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20 Killed in Car Bomb Attack in Northern Syria

Beirut – At least 20 people, most of them rebels, were killed in a car bomb attack on Thursday that targeted a checkpoint in northern Syria. The attack, which targeted a checkpoint run by a Free Syrian Army (FSA) near the border with Turkey, sent dozens of wounded to nearby hospitals.At least 14 of the dead were believed to be rebel fighters, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The area is a stronghold of Turkish-backed Syrian rebels involved in a major operation aimed at clearing Islamic State from the border region.

Diplomatic Quartet on Middle East to meet tomorrow in New York UN

Hua Jiang told reporters in New York that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan would attend the meeting, along with US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and the European Union Commissioner dealing with foreign policy, Javier Solana.Meeting at Manhattan’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel, the four will hold “a discussion of recent developments in the Middle East,” she said. In the early evening, the Secretary-General will host a meeting at his residence of the Quartet members along with the Egyptian and Jordanian Foreign Ministers and the Saudi Permanent Representative to the UN, according to Ms. Jiang. That meeting will be followed by a dinner.Meanwhile today, the Secretary-General discussed the upcoming Quartet meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher. According to a readout put out by the Office of the Spokesman for the Secretary-General, the two discussed “some ideas that the Arab side may bring to tomorrow’s meeting.” In addition, they talked about “the prospects for progress after the Quartet meeting.” read more

Mojito with your manicure BC now lets businesses apply for liquor licences

Mojito with your manicure? B.C. now let’s businesses apply for liquor licences VANCOUVER – From book stores to barber shops, businesses across British Columbia can now ask the provincial government for permission to serve liquor.Under new legislation that came into effect Monday, any business can now apply for a liquor licence, unless it caters primarily to minors and or is based inside a motor vehicle.A barber shop in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown neighbourhood is among businesses planning to capitalize on the new rules.“It’s a nice service that we would be able to offer our clients as a compliment to either a haircut or a shave,” said Jeff Campeau, a barber at Victory.The shop’s management has put in an application for a liquor licence and is awaiting approval, both from the province and the city.“We’ve had a number of clients who are excited about the possibility of having a beer or a whisky or a glass of wine with their service. The general population of our clientele has been quite excited for it,” Campeau said.They haven’t discussed the beverages might appear on the menu, he added, but said they’ll likely keep the options simple so the shop doesn’t become more bar than barber.John Yap, B.C.’s parliamentary secretary for liquor review policy, said the new rules modernize previous laws.“That’s a fundamental departure from what was the case with the antiquated liquor laws, where only food and beverage and hospitality businesses could apply for a liquor licence,” he said.Like the previous laws, establishments serving drinks will have to be certified through the province’s Serving It Right program, which teaches people their legal responsibilities when serving alcohol.Municipalities will also have to approve of businesses that want to serve liquor. The City of Vancouver says in a statement that it is currently reviewing all the feedback heard during a recent liquor-policy review and staff are preparing policy advice for city council to consider in March.The changes come after a years-long review of the province’s liquor laws and a report that included 73 recommendations for new legislation.“During the policy review, we heard from thousands of British Columbians who expressed a desire for a more common sense approach to our liquor laws,” Yap said.Other new regulations allow people at golf courses to take their drinks from one service area to another, and hotels to give guests a complimentary check-in drink.The changes create flexibility for consumers and allow businesses to explore new revenue streams, Yap said.B.C. isn’t the first province to relax its liquor laws. Rules allowing non-food and alcohol businesses to serve alcohol in Ontario changed in 2011.Jeff Armstrong opened a spa called Her Majesty’s Pleasure in downtown Toronto in 2014, where guests can sip on anything from champagne to a cocktail while being pampered.“I think in general, the beauty industry lacks unique experiences,” he said. “And when you look at things like airport lounges and hotel lobbies and restaurants, all the great places that are fun to go out, there’s always some sort of bar or wine and spirit component that adds socialization.”The spa’s clients include people from “all walks of life,” including both individuals and groups, Armstrong said.“People love to treat themselves and they love to treat their friends,” he added.While serving mojitos with manicures is currently a unique business model, Armstrong said he expects the trend to continue, but not quickly, because the process to get a licence is long and rigorous.Still, Armstrong said he plans to take advantage of B.C.’s new rules by opening a location in Vancouver soon. by Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 3:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 24, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Canadian Natural Resources CEO confident KXL pipeline will be built

