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October 22, 2019

Minister Confirms Provincial Position on Villages

first_imgMunicipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey confirmed today, March 12, that government will not force amalgamation or dissolution on villages in the province. “We are working collaboratively with all our community leaders to engage in an open dialogue on the best municipal governance structure for the province, and this includes villages,” said Mr. Furey. “We want to work with municipalities and villages on sustainable solutions and not force them to dissolve or amalgamate.” Mr. Furey met with representatives of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages this week to discuss the draft provincial-municipal fiscal review report. The report contains 41 recommendations. The fiscal review was led by a steering committee of elected municipal officials and deputy ministers. A working group of senior municipal and provincial staff supported the committee in its work. The steering committee and departmental officials are analyzing the feedback received during consultations before finalizing the report and presenting it to government.last_img read more

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October 8, 2019

Parliament likely to be dissolved this month

Fernando said that the UNP wants Parliament elections to be held soon so the public can decide who they want to run the country. “I believe by mid-June Parliament will be dissolved,” he said. Uva Province Chief Minister Harin Fernando says Parliament is expected to be dissolved this month.Fernando told the BBS Sinhala service that President Maithripala Sirisena is in the process of resolving some issues in his party and that was partly the reason why Parliament is yet to be dissolved. He noted that the current Government was formed only to implement a 100 day program and that goal has been achieved.Fernando said that if the public feel the Government has failed to achieve what it promised then they will vote for a change at the Parliament election. (Colombo Gazette)

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October 7, 2019

Owners of Mackinac Islands iconic Grand Hotel announce sale

DETROIT — The owners of the iconic Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island said Tuesday that they’ve reached a tentative deal to sell the hotel to a private equity firm.The Musser family and KSL Capital Partners are expected to close the deal within 30 days. Terms were not disclosed Tuesday.The 397-room, 332,500-square-foot (30,890-square-meter) hotel was built in 1887 on the island in the Straits of Mackinac that separates Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. It has hosted five U.S. presidents and has more than 150,000 overnight guests stays each season.“This Time for Keeps,” a 1947 movie musical starring Esther Williams partly was shot on Mackinac Island. “Somewhere in Time,” starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, was filmed at the hotel in 1979 and released the following year.“It has truly been an honour and a privilege for my family to serve as steward of this incredible Michigan landmark for nearly nine decades,” Dan Musser III said in a news release. “This is a role we have not taken lightly, nor was this decision to transfer ownership to KSL. KSL is a seasoned investor in travel and leisure businesses, with a depth of resources and capabilities to provide exceptional service.”Musser III will remain chairman to provide “leadership and guidance to the team, ensuring a seamless transition,” according to the release.Motor vehicles are prohibited on Mackinac Island and visitors get there by ferry or plane. The hotel is open from early May through late October and visitors are greeted by its 660-foot-long (201-meter-long) porch.“KSL understands the importance of Grand Hotel to Mackinac Island, the State of Michigan and beyond, as well as its history, charm and traditions,” said Michael Mohapp, a principal of KSL. “It is both a privilege and a great responsibility to take over ownership. We are grateful for the trust that the Musser family has placed upon us, and for Dan’s continued guidance that will help ensure that Grand Hotel remains a driving force in drawing visitors to Mackinac Island as it has for generations.”For nearly 40 years, the hotel has hosted the Mackinac Policy Conference, an annual gathering of business and government leaders from the Detroit area and across the state.“The Grand Hotel and its incredible, dedicated staff are our extended family,” said Sandy Baruah, Detroit Regional Chamber president and chief executive. “Both the venue and the Grand’s team are key factors in making the Mackinac Policy Conference unique and special. Our team is comforted to know the Grand’s executive leadership team, including Dan Musser III, will remain in place.”Corey Williams, The Associated Press read more

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September 25, 2019

What Gatwicks massive airline reshuffle means for your flight

first_imgThe project is two years in the planning, with the three airlines agreeing to cut some of their scheduled flights over the three-day period to ease the transition.The date of the move was left until after the busy festive period, and is mid-week, so that the airport has the luxury of a bit of breathing space. Still, Gatwick estimates some 50,000 passengers will depart on 277 flights during the move. Gatwick is urging passengers to check their terminal before travelling BA will switch with Virgin Atlantic, the former moving to the South Terminal, the latter moving to the North, while easyJet passengers will now only fly from the North, rather than from both as is currently the case. EasyJet is Gatwick’s biggest tenant, accounting for 42 per cent of its total traffic, with British Airways second with 15 per cent.For passengers, it means those flying with Virgin and arriving at the airport by train will now have to catch the two-minute rail shuttle from the South to the North Terminal, while frequent fliers with BA will have to reacquaint themselves with the South Terminal. Gatwick has issued a statement urging passengers to check their terminal before travelling. An aerial view of London Gatwick Passengers flying with British Airways from London Gatwick will now depart from the South Terminal for the first time in 30 years, instead of the North.The move is part of a merry-go-round of airlines taking place at the West Sussex airport at the end of January that will see three of its biggest carriers – EasyJet, Virgin Atlantic and BA – swap terminals. It is expected to affect 10,000 workers at the airport – and many more passengers. On January 24, easyJet will begin to pack up its belongings and begin the two-minute move north, then 24 hours later, BA and Virgin will begin their departure.Gatwick has undertaken a series of tests to ensure that each airline’s operations will run smoothly from its new home, from check-in and issuing boarding cards to security and fuelling.center_img Gatwick is urging passengers to check their terminal before travellingCredit:Getty An aerial view of London GatwickCredit:Alamy It was in 1988 that BA first moved from the South Terminal – then the sole terminal building – into the new, empty North. Its return to the South this month means that its long-haul passengers will have more lounge and gate space.EasyJet and its passengers will benefit from all flights departing from the same terminal, removing confusion and simplifying travel plans.  All other airlines will continue to operate from their usual terminal. “Relocating the airlines allows greater efficiency and positions all three carriers for growth, which in turn drives Gatwick’s growth,” explained chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe.“For our passengers, investment at every step of their journey through the terminal will be hugely beneficial.“The moves have been meticulously planned for more than two years, with close attention given to ensuring that the airport operation and the experience of our passengers is not affected during the transition.”Gatwick handles more than 43million passengers a year, up from 31million in 2010, making it the UK’s second busiest hub.last_img read more

