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first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#Samsung Galaxy#smartwatch#wearables Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Gear, its much-anticipated new smartwatch, formally entering the “arm race” for watch-based wearable computing. The Samsung Gear is the South Korean company’s bold effort to trump Apple’s own expected entry into wearable computing. Apple has long been rumored to be working on its own iWatch, but hasn’t yet made any official announcements.The new device will sport: A 1.63-inch Super Amoled display, 320 x 320 resolutionA single core 800 MHz processorSix wristband colorsA 1.9 MP cameraA speaker and two microphones4GB built-in storage25 hour battery life (315 mAh battery)Bluetooth The Gear will sell for $299 in the U.S. It launches globally on September 25 in more than 149 countries, and will be available in the U.S. in early October.Gear operates more like an accessory to other Samsung devices over Bluetooth, similar in some respects to the Pebble smartwatch (and unlike newcomer Omate). It will display smartphone or tablet notifications, let you answer calls, and of course, tell the time.Gear is powered by Android and won’t have to rely on accessory apps. Integration will be baked right in for a variety of features. Samsung says the device is compatible with more than 70 apps initially, including Evernote, Path and Glympse.See also: The Smartwatch Arm Race: Don’t Lock Us Into A Closed LoopFor security, Gear boasts Auto Lock, which can lock down the companion smartphone screen whenever the smartwatch is more than 1.5 meters away from the phone. It also unlocks the smartphone when the two devices are close by again. Find My Device allows users to find misplaced their smartphone or tablet by making them issue sounds, light up and vibrate. The smartwatch also offers wrist-situated music playback control and a pedometer. To start, Gear only works with two choices for now: the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the latest Galaxy Note 10.1. Software updates for Gear integration are in the works for Samsung’s S4 and S3 smartphones, as well as the Note 2.What’s your take on the Samsung Gear? Are you interested in a smartwatch in general, or this one in particular? Let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.Lead image by Dan Rowinski for ReadWritecenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces adriana lee What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend four rallies during BJP’s December “rath yatra” in West Bengal to give a thrust to the party’s campaign in the State ahead of the 2019 general elections, the party’s State unit said on Monday.BJP president Amit Shah will kick-start the three rath yatras in the State —Coochbehar district in the north on December 7, from Gangasagar in the south on December 9 and from Tarapith temple in Birbhum district on December 14.Target 22 The “rath yatra” would cover all the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal, where the BJP has set a target of winning over 22 seats. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to attend four rallies in Bengal during our rath yatra campaign in the State. We have informed the party central leadership and the PMO. The final dates are yet to be fixed. Let’s see what happens,” West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said. Mr. Modi is also scheduled to hold a public meeting at the historic Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata early next year.last_img read more

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first_imgWhen it comes to proving the mettle of their cars, Land Rover is one company that is always ready to get its hands dirty, or should I say, its cars dirty. From muddy trenches, to steep inclines on the mountain side, Land Rover has done it all. This time however, Land Rover has done what even the most staunch supporters of the brand might consider thrice before attempting, and that is tow a 100-tonne train.Land Rover used the Discovery Sport and towed a train, the weight of which was equivalent to 60 Discovery Sport’s. Land Rover’s test driver Karl Richards was the driver of the Discovery Sport that achieved this fat and he was accompanied by James Platt, a road-to-rail conversion specialist.Also Read:  Jaguar Land Rover sues Chinese automaker over Evoque copycatThe Discovery Sport that was used to achieve feat was not modified in anyway, except for rail wheels that were fitted to the front and back of the car to keep it on track while towing the train. The towing was done in the Rhine region of Northern Switzerland and the Discovery Sport successfully towed the train for a distance of 10 km. This is not the first time Land Rover has performed such a feat as the first-generation Discovery pulled a train in Plymouth, UK in 1989. The major difference between that and this attempt was that the Discovery Sport did not make use of the low-range 4×4 gearbox and instead relied on the semi-autonomous All Terrain Progress Control and Tow Assist systems.advertisementAlso Read:  Jaguar Land Rover production crosses half million-markThe Discovery Sport that achieved this feat is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine capable of putting out 178 bhp and 430 Nm of torque.last_img read more

