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Agriculture: A Dangerous Bacterium Threatens MoroccoAgriculture: A Dangerous Bacterium Threatens Morocco

Rabat – Although Xylella Fastidiosa has not affected Morocco, the bacterium poses a great threat to 350 plant, tree, ornamental, and forest species in the Mediterranean region.On Monday, February 20, the National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) organized a study day in Rabat in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) under the title, “Xylella diseases, a very serious phytosanitary risk for the arboricultural sector in Morocco.”This day is part of the regional technical cooperation project with FAO dedicated to strengthening national capacities to prevent the introduction and spread of Xylella Fastidiosa in North Africa and the Near East. It aims to inform and sensitize stakeholders on the phytosanitary risk linked to Xylella fastidiosa, the factors of its spread, and the danger that it poses for plant species. The Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Mohammed Sadiki, presided over the official opening of the National Awareness Day on the bacterium Xylella Fastidiosa, in the presence of the FAO Representative in Morocco, Mr. Michael George Hage, Representative of the Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development (COMADER), Mr. Rachid Banali, and representatives of the professional organizations and heads of the Department of Agriculture.Mr. Sadiki pointed out that this disease does not affect Morocco, but in order to avoid the spread of the disease, the commitment of all actors operating in the import sector is necessary. “This meeting is organized in a very precise context, marked by the increase in trade between Morocco and many European countries from which our country imports important quantities plants that are hosts of the bacterium”, he added.In early February, the bacterium was detected on the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean. Accordingly, the National Office of Food Safety (ONSSA) implemented a proactive strategy based on a series of preventive measures.Xylella fastidiosa is a highly epidemic disease, potentially transmitted by many insect vectors, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement. In the absence of methods to control this bacterium, “only uprooting and total destruction of plants are recommended to cope with it and eradicate the disease in contaminated pockets,” adds the same source.ONSSA is thus very vigilant and ensures close monitoring of the evolution of the phytosanitary situation. The technical services of the office are deploying extra efforts by raising awareness among farmers and agricultural professionals so they can quickly identify the symptoms of Xylella fastidiosa and mobilize the necessary means of control.Xylella fastidiosa swept through several regions in the world, including the United States and Canada, Central America, Asia, and Europe. It has been reported in Italy in 2013, France in 2015, and Germany and Spain in 2016. read more

UN meeting reaches agreement on measuring desertificationUN meeting reaches agreement on measuring desertification

After two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists, government ministers and officials, the Ninth Session of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) wrapped up today in Buenos Aires with consensus on the measurement indicators.Luc Gnacadja, the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, described the agreement as “good news and a groundbreaking achievement” for the treaty, which entered into force in 1996.“To describe an elephant, you have to agree on what an elephant looks like,” he said. “It is the same with desertification, land degradation and drought. Countries have to agree what these are before they can monitor trends in any one of them.”As well as the indicators, Mr. Gnacadja said the ministers in attendance in Buenos Aires had sent “a strong message” to the talks in Copenhagen this December aimed at striking a long-term deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.“A high level of convergence emerged at the ministerial segment on the need for a comprehensive new regime that includes the potential for soil in carbon sequestration, and serious attention to adaptation so that the poor are given their fair share of support.”The Executive Secretary said the ministers called for a review of the costs of action versus the costs of inaction regarding combating land degradation. 3 October 2009The world’s countries have agreed to a minimum set of indicators for monitoring and assessing the extent of desertification, drought and land degradation in what a United Nations official has called a “groundbreaking achievement” in the battle against a problem afflicting nations on every continent. read more

As aid levels lag development cooperation more vital than ever – UNAs aid levels lag development cooperation more vital than ever – UN