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Sudanese shepherd sexually assaulted man because immorality of UK encouraged him court

A Sudanese shepherd granted asylum in the UK has claimed that “immorality” in Newcastle encouraged him to sexually assault a man in the city centre.Zain Osman, 25, who arrived in the country on a lorry, thrust his hands down the victim’s trousers and tried to force him to perform oral sex on him in the street.He also bit the man on his back and shoulder and sent him tumbling into a roadworks ditch during the 20-minute attack last September. The attack was halted by a taxi driver who saw what was happening and intervened, Newcastle Crown Court heard.Osman, of Gerald Street, Newcastle, admitted sexual assault and was jailed for 15 months. He was also made the subject of a 10-year sexual harm prevention order and his name will appear on the sex offenders register for the same period.But Jamie Adams, defending Osman, said his client carried out the sexual assault because he had “never experienced the kind of immorality” he witnessed in Newcastle and that his behaviour was not violent but showed “clumsy drunken persistence”.”He is an uneducated man. He was a shepherd in his own country, the Sudan,” said Mr Adams.”He had never experienced the kind of immorality he experienced in coming here and was evident in this particular area of Newcastle. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “But it was quite wrong to have made his advances when it was evident the man didn’t want anything from him.”He came from Sudan, where homosexuality is still a capital offence, although it’s not always enforced. Alcohol is also a pretty serious offence for a Muslim in Sudan.”This young man had not had any experience of either of those things until he came here. Sadly he started using alcohol.”He lacked the kind of life experiences we know about in our more civilised community.”Osman’s 26-year-old victim, who was said to be a vulnerable adult, had been out that night at Rusty’s gay bar in the city centre.There, he had met a man and they left together before engaging in “consensual activity” in the street, the court heard.When the man walked off and the victim was left alone, Osman approached.Prosecutor Robin Turton said: “He tried to walk away but felt a bite from behind. He fell into a ditch outside a cash and carry.”He screamed and told him he was going home.”Mr Turton said CCTV of the assault showed “the sustained and persistent nature of the defendant’s conduct”.He added: “Mr Osman is an asylum seeker from Sudan who entered the UK in a lorry with no passport so we can’t say if he had any convictions outside this country.” read more

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September 22, 2019

Sky News reporter broadcasts arrest live on TV

first_imgA SKY NEWS REPORTER who was arrested in Beijing today was able to broadcast live as he was taken away in a police van.Mark Stone was arrested with his crew while filming in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, which was the location of student-led demonstrations in 1989.While broadcasting his arrest, Stone was able to film for Sky News, explaining that he believed the authorities did not know the footage was being broadcast live.(Alexander Wickham/YouTube)Sky News said that Stone was detained while filming in Tiananmen Square, though he and his team had permission. They were told they did not display their passes correctly and Stone did not have his passport with him, the reporter told Sky News.He was later able to return to the news broadcaster’s office in Beijing.Read: Xi Jinping named as new president of China>last_img read more

