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Nova Scotia wont pay to exhibit works of famed photographer Annie Leibovitz

first_imgHALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government says it won’t ante up to help the provincial art gallery exhibit an iconic collection of Annie Leibovitz photographs, even as the gallery continues negotiations with the famed American photographer.Culture Minister Leo Glavine had said in May it “wouldn’t be out of the question” that the province could consider helping the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia pay the exhibition fee to showcase the collection, though he said no request had been made to the province.But Glavine now says the government isn’t prepared to spend provincial dollars to get the works on display.“So at this stage no, we are not making any offer of a monetary position,” Glavine said.Toronto’s wealthy Mintz family donated the multi-million-dollar collection of Leibovitz photographs in June 2013, but they have been stuck in storage at the Halifax gallery as a tax battle waged with Ottawa.The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board ultimately turned down a series of requests to grant the collection of more than 2,000 photos a stamp of cultural significance, thus withholding lucrative tax incentives to the art donor and the final payment to Leibovitz, which is more than $2 million.Glavine said art gallery CEO Nancy Noble has been trying to negotiate a resolution for the last year. Noble was not available for comment on Friday but in an emailed statement, gallery marketing director Colin Stinson said discussions were ongoing with “Ms. Leibovitz’s team.”“No decisions have been made at this point in time — the gallery will provide an update to Nova Scotians as soon as we have new information to share,” he said. “Sharing the work of this iconic and celebrated artist remains a priority for the gallery and for government.”Karen Mulligan of the Annie Leibovitz Studio also declined Friday to shed light on the situation.“Unfortunately, due to confidentiality reasons, we are not able to provide comment,” Mulligan said in an email.The influential works include an introspective image of the Queen and a portrait of a pregnant Demi Moore.Other works include Whoopi Goldberg bathing in milk, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as the Blues Brothers, and a striking photo of a naked John Lennon and Yoko Ono hours before the musician was gunned down in front of his New York apartment.The Mintz family had purchased the art for an estimated US$4.75-million, with half held back pending the outcome of the cultural panel. But the photos have an appraised value closer to $20-million, Toronto art lawyer Aaron Milrad has said.Glavine said Thursday he believes there is a “real desire” by the art gallery and Leibovitz’s representatives to have the works on display.But he said the Mintz family should be responsible for the outstanding bill.“The deal was made with the Mintz family and not so much with the Government of Nova Scotia,” Glavine said.last_img read more

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Sophie talks about pay disparity in GoT

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Sophie Turner says her ‘Game of Thrones’ co-star Kit Harington was paid more than her, and she was okay with that. The 23-year-old actor is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar U.K.’s May issue in which she has revealed why she was okay with her on-screen brother, Harington, having a bigger paycheck for the eighth and final season of the popular series, reports etonline.com. “(It’s) a little tricky,” she told the magazine of demanding equal pay. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Kit got more money than me, but he had a bigger storyline. And for the last (season), he had something crazy like 70 night shoots, and I didn’t have that many. I was like, ‘You know what… you keep that money’.” Despite her own acceptance about making less than Harington, Turner has made it a point to fight for equality on sets, adding an inclusion rider in her contracts – demanding 50 per cent of the crew be women – and expressing joy that issues such as these are being discussed. “Now, you see women in the camera departments, producing, directing. It’s exciting,” she said. “… (Executives are) willing to listen to people saying, ‘I want the same amount of money’. So things are getting done, but it will take a while.”last_img read more

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Biswal and FM will hold talks tomorrow

The report was compiled based on evidence and statements submitted by witnesses and others on incidents related to the war.The draft agenda of the 30th session of the UNHRC notes that the report on Sri Lanka by the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights will be submitted by him on September 30, followed by a discussion. Biswal is to be accompanied by a group of US State Department officials for the discussions with the Government, during her visit. The report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will be posted online ahead of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva which begins on September 14. US Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal will hold talks with Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera tomorrow, the Foreign Ministry said today.Biswal is due in the country on a short visit and she is expected to discuss the war crimes report on Sri Lanka which is to be made public in Geneva next month. The Government under Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has set in motion the mechanism as part of a domestic process to investigate the allegations on the war, in order to meet the expectations of OHCHR ahead of the September UN Human Rights Council session.The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein had earlier said he expects mechanisms for accountability and reconciliation to be in place in Sri Lanka ahead of the September session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.The newly appointed Government will now look to speed up the process as the international community place hope on the Government to ensure accountability. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Afghanistan UN helps humanitarian aid reach waraffected families in Kunduz

