Meet Joan Rivers On The Set Of Fashion Police

first_imgOmaze.com, the online platform that offers anyone the opportunity to enter to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with celebrities, athletes, and the world’s greatest thinkers, all to benefit social causes, has partnered with Hollywood icon and star of E!’s Fashion Police, Joan Rivers, to offer a dream experience to one winner for donations that begin at just $10.Meet Joan Rivers With OmazeRivers explains, “I am offering one lucky winner and a friend the opportunity to fly to LA, attend a taping of Fashion Police, and gossip with me afterwards in my private dressing room, all to benefit the wonderful Geffen Playhouse.”The Omaze experience will fly one winner and his or her guest of choice to Los Angeles to join Rivers on the set of Fashion Police, watch a taping of the show, and talk fashion with the gossip queen in her private dressing room. The winner will also get the chance to meet her daughter, Melissa Rivers for extra laughs. All donations for this experience will go to benefit the Geffen Playhouse.The process works similar to a charity raffle. The user-friendly site allows anyone to enter to win an Omaze experience of his or her choice by donating just $5-10. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, Omaze collects all the entries and selects the winners through a third party computer-generated random selection process. The proceeds are delivered to benefit a specific social cause, in this case, the Geffen Playhouse.The Geffen Playhouse, founded in 1995 by theater, film, and television luminary Gil Cates, is noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its commitment to the development of new plays. It is an active member of the community, and offers a groundbreaking education and outreach program that targets students, seniors and anyone who would not otherwise have access to theater.Omaze will accept donations to enter to win this experience until March 6, 2014.For more information about how to enter to win this experience with Omaze and The Geffen Playhouse, please visit www.omaze.com.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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SiriusXM Supports WhyHunger Hungerthon Auction

first_imgSiriusXM has announced its participation with WhyHunger’s Hungerthon 2014.The charity auction will take place between now and Wednesday, December 10.For the sixth consecutive year, many of SiriusXM’s music, talk and sports channels will participate in WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign by helping to promote WhyHunger’s online auction of rare memorabilia and experiences donated by popular musicians, athletes and celebrities.WhyHunger is a non-profit organization founded by the late Harry Chapin and current executive director and radio host, Bill Ayres. It is a leader in the fight against the root causes of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. SiriusXM continues to support WhyHunger as part of its “Sound of Change” initiative which is a program that generates awareness, action and funds for designated charitable causes.Hungerthon auction items include trips to meet and see Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, a trip to Las Vegas to see Willie Nelson; autographed guitars from 5 Seconds of Summer, Big & Rich, Doobie Brothers, Billy Idol, Jackson Browne, Weezer, Slash and Santana; tambourines autographed by Stevie Nicks and Alison Moyet; autographed drumheads by Dave Grohl, Nick Mason and The Allman Brothers Band who signed the drumhead on the night of their final performance as a band; an autographed ukulele by Colbie Caillat; autographed posters by Tom Petty and Motley Crue; an autographed skate deck by Pearl Jam; tickets to concerts for Phish, Jimmy Buffett, Calvin Harris on New Year’s Eve, Kidz Bop, “The Lights All Night Festival,” and to Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera, the Grand Ole Opry and the 2015 Daytona 500; lunch with Marky Ramone, signed Mike Tyson boxing gloves and much more.Participants in the auction for WhyHunger’s 29th annual Hungerthon will also be able to bid on an opportunity to sit in during SiriusXM shows with Jenny McCarthy, Opie & Jim, Sway Calloway, Jason Ellis, Cousin Brucie, and The Morning Mash Up and opportunities to record guest DJ sessions on ‘70s on 7, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Grateful Dead Channel, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, B.B. King’s Bluesville and Pearl Jam Radio; the opportunity to sit in on Entertainment Weekly Radio; as well as the opportunity to spend a day at a NFL training camp.Auctions will be conducted online at www.charitybuzz.com/hungerthon during designated times. A list of auction items and full details are available at www.siriusxm.com/hungerthon. SiriusXM is not a sponsor of the auction but is a participating promoter and donor of opportunities on the auction block. Learn more at www.hungerthon.org and join in the fight to end hunger in America and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious food.In addition, as part of SiriusXM’s support the WhyHunger efforts, SiriusXM’s Bob Edwards will host a special one hour show with special guests Jen Chapin, daughter of WhyHunger’s founder Harry Chapin, and co-founder Bill Ayres. The “SiriusXM WhyHunger Town Hall” special will focus on the work of those who mobilize volunteers to help end hunger and the many initiatives and programs to help communities become healthier and self-reliant. “SiriusXM’s WhyHunger Town Hall” will air as a special edition of Edwards’s show on SiriusXMPR, channel 121, on Thursday, November 27 at 7:00 am ET and PT.For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.last_img read more

