LSU Football Has Unveiled An Insane New Facility

first_img There are locker rooms… And then there’s the #LSU locker room— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019The newly designed performance nutrition center comes fully equipped with a first-rate dining room with meals prepared by a professional executive chef. Any and all foods are on the menu, including shrimp, king crab legs, jambalaya and pizza.Everything you need in one building. The best of the best.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 21, 2019Judging by the reactions of the players, they were absolutely in love with the new facilities.There’s nothing like this…— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019We lit up @Twitter on Sunday night 🔥🔥🔥— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 22, 2019The LSU players are certainly going to enjoy life in their new facilities. And you can bet that some of the team’s would-be recruits that take a visit will love them too.Last year, the Tigers went 10-3, beating the UCF Knights in the Fiesta Bowl and finishing with a top 10 ranking for the first time since 2011. The LSU Tiger leads cheerleaders and players onto the field.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 07: The Louisiana State University Tiger runs on the field before the Tigers take on the Ohio State Buckeyes during the AllState BCS National Championship on January 7, 2008 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)As one of the premier college football programs in the country, LSU has to keep raising the bar to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Alabama, Clemson and others. To that end, the Tigers have just completed construction of a first-class football facility.Over the weekend, LSU unveiled a brand new, state-of-the-art set of football facilities with all of the bells and whistles. Per Sporting News, the construction cost $28 million.In a series of videos, LSU showcased new locker rooms with purple and yellow lighting.The locker room even included individual “sleeping pods” for everyone.last_img read more

NCLs Income Rises despite Hurricane Disruptions

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings reported a rise in its third quarter earnings, despite disruptions caused by an active hurricane season during the period.NCL delivered a net income of USD 400.6 million in the three months ended September 30, against a net income of USD 342.3 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.Revenue increased to USD 1.65 billion for the period from USD 1.48 billion seen in the third quarter of 2016, mainly due to a 9.1% increase in capacity days driven by the delivery of Norwegian Joy, which entered service in late June, along with an increase in net yield due to strength in ticket pricing and higher onboard and other revenue.“Strong operational performance across our core markets, bolstered by strength in European itineraries, where pricing has now exceeded the previous high watermark of 2015, drove third quarter revenue and yield growth well ahead of expectations, despite the disruptions caused by weather-related events during the quarter,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.For the nine months ended September 30, the company’s net income stood at USD 661 million, compared to a net income of USD 560.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier, while revenue reached USD 4.14 billion, up from USD 3.74 billion seen in the first nine months of 2016.“Over the last several weeks we have seen consumer demand continue to accelerate for Caribbean sailings and booking volumes have now reached pre-hurricane levels,” Del Rio added.The company said that its booked position for full year 2018 remains well ahead in both load and price compared to prior year across all three of its brands.As part of ongoing efforts to deleverage and reduce interest expense, the company redeemed all of its outstanding 4.625% Senior Notes due 2020 in October and amended its existing senior secured credit facilities by increasing and repricing its USD 750 million revolving credit facility and repricing the approximately USD 1.41 billion principal amount outstanding under its term loan A facility.In addition, the company added a new USD 375 million term B loan facility due 2021, which bears interest at LIBOR plus an applicable margin of 1.75%.  The proceeds from the New Term B Loan Facility and cash on hand were used for the notes redemption.“We continue to focus on further strengthening our balance sheet as evidenced by the success of our recent refinancing transaction. We are now within our targeted leverage range of three to four times with further meaningful deleveraging expected in 2018 and beyond,” Wendy Beck, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.last_img read more

BIMCO Around 40 Boxship Giants Set for Delivery in 2018

first_imgzoom The container shipping industry will be focussed on the deployment of ultra large container vessels (ULCV) during the year as around 40 of such ships are expected to join the fleet in 2018, according to BIMCO.53 ships larger than 13,500 TEU are scheduled for delivery, however, the number is expected to be slighty less as some owners might opt to push deliveries of their ships. In 2017, 55 ships of the same size were scheduled for delivery, but only 43 were handed over.During 2017, owners and investors were busy in the second-hand market. The year was in fact the busiest on record as 297 ships changed hands, valued at USD 4,178 million, BIMCO cited data from VesselsValue. Panamax ships were in demand, more due to price than anything else, with 93 ships changing hands in total.Purchasing prices were equal to the demolition values of many of the ships, meaning there was little downside risk from the purchase. Since mid-2017 both demolition prices and second-hand values have gone up.A 2009-built, 4,275 TEU panamax ship was valued at USD 13.7 million in July 2016, USD 5.6 million in January 2017 and USD 10.9 million in January 2018. At the same time, the demolition value of the same ship was USD 4.6 million, USD 5.6 million and USD 8.1 million. Meaning that deals done at January 2017 prices were equal to demolition values.Regarding the overall demand in the container shipping industry, BIMCO said it wxpects the demand to be lower than in 2017, but still high enough to potentially improve the fundamental market balance.Demand is forecast to grow by 4.0-4.5% against a fleet growth of 3.9% in 2018.last_img read more