As part of the Afghan Civilian Assistance Programme (ACAP), a countrywide project aiding people affected by conflict, mines and explosive remnants of war, the families received various food and non-food items, including water containers and bedding materials, from the Mine Action Coordination Centre of Afghanistan, which is supported by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS).Since the Kunduz fighting this past autumn, over 500 families have received a variety of food and non-food aid via ACAP, with further distributions planned in the province, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Between 28 September and 13 October, Kunduz city residents suffered a Taliban attack and temporary occupation, followed by a counter-offensive by pro-Government forces who regained control of the city. There was also fighting elsewhere in Kunduz province.A report released in December by UNAMA and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) documented civilian deaths and injuries during the period, with a preliminary toll of 289 civilians killed and 559 injured. Other sources point to thousands of people displaced from their homes.Abdul Matin, who lost one of his legs in the fighting, said he was happy to receive the help. “I’m in contact with the physical rehabilitation people to have a prosthesis leg made for myself,” he added, noting that people are tired of conflict and want the parties to stop the violence.Parikhal, a mother-of-six who lost her husband in the fighting, said she is grateful to receive an aid package, although she expressed uncertainty as to how she will manage to support her family in the long term. read more

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NFL Spoiler Alert The Patriots Are Still Good

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight With the NFL kicking off Thursday, Hot Takedown employs a segment of “Model Talk” to assess some of the hot takes and speculation swirling around this season. Our NFL prediction model will be live Wednesday morning, but for a preview of the 2019 season, take a listen!In partnership with Major League Baseball, the Atlantic League is experimenting with new technology and rules. Automated strike zones and the ability to steal first base are certainly bringing intrigue to the game, but there have been several unintended consequences. Kent Blackstone, shortstop for the Atlantic League’s Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, has experienced this all firsthand. Blackstone joins the show to bring a player’s perspective to what these changes could mean for the future of baseball.Our Rabbit Hole celebrates Sara’s obsession with college fight songs. If you haven’t already, check out our interactive to see how your school’s fight song stacks up — clichéwise.What we’re looking at this week:Stay tuned for our 2019 NFL prediction model, which will be live Wednesday morning.Attend a Southern Maryland Blue Crabs game and see these new rules in action.Listen to our fave version of “Hail to the Victors,” the least cliché of all the fight songs. Embed Code read more

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GE and Foster Wheeler collaborate to improve mining capabilities

first_imgGE and Foster Wheeler have announced a portfolio of joint mining infrastructure solutions that can deliver energy, processing systems, water management and waste management. The collaboration will see Foster Wheeler Chile, a subsidiary of Foster Wheeler AG, working with GE to integrate technology, engineering and resources to build ‘simple paths’ to complex solutions in the mining industry. Hugo Silva, Regional Mining Lead for GE Mining Solutions told IM: “It is possible that some of these solutions could evolve into a joint venture. Our agreement connects both Energy and Water projects; it matches GE Energy’s capabilities to customer operations to solve challenges not previously connected.”As an example, the two companies are putting their joint expertise into work on a water desalination project to help increase copper output at an operation in Chile. Mr Silva commented: “GE Power and Water has the broadest scope and is one of the most experienced companies in the desalinisation industry. Our offering ranges in both the equipment as well as the chemicals the desalinisation plants use. On the equipment side we can supply the most advanced ultrafiltration systems, that are an mechanical barrier to algae and other microorganisms present in the Chilean coasts, and factory assembled modular blocks of desalinisation plants, that have low costs of erection as well as very quick installation and start up times.” Foster Wheeler is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company’s Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the mining and metals industry amongst others. “With rising demand, environmental considerations and the need to venture into more-remote areas, mining companies may be facing some of their biggest challenges ever,” said Keiran Coulton, President, Global Industries, GE Energy. “By thinking systems instead of products and complementing our expertise with Foster Wheeler’s, we can quickly deliver infrastructure that enables more productive mining practically anywhere.” The team is designing a co-generation power plant that delivers electricity and heat to remote Chilean mines. Both of these projects can be replicated in other locations – speeding the development of new mine output and offering productivity improvements to existing operations. These joint solutions also are designed to minimise mining’s environmental impact and create more sustainable and cleaner systems. Electricity is generated with the exhaust heat from the engines or turbines is used for different processes at the concentrator plant. These projects have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and energy costs. Other activity areas may include wastewater processing – safely processing water for mining needs and returning clean water to the earth or processing it for safe consumption. In grinding circuits, GE Energy has an offering of high efficient electric motors as well as automation systems and aims to be present in this area of the plant with packaged solutions.last_img read more

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Greens historic gains worry Labor