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2019-10-16

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An Original Electronic Music and Digital Arts Event in Montréal

first_img Login/Register With: MONTRÉAL – The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $40,000 in funding for the 18th edition of the MUTEK festival, which will take place in Montréal from August 22 to 27, 2017.This amount is granted by the Government of Canada under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, and will help the festival offer original, avant-garde programming. It will allow the public to discover new electronic music and enjoy unique digital audiovisual performances by both well-known and emerging artists.Quotes “MUTEK is a great platform for creation and exchange between artists and professionals. This event stimulates innovation and delivers unique artistic experiences that contribute to Montréal’s reputation as a world-class centre of culture and technology.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“MUTEK 2017 will once again present the cream of the crop of today’s electronic musicians and digital artists, while helping Montréal and Canada strengthen their dialogue with innovative cultural centres on an international level.”– Alain Mongeau, Founder and General & Artistic Director, MUTEKQuick FactsMUTEK is a non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and developing emerging forms of digital audio, music, and visual art. Its mandate is to give exposure to the most original and visionary artists in the field and to help them push their artistic design as far as possible, while initiating, educating, and developing new audiences.For its 18th edition, the MUTEK festival is adding one day of programming and devoting four days to the cultural capitals of London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin, by exploring the contemporary multidisciplinary connections between Montréal and these cities.The performances will be held from August 22 to 27 at the Society for Arts and Technology, the Monument-National, the Métropolis, the Édifice Wilder Espace Danse, and the free outdoor stage at the Esplanade de la Place des Arts.Associated linksMUTEK http://www.mutek.org/en/montreal/2017Canada Arts Presentation Fund http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1452621893765/1452621979961 Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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2019-10-15

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Winnipegs police board taking flak for its lack of diversity

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsThe appointment of two new members to the city’s police board has some concerned about the lack diversity on the board.The police board is a civilian body that acts as a liaison between police and the community.  The people who sit on the board are appointed by the province and the city.With two vacant positions to be filled, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman appointed two non-Indigenous people to take the jobs.The appointments have people asking whether the board truly represents the diverse community.bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

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2019-10-14

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Lawsuit filed over fatal Army helicopter crash in Maryland

first_imgHARTFORD, Conn. — The widow of an Army specialist killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Maryland last year and two other soldiers who were critically injured are suing Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut, alleging the tail rotor system was defective.The lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in Hartford by Spc. Jeremy Tomlin’s wife, Jessica; Capt. Terikazu Onoda and his wife; and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Nicholas. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.The Sikorsky-manufactured Black Hawk crashed in Leonardtown, Maryland, during a training mission April 17, 2017.The lawsuit blames a major tail rotor malfunction. The three-member crew was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.A Sikorsky spokesman declined to comment. Connecticut-based Sikorsky is a division of Maryland-based Lockheed Martin.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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2019-10-13

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Three soldiers injured following explosion during military exercise

The injured were admitted to the Diyatalawa hospital for treatment. (Colombo Gazette) Three soldiers sustained injuries following an explosion during a military exercise at the Diyatalawa Air Force camp today.The Air Force said that among the three injured is a female trainee.

