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Womans Day To Celebrate 15th Annual Red Dress Awards

first_imgWoman’s Day Editor in Chief Susan Spencer and Publisher and CRO Kassie Means will host the 15th annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards.Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Blondie will headline with a special musical performance.Other expected guests include: Jennifer Ashton, Natalie Azar, Laura Benanti, Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Carla Hall, Tamron Hall, Dorinda Medley, Sofia Resing, Elisabeth Rohm, Sif Saga, Alicia Quarles, and more.The Red Dress Awards is a night of awards and performances honoring those who have made significant contributions to Heart Health Awareness. This year’s honorees include: Jennifer Ashton, M.D., Chief medical correspondent, ABC News and Good Morning America and American Heart Association volunteer; Tom Colicchio & Lori Silverbush, Top Chef head judge, food policy activist; filmmaker, social justice activist; Karen Springer, President of health care operations for Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S.; Fitbit, the leading wearables brand helps Americans get moving and Icilma V. Fergus, M.D., F.A.C.C., Associate professor of medicine and director of cardiovascular disparities, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.The Awards will feature additional performances from Broadway Inspirational Voices and Gentri. Woman’s Day is proud to partner with lead sponsor CocoaVia and sponsors For Your Sweetheart, The Quaker Oats Company, Novartis, Rosa Regale Red Sparkling Wine, Lands’ End and Lenox Tableware & Gifts for this year’s event.Participants of the fifth annual Woman’s Day Live Longer & Stronger Challenge will attend alongside their mentor, TODAY Show nutritionist and Woman’s Day columnist Joy Bauer and experts from the Mayo Clinic. Over the course of eight months, Woman’s Day, Bauer and the Mayo Clinic have provided nutrition counseling and guidance to five women who have collectively lost more than 213 pounds and have achieved impressive heart health milestones. Neiman Marcus Last Call will provide dresses for the women to help celebrate their transformations.Follow the event with #RedDressAwardsWHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018WHERE: 10 Columbus Circle (corner of 60th and Broadway) Appel Roomlast_img read more

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Sanders Says He Will Vote for Clinton, Will Not Drop out…

By Bryn MillerRabat – Senator Bernie Sanders told MSNBC early Friday morning that he will vote for Hillary Clinton in the November general election. “I think the issue right here,” he stressed, “is I’m gonna do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump.”However, Sanders reiterated that he will not withdraw from the Democratic race. The Senator has stated in the past that he would fight for superdelegates and the nomination until the convention, but his tone in the MSNBC interview shifted away from winning at the convention and more towards his ideological contributions. “Why would I want to [drop out] when I want to fight to make sure that we have the best platform that we possibly can, that we win the most delegates that we can?” he told the network. He holds that his continued presence in the race is fostering the participation of the American people in the political process, not Democratic disunity.Since the beginning, Sanders has promised to see his campaign through the Democratic Convention this July in Philadelphia. However, his voiced support for Clinton to MSNBC and statements to supporters have focused less on winning the race and more on including the voice of the American people at the convention. In his latest email to supporters, Sanders wrote: “We need to hear from you about what you think the most important issues are that should be included in the platform… We’re taking our campaign, our values, and our movement to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. We’re excited to bring your thoughts on the party platform too. Thanks for being a part of it.” read more

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UNbacked talks on reunification of Cyprus to resume next month

18 September 2008The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders today continued their United Nations-backed negotiations aimed at reunifying the island of Cyprus and announced plans to resume the talks next month. Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat – who began their full-fledged negotiations last week – discussed the issues of governance and power sharing today, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe said.The two leaders agreed to resume talks, which are being held in the UN Protected Area in Nicosia, on both questions on 8 October as part of their efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement on the Mediterranean island.In May, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed to a partnership that will comprise a Federal Government with a single international identity, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which will be of equal status.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964 after the outbreak of inter-communal violence. It is tasked with preventing a recurrence of fighting, contributing to a return to normal conditions and the maintenance of law and order. read more

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TNPF will not contest poll

Ponnambalam said that most Tamil political parties had, from the start, felt that the 13th Amendment is not the solution to the Tamil issue.However he claimed that pressure from the government had led to the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) accepting the 13th Amendment as a solution to the issue. (Colombo Gazette) He noted that  under the 13th Amendment the provincial powers are under either the governor appointed by the President or the government. The Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) says it will not be contesting the provincial council elections in the north in September.Meanwhile TNPF President Gejndrakumar Ponnambalam said his party does not feel the 13th Amendment or the provincial councils system can be the basis for the final solution to the Tamil national issue. He said that at a time when there is a call for devolution of powers to the provinces as a solution to the Tamil issue, the 13th Amendment does not give room for real devolution. read more

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Brock puts support behind In the Soil Arts Festival

