Let’s Do This Again: Are These Shoes Gray and Teal, or Pink and White?

first_imgFor what it’s worth, 89% of people who voted in a Buzzfeed poll went with gray and teal. It’s been like 12 minutes since an optical illusion photo went viral, so here you go.  Here’s the newest one in the tradition of “The Dress” from a few years back . . . Someone on Twitter named “TFILDOLANS” posted a picture of her shoe a few days ago.  And people are debating whether it’s gray and teal . . . or pink and white.last_img

SA joins UN Security Council

first_imgUN ambassador Baso Sangqu andInternational Relations and CooperationMinister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane willlead the South African delegation as thecountry takes its place in UN SecurityCouncil. (Image: United Nations) South Africa firmly committed itself to international peacekeeping efforts on 1 January 2011 when it took its place for a second term on the UN Security Council (UNSC). Voted in by 182 member states of the UN General Assembly last year, the country will serve as a non-permanent member for the 2011/12 term.The UNSC is made up of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – and 10 non-permanent members, which currently are Bosnia and Herzegovina; Germany; Portugal; Brazil; India; South Africa; Colombia; Lebanon; Gabon and Nigeria.The council is responsible for maintaining peace and security across the globe, usually by recommending that the parties involved reach an amicable agreement. The UNSC also conducts investigations into areas of conflict and may send in UN peacekeeping forces to help reduce tension.South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the country’s UNSC seat would give it the opportunity to forge closer partnerships with other member states.The department added that South Africa is committed to contributing to the work of the UNSC in maintaining international peace and security, particularly in Africa.“South Africa wants to advance the African agenda within the security council,” said the country’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu.“More than two-thirds of the conflicts and crises that the security council handles are in Africa. It is not something that we should be proud of,” he said.Learning from experienceSouth Africa previously served on the UNSC in 2007 and 2008. “South Africa has learnt important lessons from the first term,” said Sangqu, who will lead the country’s UNSC delegation.Dirco said it has assembled a “crack team” of diplomats and officials to help South Africa serve on the council.“In its actions, South Africa will be guided by the commitment to uphold international law and universal values, and help others protect or achieve their inherent and inalienable rights,” said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.She added that the country would continue with its efforts to promote and enhance the UNSC’s cooperation with regional organisations, particularly the African Union’s Peace and Security Council.Sangqu said: “Ivory Coast will be an issue we will have to deal with. There is now a standoff with regards to who the leader is. As a council member, South Africa will have to lead from the front on such issues.”South Africa will also advocate for more resources to help resolve the conflict in Somalia, the ambassador added.He said the UNSC should not to let the situation in that country become “a forgotten conflict” like the dispute between Morocco and Western Sahara guerrillas.last_img read more

Detex: Heavy-Duty, Three-Bolt, Multipoint Lock

first_imgThe ECL-230X-TDB is a heavy-duty, easy to install three-bolt multipoint lock whose construction takes panic hardware to a new level of toughness and eases your back-door security worries. It is designed with a larger deadbolt that goes deeper into the frame than other locks in the category. Connecting rods are solid steel, rather than the less reliable hollow rod/cable construction. Life safety and code compliant, the new Detex ECL-230X-TDB serves as both panic hardware and a maximum-strength locking device.The ECL-230X-TDB includes a photo-luminescent sign available in more than ten color/language combinations, a 100-decibel alarm, and three locking points per door.Combining the ECL-230X-TDB with Detex’s DX Bolts provides an additional line of defense against break-ins via additional locking points. Even if the exterior door hinges are compromised the DX bolts keep the door locked and secure. These passive deadbolts are easy to install and offer another layer of attack resistance.- Sponsor – How tough is the ECL-230X-TDB? Independent laboratory testing proves a door secured by the ECL-230X-TDB, and when combined with three DX Bolts can withstand 16,000 lbs of pull force.Add suffix DX3 (ECL-230X-TDB-DX3) for six locking points for even stronger security. Single- and double-bolt and weatherized models are also available. Optional accessories include hinge side locking bolts and inside pull handle.Other 230Xmodels include ECL-230X (Dead Bolt Only), ECL-230X-W (Weatherized Dead Bolt), ECL-230X-TB (Top and Bottom Bolt), ECL-230X-W-TB (Weatherized Top and Bottom Bolt), ECL-230X-TD (Top and Dead Bolt), ECL-230X-W-TD (Weatherized Top and Dead Bolt), and ECL-230X-W-TDB (Weatherized Top Bolt, Dead Bolt and Bottom Bolt).Almost all hardware and accessories can be customized with different finishes, colors, sizes, and more.Visit Booth #935 or www.detex.com to see what the ECL-230X can do for you. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Amazon poised to launch new retargeting ad product: Report

