first_imgThe Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon will take place this Friday.Now in its 15th year, the Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon is a Beverly Hills tradition. Guests will enjoy an afternoon of fashion and fun, including an exciting silent auction with over 200 designer handbags, donated by top designers and celebrities, as well as an exclusive fashion show from Roberto Cavalli.The event will also feature lunch, a live auction, awards and more. Funds raised will support Lupus LA’s mission to find the causes of and cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to those affected by lupus. Preview the handbags and purchase tickets at event will be hosted by Paula Abdul. Additional attendees include Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick; “Silicon Valley”), Lisa Ann Walter (The Parent Trap; Bruce Almighty), Kearran Giovanni (“Major Crimes”), Kate Von (“Cutthroat Kitchen”) and more to be announced.This year’s Women of Achievement Award Honorees are Cara Dellaverson (Senior Vice President, Drama Development, NBC) and Emily V. Gordon (Writer, Producer, The Big Sick).WHEN: Friday, November 17, 2017Red Carpet & Silent Auction: 11 AM – 12:30 PMLuncheon, Fashion Show, Live Auction, Awards: 12:30 – 2 PMWHERE: The Beverly Hilton, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210last_img read more

first_imgPolice are asking anyone with information to please call Fort Nelson RCMP at (250) 774-2700, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.No further information is available at this time. FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit are investigating the suspicious death of two people south of the Liard Hot Springs.On Monday, July 15, 2019, at approximately 7:19 a.m. Northern Rockies front line officers were called to an area on the highway approximately 20 kilometres south of Liard Hot Springs.Upon attendance, police discovered two adults deceased. Both deaths appeared to be suspicious and Northern Rockies RCMP called for assistance from North District Major Crime Unit.last_img read more

Rabat – Minister of Governance and General Affairs Lahcen Daoudi has finally spoken about what pushed him to submit his resignation request after he joined a sit-in against the major boycott campaign on June 5.In an interview with Al Jazeera, Daoudi said that he decided to resign from the government to reduce the damage to his party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD).He explained his “unplanned” participation in the sit-in in front of Parliament, saying that the sit-in coincided with his arrival in the Parliament for a parliamentary committee meeting. He added that he participated for fear that a crowd of protesters would surround him. The sit-in was organized by employees of Centrale Danone, which has been under boycott by Moroccan consumers since April 20. Danone fired many of its employees due to the effects of the boycott. In his interview, which was published Saturday, Daoudi recognized that he may have made a “hasty decision.”The minister, who angered boycotters, added that his participation was to defend employees rather than Centrale Danone.Since the sit-in last Tuesday, the PJD released a series of statements denouncing Daoudi’s participation in the sit-in. In the first statement released Wednesday night after an extraordinary meeting, the party considered the action “unreasonable” and “inappropriate.”The party has also appreciated Daoudi’s decision to resign from the government.On June 8, the party released another statement, denying it had received a resignation request from Daoudi.The statement notes that it learned about his intention to resign and “hailed his courageous decision,” but never received his resignation request.Since the launch of the boycott on April 20, Daoudi has angered boycotters by defending Centrale Danone and the national economy. In May, Daoudi said that the boycott is going on for “no reason.”King Mohammed VI has not yet approved Daoudi’s resignation request, as required by the Moroccan constitution.Subsequently, Daoudi participated in the Government Council of Thursday, June 7. read more

4 April 2011The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of a young Iraqi journalist, stressing that the attack must not go unpunished. The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the killing of a young Iraqi journalist, stressing that the attack must not go unpunished. Sabah al-Bazee was a 30-year-old freelance journalist who worked for several media outlets, including Reuters and CNN. He was among 20 people killed on 29 March when gunmen attacked the provincial government building in the city of Tikrit. “The vicious attack that took his life, and many others as well, is an attack against the whole of Iraqi society and must not go unpunished,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a news release. “Free and independent information, the basis of open informed debate, is essential for the reconstruction of Iraq where all too many journalists have been paying with their lives to keep civil society at home and abroad informed,” she added.“I encourage the authorities in Iraq to do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice.”Mr. al-Bazee’s death follows the murder of another Iraqi freelance reporter in February. Hilal al-Ahmadi, who was well known for his articles on corruption in the country, was shot as he headed to work in the northern city of Mosul. read more

The Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara, James A. Baker III, will meet with representatives of the Polisario Front and the Governments of Algeria and Mauritania in Pinedale, Wyoming, from 27 to 29 August. The encounter was organized by Mr. Baker pursuant to the provisions of Security Council Resolution 1359, the spokesman said.That resolution backed a proposal by the Secretary-General to invite the parties to meet directly or through proximity talks under the auspices of his Personal Envoy to discuss a proposed draft Framework Agreement on the Status of Western Sahara. The Council emphasized that “engaging in these negotiations, the parties will not prejudice their final positions.”The parties were also encouraged “to negotiate any specific changes they would like to see in this proposal, as well as to discuss any other proposal for a political solution, which may be put forward by the parties, to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement.” read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Postmedia Network Inc. has struck a deal to sell a printing plant in Toronto to Rice Group, a commercial and industrial developer, for $30.475 million that will be used to help pay down debt.The media company (TSX:PNC.A, TSX:PNC.B) acquired the facility in west Toronto as part of its agreement to buy Sun Media’s English-language properties in 2015.The transaction is expected to close by Aug. 30.Postmedia says it will enter into a lease for part of the property for up to 10 years. Postmedia sells Toronto printing plant for $30.5 million to repay debt read more

