Visage battled eating disorder for 20 years

first_imgLondon: Singer Michelle Visage has revealed that she battled an eating disorder for two decades. In her book ‘Michelle Visage: The Diva Rules’, the ‘True love’ hitmaker opened about the disorder and how she dealt with it, reports mirror.co.uk. “Dinnertime suddenly involved about two trips to the loo. I couldn’t handle puking – bulimia in the traditional way wasn’t for me. I thought that by taking laxatives the calories would be flushed out.” “I was relying on my body for happiness. Your body is not your happiness. Even if you lose those last pounds, all the things in life that suck will suck after you do.”last_img read more

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Huawei to continue to work with consumers even if banned in Canada

TORONTO — Huawei Technologies Inc. says it will continue to work with consumers and telecommunications partners including if Canada bans its 5G technology from the country, and won’t pull out of its investments in Canadian research or universities.Speaking at a media roundtable in Toronto, Huawei’s board chairman Liang Hua says he hopes an impending decision from the Canadian government on a possible ban of the Chinese company’s technology will be based on its technology.Huawei has faced intense scrutiny since December, when authorities in Vancouver arrested chief financial office Meng Wanzhou at the behest of the United States.Through an interpreter, Hua acknowledged that the relationship between Canada and China has been less than ideal as of late, but he doesn’t believe the challenges Huawei has faced have negatively affected the company’s reputation because he has seen them as free advertising for Huawei.He says he believes Meng is innocent and hopes she can be freed through the Canadian justice system.Hua says regardless of the outcome of Meng’s case and a potential ban, the company will keep pouring money into research and development in Canada and will remain committed to bringing 200 new jobs to the country this year.The Canadian Press read more

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Moon rock to be prize exhibit at UN exhibition in Vienna

The golf ball-sized rock, loaned by the United States of America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will serve as the centrepiece of an exhibition on outer space in the Vienna International Centre, organized to run parallel to the meeting of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, which runs through Friday. It was presented today to the Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna, Antonio Maria Costa, by US Ambassador Kenneth C. Brill.The rock is made of lunar highland breccia, formed by meteors and comets hitting the Moon. Estimated to be 3.9 billion years old, the fragment is older than most rocks on the Earth’s surface. Lunar rocks are used to provide scientists with valuable information on the formation of the planets and the sun. The UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, which is hosting the exhibit, is responsible for promoting international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, and promotes the development and codification of international space law. There are currently five UN treaties governing outer space. read more

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Music for Miners to benefit Blackjewel miners families

Another benefit concert is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 at the same time.Tickets are $15. Proceeds will benefit Blackjewel miners and their families. Two benefit concerts are scheduled in Pineville. PINEVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bell County Tourism in partnership with Main Street Pineville are hosting two-weekend benefits for miners and their families affected by the Blackjewel Mining situation.Two benefit concerts are scheduled in Pineville. On Friday, Aug. 16 the public is invited to Bell Theatre for the first Music for Miners event from 6-10 p.m.- Advertisement – read more

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CPI Price of alcohol tobacco and education up cost of shoes down

first_imgTHE LATEST CONSUMER Price Index from the Central Statistics Office has shown that consumer prices in April were up by 0.5 per cent when compared to the same month last year. But consumer prices last months did not change when compared with March.The most notable changes in the year were increases in alcohol and tobacco, which jumped 5.3 per cent. Education was also up by 4.8 per cent, while miscellaneous goods and services were up by 2.5 per cent.Communications decreased by 4.6 per cent; furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance were down by 3.4 per cent and clothing and footwear decreased by 1.8 per cent.The most significant monthly price changes were increases in miscellaneous goods and services, which were up by 1.2 per cent. This was put down mainly to increases in health insurance premiums.Higher prices for a wide range of food items was put down as the main reason for the increase of 0.5 per cent of food and non-alcoholic beverages, while decreases in transport by 0.8 per cent was attributed to falling airfares.Read: TD calls on supermarkets to freeze prices of 19 basic products> More: CPI shows inflation rose by 1.2% in December>last_img read more

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EXCLUSIVE Jadu gains living wage accreditation

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Technology and creative services organisation Jadu has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.The Leicester-based organisation has committed to paying its 80 permanent employees, as well as any third-party contractors, at least the voluntary living wage rate of £8.75 an hour.Jadu decided to implement the living wage for its staff to set a best practice example as an employer and to align with its organisational values. These include pledges to conduct honest business, never over-promise, deliver high quality software, design with standards, semantics and with end users in mind, service customer needs before Jadu’s own to make better customers, generate wealth and create mutual trust and respect.The organisation formally received its accreditation on 30 August 2018.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage rate, which is updated annually, on a voluntary basis. The living wage is currently set at £8.75 an hour for employees working across the UK and at £10.20 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national living wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national living wage rate is currently set at £7.83 an hour.Suraj Kika, chief executive officer and founder at Jadu, said: “We really believe in equality and ensuring our people are taken care of as much as is within our means. It’s the right thing to do and it’s good for business.“Not only do positive work conditions help attract and retain staff, but being accredited as a living wage employer is seen as a positive by others, in the same way that we now look for it in our suppliers. We want to set the example and also live up to our values as [an organisation].”last_img read more

