many schools have discontinued their yearbooks over the last decade. “There are some places that just want to drop it and they don’t want to bring attention to it.  There are some places that are really excited they’re dropping it because they’re going to do an exciting new venture and now they have the money to do that,” Lash said.Sometimes, that new venture means putting out a magazine in lieu of a yearbook.View image This edition of the Houstonian, published in 1938, is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.That’s what the University of Houston switched to four years ago. It kept the yearbook’s name: “Houstonian.”  But the magazine is now a review of highlights from the year — not a comprehensive volume of students, faculty, sports teams, and academic clubs.Rice’s Lash says she doesn’t disparage annual magazines. She believes they are generally well made. But she adds “five, ten, fifteen years from now, when you want to look back, or you’re doing research, you don’t have the photo of the famous alum who graduated from your program. You can’t prove what clubs and organizations he was in. They’ve lost that resource.”Lash suspects students under the spell of social media have talked themselves into a new way of thinking about archives of their college days.“Because we have Facebook, and Twitter, and we’re all gonna stay in touch forever. And we’ll never forget who our English professor was. Where, in reality, we will. But when you’re in the midst of that, it doesn’t seem quite as important,” Lash said.In addition to creative marketing, Lash recommends colleges keep their yearbooks relevant by reminding students that they offer a permanence that neither social media, nor photos kept in the cloud, can touch. Listen X 00:00 /01:40 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more


ESL And Oculus Partner For VR Charity Challenge Game Show

first_img Popular on Variety The competition will be streamed in four 12-minute episodes on the Oculus YouTube channel and the VR Charity Challenge website. They will air consecutively from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16.“With the VRCC, we’re pioneering an entirely new type of game show that’s novel, exciting, and all for a good cause,” said Christopher McKelvy, head of esports at Oculus. “As a veteran myself, I’m particularly excited about the charities participating. While Take This and Stack Up may be competing in the VRCC, they’re both doing incredible work aiding veterans and removing stigma around mental health.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Esports company ESL is teaming up with Oculus for the Change the Game VR Charity Challenge (VRCC), it announced on Friday.Two teams of influencers will compete for a $100,000 prize during the event. Each will represent one of two gaming charities — Stack Up or Take This. Stack Up is a nonprofit that works to support veterans, while Take This is a mental health nonprofit that provides resources, training, support, and more to the gaming community.The influencers will compete in four Oculus VR games, including Steel Crate Games’ “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes,” Gunfire Games’ “Dead and Buried,” Turtle Rock Studios’ “Face your Fears,” and Survios’ “Creed: Rise to Glory.”“VR is at the forefront of technology in esports and is poised to have an impact on the industry as we continue to innovate the space, ” said Sean Charles, senior vice president of global publisher and developer relations at ESL. “Through our partnership with Oculus, VRCC is a great way to leverage an impactful gaming trend to raise awareness and give back to the gaming community.”last_img read more


YouTube Jumping Into Interactive Programming Led by Originals Exec Ben Relles

first_img“We now have amazing new tools and opportunities to create and tell multilayered and interactive stories,” Daniels said in a statement. “Ben has an intuitive and experienced understanding of how the platform can enhance content making him the perfect choice to develop this exciting new division.” Related Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch YouTube plans to take its original programming into a new dimension — with a new slate of content geared around interactive content and live specials.The new initiative will be headed by Ben Relles, who previously was head of unscripted for YouTube Originals, a position he held since June 2015. Relles has been named to the newly created role of head of innovation for YouTube Originals, continuing to report into Susanne Daniels, global head of original content.In the new role, Relles is tasked with overseeing a slate of interactive programming and live specials, designed to boost engagement with viewers and showcasing ways they can interact and participate with content. Relles’ team also will focus on integrating interactive features across the full range of scripted and unscripted YouTube Originals. YouTube said it will soon announce a new head of unscripted to replace Relles.Interactive content has been around for years, but the concept got a high-profile boost with the release of Netflix’s “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” last fall. Now Netflix has doubled down on the format, with its next interactive original, “You vs. Wild” starring Bear Grylls, to premiere April 10. Others developing interactive scripted projects include Walmart-backed Eko. Meanwhile, there’s been the buzzy rise of HQ Trivia, a live, interactive mobile game show, which has spawned copycats.Relles’ new role comes amid YouTube’s shift to a new programming strategy, which it calls “Single Slate,” to make all of its original programming available free to watch. That will include in some cases an exclusive window on its YouTube Premium service, which is priced at $11.99 per month in the U.S. The “Single Slate” move signaled a shift for YouTube Originals toward content with a wider appeal that can amass a big audience on the free, ad-supported side as well as SVOD.Meanwhile, a recent Bloomberg report said YouTube was exiting scripted comedies and dramas and that Susanne Daniels was looking to leave her post. YouTube denied the report, although the YouTube Originals group did recently cancel a few high-profile projects, including sci-fi series “Origin.”As the head of unscripted for YouTube, Relles led development of series including “What the Fit?” from Kevin Hart, “Mind Field” from Michael Stevens, “The Jump” from Will Smith and “Katy Perry: Witness World Wide.” In addition, he oversaw documentaries including “This is Everything featuring Gigi Gorgeous” and “Ariana Grande: Dangerous Woman Diaries.”Before joining the YouTube Originals division in 2014, originally as head of comedy, Relles served as YouTube’s global head of creative strategy. He joined YouTube in 2011, when the video giant acquired online-video player Next New Networks, where Relles had been VP of programming. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


