Politics Internet Services Comments A petition to revoke Article 50, the clause triggering the UK’s exit from the EU, went viral on Thursday, causing Parliament’s petitions site to display a notice saying it was “down for maintenance.”The petitions site was unavailable for several short periods of time after gaining traction overnight on Wednesday. “We know that the Petitions site is experiencing problems due to the number of people using the site,” said a House of Commons spokesman. “This is a mixture of people signing petitions and refreshing the site to see changes to the number of signatures. We are working to get the problems fixed as soon as possible.”At the time of writing, the petition to stop Brexit had over 827,000 signatures. According to Parliament’s own rules, a petition will be considered for debate when it reaches 100,000 signatures and the government has three days to respond.A notice on Parliament’s petitions site. Screenshot/Katie Collins “The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” the petition reads. “We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen — so vote now.”The number of signatures picked up steam following a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday evening, in which she claimed that the Brexit crisis was not her fault, but rather the fault of politicians who refused to vote for the deal she had negotiated with the EU.As it stands, the UK will either leave the EU on March 29 with May’s deal (which has been voted down three times in Parliament), leave the EU on March 29 with no deal at all (a prospect rejected by a separate vote in Parliament), or it can revoke Article 50 and choose not to leave at all. The Prime Minister is in Brussels on Thursday to ask all 27 EU member states for an extension in the hope that it will buy her more time to pass her deal and get it ratified to ensure a smooth transition.Spokespeople from the Prime Minister’s office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Share your voice 4 Tags
Apple Event Crutchfield HBO Disney Amazon Hulu Netflix Apple 43 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service Now playing: Watch this: Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Now playing: Watch this: Apple teases its original shows in new trailer While Apple will have you believe it’s breaking new ground, the truth is it’s just one of myriad players going after cord-cutters. There are a host of services including HBO, Hulu and YouTube all going after subscription dollars, while another highly anticipated option from Disney, which will tie together kids programming, Star Wars and Marvel content, will launch this year. Apple’s option to bundle different subscriptions like HBO and Starz through its Apple TV Channel app, meanwhile, looks a lot like the Amazon Prime Video Channels program offered to Prime subscribers. One advantage that Apple seems to be pushing: a focus on privacy and a safe space away from advertisers. If there’s one theme the company hit time and time again, it’s that these services would respect your personal information. It’s tough to discount Apple entirely. After all, Apple Music came out of nowhere to capture the No. 2 spot behind Spotify. Then there are the myriad of hit products, from the game-changing iPhone to the iPod and MacBook Air. The company is hoping history repeats itself with video. But without a price yet (the service launches in the fall in more than 100 countries), it’s still unclear what the demand will be. “Apple’s advantage is certainly that they have such large resources — they showcased today that they can line up big Hollywood stars to make this happen,” said Gartner analyst Annette Zimmerman. “And maybe even more important — they gave a hint towards the themes they want to address with their own shows/movies, not light and easy topics but rather societal issues that not only the US-based users can relate to.” Apple waited until the end to show off its lineup of celebrities and projects for its Apple TV Plus. Apple Between Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola, Apple showed off a star-studded lineup for its newly unveiled Apple TV Plus service. Consistent with the Apple way of building up its products and services, the superlatives poured forth from CEO Tim Cook. “It’s unlike anything that’s been done before,” he said at an event on Monday at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters’ Steve Jobs Theater. Given the talent signed on to Apple, you might be under the impression that this is a groundbreaking, must-have service. After all, who are we to question Oprah? See It Best Buy Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview $179 Oprah joins the Apple family with two new documentaries Mentioned Above Apple TV 4K (32GB) 2:45 Comments Tags See All Killer app: Privacy While celebrities lined up to sing Apple TV Plus’s praises, we saw little footage from the individual projects aside from a sizzle reel at the end. For now, it’s not enough to get people excited about the prospect of spending more money, despite the star power. One recurrent theme at the event was Apple’s focus on privacy. The company noted that article recommendations from Apple News Plus would happen on device, so the company won’t know what you like to read. Another perk for the News service: Advertisers won’t track you. Cook calls the App Store, “A safe and trusted place for users to discover and download apps.” Apple has spent the last few years talking up the privacy aspects of its products and services but ramped up its focus in the last few months as other tech titans have fumbled with how they’ve handled the personal information of their users. Stumbles by Google and Facebook have raised questions about how seriously the tech world considers our information. It’s a nice story for Apple to present. But time will tell if its fans tune in for the exclusive stories on its TV service. For now, competitors like Netflix aren’t sweating too much — even with Apple’s storied history of success. Originally published March 25, 11:54 a.m. PT. Update, 2:25 p.m. PT: Adds analyst comments. Update, March 26 at 4 a.m. PT: Adds additional background. 