Consumer Level Cisco Telepresence Coming Next Week

first_imgNetworking giant Cisco offers super-fancy “telepresence” video conferencing studios for rent in major cities around the world, but now the futuristic service will be made available to consumers for home use, according to reports.Kara Swisher writes this morning that telepresence systems will be sold for between $200 and $500 and the announcement will be made next week. You can get a picture of what the enterprise product looks like, including the company’s progress on interoperability with other platforms, in the video from last week below. Tags:#Multimedia#news#Video Services#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App marshall kirkpatrick 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts Why does Cisco do telepresence? As we wrote this Summer:As blogger and Institute for the Future researcher Chris Arkenberg put bluntly: “Anything that drives more bandwidth through those increasingly clogged arterial Intertubes makes Cisco very happy. Video is huge and hosting more and more of it will require companies to budget for bigger & better routers to handle the throughput.”Would you plop down a few hundred bucks for a big home telepresence device? I’d probably rather wait for an iPad with a front facing camera, myself, but I certainly find this idea intriguing as well.Real time, video, presence data, collaboration – all of those are important trends for the future. But does dedicated hardware and a single-purpose communication channel outside the public web make sense for consumers? That’s going to be a hard sell, beyond the “wow” factor. This is like Apple Facetime for the couch, but Facetime comes on a mobile device that can do a whole lot more as well.Jay Cuthrell of ReadWriteHack may disagree:I watched a 7 year old kid kick off a Telepresence when I lived in Atlanta 2 years ago. He touched a touch screen phone and up popped a 3 HD display in 1080p of folks in San Jose just like they were across the table from us. It’s wonderfully elegant technology. If Cisco can manage to sell a boatload of these products, though, expect the “web is dead” debate about bandwidth use inside and outside the open public web to be even further skewed. last_img read more

Indian Football News (09/12/18): Churchill Brothers rout Aizawl FC, Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City…

first_imgAdvertisementWelcome to our first installment of the daily Indian football news. In this section, you will find all the news pertaining to Indian football that happened on the given day.What happened in the ISL top-of-the-table encounter between Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC? Did Aizawl FC end Churchill Brothers’ undefeated streak? What is former India U-23 footballer Prathamesh Maulingkar up to now? Don’t worry! We have covered all that for you in this edition of the Indian football news.Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC share spoilsAmrinder Singh produces a spectacular save to ensure 10-man Mumbai City FC go home with a pointIn the only ISL game of the day, Bengaluru FC and Mumbai City FC shared the spoils at the Shree Kanteerava stadium. Udanta Singh drew first blood for the hosts at the 23rd minute after heading in Rahul Bheke’s inch-perfect cross by towering above the much-taller Lucian Goian. The joy was short-lived as Modou Sougou equalized eight minutes later as Arnold Issoko spotted his run after Nishu Kumar had played him on marginally.Sehnaj Singh was shown the marching orders at the 52nd-minute after being shown the second yellow. Bengaluru FC pressed forward in search of the winning goal, but despite being a man down, the Islanders held their nerves to see out a 1-1 draw.Bengaluru FC still lead the pack with 24 points from 10 matches. Mumbai City FC, on the other hand, sit just a place behind them with 21 points from 11 matches.Churchill Brothers rout Aizawl FCWayne Vaz (left), Israel Gurung (center), and Lamgoulen Hangshing (right) celebrate after Israel scoresIn the earlier match at the I-League, Churchill Brothers routed Aizawl FC 4-1 to continue their unbeaten run. Khalid Aucho gave the home side the lead at the 23rd minute after the rival goalkeeper failed to read the trajectory of Israel Gurung’s free-kick. The Ugandan paid him dearly with a simple tap-in.The provider Israel Gurung turned into the goalscorer a minute later as he connected Dawda Ceesay’s cross from the left flank. Aizawl FC did pull one back as the game resumed from half-time through Ansumana Kromah. However, substitute Anthony Wolfe gave back Churchill Brothers the two-goal cushion after rocketing it past the goalkeeper.At the 78th minute, Alfred Jaryan handled Wayne Vaz’s cross inside the box to reward Churchill Brothers the penalty. Willis Plaza stepped up and converted from the spot to score his eighth goal of the I-League. This win takes Churchill Brothers to the second position with 13 points from 7 games, four points behind league-leaders Chennai City FC.Ex U-23 Indian International Prathamesh Maulingkar becomes Mr. SupranationalPrathamesh Maulingkar became the first Asian to win the title of Mr. SupranationalFormer India U-23 footballer Prathamesh Maulingkar became the first Indian to become Mr. Supranational after he was crowned the winner at Krynica-Zdroj in Poland. This is the third edition of the event which has an aim to “discover new talent for modeling and television industries and to produce instant celebrities.”Prathamesh played for Pailan Arrows and Dempo in the I-League as a midfielder and even scored two goals in the league. He even represented the India U-23 team against Iraq U-23 team at the 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup Qualifiers which they lost 1-2. His footballing career got derailed after he suffered a shoulder injury which took him out.ARA FC not to field any foreigner in Second Division I-LeagueCan ARA FC make it to the I-League without fielding a single foreigner?ARA FC Director Vikram Patel recently took part in an interview with Rutvij Joshi of Khelnow. Therein, he disclosed that the Ahmedabad-based side will not field any foreigner in the I-League second division.“We just got the license for the I-League Second Division and it is the first time in the history of Gujarat football that the I-League licensing has been happening and some teams have taken the initiative to build its own team,” further added Vikram Patel.Mizoram win Junior National Football Championship 2018-19The Mizoram squad after winning the Junior Championships (Credits- Football News India Twitter)Mizoram won the 2018-19 edition of the Junior National Football Championship by defeating Punjab in the finals. In the 2016-17 and 2017-18 edition of the tournament, it was Punjab who got the better of Mizoram. However, the Northeastern side got their sweet revenge this time as they pipped Punjab 2-1 in the finals.That’s it from us. Be sure to catch the daily roundup of Indian football news only on Sportsindiashow.Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea go through to the next round of Europa League with an emphatic win…

