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Defections from Trinamool leaders stir discontent in Bengal BJP

first_imgThe recent entry of four Trinamool MLAs has sparked unrest in the the BJP’s Bengal unit. However, the State leadership indicated that such crossovers will continue, with party leader Mukul Roy saying on Sunday that “as many as 50 Trinamool MLAs are in touch” with him.The efforts to poach Trinamool MLAs indiscriminately has been criticised within the BJP. Many senior BJP leaders and activists have in particular questioned the induction of Manirul Islam, a Trinamool MLA.Mr. Islam, from south Bengal’s Birbhum district, is allegedly involved in the murder of personal and business rivals and has boasted publicly about it. He said in 2014 that he could “crush [his rivals] under his feet”.Mr. Islam and three other MLAs recently joined the BJP at an event in Delhi.The first to raise the alarm against Mr. Islam’s induction was Rantidev Sengupta, known for his association with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its chief Mohan Bhagwat. Mr. Sengupta wrote in his social media page that he was not sure how Mr. Islam’s entry would help the saffron party.“It is because of the mayhem created by people like Manirul, many voted for the BJP. Now what will these voters think about the BJP,” he asked.His post got huge traction on social media, with hundreds of BJP supporters requesting him to flag the issue to the “higher authorities”.Meanwhile, a section of the BJP’s Birbhum committee said they would not accept Mr. Islam’s induction.BJP’s Birbhum district president Ramkrishna Roy told The Hindu that no one “has left or [is] leaving the party” because of Mr. Islam’s induction. “But let me clarify that we are not happy about the induction of Islam,” he said.‘Larger interest’BJP State president Dilip Ghosh did not deny that the party activists were “disappointed” with the induction of persons like Mr. Islam. “People are disappointed and so am I. However, for larger political interest we have to accept them,” he said.last_img read more

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This male model’s gender fluid beauty shoot will make you damn jealous

first_imgIn her landmark essay on literature and gender, A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf believed the accomplished mind drew on both masculine and feminine qualities. In describing the androgynous mind, she wrote it was ‘resonant and porous; that it transmits emotion without impediment; that it is naturally creative, incandescent and undivided’. Woolf was bounding way ahead of the curve when it came to disregarding gender norms. If today she skulked at a bar in New York she might chance upon His Hotness, Jaden Smith, mega butch and real easy in a skirt (and on the eye), Designer Thom Browne correcting an errant lipstick mark off his martini glass. I suspect, also, she’d approved of fellow Brit Vivenne Westwood, whose gothic, puckish collections have long taken on what Author Michael Cunningham called the ‘sorry masquerade known as gender’.Also read: Calvin Klein takes the gender debate a step forward with its new genderless fragrance CK2Picture courtesy: Tarun Khiwal/Harper’s BazaarExcept, when you don’t subscribe to any particular role, it’s not sorry-it’s celebratory. Like most things about civilised life-marriages, family life, a career-gender is a construct. You make it up, or it was made up for you. You are a boy: Cut your hair, make some abs, don’t drop salt water on your cheeks. You’re a girl: Do femme, grab a gown, put your hair through the rollers. Luckily, the failure of traditional male roles-the provider, the supporter-and the ability of women (urban, privileged) to transcend compartments they were historically slotted in has resulted in a breakdown of conventional gender. Concurrently, the diversity of sexual expression has come to highlight that gender is no longer a binary but a spectrum (rather like sexuality, no one is really any one thing).advertisementPicture courtesy: Tarun Khiwal/Harper’s BazaarThe belief that gender can also be fluid is key: We might be born of a biological sex, but we are not obliged to its societal and cultural constraints. I’m pretty sure this is no big wow in India, where the lungi has always rubbed shoulders with the sari, and men use kohl as defiantly as women do beautifully. I also happen to live in Goa, where I watch races mix effortlessly on the beach, love affairs of all qualifications flourish, and folks slip through the fine, often indefinable mesh of gender with the elusive air of minnows. Sarongs on men. Suits on women. Then, we mix it up some more.Picture courtesy: Tarun Khiwal/Harper’s BazaarThe photographs in the accompanying visual essay reflect this sense of playful freedom and invention; they bristle with mischief and disdain and enigma. Charged with implosive wondering, some appear uncertain, the subject seems almost nervous-am I doing the right thing? Is this too much? Will I be found out? I look batsh*t crazy! Maybe this is too much? Oh, sunshine, sit down, let me tell you your dress is the business, you are hot boots and totally snatched, a shape in a drape, I’m totally stanning you. But the trick in this sport is to do it like breathing: Naturally. The instance it’s purposefully borrowed, or appropriated for effect (remember how off the cob Brad Pitt looked in a silver shift on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1999?) it becomes a caricature of itself. When we do it like breathing for our soul, and because we can and want to, it goes down a storm: This is ’cause we’re having a party, and coming home and throwing off our shoes in a fine little room’, the one poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge called ‘the androgynous mind’.The article first appeared in the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar India.last_img read more

