The government meanwhile appointed a Commission of National Inquiry to investigate concerns raised over the transfer of power in February.Ghafoor said that the MDP now has reservations over the commission report to be released on Thursday as a result of the withdrawal of Nasheed’s representative.“We have reservations about the report. The MDP representative will not sign the final report. We still don’t know what the report says but we are concerned,” Ghafoor said. He also said that the entire country was tensed and people were flocking to Male from the surrounding islands as the CoNI report is to be released. Ghafoor said that earlier this week the Maldives Police Service launched a specialized and heightened security program in the capital and surrounding areas in preparation of a possible outbreak of unrest and violence. (Xinhua) MDP spokesman Hamid Abdul Ghafoor said that Nasheed and his supporters were now camped on the streets southeast of the capital Male’ from where they would stage protests against the government. A tense situation prevailed in the Maldives capital late Wednesday as the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) resumed protests on the eve of the releasing of a key report over the transfer of power in February this year.The Commission of National Inquiry (CoNI) will release its findings on Thursday and President Mohamed Waheed is later scheduled to address the nation, a presidential spokesman told Xinhua. The Maldives has been in turmoil after Nasheed claimed he was forced to step down as President in February this year.However the MDP suspended street protests recently in order to take part in talks with the government to resolve the political crisis. However the deposed President and MDP leader Mohamed Nasheed’s representative in the commission Ahmed Saeed resigned from the commission on Wednesday over a dispute on the manner in which the final report was being compiled. read more

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Inter University Student Federation (IUSF) convener, Lahiru Weerasekera was ordered to be further remanded till October 31 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate today.Earlier today a silent protest was staged opposite the court seeking the release of Lahiru Weerasekera and the convener of the Inter University Bhikku  Front, the Venerable Tampitiye Sugathananda thero and other university students who are being held in remand custody. The students had been arrested for breaching court orders. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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The fading name on the building in Toronto that used to house the Toronto Stock Exchange is pictured on August 18 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 7:45 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday, with support coming from a big acquisition by energy company Encana and positive earnings news.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 44.11 points to 14,656.4.The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent to 91.79 cents US.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) shares were up $1.13, or 4.6 per cent, to $25.69 after it announced a deal to roughly double its oil production with a $3.1-billion acquisition of oil-producing properties in the Eagle Ford shale formation in south Texas from Freeport-McMoRan.Meanwhile, U.S. markets were uneven amid testimony from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen that the American economy is improving but that the job market remained “far from satisfactory” and inflation below the Fed’s target rate.The Dow Jones industrials ran up 117.52 points to 16,518.54, the Nasdaq lost 13.09 points to 4,067.67 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 10.49 points at 1,878.21.Yellen told Congress’ joint economic committee that she expects low borrowing rates will continue to be needed for a “considerable time.”At the same time, Yellen said geopolitical tensions, a renewal of financial stress in emerging markets and a faltering housing recovery are potential threats.It was another heavy day for earnings as Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX:THI) earned $90.9 million or 66 cents per share, up from $86.2 million or 56 cents per share a year ago but missed estimates of 68 cents and its shares dipped 79 cents to $58.89.“Overall things at Tim Hortons are performing well,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at HollisWealth.“They are growing but I don’t think fast enough for the market, fast enough for investors and I think their stock price reflects that. It’s been hovering around $59, $60 for some time and I think it will take a lot to move the needle.”Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) shares climbed 89 cents or eight per cent to $12.02 as quarterly net income was $491 million, or 47 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $213 million or 21 cents per share in the first quarter last year.It was another tough day for the tech sector, particularly in the U.S. where investors have been rotating out of biotech and technology stocks that ran up sharply last year and are now deemed a bit too rich.