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STARSTRUCK SHANIA TWAIN WAS AWKWARD WHEN SHE FIRST MET MADONNA

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Shania Twain relates to fans getting starstruck because she still experiences it herself when meeting fellow celebrities.She may be a showbiz stalwart, but the 53-year-old singer can’t help getting nervous around big stars.Describing the first time she met Madonna as awkward, Twain told America’s Today show that she’s just not very good around her peers. “I’m not very good with stars,” she confessed. “I get really uncomfortable, I don’t know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I’m invading their space by being with them. I was awkward with Madonna when I first met Madonna. Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img


District of Taylor to draft Open Air Burning Bylaw

first_imgThe main purpose of the by-law would be to educate the public on safe burning practices and to give District Fire Officials the authority to assess burn and property conditions within the District’s Fire Protection Area before a burn is permitted.Similar by-laws are also being considered by the Peace River Regional District in an effort to prevent wildfires.The By-law is still under review with the Protection Committee. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, District of Taylor Council looked at the Draft Open Air Burning By-law.With open burning being a significant contributing factor in the amount of brush and forest fires, District Fire Chief, Steve Byford, is recommending that Council, with support from the Protection Committee, approves the proposed Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019.The proposed by-law is to regulate Open Air Burning in the District of Taylor andwithin the Taylor Rural Fire Protection Area.last_img read more


Moroccan Energy Group Named Crans-Montana Forum Partner

By Lery HicianoRabat – The Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE) has been announced as an official partner of the Crans-Montana Forum which will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from July 5 to 8.This year’s forum will be split up into three different international “High-Level” conferences: The International Conference on Peace in the Mediterranean, the role of Youth & the Improvement of Sport Governance; The Silk Road, which pertains to potential Chinese developments within Africa, Europe, and the Middle East; and Strengthening Women’s influence in the Necessary Change of their Society. The three conferences will be further divided up into more specific sessions, addressing the migrants’ journeys from Africa to Europe, energy concerns within the MENA region, and managing the increase in water demand.AMEE’s Director General Saïd Mouline will be a keynote speaker for one of the sessions and plans to address climate change, energy production, and energy efficiency.It would serve the Kingdom well to pay close attention to this conference, given that Morocco hosted a previous forum on African Cooperation in Dakhla in March 2017. Morocco has a vested interest in the conference as the Kingdom looks to expand its reach within the region and build closer connections to Asia.The conference, run by the world-renowned Swiss non-governmental organization, brings together government and business officials to create “a more Humane and Impartial World.” The organization has met annually around the world since its inception in 1986 to further a range of goals, from creating new young leaders, to the role of women in global security. read more


US agency probes effectiveness of 2014 GM seat belt recall

DETROIT — The U.S. government’s highway safety agency is investigating whether a 5-year-old General Motors seat belt recall fixed the problem.The recall covered about 1.4 million Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook SUVs from the 2009 through 2014 model years.GM originally did the recall because a flexible steel cable connecting the front seat belts to the vehicle could separate. If that happens, it may not restrain a person in a crash.GM dealers were to inspect the cables and replace them if needed. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has four complaints that seat belts failed in the SUVs after recall repairs were done. No injuries were reported.The agency says it will assess the effectiveness of the recall. GM says it’s co-operating.The Associated Press read more


Ban urges Lebanese not to let latest bombing deter efforts at national

Today’s bombing reportedly killed at least four people including three members of the Lebanese Armed Forces.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban conveyed his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the Government and Armed Forces of Lebanon. “The Secretary-General remains encouraged by the measures taken in recent weeks by the Lebanese to resume the national dialogue and calls upon them not to be deterred by this new attack,” the statement added.Earlier this month a car bombing outside of the capital, Beirut, claimed the life of senior politician Saleh Aridi and wounded six others. Speaking before dozens of world leaders gathered for the annual high-level debate at United Nations Headquarters in New York last week, President Michel Sleiman called for the confronting of terrorism in all its forms, noting that Lebanese army and internal security forces have been the victims of several “brutal attacks” in recent years from terrorist groups. 29 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s terrorist attack in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, and urged the people of the Middle East nation to forge ahead with national reconciliation efforts in spite of the violence. read more