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Public Testimony Heard On Proposed Red Flag Gun Bill

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The House Judiciary Committee heard public testimony on the proposed bill which, if passed, “would allow law enforcement to temporarily take guns away from those deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.” Students across the nation walked out of classrooms today to mark one month since the school shooting at a Florida high school that  fueled a student movement demanding stricter gun laws. Bill sponsor Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, said she tried to help her own brother before he killed himself: “When we read about some of these stories, we know that family members have in fact been looking for something to do and wanting something or a tool to use.” Other states have attempted to pass or are considering similar bills, known nationally as “red flag” legislation. On Monday, March 12, roughly 25 Alaskans testified, with 20 supporting the bill. The other five were against it. This was the second public hearing held on the bill. Mike Alexander from the Mat-Su area: “There are more people probably killed with a hammer last year than there ever has been in with a gun in domestic violence.”center_img Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Claman noted the bill will remain in Committee and public comment period will remain open until further notice. House Bill 75 reads: “An Act relating to gun violence protective orders; relating to the crime of violating a protective order; relating to a central registry for protective orders; relating to the powers of district judges and magistrates; requiring physicians, psychologists, psychological associates, social workers, marital and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors to report annually threats of gun violence.” Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-PC-on-gun-bill.mp3VmJennifer-on-PC-on-gun-bill.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Wormhole travel could be real but would also be really slow

first_img Sci-Tech “From the outside perspective, travel through the wormhole is equivalent to quantum teleportation using entangled black holes,” Jafferis said. “I think [this new research] will teach us deep things about the gauge/gravity correspondence, quantum gravity, and even perhaps a new way to formulate quantum mechanics.”It’s been a big week for black holes. We humans finally saw one with our own eyes: Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration revealed the first direct image of a black hole last Wednesday. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice This is what happens when you fall into a black hole (pictures) How black holes swallow light, warp space-time and blow… 2 18 Photos A model of a black hole.  QAI Publishing The first Avengers flick hit its dramatic peak when an alien army descended upon New York via a wormhole in the sky. New research shows part of this is theoretically possible. (Hint: It’s not the alien army part.)Wormholes, a shortcut from one area of spacetime to another, can really exist, according to a new study from Daniel Jafferis and Ping Gao from Harvard University and Aron Wall from Stanford University. The catch? Real-life wormholes wouldn’t really be an instant transportation situation.”It takes longer to get through these wormholes than to go directly,” Jafferis said, “so they are not very useful for space travel.”The discovery, presented by Jafferis on Saturday at the 2019 American Physical Society April Meeting in Denver, is really more about quantum mechanics than intergalactic travel. His theory states that two black holes connected at a quantum level can act as a wormhole through which light can travel. This means that light and information can be retrieved from a black hole. Comments Tags 6:32 Travellast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday July 21 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRain dampening McHugh Fire, officials say prospects are goodAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageLight rain in Anchorage this morning is helping stop the spread of the nearly 850 acre McHugh Fire. Crews are able to get close to the blaze and start building a fireline near the Seward Highway. The fire is considered five percent contained.Walker vetoes bills allowing lawmakers on gas pipeline board, insurers to use credit scoresAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker vetoed two bills this week that would have allowed legislators to serve on the board overseeing gas pipeline development, and insurers to use credit scores to adjust rates.Gusto levels vary as Alaskans embrace TrumpLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – ClevelandThe Republican Convention ends tonight in Cleveland with a big speech by the party’s presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Alaska, of course, favored Cruz in the GOP vote in March. Are Alaska delegates now lining up behind their nominee? Yes. Mostly.B.C. mine officials announce new changes to mining codeLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauTwo years after one of the worst mine disasters in Canada’s history, mine officials in British Columbia are rolling out new mining codes.Wrangell’s water shortage causes borough to declare local disasterAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellWrangell is in a water crisis. Between two fish processors and the public, demand is exceeding the water treatment system’s ability to produce clean water. The assembly and borough manager declared a local emergency disaster Tuesday and are asking the public to cut water consumption 30 to 50 percent.Southeast’s Columbia ferry stalls in PetersburgAbbey Collins, KFSK – PetersburgOne of Southeast Alaska’s ferries stalled near Petersburg on Wednesday.ADN owner responds to $1 million dollar lawsuitZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe owner of the Alaska Dispatch News has submitted a response to a $1 million lawsuit filed against her.A closer look at the ship bringing high-speed internet to Western AlaskaLaura Kraegel, KUCB – UnalaskaWestern Alaska just got one step closer to high-speed internet.Researchers study webcams to look at human connection with bearsHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamIt’s peak bear season at Katmai National Park. That means visitors to Brooks Camp are waiting their turn to get on crowded viewing platforms, while this season over 10 million viewers have watched the action via web-cam.last_img read more