“Overall, when there is uncertainty in the market, people sell their winners and the first thing you sell are the high multiple stocks and continue to sell until the economy justifies the multiples it’s trading at,” added Small.The TSX tech sector declined 1.46 per cent as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) fell 41 cents to $7.94. In New York, Twitter fell 3.75 per cent to US$30.66 after plunging almost 18 per cent Tuesday.Telcos led advancers with Telus (TSX:T) up 44 cents to $39.34 a day before the company posts earnings.On the commodity markets, June crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $1.27 to US$100.77 a barrel and the energy sector gained 0.66 per cent.The base metals sector was down 1.33 per cent as July copper slipped two cents to US$3.03 a pound.June bullion faded $19.70 to US$1,288.90 an ounce and the gold sector dropped about two per cent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX rises: traders look to earnings, Fed chair remarks, major Encana purchase read more

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.The story was posted on the network’s website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.The story’s author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN’s Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit.CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn’t meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as “fake news,” and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN’s television networks.The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.The failure to follow proper procedures is what led to the resignations, the CNN executive said.It’s not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue. The retracted story had said the Senate intelligence committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.The report also said that two Democratic senators wanted to know whether Scaramucci had indicated in the meeting whether sanctions against Russia would be lifted, a decision that could impact the investment fund.Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN “did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.”Haris, in a statement to CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” noted that he’d been with CNN since 2001, “and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go.”___This story has been amended to correct congressional committee’s name to Senate intelligence committee, and to correct the spelling of Lex Haris’ name. by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 26, 2017 12:46 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CNN accepts resignations of 3 involved in retracted story FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo, Anthony Scaramucci, a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. CNN isn’t commenting Monday, June 26, as to what led it to retract a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund. The story posted Thursday on CNN’s website said Senate investigators are looking into the meeting between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) read more

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SEOUL, South Korea – No leader and scorched Note 7 smartphones? No problem.After a tumultuous year of surreal corruption scandals involving exotic horses and the jailed billionaire scion and one of the most embarrassing recalls in the consumer electronics history, Samsung stunned investors with another improbable record: the South Korean tech giant may have earned more than Apple and ended Intel’s quarter century dominance in the semiconductor industry.Seemingly invincible Samsung Electronics appears set to log record annual profit this year as exploding use of data in mobile devices and the “memory supercycle” help it surmount the jailing of its de facto leader and sidestep losses from its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7s.South Korea’s largest company reported Thursday record high quarterly profit and sales that likely will help it nudge aside Intel as the leading maker of semiconductors.Samsung also likely outstripped Apple in quarterly earnings for the first time as soaring use of connected devices and mobile data fueled demand for computer chips.Samsung’s bottom line is better than ever, even with its vice chairman and de facto chief Lee Jae-yong jailed as part of a corruption scandal that unseated former South Korean president, Park Geun-hye.While Lee and Park battle allegations of bribery and other charges, Samsung is thriving thanks to tiny microchips called DRAM and NAND memory chips, which are needed to store and process data in servers and mobile devices.Companies are adding server memory capacity to expand new server platforms and cloud services and handle artificial intelligence and other emerging services. Hardware manufacturers will likely increase orders of memory chips for smartphones as they launch new models later