first_imgAlarmed by their impact on Labor at the Victorian election, Maria Vamvakinou, Labor’s federal Member for Calwell, hit out at the Greens this week as they secured two lower house seats in the Victorian Parliament for the first time.“The Greens are a concern … their mission … to ‘smash Labor’,” she posted to her Facebook page on Tuesday, before adding that the Greens were “a protest party that has not needed to cop the compromises and balances of government”.Responding to scores of comments posted in reply, the MP added that the Greens’ “purist ideology is one thing, translating it to governing in the interests of the collective is another … very easy to be amongst like-minded people who can easily live without ever coming into contact with the ‘others’ … but out there is an Australia filled with ‘others’ “Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Ms Vamvakinou said that data analysis published by the Herald Sun following the Victorian election, showing electorates won by the Greens had higher than average percentages of professionals and managers, was “a wake up call”.In Richmond and Prahran the percentage of elite workers was 58 per cent, Melbourne had 56 per cent and Brunswick 52 per cent. This contrasts with Broadmeadows, which lies in the Calwell electorate, where only 18 per cent are professionals and managers.“We need to understand that people from certain socio-economic backgrounds are no longer voting for the Labor Party but are instead voting for the Greens, and we need to understand why,” said Ms Vamvakinou. “I’m concerned that the Labor Party may be being perceived as not having enough intellectual firepower to convey its message.”In Victoria’s upper house, the Greens hold three seats and are on track to win two more. Their enhanced position will enable them to have a significant influence as power brokers in the 40-member Legislative Council – along with independents and ‘micro’ parties’ – as the Andrews government seeks to roll out its legislative program.Meanwhile, Greg Barber, the Greens’ Victorian leader, accused Labor of having “no unity of purpose”.“Voters want decisions made in the broader public interest, not for some lobby group,” Mr Barber told reporters.Mr Barber said Labor’s track-record on environmental protection had led to more Greens votes.“They were last seen running in the other direction when environment policy was mentioned, and yet that’s led to an increased representation for the Greens in parliament.”The election of Sam Hibbins as Greens MP for the seat of Prahran will allow his party to further push policies such as phasing out Victoria’s coal-fired power stations and banning onshore gas drilling.Mr Hibbins joins Ellen Sandell as the second Greens MP in the Legislative Assembly. Ms Sandell beat Labor incumbent Jennifer Kanis in the seat of Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Énergies renouvelables un projet dhydroliennes pour éclairer Bordeaux

first_imgÉnergies renouvelables : un projet d’hydroliennes pour éclairer BordeauxBordeaux, France – Deux océanographes planchent sur un projet visant à produire de l’électricité destinée à l’éclairage public de Bordeaux grâce à des hydroliennes implantées sous un pont enjambant la Garonne.  Alors que la France accuse un retard en matière de déploiement de la filière hydrolienne, “nous espérons que quelques amendements du projet de loi du Grenelle II porteront, de près ou de loin, sur l’émergence des énergies renouvelables marines”, explique Marc Lafosse, du bureau d’études “Énergie de la lune” à l’origine de ce projet.La diminution de la largeur du fleuve au niveau du pont de pierre, induite par les quinze piliers qui soutiennent l’ouvrage, engendre un effet entonnoir où le courant de la Garonne s’accélère. En équipant dix des arches du pont, ce sont 5 gigawatts/heure annuels, soit l’équivalent d’environ 20% des besoins de l’éclairage public de la ville, qui pourraient être produits.”L’enjeu écologique est évident : où trouverons-nous les 23% d’énergies renouvelables que nous nous sommes engagés à produire d’ici 2020 si nous ne jouons pas sur toute la gamme (y compris l’énergie des courants et des marées qui peut mettre en mouvement des turbines hydroliennes)?” souligne Alain Juppé, le maire de Bordeaux.Comme l’explique Jérôme Cougoul, océanographe qui travaille sur ce projet avec Marc Lafosse depuis novembre 2008, l’énergie hydrolienne présente de nombreux avantages et notamment celui d’être “inépuisable et prédictible, la marée étant connue cent ans à l’avance”. Et de rappeler que les hydroliennes, contrairement aux éoliennes, n’ont aucun impact paysager puisqu’elles sont installées sous l’eau et donc, ne se voient pas.Le projet du bureau d’études “Énergie de la lune” vise à installer un site d’essais d’ici 2011. Ce site sera constitué de deux plates-formes sous-marines fixées sur le fond de la Garonne afin d’y accueillir deux hydroliennes. Suite à cette expérimentation, “les réponses obtenues permettront de lancer l’industrialisation de la filière” espère Marc Lafosse.Le 13 mai 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Andre Silva Who knows how far Sevilla can go

Andre Silva Who knows how far Sevilla can go

first_imgPortuguese forward Andre Silva is refusing to rule Sevilla chances of securing a shock La Liga title this seasonUnder new coach Pablo Machin, Sevilla have emerged as one of the surprise packages in Spain this term and currently sit third in the standings and five points adrift of leaders Barcelona.Los Rojiblancos proved their solid form was no fluke when they thrashed European champions Real Madrid 3-0 earlier this season.And Silva, who has scored eight goals in his 16 league games for Sevilla, believes they are capable of achieving even more.“Individually, I can say that I believe that we can do great things, my teammates and I are very focused,” Silva told Marca.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Who knows how far we can go. We’re working to get things done in the best possible way and are improving. At the end, we’ll see where we are.”The Portugal international is aware dethroning Barcelona in La Liga will be no mean feat, but insists Sevilla mean business.“Barcelona and those other great clubs have a lot of quality,” admitted Silva.“It’s very difficult, but we are here, passing, playing football, fighting… we’re not up there to say hello. We want to do big things.”Sevilla will take on second-place side Atletico Madrid on January 6 for their first match of 2019 in La Liga.last_img read more