first_imgThis new document from the World Bank Group provides information, guidance and tools to support decision-making, planning and implementation of mining local procurement in West Africa, in particular at a country level. It can be used by individual role players as well as form the basis of consultative processes. The guide can also support regional harmonisation relating to mining local procurement.This 2015 version of the Practical Guide to Mining Local Procurement in West Africa addresses questions that are commonly asked by governments, companies, and citizens in the region. How do we define and measure local procurement? Do we create a specific policy or legislation to encourage mining companies to buy more locally? If so, what do these look like, and what has led to successful outcomes in other countries? Do we pick winner productive sectors? How do we best support suppliers to develop the right capacities and standards to meet mine requirements? What institutional framework and which actors need to be involved to deliver? Rather than laying the main responsibility for increasing domestic sourcing on the mining sector, this Guide aims at promoting a multi-stakeholder approach, in which all actors have clear roles and responsibilities. This guide has been organised into eight modules that each address a set of related questions that have been consistently raised by role players.last_img read more

first_imgA NUMBER OF Irish pro-choice activists will gather outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin this afternoon to protest against Spain’s plans to change its abortion laws.Since 2010, any woman can decide to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy in Spain.However, the proposals would roll back those changes.The Spanish government has published draft legislation which would limit access to terminations for pregnant women. The new rules would only permit abortions in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is at serious risk. Terminations would not be allowed in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.“Should the legislation be passed, Spain would then hold one of the most restrictive abortion regimes in Europe, only marginally more progressive than the Irish system,” said Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Gráinne Griffin.“This proposed change will force people to travel abroad for abortion, as every year thousands currently do in Ireland,” she continued.“We do not believe that people in Spain should be forced to live like we do in Ireland.”The group is organising the picket of the embassy between 2pm and 3pm this afternoon to coincide with protests by pro-choice and feminist organisations across Spain.Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have turned out to demonstrations against the government’s plans. Rulers have suggested that they will modify the draft law following the protests.Last weekend, topless women threw underwear at the archbishop of Madrid as he arrived at a church. They hurled the red-stained knickers at the cardinal, as they believe he is one of the forces behind Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s reforms.ARC says the “struggle for access to reproductive health rights and bodily integrity is an international one” and has called on Irish people to demonstrate in a show of solidarity and support for Spanish women.It has also written an open letter which claims that “legislative restrictions on abortion will never lower the abortion rate”.“We do not believe that  people with unwanted pregnancies in any country should be sent abroad to have terminations alone and in secret. We believe that nobody should go back to living in a society like ours.“It is clear that in Spain, as in Ireland, access to abortion needs to be removed from the sphere of politics and provided for as a basic reproductive health right.”The ruling party in Spain, the Popular Party, has been divided over the issue and calls for a free vote when the bill comes to parliament have been made.Read: US abortion rate at lowest since 1973More: Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’last_img read more

first_imgHeide Ward Councillor Michelle Kleinert has been elected mayor and Koonung Ward councillor, while Mike Zafiropoulos AM is the new deputy mayor for 2016-17. The appointing took place at a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday 8 November.Zafiropoulos and Kleinert thanked the residents of Heide Ward for electing them and promised to continue their efforts to represent the community with all their energy, looking forward to developing a cohesive team environment and a smooth working relationship between councillors, officers and the city.Mike Zafiropoulos came to Australia as an 18-year-old computer science student in 1967. He has served as general manager of SBS, chair of Channel 31, president of Fronditha Care and is the architect of Speak Greek in March as well as a lifetime Australia Day Ambassador.“Being an Australian means that you belong to a family. It’s a sharing experience, it’s an experience of pride and loyalty, it’s an experience of pride that you’re a member of the nation,” he has said in a previous interview with Neos Kosmos, and according to those values he plans to serve Manningham community. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Wrestleview Post-RAW #24: Newsworthy episode on the road to WrestleMania 35 RAW Highlights: Brock destroys Rollins, Becky challenges Ronda, Jarrett and Road Dogg Google+ WhatsApp NFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play? Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WWE RAW Ratings: Viewers see increase after Royal Rumble, WWE wins night on cable Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next This week’s 1/28 WWE Smackdown on USA drew a 1.87 cable rating with 2.72 million viewers. This is the same rating the show drew last week with 2.75 million viewers.As reported earlier, Smackdown drew a 0.87 rating among adults 18-49 on Thursday night.Source:, Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNFL Week 2 Preview With Mike Lombardi, Will Antonio Brown Play?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 3:34/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 36.65%0:04Remaining Time -3:31 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Roman Reigns is in Remission Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Ben Roethlisberger Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need Itlast_img read more