Brock University is deeply woven into the roots of In the Soil Arts Festival — and the partnership between the two entities continues to grow.The celebration of creativity, organized by Suitcase in Point Theatre Company, takes over a portion of downtown St. Catharines, as well as Brock’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30 with a mixture of music, theatre and performance art.The University has come on board as a Premium Harvester sponsor of the festival, and has also put support behind Gnaw, a creative retelling of Hansel and Gretel being put on by students of A.N. Myer Secondary School in Niagara Falls.“As a community leader in Niagara, it’s important for Brock University to be engaged and involved with major events happening in our region,” said Gord Hunchak, Brock’s Associate Vice-President, External Relations. “In The Soil has demonstrated its importance to the local arts scene, and we want to ensure we play a role in building the festival’s presence and ongoing growth.”  Gnaw is being touted as a highlight of the festival’s opening night, taking the stage Friday at Robertson Theatre in the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre beginning at 6 p.m.“We thought this was an excellent opportunity to welcome these new, young theatre-makers to Brock and to St. Catharines,” said David Vivian, Director of the School of Fine and Performing Arts.“We hope we will see some of them in the halls with us when they make a choice to pursue undergrad studies.”For the second consecutive year, the Marliyn I. Walker school will play host to the festival’s Rhizomes project, a series of curated artistic experiences set-up for crowds throughout the property.“It joins together artists in the community and artists from MIW, faculty and students, allowing them to be involved in this village of creative cultural production,” Vivian said. “It’s also a chance for us to invite people into the building to see what we’re about, what we’re doing.”In addition to the many students and faculty who are volunteering their time and showcasing their work at the festival, Suitcase in Point — with many Brock alumni members — has created a new opportunity this year called the AMP (Arts Mosh Pit) It Up technical internship program. Through the program, three Brock students earned paid internship positions with the festival.Rodman Hall Art Centre, in partnership with artist and MIW faculty member Donna Akrey, will be participating in this year’s festival with an interactive workshop.Assemble, Assembly takes place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Mahtay Café Community Room, 241 St. Paul St. The free drop-in event, open to all ages and abilities, will see participants transforming common and discarded materials into assembled sculptures.The workshop concludes a month-long series of artist-led events that take their inspiration from Akrey’s exhibition, Also Also, which is on display at Rodman Hall until April 30.Festivalgoers are also encouraged to take in ‘BBBLURRR,’ an evening of contemporary poetry featuring readings by Christopher Dewdney, Phoebe Wang, Sarah Pinder and Moez Surani.The event, co-hosted by Brock Interdisciplinary PhD students Julia Polyck-O’Neill and Andrew McEwan, takes place Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Niagara Artists’ Centre, 354 St. Paul St.For more information on In the Soil and a full festival lineup, visit www.inthesoil.on.ca. read more

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Court awards miner 5M for 54M diamonds vanished in Police custody

The case involving the $54 million worth of diamonds – that vanished while in Police custody several years ago – finally concluded with High Court Judge Fidela Corbin-Lincoln awarding the applicant, Ronald Khan, $5 million.The State, through the Attorney General’s Chambers, will have to pay out another $200,000 in court costs to the now elderly retired businessman, who never saw his missing merchandise after it disappeared from the Mahdia Police Station in the Potaro-Siparuni district following a 1994 robbery.The 430 carats of diamonds were taken as evidence by Police after it was recovered during an investigation after Khan’s Ewang Creek, mining camp was invaded.During that attack, his brother and another miner were shot and killed, while Khan’s life was nearly taken as he too was shot.In the judgment handed down by Justice Corbin-Lincoln he said regarding the assessment and value of the 430 carats of diamonds, Khan led no evidence regarding the current value of the 430 carats.In the absence of this, Justice Corbin-Lincoln said it was then open to the court to make no award of damages. She further said that there was a problem of proof but not of absence of evidence of the amount.The Judge opined that since Khan failed to produce the evidence of its quality or value, the court has to arrive at a nominal figure in favour of the defendant, the Attorney General, as opposed to Khan.She therefore awarded the sum of $5 million and observed that the defendants have to pay costs of $200,000.This case was before the court for just over eight years and Khan had alleged that late Commissioner Greene promised that the matter would be investigated but this never gained traction. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHigh Court set to rule on $54M missing diamonds caseOctober 24, 2018In “Court”$54M missing diamonds trial rescheduled as both sides unpreparedAugust 23, 2018In “Court”Judge orders trial for $54M in diamonds missing while in police possessionMay 22, 2018In “Court” read more

