Sex Before Viagra

first_imgOne of the greatest fallacies Indians live with is that they have greater expertise or consciousness in the areas of sexuality and erotica. The myth is almost as dangerous as believing that there is anything fundamentally “Indian” in any context. Much of what we believe in the areas of sexuality and erotica is based on a mythology that very few of us practice or know about. Most of that mythology comes from the inheritance we claim over the Kamasutra, the great and perhaps the only text on sexuality at the heart of religious-cultural heritage in the world, let alone in India.Our ownership of that text is legendary. It is a claim often dropped over cold samosas and masala tea at parties. With non-Indians present, the references get richer and the pseudo-knowledge even thicker. Very few Indians have actually read the text, which is boringly pedantic and — shockingly to many — did not contain pictures in the original. In fact, the most popular edition was translated by one Sir Richard Burton in 1883. And yet, walk into a bookstore or a tourist shop targeting gullible commodity-seekers, and you will find richly illustrated texts with pictures of cavorting men and women, meant to drive your imagination wild and your reverence of all things Indian, even wilder. It needn’t be mentioned that the Kamasutra has made it possible to get closer to women or to claim a mystery in that valuable area of inter-personal relations only to be led to an abyss, where experience has no relationship to the text.Since we own the heritage by default, we like to think we live by it. It explains away quite a few things about our culture. The exploding population that underscores our sexual productivity, the overwhelming ooze of sexuality in gigantic billboards of “Bollywood” movies, and of course, the films themselves, which, let us admit, have provided quite a large population around the world a dependable outlet for understanding and vicariously enjoying their lust. There are easy justifications on why we are so wild in the area of representation, because we own the authoritative text on it like no one else does. It allows the West to intensify its stereotypes that there is something inexplicably mysterious and wild about Eastern cultures. It deepens our self-image that what others say about us must be true and separates further our real life and our delusions about ourselves. It is not just the Kamasutra, of course. We also invoke the great temple sculptures that live alongside the pious images of gods and deities. The explicit sexuality of some of these images is startling and prods us to probe and understand the complex heritage we inherit. Instead, all that gels together is one giant gestalt about how rich our religious heritage is on things sexual and erotic.There is no doubt about the richness of these sites, sculptures and temples. We dwelt on them in the pages of Little India earlier (June 2008). But a myopic focus on that alone allows us to gloss over how our heritage has become an excuse for the oppressive practices in our culture to date. There is still no place for women to express their sexuality on their own terms. We turn a blind eye on the polymorphous sexuality between sexes (as much as across) expressed in this heritage. We continue to mete out deferential treatment to relations among men and among women. And above all, we continue to believe that sexuality is a realm of its own.The lesson taught by the quasi-religious texts was that all life, not just sexuality, was to be lived as a rigorous commitment to sincere and intense practice. The dedication to the principles of yoga that the Kamasutra and other texts invoked was connected to similar approaches to economics, to duties in family life, and to other areas, which allowed us to define life amongst other living creatures. Indeed, early on the Kamasutra itself admonishes: “Man, the period of whose life is one hundred years, should practice Dharma, Artha and Kama at different times and in such a manner that they may harmonize together and not clash in any way. He should acquire learning in his childhood, in his youth and middle age he should attend to Artha and Kama, and in his old age he should perform Dharma, and thus seek to gain Moksha, i.e. release from further transmigration.” Indeed, for all its focus on sexuality, the Kamasutra cautions, “When all the three, viz. Dharma, Artha and Kama, come together, the former is better than the one which follows it, i.e. Dharma is better than Artha, and Artha is better than Kama.”We have conveniently figured out that sexuality is an independent sphere; it works by itself, confined to relations that are for pleasures defined by the dominant and, of course, confined to bed. We have bought the image that others sold to us only to delude ourselves by believing that we are richer by what we own, not by what we practice. This separation between what traditions tell us and what we practice is not unique to Indian culture alone, of course. All religions are rife with the rift — a pretense that what is written somewhere makes them superior. This blinds them to the hypocrisies of religions and their mythologies.Indians are very conservative when it comes to the practice of sexuality in public life. Kissing is still a prize accomplishment on the silver screen and sexuality is still constructed figuratively, only to hint at what is happening. Our clothing, influenced by traditions that are hardly indigenous, barely speaks of gender equality or convenience that is fair to women in particular. Indian men, presumably influenced by their heritage of erotica and sexuality, are still abusing women in social and inter-personal relations.As Western modernism arrived in India in tidal waves in the past century and as we intensified our marriage to relatively unbridled consumer capitalism, we have completely lost our bearings on things we inherited and possibly once practiced. Our sexual mores are now dictated by what we look up and aspire to in the West. Our cities and communities are now impressions of the Western lifestyle, unique in an anthropological sense, but poor in every other. We may even win the race to out-imitate those who provide us with this new image. We may become a global power in consumer-strength. What we cannot do easily is to bridge the gap between what we think and what we practice. What the West has done to the Kamasutra is pornographic.And yet, there are two qualities that could make us distinct. First, our history is a great testimony to the flexibility, malleability and diversity of our culture. We have taken blows from the outside and from within; we have made our enemies our neighbors and we have managed to stake out a place where ferment can lead to a richer peace. It is possible then to own the heritage of sexuality and erotica in practice and in principle, understand the shortcomings of these texts as those written with specific interests and practice them in our social relations. Much of consumer culture and new technologies can be rendered useful in broadening what we are. There is a place in consumer culture to resist the temptations of being sold out and to fashion thought that is independent.To be an Indian is to live with contradictions. The wide rift between the ownership of traditions we invoke and what we live with, the broad divide between our voluptuous exhibitions of sexuality and our puritanical attitudes are just new manifestations of our conceptions of ourselves over the ages. The tension between the contradictions is rendered productive by thinking more about them, as the economist Amartya Sen and others have pointed out. There never was any vitality to Indian sexuality except for the high rates of procreation and the widening gulf in our social relations, especially in our treatment of women. It is best to learn a lesson from all of this and focus on what our conceptions do to us instead of dreaming about the ideals they conjure for us.The distinctions between sexuality, erotica and pornographic have become too slippery for public discourse. But there are some broad, though basic, assumptions to be kept in mind. What we understand to be pornography, lurid and wanton expressions of sexual acts or hints of sexual acts, is a diversion from the more subterranean notion of pornography.Everything that is objectified for the pleasure of the subject, the viewer, at the expense of the object is pornographic. Thus, a tourist who comes to India, even if it is Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, or an ordinary tourist who stays in posh hotels and runs around with cameras to take pictures home, is objectifying all that he encounters. Colonialism is a form of pornography, where the aggressors pillaged the land without regard to the inhabitant lives or their values. What the West has done to the Kamasutra is pornographic. The West invented technologies and ways of thinking that are pornographic, where the viewer captures what he sees for his pleasure alone. Photography, cinema and the National Geographic (for example) are instruments of deepening that pornographic attitude. We extend this to women and other objects of desire in our public life and view them in a pornographic sense. It matters very little what perception those who are objectified have of this, any more than what we think about prisoners who might be happy about their prisons. Sexuality has a broader meaning well beyond the act of sex and certainly beyond the codes that we have established as accepted in our social frame. It is a term that normalizes our relations. While we placed homosexuality in the midst of our social practices in various parts of Indian life, we have denigrated it as unacceptable sexuality. It makes our stomachs turn to think of men and women having sexual relations among themselves, while men are allowed and encouraged to lust after women and women are contained in their expressions of sexual desire. Heterosexual lust is considered “natural” and acceptable while sexual relations among the same sexes, which were practiced in our past, are tainted. Sexuality is as much about language as it is about representation of relations. What we call sexual and what we accept as “normal” are such because of the power that accompanies them. Let us remember that only certain kind of sexuality sells and we do a lot of it, pushing everything else under the carpet.Conceptions of erotica are even more complex. While a case has been made, and rightfully so, that various aspects of Indian culture have articulated what erotic relations are like, it is still a challenge to decipher exactly what that means. One wishes it was as legalistic or pedestrian as saying that “one knows it, when one sees it.” Complete and full sensory engagement with that which is our perceptual world, within and beyond our sensory experiences, even in the realm of imagination makes a claim to be erotic. Declaring a pornographic act as erotic doesn’t make it so, since it is surrounded by practices that defeat that intent. Erotica is a goal to be achieved, something that the Kamasutra and other yogic texts remind us. That is the reason; we aim to reach that goal through art, through expressions of faith toward elemental spirits (sometimes embodied in gods). Dance has erotic elements because it shows a path toward reaching the erotic. The same goes with sculpture, architecture, clothing and other expressions of culture.Anything that involves training and using senses requires slowing down time. Indian arts have had a meditative and cultivated character. Sensory and sensual involvements have always demanded, especially since the corruption of modernism, servitude of time, not its domination. Since life has to be adaptable to its changing conditions, the lesson that our cultures offer have to do with a way of life, not the specifics of activities.There are no quick remedies for sexuality or erotica. They are not in the plastic surgery offices or in the illustrated editions of the Kamasutra; they are not in the oozing partial nudity of Bollywood or provocations of bodily exhibitions; they are not in the mythologies that we hold dear either. Learning takes its own course as it confronts the complexity of life; which is why it did not come readily available in pill form. That is perhaps the reason we did not think of the Viagra in the first place. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Caught on camera: US women’s football goalkeeper Hope Solo in angry rant

