Uptown Ventures Buys Hype Hair Launches U Brands

first_imgUptown Ventures Group acquired Hype Hair magazine, an African American women’s hair care brand, and announced the formation of U Brands, an investment vehicle focused on acquiring and licensing similar niche brands.“We see this as an opportunity to transform brands that have considerable equity and audience into more diverse products with more dynamic P&L’s,” says Brett Wright, chief creative officer of Uptown Ventures, parent company of Uptown Magazine, in a release.Hype Hair magazine is Uptown Ventures’ first acquisition since Uptown Magazine was reacquired from its former private equity partners. The publication’s entire current staff, including its long-time publisher, Steve Gross, and editor-in-chief, Adrienne Moore, will remain with the brand.“Hype Hair has a tremendous relationship with its readers,” says Len Burnett, Uptown Ventures co-CEO, in a statement. “Advertising in credible, well-targeted magazines is the cornerstone of an effective integrated marketing campaign.” These new integrated advertising opportunities in print, digital, on social media and via events-based marketing are the goal of the U Brands venture. With U Brands, Uptown Ventures hopes to leverage its internal capabilities in publishing, digital, experiential, licensing and sales expertise to enhance the brands they acquire.With Hype Hair, Uptown Ventures hopes to launch new digital mobile and social platforms by year’s end in an effort to aggregate the disparate hair care content platforms for the African American community and to offer consumers and advertisers new technologies.last_img read more

Winter solstice weekend will shine with a rare moon event

first_imgA brilliant full moon rises at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2017. NASA/Kim Shiflett The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is here for the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s a time of both darkness and light, especially this year.  Friday, Dec. 21 marks the solstice, but Saturday, Dec. 22 will gift us with a full moon known as the Full Cold Moon thanks to its wintry timing.  The solstice and the full moon are happening less than a day apart. That means our lunar neighbor should be plenty bright enough all weekend to light up your solstice celebrations.  Space What is the best part of the #WinterSolstice? How about daylight will now start increasing for the next 6 months!Read more about astronomical seasons here: https://t.co/rRWaknryeV pic.twitter.com/pfbiboydu5— NWS (@NWS) December 21, 2018 11 Photos Tags You can celebrate the moon simply by enjoying the luminosity it brings, but NASA program executive Gordon Johnston has another suggestion: “As usual, the wearing of suitably celebratory celestial attire is encouraged in honor of the full moon.”  So break out your Sailor Moon cosplay or your NASA skate shoes and stare up into space this weekend. Memorable moon photos from NASA and beyond (pictures) Share your voice The next time the full moon and solstice will come so close together is in 2029.  The moon will help enliven the long night, and, as the US National Weather Service points out, we can now look forward to daylight increasing for the next six months. Google celebrates winter and summer solstices with pair of doodles This is what summer solstice looks like on other planets 1 Sci-Tech CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Comment Solstice sightingslast_img read more

US setting up facial recognition at major airports without proper vetting says

first_img Tags CBP is planning to employ facial recognition tech at 20 top US airports by 2021, says report.  Getty Images The US Department of Homeland Security is reportedly rushing to set up facial recognition systems that will scan all international passengers — including US citizens — in the top 20 US airports by 2021. This is being done without proper vetting or regulatory safeguards, according to a BuzzFeed News report Monday. There were reportedly “no limits” on how partnering airlines could use facial recognition data collected by the US Customs and Border Protection program, according to BuzzFeed News’ deep dive into 346 pages of documents obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a nonprofit research group. CBP reportedly limited participating companies and third-party firms from using this data in December, but it’s unclear how the new rule is being enforced.CBP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BuzzFeed News that it would keep photos of non-US citizens departing the country for up to 14 days.”By partnering with airports and airlines to provide a secure stand-alone system that works quickly and reliably, which they will integrate into their boarding process, CBP does not have to rebuild everything from the ground up as we drive innovation across the travel experience,” a spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. Critics of facial recognition tech have said advances in artificial intelligence and the proliferation of cameras have made it increasingly easy for governments to watch and track what individuals are doing. Microsoft in December urged governments to enact legislation in 2019 that requires facial recognition tech to be independently tested to ensure accuracy, prevent unfair bias and protect people’s rights. Amazon’s shareholders in January called on the e-commerce giant to stop selling its Rekognition technology to government agencies, following criticism from civil liberties groups, members of Congress and Amazon’s own employees.BuzzFeed News said airports currently included in the CBP’s facial recognition program are in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington (Dulles and Reagan), Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Houston Hobby, Dallas-Fort Worth, JFK, Miami, San Jose, Orlando and Detroit. Comment 1 Security Sci-Tech Politics Facial recognition Share your voicelast_img read more