CALGARY – The CEO of one the biggest crude oil producers in Canada says he’s confident that the Keystone XL pipeline will be built despite doubts related to lower oil prices and regulatory obstacles.Steve Laut, CEO of Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ), said in an interview on Thursday his company is committed to use almost a fifth of the capacity on the 830,000-barrel-per-day conduit from Alberta to markets in Oklahoma and the U.S. Gulf Coast.“It makes economic sense to support Keystone and we support Keystone. We’re in for 150,000 barrels per day,” he said.The contentious pipeline was approved by U.S. President Donald Trump in March but questions have been raised about the business case for it after proponent TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) launched an open season call last week, giving shippers until next month to commit to use 225,000 barrels per day of available room.The pipeline also faces a key regulatory hurdle in Nebraska where a state commission is expected to rule by late November on whether Keystone XL serves the public interest.TransCanada has indicated it won’t make a final decision on whether to proceed with the US$8-billion project until late November or December, based on commercial support and regulatory approvals.“I think it’s up to us as industry and the governments, municipalities, everyone, to work together to make sure all the issues are addressed and it gets put through,” said Laut in an interview following the release of second-quarter results.He confirmed that Canadian Natural is also a committed shipper on the TransMountain expansion and Energy East oil pipelines but wouldn’t say how much it is set to ship on those lines.Analyst Dirk Lever of AltaCorp Capital said he believes Keystone XL will win sufficient support to proceed but it’s prudent for TransCanada to demand take-or-pay contracts.“The markets have changed, they’ve deteriorated, so people are concerned about it,” he said. “Do I think (TransCanada) will get the support? Probably.”In a forecast in June, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said production in Canada has almost grown to equal pipeline capacity of four million barrels per day of oil. It said crude-by-rail shipments are expected to grow as production from new oilsands projects come on line.Laut said it’s unclear if his company will need to use rail to ship its oil but, if it does, there is plenty of third-party rail capacity it can hire as it owns no rail cars or loading facilities.Canadian Natural’s need for oil shipping is growing thanks to a $12.7-billion deal to buy a 70 per cent interest in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project mining complex in northern Alberta.It announced on Thursday it produced more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day in June, its first month since the close of the sale. Its output included 202,000 bpd of upgraded oilsands crude from its stake in AOSP.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Canadian Natural Resources CEO confident KXL pipeline will be built by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 3, 2017 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State mens soccer set for Big Ten match after 5 days

Senior midfielder Yianni Sarris (6) dribbles the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 12 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 2-1.Credit: Ed Momot / For The LanternHeading into another matchup with a Big Ten opponent, the Ohio State men’s soccer team will have the benefit of one thing it hasn’t had in weeks — rest.The five days of rest between OSU’s 2-1 loss to then-No. 10 Indiana on Sunday and this weekend’s matchup at Wisconsin (2-8-2, 0-4-0) is the longest break the team has received in almost a month.OSU (4-5-3, 2-2-0) senior midfielder Yianni Sarris said the team appreciates the time off.“I think (the rest) is going to be huge for us,” Sarris said. “I don’t think we’ve had a full week of rest since the beginning of the year. We’ve got some guys injured right now, so hopefully we can get everyone on track and feeling better and be ready for Wisconsin on Saturday.”Sarris said he is dealing with a “banged-up” knee but will use the week to recover in time for the weekend.OSU coach John Bluem also said he was glad to see the break because of his team’s performance after time off this season.“We’ve played well when we’ve had an extended rest and have had more time to prepare,” Bluem said. “Hopefully that will be the case again.”Bluem said he gave the team a full day off on Monday after facing Indiana the day before.The Badgers sit at the bottom of the Big Ten standings with their 0-4 conference record. However, junior defender Kyle Culbertson said he does not believe the Buckeyes can take Wisconsin — or any other Big Ten team — lightly.“I don’t think we can relax,” Culbertson said. “I think there’s been a lot of things to show that our conference is pretty tough, through and through.”Bluem agreed, saying that he expects every game on the Big Ten schedule to be a close battle.“I wish I could say we could relax,” Bluem said. “But I think every team in the conference is capable of winning a game against anyone else. And certainly we’re one of those teams, as well.“We’re going to be in all these games, they’re going to be close games. We just have to find, and do, whatever it takes to get a result.”Preventing goals has been an issue for the Badgers this season. In eight out of 12 games, they have allowed two or more goals. However, OSU is tied for last in the Big Ten with a goal per game average of one.Despite the Badgers’ record, Bluem had high remarks for his team’s upcoming opponent.“Wisconsin looks like a very good team,” Bluem said. “It’s surprising to me that they’re 2-8-2. I know they’re a very, very young team, so hopefully we’ll be able to take advantage of that.”Wisconsin only carries three seniors on its roster, compared to 12 true freshmen.Sarris said Wisconsin’s losing record is of no interest to the team.“Our goal is to approach everyone like they’re a top-five opponent,” Sarris said. “Regardless if they’re ranked or not ranked, we’re going to treat them like they’re a top-ranked opponent because we can’t afford to lose any more matches.”Sarris said he has no doubt the team will be unprepared for Wisconsin with that mindset intact.“We will be ready,” he said.After the game at Madison, Wis., OSU is set to begin a three-game home stand against Bowling Green on Wednesday. That game is set to kick off at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Former Ohio State diver Katie Bell hopes to end Olympic dream on

