Taroudant – Head lice has reportedly been spreading among students in schools in several Moroccan cities.According to the Moroccan daily newspaper Assabah, families received verbal and written warnings from school teachers and administrative staff, urging them to check their children’s heads on a daily basis.The same source said that the issue, which has been present in schools for the past three years has been met with a blind eye by the ministry of education and the ministry of health. The daily newspaper added that both ministers have done nothing to prevent the spread of lice.According to the same source, students with head lice have been reported in schools in Sidi Kacem, Marrakech, Casablanca, Nador, Agadir, Berrechid and other Moroccan cities.Assabah points out that mothers are particularly sensitive to this crisis as they consider its presence in their children’s hair as a sign of their negligence in keeping their children clean.A pharmacy assistant in Casablanca told the daily newspaper that several people are ordering drugs, lotions and shampoos that treat head lice and nits, (lice eggs).Head lice has reportedly been eradicated in the late 80’s in Morocco, after nearly all families have begun to have access to hygienic facilities and cleaning products.Head lice is still a big issue worldwide, including Canada and the U.K.A hot debate is now taking place in Canada on whether to allow students with head lice to attend classes or wether they should be bared until they are lice and nit-free.The small, wingless insects live and feed on scalps by simultaneously sucking blood and injecting saliva. Females can produce five to six eggs a day for 30 days. Each lice has a shell that sticks to the hair shaft.
Rabat- The National Meteorological Directorate (DMN) forecasts rising temperatures around the kingdom on Tuesday, April 17.Scattered, low-level clouds will cover the horizons of the Central coasts, reliefs of High and Middle Atlas, and other regions of the country throughout the day.Temperatures will go up in Central coasts, plains of phosphates, and interior plains. Minimum temperatures will range from 00 to 06 degrees Celsius on the reliefs; 06 to 11 degrees Celsius in the Oriental region, Oulmes, and plains of phosphate; 09 to 14 degrees Celsius on the northern, central, and southeastern coasts. Maximum temperatures will be 16 to 22 degrees Celsius on the reliefs and Mediterranean; 26 to 32 degrees Celsius on the northern and Central coasts; 20 to 25 degrees Celsius north of the Oriental and the Atlantic coasts; 30 to 36 degrees Celsius in the Souss and Saharan provinces.Weaker winds are forecast in the northern coasts and southern provinces which will experience blowing dust and sand.Low sea-levels are expected in Tarfaya and Larache, in contrast to high sea-levels in the Mediterranean region, Boujdour, and Lagouira.
ALGIERS, Algeria — A media company in Algeria says its owner was kidnapped by security forces and tied it to his blaming the president’s brother for alleged corruption.The television channel of the Echourouk Group reported that chief executive was abducted Thursday as he left home for work.Fodhil alleged this week on TV that Algeria was run by “extraconstitutional forces” and that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s younger brother, Said Bouteflika, was “head of the gang.”Corruption has long been considered widespread in the North African country, but the president’s critics allege it has grown during Bouteflika’s two decades in power.It’s among the chief complaints of protesters who have been demanding that Bouteflika step down.Massive protests started last month and have thrown Algeria into an unprecedented political crisis.The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has released her tax return for 2018, reporting that she and her husband paid more than $200,000 in taxes on a joint income of about $900,000 last year.The move by the senator from Massachusetts on Wednesday follows similar tax return disclosures from fellow presidential candidates Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Their front-running rival for the party’s 2020 nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has vowed to release his tax returns by Monday amid political pressure.Warren, who previously posted a decade’s worth of tax returns online, has proposed legislation that mandates the public disclosure of tax returns for presidential and vice-presidential candidates and for sitting White House occupants.“I’ve put out eleven years of my tax returns because no one should ever have to guess who their elected officials are working for,” Warren said in a statement. “Doing this should be law.”Warren and her husband, Bruce Mann, jointly reported a gross income of about $900,000 on their return, with Warren reporting income of $176,280 for her job as senator and about $325,000 from her writing career. Warren has penned 11 books, including several as a law professor before entering politics.Mann, a professor at Harvard Law School, earned more than $400,000.The couple also claimed a small tax credit for the installation of residential solar electricity equipment.Among the other Democratic presidential candidates who have released past tax returns as they seek the party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump is Washington Gov. Jay Inslee .Trump broke with tradition in 2016 by not voluntarily releasing his tax returns. He routinely says he’s under audit, but there is no rule prohibiting taxpayers under audit from releasing their tax returns.House Democrats are seeking Trump’s tax returns as part of investigations into his business dealings and his Republican presidential campaign. One of Trump’s lawyers claims the Internal Revenue Service can’t legally release the information.Elana Schor, The Associated Press
Stocks plunge amid growing North Korean-U.S. tensions, gold continues rise by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 10, 2017 9:33 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets nosedived Thursday as investors continued moving into gold amid escalating political tensions between the United States and North Korea.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 143.08 points to 15,074.25, with nearly all of its sectors moving lower.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged 204.69 points to 21,844.01, while the S&P 500 index dropped 35.81 points to 2,438.21 and the Nasdaq composite index slid 135.46 points to 6,216.87.After seeming to shrug off the heated rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea over the last couple of days, investors are becoming more wary as the standoff between the two countries continues ratcheting up, said Michael Currie, vice-president of TD Wealth Private Investment Advice.Strong gains in New York, where the Dow saw repeated record highs up until three day ago, had kept investor optimism high when news of the conflict first broke, Currie said.“But now we’re seeing increasing rather than diminishing tensions,” he said. “I think a few investors are capitulating to it.”Earlier on Thursday, North Korea revealed a plan to launch ballistic missiles toward a major U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Later in the day, President Trump warned the regime to “get their act together” or face extraordinary trouble.The Vix, a measure of how much volatility investors expect in stocks, jumped 34.8 per cent, the biggest increase since May.The price of gold also surged for the second day in a row as the December bullion contract advanced US$10.80 to US$1,290.10 an ounce. The precious metal is often seen as a safe haven for investors during times of uncertainty.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents US, down 0.04 of a U.S. cent.Elsewhere in commodities, the September crude contract advanced 20 cents to US$49.76 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was up seven cents to US$2.95 per mmBTU. The September copper contract was down two cents to US$2.91 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.