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2019-10-08

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Three people are charged with stealing data and codes from Flow Traders

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Three people are charged with stealing data and codes from Flow Traders, a trading company NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two former employees of Flow Traders, an electronic trading company, were charged Monday in New York with stealing secret data and computer codes from the company to help start their own business.Jason Vuu, who worked at Flow Traders until March, emailed himself the company’s files seven times between August 2011 and August 2012, the complaint said. On three other occasions this month, Vuu emailed himself codes that are used by Flow Traders to structure and execute its trades, the complaint said.Vuu renamed the files of his email attachments to make it harder to identify what they were, according to the complaint.Vuu was charged with nine counts of unlawful duplication of computer related material and 11 counts of unauthorized use of secret scientific material.Glen Cressman, who worked at Flow Trader in December 2012, emailed himself the company’s trading strategies and algorithms from his work email account to a personal one, according to the complaint. The complaint also said that in one instance the file was sent from a co-worker’s email account to Cressman’s personal email account, but the co-worker was not at work that day. Cressman was charged with two counts each of the same charges.A third person, Simon Lu, who did not work at Flow Traders, accessed the company’s source code from Dropbox, a data storage website. The complaint said that the source code was uploaded by Vuu. Prosecutors said that Lu asked Vuu in online chats if he had access to Flow Traders’ source code and other data, saying that the information could help them start their own trading business. Lu was charged with three counts each of the same charges.Lu’s attorney, Paul Shechtman, said: “I believe the evidence will show that Simon never used source code from Flow Traders. We’ve asked the district attorney’s office to keep an open mind as this moves forward.”Charles Ross, an attorney for Cressman, and Jeremy Saland, Vuu’s attorney, did not return requests for comment. Flow Traders, which is headquartered in Amsterdam but has trading offices in New York, did not return a request for comment.The complaint said that each of the files taken from Flow Traders were worth over $2,500.The complaints were first reported by the Wall Street Journal. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 26, 2013 4:26 pm MDT read more

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2019-10-04

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When purchasing a critical illness insurance policy could make sense

TORONTO – It was about eight years ago that Brooke Robinson bought a critical illness insurance policy due to her family’s history of breast cancer, only to trigger it six years later for an entirely different and unexpected reason.“I actually ended up with multiple sclerosis and it was a very aggressive version of it,” says Robinson, 33.“I was diagnosed in April of 2015 and by October of 2015 I was walking with a cane.”Today, she credits her critical illness payout for allowing her and her husband to take three months off work so they could move from Toronto to Ottawa where she underwent an experimental procedure that has allowed her to walk again without assistance.While Robinson’s workplace disability insurance made up for some of the couple’s lost income, she says it wouldn’t have been enough to cover the $15,000 of extra expenses they incurred.“Without the treatment I had, I would be in a wheelchair right now and I wouldn’t be able to work or be in an office,” she says. “We would have had to sell our house and move into a condo. It would have been a disaster.”Critical illness insurance may be effective at covering costs that disability insurance doesn’t.Financial planner Rona Birenbaum says the most compelling reason to buy a critical illness policy would be if someone isn’t eligible for disability insurance — for instance, a stay-at-home parent who doesn’t have an income to replace.But it could also help someone unprepared for the financial hardships that may come with a critical illness diagnosis such as the cost of medical treatment or for a spouse to take time off work.Unlike disability insurance, which protects your income to age 65 and generally kicks in after 90 days of disability, critical illness insurance pays out a lump sum in the event of critical illnesses such as cancer, a stroke or a heart attack.“If you find yourself incurring a large expense and your expenses don’t allow you to build an emergency fund, then critical illness insurance becomes that line of defence for those that don’t want to cash in their RRSP and undermine their long-term savings,” says Birenbaum, founder of Toronto-based firm Caring for Clients.A potential downside is that to receive a payout you must often meet very strict and specific definitions of disease, says Dan Hallett, vice-president of HighView Financial Group in Oakville, Ont.Another caveat, adds independent insurance broker Lorne Marr of LSM Insurance in Markham, Ont., is that to get a critical illness lump sum you also have to survive a waiting period, which is normally 30 days. The nature of critical illness insurance also means that those relying solely on it won’t receive any more money beyond the lump sum.Like Birenbaum, both Hallett and Marr say that critical illness insurance should not be used as a replacement for disability insurance.Birenbaum says critical illness insurance premiums can be expensive. A $200,000 policy with a 15-year term for a healthy 35-year-old man would cost about $80 a month.“It really becomes about what’s affordable and it never makes sense to over-insure because you’re a scared person,” she says. “If you’re talking about a lump sum amount that would make a difference to someone, we’re probably talking about $50,000.”As for Robinson, she says because she purchased her critical illness policy at the age of 25, it only ended up costing her $6 a month in premiums.“That’s a couple of cups of coffee,” she says. “It’s well worth the security and the safety of not having to worry about finances when something tragic is happening in your life.”Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. When purchasing a critical illness insurance policy could make sense by David Hodges, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 13, 2017 9:50 am MDT Last Updated Jul 13, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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2019-10-03