first_imgAdvertisementChelsea went through to the round of 16 of the Europa League with a victory against Malmo FF at Stamford Bridge on Thursday. The victory was really needed for Maurizio Sarri’s side as the confidence side were down after two defeats against Manchester City in the Premier League and Manchester United in the FA Cup.Maurizio Sarri made quite a few changes in the starting lineup of Chelsea. Olivier Giroud was back in the first team in place of Gonzalo Higuain. Callum Hudson-Odoi also got the opportunity to show his talent in this match. Willy Caballero was there under the bars for the Blues as Kepa Arrizabalaga was out of the field with a hamstring injury.Chelsea were ahead in the tie with a margin of 2-1 in the first leg. The first half went goalless and the supporters were fuming at the display of Maurizio Sarri’s side. However, Olivier Giroud broke the deadlock in the second half of the match. Ross Barkley doubled the lead for the Blues with a brilliant free kick goal. Callum Hudson-Odoi sealed the victory for the Blues with a stunning goal from the right wing. Maurizio Sarri will now surely think about fielding Callum Hudson Odoi in the first team against Manchester City on Sunday.Maurizio Sarri given assurances that Callum Hudson-Odoi will stay at the club Advertisementlast_img read more

CWGs first transgender competitor withdraws in tears after injury

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Gold Coast, Apr 9 (PTI) After warming some hearts and causing resentment to others, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – the first transgender to compete at the Commonwealth Games – was left in tears when she had to withdraw from womens +90kg weightlifting competition owing to a dislocated shoulder. Formerly Gavin Hubbard before transitioning into a woman in her 30s, the 40-year-old Hubbard has attracted quite a bit of attention and some scorn from rivals. Samoan weightifting team head coach Jerry Wallwork insisted that Hubbard being allowed to compete in the Games is unfair on the other women competitors as she still has the strength of a male, that she once was. “I havent really read or followed commentary regarding my competing at the Commonwealth Games. I dont really have an opinion,” was Hubbards response to the controversy. She was, however, worried about the crowd reception but the warmth offered by the spectators left her overwhelmed. “It would be untrue to say the thought never crossed my mind. No indication of that at all today. They were absolutely fantastic. Its a credit to the Australian people and the broader sporting community,” said the weightlifter, whose father was the Mayor of Auckland for three years starting 2004. “The Australian crowd was magnificent. It felt like just a big embrace. They really made me try to lift my best. I gave it everything and I regret I wasnt able to make the lift today,” she added. Hubbard retired from todays competition after hurting her shoulder on her final snatch. She suffered shoulder dislocation and dropped the bar behind her.advertisement The Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive David Grevemberg avoid the matter when asked about Hubbard at the daily media briefing today. “The rules are the rules and they all play by the rules. There is a process to evaluate those rules, through the International Weightlifting Federation, and from that perspective there is a process to be followed,” he said. Hubbard, meanwhile, said she gave it her all while going for the Commonwealth record in snatch. “Its obviously a difficult time. But the one thing I am happiest about is that I tried to reach for my best performance. This happens sometimes, but thats sport,” she said fighting back tears. “We can always go back over these things in our heads, but the truth is that unless we try to be the best person we can be, the best athlete, then really we are not being true to sport,” she added. “Medals are only one measure of performance. I am obviously unhappy I had to withdraw, but I gave it everything I had and I can sleep well knowing that.” PTI PM AT ATlast_img read more

