Flags Lowered at Province House for Capt Francis

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first_imgFlags at the legislature are lowered to half mast out of respect for Capt. Jefferson Francis, a member of the First Regiment-Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based at Canadian Forces Base Shilo, Man. Capt. Francis died of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb Wednesday, July 4, while serving with the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan. Five of his colleagues and an Afghan interpreter were killed at the same time, about 20 kilometers southwest of Kandahar City. Capt. Francis was born in New Brunswick. His parents live in the Halifax area and his father has retired from the military. “A Nova Scotia family has lost a son who was trying to bring peace to the people of Afghanistan, and we all mourn his tragic death on behalf of the government and people of Nova Scotia,” said Premier Rodney MacDonald. “I want to express our profound condolences to the parents of Capt. Francis, and his wife and young son,” said Murray Scott, Minister Responsible for Military Relations. “It is at times like this that mere words are unable to express how deeply we share his family’s grief.”last_img read more

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Deadpool costume felt like a nightmare says dancer Yanis Marshall

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first_imgDancer Yanis Marshall leads a class through stretching exercises in Toronto on Friday May 11, 2018. With a hip-swaying strut, graceful turns and extreme leg lifts, Yanis Marshall makes it look easy to dance in a Deadpool costume and heels. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Login/Register With: TORONTO – With a hip-swaying strut, graceful turns and extreme leg lifts, Yanis Marshall makes it look easy to dance in a Deadpool costume and heels.But doing so in Celine Dion’s new “Ashes” music video for the “Deadpool 2” soundtrack was anything but, he admits. Advertisement Advertisement “The suit is the worst ever,” Marshall said during a recent stop in Toronto to teach a dance workshop.“It felt like a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, the suit is beautifully made — it’s beautiful, it’s wow — but it’s definitely not meant to dance in.“It’s about 100 degrees inside of that and it’s just really hard to move in. You can’t really breathe and you can’t really see anything.”Marshall’s appearance in the video has made a huge splash, with many fans initially wondering if Canadian “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds was actually the one performing the contemporary routine onstage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.Reynolds quickly cleared that up on social media, giving a huge shoutout to Marshall, a French dancer and choreographer who was a finalist on “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2014.“The whole ‘Deadpool’ dancing in heels — that was actually not my idea. That was Ryan’s idea,” Marshall said in an interview.“I talked to him on set and he said that he wanted to find a way to involve me for quite some time. He knew me through his wife, Blake (Lively)…. She’s the one that showed him my videos and things like that in the past.”Marshall is a YouTube sensation who has appeared on the French version of “Dancing with the Stars” as an artistic coach, and choreographed Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” show in Las Vegas. His mother was a dance instructor and taught him at an early age.He specializes in dancing in heels, particularly ankle boots, “for only one reason — it’s because I have man feet, so I don’t like open shoes,” he said.When 20th Century Fox asked him to be in the Dion music video, which was helmed by “Deadpool 2” director David Leitch, he was initially skeptical.“It wasn’t the idea so much, it was me. I was like, ‘Me, in a Deadpool suit? I don’t know,’” Marshall said.“I don’t even watch those kinds of movies. I watch ‘Pretty Woman’ and ‘Thelma and Louise.’ But it involves Celine and I was like, ‘Yeah, let’s give it a shot.’”Marshall said he’s been a fan of the Quebec singer all his life, citing her 1995 hit “Pour que tu m’aimes encore” as his favourite song of hers.“Growing up as a French boy, I was a fan of her before Americans knew her,” he said.So when he finally got to meet her on the “Ashes” set, it felt like a “bit of a blur.”“She’s actually really, really sweet — a little crazy, I will say, but in a good way, and super nice,” Marshall said with a laugh.“She just breathes life: she’s alive, she’s authentic but she’s super respectful, and everybody was on that set.”For the video, Marshall had to dance for about 12 hours, moving all around Dion onstage as ashes fell on him.“I was pretty dead when it was done,” he said.He was thrilled with the end result, especially the final scene when Reynolds appears in character in a comical bit.“It turned out really well, but it’s also hilarious,” Marshall said.“And if you know me, I don’t take myself seriously at all, so I’m actually the perfect guy for that.”He didn’t get to keep the Deadpool suit, though — not that he would have wanted to, given its limitations for a dancer.“The suit came with a bodyguard and it’s super protected,” Marshall said. “They don’t play around.”center_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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New Jersey may let Golden Nugget casino take some NBA bets