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Inspirational Lauren Hill Dies After Fighting Tumor To Play College Hoops

first_imgCINCINNATI— Lauren Hill spent her final year polishing a layup and inspiring others to live fully. She succeeded at both as she fought an inoperable brain tumor.The 19-year-old freshman basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University died at a hospital Friday morning, the co-founder of her nonprofit foundation, Brooke Desserich, told The Associated Press.“She’s made an impact on the world, more so than me — more than I ever will do,” her coach Dan Benjamin said. “I’ve gotten so many emails and phone calls from all over the world. People are contacting me because they want to share her story.”Hill wouldn’t let the tumor dictate her final days. Along the way, she became known simply as Lauren, someone who knew how to make the most of every day and who had a knack for encouraging others to do the same by the way she persevered.“We are forever grateful to have had Lauren grace our campus with her smile and determined spirit,” Mount St. Joseph President Tony Aretz said. “She has left a powerful legacy. She taught us that every day is a blessing; every moment a gift.”Her nonprofit foundation helped to raise more than $1.5 million for cancer research.“She not only became a spotlight on the lack of funding for cancer research, but she most certainly has become a beacon guiding researchers for years to come,” Desserich said.A year and a half ago, Hill was just another high school student getting ready for college. She decided to play basketball at Mount St. Joseph, a Division III school in suburban Cincinnati. Soccer was her favorite sport, but basketball became her selling point.A few weeks later, she started experiencing dizziness while playing for her high school team in nearby Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Tests found the tumor. Treatment didn’t work. She knew she had less than two years left.While the tumor squeezed her brain, Hill squeezed back, holding onto life as tightly as she could.“I’m spreading awareness and also teaching people how to live in the moment because the next moment’s not promised,” Hill told the AP after one of her team’s 6 a.m. practices. “Anything can happen at any given moment. What matters is right now.“Especially after this kind of diagnosis, your perspective on life and what you value changes.”For Hill, that meant spending time with her parents and a brother and sister, going to college, raising money for cancer research, inspiring others, and achieving her goal of scoring a basket in a game.A lot of people got involved to make it happen.The NCAA agreed to let Mount St. Joseph move up its opening game against Hiram College by two weeks because Hill’s condition was deteriorating. Xavier University offered its 10,000-seat arena so more people could attend. Tickets sold out in less than an hour.By the time the game came around on Nov. 2, the tumor had affected Hill’s right side so much that she had to shoot with her non-dominant hand. With Tennessee women’s coach Pat Summitt and an impressive cast of WNBA players on hand, Hill took a pass and made a left-handed layup only 17 seconds into the game.Tears. Goosebumps. Applause.She also made the last basket of the game, returning for a right-handed layup this time.“It’s a dream come true,” she said. “To play on a college court, to put my foot down on the floor and hear the roar of the crowd — I just love it so much. I love basketball.“Everything that happened today was amazing. I’m truly happy, it’s a really good day.”NCAA president Mark Emmert said Hill achieved a lasting and meaningful legacy.“Lauren Hill’s bravery, enthusiasm and strength were an inspiration not only to those who knew her best but also to the millions of people she touched around the world by sharing her story,” Emmert said.News of Hill’s death sparked quick reactions all over social networks. It was a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, where Cavaliers superstar LeBron James wrote a short letter to Hill in a series of five tweets.“Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello,” James said. “Don’t be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times.”After the game, things got tougher. The spreading tumor caused her to be sensitive to light, sound and movement. She couldn’t sleep well. She tired quickly and needed a wheelchair at times. She had good days and bad days.Those close to her watched her grit it out.Hill played in four games and made five layups before the spreading tumor made her give up playing. When the season ended, her team held its annual dinner in a room at the hospital where Hill was being treated.Hill hoped that raising money would help others have a better chance at beating cancer in the future. Her Layup4Lauren challenge and other fundraising activities brought in donations worldwide.The U.S. Basketball Writers Association voted her the Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award, which is normally awarded at the Final Four. Athletes from other colleges autographed No. 22 jerseys — her number — and sent them in support.Hill befriended Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still, whose 4-year-old daughter, Leah, is fighting cancer. They exchanged jerseys, and she attended a Bengals game and met Leah.As the cancer slowed her down, her family, friends and teammates took a bigger role in promoting her campaign. And she kept reminding everyone to appreciate life.“Life is precious,” she told WKRC-TV. “Every moment you get with someone is a moment that’s blessed, really blessed.”JOE KAY, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Knicks, Anthony Glad It’s Over

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — There were times, Carmelo Anthony acknowledges, he wondered if he made the right decision to stay in New York.The first season after he re-signed with the Knicks as a free agent was the worst in franchise history. The team went 17-65, with its All-Star forward on the bench for the final two months after knee surgery.He tried to avoid thinking about whether he should’ve left, but there were times it was difficult.“As a human being those thoughts definitely come into play,” he said at the team’s training facility. “You sit down at night and you’re thinking, ‘Did I really make the right decision?’ Or just things like that. But not often did I think like that.”Now he’s not thinking back at all.The Knicks will have a top-five pick and around $25 million to spend this summer, so Anthony is looking only in one direction after what he called a season that was “definitely challenging.”“But for me, I’m the one that’s got to face it,” he said. “I’ve got to stand up to it; I’ve got to accept it. We have to accept it, and we’ve got to move on. The season is over. We can’t keep looking back at what happened this season.”Anthony spoke to reporters for the first time since February’s left knee surgery. He said he is still working to strengthen the knee with plans to be back on the court in June.That’s about when the Knicks hope to start fixing the team.They had the second-worst record in the league, giving them a 19.9 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick in the June 25 draft.Free agency opens a few days after that, with the Knicks well-positioned to spend after team President Phil Jackson gutted the roster in his first full season in charge.Breaking it down was the easy part. Building it back up could be considerably tougher.“Now we really and he really gets a chance to put his stamp on what he wants this organization to be about, what he wants this team to be about, what players he wants in here,” Anthony said of Jackson. “So this is the time now where he’s going to step up to the plate.”The Knicks finished the season with a roster of such little-known players that team officials made only Anthony available after their exit meetings, figuring there was little interest in guys who may not even be back.Jackson had already traded away most of the ones who had accomplished anything noteworthy in the NBA and will now look to replenish the roster with some who can better execute the triangle offense.Anthony said he is like a general manager with his own list of players on the board and knows exactly what the Knicks need most.“Players,” he said, before specifying, “good players.”He will be 31 soon as he heads into the second season of his five-year, $124 million deal, so he hopes the Knicks will draft someone who will make an immediate impact. He came to New York to play with other stars and compete for titles, and he is currently doing neither.Yet Anthony refuses to believe it will be that way for long. “There’s definitely hope,” he said.That depends on whether Jackson, who won a record 11 titles as a coach, rebounds from a difficult first year as an executive. He thought the Knicks could compete for a playoff berth, and the only thing they competed for was the NBA’s worst record.“Nobody expected the season to be like this. We all expected at least to somewhat compete in the Eastern Conference,” Anthony said. “At the end of the day this next season, for me and for the organization and for Phil, it’s like this is where we earn our money.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Merson: Arsenal ‘mad’ not to go for Conte