Senior UN official urges parties in Nepal to sign human rights accord

Bertrand Ramcharan, the acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, issued a statement in Geneva raising concern over the increasing number reported human rights violations since the breakdown of the ceasefire. Mr. Ramcharan reiterated his call on both parties to demonstrate their commitment to international law by signing the Human Rights Accord. “The implementation of the Accord would help to protect civilians and could build confidence between the parties,” he said. He also pledged that the UN Human Rights Office would support efforts by the National Human Rights Commission to verify the implementation of the Accord once it has been signed.


Avon says SEC wont recommend action related to analyst contact but bribery

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Sep 14, 2012 10:00 am MDT Avon says SEC won’t recommend action related to analyst contact, but bribery probe continues NEW YORK, N.Y. – Avon Products Inc.’s legal woes may finally be on the wane.The direct-beauty product seller said in a regulatory filing late Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission has decided it won’t recommend any action against the company over whether Avon contacted analysts inappropriately during a separate bribery investigation.The news sent its shares up almost 2 per cent in morning trading Friday. The end of the investigation into analyst contacts is a plus for the company which is trying to turn around its financial performance as new CEO Sheri McCoy settles into the job.But Avon, whose products include Skin So Soft lotion and mark makeup, is still dealing with wider probes into whether Avon paid bribes in China and other countries. The problems began in 2008, when it started to investigate possible bribery in China related to travel, entertainment and other expenses, and soon widened the probe to other countries.The internal probe led to the New York company firing vice chairman and former chief financial officer Charles Cramb in January along with four other executives.The SEC and the Justice Department are also investigating the matter. In August, Avon said it was working toward possibly settling those investigations, which are separate from the investigation into contact with analysts.Avon declined to comment on Friday.The long-running legal woes, along with three years of lacklustre financial performance, are one reason longtime CEO Andrea Jung was replaced in April. She was replaced by McCoy, a former Johnson & Johnson executive. Jung remains executive chairman.In August, the company said its second-quarter net income fell 70 per cent, hurt by the stronger dollar and lower demand globally for its makeup and skin care products.To improve results, Avon Products plans to focus more on its independent sellers and buyers of Avon’s products, McCoy said during the most recent quarterly earnings report. She laid out plans to improve Avon’s product lineup, market products more effectively, pay top sellers more, cut costs and invest in technology.Despite the company’s problems, McCoy has defended the direct-selling model. Some analysts have questioned if it is still as relevant as it was 50 years ago, pre computers. Founded in 1886, Avon became a fixture in households across the United States as its legions of “Avon ladies” went door to door selling makeup to family, friends and acquaintances.Today, the company markets to women in more than 100 countries via 6 million independent sellers.Shares rose 31 cents, or 1.9 per cent, to $16.59 in morning trading Friday. Its shares are still 31 per cent below their 52-week high of $23.94 set late last October. read more