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey lawmakers are considering loosening their sports betting restrictions to allow the owner of the Golden Nugget casino to accept bets on most National Basketball Association teams.Texas billionaire Tilman Fertitta owns the casino — and also owns the NBA’s Houston Rockets.When New Jersey lawmakers legalized sports betting last year, a provision in the law banned team owners from placing or accepting bets on any games involving their sport.It was directly aimed at the Golden Nugget and enacted over protests that Nevada regulators allow Fertitta’s casinos to take bets on pro basketball games as long as they don’t involve the Rockets.A bill introduced Monday in the New Jersey Legislature would allow team owners to take bets on games involving other teams in their leagues, but not their own.“New Jersey’s sports wagering industry is new and fledgling, but if we take the handcuffs off, it could surpass Nevada as the largest market in the country within a few years,” said Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, a northern New Jersey Democrat who co-sponsored the bill. “I don’t see the point of leaving out a potential significant participant in this new industry if sufficient regulation and integrity protections are in place. Nevada has long allowed this same arrangement.”Officials with the Golden Nugget and Fertitta’s company, Landry’s Inc., declined to comment on the bill Tuesday.But casino officials in the past have complained that the law puts them at a significant disadvantage in New Jersey’s burgeoning sports betting market because customers are typically not willing to visit two different casinos to place their sports bets.A gambler wanting to place bets on football at the Golden Nugget would have to go somewhere else to bet on basketball, making it much less likely he or she would visit the Golden Nugget at all for sports betting, they argue.New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May 2018 clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting should they so choose.Since it took its first sports bets in June 2018, New Jersey’s casinos and horse racing tracks have taken in close to $3 billion, second only to the $5.2 billion Nevada’s sports books handled over roughly the same period.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press read more

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Over 20 injured in Jaffna accident

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Over 20 people were injured following an accident in Kaithady, Jaffna, reports from the area said.A bus travelling to Jaffna from Vavuniya and another bus travelling to Vavuniya from Jaffna met with the accident. Reports said that both vehicles crashed head-on injuring 24 people, all passengers in both vehicles.The injured were admitted to the Jaffna hospital for treatment.

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Arjun Aloysius appears before the Presidential Commission

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Telephone recordings played before the Presidential Commission this week revealed Arjun Aloysius leaked sensitive information he received from the Central Bank to his company. Arjuna Mahendran was the Governor of the Central Bank at the time the alleged treasury bond scam took place. (Colombo Gazette) Arjun Aloysius appeared before the Presidential Commission investigating the treasury bond scam today to make a statement.Yesterday Aloysius appeared before the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Presidential Commission to make a statement over the allegations against him. The telephone recording indicated that Arjun Aloysius had received confidential information on making bids for the treasury bond. The conversation also revealed that Arjun Aloysius had received advice from a powerful friend at that time.He had conveyed the information to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Perpetual Treasuries Kasun Palisena. read more

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High marks only part of equation for Governor General Gold Medal recipient