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September 21, 2019

Lanvin CEO says every Wednesday should be emailfree

first_imgFor some of us, email consumes our lives. We’re constantly checking our phones, and switching back and forth between windows and tabs on our computer during work to keep up with the influx of emails. Thierry Andretta, chief executive of Lanvin, a French fashion brand started in 1889, is trying to put a stop to this – well, at least one day a week. Andretta has turned Hump Day into No-Email Day.According to a Reuters report, Adretta said he thinks we’ve become “too accessible.” He said all the time we spend reading and writing emails is causing us to not think as clearly as we should be. He emphasized that reading emails while traveling takes away from the experience as a whole. Andretta said email prevents you from really getting into the environment and “sinking in the atmosphere,” which is something he’d like to do more of.AdChoices广告Unfortunately, the thought of being email-free for one full day a week is terrifying to some people. He tried to get other Lanvin employees to hope on the no-email train, but didn’t get a lot of encouragement. Andretta attributed this to the fact that they might not get as many emails as he does. Not surprisingly, Andretta gets a massive amount of emails. For example, he said that he would have read and answered most of his emails before getting on a flight from New York to Paris, and by the time he landed, there would be another 250 waiting for him. “It’s just too much,” he told Reuters.Though the idea will most likely not be catching on at Lanvin, other fashion executives share Andretta’s utopist idea. Polo Ralph Lauren’s vice-president for business development in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and the Middle East, Vladimir Martynenko, told Reuters he thinks people share too many little details via email and that many matters discussed within emails will get handled without you within a few days. That may be true for a major fashion exec that has assistants and any number of people working under him, but it doesn’t apply to the majority of us.Another fashion exec, Jean-Claude Biver, chief executive of luxury watch brand Hublot, said that not reading or answering emails for an entire day is a “real luxury.” For Lanvin, a company that sells $595 leggings and $15,000 dresses, luxury fits the bill. Biver said it’s not realistic because “communication is the very foundation of our existence.”So, what do you think? Could you go an entire 24 hours once a week without checking or responding to emails? I personally could use a once-a-week break. It’s always nice to give the email a rest when you go on vacation. However, there’s always the day after you return from vacation where you spend hours sorting through and responding to emails. In this day and age where we rely on email as a main form of communication, it might not be feasible. What would we do when we needed to contact someone? Call them? On the phone? That’s just preposterous. It looks like we’ll be keeping email 24/7 until someone makes it downright illegal.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

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Banks need more to convince markets

first_imgGreece is facing an unprecedented economic crisis, which could well evolve into a major political and social crisis if the economy does not stabilize and start recovering in the next few quarters. The history of Japan and other countries shows this cannot be done without a healthy, well-capitalized banking sector capable of luring in private capital. About a month and a half ago, we highlighted rising political risk as the biggest threat to Greece’s eurozone membership next year. We argued that public discontent over the austerity will boost support for left-wing SYRIZA, initially putting it ahead of the conservative New Democracy party in the polls and then widening its lead in the first quarter of 2013.Whether this trend in the polls will result in the form of inertia plaguing the Greek civil service in the runup to general elections remains to be seen. Recent polls confirm this scenario is playing out so far with the ultra-right-wing Golden Dawn party registering gains as well. This should come as no surprise since it is very hard for any democratic society to endure such an overdose of austerity for many years, resulting in record unemployment numbers among the younger generations and private sector employees. It is therefore imperative that the economy stabilizes as soon as possible to avoid the worst. Spending a billion euros more than the funds allocated to next year’s public investment budget, as we argued a few weeks ago, is a step in the right direction since it is very difficult for local and foreign private capital to invest sizable amounts in Greece under the current circumstances. However, the government cannot count on bailout loans and will have to find the money from other sources. Even more important for making the recessionary turn into a deflationary spiral is for the local banking sector to become sound and healthy and once again assume its intermediary role in the economy. This is the lesson from other countries which found themselves in economic distress in the past. The example of Japan is well known although the context is different. The large stock market and land price declines that started in the late 1980s and early 90s impaired collateral values but the response of the political and regulatory authorities was to deny the existence of the problem and delay the reforms. Banks continued to extend credit to insolvent companies, betting they would recover or be bailed out by the government. As a matter of fact, the government even encouraged banks to boost loans to small companies to ease the credit crunch in the late 1990s. The result was the creation of so-called zombie banks that became part of the problem, delaying the recovery of the Japanese economy. Greece’s international lenders have identified the significance of the problem as indicated by the allocation of some 48.5 billion euros in the second economic adjustment program plus 1.5 billion from the first. However, the process has been delayed considerably given the severity of the economic situation. Readers are reminded that 25 billion euros in EFSF bonds destined for bank recapitalization had to be disbursed last spring and an additional 23.5 billion made available in June 2012. At the time, many analysts and others thought the amount of 50 billion euros more than sufficed for bank resolution and recapitalization. Some even suggested part of the sum could be put to other uses, such as reducing the burgeoning public debt. A few months later, a minority of analysts and bankers are suggesting 50 billion euros may not be enough after all because the economy has deteriorated more than projected and there are signs this trend will not abate any time soon. Moreover, they are expressing concern about the use of various accounting techniques to reduce the overall capital needs of the banking system and particularly the four large, systemic credit institutions. They cite, as an example, the deferred tax related to the seemingly successful debt buyback, where local banks appear to have offered 12 to 15 billion euros’ worth of bonds as of Saturday, December 8, largely thanks to moral suasion. According to this view, which we also share, Greek banks will not just have to be well-capitalized to play their role in contributing to the stabilization and recovery of the local economy; they will have to be hugely overcapitalized to convince sophisticated market participants, some of whom have suffered large losses from holding Greek bonds and stocks, to take a look at them and finance them. This runs contrary to the prevailing conventional logic of using accounting methods to reduce the banks’ capital needs. Of course one cannot rule out the possibility things turning out unexpectedly well for the Greek economy, in which case the conventional logic will triumph. However, this is not the market consensus at this point. All in all, the Greek economy will have to break out of the recessionary-deflationary spiral as soon as possible to avoid unpleasant political and socioeconomic developments.The experience of other countries shows this cannot be done without a financially sound banking sector. Given the current projections about the country’s poor economic performance in coming years, the banks will have to have “clean” balance sheets and be overcapitalized to attract genuine market interest. The use of accounting methods to reduce their capital needs is not a solution, barring an unexpected positive surprise by the Greek economy in the years ahead. *Dimitris Kontogiannis holds a PhD and MBA in international finance and MPhil in macroeconomics, has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at US universities and worked at an established Wall Street firm. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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South Australia goes Greek in March