first_imgKukatpally: Jubilant students of the JNTU here celebrated the scrapping of Articles 370 and 35(A) by the Centre on Monday by distributing sweets. A festive atmosphere prevailed on the university campus premises. Speaking to The Hans India, some students said that following the changes made, Jammu & Kashmir would develop along with other States in India. They expressed the hope and confidence that the Indian tricolor flag would be hoisted without any fear now in the State, where trouble-makers hoist the Pakistan flag during agitations. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us The students thanked Union Home Minister Amit Shah and President Ramnath Kovind for issuing orders ushering in changes in the border State. They asserted that the changes would firmly send a message that we are one and that there was no scope for ‘do vidhan’, ‘do pradhan’. “J&K is an integral part of the country and would remain so,” they added. The students also thanked the Centre for making clear that such slogans would not be tolerated. Among those who participated in the celebrations were Chintakunta Saikumar, K Akhil, Jessica, Santosh, Soniha,Omith, Shiva, Naresh. They reiterated their resolve to be in service of ‘Bharatmata’.last_img read more

first_imgMahesh Babu in Sarileru NeekevvaruTwitterThe makers of Anil Ravipudi’s Sarileru Neekevvaru have plans to release its first look poster on August 9, which happens to be the birthday of superstar Mahesh Babu, who will turn 44.After the success of Maharshi, Mahesh Babu has started shooting for his upcoming movie Sarileru Neekevvaru, which is scheduled for Sankranti release in 2020. All his fans are eagerly looking forward to seeing the first look of the actor in the film, which happens to be the superstar’s 26th movie.The latest we hear is that the team of Sarileru Neekevvaru is currently shooting a hilarious train episode in a specially erected set in Hyderabad. The makers have planned to unveil Mahesh Babu’s first look on August 9 and it will be a treat for his fans on his 44th birthday. They are expected to make an official announcement about it soon.Written and directed by Anil Ravipudi, Sarileru Neekevvaru is an action film and Mahesh Babu will be seen playing an Indian Army Major. The makers have teased all the fans by releasing a couple of on-location stills. After wrapping up its Kashmir schedule, Anil Sunkara tweeted a photo featuring Mahesh in army getup.Anil Sunkara tweeted, “One of the memorable and best schedules is wrapped today. Kudos to our entire team who worked all through to begin this unmatchable journey. Our superstar will be seen in arole which we will love laugh and remember for a long time.@AnilRavipudi is our captain coolest. Bye Kashmir.” Mahesh Babu in Sarileru NeekevvaruTwitterOn August 3, Anil Sunkara tweeted on-location still featuring Mahesh Babu standing at the door of a train and wrote, “Laughter Express started moving in express speed towards Sankranthi. Our super star will make the screens vibrant with @AnilRavipudi, our laughter captian. grt ready for a super sankranthi 2020.”Anil Ravipudi shared the same photo and revealed that the team of Sarileru Nekkevvaru is shooting a train scene in its second schedule. The director tweeted, “Second schedule progressing in full swing. A hilarious train ride awaits you in theaters this Sankranthi. Get ready to be entertained by Super Star @urstrulymahesh garu… #SarileruNekkevvaru.”last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most epic works of art produced by Renaissance artists were inspired by episodes and characters from the Bible. Although many of these artistic renderings remain true to what is written in the Bible, claims have been made about all sorts of hidden messages in various paintings.There is a brain in ‘The Creation of Adam’One of the most iconic works of Michelangelo is ‘The Creation of Adam,’ one the panel images featured on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.The great Florentine artist spent four years working on the Vatican chapel’s ceiling, adding the final touches in early November 1512.That would have been enough time to think of what other images he could embed in the paintings there.Creation of AdamIt is traditionally thought that his Creation of Adam recalls the Biblical episode in which God breathes life into Adam. But a human brain cleverly hidden in the picture adds an extra dimension to interpretations of his work.The brain is concealed in the image of God and went unnoticed until 1990 when American physician Frank Meshberger described his realization in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He saw a splendid illustration of the brain’s anatomy.God with the “brain cloud” around HimOn closer inspection, the Sylvian fissure that separates the brain’s frontal lobe from both the parietal and temporal lobes can be recognized. “It is represented by a bunching up of the cape by one of the angels and by a fold in God’s tunic,” writes Psychology Today.Different areas of the brain are represented by those otherworldly, divine figures surrounding God, altogether composing an entirely brain-looking realm of the panel picture indeed.AdamMore difficult to answer is whether Michelangelo truly knew the human brain in such great detail. He may have worked on real human corpses to explore anatomy, but did he really get the chance to ponder on the brain constituents such as the cerebellum or the pituitary gland?A thorough knowledge of the brain areas was not commonly known to scientists until bit later than the Renaissance. If Michelangelo truly had an accurate understanding of the brain’s composition, he accurately showed it off with the language of art.The handsOr