3:03 Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 1:36 Review • Apple TV 4K review: The best TV streamer keeps getting better See It $179 But if you wanted to get HBO with your Hulu, you need to sign up for its cablelike live-TV service known as Hulu + Live TV, which starts at $45 monthly and then requires an additional $15 a month for the premium network. And then there are things like AMC Premiere. The Walking Dead’s network offers fans the option to pay an extra $5 a month to stream its shows without any of its ads and watch certain shows two days before they air, but you need to already be paying for AMC through a typical pay-TV provider. That headache-inducing complexity of navigating online video subscriptions could play in Apple’s favor, at least in the US. The company is touting Apple TV as a simplified hub for streaming services and cable channels. Big spenders Apple was long reported to have kicked off its original programming mission with a $1 billion budget, but the company has flown past that. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield estimated Apple’s budget has swelled to $2 billion a year. While that seems big, especially for a gadget giant with barely any background in programming, it pales in comparison with Netflix. The streaming company, operating the world’s biggest subscription video service by members, spent $12 billion on content last year. That budget could surpass $15 billion this year, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon. But Netflix’s big spending is unprecedented for a company that doesn’t touch live sports. Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos, once said the company was trying to become HBO before HBO could become Netflix. Purely based on budget, Netflix passed that point long ago. Research firm Kagan estimated that HBO spent $2.5 billion in 2017, compared with the $6 billion Netflix spent then. (HBO’s spending is sure to rise in 2019: John Stankey, the new head the unit that oversees the premium channel, said one of AT&T’s plans as HBO’s new parent company would be to boost the network’s programming budget.) Even Amazon was expected to spend $5 billion in video content last year, according to JPMorgan’s Doug Anmuth. But Apple’s legendary track record with products may not automatically equate to success elsewhere. For one, Hollywood is a tough business and one that Apple has little experience in. Spending an estimated $2 billion on A-list talent garners a whole lot of buzz, but it’s no guarantee of success. Its first forays into original programming — Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps — flopped. (Note: Carpool Karaoke originally emerged out of the The Late Late Show on CBS, the parent company of CNET.) So Apple TV Plus represents the biggest test of whether its loyal fanbase will hoover up all of its services like it lines up at its stores for the latest iPhone. The company’s focus on services, which include newly unveiled Apple News Plus and Apple Arcade, as well as a revamp of its Apple TV app, comes as the company attempts to transform itself into a company that’s less reliant on the iPhone, which provides two-thirds of its revenue. There are 1.4 billion Apple devices out there, an ideal platform for its services business, which in the December quarter jumped 19 percent to a record $10.9 billion. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple TV 4K Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 97 Photos More from the Apple event What will it cost? Want to stir up some internet rage? Announce a price hike to a beloved streaming service. Netflix found that out the hard way once after dropping a sudden 60 percent hike on customers, driving away members in droves. Since then, Netflix has become an expert at tapping its prices gently higher every couple of years. It announced its latest price increase earlier this year. In the US, Netflix’s plans range between $9 and $16. Its cheapest plan received the first bump in almost eight years. For now, Apple remains mum on the pricing for Apple TV Plus. The company has a history of pricing its hardware at a premium, but its Apple Music service, at $10 a month, is in line with Spotify. Peter Stern, Apple’s vice president of services, talks about the different services on Apple TV. Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET The other side of the streaming video coin is Apple TV Channels, which bundles different services like HBO and Starz with livestreaming TV services like DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue. Cable and satellite companies like Charter and DirecTV will integrate their services into Apple TV, while Optimum and Altice will join later this year. Having a hub for all of your shows makes a lot of sense. Consulting firm PwC notes that consumers increasingly want a single source for programming. But Apple hasn’t talked about pricing for the channels, although you can look elsewhere for clues. HBO as an Amazon Channel, for example, costs $15 a month for people who already subscribe to the $119-a-year Amazon Prime service, the same price you’d pay if you signed up directly for HBO Now. Starz costs $9 a month — again, the same price as for an online customer. But the more you look at competitive pricing, the more confusing it can be. Hulu, for example, would compete with Apple by offering both video-on-demand for exclusive originals as well as its giant library of programs from giant networks like NBC, ABC, Fox, FX, Bravo and others. That starts at just $6 a month with ads or $12 a month if you want to pay to strip them out. 