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Street Crane installations part of continued expansion at MMD

first_imgContinued global growth has prompted the MMD Group to undertake a multi-million pound factory expansion at its facility in Alfreton, Derbyshire, featuring new cranes from Street Crane Company which will the help streamline the manufacture and assembly of MMD’s heavy duty mineral sizing equipment. “A mix of overhead travelling and jib cranes provides a flexible system for efficient and reliable lifting, handling and production flow that can be easily adapted to meet future expansion”, stated Street Crane.Two new bays have been added to MMD’s factory for the manufacture of heavy fabrications.  Three 20 t overhead cranes in each bay run on full-length, freestanding 60 m gantries.  The cranes will be used for offloading vehicles and advancing product through the various stages of production.  Having adequate cranage in the production area ensures optimum levels of productivity as the highly skilled workforce do not have to wait for cranes to become available. The cranes are double girder box beam design and feature infra-red anti-collision systems so they can safely operate on the same track.  For heavier lifts of up to 40 t, they may be used in tandem and weight distributed by a spreader beam.  The new bays are also equipped with ten 1 t jib cranes, with seven units in one bay and three in the adjoining bay. Each one supports a workstation manned by two welders or platers. The slewing jib cranes are attached to the gantry legs with fittings that can be dismantled, enabling the jibs to be readily re-located as production needs change. Within the original factory buildings, where the sizing machines are assembled, Street has installed two double girder cranes of 50 t and one of 25 t. One of the larger units has an auxiliary 15 t hoist to give greater materials handling flexibility.  The 20 t overhead cranes feature hoists from Street’s ZX series. An advanced specification hoist designed for reliability and ease of maintenance, the ZX offers true vertical lift and placement. The 50 t cranes feature custom built hoists from Street’s VX series. These heavy duty hoists also offer vertical lift to safeguard product from lateral movement and assure greater safety. The 1 t jib cranes all use chain hoists from the company’s LX series. For maximum freedom, each overhead crane is operated via a radio-controlled push button hand held remote. This allows the operator to choose a working location that maximises personal safety and with best visibility. A standby push-button pendant is also provided for back up.last_img read more

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Report Alaska prisons justice system need overhaul

first_imgA commission set up by the Alaska Legislature in 2014 has issued a report on Alaska’s corrections and judicial systems. They say the judicial and corrections systems cost the state a lot, but they don’t do enough to improve public safety.Download Audio(Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Commission members presented the findings and recommendations to the House Finance Committee on Monday.Alaska Criminal Justice Commission chair Greg Razo told legislators Alaska is expected to run short of prison beds next year.“Alaska’s prison population has grown 27 percent in the last decade. That’s very significant growth,” said Razo. “Our prison population grew roughly three times faster than our resident population. The state spends over $300 million on corrections each year, and hundreds of millions more every time we build a new prison.”Razo said some of the high costs have to do with the type of people who get put into prison — half of them have not been convicted of a crime. They’re waiting to go to trial.He said that’s not money well spent.“Alaskans are not getting a good public safety return on this spending. We are not seeing return on investment,” said Razo. “Why? Because nearly two out of three inmates who leave Alaska’s prisons return to prison or jail within three years.Razo said one reason for that high rate of recidivism is that not enough is done to help inmates re-enter society, find jobs, and live a crime-free life. For example, Razo said, when he visited the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome, which can hold 150 inmates, he asked inmates:“‘If you’re in prison for an alcohol-related offense, would you raise your hand?’ And I would say that all but six raised their hands. ‘If you’re in for a drug-related offense, raise your hands,’ and the other six people raised their hands,” said Razo. “So we’ve got all these people in there with significant substance abuse problems, y’know, committing crimes. And there’s absolutely nothing that happens to them [in prison] in terms of that treatment.”Razo said vocational training would also better prepare inmates for their release. He said the Anvil Mountain employees were dedicated, but “completely under-resourced.”“We saw their library, which had about half a dozen paperback books in it,” said Razo. “We saw where they had their computers. They had three computers that, I asked ‘how many of these actually work?’ None of them worked. They just sat there.”And a significant number of inmates are mentally ill. That’s according to commission member Jeff Jesse, director of the Alaska Mental Health Trust.“Corrections doesn’t like being the largest mental health provider in the state any more than we like them being in that role,” Jesse said.Also, Razo said, research has shown long prison sentences are no more effective at preventing crime than shorter stays. Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, had a question about that.“Is there any truth to what you hear, that if you throw a low-level non-violent, especially young offender in jail for a longer period of time, what you do is not really make society safer in some cases but they learn how to be better criminals in jail. And that makes society less safe,” said Gara. “Is there any truth to that?”“Yes, the evidence supports that,” Razo replied. “We reviewed that, and it became part of the basis for our recommendations.”Susan Di Pietro is an attorney for the Judicial Council. She told legislators the Commission’s recommendations are based on extensive research on what works.“Four other states that have engaged in an exercise like this — where they’ve adopted evidence-based ways to reduce the prison population and reinvest in treatment and other types of  recidivism reduction services — have seen reductions in their prison populations that disproportionately positively impact minorities,” Di Pietro told legislators.Some of the Commission’s recommended changes would cut costs, such as revised pre-trial practices and a stronger focus on using prison beds for serious and violent offenders. The commission recommends some of those savings go to programs to reduce recidivism, including victims’ services, violence prevention, reentry support, and substance abuse treatment in both rural and urban areas.For more on successful prisoner re-entry, see a five-part story produced by Alaska Public Media Urban Affairs reporter Anne Hillman. It’s called “Hitting Reset: Life After Prison.”last_img read more