maybe the similarities between features in The Creation of Adam and pictures in a modern anatomical textbook are entirely a work of chance.One may keep wondering: is the artist perhaps hinting that God is merely an invention of the human mind?There is more than one brain in the Sistine ChapelAmong the last pieces which Michelangelo did for the Sistine Chapel project was his take on ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness.’Michelangelo normally portrayed bodies to perfection, however, in this panel God appears to wear an anatomical anomaly around his neck.Four ignudi and two shields or medallions surround the image of God in the Separation of Light from DarknessIt has been proposed that Michelangelo added a concealed image of a brain stem, with both eyes and the optic nerve.The detail can be spotted by superimposing the original Michelangelo with an image of the human brain photographed from below.Sistine Chapel, fresco MichelangeloThe idea is that the two images show how Michelangelo’s anatomical oddity on God looks the same as the image of the brain.The robe that God is wearing is also found to have a strange roll that could further represent the human spinal cord, according to Scientific American.Suk and Tamargo proposed that there are three concealed neuroanatomical images in the Separation of Light from Darkness, the first panel in the Genesis series. photo by Nus1937 CC BY-SA 3.0So, what could possibly be the hidden message here, if Michelangelo ever intended one? Perhaps ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness’ was the artist’s response to the ongoing friction between religion and science that was omnipresent at the time.Flying saucers on 15th-century paintings?Another painting, called ‘Madonna with Saint Giovannino’ and attributed to another Florentine, Domenico Ghirlandaio, might reveal nothing unusual at first sight.But a closer look at the painting reveals a large speck looming in the sky, to the left of the image’s central figure.The painting, which was produced in between 1449 and 1494, today is said to lure crowds to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, precisely to see this weird speck.Madonna with St. GiovanninoFor conspiracy theorists, it’s more than a speck. It reminds them of a flying saucer. And there is more: a man in the background seems to be observing the mysterious-looking object that emits radiant rays of light. A dog next to him is apparently hostile to the intruder.Close-up of the alleged “UFO”. Source: YouTubeThe Madonna’s posture is also “purposefully” turning her back to the hovering object, shielding the children from any harm that might come from it.Her halo also seems somewhat obscured, possibly by the UFO.However, the UFO speck may be dismissed as just another stellar object. The Nativity star shines brightly just on the left upper corner of this beautiful painting.Hidden images and harmonious music in ‘The Last Supper’The halo used to designate the status of someone as sacred proves to be problematic in other Renaissance paintings.In fact, in Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper,’ which depicts Jesus having his last meal in the company of the 12 Apostles and just before he is betrayed, there is a total absence of halos.In earlier renderings of this scene from before the 15th century, the halo is present almost everywhere. Da Vinci sort of downplayed the convention of how the Biblical characters should be represented. Perhaps he wanted to show all of them, Jesus included, as mere mortals.Last SupperBut the halo question is not the most intriguing one that revolves around this mural painting that was produced from 1494 to 1494 in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.A more interesting claim is that the painting features a hidden image of a woman holding a child. The Dan-Brown-oriented suggestion was made in 2007 by Italian scholar Slavisa Pesci.The hidden figures show up only when Da Vinci’s painting is superimposed with its mirror image. The two images need to be further adjusted for their translucency so that the figures appear before the spectator.A study for The Last Supper from Leonardo’s notebooks showing nine apostles identified by names written above their headsMany were fast to assert the figure was that of Mary Magdalene, but more acclaimed critics received the news with reserve as they deemed the double-image too blurry to be conclusive.Besides the woman, a goblet also emerges with the help of the mirror image. It appears in front of the portrayal of Jesus and might stand for the blessing of the bread and wine that is laid for the supper. Two of the disciples at the table transform simultaneously into knights.Detail of the “beloved disciple” to Jesus’s right, identified by art historians as the apostle John,[25][26] but speculated in The Da Vinci Code and similar works to actually be Mary Magdalene in disguiseOthers have linked the painting with music, finding harmonies in the way the food is placed on the table and the how the hands of the characters are positioned. Italian musician and computer technician Giovanni Maria Pala has proposed there is an entire 40-second-long composition left in the painting to accompany the scene.Pala has said the composition “sounds like a requiem,” and that it is “like a soundtrack that emphasized the passion of Jesus,” according to Live Science.Musicians are instructed to read the hidden musical signs from right to left and use a pipe organ if they want to hear the best results.Mona Lisa’s eyes are full of letters and numbersDebates regarding the Mona Lisa demonstrate that secretive codes are not limited only to paintings that feature Biblical figures.The most famous of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works has been closely examined for cryptic messages left there on purpose.Mona LisaIn 2010, Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti reported that he saw more than an enigmatic smile when he zoomed in on hi-resolution photographs of the Mona Lisa.Alphabetical symbols and numbers, specifically the letters LV, appear to be embedded in the woman’s right eye, perhaps the initials of Da Vinci’s own name. The symbols contained in the left eye were allegedly more difficult to pin down, but Vinceti spotted either the letters CE or just the letter B.Scrutinizing the background, he found more numbers and letters. These include the number 72, or alternatively L2, and on the back