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram March is without a doubt the most exciting month of the year in South Australia, thanks to a series of cultural events that take place all around the city. For those of us who ‘breathe and speak Greek’, Festival Hellenika continues the inspiring journey of exploration that has enriched Australian society, with activities that broaden our horizons, break down stereotypes, build links and foster greater harmony and understanding of our origins. The Adelaide Festival Centre came alive last Friday night, filled with music presented by musical director Tsambika DeGeorge, four vocalists and an eight piece band. Presented by the South Australian Council for the Greek Cultural Month Inc. (SACGCM), the sold out event Greece, Mother of Mine was a tribute to the amazing and talented composer Stavros Xarhakos. Also part of Festival Hellenika, the Hellenic Symphonic Choir and Orchestra presented a lecture dedicated to inspirational scientist Professor George Kallistratos.Entitled ‘A Greek Scientist from Egypt Who Changed the Direction of Our Planet’, the lecture took place on Sunday in the Norwood Town Hall with guest speaker Professor Dinos Grous.Professor Grous personally knew Professor Kallistratos, having had the honour of working alongside him at various universities abroad.With Greece’s National Day celebrated on March 25, no doubt it gives this month even greater meaning for all Hellenes. Dating back to 1821, the Greek Revolution, also know as the Greek Declaration of Independence, saw the armed uprising of the Greeks against the Ottoman Empire.The Greek people were forced to live under Ottoman rule following the fall of Constantinople in 1453, lasting almost four centuries. As has been the case in previous years, the Inter-Communities Council of the Holy Archdiocese of South Australia honoured those heroes who gave their lives for the independence of Greece, with a celebration that took place on Sunday 22 March. The official doxology was conducted by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorileou at the Greek Orthodox Church of St Spyridon, followed by a moving memorial service and laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This was followed by a student parade, with the attendance of a number of Greek schools of South Australia taking part to show their respects. Similarly, the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia also commemorates this historic day on Sunday 29 March.A celebratory doxology was conducted in the Church of the Archangels in the presence of the executive committee and students of the community’s Greek schools.The Cenotaph of Heroes holds official proceedings, where the official speeches took place, wreaths were laid and the national anthem was heard. It was followed by a school celebration at the Olympic Hall with poem recitals, short theatrical plays, traditional songs and dances performed by the students.last_img read more

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September 20, 2019

Report Trump Administration Wants to Take ISS Private

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor center_img Not only does the White House plan to end support for the International Space Station after 2024, but it wants to take the orbiting lab private.The Trump administration is working on a transition plan to turn the station over to the private sector, according to NASA’s budget request, obtained by The Washington Post.“The decision to end direct federal support for the ISS in 2025 does not imply that the platform itself will be deorbited at that time—it is possible that industry could continue to operate certain elements or capabilities of the ISS as part of a future commercial platform,” the document said. “NASA will expand international and commercial partnerships over the next seven years in order to ensure continued human access to and presence in low Earth orbit.”In January, a draft budget proposal (released today) hinted at an official directive to cease funding for the ISS once its capital runs out.“The International Space Station, commercial crew and cargo, and the Space Launch System and Orion all continue to advance our future in space with this budget,” NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said in a statement.“Having an additional NASA crew member on the space station will greatly enhance the research and advancement towards exploration,” he continued. “The station continues to create new opportunities for collaboration with industry and supports public-private partnerships for exploration systems that will extend human presence into the solar system. So there’s a lot to look forward to.”The International Space Station—a habitable artificial satellite in low Earth orbit—has been circling us for two decades, and is expected to be used for another 10 years, at least.The annual cost (about $125 billion) is shared between all participating countries: Canada (CSA), Japan (JAXA), Russia (Roscosmos), the United States, and 13 members of the European Space Agency (ESA).NASA alone pays between $3 billion and $4 billion each year, and will continue doing so through 2024, thanks to an Obama-era extension. The US has spent some $87 billion since 1993 to build and operate the ISS.The agency’s fiscal year 2018 budget request includes nearly $1.5 billion for continued operations, maintenance, and research; moving forward, that number increases each year to $1.64 billion in 2022.The move from government-run science experiment to privatized real estate venture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Early last year, President Trump signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act, which requests a shift to the commercial sector.As the Post pointed out, though, Trump’s plan will likely hit some partisan roadblocks—starting with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the space subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee.“We have invested massively in the ISS. It has produced enormous benefits to the United States and the world, and we should use that asset as long as it is technologically feasible and cost-effective to do so,” he said in a recent speech at the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Conference.When asked about the possibility of a public-private partnership, Cruz added, “I think all of us are open to reasonable proposals that are cost-effective and that are utilizing the investments we’ve made in a way that maximizes their effectiveness.”There is also the international element to think about: As Frank Slazer, vice president of space systems for the Aerospace Industries Association, told The Washington Post, “It will be very hard to turn ISS into a truly commercial outpost because of the international agreements that the United States is involved in.”“It’s inherently always going to be an international construct that requires U.S. government involvement and multinational cooperation,” he explained.So… Good luck with that, Trump. The ISS is the largest human-made body in low-Earth orbit, and can often be seen with the naked eye. It has been continuously operated for 17 years, three months, and 10 days, since the arrival of Expedition 1 in November 2000.last_img read more