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The Cabinet committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave an approval for divesting 26 percent equity shares in BEML India out of the government shareholding 54.03 percent. Following the stake sale news, the BEML stock was trading at Rs 1,135 at around 11:25 a.m. on Monday, up 14.26 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The announcement of the stake sale was made after trading hours on Friday, January 6. The Bengaluru-based BEML company has an equity capital of Rs 41.64 crore. Also read: Govt to divest stake in BEML, Pawan Hans, Hindustan Newsprint, other PSUs”Ministry of Defence has communicated ‘in-principal’ approval of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of the Government of India, for strategic divestment of 26% equity shares in BEML Limited out of Government of India shareholding of 54.03%. The said shareholding would be sold to strategic buyer/s, to be identified by the Government of India by following due procedure,” the company said in a regulatory filing to the BSE.Post the divestment, the government’s shareholding in the defence ministry company will be down to 28 percent. The stake sale is expected to realise about Rs 1,000 crore for the government.For the financial year 2015-16, the company’s sales stood at Rs 3,426 crore, while the order book position as of November 30, 2016 was Rs 7,261 crore.Mutual Funds hold 18.64 percent, while retail shareholding is about 10 percent in BEML.The BSE Sensex was marginally down and trading at 26,746 while the NSE Nifty was flat 8,244. Dr Reddy’s Labs was the top Sensex loser, down 2.77 percent to Rs 3,073.
Sonakshi SinhaCollage of her Instagram photosA day after the video of her arrest created ripples, Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has revealed that she was arrested because it is a crime to look that good. It is a promo of new makeup collection Pose.A couple of videos featuring Sonakshi Sinha getting arrested went viral on the social media on Tuesday. Many of her fans were shocked and saddened to see the Dabangg actress in handcuffs. Many reports emerged in various media houses, but nobody mentioned the reason for her arrest, which led to confusion. Some speculated that it must be in connection with a complaint filed by and event organiser.But later, Sonakshi Sinha cleared the air through her Instagram story and revealed that she has become the face of MyGlamm’s new collection of makeup Pose and those leaked videos were that part of its promotion. The actress also wrote, “Hey guys, I know there are some concerning videos doing the rounds. It is me, but then that’s not the entire truth. I will share everything in detail with you all soon…”Today, we know for sure that she got arrested for ‘looking too good’ as another video is doing the rounds where she is sitting in handcuffs in an investigation cell and she’s trying to clarify that she has not done anything wrong. This was all a part of the promotional campaign by MyGlamm, and this was their way to announce Sonakshi’s association with the brand, as she has become the new face for POSE.Sonakshi Sinha posted, “YEAH… I got arrested!!! WHY, you ask? – BECAUSE ITS A CRIME TO LOOK THIS GOOD!!!! SO excited to announce that I’m the face for POSE by @myglamm , their new collection of camera-ready HD makeup. It makes you look so good, you can POSE whenever, wherever! #MyGlamm #POSE #POSEMakeup #POSEHDMakeup #HDMakeup #Makeup #CameraReady #InstaMakeup #CrueltyFreeMakeup #VeganBeauty #AsliSonaArrested #WhereIsSonakshiSinha.”On the work front, Sonakshi Sinha released Khandaani Shafakhana on August 2, but the movie failed badly at the box office. Her next release will be Mission Mangal, which is slated to hit screens on August 15. Besides she has another two films like Dabangg 3 and Bhuj: The Pride of India, which is slated for next year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the members of the Indian community, in Japan’s Kobe on June 27, 2019.IANSAfter revoking Article 370 granting special status to Jammu and Kashmir in a seamless manner and the security dragnet in the erstwhile state not resulting in a single bullet being fired, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun to focus on the beleaguered economy haemorrhaging in an ugly manner.In his meeting with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her team, Modi has argued for quick alleviation measures. With the FPI surcharge causing cataclysmic corrections in the capital markets, the BSE Sensex has seen a drop of 8 per cent since early June, accentuated after the Budget speech which imposed the tax, and the Prime Minister is reportedly concerned about disinvestment receipts which are contingent on a stable equity market.While the Parliament has passed the Finance Bill and tweaking it now will have to see an extraordinary measure, the Finance Ministry has reportedly sought the Law Ministry’s view on how to overhaul it. Section 119 of the IT Act which allows grandfathering is one option. Bringing an ordinance is another, but the former is a far better option.Sector-specific sops could be on the anvil as early as this