of the painting, the number 149_, with a blurred fourth symbol. One explanation for 149 is that Da Vinci worked on this portrait in Milan during the 1490s, albeit it’s generally agreed the portrait was created between 1503 and 1506.Not everyone is enthusiastic about Vinceti’s efforts, who also wants to exhume the remains of the great painter from his grave in in Amboise, France.Read another story from us: Portrait of the Devil? Hidden Image in Vosper’s Famous Painting “Salem”“The ‘discovery’ of initials in Mona Lisa’s eyes” is just a “crackpot idea,” Stephen Bayley writes in the Telegraph. He also refers to Vinceti as “a rather sensationalist television presenter.”last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it has also left many of us feeling more stressed. We have emails rolling in at all times, phone calls in the car and, thanks to Wi-Fi, we can conduct business almost anytime from anywhere. The workday never seems to end — and that’s not healthy.It may be impossible to unplug your life, so try these five, free apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to help relieve stress: 1. Breathe2Relax: This simple app guides you through a series of deep, controlled breathing exercises that can relieve stress and leave you feeling more energized. Breathe2Relax uses a combination of visual and audio cues to slow your breathing rhythm while soft music plays in the background. The app allows you to adjust the inhale and exhale length, as well as the number of cycles.Available on: iPhone, iPad and Android2. Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite: If your work area is filled with distractions, put on headphones and launch one of the soothing sounds in this app. The Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite app comes with nature sounds such as whale calls, rain and a variety of beach sounds. You can also use the mixer to combine sounds for your own personal soundtrack or the night timer to automatically fade the sounds as you fall asleep.Available on: iPhone and iPadRelated: 7 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Now3. Zen Spaces: If you’re faced with a creative block, try spending a few minutes rearranging your own virtual Zen garden. Free your mind as you rake patterns in the sand and decorate with realistic stones and leaves. The app comes with four soothing background sounds or you can add songs from your iTunes playlist for a more personalized experience.Available on: iPad and Android (Zen Garden Lite)4. Pocket Pond: When you have too much on your mind, take a break and watch colorful fish swim through crystal clear water while soft nature sounds play in the background. The free version of the Pocket Pond app allows you to add additional fish, lilypads and dragonflies to the pond. You can also feed the fish and “touch” the water. There’s even a thunderstorm mode that is both entertaining and invigorating.Available on: iPhone and iPad5. Relax Lite with Andrew Johnson: If you have trouble unwinding at the end of the day, try one of clinical hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson’s guided relaxation apps. Johnson speaks slowly and softly, prompting you to relax one muscle at a time. The free version, Relax Lite, is designed for use while sitting in a chair and runs for 15 minutes.Available on: iPhone, iPad and AndroidRelated: The Secret to Getting It All Done at Work and Still Having a Personal Life Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. min read October 27, 2012 Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgImage: Taylor Hill / getty imagesBy Morgan Sung2019-06-28 00:21:07 UTC 3. “Donny Jives” designs nail clippers[embedded content]4. Make it even thinner[embedded content]5. A Tumblr dedicated to redesigning things like Jony Ives Jony Ive is just too easy to parody. Apple announced the longtime chief design officer’s departure from the company on Thursday. In a statement, the company said Ive will launch his own design firm with Apple as his main client. In the last decade, Ive has been particularly memorable for putting minimalism on a pedestal, explaining designs from the austere confines of a white background, and narrating product releases with his impossibly buttery voice. It only makes sense that this man would be the subject of relentless internet parodies. Here are some of the best parodies of Ive and his work. 1. Here’s what the world would look like if Jony Ive designed it[embedded content]2. “Mediocrity at its best.” [embedded content]center_img 6. An Apple belt?[embedded content]7. Siri as Jony Ive [embedded content]8. Jony Ive’s parody Twitter accountWill Apple’s narrations ever be as smooth without Ive?last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday senators tackled the radioactive question of the nation’s nuclear waste, this time with a new plan to circumvent the hot-potato politics that doomed Yucca Mountain and other proposals. A combination of new legislation that spreads out the nuclear waste burden and perhaps new technology could offer a new way forward.Everyday, the Department of Energy sends $2.2 million to the nation’s electric utilities to store spent nuclear fuel that has nowhere to go. Under a 1982 law, the federal government was supposed to pick up the nuclear industry’s waste and put it in a safe place underground for the next few hundreds of thousands of years (the half-life of some radioactive isotopes). That deadline passed in 1998, and after more than two decades of lawsuits and political delays, there’s still no permanent location to put the nasty stuff. Instead, spent fuel rods are sitting at 95 nuclear plants around the country in either “fuel pools,” where the waste cools down for a few years after the rods finish producing energy, or in special steel-and-concrete casks that sit above ground like nuclear garbage cans.Pretty much everyone—utility industry leaders, environmentalists, nuclear engineers, and local mayors—knows the status quo isn’t working. Nobody wants to invest in an industry that can’t deal with its waste (even if it’s carbon-free); and nobody likes the idea of these nuclear-rod-carrying casks multiplying ad infinitum.The place that the government picked to store all the nuclear waste back in 1987, a repository in Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was canceled in 2009 by the Obama administration. Since then, the project has been in a bureaucratic limbo. The Trump administration