Pakistani squash players dont get financial benefits: Jansher Khan

first_imgKarachi, May 21 (PTI) Squash legend Jansher Khan believes that until the financial health of squash players improve, Pakistan cannot hope to regain past glory in the sport. ?The downfall of squash is mainly due to the fact that our players don?t get the required financial benefits from representing their country,? Jansher told PTI in an interview on Monday. The champion from the small hamlet of Nawakheli on the outskirts of Peshawar ruled the squash world by winning the World Open title eight times and the prestigious British Open six times between 1987 and 96. Jansher and Jahangir Khan dominated world squad for nearly two decades with their rivalry becoming a folklore in squash. ?People ask me why have our squash standard dipped. The truth is Pakistan is struggling in every other sport other than cricket because there is no private sponsorship or government support for them,? the 48-year old said. ?In no sport can we achieve good results until the government and private corporations get together to support the players. These sportsmen and women are our national assets and need to be given strong financial backing,? Jansher said. Jansher minced no words in stating that in Pakistan the biggest problem facing sports was lack of employment for players. ?Until the financial health and stability of these players improves don?t expect any miracles from them.? He noted that India had started doing well in other sports at the top level only because their government was investing a lot of funds into sports and players coaching/training and secondly their private sector was also strongly supporting different sports.advertisement ?They now host top leagues of different sports and it is helping them improve a lot.? Jansher said he also couldn?t have achieved the laurels he did for his country if the national airlines had not supported him in every way at the start of his career. ?If a sportsman or woman is financially unstable and worried about where his next rupee is going to come from how can he concentrate and focus on his game.? PTI KHS KHS KHSlast_img read more

Eight of family on way to see Taj Mahal killed in road

first_imgMathura (UP): Eight members of a Greater Noida family on their way to the Taj Mahal were killed when their car rammed into a truck on Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district on Sunday, police said.Five members of the family from Jewar in Gautam Budh Nagar district died on the spot when their car rammed into the truck moving ahead of it around 8.30 am in the Baldeo police station area, about 30 km from Mathura city. Three others succumbed to injuries at a hospital, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Aditya Kumar Shukla said. According to a police statement, the family was going to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. The police said the car was completely mangled and they had to use gas cutters to bring out the bodies. The deceased have been identified as Neeraj (30), Anita (30), Vishnu (23), Taruna (21), Santoshi (19), Shalu (20), Anjali (11) and Gabbar (24), the police officer said. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The truck driver fled with his vehicle from the spot after the accident, the officer said.last_img read more

‘World’s Ultimate Bucket List for 2018’ Features Moroccan Sahara

Rabat – “Gold toasted sands clash with purple skies, creating a harmonious balance that could only be achieved in the Sahara Desert.”One the most breathtaking landscapes in Morocco has been awarded a spot on the prestigious “Travel Bucket List Experience.”The online travel agency Flight Network ranks the Moroccan Sahara the best spot “to sleep under the stars,” coming in at number 17 out of 50 destinations overall. The Canadian company has described it as “a land unlike any other” and advised the tourists: “begin this bucket list adventure by riding a camel to a campsite of choice as the sun sets.”“When night falls let yourself be swept up by the night sky of the Sahara which is storied for its brightly lit stars. Without light pollution from man-made structures, the Sahara Desert offers a view of the universe incredibly unique to the area,” added the company.“Stargazing will never be the same as the time spent in the Sahara,” concluded the Canadian agency, which ranked African safari as its number one experience on the bucket list.In 2015, the Moroccan Sahara ranked among the world’s top 10 arid destinations for desert holidays and tours, according to the British daily newspaper the Telegraph.Morocco’s tourism industry can take pride in yet another morale boost, a credible validation of those who have visited the North African country’s many fantastic destinations.The huge investment in tourism infrastructure and the exquisite cultural richness have turned Morocco into one of the most sought-out tourist destinations in the world.Formed in 2005, Flight Network is the largest Canadian-owned online travel agency. It specializes in providing global travelers with the lowest-price airfares, hotels, vacation packages, and car rentals. read more

Lankan Tamil in special camp attempts suicide

A case under Explosive Substances Act booked by the Chennai City Q Branch unit is pending against them. The five wanted their release from the camp saying that they would attend the court hearing staying outside. A human trafficking case has been registered against him. He has been lodged in the camp as the case was pending, the police said. His health condition was stable, the police said. Meanwhile, five other Sri Lankan Tamils housed in the same camp who were on a fast since Friday demanding their release withdrew it on Sunday. A Sri Lankan Tamil housed in the special camp on Tiruchi, India allegedly attempted to end his life by consuming sleeping pills on Sunday night demanding his release from the camp.The Sri Lankan Tamil, Yugapriyan, against whom a case booked by the Kanniyakumari Q Branch unit was pending, was admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Government Hospital for treatment, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