About a year ago, former Ohio State diver Katie Bell had a friend who wanted to watch her compete among the world’s elite and buy tickets to the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the time, the purchase seemed optimistic at best, with Bell still months away from even getting the chance to qualify for the London Games. On June 24, though, at the United States Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., Bell made her friend’s premature purchase worth the while after finishing second in the 10-meter platform competition-securing one of two Olympic berths in the event. For Bell, who has dreamed of being a member of the U.S. Olympic team since she could walk, the fact that she has reached her lifetime goal still hasn’t totally hit her. “I’m still in shock,” said Bell, who will compete with the U.S. Diving team Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 in London. “People keep asking me if it feels real and how I’m feeling, and I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to feel real until I’m at the Games and in the Village and at the pool with USA behind me.” An All-American diver at OSU, Bell has been telling her family and friends that she would be an Olympian since a young age. “We’ve been talking about it since she was six or seven years old, about going to the Olympics, we really have,” said Bell’s father, Chris Bell. “It’s never been a doubt.” The only thing up in the air was what sport Bell wanted to compete in. Diving was not her first choice. She started her athletic career as a gymnast. A Clintonville native, Bell watched the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, dubbed the “Magnificent Seven,” at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Filled with many teenage sensations, they were the first U.S. gymnastics team to win a gold medal. “Watching (former Olympians) Kerri Strug and Dominique Moceanu and their stories (inspired me),” Bell said. “I had every possible book about them, and I just wanted to be like them.” By the age of five, Bell was practicing gymnastics before and after school. A few years later, she started to dive during the summer at Olympic Swim Club in Columbus, but only as a backup option. “I started (diving) when I was eight just because I told my Dad I wanted another chance to go to the Olympics,” Bell said. “Then, when I was 13, I ended up switching from gymnastics to diving.” Bell’s goal, and her diving career, almost came to an end during her freshman season at OSU. At the 2007 Big Ten Championships, Bell attempted an arm-stand triple for her second dive. She lost her position midair, knowing neither where the ceiling or the water’s location was. Bell landed flat on her stomach, collapsing a lung, separating chest cartilage and popping ribs out of place. It took two years, according to Bell, for her to get back into diving shape-both mentally and physically. During that time, Bell thought about quitting the sport altogether. She almost transferred from OSU. “One of my diving teammates, who was a year younger than me, the other day she said she remembered I would come in (to practice), do one or two dives and cry or get upset because it was so hard,” Bell said. Bell’s father remembers those years as the only point in his daughter’s athletic career when he thought the hard work and dedication wasn’t worth it. “She was hurting a lot and they still try to figure out why she’s not getting better and why she’s hurting so much. That was really hard and maybe not (worth it),” he said. After consulting a psychologist and numerous rehab sessions with doctors at OSU, Bell came back, only to get injured again. She tore her labrum and suffered rotator cuff damage in her shoulder at the USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials at OSU in February 2010. “It was another process back,” Bell said. “A lot of diving is mental. Coming back from all of that and getting up there and doing those dives again, there’s always a risk of getting hurt. I just learned to always think about the positives that come with it.” Bell did not just become a better diver after the injuries; she said she also became a better person. “I was not an open person. I didn’t have very good communication with people. After (the injuries), I learned a lot about myself, and about other people around me,” Bell said. Like every sport, injuries are a part of diving. So are sacrifices outside of the pool, something Bell has become very accustomed to since she arrived at OSU. “Since I came to Ohio State, (head coach) Vince Panzano always told us, ‘You are not normal. You can’t go out with all the other kids at Ohio State and get in trouble,’” Bell said. “It took me a while to figure that out in college. You kind of want to go a little crazy, but as I got older, I realized I wanted to focus all my time on diving. When I’m done, then I can hang out and have fun.” A self-described hippie, Bell said she missed out on her family’s venture to a bluegrass music festival a few weeks ago. She had to train for the trials. Her family told her not to be upset; she could have fun after the Olympics. In London, Bell will get the chance to make all her efforts pay off. It won’t be the first time she dons the Red, White, and Blue at the Olympic pool, though. She, and Upper Arlington native Abby Johnston-also on the U.S Olympic team, and friends since childhood-competed at the FINA Diving World Cup in London in February. When they dove together at the international biennial competition, Bell and Johnston made a pact that they would return to London, together, for the Olympics in the summer. The experience the two had in February will help them when they compete in August, Bell said. “Just seeing (the pool) and being in that environment already, I think has prepared me to be back,” she said. When she competes for the first time as an Olympian, Bell said she will not be satisfied with just being there. The pageantry and camaraderie will be nice, but Bell said she wants more than a memory. She wants something, possibly made of gold, silver or bronze, to bring back to OSU and the United States. “I think with all of my best dives that I’ve done, I’m competing right up there with everyone,” Bell said. Bell is set to leave for the U.S. diving team’s Olympic camp in Maryland on July 12 before heading to England four days later on the 16th. She said she hopes to medal so her family, the friend that bought a ticket a year in advance, and the rest of the world can watch her lifetime dream end on a high note. read more

