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Moroccans Watched Despacito Video More Than Any Other Arab Country

Rabat – The music video for Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee has broken the record for the most viewed video of all time on YouTube, with over 3 billion views thus far, and Morocco contributed big time.Statistics shared by YouTube have revealed that the “Despacito” video has been viewed over 1 million times in over 99 countries, with Morocco providing the most views in the Arab world.According to statistics shared on social media, Morocco contributed with 12 million views to the record-breaking number. Saudi Arabia and Egypt came second with 10 million views from each country respectively. Tunisia and Algeria came in 3rd with 7 million views from each, and Palestine, Qatar, and Syria came last with only 1 million views from each of the countries.It took 203 days only for the official music video for Despacito to become the most viewed video in YouTube history.The music video is currently the most liked video on YouTube history, and is considered one of the most popular song of all time.YouTube even a shared a map of how quickly the song had spread over the world, showing the number of views in each country and continent.Some countries, like Malaysia, banned the music video, considering the lyrics “explicit.”Malaysia banning despacito because the lyrics are obscene when 90% of the people here don’t even understand the lyrics. Lol.— Beng (@Shafiqbeng) July 20, 2017“The song was filled with numerous sexual references and innuendos and thus wholly inappropriate to be aired by our national media outlets for our general public, especially children,” Malaysian Communications Minister Salleh Said Keruak told CNNMoney.In an interview with Fonsi by CNN, the artist explained the reason behind the success story of the music video to be the various kinds of music used in the song, such as the Reggateon beat, the pop melody, and other tropical influences such as Salsa. read more

Hilel Garmi I Refuse to Serve in the Israeli Army

By Anna SchaefferRabat – In a Facebook post, 19-year-old Hilel Garmi declared his refusal to fight for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), acting in civil disobedience.His conscription into the IDF hovered at the end of July. However, during the unarmed demonstrations near the Gaza strip earlier this year, Garmi read writings by protest leader Ahmed Abu Ratima that made him reconsider his nearing entrance to the Israeli army. “I was impressed to discover these people who prefer unarmed alternatives to address the question of the situation between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River,” Garmi wrote. “Like them, I believe in civil disobedience to underline the illegitimacy of our regime.”Both his older brother and two sisters joined the army; as a child, the mandatory two years and eight months of service “in an elite unit” seemed not only inevitable but fascinating for Garmi.“But growing up, and being convinced that all human beings are equal, I changed my mind,” read his August 5 Facebook post. “I do not believe in the existence of a common denominator between Jews that made them different from Arabs. I do not see why I should be treated differently as a child of Gaza or Jenin. And I do not think that the suffering or joy are more important for some than for others.”Garmi said he asked himself why three million inhabitants of the West Bank and East Jerusalem have lived under military occupation for over a century and why two million Gazans suffer under a 10-year-long military siege.“Who gave Israel the right to manage the life of these five million human beings? To decide their right to drive, import, export, fish, to have electricity? To be able to arrest them at any time?”The teenager staunchly declared his position against participating in “a regime so anti-democratic,” especially with Israel’s daily actions taken against the Palestinian people.“There is a red line that we cannot cross, and for me this is insurmountable.”He wrote that his decision to make the declaration public on Facebook was directly tied to his belief in civil disobedience leading the way for social change by appealing to the sense of justice for the most privileged individuals in Israel.“If the Gaza protesters have the courage to do so, I feel the obligation and the power, as a person born on the side of those who hold the power, to engage equally in this way.” read more