Over Rs 235 crore budget for training of bureaucrats abroad and in

first_imgNew Delhi: Over Rs 235 crore has been allocated to the Personnel Ministry in the Union Budget for domestic and foreign training of bureaucrats and augmenting necessary infrastructure during the ongoing fiscal.The Budget was presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday. Of the total allocation of Rs 235.91 crore for 2019-20, which is about 24 per cent more than the revised allocation of Rs 194.76 crore for the last fiscal, Rs 79.14 crore was earmarked for the ministry to meet establishment-related expenditure of the Delhi-based Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) and the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) in Mussoorie. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Both ISTM and LBSNAA conduct several training programmes for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers and all other levels of secretarial functionaries with exposure to rules, regulations and aptitude. Under a separate head, Rs 156.77 crore has been allocated for the ongoing fiscal for training schemes. It includes upgradation of the LBSNAA to a centre of excellence and augmentation of training facilities at ISTM. The Central Administrative Tribunals (CATs), which are entrusted with the redressal of grievances of public servants, have been allocated Rs 126.52 crore for 2019-20 to meet establishment-related expenditure. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedIt was given Rs 115.73 crore for the last fiscal. The Staff Selection Commission (SSC), which conducts various recruitment examination for central government jobs, has been allocated Rs 240.22 crore for 2019-20 to meet establishment-related expenditure, including those on the conduct of examinations for recruitment of staff in central ministries or departments. It was given Rs 227.11 crore for the last fiscal.last_img read more

National Enquirer defends its actions after allegations from Amazon boss

LOS ANGELES — The Latest on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ allegations against the National Enquirer’s publisher (all times local):9:45 a.m.The publisher of the National Enquirer says it will investigate Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ allegation that it threatened to publish revealing personal photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.American Media Inc. says in a statement issued Friday it “acted lawfully” while reporting the story.The Enquirer published a story last month that included lurid texts between Bezos and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. Since then, private investigators have been looking into how the Enquirer got the texts.Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by American Media. But the company says it engaged in “good faith negotiations.”American Media says its board of directors ordered a prompt and thorough investigation. It says it’ll take “whatever appropriate action is necessary.”___12:45 a.m.Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he was the target of “extortion and blackmail” by the publisher of the National Enquirer. He says the Enquirer chief threatened to publish revealing personal photos of Bezos unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American Media Inc., in an extraordinary blog post Thursday on The billionaire said the Enquirer wanted him to make a public statement that the tabloid’s coverage was not politically motivated.Bezos’ accusations add another twist to a high-profile clash between the world’s richest man and the leader of America’s best-known tabloid.The Associated Press read more

Monterrey Consensus must become reality Annan tells UNBretton Woods meeting

The recent consensus on global development adopted at a United Nations conference in Monterrey, Mexico, must be transformed into reality, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told key finance ministers from across the world meeting with the UN Economic and Social Council in New York.”Our challenge now is to maintain the positive spirit that led to the Monterrey Consensus, and translate it into real and meaningful implementation,” the Secretary-General told a high-level meeting of the UN Economic and Social Council and the Bretton Woods institutions. He pledged to ensure that “the requests addressed to me in the Monterrey Consensus are carried out fully and in a timely fashion,” adding that he would do all he could to ensure that “our organizations ‘stay on the same page.'” Looking ahead, the Secretary-General stressed the need to ensure the success of the World Summit for Sustainable Development later this year in Johannesburg by building on pledges at last year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Doha, Qatar, for a “development round” of trade negotiations.”Monterrey offers the promise that developing countries will be able to seize such an opportunity by mobilizing the resources that are so desperately needed for development,” he said. “Johannesburg must put a crucial piece of the puzzle into place by offering the prospect of sustainability – development that makes a difference not only today, but over the long term.”The UN projects a slow global economic recovery, with growth expected at 2 per cent this year and 3 per cent by 2003. But Mr. Annan pointed out that “many questions remain regarding the strength of the recovery, its breadth across economies and sectors, and its sustainability.” While emphasizing the need for development in all countries, the Secretary-General called for efforts to tame “development’s worst enemy: armed conflict, which can extinguish, in days or even hours, years of work to reduce poverty.”For his part, the President of the Economic and Social Council, Ivan Simonovic of Croatia, said the Monterrey Conference had been an important first step in creating a coherent and more participatory multilateral system. He noted, however, that a massive effort was now required to mobilize more and better cooperation for development and to build an international economic system that was more conducive to the development of the poor.The goal was obviously to make financial, trade and economic activities and systems more supportive of development goals, as well as to make the most of existing institutions by strengthening cooperation between them, Mr. Simonovic said. He stressed that a close link must be established between individual Millennium Development Goals and principles set in Monterrey for their financing. That would finally improve effectiveness in dealing with the real world problems such as hunger, illiteracy, poverty and disease, he said. read more