← Previous Story Tanja Medved new sports director at HC Vardar Next Story → Ulrik Wilbek furious over Croatian cheating claims croatiaeuro 2014handball Croatian national team had failed to go through to the final of the European championship. Croatia lost 29:27 to the host and defending champion, Denmark in the semifinal of the European championship.Slavko Goluža almost broke down in tears at the press conference, as the Croatian national team coach had to stop talking to prevent the tears.The host has done everything possible to claim the gold medal here. Every single thing was in their favor, and we were living like the animals here; in three different cities! I haven’t got a decent sleep during the night, until I came to Herning. At the game tonight, my players were falling down in the middle like we were bowling, not playing handball. Few years ago I have promised to refrain from commenting on the referees, but I can’t take any more.Jakov Gojun was full of support for his coach. The player added that the refereeing in the semifinal was a disgrace and humiliation for sport.After the Danish coach Ulirik Wilbek said that this was the “worst press conference in his life”, Goluža apologized, saying, “everything has been said impetuously and hot-headed“TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICsource: vecernji.hr
Just four weeks out from the Victorian state election, education and health are shaping up to be the most important issues for the Greek community. We would prefer the government to be more direct in its dealings with school council, in terms of having the capacity to enforce whatever direction it has. Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV) President, Bill Papastergiadis, said he’d like to see state government getting more involved with school councils. He said that while the Brumby Government has been encouraging, the GOCMV has had “difficulties” negotiating with school councils for use of facilities for after school care courses, and the inclusion of Modern Greek in Languages Other Than English (LOTE) programs. “We would prefer the government to be more direct in its dealings with school council, in terms of having the capacity to enforce whatever direction it has,” he said. “Because at Wales Street Primary for example the government has fully funded the LOTE program for Greek, and the school won’t implement it.” Mr Papastergiadis said the state government is currently preparing a policy on LOTE, and he’s looking forward to seeing Greek feature, and added that the GOCMV has good relations with the Labor and Liberal parties in Victoria. “We’re happy with the government in terms of its policies on multiculturalism, in how it engages with the communities,” he said. Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) committee member, Roula Tsiolas, said the most pressing issue is the inclusion of Modern Greek on the national curriculum. She said the issue affects more than simply education. “It affects a lot of Greek community issues – Greek community businesses and Greek community schools,” she said. “We’ll be lobbying that quite extensively, you’ll certainly hear about that,” she said. On the issue of the economy, Ms Tsiolas said both parties are capable of ensuring Victoria’s recent economic stability continues. Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria (MGTAV) President Manthos Kokkinakis, returning from Sydney for a meeting about the national curriculum, agrees it’s the most pressing state issue in the Victorian election. But he said he isn’t worried about the continuing presence of Modern Greek in Victorian schools and after care programs. “We’ve got some wonderful programs, and the local government has reiterated a million times that they’re looking at three things: continuity, quality and network affiliation,” he said, adding that the MGTAV have a good working relationship with both the Labor and Liberal parties in Victoria. But Fronditha Care CEO, Penny Michael, called for more flexibility in the state health system, to meet the changing needs of elderly Greek Australians. “It’s about providing a number of choices in terms of care needs,” she said, adding that the system needs to provide more interpreter services. She also stressed the need for state and federal governments to work together on hospitals. “We can’t be negotiating between different levels of government as to whose responsibility it is,” she said. Ms Michael said Fronditha would continue to work with whichever party forms government, and she understood health was a difficult area of state policy. “It’s a high-cost area, it’s a high-need area, but at the end of the day people require services and this has to be met,” she said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Almost 12,000 Greeks of various ages were able to study, train or volunteer abroad in 2014 as part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ program aimed at modernizing the education sector and improving students’ skills.According to data published by the European Commission on Tuesday, 23.4 million euros was granted to Greece in 2014 to fund some 250 projects in which a total of 11,853 Greeks took part. Almost 4,500 of those were students in higher education who undertook studies or traineeships abroad, which is nearly double the figure from six year earlier.Thessaloniki’s Aristotle University led the way in sending students abroad, followed by Athens University and the Athens University of Economics and Business. The most popular destination for Greek students was France, followed by Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.Some 3,000 foreign students came to Greece to study or train during the same period, with France, Spain and Poland leading the way.Erasmus+ expands on the previous Erasmus program for student exchanges and has a budget of 14.7 billion euros for its seven-year duration.“During the first year Erasmus+ has proved a true success,” said EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics.“The impressive number of participants is proof that the program is making a difference in improving young people’s employment prospects, helping them acquire new skills and experiences, and supporting the modernization of Europe’s education, training and youth systems.”Source: Kathimerini