Terror attacks struck at UN and must spur action Mayor Giuliani tells

“This was not just an attack on the City of New York or on the United States of America; it was an attack on the very ideal of a free, inclusive and civil society,” said Mayor Giuliani. “It was a direct assault on the founding principles of the United Nations itself,” he added, pointing out that “this vicious attack places in jeopardy” the UN’s whole purpose. The Mayor said he had been heartened by the spontaneous response to the attacks demonstrated by the leaders and peoples of UN Member States. “Your support for New York and America, and your understanding of what needs to be done to remove the threat of terrorism gives us great, great hope that we will prevail,” he said. Mayor Giuliani said it was “tragic and perverse” that the US was under attack because of its ideals, while adding that “the best long-term deterrent to terrorism, obviously, is the spread of the principles of freedom and democracy and the rule of law and respect for human rights.” Terrorists had no ideals, so their only response was to strike out at innocent civilians. “The United Nations must hold accountable any country that supports or condones terrorism, otherwise you will fail in your primary mission of peacekeeper,” he said, calling on the world body to ostracize any nation that supports terrorism, and isolate any nation that remains neutral in the fight against terrorism. “This is not a time for further study or vague directives,” he said.Mr. Giuliani challenged those who said that there were reasons for terrorism to “come with me to the thousands of funerals we’re having in New York City – thousands – and explain those insane, maniacal reasons to the children who will grow up without fathers and mothers and to the parents who have had their children ripped from them for no reason at all.” Instead, he said, UN Member States should “allow me to say at those funerals that your nations stand with America in making a solemn promise and pledge that we will achieve unconditional victory over terrorism and terrorists.”In his remarks welcoming Mr. Giuliani to the General Assembly, Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the Mayor’s efforts in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, saying that “we have drawn strength from your leadership, your resilience, your commitment to the tolerance and diversity that have made New York such a magnet and such an outstanding world capital.”The Secretary-General emphasized that the UN was united with New York in both its grief and its resolve to help those who have suffered, pointing out that UN staff had raised more than $100,000 for the relief effort while UN tour guides were volunteering for the American Red Cross.Above all, Mr. Annan said, the UN was united with New York in its determination to root out terrorism. “If there is one message I took away from the tour of ‘ground zero’ you provided two weeks ago, it is that the world must come together to defeat this menace,” he said. read more

Obamas electionyear budget Rallying Democrats with a focus on jobs economy income