2 Las Vegas resorts get overhauls new names in sign of Sin

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.Caesars Entertainment announced Tuesday that it’s investing $223 million to overhaul The Quad, an aging 2,256-room hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, and will rename it the LINQ Hotel & Casino effective Oct. 30. In a separate announcement, timeshare company Westgate Resorts said it had purchased the LVH, a hard-hit property that was formerly known as the Las Vegas Hilton and hosted more than 800 Elvis Presley concerts during its heyday in the 1970s.“We are very excited to be taking this important part of Vegas history and reinventing it for the next generation of Las Vegas visitors,” said new owner David Siegel, who was hoisted up by a crane Tuesday to help as crews removed the letters “LVH” from the hotel’s giant marquee.The property’s new name will be Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, which is about a block east of the Strip. About 200 of the nearly 3,000 rooms and suites will be converted to timeshare villas, while others will remain open to regular hotel guests.The famously large sports book will be upgraded with better televisions and seating but will retain its name and continue hosting events such as SuperContest, the premier sports handicapping competition.With 1,500 rooms, the property was the largest hotel in the world when billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian opened it as The International Hotel in 1969. Barbara Streisand performed an inaugural series of concerts there before Elvis Presley began a 58-show series that broke Las Vegas attendance records.He later went on to set up his own penthouse in the hotel and generated millions in ticket sales in the years before his 1977 death.Meanwhile, the rebranding of The Quad is a continuation of a renaissance in the middle of the heavily trafficked Strip. Caesars recently opened a popular pedestrian mall dubbed the LINQ, anchored by a 550-foot-tall Ferris wheel that began taking riders high above the city this spring.The hotel will be named for the nearby entertainment district. It was known as the Imperial Palace before being renamed The Quad two years ago, when Caesars started remodeling the ground level. The company overhauled the casino and opened new restaurants, including Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, named after the Food Network celebrity chef.But online reviewers were still largely critical of the 2,300-room hotel, calling it outdated and dirty.Caesars promises a completely renovated hotel built around a signature lobby bar, along with new stores, spa amenities and pool deck.The “reimagined” hotel will offer “a complete lifestyle experience at one of the best locations in Las Vegas,” according to Tariq Shaukat, chief marketing officer at Caesars. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michelle Rindels, The Associated Press Posted Jul 2, 2014 1:09 am MDT 2 Las Vegas resorts get overhauls, new names in sign of Sin City’s upswing from recession read more

Australian green activists under the tax spotlight

first_imgThe Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has welcomed the report by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment into the register of environmental organisations and urges the Turnbull Government to implement its recommendations.In Australia, registered environmental organisations are entitled to receive income tax deductible gifts and contributions, just like public hospitals, volunteer fire brigades and registered public benevolent institutions.Brendan Pearson, Chief Executive, MCA explains that “while the report recognises the important conservation work carried out by the majority of registered environmental organisations, it also provides substantial evidence that a minority of groups are misusing tax-deductible donations to fund or carry out activities that are unlawful, unsafe or politically partisan.“The report notes that a number of industry associations and companies, as well as the police forces of NSW and Victoria, submitted evidence of protest activity by registered environmental organisations that has ‘involved series risks to the safety of employees, volunteers, and other members of the community.’”The MCA considers that the bipartisan recommendations made by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment will help reassure the public that tax concessions granted to registered environmental organisations are being used for their intended policy purpose.“In particular, it is appropriate that the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), rather than the Department of the Environment, administer the endorsement process, as the ATO has the expertise and resourcing to assess applications more efficiently and transparently.“It is also reasonable that environmental organisations seeking deductible gift recipient status must register as an environmental charity through the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission. This change would ensure that all environmental deductible gift recipients, and not just those who are also registered charities, are clearly prohibited from pursuing purposes that are illegal or party-political.”It’s not okay for a charity to have a purpose to:Engage in or promote activities that are unlawful.Engage in or promote activities that are contrary to public policy (which, in this context, means the rule of law, the constitutional system, the safety of the public or national security).Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche appeared as a witness at one of the Australia-wide hearings last year, and said it was high time the light was shone onto the questionable activities of some green activist groups.“The myriad of evidence uncovered as a result of the inquiry reveals that some green activists – not all – may have been breaching the rules of the tax system,” Roche said.“Registered environmental organisations accounted for approximately $45 million in foregone tax revenue in 2013-14 alone,” Person said.He concluded that “these are moderate and bipartisan recommendations from the House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment.”The map shows the location of the proposed Carmichael coal mine which has been subject to serious environmental terrorism.last_img read more

Elverum win Norwegian championship

Elverum handball Elverum Handball are new-old Norwegian champions! The best team in Scandinavian country beat Haslum HK at Play-Off Final to win the chance to play again at VELUX EHF Champions League next season. In both matches, reigning champions didn’t let surprise – 28:23 and 26:21.Elverum Handball have played at VELUX EHF CL Group C this season. ← Previous Story Benfica and Braga for Portuguese and Challenge Cup titles Next Story → BUCHAREST DERBY: Dinamo VS CSM for Romanian title! read more