this year. Consumers also expect their handsets to be packed with higher memory storage, which increases memory demand.The unprecedented boom in the memory chip industry dubbed the “memory super cycle” helped push Samsung’s April-June net income to 10.8 trillion won ($9.7 billion), up 85 per cent from 5.8 trillion won a year earlier.Analysts had forecast 10.1 trillion won in net profit according to FactSet, a financial data provider.Operating profit jumped 73 per cent over a year earlier to 14.1 trillion won ($12.7 billion) while sales rose 20 per cent to 61 trillion won ($54.8 billion), in line with Samsung’s earlier guidance.Despite relatively slow demand for smartphones and TVs, increased use of connected devices and mobile data is driving demand for server memory to store, analyze and process data. Memory chip prices have soared thanks to tight supply conditions, bringing unprecedented profitability to both Samsung and South Korea’s No. 2 chip manufacturer, SK Hynix.Nearly 60 per cent of Samsung’s quarterly income was generated by its semiconductor division, which booked a record operating income of 8 trillion won ($7.2 billion) on sales of 17.6 trillion won ($15.8 billion).Samsung’s other components business, which makes high-end display panels called OLED for smartphones, also saw solid gains in earnings after this spring’s launch of new Samsung Galaxy smartphones using the advanced displays.The Galaxy S8 series of smartphones recorded higher sales than their predecessors, helping the company’s mobile business rebound from last year’s crisis over Galaxy Note 7s that had to be recalled and eventually discontinued because they tended to overheat or catch fire. That fiasco cost Samsung more than $5 billion last year.Samsung said its mobile business logged 4.1 trillion won ($3.7 billion) in operating profit. That is slightly lower than its year-earlier result due to higher component prices but nearly double the previous quarter’s incomeThe good times for Samsung appear likely to put it ahead of its rivals.Apple is forecast to report $8.2 billion in quarterly net profit when its financial results are disclosed on Tuesday, according to FactSet. April-June is typically a slow season for Apple.Intel, due to report its earnings later Thursday, is expected to book $14.4 billion in quarterly revenue.Looking ahead, Samsung said its third quarter profit may take a hit from marketing expenses from its upcoming launch in its new Galaxy Note series smartphone.But it still has a good chance of reporting its biggest annual earnings in its history this year.The outlook for semiconductor demand is robust and the overall profit during the second half will grow thanks to memory chips and its OLED screens, Samsung predicted.In the meantime, Samsung has largely insulated its day-to-day operations from Lee’s legal troubles, though the longer term implications for Samsung’s leadership remain unclear.Both Lee and Park have denied wrongdoing. A court ruling on Lee’s case is expected before Aug. 27, when his arrest warrant expires. by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Jul 27, 2017 8:57 am MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017 photo, the corporate logo of Samsung Electronics Co. is seen at its shop in Seoul, South Korea. Samsung Electronics on Thursday, July 27, said its second-quarter profit surged 85 percent to record high thanks to memory chips. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) Samsung soars, sidestepping jailing of chief, Note 7 fiasco read more

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first_img Oct 25th 2016, 6:05 PM Short URL Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:05 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34,639 Views 172 Comments We also avoid eventually forgetting (them) and the lack of respect which can happen, especially after the passing of the first generation.The Vatican first gave permission for cremation in 1963.The new guidelines come just in time for “All Souls Day” on 2 November when the faithful typically pray for the dead.“The body is not the private property of the family. A dead person is a son of God. It is part of the body of Christ, it is part of God’s people. It’s for this reason that there is not only private rites for the deceased but it’s a public ceremony,” said Muller.Bishops will however be able to authorise exceptions to the new guidelines “in serious and exceptional circumstances linked to local customs and practices”.The new rules also prohibit the scattering of ashes at sea, said Muller.But the guidelines will not be applied retrospectively to the relics of saints whose remains have been preserved over the centuries “to avoid provoking a war between believers”, according to one of Muller’s aides.© – AFP 2016Read: Massive cocaine haul uncovered in ‘torpedo-like’ device off ClareRead: Eight road deaths in four days: Are garda numbers and the housing crisis making things worse? Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. http://jrnl.ie/3045813 Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Image: AP/Press Association Images Vatican tells Catholics not to scatter ashes of the dead German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller advised people today to store them in places approved by the Church. Share3553 Tweet Email2 Image: AP/Press Association Images By AFP TODAY THE VATICAN urged Catholics not to scatter the ashes of the dead after cremation and instead to store them in places approved by the Church.The new guidelines published by the Church also say that the ashes of the dead should not be kept at home but should instead be kept at a cemetery or other sacred place.Doing so reduces “the risk of shielding the dead from prayers for them and the memory of their family and the Christian community”, German cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Muller, the prefect of the doctrinal watchdog, told journalists.last_img read more

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first_imgTas Athanasopoulos, his daughter Tini, 18, and his son Jimi, 20, have put their hat in the ring to compete for a council position in next month’s Victoria Council election. Read more about the Greek Australian candidates who are running for 631 council positions online. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target Google this week announced a new initiative to integrate sustainability into its consumer hardware products.The tech titan—set to turn 20 in September—jumped on the smart-device bandwagon just a few years ago.But every Pixel phone and Home Mini speaker it makes requires a lot of resources and generates even more waste.So Google is going green.“It’s an ongoing endeavor that involves designing in sustainability from the start and embedding it into the entire product development process and across our operations, all while creating the products our customers want,” Anna Meegan, head of sustainability for consumer hardware, wrote in a blog post.The woke company on Monday outlined its efforts to be more environmentally friendly, starting with the short-term goal of making all shipments to and from customers carbon neutral by next year.(That’s far superior to Amazon’s hope of netting 50 percent zero carbon by 2030.)And, starting in 2022, 100 percent of Made by Google products will include recycled materials, with a drive to maximize recycled content “wherever possible,” the firm announced.Just how much of each device will comprise reclaimed parts remains unclear. Though even 1 percent is better than nothing.“These commitments build on the foundation and progress we’ve already made,” Meegan said, pointing to a 40 percent decrease in Google’s carbon emissions from 2017 to 2018.Last year, the company began publishing product environment reports, making public details about what products are made of, how they’re built, and how they get shipped.“We’re always working to do more, faster,” Meegan wrote. “But today we’re laying the foundation for what we believe will be a way of doing business that commits to building better products better.”More on Geek.com:Tokyo 2020 Unveils Olympic Medals Made From Old ElectronicsSamsung to Ditch Oil-Based Plastic for Sustainable PackagingStarbucks Will Test ‘Greener,’ Recyclable Cups in Stores Soon10 Things You Shouldn’t Be Putting In Your Recycle Binlast_img read more

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first_imgSan Diego voters overwhelmingly oppose SANDAG diverting road repair funds for mass transit Buses Versus Cars? Local Politicians Want To “Stop Improving Freeways“ And Use That Money For More Buses And Trolleys Instead. Problem; 97-Percent Of San Diegans Use Freeways On A Regular Basis. 2-Percent Ride Buses And Trolleys. Fight The Madness. Contact SANDAG. pic.twitter.com/3MLqy5GdiQ— Dan Plante (@DanPlanteKUSI) May 22, 2019 Do you agree with @SANDAG’s proposed plans to divert funds for road repair to mass transit and impose a “congestion tax?”@DanPlanteKUSI explains the #SanDiego controversyFull Story: https://t.co/wVBa10b55e pic.twitter.com/soJMQmVun2— KUSI News (@KUSINews) May 22, 2019 Dan Plante KUSI’s Dan Plante was live in downtown with the details. Show Caption Hide Caption SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of local politicians think they know what’s best for all of us, and they plan on taking our tax money to prove it.  “I don’t think they care about the voters. It’s clear the voters don’t want this, but they don’t care” says Carl DeMaio of Reform California.At the heart of this issue is a ‘voter approved tax’ for improving Freeways around San Diego, it’s called the Transnet Tax approved by voters in 2004.  “Now the politicians want to raid the road money in favor of buses and trolleys” says DeMaio. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsBut a new poll from Reform California is a real eye opener for those politicians who think they can force people out of their cars in the name of ‘climate change’.  “The poll shows 97-percent of people use their cars everyday for work and play, two percent use buses and trolleys and one percent ride their bikes of walk” says DeMaio.It also shows a ‘super majority’ of people in San Diego do not like politicians stealing ‘road money’.  