Firefoxs new logo is starting to arrive

first_imgThe new logo features an even more stylized, leg-less version of the fox.  Mozilla; Stephen Shankland/CNET Mozilla has released a new test version of its web browser that introduces the new Firefox logo and drops “Quantum” from its name.Mozilla long ago moved the Firefox icon to a more stylized look, but the newest version is another step away from the original drawing of a fox wrapped around the globe. Even though the fox’s face is now in view and its limbs have vanished, it’s still easily recognized.The new icon arrived over the weekend in version 70 of Firefox Nightly, the incarnation designed for people who want to test the latest features and who can put up with crashes or other problems. Firefox Nightly will settle down into a beta version in coming weeks, then into the main version everyone gets a few weeks after that — Oct. 20, according to Mozilla’s plans. The new logo should follow that course, said Tim Murray, creative director at Mozilla.The logo in Firefox Nightly has a different blue/purple color scheme. The regular Firefox will stick with the red, orange and yellow colors.A simplified new Firefox iconThis is what the regular Firefox logo will look like once today’s Nightly version matures enough for release to everyone. Mozilla The new version also will drop the “Quantum” label Mozilla has attached to the Firefox name since the November 2017 release of Firefox 57, Mozilla said. The Quantum signified a major effort to speed up Firefox to better compete with Google’s Chrome, which dominates browser usage. A number of Quantum programs rebuilt parts of Firefox’s engine, and one such change — the GPU-acclerated Quantum Render technology to display a web page once Firefox figures out what it’s supposed to look like — is still gradually spreading to more computer types. The project also was called WebRender.”Our goal is that WebRender will be the primary rendering engine for the Firefox Browser and we will continue to roll it out to additional platforms throughout the coming months,” said Jessie Bonisteel, a Firefox engineering manager.Mozilla’s newest challenge to Chrome centers on protecting your privacy online — for example, by blocking websites and online ads that try to track you. Chrome has lagged other browsers like Safari, Firefox and Brave in that regard.Firefox usage is gradually decreasing, at least based on statistics Mozilla gathers from people willing to share that data. However, use of Firefox’s new tracking protection is increasing. “Following our release of Enhanced Tracking Protection on by default, we’ve seen our share of users keeping ETP on all the time rise as well,” said Porfirio Landeros, Mozilla’s senior director of product marketing.First published Aug. 12.Update, Aug. 13: Adds more details about the new logo and Firefox’s changes. 1:38 Check out Firefox’s new content-blocking tools Post a comment 0 Firefox Mozillacenter_img Share your voice Computers Tags Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Sahara Group gets 3month breather from auction of its New York properties

first_imgSubrata Roy’s Sahara Group has got relief from a foreclosure auction of its two New York properties till June. Two brothers, who had given a $900-million loan refinance facility to the group and were keen on auctioning the properties next month to recover the money, have agreed to give three months to the Group, PTI reported, citing sources.Brothers David and Simon Reuben had extended the facility to enable refinance of a loan the group had taken from the Bank of China, which had held the three overseas properties of the embattled Group as collaterals. The three properties are Grosvenor House Hotel in London, and the two US hotels — the New York Plaza and Dream New York.The Sahara Group has about 75 percent stake in New York Plaza while the remaining 25 percent is with Prince Alwaleed bin-Talal of Saudi Arabia.The group’s chief, Subrata Roy, is in New Dehhi’s Tihar jail since March 2014 over a legal dispute with capital markets regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi). The dispute pertains to over Rs 24,000 crore collected by two Sahara Group companies — Sahara India Real Estate Corporation Ltd (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corporation Ltd (SHICL) — from over 3 crore investors through Optional Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCD) in an “illegal and unauthorised manner.” The group was directed by court to refund the amount to the investors along with an interest of 15 percent per annum.The group had initially furnished demand drafts for about Rs 5,120 crore, but failed to fully comply with further orders to deposit Rs 17,400 crore by February 2013, prompting contempt proceedings against them in the Supreme Court.”The record shows that at various stages the contemnors (Roy and other Group directors) gave the proposals for compliance with the directions which were explored from time to time, but eventually all these proposals were found to be unsatisfactory, yielding no tangible results. [sic]”This was perceived as stubborn attitude of the contemnors with sole intent to drag on the matter endlessly without complying with the orders. This attitude of the contemnors forced this Court to issue non-bailable warrants against Mr. Subrata Roy Sahara for his production and directing personal presence of the other three Directors in the Court on the date fixed, [sic]” the Supreme Court had said in its judgment dated June 19, 2015.The Supreme Court bench comprising Justices T S Thakur, Anil R Dave and A K Sikri had also said in their June 2015 judgment the total amount had “swelled to Rs 36,608 crore.”last_img read more