Lazarous Kapambwe, President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), told a high-level symposium in Luxembourg that the temptation may be to go for the “easy” solution, including scaling back on development assistance.“I hope such temptation will be resisted because it will have devastating consequences on developing countries,” he said in his remarks to the opening of the two-day event, the second of several high-level meetings planned in the run up to the 2012 Development Cooperation Forum that will be convened by ECOSOC at the end of June. ECOSOC was mandated in 2005 by the World Summit to convene the Development Cooperation Forum to help make development activities within and outside the UN more coherent and streamlined, particularly as more and more groups and entities become involved in the delivery of aid.The symposium in Luxembourg is discussing, among other issues, how to effectively mobilize financial flows such as investment, trade and domestic revenues to maximize the impact of development aid. “It is urgent that developing countries mobilize financial flows such as investment, trade and domestic revenues to bolster their own development. Aid can help them to do this,” Mr. Kapambwe later told a news conference.“But this has to be done carefully. The kind of financial flows they want to mobilize are those that will have maximum impact on poverty,” he noted, adding that maximizing the impact of aid is a powerful argument for giving more aid.Also addressing the symposium was Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, who noted that the event was taking place at a time of “economic crisis and profound uncertainty,” when the poorest are being hit hardest. “As countries around the globe develop fiscal austerity measures, aid budgets are often the first targets,” she stated. “We must resist this trend. There should be no going back on the MDGs. Development commitments made should be development commitments kept.”The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed by world leaders at a summit in 2000, seek to slash hunger and poverty, maternal and infant mortality, a host of diseases and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.Ms. Migiro also emphasized the importance of working together to maximize the development impact of aid, adding that developing countries must find ways to raise additional domestic resources and create the conditions for investment to flourish.“Any policy should find its ultimate test in the improvements it brings into the lives of people, and on the poorest and most vulnerable in particular,” she said. “This should be the yardstick against which we identify good practices and policies that work.”She called for using the potential of the forum – which has evolved over the past five years into a “vibrant multi-stakeholder platform” – to build agreement and understanding on major trends and the responses to pursue. 18 October 2011Senior United Nations officials today stressed the importance of development cooperation and making assistance more effective, especially at a time when governments worldwide are tightening their belts and aid budgets are being slashed. read more

The Columbia Lions Are The Best Football Team In NYCThe Columbia Lions Are The Best Football Team In NYC