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Gold silver prices rise sharply over domestic buying global uncertainty

first_imgA goldsmith works on a gold bangle at a workshop in Kolkata January 16, 2013.Reuters fileBrisk domestic buying for wedding season and global headwinds such as Brexit, Chinese currency worries and uncertainty over US president-elect Donal Trump’s trade and economic policies lifted gold and silver prices on Tuesday. The two metals have gained almost 5 percent since January 1.Gold gained Rs 150 to close at Rs 29,650 per 10 gm; based on its December 31, 2016 closing of Rs 28,300 per 10 gm, the metal has gained 4.77 percent.Silver ended Rs 100 higher at Rs 41,400 per kg on Tuesday, translating into a gain of 5.34 percent based on its December 31 closing of Rs 39,300 per kg.Read: Gold, silver outlook for 2017 is bleak, says Angel Broking”Gold is going to do very well in the first half of the year due to Brexit concerns, Chinese currency pressure and uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s policies,” Reuters quoted Richard Xu, fund manager at China’s biggest gold exchange-traded fund, HuaAn Gold, as saying.Gold is also enjoying from what many political analysts call “TINA” (there is no alternative) factor. “Stock valuations are pretty high and bonds are not going to perform much better than what they are doing now. There are very few alternatives for liquidity to go to and gold prices will find some support,” Xu told the agency.Benchmark stock market indices closed with minor losses on Tuesday. The BSE Sensex ended 52 points lower at 27,235 while the NSE Nifty shed 15 points to close at 8,398.The weak GDP growth projection for FY2017 weighed in on market participants, according to an analyst.”Market had started off with a positive sentiment supported by consensus over the roll out of GST, but this trend could not be continued as the investors mulled over 100bps cut in GDP by IMF to 6.6% in FY17. Weak opening in European market ahead of UK prime minister’s speech regarding to BREXIT has added pressure to the market,” Vinod Nair, Head of Research, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a note.However, the progress made in the GST Council meeting was cheered by buoyancy in logistics stocks, brokerage Dynamic Levels said. Snowman Logistics, Patel Integrated, GATI and AllCargo were gainers, according to the firm.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net buyers of Indian stocks worth Rs 142 crore on Tuesday, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Nifty remains confined within the ‘Bearish Marubozu’ range with resistance held firm around 8450, Motilal Oswal Securities said in its note.last_img read more

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Titan PC Jeweller Gitanjali TBZ glitter on BSE over 3 GST rate

first_imgA sales person shows a gold ring to customers at a jewellery showroom during Dhanteras, a Hindu festival associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in Ahmedabad, India, October 28, 2016.Reuters fileTitan Company was the biggest gainer on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Monday morning, up 15 percent at Rs. 545 after hitting a fresh 52-week high of Rs. 548. Other gold stocks such as PC Jeweller, Gitanjali Gems and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) were also up sharply in response to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council finalising 3 percent tax rate on gold and other jewellery.PC Jeweller was up 9.5 percent at Rs. 551, TBZ was trading 5 percent higher at Rs. 97 while Gitanjali Gems was up 4.85 percent at Rs. 70.30 on the BSE at around 11.50 am.The current rate of tax comes to about 2.5 percent (1 percent excise duty, around 1 percent value added tax and 0.5 percent cess) and therefore is being seen as a significant relief. The import duty of 10 percent remains unchanged by GST provisions.The Council also fixed 0.25 percent “notional” tax on raw diamonds, evoking disappointment from traders, though there is a provision for claiming a refund.”Taxing diamonds is a retrograde step and not in sync with equivalence policy. Diamonds are the key raw materials for gem and jewellery exports business. Rough diamonds have been kept out of the purview of taxes in various Asian countries which are globally competitive,” Praveenshankar Pandya, Chairman, Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said in a statement on Saturday.”It is difficult for gems & jewellery exporters to pay 0.25% and then initiate process for refunds, etc,” he added.The BSE Sensex was up 75 points at 31,348 while the NSE Nifty was up 25 points at 9,678. Top gainers were Bajaj Auto and ONGC.last_img read more