Research finds drama and theatre help students speak English

In the words of the great dramatist William Shakespeare: “To be or not to be; that is the question.”Can drama provide the answer for those learning English as a foreign language?A Brock research team has found that using drama and theatre techniques in the classroom significantly improved students’ fluency and comprehensibility in English.The study, co-authored by former graduate student Angelica Galante and Associate Professor of Linguistics Ron Thomson, focused on a group of 24 Brazilian adolescents learning English in São Paulo, Brazil.The researchers collected speech samples of the adolescents before and after their participation in a four-month, drama-based English language program.In addition to comparing the adolescents’ before-and-after results, the researchers compared the adolescents’ oral skills development with that of a control group – learners who received four months of traditional communicative English language lessons in the classroom.Thirty untrained Canadian native English speakers evaluated random speech samples from the two groups and rated the samples on their fluency, comprehensibility and degree of accent.The samples that proved to be the most fluent and easily understood came from the group that used the drama and theatre techniques.“This result is important because it indicates that explicit instruction can improve fluency compared to other communicative approaches “ says Galante.“Some have argued that there’s a connection between success in second language learning and your ability to see yourself as someone else,” Thomson explains.“The person you’re imagining doesn’t have to be another person: it could be you. The idea is that the extent to which you can set aside your existing first language identity and assume a second language identity might promote optimal learning.”Fluency refers to the fluidity of speech, or how easily someone is able to speak a foreign language. Comprehensibility is how much effort listeners exert in processing accented speech, while accentedness refers to how a speaker’s accent and speech compares to a target variety of that language.Galante looked to drama and theatre education to provide some fresh approaches to helping non-native English-speaking people master these concepts.“After going to theatre school, I started noticing the many strategies that we use on the stage could easily be applied in the classroom; for example, improvisation, intonation, voice projection, clear speech, expressing emotions, rhythm and appropriate pausing,” says Galante, who is the study’s first author.“While both groups had traditional pronunciation lab classes, the learners in the drama group had opportunities to practice vocal projection, volume, improvised speech, and expression of emotions,” she says.Galante says the research also shows that someone’s accent is “not really a problem” when it comes to understanding someone’s speech or how fluent the person is.Thomson indicates that “the impact of a foreign accent on communication often has more to do with how much experience a listener has with a particular accent, and his or her willingness to listen to a foreign-accented speaker.”Someone could have a very strong accent and still be comprehensible.“A widely cited example is the ‘Henry Kissinger’ effect: he had a very strong accent but nobody had difficulty understanding him, whereas comprehensibility is important for communication, more so than accent,” says Thomson.The study, published February 2016 in the online journal TESOL Quarterly, arose from Galante’s Master’s thesis, which explored ways to improve students’ “oral fluency, comprehensibility and accentedness.” A video abstract of the study can be found on YouTube here. read more


Im scared Audio reveals message from Cardiff City star Emiliano Sala before suspected

“I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart, and I’m leaving for Cardiff,” Sala said in a WhatsApp audio message carried by Argentine newspaper Clarin. “If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they will send people to look for me, because… The Argentine striker, signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for £15million, was flying to Cardiff aboard the plane that disappeared from radar around 12 miles north of the island of Guernsey on Monday night. 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. Emiliano Sala, Cardiff City’s record new signing, expressed concern about his plane shortly before the light aircraft disappeared over the Channel, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives. read more


First Cat branded hydraulic mining excavator working at Siilinjärvi phosphate in Finland

first_imgA newly Caterpillar-branded hydraulic mining excavator was recently delivered from the former Bucyrus factory in Dortmund to Hartikainnen, Finland’s biggest contractor, which is using the machine at the Siilinjärvi phosphate mine in the country where it has the mining contract. The excavator is a Caterpillar 6030 (formerly knnown as the RH120 under Terex O&K then Bucyrus) and has been delivered together with five 785D trucks. The excavator has been commissioned with the formal handover of the whole fleet scheduled for October. “It is exciting to reach this milestone in our integration journey,” stated Caterpillar’s Neil Roth, who led the product branding team. “We formed a team earlier this year to work across multiple areas of the business to plan and implement the product brand changes. This is an important element of going to the mining industry as one team to help our customers be more successful.”It is also significant for the Dortmund factory as it is the first mining excavator they have ever sold to Finland. The Siilinjärvi site consists of a mine and several plants. The mine is the only producer of phosphate ore in Western Europe, and it produces apatite, biotite and calcite, while the plants refining phosphate into phosphoric acid for fertiliser production. Production at the mine, which is part of fertiliser giant Yara International ASA, started in 1980. Hartikainnen already operates a large fleet of Caterpillar 777 trucks and Hitachi excavators (EX1200 and EX1900) at the mine.last_img read more