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Enter the Employee Benefits Awards for the chance to be recognised as

Enter the Employee Benefits Awards for the chance to be recognised as

first_imgThe deadline for the annual Employee Benefits Awards closes on Friday 11 December 2015, so don’t delay.The awards ceremony provides the chance to showcase the outstanding work that reward and benefits professionals have conducted over the past year, recognising benefits approaches that have made a significant difference to organisations and their employees.The annual event celebrates best-in-class strategies across a range of benefits, from financial education and employee share schemes, to global benefits and total reward statements.This year, there are three new categories to enter: Best use of benefits technology; Best healthcare communications; and Best benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforce.The award for Best use of benefits technology will recognise how an employer has best utilised and adapted technology to suit its benefits package, its business aims and its employees’ needs. For example, how has technology been tailored to meet the requirements of an organisation?The Best healthcare communications award will recognise impressive strategies and materials used to spread the word of an employer’s healthcare benefits, while the award for Best benefits strategy for a multi-generational workforce will celebrate the most effective strategy put in place to support the needs of employees throughout their working lives.With the addition of the new awards, Employee Benefits Awards now offers 23 categories to enter.Winners will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party on 3 June 2016 at The Artillery Gardens at the HAC.For more information, visit: employeebenefitsawards.co.uklast_img read more

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Maker Media Nabs 5 Million Funding Round

first_img “The media industry is moving quickly and print, which is where we come from, is not the opportunity of the future, even though it’s doing well for us,” says Brockway. “We want to invest in where we think the future opportunity is.” The company produced 130 Maker Faires around the world in 2014, attracting close to 800,000 attendees. Brockway estimates the Faires will surpass one million attendees this year. While print is doing well, says Maker Media CEO Gregg Brockway, the new capital is mostly earmarked for growth platforms: digital and live events. The magazine, which debuted in 2005, has grown to a 300,000 circulation, but the Maker Faires, which launched a year later and attract a community of DIY technology hobbyists, have taken off. The digital properties, Makezine.com and a new community platform called MakerSpace attract about four million monthly visitors. Maker Media, which publishes the DIY technology magazine Make and runs the popular Maker Faires, landed $5 million in new funding through a group of investors. It’s the second raise for Maker Media since it spun off from O’Reilly Media two years ago.  center_img The third leg of Maker Media’s stool its ecommerce hub, Maker Shed, where it sells everything from DIY project packs to drones and 3D printers. In all, Maker Media has raised $10 million since it went independent. Investors in this round include Evan Williams’ Obvious Ventures, Raine Ventures and Azure Capital. Existing investors OATV and Floodgate added more to their stakes. Those opportunities include expanding MakerSpace, adding more video content and expanding Maker Media’s mobile platform.last_img read more

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EPA Corps agree to new wetland mitigation guidelines

first_imgAerial view of Upper Talarik Creek, in the Bristol Bay watershed. (Photo: EPA)The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers have beefed up their guidelines for wetlands mitigation in Alaska, elaborating on ways a developer can compensate for disturbing bogs, ponds and streams.Listen nowThe idea of mitigation is that developers are permitted to fill a wetland if they restore or protect a similar property nearby. But mitigation is challenging in Alaska, where much of the state is considered a wetland and opportunities to restore private land in the area may be scarce.Energy & Environment News reviewed wetlands permits in Alaska going back to 2015 and found the Corps had only required mitigation 26 percent of the time.The new agreement between the federal agencies says the mitigation can be farther afield from the construction project and may be on public land. It also allows “out of kind” mitigation, meaning that the project may involve filling a wetland, but the mitigation for it could be the restoration of a stream.It’s unclear whether the guidelines will result in more mitigation projects in Alaska, but E&E News says it seems to take aim at several of the justifications the Corps used to conclude mitigation was not required for particular permits.last_img read more

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Free multispecialty camp held in Burripalem

Free multispecialty camp held in Burripalem

first_imgVijayawada: Andhra Hospitals organised a free multispecialty camp at Burripalem in association with cine hero Mahesh Babu on the occasion of his birthday on Friday. All specialties including Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, ENT, Cardiology and Orthopaedics were done for children and adults in the camp. Relevant tests were done and medicines were distributed to all patients. The patients who need further consultation and investigations were advised to come to Andhra Hospitals for free consultation and treatment. Also Read – DGP Gautam Sawang warns over objectional posts on social media Advertise With Us Dr P V Rama Rao, chief of children’s services and director of Andhra Hospitals said that they started conducting awareness and health camp for the patients since 2016, and this is the 24th camp in the village. He said that the aim was to develop this village as model health village in Andhra Pradesh. Doctors Amar Kumar, Sai, Pavan, Veena, Y Ramesh, pharmacy and lab technicians participated in the camp.last_img read more