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Two wheeler sales How Royal Enfield performed in September

first_imgEicher Motors sold 56,958 units of Royal Enfield motorcycles in September 2016 in the domestic market, 29.7 percent more than the 43,741 units sold in September 2015. Exports rose 18 percent to 884 units from 750 motorcycles last September, the company said in a statement on Saturday.Cumulatively, Eicher Motors has sold 3.14 lakh Royal Enfield motorcycles in the first five months of the current fiscal (April-August 2016), 34 percent more than 2.34 lakh units sold in the corresponding period last year. Exports increased 55 percent to 7,274 units in comparison to 4,686 units sold in the first five months last fiscal, according to the statement.The company had sold 54,735 units in August 2016 in the domestic market, up 31.5 percent from 41,600 units in the corresponding month last year, while exports registered a growth of 30 percent at 986 units. Eicher Motors shares closed at Rs. 24,917.40 apiece on Friday on the Bombay Stock Exchange, 0.23 percent higher than their Thursday close.TVS Motor Co., Bajaj Auto, Hero Motocorp, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI), Yamaha and Suzuki are yet to declare their September volume sales.last_img read more

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Netflix Stock Closes at AllTime High Nudging Market Cap Ahead of Disneys

first_imgNetflix has regained the title as world’s most valuable media stock, at least for now, after the streamer’s shares closed at a new record high to push its market capitalization just slightly ahead of Disney’s.Netflix’s stock closed Friday at $351.29 per share, up 0.6%, to give it a market cap of $152.7 billion. Disney closed up 0.08%, recovering somewhat after a decline Thursday, with a market cap of $152.3 billion.On Thursday, Netflix for a few hours had topped Disney’s market cap, before shares of Disney pared some of their losses to put the Mouse House back ahead at the close of trading.The market-cap horse race between Netflix and Disney matters because it shows that investors believe Netflix — even though its business is much smaller today — has as much upside going forward as the 94-year-old Walt Disney Co. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Netflix’s appeal to investors is its global reach and fast-growing streaming-subscriber base, which hit 125 million at the end of the first quarter of 2018. So far, the company’s bullish fans are comfortable with Netflix’s heavy content spending and cash burn, pinning their hopes on the prospect of future returns.Netflix remains much smaller than Disney in terms of its financials, and operates at a lower net margin. For 2017, Netflix generated revenue of $11.7 billion and reported net income of $559 million. Disney posted sales of $55.1 billion and net income of $8.9 billion for its most recent fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, 2017.The Netflix-vs.-Disney “whose market cap is bigger” storyline also is intriguing given the history between the two companies. Disney is ending its TV-window movie output deal with Netflix effective with 2019 theatrical releases — and instead, Disney will copy Netflix’s model with a planned Disney-branded subscription service next year.Meanwhile, there was speculation before Disney’s direct-to-consumer move (which included acquiring majority control of streaming-infrastructure company BAMTech) that the conglomerate might make an M&A play for Netflix.Netflix rose past Comcast’s market cap earlier this week. Last year, Netflix surpassed the market capitalization of Time Warner — target of AT&T’s still-pending takeover. Wags recalled Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’ dis of Netflix in a 2010 interview, when he said about the company, “It’s a little bit like, is the Albanian army going to take over the world? I don’t think so.”Reed Hastings, CEO and chairman of Netflix, has seen his personal net worth rise dramatically with the company’s stock run-up. The exec’s net worth currently estimated to be about $3.7 billion, per Forbes.last_img read more