Owner of Oxford shark house now begins fight to have monument protected

It is loved by locals who would be horrified if anything ever happened to itBill Heine A homeowner has applied to register a 25-foot shark sculpture in his roof as a heritage asset The Oxford running track where Roger Bannister, left, ran the mile in under a minute is already a heritage assetCredit:Norman Potter/HULTON ARCHIVE He added: “Having gained fame through its struggles through the planning system, how appropriate to now find ways of protecting it through the planning system.” Bill Heine wants to preserve the monument for future generations Bill Heine wants to preserve the monument for future generationsCredit:David Hartley/Rex He is the only the fourth person in the council’s history to receive the honour, which celebrates his charity work and broadcasting. Today, the landmark continues to attract droves of tourists.The application for it to be listed on the Oxford Heritage Asset Register will now go to the city council, with a decision expected by council heritage officers in the summer.If approved, the next step would be to have it nationally listed with English Heritage.Chairman of Headington Neighbourhood Forum, Mike Ratcliffe, said: “One of the themes of the neighbourhood plan is to preserve and develop the identity of Headington.”The shark, embedded in its rooftop, continues to intrude, to surprise and to fascinate.”People stop to look, it has a presence on Trip Advisor and has an international reputation.”I think it’s an eminently appropriate candidate for the Oxford Heritage Register.” The Oxford running track where Roger Bannister, left, ran the mile in under a minute is already a heritage asset In a supporting letter he said: “Although the shark was originally greeted with suspicion, it is loved by locals who would be horrified if anything ever happened to it.”If approved by Oxford City Council it will join other heritage assets such as ‘The Rusty Bicycle” and Roger Bannister’s running track, also in the city.In January this year, Mr Heine, an American radio broadcaster, was presented with a Special Certificate of Merit by Oxford City Council in recognition of his contribution to the city. The fish, officially named “Untitled 1986”, was created by sculptor John Buckley.He built the giant shark as a protest against the American bombing of Libya, continues to attract droves of tourists.If the heritage asset register is approved the fish will influence planning decisions in favour as it will conserve local character. A terminally ill man whose house has become a tourist attraction with a 25-foot shark in the roof has launched a bid to preserve the monument after his death.Bill Heine, 73, has applied to have the fibreglass sculpture listed as a local heritage asset by Oxford City Council, meaning it will be preserved for future generations.His ‘Headington Shark’ attracts thousands of tourists from across the world every year and is “loved by locals”, claims Mr Heine, who announced his terminal cancer in November last year.The 73-year-old battled the council for two years to keep the shark after retrospective planning permission was refused in 1990, until then Environment Secretary Michael Heseltine backed it in 1992 following an appeal.His new application claims the sculpture is of significant value to the local community. The homeowner has applied to register the shark sculpture as a heritage assetCredit:Photofusion/UIG via Getty Images Mr Heine added: “When the sculptor John Buckley and I put the shark in my house all that time ago we didn’t think it would last for 31 hours, let alone 31 years.”I’m delighted that ‘time’ has had an opportunity to add some sheen to the shark.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

BREAKING AFC to contest LGE without APNU

AFC leader Raphael TrotmanThe Alliance For Change will contest the upcoming Local Government Elections on November 12 but not as part of the APNU/AFC Coalition.This decision was reached following the inconclusive negotiations with APNU. This applies only for LGE 2018 and does not, in any way, affect the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, nor does it, in any way, change the AFC’s position on coalition politics at the national level. The AFC remains, and reaffirms that it is, committed to the APNU+AFC Coalition.Further, the party’s Management Committee has resolved into the LGE Campaign Committee and is chaired by David Patterson who has been appointed Campaign Director. Ms. Juretha Fernandes has been appointed Deputy Campaign Director. Appointments to other positions will be done subsequently.The AFC is in full preparation mode for LGE, including hosting meetings in the various constituencies and identifying potential candidates who will be subject to a rigorous internal vetting process before official appointment. Candidates will be addressing the local issues which are of concern to citizens and working collaboratively to find practical and implementable solutions.The party is currently determining which municipalities and constituencies it will strategically contest as it does not envision contesting in each Neighbourhood Democratic Council and in every constituency of all municipalities until subsequent election cycles.The AFC is confident in the support it will continue to receive from the people of Guyana and can assure citizens that it will only nominate candidates of the highest caliber and quality. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Trojan horse’ move by AFC in contesting LGE alone will fool no one, says PPPAugust 6, 2018In “latest news”AFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”Letter: Solo or not! AFC is ‘dead meat’!May 2, 2018In “Letters” read more

Capcom admits Street Fighter X Tekken shipped with all DLC on the

first_imgCapcom seems to be no stranger to gaming controversy lately. It’s most notable being the Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D debacle, where gamers were unable to reset the save data on their games. Thus, leaving consumers with a game they could neither replay, nor trade in.The company’s most recent move that’s causing an Internet uproar is related to the recent release of a Street Fighter X Tekken DLC for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, which is in fact included on the original copy of the game. Yes, you read that correctly: the DLC, which will contain 12 new characters that originally made their debut on the PS Vita version of the game, is actually already on the Street Fighter X Tekken retail disc. Why? According to Capcom, “To save hard drive space.” Before you jump to the comment section, this decision was also made to prevent any compatibility issues that players who choose not to purchase the DLC may have when trying to play against other players that do. Capcom lends an example of an instance where one person decides to buy a fancy costume and one does not; the end result is the miserly gamer won’t see the costumes when playing the shopaholic gamer. By including these on-disc characters, Capcom avoids the issue. This decision will also help prevent huge downloads down the road, providing a more convenient, smaller unlock that lets new content surface. Capcom also pointed out in its press release that this move avoids a “Super” version of the game and yet another disc wrapped in plastic for you to buy. Every download for the game for the next few months (and possibly years) will be available on the retail disc, all you need to do is fork over the cash to unlock it. Fortunately, if you’re more guarded with your savings, at least you’ll be able to see the new content when you’re playing against other people online. via Capcom-Unitylast_img read more