weekend; the auto and realty sectors are in shambles, consumption patterns after a 10-year glut has fallen off the cliff, the savings rate is at a multi-year low and overall slowdown fears are rampant with almost all metrics in the negative or having seen huge deceleration.The January-March quarter GDP has slowed down to 5.8 per cent, the lowest in five years, which has caused pain points to emerge all across the economic vector.While the Finance Ministry mandarins did make a presentation on these pain points, the Prime Minister is clear that he wants the economy to be kick-started. The revival package though doesn’t have much room to manoeuvre given the needle on the fiscal deficit and the lack of readily available resources. However, a broad sweep of what can be expected will be on the following lines:* The Prime Minister agrees that there is a strong need for the growth revival and the government will go to any extend to jumpstart the somnolent economy.* The government strongly believes that a vibrant capital market is a must to achieve its divestment target.* The proposed surcharge on the FPIs to be reversed through tweaking as it has done incalculable damage.* Long-term capital gain tax to be enhanced to 3 years.* Slowdown in the auto sector is serious, resulting in job losses for which the government is concerned. GST rate could be slashed to 18 per cent across all auto segments. Further, lower registration and road tax levies may provide an additional cushion as the festival season kicks in.* A one-time stimulus package for real estate developers is on the anvil since both auto and realty sectors are job providers.
Two activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were sent to jail on Saturday in a case filed over attack on police in the district town.The accused are Ariful Haque, organising secretary of ward No. 4 unit of municipal BCL and its activist Saifuzzaman.The BCL men, riding on motorbikes, hit a plain-dressed police official and then locked into a scuffle with the law enforcers in Rajar Matt area around 6:00pm on Friday, said Golam Sarwar, officer-in-charge of Sadar model police station.As a sequel to the brawl, an organsied group of BCL men attacked police with sticks, leaving four constables – Shariar, 20, Shakhawat Hossain, 22, Hasan Al Mamun, 21 and Nazmul Habib – injured.The injured were admitted to Bandarban Sadar Hospital.A case was filed against 30 people, naming five men.Later, police arrested Ariful from Rajar Matt area and Saifuzzaman from his house.On Saturday, they were produced before a court and the court sent them to jail custody.
By day Ralph Cooper is a television producer. By night he is politically incorrect comedian. (Photo by Mark F. Gray)On a night of intense Stanley Cup Playoffs hockey in D.C. there’s a packed house inside RFD – an Irish soccer pub and sports bar – around the corner from Verizon Center in Chinatown. As Nicklas Backstrom scores the Washington Capitals first playoff goal in what their fans hope will be a championship run a loud crescendo erupts in the main room followed by bellows of laughter from the back.Comedian Ralph Cooper has just taken the microphone for the beginning of “Awesome Thursdays,” the weekly open mic forum for aspiring stand up philosophers to share unique takes on life. Anything goes during those five minutes of funny time and no subjects are off limits. In this environment, heckling is encouraged.“We’ve turned more hecklers into comedians that anybody in the business,” Cooper told the AFRO with a devilish grin. “I don’t have a problem with the audience making their feelings known but they better be ready for the folks on stage to send it right back.”“Awesome Thursdays” has become a ground breaking stage for aspiring comedians in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The stage is a social convergence of humor that crosses all demographic lines. Whether a Black college student, a middle age White businessmen, or a Fox News producer who travels from New York to perform, if you are funny – or think you have the gift to make people laugh – Cooper’s platform for self-expression has become a breakout spot for new talent. Every performer who emails Cooper is scheduled and the only rule is that no performer can take the stage in consecutive weeks.Randy Syfax left the showcase and appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on NBC last year. Brandon Brody, the final host of BET’s “106 & Park,” cut his comedic chops during “Awesome Thursdays” hosting another program for the network called “The XPeriment.” Cooper himself recently opened for Kevin Hart’s taping of his Comedy Central special that is scheduled to air this fall.“Part of the fun of this thing is watching people work hard, get better, and capitalize on their break,” said Cooper.Cooper, a 1998 graduate of Morehouse College, is living the best of both worlds. By day he lives a Bruce Wayne life as a guest producer at CCTV America where he helps shape impressions of American news for Chinese audiences worldwide. On Thursday nights he transforms into comedic version of Batman. By the time his elevator doors open in the lobby of network’s Massachusetts Ave studios he has transformed into the DMV’s crusader for politically incorrect humor. He wants comics who take risks and don’t give in to conservative audiences.“I’ve visited [upscale] rooms and [low class] rooms and have had a problem with them all,” said Cooper. “I don’t like comics who are scared to take risks. I don’t care if you talking about religion, gay marriage, politics or whatever if it’s funny say and it make people laugh”.