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Threats Against Schools Increase Since Florida Shooting

first_img Share Reed Saxon/APLA County Sheriff’s patrol cars leave El Camino High School in Whittier, Calif., on Wednesday. A 17-year-old student threatened to open fire at the school days after the massacre at a Florida school. An alert security guard who overheard him reported it to police, who went to the boy’s home and found two AR-15 rifles, authorities said WednesdaySince last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the number of threats of violence against schools across the country has increased.Educators School Safety Network says it recorded about 50 threats a day on average since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed.The Ohio-based national organization that tracks school threats says that compares to about 10 threats a day on average.Violent incidents or threats have occurred in 48 of the 50 states so far this school year, according to the network, with 10 states accounting for 48 percent of all the threats and incidents that have occurred so far.The organization says California leads the list of schools that have had an increase in threats. Pennsylvania, New York, Florida and Illinois round out the top five.The latest data comes as President Trump, Congress, state and local officials are grappling with how to stop school shootings.Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who heads the nation’s largest sheriff’s department, says there is a “need to take every potential threat seriously.”Last week, two days after the Florida shooting, a school security officer overheard a student threatening to open fire at El Camino High School in Whittier, Calif.Marino Chavez said he heard a 17-year-old male student say he was “going to shoot up the school sometime in the next three weeks.”The student claimed it was a joke, but a search of his home turned up two AR-15 rifles, 90 high-capacity magazines and two handguns, as The Associated Press reports:“His 28-year-old brother, Daniel Eriberto Barcenas, told deputies that he purchased the guns while serving in the Army in Texas. One of the rifles wasn’t registered, which is a felony in California, McDonnell said.“The brother is facing charges of possession of an assault weapon, importing a high-capacity magazine and other violations.“The brothers lived with their parents, and there was no indication the parents committed a crime, authorities said.Since the Florida mass shooting, the FBI has come under heavy criticism for not acting on a tip regarding threats made by the accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz.The early intervention in the California case showed the importance of heeding early warning signs. “The sheriff’s department can only respond if they are told,” school security officer Chavez said.The threat at El Camino High School is the latest in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.“On Monday, a 27-year-old Norco man was arrested after he posted on Facebook that he intended to shoot people at a local community college. Police searched Jacob Ryan McBain’s home [turning] up two loaded AR-15 rifles, two loaded handguns and a large amount of ammunition in his bedroom, authorities said.Inglewood police on Monday became aware of a social media post ‘indicating that students attending a specific Inglewood school were at risk of being targeted by a shooter,’ according to a news release.And on Wednesday morning, Long Beach Unified School District Supt. Chris Steinhauser alerted parents of an unconfirmed threat that an attack was being planned at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.”In St. Mary’s County, Md., two teenage boys are facing charges for allegedly making threats of mass violence. Dozens of weapons, including semiautomatic rifles, handguns and ammunition, were recovered from the home of one of the suspects.And there were more incidents across the country, according to the AP:“An Oregon high school student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of disorderly conduct after police say he sent a social media message to a girl at another high school reading, “I am the shooter!” The 15-year-old boy said the message was a joke.“A Montana high school student was charged Tuesday with intimidation and assault with a weapon over numerous threats to “shoot up the school .” Court records say the 18-year-old told investigators he was joking and regretted frightening students.“A Vermont teenager pleaded not guilty Friday to attempted aggravated murder and other offenses after writing in a diary that he had “big plans” to kill as many as he could at his former high school.“In Northern California, police said they recovered a firearm from the home of an 11-year-old boy who had barricaded himself in a Santa Cruz classroom Tuesday and planned to harm specific students.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Julián Castro Makes Trip to Iowa as Midterms — And 2020 Decision