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Justin Maltese couldn’t get much closer to a perfect grade average.A 1.5 percentage point is all that stood in the way of Maltese scoring 100 per cent in the final year of his master’s degree in Computer Science. In addition to achieving a 98.5 per cent final average, Maltese finished the two-year program in only 18 months and, at the same time, successfully launched a start-up IT business.His master’s research focused on devising intelligent computer algorithms to tackle challenging mathematical optimization problems, which are computationally intractable to solve by human intellect alone.Maltese was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal at Brock’s Spring Convocation, distinguishing him for achieving the highest academic average of the 2015-16 graduating class of 722 master’s and doctoral students at the University.Maltese is the 29th graduate student to receive the award since it was established in 1987-88 academic year. Past recipients include the 1988-89 medal winner, Jens Coorssen, Brock’s Dean of Graduate Studies.“Justin is truly deserving of this honour,” says Coorssen, who holds a BSc and MSc in Biological Sciences from Brock. “His success exemplifies the combination of dedication and passion, applied 24/7, 365 days a year, to pursue research and scholarship of the highest quality.“Justin’s success also is a reflection of Brock as a 21st century institution that instills a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship to drive students to excel and thus achieve the goals they set for themselves.”Maltese is modest and humble about his success — it comes down, he says, to knowing what you want and having the drive to see it through.And that comes naturally to the 24-year-old who was born and raised in east-end Hamilton.“I’d describe myself as the type of person who is a go-getter. I want to progress forward and find out something new,” says Maltese. “I’m not easily put off by obstacles or road blocks. I have the patience to work through things because I recognize that the reward is waiting for me down the road.”He admits that his success has meant making sacrifices. But those sacrifices came easier, he adds, thanks to the support and understanding of people around him, including his parents, girlfriend Dianna Cameron and Professor Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, his graduate supervisor.Ombuki-Berman speaks highly of her outstanding student, particularly his personal attributes and promise as a researcher.“His publication record is excellent for a student at his career level,” she says. “He has four publications in top computational intelligence conference proceedings. His MSc thesis currently is submitted to a flagship journal in his field of study. As well, his research work was well received in international conferences held in places such as South Africa and Japan.“Given Justin’s determination, inquisitive nature, excellent academic background compounded with great interpersonal and leadership skills and level of commitment, I expect that Justin will be successful in whatever endeavours he chooses.”Maltese considered doctoral studies as his next step. And while a PhD might be in his future at some point, Maltese decided this was the right time to go with his heart and pursue his dream of setting up a business.Maltese has partnered with Brock graduate Chris Conley. The two met during their undergraduate studies at Brock.Their new company, Spiffy, focuses on developing software solutions for companies to deliver employee customer service training. Currently, the company is working with international businesses in the restaurant and beer industry.“The real incentive for our work comes from having a bad customer service experience,” he says. “Our sole focus is to provide companies with better learning techniques to train employees. We’ve developed an app and website that provides online training to employees that they can complete on their own time.”The software is interactive, he says, and allows employees to engage in the training and have a more enjoyable training experience. It’s also designed to be nimble and to meet the ongoing employee training needs of companies when they launch new products and services.On his LinkedIn profile, Maltese describes himself as a “startup enthusiast with a passion for creating software that solves problems in a particular niche, especially if it contributes to the betterment of society.”Maltese says he thrives on being creative in unique ways. For example, another of his software creations — something he did for the fun of it — is an application designed to take an inventory of food in a refrigerator and determine the combinations of meals that could be made from the list.“No two pieces of software are the same,” he says. “When you build software, you can give it your creative edge. My goal is to develop software services that make life easier for people.”•••The Faculty of Graduate Studies will continue to profile Governor General Gold Medal winners. If anyone in the Brock community has contact information for past recipients, please share it with Susanne Janisch, sjanisch@brocku.ca, in the Dean’s office. read more

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Gravity and Rush at TIFF

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It was a busy weekend of stargazing at TIFF. Last night our Melissa Raftis took in the red carpets for “Gravity” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth.00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09

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BC town declares financial crisis after sawmill closes latest in string of

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FORT ST. JAMES, B.C. — The small community of Fort St. James, B.C., has declared a state of local financial crisis in the wake of the closure and recent sale of its largest sawmill.Mayor Bev Playfair signed the declaration this week, less than a month after Conifex Timber Inc. announced a $39 million deal to sell its sawmill to Oregon-based Hampton Lumber.The sawmill is a major employer in the north-central B.C. town of about 1,600 and remains closed prompting the declaration which will remain in effect until Aug. 15, unless cancelled by the mayor. Trouble in timberland: How pine beetles and fires are gutting B.C.’s forestry sector Canfor to cut back majority of its sawmills thanks to low demand Climate change-driven bug infestations, fires wreaking havoc on Canada’s forestry industry In its declaration, the district is asking for all levels of government for support “to protect the health, safety or welfare” of its people, and has attached a list of resources, including family assistance, tax deferral and employment support programs.A statement from the District of Fort St. James says it will work with the governments and support organizations to help area workers and contractors until the financial crisis is resolved.Canfor, Conifex, Louisiana-Pacific, Norbord, Tolko and Aspen Planers are among the forestry companies that announced shift reductions, layoffs or total closures at mills around B.C. over the last several months.When the Conifex sale was announced in June, company chairman Ken Shields called the decision “difficult,” but said it was almost inevitable because too little saw log supply is available to maintain the existing manufacturing base in the Interior region of B.C.Hampton Lumber CEO Steve Zika pledged to build a new mill in Fort St. James but didn’t offer a timeline, noting in a statement that the long-term outlook for Canadian lumber is “promising,” while current economic conditions are challenging.The district’s declaration of financial crisis also includes an announcement of a planned job and service fair aimed at helping laid-off workers transition to new employment.The fair is set for July 31 in Fort St. James. read more

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Vlad Jr Is Here Its About Time