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first_imgShare on Messenger Laura Geitz: a leader of women and inspiration to her ‘sisters’ Support The Guardian … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Plaudits for Madi Robinson as second Diamonds netball star retires features Since you’re here… Read more Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Super Netball “A changing of the guard always happens over time, not in one selection. For this generation, that change began when Steph Wood was named, when Kate Moloney got a look-in, when Emily Mannix was picked when Sharni wasn’t there,” she says.“Blooding of youth happens over a period, so it’s too simplistic to say older players are just being dropped in favour of youth or that this is a knee-jerk reaction to say, losing at the Commonwealth Games.”“The biggest thing that comes to mind is that we’re used to seeing these type of retirements off the back of a cycle, but we’re right at the peak of it now, with the World Cup in England next year.“I’m not sure if historically we’ve seen such big retirements leading into a World Cup year. I think that’s where fans are a bit perplexed and shocked about what’s going on, with so much experience exiting at once.“None of us know what the communication is between the coach and players who think their time might be up, if things are just accepted, but in my opinion, Laura (Geitz) and Madi (Robinson) are still good enough to be in the Australian team,” Gaudion says.Gaudion is “massively shocked” by Layton’s decision.“I am convinced her 30-year-old body could go on, but that absolute super-stardom she’s carried, that burden … we don’t know what that’s taken out of her, physically, mentally and emotionally,” she says.“The kid’s emotionally exhausted, she can’t have given any more. There’s obviously lots of contributing factors at play. I do think there will be people out there questioning whether Collingwood was the best place for her.”And while the sky feels a little darker for netball fans everywhere, Gaudion is confident a new constellation of young stars will take their turn to shine. Starting last Monday, three of the sport’s biggest names – Laura Geitz, Madi Robinson and Susan Pettitt – announced their international retirements in successive days, ahead of the new Diamonds squad being named on Sunday.And on Wednesday, the most incandescent of them all, 30-year-old Sharni Layton, international netball’s only true cult figure, shocked everyone by revealing she’ll walk away from all forms of the game at the end of this Super Netball season, in just over a month.The decision by Layton, who debuted for Australia in 2011 and went on to become one of the best defenders in the world and the “face of netball”, knocked the wind out of many.center_img Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Australia sport Share on Facebook Brash, borderline deafening on-court and candid off it, Layton was a desperately-needed breath of fresh air for netball – at a time when it was running out of it.In her 14-year career, Layton’s uncompromising playing style, “this is who I am” attitude, approachability away from the court and even her less-than-perfect elocution made her infinitely likeable and a marketer’s dream. She was also a prodigious talent.The 188cm defender wore the green and gold 46 times, won Commonwealth gold in Glasgow in 2014, world championships in 2011 and 2015, two domestic league championships with the Adelaide Thunderbirds, international player of the year in 2016 and 2017 and a swag of other personal accolades.“Sharns”, as she’s affectionately known, has been the salt and pepper of netball for at least half a decade; in everything.Last year, she took a leave of absence from netball, citing exhaustion, but later revealed a mental health battle. She wasn’t picked for this year’s Commonwealth Games, but returned to the game for club side, Collingwood, this season.On Sunday, Layton wasn’t named in national coach Lisa Alexander’s 17-strong squad for the upcoming Quad Series and Constellation Cup, but she hadn’t made herself available.Now, it’s all over for Layton and teammates Geitz, Robinson and Pettitt – who combined have played 249 Tests.Netball pundit Sue Gaudion says the flurry of high-profile retirements is more complex than a simple “changing of the guard”. Diamonds Read more Topics Share via Email Netballlast_img read more