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s election-year budget seeks to rally fellow Democrats with new help for the working poor and fresh money for road-building, education and research. It also pulls back from controversial cuts to Social Security that had been designed to lure Republicans to the bargaining table.Otherwise, Tuesday’s $3.9 trillion submission for the 2015 budget year, which begins in October, looks a lot like Obama’s previous plans. It combines proposals for more than $1.1 trillion in tax increases on the wealthy with an array of modest initiatives such as job training funds, money to rehabilitate national parks and funding for early childhood education.“Our budget is about choices. It’s about our values,” Obama said at a Washington elementary school. “As a country, we’ve got to make a decision, if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American.”Obama’s previous budgets have mostly gone nowhere, and that’s where Tuesday’s submission appears to be headed as well. Instead, Congress is likely to adhere to last year’s mini budget deal as it looks ahead to midterm elections this fall.Said Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee: “This budget isn’t a serious document; it’s a campaign brochure.”The president unveiled his budget eight months before congressional elections in which Republicans are expected to gain seats in the House and have a chance of seizing control of the Senate. GOP control of Congress in the final two years of his presidency would leave his agenda in tatters.Obama’s submission purports to adhere to the budget limits negotiated in December by Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. But it also proposes a $55 billion “Opportunity, Growth, and Security” fund that would supplement the 2015 limit on agency operating budgets set by the Ryan-Murray agreement. Half of the additional money would be for defence and half for domestic programs. And the increase would continue into the future. All told, Obama proposes $304 billion above existing limits on agency operating budgets over the coming five years, an almost 6 per cent increase.This includes extra spending for the Pentagon for readiness, repair of deteriorating military bases and the purchase of aircraft. On the domestic front, the plan promises grants to states for preschools, new research financed by the National Institutes of Health and modernization of aviation safety systems, among other initiatives.The White House also is dropping a proposal to reduce the annual inflation increases for people on Social Security. This proposed “chained CPI” change is seen as a no-brainer by budget hawks, and was a key request of Republicans in previous, failed rounds of budget talks. But it was widely panned by most Democrats and allies including the AFL-CIO. The White House says it remains on the table if Republicans want to pursue a “grand bargain” on the budget that would include tax increases.The Obama budget projects a 2015 deficit of $564 billion and a shortfall this year of $649 billion. If those come true, it would mark three straight years of annual red ink under $1 trillion, following four previous years when deficits exceeded that mark every time.Overall, the 2015 budget projects a $250 billion increase in spending over the record $3.65 trillion expected for the current year. Spending actually dropped to $3.46 trillion in the 2013 fiscal year completed last Sept. 30.Republicans instead want Obama to join them in taking on expensive benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security, whose growth is driving future deficits and squeezing other priorities like defence, education, transportation and research. Medicare costs are projected to almost double over the coming decade, from $513 billion this year to $947 billion in 2024, but funding for non-defence programs appropriated by Congress would increase by less than inflation.“The president has just three years left in his administration, and yet he seems determined to do nothing about our fiscal challenges,” said Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential running mate in the 2012 national election.But many Republicans complained that the $496 billion proposed for Department of Defence core operations — a freeze at current levels — falls woefully short. The proposal would shrink the Army from 490,000 active-duty soldiers to 440,000-450,000 over the coming five years, take away helicopters and other equipment from the National Guard, cut purchases of the much-criticized littoral combat ship by almost 40 per cent and retire the Air Force’s A-10 attack aircraft.Obama also requests $79 billion for overseas military operations related to Afghanistan and Iraq, but he says a more detailed request will follow, so that figure is likely to change.In a move aimed at narrowing the gap between America’s rich and poor, Obama’s budget devotes $60 billion over the coming decade to expand the earned income tax credit, boosting the maximum amount available to childless people from $500 to $1,000. The administration says it would help 13.5 million workers. It would lower the age at which people can claim the credit from 24 to 21 and permit older workers to claim it through age 67 instead of 65 now.Most of the expansion of the tax credit would be for people who owe no income taxes and would receive the credit as a payment.The plan relies on tax increases and modest spending cut such as curbing payments to Medicare providers to bring the budget deficit to sustainable levels of below 2 per cent of the size of the economy by 2023.Obama’s budget would raise taxes by more than $1 trillion over the next decade through a mix of tax cuts for the working poor and increases on the rich. He also claims $456 billion over that period in revenue from immigration reform as new immigrants pay taxes. There’s another $248 billion claimed by repealing a host of business tax breaks, but the budget promises to devote that revenue to lowering corporate tax rates.The largest tax increase would limit deductions for high-income taxpayers, raising $600 billion over the next decade. Obama has proposed that tax hike in every one of his budgets, only to have it die in Congress.In fact, the vast majority of Obama’s tax proposals are reruns. Of the 175 or so tax provisions, only 28 are new. Taxes would also be raised on large estates, financial institutions would pay $56 billion over a decade through a “financial crisis responsibility fee,” smokers would pay 94 cents more a pack in cigarette taxes and managers of private investment funds would see their income taxed as wages instead of investments.The budget also contains a four-year $302 billion plan to boost spending on highways, rail projects and mass transit. Both the administration and House Republicans propose using one-time revenue from a tax on the overseas profits of U.S. companies to finance a renewal of surface transportation programs after they expire at the end of September; the administration claims $150 billion for such purposes. But the money is contingent on a broader overhaul of the corporate tax code, which may be a stretch in an election year.There are lots of other initiatives sprinkled throughout, including a 10-year, $66 billion plan to fund preschool for all 4-year-olds, $30 million in the upcoming year to hire young people and veterans to repair and improve national parks and a “New Career Pathways” initiative to try to help as many as 1 million unemployed workers get new jobs.And NASA would put aside $15 million — a small amount — to begin work on a new robotic mission to Europa, the moon on Jupiter where many scientists think there may be life. NASA won’t say how much the project will eventually cost but it’s likely to be significant.The president’s spending plan also takes credit for reducing accumulated deficits over coming decade by $2.2 trillion. Nearly one-third of that comes from claimed savings from the end of the U.S. war in Iraq and the gradual withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan.___Associated Press writers Alan Fram and Nedra Pickler contributed to this report. Obama’s election-year budget: Rallying Democrats with a focus on jobs, economy, income gap AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2014 1:24 am MDT Graphic shows major points of President Obama’s FY 2015 budget and highlights; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; read more