first_imgGage Skidmore / FlickrSecretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaking before a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona on Jan. 8, 2015.Julián Castro is making his first trip to Iowa this weekend as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, looking to boost midterm candidates there and sound out voters in the key presidential proving ground.The trip comes as Castro’s political operation kicks into high gear, unveiling dozens of endorsements and announcing staff to help him navigate the current election cycle — and maybe the next one.The three-day trip to the Hawkeye State — Friday through Sunday — includes nine events, ranging from a visit to an agriculture startup accelerator to a pair of fundraisers for state legislative candidates. On Friday afternoon, Castro is visiting the Iowa State Fair to speak at the Des Moines Register Old-Fashioned Political Soapbox, a key stop for prospective White House hopefuls.In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Wednesday, Castro said the purpose of the trip is twofold: to help the candidates he is supporting there and also to hear what is on voters’ minds as he considers a White House bid.It was not long after Castro left the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2017 that he began being mentioned as possible 2020 contender. For months, he has said that he plans to make up his mind on a White House run by the end of the year, and he said in the interview he will “likely make an announcement after the year turns over.”“What I believe is that people are always most focused on the bread-and-butter issues that affect their family,” Castro said, ticking through issues like health care and jobs. He also cited the chaos in Washington, D.C., under President Donald Trump, specifically how his “erratic behavior on tariffs has hit [Iowa] hard.” Even among some people who voted for Trump in 2016, he added, he believes there is a desire for “different vision.”In Iowa, Castro is contending with several other potential 2020 candidates who either have already touched down there or will for the first time this weekend. The lineup for the state fair soapbox has included at least four other potential candidates — people like U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California and Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer — as well as a declared candidate, Maryland U.S. Rep. John Delaney.If the 2020 presidential race informally starts the morning after the midterms, “we’re solidly into the pre-season at this point,” said Dennis Goldford, a political science professor at Drake University in Des Moines. Still, the pre-2020 activity by potential candidates is hovering below most Iowans’ radar. “If you weren’t paying attention, you wouldn’t even know they were there,” Goldford said.While this weekend marks Castro’s first visit to Iowa as a prospective White House contender, it is not the first politically significant trip he has made this year. He has been to New Hampshire twice and went to Nevada last week — both of which hold famously early presidential primaries — in addition to the trips to places like Georgia to campaign for the gubernatorial candidate there, Stacey Abrams. Castro initially was to travel to Iowa in June, but he canceled the trip to visit El Paso and protest family separations at the border.Castro’s political activities are being run through his Opportunity First PAC, which was formed a year ago and which he formally launched in January. Since its inception, the group has raised almost $366,982 and spent $174,967, which includes over two dozen donations to candidates it supports, according to records with the Federal Election Commission.Castro has doled out 64 endorsements through the PAC, weighing in on races ranging from the highest-profile in the country — Jacky Rosen’s bid to topple U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, for example — to those much farther down the ballot in places like Iowa. The list features 21 candidates up and down the ballot in Texas, including the earliest state contest Castro waded into: former HUD official Colin Allred’s campaign against U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.The PAC allows Castro to engage heavily in the midterms while also making connections he could use later.Among the Castro supporters who has helped raise money for the PAC is Scott Atlas, a longtime lawyer from Houston. When he hosted an Opportunity First fundraiser earlier this year in a Houston high-rise apartment, Atlas said, “We literally had to break the party into two different events because we couldn’t handle the crowd.”Atlas wants to see Castro take the leap in 2020, saying the 43-year-old would bring a number of advantages to the race.“First of all … he’s relatively young — substantially younger than most of the people who’ve been talked about for the position — and for people looking for new leadership — new, young, progressive leadership — it’s harder to think about anybody who’s got a better story and the ability to articulate it than he does,” Atlas said. In addition to embodying the American dream, Atlas added, Castro had an impressive record as San Antonio mayor, comes across as a unifying figure and can make the case he’s “not part of the D.C. establishment.”“I think he’s got as good a chance as anyone,” Atlas said. “It’s a wide-open race. Who would’ve ever predicted the outcome on the Republican side” in 2016?Castro’s pre-2020 profile is expected to grow later this fall when he releases a book he’s been working on about his life story. Titled “An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up From My American Dream,” the book is due out Oct. 16. Sharelast_img read more

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The Last of Us review roundup Universally acclaimed zombie game

first_imgOne of the most highly awaited games of 2013, The Last of Us, isn’t out yet (July 14th is the big day), but today we have the next best thing: the release of the games’ initial reviews. Sites with Sony’s Most Favoured Publication status received the game not too long ago and have been able to play through it in order to deliver the opinions that we’ve so been looking forward to reading. And the verdict? Critics agree that The Last of Us is excellent and is very much the capstone to this console generation.My colleagues at IGN gave TLoU a glowing 10/10, stating that Naughty Dog’s latest, “not only [joins] the ranks of Uncharted, Killzone, God of War, Infamous and more, but it bests them all.” Forbes doesn’t quite agree — their reviewer feels that the game is very good, but at 8/10 it “falls short of greatness.” Along with Polygon’s 7.5/10, they were very much in the minority though. The Guardian, Eurogamer, CVG, Edge, PlayStation Magazine, and multiple others, gave the TLoS a perfect score.This shot sums things up pretty nicely:So, what’s a gamer to do? With comparisons to Citizen Kane and talk about this being the best game of the generation, it seems like The Last of Us is not a title to be missed, even if it does prominently feature fungus zombies. I mean, wow, reviewers are even enjoying the game’s multiplayer mode, which is all too often a throwaway on a titles like this one.As expected, Sony’s wishes and gamers’ hopes have come true, and the PlayStation has another exclusive powerhouse to hold over the Xbox. The Last of Us should be just what gamers need to get them through the dreaded summer lull. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY The Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of Us7339375042_04a3b0fe09_oThe Last of UsThe Last of Us7339374760_77cd1bae32_o7339374638_75d0c09faf_o7339374452_8f92a68b47_oThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of UsThe Last of Uslast_img read more