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Widely considered the best prospect in baseball, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. — the son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero — is expected to make his debut for the Blue Jays on Friday in Toronto against Oakland. The event will, at least for the moment, end talk of the Blue Jays suppressing his service time and turn attention to the arrival of one of the most precocious hitting talents of this century. An oblique strain this spring slowed his major league debut, but it was likely to be delayed anyway, given the way MLB clubs have been controlling players’ service time.1A player cannot become a major league free agent until he accrues six full years of service time. Counting off days and game days, there are generally 187 days on a major league calendar. A player needs to spend 172 days of those days on a major league roster to gain a year of service. Even after last season, when Guerrero Jr. became the first player to hit .400 or better at the Double-A or Triple-A level in more than a decade, the Blue Jays claimed this spring that he wasn’t ready for the major leagues.Guerrero’s .367/.424./.700 slash line in eight games this season in Triple-A seemed to give the Blue Jays a change of a heart, along with the fact that they control his bat through the 2025 season.2Fellow top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr., who broke camp with San Diego, is controlled through the 2024 season if he sticks in the majors. Now healthy and in the majors, the 20-year-old has superstar potential with an offensive profile that Baseball America claims is in the “mold of Manny Ramirez,” and the magazine says “it’s not out of the question that Guerrero could develop into an 80 hitter with 80 power.” An “80” scouting grade is rare, residing at the top of the 20-to-80 scouting scale.It’s not hyperbole to suggest that Guerrero Jr. is an incredibly rare talent. Since 2010, no teenager — and few players of any age, for that matter — did what he did in the upper levels of the minor leagues last season. The slugger had one of the highest marks ever in weighted runs created plus (wRC+) — a metric that measures offensive efficiency and accounts for a league’s run-scoring environment and ballparks. Games playedAt-batBatting AverageOn-base percentageSlugging percentageOPS In 61 games at Double-A New Hampshire last season, at age 19, Guerrero posted a 203 wRC+. Since 2010, Guerrero Jr. is one of only six minor leaguers with at least 200 plate appearances to reach a 200 wRC+ in the upper minor leagues, and he was the only player to do so as a teenager. Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton posted a 204 mark in Double-A in 2010 as a 20-year-old, and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant posted a 220 mark at age 22 in 2014 in Double-A.What’s also remarkable about Guerrero as a hitter is how much his minor-league track record resembles his father’s. Source: The Baseball CUBE Guerrero Sr.2851,055.343.404.581.985 Like father, like sonCareer minor league batting statistics before their major league debuts for Vladimir Guerrero Sr. and his son, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Even their swings are similar. Guerrero Jr.2881,075.331.413.531.944 We wrote earlier this spring that the sons of majors leaguers have an advantage over the general population in reaching the major leagues. While some of that advantage is tied to genetic gifts and financial means, mimicking elite athletic movement patterns from a young age is also thought to be crucial.The debut earlier this year of Fernando Tatis Jr. — son of former major leaguer Fernando Tatis — set a record for the number of sons to debut in a decade (45), according to Baseball-Reference.com data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight. Guerrero Jr. makes it 46, and his former Triple-A teammates Cavan Biggio (son of Craig) and Bo Bichette (son of Dante) could soon increase the number.While Guerrero hits like his dad, he isn’t built like his dad. Vlad Sr. debuted as a lanky and athletic wunderkind, while his son’s weight is already a concern: He was measured this spring at 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds. Perhaps that will push Guerrero Jr. off of third base, but wherever he plays, the expectation is that he’ll hit for years to come.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

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LETTER Leaders should focus on creating a modern elections commission