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September 14, 2019

Elle Publisher Rebrands Corporate Name Logo

first_imgNot long after its French parent company shot down rumors that it planned to off-load the majority of its U.S.-based magazines to Hearst, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. is getting ready to change its name and subsequently its corporate logo. Moving forward, the company will be known only as HFMUS. Hachette says the letters in new logo [pictured] are slanted forward, or toward “the future,” in an effort to “reflect the agile and future-focused mindset of our new corporate culture.” The logo doesn’t include any punctuation to stress the “social community and collaboration” within the company. (Instead of U.S. at the end, US with no punctuation represents the “familial us,” the company says.)The Elle and Woman’s Day magazine publisher also is getting ready to relocate its headquarters this fall from its longtime 50th St. and Broadway offices to the Time Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas. The company is expected to maintain its other sales and marketing offices in various locations around the country. HFMUS is owned by Paris based Lagardere Group. In addition to Woman’s Day and Elle, it publishes titles including Elle Décor, Car and Driver, Road & Track and Cycle World.last_img read more

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September 12, 2019

Watch Kesha Previews New Documentary Rainbow — The Film

first_img Facebook Watch: Kesha’s ‘Rainbow — The Film’ Trailer watch-kesha-previews-new-documentary-rainbow-%E2%80%94-film Watch: Kesha Previews New Documentary ‘Rainbow — The Film’ Look for Kesha’s documentary on Apple Music starting Aug. 10. In the meantime, paint those rainbows on your face like warpaint, because Rainbow demands it: “Just put those colors on, girl/Come and play along with me tonight.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email center_img News The GRAMMY nominee readies film that chronicles her breathtaking comebackRenée FabianGRAMMYs Jul 30, 2018 – 10:52 am It’s been almost a year since Kesha released her breathtaking comeback album, Rainbow. A work of sheer perseverance, strength and resilience, the journey to get that album made was no small feat. It’s an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated time and time again. On Aug. 10, the GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter will do just that by commemorating the one-year anniversary of the album with the documentary, Rainbow — The Film.Rainbow — The Film, which was directed by Kesha, her brother Lagan Sebert and Kevin Hayden, will present “psychedelic vignettes” that chronicle the making of her 2017 LP. Through never-before-seen film footage, viewers gain insight into Kesha’s personal life and how she overcame impossible hurdle after hurdle to create a beautiful album that showcases self-love, courage and the power of music to heal.”Making Rainbow the album was such a therapeutic process and given the opportunity to turn it into a three-dimensional piece of art has helped me find even deeper healing and catharsis,” Kesha said in a statement. “I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow. Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help. Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do. I hope this film helps bring light and love to everyone.” Twitter last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

New Nissan Frontier wont show up until 2020 report says

first_img 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing More From Roadshow Tags More about 2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x 0 Nissan 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded box See the 2016 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x on the top of the desert 14 Photoscenter_img Share your voice Trucks Future Cars Nissan Following previous reports, the Nissan Frontier will finally move away from its current 15-year-old self and head in a new direction, and it’ll happen relatively soon.The Nissan Frontier will finally receive a full-on redesign, Automotive News reports, citing sources familiar with the company’s plans. The kicker, though, is that it won’t make an appearance until the 2021 model year, which means it won’t hit the market until fall of next year or thereabouts. Its last big do-over was in 2004. A fun aside: I was in high school at that point.Here’s what to expect. AN’s report claims that the Frontier will still ride on the same platform as before, albeit a modified one, as it’s more sensible to reengineer the current platform than attempt to make the global Navara platform larger to accommodate the Frontier. That means the next Frontier will likely sport rear leaf springs, as opposed to the car-like (and more expensive) coil springs the Navara uses.Enlarge ImageBelow-average transaction prices have maintained consumer interest in this 15-year-old midsize truck. Nissan In terms of looks, AN’s source described it as “futuristic,” but did not specify further than that. Under the hood, the Frontier’s old 4.0-liter V6 will be dropped in favor of a newer V6 that reportedly makes around 300 horsepower. The five-speed automatic will sprout two more forward gears, as well.Nissan declined to comment on the report, which is par for the course on reports of this kind. Automakers routinely decline to discuss future products until the right time, usually leading up to the vehicle’s debut. As of now, Nissan has not made any announcements to this end.While the Frontier may be pushing 105 in dog years, the market is still embracing the midsize pickup. AN’s report points to data that says the Frontier’s market share is down, yet it still commands 15.2 percent of a segment that includes fresh faces from Ford and, soon, Jeep. In March, Nissan pushed 7,868 Frontiers out the door in the US, a slowdown of about 1,000 units compared to March of last year, according to data from GoodCarBadCar. Thus far in 2019, Nissan has sold 20,221 Frontiers. Review • 2017 Nissan Frontier Pro-4x: Keeping it basic 2016 Chevy Colorado diesel: A 7,700-pound hauler, 30-plus mpg runabout Post a commentlast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review The beginning of an