Ohio State wide receivers improving in year two of new offense

Eric Seger / Sports editorOhio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith speaks with reporters after practice Aug. 10 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Since the arrival of coach Urban Meyer and his spread offense at Ohio State, the holdover wide receivers have needed as much time as they could get learning what they had to do to be successful on the field.Meyer’s offense demands to have a player with the ability to play a hybrid, pivot position that Percy Harvin made famous at Florida for it to be successful. But with redshirt senior Jordan Hall battling through injuries in 2012, only playing seven games, the pressure was on the rest of the receivers to pick up the slack.Only four players caught more than 10 passes in the team’s 12-0 campaign, with senior Corey Brown hauling in a team-leading 60. Junior Devin Smith caught 30, since graduated Jake Stoneburner had 16 receptions and junior Evan Spencer caught 12.Much maligned by Meyer in the first year of the new system, year two may prove to be a little kinder to the Buckeye wideouts.Wide receivers coach Zach Smith knew his unit had a lot of growing up to do, but is pleased with how far they have come.“A year ago I told everyone that it was a young group that needed to grow up and develop and get better and that’s something that they’ve done,” Smith said Saturday. “Fast forward a year, they’ve had trials, tribulations, had hard times, had great successes but they have grown from the mistakes and matured as a group.”The returning receivers echoed their coach, and said being in their second year with Meyer’s system makes all the difference.“It’s so much smoother,” Spencer said. “Everybody is flowing faster. We all know our assignments and we are reacting instead of trying to think. That’s the biggest thing that we have improved on since last year.”Corey Brown, who said he has gained six pounds this offseason, thinks the offense as a whole can be one of the best in the country if played to its potential.“I think this year you can expect our offense to shoot up the charts if we keep doing what we are doing and try to eliminate the stupid mistakes,” Brown said. “We could be one of the top offenses in the country.”The influx of young talent in the form of freshmen Dontre Wilson and Jalin Marshall coupled with the returning players’ improvements makes Zach Smith particularly satisfied.“You feel more rewarded because you’re seeing what you’re trying to get done,” Smith said. “I think it’s been a long process and it’s not something that could have happened overnight.”Smith said he is pleased to know that the receivers have taken a step to where they are “no longer dysfunctional” but is looking for them to get better and become the best receiving unit in the country. He said Spencer’s growth has been most evident.“Evan Spencer has really had a great eight practices,” Smith said. “What he’s showed flashes of at times he’s really done consistently. He’s probably the one receiver that I’m most pleased with.”Smith said that Wilson is a talented player who at times “doesn’t know left from right” or to “go ten yards or twenty yards,” but loves how hard he plays.“You watch a play where he’s really insignificant to the play but the speed at which he goes and the effort he gives makes you go ‘Wow, look at that,’” Smith said. “And that is a beautiful thing.”OSU is scheduled to continue practice Monday morning. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State has defied preseason expectations in nearly every way

Head Coach Chris Holtmann tells Ohio State redshirt junior guard Keita Bates-Diop (33) to head back into the game in the first half in the game against Michigan State on Jan. 7 in Value City Arena. Ohio State won 80-64. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was no reason to believe Ohio State would stand a chance against Michigan State when the season began. At least, that’s what many in the college basketball world believed.But on Sunday, in a season that has continued to defy preseason expectations, the Buckeyes beat the top-ranked Spartans 80-64. Following the win, Ohio State remained in first place in the Big Ten standings with a spotless 4-0 record, and its 13-4 overall record is tied for fourth-best in the conference.No one anticipated the season would turn out the way it has for the Buckeyes. But why was that?Part of the concern was that last season was abysmal by Ohio State’s standards. Its 17-15 overall record and 7-11 Big Ten record was its worst since the 2003-04 season. When the team fell behind to opponents, it struggled to make comebacks, and it lost to opponents it held a clear advantage over teams like Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Nebraska and Rutgers, the latter of which had come in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Another avenue of concern for Ohio State was that it lost three of its five most productive players from the year prior with Marc Loving graduating, JaQuan Lyle quitting and transferring and Trevor Thompson forgoing his senior year to go to the NBA Draft. All three were in the top four for points and were regular starters.And while redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was returning from injury, his health was going to be an unknown for the team, as was his production considering he only averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while healthy in 2016-17.There also were the depth concerns. Head coach Chris Holtmann brought in three recruits — guard Musa Jallow, center Kaleb Wesson and forward Kyle Young —  as well as graduate transfer guard Andrew Dakich, all of whom were expected to be the primary bench players. It appeared Wesson would have to play plenty of minutes given the shallow depth at center, with sophomore Micah Potter the only returning center, and Dakich would spend plenty of time relieving junior C.J. Jackson, the only true point guard on the team. Many of these concerns have been alleviated to this point.Though it lost three key players, Bates-Diop and Jackson have stepped up and become the two most productive offensive players for the team, with the former emerging as a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Last season’s most prolific scorer, senior forward Jae’Sean Tate, has continued to produce for the Buckeyes at a similar rate (12.9 points per game this season compared to 14.3 last year) while not being as heavily leaned on by the team. The freshmen trio have all played key roles for the team this season. Wesson filled in as the starter at center while Potter dealt with a lingering ankle injury, and ran away with the job, averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Jallow has occasionally started at shooting guard in place of redshirt senior Kam Williams. And while his offensive production is not impressive to this point, Jallow has played strong defense while on the court. While Young has not had a ton of minutes, he is an accurate shooter when he gets his chance (41.4 field-goal percentage) and has been able to eat minutes for any of the forwards or centers on the team. The result has been a team that has vastly exceeded preseason expectations. It has not lost to any team it should have and has defeated half of the top-100 opponents it has played this season, including its most recent win to then-No. 1 Michigan State.A team that entered the season ranked as the 78th-best team in the country by Ken Pomeroy now ranks No. 33 on his website. It ranks as both a top-40 offense and defense this season after ranking No. 60 in offense last year and No. 99 in defense, according to Pomeroy. The Buckeyes are currently projected to finish with a 22-9 record, 13-5 in conference play. However, they are favored to win all but three games in a game-by-game breakdown.The college basketball world had every reason to doubt Ohio State before the season. But as the season wore on and the only losses came to top-tier opponents, it began to appear Ohio State might be a better team than many expected.Now that Ohio State has upset the top team in the nation, it is fair to think the Buckeyes are better than most expected. read more