In fact, 70-percent are opposed to using ‘road money’ for more trolleys and buses.  “So what we’re going to do is ‘target’ at least two of these politicians, we’ll kill the idea, then we will target at least two of them during their reelection”, says DeMaio.There is also something called a “congestion tax”.  No, really.  The politicians who run SANDAG are proposing a new tax on anyone who sits in traffic, during congestion, as if it’s their fault.In other words, they plan on stealing voter approved money for roads, creating more congestion, then charging drivers for sitting in the mess they’ve created.  The group is known as SANDAG.  They are politicians from all 18-cities around San Diego County who sit on this board.At the core of their philosophy, cars are bad, buses are good.  Contact your local politician and let them know what the ‘real people’ are thinking. 12 Posted: May 21, 2019center_img Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Dan Plante, Updated: 8:28 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter May 21, 2019 Show Caption Hide Caption BREAKING – New poll shows @SANDAG plan to RAID road funds, impose massive tax hikes for Transit will hit a huge pothole! Super-Majority of Voters Oppose SANDAG Road Raids & Tax Hikeshttps://t.co/aDrMj0CQVQ @10News @KUSINews @nbcsandiego @CBS8 @sdutIdeas @fox5sandiego pic.twitter.com/x06fn9xAAF— Carl DeMaio (@carldemaio) May 21, 2019last_img read more

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE: April 2016’s reductions to the annual and lifetime pensions allowances impacted between 1% and 5% of staff in just under half (45%) of employer respondents’ organisations, according to research by Employee Benefits and Close Brothers.The Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, which surveyed 250 employer respondents, also found that a further 12% said between 6-10% of staff were affected, while 10% of respondents said that none of their employees were impacted by the change.This contrasts somewhat to the results of last year’s research, which found that 14% of respondents felt a significant number of staff would be affected by the allowance reductions.From 6 April this year, the annual allowance for those earning more than £150,000 a year was tapered down to a minimum of £10,000, while the lifetime allowance for pension contributions was reduced from £1.25 million to £1 million.While some organisations have looked to alternative forms of remuneration to compensate affected staff in lieu of pension contributions going forward, a higher percentage of respondents than last year have decided not to do so. Last year, 27% of respondents indicated that they were not planning to introduce any alternative form of remuneration for affected staff. This year, 38% of respondents said that, after the event, they have not done so.Where respondents do offer alternative forms of reward to affected staff, cash remains the most popular option. Watch Employee Benefits Wired: Maximising pensions potential. The 30-minute panel discussion can be viewed online anytime on EB TV.last_img read more

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinGreater Houston added 18,400 net jobs in October.The state’s economy grew by an estimated 13,700 nonfarm jobs in October. That’s the seasonally adjusted number as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission. “The trade, transportation and utilities industry recorded the largest private industry employment gain over the month with 8,200 jobs added,” Commissioner Ruth Hughs, who represents employers for the state agency, said.The financial and manufacturing sectors also grew significantly, adding 4,400 and 2,000 net jobs respectively.The actual (not seasonally adjusted) number of jobs in the oil and gas industry grew slightly, by 900.In Houston, oil and gas employment went down in October, by 500 jobs. Overall, nonfarm employment in Houston grew by just over half a percent last month.Both the local and state unemployment rate went down. It stood at 5.1 percent in Houston and 4.4 percent in Texas. That compares to 4.7 percent nationwide. X Share Listen 00:00 /00:00last_img read more

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first_img 3D printing is still one of the coolest, most sci-fi concepts we can’t believe casually exists in the real world today. Crunching some numbers and watching a computer spit out a physical object is just so cool. But it’s also pretty complicated, too complicated for children that might otherwise enjoy shaping plastic to their will.However, as if the maker tech behind 3D printing couldn’t get any cooler, there are now also products that let kids draw colorful flexible plastic into new shapes with special pens, essentially “3D printing by hand.” Make anything from your signature to a cube to a totem to store a piece of your soul in.We recently received one of those products from 3Doodler, a leader in the space. It was a $70 set themed around making your own toy Powerpuff