first_imgArsenal Merson: Arsenal would ‘be mad’ not to go after Conte Sacha Pisani 12:07 2/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Wenger Conte Getty Arsenal Antonio Conte Chelsea Premier League Arsène Wenger The Gunners should be looking to appoint the Chelsea boss as soon as possible, according their former star Paul Merson believes Arsenal would “be mad” not to replace Arsene Wenger with Antonio Conte should the Italian boss leave London rivals Chelsea.Conte guided Chelsea to the Premier League title last season but his future at Stamford Bridge is uncertain following back-to-back defeats.Chelsea crashed to a 4-1 loss at Watford, increasing the pressure on under-fire head coach Conte, with the Blues reportedly lining up former Barca boss Luis Enrique as a replacement already, though the Spaniard has ruled out a mid-season move .  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 Arsenal – sixth in the table – are five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and should be looking to appoint Conte despite Wenger only signing a new two-year deal last May, according to former attacker Merson.”The day Conte leaves Chelsea, if I was Arsenal, I’d be straight on the phone,” Merson told Sky Sports . “Managers like Conte don’t come along too often.”Arsenal need someone that is going to go in there and upset people. Conte upsets people. He wants you to play a certain way and he’ll make you rock solid at the back.”As soon as Arsenal get rock solid at the back, they’ll be a force.”I think Arsenal would say: ‘we’d have you next season’. I think they’d be mad if they didn’t.”I think it ticks all the boxes. Arsenal can’t keep missing all these managers. You can’t tell me Pep Guardiola wouldn’t want to have managed Arsenal? If he had that opportunity, he’d have gone to Arsenal in my opinion.”Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, they all went to Arsenal’s rivals because Wenger was sat there in the manager’s seat instead of saying the time was right to leave.”There are other top managers like Massimiliano Allegri at Juventus, but he might come in and it would take him a year to get used to the Premier League – like it did with Klopp.”The Gunners face bitter rivals Tottenham at the weekend, and could close the gap on fifth-placed Spurs to just one point with a win.last_img read more

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4 days ago​Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goal

first_img​Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goalby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.But the goal could have been been ruled out for an earlier foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.Ex-ref Halsey wrote in The Sun: “Victor Lindelof fouls Divock Origi by catching him from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s strike.”You could argue that it was a ‘clear and obvious’ error not to award a free-kick to Liverpool.”A far lesser infringement led to Burnley having a goal chalked off by VAR at Leicester — these inconsistencies need to be ironed out.”VAR was correct to disallow Sadio Mane’s goal, under new interpretation of law 12 (handling the ball), as replays showed the ball clearly touched his arm.”The ball hit Fred’s shoulder in Manchester United’s box in injury time but there is no way that is a ‘clear and obvious’ mistake so Liverpool were never going to be awarded a penalty for that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Report: Rennes 2-1 PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain let slip a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 against Rennes in their first away Ligue 1 outing of the season on Sunday.Penalty shoot-out winners when these sides met in the Coupe de France final last season, the hosts produced another shock result over the top-flight champions thanks to goals either side of half-time at Roazhon Park.Edinson Cavani profited from a defensive error to put Neymar-less PSG into the lead, but M’Baye Niang pulled one back a minute before half-time and Romain Del Castillo headed Rennes in front early in the second half. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? PSG, who triumphed when these sides met in the Trophee des France two weeks ago, have now lost five of their last six away matches in the league.Cavani sent a glancing header crashing off the woodwork with 14 minutes on the clock but he was gifted a goal later in the half.Rennes captain Damien Da Silva played a stray pass across his own six-yard box and Cavani beat goalkeeper Romain Salin to the loose ball for a simple finish.But the home side levelled things up through their first on-target attempt of the match as Niang controlled Hamari Traore’s cross, swivelled and picked out the bottom-left corner a minute before half-time.The comeback was complete three minutes in to the second period when 16-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga sent in a delightful cross from the right, which Del Castillo guided away from the reach of Alphonse Areola.Niang was denied by Areola and Jeremy Morel struck a post with his volley as Rennes closed in on a third.Ultimately it did not arrive, but Thomas Tuchel’s men failed to truly test Salin at the other end as Rennes made it two wins from two.FINAL WHISTLE! @staderennais stuns @PSG_English! #SRFCPSG | :two:-:one: pic.twitter.com/Tu22Oy7XCZ— Ligue1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) August 18, 2019What does it mean? PSG’s away form a cause for concernIf PSG’s poor away form continues then Ligue 1 may well have a title race this season. Lyon, Nice and indeed Rennes all have six points from six after three matches, leaving the champions playing catch up at this admittedly early stage.Camavinga proves age is just a numberHe may not turn 17 for another three months, but Camavinga is starting to make a name for himself. The floated cross for Del Castillo’s winner was right on the money and he also managed a few attempts of his own.16 – Eduardo Camavinga (16 years & 9 months) is the youngest player to deliver an assist in Ligue 1 since Opta analyze the competition (2006/07). Diamond. pic.twitter.com/Xdcpymv20I— OptaJean (@OptaJean) August 18, 2019PSG lack ideasPSG cruised to a 3-0 win over Nimes in their Ligue 1 opener last week – three of their forward players getting on the scoresheet – but they lacked creativity here in the absence of Neymar, who was overlooked despite returning to fitness. Cavani’s goal was a gift and they managed just one further shot on target. Key Opta Facts- Rennes are the team who have won the most games against Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 over the past 10 seasons (5 wins in 19 games).- Rennes are unbeaten in their last seven games in Ligue 1 (W4 D3) – only Lyon (8) are currently on a longer run among teams in the competition in 2019-20.- It is the first time since 1971-72 that Rennes have won their first two games in a Ligue 1 season.- It is the first time since 2011-12 that PSG have lost one of the first two games of a Ligue 1 season – v Lorient in August 2011 (0-1).- PSG have lost five of their last six away games in Ligue 1 (W1), as many as they had in their previous 44 combined (W32 D7).What’s next?PSG welcome Toulouse to the Parc des Princes next Sunday and Rennes travel to Strasbourg on the same day. read morelast_img read more