“Where would we be if the legends of the game had been worried about political correctness,” he adds. “There would be no Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Paul Mooney or George Carlin. They pushed the envelope and took chances and that’s what I want to give comics a chance to do”.From baby boomers to millennials the acts that debut on the “Awesome Thursday” stages don’t leave any stone unturned. They push the limits on all aspects of life in brutally raw unwavering fashion to resounding laughs giving the audience a temporary respite from the harsh realities of daily life.“Comedy is my diversion,” said Cooper.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Richmond’s famed Monument Avenue has been vandalized.Red paint was splattered on the statue’s base. The letters BLM, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, was also sprayed on the base.Investigators look at the vandalism on the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Richmond, Va. The letters BLM, an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter movement, was also sprayed on the base. (Dean Hoffmeyer /Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)Virginia Capitol Police, which is responsible for policing the monuments, told news outlets the vandalism occurred late Friday or early Saturday between patrols.The vandalism occurs a week ahead of the one-year anniversary of the deadly White nationalist rally in Charlottesville that was organized in part as a protest to plans to remove a Lee Statue there.A Richmond commission that reviewed the city’s row of Confederate statues on Monument Avenue recommended earlier this year removing a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis but keeping others in place.
Bloom’s Energy Server (Phys.org) — Proving that it’s serious about becoming greener, EBay has announced that a new data center being built in Utah will run entirely on fuel cells, a move that other giants in the technology sector have been hesitant to take. Currently, those companies using fuel cells to power their data centers use them as a supplemental source of power, clearly worried about relying on a still new and in some ways unproven technology. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further The new data center is to be built in South Jordan, Utah as an addition to an already existing data center. The existing center will continue to draw power from the grid, while the new one will be powered exclusively by fuel cells, but will be hooked to the grid as a backup measure. EBay also has another data center in South Jordan that processes PayPal transactions, though there are no plans currently in place to make any modifications to its power source structure. As fuel cell technology has matured, it’s undergone a name change; it used to be called hydrogen fuel cell technology, but because other sources of fuel can now be uses as well, the name has become more generic. Still, the fuel cells for the South Jordan center will be of the hydrogen variety, though EBay has said that it will pay a premium for the creation of an equal amount of biogas in other places to offset the hydrogen used to power its plant. In addition to helping to save the environment, the center is expected to save on electricity costs as the price of hydrogen has dropped dramatically over the past several years.With fuel cells, the gas is not burned to produce heat to boil water to turn turbines to create electricity, as occurs with other processes. Instead, a chemical reaction occurs at high temperatures and the electricity produced is used to continuously recharge large batteries, which in turn are used to power the plant; this means carbon dioxide and water and very little else is released into the environment, making the process much cleaner than with fossil fuel burning plants. And because the electricity is made onsite, none is lost in transit and the need for bulky and expensive backup generators is eliminated.To generate the huge amount of power required by the data center, Bloom Energy, maker of the cells will string together enough of them to generate the six million watts the company believes it will need. Each fuel cell is capable of producing about 1.75 million kilowatt hours a year. Construction of the new plant is expected to commence almost immediately with completion likely by the middle of next year. © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: EBay to power new data center with fuel cells (2012, June 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-ebay-power-center-fuel-cells.html Apple plans nation’s biggest private fuel cell energy project in NC
Fox International Channels (FIC) is launching its flagship channel Fox in nine territories in south-eastern Europe.The channel will launch on October 15 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia.FIC already distributes entertainment channels Fox Life, Fox Crime and Fox Movies, factual channels National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild, lifestyle channel 24Kitchen, news channel Sky News and toddlers channel Baby TV in the region.Fox will air series including The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Touch, with new series including Da Vinci’s Demons to follow.“A Fox channel in our local FIC portfolio will bring us new possibilities in terms of programming and promotion. Fox offers exclusive premieres and high-quality productions almost simultaneously with their release in the US market,” said Krasimir Nikolov, executive director of Fox International Channels Balkans. “It will deliver more value to affiliates and their subscribers as well as provide a new outlet for our advertising partners.”