Girls characters (or South Park characters with a few tweaks).AdChoices广告I, Geek.com Senior Editor Jordan Minor, patiently messed around with one of these pens and 3D drew a terrible little pumpkin mummy monster. I can’t imagine how much time and skillful effort and plastic it would take to make the eyepatch anime Powerpuff Girls character the package came with as an example of a “proper” creation. But a childless dude in his mid-20s hardly seemed like the target demographic for this nifty device.Fortunately, Sascha Segan, mobile analyst extraordinaire for our sister site PCMag and Cool Dad, was more than happy to test out the toy with his 11-year-old daughter. Keep reading for their family-style hot takes on 3Doodler Start Powerpuff Yourself.Since the 3Doodler Start is for ages 8 and up, we put it in a creative 11-year-old’s hands to see what she’d do with it. She took one look at the detailed Powerpuff instructions and shrugged; she had Things to Make.One of 3Doodler’s strengths is that there’s a considerable library of projects and kits available, with more coming constantly from the community. $30 ‘activity kits’ focus on robots, consumer products, architectural models or Powerpuff Girls figures, with custom stencils and (in the robotics case) a motor.If you’re just a creative kid, though, this is a terrific toy. Within a day, we had ideas for jewelry, a magic wand, a very small sword for a doll or toy, and multiple “gems” for canonical or imagined Steven Universe characters. The kid took to 3D doodling very quickly, building her first multifaceted gem within half an hour.The pen is very easy to use. Turn it on, wait for an orange light to turn green, and feed in a strand of plastic. It’ll come out soft, ductile and flexible, hardening within seconds. You build solid areas by weaving or crosshatching strands back and forth.more inkThe Start uses special 2.5mm plastic strands that come in packs of 24 for $4.99. You can’t use any other plastic; this is non-toxic, low-temperature plastic that comes out of the pen cool and safe. Its low-temp nature also means that it isn’t microwave, dishwasher or oven safe; it’ll just melt down into a blob. We got 3-5 feet of doodling from a strand, depending on how thin we pulled it.That said, we blew through the strands pretty quickly, taking a half-dozen to make a single brooch-sized gem. A pack-a-day habit would be easy to adopt, but at least it’s healthier than cigarettes.The biggest waste of plastic comes when you want to change colors, for instance when our tester wanted to create a multicolored, tourmaline gem for a Steven Universe character. You can eject a strand, but you have to doodle out the half-inch or so before you insert the new strand. Our living room table now has a bunch of little colored plastic turds on it.The pen charges via micro-USB in about 15 minutes, and it can doodle out a half-dozen strands before needing a recharge. That said, our tester needed to recharge as she completed her palm-sized gem.Hey, it’s Jordan again. While this starter edition of 3Doodler ($50 without the Powerpuff Girls license) is totally a great entry point for kids, it also got both Sascha and I interested in potentially more advanced hand-drawn 3D printing tech. And it turns out 3Doodler puts out a whole line of pens that don’t have the compromises of this child-friendly version.The popular mid-range $99 3Doodler Create lets you adjust the speed and temperature for more detailed plastic sculpting and has a sleek aluminum body. Meanwhile, the $250 3Doodler Create Pro lets true artists, engineers, architects, and other designers do real manufacturing work, however small the objects. There are different nozzle shapes, smoothing tools, material types like wood and bronze, and a portable battery pack to let your hand draw untethered. Finally, 3Doodler makes special discounted versions of its tech especially for educators.There are parts of 3D printing so repetitive and tedious it’s better to just let a machine quickly do it, like filling something in or making a big but basic geometric shape. However, the 3Doodler Create pens can craft objects and fine details that would otherwise get lost out of a normal 3D printer. Plus, if your machine-printed 3D object ever gets damaged, these pens seem great for molding plastic spot fixes onto it. It is to 3D printers what other smartpens like Livescribe are to computers.Powerpuff Girls isn’t even the only #brand 3Doodler has partnered with. To celebrate a million pens sold since the company launched four years ago, 3Doodler recently released a Star Trek-themed set, appropriate for the Star Trek-esque fantasy-made-real technology.For me, 3Doodler is a fun hot glue gun monster factory, but for others it might be the evolution of shaping a beautiful piece of your own artistic expression out of a humble lump of clay. Hopefully the latter is what most kids will get out of it. Become self-reliant and create your own dang toys.Buy 3Doodler Start Powerpuff YourselfBuy 3Doodler CreateLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Pick: Juku 3Doodler Create+ Is A 3D Printing Pen SetWatch: Rocker Tries to Break World’s First 3D-Printed, Smash-Proof Guitar last_img read more