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first_imgNEW DELHI: The contentious bill that would criminalise instant triple talaq was passed by the Lok Sabha Thursday after a day-long heated battle that also witnessed a walkout by BJP ally Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United. The JDU, which has maintained it was against the bill, Thursday said such a law would create a “lack of trust in the society”. Two other opposition parties – the Congress and the Trinamool Congress – walked out after the vote. The bill was passed by a division of 302 votes in favour and 78 against. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe bill now braces for a stern Rajya Sabha test. Most of the fence-sitters who sided with the government Thursday in the Rajya Sabha over amendments to the landmark Right to Information Act have said they oppose the bill on Triple Talaq. Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and Andhra Pradesh’s ruling YSR Congress earlier declared that they would object to the bill in the Rajya Sabha. The new law provides for a jail term for Muslim men who can get instant divorce by uttering “Talaq” thrice, which the opposition say is unacceptable and want the bill to be referred to a select parliamentary committee for further scrutiny. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe government contends that the bill is vital for promoting gender equity. Central ministers have gone public saying it is tied to the Prime Minister’s new motto of “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas”. Introducing the bill, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it was about gender justice. “Twenty Muslim countries in the world, including Pakistan and Malaysia, have banned the triple talaq. Why can’t a secular India do it?” he said. “What is the problem with criminalising the practice? No one objects when Hindus and Muslims are jailed under dowry law or Domestic Violence Act,” he pointed out. The opposition parties have repeatedly questioned the government’s motive in rushing the bill.last_img read more

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first_imgAwards & PrizesJuried Awards:Grand Prize WinnerBest DramaBest ComedyBest Animation/PuppetryBest Non-FictionBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/HorrorBest Action/Thriller/SuspenseBest PilotBest German SeriesFestival Awards:Audience FavoriteWhat’s Next AwardsWinners of the What’s Next Awards will receive an InkTip Script Listing to promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. 
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more. 

Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT OR FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Webfest Berlin is the first international festival in Germany dedicated to presenting, recognizing and advancing short form digital series from around the world. The third edition of Webfest Berlin will take place on September 8 & 9, 2017.The Webfest Berlin 2017 theme is #WFBSTRATEGY. This year, in addition to discovering the very best digital series in the world, creators, distributors, broadcasters, and VOD Platforms alike, will learn the newest strategies for marketing, selling, writing, and producing short form digital content. Whether you are starting from zero or ready to hit the market, there is a strategy involved. Learn how to make the very most of your ideas and your work at Webfest Berlin 2017. Over 2 days, attendees gain exposure to some of the most innovative story-telling techniques, market trends, and newest production technologies. Webfest Berlin provides a warm and genuine atmosphere which puts industry experts, talented creators, producers, and buyers all on the same playing field. Attendees leave our magical city inspired, educated, and full of new friends, collaborators, and potential clients. The festivities culminate in the announcement of the winners of the 2017 Webfest Berlin Awards at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 9.Join us in 2017 and find your #WFBSTRATEGY to #BEWHATSNEXT!As in 2016, EVERY WEBFEST BERLIN SUBMISSION (INCLUDING FIRST LOOK CATEGORY) WILL RECEIVE A BASIC LISTING IN THE WEBFEST BERLIN CATALOG. FIND OUT MORE HERE: http://www.webfest.berlin/catalog/Find out more about the opportunities that Webfest Berlin offers at www.webfest.berlin**PLEASE NOTE**If you are using a location specific discount code which does not match the project’s country of origin, the submission will be disqualified and will not receive a refund. Only 10 days left to submit your series to Webfest Berlin 2017!last_img read more

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BERLIN — A closely watched index of German business optimism has fallen for the second month in a row as the mood among company managers in Europe’s largest economy weakened further.The Munich-based Ifo institute said Thursday its business climate index slipped to 97.9 points in May from 99.2 in April.The drop was driven by a considerably worse assessment of the current business situation, which dropped to 100.6 from 103.4 the previous month. Expectations for the next six months, however, remained unchanged at 95.3.Despite some recent positive signs, Ifo says the poll indicates “the German economy is still lacking in momentum.”The survey is based on some 9,000 responses from firms in manufacturing, the service sector, trade and construction.The Associated Press read more