Un Galaxy Note 10.1″ dévoilé au MWC ?Samsung a publié, mardi 15 février, son programme pour la journée des développeurs qui se tiendra lors du Mobile World Congress à Barcelone. Si on sait déjà que Samsung n’officialisera aucune nouveauté, le programme faisait pourtant mention d’un modèle encore jamais évoqué. Alors que le Galaxy Note 5,3 pouces (13 cm) vient juste de sortir, se pourrait-il que Samsung profite du MWC 2012 pour dévoiler un Galaxy Note 10,1 pouces (26cm) ? En tout cas, la firme coréenne l’a fortement laissé entendre. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le programme de la journée développeurs, publié puis retiré le 15 février, citait en effet un mystérieux “Galaxy Note 10.1” dans la liste des produits à découvrir à l’occasion du MWC. Ce dernier serait notamment doté du fameux stylet S-Pen. Cependant, cette nouveauté, réservée aux développeurs, pourrait en n’être qu’à la phase de développement. Le site The Verge aurait même réussi à mettre la main sur une annonce de casting pour une publicité consacrée au Galaxy Note 10.1. Par ailleurs, le S-Pen et l’OS Bada 2.0 pourrait également faire l’objet d’une présentation. Le stylet devrait ainsi être intégré sur toutes les tablettes de la marque Samsung qui sortiront en 2012. Le 16 février 2012 à 20:00 • Maxime Lambert
L’Archaeopteryx n’était pas le seul dinosaure à “cervelle d’oiseau”Selon une nouvelle étude, l’Archaeoptéryx, un dinosaure volant qui vivait il y a environ 150 millions d’années, n’était pas le seul dinosaure à posséder un cerveau proche de celui des oiseaux actuels. Une découverte qui suggère que leur cerveau a évolué avant même que les dinosaures sachent voler.Après plusieurs années de recherches et d’études, la question mérite encore une fois d’être posée : l’Archaeopteryx est-il oui ou non l’ancêtre commun de tous les oiseaux ? Selon les derniers travaux réalisés, ce serait bien le cas. Mais une nouvelle étude remet la question sur la table puisque, selon l’équipe de chercheurs conduite par Amy Balanoff, du Muséum américain d’histoire naturelle, son cerveau ne ressemblait pas plus à celui des oiseaux que d’autres espèces de dinosaures à plumes.Pour bien comprendre, il faut savoir qu’on peut distinguer des cerveaux en fonction de leur poids mais surtout suivant leurs fonctions. Par exemple, le cerveau des oiseaux et celui des reptiles sont relativement identiques, en revanche comparativement à leur poids, celui des oiseaux est énorme. C’est ce qui explique par exemple leur grande acuité visuelle et leur capacité à coordonner les mouvements nécessaires pour voler.Un dinosaure pas si spécialSi l’Archaeopteryx, vieux de 150 millions d’années, a longtemps été considéré comme le plus ancien oiseau fossile, la chose ne cesse d’être remise en question avec les découvertes incessantes de nouvelles espèces de dinosaures à plumes. Pour une nouvelle fois mieux comprendre l’arbre généalogique des oiseaux, les scientifiques américains, à l’aide d’imagerie haute résolution, ont donc estimé et comparé les volumes crâniens d’oiseaux d’aujourd’hui, d’Archaeopteryx et d’autres espèces disparues.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Publiés dans le revue Nature, les résultats obtenus révèlent que si Archaeopteryx avait les capacités neurologiques nécessaires pour voler, c’est également le cas pour d’autres dinosaures à plumes. “Archaeoptéryx a toujours été considéré comme une espèce unique de transition entre les dinosaures à plumes et les oiseaux modernes, un point à mi-chemin”, explique Amy Balanoff cité par l’AFP. “Mais en étudiant le volume crânien de dinosaures proches parents, nous avons appris qu’Archaeopteryx n’aurait pas été si spécial que ça”, indique la scientifique.Un cerveau apte à voler chez des dinosaures non-volantsSelon la recherche qu’elle a menée, plusieurs dinosaures qui ne pouvaient pas voler tels que l’Oviraptor ou les Troödontidés, avaient un plus gros cerveau par rapport à la taille de leur corps que l’Archaeopteryx lui-même. Ceci suggère que le cerveau d’oiseau a commencé à se développer avant que la capacité de voler n’apparaisse. “Si Archaeoptéryx avait un cerveau apte pour voler, ce qui est presque certainement le cas compte tenu de sa morphologie, c’était aussi le cas pour au moins plusieurs autres dinosaures non-aviens”, conclut Amy Balanoff.Le 2 août 2013 à 12:57 • Maxime Lambert
Danilo shared his delight at opening his account for the season away at Huddersfield to help Manchester City to a 3-0 win.The Brazilian’s first-half strike set the tempo for the Blues 3-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium to reduce the gap at the top of the table to four pointsAnd he said he and his City team-mates were determined to not to slip up in the battle to retain their Premier League crown.“I’m happy for sure to score. I’m very happy to help the team and we have to keep going that way to try and win the league,” said the Brazilian full-back via the club’s website.Official: Danilo leaves City to join Juventus Manuel R. Medina – August 7, 2019 Brazilian defender Danilo has joined the Bianconeri for the next five years after an exchange of money and defender Joao Cancelo.“We are happy as we won the game it was not easy and we have to keep going that way.“If we want to win the Premier League, we have to win every week – we have to do our job and at the end of the season we will see.”First #PL goal of the season for Danilo 💥#HUDMCI pic.twitter.com/1aV9xcaaKo— Premier League (@premierleague) January 20, 2019
Chuck Chronis surveys the crowd at Chronis’ Restaurant’s free Thanksgiving meal Thursday. There was a VIP waiting list Thursday to get into Chronis’ Restaurant & Lounge for the eatery’s 29th annual Thanksgiving feast offered at no charge to the community.The venerable downtown establishment on Main Street welcomes anyone who wants to eat, many who are low income or don’t have family nearby to celebrate the holiday with. But that’s not the case for those who want one of the coveted volunteer positions on “Team Turkey.” The team of about a dozen volunteers dish up turkey and stuffing or deliver piping-hot beverages and tempting desserts to tables.Joining that elite group isn’t easy.“It’s like getting into a great country club,” quipped volunteer Tiffany Kelly of Vancouver. “It’s like somebody has to die or something to get in.”Chuck Chronis, the restaurant’s owner, said he turned away at least 50 people who wanted to serve food at the restaurant on Thanksgiving.“If we don’t limit the number of volunteers inside, people are tripping over each other,” said Clark County Judge Rich Melnick, who has organized the annual feast with Chronis for the past 29 years. The food is donated by the restaurant and other community donors.Volunteer Kim Nigg snagged a position this year by pure luck when a slot opened up last minute.“That’s amazing,” volunteer Mickey Thompson Giese commented dryly as she hurried a plate over to a table. “It usually takes 10 years (to be allowed to volunteer).”
