first_img a photograph by Bruce Weber of “The Annual Meeting of the Most Devoted Elizabeth Taylor Fan Club, Golden Beach, Florida” — eight dogs of different breeds surrounded by photographs of magazine covers of Taylor, an ardent lover of animals (estimate: $9,000) Online auction house Paddle8 is honored to partner with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and Wilding Cran Gallery to present an auction of works by leading contemporary artists who were inspired by Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy.Bidding is available online, culminating in a live auction and private party on February 27 hosted by Colin Farrell, one of Taylor’s close friends. Proceeds from the auction will support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.The auction features works that celebrate Elizabeth Taylor by many artists who knew Taylor personally. Advance bidding is available at Paddle8 through February 27, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday, at paddle8.com/auctions/etaf. Auction highlights include: a photograph of Taylor’s jewels by renowned photographer Catherine Opie, part of a series Opie made of Taylor’s clothing and jewelry collection in 2010 (estimate: $30,000) a close-up of Taylor by photographer Firooz Zahedi, who traveled with Taylor to Iran in 1976, documenting her trip and beginning a friendship that continued for the rest of her life (estimate: $5,000).Bidding will transfer from Paddle8 to a private live event on the evening of February 27, with guest host Colin Farrell and a musical performance by Katharine McPhee and Rhys Tivey (Taylor’s grandson, a jazz trumpeter).The host committee for the auction and party includes Aileen Getty, Anthony Cran, Barbara Berkowitz, Bruce Weber, Carole Bayer Sager, Catherine Opie, Christopher Wilding, Colin Farrell, Firooz Zahedi, Joel Goldman, Jose Eber, Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Naomi Wilding, Tim Mendelson, and Victoria Brynner.center_img a black-and-white portrait of Taylor by celebrated fashion photographer Herb Ritts, taken in Bel Air in 1997 (estimate: $3,500)last_img read more

first_imgGirl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl empowerment campaign, this week announced that it will be expanding its successful SchoolCycle initiative to Guatemala.This announcement kicks off the holiday giving campaign that aims to provide bicycles to adolescent girls in Guatemala through United Nations programs, where six out of 10 indigenous girls drop out of school by age 15.“I’ve always been a huge proponent for education,” said actress and SchoolCycle celebrity spokesperson Katherine McNamara. “However, so many girls around the world don’t have that opportunity to pursue an education. For them, a bike is a symbol of freedom and the tool that can transform their future.”Adolescent girls in Guatemala face unique challenges that prevent them from reaching their full potential. By age 18, almost 40 percent of indigenous girls are married; 70 percent of adolescent girls who become mothers live in poverty, while 80 percent leave school. Girls often drop out of school due to long commutes through dangerous areas to get to the closest secondary school. Girls frequently travel in groups for fear of harassment or even violent attacks along their route. A solution to this can be as simple as providing a girl with a bike so she can travel to and from school quickly and safely.“SchoolCycle is such a simple and special opportunity to change a girl’s life in Guatemala,” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Director of Girl Up. “With a bike, a girl is empowered to complete her education and break the cycle of poverty for her whole community.”A gift of $125 will provide an adolescent girl in Guatemala with a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training through UN programming. This year’s campaign will build on the success of the initiative’s 2014 launch in Malawi, where more than 500 girls received bikes. For more information, or to donate to SchoolCycle visit GirlUp.org/SchoolCycle.last_img read more

The retired players spoke of their involvement in the charity, which is currently helping 10,000 children in need in 25 countries worldwide with its soccer-based social and cooperation programmes – and will open a campus in Tunisia with the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP).“It is a fantastic partnership for us (that) will give us great credibility in the work we are doing,” Mr. Figo, a midfielder who played for Inter Milan, among other teams, and was chosen to play for his native Portugal more than any other player in history, said in an interview with the UN News Centre. He spoke of the partnership being “for life,” adding that the UN could give Inter Campus the “right support and the right partners to continue to develop.”Mr. Toldo spoke of how Inter Campus works in many of the same areas of the world where the UN is equally deeply committed to advancing peace, security and development agendas – not least in the Middle East, where he said the charity had used soccer to bring together 100 Israeli and 100 Palestinian children.“Initially, when these children entered the football pitch, the Israelis and Palestinians occupied opposite sides,” Mr. Toldo, a retired goalkeeper from Italy, whose 20-year career included nine seasons with Inter Milan, said in a separate interview.“But when we gave them footballs and Inter shirts, they immediately mixed and played together.”The Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, said that Inter Milan had become a “role model” for other soccer clubs that were now beginning to do more in the field of “social responsibility.”“We are focusing on how we can use sport as a tool for development and peace,” he said of the UN’s efforts in this area, as he briefed reporters at UN Headquarters. “And there, we need role models.”Italy’s Ambassador to the UN, Cesare Maria Ragaglini, said the Inter Campus initiative had given children in some of the world’s most disadvantaged countries, including many torn apart by war, the “right to play and the right to smile.” Throughout the day, the players highlighted programmes in such countries as Angola, Venezuela and Brazil.Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti founded Inter Campus in 1996, and operations began a year later. Run today by Mr. Moratti’s daughter, Carlotta Moratti, the charity partners not only with local non-governmental agencies, but also private sector businesses, which cover programme costs.Mr. Figo said that he got involved in Inter Campus not only because he thought it a worthy cause, but because he too felt good when he saw the results.“I know we cannot change the world, but if we can change the life – in this case of thousands of kids – the satisfaction is huge,” he said.“I think that the community of football has a responsibility in terms of social integration,” he added.Mr. Toldo said he liked the idea of “giving back” to youth who did not have hope. read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedConfusion rife over GuySuCo’s Senior leadershipApril 13, 2018In “latest news”Any GuySuCo board headed by Thomas could be illegal – NandlallApril 17, 2018In “GuySuCo board illegal – Nandlall”Govt’s scant regard for Sugar industry evident by absence of GuySuCo Board- GAWUJuly 26, 2018In “Business” Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder told reporters on Thursday that Cabinet is still continuing deliberations on the appointment of a Board of Directors for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) while adding that new names are being looked at.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder“Well we’re discussing. We’re discussing names. Couple names. We are discussing couple names,” he said.Of recent, there have been reports of an apparent tug-a-war within the Coalition over the sugar industry, which is now under the control of a Special Purpose Unit (SPU) that was created under the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) for the divestment process.In fact, last month NICIL published the names of the new board in an advertisement but State Minister Joseph Harmon shortly after said that there were some issues with regards to the timing of the publication and that Cabinet was reviewing the matter.According to the advertisement which placed in the local dailies on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the new Board was approved by Cabinet on February 26, 2018 and the appointments took effect on March 1.Reports have since surfaced about disagreements allegedly between Ministers from the two coalition parties regarding the chairmanship and members of the GuySuCo Board.However, Minister Holder today brushed aside those reports of an apparent power struggle, saying his ministry is constitutionally responsible for the sugar industry.SPU Head and proposed GuySuCo Board Chairman, Colvin Heath-London“The Corporation is totally and solely on the Government of Guyana. The Ministry of Agriculture answers to Parliament for what happens in GuySuCo and I am accountable to this Nation for its activities. Therefore, the Ministry of Agriculture should have responsibility for GuySuCo, therefore the Ministry of Agriculture will appoint a board,” he explained.The Agriculture Minister went onto outline that NICIL is a creature of the Government and thus carries out instructions from the Executive.“NICIL is a creature of the Government. NICIL is a holding company . It holds the shares for GuySuCo, it holds the shares for GuyOIL,  it holds the shares for GPL. It’s a holding company. It is not a Government and therefore carries out instructions of the Government…perhaps someone didn’t tell NICIL their role,” he said. read more

first_imgGlobal seals and bearings supplier SKF states that its new @ptitude Connect software solution “gives engineers easy access to a cost-effective cloud computing resource for condition monitoring software that will improve plant efficiency.”SKF @ptitude Connect enables operations to implement plant-wide or enterprise-wide Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and/or Predictive Maintenance (PdM) program via the internet. Using the SKF cloud service, engineers can access machine data, analyse or display machine conditions and view printable diagnostic reports. SKF @ptitude Connect is suitable for all running equipment, such as fan systems, pump systems, compressors, and will benefit a wide range of industries, including mining.SKF @ptitude Connect addresses a common problem faced in many facilities, which is that there is not enough time or money to purchase and manage the required software. By using SKF @ptitude Connect to access subscription-based software customers can boost equipment reliability and availability without costly investment. “With SKF @ptitude Connect, customers can improve plant equipment reliability, increase equipment/asset availability and reduce initial capital investments for predictive maintenance programme start-up costs,” says Luis F Econom, Asset Diagnostic Services and Systems Engineering Manager.“The solution is also flexible in the sense that it is scalable to demand. It is about solving and saving.”SKF @ptitude Connect is compatible with SKF handheld or online condition monitoring data collection devices, enabling end-users to operate their CBM or PdM programs just as they would with on-site software, bringing reduced IT operating and maintenance costs. Compliant with ISO 27001 and SSAE16, SKF’s cloud protects data integrity in key areas of concern, such as data access, data transmission, data storage and data center access. Because the service is cloud-based, installation is fast, with operational availability typically achieved within days. This enables standardisation of machine condition diagnosis and analysis practices across multiple sites without the overhead costs of an operating system, servers, software upgrades, database licensing and backup systems.last_img read more