first_imgUS women’s goalkeeper Hope Solo’s contract has been cancelled by the country’s Soccer Federation after her comments against the Swedish women’s team during the OlympicsThe Washington born goalkeeper has been playing at the top level for more than 15 years now and is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world. But, she showed some grave unprofessionalism after USA’s match against Sweden during the Olympics. As the ladies from USA were looking for their third Olympic Gold, they were beaten by the resolute women from Sweden on penalties 4-3 after a 1-1 draw in normal time in their quarterfinal match. A frustrated and  irritated Solo who was heckled by the locals for her Zika comments before the Games, called the Swedes ‘a bunch of cowards.’ Her comments forced the US governing body to suspend her for six months but after further consideration her contract has been terminated and that led to the goalkeeper’s distraught reaction. (Also read: US goalkeeper Hope Solo hit with six-month ban over ‘cowards’ comments at Olympics)Solo was clearly distraught after she her contract following an earlier suspension that was to last six months. The 35-year-old ran to meet her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens.Solo, who has two Olympic Gold medals and was part of the US team that won the World Cup, could not believe her luck and vented out her frustration even as the camera recorded her every move.”Six month suspension no pay, terminated contract effective immediately.” She went on to say in the video, “17 f—— years and it’s over,” she said.advertisementThe short video clip is part of a documentary titled “Keeping Score”, which Solo is shooting with other US players.Earlier, Solo grabbed eyeballs on social media after she denied to travel to Brazil for the Olympics citing fears regarding the dreaded Zika virus. But she changed her mind in May and decided to go on with the team but this time she posted pictures of different medicines and lotions that protect one from Zika. She also urged others to get their own if they travel to Brazil and this led to an outbreak and people trolling the keeper on social media and that reflected on field too when every touch of her in Brazil was booed by the Brazilians. She decided to ignore them and concentrate on her performance saying that she chooses not  to listen to them.Not sharing this!!! Get your own! #zikaproof #RoadToRio pic.twitter.com/y3d8hnuEjk Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 22, 2016However, Solo’s illustrious 17 year-old career struck an all-time low when the US Soccer Federation terminated the two time Olympic Gold medallist and World Cup winner’s contract for unacceptable behaviour, confirmed Sunil Gulati, the US Soccer President.Solo had earlier tweeted to express her disappointment after her contract was terminated.pic.twitter.com/z4lCvGnQDq Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 25, 2016Earlier today, Solo tweeted to say that she was resigning from the Seattle Reign to pave the way for the young and talented Haley Kopmeyer.pic.twitter.com/ogdYGQzniK Hope Solo (@hopesolo) August 30, 2016last_img read more