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The Best of Season 8 from John Elliott

first_img Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather The Best Men’s Quilted Jackets Stitched for Every Occasion Since the first season of John Elliott was released in the spring of 2013, this lifelong passion project has become one of the most sought after designer brands in the industry.Season 8 was nothing less than what we expected from this West Coast designer. Basic tops in slim and oversized fits, designed with a clean, urban color palate, are paired with distressed jeans and high top premium leather sneakers to give you a fashion-forward head-to-toe look. John Elliott has also stepped up his jacket game this season with classic padded bombers, overcoats, and reversible, full-zip jackets equipped with a hood and lined with a faux fur fabric for added warmth and flare. All are trendy pieces that showcase Elliott’s creative hand and his knack for being able to transform simple designs into functional, modern fits with unique fabrics.Elliott’s fall and winter lineup already has us geared up for the release of Season 9 next year. But, in the meantime, check out some of our favorites from Season 8 of John Elliott.Leather High Top White Sneakers – $398These sneakers are hand-crafted in Italy with 100% calfskin leather. They are designed with a padded nubuck collar, premium leather lining, waxed laces, and a custom rubber sole. They run a bit large so be sure to order one size smaller than your usual size. These sneakers also come in black with a white sole.Sashiko Extended Classic Crew – $138This slim fit crewneck tee is made with heavy weight Japanese cotton and features an extended body with a sashiko, cross-pattern embroidery on the tail. You can wear this tee with nearly any style of jacket and jeans.Terrain Indigo Jeans – $498Terrain Black Jeans – $498These distressed jeans are slim with a tapered fit and low rise in the front and high rise in the back. They pair nicely with the Sashiko Extended Crewneck Tee mentioned earlier.Brushed Flannel Button Up Shirt – $248This slim fitting button up shirt is made with brushed flannel and features a button placket, chest pocket, barrel cuffs, and a point collar. You can layer this shirt under one of John Elliott’s signature bombers or you can order a size or two up and layer it over a John Elliott hoodie for a cool street look.Oversized Thermal Crewneck in Maroon – $248This slightly oversize thermal sweater is a great layering option. It comes equipped with the dropped shoulder look and is made with Australian merino wool.Raw Edge Raglan Crewneck in Oak – $198Raw Edge Raglan Crewneck in Black – $198These classic crews are designed with raglan sleeves and unfinished edges where the sleeves and hemline meet the rib. They’re made with 100% custom knit French terry and pair nicely with John Elliott’s distressed jeans mentioned earlier.Kake Mock Pullover in Slate – $228Kake Mock Pullover in Dune – $228These oversize pullover hoodies are designed with dropped shoulders and a kangaroo pocket in the front, ribbed side panels, a stand collar, and drawstrings on the hood. These hoodies make for great layering pieces.Bogata Bomber in Black – $395This classic nylon bomber is designed with a dual zipper, three snap pen closures – two on the pockets and one of the left arm, a ribbed collar and sleeves, and a lightweight quilted Thermolite lining. For a fashionable street look, layer this bomber over one of John Elliott’s basic hoodies and pair with the distressed jeans (both black and indigo would compliment the jacket) and high top premium leather sneakers.Bolivia Reversible Full-Zip in Cream x Alpine – $398This is one of the more unique pieces from Season 8. This jacket fits slim and is cropped at the waist. It’s reversible so you can wear sheen side out or with the faux fur pile lining on the exterior. The faux piling is 100% acrylic and the jacket is designed with three snap closure pockets–one on the chest and two at the front. 11 Best Gins for a Refreshing Gin and Tonic Runners, Say Goodbye to Chafing with Path Projects Running Shorts 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attentionlast_img read more