moved to take another look at Yucca Mountain and restart the licensing process, but Congress removed funds to do that from last year’s budget. Congress has banned nuclear reprocessing since the Carter administration because of fears that it can be turned into nuclear weapons material. Steven Nesbit, head of nuclear policy for Duke Energy and the American Nuclear Society, which represents nuclear scientists and engineers, says uranium is so cheap and plentiful that it doesn’t make economic sense to reprocess spent fuel.What about new modular reactors that produce less fuel to begin with? Some startups are developing low-temperature, low-pressure reactors that use molten salt rather than water to cool fuel rods. Advocates say they are safer and cheaper but that they need economic incentives and changes in federal regulations to compete with the old-style nukes.Nesbit says these new “next-gen nukes” won’t get off the ground until Congress figures out where to put existing waste. “Used nuclear fuel is being stored safely today and poses no immediate danger to the public,” Nesbit said during the hearing.“However, the lack of progress on a geologic repository has endangered nuclear power’s potential to address our long-term energy and environmental goals,” he added. Developers of advanced reactor developers, Nesbit said, are often asked “What about the waste?” The answer is another order of nuclear casks.Murkowski closed the hearing by voicing the hope that the political, legal, and technological problems can be solved soon. “Our effort will be to defy the skeptics and change the status quo,” she said.Meanwhile, the spent fuel keeps piling up. Each year, more than 2,200 metric tons of waste gets racked and stored in nuclear casks, a collection now approaching 100,000 tons nationwide. No doubt the biggest beneficiaries of this stalemate are the companies that make the nuclear dustbins. Senator Angus King (I–Maine) asked perhaps the most probing question of the two-hour hearing. “What if every state says no?” King said. “Where are we then?”Geoffrey Fettus, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, agreed that the stalemate will continue unless Congress changes the process of who gets to decide. “We have a higher chance of states getting to yes if they don’t have to take the entire burden” of all the nuclear waste, Fettus said. Fettus says the burden and the costs should be shared among states, with perhaps several smaller interim disposal sites in different parts of the country rather than a single facility.West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin wanted to know if the fuel casks could just stay where they are for awhile, and perhaps the fuel could be recycled. France and Japan, for example, reprocess spent fuel to squeeze out more energy. France then converts the twice-used fuel into glass logs that are awaiting a final burial. Despite these obstacles, there’s a glimmer of bipartisan hope on Capitol Hill that this nuclear logjam might be broken, although maybe not at Yucca Mountain.“It is long, long past time to figure this out, and the sooner we find a path the better,” said Senator Lisa Murkowski (R–Alaska) as she opened a hearing on the issue Thursday in the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Murkowski is sponsoring a bill that would both create a new agency in charge of handling nuclear waste and develop a way for local consent to become part of the decision-making process, although insulated from pressure by members of Congress. That means that the local residents living near a selected site—either temporary or permanent—would get some say in the matter, although perhaps not a veto.At the hearing, experts testified that without some kind of storage facility, the nuclear industry will continue its slow decline. Nearly all of the nation’s plants were built in the early 1970s. Five are scheduled to shut down by 2025. Plans for two new nuclear reactors in South Carolina got scrapped in 2017 after contractors ran over budget and locals were forced to spend $9 billion to dig a hole in the ground and then fill it back up. A new plant under construction in Georgia has been tied up in contractor fights and court battles.Everett Collection Historical / Alamy Stock PhotoMurkowski’s bill would set up a new agency outside of Congress to pick a place for a new temporary nuclear waste site to take the spent fuel right away (well, within 10 years). The big holdup is “consent.” While some local communities or native tribes might want the money or jobs that go along with hosting a nuclear waste site, state politicians have blocked such attempts in Nevada, Utah, and Tennessee. More Great WIRED StoriesFear, misinformation, and measles spread in BrooklynHow nine people built an illegal $5 million Airbnb empireInside the room where they control the weather satellitesGoogle Photos hacks to tame your picture overloadIt’s time to switch to a privacy browser🏃🏽‍♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? 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first_imgYesterday, at Devoxx Belgium, Amazon announced the preview of Amazon Corretto which is a free distribution of OpenJDK that offers Long term support. With Corretto, users can develop and run Java applications on popular operating systems. The team further mentioned that Corretto is multiplatform and production ready with long-term support that will include performance enhancements and security fixes. They also have plans to make Coretto the default OpenJDK on Amazon Linux 2 in 2019. The preview currently supports Amazon Linux, Windows, macOS, and Docker, with additional support planned for general availability. Corretto is run internally by Amazon on thousands of production services. It is certified as compatible with the Java SE standard. Features and benefits of Corretto Amazon Corretto lets a user run the same environment in the cloud, on premises, and on their local machine. During Preview, Corretto will allow users to develop and run Java applications on popular operating systems like Amazon Linux 2, Windows, and macOS. 2. Users can upgrade versions only when they feel the need to do so. 3. Since it is certified to meet the Java SE standard, Coretto can be used as a drop-in replacement for many Java SE distributions. 4. Corretto is available free of cost and there are no additional paid features or restrictions. 