As publishers continue to embrace open source CMS, where can they find technical support? While day-to-day content changes should be handled by staff, alterations to site architecture, as well as site maintenance, need to be handled by individual developers or Web firms who know what they’re doing.Most open source CMS communities, including Drupal, Joomla and Plone, offer resource centers where users can find developer and technical support. Standalone Web sites such as ScriptLance and eLance also offer links to freelance developers, including cheaper overseas programmers. While the CMS community tries to qualify people who register by asking for links to documented projects, the publisher still needs to vet that individual developer by looking at past work and talking to previous clients.Developer or Agency?Publishers can chose between a dedicated Web development firm or an individual developer within the open source community. They both offer advantages and disadvantages: Web firms typically offer better support but a more entrenched, bureaucratic process for getting things done while an individual developer may offer more flexibility and cheaper prices but less support. Many Web development firms, such as GCN Publishing or Godengo, work within a specific open source CMS. GCN Publishing uses TYPO3 as the CMS for clients such as menswear site Marketplace.com.Alisa Cromer, founder of newmediahub.com, an online trade journal for digital media executives, recounts her experience trying to get her site built. “Open source CMS is a tricky road to travel,” she says. “While my site was built fairly quickly and reasonably, the first developer stopped 80 percent of the way through. It was like a housing project, I had a hard bid but the developer spent more time than they had estimated and was eager to move on to new customers paying big upfront dollars.”Cromer switched to a local programming group which she says was initially fine except, “the main contact farms it to a secondary contact who farms it to freelance contractors and when extra hours build up due to poor communications there is a squabble over what the hard bid was. I get a hard bid on, say, the ability to automatically post seven to 10 blogs in an area on the front of the site and the estimate comes in at three to five hours. But the things that to me are obvious, i.e., don’t stretch photos and don’t cut off excerpts in the middle of a word, wind up being an extra round of ‘charges’ at $75 an hour.”Today, Cromer is migrating toward more turnkey solutions and paying the designer on the front end. PricingOffshore developers are typically $35-$45 per hour while a “good guy in his basement” may charge between $75 to $125 per hour. Agency rates range between $150 to $175 per hour but they often work on a sliding scale, such as giving the client a package of services for $200 per hour, then dropping the price to $125 per hour when the site has been built and is in maintenance mode.Cheaper developers may be tempting but remember you get what you pay for—and a good developer can save you a lot of money down the road. Offshore developers can be cheap but publisher satisfaction varies. “If you pay for someone less experienced, you still pay them by the hour,” says a Web project manager at a large consumer publisher. “A good developer can do in two days what it might take someone else two weeks. You could pay someone $175 per hour for two days or $60 per hour for two weeks and the final cost will be the same. Besides, the architecture may be better from a more experienced developer.”Requirements for PartnersTry to offer a sense of what you want before developing the site architecture and include all the templates you’ll need in the initial build.Cromer encourages spending more to create a Photoshop model of the design before any functional changes are made. She provides Photoshop examples of each page she wants, including all check-out forms. Cromer is spending roughly $1,000 on Photoshop pages and $2,000 on the directory portion, $1,000 of which is programming changes to existing software and $600 of which is customization. “Spend the time and money on design and the rest is 100 percent better and easier,” says Cromer. “One programmer told me, ‘wire frames are almost useless.’”Build in contract hours toward documentation (which offers a roadmap of how a site was built) so the project can be handed off to a new developer if need be. SIDEBAR #13 Things Your Development Partner Needs to Get the Job Done Right: 1. Requirements Gathering – Think through exactly what you want in detail before you initiate a project, not in the middle of the development process. On the cheap: Provide a description of what you want with a list of all the elements you can’t live without.Upgrade: Formal requirements document with workflowsand use cases.2. Wireframes – On the cheap: Sketch out how you think the requested elements will look on page.Upgrade: Professional UI with annotations. 3. Visual Design – On the cheap: Photoshop new elementsonto the existing page.Upgrade: Professional PSDs, Web-ready and sliced. SIDEBAR #2Resources for CMS HelpBoth individual platforms and third-party sites can steer you toward a developer. Here are some options:www.drupal.org/profile/drupal-servicesA link to developers who specialize in Drupal.www.resources.joomla.org/A link to develpers who specialize in Joomla.www.plone.org/supportA link to developers who specialize in Plone.www.scriptlance.com/A site for custom freelance programmers.www.elance.com/A site for freelance developers.
Under the terms of the agreement, What’s Up Moms’ Elle Walker, Meg Resnikoff, and Brooke Mahan will contribute a bi-monthly advice column to the print edition of Parents, starting with the May issue, as well as help produce a new What’s Up Moms digital video series for Parents.com. Meredith Corp. will publish the Spring and Summer 2016 issues of GFF, leading advertising sales and distribution for the independent brand that launched on Kickstarter in October, 2014. Both issues will see newsstand distribution of 250,000 copies each, a dramatic jump from the magazine’s 12,000-copy circulation up to this point. “Millennial moms are our fastest growing audience segment and this program helps ensure that we’re producing video content that both entertains and informs them,” said Tracy Odell, general manger of Meredith’s Parents Network, in a statement. Just a half hour after revealing the Whats Up Moms agreement, the publisher announced yet another youth-oriented partnership, this time with GFF: Gluten-Free Forever magazine. Since being spurned on a potential merger with Media General by telecommunications giant Nexstar Broadcasting Group in late January, Meredith has been looking to capitalize on what it considers to be an unparalleled young female audience. The publisher shuttered the older- and more affluent-skewed title More in February, then signed a deal with Unconventional Studios to produce a syndicated TV series featuring its brands—a move about which the publisher was abundantly clear in its desire to further target millennial women. But Meredith wasn’t done there. Editor-in-chief Erika Lenkert and her San Francisco-based staff will continue to produce all of GFF’s content, according to Meredith, and the print magazine will continue to be published in a high-paper-stock, bookazine format. Meredith Corp. and YouTube-famous parenting brand What’s Up Moms announced this morning an exclusive partnership under which the two parties will collaborate to create and distribute lifestyle content for Meredith’s Parents Network—which includes titles Parents, Family Fun, and Fit Pregnancy and Baby, among others—across both print and digital channels. The gluten-free movement has been overwhelmingly driven by young people, with 37 percent of Generation Z consumers and 31 percent of millennials willing to pay a premium for gluten-free foods, compared to just 22 percent of Baby Boomers and 12 percent of the “Silent Generation”—those currently between the ages of about 75 and 90—according to Nielsen. For now, the agreement encompasses only the next two issues, but Meredith Corp. and Lenkert will come together after the Summer 2016 issue drops to evaluate and determine whether the partnership will continue, Meredith Special Interest Media’s editorial content director, Doug Kouma, tells Folio:. “With the increasing consumer demand for gluten-free recipes and products, GFF: Gluten Free Forever fits into our portfolio of wellness-minded publications, resonating with Meredith readers who are looking to adapt to a more health-conscious lifestyle,” adds Kouma in a prepared statement. Terms of both agreements were not disclosed. For a great majority of magazine brands, the millennial demographic is, without a doubt, a hot commodity. Meredith, the publisher that claims to reach nearly three-quarters of millennial women in the U.S. across its various titles, is ramping up its efforts to capture the remainder. A major focus for all of Meredith’s parent-focused brands is identifying fun and engaging ways to connect with their millennial audiences, according to Parents Network president, Carey Witmer. Kim Martin, Meredith’s chief strategy officer, says consumers can expect more partnerships like this from Meredith in the coming months.