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How to keep nutrients intact in food

first_imgRaw foods are said to be the healthiest for the body as cooking through traditional methods such as frying or baking causes a significant nutrient loss. However, there are a few other methods through which you can enjoy your favourite foods while deriving considerable health benefits from them. Experts list some tips on how one can keep the nutrition of food intact. – Poaching is a great way of preparing fish, meat, eggs and fruit. Simmer food in a small amount of water in such a way that it retains its moisture and essential nutrients. As water does not add any fat to food, poaching is considered an extremely healthy cooking method. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Blend instead of juicing: While juicing fruits and vegetables, you essentially remove all the fibrous material from the final product and are left with a rather sugary juice. Blending whole fruits and veggies keeps the pulp and fibre intact so you consume a thicker, more wholesome juice or smoothie. -Don’t peel: Most fruit and vegetable peels are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To keep maximum nutrients intact while cooking, it is, best to boil, grill or poach without peeling. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Grill to ensure the least amount of nutrient loss while making the fat drip off. The high heat from grills seals in the moisture within food, so there is no additional butter or oil required to cook. -While boiling food, retain the cooking liquid for future use (like soups and stocks) as most of the nutrients leach out into the water during the boiling process. Use pots with lids while cooking (Pressure cooker is a better option). -Do not store fruits and vegetableS for a longer period of time, eat them as fresh as possible. -Eat freshly cooked food and avoid re-heating it as it destroys the chemical structure of nutrients and makes them impotent. -Wash vegetables and fruits before cutting and chopping them (never wash them after it is cut as the nutrients will drain into the water). -Harmful enzymes are activated by high temperature, so it is best to cook food in a preheated pan or oven or in water that is already boiling.last_img read more

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The Creepy Icelandic Pants Made of Human Skin

first_imgIf someone wanted wealth in 17th century Iceland there was a surefire method of achieving it… strike a deal with a buddy to make a pair of necropants. Also known as “nábrók,” or “nábrækur,” the macabre garment comes from ancient folklore and resembles something from Harry Potter by way of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The process behind the pants requires dedication and a strong stomach.According to the website of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, the “stave” (meaning magical symbol) for these powerful trousers represents a morbid yet mighty tradition. It states the wearer must get a friend to agree a donation of skin from the lower half of his frame.The exterior of Strandagaldur, The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík, Iceland. Photo by Bensisto CC BY-SA 4.0Post-death, “you must dig up his body and flay the skin of the corpse in one piece from the waist down. As soon as you step into the pants they will stick to your own skin.” There’s no try before you buy here. Once the recipient dons the necropants, they’re his for life.Of course like any item of clothing, maintenance is required. Though instead of sewing up a burst seam the task in hand is a bit more elaborate. The owner is seeking untold riches after all. It’s a simple matter of pilfering a coin from a cash-strapped widow before tucking it into the scrotum for safe keeping.A replica of necropants at The Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Holmavik Iceland. Photo by Bernard McManus CC BY 2As long as the coin stays in this unorthodox wallet, alongside a handwritten “nábrókarstafur,” or sign, the money will roll in. Actually it will “draw money into the scrotum,” which sounds like a potentially hazardous mix. Male genitalia and flying currency don’t make good bedfellows.From there ensues a continuous winning streak, though there’s the awkward matter of the wearer’s life coming to an end. The solution to this is somewhat easier and doesn’t involve grave robbing. If a lucky individual wants to take on the necropants they can have them, as long as they “overtake the pants and step into each leg as soon as he gets out of it.”9 Strange Ancient Places Around the worldLocated in the village of Hólmavík, the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft knows more about these astonishing zombie trousers than most. It has among its exhibits the only known example of necropants, albeit a recreation to give people a visual aid they perhaps didn’t ask for. To date no actual “skin tight” pants have been unearthed.The village of Hólmavík. Photo by Notandi:Akigka CC BY 2.5The wider area of Strandir is a remote part of the country which needed a tourism boost, hence the opening of the museum. It is run by local expert Sigurður Atlason and has a cat called Hippó for an administrator.In a 2014 interview for Iceland Magazine, Atlason revealed that “Hippó is a unique character… he’s become famous… it has turned him into something of a diva. Nowadays he won’t pose for pictures unless he’s in the mood for it.”Close up of the replica of Nábrók. Photo by Bensisto CC BY-SA 4.0Behind the fake scrotum is a terrible history involving witchcraft in Strandir. No less then 21 people were cruelly killed to stop the spread of magic. For some, reaching out to forces beyond their comprehension was a route out of poverty.Icelandic magical staves.As reported by the Daily Mail in 2013, “17th century Iceland was a tough place as it suffered harsh trade restrictions from Denmark as well as natural disasters including a huge volcanic eruption that killed half of the country’s livestock… a giant smallpox epidemic in the 18th century wiped out a third of the struggling population.”Read another story from us: The Bizarre Journey of Napoleon Bonaparte’s PenisThe place needed a miracle but alas it didn’t get it. Now the work of Sigurður Atlason celebrates the country’s rich heritage while reminding tourists of the price paid by the unfortunate. As for the necropants, they may not officially exist but their story certainly has legs, in addition to a few other things.Steve Palace is a writer, journalist and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.last_img read more