first_img Posted on 15th May 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Amazon is continuing its aggressive move into digital advertising, with the apparent launch of its own retargeting product. According to Bloomberg the company is about to introduce a new display advertising offering.While the details are not entirely clear, Bloomberg asserts the new Amazon program will compete with similar offerings from Google and Criteo. It’s currently being tested and will be a PPC-auction product, according to the report. Recently Amazon stopped buying product listing ads (PLAs) on Google.What’s not clear is whether Amazon-based remarketing will run on third party sites and/or whether Amazon will effectively sell PLAs to merchants at auction rather than placing them “for free.”According to eMarketer estimates, Amazon is playing a major role in the growth of native ads outside of social media. A recent report from the firm projects that “non-social native will grow more than 80 percent this year to $8.71 billion.”Amazon’s advertising business, which it currently lumps into the category “other” grew 60 percent year over year in 2017 to $1.7 billion. The company’s CFO Brian Olsavsky was very bullish about the outlook for Amazon’s ad business in its most recent earnings call. The Seattle-based company is seen as one of the few viable challengers to “the duopoly.”According to the IAB’s recent full-year 2017 US digital advertising report, non-video display advertising was worth $27.5 billion in 2017.The post Amazon poised to launch new retargeting ad product: Report appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Amazon poised to launch new retargeting ad product: Report Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 HomeDigital MarketingAmazon poised to launch new retargeting ad product: Report Amazon poised to launch new retargeting ad product: ReportYou are here:last_img read more

Without a champion, Europa lander falls to NASA’s back burner

first_img In comments included with the report, NASA’s science office in Washington, D.C., led by Thomas Zurbuchen, noted that a reassessment of the lander, conducted last month for planning its 2021 budget request, “resulted in an estimated launch date of no earlier than 2030.” This launch date, it said, would allow time to reduce technical risks and permit the decadal survey to consider the mission. “Technology development will continue as funding allows,” the science office adds. But in the meantime, many of the personnel who had been developing the lander have transitioned to other priorities, the agency said.For this fiscal year, Congress gave NASA $195 million to spend on developing the lander, with a launch required by 2025. Earlier this year, NASA requested no additional money for the lander in its proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins 1 October. With Culberson gone, the new head of science spending in the House, Representative José Serrano (D–NY), did not fully reverse course: Although the 2020 spending bill being considered by the House includes no money for the lander, it directs NASA to include “adequate funding” in its 2021 budget request for continued R&D in support of the lander.Postponing the lander could benefit the strained workforce at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, which manages both the Clipper and the lander, along with the Mars 2020 rover. JPL has struggled to put enough technical staff on the Clipper project, the inspector general reported: In December 2018, the Clipper workforce was understaffed by 10%, with vacancies in science instruments and avionics. The cost projections for the mission were also overly optimistic, the report says; such cost overruns prompted Zurbuchen to cancel development in March of one instrument, a magnetometer. Instead, the mission will use a cheaper, less capable instrument.Congress has also mandated that the Clipper use NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), its long-delayed heavy launch rocket. Using the SLS would allow the Clipper to shoot directly toward Jupiter, arriving 4 years earlier than if launched on a commercial rocket. The agency will struggle to launch the rocket before 2021, the report notes, and it has ordered two missions to Earth’s moon but not a third flight of the rocket. As a result, the report concludes, “We do not see a possibility for Clipper to launch on the SLS by 2023,” as now planned.In its 2020 budget request to Congress, NASA stated that it would prefer to launch the Clipper on a commercial vehicle, such as the Delta IV Heavy or the Falcon Heavy, which would save $700 million. Now, the Europa Clipper team is keeping options open to fly on the SLS or an alternative rocket. But the mission is coming close to finalizing its designs and starting to build hardware, and it will need certainty by this summer, the report says. “Keeping both the SLS and commercial launch vehicle options beyond [this time] creates added risks and uncertainties for an already challenging project.” Without a champion, Europa lander falls to NASA’s back burner NASA/JPL-Caltech By Paul VoosenMay. 29, 2019 , 4:05 PMcenter_img An artist’s concept of the Europa lander, which is meant to probe the icy moon for signs of life. After years of being pushed by the U.S. Congress to follow the Europa Clipper, a spacecraft that will survey Jupiter’s frozen moon, with a lander, NASA has begun to push back. The agency disclosed today that the lander mission, if it happens, will now come no earlier than 2030, 5 years later than Congress mandated. And the agency will be challenged to meet the 2023 launch date set for the Clipper.Thanks to the watery ocean beneath its icy crust, Europa has loomed for several decades as a prime target in the search for life outside Earth. But unlike the $3 billion Europa Clipper, a flagship NASA mission under development that will conduct periodic flybys of the moon, the Europa lander has not been rated as a high-priority mission by planetary scientists. Instead, support for the lander was largely marshaled by former Representative John Culberson (R–TX), who, until his election defeat in 2018, led the U.S. House of Representatives spending panel that oversees NASA.The lack of consensus scientific support, and the fact that a 2025 launch would require the lander to be designed before the Clipper observed the moon’s surface, have been driven by the “unattainable” timeline imposed by Congress, NASA’s Office of Inspector General concluded in a report today. 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Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav ready for Sri Lanka challenge: Bowling coach Bharat Arun