Bad weather in Western Europe likely to continue into June

first_imgFRANCE’S METEOROLOGICAL CENTRE has said that the winter-like weather that has gripped much of Western Europe is likely to continue into June.With snow in the plains of Switzerland, record cold in the Netherlands and a distinct lack of sunshine in France and Germany, meteorologists say Western Europe is suffering from “exceptional” weather for this time of year.According to Meteo France, the country’s meteorological centre, Western Europe could experience a brief respite from the bad weather at the weekend, but there will be no marked improvement for the next 10 days at least.“It’s what we call a block in meteorology, with a large area of low pressure wedged over northern Europe, bringing wind from the north and northeast,” said Olivier Proust, a forecaster at Meteo France.The temperature fell to 3.7 degrees Celsius (38.6 Fahrenheit) in Paris on Friday morning, the lowest temperature recorded on that day since 1887. The Netherlands has also experienced similar bouts of cold.Germans, meanwhile, are getting 50 percent less sunshine than they would at this time of year.Unseasonal rain has also pummelled several countries, disturbing events such as the Cannes Film Festival in France.- © AFP, 2013Read: €4.4m to assist horticulture producers after ‘exceptionally wet weather’Read: Is it summer yet? Well, not quite…Read: Study: Global warming still happening, but maybe not as quickly as fearedlast_img read more

SlideShare blame global warming for downtime

first_imgDowntime announcements made by companies you rely on for online services are usually both boring and groan inducing. They are short, to the point, and cause users some hassle.SlideShare, a service for sharing presentations, documents, and professional video, is taking a different approach with its latest downtime announcement by trying to put a smile on customer’s faces and hopefully even initiate an uncontrollable chuckle or two.The short message conveyed is that there will be downtime of 2.5 hours today for SlideShare users. But the long version is well worth reading, here’s an excerpt:The climate crisis will spur a spontaneous mass migration of Emperor penguins leading them straight to our secret server farm in Antarctica. They will swarm down upon the servers for heat and shelter on Wednesday, December 8th, at 8PM PST.…We expect SlideShare to be down for 2.5 hours before being able to regain control. However, this excludes the possibility of one or more penguins creating an Arc Reactor and an Iron Man (or Iron Penguin) suit out of server parts. SlideShare Advisor Tony Stark believes the probability to be low, but there is a contingency plan nonetheless. Head on over to the SlideShare blog for the full text. It’s well worth it.Read more at SlideSharelast_img read more

A Biodegradable Pop Can

first_imgThe problem with aluminum cans is that, while they are recyclable, not everyone remembers that and plenty get thrown in the garbage on a regular basis. To fix this, design studios Haoshi Studio and PLA Studio have developed a can that is biodegradable.Called the TIN can, it’s made of polylactic acid, which is a plastic-like material derived from corn starch. It can decompose in 180 days and is able to withstand heat ranging from +110 degrees celsius to -20 — just in case you want a bioling can of Dr. Pepper.And since the can has a lid that can be opened and closed — unlike an aluminum can — it’s also reusable. But the designers made sure to keep one of the most important characteristics of a traditional can: you can still crush it.Via Gizmodolast_img read more

ASAWISHH Ships US Food Grade Soybeans to Cambodia and Myanmar for First

first_imgMatt Gast (second from left) and ASA/WISHH Asia Division Director Alan Poock (far left) met with multiple food company representatives in Myanmar and Cambodia. ASA/WISHH has cultivated their interest in U.S. soy for its quality and other benefits so the companies are enthusiastic about conducting trials with U.S. food grade soybeans.The American Soybean Association (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) facilitated a shipment of 14 metric tons of U.S. food-grade soybeans for use in soy milk and tofu in Cambodia and Myanmar at the beginning of March.WISHH’s work in Cambodia and Myanmar has prepared companies that are now eager to conduct their first full-scale production trials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Quality Samples Program supported the shipment following a competitive bidding process. Three members of the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) provided the seven varieties of high-quality soybeans for the trials by soy milk and tofu companies that WISHH has worked with in the two countries.ASA/WISHH program committee member Matt Gast traveled to both countries in January, where he joined WISHH in meetings with companies that will evaluate the U.S. soy. Gast also witnessed the market for U.S. soy in food as well as feed, including aquaculture feed.“Cambodia and Myanmar are significant opportunities for U.S. soy to meet their growing demand for high-quality soybeans,” Gast said. “USDA’s support of WISHH’s activities in these countries is an important partnership with our soybean checkoff investments.”The North Dakota Soybean Council (NDSC) supported WISHH’s activities that resulted in the companies’ interest in U.S. soybeans for the premium products they are developing. NDSC is also providing funding to send Northern Crops Institute (NCI) Food Scientist Zach Liu, Ph.D., to train staff in in the companies conducting the trials.last_img read more