Autopsy shows Indian ministers wife suffered unnatural death

first_imgTHE WIFE OF Indian minister Shashi Tharoor, found dead in a luxury hotel after accusing her husband of being unfaithful, suffered an “unnatural, sudden death”, a doctor who performed an autopsy on her body has said.“More tests” are needed to determine the cause of Sunanda Pushkar’s death and the final results will not be known for two to three days, Sudhir Gupta, one of three doctors who performed the autopsy, told reporters.He added Pushkar’s body had “some physical injuries”, but it was unclear whether they were related to her death.After the autopsy Tharoor, dressed in a long white Indian kurta, and other mourners carried his wife’s shrouded body on a litter garlanded with marigolds for cremation according to Hindu rites.Some of Tharoor’s cabinet colleagues also attended the cremation.AffairTharoor found his wife dead in a luxury hotel room yesterday, just two days after she accused him on Twitter and in other media of having an affair with a Pakistani journalist, Mehr Tarar.“There were no signs of any foul play,” his press assistant Abhinav Kumar told reporters. “She seemed to be sleeping in a normal way but later it was found she was dead.”A police probe has been launched into her death.Tharoor was admitted to the same top government hospital where his wife’s autopsy was performed earlier today, after complaining of “general chest discomfort”, a hospital spokeswoman told reporters.But his test results were normal and he was released. TV footage showed him leaving the hospital looking ashen.Pushkar, 52, a Dubai-based entrepreneur before marrying Tharoor in 2010, had been taking medications for various illnesses, including tuberculosis, according to local media.In one of her last tweets, which later appeared to have been removed, she wrote: “Whatever is destined to happen will happen, will go smiling”.Indian social media users called it the first “death by Twitter”, with the drama being played out over the micro-blogging site.ShockwavesThe tragedy sent shockwaves through New Delhi’s social set. Friends had described Pushkar as the “life of any party”.The couple appeared deeply in love when they wed and were a glamorous pair on the social scene, but the rumour mill had been abuzz for months with talk of marital problems.Indian newspapers splashed the death on their front pages. “Soon after Twitter war, Sunanda Pushkar found dead in Delhi hotel,” said the tabloid Mail Today in a headline.Events began unfolding late on Wednesday when a curious messages appeared on the Twitter account of the suave thrice-married Tharoor, a former high-flying UN diplomat, novelist and key government spokesman.They showed private exchanges purportedly between the 57-year-old minister (@shashitharoor) and Pakistani journalist Tarar (@mehrtarar), in which she professed her love for him and he said his wife had discovered their relationship.Tharoor, known as “Mr Twitter” with over two million followers, quickly responded by saying his account was “hacked”, but Pushkar spoke to newspapers saying she sent the messages.She also raked up a corruption scandal related to the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament that almost wrecked Tharoor’s career in 2010 and led him to resign from the cabinet.Both Pushkar and Tharoor had denied any wrongdoing.RowSeeking to draw a line under the Twitter row, Tharoor issued a joint statement on Thursday in which he blamed unauthorised tweets and distorted media reports for the “unseemly controversy”.The statement said the couple were “happily married”.Cricket-loving Tharoor and his wife, the mother of an adult son from a former marriage, had been staying at the hotel since Thursday while work was being done to their home.Television anchor Sagarika Ghose said she spoke to Pushkar on Friday, saying she appeared depressed and was sobbing uncontrollably.The Pakistani journalist whom Pushkar accused of “stalking” her husband strongly denied having a relationship with the former UN diplomat.Reacting to Pushkar’s death, Tarar tweeted: “I’m absolutely shocked. This is too awful for words. So tragic I don’t know what to say. Rest in peace, Sunanda.”Tharoor, a thrice-married father of grown sons, spent three decades in the UN where he was beaten to the post of secretary general by Ban Ki-moon.The author then quit the UN and entered Indian politics in 2008 as a ruling Congress party MP.- © AFP 2014Read: Two students shot in Philadelphia school, shooter now in custodyRead: Putin says gay people at Olympics must ‘leave children alone’last_img read more