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Gabriel backs Decent Work Agenda for Romania

first_imgCanadian-based Gabriel Resources has thrown its weight behind the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) ‘Decent Workforce Agenda’, which promotes opportunities for people to find decent and productive work conditions of freedom, equity, security, and human dignity.At a meeting held by the Centre for American Progress Action Fund in Columbia, Gabriel CFO and Vice President Richard Young said the company “not only supports the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda but is committed to its implementation in its enterprises in Romania.”Gabriel’s Rosia Montana project is in one of the most impoverished regions in Romania. Rosia Montana village, designated a “disadvantaged zone” by the Romanian Government, has a 70% unemployment rate, which would be more than 90% in the absence of the Gabriel project. The overarching objective of the ILO has been re-phrased as the promotion of opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Decent work is the converging focus of the four strategic objectives – namely rights at work, employment, social protection and social dialogue. Decent work is an organising concept for the ILO in order to provide an overall framework for action in economic and social development.last_img read more

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2019-09-24

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Handball legend Olafur Stefansson ends NT career

← Previous Story ASOBAL (Round 7): Atletico Madrid blow away opponent, wins 34:13 Next Story → Steinar Ege to replace Hombrados in Atletico Madrid? Icelandic handballOlafur Stefansson Ólafur Stefánsson, arguably one of the best handball players in the world, has announced the end of his career with Iceland’s national team.He broke the news to Iceland TV station RUV exactly 20 years after he had made his debut in the national team’s jersey during a friendly match against Egypt.In his illustrous career Stefánsson scored 1562 goals in 329 international appearances, playing a major part in both of Iceland’s major achievements in the recent past: the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the third place at the 2010 European Championship in Austria.He was voted into the Olympic All-Star team following the 2008 Beijing and the 2004 Athens Games.The last international match for 39-year-old was Iceland’s quarter-final loss against Hungary at the London 2012 Olympic Games and since his future in the national team was up in the air.Stefánsson last played for AG Kopenhagen but has been without a club following Kopenhagen’s bankruptcy in summer this year.source: EHF read more