The Strange Early Relationship Between Maybelline Mascara and Vaseline

first_imgBeauty rituals have long been a significant practice in our civilization’s history and traditions. Milk baths, massages, makeup made of plant tinctures and other elements have proven that the physical appearance has always played an important role in societies, regardless of the era. Among the wide range of beauty products used by our ancestors is mascara. According to the Entrepreneur, the origins of this eye-beautifier date back to the time of Cleopatra, when Egyptians used ivory and bone to apply embellishment on their eyelashes.Close-up on Cleopatra-style eye make-upThis type of mascara was sticky and smelly, often made from crocodile dung, burnt almonds, kohl, honey, and water. What people wouldn’t do for their looks, right? Moreover, it turns out that even the Kama Sutra, an ancient Hindu text on the art of sex and seduction, offers a recipe for eyelash thickener, emphasizing the eyes as windows to the soul.Luckily, today’s mascaras don’t contain bats, birds or droppings of any kind, although the path to the simple purchase of a lash enhancer a minute before your Friday night date was quite long.One of the world’s most popular cosmetic brands, Maybelline tells the story of their first mascara, created by their founder Thomas Lyle Williams in the 19th century.Thomas Lyle Williams Sr. with his 14-year-old son, Thomas Lyle Williams Jr., in 1926Many would find surprising to hear that a key ingredient in the very first Maybelline mascara was created by accident by a young New York chemist.As reported by the American Oil and Gas Historical Society (AOGHS), in 1859, Robert Chesebrough entered the coal oil business as an expert of distilling cannel coal into kerosene which was in high demand among consumers at the time.1920 ad for Maybelline mascaraThe young chemist went to Venango County oilfield where he noticed that the drilling was confounded by a substance that resembled waxy paraffin which clogged the wellhead and required scrapping away. However, this substance also turned out to be beneficial as first aid for abrasions, burns and other wounds which regularly afflicted the workers.Chesebrough returned to his laboratory in New York where he purified the wax and dubbed it petroleum jelly. Shortly after, he filed the first patent for “purifying petroleum or coal oils by filtration”, experimenting with the analgesic effect of his petroleum jelly extract by applying it on minor cuts and burns.Thomas Lyle “Tom” Williams, Sr. at 18 years oldIn 1872, Chesebrough patented today’s worldwide known product Vaseline, advertising it as a leather treatment, pomade, lubricator and balm for chapped hands.Vaseline hit the top of the list of most wanted and purchased products at the time, and customers described it as “the wonder jelly”. They loved it due to its multipurposeness, however it didn’t take long before ladies discovered another use of it.An image from Vaseline company archivesAs the AOGHS reports, Chesebrough’s female customers realized that mixing lamp black with Vaseline by using a toothpick made a mascara. In 1913, Miss Mabel William applied this type of concoction while preparing for a date. Her brother, Thomas Lyle Williams noticed her makeup ritual and wondered what it’d be like if he added a bit of Vaseline in the mixture. Mabel’s simple makeup trick launched the billion-dollar business for her brother.Ad for Maybelline eyebrow and eyelash darkener with actress Ethel Clayton, on page 116 of the January 1922 PhotoplayHe began selling the concoction by mail-order catalog, naming the product “Lash-Brow-line”. The mascara became a real sellout quickly, so in 1917, Williams trademarked the description as a “preparation for stimulating the growth of eyebrows and eyelashes”. His sister Mabel married in 1926, and Williams decided to rename the mascara in her honor: Maybelline.Maybelline elevated the popularity of Williams’ cosmetics company while Hollywood stars, such as the silent screen divas Pola Negri and Theda Bara, spread the word about the new, wondrous makeup that made ladies look daring and glamorous.January 1946, Maybelline advertisement, photography by Paul HesseBy the 1930s, the mascara was being sold at five-and-dime stores for 10 cents. Maybelline advertised the mascara in films, confession magazines, and Sunday newspaper supplements.Read another story from us: The Weirdest Ancient Beauty ProductsThe sales just kept going up, and the number of customers keeps on increasing even today since both Vaseline and Maybelline are listed among the world’s all-time favorite cosmetic products.last_img read more