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Goas Capital calling

first_imgBharadwaj is an Indian entrepreneur, poet, artistic Director and Founder of Ferriswheel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. Currently based in Mumbai. A pioneer in the field of arts, Bharadwaj has a comprehensive and impressive body of work that lists creative services in more than fifty countries ranging from mid-sized festivals to large scale events.Please tell us more about your contribution to the 28th edition of Surajkund MelaAns: Goa is the theme state at the Surajkund Mela this year. I am working as a  consultant to the government of Goa and Ministry of Tourism, Goa for this event.  The creatives and operations are being handled by my company Ferriswheel Entertainment Pvt Ltd. I decided that unlike the previous theme states, instead of just showcasing the state’s tradition, we should also bring out the festive and fun side of Goa. Witness both the traditional and modern and colourful side of Goa this year at the Surajkund Mela.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What are the highlights of this year’s Surajkund Mela?Ans: The major attraction this year at the Surajkund Mela is the Goan carnival that is being run through the Mela every day. Led by King Momo on a massive float covered with LED lights, the carnival parade brings to you the real Goan essence. It is basically a celebration of life and depicts the fun and frolic of four days of festivities. As a jolly monarch, King Momo orders his subjects to sing, dance and make merry for four days. The carnival was brought to Goan shores by the erstwhile Portuguese rulers. Since then Goans have appropriated it and made it very different from the other leading carnivals of the world – namely Rio de Janeiro and Venice. Tourists from all over India and the world flock to Goa to be a part of this unique cross-cultural phenomenon. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix300 artists from such a small state have come to Surajkundmela to showcase their talent. Apart from handicrafts and artifacts, we also have customized dance performances which have been specially choreographed to give you a taste of the culture and tradition of Goa. You can’t miss the Goan cuisine at the food stalls. From all kinds of sea-food to traditional Goan sweets, all that’s mouth-watering is available at the stalls. The décor needs a special mention here. The whole place has been designed keeping in mind the Goan essence. A Goa pavilion has been constructed with a little beach and other elements to bring the sun and sand of Goa to Surajkund itself. And then there is Casa Goa or ‘Apna Ghar’ which is a life size replica of an actual Goan household. The house has been adorned with LED lights and real Goan vegetation. A Goan couple welcomes you into their household with a traditional Goan welcome. You can even sample local Goan food here. All the furniture, even the little knick-knacks in the ‘Apna Ghar’ have been brought straight from Goa. How do you see the future of performing arts in the country? Ans: The future of performing arts in the country is very bright. People slowly are getting a better understanding of this industry. We have a massive cost effective skilled workforce that is the backbone of the entertainment industry. People are seeing it as a viable career option now. There is maturity in the audience’s choice in terms of spending their money and free time. That shift is visible in the success of EDMs, the public outreach festivals, comedy stores, large-scale live public festivals. We are now also on an infrastructural upswing as far as venues are concerned. There are better quality stadiums and venues available. Even high quality technical equipment is available within the country now. There is a whole dynamic shift in the perception of the performing arts industry and for us to be a part of this shift is very exciting. Our aim would be to create an educated performing arts community that has multiple avenues to generate business and Ferriswheel being a key player in that large shift.Ferriswheel is committed to changing the game of the performing arts market of the country.What changes should the government bring in to promote artisans and artists both at national and international level? Ans: The big change should come in the layman grass root understanding of artisans’ rights and privileges, concessions and schemes. Normally grants get given away to people who network at senior levels. The government should work on making outreach programmes to make their schemes heard by performers. A certain strata of performers also suffer immensely from taxation. The entertainment industry should unite to get a policy shift from the government. As a business, even though we are bracketed under the service industry, our output is seen as something that cannot be a primary collateral to bankers. A lot of young entertainment businesses collapse due to lack of funding and financial support. The government will have to work as a triangle focusing on artists, financing and entertainment businesses that create platforms for employment. How big is the Indian art market?Ans: The Indian art market is unstructured and nascent and does not have a collaborative figure that can be put together. But with serious players like us uniting in the market, we should hopefully be able to change the scenario in the next few years.last_img read more

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Amid hue cry of violence CPMs bloody history tells a different story

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the leaders of political parties are raising their voice against incidents of violence before the three-tier Panchayat elections, pages of history show that 45 and 17 people were murdered before the elections which were held in 2003 and 2008 respectively, under the CPI-M regime.Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said that in 2003 and 2008, her party could field 30,000 and 35 candidates in the Panchayat elections. Admitting that incidents of violence had taken place in seven places, she questioned how the Opposition parties could field 2 lakh candidates for the forthcoming Panchayat elections, had there been violence throughout the state. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn 2018, six persons, all Trinamool Congress workers, have been killed in incidents of violence.In 2003, 45 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of polling, 35 people had been murdered. After the poll, 27 persons were murdered and 1,200 houses were set on fire. All those who had been murdered, belonged to the Opposition parties.Again in 2008, 17 people were murdered before the Panchayat elections. On the day of the poll, 21 people had been murdered, while another 13 were murdered after the poll. Nine hundred houses were set on fire. In a recent interview given to a vernacular channel, Mamata Banerjee had asked: “how can I forget those days when my party workers were murdered by CPI-M cadres?” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe first Panchayat elections were held in 1978, after the Left Front came to power in 1977. From 1978 till 2008, the Left Front had won in 50%-60% of the Gram Panchayat seats, while the party got 75% seats in Panchayat Samity and 85% to 90% seats in Zilla Parishad.Trinamool Congress got control over two Zilla Parishads – East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas in 2008. Over the years, the party strengthened its organisation and got 13 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha election. In 2010, it got control over Kolkata Municipal Corporation and finally ousted CPI-M in the 2011 Assembly election.last_img read more