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RBL Bank IPO Rs 1200 crore public issue oversubscribed on Day 2

first_imgRBL Bank public issue has received positive response, going by the data available with stock exchanges. The private sector lender’s Rs. 1,200 crore initial public offering (IPO) has been oversubscribed as of Monday, a day before the issue closes.The price band for the shares being offered is Rs. 224-225 per equity share of face value of Rs. 10 each. The issue comprises 16.90 million shares being offloaded by existing investors (offer for sale, or OFS) and fresh issue of 37.16 million shares.The bank had received bids for 39.1 million shares or 1.03 times the 37.9 million shares on offer, CNBC-TV18 reported, citing stock exchange data as of 11 a.m. on Monday.On Friday evening, the first day of the public issue, the subscription was 0.66 times with retail portion evincing higher interest at 0.86 times or 16.32 million shares.RBL Bank was incorporated in 1943 as Ratnakar Bank.Details of RBL Bank IPO:Price band: Rs. 224-225 per shareIssue opens on Aug. 19 and closes on Aug. 23Bid lot: 65 equity shares or multiples thereofOverall issue size: 5,39,09,628–5,40,74,806 sharesFace value: Rs. 10Retail portion: 35 percent of the public issue (1,88,68,370 – 1,89,26,183 shares)Listing on BSE and NSEThe objective of the issue is to meet future Tier-I capital base requirement to ensure compliance with Basel-III norms and other RBI guidelinesRBL Bank had raised Rs. 488 crore in pre-IPO preferential placement of shares last December at Rs. 195 per share. The bank had 197 interconnected branches and 362 interconnected ATMs spread across 16 states and union territories as of March 31, 2016.It earned a net profit of Rs. 292.48 crore on revenues of Rs. 3,234.85 crore for the financial year 2015-16, up from Rs. 208.45 crore and Rs. 2,356.5 crore in the preceding financial year.last_img read more

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Mass shootings in USA in the past 10 years

Mass shootings in USA in the past 10 years

first_imgAn American Red Cross Disaster Relief vehicle is seen outside the Thousands Oaks Teen Center where people have come for family assistance following the bar shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California on 8 November 2018. Photo: AFPIn the latest mass shooting in the United States, a gunman killed 12 people Thursday in a California music bar packed with college students.Here is a recap of some of the other most deadly shootings in the country in the past 10 years.Las Vegas: 58 dead -On 1 October 2017 a heavily armed “lone wolf” gunman opens fire from a 32-floor hotel room on an open-air concert on the Las Vegas Strip.He kills 58 people before turning the gun on himself. Around 500 are wounded.The Islamic State (IS) group claims the 64-year-old is one of its “soldiers” but the FBI says it finds no such connection.Florida club: 49 killed -A 29-year-old gunman opens fire inside a gay nightclub in the Florida city of Orlando on 12 June 2016 and kills 49 people.The shooter, who pledged allegiance to the IS group in a 911 call during the attack, is killed in a shootout when police storm the building.Sandy Hook: 27 killed -A 20-year-old man kills his mother in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012 before blasting his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shooting dead 20 six- and seven-year-old children and six adults.He commits suicide.Texas church: 26 dead -A gunman opens fire with an assault rifle during a Sunday morning church service in the rural Texan community of Sutherland Springs on 5 November 2017, killing 26 people and wounding 20.The gunman, aged 26, is found dead in his vehicle.Florida school: 17 dead -A former student opens fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on 14 February 2018, killing 15 people on the premises with two dying in hospital.A 19-year-old who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons is arrested.California office party: 14 dead -A newlywed radicalized Muslim couple storm a Christmas office party at a social services center in San Bernardino, California on 2 December 2015 and gun down 14 people, wounding 22 others. They are shot dead by police.Fort Hood military base: 13 dead -On 5 November 2009 a US army psychiatrist opens fire at his military base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 42, before being overpowered by police.New York immigrant center: 13 dead -A Vietnamese immigrant shoots dead 13 people at a civic center in the city of Binghamton, New York on 23 April 2009, before killing himself.Navy Yard: 12 dead -A former serviceman shoots randomly at workers at the Washington Navy Yard, a military compound in southeast Washington, on 16 September 2013, killing 12 people before he is shot dead by officers.Colorado cinema: 12 dead -A young man wearing body armor storms a cinema showing a late-night premiere of a Batman film in Aurora, Colorado on 20 July 2012, opening fire and releasing tear gas. Twelve people are killed and 70 wounded. He is sentenced to life in prison.Synagogue: 11 dead -A gunman opens fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in the northeastern city of Pittsburgh on 27 October 2018, killing 11 people before being taken into custody.He reportedly yelled “All Jews must die!” during the attack.High school: 10 dead -A 17-year-old student bursts into a classroom and opens fire at the Santa Fe High School, near Houston, on 18 May 2008, killing 10 people.The Grade 11 student, who uses a shotgun and revolver legally owned by his father, is taken into custody on murder charges.Alabama: 10 dead -On 10 March 2009 a heavily armed gunman goes on a shooting spree in three towns in southern Alabama, mowing down 10 people including his mother and grandmother.The 28-year-old turns a gun on himself after being cornered by police.last_img read more