3Wagner Seahawks2-4 TEAMRECORD One of the greatest turnarounds in college athletics is occurring in the media capital of the world, and you probably haven’t heard about it.1Unless you follow The Columbia Lions football squad sits at 4-0 and on top of the Ivy League heading into homecoming against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday. To say its undefeated start is shocking would be an understatement.Just three years ago, I wrote that Columbia was taking part in the worst college football game of the year. The 0-8 Lions were hosting the 0-8 Cornell Big Red in Upper Manhattan. Columbia would lose that game 30-27 and finish the year 0-10. That season was part of a 24-game losing streak, which one might call a baby version of the Lions’ 44-game losing streak in the 1980s.Indeed, Columbia hasn’t won more than four games in a season in more than a decade and hasn’t had a winning season since 1996. In fact, there have only been three seasons since 1982 when the Lions finished .500 or better:Perhaps the strangest thing about what’s happening at the top of Manhattan is this: Columbia is arguably the best college or pro football team in New York City right now. The Giants are 0-5, the Jets are 3-2 (talk about weird), and all the other college teams that play in the five boroughs have worse records. (Though being the best college football team in New York City is like being the most accurate Stormtrooper.) 2New York Jets*3-2 *Technically not New York CitySource: ESPN So how the heck did the constant losers turn it around and make this Lions fan2I went to every home game from 1994 to 2000 and still attend at least one game a year. very happy? It all started when the school hired former Quaker head coach Al Bagnoli in 2015. The team has progressed incrementally since then, and a look at the stats reveals that Columbia has improved in nearly every facet since entering the game against the Big Red three years ago. Simply put, the Lions are scoring a lot more points than they did then. Heading into that game against Cornell, they were dead last (out of 121 teams) in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with just 8.6 points per game. They had scored more than 7 points only once. But through four games this year, the Lions have scored at least 17 points every game and have put up an average of 30.3 points per game. That ranks 35th out of 123 teams.The main cause of the offensive explosion has been an improvement in the passing game. Three years ago, Columbia ranked 52nd with 221.6 passing yards per game (YPG). This year the Lions have jumped to 21st with 276.8 YPG, thanks in part to the strong play of senior quarterback Anders Hill. Of course, as I pointed out in 2014, Columbia was always so far behind that year that they needed to pass pretty much all the time. In passing efficiency — which takes into account completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown rate and interception rate — Columbia has jumped from 120th to 21st.Although the rushing game hasn’t improved anywhere near as much as the passing game, Columbia has shown it can move the ball on the ground. Heading into their 2014 game against Cornell, the Lions averaged just 51.3 rushing YPG. Again, that was dead last. This year, they’re up to 68th place with 136.0 YPG. As anyone who has ever watched football can tell you, the ability to both pass and run the ball gives you a better opportunity to fool the defense and score more points.On the other side of the field, the Lions put one of the worst defenses in the country on the field just three years ago. They were giving up an average of 273.8 rushing YPG (120th worst in the FCS) and 246.9 YPG (100th worst). It’s tough to win football games when you can stop neither the run nor the pass.This year, Columbia is doing a good job of stopping both. The Lions are giving up only 121.8 rushing YPG (32nd least in the FCS) and 194.8 passing YPG (39th least). In total defense (which combines both of these), Columbia ranks 26th for the least yards by giving up 316.5 YPG. That has allowed them to give up the 17th least points per game overall at just 17.3.The Lions have also excelled at special teams, where their kicking, punting and return games have all improved dramatically.3Three years ago, Columbia made just two field goals in its first eight games and was ranked 111th and 75th in average yards per kickoff and punt return, respectively. This season, the Lions have already made three field goals in four games, and are ranked 23rd in yards per kickoff return (with 23.27) and 13th in yards per punt return (with 13.00). And they have a point differential average of +13.0 points per game, which is 16th best in the country. That’s 44.2 points better per game than when they had a -31.2 point differential that ranked 118th when heading into their game against Cornell in 2014.So can this streak continue?Columbia’s season is not even halfway to completion. The rest of the games are against Ivy League opponents, which will help to determine whether Columbia wins its first league title since 1961.The team has had a little luck on its side. The Lions seem to be doing a little better on third down than their overall offensive and defensive ranking. Such success usually reverts to the mean. I’d also be worried about the fact that they rank 92nd in fewest penalty yards per game. Older Columbia fans may remember that a pivotal Marcellus Wiley penalty hurt the team dearly in its unsuccessful bid for a perfect season in 1996.Even so, Columbia is off to an impressive start. It’s been strong in all facets of the game — offense, defense and special teams. Other New York area football teams (OK, mainly the Giants) could only dream of doing so well. Bizarro New YorkCollege and pro football programs in New York City as of Oct. 13, 2017 5New York Giants*0-5 4Fordham Rams1-5 1Columbia Lions4-0 read more

CPL a kaleidoscope for developing Guyanas sports tourismCPL a kaleidoscope for developing Guyanas sports tourism