TikTok star Mohit Mors killer is a 17yearold boy says Delhi Police

first_imgMohit MorfacebookThe TikTok world in India was shocked when one of its stars, Mohit Mor, was gunned down in Delhi. The investigation revealed that the murderer was a 17-year-old boy. He had opened fire after an argument at their gym. Mor was a gym instructor and had put up many gym and fitness videos on TikTok garnering over 5 lakh followers. His murder at a photocopy shop in South Delhi had prompted an investigation by the police to nab the killer and find the reason.The police caught the boy with the help of Mor’s phone’s call details records. It showed that the 17-year-old boy was the last person to speak to Mor before his murder on May 14. The CCTV camera installed showed three people leaving the shop.”When Mohit Mor was speaking with his friend inside the shop, three armed persons barged inside the shop and indiscriminately fired 13 bullets on him. Mohit Mor fell on a sofa kept inside the shop. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Mohit Mor suffered seven bullets,” a senior police officer had told India today while initially talking about the TikTok star’s death.”All the three accused, one of them wearing a black helmet, had come on a scooty. They were seen in a CCTV footage running away from the busy narrow street after the crime,” police added. CCTV footage of the assailantstwitterThe accused was arrested near Dhulsiras village in Dwarka with an illegal country-made pistol and two cartridges.According to The New Indian Express, Mor had yelled at the accused and allegedly assaulted him in front of many people. This prompted the accused to get a gun and shoot Mor out of anger.”During the investigation, it was found that the juvenile and Mor had a fight at a gym which led to the victim assaulting the accused in front of other people,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by IANS.The officer added, “The infuriated juvenile then decided to kill Mor. He along with his two friends searched for the victim but could not find him in the gym.” The police are trying to find the other two accused.last_img read more

Kamal sends letter to PM seeking dialogue again

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina and Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain sent another letter to ruling Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday seeking the second phase of talks with her over the next general election, reports UNB. Three Gano Forum leaders—Jaglul Haider Afrik, AHM Shafiq Ullah and Mostak Ahmed—carried the letter to Awami League President’s Dhanmondi office around 12:00pm.Talking to UNB, Mostak Ahmed said they handed over the letter to an office assistant, Masud Alauddin.In the letter he said, Kamal Hossain urged prime minister to hold a small-scale dialogue with Oikya Front over the next general election.Earlier on Saturday night, a meeting of the alliance’s steering committee at Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber decided to send the letter to the prime minister.After the meeting, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Jatiya Oikya Front had a dialogue with her (PM) on 1 November, and it was discussed that a small-group dialogue with us can be held again. Based on that, the prime minister will be given another letter tomorrow, Sunday.”In the letter, he said, they will mention about the Oikya Front’s letter sent to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the election schedule until the dialogue is over.Fakhrul hoped that the talks will be held on a small-scale on the country’s current political crisis.Earlier, Kamal, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to the Election Commission urging it not to announce the schedule for next election until the ongoing dialogue ends.On 1 November, a 23-member delegation of 14-party, led by Sheikh Hasina, sat in talks at Ganabhaban with Kamal Hossain-led 20-member Oikya Front team.After the meeting, Oikya Front leaders said they placed their seven-point demand before prime minister Sheikh Hasina but did not find any specific solution except some good words about rallies and meetings.Sheikh Hasina invited the Oikya Front leaders to join the dialogue on 29 October following a letter sent to her by Kamal Hossain on behalf of the alliance, seeking talks on election issues.last_img read more