(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Depending on where you go in Anchorage, you could be standing in some of the most ethnically diverse areas in the country. But, the level of Anchorage’s diversity and effects of that diversity aren’t always clear.Listen nowChad Farrell is a demographer and chair of UAA’s sociology department. Farrell’s research has determined there is a great deal of diversity in Anchorage, despite not having the same type of diversity as the United States.“In some ways, for example our African American population, our Latino population, in percentage terms, is quite a bit smaller than the nation as a whole. So in that sense, we’re kind of less diverse than the nation as a whole,” Farrell said. “But then you take the indigenous population, you take the Asian/Pacific Islander population, those groups are much larger here than in the nation as a whole.”Farrell said a large population shift has been occurring since the 90s where Native groups transitioned from rural areas to the city. He also said that being a Western state, Alaska is more likely to have higher Asian and Pacific Islander populations due to close proximity to those areas.(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)In his work, Farrell has shown Anchorage has the three most ethno-racially diverse neighborhoods in the country, the top being the Mountain View area. And Anchorage’s schools show the city to be a cultural melting pot with the top 26 most diverse public schools in the country — in the Anchorage district.Farrell said lots of local attention has been focused on those numbers, and misconceptions sometimes arise where people assume that Anchorage is the most diverse city in the country. Anchorage actually ranks in the top 15th percentile for diversity in the nation overall — so it’s still pretty high nationally speaking, but it’s not among the most diverse in the country.(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Farrell said the most diverse cities have what demographers call “no majority” populations, like New York City or Oakland, CA, where no singular ethnic group makes up more than 50 percent of the population.“Now these are truly diverse communities, and we are not a no majority community,” Farrell said.Farrell said that even though Anchorage boasts some of the most diverse areas in the country, the differences between America’s most diverse areas area pretty marginal.“If you parachuted into any of these super diverse neighborhoods or super diverse schools, you wouldn’t be able to tell that one had a diversity index of 96.8 and one had a lower diversity index of 95. You would know you were in an extremely diverse environment.”Farrell says having high diversity numbers doesn’t necessarily reflect a high treatment of all diverse groups. He notes certain groups are still economically disparaged and even in diverse communities there are levels of ethnic segregation.“Whether we’re talking about in the economy, or schools, in our justice system, in our healthcare system, whatever sorts of institutions we’re talking about, they’re all being affected by this increasing racial and ethnic diversity,” Farrell said. “So I think this is one of the crucial questions that our nation faces: How are we going to navigate this trend?”(Graphic courtesy of Chad Farrell)Farrell said that these diversity numbers are often a baseline for communities and aren’t always indicative of how communities interact with each other. Anchorage activist Kokayi Nosakhere agrees. He’s the community coordinator for Anchorage’s NAACP branch. He uses a different definition for diversity.“I don’t know if we’ve reached a level of diversity,” Nosakhere said. “We’ve reached a level of integration, but I don’t know about diversity yet.”Nosakhere doesn’t think simply having different groups of people living in one neighborhood necessarily reflects a diverse population. In his opinion, having interactions between those different groups of people is what makes an area diverse.“What I think will go to the next level which is beyond the acknowledgement scientifically, that we numerically have these people in our community, is the sharing at the interpersonal level of world views,” Nosakhere said.There are steps that members of the community are taking to share cultures inter-personally, and Nosakhere said that is the direction to go for diversity in communities.“When we happen to find an organization like Catholic Social Services that’ll do Refugee Day, and you’ll start seeing the song dance and clothing differences of expression — all up on stage — we’re having an expression of that diversity,” Nosakhere explained.With so many different groups in Anchorage, there remain more opportunities for these expressions of real, community diversity — even in a city that shows numerical diversity.
Close ICC World Cup 2019 – Team India Squad IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:30Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:28?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Hardik Pandya wished KL Rahul on the occasion of the latter’s 27th birthday and this prompted Netizens to ask the Kings XI Punjab batsman to keep his distance from the Mumbai Indians all-rounder in order to stay away from trouble. Rahul turned 27 years old on Thursday, April 18, and many players took to their respective social media accounts to wish the batsman luck for the World Cup but Pandya’s post stood out given the history between the two players. Pandya and Rahul are very good friends on and off the cricket field as they can often be seen spending time together. The two even exchange jerseys when their respective franchises meet in the Indian Premier League. As any good friend would, Pandya took to his Instagram account and wished his teammate. He uploaded a picture of them posing together in a restaurant and captioned the image, “Brothers for life !!!!! No matter what !!! Love u bro KL Rahul happy birthday. Let’s make it our year” Pandya wished Rahul on his birthday.Hardik Pandya InstagramPandya and Rahul have treaded down rocky paths in their respective careers this year following a massive controversy that resulted following their appearance on a popular talk show. The two cricketers were hosted by Karan Johar on his talk show Koffee With Karan and their episode was aired on January 6. This caused an immense stir as the comments made by the Indian cricketers were deemed to be “sexist” and “misogynistic”. Pandya had issued an apology for his comments but the Board of Control for Cricket in India sent both cricketers a show cause notice before suspending them. The cricketers were in Australia at the time, preparing for India’s three-match ODI series which would begin on January 12 and both were sent back home. They consequently missed the entire series before their suspension was lifted later that month. Subsequently, Pandya was called back into the national team to play in the ODIs against New Zealand but Rahul only found a place in India’s A side which was playing touring England Lions team. Rahul was going through a bad patch as he was not scoring runs and thus his place in the World Cup team was put in serious jeopardy. Karan Johar (M) with Hardik Pandya (L) and KL Rahul (R)Karan Johar InstagramBut Rahul managed to work his way back to the national team after finding form with the bat. Self-admittedly, both men have managed to come out of the incident wiser and have found a place in India’s 15-member squad which will fly to England to participate in the ICC World Cup 2019.But fans on social media referenced the difference in the roads to their respective comebacks and asked Rahul to keep his distance from Hardik Pandya. Here are some of the comments on Pandya’s Instagram post. pankayaw4 – Hum to doobe hai sanam tumko bhi le doobenge had facessuraj.yadvv – Par itna fix hai dono sath me coffee nahi piyenge_nikhil_goyal_ – Aaj mat karna bhai ondhu13 – Savdhan rahe satark rahenot_your_type_._ – Kabhi coffee peene sath math jaana bussb_trixx – Tum log aaj karke aaoge na?honey_sungra – Lgta h fir se career barbaad krega
FBI Director James Comey. AFP file photoThe directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama.Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and further divided the country’s two ever-at-odds political parties.The stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher.Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing aimed at probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election campaign. Rogers is also scheduled to testify.Trump and his entourage’s possible ties with the Russia of President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since before he was elected on 8 November.US intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russia broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton.Even since then, the question of whether Trump and company were or are somehow in cahoots with Russia has dominated the national conversation.A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, its chairman said Sunday.Based on “everything I have up to this morning—no evidence of collusion,” by Trump’s team and Moscow, Representative Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russia connections as a “total witch hunt.”Monday’s hearing was also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign.Trump on March 4 tweeted that Obama had “tapped” his phone—a charge that has consumed political debate in the US capital.Obsessed with an unsubstantiated claimSeveral congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia’s alleged interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees.The FBI is also probing Russian interference in the election.The question remains whether the agency has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.Monday’s hearing promises to be a very public showdown between the FBI and lawmakers, with the national security world certain to watch whether Comey drops a political bombshell.Members of Congress have expressed frustration over what they call the lack of cooperation from the FBI about Russia and Trump’s wiretap claim, which Obama and an array of other officials have flatly denied.The issue of wiretapping first surfaced last month, when Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington to discuss sanctions Obama had just announced against Russia over the election hacking.Around the same time, The New York Times reported that US intelligence had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump’s campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.Nunes has said that the intelligence committee probe focuses in part on who revealed that Flynn had unreported private contacts with the Russians over the sanctions issue.Adding to the intrigue, Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries after it was learned that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador in the months before Trump took office, and had failed to disclose this during his confirmation hearing when asked a question about such contacts and speaking under oath.Trump’s credibility takes a hitDomestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump’s effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama’s healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban.Critics say it has also debased the already coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president’s credibility at home and abroad.Some of the fallout has been international in scope: The White House was forced to retract a charge repeated last week by its spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Britain’s intelligence services aided the Obama administration in the alleged wiretap. That claim has strained relations with America’s closest ally.Still, as recently as Friday, Trump repeated the claim in an aside during a White House press conference with Angela Merkel.“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the US had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.