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Share projects and environment on Anaconda cloud Tutorial

first_imgWhen a small group of developers works on a same project, there is a need to share programs, command datasets, and working environments, and Anaconda Cloud could be used for this.  Usually, we can save our data on other people’s servers. For Anaconda Cloud, users can use the platform to save and share packages, notebooks, projects, and environments. The public projects and notebooks are free. At the moment, private plans start at $7 per month. Anaconda Cloud allows users to create or distribute software packages. In this article, we will learn about Anaconda cloud and how to share projects and environment on Anaconda. This article is an excerpt from a book ‘Hands-On Data Science with Anaconda’ written by Dr. Yuxing Yan, James Yan. So, let’s get started! Firstly, for a Windows version of Anaconda, click All Programs | Anaconda, and then choose Anaconda Cloud. After double-clicking on Cloud, the welcome screen will appear. Based on the information presented by the welcome screen, we know that we need an account with Anaconda before we can use it. After login, we will see the following screen: For example, if you double-click on Installing your first package, you will get more information on Anaconda Cloud. We do not need to be logged in, or even need a cloud account, to search for public packages, download, and install them. We need an account only to access private packages without a token or to share your packages with others. For Anaconda Cloud, users can use the platform to save and share projects and environments. Sharing projects in Anaconda First, let’s look at the definition of a project. A project is a folder that contains an anaconda-project.yml configuration file together with scripts (code), notebooks, datasets, and other files. We can add a folder into a project by adding a configuration file named anaconda-project.yml to the folder. The configuration file can include the following sections: commands, variables, services, downloads, packages, channels, and environment specifications. Data scientists can use projects to encapsulate data science projects and make them easily portable. A project is usually compressed into a .tar.bz2 file for sharing and storing. Anaconda Project automates setup steps so that people with whom you share projects can run your projects with the following single command: anaconda-project run To install Anaconda Project, type the following: conda install anaconda-project Anaconda Project encapsulates data science projects and makes them easily portable. It automates setup steps such as installing the right packages, downloading files, setting environment variables, and running commands. Project makes it easy to reproduce your work, share projects with others, and run them on different platforms. It also simplifies deployment to servers. Anaconda projects run the same way on your machine, on another user’s machine, or when deployed to a server. Traditional build scripts such as setup.py automate the building of the project – going from source code to something runnable – while Project automates running the project, taking build artifacts, and doing any necessary setup before executing them. We can use Project on Windows, macOS, and Linux. Project is supported and offered by Anaconda Inc® and contributors under a three-clause BSD license. Project sharing will save us a great deal of time since other developers will not spend too much time on the work done already. Here is the procedure: Build up your project Log in to Anaconda From the project’s directory on your computer, type the following command: anaconda-project upload Alternatively, from Anaconda Navigator, in the Projects tab, upload via the bottom-right Upload to Anaconda Cloud. Projects can be any directory of code and assets. Often, projects will contain notebooks or Bokeh applications, for example. Here, we show how to generate a project called project01. First, we want to move to the correct location. Assume that we choose c:/temp/. The key command is given here: anaconda-project init –directory project01 Next, both commands are shown side by side as well: $ cd c:/temp/ $ anaconda-project init –directory project01 Create directory ‘c:tempproject01’? y Project configuration is in c:tempproject01iris/anaconda-project.yml The corresponding output is shown here: We can also turn any existing directory into a project by switching to the directory and then running anaconda-project init without options or arguments. We can use MS Word to open anaconda-project.yml (see the first couple of lines shown here): # This is an Anaconda project file. # # Here you can describe your project and how to run it. # Use `anaconda-project run` to run the project. # The file is in YAML format, please see http://www.yaml.org/start.html for more. # # Set the ‘name’ key to name your project # name: project01 # # Set the ‘icon’ key to give your project an icon # icon: # # Set a one-sentence-or-so ‘description’ key with project details # description: # # In the commands section, list your runnable scripts, notebooks, and other code. # Use `anaconda-project add-command` to add commands. # There are two ways to share our projects with others. First, we archive the project by issuing the following command: anaconda-project archive project01.zip Then, we email the ZIP file to our colleague or others. The second way of sharing a project is to use Anaconda Cloud. Log in to Anaconda Cloud first. From the project’s directory on our computer, type anaconda-project upload, or, from Anaconda Navigator, in the Projects tab, upload via the bottom-right Upload to Anaconda Cloud. Now that we’re done looking at how you can share projects. Let’s find out how you can share environments with your partner. Sharing of environments In terms of computer software, an operating environment or integrated applications environment is the environment in which users can execute software. Usually, such an environment consists of a user interface and an API. To a certain degree, the term platform could be viewed as its synonym. There are many reasons why we want to share our environment with someone else. For example, they can re-create a test that we have done. To allow them to quickly reproduce our environment with all of its packages and versions, give them a copy of your environment.yml file. Depending on the operating system, we have the following methods to export our environment file. Note that if we already have an environment.yml file in our current directory, it will be overwritten during this task. There are different ways to activate the myenv environment file depending on the systems used. For Windows users, in our Anaconda prompt, type the following command: activate myenv On macOS and Linux, in our Terminal window, issue the following command: source activate myenv Note that we replace myenv with the name of the environment. To export our active environment to a new file, type the following: conda env export > environment.yml To share, we can simply email or copy the exported environment.yml file to the other person. On the other hand, in order to remove an environment, run the following code in our Terminal window or at an Anaconda prompt: conda remove –name myenv –all Alternatively, we can specify the name, as shown here: conda env remove –name myenv To verify that the environment was removed, run the following command line: conda info –envs In this tutorial, we discussed Anaconda Cloud. Some topics included how to share different projects over different platforms and how to share your working environments. If you found this post useful, be sure to check out the book ‘Hands-On Data Science with Anaconda’ to learn further about replicating others’ environments locally, and downloading a package from Anaconda. Read Next Anaconda 5.2 releases! Anaconda Enterprise version 5.1.1 released! 10 reasons why data scientists love Jupyter notebookslast_img read more