first_imgUne espèce éteinte d’oiseau aux ailes équipées d’armes offensivesPubliant ses travaux dans le Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, un ornithologue britannique suggère que les énigmatiques éperons osseux qui ornaient les ailes du Dronte de Rodriguez, un cousin aujourd’hui éteint du pigeon qui vivait près de l’île Maurice, étaient des armes utilisées par ces “angry birds” lors des joutes pour la reproduction. Les chercheurs du Musée d’histoire naturelle de Londres ont étudié des fossiles de Drontes de Rodriguez (Pezophaps solitaria). Des cousins disparus du pigeon, qui vivaient jusque dans les années 1700 sur l’île Rodriguez, proche de l’île Maurice, et que l’on pourrait surnommer “angry birds” en référence au célèbre jeu vidéo. Plus particulièrement, c’est aux excroissances osseuses ornant les ailes de ces oiseaux – d’ailleurs atrophiées et impropres au vol – que les chercheurs se sont intéressés.”Nous savons, à partir des notes historiques détaillées des marins du XVIIIe siècle, que ces oiseaux étaient agressifs. Ils décrivent également une excroissance osseuse ‘comme une balle de mousquet’ sur leurs ailes, ce qui a été interprété comme le résultat de blessures. (…) [Mais] nous avons constaté que ces ‘tumeurs’ étaient plus grandes chez les mâles adultes”, explique l’ornithologue Julian Hume cité par le Daily Mail.”Cela signifie qu’elles avaient probablement un rôle important dans la lutte, comme les poings d’un boxeur”, précise le chercheur, qui pense que ces structures ont augmenté à la suite de combats ou à cause des hormones mises en jeu lorsque les oiseaux s’accouplaient et défendaient leur territoire. Les fractures consolidées visibles sur de nombreux fossiles de ces oiseaux confirment d’ailleurs leur caractère agressif.Des éperons pour communiquer ? À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais elles ne devaient pas servir qu’à cela selon le spécialiste. “Il n’y a plus de pigeons géants et incapables de voler auxquels nous référer, mais les collections de musées telles que celles du Musée d’histoire naturelle contiennent des milliers de fossiles de Drontes de Rodriguez. Il est peu probable que les oiseaux utilisaient ces éperons uniquement pour combattre : ils devaient aussi s’en servir pour communiquer entre eux, en utilisant leurs ailes”, conclut le Dr Lorna Steel, conservateur du Musée d’histoire naturelle.(crédits photo : J. Hume – Natural History Museum) Le 1 juin 2013 à 14:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgStay on target 11 Ways the Wu-Tang Clan Shaped Geek CultureSpotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-Series If you haven’t noticed, we here at Geek.com are fans of weird fast food marketing. If posts on Taco Bell weddings and Burger King sex toys and our lord and master Mac Tonight weren’t big enough clues I don’t know what to tell you.Today’s look into fast food fever dreams actually shares a lot in common with McDonald’s late-night moon man. Ginned up by Burger King, Coq Roq is also a fake musical act designed to push a new meal strategy and is sadly no longer with us. But whereas Mac Tonight crooned sweet nothings into your ear about the joys of McDonald’s for dinner, Coq Roq rocked your face off with thrash metal bangers about chicken fries.To understand Coq Roq, we need to understand the product they were created to sell. Watching established fast food restaurants adjust their menu tactics to chase cultural trends can actually be pretty fascinating. Everyone is into being healthy? Give them some salad! Freedom is the word of the day? Let them order breakfast whenever they want! Chicken fries, thin strips of chicken breast coated with seasoned breading and fried, were part of a larger Burger King initiative in 2004 to introduce higher-quality, better-tasting, more expensive food for older audiences. They’re basically uppity chicken strips. They even came in a little box with a slot of dipping sauce to make them easier to eat while you’re driving to work like an adult.More “adult” food requires more “adult” marketing. Enter Coq Roq, a chicken-themed punk band performing chicken-themed punk songs. Think Slipknot (the band not the Suicide Squad member who can climb anything) but all of the awful, scary masks have beaks and feathers. And if you enjoyed the cutting-edge wordplay of “Coq Roq” just read some other facts about the band.The lineup includes Fowl Mouth (who looks a bit like a poultry-powered Assassin’s Creed hero) on vocals along with Free Range on bass and a fire breather named Firebird. Their LP is named Bob Your Head and features hit singles like “Cross The Road,” “Nice Box,” and “One Armed Bandit.” If it’s not a joke about chickens, it’s a joke about eating chicken fries.Burger King impressively doubled down on this gag to make the debut of chicken fries as huge as possible. Two of Coq Roq’s songs received music videos with sex, drugs, rock and roll and fried chicken. Because the year was 2005, there was a Coq Roq MySpace page. BK even planned to take Coq Roq on tour before real life got in the way. The lead singer was a Canadian felon and therefore couldn’t enter into the United States. And while I can’t judge the quality of the songs themselves, since the metal isn’t really my genre, if nothing else the tracks sound professionally produced?Since first introducing chicken fries, Burger King always seems to constantly take them off the menu and then add them back later to get people excited for their return. It’s like the McRib, which sucks because chickens fries are great and are pretty much the only thing I eat at Burger King. However, even as chicken fries come back, Coq Roq remains a memory. The King himself at least got a stealth video game, but Coq Roq missed out on the music game boom. Maybe future generations will develop an appreciation for the group like our current love of Mac Tonight. Chicken-slinging rock bands are just too good to forget. The time for poultrypunk (cluckcore?) is now!last_img read more

