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Nothing gives champagne its fizz like a humble radish

Paris (AFP) – Forget Beluga caviar, foie gras, smoked salmon or ortolan, the tiny bird that French gourmets put a napkin over their heads to eat so they can savour every last second of their unique aroma.

No, the food that goes best with the finest champagne is the humble radish.

The discovery was made by the celebrated French chemist and wine expert Jacques Puisais, now 93, who has spent the last half century unsparingly researching which food goes best with different wines.

Didier Depond, the head of the venerable Delamotte champagne house, is so convinced of the validity of Puisais’ science he has become an evangelist for the root vegetable.

But that is not all.

“I grow my own radishes in my garden so I can eat them when I am drinking my champagne,” he told AFP.

“They have all the virtues. They cost nothing and they don’t make

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Police Release Underwater Footage as Search for Naya Rivera Continues

The search for Naya Rivera continues.

On Wednesday, July 8, the Ventura, Calif. authorities confirmed the Glee actress was missing after her 4-year-old son was found alone on the boat in the middle of Lake Piru. Rivera is presumed dead in what’s being described by law enforcement as a possible drowning accident.

Three days after the news broke, investigators released footage online to show the “many resources” being used to find the actress. On Friday, July 10, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office uploaded two videos to its Twitter account.

“Here’s the ROV used by @TulareSheriff in the search for Naya Rivera at Lake Piru today. This is one of many resources being used, along with side scan sonar, dogs, and divers,” the police department’s wrote, which captured footage of police deploying a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) 30 feet from the lake’s surface.

“Here’s an example of the underwater visibility

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Fox host’s writer quits after racist and sexist online comments revealed

<span>Photograph: Richard Drew/AP</span>
Photograph: Richard Drew/AP

One of Fox host Tucker Carlson’s top writers has resigned after a CNN investigation found he was posting racist and sexist comments online under a pseudonym.

Under the name “CharlesXII”, Blake Neff regularly posted offensive language on an online forum called AutoAdmit.

In June, for example, Neff wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.” Neff also harassed a woman on the forum, posting information about her personal life and encouraging other users to post private information about her.

In an internal memo sent to staff, Fox News confirmed Neff is no longer with the broadcaster. “We want to make abundantly clear that Fox News Media strongly condemns this horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior,” read the memo. “Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday, at

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Interview With Blue Tower’s Andrew Oskoui

An excerpt from the Hidden Value Stocks June 2020 Issue, featuring an interview with Andrew Oskoui, the portfolio manager and founder of Blue Tower Asset Management.

Interview One – Andrew Oskoui: Blue Tower Asset Management

Andrew Oskoui, CFA, is the portfolio manager and founder of Blue Tower Asset Management. Blue Tower combines quantitative and value philosophies by using algorithmic screens to find securities with strong fundamentals and cheap valuations.

These securities then undergo traditional due diligence on the management team and a line of business industry analysis. Andrew previously worked in investment research for YCG and managed an equity strategy for Allometric Research & Management.

Prior to beginning his career in finance, Andrew led a materials science research group for Halcyon Molecular (a Founder’s Fund portfolio company) and researched nanoparticle drug delivery for cancer therapies as an engineer for Covidien.

HVS: Our last interview was just over three years ago

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Global Smart TVs Industry

Global Smart TVs Market to Reach US$300 Billion by the Year 2027. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the global market for Smart TVs estimated at US$167. 2 Billion in the year 2020, is projected to reach a revised size of US$300 Billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 8.

New York, July 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Smart TVs Industry” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p05442638/?utm_source=GNW
7% over the analysis period 2020-2027.Full HD TV, one of the segments analyzed in the report, is projected to grow at a 9.5% CAGR to reach US$112.4 Billion by the end of the analysis period.After an early analysis of the business implications of the pandemic and its induced economic crisis, growth in the HD TV segment is readjusted to a revised 7.1% CAGR for the next 7-year period. This segment currently accounts for a 24.5% share of the global Smart

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10 new iPhone tricks you’ll use all the time

Yes, your iPhone came with a user guide, and there are a ton of how-to videos on Apple’s site and YouTube. But who has the time? You’ve come to the right place.

Did you know that you can record your iPhone’s screen? It’s better than a screenshot that only gives you a still photo. Tap or click here to find out how to record your screen.

What about Apple Notes? The unassuming digital organizer is capable of a lot more than you realize. I use it as a document scanner all the time. Tap or click for five of my favorite uses.

Your iPhone contains countless features you probably aren’t using.

1. Dim your iPhone with low light mode

If you’re using your phone in a dark room or the screen is merely too bright, you can turn to low light mode. This can dim your screen brightness more than

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Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide “radical indoctrination” instead of education.

“Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education,” he tweeted. “Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!”

The Republican president did not explain what prompted the remark or which schools would be reviewed. But the threat is just one more that Trump has issued against schools as he ratchets up pressure to get them to open this fall. Twice this week

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This $89 Design Service Completely Transformed My Tiny NYC Bedroom

Photo credit: Right: Lucy Schaeffer Photography
Photo credit: Right: Lucy Schaeffer Photography

From House Beautiful

Above: Before and after Modsy designers worked their magic on the previous tenant’s bedroom to create the perfect room for me.

When I decided to move back to New York City and into a three bedroom apartment with two roommates, I knew my new tiny room on the Upper East Side would take some getting used to, but I signed the lease faster than I could say “I love NY,” anyway (I mean…there was a dishwasher).

Photo credit: House Beautiful
Photo credit: House Beautiful

The previous tenant had her full bed pushed up against the shortest wall next to the window, a piano keyboard and bookshelves squeezed snuggly next to it, and just enough space for a tall dresser to stand at the foot of the bed before the door.

It certainly wasn’t anything special, but I believed in it. Because the truth of the

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Trump’s campaign to open schools provokes mounting backlash even from GOP

President Donald Trump has been on a rampage against public schools and colleges all week, threatening to use the power of the federal government to strong-arm officials into reopening classrooms.

But his effort is now creating a backlash: An overwhelming alignment of state and even Republican-aligned organizations oppose the rush to reopen schools. The nation’s leading pediatricians, Republican state school chiefs, Christian colleges and even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have all challenged parts of Trump’s pressure campaign.

“Threats are not helpful,” Joy Hofmeister, the Republican state superintendent of public instruction in Oklahoma, told POLITICO on Friday. “We do not need to be schooled on why it’s important to reopen.”

Both Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have issued federal funding threats to schools that don’t fully reopen. On Friday, Trump went a step further in blasting online learning — which many school districts and colleges are planning to use

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Everything you need to know about facial recognition in Australia

Facial recognition technology is increasingly being trialled and deployed around Australia. Queensland and Western Australia are reportedly already using real-time facial recognition through CCTV cameras. 7-Eleven Australia is also deploying facial recognition technology in its 700 stores nationwide for what it says is customer feedback.

And Australian police are reportedly using a facial recognition system that allows them to identify members of the public from online photographs.

Facial recognition technology has a somewhat nefarious reputation in some police states and non-democratic countries. It has been used by the police in China to identify anti-Beijing protesters in Hong Kong and monitor members of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

With the spread of this technology in Australia and other democratic countries, there are important questions about the legal implications of scanning, storing and sharing facial images.

Use of technology by public entities

The use of facial recognition technology by immigration authorities (for

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