TSX advances amid rising commodities NY trading to resume Wednesday

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:30 am MDT TSX advances amid rising commodities, N.Y. trading to resume Wednesday TORONTO – The Toronto stock market racked up a solid gain, led by advances in mining stocks amid rising oil and copper prices.But volumes were much lower than average in a relatively subdued session due to the closure of New York financial markets for a second day because of superstorm Sandy.The S&P/TSX composite index moved 64.3 points higher to 12,377.05 on volume of 169.5 shares traded worth $2.25 billion. That is well below the daily average so far this year of 337.2 million shares worth nearly $5 billion. The TSX Venture Exchange gained 11.49 points to 1,302.92.But things will start to return to some level of normalcy on markets Wednesday when the American exchanges resume trading.“Trading will commence on the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. EDT under normal opening procedures, and the NYSE Euronext building and trading floor are fully operational,” said a statement by exchange operator NYSE Euronext.The Nasdaq will also be open Wednesday after the superstorm left a large swath of New York City without power and subways and vehicle tunnels have been flooded.In the meantime, Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, said traders around the world were taking a wait-and-see stance due to the closing of the U.S. markets — which normally account for a huge portion of the volume.“Speculating in these very thin markets probably isn’t the smartest move at this point and I think you will get a lot of investors today that will just wait for a bit more liquidity tomorrow,” Fehr said.The Canadian dollar was well off session highs, but still up 0.05 of a cent to 99.97 cents US after closing below parity with the U.S. currency Monday for the first time since early August.Analysts said it was particularly important for American trading to resume Wednesday, even for a shortened session, because of timing issues.“Having some opening will be critical in that it will allow for month-end pricing, which will have an effect for everything from options pricing to statements to clients,” Fehr said.“You’re talking about having month-end pricing, month-end settlements for mutual funds and the underlying securities, not to mention equities and bonds in portfolios around the world, all the way from institutional investors to retail investors.”Bond markets in the U.S. were also closed for a second session.The CME Group also cancelled floor trading in New York and Chicago but commodity trading carried on electronically. CME will also be back to regular operations Wednesday.All TSX sectors were positive save for the utilities group with the consumer discretionary segment the biggest advancer with Canadian Tire Corp. (TSX:CTC.A) ahead 88 cents to $71.59.The gold sector was ahead about 0.76 per cent as December bullion rose $3.40 to US$1.712.10 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) ran ahead 65 cents to C$45.30.The base metals component was up 0.75 per cent while metal prices advanced with December copper ahead one cent to US$3.51 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 42 cents to C$31.20.The energy sector ahead 0.36 per cent as December crude gained 14 cents to US$85.68 a barrel. At the same time, there were questions about where crude prices are headed given the effect on refineries from the storm. The biggest operations in the northeastern U.S. have shut down or cut back sharply, while the dampening effect of the storm on transportation and the operation of many businesses will sharply reduce demand.Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. (TSX:COS) posted net income of $338 million or 70 cents a share, beating estimates by 15 cents. The company, which owns a 37 per cent stake in the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., increased its 2012 cash flow guidance by 20 per cent. Its shares gained 60 cents to $21.20.In other earnings news, Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM) shares fell 55 cents to $11.50 as the international oil and gas producer reported a net loss of $731 million, largely as a result of asset writedowns in various parts of the world, including its shale operations in Quebec and its offshore operations in Norway.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) said its third-quarter profit was $369 million or 52 cents per share, down from $386 million or 55 cents per share in the same year-earlier period. Another measure of profitability, called comparable earnings, dropped more dramatically to $349 million or 50 cents per share from $416 million or 59 cents per share. That missed analyst estimates by two cents per share and the pipeline operator’s shares were four cents higher at $44.94.And in the U.S., Ford’s third-quarter profit eased one per cent to US$1.63 billion or 41 cents a share as European losses swamped record North American profits. Before special items, it earned 40 cents, beating Wall Street’s forecast of 30 cents. Ford’s revenue fell three per cent to $32.1 billion as vehicle sales dropped in Europe and South America.Dozens of U.S. companies have also postponed their quarterly earnings reports.And now some Canadian companies that also trade on the NYSE are announcing delays.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) (TSX:VRX) had been set to release quarterly results Wednesday. The Montreal-based company said Tuesday it will now release earnings Nov. 2 “due to the severe weather conditions and power outages associated with Hurricane Sandy”.Resolute Forest Products (NYSE:RFP) (TSX:RFP) had been set to release results Tuesday morning but announced Monday night that it has postponed the release until Friday. read more