first_imgMarko Arnautovic is happy the Claret and Blue Army again with a match-winning display in West Ham United’s 2-1 pre-season win at Ipswich Town.Arnautovic says the physical demands of securing victory will stand them in good stead for the upcoming Premier League season.“I think every game we are improving,” said Arnautovic, who latched onto Sead Haksabanovic’s pass before holding off his man and finishing confidently, according to the club’s official website.“We had a lot of games this week and have more next week and we try to get better and better in every game.“We are trying to work on the basics that the gaffer wants from us, but it is not always easy because the other teams, especially the Championship teams, are one or two weeks ahead of us and they’re really physical because they’re coming to the end of pre-season because they start next week.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….“We’re trying to work hard and trying to win games but the most important thing is for us to win the game.”“The interest in our club is all over the world now. You can see in pre-season that the fans always come and support us and are always behind us.“This club is very strong with its fans and they always try to be behind us and this is what we need.“We need to play for them and they need to cheer for us and together we hope we can do some good things this season.”last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A water main break is to blame for the formation of a large sinkhole near a street corner in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Police and officials from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department responded to a six-inch water main rupture in the area of Northwest 51st Street and 22nd Avenue, Saturday.A nearby fence and sign were damaged, but it’s unclear whether the sinkhole and the property damage are related.At least one lane of traffic was closed while crews worked to complete repairs. It has since reopened.Officials said the leaking water main line was what caused the sinkhole.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

first_imgKapra: The girl students in the Zilla Parishad High Schools (ZPHS) that come under the Kapra circle feel uneasy and hesitate to use the ill-maintained washrooms. The washrooms are in a pitiable condition with no basic amenities and lack of water.Parvati, a VIII class student of ZPHS Balaji Nagar said, “There have been several times when we control ourselves and wait till the school ends and go home to relieve. The girls who come from far away have to go through tremendous stress and sometimes they are forced to go to friend’s places that stay near the school. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us There is also lack of dustbins in the washrooms hence sanitary pads are thrown within the washroom or outside. The entire washroom floor, walls and hand wash area consist of green algae posing a risk.” Lakshmi an IX class student of ZPHS Jawahar Nagar said, “A few years ago there was no even a single washroom for us. Though the washrooms have been built for students recently, there is no proper maintenance of toilets but, teachers’ washrooms are well-maintained, and no student is allowed use them. It is only when we complain to teachers the washrooms are opened and then again closed after 3 to 4 days.” Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Another issue is the proportion of the washrooms as compared to the girl students are less in these schools. Due to which, during recess and lunch break there is a heavy rush at the washrooms. It becomes a chaos like situation during these times. There are four ZPH Schools that come under the Kapra circle. In ZPHS Arun Nagar, the strength of girl students is 480 and only 7 washrooms have been allotted. Advertise With Us In ZPHS Rampally, there are 302 girls and only four are being used and two are under repair for a long time. In ZPHS Jawahar Nagar, there are 456 girls and only four washrooms are allotted to them. In ZPHS Balaji Nagar, there are 335 girls and only two washrooms are allotted to them, two more washrooms are under repair. The students have been complaining to the teachers and management about the lack of cleanliness in washrooms. The superiors promise them to help in overcoming with these problems but that never happens. It is high time that the authorities resolve the issue permanently, said a teacher on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

first_imgAfghan victims receive medical treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack on a private construction company in Jalalabad on 6 March. Photo: AFPAt least 16 people were killed in a suicide attack early Wednesday on a construction company in eastern Afghanistan, an official said, the latest bloody assault in the war-torn country.The hours-long assault in Jalalabad began early Wednesday when at least two blasts were heard, an AFP reporter said, before security forces rushed to the scene in the city, which is the capital of Nangarhar province.”Sixteen employees of the company have been killed and nine more injured,” provincial spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. A second official said there had been casualties but could not immediately verify the toll.”All five attackers have been killed by security forces,” Khogyani added.He said a clearance operation was ongoing with security defusing two suicide vests, one car bomb, and multiple mines planted by the attackers.”Armed suicide bombers attacked and managed to enter the building of a private construction company early this morning,” said Nangarhar Provincial council member Zabihullah Zmarai.”A number of civilian workers of the company have been killed,” he added.No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Both the Islamic State group and the Taliban are active in Nangarhar province.The bombings come as US and Taliban negotiations continue to hold ongoing peace talks in Qatar aimed at ending the nearly 18-year conflict.Despite a two-day break before the weekend, negotiations continue on “a daily basis right now and progress is being made”, US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told journalists Tuesday.”These discussions are ongoing and what we’re focusing on are the four interconnected issues that are going to compose any future agreement,” Palladino said — listing them as terrorism, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue and ceasefire.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during an exchange with high school students in Iowa he hoped sufficient gains would be made for him to be able to take a trip to help advance the negotiations “in a couple weeks”.The continuation of the talks follows a major attack on a joint US-Afghan base in southwestern Afghanistan’s Helmand province last week, with at least 23 security forces killed in the hours-long assault on one of the largest military installations in the country.Heavy snowfall across large swathes of Afghanistan has led to a sharp reduction in violence this winter, but warmer weather in the country’s south will likely spark an increase in bloodshed with the arrival of the spring fighting season.Analysts have warned that the Taliban are likely to ramp up attacks in the coming months as they seek to maintain momentum on the battlefield and leverage at the negotiating table.President Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced his eagerness to end America’s involvement in Afghanistan, where 14,000 US troops are still deployed.Afghanistan has been enmeshed in nearly constant conflict since the Soviet invasion of 1979, which was followed by civil war, the Taliban regime, and the US invasion in late 2001.last_img read more