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Sincerely,Executive CommitteeGuyana Human Rights Association Dear Editor,An impending visit to Guyana by a major delegation from the Trinidad Energy Chamber prompted an article in the Trinidad Guardian (June 9, 2017) captioned “Guyana: trouble again?”The article focused on Guyana’s turbulent electoral history, and culminated in the following manner: “Oil revenues should start to flow from 2020. And 2020 is also election year. Stakes are high.”Linking investor interest in oil and gas to Guyana’s threadbare electoral system captures what is at stake between the leaders of Guyana’s two major political formations in Monday’s meeting, which is aimed at resolving the impasse over nomination of the Chairperson for GECOM.If the exchanges leading up to that meeting are a guide, one side will be haggling about the phrases “fit and proper person”, and “fitness to be a judge”; and the other side will be issuing veiled threats about ‘consequences’. This is neither what the vast majority of Guyanese need nor want. They want national leadership that is aimed at creating a modern, independent, de-politicized Elections Commission; not tribal leadership aimed at prolonging elections as an ethnic census.The Carter-Price Formula has been debased into a tool for prolonging a tribal census. It is outdated, and should eventually be replaced by a modern, professional hiring-and-selection process that is completely out of the hands of the political parties. Nothing less can either guarantee Guyanese their right to genuine democracy, or investors the assurances they need.The Carter-Price Formula, however, still allows huge improvement in the Elections Commission, if the political will is available to so interpret that formula.The formalities of the Leader of the Opposition providing a list to the President, as required by Section 161 of the Constitution, imposes no restrictions whatever on how that list is generated. Nor need it be restricted to the Chairperson. An agreement by both men to create a professional, public, transparent and impartial process which generates a list of people who are capable and willing to be commissioners could then, as a formality, be presented by the Leader of the Opposition to the President for his acceptance.All of this is entirely feasible within the current constraints of Article 161 if the national interest were motivating the exercise.Barricading themselves within a pedantic interpretation of Section 161 of the Constitution, or invoking the need for constitutional reform as a way of avoiding electoral reforms, would be unacceptable to everyone, except the leadership of the two major parties.An authoritative review of electoral practices around the world concluded that “Conclusive evidence from all regions of the world shows that, in 80% of all democracies, elections are run by independent electoral commissions either in a full manner (53%) or by supervising the work of agencies from the executive branch of government (27%).” In other words, Guyana’s current arrangements are associated with the more backward and autocratic minority countries, rather than with the range of modern approaches employed in established and emerging democracies around the world.A reformed selection process could ensure selection of men and women who are perceived to be level-headed; impartial; possessing managerial capacity; collectively understand logistics, human resource management, technology, media and the country’s contemporary history. In terms of character, they must have sound leadership ability, an even temperament, be persons of integrity, and persons who are able to strengthen inclusivity. The key requirements are not legal; legal advice should always be independent, in any case.However, given the bizarre current arrangement of appointing GECOM Commissioners for life, the process outlined above should be accompanied by a request from both leaders to all the current members of the Commission to voluntarily resign.The GHRA is under no illusion that those steeped in ethnic politics would have difficulty finding ample excuses to prolong the current arrangements.However, should the two leaders fail to provide the national leadership required for electoral reform, they must accept the responsibility for the inevitably prolonged race downwards to a 2020 election that is embroiled in ethnic antagonism and fuelled by desperation to control the new El Dorado of oil and gas. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLegal battle looms over appointment of GECOM chairJanuary 12, 2017In “latest news”GECOM Chair: New list will be submitted soon- TeixeiraMarch 29, 2017In “latest news”President will respond to Jagdeo’s clarifications on rejected GECOM listJanuary 11, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Remastered Tomb Raider HD collection next to appear on PS3

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first_imgIt looks as though the remastered trilogies Sony has decided to commission for PS3 are a hit, and the Japanese publisher is rolling out the big guns. A Tomb Raider trilogy in HD is expected to hit store shelves next year on March 22.AdChoices广告Amazon Germany let slip on the collection which will include the following games from the series:Tomb Raider: LegendTomb Raider: AnniversaryTomb Raider: UnderworldJust like with the Sly Cooper Collection, expect a single Blu-ray disc with all three games on. There’s also bound to be a large range of extras for Tomb Raider fans.Read more at Amazon Germany (translated), via CVGlast_img

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What happens when you pour lava onto ice

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first_imgYou probably have this concept of molten lava as being hot enough to immediately turn anything to ash. While lava is really hot, it doesn’t always behave the way we’d expect. This is why the Syracuse Lava Project exists and is studying what lava can do in a controlled setting. In this video, we can see what actually happens when a lava flow hits an ice sheet, and it’s not what you think.Instead of flash boiling the ice, lava actually slides down the cold surface. A thin layer of ice does melt immediately, but that just allows the lava to hydroplane across the surface as it cools. It actually moves pretty fast too. If you ran into such a flow in real life, it could be much harder to avoid than lava flowing on other surfaces.Because there is so much surface area contact, the molten rock starts to solidify quickly as the ice is heated and becomes a gas. The flows created by this interaction are identified as highly vesicular. That is, the lava forms bubbles. The water vapor puffs up bubbles of lava as large as a soccer ball and nearly as round. Some of these bubbles burst, but others remain after the lava cools. Yep, bubbles made of rock. The walls are so thin that they are flexible like plastic wrap.The Syracuse researchers poured 610lbs of molten basaltic rock rock in this video. You can imagine how it looks when real lava flows hit glaciers — very neat.last_img read more