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Apple Flexes its Artificial Intelligence Muscle

first_imgDecember 28, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Apple researchers have come up with an improved way to train artificial intelligence algorithms, an achievement that’s less significant for its scientific value than for the fact that it may be a sign of more Apple AI research to come.While tech giants like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have amassed considerable brainpower from AI academics and engineers and regularly advertise their findings, Apple has remained largely silent. The new algorithm training technique, detailed in a paper published last week, is Apple’s first major public contribution to artificial intelligence research. It comes two months after Carnegie Mellon professor Russ Salakhutdinov joined the company as its director of AI research, signalling a shakeup in Apple’s AI priorities.The paper itself doesn’t exactly turn heads outside of research circles: it proposes a new method of using machine learning to more efficiently train neural networks, the building blocks of artificial intelligence that are present in everything from chatbots to self-driving cars. But it is sponsored by a company that until now has kept private virtually all of its research, AI or otherwise.The shift is due in part to Salakhutdinov’s hiring. He is no stranger to the tech industry, having previously served as a Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and picked up awards from Google and Nvidia. His background in academia, meanwhile, which prides itself on collaboration, means that he’s less likely to subscribe to traditional Apple-style secrecy.Immediately after Salakhutdinov was hired, he remarked that he was “excited” about the new position and indicated that he would be looking to hire even more AI engineers. Beefing up its AI team would put Apple in a league with some of its traditional rivals like Microsoft, as well as Facebook, which is reserving large amounts of computing power from its data centers to power its AI research. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Register Now »last_img read more

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US company to hire 200 bilingual employees for Costa Rica operations

first_imgFlorida-based The Results Companies is recruiting bilingual staff to fill 200 jobs at its call center in the province of Heredia.The company, which launched operations in Costa Rica in January, is looking for high school graduates with an English proficiency of at least 80 percent and who are willing to work different shifts.Human resources staff will be interviewing candidates at their facilities in the America Free Zone in Heredia for posts in sales and customer service.Those interested can request an appointment by phone from Monday to Friday at: 2239-0585. Applicants also can send résumés in English to recruitmentcr@resultstel.com or visit the company’s website, http://www.theresultscompanies.com.Costa Rica’s director of operations, Christopher Fernández, said the company has over 20 years experience in the global market and stressed that they offer growth opportunities.“Currently 75 percent of management posts in our company are filled with people who started as call center agents and grew with us,” he said.The Results Companies currently has over 7,500 employees in 15 locations in the United States, the Philippines and Latin America. Facebook Comments Related posts:Bank of America, Intel announce thousands of layoffs in Costa Rica President Solís announces goal to create 217,000 jobs during his term Convergys to hire 700 bilingual employees for Costa Rica operations Accenture announces 300 new jobs in Costa Ricalast_img read more

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Desamparados 1984 and Prince A Tribute