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)HBO’s Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 finally aired online and now there are so many things which we can talk about the first episode.The following article has major spoilers:The very first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 began with the arrival of Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, and the rest of the Dothraki in the Winterfell. We saw how Arya Stark was pretty much excited to see her brother, riding a horse but couldn’t muster the courage to shout his name.As we saw in the previous trailers, the North is not too open to welcome a Southern into their home, let alone call her their queen but Jon Snow stays firm on his grounds and tells everyone that Dany is the best ally they can hope for in this hour.Jon Snow goes to see the Old Gods and finds Arya Stark sneaking behind him. As I told you earlier, their reunion after all these years would surely bring tears to your eyes. What was more interesting was the fact that these two talked about the swords they both had? Arya is still using the Needle which Jon gave him and when he asked her, as an elder brother, how many times she has used it, she replied slyly, “Once or twice.” The change in Jon’s eyes makes it clear that he feels sad for Arya losing her innocence. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review Daenerys TargaryenGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)We also got to see Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark speaking with each other. The last we saw them on the same screen was the day when Joffrey Baratheon died and Sansa chose to run away from the King’s Landing. Tyrion and Sansa have a mutual admiration for each other but when Tyrion informs her hat Cersei is indeed sending her army to fight alongside the Starks, Sansa simply says that she used to think that Tyrion was the cleverest man alive.Meanwhile, in the King’s Landing, we see Euron Greyjoy bringing the Golden Company and finally manages to sleep with Cersei Lannister. Their intimate affair was not shown but from their talks, it looks like things might have gone a little intense for them. However, when Euron puts his hands on Cersei and tells her that he is going to “put a baby in her belly,” Cersei’s face and her cold look revealed everything that the only reason she has slept with him was to take the revenge.Back in the North, we see how Daenerys’ dragons have stopped eating and to make them comfortable, Jon and She goes to meet them. It was for the very first time in the Game of Thrones when we saw Jon riding a dragon and he rode him beautifully. A small warning, if you have vertigo, then few of the sequences will make you curl up on your bed.Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen go to this beautiful looking waterfall where they kiss each other passionately. But before getting intimate, Daenerys tells Jon that they should hide here, behind the waterfall, forever. It must be pretty hard for Jon because not too long ago, something similar was told to him by Ygritte, his former partner.Back on the Wall, the Brotherhood army and the Night’s brothers find a horrifyingly cryptic message by the Night King. A half-dead boy in the wall and hundreds of hands and other body parts are encircled around him. He has been turned into a White Walker and only the fire can end his terror. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)The most amazing thing about Game of Thrones happened when Daenerys tells Samwell Tarly about his father and his brother and how she has executed them for not kneeling in front of him. Sam does not take this well and runs away from the study room. He is then greeted by Bran Stark who is sitting by the gate and tells him that he is waiting for an old friend to come.Bran tells Sam that it should be him who will inform Jon Snow about his true parentage. We all know that Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen and he is the true heir to Iron Throne.Samwell finds Jon in the Winterfell’s crypts where he is lighting the candles for the dead. Sam starts the conversation by first telling him about how Daenerys executed his father and his brother. He then informs him about his true parentage and tells him that he is the true heir.In the last scene, we see Jaime Lannister finally coming to the Winterfell and finds Bran Stark waiting on a wheelchair to greet him.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 will air next Sunday on HBO.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Nanosuits help small creatures survive a vacuum