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Mallee Estate named top wine producer

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram South Australian winemaker Jim Markeas has taken first prize at the 43rd Riverland Wine Show in South Australia.The annual event took place in Renmark, where 350 participants took part in vying for the top title. Mallee Estate Wine, run by Jim and his brother Arthur, have been participating in wine competitions since 2010, both in Australia and abroad, receiving high ratings time and time again. Exporting to the United States and China, the brand’s most popular varieties include the Mallee Estate shiraz, cabernet and sauvignon blanc, along with the ever-popular favourite P&E Markeas Shiraz – named with the initials of Jim’s parents and founders of the winery, Peter and Eleni. Originating from Kardamili, Messinia, the Markeas family settled in SA’s temperate Murray River region in 1968 and founded the winery one year later.“My father knew how to cultivate the land. He planted olives and potatoes when he arrived in Australia and his dream was to cultivate fruits and grapes,” says Jim, the youngest member of the family brand. In 1988 the family invested in a larger piece of land and Jim went on to pursue his studies in oenology (the study of wine and winemaking) at Adelaide University. With Arthur, the pair managed to convert their family vineyards into a thriving and widely-recognised business.Since 2005 the site has been opened to wine enthusiasts who can enjoy the numerous wines in what has been named ‘The Tavern’, recreating the sentiment of balmy Greek summer days.last_img read more

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Voitures électriques la machine est lancée assure JeanLouis Borloo

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first_imgVoitures électriques : “la machine est lancée” assure Jean-Louis BorlooFrance – Alors que le lancement des nouvelles voitures électriques aura lieu dans moins de huit mois, l’État a signé une charte avec douze collectivités territoriales et des constructeurs automobiles pour déployer les infrastructures nécessaires à la recharge de ces véhicules.”La machine est lancée. L’ensemble des acteurs sont prêts à jouer le jeu” s’est réjoui le ministre de l’Écologie Jean-Louis Borloo.D’ici 2015, le gouvernement prévoit que soient mis en place quelque 900.000 points de recharge privés et 75.000 bornes publiques pour les voitures électriques. Dans une charte signée mardi avec les ministères de l’Industrie et de l’Écologie, douze collectivités dont Paris, Lyon, Nice, Le Havre ou Bordeaux, se sont engagées à installer les premières bornes publiques dès 2010.De leur côté, les constructeurs Renault et PSA ont promis de “commercialiser 60.000 véhicules électriques en France en 2011-2012, en ciblant notamment les agglomérations qui développent un réseau d’infrastructures de recharge suffisant”, ont indiqué les deux ministères dans un communiqué.Par ailleurs, Jean-Louis Borloo a annoncé le prochain lancement d’une commande sur cinq ans de 50.000 véhicules électriques destinés à une vingtaine d’entreprises publiques et privées, telles que La Poste, la RATP, Veolia et EDF. C’est le 23 avril que devrait être lancée la procédure d’appel d’offres.Ce plan ne satisfait toutefois pas les écologistes. France nature environnement (FNE), qui rassemble près de 3.000 associations, s’interroge en effet sur l’impact de ce plan sur l’environnement, comparé à l’investissement qu’il nécessitera. “Alors que la voiture électrique ne devrait pas représenter plus de 10% du marché automobile d’ici à 2020, la course à la dépense publique laisse FNE interrogative” lit-on dans un communiqué.Par ailleurs, alors que la réglementation européenne impose pour 2015 une moyenne de 130 grammes de C02 par kilomètre pour l’ensemble des voitures commercialisées par chaque constructeur, FNE regrette que “pour chaque voiture électrique vendue, les constructeurs pourront continuer à vendre des voitures thermiques énergivores”.Le 16 avril 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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We have to concentrate on River Plate for now DOnofrio on