first_imgIt has been just over a month since the sudden, shocking death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who I believe was one of the greatest musicians of all time. I have been surprised at how deeply grief has set in. Even now, it is hard to wrap my head around such a loss. I have been writing this piece in my mind for weeks, trying to find the words to honor a man who had such a profound impact on my life – though it was so subtle that I only realized it once he was gone.Indulge me if you will: I want to tell a story of how Prince, Costa Rica and my coming-of-age merged together into a perfect mix of joy that forever bonded me to this place that I now call home.The year was 1984. I was on the way to being 15 and in the middle of a Madonna crush. Deep inside all the pangs of teenage life, I was overjoyed to attend my cousin’s 8th grade graduation in Chicago in June of that year. Dressed in my plastic slip-on shoes, hot pink Lee Jeans, “Boy Toy” crop top, lace gloves and fluorescent bangles, I emerged on the scene, ready to strut my Brooklyn stuff amongst my cousin and her friends.It was the first summer when my parents gave my sister and me a little room to explore outside of the confines of our New York City life. I was full of myself, happy and loud, and music was my everything. As a child of the 1970s, I could sing a Duran Duran song in the same breath as Menudo’s “Señora Mía.” My Limonese abuelita would say that I was “smelling myself.”The best parts of that summer were the release of Prince’s “Purple Rain” album and our trip to Costa Rica, the first for my sister, cousin and me without parents! My abuelita was brave. She attended my cousin’s graduation in Chicago and accompanied the three of us back to Costa Rica. What she did not know was that we had our mix tapes packed safely in our suitcases. The world felt like a grand place. We were the cool girls, ready to smile and flirt and sing our hearts out to all the tunes we knew by the first note on the radio.My initiation as a Prince lover did not come from the south side of Chicago but from San Rafael Abajo, Desamparados, Costa Rica. There was something liberating about being almost 15 and in my abuelita’s house where we could whisper dreams and read the latest teen magazines (anyone remember Bop?) while listening to the sound of the oxcart in the morning, filled to the brim with fresh coffee outside the front door.We quickly learned the names of the cute boys in the barrio. We were a little shocked by their devotion to Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osborne, but friendships were formed nonetheless. We spent hours sitting in the front doorway during the rains, playing with Mitzy, the family’s golden retriever, and eating mango con sal y limón.  Even today, the tartness in the first bite of a green mango brings me a rush of memories from that time in my abuelita’s house. It was my place of beginning: of testing the road towards adulthood within a wide, loving embrace.I remember one day my abuelita needed to go to the pulpería. She did not have us accompany her that day, but she left behind her many warnings to stay inside the gate and to make sure the music was not loud. We took turns peeking out the front door to see when she turned the corner, and within seconds of her disappearance, we ran inside the house and cranked up “Purple Rain” so loud that the walls vibrated. And we sang, with all the feeling and depth of a teenager: aching with angst, passion and freedom.That moment taught me the entire possibility of youth, lyric after lyric by Prince. I sang those words as I looked up to the mountains, tinged with mist, and I fell in love with Costa Rica. My heart was full with its beauty. I finally had space to spread my arms and twirl.What was it that Prince understood that he could relate to my 14-year-old heart in Desamparados, miles away from my Brooklyn streets? He gave me the right to honor my true self: a brown girl mashed up with Brooklyn, Limón, Colón, Jamaica, Catholic school and Culture Club. Prince gave me permission to simply BE. His music, style and actions did not fit into a box, and this message came across loud and clear. I do not know which planets aligned on that day in my abuelita’s house, but my love affair with Costa Rica began and it has been calling me home ever since.Of course, the story has an ending.  Since these were not the days of cellphones, my abuelita was not pre-warned by a neighbor that we were wreaking havoc with the barrio’s sound waves at lunchtime, so she must have been drawn home by thundering electric guitar as “Purple Rain” was on its fourth rotation in the tape deck. It was only when we looked up in the doorway, hips still sashaying, arms playing air guitar, that we saw her. Her horror at our brazen American-ness decorated her face.Instantly, the tape deck was clicked off and we offered apologies, still breathless from whichever verse of Purple Rain lingered in the air. But abuelita was kind. We only got a stern warning which did not ruin the moment in our heads and hearts.I am sure my sister and cousin have different versions of that day, or it may have even slipped away in their memories. For me, it was a moment of pause; a door, a beginning. I honor the life work of Prince Rogers Nelson for his ability to celebrate the essence of living in his music. He was a man who never compromised his art, and I am so grateful that I was able to experience him in my lifetime. May he rest in power and peace.Read more of Natasha Gordon-Chipembere’s columns here.Natasha Gordon-Chipembere, a writer, professor and founder of the Tengo Sed Writers Retreats, moved to Heredia, Costa Rica with her family from New York in June 2014.  She is now accepting applications for Tengo Sed IV Writers and Yoga Retreat in Jan 2017. She may be reached at indisunflower@gmail.com. Her column “Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican” is published monthly. 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165 million rand security upgrade for South African Airports

first_imgAirports Company South Africa has spent 165 million rand upgrading security across the country’s international airports in the lead up to the FIFA World Cup. The new security measures, which include electronic baggage scanners, have been put to the test this week as 300,000 World Cup fans begin arriving in South Africa. Tebogo Mekgoe, the assistant general manager at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport, said the security upgrade would help South Africa’s airports lose their notorious reputation for baggage theft.”Three years ago, we used to have about 40 cases of theft reported per day.”  He also acknowledged the fact that international travellers are often warned of baggage handlers’ sticky fingers. The US embassy website has described theft at OR Tambo as a “serious problem” and encourages travellers to use locks on their luggage, while Britain’s embassy recommends vacuum-wrapping checked bags in plastic. Despite these recommendations, Mekgoe said the airport authority has been able to reduce luggage theft to “almost nothing.” According to Mekgoe, they have achieved this by hiring all new baggage handlers, creating a “baggage reaction team” and switching to electronic scanners that track bags from check-in to loading on the plane.”This new technology has remarkably reduced cases of pilferage,” Mekgoe told reporters. He said OR Tambo had not received a single baggage theft complaint during the 2009 Confederations Cup, which was seen as a warm-up tournament for the World Cup. However, the problem has not been completely resolved. South African Airways, the country’s largest carrier, reports theft from two out of every 1,000 bags, a problem the airline has blamed on organised crime. But the airport authority insisted its security measures are solid.”The technology we use is world-class and our security staff undergo regular, highly specialised training. As a result, well over 700 prohibited items are detected on a daily basis at our airports countrywide,” spokesman Solomon Makgale said.”The reported breach is therefore a rare occurrence,” he added. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/292ce/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