first_img © 2013 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. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (A–D) A living Drosophila larva was exposed to high vacuum with electron-beam irradiation for 60 min. (F and G) Before SEM observation, a different larva (light micrograph in F) was placed in the observation chamber without electron-beam irradiation for 60 min. (H and I) The specimen collapsed completely when subsequently observed by SEM. Each small white square in C and H is shown magnified in D and I, respectively. (E and J) TEM images are shown of vertical sections through the surface of each animal. The layer between the arrowheads in E indicates the limits of the newly formed outer membrane, not present in J. An outer layer covering the animal represents ECSs in B and G. Credit: (c) 2013 PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221341110 More information: A thin polymer membrane, nano-suit, enhancing survival across the continuum between air and high vacuum, PNAS, Published online before print April 15, 2013. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1221341110 AbstractMost multicellular organisms can only survive under atmospheric pressure. The reduced pressure of a high vacuum usually leads to rapid dehydration and death. Here we show that a simple surface modification can render multicellular organisms strongly tolerant to high vacuum. Animals that collapsed under high vacuum continued to move following exposure of their natural extracellular surface layer (or that of an artificial coat-like polysorbitan monolaurate) to an electron beam or plasma ionization (i.e., conditions known to enhance polymer formation). Transmission electron microscopic observations revealed the existence of a thin polymerized extra layer on the surface of the animal. The layer acts as a flexible “nano-suit” barrier to the passage of gases and liquids and thus protects the organism. Furthermore, the biocompatible molecule, the component of the nano-suit, was fabricated into a “biomimetic” free-standing membrane. This concept will allow biology-related fields especially to use these membranes for several applications. Exposure to a high vacuum causes living things to become dehydrated, collapse and die. This poses a problem for scientists who want to study fine structures on small organisms, because they must use SEMs to view these structures. They can only observe dead creatures, so do not get a true picture of how these structures appear on living ones.Hariyama and his team tested how long different kinds of organisms would live in an SEM. As expected, almost all of the living things they studied died quickly. However, to their surprise, fruit fly larvae moved around for a full hour while in the SEM.When the researchers placed fruit fly larvae in a high vacuum SEM observation chamber, but waited an hour before exposing the larvae to electron beams, the larvae all died, indicating that electrons somehow aided the other group’s survival.The researchers found that treatment with electron radiation causes a gooey extracellular substance (ECS), which normally covers fruit fly larvae, to polymerize, forming a 50-100 nanometer thick surface layer. They called this layer, between 1,000 and 2,000 times thinner than a human hair, a “nanosuit.” This nanosuit, while flexible enough to allow the larvae to move, acts as a protective barrier against the vacuum, preventing severe dehydration and enabling the larvae to survive.Hariyama and his team found that they could cause nanosuits to form on fruit fly larvae, as well as on other insects with ECS coatings, by exposing them to ionized plasma particles as well as electrons.They were able to create protective nanosuits for mosquitoes, which do not have natural coatings, by immersing them in Tween 20, a non-toxic chemical found in detergents, and then exposing them to plasma radiation. The researchers point out that plasma and energetic electrons, which exist throughout the universe, could help coated organisms form their own protective nanosuits and survive the vacuum of space.center_img Explore further Citation: Nanosuits help small creatures survive a vacuum (2013, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —Scientists use scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) to study tiny structures in small organisms. SEMs can only work in a high vacuum, and exposure to such a vacuum normally causes living things to die very quickly. Therefore, until now, scientists have been unable to study living specimens using SEMs. Takahiko Hariyama of the Hamamatsu University School of Medicine in Japan and his colleagues report that they were able to create “nanosuits” for small organisms by bombarding these organisms with electron beams or plasma radiation. In their paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Hariyama’s team reports that these nanosuits provide protection against a high vacuum, allowing the organisms to stay alive in SEMs while scientists analyze them. Ticks found able to survive being subjected to electron microscopylast_img read more

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A day of students and the scribe

first_imgThe occasion was graced by the presence of Hindi fiction author, Prem Pal Sharma and Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, editor at the National Book Trust of India, who was instrumental in the publication of the translations of Cheng’s book. Cheng was accompanied R Sangitha and Kusha Grover, students, in an enrapturing rendition of Water in all three languages. Following was an exciting and energetic interaction ever witnessed by the young learners of Ahlcon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The author spoke to the students about his passion and motivation for writing. Cheng shared, ‘I started reading as soon as I could hold a book and began my writing career by writing on the walls at the age of three’. He is influenced by the utopian world of Narnia created by C.S. Lewis, his favourite author.When asked his opinion about the moral lessons he wishes to teach the children, Cheng said ‘I doesn’t start writing with a didactic in mind. Instead, I simply write what occurs to me at the time.’ In conversation with the Principal Ashok Pandey, Cheng lamented one possible reason for the children, shunning books and reading is that their parents don’t read themselves. The bookWater conveys the message to value this resource and endeavour to save it.last_img read more

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Anderson first Eng bowler with 400 Test scalps

first_imgJames Anderson became the first England bowler to take 400 Test wickets as he induced a New Zealand top-order slump on the first day of the second Test at Headingley on Friday. But New Zealand recovered to 123 for three at tea on a rain-marred day after being sent into bat by England captain Alastair Cook. Tom Latham was 51 not out and Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, 41 not out. Anderson removed both Martin Guptill, Latham’s opening partner, and Kane Williamson for ducks to reduce New Zealand to two for two after the morning session was washed out without a ball being bowled.The 32-year-old Lancashire paceman started this match, his 104th Test, with 399 Test wickets. Anderson needed just eight balls Friday to join the ‘400 club’, reaching the landmark with a classic delivery that took Guptill’s outside edge and was well caught, above his head, by second slip Ian Bell, who dropped a couple of chances during England’s 124-run victory in the first Test at Lord’s.last_img read more

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Fashion wear created by Liluah home inmates hits the ramp

first_imgOn Wednesday, Kolkata witnessed the unveiling of a unique brand, Bongali. It is a handmade clothes and accessories line made by the inmates of the Liluah home for deserted and destitute children under the guidance of the internationally acclaimed fashion designer, Bibi Russel.The logo of Bongali has been conceptualized and created by the Chief Minister of Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. It is a joint initiative of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare and the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfInterestingly, several looms in the Liluah home were lying idle till Bibi Russel started the project in April 2017. The MOS(IC) of the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Shashi Panja and WCPCR invited Russel to revive and use the looms. She has been training the inmates for a year and this is expected to help them in their future lives too. A variety of textile products and accessories has been fashioned by the inmates and the girls walked on the ramp in front of an august gathering on Wednesday evening. Says MLA of Liluah Vaishali Dalmia, “It gave them a sense of purpose and variety. Life can be monotonous in any home. All of them said that they were happy to have made something of aesthetic and commercial value”. A unique programme, the evening saw eminent guests like Tollywood hero Prosenjit Chatterjee and Indrani Halder. Dalmia and Panja were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