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Essential phone gets $200 price cut, price drops from $699 to $499

first_imgEssential smartphone has received a price cut of $200, lowering its price to $499(Approx Rs 32,443). Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone was launched in August this year and it has been only two months that the company began its shipment.”And to thank our early supporters who already own an Essential Phone, we’re offering a $200 friends & family code to use on our website towards Essential 360 Camera or another Essential Phone,” said Niccola de Masi, the president of Essential.The Essential smartphone at the new reduced price expects to compete against the high-end phones like the iPhone X and Google Pixel XL 2. There are also reports that despite coming with striking features and design, the phone did not receive a good response in terms of sales.  BayStreet  Research, a firm that analyses and predicts the growth and shipment of smartphones and other gadgets, states that only 5000 units of Essential phones have been sold in US. Sprint is the only carrier from where you can get an Essential phone in US.Also Read: Andy Rubin’s Essential phone: Full specs, top features and everything you need to knowThe company has announced an offer for its early buyers too. The offer is valid only till December 17, 2017 where buyers will get $200 friends and family credit. Customers have to sign up on the Essential  page using their phone’s IMEI number, serial number and the email ID used at the time of the purchase of the phone. The code can be applied for Essential smartphone or a module.advertisementEssential is an Android-based phone from Essential, designed by Android’s co-creator Andy Rubin. Sporting a titanium and ceramic body, the smartphone features an  5.7-inch LTPS edge-to-edge display and dons a dual camera set up on the rear. The phone is powered by a 2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. There’s 128 GB internal storage that’s non-expandable. The phone is backed by a 3040mAh battery with fast-charge support. The phone was launched at $699.last_img read more

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Honor 9X Pro specs may include four rear cameras and Kirin 810 chipset

first_imgHonor 9X Pro specs may include four rear cameras and Kirin 810 chipsetAccording to a tipster on Twitter, the Honor 9X Pro will be powered by the new 7nm-based Kirin 810 chipset, which is set to replace the Kirin 710 SoC.advertisement Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJune 19, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 10:43 IST HIGHLIGHTSHonor 9X Pro is said to launch alongside Honor 9X soon.Honor 9X Pro is tipped to come with 48MP quad cameras and Kirin 810 chipset.The new Kirin 810 chip will be based on a 7nm process like the Kirin 980 SoC.Honor is expected to announce the Honor 9X series soon, although an exact date of launch is unknown. The upcoming series will most likely include a regular Honor 9X and an Honor 9X Pro model. Some rumoured specifications regarding the Honor 9X Pro have leaked out this week that suggest the smartphone will sport a quad camera setup, a large battery and could be the second phone to sport the new Kirin 810 chipset.According to a tipster on Twitter, the Honor 9X Pro will be powered by the new Kirin 810 mid-range chipset, which is set to replace the Kirin 710 SoC. The upcoming chipset is notable as it will be Huawei’s second 7nm-based processor after the Kirin 980 flagship processor. Huawei has already confirmed that the Kirin 810 chip will debut with the Huawei nova 5 on June 21. The Honor 9X Pro is set to be the second phone to rock the new Kirin processor.Rumored Honor 9X (pro) specs6.5″-6.7″ lcd screen ( guess)48 mp imx582 primary camera with 8 mp swa2mp macro and 2 mp depth20w fast charge4000mAh battery25mp front cam (punch hole possible)3d glass design#Honor9XProTeme () (@RODENT950) June 17, 2019The USP of the Honor 9X Pro will likely be the quad camera setup on the back that is said to include a 48MP Sony IMX582 primary sensor, which is the same sensor used on the Redmi K20. The IMX582 and IMX586 sensors are largely identical and will shoot true 48MP shots, with the only difference being that the former can only record videos in 4k 30fps while the Sony IMX586 can record videos in 4k at up to 60fps.advertisementThe quad camera setup is also said to include an 8MP super wide-angle camera and two 2MP sensors with one offering a macro lens and the other for depth sensing. The Honor 9X is also tipped to launch with an LCD display with a size between 6.5-inch to 6.7-inch. The tipster suggests that the display could have a hole-punch cutout to house a 25MP selfie camera. The Honor 9X Pro is said to house a large 4,000mAh battery with support for 20W fast charging.The rumoured specs, including the Kirin 810 chip and quad camera setup, seem to suggest that the Honor 9X Pro will be a rebranded Huawei nova 5. We should know more about the Honor 9X series as we approach its launch.ALSO READ | Huawei nova 5 to rock Kirin 810 chip, company’s second 7nm SoC after Kirin 980ALSO READ | Huawei Mate X launch delayed till September due to Galaxy Fold debacleGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow HonorFollow Honor 9X Prolast_img read more

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HHI Secures Order for Moss Type LNG Carriers

first_imgzoom Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), the world’s biggest shipbuilder, today won a USD 850 million order to build four 150,000 m3 Moss type LNG carriers from Malaysian oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).The contract also includes an option exercisable by the owner to order four additional same class LNG carriers. The double-hulled LNG carriers are scheduled to be delivered to the owner from the second half of 2016.The tankers for carrying liquefied natural gas will be constructed with four independent self-supporting spherical tanks that have more reliable performance when loading and unloading cargo, and have greater resistance to sloshing forces compared to membrane tank system. These features play a crucial role in Moss type LNG carriers being the preferred choice for offshore storage work where harsh sea conditions are a significant factor.Mr. Ka Sam-hyun, executive vice president of Hyundai Heavy’s Shipbuilding Division said, “We see this order as the first of many for LNG carriers as regulations for carbon dioxide emission tighten and demand for LNG increases as an alternative energy source.”Hyundai Heavy is the only Korean shipbuilder that can build Moss type LNG carriers. The Ulsan, South-Korea based company has built 15 Moss type LNG carriers since 1994.HHI, October 11, 2013last_img read more