Playing Planetary Annihilation early on Steam costs 90

first_imgOne of the benefits of purchasing your PC games through Steam is the cost savings you can enjoy due to the regular sales the service has. There’s always games set at full price when they launch, but they soon fall and eventually become available for a handful of dollars.Now one developer is trying something new on Steam–offering early access to an unfinished game, but charging $90 for the privilege.That game is Planetary Annihilation by Uber Entertainment, and it actually started life as a Kickstarter back in August last year. Charging $90 for an unfinished game understandably may seem a little ridiculous to a gamer seeing it for the first time on Steam, but the price was set back when the Kickstarter was still active and trying to reach its $900,000 funding goal. In the end the Kickstarter raised $2.2 million.Uber makes it clear in the Steam forums that this is the price set at the time of the Kickstarter. If you want to play the game between June and the end of August it will cost $90. At this point features aren’t locked down, but your purchase means you get access to the final retail game with all the add-ons.If you don’t mind waiting, then buying the game between September and November will cost $60, which nets you an almost complete, but unbalanced game. After that, the game is set to launch in December and you’ll pay whatever price they set for the final game. Basically the longer you wait the cheaper it gets, so the $90 you pay today is for the impatient or those gamers really enthused by the game but who missed the Kickstarter.The pricing strategy makes sense when you understand it, but that clearly hasn’t happened within the Steam gaming community. There’s also an increasing number of zero-rated reviews on Metacritic, many of which mention the price as a reason. Hopefully Uber can manage the situation and launch to great reviews in December.last_img read more

Curiosity prêt à décoller le 26 novembre

first_imgCuriosity prêt à décoller le 26 novembre Mercredi, la NASA et les responsables de la mission ont donné le feu vert aux équipes pour poursuivre les opérations de préparation du lancement du rover Curiosity qui aura lieu samedi. Il décollera à bord d’une fusée Atlas V. Curiosity n’est plus qu’à quelques jours de son départ pour… la planète Mars. Bien que le décollage initialement programmé le 25 novembre ait été reporté, tout semble aujourd’hui se dérouler comme prévu. Ainsi, les responsables de la NASA viennent tout juste de donner leur feu vert aux équipes de la mission Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) qui peuvent donc poursuivre la préparation du rover et de la fusée Atlas V qui l’emportera depuis la base de Cap Canaveral en Floride.  À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Le Mars Science Lab et le rover Curiosity sont installés et chargés, prêts pour le décompte final du lancement de samedi”, commente Colleen Hartman de la Direction des mission scientifiques de la NASA. “Nous prévoyons de sortir le véhicule du Vertical Integration Facility vendredi matin. Nous devrions être sur le chemin du pas de tir vers 8H”, précise de son côté Omar Baez, directeur du lancement. D’après les dernières estimations des équipes de la NASA, les conditions météo pourraient être de plus plutôt clémentes avec 70% de chances que le lancement soit maintenu. “Ce rover, le rover Curiosity, est vraiment un rover sur stéroïdes. Il est, d’un point de vue d’importance, plus compétent que tout ce qu’on a pu lancer vers n’importe quelle planète du système solaire. Il ira plus loin, il découvrira plus que ce que nous pouvons imaginer”, s’enthousiasme Colleen Hartman, particulièrement confiant et cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Après son décollage, il faudra près de dix mois à Curiosity pour arriver sur Mars. Le 24 novembre 2011 à 11:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Geek Deals Nintendo Switch Bundles for as low as 350