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related By Akeem GreeneThe Caribbean Premier League (CPL) enters its fifth year and it has continued to grow exponentially, now reaching the sunny state of Florida in the United States of the America. Themed “The Biggest Party In Sport”, the League attracts some of the best international cricketers from across the globe which has set the stage for a plethora of thrilling T20 cricket for Caribbean fans and those in the Diaspora.The six-franchise League gives territories such as Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, and Antigua and Barbuda (2013) great opportunity to reap tremendous financial income.The fans have undoubtedly responded to the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) since it began in 2013Each year, the National Stadium at Providence, which is the home ground of the Guyana Amazon Warriors, attract humongous crowds. With tournaments such as these, it is not only the sold out stadiums that warrant the prestige but it is a chance to showcase one’s country on the global market since television viewership would usually span each continent. But has Guyana been able to capitalise on the impact of CPL? Has it proven to be one of the precursors in efforts to develop sports tourism?Financially, the answers are astounding. According to a 2016 report on the tournament, “the Guyanese economy reaped a US$15,447,309 windfall from the staging of its four pool matches, with the total contribution from the Hero CPL amounting to US$1,200,408. The overall visitor spend for the 2016 runners up was fractionally down by 4% to $2,306,392; however, there were gains for the Guyana Tourism Authority whose shirt sponsorship deal has almost trebled its media value since 2014, from US$2,123,005 to US$5,978,951 in 2016”.It added, “Hosting CPLT20 in Guyana created 349 local jobs and filled 2295 hotel room nights. With a combined TV audience in excess of 120 million for the four Guyana Amazon Warriors’ home matches, in all 50,304 fans attended matches at Providence Stadium during the 2016 season”.In fact, the 2016 season was the tournament’s biggest yet, with over 134 million viewers tuning in globally to the biggest party in sport, representing a 44 percent increase from 2015.Cumulative audience figures have risen steadily year on year since the tournament’s inception from 36 million viewers (in 2013), to 66 million (2014), 93 million (2015) and now to 134 million (2016).The tournament gave Guyana an opportunity to now create a sustained sports tourism initiative, and in the words of veteran broadcaster Joseph “Reds” Perreria, ““Guyana has tremendous possibilities for sports tourism”.Perreria’s words came while speaking on Saturday at the Guyana Tourism Authority seminar/workshop on Developing Sport Tourism held at the Guyana Pegasus.“My own feeling is that Guyana has tremendous possibilities for sport tourism; you are sitting on a volcano of opportunities that you might not be conscious of,” he stated precisely.The Guyanese native who now resides in St Lucia disclosed that the “rest of the Caribbean are involved in sports tourism” and believes it is time for Guyana to follow suit.But how does Guyana get on par with the rest of the Caribbean and in turn, the world? “Reds” answer to that question was to get all stakeholders involved and utilise the new trend – social media – as much as possible since respective associations can help promote their disciplines to a larger and readily accessible audience.Regarding the social media aspect, the CPL, over the years, has improved its presence on all the social outlets, creating not only a “stadium-filled” fan base but one via social networking which is vital in sports tourism.More so, Perreria addressed the need for internal tourism, which could be a fruitful beginning since it is not necessarily about making money but creating the atmosphere that cultivates tourism.This provides another chance for Guyana to use the League as a yardstick to advance the sector, since, according to CPL’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Pete Russell in an exclusive interview last month, they are aiming to develop a hinterland cricketer.“We want to do more: what we are looking to do in Guyana is a good example; we very much want to take the game into the hinterland. My big thing is to try and find a future Test cricketer that comes from the jungle; it is all about how we can develop the game in these regions; it is a great opportunity for us and we will be looking to initiatives to bring all these guys closer to the game,” Russell revealed.While the League is a catalyst for sports development, having adequate facilities becomes critical, which makes the support of the Government and Private Sector vital.The league not only generates per capita for the host country from the actual match days but also a pleasant fact that visitors will in-turn spend foreign revenue by shopping, staying in hotels or entertainment which will essentially provide an added boost to the economy.The Hero CPL is set to bowl off on August 4, and Guyana is set to host four exciting matches in the month of August. The Warriors will clash with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs on the 17th followed by Trinbago Knight Riders on the 19th. The three-time runners-up Warriors will then oppose Barbados Tridents the following day after which they play St Lucia Stars on the 22nd.The 34-game competition, which will be staged in seven countries over a six-week period, will conclude with the finals on Saturday, September 9, with the name of the host country set to be announced in due course. read more

Woman in vehicular tragedy DPP advises that boyfriend be charged withWoman in vehicular tragedy DPP advises that boyfriend be charged with