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Funds Focus on Mineral Exploration Jobs in Nova Scotia

first_imgThe province is investing more funds in Nova Scotian mineral exploration projects that will create more jobs and improve the rural economy. “Through the province’s mineral incentive program, we are increasing and promoting mineral exploration, which can lead to new discoveries, new mines, and good-paying jobs in Nova Scotia,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “The program improves the province’s competitiveness and meets one of the goals of the natural resources strategy by attracting new investment to Nova Scotia from a global minerals industry.” About $600,000 in grants will be distributed. Fifteen companies received $412,000 in funding for advanced exploration projects. Sixteen Nova Scotian prospectors, mostly locally based, received $180,000 in grants for preliminary mineral exploration activities. Advanced exploration grants are matched by funding from the company. “The mineral incentive program supports mineral exploration that can lead to new mines, providing good jobs and economic development in rural Nova Scotia,” said Sean Kirby, executive director of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia. “It is an important tool for encouraging exploration and attracting investment, and we are very pleased that the government is continuing the program.” The province announced support for a mineral incentive program in March 2012. Under the program, grants of up to $100,000 are available for advanced exploration projects. Grants of up to $15,000 are available to eligible prospectors for preliminary mineral exploration activities. Prospectors are also eligible for funding to support introductory and continuing training on exploration techniques, safety, regulations and business development. Program details and information on the funded projects are available at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/meb/nsmip/nsmip.asp .last_img read more

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Edmonton man charged with threatening PM has charge withdrawn probation

first_imgEDMONTON – An Edmonton man charged with threatening Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian government has agreed to a peace bond and placed on probation.Robert Dale Kerr, 41, was arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with uttering threats.The charge was dropped Tuesday in Edmonton provincial court.RCMP had said the threats were made on social media and the posts were traced to an Edmonton address. (CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)last_img

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Bill Clinton And President Obama Pay Tribute To Maya Angelou

first_imgBill Clinton has commented on the legacy of poet, author and activist Maya Angelou, who passed away today.“With Maya Angelou’s passing, America has lost a national treasure; and Hillary and I, a beloved friend,” said Clinton. “The poems and stories she wrote and read to us in her commanding voice were gifts of wisdom and wit, courage and grace.“I will always be grateful for her electrifying reading of “On the Pulse of Morning” at my first inaugural, and even more for all the years of friendship that followed. Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river “and the tree and the stone were one.”“Our deepest sympathies are with Guy and his family.”President Obama also released a statement:“When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that “No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn.”“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.“Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”Michelle Obama added:“Maya Angelou teaches us that it’s not enough merely to seek greatness for ourselves. We must help others discover the greatness within themselves. We need to reach down and reach out, and give back, and lift others the way Maya has lifted us.“That is how we can most truly honor our friend Maya Angelou – by how we live our lives … by striving every day to embody the wisdom, and generosity, and radiant love with which she has graced our world.”Perhaps best known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010. In 1993, she became the first poet to recite a poem at a Presidential Inauguration since Robert Frost in 1961.last_img read more

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In Pictures David Beckham Enjoying His Birthday in Marrakech

Rabat – The Beckhams shared with their millions on Instagram followers the first pictures of David Beckham’s 40th birthday celebrations in Marrakech.David, who turned 40 on Saturday, is seen receiving a hug from wife Victoria who shared the pictures with her 4.2 million Instagram followers.The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player is also seen in another picture with oldest son Brooklyn. In another, he is seen relaxing in front of a table with wrapped gifts on it.The British star was accompanied by family members, as well as his close friends. American actor, Tom Cruise, and Gordan Ramsey are believed to be among his guests.He also shared a picture upon arrival in Marrakech on Friday.David Beckham is believed to celebrate his party in the luxury Amanjena resort, on the outskirts of Marrakech. read more

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UN to Discuss Western Sahara After Months of Stasis

Rabat – After months of inactivity, Western Sahara is back on the Security Council’s agenda for discussion in October.On October 1, the Security Council published its provisional program of work for this month. The Security Council members are expected to meet three times this October to consult on the Western Sahara conflict and the UN peacekeeping operation in the region, known as MINURSO. The agenda outlines that the first consultation on the MINURSO report took place on October 1. No further details are included. The agenda also includes meetings to be held on October  8 and 16 which will also look at MINRUSO.The Security Council announced that they will sit to adopt a new resolution for the Western Sahara conflict, aiming to extend the mandate for MINURSO on October 30.The current mandate of the MINURSO is due to expire on October 31. In April 2019, the council adopted Resolution 2468, extending the MINURSO mandate for six months. The Western Sahara question’s return to the Council’s agenda comes in the wake of the unexpected resignation of Horst Kohler, the personal envoy of the UN  Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.Kohler announced his resignation in May. Five months after his resignation, the UN has not yet discussed a replacement for Kohler.Kohler was a key element in the Western Sahara conflict since his appointment in  August 2017The former personal envoy managed to bring the parties to the conflict to one table during his suggested-roundtables in December 2018 and March 2019.In the days leading up to the expected adoption of the new resolution, Guterres is also expected to submit his annual report on Western Sahara to the Security Council. read more