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Biggest challenge for Air NZ is Dreamliner delay CEO

first_imgRob Fyfe, Air New Zealand CEO, has gone on the record saying that the biggest challenge facing Air New Zealand is not lacklustre demand, but rather the delays of the Boeing Dreamliner 787.Achieving a net profit of NZD150 million this past financial year, Mr Fyfe says Air New Zealand is performing relatively well, with demand now stabilising, in a recent interview with Airlines International.But the biggest headache for the carrier is the much delayed Boeing Dreamliner, which Air New Zealand will now receive three years later than scheduled.  Air New Zealand has orders for eight of the B787-900 variation and options for eight more.“We can talk about the economic crisis and other industry issues such the price of oil, the environment and so forth, but the biggest challenge for us—the biggest impact on our business—is the delay of the Boeing 787,” said Mr Fyfe in the interview.“At the moment, there is still such uncertainty about when the program will deliver. It means we have to re-examine all our lease agreements, we can’t commit to any new routes, we can’t access the performance improvements available with a new aircraft, we have higher MRO costs looking after older aircraft … the list goes on.”Interestingly, Mr Fyfe also adds that due to the nature of the industry the carrier no longer has five or ten year plans, instead Air New Zealand is looking at different business scenarios. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/22591/” 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>last_img read more

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DBRS Cyprus faces significant credit challenges

first_imgDBRS rating agency has said that Cyprus faces significant credit challenges related to its still sizable non-performing exposures (NPEs) in the banking sector, high levels of private and public sector debt, external imbalances, and the small size of its service-driven economy, which exposes Cyprus to adverse changes in external demand.In a media statement issued Monday, following the recent DBRS sovereign rating announcement on Cyprus, the agency noted that the ratings, could come under upward pressure from sustained healthy economic growth and sound fiscal position, which would contribute to the downward trajectory in the public debt ratio.DBRS said that further progress in substantially reducing banks’ NPEs and private sector debt, and the strengthening of the banking sector would be positive for the ratings.However, the ratings could come under downward pressure in a period of significantly weak growth, combined with large fiscal imbalances. A reversal of the downward trajectory in NPEs could also be negative.“Cyprus is an attractive business services centre, shipping centre, and tourist destination. The tourism sector is diversifying into new products and markets, making it more resilient. The expected exploitation of off-shore gas reserves represents another potential source of growth in the longer term,” DBRS said. “Nevertheless, the small size of its service-driven economy exposes Cyprus to adverse changes in external demand.”It added that the government lacked a majority in the House of Representatives, and this has resulted in delays in adopting pending reforms, including those of the public administration and the local governments. You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityEarthquake coverage that comes with optionsCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Our View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoRape suspects look set to go through police line-upUndoA grotesque choice of prime minister for Britain?Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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