LEGO master creates ridiculously cool Game Boy Transformer

first_imgI know that the Inception jokes have been way overplayed, but I have never seen anything that fits the bill more than this piece of awesomeness depicted above. You’re looking at a LEGO Gameboy Transformer.Created by Julius Von Brunk, a self proclaimed “badass geek”, his model combines three of the coolest things we all played with when we were micro-geeks (well, maybe that we still play with) into one nice and tight package. Yes indeed, this sucker does transform to a robot and back!Called the Domaster (Dot Matrix with Stereo Sound), the SoundWave lookalike is a masterpiece of geeky genius. It comes complete with batteries that not only turn into the Domaster’s weapons, but also fit into the back of the model just like a pair of double A batteries would. The Tetris game pictured above also transforms into Tetrawing, faithful sidekick to the Domaster. If you haven’t gotten up to wipe the drool off your chin yet, you may want to take a break before your keyboard shorts out.Von Brunk isn’t a newcomer to creating pop-culture icons out of LEGO bricks, he’s also created a replica of one of the Airships from Super Mario Bros. 3 that “hovers” over a six foot long table. It’s equally as impressive as his Domaster model.As for the development time that went into his Gameboy robot, Von Brunk mentions on his site that it took about a month or so to plan the model out. The aspect that took him the longest was getting the Tetris cartridge to transform into a semblance of a bird. As for the labels and stickers, he used a laser printer as well as water-slide decals to create the polished look you saw above. Despite some hiccups, Von Brunk had to have enjoyed the process just as much as we do by just looking at it.MOC pages, via I Heart Chaos.last_img read more

Envoyez des SMS gratuitement dans le monde avec JaxtrSMS

first_imgEnvoyez des SMS gratuitement dans le monde avec JaxtrSMSUne nouveauté qui devrait faire plaisir aux accros du mobile: envois gratuits et illimités de SMS à travers le monde entier. C’est ce qu’a entrepris Sabeer Bhatia, le co-fondateur de Hotmail.Avec sa société Jaxtr actuelle, spécialisée dans les réseaux sociaux, les SMS et les communications voix dans le monde, Sabeer Bhatia lance le service JaxtrSMS. À lire aussiLe nombre de SMS et MMS échangés passe le cap du milliard pour le Nouvel AnSous forme d’application mobile, il permettra aux utilisateurs d’envoyer des SMS d’une manière illimitée et surtout gratuitement. Si de nombreux forfaits mobiles actuels le propose déjà, JaxtrSMS va encore plus loin en proposant l’envoi à l’international et de plus, le destinataire n’aura pas besoin de télécharger au préalable l’application. Elle devrait être opérationnelle sur toutes les différentes plateformes existantes (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android…). Alors comment se finance un tel projet si les envois sont gratuits? Tout simplement par la publicité et également via quelques options Premium qui demanderont une somme d’argent en contrepartie d’un service spécial (du type archivage des communications). La version bêta vient d’être lancée et Jaxtr espère atteindre les 100 millions d’utilisateurs fin 2012. Ce qui ne semble pas impossible vu le nombre de SMS que l’on peut envoyer en une seule journée… Le 28 novembre 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

The Nautilus Has Natures Most Efficient Jets

first_imgThe nautilus is a weird-looking creature, and a relic of an ancient era of life. But how it gets around has baffled scientists for years. That’s because, unlike many of the aquatic life we are familiar with, the chambered nautilus uses a jet to move through the water. This is notoriously inefficient. Squids and the like are light and can use their tentacles to help guide themselves, but even they waste a lot of energy moving around.Scientists, baffled by how the much heavier and bulkier nautilus swam, started to study the exact process the crustacean uses.Their findings, Published in Royal Society Open Science, were shocking, demonstrating that the critters might be the most efficient jet engine nature has ever produced.The study started by filling a tank with bright, floating flecks of aluminum oxide. Then, they’d add five nautiluses to the tank to observe their movements and how they affected the particles around them. With an advanced system of high-speed cameras and lasers, plus software that could analyze the movement patterns of the particles, the researchers tracked the animals’ method of sucking in water and then jetting it back out. When they ran the numbers, the team found that up to 75% of the energy was transferred to the water and used to propel the creatures.“Squid, they tend to be about 40 to 50 percent efficient,” Graham Askew, a biomechanics professor at the University of Leeds told the New York Times.The issue at hand is that moving water very slowly, like with fins, and requires a lot less effort. That comes from the equations for calculating kinetic energy. Because the total energy is calculated by multiplying velocity-squared by the mass of the thing being moved, you have to commit quite of bit of energy to increase the speed of the water you’re moving, and you don’t get that much extra push out of it.Exactly how the nautilus does this isn’t totally clear. But according to the data, some of it comes from the fact that the creatures suck in water slowly and then allow the fluid to seep out at times, only using the more aggressive movement when they are in trouble.For now, though, Dr. Askew have turned their attention cuttlefish, another creature that uses jets for propulsion. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