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4 August 2010The leaders of the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities continued their United Nations-facilitated discussions on the property issue, part of efforts to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. The meetings began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions. The property aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago. Turkish Cypriot leader Derviş Eroğlu and Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias are slated to meet again next week for talks, even though August is a holiday month in the country. “The fact that these meetings are taking place between the leaders and at the Representatives’ level so many times in August is a very positive sign,” Lisa Buttenheim, the Special Representative of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters after today’s meeting. Ms. Buttenheim, who most recently served as Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) in the UN Secretariat in New York, was appointed to her new position last month, succeeding Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia. She will now also serve as the head of the UN peacekeeping mission known as UNFICYP, which has been stationed in Cyprus since 1964 after an outbreak of inter-communal violence. read more

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(Updated) A fight at a Cambridge home has led to a police shooting. A female officer with Waterloo Regional Police was stabbed, and a man was shot by police. The province’s Special Investigations Unit is gathering evidence outside a townhouse on Morning Calm Dr. John Ansell, the lead investigating officer with the SIU tells CHCH News the case revolves around a relationship and a domestic assault. It began on wednesday, around 5:00 in the afternoon a 30-year-old woman who lived at the home reported to police that her ex-partner, a 30-year-old man, assaulted her. Later in the evening things went from bad to worse. A frantic police call sent officers and a struggle ensued with a large kitchen knife on the front lawn.“At about midnight last night the male, who doesn’t live at this residence, broke in and assaulted the female. Police responded immediately. When police arrived they encountered the male in front of the home and during that encounter the police officer was stabbed. The officer responded with a firearm and the male was shot.”At least five forensic investigators from the the SIU have been assigned to the case. They’re taking photos and gathering evidence. On the sidewalk, on the driveway, and the grass, there’s still blood here, a bloody sweater that’s been left behind. The knife is still on the scene. The scene is quite gruesome, showing how intense this situation was around midnight. A woman who lives just behind the residence told CHCH News: “It’s very, very scary. There’s kids running around here all the time. I’m in complete shock right now. I hope everything is OK. I hope everything turns out good for her. But it’s a wake-up call, that’s for sure.”All three people who were hurt were taken to hospital. The female officer is in stable condition, the man and the woman were airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital. The woman is in serious condition but is expected to make a full recovery; the man is fighting for his life. Both were in surgery this morning. CHCH’s Nicole Martin remains on the scene; watch for updates on Morning Live and News Now. read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Jul 15, 2013 11:41 am MDT HAVANA – Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky Italian restaurant. And salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop.Armed with money and name recognition, Cuban athletes and artists are embracing the new world of private enterprise on the Communist-run island. In doing so, they’re exposing themselves to more than a little envy from a population already weary of their perks.At least a dozen athletes and artists have started private businesses since President Raul Castro began opening Cuba’s economy to limited capitalism in 2010, and others have quietly invested in such establishments. Many of the spots have opened in recent months. New private businesses bring well-heeled Cuban celebrities many customers, and a bit of envy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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For the second consecutive year Toyota Manufacturing UK has opened its doors to local schools as part of the governments pioneering initiative See inside Manufacturing.Young people across Wales and Cheshire will get the opportunity to get behind the scenes at Toyota UK’s Engine Plant in Deeside, North Wales and experience modern manufacturing and the range of rewarding careers available in the manufacturing sector.The event has proved to be very popular with over twice the number of students planning to attend this year. Over 300 students from schools and colleges across Wales and Cheshire will visit the plant throughout June and July. During their visit they will take part in a guided tour of the manufacturing plant including training facilities, casting plant and assembly lines. Students will hear presentations from apprentices, engineers and staff covering all aspects of engine manufacture. They will also take part in a number of ‘hands on’ workshops hosted by Toyota partners, Techniquest Glyndwr University and EDT.Business Minister Mark Prisk said, “See Inside Manufacturing is about changing perceptions of modern manufacturing and showing young people, teachers and careers advisers that the industry offers interesting and rewarding job opportunities.“I’m pleased that Toyota Manufacturing UK will be opening its doors to help represent the automotive sector, and dispel outdated perceptions of manufacturing. I encourage people to come along and see for themselves what exciting opportunities exist.”Tony Walker, TMUK Deputy Managing Director, said,”The See Inside Manufacturing initiative will complement our existing activities aimed at engaging with young people and encouraging and inspiring them to be the next generation of engineers.”Commenting on the initiative, Professor Michael Scott, Vice Chancellor of Glyndwr University “Glyndwr University is delighted to support the See inside manufacturing event. As a University, and through our subsidiary Techniquest Glyndwr, we focus on inspiring the scientists, mathematicians, engineers and technology experts of the future here in North Wales and the surrounding area.“Developing these skills among our young people and showing them the opportunities a career in these fields can offer is essential to meeting employer demands, and this fantastic event is an excellent example of that work in action.“Partnership working is at the core of our approach to leading economic development in the region, and we are particularly proud of our strong, mutually beneficial links with Toyota.”To find out more about See Inside Manufacturing events and the rewarding careers within UK automotive, click here.To find out more about the government’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative, click here.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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first_imgDuring a trade show or convention, like E3, it’s no secret that demo units of console games frequently run on a PC rather than the console on which the final build will be released. A picture supposedly taken at a Best Buy, Redditor culmor30 found this Wii U demo station stuck on Ubuntu’s iconic splash screen.The demo unit, pictured above — if real — was stuck on Ubuntu’s eggplant-colored splash page, awaiting the insertion of a USB key. This is most likely a security measure to prevent unwanted access to the unit.Now, the image could easily be a fake, or if real, some anomaly at a lone, Linux-trailblazing Best Buy. Another Redditor, schizm0, said that the demo unit is definitely not a Wii U, and runs on a computer hidden underneath the console. Schizm0 also states that the unit only runs a demo of Rayman Legends. His source? Supposedly a GameStop manager who set the demo unit up. It’s not entirely clear why a GameStop manager would set up a Best Buy demo unit, but schizm0’s comment could’ve lacked important context. Perhaps he simply meant he knows a GameStop manager that set one up at a GameStop, and that unit uses a PC running Ubuntu.Another Redditor, Bossman1086, who claims to have used one of these demo stations, notes that the GamePad’s home button doesn’t seem to do anything, and the Wii U’s UI is normally very different from the one displayed by the unit.Unfortunately, all of these are simply claims without much in the way of hard evidence, but would be pretty interesting if true. After all, Ubuntu is free, relatively speedy, and user-friendly. It wouldn’t be impossible to think that a company (especially one that’s known for using cheap hardware in the majority of their consoles) would build a demo station using a free operating system, rather than licensing one that isn’t.via Redditlast_img read more