Unknown female who left hospital found safe and well

first_imgA WOMAN WHO had left Mercy University Hospital in Cork who had not been formally discharged has been identified and located safe and well.Medical staff at the hospital said they were ‘very concerned’ about the health and well-being of the woman who left the facility a week ago without being formally discharged.The gardaí thanked the public for their assistance but  said no further action is required. Read: “We have to hold out hope”: Student now missing one weeklast_img


CEA wants to standardize active 3D glasses

first_imgThe Consumer Electronics Association (or CEA for short) is an organization that unites approximately 2,000 companies within the consumer technology industry with the aim to use the cream of the crop to enhance existing technology or develop new innovations. One of their projects is something that could finally see a standard set for 3D glasses technology, something which I personally have been looking forward to seeing since the launch of the 3D craze.CEA are seeking proposals to standardize 3D active eye-wear that uses an infrared (IR) synchronized interface from consumer electronics (CE) manufacturers. At the moment the leading brands are Panasonic, Toshiba, Sony and LG (who have a partnership with Sky TV in select countries).CEA, however, are aiming to encourage all participants to join in the 3D Technologies Working Group and hopefully put an end to propriety specific technologies. CEA vice president of research and standards Brian Markwalter goes on to mention that the increase in 3D TVs in the modern home makes the need for interoperable 3D glasses even more urgent than ever before:As the hub of technology industry innovation, CEA is the logical host for such a crucial effort. Industry participation will help meet consumer demand and expectations regarding 3D interoperability in the home. Hopefully if enough companies send in proposals for their ideas on how to standardize 3D eyewear, CES will then select the best to form the defacto standard for 3D TVs.Read more at the CEA press release, via EngadgetBrett’s OpinionI think this is a great idea and creating standards is the only way forward in my mind. The one thing that puts consumers off from buying the expensive 3D TVs is either losing or damaging the propriety glasses, which can cost hundreds of dollars a set.Also, most pairs of 3D glasses can only be used on a specific manufacturer’s TV, which limits their portability. For example, you couldn’t view a Panasonic 3D TV with a pair of Sony glasses and vice versa. Cheaper glasses and one standard for all should bring 3D TVs to more homes, which will in turn generate better prices for consumers and more sets per household for TV manufacturers.3D interoperabilitylast_img read more