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GCDCP organises conference on Artificial Intelligence

first_imgNew Delhi: In view of the rapidly growing demand of Information Technology-enabled new tools such as Artificial Intelligence, and Analytics, Global Council for Development of Consulting Professionals, a global forum, organized a National Conference in the city. Dr Omkar Rai, DG, STPI India, delivered the keynote address. The Conference was also addressed by Nishith Pathak who is India’s first and only Artificial Intelligence Most Valuable Professional and Microsoft Regional Director (RD).last_img read more

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At the fracking protest frontline

first_imgAPTN National NewsTempers are flaring again in central New Brunswick.That’s where a US based company is searching for shale gas.People are afraid the discovery of shale gas may lead to a controversial process known as fracking.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is on the front line of the protest outside Rexton, New Brunswick.last_img

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Ojibwe girl who refused chemotherapy dies from stroke reports

first_imgAPTN National NewsNEW CREDIT – Makayla Sault, the 11-year old girl who made national news after refusing chemothereapy has died.According to a statement posted on the Two Row Times website, Sault died of a stroke.“After a valiant fight, almost a year from diagnosis, our daughter, Makayla Sault suffered a stroke on Sunday morning that she just couldn’t recover from.Surrounded by the love and support of her family, her community and her nation – on Monday, January 19 at 1:50 PM, in her 12th year, Makayla completed her course. She is now safely in the arms of Jesus.Makayla was on her way to wellness, bravely fighting toward holistic well-being after the harsh side effects that 12 weeks of chemotherapy inflicted on her body.Chemotherapy did irreversible damage to her heart and major organs. This was the cause of the stroke.We continue to support Makayla’s choice to leave chemotherapy. At this time we request privacy from the media while we mourn this tragic loss.”After 11 weeks of chemotherapy at McMaster hospital in Hamilton, Sault asked her parents to stop.McMaster asked children’s aid to intervene in the case to force the girl to return to treatment. Brandford Children’s Aid refused.last_img read more

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Wynne raises Walkerton tragedy

Premier Kathleen Wynne was raising the spectre of the Walkerton Water tragedy in the provincial election campaign today. It was 14 years ago that the disaster of contaminated drinking water hit the town. And Wynne is sending out the message that it could happen again under if the Conservatives are elected and carry out their plans to cut back government employees.The water tragedy hit Walkerton in the year 200, killed seven people and making thousands more sick. It followed cutbacks in the Mike Harris era that included water inspectors. And the premier’s message today was new cutbacks could mean new tragedies.The Walkerton Clean Water Centre was set up after the water disaster in 2000. Wynne repeated again and again that decisions have consequences. And warned of the consequences of Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s to cut 100 thousand government jobs: “And you cannot fire water and food inspectors without affecting the monitoring of the water we drink and the food we eat.”She sayas Hudak’s cutbacks would be even deeper that the Harris cutbacks: “I think it’s rather sad to see the premier of Ontario trying to take advantage of that for political gain. I expected better than that from Kathleen Wynne.”The Consevative leader indicated this is a new low for the election campaign. And that his cutbacks would not affect health or safety. For her part, NDP leader Andrea Horwath was promising help for small businesses and people making minimum wage: “An NDP governemnt will lower corporate tax rates. Increasing minimum wage to 12 dollars an hour.”Later, the Premier was in Waterloo, promising continued support for special needs children.“Here in Waterloo, the Liberals are trying to win back the Kitchener-Waterloo riding they lost to the NDP in a byelection in 2012, helping to keep Dalton McGuinty from getting the majority governement he wanted.”And yet again, Wynne faced the question of how she can convince people to vote Liberal following the Liberal governemnt’s scandals under Dalton McGuinty: “I’m the leader of the Liberal party. I have been the premier for just over a year. I’m taking my record, my integrity and the changes that I have made in the last year and bit to the people of the province.”So Wynne is playing down the connection between her and the McGuinty government, saying it’s different now. But with Hudak promising widespread cutbacks, she’s playing up the connection between Hudak and the Harris government, indicating there doesn’t seem to be much difference. read more

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WatchFederal carbon price revenues to hit 26 billion this year budget watchdog

OTTAWA — Canada’s budget watchdog says revenues from the federal carbon price will be more than $2.6 billion this year and exceed $6 billion a year within five years.The new analysis by the parliamentary budget office, which includes both the high-profile fuel tax applied in four provinces and a separate pricing system for big industrial emitters, also says that revenues will start to fall after five years because Canadians will burn less fossil fuel. As Vancouver drivers suffer gas-price pain, carbon-tax backers go suspiciously quiet Oilsands greenhouse gas emissions are being significantly underestimated, new study suggests Debunking carbon tax myths: It’s no cash grab The federal government implemented a fuel surcharge this month in the provinces that have not enacted carbon-pricing systems of their own, starting at $20 per tonne of emissions produced and rising to $50 per tonne in 2022.The PBO report says the average cost to families from the carbon price this year will be $193 in New Brunswick, $256 in Ontario, $260 in Manitoba and $425 in Saskatchewan.To offset the cost of the tax Ottawa introduced an income-tax rebate that will average more than the expected costs in all four of those provinces.Saskatchewan, Ontario and Manitoba have all filed court challenges questioning Ottawa’s authority to impose the tax. read more