Join battle of vote to save independence says Fakhrul

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoBangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said they have taken the 11th parliamentary elections as a challenge to defeat the current government together with people through a vote revolution, reports UNB.“When we can’t stand anywhere, express our views, and carry out any election campaign and our leaders and activists being sent to jail in false and fictitious cases, we’ve taken the election as a challenge,” he said.“We together with people who’re already united will defeat this monstrous regime,” he added.Speaking at a rally of lawyers, the BNP leader further said, “We’ve a little time in our hands. If we want to save the nation, Bangladesh’s independence, and its people, it’s time for us to join the battle of vote with people and thus defeat them (govt).”He urged the Oikya Front leaders and activists to get ready for the election braving all the obstacles, repressive acts and plots. “We must stage a vote revolution together with people.”Jatiya Ainjibi Oikya Front arranged the programme on the Supreme Court premises with Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president Zainul Abedin in the chair.last_img read more

AL picks candidates in 122 upazilas for polls

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina presides over a meeting of the Awami League Local Government Nomination Board at Ganabhaban in DHaka on Saturday. Photo: PIDRuling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) on Saturday finalised its candidates for the chairmen posts in the third phase of upazila parishad polls in 122 upazilas.The nominations were finalised at a meeting of the AL’s local government nomination board held at Ganabhaban in the capital in the afternoon.AL local government election nomination board chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.Other members of the board including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Obaidul Quader, Abdur Razzak, Muhammad Faruk Khan, Dipu Moni and Abul Hasnat Abdullah attended the meeting.In the third phase, the elections to 127 upazila parishads in 17 districts of five divisions will be held on 24 March.Election commission (EC) joint secretary SM Asaduzzaman announced the detailed schedule of the third phase upazila polls at a press conference at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban on 14 February.According to the schedule, the deadline for nomination paper submission for the third phase polls has been set on 26 February.The scrutiny will be held on 28 February while the last date for candidature withdrawal is on 7 March, said the EC secretary.last_img read more

Woman commits suicide after poisoning daughters

first_imgA woman apparently killed herself after allegedly poisoning her two daughters at Shikderpara in Rangunia upazila of Chattogram early Tuesday over a family feud, reports UNB. The deceased were Doly Akhter, 28, wife of Nurnabi and her daughters Ela Akhter, 6 and Esrat Nur, 10.Quoting family members, Imtiaz Uddin Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge of Rangunia police station, said that Doly poisoned her daughters and then killed herself around 12:30am.Other members of the family took the trio to Rangunia Upazila Health Complex. They were later shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated. The doctors pronounced them dead around 1:30am.The OC said that they are investigating family members’ claim.last_img read more

EN ESPAÑOL ¿Puede el voto latino decidir el empate entre Ted Cruz

first_imgLa contienda electoral entre el senador republicano Ted Cruz y el demócrata Beto O´Rourke, que será decidida en noviembre en las urnas, está en empate en intención de voto, según una encuesta reciente.Jerónimo Cortina explica En Pocas Palabras por qué  los latinos podrían tener la llave del desempate. Sharelast_img