By Nyame-kye Kondo, Special to the AFROFor the last 13 years, D.C. based organization, Butterfly Works has provided high school students in the D.M.V area with quality classes to get them prepared for one of the most important standardized test’s in America, The SATs.Founded by native Washingtonian, Shuyinthia Hembry, Butterfly Works is consistently contracted by various high schools and organizations throughout the region to teach SAT prep to burgeoning college students. Butterfly Works is a Black owned SAT Prep program that focuses on helping bridge the success gap for African American students. (Courtesy Photo)The AFRO was recently able to catch up with Hembry at Friendship Public Charter School, where Butterfly Works is currently based as apart of the College Success Foundations work study program, an initiative under the Marion Barry, DC. Summer Youth Employment Program. Hembry gave us a glimpse into a bright future for college bound teenagers in the District, and what their goals are. “Our goal is simple: To transform minds and create learning success stories, one student at a time,” she told the AFRO. Butterfly Works seeks to truly allow students to blossom into their best selves.“Here at Butterfly Works, we believe that students’ minds are like butterflies and that once they learn how to fly, they can never go back to being a caterpillar. We believe in this work and we expound on this idea communally by preparing our students for the scholarly trials that are sure to come if they decide to continue on the track of higher education,” Hembry said. The reality is that the SAT is one of the primary factors that determines whether a student gets accepted to college or not, and statistics proves that with any test, it’s best to be debriefed over a span of time, rather than attempt to cram everything at once. In 2014, The Huffpost reported that students who prepare for these tests by focusing on areas of content where they struggle and practicing test-taking strategies, “can improve their SAT scores anywhere from 100 to even 400 points, on average.” Lack of resources being one of the main reasons that African American students have historically been disenfranchised in this country, programs like Butterfly Works aims to bridge this gap by coming to it’s students through the schools, especially those in low income areas. Whether it’s one student at a time or in a classroom with a couple of dozen, Butterfly Works, works. Head over to their website, http://www.butterflyworksdc.org for more information.
Touchpad Size Intel Core i7-8565U Hard Drive Type 3.6 pounds Windows 10 Home Advertisement Ports (excluding USB) microSD USB Type-C Graphics Card 15.6 Highest Available Resolution 6167 Operating System Hard Drive Speed RAM 16GB Ports (excluding USB) Hard Drive Size Mobile Broadband Specifications 512GB Optical Drive Speed 802.11ac RAM Upgradable to Bluetooth 5.0 Display Size Secondary Hard Drive Size 3DMark Fire Strike1 of 12Tests notebook graphics performance.MSI PS63 Modern Asus ZenBook Pro 15Dell XPS 15 (2018)Huawei MateBook X ProCategory Average (as of 01/31/19) Card Slots 6643 Secondary Hard Drive Speed Warranty/Support Size 4GB Native Resolution HDMI Ports (excluding USB) Wi-Fi USB 3.1 Gen 2 Ports (excluding USB) 1920×1080 Wi-Fi Model 5.5 x 2.5 Video Memory 2525 Secondary Hard Drive Type Company Website MSI is making a statement with the PS63 Modern ($1,499 starting, reviewed at $1,599), a slim, lightweight 15.6-inch laptop designed for creators. With a powerful Core i7 CPU and discrete Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics, the PS63 Modern invades a competitive territory dominated by the likes of the Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro.article continued below MSI launched the PS63 Modern with a mouthwatering marketing message: 16 x 16 x 16 — those numbers represent the size (16 millimeters), weight (1.6 kilograms) and battery life (16 hours) of the PS63 Modern. Unfortunately, the laptop doesn’t live up to the promised runtime and its display is dim. Still, the PS63 Modern is a very good laptop if you want a portable, elegant machine with a dedicated GPU. MSI PS63 Modern Price and Configurations MSI sells the PS63 Modern in two configurations. The base model (running Windows 10 Pro) costs $1,499 and comes with a Core i7-8565U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU (Max-Q) with 4GB of RAM. Our $1,599 review unit (running Windows 10 Home) is identical, except it boasts a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of RAM and a 512GB M.2 SATA SSD. The PS63 Modern has two M.2 slots for expandable storage and an extra RAM slot for upgrading to 32GB. You can purchase the PS63 Modern Amazon and B&H Photo Video. Design The PS63 Modern is a stylish laptop with a unique aesthetic. My eyes were immediately drawn to the PS63 Modern’s blue/purple trim, which glistens under certain lighting, as if the laptop had been cut out of sapphire. At first glance, the shining trim looked like strips of light, but a closer examination revealed periwinkle, diamond-cut edges. The PS63’s ashen frame complements the vibrant adornments, turning what could have looked like a boy racer car into an elegant laptop that fits into an office setting or an art studio. A subtle Prestige logo is embossed on the laptop’s aluminum deck, and a central power button resides above the keyboard. Black MSI branding is barely visible on the PS63 Modern’s supernarrow display bezels. The MSI Dragon logo is smartly concealed in matte black atop the notebook’s dark-gray lid. The rest of the chassis has the same sandblasted slate finish, giving this slim machine a stealthy appearance. The color reminds me of the surface of a meteorite, which is appropriate considering the PS63 Modern was developed in collaboration with the Discovery Channel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. Overall, the PS63 Modern is a refined, buttoned-up departure from the brash, aggressive aesthetic of MSI’s gaming laptops. I do have a few gripes with the design. While the PS63 Modern passed multiple MIL-STD-810G tests, its plastic hinge disrupts an otherwise premium chassis. Also, the PS63 Modern’s aluminum lid is a fingerprint magnet. My eyes were immediately drawn to the PS63 Modern’s blue/purple trim, which glistens under certain lighting as if the laptop had been cut out of sapphire. The PS63 Modern is slimmer and lighter than its 15.6-inch competitors. At 14 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches and 