first_imgIndian bowling coach Bharat Arun is confident that the team’s speed merchants Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav will take up the challenge to “maintain speed as well as be accurate” in the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka starting August 12 at Galle.Asked if India’s fast men need to sacrifice a bit of pace in order to be more accurate, Arun said, “Sacrificing pace, I would not definitely want. I believe it is a wrong concept that people who generally bowl fast are erratic. It’s about efficient action and thought process, you can be fast as well as accurate. So the challenge for these two (Aaron and Umesh) would be to not compromise on speed and be a lot more accurate.”Bhuvi rediscovering himself The former Tamil Nadu seamer also seemed excited about Bhuvneshwar Kumar “rediscovering himself” after a lean patch.When queried about what went wrong with Bhuvneshwar, the bowling coach said, “There were no problems as such. Just that he used to bring the ball back in (to the left handers) and he was having trouble with that. Question was the release point. He worked pretty hard and that made a huge difference as he could again bring the ball back in. That made him a potent force.”Arun also seemed ecstatic about the current bowling group, terming it as one with “great potential”.”There is great potential in our fast bowling unit. We have couple of bowlers, who can clock 145 plus on a consistent basis. We have Ishant (Sharma) who is pretty experienced and can extract the bounce off the wicket.advertisementIshant has been consistent “Of late, Ishant has been pretty consistent. That’s a very encouraging fact. We have variety with someone who can move and seam the ball, someone who can extract bounce and couple, who can clock 145 plus. Gives us enough variety to battle any conditions.”Backs Kohli’s five-bowler strategy Arun also advocated captain Virat Kohli’s theory of playing with five bowlers in order to win Test matches. “If you look at world cricket, any Test team that dominated always had five bowlers. Probably if we get an all-rounder, preferably a batting all-rounder, it would be very very beneficial for the side.”Both Ashwin and Harbhajan have two Test centuries and Bhuvi is more than capable with the bat. Our lower-order needs to live up to this challenge.”Similar conditions Sri Lanka have not been a happy hunting place for the Indian cricket team historically, but Arun does not want to dwell on the past. “Well, I don’t look at too much of what happened in the past. The conditions are pretty similar to that in our country and I believe we have variety in our batting and bowling to adapt to these conditions. The challenge would be to do it as fast as possible to get the best results.”Save Murali Vijay, none of the top-order batsmen have played a Test match in the island nation, but Arun feels that it’s hardly going to be a problem.”Well, it was the same scenario when we did go to Australia. There were a lot of players playing for the first time in Australia. But in all four Tests, we put up 400 runs. Not many teams have done that in Australia. It all depends on mentality, how quickly we can overcome shortcomings.”This team is pretty experienced and have done well over last one year. They should come really good in this series.” The bowling coach also seemed non-committal about the surfaces that will be on offer. “Very difficult to speculate unless we get there and inspect the conditions. In the series against Pakistan, the wickets were spinner-friendly. Unless we have a look at the wicket, it is difficult to say. But we are pretty well-equipped to deal with any conditions.”Overseas Test win He also sidestepped the issue about whether this is the best chance for India to record a rare overseas Test series win in recent years.”The question is about accepting things as they are. Achieve what we want to achieve. It is all about collectively doing well. It is a challenge for us and we will take that head on.”Asked about expectations from the upcoming Board President’s XI warm-up game starting tomorrow, Arun said,” It is a wonderful opportunity to get into match atmosphere. There is no greater preparation than playing a match.”last_img read more

Senate Postpones Debate on Road Traffic Act

first_imgDebate on the Road Traffic Act was postponed in the Senate on Friday (November 23) to allow for public education and consultation with stakeholders.Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who moved for the delay, said: “I beg to give notice that further amendments to the Bill shortly, entitled the Road Traffic Act 2018 be considered and approved at a later date.” Speaking to JIS News following the sitting, Senator Reid explained that the decision was based on concerns expressed by taxi operators and their respective associations.Among them is the provision for motor-vehicle owners to be ticketed for breaches by drivers of their vehicles.“As a Government that is clearly responsive to stakeholders who have concerns, we are prepared to bring those issues to the table. I think a lot of the issues that seem to have been brought up in the public sphere were misinformation, and I think persons were not as informed as to what the Road Traffic Act is seeking to do,” he explained.Passed in the House of Representatives on November 13 with six amendments, the Road Traffic Act 2018 replaces its 80-year-old predecessor, which was enacted in 1938.The Bill was first proposed in 2014 and was then placed before a joint select committee of Parliament for review.It establishes new offences as well as provides increased penalties for road traffic breaches. It also includes features such as a restriction on handheld devices and a requirement for drivers to have their licence always in their possession while operating a vehicle.Senate President, Hon. Tom Tavares-Finson said he has had dialogue with the heads of some taxi associations who were present ahead of the start of the Senate, and assured them of his willingness to listen.For his part, President of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO), Louis Barton, urged taxi operators, who have withdrawn service in protest, to return to work.“Do not cause disruptions on the road. Do not do anything that is illegal. We’re trying to reform (and) improve the transportation sector,” he said.last_img read more