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWoman in vehicular tragedy: Boyfriend charged with manslaughter, receives bailJune 19, 2018In “Court”Woman in vehicular tragedy died from ‘blunt trauma to the head’- PMEJune 13, 2018In “Crime”Sasia Adams murder: Case against boyfriend thrown outMarch 11, 2019In “Court” The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Tuesday, this publication was informed, has  advised that the 21-year-old boyfriend of Sasia Adams, who died after exiting the moving car he was driving on June 10, 2018, be charged with manslaughter.Dead: Sasia AdamsThe police had requested the legal advice of the DPP on the way forward as it pertains to this peculiar case.Adams’ boyfriend is still in police custody.Adams, originally of Essequibo, who resided at East Street, Georgetown succumbed to head injuries on June 12.Based on information received, her boyfriend reportedly told police that the young lady fell out of a vehicle he was driving at about 20:00hrs on the evening in question while they were traversing along Lamaha Street, Georgetown.However, since then, several versions of the story have been reported, indicating that upon being rushed to the hospital, a still conscious Adams told doctors that she fell down.Moreover, it is also being reported that the young lady jumped from the moving car.Investigators had disclosed to INews that it appeared as though the woman was struck to her head and then pushed out of the moving car, resulting in her sustaining severe head injuries and dying, shortly after.A post mortem examination conducted by Government Pathologist, Nehaul Singh had indicated that Adams died as a result of blunt trauma to the head.The now deceased woman was employed at the Ramada Hotel as a Front Desk Clerk. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Interior Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019Interior Arctic Refuge lease sale still on track for 2019

first_imgBalash said Interior received over one million comments on its draft plan for leasing in the Refuge. In his remarks, Balash also commented on a recent court ruling that blocked the Trump administration’s move to re-open large portions of the Arctic Ocean to offshore oil leasing, calling it “really unfortunate.” Congress legalized drilling in the Refuge in 2017, as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The legislation required Interior to hold the first Coastal Plain lease sale within four years of its passage. The Trump administration appealed the ruling this week. But Balash indicated he had reservations about how the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – which has ruled against the Trump administration on several key cases – will respond. “Once we have a final EIS, we will be in a position to issue a record of decision and notice of lease sale,” Balash said. “And that lease sale will happen in 2019.” “We have to go through the Ninth Circuit since it was Judge [Sharon] Gleason’s decision; everybody in this room knows what kind of a hurdle that is,” Balash said. “We have a lot of work in front of us before we are going to know exactly what the future holds for the Arctic OCS.” Tussock tundra on Arctic Refuge coastal plain. (Photo courtesy of USFWS) Also at the conference, Alaska natural resources commissioner Corri Feige said the state aims to hold its annual oil lease sale on the same day as the Arctic Refuge oil lease sale. The Trump administration remains on track to hold an oil lease sale in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this year, a top Interior Department official confirmed Thursday. Speaking at the Alaska Oil and Gas Association’s annual conference in Anchorage, Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management Joe Balash said he expected that document to be released by August. Interior is working on a final draft of an environmental impact statement for its oil leasing plan in the refuge’s coastal plain.last_img read more

Biggest steal of this IPL season 3 unknown players who can beBiggest steal of this IPL season 3 unknown players who can be