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first_img Finally, Ash Ketchum Is A Pokemon MasterMint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107K Stay on target Companies have been making bootleg Pokemon toys for years, and Pikachu is no exception. While Pikachu’s ridiculously unattractive oval face these days is an abomination now in some of its iterations, it doesn’t hold a candle to some of the weird and wacky versions of the electric mouse that some Pokemon fans have reported seeing.Twitter fans are reporting in by the droves with absolutely terrifying bootleg jobs featuring Pikachu, as Anime News Network reports, from spinning tops to weird Pikachu toys with creepy arms and legs. It seems like Pikachu is the star of so many awful-looking toys that you can barely count what’s out there, but a few of these toys really take the cake.Did you know Pikachu ever had a sword? Apparently so, with colorful lights, Pikachu noises, catchy music, and a Pikachu hilt. I’m not sure how I feel about it, but it’s pretty fun in addition to being totally bizarre. That’s a find from Twitter user @kojiro1069.@ROT_RAG これも一緒なぁ〜( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) pic.twitter.com/tjBtJ87H4l— kojiro (@kojiro1069) January 23, 2017And then there’s this abomination that probably wants to die. Look at its soulless eyes. It doesn’t know what love is because no one has ever given it any. I would like to take care of it, but Twitter user @723takenaka is keeping it as their child: “Hell Pikachu, it has various forms. This is my child.”地獄のピカチュウ、いろんな形態があるんだなぁうちの子はこれ。 pic.twitter.com/6AOxh2mdmV— 竹中夏海 (@723takenaka) January 21, 2017Let these weird Pikachu bootlegs serve as an important warning: Buy real, official Pokemon merchandise if you want to support the series, lest you be scared out of your wits. You never know what type of weirdness is floating around out there, nor how to combat it. Something tells me you don’t just “get rid” of these toys, and they instead haunt you forever.last_img read more