3.6 pounds, the Modern is more portable than the Dell XPS 15 (14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches, 4.2 pounds) and the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (14.4 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches, 4.2 pounds). As expected, the 13.9-inch Huawei MateBook X Pro (12 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches, 2.9 pounds) has a smaller footprint than the PS63 Modern. Complementing the laptop’s portable chassis is a compact power adapter that fits into even my backpack’s smallest compartment. Ports The PS63 Modern offers almost every port you could ask for in a slim laptop. That includes a USB 3.1 (Type-A) port, USB Type-C, an HDMI and a headphone/mic jack, all on the left side of the machine. The right side houses two additional USB 3.1 ports and a microSD card reader. That’s a generous array of connections, but unfortunately, the PS63 lacks a Thunderbolt 3 port for superfast transfer speeds and connecting to a Thunderbolt dock or eGPU. Display The MSI PS63 Modern’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is detailed and vivid, but the panel fails to shine, both literally and figuratively. When I used the PS63 to watch a trailer for the upcoming comedy film The Beach Bum, Matthew McConaughey’s gaudy Hawaiian shirt burst with an odd assortment of mismatched colors. The detailed display revealed funky patterns in the mischievous protagonist’s tattered clothing as he lay unconscious with a bottle of beer at his head. I just wish the display were brighter so that those vivid colors popped off the screen. The MSI PS63 Modern’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is detailed and vivid, but the panel fails to shine, both literally and figuratively. Capable of covering 136 percent of the sRGB color gamut, the PS63 Modern exhibits punchy, vibrant hues. Not only is the display more colorful than the average premium laptop (117 percent), but it also tops the FHD XPS 15 (115 percent) and the MateBook X Pro (124 percent), and it comes close to the supervivid 4K panel on the ZenBook Pro 15 (141 percent). MORE: Laptops with the Best Display Brightness But those vivid tones are diminished by the PS63 Modern’s very dim display, which reached only 228 nits of peak brightness on our lab test. That’s a full 100 nits below the premium laptop average (328 nits) and dimmer than the displays on the XPS 15 (447 nits), MateBook X Pro (458 nits) and ZenBook Pro 15 (330 nits). We reached out to MSI and made them aware of the PS63 Modern’s poor display brightness. We will update this review if they provide a solution. Keyboard and Touchpad The PS63’s keyboard offers a surprisingly comfortable typing experience despite its shallow and flat keys. With 67 grams of actuation force, the white, backlit keys overcome their low 1.2 millimeters of travel (below our 1.5mm preference). The large keys are also clicky and have just enough weight to provide tactile feedback without feeling stiff. MSI moved some of the shortcut commands from the top row to the arrow keys. After some adjusting, I found it easier to access volume and display-brightness controls on the PS63 Modern than on other laptops. I typed at 117 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 96 percent on the 10FastFingers.com typing test, which is more accurate but a tad slower than my typical averages (119 wpm, 95 percent accuracy). The elongated, 5.5 x 2.5-inch touchpad on the PS63 Modern looks great with its blue-trimmed edges, and the surface responded swiftly and accurately to my swipes and gestures, including pinch-to-zoom and a three-finger swipe to switch apps. Audio The dual, bottom-firing speakers on the front of the PS63 are loud enough to fill a medium-size room with bright, clear audio. There was an airiness to Ben Howard’s live acoustic track “Empty Corridors” that gave the high frequencies room to breathe. The speakers were so detailed that I could hear the raspiness in the English singer’s voice. Although I didn’t hear a ton of bass in Kanye’s soothing song “Street Lights,” the hip-hop track thumped along with an accurate, albeit light thud. Complex songs, especially rock music, sounded congested at lower levels, so you’re better off keeping the volume at around 75 percent. MORE: Best Free Audio and Video Converters – PC Conversion Tools You can use the included Nahimic software to adjust bass, treble and voice frequencies. The default settings were to my liking, but raising the treble and bass a few decibels improved the clarity and body of certain songs. Performance While this sleek machine doesn’t employ the powerful H-series CPUs found in other premium 15-inch laptops, the PS63 Modern’s Intel Core i7-8565U CPU and 16GB of RAM had no problems loading 20 Google Chrome tabs, several of which were playing 1080p Twitch and YouTube videos. I didn’t notice any performance hiccups, even when I listened to tunes on YouTube Music and streamed post-Super Bowl analysis on ESPN’s web-based streaming site. With a score of 12,623 on the Geekbench 4.1 overall performance benchmark, the PS63 Modern couldn’t keep up with the MateBook X Pro (Core i7-8550U; 13,769) or the premium category average (13,103). Armed with H-series CPUs, the XPS 15 (Core i7-8750H; 21,201) and ZenBook Pro 15 (Core i9-8950HK, 21,691) outperformed the PS63 Modern by an even wider margin. The PS63 Modern rebounded somewhat on our Excel Macro Test, matching 65,000 names with their corresponding addresses in 1 minute and 25 seconds. That time tops both the MateBook X Pro (1:49) and the category average (1:31), but the ZenBook Pro 15 (0:40) and XPS 15 (0:44) were quicker to the finish line. In our hard drive test, the PS63 Modern’s 512GB M.2 SATA SSD sped past the competition by duplicating 4.97GB of mixed-media files in just 12 seconds for a rate of 424.1 megabytes per second. That matches the pace of the ZenBook Pro 15 (512GB NVMe, PCIe SSD, 424.1MBps) and tops both the Huawei MateBook X Pro (512GB NVMe, PCIe SSD, 282.7MBps) and XPS 15 (512GB NVMe, PCIe SSD, 391MBps). The category average is a blistering 525.3 MBps. It took the PS63 Modern 19 minutes and 4 seconds to convert a 4K video into 1080p using the HandBrake video-transcoder app. That puts this MSI in the middle of the pack, ahead of the Huawei MateBook X Pro’s time (27:18) and the premium average (21:45) but behind the results from the ZenBook Pro 15 (10:53) and XPS 15 (10:12). Gaming and Graphics The PS63 Modern wasn’t made for gaming, but nonetheless, it