first_imgWith the IPL, nothing is low-key. There is hype, there is money, and then there are expectations. However, each year we do have players who slip under the radar during the auctions owing to their low base price, but then emerge as tactical signings right through the season for their respective sides.The teams which have been successful have always found a great mix of marquee players and utility players in their mix and this season promises to be no different for the sides. Here in this article, we take a look at three such players who were low key at the auctions but have the potential to strike big in the tournament.Heinrich Klaasen South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen (R)GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe South African was acquired by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of 50 lakh but he could become a steal at that price. This could be a tactical purchase after they let go Quinton de Kock. Klaasen can be the wicket-keeper as well as the opener in the side. With Shimrin Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis as key components of the middle order, RCB should look to give Klaasen an extended rope at the top of the order. Ashton Turner Ashton Turner’s innings helped Australia win the fourth ODI in Mohali.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesNot many people in India would have known Ashton Turner before he decided to announce his arrival with a smashing innings in the Mohali ODI against India in the recently-concluded series. Well, this is nothing new for the Australian, who is one of the brighter stars in Australia and also one of the key players for the hugely successful BBL side, Perth Scorchers.He has so far played a total of 69 T20s and has scored 1061 runs. Also, he has picked 17 wickets at an excellent average of 16.41 and an economy rate of 6.97 from 24 innings. Rajasthan Royals could well have plucked out a brilliant player from the auctions and this season could be a defining one for Turner.Sherfane RutherfordThe West Indian-all-rounder has been identified as Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting to be the X-factor for Delhi Capitals this season. He is a genuine all-rounder who bowls at a fair clip and also uses the long handle to great effect. He erupted on the scene when he struck a hundred in the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada. He scored an unbeaten 134 from 66 balls with 11 fours and 10 sixes in the innings.”Rutherford actually arrived for the camp without his kit and he has been borrowing stuff from other people. He, like most West Indian talents, is a strong and clean hitter of the ball and he can also bowl some overs for us when needed. He is a top talent in my book and a perfect addition to the batting line-up after our Indian talent. He just needs a bit of time to settle down and to get used to the wickets and conditions,” Ponting said on Tuesday.last_img read more

Where Is All The Government And Private Money For Harvey GoingWhere Is All The Government And Private Money For Harvey Going

first_img 00:00 /09:44 Since Harvey hit, we’ve heard a lot of questions about where money raised for the relief effort would be spent – along with where state and federal recovery funds would go.Well, our colleagues over at the Texas Tribune have been digging up these numbers and issuing periodic report cards on what agencies like FEMA and the Small Business Administration have been spending so far – along with where all the money raised by different private campaigns will go.The Tribune recently released its second report card, and Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty went through some of the figures with reporter Morgan Smith. David J. Phillip/APHurricane Harvey dropped record rainfall on Houston neighborhoods like this one, near Addicks Reservoir. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img X Listen Sharelast_img read more

Whats The What On Marching To City HallWhats The What On Marching To City Hall

first_imgLast Saturday, a sunny and mild day, 25-30 people gathered at the Gilmore Homes, where Freddie Gray grew up. As youth held up anti-violence posters and listened to pastor Rodney Hudson, members of his  Ames Memorial United Methodist Church got the assembled marchers ready to go as another group arrived on the scene.While Hudson’s group sought to focus on Black on Black violence, this new group, fronted by Tay Lawrence of the, wanted to spotlight violence perpetuated by the police against citizens. They were also more confrontational with the assembled light police presence; chanting curse words at them and holding up their middle fingers at the police.After a quick mini-conference the two groups agreed to put their differences behind them and set off for City Hall, about 2.5 miles away. Having only moved to Baltimore last year, walking at a slow pace through the different neighborhoods was a revealing experience. It is one thing to know that some areas are better off than others, it is another to walk their streets. The seemingly endless rows of abandoned and boarded up buildings, the closed businesses and gang-related graffiti are well known. Less obvious are the neighborhood entrepreneurs – the people with their grills out selling freshly made hamburgers and hot dogs, sellers of flavored ice – and people trying to keep their patch of Baltimore clean despite being surrounded by trash-strewn streets.The neighborhoods change slowly. One minute march leaders were pointing out where three people had been killed that morning, the next we were on the outskirts of downtown. The businesses went from primarily churches, pawn shops, and liquor stores to coffee chains, national fast food joints, and office buildings. As we got closer to City Hall, even though it was a Saturday afternoon, you could easily imagine office workers striding to their desk jobs, something impossible to contemplate just a few blocks away.Not that downtown Baltimore doesn’t have its own problems. The row of strip clubs on E. Baltimore Street, one block over from City Hall, attests to that.The problems of Baltimore are many and varied. There were too many murders and shootings before Freddie Gray and that trend continues although now it gets a lot more attention. Whether something can be done remains to be seen. That 18 people were shot over the Memorial Day weekend does not indicate that it can.Lately I have been listening to a Baltimore Club remix of “We Shall Overcome” by local Baltimore DJ James Nasty that was posted online five months ago. It takes the melancholy piano of the original civil rights staple song and mixes it with current protest chants such as “No racist police,” “No Justice, No Peace” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot.” Between it layers in short snippets of contemporary protest leaders talking about Freddie Gray and the injustice of his situation and the out of control violence over the signature skittery Baltimore club sound. It is not the answer to what’s going on, but it gives me hope.Kamau High is a journalist living in Baltimore. He has written for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Billboard and The Baltimore Sun. He can be reached at read more