First home buyers boost under review

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The possible removal of the First Home-Owners’ Grant (FHOG) increase in June will be “disastrous for the building industry”, according to director Peter Travlos of Stockdale and Leggo Taylors Lakes. “It would be unwise to stop it now that the market is starting to pick up. First home buyers will be shut out of the market place because they just won’t be able to afford buying property,” he said. The Government doubled the grant for first home-buyers and tripled it to $21,000 for newly-constructed homes as part of its $10.4 billion stimulus package last year. The increases subsidies have helped first home buyers take a record 26.9 percent of all new home loans in January. If the boost which is due to expire at the end of June ends, first-time buyers will be eligible to receive only $7000 from the Federal Government.Whilst last week Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said at a community Cabinet meeting that the increased grant always had finite time-frame, and that “all good things must come to an end,” Government insiders have reportedly suggested that the grant may be extended in a slightly modified form. But when Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) contacted the Prime Minister’s Office for a decision on the grant, a Government spokesperson refused to comment on budget speculation.Experts are divided on the extension of the FHOG, which is thought to have caused inflation at the lower end of the market.“The FHOG has definitely provided support to the lower end of the housing market, although it is difficult to disentangle this effect from the increase in affordability coming from lower interest rates,” said ANZ economist Riki Polygenis. “The extra support for new building activity should be extended given the looming shortage of housing in Australia. Whether or not support to purchasers of established houses should be continued is more debatable.” Opposition housing spokesman Scott Morrison urged Mr Rudd to provide certainty by immediately announcing a decision on the increased grant. “Kevin Rudd’s weasel words will only add to the stress of first home buyers who are already having to deal with significant delays as increasing numbers of applicants attempt to access the boost before June 30,” he said. When contacted by NKEE a spokesperson for Mr Morrison would not confirm whether or not he supported the FHOG extension but instead said that they were waiting on a solid proposal from the Government and that their support would depend on how the Government would source its funds.Andrew Alexis, 23, who was looking to build a new house said he was not fussed if the FHOG boost was removed.“Since the FHOG boost was introduced, the price of titled land has increased and therefore it is now even more expensive to build than before. I’ve also observed that houses in the lower bracket have increased in price so I don’t think that first home buyers have benefit overall anyway. It will be interesting to see what happens to the demand if the boost is removed.”The Victorian Government’s first home buyers’ bonuses; $3000 for established homes and $5000 for new homes – are also due to expire on June 30. A spokesman for Treasurer John Lenders would not confirm whether or not this would be extended but said that details of the budget would be released on the May 5.last_img read more

La fusée Soyouz et ses trois passagers en route pour lISS

first_imgLa fusée Soyouz et ses trois passagers en route pour l’ISSKazakhstan – Ce vendredi, deux cosmonautes russes et une astronaute américaine se sont envolés pour la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) à bord de la fusée Soyouz, pour une mission de six mois.L’Américaine Tracy Caldwell Dyson ainsi que les Russes Alexander Skvortsov et Mikhail Korniyenko ont décollé ce matin du cosmodrome de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan à 04h00 GMT, d’après un porte-parole du contrôle de la mission. Dix minutes plus tard, la mise en orbite de la fusée était effectuée. L’astronaute et les cosmonautes effectueront un voyage de deux jours à bord de la fusée Soyouz pour atteindre l’ISS, où une mission de six mois à 320 km en orbite les attend. Ils rejoindront l’Américain Timothy Creamer, le Japonais Soichi Noguchi et le Russe Oleg Kotov déjà à bord. L’équipe devra notamment réceptionner trois cargaisons. Deux sorties dans l’espace, à partir de la zone russe mais également de la zone américaine, sont également prévues. L’Américaine Tracy Caldwell Dyson a déjà effectué un premier vol dans l’espace en 2007, cependant pour les deux cosmonautes russes, il s’agit d’une première. Lors d’une conférence de presse, Alexander Skvortsov avait affirmé qu’il tenterait de jouer au football avec l’Américaine à bord de l’ISS pour fêter leurs anniversaires respectifs.Le 2 avril 2010 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Aiming High on an Association Budget QA with Julia Rocchi