5. Coretto is backed by Amazon and the patches and improvements in Corretto enable Amazon to address high-scale, real-world service concerns. Coretto can meet heavy performance and scalability demands. 6. Customers will obtain long-term support, with quarterly updates including bug fixes and security patches. AWS will provide urgent fixes to customers outside of the quarterly schedule. At Hacker news, users are talking about how the product’s documentation could be formulated in a better way. Some users feel that the “Amazon’s JVM is quite complex”. Users are also talking about Oracle offering the same service at a price. One user has pointed out the differences between Oracle’s service and Amazon’s service. The most notable feature of this release apparently happens to be the LTS offered by Amazon. Head over to Amazon’s blog to read more about this release. You can also find the source code for Corretto at Github. Read Next Amazon tried to sell its facial recognition technology to ICE in June, emails reveal Amazon addresses employees dissent regarding the company’s law enforcement policies at an all-staff meeting, in a first Amazon splits HQ2 between New York and Washington, D.C. after a making 200+ states compete over a year; public sentiments largely negativelast_img read more

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica high court admits challenge to IVF decree Costa Rica’s IVF ban: Why does Supreme Court have jurisdiction over president’s recent decree? Costa Rica government says it will reinstate in vitro fertilization within 6 months Costa Rica’s Solís considers reinstating IVF by executive decree Costa Rica’s government submitted an official report Thursday evening to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) about its progress in legalizing in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures.The San José-based regional court sent two separate requests on Sept. 25 and Oct. 9 asking the government to explain, by Oct. 15, its advances in terms of reinstating IVF and drafting legislation to regulate it. IVF was banned in Costa Rica in 2000.In its response, the government highlighted President Luis Guillermo Solís’ signing last month of an executive decree to legalize IVF, saying the action constitutes compliance with the court’s orders. The government also told the court that both the Social Security System, or Caja, and the Public Health Ministry are working on outlining technical procedures for reinstating IVF.The 17-page document also explains that Caja experts have been providing psychological treatment to couples who have been unable to conceive and unable to try IVF because of the ban. It also lists other government actions such as training courses on sexual and reproductive rights for Judicial Branch officials, as requested by the IACHR.The response also describes the recent setback in legalizing the fertility procedure because of a challenge filed by a group of lawmakers before the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV.The lawmakers are challenging the constitutionality of Solís’ decree, meaning it is temporarily suspended pending the constitutional court’s ruling. The government document released Thursday explains all possible legal scenarios for a ruling, including the annulment of the decree.Huberth May, a lawyer for several of the couples who filed the initial complaint about Costa Rica’s IVF ban before the IACHR, said he firmly believes Solis’ legalization decree is constitutional and consistent with the American Convention on Human Rights, “a superior-ranking body that is even above the Constitution.”The lawyer also thinks the country will be forced to comply with the Inter-American Court’s ruling “despite the opposition of Sala IV and of ultraconservative groups who have tried to tarnish the human right to procreation.”IACHR’s next ordinary session is scheduled for November. There’s no deadline to issue a ruling on the Costa Rican government’s report.Plaintiff couples in the Inter-American Court case are hoping for an expedited ruling, considering the justices’ quick response in requesting an official explanation for the Sala IV’s action suspending the decree, May said.Sala IV banned IVF in 2000 arguing that the procedure violates the fundamental right to life. Costa Rica is the only country in the Western Hemisphere to ban the fertility procedure. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered the country to remove the ban in 2012 and make IVF available. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgIrish sports data, biomarker and athlete performance company Orreco has signed a multi-year exclusive agreement with the USA’s National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to provide the association with its cutting-edge bio-analytical services.Orreco will immediately commence work as the NBPA’s official bio-analytics provider.Under the new partnership, Galway-based Orreco, a global leader in bio-analytics, will provide expert consultancy to the NBPA, the union for current professional basketball players in the USA’s National Basketball Association (NBA).The consultancy service will focus on athlete blood testing to support and accelerate the recovery of basketball players in order to optimize their performance and health. The goal is to keep more players on the court throughout the season by reducing the number of games lost due to illness.Commenting Michele Roberts, Executive Director of the NBPA said: “We are thrilled to partner Orreco and give our players access to their knowledge and expertise in sports performance science. Our members go to great lengths to take care of their bodies and this partnership will provide them yet another tool to help maintain their health and perform at the highest level.”Orreco, which counts leading NBA teams the Dallas Mavericks and the Atlanta Hawks, as well as English Premier League side Newcastle United FC and elite sports organisations such as USA Swimming and Red Bull High Performance as part of its client base, uses unparalleled science-driven solutions to optimize player performance and reduce the number of playing days lost to illness.Orreco’s female athlete consultancy team also recently worked with the US Women’s World Cup-winning soccer team, specifically around the effects of the menstrual cycle on performance.Dr Brian Moore, CEO of Orreco, said: “At Orreco, we work with some of the best athletes on the planet, deploying our cutting-edge machine learning capabilities to