SDC secures 51 Million for community groups

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Photo credit: Jamaica Observer Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKingston, Jamaica, January 20, 2017 – The Social Development Commission (SDC) has secured $5.1 million under the Government of Jamaica Administrative Grant Fund for some 170 community development committees (CDCs) across Jamaica.  This was disclosed by Executive Director of the SDC, Dr. Dwayne Vernon, as he addressed a recent JIS Think Tank.  The grant is a dedicated source of funding available to all CDCs to be used for administrative support, once they meet the established criteria.   Dr. Vernon said the money, which was disbursed up to December 31, 2016, was used to help the groups to strengthen their administrative capabilities and undertake measures to increase “people participation” in their community.He informed that another 178 applications are being processed for grant assistance under the Governance Capacity Grant Fund (GCGF).  He said that $1 million is to be disbursed “so they can implement projects they believe can strengthen their organisation, consistent with the themes of the SDC.”   Governance structures can access funds under the GCGF to improve their sustainability and viability, to make more effective and meaningful contribution to parish and national development.Dr. Vernon also disclosed that the SDC is taking steps to introduce a grant facility to support new small and micro-enterprises.    This facility, he said, will be implemented through the Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP) and will have specific focal points to aid and support the beneficiaries into a stronger operational position.  “We’re going to be putting in place this grant facility and we’re very confident that this will happen.  The facility will… allow them to strengthen their productive base and also to support their registration. We also want to support them with money to help them to take their products to market,” he indicated.Meanwhile, Dr. Vernon informed that the SDC has relaunched 19 community groups, bringing the total number of active bodies to 577 island wide.    “We have strengthened 193 of the 577 community groups through the implementation of training strategies to enhance their community operations,” he said.center_img Related Items:#MagneticNewsMedia Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissionerlast_img read more

Police rule Sunday bike path shooting a homicide

first_imgAnchorage police are ruling homicide in the deaths of two people found on a city bike path early Sunday morning. APD has identified the victims as 20-year-old Brianna Foisy and 41-year-old Jason Netter, Sr. Law enforcement is not releasing any further details on the cause of death, nor is anyone in custody at this time.Listen nowThe two deceased were found by a passerby at around 7:42 am Sunday on the path which runs through an industrial warehouse area about a mile from a popular downtown fishing spot.last_img read more

At least 34 nationalities among Spain attack victims Authorities

first_imgVictims of a double vehicle attack in Spain that left 14 people dead and around 100 injured were from at least 34 different countries, Spain’s civil protection agency said Friday.Read more: 13 killed, over 100 injured in two Spanish attacksThe agency tweeted that among the dead and injured in Barcelona, a city hugely popular with tourists worldwide, and the seaside resort of Cambrils were nationals from France, Pakistan, Spain, the Netherlands, China, Venezuela, Mauritania, Australia and Britain.last_img read more

Apple Clashes With Facebook Over Invasive Market Research App

first_imgFacebook has long used apps as a way to research competitors. The company acquired a VPN app called Ovano in 2014 that promised to help users secure their Wifi traffic for free. In exchange, Ovano surveilled other apps installed on a user’s phone — intelligence the company reportedly relied on to identify the rise of Whatsapp, ultimately resulting in the purchase of the messaging app.Critical reports about Ovano ultimately led to Apple changing its policy on what kind of data apps can access on a iPhone, forcing Facebook to remove the app from the App Store.Executives of both companies have also frequently exchanged barbs over privacy. A year ago, when asked what he would do if he was in Mark Zuckerberg’s situation, Apple CEO Tim Cook simply quipped: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” The New York Times reported last fall that Zuckerberg had been asking executives to use Android in response to Cook’s criticism, something the company didn’t outright deny.Update: 9:50am: This post was updated with a confirmation from Facebook that Apple’s revocation impacted its internal apps as well. Popular on Variety “We designed our Enterprise Developer Program solely for the internal distribution of apps within an organization,” Apple said in a statement shared with Variety. “Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple. Any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked, which is what we did in this case to protect our users and their data.”A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Variety that this also impacted internal apps used by the company’s workforce, and multiple reports indicated Wednesday morning that the company was caught off-guard. Apple escalated its simmering conflict with Facebook Wednesday, revoking access to its enterprise developer certification program and in turn preventing Facebook employees from running company-internal apps on their iPhones. The move comes after news broke that Facebook was using the program to distribute a questionable market research app to thousands of users.Techcrunch reported Tuesday evening that Facebook had been paying users $20 a month to install a market research app on its phones that was capable of accessing private chat messages, personal media and more. The company was distributing the app outside of Apple’s App Store, using a special program designed to help companies install internal apps on their employee’s phones.That strategy didn’t go over well with Apple, which pulled the plug on Facebook’s access to the program Tuesday night. ×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