Soggy solstice Stonehenge gets soaking

first_imgAssociated PressSTONEHENGE, England (AP) – Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly wet summer solstice at Stonehenge in true British fashion Thursday: With stoicism and wit.So bad was the downpour that even one of Britain’s latter-day druids _ fixtures of the annual celebration _ was forced to seek refuge with journalists in a tent set up near the entrance.“It’s a wash,” said King Arthur Pendragon, his fine white beard turned into a soggy silver sponge. “Literally.” The climax of the ceremony, which took place at the pockmarked Heel Stone at the edge of Stonehenge, involved chants of “All hail the sun!” even though the sun was nowhere to be seen amid the thin gray-white fog that settled around the Stonehenge’s muddy fields Thursday morning.But when Pendragon, resplendent albeit damp in his red-and-white robes, asked whether the crowd had had a happy solstice, the answer was a resounding: “Yes!”Visitors returning from the monument were philosophical about the foul weather.“I was disappointed that you couldn’t see the sunrise,” said Connie Malone, an Australian tourist in her late 50s. “But it was still special.”She said that rainy English summers were hardly a surprise. In any case, she said, “in Australia right now it’s winter.”Solstice celebrations also take place in other countries, although many are deferred until the last weekend in June.Danes light bonfires, and Balts flock to the countryside. Swedes and Finns spend midsummer at secluded lakeside cottages or at open-air dance venues during a celebration when large amounts of alcohol are consumed.In Bolivia, thousands of indigenous Andean pilgrims marked their winter solstice Thursday at Incan and Aymara archaeological sites, the beginning of year 5520 on the Aymaran calendar. Comments   Share   English Heritage put the crowd at the summer festival at 14,500, well below figures which typically hover around 20,000.But through the wind and rain, drummers inside the ancient stone circle kept up their thumping rhythm, new age pagans kept up their chaotic dance, and visitors kept up their sense of humor.“Everyone’s very friendly,” said Teresa Smith, 50, who spoke from underneath a rain-streaked plastic poncho. “Whether alcohol or drug-induced, everyone’s very friendly.”Summer solstice _ the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere _ has long drawn people to Stonehenge, a mysterious set of standing stones whose purpose remains a matter of conjecture.The ancient stone circle on the Salisbury Plain about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of London, was built in three phases between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. It is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions with over 850,000 visitors a year.Each of the revelers Thursday marked the occasion in their own way, with some pressing their heads against the stones in silent meditation and others shouting out pop tunes while swigging cheap booze from plastic bottles.“It’s magic,” said Sandy Kay, 37, whose dance troupe participated in the night’s opening ceremony. “It’s one of the few times of the year you can go up and touch the stones.” The rituals celebrate the ancestral belief that the sun’s arrival on the solstice infuses participants with energy.President Evo Morales, himself an ethnic Aymara, had declared the day a national holiday.At the ceremonies, shamans offer dried fruit, llama wool, candies and fruits to Mother Earth, or Pachamana, in hopes of good harvests and good fortune.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family New high school in Mesa lets students pick career pathscenter_img 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements How men can have a healthy 2019 Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debateslast_img read more