first_imgRead more Targeting churches, foreigners indicates hand of Islamic radicals2 Bangladeshis missing in Sri Lanka after blastsDeath toll in Sri Lanka blasts reaches 207Cricketers mourn Sri Lanka blasts victimsSri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet before unleashing devastation’Suicide bombs involved in two of Sri Lanka blasts’World leaders condemn Sri Lanka blastsSri Lanka police chief warned of suicide attack threatSri Lanka blasts death toll nears 200 Men carry dead bodies towards ambulances near the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. Photo: ReutersA series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 207 people, including dozens of foreigners.The attacks were the worst act of violence to hit the country in the decade since the end of a bloody civil war that killed up to 100,000 people.For many in Sri Lanka, the apparently coordinated attacks brought back painful memories of life during the long-running conflict, when bomb blasts were a frequent occurrence.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the government said eight people had been arrested and investigators would look into whether the attackers had “overseas links.”The government also imposed a nationwide curfew and curbed social media access to restrict “wrong information” spreading in the country of 21 million people.The powerful blasts — six in quick succession and then two more hours later — injured hundreds.At least two of them involved suicide bombers, including one who lined up at a hotel breakfast buffet before unleashing carnage.By Sunday evening, the toll stood at 207 dead and 450 people injured.Police said 35 foreigners were among the dead, including British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and American citizens.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that “several US citizens” were killed.Among the churches targeted was the historic St Anthony’s Shrine, a Catholic church in Colombo, where the blast blew out much of the roof.Bodies lay on the ground of the church, covered in patterned scarves and white sheets, some of them stained with blood.Shattered roof tiles and shards of glass littered the floor, along with chunks of plaster blasted from the walls by the explosion.’A lot of fear’Documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.”A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” the alert said.The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking late Sunday, acknowledged “information was there” about possible attacks and that an investigation would look into “why adequate precautions were not taken”.Rucki Fernando, a Christian Sri Lankan, told AFP: “We haven’t experienced anything like this in the last 10 years.””There is a lot of fear, not just in the Christian community, but among everyone.”A shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo. Photo: Reuters’River of blood’Sri Lanka’s Minister of Economic Reforms, Harsha de Silva, described “horrible scenes” at St Anthony’s church.”I saw many body parts strewn all over,” he tweeted, adding that there were “many casualties including foreigners”.Witness N. A. Sumanapala was near the church when the blast happened.”I ran inside to help. The priest came out and he was covered in blood,” he told AFP.”It was a river of blood.”A second blast hit St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, north of the capital during Easter mass.Gabriel, who declined to give his family name, told AFP his brother was injured in the explosion.”We are all in shock. We don’t want the country to go back to that dark past where we had to live in fear of suicide blasts all the time.”Soon after the first two church blasts, police confirmed that the Zion church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa had been hit, along with three high-end hotels in the capital — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury.A manager at the Cinnamon Grand, near the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo, said a suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel’s restaurant.”He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he told AFP.Later in the afternoon, two people died in a strike at a hotel in the south of Colombo, and a suicide bomber killed three police officers as they raided a house in a northern suburb of the city.’Horrible’ attacksWickremesinghe urged people to “hold our unity as Sri Lankans” and pledged to “wipe out this menace once and for all.”The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Ranjith, described the attackers as “animals” and called on authorities to “punish them mercilessly”.US President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences about the “horrible terrorist attacks”, and Pope Francis in his Easter address at the Vatican spoke of his “affectionate closeness with the Christian community, attacked while it was at prayer”.Embassies in Colombo warned their citizens to stay inside, and Sri Lankan Airlines told passengers to arrive at the airport four hours ahead of flights because of ramped-up security.Only around six percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka is Catholic, and the country is a patchwork of different religious and ethnic groups, dominated by Buddhist Sinhalese.Recent years have seen growing sectarian tensions, including accusations of hate crimes by extremist Buddhist monks against minority Muslims.There have been no attacks in Sri Lanka linked to foreign Islamist groups, but in January, Sri Lankan police seized a haul of explosives and detonators following the arrest of four men from a newly formed radical Muslim group.last_img