Dreams Starts Streaming XFiles Batman NYPD Blue As Vertical Video EXCLUSIVEDreams Starts Streaming XFiles Batman NYPD Blue As Vertical Video EXCLUSIVE

first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Dreams Popular on Variety An episode of “Iron Chef” streaming within the Dreams app.More importantly, each and every episode has been optimized for vertical viewing. Dreams users can choose to switch to horizontal video viewing, but over 70% of them regularly watch their shows in vertical mode. “It’s more comfortable to hold” a phone this way, Bender explained, adding that popular apps like Facebook and Instagram all have trained users for vertical media consumption as well.Dreams uses automation to convert live news feeds to vertical video on the fly, utilizing facial detection to pick the best section to crop. Shows like the “X-Files” are being edited with a combination of algorithms and human editors.The results seem to be resonating with the app’s audience: Viewers tune in 24 minutes on average every day, said Greg Hochmuth. “People actually do want a long-form TV experience on their phones.”Granted, compared to other ad-supported streaming services, Dreams offers a lot less content. The app is only serving up one new episode of a show at a time, with no archive to catch up on past episodes. However, Bender argued that this makes for a more social TV experience. “On demand is great, but in a lot of ways, it’s very lonely,” he said. The result is a not-quite-live programming concept: Upon starting the Dreams TV app, users can flip through a number of channels that present new shows every day. Each show starts playing once you land on the channel, and automatically pauses if you switch to something else.center_img New York-based mobile video startup Dreams is adding three new shows to its TV streaming service: The company is scheduled to add new episodes of the “X-Files,” “NYPD Blue” and the original 1960s classic “Batman” to its mobile video app starting this Thursday.New episodes of each show will be added to the service every week. Each and every episode will be available as a vertical video, optimized for TV viewing on the go.Dreams launched with a catalog of unscripted TV programming in May, and has since streamed shows from partners like Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Channel, as well as live news from Bloomberg.“We wanted to redesign TV for the phone,” said co-founder Greg Hochmuth during a recent interview with Variety. This included taking the best things from traditional TV, like long-form content and scheduled programming for lean-back viewing, and optimize it for mobile screens and audiences looking for instant gratification. ×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

Thrilling rides at Tommys MerryGoRoundThrilling rides at Tommys MerryGoRound

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Young and old alike flocked to ‘Tommy’s Merry-Go-Round’ in Agra Road, Aloe Park, this past weekend to do some socialising and have fun on the various thrilling rides.There was the Big Wheel and lots of other attractions to enjoy.The little ones especially had a great time, being spoiled by their parents and going on ride after ride.A kaleidoscope of lights and hypnotic music filled the air as everyone chatted away merrily and soaked up the carnival atmosphere.This year saw new specials and new rides for all to take advantage of.The funfair is set to be in town until March 11, which gives everyone enough time to try out all the rides on offer and get together with friends at the same time.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Costa Ricas Chinchilla to visit Chile and SwitzerlandCosta Ricas Chinchilla to visit Chile and Switzerland

first_imgNo related posts. President Laura Chinchilla’s first trip of the year is scheduled for Jan. 21, when she will travel to Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum.After the European trip, Chinchilla will travel to Chile on Jan. 24, where she plans to meet with Latin American and European leaders.Chinchilla will return to Costa Rica on Jan. 28, according to Communications Minister Francisco Chacón. Facebook Commentslast_img

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