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first_imgRiver Plate President Rodolfo D’Onofrio says the club is concentrating on the final on Sunday.Also there are no discussions on the future of midfielder Exequiel Palacios who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently.D’Onofrio who disclosed this in an interview with Marca said:“I wrote to Florentino Perez a few days ago to thank him for having us at the Bernabeu. We are not currently talking about Palacios but about twenty days ago Butragueno spoke to Enzo Francescoli about the player, but with a view to continuing negotiations later.”River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“The economic differences between Real Madrid and River are very large. It’s very difficult to retain a player, but history tells us that the player sees a future opportunity and we can’t cut his career. The club can’t be closed and must open themselves up to negotiation. That a player from River goes to Madrid is also prestigious for River.”On the readiness of Palacios to play at Madrid, he said:“He’s at a great level, but I think it would be good to play for one more year in Argentina. However, that is not my decision.”“We will negotiate, Madrid know that. He is very young but he is very serious, and seems older than he is. A very complete player. If they really love him, the move would be ideal for both the player and Real Madrid.”last_img read more

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Another storm hits Northeast Oh not again

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first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The latest storm to roll off nature’s assembly line this bustling winter spread heavy snow and sleet along the Northeast corridor Thursday, while utility crews in the ice-encrusted South labored to restore power to hundreds of thousands of shivering residents.The sloppy weather shuttered schools and businesses, made driving scary, grounded more than 6,000 flights on Thursday alone and created more back-breaking work for people along the East Coast, where shoveling out has become a weekly chore — sometimes a twice-weekly one.“Snow has become a four-letter word,” said Tom McGarrigle, chairman of the Delaware County Council, in suburban Philadelphia.Baltimore awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington, D.C., had at least 8, and federal offices and the city’s two main airports were closed.Philadelphia had nearly 9 inches, making it the fourth 6-inch snowstorm of the season — the first time that has happened in the city’s history. New York City received nearly 10 inches. Parts of New Jersey had over 11. The Boston area was expecting 4 to 6, while inland Connecticut and Massachusetts were looking at a foot or more.In New Cumberland, Pa., Randal DeIvernois had to take a rest after shoveling his driveway. His snow blower had conked out.“Every time it snows, it’s like, oh, not again,” he said. “I didn’t get this much snow when I lived in Colorado. It’s warmer at the Olympics than it is here. That’s ridiculous.”last_img read more

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Man faces several charges after violent Dunkin Donuts rampage

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first_imgCAMBRIDGE (WHDH) – A man is facing charges after police say he went on a violent Memorial Day rampage inside a Cambridge Dunkin’ Donuts.Surveillance video shows Tyleek Solomon, 22, of Cambridge, throwing tables, chairs, napkin holders and even a bike seat inside the coffee shop.The incident happened around 9:45 a.m. inside a restaurant in Central Square.Officials believe Solomon and the victim know each other, though they have not said that they do.“He was coming back to find this particular individual, knew that he was in this particular Dunkin’ Donuts and he came in a bit of a rage, and just went right after this person,” said Jeremy Warnick, Cambridge Police Director of Communications.Dunkin’ Donuts customers were caught in the middle. Police say a disabled man suffered minor injuries because he couldn’t get out of the way. The victim was also injured.Solomon is now in custody. Police say he faces multiple charges. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Transcending Print