first_imgNintendo has truly delivered on the dream of the hybrid portable console. The Switch is an easy-to-love machine with a respectable library just one year into its lifespan. So if you’re ready to jump on the Switch train, today’s bundles on the PCMag store are worth your consideration. • Nintendo Switch Bundles for just $349.99AdChoices广告Featured today are five bundles: one with a Pro controller and four with games. Each of these bundles saves you $9.99 off the standard retail price, and that means that the game bundles cost $349.99 each while the Pro Controller bundle costs $359.99. And if none of those bundles stick out to you, you can still choose the standard Switch set-up with Neon Blue and Red joy-cons for $299.99. So, which games can you pick from in these bundles? There’s some really excellent choices here: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Sonic Forces. Considering that Odyssey and Breath of the Wild were two of the biggest gaming releases of 2017, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a ton of fun here. Frankly, it’s a fantastic time to snag the Switch. Not only will you have access to all of last year’s tip-top releases, but there’s a nice line-up for 2018 as well. Nintendo Labo is out today, ports of Tropical Freeze and Hyrule Warriors are out next month, and Super Smash Bros. is slated for a 2018 release to boot.Note: Terms and conditions apply. Sales tax collected for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Texas. See the PCMag Shop site for more information.For more great deals, check out TechBargains.com.last_img read more

Sunrise Police officer hits tree while trying to avoid animal

first_imgSUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A Sunrise Police officer came to a crashing stop while trying to avoid a small animal crossing the road.Investigators said Sunrise Police Officer Jordan Pacheco slammed into a tree after trying to avoid hitting the animal near North Nob Hill Road and 55th Street, Sunday.The officer was taken to an area hospital as a precaution. He has since been released and is expected to be OK.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Dairy Queens Zero Gravity Blizzard Celebrates American Moon Landing

first_img Dairy Queen (DQ) is celebrating the Apollo 11 mission upside down: The soft serve ice cream chain just unveiled its new “Zero Gravity Blizzard,” a cosmic-inspired frozen dessert that looks like a creamy galaxy.The DQ Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat, which honors the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, brings together Oreo cookie pieces, shimmery swirls, and a sweet cotton candy topping with DQ’s famous vanilla soft serve ice cream and bright “galaxy” sprinkles, Space.com reported. The cool dessert will be available for a limited time at select DQ locations in the U.S.Explore the wonder of space and celebrate the Moon Landing’s 50th Anniversary with the all new #ZeroGravityBLIZZARD Treat– only here for a limited time and served upside down or the next one’s free.* Try one today! #HappyTastesGood pic.twitter.com/8Vqsxf9eXL— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) June 26, 2019Of course, DQ had to add some space fun to its new dessert: The DQ Zero Gravity Blizzard Treat is served to customers upside down, or the next one will be free.It’s the first day of summer and we’re flippin’ out #HappyTastesGood #FirstDayofSummer pic.twitter.com/PHpOKuHjvu— Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen) June 21, 2019DQ isn’t the only food chain to serve up “moon-themed” eats: Krispy Kreme is honoring the Apollo 11 anniversary with new doughnuts filled with cream, while Budweiser released a limited-edition brew that also pays tribute to America’s first trip to the lunar surface.More on Geek.com:Krispy Kreme Commemorates Apollo 11 Anniversary With New Filled DoughnutLimited-Edition Budweiser Brew Celebrates 50 Years Since Moon LandingNASA: Share Your Memories of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