A superhero for Batman

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “It’s only with Batman as a candidate that Labor could manage to keep the seat of Batman,” a friend told me a few days ago. True, one has to admit it is impossible not to think along those lines, given the political climate in the inner north electorate of Melbourne and the neighbouring areas that have been swept by the Green vote in recent years.It would be great for Labor’s chances if Ged Kearney, the newly-nominated Labor candidate, managed to ensure an outcome similar to the superhero’s ventures.Batman is just a fictional DC Comics character, Kearney however, is not, and seems to be Labor’s only hope: to become a super heroine in her own right with some very important notches on her belt.She leaves the union movement carrying the legacy of the battle she has fought and won against the then-Howard Government’s Workchoices policy in 2005 not to mention her ongoing struggles as head of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch) to ensure a ‘healthy’ nurse-patient ratio in Victorian hospitals.Her belief is that “hard work and integrity can bring results”. This is probably why she huffs and puffs when I remind her that she has another three weeks of election campaigning ahead of her.“I moved into Batman when I was 15,” she tells Neos Kosmos.“I’ve lived here, in Martin Street, for over 30 years. I had my four children in Batman. They went to school here. As a nurse I worked for most of my career at the Austin Hospital [in Heidelberg]. I had to sell my house and buy another one and I bought a house just across the Merri Creek which is the border. You do not think of electoral boundaries when you are buying a house,” she says answering the recent attacks about where she lives.While she explains that politics is a new thing for her, she admits that she has often considered it in the past.“The work I did in the union movement and as a nurse was an advocacy role. You know, advocating for decent healthcare and workers’ rights, for all those important social institutions that we love like Medicare, public education, superannuation, and all these things. I think that advocacy aspect and the policy development aspect is what really appeals to me and I was very involved in developing good public and industrial policy, at the ACTU [Australian Council of trade Unions] and ANMF. So politics seem a logical step,” she says.She comes into the 17 March by-election on the back of the Northcote state seat lost to the Greens last year, and the departure of sitting member David Feeney – a not so likeable Labor MP who during the previous federal elections managed to win Batman thanks to the distribution of the Liberals’ second preferences.The Batman by-election will be contested by 10 candidates. The consequences for the Labor Party if Batman goes to Greens cadidate Alex Bhathal are immeasurable; a once safe Labor seat surrendered to the insurgent rival (not one of the two major parties) would not only be a dismal result in itself for Labor, but an ominous portent not only for federal Labor but state Labor and their prospects in the upcoming November election.Kearney understands this. She also appreciates a good fight; she played an integral part in many of those.“I think the people of Batman are looking for a very strong progressive person to represent them in parliament,” she muses.“A person who can actually make real change, a person of integrity. My background as a nurse and all the work that I have done for the workers and the trade union movement I hope will prove to them that I have been a fighter for really important social causes. I am also a carer and I understand how to care for a community as well. For all those people that moved away from Labor, I hope that they would see in me someone who would be a voice that shares their values not only in the Labor caucus but also in a party that can form government.”HEALTH, EDUCATION, JOBSThe parade of Labor fed-stars, the likes of Jenny Macklin, Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek, has become a daily reality.In the meantime, Kearney continues door knocking, hearing out voters from all walks of life, all ages, and ethnic backgrounds.“Batman is a beautifully diverse community,” she stresses.“For all its diversity when you are walking down the street, you realise that the issues that concern people are the same for everyone: proper funding for primary and secondary school, or wondering if they can take their kids to a bulk billing clinic and they have to fork out a lot of money. Community health centres, for example, and things like public transport and jobs.”Labor’s Batman campaign is focused on national and traditional ALP issues – jobs, education, and health. Neither Labor nor the Greens have a realistic chance of enacting their promises during this term of parliament but Labor is a government party and the prospects of governing the country after the next federal election are high.In its bid to win Batman, Labor pledged $40 million for the extension of the Gilbert Road tram line, plus $2 million towards an LGBTIQ health clinic as part of redeveloped Your Community Health Centre in Northcote, as well as a pledge to reverse funding cuts of $183 million from Victorian public hospitals.“Labor is the party that delivered Medicare; that delivered a public housing system; that has been 100 per cent committed to protect Medicare. Your readers remember that,” says Kearney.“The Liberal Government has ripped billions out of the health system so it is no wonder people are feeling the pinch, no wonder they feel that the queues are getting longer,” she continues, emphasising that the federal government has said that they are going to increase the Medicare levy for everybody in Australia.“Labor will not do that. In the meantime the Turnbull Government is going to give massive multinational corporations $65 billion in tax cuts, while at the same time they are saying to every day working people ‘hang on come here, we are going to charge you for your healthcare system’. That is not something Labor will do.”She talks passionately for the health system, a system that she knows like the back of her hand.In fact, Kearney recently met with Greek elderly groups to discuss the issues that concern them.“They were very concerned about the pensions,” she says.“They were raising the fact that the Turnbull Government is going to diminish their pension if they go to their home country more than six weeks. Labor will oppose that. I remind everyone that the Greens supported the government in cutting pensions to about 300,000 people. Their stance shocked many people. I mean why would you attack the most vulnerable and the needy to fix the bottom line when you can go to the corporations, the rich end of town to do that? The Greens surprised us a couple of times. They also supported the governments’ cuts to Gonski, the school funding.” [Ed. As reported in media after the Senate vote in 2017, the Greens voted against the Coalitions’s package on the grounds the extra $50 million for the Catholic sector amounted to a ‘special deal’, the government secured the 10 crossbench seats they needed with independents and minor parties].NO DEALSWhile the Liberals have decided not to contest the seat of Batman, an ultra conservative will. Kevin Bailey, a former SAS soldier, is running with Cory Bernardi’s newly established party the Australian Conservatives.Politics is a numbers game, which is why Bailey might end up being the kingmaker of this contest.Both Kearney and Bhathal know that the distribution of his party’s preferences may eventually decide the winner.The stakes are high and the end justifies the means for some.Kearney, however, does not fall under that category and she made that clear last week during our interview.“The whole thing with preferences for me is just noise. I want to win the primaries. That’s what I am going out to get.”They say a week is a long time in politics; not without reason.Ten days ago the ‘game’ seemed almost lost for Labor, but a recent Lonergan Research poll published in The Age suggests that if elections had been held last weekend Labor would have won it.In a phone poll reaching 700 voters in the electorate, Labor led the Greens 53 points to 47 in a two-party preferred contest; numbers that satisfied the Labor camp leaving some members picturing Kearney in a black bulletproof suit and cape saving Batman from the ‘Green villains’.Will their trip down fantasy lane intertwine with reality?To be continued in next week’s episode.last_img read more