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Fancy a Late Date with Leo Hes presenting a show on RTÉ

first_img Leo Varadkar is going behind the mic. 14,810 Views http://jrnl.ie/3114554 Dec 1st 2016, 6:38 PM IF YOU’RE LOOKING for something to curl up to over Christmas, Leo Varadkar on the wireless might be just the turkey antidote you’re looking for.The Minister for Social Protection will be diving into his personal playlist as he presents an episode of the Late Date radio programme over the Christmas break.The show is aired on RTÉ Radio One between 11.25pm-2am on weekday nights and is usually presented by Cathal Murray.Over Christmas though the mic is opened up with Joe Brolly and Deirdre O’Kane also getting a shot at presenting duties.A spokesperson for RTÉ said that the dates haven’t been finalised yet but that Varadkar’s show is being pencilled in for 27 December.The spokesperson also said that Varadkar’s appearance on the show is voluntary.The minister also appeared on RTÉ radio earlier this afternoon to speak about his brief, at the end of the interview with Kathryn Thomas he was asked about his upcoming moonlighting in Montrose.Varadkar said he hasn’t decided on his musical selections yet.“I haven’t worked out all the details yet Kathryn but I’m going fill a gap during your Christmas schedule. I’m looking forward to it, I always like to branch out,” he said.Read: Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll >Read: Varadkar confirms details around this year’s welfare Christmas bonus > Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 6:38 PM Short URL Image: Julien Behal/Maxwellscenter_img Leo Varadkar is going behind the mic. Image: Julien Behal/Maxwells Fancy a Late Date with Leo? He’s presenting a show on RTÉ over Christmas Varadkar says he’s just ‘filling a gap’ in the schedule. Share388 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 72 Comments last_img read more

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Hockinson Middle School STEM students need only step outside to see construction

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — Students in Hockinson Middle School’s science, technology, engineering and math classes were taken outside to the construction site of the district’s replacement middle school on Friday to see first hand some of the topics they cover in class.The students, ranging from sixth- to eighth-graders, learned about plans for the new school, saw some large construction vehicles up close and found other forms of entertainment on a soggy October day.“The morning group was a bit quieter and asked more questions,” said Bryan Kenney, project manager with Robinson Construction, which is handling the project. “The afternoon group had a lot more energy. They liked to play in the mud.”While touring the site of the new middle school and athletic field, afternoon visitors from Mark Muckerheide’s STEM class spent plenty of time jumping from puddle to puddle, climbing mud piles and using pencils to play drums on helmets provided by Robinson.“Our class is about building things,” Muckerheide said. “What a perfect opportunity to get. They’re building a school right outside from us. Sometimes in class, we can feel the earth shaking while they’re doing work over here. The students ask if we’re having an earthquake.”last_img read more

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New MP makes Town Meeting in Bimini environmental concerns on agenda

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #MPPakeishaParkerEdgecombe, #newMPmakestownmeetinginBimini Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14, 2017 – Bimini – Dozens of Biminites are expected to turn out for a town hall meeting on Thursday night and the focus will be ongoing environmental concerns and the recommended way forward for the future of the island in the northern Bahamas.  Waterkeeper Bahamas and environmental advocacy group Save The Bays, will host the public meeting which will also feature new MP for the constituency, Hon. Pakeisha Parker Edgecombe; Save The Bays director of legal affairs Fred Smith, QC, dive master Neal Watson II, and representatives from both the Ministry of Environment and Resorts World Bimini.  Not only will the town hall meeting feature a short video and a brainstorming session, but it will aim to create a symbiosis between development and safeguarding the aquatic environment of the country’s fishing capital.  The meeting, open to the public, is set for Louise McDonald High School at 7pm and will include light refreshments.#MagneticMediaNews#newMPmakestownmeetinginBimini#MPPakeishaParkerEdgecombelast_img read more

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National University 2018 commencement and flexible schedules for military

first_img Jason Austell May 19, 2018 Jason Austell, Posted: May 19, 2018 Updated: 10:00 AMcenter_img National University 2018 commencement and flexible schedules for military 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsJason Austell interviews school president, Dr. David Andrews, and veteran Jeremiah Chambers about National University’s Commencement Ceremony for Armed Forces Day. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News Tags: MCAS Miramar FacebookTwitter Navy SEAL being held at MCAS Miramar in connection with death in Iraq SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A Navy SEAL is being detained at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in connection with the 2017 execution of a detainee in Iraq, according to a Navy Times article.SEAL officials told the Navy Times that the chief special warfare operator has not been charged with a crime, but Naval Criminal Investigative Service are investigating. The Navy Times did not identify the SEAL.“A service member currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit is under investigation by NCIS for professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017,” Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told the Navy Times. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities.”According to the publication, the alleged execution of the detainee involved a blade.The SEAL is detained at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, under Rules for Court-Martial 305, the Navy Times reported.The next step could be a hearing in San Diego to decide whether criminal charges should be filed and a general court-martial convened by an admiral.An MCAS Miramar spokesman could not be reached for comment. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 22, 2018 September 22, 2018last_img read more

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NOAA Designates Kachemak Bay a Habitat Focus Area

first_imgOcean acidification and climate change have become more prominent topics of conversation over the past few years, especially in areas heavily dependent on the sea, like Alaska.Download Audio“The ocean conditions are changing and that’s something that we want to understand as well as we can so that we can be better prepared to address those changes and help our coastal communities be more resilient to those changes,” Julie Speegle, who works with the Alaska region of the National Marine Fisheries Service, said.She says Kachemak Bay joins seven other habitat focus areas nationwide under NOAA’s Habitat Blueprint initiative. And it was a logical choice.“One of the special things about Kachemak Bay is we have already gathered quite a bit of data on ocean conditions and habitat there,” says Speegle. “What we haven’t done is put all that data together and see what comes out of it, what we can learn from it.”The bay is already a State of Alaska Critical Habitat Area and a National Estuarine Research Reserve. So, the building blocks are already in place. She says the blueprint initiative provides the framework for organizations to efficiently work together in a targeted area.“So, we basically select habitat focus areas where we can prioritize resources and activities and foster and leverage partnerships to address changes in coastal and ocean habitats,” says Speegle.NOAA already has relationships with outside groups in the Kachemak Bay area, including tribal governments, regional citizens advisory councils, municipal bodies, and environmental interest groups like the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.But the designation also encourages NOAA to make a concerted effort within the branches of its own organization.“So, you’ve got NOAA’s National Ocean Service, National Weather Service, National Marine Fisheries Service and we’ll be working together internally to focus our efforts on Kachemak Bay,” says Speegle.But what does that mean practically?Speegle says it provides groups with the incentive to conduct scientific studies and the facilities to streamline data sharing. But it also has the potential to ease the financial burden that’s often a barrier to ongoing research programs. She says there is some federal funding that opens up to projects once they are designated within a habitat focus area.The research and information that comes out of these projects will reach beyond Kachemak Bay as well.“So, as we go forward, we’ll be sort of using Kachemak Bay as a testing area to improve NOAA mapping and model information,” says Speegle. “And we have a goal of developing new tools for habitat assessment that can be used not just in the Kachemak Bay area, but other coastal areas throughout Alaska.”Speegle says the next step is to evaluate ongoing studies and what’s already in place. Overall, she hopes Kachemak Bay will provide some more insight into changing ocean conditions and the best ways to manage those changes for the future.last_img read more