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How social media is turning private breakups into celebrity spats

first_imgIn some recent cases, spouses have emailed their estranged partner’s family, friends and business associates, alleging infidelity, she added.  While most such cases are ultimately concluded on amicable terms, some are so focused on attacking each other that they did not comprehend the wider impact until it was too late.“I had one case in which a couple’s children only learned how relations between their parents had deteriorated from fellow pupils once certain social media activity became a topic of discussion at the school gate,” she said.“We are always at pains to point out that divorce proceedings should be as private as possible and that lashing out can not only ruin future relations between themselves and their soon-to-be former spouses but can irreparably damage dealings with children too.“While it is only natural to seek support from loved ones, divorcing with dignity rather than discord tends to result in a better long-term outcome.” social media has transformed relationships, say lawyers I had one case in which a couple’s children only learned how relations between their parents had deteriorated from fellow pupils once certain social media activity became a topic of discussion at the school gateCara Nuttall FB It was once something kept firmly behind closed doors for all but a handful of celebrities willing to wage even their most private battles on a public stage.But increasing numbers of ordinary couples are opting to go through “public” divorces as a result of the rise of social media, according to lawyers.Warring partners in their 30s and 40s, are actively aping celebrity culture by trading accusations openly to garner sympathy with friends and family and gain advantage ahead of any settlement, they say.     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. And in a small but growing number of cases courts are even stepping in to order spouses to desist from using social media as a weapon.Cara Nuttall, a family lawyer at JMW, said many husbands and wives had admitted following the lead of high-profile marriage disputes in which individuals had found themselves vilified for alleged wrongdoing. Family lawyers at JMW Solicitors, which handled more than 300 divorces over the course of the last year, have estimated that at least one in 10 cases now involve a spouse attacking the other on social media before they agree the terms upon which they separate. In up to half of cases, clients now specifically cite fears over how they will be portrayed by their other half. They suggest that if it’s good enough for this actress or that pop star, then it’s good enough for themCara Nuttall, lawyer While celebrities or politicians might be trying to win the battle of public opinion to gain the support of fans or voters, ordinary people are also lining up teams of supporters among family, friends or colleagues for their own advantage.“There is no doubt that a growing proportion of individuals of a certain age regard preserving their reputations among social and professional peers as one of the main concerns when they come to talk about getting divorced,” she said. “Roughly half of these men and women are clear about not wanting people to think badly of them. “Furthermore, the number resorting to social media in order to win over friends, family and workmates seems to be growing year-on-year. “Frequently, when challenged, they will refer to instances of rancorous celebrity divorces which they have read about in newspapers or magazines.“They suggest that if it’s good enough for this actress or that pop star, then it’s good enough for them. “We are talking about individuals who are in their thirties and early forties and often professional but who don’t appear to appreciate the potential damage which can result from texting, tweeting or e-mailing a nasty comment in a moment of madness.“In more than a dozen cases that we have handled, courts have even been forced to make orders in an attempt to curb both the volume and the unpleasant nature of exchanges across various social media platforms.”last_img read more

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FC Barcelona win ALL in Spain – fourth year in a row

FC Barcelona Lassa won it all the fourth season in a row in Spanish handball. The nine time EHF Champions League winners extended absolut domination in ASOBAL by winning another Copa Del Rey (King’s Cup) against Naturhouse La Rioja 34:29.This was the last match for Lazarov and Noddesbo, who ended their golden parts of career with the team from “Blaugrana”.29 – Naturhouse La Rioja: Kappelin (G. Aginagalde); Montoro (4), Vigo (4), Javier García (4), Langaro (6), Javier Muñoz (3, 1p.); Ángel Fernández (1); Sánchez-Migallón (5), Peciña, Luisfe, Garabaya (1), Molina, Garciandía, Kukic (1).34 – Barcelona: Pérez de Vargas (Ristovski); Tomás (3), R. Entrerríos (7), Sorhaindo (1), Rivera (5, 1p.), Mem (3), Morros; Ariño (1), N’Guessan (6), Syprzak (5), Saubich, Lazarov (3), Antonio García. ← Previous Story Women’s WCh 2017 – EURO Play-Off results Next Story → RNL celebrate second Bundesliga trophy – Six teams qualify for Europe read more

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Support for an allIreland soccer team is growing

first_img SINN FÉIN HAVE called for the establishment of an all-Ireland soccer team as part of their newly released ‘Towards a United Ireland’ document.While sports including hockey, rugby and boxing are arranged on an all-Ireland basis, Northern Ireland and the Republic are separate entities in soccer.But the political party this weekend called for the two teams to be united, having been separate since the 1920s, when a dispute between soccer associates in Leinster and Ulster prompted a split between the organisations.Sinn Finn argue: “Irish teams are stronger and better when they are all-Ireland teams. All-Ireland rugby teams have won Grand Slams and Triple Crowns, boxers have had international successes, Irish golfers are leading the way in that sport. As an all-Ireland organisation, the GAA has been unmatched by any other amateur sports organisation. Short URL 57 Comments By Paul Fennessy https://the42.ie/3107953 25,931 Views A Shamrock Rovers XI who were effectively an all-Ireland XI played Brazil in the 1970s in a one-off game. Share248 Tweet Email Nov 28th 2016, 9:39 PM Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:39 PM Follow us: the42.ie Blow for Liverpool as ankle injury rules Coutinho out for six weeks>Jose Mourinho charged by English FA for third time this season> ‘Support for an all-Ireland soccer team is growing’ Sinn Féin are hopeful that a move will happen in the near future. “I don’t feel that there would be huge job losses, but I haven’t myself looked into the ins and outs of that. Overall, if you’re talking about increased investment in sport, there’s probably no reason why there needs to be major job losses. We want to expand what we’re doing rather than cut back, but the mechanics of all that would have to be worked out at the time.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! A Shamrock Rovers XI who were effectively an all-Ireland XI played Brazil in the 1970s in a one-off game. Support for an all-island soccer team is growing. It makes no sense to have two ‘national’ teams competing on the international stage and splitting the talent pool that exists. We are stronger, better and more successful together. Unity would generate more income for sports clubs and more opportunities for talented players.”Speaking to The42, when asked for evidence to back up the claim that support for the initiative was growing, a spokesperson for the party said: “I suppose it’s anecdotal. You’d see people talking about it a lot more these days on different social media stuff and all of that.I think it would be really interesting to see a poll, particularly around the soccer. We saw how well the North and the (Republic) did in the recent European Championships. Most people, putting politics aside, would say ‘imagine if you put the two together and picked the best team from the two’. Most people would say that would have potential to be even better.”Some feel an all-Ireland soccer team is unlikely to happen anytime soon — Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney is on record as saying he would support the initiative, but feels it would only transpire in the event of a political union. However, recent suggestions that Brexit could bring about a United Ireland have left others feeling more optimistic.A United Ireland is truly on the agenda now. It’s a topic of discussion. The Taoiseach at the weekend mentioned that in the light of Brexit, there’s an uncomplicated answer to the problems.“So now more and more people are looking towards a United Ireland and the benefits that will bring.We’ve looked at the economic benefits for it over the past week but there are also benefits for sport. And in the context of a united Ireland, you would have a united football team — one follows the other.”One other concern expressed is the potential loss of jobs should the Irish Football Association and FAI merge into one organisation, but the Sinn Féin spokesperson thinks it is unlikely to be a major issue. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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First debut vignette airs on NXT for Ricochet Videos following the 321