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August 29, 2019

Can Figure Skaters Master the HeadSpinning Physics of a Quintuple Jump

first_imgTo pull off a quad, they need an average rotational frequency of around 340 rpm—but their peak rotational frequency is typically 80 to 100 rpm higher. By whipping their arms and legs in towards their bodies as soon as their jump begins, a skater keeps their mass as close to the axis of rotation as possible, decreasing their moment of inertia. Because the skater’s angular momentum remains the same, their rotational frequency gets a boost—to greater than 400 rpm—to compensate. (At its highest setting, a typical Kitchenaid stand mixer spins at 255 rpm.) Excitingly, you can watch most of the events in real-time (like, really real) for the first time this year. But to pull five rotations in the air, skaters will need to spin even faster—and Richards doesn’t think they can. “On the quad, we see the arms coming almost right in against the body which means they’re maxing out their in-air position,” he says, and they do it the instant their skates leave the ice. “So there’s really no way for them to get tighter to spin faster.” He points to his measurements. An athlete performing a quint would require an average rotational speed of around 400 rpm and a peak rotation of close to 500 rpm. “But the highest we’ve ever seen in the lab is in the 430, 440 range,” Richards says. “So I really don’t think we’re going to see quints any time soon—at least, not without assistance.” (The New York Times reports that Nathan Chen tops out a little shy of 440.)What kind of assistance? New skate tech could do it; a boot with a pivoting hinge could give skaters an improved range of motion, for more powerful launches. Weighted gloves could help, too. Having the extra mass far from their axis of rotation upon takeoff would increase a skater’s angular momentum, causing them to spin faster than normal when they brought the weights in toward their bodies. “If skaters were to use that weight and were able to pull their arms to the same position, they would end up with a higher rotation speed during the jump,” says Sarah Ridge, a biomechanist at Brigham Young University who has studied the spin-boosting effects of weighted gloves. At least, that’s the idea. Weirdly, Ridge found that test subjects in gloves as light as six ounces tended to over-rotate on their first few jumps—suggesting that the weight does, in fact, help increase spin. But the skaters quickly adapted to the presence of the weights, and after a few more tries had returned to their normal spin rates.Goebel, for one, is unmoved by Richards’ metrics. He thinks an unaided quint is in the cards. In fact, he says it could even precede the quad axel, a singularly technical four-revolution jump not even Nathan Chen has mastered. The quad axel is the only spinning jump in which the athlete takes off facing forward from the edge of their blade, rather than their toe pick, which lends some much-needed stability at the initiation of a spin. “Once your toe pick’s in the ice, you’re pretty much safe to go up and do your jump,” says Goebel. “But with the axel, if you push too quick, or you’re leaning too far forward, or you’re leaning too far into the curve, you’re going to go right off the side of your blade and instead of rotating vertically, you’re going to rotate horizontally and it’s going to end really, really, badly.”Which is why Goebel landed a quad in practice before he landed a triple axel, and why he thinks we’ll see a quint before we see a quad axel. It probably won’t happen in the present crop of skaters, or even the next. But in a couple Olympic cycles? “I wouldn’t be surprised if, in six, seven years, you see the best and brightest trying quintuple jumps in competition.”More on the Olympics Here’s your guide to viewing all the Olympics activity this year.center_img And keep your fingers crossed that none of them gets struck down by norovirus! When American figure skater Nathan Chen performs at this year’s Winter Olympics, he’ll be looking to make history. The first and only skater in the world competing with five different types of quadruple jump—the salchow, loop, toe loop, flip, and lutz—he is poised to become the first athlete in the sport’s history to execute these five variations in a single program. It would be another iconic first for Chen, who last year, at the age of 17, became the first person to land five quads in a single performance.“He has defined the current limit of the sport,” says retired figure skater Tim Goebel, an Olympic bronze medalist who, in 1998, became the first American figure skater to land a quadruple jump in competition. Once known as the “Quad King,” Goebel has watched quads transform from a nigh-impossible feat into an essential element in the routine of any male figure skater hoping to compete at the elite level—a transformation that has culminated with Nathan Chen. “For the time being,” Goebel says, “he’s set the standard.”For the time being. As in: Greater aerial feats await. Even as recently as a few years ago, a quintuple jump seemed out of the question. But today, Goebel says, it seems more like a matter of when than if.Exactly when is difficult to say. But even harder to say is how. “I really don’t think a quint is possible,” says James Richards, a kinesiologist at the University of Delaware and an expert in the dynamics of figure skating spins. Using high speed cameras and motion-capture equipment, Richards has worked with many of the best figure skaters on Earth to deconstruct triple and quadruple jumps into their anatomically dependent variables, and explore the physiological limits to factors like hang time and rotations per minute.Consider the vertical leap of a spinning figure skater, which isn’t as high as you might expect. Men who perform quads rarely clear 18 inches (many NBA players, by comparison, post standing vertical leaps in excess of 30 inches). That’s partly because skates are heavy, but it’s also because figure skaters have to balance the energy they put into their jump with the energy they put into their rotation. With a foot and a half of air, figure skaters have less than two-thirds of a second to perform their spins.last_img read more

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August 18, 2019

Prince Harry ends decade in UK army now to target poachers

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