Interjet and Amadeus signed a distribution agreement

first_imgInterjet and Amadeus signed a distribution agreementInterjet and Amadeus today announced a full content agreement and the adoption of Amadeus Altéa Reservation, which will enable Interjet, Mexico high efficiency airline, with high quality services and accessible prices, to extend its reach to new markets and grow its international customer base.Interjet will make its full range of domestic and international flights, as well as published fares, bookable in all Amadeus points of sale around the world. Travel agents and corporate customers using Amadeus will have direct access to this information with total accuracy in the availability of their flights and seats, increasing the global awareness of the Interjet brand in markets where it has previously had minor presence.Interjet will also adopt Amadeus Altéa Reservation, a new generation IT platform for booking and electronic ticketing which will allow the airline to meet the needs of the travel agency booking flow, enjoy greater efficiency in operations, and connect to other airlines – ultimately delivering a strong service experience for the traveller.The adoption of Amadeus Altéa Reservation will enable Interjet to leverage the opportunities arising from its strong expansion, and in particular its partnerships established with other world-class airlines.“We are delighted to confirm this agreement. We are convinced that Amadeus technology will allow us to increase our operative efficiency and make our services available for more users around the world, at the same time we consolidate our growth in both, national and international, markets. ,” said José Luis Garza, General Director of Interjet.“Interjet is a visionary company that seeks to innovate as part of its growth strategy, supporting its transformation into one of the leading carriers of the Americas. Our technology will enable travel agents worldwide to book Interjet flights in a simple and uniform way,” said John Dąbkowski, Vice President, Airline Commercial at Amadeus.“Through this partnership we are able to offer more options to our platform users, and at the same time bring Interjet content to new customer audiences in international markets,” Dabkowski concluded.Airlines with which Amadeus has a content agreement represent over 80% of the airline bookings made through the Amadeus system worldwide. Already over 80 low-cost carriers have become Amadeus distribution partners, and low-cost carrier bookings through travel agencies using Amadeus increased 19% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2015. Fly InterjetSource = Amadeuslast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES — Once upon a time, not too far from Hollywood, two of the world’s biggest movie stars were talking about what it’s like to screw up on set.“Messing up the lines in front of the entire cast and crew?” Leonardo DiCaprio said. “It’s the going to school in your underwear nightmare.”“It’s awful,” Brad Pitt chimed in. “When a scene’s not working. When YOU’RE not working in a scene…It goes beyond not being able to get the lines. You have 100 people there who are all ready to get on with their day and get home.”DiCaprio hasn’t exactly had to resort to dunking his head in ice water after a too-late and too-fun night out, as his actor character does in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood .”But Pitt? “Oh I’ve done that,” he laughed.The two actors, who skyrocketed to fame around the same time more than a quarter century ago, have joined forces for the first time in a major motion picture to take on their own industry, their own town and even their own egos in a time of great change — 1969 Hollywood. Out nationwide Friday, it’s also reunited them with Quentin Tarantino.Once known only as “Tarantino’s Manson Movie,” the actual film is something very different. Manson is a character, as are his most notorious followers. And of course, Sharon Tate is depicted too and played by Margot Robbie. But as with most Tarantino movies, it’s not exactly what you think.“The best of what 1969 had to offer you kind of experience through Sharon,” Robbie said.Like going to the Playboy Mansion with Mama Cass and go-go dancing the night away. Or rolling up to a movie theatre to check out your latest matinee and getting a free ticket because you’re on the poster.“She kind of represented the arms open, doors open sort of policy,” she added. “After 1969 and after her death, things kind of changed in Hollywood and people closed their doors and shut the gates.”The light and the dark of the imminent end of the ’60s is the backdrop to what is otherwise a classic star-driven two-hander. “Once Upon a Time…” is awash in nostalgia, showbiz lore (and cameos), wistfulness and Tarantino-wit that allows DiCaprio, as a past his prime television cowboy in a moment of crippling self-doubt, and Pitt, as his devoted stuntman, to do what they do best: Charm.“I don’t think you can completely act that kind of dynamic,” Pitt said.The change happening in Hollywood around 1969 led to many on-set discussions of what was going on at the time with the new batch of filmmakers upending the establishment and leaving room for the Coppolas and the Scorseses to break in.“The ‘take and wait’,” Pitt said. “Like, we’ll get the take but we’re getting through this story.” Tarantino does that often.It also made them all reflect on their own industry at the moment, where streaming is disrupting the old ways but once again ushering in new voices. As producers, Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie all find it exciting.“What’s incredible is this wealth of talent from writers to directors to actors that are getting opportunities now. It’s quite extraordinary,” Pitt said. “You see that we’re not so special.”DiCaprio is even a little jealous to see some “out of the box ideas” and “really ballsy storytelling” that he tried and failed to get made just a decade ago now not only being financed, but made at a high quality too.“There’s so many more opportunities,” Robbie added. “I’m very grateful to be playing roles in this day and age than perhaps when Sharon was.”But it’s not lost on them that they all happen to be promoting a “a big budget art piece like this,” as DiCaprio called it, from one of the major studios whose future is going to depend on people actually going to see films like “Once Upon a Time…” in a movie theatre.“Hopefully it becomes like a concert experience,” DiCaprio said. “People want to get together on the Friday night and feel the energy of the crowd and the excitement of a movie coming out that they’ve been anticipating rather than the isolation of being home. Hopefully that’s not lost in the sauce, because that’s half the fun of it, right?”“Once Upon a Time…” is Tarantino’s ninth film, and, according to him, his second to last.Pitt and DiCaprio believe him too.“I always imagined it as his little box set that he wants to just hang up on the wall and that’s it,” DiCaprio said. “That completes the Tarantino, you know, cinematic experience.”“The Tarantino 10,” Pitt added.As with many button-pushing Tarantino projects, “Once Upon a Time…” has been at the centre of a few heated public discussions, including the morality of making a movie about Tate and Manson, and the casting of Emile Hirsch, who in 2015 pleaded guilty to assaulting a female studio executive at Sundance.Then there was that tense moment at the Cannes Film Festival press conference where a reporter asked why Robbie’s character has so few lines and Tarantino curtly responded that he rejected the hypothesis.Tarantino declined to be interviewed for this article. But his response touched a nerve culturally.“He’s an incredibly unique filmmaker,” DiCaprio said. “And whatever choices he makes, he’s one of those rare filmmakers in this industry that has retained the right to say, ‘This is a piece of art that I’m going to give to the world. And this is what this character represents, and this is what this character represents. And it’s my piece of work.’… That’s why we consistently want to work with somebody like that.”It’s clear his actors are in awe of him and what he brings to their art form. It’s the kind of admiration that can result in two true movie stars talking like fans.“You know he’s got a four-hour cut of this?” Pitt said excitedly.“Yeah,” DiCaprio responded. “I’m still waiting to see the four-hour cut of ‘Django.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: Bahr, The Associated Press Pitt, DiCaprio and Robbie reconcile a changing Hollywood This image released by Sony Pictures shows Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” (Andrew Cooper/Sony-Columbia Pictures via AP) by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 22, 2019 2:36 pm PDTlast_img read more

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