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A Closeup Look At How Houstons Recycling Gets Sorted

A Closeup Look At How Houstons Recycling Gets Sorted

first_img 00:00 /13:25 Listen Chris Paul/Houston Public MediaA closeup of soda and beer cans to be recycled at the Houston Resource Renewal Center. If you recycle, maybe you’ve wondered how the plastic, cardboard and aluminum cans get sorted once they leave your curb or the bin at your office. We’ll, it’s a complicated undertaking.At a place like the Houston Resource Renewal Center in northeast Houston, some 95 tons of materials are processed every single day in order to keep things like cardboard, plastic bottles and paper from ending up in the landfill across the street.The facility, which is run by the company Republic Services, is situated in the shadow of a rolling hill. But it’s not an ordinary hill — mainly because we don’t have hills here. It’s the McCarty Road Landfill.While the recycling facility processes materials strictly from businesses — and not the household items many of us put on the curb once a week — its operation illustrates the intricate process of parsing reusable materials from trash.Fernando Cedillo of Republic Services gives Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty a tour of the facility and shows him how all the materials get separated. And Cedillo tells him about some crazy things he’s seen people try to recycle.MORE: What’s Recyclable, What Becomes Trash — And Why (NPR)– / 10 center_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

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YouTube Has its Own Streaming TV Service Now

first_imgStay on target YouTube is getting into the TV streaming game, though it’s less like Hulu or Netflix, and closer to Sling TV or Sony’s PlayStation Vue. YouTube TV launched on April 5, 2017, bringing live TV (legally) to the largest video hosting site on the internet. Right now, the service is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and the Bay Area in California.At this point, it’s on-demand offerings are a little more limited than Hulu’s but past episodes of certain shows appear to be on the way. Possibly after the next time, they air? That part is a little unclear. It’s live TV offerings are, depending on what you’re looking for, some of the best of any cable replacement service. At $35 a month it’s cheaper than any tier of PlayStation Vue, while offering a few channels, you can only get on that service’s more expensive tiers. In comparison with Sling TV, it’s comparable to their $40 tier, only with fewer basic cable channels, and more sports.Everything that’s currently available on YouTube TVThat’s the one thing that appears to separate YouTube TV from its competitors. It comes with sports channels, including local ones, that cost extra on other services. That’s a serious point in its favor if you want to watch basically anything other than football. As a New Yorker though, the local sports selection isn’t so great. You get YES and… that’s it. SNY and MSG are still cable-only. That means you can’t watch most New York, teams. If you’re into New York hockey, this probably isn’t the cord-cutting solution for you. Both Rangers and Islanders games are on MSG. Soccer? In Baseball, you can watch the Yankees, but not the Mets. Basketball is the only area where the preferable team is available on YouTube TV. Brooklyn Nets games are on YES. While they’re statistically the worst team in the Eastern Conference, they aren’t stuck in an eternal downward spiral of sadness from which there is no escape like their Manhattan counterparts.It’s possible the local sports options are better in other cities, but I don’t live in those places, so I can’t test it out. YouTube TV does include all of the ESPN and Fox Sports channels, which are usually good for a few Mets, Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders games each season. Oh, and USA Network is here too if you’re a wrestling fan.The presentation is nice and clean, and with YouTube’s algorithms behind it, the service does a decent job of recommending new shows you’ll like. It’s cool to see someone doing that with live TV. The search function is also nice. You can search for a specific show, a genre, or an element like “aliens” or “politics” to find shows you’ll like. They’re trying to solve the problem that currently plagues Netflix and Hulu, where you have so many options you can’t figure out what to watch. It doesn’t completely make the problem go away, but it’s a step in the right direction. It will make it easier to find something you’ll be into.YouTube TV also offers unlimited DVR space, which is a nice feature if you can’t watch your favorite show as it airs. And as you’d expect from any modern TV streaming service, you’re shows will be available wherever you are as long as you have an app. If you want to stream on your big TV though, you’ll have to have a Chromecast, or a TV with Chromecast support built in. Sorry, no Roku or Apple TV app yet. That’s OK though, as for right now, they’ll send one out for free as soon as you complete the 30-day trial and make your first payment. There’s no indication as to how long they’ll keep doing that other than “while supplies last.” Take that however you will.Finally, it gives you access to all of YouTube Red’s shows, though not all the benefits of YouTube Red. You’ll still have ads on YouTube, but you’ll be able to watch shows like Bad Internet, Prank Academy, and Paranormal Action Squad. If nothing else, it’s a good opportunity to try out some shows you may not have heard of if you weren’t already a YouTube Red subscriber.If you still haven’t cut cable because you need live TV, YouTube TV might be the service that pushes you over the edge. It’s cheaper than any cable package out there, and it costs less the comparable packages from Sony and Sling. Depending on what city you live in, it might solve the live sports problem too. YouTube says that AMC, ESPN 3 and Telemundo among other channels will be added soon too. Whether the channels offered now are worth $35 a month is up to you. Either way, YouTube TV is definitely worth keeping an eye on. What to Stream on Netflix This Weekend11 Other Old-School Nick Shows That Should Get Netflix Movies last_img read more