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2019-09-22

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Hospital of hope crushed under ruins of ill economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Today at Athens’ Elpis Hospital, as Dr Theo Giannaros makes his rounds, he is relieved to find all the patients in stable condition. Greece’s crumbling healthcare system may be on life support, but he won’t let his facility fall ill.“Nobody is going to tell us who is going to live and who is going to die.”“Nobody is going to tell us who is going to live and who is going to die,” Dr Giannaros, a former military commando and director of the hospital, tells me adamantly.“We are going to treat everybody, regardless of their colour, of their religion, or their financial status.”No matter what consequences he may face, Giannaros is committed to doing whatever he can to help as many people as possible. After all, in Greek, the word Elpis means hope. And that’s exactly what the mission of Elpis Hospital is: to bring hope to the uninsured, to the unemployed, to people in need. “In Greece we have about one and a half million unemployed people,” explains Giannaros. “That means about three and a half million uninsured. They need medical help.”He tells me the problem faced by hospitals in Greece is far worse than most realise: that medical budgets have been slashed and medication is hard to obtain; that bureaucracy has become so thick, even the nimble hands of a surgeon would have trouble slicing through it.“We used to say in this hospital that we are not following medical protocols,” explains Giannaros, exasperated. “You know why? Because they are not medical protocols. They are financial protocols.” Budget cuts, he insists, have brought ruin upon the country’s medical infrastructure.“We’re a medium-sized hospital, 220 beds,” Giannaros tells me. “In 2009, our budget was about €18 million. In 2014, it was about € 6.3million – that is one third of what we got in 2009.”The sickly economy, Giannaros assures me, has meant more people are ailing and fewer are being treated than ever before.“Greeks are known for their smile,” he says. “Now you see the depressed eyes, the frightened eyes, the sad eyes. That means that our souls have changed. Depression is our friend now.”Indeed, there has been a shocking spike in suicide rates in Greece. A study by Medscape says that in less than two years, there has been a 35 per cent increase in suicides.It has become so bad, that even during a time of shortage, Giannaros cannot use some of the much-needed medical equipment he already has. Outside his office is an ambulance, sitting idle. Dust has gathered on its windshield, leaves have collected under its tyres.Giannaros tells me the situation is ridiculous, but certainly not funny: that because he secured the vehicle from foreign donors without first obtaining the approval of his superiors, he has not been able to get licence plates issued for the mobile medical unit since.“I dared to bring donations without asking the municipality of Athens,” says a frustrated Giannaros about the ambulance that arrived two years ago. His patience has run out.“I’m going to drive it myself,” he declares, “even without numbered plates. We’re going to use it.”I ask him what he thinks will happen to him when he does. “I don’t know. Maybe I will go to prison,” he replies with a grin. “But I’m going to get free immediately.”At a time of great austerity, that fighting spirit has inspired his staff and comforted their patients. While taking me on a tour of the facilities, Giannaros says compassion, creativity and willpower are what matter most.He adds that while many hospitals have closed clinics during the financial crisis, “we created three new clinics after 2012”.“This is an example how you can operate a hospital with nothing,” he says.“That means with no money, giving exactly the same quality of service, health services to the people as before.”Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician, is considered the father of modern medicine. It is his vow that doctors still swear by.“May I always act,” the Hippocratic Oath states, “so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling.”Those traditions are still very much respected and observed by Dr Giannaros and Elpis Hospital.*Mohammed Jamjoom is a correspondent with Al Jazeera English. This report was originally published by Al Jazeera on July 17. Helen Skopis contributed to the story.last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Optimus 4X le dernier né des smartphones LG

first_imgOptimus 4X : le dernier né des smartphones LGLG présentera officiellement un nouveau smartphone lors du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone lundi prochain : l’Optimus 4X HD. Un terminal haut de gamme.Après avoir annoncé récemment les prochains terminaux Optimus Vu et Optimus Cube 3D, LG continue d’être très actif sur le front des nouveautés. Aujourd’hui le fabricant officialise son dernier smartphone en date, appartenant à nouveau à la gamme Optimus : le 4X HD. Ce smartphone avait été un temps annoncé sous le nom de code X3. L’Optimus 4X HD donc sera doté d’un processeur quadri-coeur Tegra 3 de Nvidia. D’un point de vue pratique le processeur possède d’ailleurs un coeur supplémentaire à fréquence plus faible qui travaille lorsque l’appareil est en veille par exemple. Les 4 autres cœurs sont cadencés à 1,5GHz. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le smartphone possèdera par ailleurs un écran tactile True HD IPS de 4,7 pouces affichant en 720 x 1280 pixels, d’un APN arrière de 8 Megapixels, d’1Go de RAM et de 16 GB d’espace de stockage. L’épaisseur de l’Optimus 4X HD est de 8,9 mm, il possède également une batterie de 2150mAh, des compatibilités HSPA+ 4G, DLNA, WiFi, Bluetooth ou encore A-GPS. Enfin, il sera pourvu du système d’exploitation Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Le mobile sera présenté lors du Mobile World Congress, à Barcelone qui débutera le 27 février prochain.Le 23 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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2019-09-20