Marriott Swaps Tiny Toiletries For More Sustainable Options

first_img Scientists Turn Cashew Nut Shells Into SunscreenAll Made by Google Devices to Include Recycled Material Stay on target The days of stealing tiny bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel from your hotel room are gone.Marriott International announced an initiative to swap single-use plastic toiletries for larger, pump-topped containers.The company has already introduced replacements in some 1,000 North American properties, and expects most of its hotels to make the switch by December 2020.Large, pump-topped decanters contain the same amount of product as about a dozen single-use vials—the latter which are not usually recycled, and instead end up in hotel trash cans, generating refuse that never truly decomposes.Once fully rolled out worldwide, the toiletry program should prevent 500 million itty-bitty bottles annually from ending up in landfills: That’s nearly 1.7 million pounds of plastic—a 30 percent annual reduction from current amenity plastic usage.This marks Marriott’s second recent global initiative aimed at reducing single-use plastics, “which underscores how important we believe it is to continuously find ways to reduce our hotels’ environmental impact,” CEO Arne Sorenson said in a statement.“It’s a huge priority for us,” he continued. “Our guests are looking to us to make changes that will create a meaningful difference for the environment while not sacrificing the quality service and experience they expect from our hotels.”You may have already visited one of the firm’s five brands—Courtyard by Marriott, SpringHill Suites, Residence Inn, Fairfield by Marriott, or TownePlace Suites—that moved to pump dispensers staring last year.Another four—Aloft Hotels, Element by Westin, Four Points, and Moxy Hotels—previously implemented the large-bottle concept, while AC by Marriott is “well on its way” to making the change.The global project is part of Marriott International’s Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction platform addressing social and environmental issues.The company is working toward several sustainability goals like reducing landfill waste by 45 percent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories—including guestroom amenities—by 2025.Hotels may not be the first place you’d expect to go green. But Marriott International is committed reducing its environmental impact as part of the Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction platform.The organization is juggling several sustainability goals, including reducing landfill waste by 45 percent and responsibly sourcing its top 10 product purchase categories (including guestroom amenities) by 2025.In July 2018, all Marriott hotels began phasing out disposable plastic straws and stirrers, instead switching to an on-demand approach with alternative products when possible.The firm met its goal a year later, estimating an annual diversion of 1 billion plastic straws from landfills.More on Geek.com:Marriott Invites Guests to Redecorate—With a Bottle of Water and ARNew Zealand Bans Single-Use Plastic Shopping BagsPop-Up NYC Museum Highlights Burden of Single-Use Plasticslast_img read more