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first_imgIn a world which is increasingly urban and alarmingly stressful and isolated, Kavita Chopra Dikshit’s new series of artwork gives a glimpse of Indian Mohalla – cramped spaces within which life unfolds in all its colours. ‘Mohalla’ – Kavita’s first solo show – captures the vibrant, colourful, noisy rhythm of lives that flowed into each other, an interconnectedness that created joy with a layered unfolding of life. The exhibition will open on February 5, at Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt yearns for the romance of lost time, another world where community living was the order of the day. Neighbours were friends and it was a world of open doorways and conversations over walls. Where there were many little stories and nothing was a secret, where the days were slower and life in the closely knit community overflowed with charm and exuberance that nostalgia made even sweeter. Kavita has experimented with oils, acrylic, and mixed media, though her preferred medium remains oils on canvas. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKavita’s art tells you a little bit about her. The realist who doesn’t flinch in painting abandoned urban spaces and the poet who seeks beauty in that grime. She is the person who finds comfort in the ordinary, in the clothes drying on a line, in the familiarity of graffiti, while simultaneously at ease with the spiritual. Her abstracts are contemplative, the simplicity misleading, until you notice the purpose in the brush strokes.last_img read more

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first_img Advertisement Rockets Owner Leslie Alexander, like most billionaires, plays by a different set of rules.Last night, during the first quarter of the Houston’s close-out win against the Thunder, Alexander walked up to a ref on the sidelines to voice his displeasure about the officiating. It all happened during live action, while the clock was running.It’s a pretty embarrassing, low rent move, but still more respectable than James Dolan.The Rockets owner is NOT pleased with the officiating thus far pic.twitter.com/F9sUTZw0US— HStoolTakeover (@StoolOfH) April 26, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgA new exhibition by landscape artist Joseph Kaknes opens Feb. 2 in the recently launched Laguna Mar Hotel near San Miguel, in the southern part of Guanacaste.Kaknes moved to Costa Rica six years ago and settled in the tiny Guanacaste village of Islita to pursue his passion for painting landscapes and seascapes. His own crowded gallery, Galeria Casa Estrella, is testament to his fascination with his tropical surroundings. Kaknes works have previously been exhibited at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Liberia and Hotel Punta Islita, and they can be found in important private and corporate collections here and overseas.The American artist is also an award-winning dramatist who has created original onstage art and drama in the U.S. One of the plays dramatizes Van Gogh’s final days, as he paints a post-impressionistic canvas on stage. Kaknes performed his one-man show “Van Gogh” for the long-standing English-language Little Theatre Group of Costa Rica in 2011 to general acclaim. Kaknes’ new paintings are displayed at the Laguna Mar Hotel. Although Kaknes has no formal art training, his vibrant compositions are full of energy and colourful expression. Due to his fascination with Van Gogh, Kaknes’ art is influenced by the post-impressionist movement, and in particular, its most famous protagonist.Kaknes has become a well-established figure around Islita and the picturesque beaches and communities in the area. Wearing a battered straw hat as protection from the elements and puffing on his pipe with two faithful doggy companions – George Moss and Loida – in tow, Kaknes is easily recognized. Locals and tourists alike stop along the road for a chat and to view his latest creations.His approach to his work is unlike other artists in the country in that he insists on painting only in situ, capturing the essence and atmosphere of his subject in the countryside. He disdains using photographic memory aids to complete a canvas. Once it’s done, it’s done.Kaknes with be exhibiting his work Feb. 2 from 3-8 p.m. at Hotel Laguna Mar. The hotel will be serving complimentary wine and bocas at sunset (while supplies last). Stop by and enter to win a $50 Restaurant Laguna Mar gift certificate (no purchase necessary to enter drawing).Location: Hotel Laguna Mar, Javilla, near San Miguel, Guanacaste.Contact: 8651-9487 or 2655-8181Directions: from San José, the drive is approximately four hours. Take Highway 27 and Panamerican Hwy 1 to Puente Amistad; then roads to Mansion, Hojancha, Islita, Javilla.Daily flights to Islita with Nature Air Natureair.com. Facebook Comments No related posts. Vicky Longlandlast_img read more

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