first_img That’s why knowing how and what to prioritize can be make or break for an association magazine. We sat down with Julia Rocchi, director of digital content at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a speaker at the March 28  Folio: Association Media Summit, to find out her own tips for making the most out of limited resources. Folio: What is your top priority when it comes to spending? Rocchi: My top priority is hiring excellent, proactive storytellers at fair, livable wages. My second priority would be purchasing high-quality image assets. Julia Rocchi: I work at a nonprofit, and like many nonprofits, our budgets tie directly to donor activity. I’m fortunate in that my organization recognizes the value of marketing — particularly in its ability to grow awareness and build a movement — so we have more staff available for content than other comparable orgs. Even with that, however, I still sometimes find myself operating from the perspective of scarcity rather than abundance. Folio: How have you, personally, come to develop a strategy along these lines? Folio: How are you doing more with less, or at least less than you’d probably like?   Folio: As director of digital content, what is your biggest challenge when it comes to budgets and resources? Rocchi: We are constantly reviewing our analytics, evaluating staff capacity, and developing data-driven approaches to storytelling that maximize tight resources. For example, when a writer invests a lot of time in a feature for print, she will also parlay that research into a companion piece for online as well as select a few extra professional photos for digital use. In addition, we are constantly testing formats beyond the traditional blog post. For example, two of our most popular and attractive formats are toolkits (slide decks) and quizzes (with Qzzr platform). These interactive formats have a great return on investment with our audience, and they help our writers vary the ways they approach storytelling. As just one component of large and diverse non-profit organizations, association media teams can often find themselves with big goals and small budgets. And while everyone loves to see the successes of their organization laid out in a high-quality monthly, even the most loved association magazines might have to fight for a little more financial wiggle room. Rocchi: One of our main areas of efficiency in the past five years has been to expand the responsibilities of our print staff to include digital responsibilities. For the magazine, our team dropped the number of issues from six to four, and is currently looking at ways to expand circulation within related networks. On the digital side, we still rely primarily on Creative Commons and source-supplied images; while it’s not the consistent level of visual quality I would prefer, it’s a great option for us on stories with faster turnaround. See the full program here, and register now for this can’t-miss association media event.last_img read more

Trevor Noah told the best Black Panther Oscars joke only Africans got

first_img Share your voice Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Comments Black Panther takes home three Oscars, loses best picture to Green Book Meet the Oscar winner for costumes who made Black Panther look fierce Oscars 2019 winners: Best picture, best director, best actor and more More Oscars coverage “Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see T’Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase ‘abelungu abazi uba ndiyaxoka,'” Noah said. “Which means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.'”But those who speak the South African language of Xhosa know that what Noah actually said was “white people don’t know I’m lying.” Tags TV and Movies 33 Black Panther is special to Noah on yet another level. The comedian has a cameo in the Marvel movie as the voice of the character Griot. Griot is the artificial-intelligence system designed by Shuri for the virtual plane that guides character Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) during an epic battle scene in the film.”Griot” is also the West African word for storyteller. 32 Photos Black Panther Marvel Oscars 2019 Trevor Noah’s Black Panther joke would have made King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) proud. Marvel Studios Marvel’s hit superhero movie Black Panther won Oscars for best production design, best costume design and best original score at Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards.But the award for best Black Panther joke should have gone to The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, an Academy Awards presenter.When the South African-born comedian presented best-picture nominee Black Panther, he joked that Wakanda and King T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) were real and cherished part of his own childhood memories.last_img read more

In Pics 7 Most romantic pictures of Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani

first_imgInstagramThere is no denying the fact that Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta make for a beautiful couple. From attending parties, events, family get together to witnessing live action from the grounds during IPL, Shloka and Akash have often been spotted painting the town red. Even at their own wedding, the duo looked madly-in-love who just had the eyes for each other. You want to see some old-age true-blue romance, look no further than the newest Mrs and Mr Ambani. InstagramRecently a picture of the two had gone viral where the two appeared to have been caught candid. In the unfiltered, sweet moment, Shloka Mehta and Akash are seen in a dance pose with Shloka teasing Akash while he covers his face with his hand. Akash and Shloka have been childhood friends who turned into lovers as they grew up. Instagram InstagramAkash and Shloka tied the knot in a grand ceremony on March 9, 2019 at Jio World Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex. Their wedding saw the crème-de-la-crème of society in full attendance. As per a report in Woman’s Era, the Ambanis had decided to gift an exquisite diamond set to Shloka Mehta as a wedding present. Nita Ambani wanted to gift something quite unique and special to Shloka and thus decided on buying a beautiful set made from the most attractive diamonds. The diamond set is rumoured to be quite a niche in its design and cut. Instagram InstagramAs per reports, sister-in-law, Isha Ambani alongwith her husband, Anand Piramal, gifted a palatial bungalow to Shloka Mehta as a wedding present. Shloka and Akash were supposed to get married before Isha and Anand Piramal, but, Akash gave up his wedding dates for his darling sister Isha.last_img read more