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first_imgIncluding Cabin Life, Kalmbach now publishes 16 magazines, including Astronomy, BeadStyle, Model Railroader and Trains. Waukesha, Wisconsin-based enthusiast publisher Kalmbach Publishing Company has acquired Cabin Life magazine from Fladmark Publishing Company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“Cabin Life fits our mission in special interest and leisure-time markets,” Kalmbach executive vice president Chuck Croft told FOLIO:. “Cabin Life is an opportunity for us to expand into a new publishing category, which is very exciting for our company, especially during a time of economic uncertainty. It also has some crossover with our astronomy, snowmobiling and bird-watching markets.”Cabin Life publisher Toni Fladmark will remain with the magazine, which also will continue to be published in Duluth, Minnesota. No layoffs are associated with the acquisition. Croft said Kalmbach will maintain the magazine’s eight times per year frequency and will “work to grow Cabin Life’s subscription base and newsstand presence.”last_img read more

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first_imgYolanda Adams, Robert Earl Keen, Lee Greenwood and Sam Moore also to appear at Deep From The Heart: The One America AppealNate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 20, 2017 – 5:04 pm A host of music greats are set to perform at Deep From The Heart: The One America Appeal benefit concert on Oct. 21 in College Station, Texas, in front of former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.The event, which will raise funds for hurricane relief in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, will feature performances by GRAMMY winners Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Yolanda Adams, Lee Greenwood, Sam Moore (Sam & Dave), as well as GRAMMY nominee Cassadee Pope and Texas country legend Robert Earl Keen.The event will be live-streamed on One America Appeal’s YouTube channel starting at 7 p.m. CST. Donations can be made via One America Appeal’s website.Lady Gaga Steps In To Support Youth Impacted By Hurricanes Alabama, Lyle Lovett To Play Benefit Show alabama-lyle-lovett-play-former-us-presidents-benefit-show Alabama, Lyle Lovett To Play For Former U.S Presidents At Benefit Show Twitter News Email Facebook last_img read more

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first_img Twitter The dynamic duo is back at it again with their latest single, which will be included in the rapper’s upcoming album ‘Queen’Renée FabianGRAMMYs Jun 14, 2018 – 1:01 pm Lucky for us, superstars Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande have taken to collaborating, and the result has been a string of must-listen hits: “Side To Side” from Grande’s 2016 album Dangerous Woman, “Band Bang,” which also included Jessie J, and “Get On Your Knees” from Minaj’s 2014 LP The Pinkprint. Now we have one more to add to the list.On June 14 the GRAMMY-nominated rapper released the latest single from her upcoming album, Queen, titled “Bed.” The sultry song features vocals from Grande, who appropriately sets the mood with the song’s hook: “Got a bed with your name on it/Got a kiss with your name on it.” Meanwhile, Minaj, as Rolling Stone says, “unspools a litany of sly bars.”Following the release of “Rich Sex” featuring Lil Wayne earlier this week, “Bed” marks the fourth taste we’ve heard from Minaj’s Queen, which is scheduled to drop Aug. 10. Minaj will also head out on tour with Future in support of the new album this fall, and one can only hope Grande makes a surprise appearance somewhere along the way.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” Email Hear Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande On “Bed” nicki-minaj-ariana-grande-release-hot-new-single-bed News Facebook Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande Release Hot New Single “Bed” last_img read more