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first_imgSauerberg: Condé Nast has evolved from a publishing company into a media company.  The core of our offerings is in beautifully-designed magazines, but the nature of our brands will allow us to transcend print.  Our brands and content engage consumers on a visceral level that goes beyond traditional media.  For example, The New Yorker Festival entertains ticket holders year after year, Fashion’s Night Out has incited a global community to action, while our future Gourmet Live app will tap into gaming as a way to engage and entertain like never before.  FOLIO: In making the announcement, CEO Charles Townsend said the company needs to “move away from the magazine.” While embracing emerging technology and content platforms makes sense, what are the perception/expectations for the company’s 20+ print products?Sauerberg: Magazine publishing is at our core. Print is still a key medium for Condé Nast and will be for a long time to come. However, it is not our only focus. Technology and consumer expectations have changed dramatically, and we think this is the moment to double down on the opportunities before us. We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future. We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our websites and our digital applications.FOLIO: How does a company like Condé Nast reconcile the difference in revenue between print and digital? (Print fading but still enormous, digital promising, but still fairly small.)Sauerberg: Our goal is to increase our consumer touch points and monetize all of those optimally. We see great potential in our brands on all platforms and believe a concentrated effort focused on the consumer relationship and valuable content experiences will be beneficial for our advertising revenue long term as well. FOLIO: The announcement talks about Condé Nast becoming more focused around a number of things, among them consumer insight. What does “consumer insight” refer to specifically? What is the goal for that as a revenue stream?Sauerberg: Consumer insight and knowledge from our vast databases and research capabilities will be the enabler of growth.  We will continue to use consumer behavior and trends to inform our strategies and allow us to iterate in a way that drives consumer engagement.FOLIO: How does a publisher become a “marketing facility?” What are the primary outlets and services here? How do you organize the company to become a marketing partner, as opposed to a conduit for advertising?Sauerberg: Condé Nast has always offered our clients unparalleled services, but under this new structure and [CMO] Lou Cona’s guidance, we intend to enhance our vast array of media opportunities to speak to the ever changing needs of our advertisers through this recession environment and beyond. He will bring the power of digital, social, e-commerce, insights and other marketing services assets to the table to provide our clients with innovative, customized solutions to their marketing needs that are uniquely Condé Nast.FOLIO: What are the new roles of traditional publishing personnel in the new model? How do editors, salespeople, designers, etc. adjust? What new type of talent and roles are required?Sauerberg: Condé Nast has the best and brightest in the business and we need to make sure their ideas and learnings are shared.  This is a shift towards collaboration, and will ultimately enable our editors and publishers to in effect become true brand managers.  The shift from being a traditional “print person” into something more is well under way as evidenced by our digital magazine apps and new products to come like Gourmet Live. Last week, Condé Nast announced a slew of management changes, including the promotion of consumer marketing group president Robert Sauerberg to president of the company. The moves were part of a transitioning business model “focused around digital connectivity, technology development and consumer insight.” It also signifies a major shift from an emphasis on print advertising to pursuing a greater understanding of the relationship between publisher, marketer and audience. While it’s still early days, Sauerberg [pictured] offered FOLIO: some thoughts on changes right out of the gate. FOLIO: How do you define the company going forward? Is this a “publisher” (even an online publisher)? Is this a marketing company? If so, what does that mean? What will the core products be moving forward?last_img read more

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In Other News Plan for Military Bases to House Migrant Children on

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first_imgA plan to house thousands of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the nation’s southern border at an installation in Texas appears to have been shelved as the Pentagon has yet to receive a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for arrivals, reports Military.com. The plan to use Goodfellow AFB to house children “is on indefinite hold,” according to an HHS spokesman. DOD had been preparing for Goodfellow to take up to 20,000 children; meanwhile Fort Bliss was getting ready to handle up to 12,000 undocumented families. … With the economy continuing to chug along, companies are aggressively competing to hire veterans with transferable skills, resulting in  ”a war for talent” as the civilian and non-civilian unemployment rates are both below 4 percent,  Matt Disher, a senior vice president with RecruitMilitary, told Military.com. The unemployment rate for all veterans in August stood at 3.8 percent, slightly better than the overall unemployment rate of 3.9 percent. Also encouraging is the steady improvement in the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans, which dropped to 3.9 percent in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate for those veterans peaked at 12.1 percent in 2011. … A subsidiary of Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Energy will own, operate and maintain the electric utility system for Fort Jackson, S.C., under a 50-year contract valued at $142 million awarded this week by the Army. Dominion Privatization South Carolina LLC will take over operation of the post’s electric system in April 2019, according to a press release.Photo courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Voting underway amid low turnout

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first_imgVoting underway amid low turnout in Bugura-6 constituency on 24 June, 2019. Photo: UNB.Voting in the by-election to Bogura-6 constituency is underway on Monday amid a very poor response from voters at many polling stations.The balloting began at 9:00am and will continue till 4:00pm without any break.Visiting different polling stations the UNB correspond found that the voter turnout was poor in the morning.However, no irregularities were reported from any polling centre till noon.Meanwhile, the election commission took all the preparations to smoothly hold the by-polls using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).The constituency was declared vacant as BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was elected from the parliamentary seat in the 30 December general election, did not take oath as MP within the 90 days from the date of the first meeting of parliament.Golam Mohammad Siraj of BNP, T Zaman Niketa of Awami League, Nurul Islam Omar of Jatiya Party, Mansur Rahman of Bangladesh Congress, Mufti Rafiqul Islam of Muslim League and independent candidate Md Minhaz Mondal are there in the election race.Besides, another independent candidate Syed Kabir Ahmed Mithu quit the election race after the expiry of the deadline.There are 387,458 voters — 191,668 males and 195,790 females – in the constituency.Earlier, the EC identified 111 out of total 141 polling centres as important.Five policemen and 12 Ansar members have been deployed in every important polling centre while four policemen and 12 Ansar members at a normal centre.Besides, 12 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh, 12 teams of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and 12 executive magistrates are there in the field apart from 12 teams of striking forces to ensure security.last_img read more

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