stays true to its MSI roots. The laptop’s entry-level Nvidia GeForce 1050 Ti (Max-Q) GPU, with 4GB of VRAM, can run most modern titles at low to medium settings, but your mileage will vary from game to game. For example, the laptop maintained a smooth 60 frames per second on the Hitman benchmark (1920 x 1080p on Ultra), but it couldn’t reach our 30-fps threshold when we ran Rise of the Tomb Raider (24 fps) on the Very High setting at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The PS63 Modern outperformed the XPS 15 (GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 60 fps) and ZenBook Pro 15 (GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 60 fps) on the Hitman test and topped its Dell (22 fps) and Asus (21 fps) competitors on the Tomb Raider benchmark. MORE: Best Graphics Performance At 30 fps, Grand Theft Auto V (1920 x 1080 on Very High) is just playable on the PS63 Modern, which can’t be said about the XPS 15 (27 fps). The ZenBook Pro 15 (31 fps) did slightly better than the MSI, but it couldn’t catch the premium laptop average (39 fps). When you aren’t gaming, the PS63 Modern uses its integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU. Battery Life The PS63 Modern’s battery life is shorter than expected. The laptop lasted 8 hours and 37 minutes on our Laptop Mag Battery Test (continuous web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits), which is around half of what MSI promises. That’s not a terrible result (the MSI’s time even tops the 8:32 premium laptop average), but consumers may find MSI’s advertised runtime misleading. By comparison, the Dell XPS 15 (1080p display, 11:53) and Huawei MateBook X Pro (9:55) last several hours longer on a charge. The ZenBook Pro 15 powered down after just 6 hours of use, but it packs a battery-draining 4K display. Heat The PS63 Modern’s aluminum chassis stayed below our 95-degree Fahrenheit comfort threshold after we played a 15-minute video in full screen. The hottest area on the laptop, near the hinge, warmed to 91 degrees, while the touchpad (81 degrees) and the center of the keyboard (87 degrees) were even cooler. Webcam The tiny, 720p webcam MSI squeezed onto the PS63 Modern’s top display bezel has good color reproduction, but the picture it captures is fuzzy and blotchy. In a selfie I shot, the details in my face were so smeared that my beard looked like a messy blob. On a positive note, the camera accurately portrayed the red hue of my lips and the subtle warm tone of my skin, although the webcam failed to properly expose the bright lights behind me. Software and Warranty MSI loaded the PS63 Modern with some helpful programs that you can tinker with to improve performance and access important information. The highlight is Creator Center, which is built to optimize the PS63 Modern’s performance. To achieve this goal, the program recognizes when you’re using a certain app, like Adobe Photoshop or Premiere Pro, and adjusts the settings to improve your experience with that program. The Creator Center also lets you monitor CPU, GPU, RAM and disk usage, and there are quick-access settings for adjusting the sound profile, touchpad DPIs and display-color modes. On another tab, you can access product registration and the user manual. MSI also included a Help Desk app, a separate (redundant) app for changing display-color modes and a program for keeping your laptop’s drivers up to date. Rounding out a rather exhaustive suite of programs is an Nvidia app with GPU settings and a pair of creators apps by CyberLink called PhotoDirector 8 for MSI and PowerDirector for MSI. Unfortunately, the PS63 Modern is infested with Windows 10 Home bloatware. Cooking Fever, Microsoft Jigsaw and multiple Candy Crush titles are just a few of the casual games you’ll find pre-installed on the PS63 Modern. Other apps include Phototastic Collage, Evernote and Fitbit Coach. The PS63 Modern comes with a one-year limited warranty. See how MSI performed on our Tech Support Showdown and Best and Worst Brands rankings. Bottom Line There’s a lot I like about this unique laptop, including its portable chassis, strong performance and snappy keyboard. However, the PS63 Modern falls just short of its outstanding competitors. My biggest complaints with the machine are that its 15.6-inch display is tragically dim, and the real-world battery life, while decent, is shorter than that of the Modern’s rivals. If you’re in the market for a 15-inch laptop, consider the XPS 15, which offers better performance than the PS63 Modern and lasts nearly 12 hours on a charge. The PS63 Modern doesn’t have a nose cam, and it’s smaller and lighter than the XPS 15, but the Dell is still a better overall laptop. Alternatively, you could step down to a 13.9-inch display and go with the MateBook X Pro. Although that machine’s MX150 GPU isn’t great for gaming, it has a brighter display than the PS63 Modern and it lasts considerably longer on a charge without sacrificing performance. Overall, the PS63 Modern is an excellent 15.6-inch laptop that offers discrete graphics in a slim chassis, but its dim display is a letdown. 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Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha has said that the government is looking at ‘alternatives’ available to make Air India and other public sector units more competitive and profitable.“Our objective is to transform the public sector carrier to a great global airline and we are doing whatever possible in this regard,” the Minister said. He stated that the government was studying alternatives to strengthen the public sector units, including Air India and make them ‘competitive and profitable’. He said that during the last three years, the government has made efforts to optimise route network based on viability and was viewing the new routes such as Washington DC, Copenhagen and Ranchi-Kolkata as profitable.“We have made efforts to optimise route network on favourable routes with an intention to make the airline more competitive and profitable. The Air India also procured new aircraft to achieve the goal,” said Sinha .Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and his Civil Aviation counterpart Ashok Gajapathi Raju discussed the future course for Air India, with senior officials indicating that a decision on privatisation will be taken within three months. Sinha appreciated the initiatives taken by the government, stating that its efforts had resulted in Air India to make Rs 105 crore operating profit last year.