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Velvet Sky WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events First debut vignette airs on NXT for RicochetAs seen on last night’s 3/21 episode of NXT, the first debut vignette aired for the impending debut on NXT TV of recent NXT signee and former New Japan and Lucha Underground star, Ricochet. Ricochet will be appearing on NXT TV in the next couple of weeks as he is scheduled to be a part of the NXT TakeOver: New Orleans card that will on April 7 live on WWE Network. Videos following the 3/21 episode of NXTWWE posted the following videos after the 3/21 episode of NXT. 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Google+ Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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VIP recovery leads SKYCITY to record FY18 results

first_img Strong VIP growth sees Okada Manila GGR climb 72% in August Load More RelatedPosts SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekendcenter_img 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Australasian IR operator SKYCITY Entertainment Group saw its net profit rise 10.4% to NZ$169.9 million in the 12 months ended 30 June 2018, driven by the rapid recovery of the company’s VIP sector in the 12 months since the arrests of 19 Crown Resorts employees in mainland China sent regional VIP into freefall.VIP turnover in FY18 grew 39.2% year-on-year to NZ$11.9 billion, including a 76% increase in turnover to NZ$7.5 billion in the six months to 30 June 2018. Normalized VIP revenue for the year grew 39.2% to AU$160.3 million.With the premium segment guiding the way, group-wide revenue across all segments increased by a combined 7.3% to NZ$1.1 billion.Normalized EBITDA was NZ$338.2m, up 5.5% on the previous year.“I’m really pleased with SKYCITY’s FY18 full-year result, which delivered a record year for the company both in terms of operating earnings and net profit,” said CEO Graeme Stephens.“I’m particularly encouraged by both the strong rebound in our International Business and a return to earnings growth in Adelaide and Darwin on a like-for-like basis.’’Stephens said the strong results in SKYCITY’s international VIP business reflected both the recovery of the sector across Asia-Pacific and the performance of the company’s restructured International Business team.“Set alongside the continued growth of our flagship Auckland property on a record previous corresponding period and a solid result from our Hamilton site, the group’s performance provides us with confidence that we can continue to deliver on our key strategic initiatives and major projects over the coming year,” he said.Inside Asian Gaming revealed in our August edition that the Australian VIP market was expected to complete its recovery from the arrests of Crown employees in October 2016, which saw VIP turnover Australia-wide fall from around AU$60 billion in 1H16 to just AU$33 billion early last year.last_img read more

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EUs approach to tackling hate speech might actually be working