Courage under fire

first_imgTo pay a homage and tribute to the victim Indian Habitat Centre is organising a cultural night titled I, Devi.The program is dedicted to Nirbhaya and every woman. Through classical ragas, various acts and with the spoken words artistes will depict various messages to people. India is a country where we worship different forms of  a woman as Saraswati, the godess of knowledge, Laxmi who provides beauty order and prosperity and also Durga, the protector. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But what happened with Nirbhaya and many other like her whoes stories might be heard, unherad contridicts what we as a nation believs in. The show I, Devi with its various forms of performing arts will explore various forms of woman and will also be a presentation against the contradictions that our society has.The night will witness Mudhmita Ray on vocals accompanied by Shoma Mukherjee and Shrisha Murty, Anirudh Chowdhury on keyboard, Sanjay Mukhrjee on violion, Tabla performance by Shamsher Nazi and  dance by group Aleksandra. There will be a poetry session by Mamta Yadav. The show is directed and conceptualized by Madhumita Ray.When: 18 DecemberWhere: Indian Habitat Centerlast_img read more


Three arrested in Playa del Carmen kidnapping stabbing death

first_imgPlaya del Carmen, Q.R. — A police chase involving a taxi and his passengers resulted in the arrest of three who allegedly kidnapped a man and then stabbed him to death. The man was expelled from the taxi after police were notified of the kidnapping. They were quick to track down the taxi which resulted in a chase that ended in Galaxias II of Playa del Carmen. Photo: Policía Municipal Solidaridad The man, identified as Miguel Ángel, was taken to hospital where he died a few hours after being admitted. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The events occurred on Golondrina Marina Street in Villas del Sol when a man was reportedly forced into a taxi. The taxi, belonging to Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, sped off with passengers and the man, who was stabbed several times before being thrown from the unit on Avenue 130. Police were able to arrest three of the five alleged involved in the kidnapping and murder. One of the three arrested was the taxi driver. Photo: Policía Municipal Solidaridadlast_img read more


Multimillion pound improvements to this nightmare StokeonTrent roundabout will NOT start for

first_imgThe proposed oval design for the roundabout on Joiners Square – Image credit: Stoke-on-Trent City council. Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for transport, said: “We have drawn up the preliminary scheme and because it’s a big job it requires a lot of money which we are going to bid for. “We have done the designs and now it is a case of putting bids to the Government. Nothing will happen in the next couple of years and we are restricted while we put the bids in.” Read MorePolice to provide update after ‘distressed’ dad, 26, died in hospital Businesses and residents cannot wait for the improvement works to start. Jamie Trowers, who owns Trowers Creative, in Palmerston Street, said: “The area is very congested and the traffic from Fenton is a particular nightmare. “The congestion caused by the roundabout affects me massively from a business point of view because it just adds time onto my journeys to and from the motorway to see my clients. “For the city to grow, there needs to be a review of the infrastructure to reduce these kinds of problems.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Anthony Davis lives on Victoria Road – right next to the roundabout. He said: “Traffic lights are needed on the roundabout to ease the traffic through. I often go to the shops on Victoria Road with my dad and all we see is the craziness caused by the roundabout. The cars are just non-stop – except for Christmas Day. “I was excited when these plans were first revealed in 2017. But nothing has been done and something needs to happen.” Read MorePlans lodged to extend this busy Stoke-on-Trent mosque (and it includes an 11.5-metre high minaret)   Neighbour Farrukh Javed added: “I’ve lived here for nearly a year and the area is constantly busy. It is really hard for those of us living so close to it to get in and out of our drives. The traffic moves really fast and it needs to because otherwise cars would be stuck on the roundabout for ages.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMulti-million pound improvement works to tackle congestion at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest roundabouts will not start for at least two years. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has already consulted motorists about its plans for Joiners Square roundabout and months of roadworks had been expected to start last year. But the work to increase the size of the existing traffic island and its junctions with Leek Road, Lichfield Street and Victoria Road did not happen. Now senior councillors have revealed that a funding bid for the scheme is set to be submitted to the Government. Highways officials hope the new design will reduce delays and improve air quality. Police search for missing womanlast_img read more


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