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Daryl Washington is going to be a huge part of wha

first_imgDaryl Washington is going to be a huge part of what theCardinals do defensively; in fact, he might be thecatalyst for Ray Horton’s defense. D-Wash is so versatileopposing offenses might have a hard time finding him in2012. At 238-pounds, Washington is slight for an insidelinebacker but perfect for the fire-zone scheme Hortondeploys. He operates extremely well in space, runssideline to sideline, has excellent speed, can make playson the ball whether defending passes or picking them fromthe air, and he’s a Grand-Master-Tackler of the highestorder, a hunter of men. Top Stories Washington will play on the line of scrimmage in somedefenses, either blowing through the A-gap or coming offthe edge as a pass-rusher. Other defenses will have D-Washplaying off the ball in space, covering him up with a 3-techniquedefensive end, allowing him to run freely. And somedefenses willhave Washington covering receivers, taking on theresponsibilitiesof a safety! In years past offenses had to find Adrian Wilson in orderto diagnose and dissect the Cardinals defense. I don’tbelieve that will be the case going forward. DarylWashington is going to become the Cards new X-Man. If heholds up at the point-of-attack and stays healthy, ProBowls are in his future. And D-Wash may not be the only X-Man on this defense.Based on what I’ve seen from the Cards defense in thefirst few days of training camp, Ray Horton’s defensemight include X-Men. Lets hope Wolverine looks good in red. Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It sounds like a decision might have to do with the roster situation around him. And if that’s the case, it makes sense with the Cardinals having quite a few soon-to-be free agents on the 2016 roster.At 33 years old and as a 13-year NFL veteran, Fitzgerald first fueled speculation he’s not a lock to return next year when the Cardinals were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs with their loss to the Saints.“I got two more games to go,” Fitzgerald said Sunday. “I will play those games as hard as I can against two division opponents and we will see what goes on this offseason. My attention is solely focused on Seattle this Saturday.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “No, I wouldn’t say that I’m contemplating it right now,” Fitzgerald said. “But I’m uncertain what I’m going to do moving forward. But I still love the game, I love the competition. I love being around the guys and competing for a championship. That’s a lot of fun to me. That’s kind of where I’m at right now. I’m really just focused on these last two games.”Fitzgerald, however, is still one of the NFL’s most productive receivers. Through 14 games, he’s first with 98 receptions, the fourth-most targeted wideout in the league and is 16th in the NFL with 949 yards.Gray wondered why Fitzgerald would even consider walking away from the game with a bit left in the tank.“I don’t play for the personal accolades or catches or yards,” Fitzgerald said. “I mean, those are all wonderful footnotes at the end of the day. Jim, you know, you’ve been around sports a long time, you play to win. When you’re sitting at home, watching other teams compete for a championship that you so dearly want, it puts a bitter, bitter taste in your mouth.“You’ll know how bad I hate sitting in the box with you.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Larry Fitzgerald isn’t saying he’s retiring after the 2016 season.The Cardinals receiver is also not saying he will not be retiring.Following a 48-41 loss to the New Orleans Saints and a day after he offered a somewhat vague response about whether he will return in 2017, the Arizona star offered a follow-up to Jim Gray on Westwood One Radio.Is Fitzgerald, who is under contract through 2017, contemplating retirement after this year? Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) waves during the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints , Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter InterContinental Bal

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >InterContinental Bali Resort offers a luxury escape with their industry rates from US$100 nett per room per night.Resort Classic Room (USD 100 nett)Singaraja Room (USD 125 nett)Singaraja Duplex Suite (USD 200 nett)Club InterContinental Room (USD 280 nett)Club Duplex Suite (USD 345 nett)The package includes:50% discount on breakfastComplimentary resort activities including introduction to yoga class, water polo, beach volley ball, beachsoccer, jogging with recreation attendance and Balinese cooking class (all the activities are subject to the schedule)Complimentary wi-fi internet access throughout the ResortAccess to Spa Uluwatu and 24-hour Fitness CentreSales and travel period until 23 December 2016. Terms and conditions apply.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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September 29 2008 from Human Nature webs

first_imgSeptember 29, 2008 [from Human Nature web-site] Human Nature has a unique collaborative process. Each member of the group has equal say, forcing us to quickly enter deep water and become completely vulnerable with one another. Each year at Arcosanti we work with a theme that our improvisations revolve around. This year our performance comes during the Dark Moon; therefore it deals with Night and what keeps us from sleep. We travel through the spectrum of human experience from the archaic to the contemporary world. [Photo: sa & text: from Human Nature web-site] This years collaboration “STILL LATE AND AWAKE” was a thoughtful collection of skits with, as always, seamless and passionate performances. The performers this year were Paul Moore, Delisa Myles, Jayne Lee, Francis Martineau, Nathan Montgomery, Will Duncan and Megan Buchanan. Stage Set by Marshall Elliott Lights by Eric Souders Sound by Earl Duque [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

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