first_imgProtesters gather outside Baltimore Circuit Court, as the first court hearing was set to begin in the case of six police officers criminally charged in the death of Freddie Gray, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Baltimore. Six police officers face charges that range from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)BALTIMORE (AP) — Protesters demonstrated outside Baltimore Circuit Court on Wednesday morning as the first court hearing began Wednesday in the case of six police officers charged in the death of a Black man who died a week after suffering a spinal cord injury in custody.Officers Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Porter and Caesar Goodson, as well as Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White, face charges in connection with the death of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury on April 12 while in police custody. He died a week later.Dozens of protesters rallied for more than an hour outside the Baltimore courthouse. Many of them then marched in the street to the city’s Inner Harbor area, where they blocked a main road briefly. Police lined up behind them, and directed them out of the road. Police handcuffed one protester while he was on his stomach in the street.Members of the media stand in line to enter the Baltimore Circuit Court, as the first court hearing was set to begin in the case of six police officers criminally charged in the death of Freddie Gray, on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 in Baltimore. Six police officers face charges that range from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP)Prosecutors and defense attorneys will present arguments at the hearing on three key issues: whether State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby should recuse herself, whether the officers should be tried separately, and whether charges should be dismissed.The officers face charges that range from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder. Gray’s death led to protests in Baltimore and a riot that prompted National Guard intervention and a city-wide curfew.Protester Lee Paterson said he’s concerned charges could be dropped.“You know, this whole thing is bigger than Freddie Gray,” Paterson said. “It’s about poverty.”last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the U.S. Senate will meet next week to talk self-driving trucks.Led by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), a hearing of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation aims to “examine the benefits of automated truck safety technology as well as the potential impacts on jobs and economy.”Tune in to a live stream of the hearing on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. Eastern to hear “expert testimony” from National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear, and Colorado State Patroller Col. Scott Hernandez, among others.“Self-driving technology for trucks and other large vehicles has emerged as a pivotal issue in Congress’ attempt to help usher in a new era of transportation,” Thune said in a statement.The event will also examine the pros and cons of excluding trucks from legislation affecting passenger cars.Commercial trucks have so far been kept separate from the government’s efforts to accelerate autonomous vehicle technology—including Wednesday’s unanimous vote by the House of Representatives to increase existing permit caps.The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution (“SELF DRIVE”) Act would boost current restrictions on self-driving cars, allowing manufacturers to release 25,000 autonomous vehicles in the first year, and up to 100,000 annually three years later.There is a big difference, though, between colliding with a 4,000-pound sedan and a 20,000-pound freighter.Industry leaders and union members, however, are more preoccupied with the eventuality of self-driving technology replacing millions of human motorists—men and women who make a living from the driver’s seat.That hasn’t stopped Uber, Volvo, or Waymo, all of which are eyeing truck automation.Consumers, meanwhile, are warming up to the idea of self-driving vehicles. A recent study found that folks are willing to pay, on average, anywhere between $1,200 and $6,600 for partial and full automation, respectively.last_img read more

first_imgShe says the relocation is done to protect the eggs from the thousands of beachgoers as well as machinery used to clean the sand. She said that each nest inside the pen is dated and covered with sand in such a way that it looks like a mound. If the mound begins to sink, this means that the eggs hatched, so the baby turtles are released, which, she adds, they do at night. Cancun, Q.R. — According to Protección y Conservación de las Tortugas Marinas, more than 4,100 turtle nests have been recorded this season along Cancun beaches. “We take care of the females, the nests and the young of the four species that are represented in Quintana Roo. Cancun is the second largest sea turtle nesting area in the state, after Riviera Maya,” she added.center_img Turtle season for Cancun normally runs May to October.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) The organization says that a total of 4,147 nests with 493,412 eggs remain under protection. They also say that already this year, 3,730 offspring were released into the sea. Guadalupe Alcántara Mas, head of the municipal Ecology office, said that every day, staff that supervise the coasts of Benito Juárez rescue and properly transfer newly laid eggs to the protection corral.last_img read more