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Ga Democrat Shows the Way for Other Black Women in Politics

first_imgBy BILL BARROW and ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Democrats have long pointed to a Georgia electorate that is increasingly urban and less White as a sign they may be able to break the Republican hold on statewide offices. This year, after previous disappointments, their gubernatorial candidate has already made history as the first Black woman to win a major party nomination for governor. That’s raising Democratic hopes for an upset.WHAT’S HAPPENINGStacey Abrams is a 44-year-old lawyer and former state legislative leader vying to become the first Black woman in American history to be elected governor of any state. She’s already got star power, having turned heads nationally when she won more than 76 percent of the vote in what was once framed as a competitive primary.In this May 22, 2018, file photo, Democratic candidate for Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams smiles as she speaks during an election-night watch party in Atlanta.. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)___EDITOR’S NOTE: Associated Press reporters are on the ground around the country, covering political issues, people and races from places they live. The Ground Game series highlights that reporting, looking at politics from the ground up. Each week, in stories and a new podcast, AP reporters examine the political trends that will drive the national conversation tomorrow.___She’ll face the winner of Tuesday’s Republican runoff between Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp, two state officials who’ve made their battle a contest of who is the most conservative and most loyal to President Donald Trump.Abrams would be just the third Black governor elected in U.S. history, joining Virginia’s Douglas Wilder and Massachusetts’ Deval Patrick. If that’s not enough history, Abrams would be the first woman to lead Georgia, one of the original 13 states.But for all the Democratic excitement, Abrams still will be the underdog against the Republican.WHY IT MATTERSAbrams’ candidacy headlines a year when record numbers of women are running for office. (Only about a fifth of Congress is female and just five out of 50 governors are women; dozens of nominees could push those numbers higher after November.)Abrams’ bid also comes as African-American women are raising their profiles in the party — after spending decades as Democrats’ most consistent voting bloc only to see White men and women and Black men dominate elected office.Campaigns by other Black women are drawing national attention. Lucy McBath, the mother of slain Black teenager Jordan David, is also in Georgia’s upcoming runoff election as a congressional candidate in metro Atlanta. In Iowa, Deidre DeJear is a candidate for secretary of state.Pioneering Boston city councilwoman Ayanna Pressley is looking to become the Democratic nominee for Congress in the Massachusetts’ 7th District in September. Lauren Underwood, a nurse and first-time candidate, is seeking to unseat a Republican House incumbent in a northern Illinois district.Independent groups like Higher Heights and Black PAC are trying to help hundreds of Black women seeking for federal, state and local offices. The Democratic National Committee is conducting a national tour — Seat at the Table — to help elevate many or the same candidates.An Abrams victory would offer an invaluable boost to all those efforts, inspiring other candidates to run and affirming for donors and party leaders that those candidates are worth the investment.Beyond the potential for a momentous national first, Abrams is testing several other potential variables.National Democrats are looking for red states that are nearing presidential battleground status. An Abrams victory would prove Georgia is ready to be in the mix for 2020; a loss would suggest they’re still short. Democrats haven’t won a governor’s race or Senate race in Georgia since 1998. Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state, winning in 1992.WHAT TO WATCHWill a Republican-leaning Deep South state that voted for Trump by 5 percentage points change course and choose a Black woman from Atlanta as governor?Abrams admits she’s trying to thread a needle to “build a broad and diverse coalition.”  That’s a diplomatic way of saying she has to maximize turnout among young voters, non-White voters and urban liberals, while coaxing support from just enough suburban swing voters. (Read: White women.)She’s critical of recent Georgia Democratic campaigns, suggesting they were too milquetoast as they tried to regain White votes the party has lost since the days of Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Sen. Sam Nunn. She’s a forceful advocate for expanding Medicaid insurance, defending abortion rights, and spending more on education, job training and infrastructure.In a nod beyond the Democratic base, Abrams touts her experience as a state legislative leader, when she often angered members of her own party by cutting deals with the Republicans who control the Capitol. She’s fond of noting that she’s won legislative awards from both the GeorgiaChamber of Commerce and state labor unions. She reminds voters it was Republicans, including Cagle, who ran afoul of the business community, pushing anti-gay rights legislation as Amazon considered Atlanta for its second headquarters and chiding Delta when theAtlanta-based airline giant cut ties with the National Rifle Association.The enduring racial politics of the South also is on display as some Republicans gear up to remind voters that Abrams backed the removal of Confederate monuments from state property, including the depiction of rebel leaders on Stone Mountain.DON’T MISSAbrams, the daughter of Methodist ministers, is a Yale Law graduate with years in city and state politics. She’s had a hand in a few small businesses. But she’s also a romance novelist, writing under the nom de plume Selena Montgomery.Romance may be Montgomery’s chosen genre, but her eight titles suggest plenty of influence from Abrams’ political day jobs. Among them: “Rules of Engagement,” ”The Art of Desire,” ”Hidden Sins,” ”Secrets and Lies” and “Power of Persuasion.”___Whack reported from Philadelphia. Follow Barrow and Whack on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP and https://twitter.com/emarvelous.last_img read more