Malwarebytes 32 promises better memory usage and stability

first_imgMalwarebytes 3.2 promises better memory usage and stability by Martin Brinkmann on July 31, 2017 in Software – Last Update: September 16, 2017 – 39 commentsMalwarebytes, maker of the security product of the same name, have released Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta which promises better memory usage and other improvements.The company has been fighting will all sorts of issues after the release of Malwarebytes 3.0 and the merging of all company products into a single application.Core issues that users of the new application version experienced were high memory usage, stability issues, and issues with functionality. The latter especially with components that would turn themselves off automatically, or would not turn on at all in first place.Updates to the program have improved the situation, but it is still far from ideal. The issue with components seems to have been fixed for instance, judging from my own experience with the software and user comments on recent updates to the program. Memory usage is still pretty high however, especially when compared to the latest 2.x versions of the security software.Malwarebytes 3.2Memory usage has been improved further in Malwarebytes 3.2. The main process, MBAMSrvice.exe drops below the 200,000 K mark on 64-bit versions of Windows. While that is good, I still consider Malwarebytes to be a fairly heavy program especially since it runs three processes on Windows machines.The developers of the software have fixed several stability related issues in the new version as well. This includes crashes and hangs related to the service and tray application, but also the user interface.Malwarebytes added an option to the application to download and install beta versions of the application automatically. Users interested in those had to download the updates manually up until now to install them on devices running the software.It is usually not a good idea to install beta software on production systems, but if you want cutting edge and don’t mind running into bugs every now and then, this may be an option. Also, useful to test new versions of the security software early before deploying them on production systems or on a wider scale.You find the new option under Settings > Application > Beta Application Updates.The “install application updates” button in the program interface will download and install new components now regardless of limits that may be in place in regards to automatic updates.You find additional information on the changes and the download link for the new Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta update on the official company forum.Now You: Which security software do you run primarily?SummaryArticle NameMalwarebytes 3.2 promises better memory usage and stabilityDescriptionMalwarebytes, maker of the security product of the same name, have released Malwarebytes 3.2 Beta which promises better memory usage and other improvements.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

New TB drug inaccessible to many South Africans

first_imgOnly 3,000 patients worldwide have been treated with bedaquiline, and fewer than 200 with delamanid – only 2% of the 150,000 people around the world that could benefit.“MSF is treating some of the lucky few people in South Africa — and in fact the whole world – to receive access to strengthened treatment regimens including bedaquiline and delamanid,” said Dr. Jennifer Hughes of MSF in South Africa. “South Africa’s Department of Health has been a leader in accessing new DR-TB drugs, with over 1,750 patients receiving bedaquiline nationally since 2013.Ubuntu clinic (integrated TB/HIV) in Khayelitsha.Patients receiving bedaquiline in South Africa had 77% ‘culture conversion’ rates from TB-positive to negative, which is a promising sign that their treatment may ultimately be successful. Additional information from South Africa showed similar safety and efficacy even when bedaquiline was given together with antiretroviral therapy (ART) to TB/HIV co-infected people, another sign that this drug has the potential to transform DR-TB treatment in coming years.Delamanid, however, is not yet as widely available in South Africa.“TB is curable, yet it is now the infectious disease that kills the most people in the world,” said Dr. Grania Brigden, TB Advisor for the MSF Access Campaign. “We desperately need treatment that is easier for people to tolerate, that cures more people, and that is more available and affordable, otherwise it’s just deadly business as usual.” Doctors Without Borders (MSF), other treatment providers in South Africa and globally have found that the first new drugs in half a century to be developed for treating drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) are offering new hope to patients — but significant challenges remain to improve availability and affordability of these treatments.Current treatment regimens for DR-TB involve thousands of pills taken over two years, which can have devastating side effects and ultimately only work for 50% of people with multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB and 26% of people with extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB.Access to new drugs bedaquiline and delamanid along with ‘repurposed’ drugs — not specifically developed for TB but that have shown efficacy in treating TB — could be a significant step toward finding a shorter, more tolerable DR-TB regimen in the future.This is good news for South Africa, which has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the world, with 30,000 new cases each year, over 18,000 people diagnosed and over 11,500 put on treatment in 2014. *Article supplied by Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for more groundbreaking initiatives.center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

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Costa Rica seeks to ban child beauty pageants