first_img>> DJI Mavic Pro Only for $839Head over to this link Use code DJImpmrq to get the price down to $859.99Or,Head over to this linkUse code HKDJIM to get it down to $839 for a limited number of units only>> DJI Mavic Pro COMBO for $1025 [lowest price, yet]Head over to this link Use code HKDJIMC to get the price down to $1025 from $1338.96Also, one little secret: DJI 3830mAh 11.4V Intelligent Flight Battery is still available for just $76.99 on Cyber Monday promotional code cybermonday08. Get it before it’s removed!DJI Spark Mini (deals on both the single unit and the combo box)Spark is a small drone that features all of DJI’s signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. Spark brings you the aircraft, intelligent flight battery, charger, micro USB cable, propellers, and the storage box. DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro has been praised for its camera. The drone is, of course, more expensive than many others making it a difficult choice for many. However, Christmas promotions are here, making it the perfect time to splurge on one of the best camera drones, ever.Head over to this linkUse coupon code DJIP415 and get the Phantom 4 Pro for $1399Looking for affordable, fun gifts?Get S10 WiFi FPV 2.4GHz 4-channel RC Drone for just $41.99 with the code Xmas317.GEPRC GEP – MX3 Sparrow Micro FPV Racing Drone for $198.99 with code GEPMX.Not interested in any of these? Head over here to find your next favorite flying wonder.Update: MJX!Since one our readers mentioned MJX bugs, we asked Gearbest to offer some discounts on those affordable quadcopters too. Here are the details:MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC Quadcopter – use code bestdealus43 to get it for just $79.99 down from $114 (only for HK, US, CA).MJX B3 Bugs 3 RC Quadcopter – use code Xmas179 to get it for $85.99 down from $114 (all addresses). We have shared many discount codes for drones from both DJI and Xiaomi in our Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions. Missed out on them? This is the last leg of the holiday season, which means you can still get lowest price promotional prices on some of your favorite gadgets. In its Christmas promotions, DJI is offering some amazing discounts on both its world famous Mavic Pro and Spark Mini, along with Phantom 4 Pro. Some of these are only valid for a limited number of units, and a couple of the deals are taking the products down to their lowest prices yet.Can’t wait to get your hands on the coolest gadgets of the year? Head over to the Christmas Promotions to look for amazing discounts on toys and drones. Or, keep reading for coupon codes to get the lowest price offers on DJI drones (and some bonus products).DJI Mavic Pro (offers on both the single unit and its combo box)The Mavic Pro box brings you the aircraft, remote controller, intelligent flight battery, charger, power cable, propellers, microSD card, and other bits and pieces. If you go with the Combo model (which gets you the most discounts), you get extra batteries, propellers, chargers, and a shoulder bag. Here are the coupon codes to help you make some last minute savings on DJI Mavic Pro. If you go with the Combo model (this deal gets you the lowest price), you get remote controller, extra battery, extra propellers, battery charging hub, power cable, propeller guards, and a shoulder bag, along with everything else that comes with the standard box. Here are the coupon codes:>> DJI Spark Only – $414Head over to this link Use code HKSpark to get the price down to $414 >> DJI Spark Fly More COMBO for $579Head over to this linkUse code HKSparkC to get the price down to $579 from $853Want better photography? Spend more to get the best camera drone! Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

first_img January 20, 2015 559 Views in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News American Enterprise Institute First-Time Homebuyers 2015-01-20 Tory Barringer First-Time Homebuyer Share Rises in Decembercenter_img Share First-time buyers accounted for an increasing share of home purchase mortgages in December, according to an alternative measure released Tuesday.Researchers at the American Enterprise Institute’s (AEI) International Center on Housing Risk estimate that Americans buying their first home made up about 50 percent of December’s purchase mortgage market, up slightly from November.The results are a far cry from the monthly numbers put out by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which for November estimated that first-time buyers were at a 31 percent market share. The group says that their data, which draws from a pool of millions of loans, is more representative than NAR’s smaller survey.Edward Pinto, codirector of the International Center on Housing Risk, explained why the difference between the two measures is so important.”Discussions about homeownership and credit availability are hampered when not grounded in good measurements of loan availability and risk,” Pinto said. “The NAR’s flawed survey results are encouraging policy makers to repeat past mistakes on the basis of a faulty story: that few first-time buyers are entering the housing market. Our data tells a different story.”Looking only at home purchase mortgages with a government guarantee, AEI researchers say the first-time buyer share is close to 55 percent, a slight increase over November.Going by agency, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) continued to attract large numbers of first-timers, posting a first-time buyer share above 80 percent. That was followed by Rural Housing Services at 75 percent, the Department of Veterans Affairs at close to 50 percent, Fannie Mae at 45 percent, and Freddie Mac at less than 40 percent.The higher share of new buyers brings with it a higher risk. Based on the performance of 2007 vintage mortgages following the financial crisis, AEI predicts nearly 15 percent of agency first-time buyer loans would default in a new stress event—about 6 percentage points higher than the group’s stressed default projections for repeat homebuyers.The researchers say the higher risk reading reflects multiple factors, including first-time buyers’ higher loan-to-value ratios and long loan terms.”Given the combination of little money down and slow amortization, these buyers will have very little home equity for a number of years unless their house appreciates substantially. In addition, about one-fifth of first-time buyers taking out mortgages had a FICO score below 660, the traditional definition of subprime mortgages, and one-quarter had total debt-to-income ratios above 43 percent, the limit set by the Qualified Mortgage rule,” they said.last_img read more