New Research From Clinical Psychological Science

first_imgMathematically Modeling Emotion Regulation Abnormalities During Psychotic Experiences in SchizophreniaGregory P. Strauss, Farnaz Zamani Esfahlani, Katherine Frost Visser, Elizabeth K. Dickinson, June Gruber, and Hiroki Sayama Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) is the statistical procedure commonly used to test the validity of different models of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CFA models allow the identification of symptom dimensions (or factors) that characterize PTSD. In the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5), PTSD is characterized by four dimensions (e.g., intrusion, avoidance, negative alterations in mood and cognition, and hyperarousal), but since the publication of the DSM–5, CFA models of PTSD have become increasingly multidimensional, identifying six and even seven factors. To clarify why the models of PTSD are becoming increasingly multidimensional, Rasmussen and colleagues examined 23 publications that used CFA and DSM–5symptoms to study PTSD. They found that researchers have been finding support for multidimensionality of PTSD in their CFA analyses mostly because they have not been following basic premises concerning factor identification in CFA. More specifically, the multidimensional models may fit the data, but their factors are underidentified (i.e., composed of fewer than three symptoms) and are correlated with each other, which means they might not be meaningfully distinct. Two positive aspects of the CFA studies examined were that two thirds of them used external data to validate their factors and that most of them relied on large sample sizes. However, the authors suggest the need to improve CFA practices in the PTSD literature, and they offer some practical suggestions about how to do so (e.g., avoid underidentified factors). Thomas and Sharp argue that the dominant approaches to understanding psychological processes, despite helping to elaborate laws between hypothetical psychological constructs and observable data, do not describe links between psychological and biological phenomena or how to integrate them in unified explanations of the psychological constructs. To make up for this shortcoming, they propose the use of mechanistic science. This approach has the goal of explaining how particular psychological phenomena are implemented in living systems, which can be achieved by identifying mechanisms (i.e., structures defined by their component parts, operations, and organization), the functioning of which results in a particular phenomenon. This approach requires that psychological scientists constrain their conceptions of psychological functions to those that might plausibly be implemented by mechanisms in living systems. Thomas and Sharp give the example of biologists applying this approach to move their field from a descriptive to a causal science. They also explain in depth how to apply mechanistic science, giving examples that include a mechanistic explanation of vision processes and a mechanistic framework applied to psychopathology research. The authors suggest that mechanistic science can complement existing research approaches rather than replacing them and that it can facilitate collaboration across fields by providing a common framework for guiding future scientific investigation. Moreover, demonstrating how psychological processes are implemented in biological systems can lead to a better understanding of psychological phenomena and, consequently, more effective interventions in psychopathology. People diagnosed with psychotic disorders often experience symptoms, such as hallucinations or paranoia, that are usually associated with negative emotions that the individuals attempt to manage and regulate. This study examined how individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (SZ) regulate emotions during the presence and absence of psychotic symptoms. For 6 days, four times per day, outpatients with SZ received a message on a mobile device and were required to file the survey immediately. In each survey, participants (a) rated the intensity of their current positive and negative emotions; (b) reported how much they were using emotion regulation strategies; (c) provided information about their current whereabouts, activity, and companions; and (d) reported any psychotic symptoms they could be experiencing. When participants were experiencing psychotic symptoms, they rated their emotions as more negative and reported using emotion-regulation strategies; the type of strategy used depended on the symptom and context. However, emotion regulation at one report time did not result in decreased negative emotion in the next report, especially when negative emotion resulted from auditory hallucinations. During psychotic symptoms, emotions were more densely connected to each other, and denser networks of emotions were more difficult to regulate. These results suggest that emotion regulation failures in SZ result from problems in selecting and implementing regulation strategies but not from identifying the emotions, although denser connections among individual emotions may make it particularly difficult to implement regulation strategies effectively. Mechanistic Science: A New Approach to Comprehensive Psychopathology Research That Relates Psychological and Biological PhenomenaJoel G. Thomas and Paul B. Sharp Read about the latest research published in Clinical Psychological Science: When Did Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Get So Many Factors? Confirmatory Factor Models Since DSM–5Andrew Rasmussen, Jay Verkuilen, Nuwan Jayawickreme, Zebing Wu, and Sydne T. McCluskeylast_img read more

Theres now a hack which means that you can access gay porn

first_imgTumblr porn, gay porn Tumblr, porn Tumblr. They’re the three searches made feverishly across the nation in a search for some nsfw content.But in recent times, those looking for gay and lesbian porn on Tumblr on their phones have struggled to access the content unless they’re on a laptop on their website.  However, iPhone users can soon celebrate as there’s a simple hack in the updated version of the blogging site that means you can see tumblr gay porn on the comfort of you mobile.By clicking on settings on your iPhone, you will then be able to click on Tumblr through your apps screen.On there, in the bottom reaches of the screen, the safe search toggle that was despised by all is now long gone.By clicking on Tumbr’s “safe mode” settings, you will be directed to a screen which will ask what search results you would like to be hiddem.And by clicking “don’t hide anything”, users will be able to access to pornographic content of their dreams. But why is it that we go to Tumblr to find gay and lesbian porn?Tumblr has always had an interesting relationship with nsfw content.According to Tech Crunch, “adult” content is the top category that drives direct clicks to Tumblr’s desktop site, accounting for 20.53% of clicks – so the app will be missing out on some traffic thanks to Apple’s previous rules.The only rules the application has is that pornographic bloggers cannot host pornographic videos on their website – but users can embed it.Apple has never permitted explicit apps whose sole purpose is to serve pornography, but does allow social media websites to have not safe for work content filters, but Tumblr has generally found a way around those rules.Tumblr has had to filter out and hide this content in its iOS app by default, hence the existence of the switch.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Malaysia has started blocking access to HIV and LGBTI websitesWhat does ‘Be Gay, Do Crime’ mean?Celebrating pop culture, drag queens, and porn starsPINK NEWS-last_img read more