Quick look Pokemon Rumble U gameplay

first_imgPokemon season is in full swing as the all new Pokemon Rumble U hits shelves for the Wii U for everyone who has ever wanted interactive physical models of their favorite characters.Last year, Skylanders captured the hearts and wallets of young players all over the world by introducing a physical collectible component to the game. Your figurines weren’t just tokens from the game, they were the characters that you would summon in order to play and eventually beat the game.The Skylanders franchise proved incredibly lucrative, which meant it was time for others to try their hand at the format. Disney Infinity was up next, wielding the massive collection of every child’s favorite characters as physical models that you collected to play in the game. Now it’s time for the original child friendly global collection game to enter the mix with Pokemon Rumble U.The NFC pad on the front of the Wii U GamePad makes it a perfect companion for all of these games with NFC-based figurines that translate into in game characters, but Pokemon Rumble U is the first to actually take advantage of it.Skylanders and Disney Infinity require that you shell out for the special pad that connects via USB, making their starter kits significantly more expensive than Pokemon Rumble U. In fact, you don’t have to buy any physical models to start this game if you don’t want them, making this the only game in the category that can just be purchased from the Wii U shop. The trade-off there is that the game is only available for the Wii U, which doesn’t exactly have the widest audience right now.Pokemon Rumble U starts off in a world where the little creatures we’ve all seen for well over a decade are toys that require a crank in order to spring to life and play. An accident scatters a bunch of these toys around the world, and it’s up to your starting characters to convince everyone to go back to the toy store. Not everyone thinks this is the best idea ever, so it’s up to an arena style combat sequence to determine whether or not you are really the one in charge.As you play in the various arenas, you befriend more and more Pokemon that are added to the roster of creatures you can play as in the arena. The same basic rules of Pokemon apply, where certain elemental types are weak and strong against others, giving a serious advantage to anyone who has been keeping up on the massive list of creatures in the universe today.The arena fights are all four player, so you can either play with three friends or designate an AI for the other three. The limitations of the Wii U make it so only one players can use a GamePad while the others use WiiMotes, but the controls for the game are simple enough that you can comfortably play on either.If you are playing on the GamePad, Pokemon Rumble U is the first game to designate specific buttons for taking screenshots mid combat, allowing you to share your favorite moments in the MiiVerse social network.Pokemon Rumble U does a great job of capturing simple action so users of any skill level can jump in and play. At $18 for the digital download with physical models starting at $4, the game is significantly less expensive than the other titles in the collectibles genre and an all around fun yet quick game to play with friends.last_img read more

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Down the rabbit hole with Alice

first_imgLive entertainment company – Humour Me is putting together their next large scale grandiose production – 7 Days To Wonderland. Get ready to press pause on your real life reel and be drawn into the magical world of fairy tales later this year. From the finest fairy tales which continue to mesmerise us 7 Days To Wonderland, a play about truth being stranger than fiction, will bring our favorite fairy tale characters in confrontation with young Alice, white as a snow flake and blissfully unaware of the monstrous elements of life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Broadway inspired concept is a conglomeration of the finest tales of fantasy brought together in the finest trail of theatrics by the most ambitious theatrical actors from the domestic circuit. The show will feature some of India’s youngest yet finest talent. There’s a slight twist in this tale however. This Alice dos not fall down a rabbit hole and end up in Wonderland. Nor does she get shrunk and enlarged or fight the Jabberwoky. She does have some interesting adventures however. Here’s a little peek into what Humour Me has planned for their Alice… Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix7 Days to Wonderland is a touching tale between a struggling musician father Jahan, and his 7-year-old daughter Alice. Jahan and his two best friends Bobo and Cliffy, take Alice on a thrilling adventurous journey to Wonderland. En route to Wonderland they visit Neverland and the infamous Captain Hook, Cinderella’s old manor in England where Alice gets to woo the Prince before the clock strikes 12 and a rescue mission where they confront a wicked witch who lives in a house made of treats in the forest. Alice for 7 Days to Wonderland is an innocent yet sprightly girl much above her years in maturity and in sophistication. She adds flavours of humour and excitement with her blissful unawareness and finally misguided and misaimed femininity that help connect the various dots of the magical fairytale journey she sets out on.And to add to the excitement, the company is looking out for young actresses to play the lead role of Alice. A few other roles are also up for grabs and audition calls are on.  If acting is the thing for your little girl – this could be her chance to grab the limelight.last_img read more

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Chrome OS 76 Goes Stable With Virtual Desktop Support