help answer complex performance questions. We are always looking for progressive, forward-thinking partners and we have certainly found that with the leadership and performance team at the NBPA. We are incredibly excited about this partnership and look forward to bringing Orreco’s collective world-class expertise to bear to help NBA athletes optimize performance, accelerate their recovery and reduce the number of days lost to illness.”In addition, under the partnership, Orreco scientists and performance experts will work with NBPA Performance staff to deliver educational workshops at the NBPA medical symposium.Joe Rogowski, NBPA Director of Sports Medicine and Research said: “This partnership is a natural fit, given that many of our players are already utilizing Orreco for their world-class resources. We now look forward to providing all of our members with access to Orreco’s cutting-edge science so that they can better educate themselves on their biochemistry, a goal that we are deeply passionate about. Orreco will give our members the information and biofeedback they need to stay healthy and on the court.”Earlier this month, Orreco announced a multi-year exclusive agreement with one of the USA’s leading NBA basketball teams – the Atlanta Hawks – and has already started providing bio-analytical services to the team.last_img read more

first_imgA team without people who complain is a dead team. Complaining is a sign of life if people are willing to rock the boat and risk reopening the difficult issues others want to believe have been put to bed (but in truth haven’t been). Some of those who complain may be the people on your team who are invested in the team being better than it is – although there are always some who are just bad apples.When no-one’s complaining, when your team is one of unworldly positivity and harmony, be afraid, be very afraid.Megan Reitz is Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Hult Ashridge International Business School. John Higgins is a research fellow at Gameshift, a coach and consultant. They are authors of Speak Up: Say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard, (Pearson, £14.99).Author Bios:Megan Reitz is Professor of Leadership and Dialogue at Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School. She speaks, researches and consults to help organisations develop more open, mutual and creative dialogue. She is the co-author of Speak Up (2019). Follow her on Twitter @MeganReitz1Speak UP, complain, Irish Tech NewsJohn Higgins is an independent researcher, coach, consultant and author. He has published widely with the Ashridge Executive Masters and Doctorate in Organizational Change, most recently with The Change Doctors: Re-Imagining Organizational Practice (Libri, 2014) and is co-author of Speak Up (2019).More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Home By Professor Megan Reitz and John Higgins (July 2019)Nobody likes a whinger, someone who endlessly rocks the boat and never opens their mouth except to say something negative. Or someone who persistently comes up with problems (and no solutions) or who, when they say “Can I just say…”, derails the meeting and makes it go on for ever.As a team leader you probably have some rules of thumb about what you want from your team. Being positive and having a ‘can-do attitude’ are probably a couple of them.But what happens when you use your power and authority (and as a leader you have it, however “flat” everybody claims the organisation is these days) to shut down the complainers? When you roll your eyes or close up the conversation before the negative voices have a chance to speak out? What happens when only the positive gets talked about?You create a fantasy world. When all that can be spoken of is couched in the positive, real difficulties, doubts and misunderstandings get hidden. People lose the ability to be honest with each other. If you go too far in silencing complaints, avoiding issues that don’t have obvious solutions or shushing people who have the courage to tell it like it is, you can wind-up infantilising people into the attitudes of compliant kids. Your team starts to play by the ‘rules of the game’ – and create a ‘fake believe’ culture that on the surface looks rosy, but underneath is far from it. If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at or on Twitter: @SimonCocking It pays to encourage your team to complain You create a vipers’ nest of bad feeling. Just because complainers get silenced, formally or informally, doesn’t take their feelings away. When complaining gets outlawed, then it turns really negative – into bitching, moaning and whining – the bad BMW of a team.center_img Make sure the unpopular voice gets heard – and take responsibility for making sure it’s heard well. Coach and support the person to land their ideas so they are seen as constructive rather than destructive. Don’t get seduced into scapegoating the naysayer, because as the team leader you’re the one that sets the tone. Use your power as a force for good in the team, don’t pretend you don’t have itCreate time and space for REAL debate to happen – use your authority to become the naysayer if the conversation lacks opposition, or authorise others to play the role of the devil’s advocate. Notice how over-packed agendas and the need to be busy creates superficial focus and consensusSee the positive of a complaining culture – people who complain can still be committed to the team; they may still care. They may well be the ones who give a damn and aren’t willing to become actors playing a role, going through the motions. What then can you do as a team leader to create a culture of healthy complaint within your team so you can tap into a source of useful energy? You cut yourself off from important insights and energy. For a conversation to have legs you need to have naysayers, people who will oppose the views of the majority (or the opinion formers of the group). Complainers can bring with them the power of opposition, be the critical voice which forces ideas to be tested in the fire, to be made more robust. In all walks of life most of the really bad ideas that get implemented are the ones that started off life as being seen as unquestionably good. Complainers, when coming from a place of good intent, are healthy brakes for a team’s groupthink, they’re the ones that have the potential for making sure there’s less haste and more speed.last_img read more