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first_imgWe’re rapidly approaching the end of Game of Thrones and we have a lot of feelings about that fact. Some of us are prepped for disappointment. Others revel in Cersei Lannister as the greatest villain in television history. Mostly everyone’s upset that Jon Snow didn’t pat Ghost goodbye.But seeing as we’re headed toward the endgame (and we’ve finally calibrated our televisions correctly), we thought it might be a good time to discuss predictions.Who will ultimately win the Game of Thrones? Here’s what we think. Share your voice 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theories 7:17 Natalie WeinsteinI dreamt about this after seeing a headline (but not reading the story) about Stephen King’s theory. In my dream, Jaime dies while killing Cersei just as she’s about to do something truly mad — just like when Jaime killed Dany’s father. The Mountain kills the Hound. Greyworm kills the Mountain. Dany and her dragon die in battle with Euron. Jon dies trying to save Dany. Yara shows up and kills Euron.Basically only a miserable Tyrion is left to rule. My dream didn’t include Arya or Bran, though I am sure they will play important roles in the finale. It also didn’t include Sansa, but I’m guessing she remarries Tyrion and finally becomes queen. Finally, Qyburn wasn’t in my dream, but he definitely needs to die a horrible death, along the lines of Ramsay.Despite all that, what I really want is for Dany to break the wheel and to rule — with Jon — in peace. But that feels like I’m asking way too much.game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5Jon is the obvious choice. HBO Patrick HollandCersei kills JaimeArya kills CerseiMountain almost kills HoundArya kills MountainDaenerys goes madJon kills DaenerysJon retires up North a la WolverineBronn kills HarryYara kills EuronPodrick kills the ladies (wink, wink)Sansa wins the Game of ThronesIan SherrI think we all know the true winner here: HBO.Or: Ikea throw rugs.Jennifer BissetI think it’ll be Jon because he didn’t get to kill the Night King, so this is his time to shine. I have no other reasoning.I hope Sansa rules the North and Dany fulfils her destiny in securing King’s Landing — but then she realizes Drogon isn’t happy in Westeros and flies off somewhere where secret dragons live a la How To Train Your Dragon 3.All the characters who have some goal, like Arya killing loads of people, either achieve their goal and die, or die before they achieve their goal. They all die because otherwise they’d be aimless in Jon’s happy kingdom.Sean KeaneDany’s been presented pretty unsympathetically this season and Jon’s strictly adhered to his father-uncle’s code of honor and decency, making him the obvious choice for the throne (even if that honor got Ned killed and Jon really doesn’t want to sit on the chair made of knives).Cersei’s amazing to watch, but she’s had the throne long enough and her uppance badly needs to come.Anyway, if it can’t be Oberyn Martell, who even cares? Dracarys! Mark SerrelsIt’s clear at this point that the ship is steering toward the Jon Snow ending, but this is Game of Thrones and what you think is going to happen is almost meaningless.It’s a tough one to call. The symbolism of Rhaegal getting shot in the neck by Euron Greyjoy, leaving just one dragon remaining, suggests that Dany and Jon ruling over the incest realm as an aunt and nephew power couple probs isn’t happening at this point. The smart money is probably on Jon Snow, given he is a LITERAL AND ACTUAL MARY SUE, but a super-powered Dany is still a possibility.Part of me, however, would love the twist of Cersei winning in the end. Look, she might be a sociopath who hates poor people, but she’s been through a lot, OK? She’s been used and abused, her children have been murdered, and she reigns supreme in the most patriarchal universe in television history. She has taken on men in the game of thrones, bending the rules they wrote, rules that work to her absolute disadvantage, but still she continues to outplay them all.She is my Queen and I will forever bow down to her.Jackson RyanWild fan-fic theories are on the table now that GoT is racing hard to the finish line, right? Then the real winner SHOULD be Hot Pie.Hot Pie actually killed the Night King. He set Arya on her way back to Winterfell, where she ultimately ended the reign of the Blue Man Group. That makes Hot Pie the most genuine, wholesome choice to lead the realm into an era of post-Lannister pastry prosperity. Oh… we can’t go fan-fic? Well, uh, no one. And not like Arya’s No One. Just no one. Nobody wins. We all lose.Sarah McDermottI’ve only seen the first episode but I’m pretty sure that Sean Bean guy’s going to go the distance. Long live King Sean!Dan AckermanThe Jon/Dany power-couple will cycle through several more iterations before we’re through. First with a “conscious uncoupling,” then getting back together, splitting again, etc. At the end, it will devolve into a Rey/Kylo Ren codependent relationship, where they’re teaming up to fight a common enemy one second, then fighting each other the next. But none of that matters, because here’s my go-for-broke prediction. As Mark suggests, the show ends with Cersei (still) on the Iron Throne, her enemies vanquished or exiled. Then the final shot, dollying in on her as she reaches up and… it’s Arya Stark wearing a Cersei mask! Cut to credits. David KatzmaierSansa, with Bran as Hand and Tyrion/Varys as the Hands behind the Hand. After Jon and Dany and Cersei and Jaime kill one another in a massive four-way battle royale in the throne room, intercut with an epic side-battle featuring the Hound and Arya on one side versus The Mountain and a surprisingly spry Qyburn on the other, Tyrion and Varys crawl out from under the wine sidecar looking for someone, anyone left alive to place on the Throne.Some think Cersei has a good shot. HBO In rides Sansa on the back of Lady (fully restored and fluffy thanks to the Lord of Light) next to Rickon on Shaggydog and Bran riding/warging Nymeria. The surviving Northmen and King’s Landing common folk have crowned Sansa Queen now that Jon’s dead and Drogon goes along with it because RESPECT THE NORTH. All hail the new Mother of Dragons and Wolves with a side of Ravens, no King required.Patricia PuentesI really wanted to see the Night King on the Iron Throne because I was a believer in the whole allegory about the White Walkers representing climate change. And Game of Thrones as a cautionary tale to take the planet’s wellbeing more seriously really appealed to me. Now that Westeros seems to be rid of blue-eyed zombies I feel a bit bummed. One thing is clear, I absolutely don’t want a happy ending for this show and I’ll be pissed to no end if Jon+Dany end up sharing the throne, holding hands and living happily ever after. Even if they are a slightly incestuous couple.So either let the merciless Cersei win (she makes for much more entertaining TV than the insipid Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen) or find a way for the Children of the Forest to create a new Night Monarch and let the undead take the Iron Throne.Also if Game of Thrones created an uproar about a Starbucks coffee cup maybe it can create another one about single-use plastic. 38 Photos Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 4: The good, the bad…center_img TV and Movies Tags Now playing: Watch this: 7 Comments Game of Throneslast_img read more