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Nailed It Bringing Science Into Nail Art

Nailed It Bringing Science Into Nail Art

first_imgNailed It: Bringing Science Into Nail Art Shuran Huang by NPR News Luisa Torres 8.24.19 2:56pm Of all the things I love about being a girl, I love doing nail art the most. But I’m also a scientist, and scientists aren’t usually associated with perfectly manicured nails. Nail art became my way of debunking some common stereotypes, including those that associate scientists with being cold or unapproachable.I got into nail art four years ago after a friend of mine bought a beginner nail art kit. It contained one metal plate with various nail-sized designs etched on the surface – animals, flowers, food – along with nail polish, a scraper and a silicone stamper.Here’s how it works: Cover a design on the plate with nail polish, then spread the polish into the etched-out spaces with the scraper. Press the stamper onto the plate and then onto your nail.I remember awkwardly pressing the stamper against my red-colored nails. When I looked at the end result — a flower pattern, albeit with some smudged edges — I was instantly hooked. I ordered a kit for myself that night, and I never paid for a salon manicure again.Following my first try at nail stamping, I searched for tutorials on YouTube and Instagram to improve my technique. I discovered a whole world I didn’t know existed, including more advanced nail stamping techniques that allowed me to create my own nail designs to transfer to my nails. I experimented with flowers and butterflies and colorful geometric shapes. That was good practice for a later attempt at snowflakes (above).At the time, I was working as a research scientist studying Alzheimer’s disease at Cornell University, where I was looking for ways to get lay people interested in science. On Instagram, I found some science communicators using drawings or video to explain concepts like how stem cells help heal wounds.Then I had an epiphany! None of these science communicators were using nail art as a platform. And none of the nail artists I followed were doing scientific designs.I had been blogging about science for a while, but I wanted to try something new. So on October 10, 2018, I started an Instagram account (@nailsciart) where I’d use nail art to reach a very specific demographic: teenage girls. I wanted to show them the fun side of science through an art form many of them could find appealing — and that it’s possible to have polished nails and work on cool science.I pick themes according to the season. Last October, I did a Halloween series explaining what bats do for humans and the environment.I’ve also done designs that illustrate my interviews with scientists for Locally Sourced Science, a radio show hosted by my local radio station in Ithaca, N.Y. When I interviewed the curator of the fungi collection at the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium, I stamped colorful fungi on my nails (above). Lately, I have been experimenting with drawing brain cell types such as neurons (shown below) and microglia using fine brushes. I used one of those designs to accompany an Instagram post about a story I wrote for NPR as an intern this summer, which was about detecting brain activity in seemingly unconscious patients.Part of my internship was writing for the global health team. My nail art of parasitic worms (below, from left to right: a flatworm, a hookworm and a tapeworm) and microbes connects to many topics in this field.The reactions to my posts have always been positive. Some compliment my designs, while others like the novelty of using nail art to talk science. And I love hearing from people who say they’ve learned something new.Having my nails done instantly boosts my confidence (as do the encouraging Instagram comments). Doing science nail art gives me an excuse to show what a scientist looks like today.Tips:Get a stamper with a clear bottom so you can see where on your nail you are placing the stamp.For crisp stamps, use stamping polishes with a thick consistency. I recommend Maniology’s products.If you want to color your stamped designs, use the reverse-stamping technique. This involves stamping on a silicone mat on which you can use different polishes to color the design and finish by covering it with a layer of clear polish. This turns the design into a decal that you can peel off and paste on your nail. For this, I recommend a Bliss Kiss silicone mat.Use 100% acetone to clean your plates and scraper. Use a lint roller or Scotch tape to clean your silicone stamper.Luisa Torres was this summer’s AAAS Mass Media Fellow on NPR’s science desk. She’s on Twitter @luisatorresduq.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

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Frequent onoff relationships may up depression anxiety risk