first_imgLawmakers in the Legislative Assembly’s Commission on Childhood, Adolescence and Youth on Tuesday approved the drafting of two bills aimed at expanding the rights and protection of minors in Costa Rica.The first bill seeks to prevent all forms of sexualization of children, including a proposed ban on child beauty pageants, modeling events and any public event that promotes the sexualization of minors.Following Tuesday’s vote, bill sponsor Humberto Vargas of the Social Cristian Unity Party said that legislative efforts are “an apology for the physical, psychological and mental abuse of children and adolescents.”Vargas said these types of contests and shows promote an overt sexual image of young girls who are subjected to competitions that are adult-oriented and serve only for commercial gain.“Research in countries such as the U.S. and France found that these contests and public shows only promote young girls as objects and encourage sexualization and eroticization of minors,” Vargas said.The bill calls for a total ban on beauty pageants and modeling for minors, even with the consent of a child’s parents. For people found guilty of organizing or hosting such events, it calls for fines of up to 14 minimum wages – more than ₡5 million ($9,000). Funds collected from the fines would go to Costa Rica’s Child Welfare Office.Rights for sick childrenCommission members also approved the drafting of a bill to protect the interests of children with serious illnesses. The initiative aims to help parents of children with serious health conditions by granting them the right to paid sick leave, and in some cases, financial aid.National Children’s Hospital Director Olga Arguedas said parents who must care for children in serious or terminally ill condition often are forced to take unpaid leave, use vacation days, or quit their jobs because currently there is no law granting the benefit of sick leave with the purpose of caring for a child.The approved draft provides parents the right to take paid sick leave and receive a subsidy for the time required to care for a child with a severe illness or for a period determined by the attending physician.That permission would be renewed every 30 days and could be lifted before a deadline based on medical criteria.Arguedas told lawmakers that according to Children’s Hospital statistics, the benefit would be provided to a maximum of 200 patients per year.Both drafts will now move forward for discussion and voting in a first round of debates by the full Assembly. Facebook Comments Related posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Is Costa Rica an affordable option for expats and medical tourists with Alzheimer’s disease? Female Alzheimer’s researchers band together Costa Rica to extend same-sex couples equal rights for public health insurance, care accesslast_img read more

Howzat MTAs Kyara Newport bowls over Kevin Pietersen

first_imgHowzat! MTA’s Kyara Newport bowls over Kevin PietersenPictured MTA – Mobile Travel Agents Member, Kyara Newport and a slightly-stumped looking international cricket superstar, Kevin Pietersen.The MTA member met the former England captain at a function the cricketer organised recently at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Sydney to raise awareness for his other passion in life, helping to save South Africa’s threatened Rhino population.Source = Mike Parker-Brown – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PRlast_img

Trulias Kolko Vacancy Rate to Blame for Weak Construction Growth

first_img While builders and industry analysts say lot shortages, labor issues, and supply constraints are holding housing construction back, “”Trulia””:http://www.trulia.com/ chief economist Jed Kolko posits his own theory for why new construction is moving so slowly: Perhaps the “”housing shortage”” isn’t one at all.[IMAGE]In a company “”blog””:http://trends.truliablog.com/2013/09/why-construction-still-so-low/, Kolko analogizes housing stock as a bathtub that drains as vacant homes are occupied and fills up as new homes are built.””There’s no magical level of bathwater that’s perfect, but too little water in the tub means a housing shortage, and when the bathtub overfills, that glut of vacant homes might cause a price crash,”” Kolko explained. “”In the long run, to keep the bathwater from being too high or too low, the “”right”” level of new construction depends on BOTH the vacancy rate (how full the bathtub is) AND on household formation (how fast the tub is draining).””With that in mind, he says it is important to draw a line between “”inventory shortage””–from which the housing industry is currently suffering–and “”housing shortage””–which, as vacancy data from the Census Bureau suggests, is not currently an issue. (While listed inventory is low, there are still plenty of vacant homes not listed that are waiting to be unleashed into the market.)Meanwhile, household formation is lagging. According to the Census, annual household formation was 746,000 as of the end of the second quarter, and formation since 2007 has averaged 560,000 annually–about half the normal rate–as young adults struggle to find their own homes. In total, Trulia estimates there are 2.4 million “”missing households,”” defined as “”people of all ages who should be heading up their own households but are instead living with parents, roommates, or others.””””In short,”” Kolko says, “”household formation is low, so the bath is draining slowly.””His theory does have one upside: Most unemployed young adults won’t stay that way forever, and their opportunity to strike out will eventually come, pushing household formation up to (and then above) its normal long-term rate and signaling builders to “”turn up the faucet.””””And only when that happens might we need to start worrying about a future housing shortage,”” he concluded. “”Until then, let’s be more concerned about missing households than about missing homes.”” Trulia’s Kolko: Vacancy Rate to Blame for Weak Construction Growth September 19, 2013 394 Views in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Census Bureau Homebuilders Housing Starts Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers Trulia 2013-09-19 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

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