first_imgWith only a few days until the launch of Seabourn’s newest ultra-luxury vessel, Seabourn Encore, the award-winning cruise line has revealed that its latest ship will feature its first dedicated sushi restaurant.To be named Sushi, the new restaurant will feature a menu that is a perfect blend of authenticity, to maintain the root of the cuisine, and a twist of Seabourn’s culinary expertise.Hamachi, tuna, prawns and other fresh fish products will be shipped from Japan and served a la carte for dinner while at lunchtime the restaurant will feature three varieties of bento boxes: meat, seafood and vegetarian.Seabourn Encore designer Adam D. Tihany said Sushi’s dining space was intimate and beautifully appointed, with views overlooking the ocean: “The décor is all off-white, almost like a very delicate Japanese eggshell. The sushi bar is bespoke with Venetian glass fixtures to create a shimmering effect.”Sushi will also feature a private dining table secluded from the rest of the restaurant offering small groups of guests a more intimate experience.The 600-guest Seabourn Encore will cruise Australian waters during its first season, making nine maiden calls to Australian ports from Darwin to Geelong between 22 January 2017 and 17 March 2017 following its gala naming ceremony in Singapore in early January. The ship will embark on its first sailing from  Athens on 4 December.The ship expands and builds on the line’s award-winning and highly acclaimed Odyssey-class ships, which revolutionised ultra-luxury cruising with enhanced accommodations and innovative amenities when they were introduced between 2009 and 2011. A sister ship, Seabourn Ovation, will join the fleet in 2018.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nicosia district court on Thursday re-remanded in custody for another eight days two of the suspects arrested in connection with the attempted murder of Nicos Rodotheou in Nicosia last month.Re-remanded in custody are a 26-year-old Greek Cypriot and a 37-year-old Palestinian man.A third arrestee, a 33-year-old Greek Cypriot, has since been released.The police investigator told the court that the 26-year-old suspect has admitted to police the involvement of the 37-year-old.In addition, genetic material recovered from evidence has been matched to the 37-year-old’s DNA.Police are also seeking two other persons. They are Iosif Iosif, 40, from Nicosia; and Miroslav Balazovjech, 37, a Slovakian national.Balazovjech may be using the alias Rudolf Dydi.According to the police, both Iosif and Balazovjech are acquaintances of the 37-year-old suspect.On November 26, unknown individuals on a motorcycle had fired five shots at the rear of Rodotheou’s car, but missed.The assailants then fled the scene.Rodotheou is the brother of businessman Andros Rodotheou who was gunned down while at a friend’s house at the village of Gerasa, Limassol in April last year.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMBA Degrees | Search AdsMBA Programs Online – See For YourselfMBA Degrees | Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

first_imgBy Poly PantelidesTHE CENTRAL Bank of Cyprus (CBC) delayed shutting down internet banking on March 16, giving depositors the chance to move untold millions out of their accounts once news of the bail-in was out of the bag, the inquiry panel heard yesterday.A former Laiki Bank chairman, Andreas Philippou, told the committee of inquiry investigating how the country’s banks and the economy at large came a step away from destruction, that up until Saturday afternoon on March 16 capital could have left the country via online transfers.On Friday March 15 up until the early hours of Saturday, eurozone finance ministers, the Eurogroup, were discussing the terms of an unprecedented bail-in or haircut of deposits. Cyprus was pushed into a corner and was forced to accept a bank levy on all deposits in local banks, including on insured depositors with less than €100,000. Depositors waking up on that Saturday to the shocking news were told by local and foreign press that all transactions, including online ones, were under strict controls.But Philippou said the Central Bank did not shut down internet banking until that Saturday afternoon. Former finance minister Michalis Sarris told the inquiry just a day earlier that the European Central Bank (ECB) told Cyprus to immediately shut down online banking to prevent a capital flight as soon as the Eurogroup meeting came to an end.“But the Central Bank issued the orders on Saturday afternoon,” Philippou said. The inquiry did not ask for a specific time reference and Philippou did not clarify, nor was he able to say how much money possibly left the country in those several hours. But if his allegations are true, major depositors could have had half a day to transfer millions out of local banks.After being told about the Eurogroup decision, many people queued up outside banks to withdraw whatever they could from ATMs, amid reports of millions of euros leaving the country in the run-up to the Eurogroup meeting.President Nicos Anastasiades, who vehemently denied allegations he had tipped off family members, had told the committee of inquiry to look into accusations of politicians, and others, moving their holdings out of Cyprus’ banks. The inquiry later decided to change its remit to leave criminal matters alone.By the time the inquiry took over, parliament had rejected the first Eurogroup proposal, and following a mad scramble to secure an alternative deal, Cyprus was forced to shut down the island’s second biggest lender, Laiki, and put its biggest bank, the Bank of Cyprus (BoC), under administration. The BoC got landed with Laiki’s emergency liquidity assistance (ELA), and forced major losses on the BoC’s deposits of over €100,000. That was an “unfair and unbalanced” solution, as was the rushed sale of the Greek operations of Cypriot banks, Philippou said.Philippou, who was chief senior manager at the Central Bank when he retired from the institution in 2003, was appointed Laiki chairman in August 2012 after Sarris was ousted.Philippou  yesterday disabused claims by some legislators that Laiki had misled them in relation to the massive debt of some €9.6 billion it had amassed in the form of ELA.  There were clear references in bank statements, which referred to Laiki’s ELA obligations which were €9.3 billion at the end of 2011, and with the bank’s balance sheets referring to substantial eurozone funding, Laiki’s liquidity woes were “obvious,” he said. And parliament passed a law in November 2012 to enable the state to guarantee government bonds enabling banks to draw more ELA funding, “that is to say, parliament knew exactly what the situation was when it came to Laiki’s liquidity and its needs,” Philippou said. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more