first_img Tags Facebook Twitter YouTube EU clamps down on tech in 2018 Internet Services Rather than legislate on the issue of hate speech, forcing tech companies to comply with laws and punishing them if they failed, the EU decided it would introduce an opt-in code of conduct to tackle the problem of hate speech. Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube were all inaugural signatories of the code, with Instagram also signing up in January 2018, bringing the total number of participating companies to nine. The companies agreed to increase the amount of content they removed, as well as to attempt to assess the majority of reports of hate speech within 24 hours of being notified. They’re also required to give feedback to people who flag content. The EU conducts annual reports on the progress of the companies and is pleased with the results this year, although it says the social networks need to work harder at providing feedback to people who file complaints. How the social networks measure up The EU’s report casts Facebook in a particularly favorable light, showing that the company assesses 93 percent of notifications it receives regarding hate speech within 24 hours of receiving them — the highest rate of all the social networks signed up to the code. YouTube, the report shows, removed more content than Facebook in 2018, and managed to assess 81 percent of content within 24 hours. But it fell down when it came to giving feedback to users, interacting on average with only 25 percent of people who reported content to the video service. There are now over 10,000 people at the company working on combating hate speech, said Matt Brittin, Google’s Europe president, in a statement. “They’re all working to stamp out abusive content and to make sure we have the right systems, technology and policies in place to keep improving,” he said. “While there’s no place for complacency, today’s results show we’re making progress.” Like Facebook, Twitter is also good at dealing with notifications, tackling 88 percent of reports within 24 hours, but when it comes to removing content, it’s a different story. The social network has by far the lowest rate of removing content, taking down just 43 percent of reported posts, compared with 82 percent on Facebook and 85 percent on YouTube, and the number is down year on year. The services do all vary in terms of the kind of content they must police, although the difference in numbers is stark. Over the past few years critics around the world have pointed fingers at Twitter for not taking a harsh enough line on hate speech. Last year Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted the company has a problem with harassment and abuse and vowed to clean up its act, introducing a range of new measures in June. Dorsey finally booted Infowars founder Alex Jones from the social network after previously defending his presence. He also admitted Twitter had been slow to delete a tweet threatening Meghan McCain. Karen White, Twitter’s director of public policy for Europe, pointed to the Lumen Database and Twitter’s annual transparency report for more details about the content it removes from the social network.”We’ve also enhanced our safety policies, tightened our reporting systems, increased transparency with users, and introduced over 70 changes to improve conversational health,” said White in a statement. “We’re doing this with a sense of urgency and commitment, and look forward to continued collaboration with the European Commission, Governments, civil society and industry.” First published Feb. 4 at 11:50 a.m. PT. Update at 2:50 p.m. PT: Adds comment from Google. Update Feb. 5 at 4:27 a.m. PT: Adds comment from Twitter. Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. CNET Magazine: Check out a sample of the stories in CNET’s newsstand edition. 1:11 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 1 Some social networks (Facebook) are making more progress than others (Twitter). Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Social media companies are removing hate speech from the internet more quickly and efficiently than ever — in Europe at least. The EU released a report on Monday showing that 89 percent of content flagged to social networks gets analyzed within 24 hours, and that the companies remove 72 percent of content reported as illegal hate speech in total. Social networks have come a long way in the past three years, the report shows. When the EU began cracking down on hate speech in 2016, these rates stood at 40 percent and 28 percent, respectively. “In May 2016, I initiated the code of conduct on online hate speech, because we urgently needed to do something about this phenomenon,” said Vĕra Jourová, European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality, in a statement. “Today, after two and a half years, we can say that we found the right approach and established a standard throughout Europe on how to tackle this serious issue, while fully protecting freedom of speech.” Commentlast_img read more

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Amazon stops selling Dash buttons goofy forerunners of the connected home

first_img 3 Comments Amazon Prime Amazon If you press all these Dash buttons at once, you get sent more Dash buttons. (OK, not really.) Richard Peterson/CNET Amazon has come up with some pretty odd ideas over the years: delivery inside your car, a talking tablet for your kitchen counter, and even an action series starring that guy from The Office.One of the concepts that best captures the quirky imagination of the world’s largest online retailer is the Dash button, a handy (and kind of ridiculous) device you press to reorder stuff like dog food, bottled water or septic treatment powder.But the usefulness and novelty of Dash buttons has waned over the years, and Amazon said Thursday that it had decided to stop selling the gadgets globally. If you still proudly use a Dash button (or a few dozen), don’t worry: Amazon plans to continue supporting new orders through existing Dash buttons so long as the public keeps using them.So what killed the Dash button’s future? Well, by Amazon’s telling, the device was a victim of its own success, since it helped nudge forward the concept of the connected home to what it is today.Daniel Rausch, an Amazon vice president who helped grow the Dash program from its start, said that back in early 2015, when the Dash button first came out, there were far fewer options for connected home gadgets. Amazon workers were trying to figure out a way “to make shopping disappear” for grocery list items like paper towels and printer ink and whatever else is pretty not-fun to go out and buy, Rausch said.They landed on Dash buttons as a speedy jury-rig to add a bit of internet connectivity to an appliance that didn’t have it, like throwing a Dash button for laundry detergent on your washing machine.People seemed to like these goofy little buttons, which Amazon offered for $5 each up front, reimbursing that money after the first purchase using the button. Brands liked them as a way of reinforcing customer loyalty and affixing mini ads for their wares in people’s bathrooms and linen closets.Over the past four years, Amazon has created dozens of Dash buttons for items including Soylent meal replacement drinks, Schiff Glucosamine joint supplements and Slim Jims. The company shipped millions of these tiny buttons. Rausch said the most popular Dash buttons were for necessities that folks run out of a lot, like paper towels, toilet paper and bottled water. Other less predictable hits included items that required trips to specialty stores (pet food) or were annoying to find (printer ink) or a little embarrassing to buy in a store (condoms).”Dash button was an awesome stepping stone into the world of connected home,” Rausch said, later adding, “We never imagined a future where customers had 500 buttons in their home. We imagined a future where the home was taking care of itself, including replenishing everyday items that customers would rather not worry about.”The Dash button isn’t nearly as necessary as it used to be. Today, plenty more appliances connect to the internet. Amazon also integrated its Dash Replenishment Service into hundreds of products from major manufacturers like Whirlpool and Samsung worldwide. DRS lets appliances automatically reorder the stuff they need, like a printer purchasing new ink. No need to even push a button.Plus, Amazon created virtual Dash buttons on its website and developed voice shopping through its Alexa voice assistant, which have both grown in popularity, Amazon says.There’s no need to cry over the demise of Dash buttons. Instead, the next time you reorder bread via voice from your toaster (that’s a thing now, right?), you can quietly thank Dash buttons for encouraging the creation of more smart-home gear.”There’s no doubt,” Rausch said, “that that core mission of Dash buttons succeeded.” Tags Smart Home Gadgets Share your voicelast_img read more

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