Southern Baptist Leader Removed Over Remarks On Rape Abuse Of Women

first_imgTom Strickland/APPaige Patterson, president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, speaks at a meeting in Indianapolis in 2004.Paige Patterson, who has been under fire for weeks over his past advice to women concerning marital abuse and rape, has been quietly replaced as president of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.Patterson has been on the defensive since allegations surfaced that he once counseled women who suffered marital abuse to pray for their husbands. The Washington Post on Tuesday also reported an incident in which Patterson allegedly told a woman who said she had been raped to forgive her assailant rather than report the incident to police.“After much prayer and a more than 13-hour discussion regarding challenges facing the Institution, including those of enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity, the Board determined to move in the direction of new leadership for the benefit of the future mission of the Seminary,” the Board of Trustees said in a statement early Wednesday.The board said it voted to appoint Patterson as “President Emeritus with compensation, effective immediately, which he accepted.” In his place, it appointed D. Jeffrey Bingham, dean of the school of theology at the Fort Worth-based seminary, as interim president.The decision to remove Patterson, 75, came after an open letter signed by more than 2,000 Southern Baptist women expressing shock over Patterson’s statements and warning Southern Baptist Convention leaders not to allow “the biblical view of leadership to be misused in such a way that a leader with an unbiblical view of authority, womanhood, and sexuality be allowed to continue in leadership.”Days after the letter, Patterson issued “An Apology to God’s People” saying he was sorry “to every woman who has been wounded by anything I have said that was inappropriate or that lacked clarity.”“We live in a world of hurt and sorrow, and the last thing that I need to do is add to anyone’s heartache,” Patterson said in the statement. “Please forgive the failure to be as thoughtful and careful in my extemporaneous expression as I should have been.”As NPR’s Tom Gjelten reported earlier this month, in an interview Patterson gave in 2000, the religious leader recounted how he had told one woman, who had been assaulted by her husband, to simply pray for her spouse:“Returning some days later with two black eyes, the woman said, ‘I hope you’re happy,’ [Patterson said.]‘I said, ‘Yes, ma’am, I am happy,’ Patterson quoted himself as telling the woman. ‘What she didn’t know when we sat in church that morning,’ he said, ‘was that her husband had come in and was standing in back, first time he ever came.’Patterson had also been criticized for a sermon he gave in 2014 in which he said women were created by God “beautifully and artistically.”Tom adds:“He related a conversation he had with a woman while her son and a friend were standing alongside. As they talked, a teenage girl whom Patterson described as “very attractive” walked by, and one of the boys said, “Man, is she built.”The woman immediately scolded him, but Patterson said he interjected in the boy’s defense.‘I said, ‘Ma’am, leave him alone,” Patterson recounted. ‘He’s just being biblical. That is exactly what the Bible says.’Hearing Patterson tell that story, Karen Swallow Prior, a professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., was outraged. She and about 30 other women immediately drafted the open letter addressed to the Board of Trustees of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.After the seminary’s board went into closed session on Tuesday, The Washington Post published a story detailing a new allegation against Patterson.The newspaper says that in 2003, while Patterson was president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, N.C., he allegedly advised a woman studying there who said she had been raped by a fellow student not to report it to police.“They shamed the crap out of me, asking me question after question,” the woman, who now works in public relations in North Carolina, told the Post. “He didn’t necessarily say it was my fault, but [the sense from him was] I let him into my home.”“I had bottled it up,” she said. “My husband didn’t know about it until last week. … I told him ‘I need to do something.’”In Tuesday’s meeting deciding Patterson’s fate, the seminary’s board of trustees said it also “affirmed a motion stating 1) evidence exists that Dr. Patterson has complied with reporting laws regarding assault and abuse, 2) the Seminary stands against all forms of abuse.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences A large team of researchers from across Europe and the U.K. has learned more about Neolithic history in Poland by studying the remains of people buried in a mass grave in a southern part of the country. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes the results of DNA testing they conducted on the remains and what they found. Back in 2011, a mass grave was discovered near the southern Polish village of Koszyce. Prior research dated the remains to the Bronze Age. In this new effort, the researchers have conducted DNA testing on the remains of those found in the grave.The researchers report that they found the remains of 15 people—men, women and children—all from approximately 2880 to 2776 BCE. Items found in the gravesite alongside the human remains suggested that the remains were from the Globular Amphora culture. They also found that the people all belonged to four core families. They noted that the adult females were not related to one another, suggesting that they had once belonged to another group. Of the eight men found in the gravesite, four were half-brothers and the others shared second-degree relationship links.The researchers noted that a large proportion of older men seemed to be missing from the gravesite, suggesting they were away when a massacre occurred. The males in the grave were young, and only one of them had sired a child, which was also buried in the grave. In sharp contrast, the women were all mostly over 30 years of age, and four of them were mothers of children in the grave. The bodies were placed in the graves in significant ways, the researchers note, suggesting the men had returned, found their families dead and had buried them.DNA testing also confirmed that all 15 of the dead belonged to the Sphere Amphora culture. The researchers theorize that people from the Corded Ware culture likely encountered the Sphere Amphora people as they sought to expand their range. They further speculate that the two groups were likely unknown to one another because there was no shared DNA in the victims. Explore further Bones found in Roman-era grave in London may be Asian Citation: Analysis of remains in ancient gravesite gives insight into Neolithic history in Poland (2019, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-analysis-ancient-gravesite-insight-neolithic.htmlcenter_img The Late Neolithic mass grave at Koszyce, Poland. Credit: Piotr Wodarczak © 2019 Science X Network More information: Unraveling ancestry, kinship, and violence in a Late Neolithic mass grave, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1820210116 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more