first_imgClose The new Chrome OS 76 comes with virtual desktop support called Virtual Desks.  ( Christian Wiediger | Unsplash ) Google is rolling out Chrome OS 76, and the update is coming with support for virtual desktops, among other things.This feature has been available in other platforms for years already, and now the Mountain View company is bringing its desktop operating system up to speed with the rest in this regard.Virtual DesksGoogle calls Chrome OS’ virtual desktop support Virtual Desks, and it’s arguably the biggest addition in the update. (13) Ads by Amazon ASUS CHROMEBOX 3-N017U Mini PC with Intel Celeron, 4K … ASUS CHROMEBIT CS10 Stick-Desktop PC with RockChip 32… DEAL OF THE DAY Related Products (575) DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY $9.49$9.49 ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. $249.99$299.99 Bestseller Newest HP 14-inch Chromebook HD SVA (1366 x 768) Displ… ENDS IN $252.73$252.73 AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ENDS IN $229.00$229.00 Bestseller AC DC Adapter for Samsung Chromebook 3 / 2 / 1 11.6″ … DEAL OF THE DAY (41) Bestseller DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY $249.00$249.00 Ads by Amazoncenter_img $274.00$337.96 DEAL OF THE DAY (98) Bestseller Newest HP 14-inch Chromebook HD Touchscreen Laptop PC (I… Bestseller Bestseller ENDS IN (157) $89.00$89.00 HP 14-inch Chromebook HD SVA (1366 x 768) Display, Inte… Wow facts 3Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийThe biggest advantage here is that users can now switch from one app layout to another at a tap of a button or, as Google puts it, separate work and play. In other words, multitasking just became better on the platform.Other FeaturesIn a post on the Chromebook forums, Google also highlighted a couple of other improvements coming with Chrome OS 76.First off, there’s a new accessibility feature called Automatic Clicks, and it’s made for those who find it difficult to click buttons. All users have to do is point the cursor on an app or any other element, and it’ll click it on its own after some time. It can do not only left clicks but also right clicks, double clicks, and click-and-drag commands.Second, Google is making media controls simpler by adding options to pause or play any audio track coming from tabs or apps in the system menu.Speaking of putting things in one place, all Google accounts being used on a Chromebook are now under Google Accounts in the settings menu, making it easier for users to manage them.Another improvement that the company is bringing is the new “Release Notes,” which was spotted first by Chrome Story (via Android Police). Typically, average Chromebook users aren’t exactly filled in on the details each time an update launches until someone happens to chance on some new feature or goes through a change log that’s geared toward developers rather than everyday users. Thanks to the new feature of sorts, users will be directed to a summary that’s easy on the eyes after installing an update. TAG Google, Chrome OS $147.99$147.99 ENDS IN (25) (20) All ENDS IN (535) ENDS IN Acer Chromebook 15, Intel Celeron N3350, 15.6″ Full … DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN Lenovo Chromebook C330 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, 11.6-Inc… ENDS IN Bestseller Bestsellerlast_img read more

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Rocky Mountaineer launches firstever promotion for solo passengers

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, January 26, 2017 Tags: Rocky Mountaineer Travelweek Group Sharecenter_img Rocky Mountaineer launches first-ever promotion for solo passengers Posted by VANCOUVER — Rocky Mountaineer has announced its first-ever promotion for solo travellers, which has single travellers paying the per-person double occupancy rate.The ‘Go Solo’ promotion is available now until May 15. It is applicable on qualifying Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf packages of five days or more that start in April or May 2017. The offer must be requested at the time of booking, has no cash value and cannot be combined with other offers.Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury tourist train that travels through Western Canada, allows passengers to gaze at snow-capped mountains and incredible wildlife. One eligible vacation package is ‘Journey through the Clouds Discovery Drive’, a seven-night adventure through Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary.For more information about the Go Solo promotion, call 1-877-460-3200.last_img read more

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Evangelicals make up quarter of Costa Ricas new assembly

first_img Facebook Comments President-elect unveils gender-balanced, multi-party Cabinet in Costa Rica Fabricio Alvarado gives concession speech in Costa Rica The list of PAC assembly members includes Costa Rica’s first openly gay legislator, journalist Enrique Sánchez.“There are differences [with National Restoration] over certain issues linked to the rights of women and human rights. We will stick to our positions and we will strengthen and defend them,” Sánchez told AFP.The former presidential candidate has taken a belligerent posture towards Carlos Alvarado’s new government, sharply criticizing it even before it takes power on May 8.“We cannot grant legitimacy to a corrupt, irresponsible government, which tramples on religious freedoms, and promotes a secular state and the death and destruction of the family,” Fabricio Alvarado wrote on Twitter on Thursday, saying his deputies would be vigilant in their “defense of the family.”When it begins work today, the assembly will have to urgently approve a tax reform to keep the public deficit at 6.2 percent of gross domestic product – a move which the four previous governments had been unable to pass.Last week, the incoming president, a 38-year-old former journalist, unveiled a national unity Cabinet made up of 25 ministers, including 14 women and 11 men, who represent the main parties in parliament.None of them are evangelicals.center_img Costa Rica’s new Legislative Assembly began work today with an unprecedented group of legislators, in a number of ways. One is that the party of the incoming president, Carlos Alvarado and the Citizen Action Party (PAC), has neither the largest group of legislators in the congress (that achievement belongs to the National Liberation Party, or PLN), nor the second-largest group. It’s in third place, with only 10 legislators.The other unprecedented characteristic of this Catholic country’s new assembly is that second place belongs to evangelical Christians: 14 of the 57 legislators represent the National Restoration Party, poised to become one of the leading voices of opposition to Alvarado’s center-left government`.The evangelical legislators, half of whom are pastors or preachers, are from the party of Fabricio Alvarado, the candidate defeated by Carlos Alvarado (no relation) April 1 in a presidential runoff. Carlos Alvarado won in a surprising landslide with 61 percent of hte vote; Fabricio Alvarado, a 43-year-old preacher who surged from obscurity by harshly criticizing moves to recognize gay marriage, came a distant second with 39 percent.However, Fabricio Alvarado’s National Restoration Party had already clinched its 14 seats in the legislative elections held Feb. 4, over Citizen Action’s 10. Related posts:Costa Rica meets its new presidential candidates – fresh from the middle of the pack Presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado pulls out of UCR debate 5 keys to understanding Costa Rica as it faces new elections Watch Carlos Alvarado and Justin Trudeau’s first conversationlast_img
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