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MCU News Sequel Hints New Cast the Future of Fox More Bucky

first_imgThere’s a noticeable lack of restraints in this photo, so we’re going to guess this was taken after Shuri cured him of his Winter Soldier identity problems. Either way, any Stan admirers who may be reading this are sure to enjoy this, um, semi-private look into his life on set.That’s not all Stan’s been up to in the lead up to Avengers: Infinity War though. He’s a busy guy, and sometimes that business involves playing with toys. Stan shared a photo from his appearance on Good Morning America where he showed off some of the toys coming out for Infinity War. Including this one that I’ve just decided I need in my apartment right now. Black Panther continues to dominate the box office and the general pop culture conversation. As well it should. By most accounts, it’s Marvel’s best movie in a long time. If a sequel wasn’t already guaranteed by the way Marvel does business, its earnings in its first weekend alone would have Marvel banging on director Ryan Coogler’s door for a follow-up. While Coogler isn’t officially on board for the sequel, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has made it clear that he wants the director to return. Now at this point, two weeks after the movie came out, there’s no way they have a script ready for Black Panther 2. But it sounds like some, including Angela Bassett who plays T’Challa’s mother, have an idea of where the story will go.In an interview with The Root, Bassett dropped a couple hints about the future of her character and how T’Challa will continue being Black Panther. First, she’s pretty sure she’ll be in the next movie. “I didn’t die. The queen lives,” she said. She seems confident enough in that statement that we can assume she makes it through Avengers: Infinity War. What’s more interesting is how she thinks the sequel will play out.Spoilers for Black Panther if you somehow haven’t already contributed to it’s massive box office take: By the end of the movie, the herbs that give Black Panther his power are all destroyed. We don’t know yet how that will impact his role in Avengers: Infinity War, but with Thanos on the way, it’s possibly the worst time to be out of herb. Bassett seems to know how Wakanda will get it back. “Shuri will figure it out. My daughter will figure it out,” she said.Shuri, who was revealed to be rehabilitating Bucky Barnes, will likely play a major role in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We all know that Robert Downey Jr. is leaving the series after Avengers 4. The MCU is going to need another super genius to push things forward. That’s going to be Shuri. After all, we already know from the Avengers: Infinity War prequel comic that she’s smarter than Tony Stark. We don’t know if her finding a solution to Wakanda’s sacred herb drought will be part of Infinity War or not, but it sounds like a decent starting point for a Black Panther 2. Whenever that ends up happening. For now, Black Panther is currently in theaters, and you should really go watch it if you haven’t already. Hey, even if you have, go see it again. It’s really that good.(Via Marvel)But for now, let’s talk about movies we know have scripts and release dates. Like Captain Marvel, which comes out next year and is still casting new characters. Deadline reports that Gemma Chan has joined the cast of Marvel’s ’90s-set superhero flick as Minn-erva. If you’re familiar with the comics at all, you’ll remember her as a Kree spy who hopes to mate with Mar-Vell (the first Captain Marvel) and make more Kree. While it’s possible the movie could adapt that storyline (Mar-Vell is in the movie, played by Jude Law), it doesn’t sound like a very MCU plot. Of course, we don’t really know anything about the plot of Captain Marvel, so who’s to say?I still think they’re building up to some kind of adaptation of Secret Invasion. After Avengers 4, they’re going to need something to drive whatever the next big crossover movie is. Secret Invasion was one of Marvel Comics’ better universe-wide events, and it’d be cool to see the movies take a crack at it. If they were going to, a movie set in the past that introduces the Skrulls wouldn’t be a bad place to start. Either way, Chan, who’s appeared on AMC’s Humans and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them should make an excellent addition to the cast. This is probably the closest Marvel movie we know the least about, which kind of makes it more exciting. We’ll find out for sure when it releases on March 6, 2019.Much more certain at this point is the status of Captain America’s best pal, Bucky Barnes. Because certain editors around these parts just love them some Sebastian Stan (hey, I get it, no judgement here), we have two stories today that function as both Marvel news and excuses to post pictures of the actor. The first comes from Stan himself. His part in Black Panther was very small, but he Stan obviously still cherishes his time in Wakanda. He shared a photo of himself on Instagram taking a nap on set. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Explains Thanos’ Faceoff With Captain America‘Marvels’ Expands Marvel’s Podcast Universe Stay on target Oh yeah, the fingers work! Given what we’ve seen Bucky do in the last two Captain America movies, you might be nervous about seeing him wield the awesome power of the Infinity Guantlet with all six stones. But remember, this is after Black Panther. Shuri made sure he’s back to the pure and good Bucky we remember from Captain America: The First Avenger. When you remember him that way, him controlling the universe doesn’t seem so bad.Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/20th Century FoxFinally, with all the excitement surrounding what the MCU has planned, it’s easy to forget that Fox is still making Marvel movies. When news of the Disney-Fox merger broke, the one bright side was that we’d get to see the X-Men and MCU characters in the same movie. Well, since neither side really planned for that, we’ll probably be waiting a long time. On the Fox side of things, no one seems to know when they’ll have to start considering the MCU’s continuity when writing their stories. Until then, it’s business as usual.According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox plans to continue on as though nothing’s changed. They made big plans for X-Men spinoffs, Dr. Doom and Silver Surfer movies before the Disney deal was announced, and they’re not changing those plans until they’re forced to. In fact, one executive said they’re moving “100 miles an hour” on their projects. It’s not hard to imagine that Fox is racing to finish as many of these movies as possible before their new bosses tell them to stop. Besides, it’s still possible that the merger won’t go through. If they take a wait-and-see approach and Fox remains out of the Mouse’s paws, that would be a lot of time and money wasted.It’s a good thing, too, because Fox has some pretty cool-sounding projects in place. One is an X-Men movie written by Marvel veteran and current DC Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis. Another is a Silver Surfer solo movie written by Saga and Runaways writer Brian K. Vaughan. Just those names attached to those properties alone is enough to make me salivate. It’d be a real disappointment if those projects were killed to appease some new Disney overlords. Either way, having those films is worth putting off seeing the X-Men and the Avengers hug. And it’s not like there’s a lack of exciting superhero films on the way.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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A collaboration for keyhole surgery in NE India