Tangledthemed dining headlines Disney Magic drydock enhancements

first_img Share Travelweek Group Wednesday, November 15, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> CELEBRATION, FL — Passengers sailing onboard Disney Magic starting in March 2018 will find new experiences including family dining in an enchanted kingdom, a transformed teen club and a sophisticated café just for adults.The new enhancements debut on Disney Magic starting March 9, 2018, on sailings from Miami. The four- and five-night Disney Magic sailings from Miami visit Key West, Fla.; Nassau, Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Beginning on May 14, 2018, the Disney Magic repositions to Europe for the summer season.Here’s a look of some of the highlights:An Enchanting Dining Experience for Families: At Rapunzel’s Royal Table, families get an all-new dining experience inspired by Disney’s ‘Tangled’. It’s the first table service restaurant themed to ‘Tangled’ and features characters and live entertainment. Guests will step inside a regal ballroom in the royal castle, lit by glowing wish lanterns and adorned with colorful drawings that reflect Rapunzel’s artistic talents. Throughout dinner, guests of all ages will be treated to live entertainment, including singing and dancing led by the maître d’, a band of musicians, the mischievous Snuggly Duckling Thugs and of course, Princess Rapunzel herself.Redesigned Retreat Just for Teens: Vibe, the space on the ship reserved for teens ages 14-17, is being transformed into a trendy urban loft environment. Vibe will offer a new coffee and smoothie bar, video and virtual reality games, DJ spin-offs and movie making. Activities at Vibe are organized and hosted by trained Disney counsellors.Cove Café: This adult-exclusive retreat will be redesigned in a sophisticated tropical style, with specialty coffees and teas on offer as well as wine, cocktails and light bites during the evening hours. Adult beverage tastings are also available at select times for an additional fee. The adjacent Signals Bar will also be transformed with a similar look.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaElsewhere around the Disney Magic, other enhancement highlights include the addition of Club Disney Junior in Disney’s Oceaneer Club for children and a redesigned Rainforest Room with steam and hydrotherapy in Senses Spa for adults.These additions are part of an overall commitment by Disney Cruise Line to invest in its ships, says the company.center_img ‘Tangled’-themed dining headlines Disney Magic drydock enhancements Tags: Disney Posted bylast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Bob Dylan Kesha and St Vincent