Frequent onoff relationships may up depression anxiety risk

first_imgNew York: Do you have an on and off relationship with your romantic partner? Beware, it can affect your mental health, say researchers.The findings showed that an increase in breaking up and reuniting was associated with more psychological distress symptoms such as depression and anxiety. It is because such relationships are associated with higher rates of abuse, poorer communication and lower levels of commitment.”Breaking up and getting back together is not always a bad omen for a couple. In fact, for some couples, breaking up can help partners realise the importance of their relationship, contributing to a healthier, more committed union,” said Kale Monk, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”On the other hand, partners who are routinely breaking up and getting back together could be negatively impacted by the pattern,” she added.For the study, appearing in the journal Family Relations, the team examined data from more than 500 individuals currently in relationships. They found that partners often break up and reunite on necessity or practicality. For example, a person might stay in a relationship for financial reasons or partners might stay together because they feel they have invested too much time into the relationship to leave. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFormer partners should get back together based on dedication, not obligation, Monk suggested.The researchers suggested that people in these kinds of relationships should make informed decisions about stabilising or safely terminating their relationships.”The findings suggest that people who find themselves regularly breaking up and getting back together with their partners need to ‘look under the hood’ of their relationships to determine what’s going on,” Monk said. “If partners are honest about the pattern, they can take the necessary steps to maintain their relationships or safely end them. This is vital for preserving their well-being,” Monknoted.last_img read more

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Delhi gears up for 2nd Natya Ballet Dance Festival

Delhi gears up for 2nd Natya Ballet Dance Festival

first_imgNatya Ballet Centre in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi is hosting the second edition of ‘The Natya Ballet Dance Festival’ from November 30 to December 2, 2018 (Friday to Sunday) at Sangeet Natak Akademi premises. The three-day long festival will feature thought-provoking and mesmerzing performances, talks, presentations and film screenings with the host of eminent and distinguished artists from India and abroad.This year, the festival aims to explore ‘Dance in Film’ and ‘Dance in Theatre’ and showcase works that transcend any one medium. The event is filled with rich and diverse programs that will showcase the best of both local and global art forms along with a tete-a-tete with living legends of Indian dance. One of the highlights of this year’s edition is that it will also an emphasis on the female power in dance and theatre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFirst day of the festival will start with a Masterclass by Ananya Chatterjea, a renowned choreographer from the USA and artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre. It is an intensive of contemporary Indian dance technique, Yorchhā, which brings together movement principles from Odissi, and Mayurbhanj Chhau. It will also highlight how to blend gender-based narratives in choreographic process. Later in the evening, Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust will present their performance ‘Mahabharata’. It is a contemporary retelling of the epic Mahabharata that employs the Japanese technique of Bunraku, masks and shadow theatre and elements of Chhau and Kalaripayattu. The performance will explore the inner dilemma of the fifteen prominent characters of the epic tale, through a stream of the conscious narrative of their past and present motives. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”With the second edition of the festival we wanted to go beyond just dance to showcase the various aspects of it inside and outside the proscenium space, and more importantly in the context of theatre and film. We are very excited to bring bold and assertive works from India and abroad that reinvestigates conventional storytelling in today’s context for a discerning audience and delves in a deeper discourse on how art can push boundaries to mobilize social change, said Radhika Hoon, Chairperson, Natya Ballet Centre. The second day will start with a new energy when Astad Deboo, whose name is synonymous with Contemporary Indian Dance joins Dr Arshiya Sethi for a candid conversation. This will be followed by a tete-a-tete between the legendary Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj and Manjari Sinha. The festival will continue with ‘Dance in Theatre’ segment, where Maya Krishna Rao, a renowned Indian theatre artist, stand-up comedian, and social activist, will talk about her experience of how dance and theatre collide and flows into each other on the rehearsal floor. This will be followed by a dialogue between Vinay Kumar, Artistic Director of Adishakti Theatre and Dr Anita Cherian, theatre academician on the ouevre of Veenapani Chawla and the current work practice at Adishakti. The ‘Dance in Theatre’ segment will come to an end with a panel discussion with eminent Bharatnatyam dancer Jyotsna Shourie and Gowri Ramnarayan moderated by Saumya Baijal, a bilingual writer, poet, storyteller in English and Hindi. The evening will close with two international performances -‘We are waiting at the Border’ a confrontational and intimate public space performance, by the famous Dutch dance company Vloeistof and ‘Ayush’ a brilliant amalgamation of western dramaturgy and Kathak choreography by Korzo Theatre from The Hague, The Netherlands. The event will also see active participation of the students from various colleges. Speaking about engaging the youngsters, Nikita Maheshwary, Creative Director, Natya Ballet Centre said, “We did outreach programme in various colleges and universities to involve students. We didn’t want them to be here just as audience.” The third day of the festival will kick start with the second segment of ‘Meet The Legends’ with a conversation between Mallika Sarabhai, an eminent choreographer, dancer, filmmaker, actress, writer and social activist and Dr Arshiya Sethi followed by Leela Samson, who is an expert performer and a sensitive interpreter of the nuances of Bharatanatyam whose session will be moderated by Professor Naman P Ahuja. The afternoon session will have award-winning filmmakers such as SabaDewan, Justin McCarthy, Sharada Ramanathan, and Vikram Iyengar present their dance films. The closing performance of the festival, ‘AhamSita’ is directed by GowriRamnarayan and performed by Priyadarshini Govind. This act is a blend of dance, music and the spoken word and frames five crucial moments in the life of Sita along with the less heard women of the Ramayana – Urmilla, Mandodari, Surpanakha, and Ahalya.last_img read more

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