Suicide not police killed California festival gunman

first_imgLOS ANGELES: The gunman who opened fire on a California food festival killed himself after officers shot him multiple times, officials said, correcting previous police accounts that the officers fired the fatal bullet. Police gave the update Friday, soon after the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office said 19-year-old Santino William Legan died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Legan killed three people — including two children — and injured 13 others at the popular Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday. Authorities say they have not yet been able to determine his motive. Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee told reporters that the timeline remains the same: Three veteran police officers responded in less than a minute and fired multiple rounds when Legan turned his AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle on them. Smithee said the officers hit him multiple times, and he fell to the ground with the rifle. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “He was able to get one more round off, and he was able to shoot himself in the head,” the police chief said. Smithee said he was “a little surprised” to hear that Legan had shot himself. “I don’t think that changes anything about the heroics of our officers,” he said. The chief did not know how many times police fired at him or how many bullets struck him. A full coroner’s report is pending. Advertise With Us Legan killed 6-year-old Stephen Romero and 13-year-old Keyla Salazar of San Jose, along with Trevor Irby, 25, of Romulus, New York, on the last day of the long-running festival. It draws more than 100,000 people with music, food booths and cooking classes to the city roughly 80 miles (129 kilometres) southeast of San Francisco. John Bennett, the FBI’s special agent in charge in San Francisco, has said Legan did not appear to be targeting a particular group and that he did not seem to follow a specific ideology. Legan’s social media raised questions after he urged his Instagram followers on the day of the attack to read a 19th-century book popular with white supremacists on extremist websites. Profilers were working to determine a motive through interviews and combing through physical and digital evidence. Officials say their investigation has not shown that anyone else was involved. But authorities arrested a man earlier this week on suspicion of making threats online that apparently referenced the deadly shooting. Jose Pinon, 40, of Gilroy, posted Wednesday on Facebook that “my goal is to kill 500, not three,” Gilroy police said. Police Capt. Joseph Deras said officials did not seize any weapons from Pinon’s home Thursday and do not believe he was planning an attack. A 22-year-old man, whom police did not identify, posted on Facebook soon after the shooting that he had participated — prompting a SWAT response to his Gilroy home. He was arrested on unrelated warrants, but police did not charge him in connection with his Facebook post because authorities did not believe he had any “criminal intent,” Deras said.last_img read more


Morning ragas that awaken the senses

first_imgAs the weather of the Capital warms up the soulful musical and melodies of the Morning Raga came to an end at India Habitat Centre. Pandit Ajoy Chakrabarty concluded the season with his melodious renditions. The last concert of the morning Ragas was in collaboration with ITC Sangeet Research Academy.The show opened with an original composition of Raag Bharavi by Pt. Ajoy Chakrabarty. Starting a concert with raag Bharavi is quite unusual but, marking the end of Morning Raga series,the performance and the rendition left its audience mesmerised and wanting for more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the performance progressed Pt Ajoy Chakrabarty  presented one of his self composed Vilambit Khayal followed by Madhyalay composition and three traditional rut compositions of Agra Gharana and Patiala Gharana. He further enthralled the audience with another rarely heard raga Lalit Pancham in which he presented two compositions of Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh in Vilambit and Dhrut.As the spirits of the music enthusiasts soared with back to back soulful musical performances he next chose Raag Kalingada in which he presented a Thumri. The concert finally had to come to a conclusion with Shayama Sangeet in Raag Shudh Kalyan and chanting in Sanskrit.  The next season of Morning ragas with new artistes and various classical performances will be back again in the month of October.Earlier maestros featured in Morning Ragas include names like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Vidhushi Girija Devi, Subha Mudgal, Ustad Wassifuddin Dagar to name a few. These maestros have mesmerised the audience with their music and attracted a crowd of over 300 keen music aficionados per show.last_img read more


2 babies die 29 sickened from bad vaccines in south Mexico

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