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Bob Dylan, Kesha and St. Vincent have reimagined popular love songs to honour the LGBTQ community, and the singers are doing it by switching pronouns.The six-song album, “Universal Love,” was released digitally Thursday and includes Benjamin Gibbard of alternative band Death Cab for Cutie, singer-songwriter Valerie June and Kele Okereke of the indie rock group Bloc Party.Dylan reworked “She’s Funny That Way” into “He’s Funny That Way,” singing lines like “I got a man crazy for me.” Others have changed the pronoun of the classic song in the past, but they were mainly women, including Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Etta James and Diana Ross.Kesha, who has a large gay fan base and has been a longtime supporter of equal rights for the LGBTQ community, closes the album with “I Need a Woman to Love Me,” a spinoff of Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love Me.” Gibbard re-recorded The Beatles’ 1960s hit, “And I Love Her,” to create “And I Love Him.”“Universal Love,” available on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, was produced by MGM Resorts and is distributed through Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings.“We believe projects like this will help all of us reach a point where seeing the world through the lens of people who happen to be different from us becomes natural and commonplace,” said Phyllis James, MGM Resorts’ chief diversity and corporate social responsibility officer.Grammy-winning singer St. Vincent reworked The Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me” to “Then She Kissed Me” on the album; Okereke turns The Temptations’ “My Girl” into “My Guy”; and June takes on the 1930s classic “Mad About the Boy” for “Mad About the Girl.” This cover image released by Legacy Recordings shows “Universal Love,” a collection of reimagined popular love songs to honor the LGBTQ community. The album, available on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music Thursday, was produced by MGM Resorts and is distributed through Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. (Legacy Recordings via AP) by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2018 2:09 am PDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2018 at 10:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img Dylan, Kesha change pronouns in songs to honour LGBTQ coupleslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. He won the National Medal of Arts in 2008.Recent projects Lee helped make possible range from the films “Avengers: Infinity War,” ”Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” to such TV series as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Daredevil.” Lee was recognizable to his fans, having had cameos in many Marvel films and TV projects, often delivering his trademark motto, “Excelsior!”“Captain America” actor Chris Evans mourned the loss on Twitter: “There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”Lee hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life. “It was like there was something in the air. I couldn’t do anything wrong,” he said.His heroes, meanwhile, were a far cry from virtuous do-gooders such as rival DC Comics’ Superman.The Fantastic Four fought with each other. Spider-Man was goaded into superhero work by his alter ego, Peter Parker, who suffered from unrequited crushes, money problems and dandruff. The Silver Surfer, an alien doomed to wander Earth’s atmosphere, waxed about the woeful nature of man. The Hulk was marked by self-loathing. Daredevil was blind and Iron Man had a weak heart.Some of Lee’s creations became symbols of social change — the inner turmoil of Spider-Man represented ’60s America, for example, while The Black Panther and The Savage She-Hulk mirrored the travails of minorities and women.“I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he told The AP. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”Lee scripted most of Marvel’s superhero comics himself during the ’60s, including ones about the Avengers and the X-Men, two of the most enduring. In 1972, he became Marvel’s publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of “Spider-Man” were sold.CBS turned the Hulk into a successful TV series, with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno portraying the doomed scientist from 1978-82. A Spider-Man series ran briefly in 1978. Both characters were featured in animated TV series as well.The first big-budget movie based on Lee’s characters, “X-Men,” was a smash in 2000, earning more than $130 million at North American theatres. “Spider-Man” did even better, taking in more than $400 million in 2002. A Marvel movie empire would emerge after that, one of the most lucrative mega-franchises in cinema history, with the recent “Avengers: Infinity War” grossing more than $2 billion worldwide. In 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film shave netted over $17.6 billion in worldwide grosses.Lee’s direct influence faded in the 1970s as he gave up some of his editorial duties at Marvel. But with his trademark white moustache and tinted sunglasses, he was the industry’s most recognizable figure. He lectured widely on popular culture.As sales of comics declined, Marvel was forced into bankruptcy proceedings that meant it had to void a lifetime contract prohibiting Lee from working for anyone else. Lee later sued Marvel for $10 million, saying the company cheated him out of millions in profits from movies based on his characters.In 2000, Lee agreed to write stories for DC Comics, reinventing Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and other signature characters for Marvel’s one-time rival. In the late 1990s, he looked to capitalize on the Internet craze, offering animated “webisodes” of comic-like action.Lee’s wife and partner in nearly everything, Joan Lee, died in 2017, leaving a void that made her husband, by then in mental and physical decline, vulnerable to hangers-on who began to surround him. Lawsuits, court fights and an elder abuse investigation all emerged in the fight over who spoke for the elderly Lee.Lee is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and a younger brother who also worked in comics, Larry Lieber.___Associated Press writer John Rogers contributed to this storyAndrew Dalton And Dave Zelio, The Associated Press FILE – In this Aug. 22, 2017, file photo, comic book writer Stan Lee waves to the audience after being introduced onstage at the “Extraordinary: Stan Lee” tribute event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) by Andrew Dalton And Dave Zelio, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 1:41 pm PDT Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dieslast_img read more

Coop bad loans reduced to €65bn

first_imgSince August 1, the state-owned Cyprus Cooperative Bank has reduced its non-performing loans by €670m to €6.5bn, an executive was quoted as saying by the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Varnavas Karounas, who was talking to reporters on Monday, said that by applying a new strategic plan, the lender, was able to reduce its delinquent loan portfolio by 13 per cent since 2015 when it peaked at €7.6bn, CNA reported.The new strategic plan helped achieve a 9 per cent reduction since August 2017 alone, he added.Nicholas Hadjiyiannis, the chief executive officer of the bank, recapitalised with €1.7bn in 2014 and 2015, said he expects that next year — when an agreement with Spain’s non-performing loans specialist Altamira kicks in — will bring considerable changes in the administration of delinquent loans, including loan sales.In the first nine months of the year, the bank posted €63.3m in net losses compared to a net profit of €53.9m in the respective period last year.The bank is currently working on its Cyprus Stock Exchange listing as part of its obligation to reduce the government’s stake from over 99 per cent to below 25 per cent with successive capital issues.On September 1, it was reported that the Co-op was expected to reduce its non-performing loans stock by over €1bn by the end of the year.Hadjiyiannis said the bank is resorting to pilot campaigns in cooperation with outside associates in an attempt to recover €1bn of unsecured terminated debt.He added that bank has introduced “Qualco,” a new software adjusted to Cyprus’s legislation which will help manage the bank’s non-performing loans stock.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoYahoo SearchThe Early Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes. Search Type 2 Diabetes TreatmentsYahoo SearchUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more