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first_imgTwo businesses in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are applying for the region’s first marijuana store licenses: The Green Tree LLC in Bethel, located at 260 C Osage Avenue, and Kuskokwim Enterprises, LLC in Aniak, located at 3 Slough View Drive.Listen NowBoth businesses are in the first week of their three-week required public notice period. The notice informs the public of the businesses’ intent to apply and allows the public to submit comments or objections to their local government, the applicant and to the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.Once the applications are submitted, the Marijuana Control Board has 90 days to grant or deny a license.If they do get a license, how the stores would get licensed marijuana or marijuana products, like edibles, are still-to-be-resolved areas of local law. There are no licensed facilities for growing, testing or manufacturing marijuana in the region and without a road connecting stores to their products, businesses will rely on airplanes for transporting their merchandise. The catch is that airplanes are under federal jurisdiction, where marijuana is illegal, flying over a state where it’s not.“Well, all of marijuana is ‘operate at your own risk’ to some extent,” Cynthia Franklin said. Franklin is Director of the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. She called the state’s marijuana industry “risky business.”“We don’t have any idea how the federal government is going to react to the reality of Alaska, which is that if you want to have a [marijuana establishment] in an area of the state that’s fairly inaccessible, you might be violating federal transportation rules,” Franklin said. “But keep in mind, everything that we’re doing is federally illegal.”The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a memorandum saying that, in states that have created robust marijuana regulations, if you are a licensed establishment operating in full compliance with these regulations, then you won’t be a priority to prosecute. But it offers no guarantees.“If you look at the end,” Franklin said, “it sort of disavows everything and says, ‘we can still do whatever we want.’”And the memorandum, as mushy as it is, could disappear under Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. Attorney General.The marijuana business in Alaska is still young and in rural Western Alaska, untested. And with a new administration taking over the Justice Department, how the state and federal regulations will co-exist is still to be seen.last_img read more

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