first_imgTo benefit patients for laparoscopic surgery in four states of rural North-east India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Nagaland), Leeds Global Health Research Group, UK on Surgical Technologies (GHRG-ST) are collaborating with Kolkata Medical College.As a part of this initiative, seven surgeons from the North-Eastern states undertook their first training – a mix of teaching, simulation, and live demonstration at Kolkata Medical College from March 11-14, 2019. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Leeds team comprised of surgeons, researchers, and engineers who have expertise in developing new solutions to areas of clinical need and evaluating the benefits and costs in clinical practice. Laparoscopic – or ‘keyhole’ surgery is done through small cuts, rather than large incisions used in open surgery. In this process, patients suffer less pain and make a quicker recovery with fewer complications. The benefits of laparoscopic surgery are well known in high-income countries but have not been evaluated in lower income countries, where the benefit may be even more apparent. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe barriers to implementing laparoscopic surgery in rural settings are a lack of resources, in particular, a lack of anaesthetists. One of the solutions is modification of the laparoscopic technique, called Gas Insufflation-Less Laparoscopic Surgery (GILLS). The GILLS technique can be used under simple spinal anaesthesia to perform laparoscopic operations at a lower cost, but with similar benefits for patients. The programme is funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the UK National Health Service (NHS), with the aim of improving surgical care. Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, met the Leeds GHRG-ST team in Kolkata. He said: “We are fully supportive of this exciting new initiative, which addresses a real clinical need and will help to raise the availability and standard of surgical care in the rural areas of northeast of India”. Professor Sukumar Maiti, Head of Department, Surgery, Kolkata Medical College said: “Guest surgeons and gynaecologists from different medical colleges in Kolkata had a useful session on the scope and future of safe principle of Laparoscopic Surgery. It was a programme with grand success for the hands-on training of seven surgeons working in the rural areas of northeast of India.” The next phase of the programme will consist of further workshops and a preceptorship programme providing one-to-one support. The aim is for the rural surgeons to become the GILLS trainers of the future, helping to spread laparoscopic surgery across rural areas, reducing costs , and ensuring the long-term sustainability of the programme.last_img read more

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Draper Utah –SE2 Labs today announced the shipmen

first_imgDraper, Utah –SE2 Labs today announced the shipment of its ITC One (Integrated Theater Console) home entertainment system, which integrates audio, HD video, gaming, DVR functions, A/V signal processing and control into a one-box solution that is roughly the size of two PC consoles.The ITC One unites revolutionary design, world-class audio and video performance, and exquisite simplicity into an easy-to-use, first-of-its-kind home theater device that delivers all of the functionality of multiple components without the complexities, inefficiencies, tribulations and confusing connectivity issues.In another break with convention for home entertainment hardware, each and every ITC One is unique, and perfectly suited to the customer’s needs and requirements. Customers design their own personalized systems on the SE2 website. Each ITC One is then built and shipped within two weeks of the build date.The list of previously standalone components that can be included with any ITC One is staggering—DIRECTV® high-definition DVR, Dish Network® DVR or national cable providers’ DVR (including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox Cable and more), AMX NetLinx® Control System, Bryston pre-amp processor with full digital outputs, IcePower high-end D-class amplifiers, Vidikron high-end video processor, Apple Video iPod dock, proprietary remote control, Microsoft® Xbox 360™ (with Windows Media Center access), Transparent Cable power conditioning, Transparent cabling and cable harness, and an anti-noise/vibration system. Optional add-on features include; Blu-ray Disc drive, Apple TV® and Nintendo Wii®.To engineer and deliver this groundbreaking product, SE2 Labs has partnered with some of the top high-end brands in the A/V industry. Using floating circuit boards on removable cards to minimize size and maximize performance, the ITC One provides a centralized power system and single touch screen (or remote) control of all of its internal components as well as connected video display, auxiliary components, screens, drapery and room lighting. The remote control for the ITC One features innovations like color volume feedback, remote locator beeper and RF communication. The net result is a single console that is astoundingly a mere 17 5/8 inches Wide x 23 7/8 inches high x 22 inches deep.The ITC One is the very definition of plug-and-play. Set-up is incredibly simple. Just connect the power, video source and speakers and turn it on.“SE2 Labs takes A/V integration to another level by pre-integrating, programming and calibrating all of the high-performance electronics contained in the ITC One under ideal conditions,” said company founder and CEO Michael Pyle.“The end result is a high-performance home entertainment system with all the devices you could want that is ready to use right out of the box.”Upgrades and maintenance are also easy, since every part of the ITC One is modular. All parts can be swapped or repaired with little effort, and SE2 Labs provides a five-year warranty on each system. The company can also use a unique IP address assigned to each ITC One to remotely diagnose and troubleshoot problems.With seven full patents, the ITC One is the only high-end, all-in-one home entertainment system of its kind on the market today. The ITC One has an MSRP of $25,000.For more information about the ITC One or SE2 Labs, please visit www.SE2labs.comAbout SE2 Labs SE2 Labs is the innovator behind the ITC One (Integrated Theater Console), the world’s first personalized, compact, all-in-one, plug-and-play home entertainment system. Designed to simplify the installation and enjoyment of high-end home theater systems, the ITC One integrates a variety of best-in-breed components, including a high-def player, audio, video, gaming, control devices, and more—all built into a single, compact box. The brainchild of Michael Pyle, former owner of high-end custom installation firm Aurant, SE2 Labs is headquartered in Draper, Utah.last_img read more

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