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Titanic expected to disappear by 2030 thanks to hungry bacteria

first_imgThe Titanic has sat 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean since hitting an iceberg and sinking in 1912. The depth of the ocean liner wreck meant it stayed well preserved until it was finally discovered back in 1985. However, we’re now over 30 years on from that discovery and scientists believe the Titanic doesn’t have long left.Even though deterioration of the ship has been slowed greatly due to the environment it exists within, in 2010 a proteobacteria was discovered on rusticles recovered from the salvage site. It was fittingly named Halomonas titanicae, and its presence and survival means the wreck of the Titanic is being progressively corroded. Current estimates predict that by 2030 we will see a total deterioration of the vessel.The corrosion that will remove Titanic from the ocean within 14 years is happening thanks to a surprising evolutionary adaptation undergone by the Halomonas titanicae bacteria. It has evolved to regulate the salinity of the water it exists within and therefore survives and thrives in harsh underwater conditions.Survival comes down to an osmolyte the bacteria produces called ectoine. Osmolytes help to maintain fluid balance and cell volume in the bacteria, and in this case allows Halomonas titanicae to cope with sea water salt concentrations of up to 25%. The salinity of the water where Titanic lies is only 3.5% so it’s a relatively easy life for titanicae.I suppose it was inevitable that the Titanic would eventually disappear completely, I just didn’t realize it would happen so soon and even within my lifetime. With the amount of research that has gone on around the wreck, and of course the existence of that James Cameron movie, I doubt anyone will ever be allowed to forget about this ocean liner.last_img read more

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2019-09-20

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Sports Illustrated Lays Off All of Its Staff Photographers

first_img Indeed, Smith emphasized to the NPPA that “Our commitment to photography hasn’t changed. We’re still going to cover games, we’re going to shoot portraits, we’re going to cover Olympics, we’ll be at the Final Four, we will be at championships, we’ll be there.” All six of Sports Illustrated’s staff photographers were let go yesterday, according to a report from the National Press Photographers Association. In a comment to the NPPA confirming the layoffs, Brad Smith, Sports Illustrated’s director of photography, referred to “a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including Sports Illustrated.” But Time Inc. has been re-examining its organizational structure since its spinoff from Time Warner and there have been ongoing staffing adjustments, executive shuffles and plans for cross-brand resource sharing—like photography—ahead of its planned move to cheaper office space in lower Manhattan later this year. Even so, the spokesperson says the photographers who were let go do not foreshadow a decrease in the use of photography at the brand.center_img “We’re taking a re-imagined approach to our photography and coverage of sports through photography, which will ultimately see a broader and more expansive base of contributors across all Sports Illustrated platforms,” he says. “There will be no sacrifice in quality or quantity of any sort.” A spokesperson tells Folio: that while the six were laid off, Smith will continue on. He also downplayed Smith’s reference to a broader restructuring, citing no knowledge of any specific plan. Update: Meanwhile, more cuts were concurrently initiated at the company, which included All You’s publisher Suzanne Quint and editor Nina Wildorf. Other cuts included six from InStyle and one from People.last_img read more

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2019-09-14

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New Tool to Help Contractors Washington State Agencies Respond to Defense Cutbacks

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The state of Washington has completed development of an economic planning model aimed at helping defense contractors, and state and local agencies respond to DOD spending cuts.Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Tuesday unveiled the Defense Data Tool, which stemmed from the effort led by the Washington Military Alliance to address military downsizing. The model, funded by a $500,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, shows how changes in defense spending affect specific industries and occupations, down to individual counties, according to a press release.The governor showcased the model during a visit to Jorgensen Forge, a machining company that contracts heavily with the Navy but has started expanding into the aerospace industry. The new tool is essential for companies such as Jorgensen because it allows them to anticipate reduced contracting opportunities and retool their workers or seek business elsewhere, said CEO Mike Jewell.“The state’s foresight in actively planning for potential base closures and lower levels of military spending is helping companies like ours transform to survive what might otherwise be a potentially devastating business setback,” Jewell said.“Our new Defense Data Tool provides detailed mapping of the specific industries and occupations that make up our defense manufacturing supply chain. Armed with that data, we can more effectively identify and target investments, such as the WorkStart funding for Jorgensen’s lean manufacturing system, to address potentially larger impacts of DOD downsizing in our communities,” said Kristine Reeves, the governor’s sector lead on military and defense economic development.A $100,000 grant from the Washington WorkStart program established a master machinist training program intended to support Jorgensen’s adoption of lean manufacturing techniques. The planning tool was developed in collaboration with Reeves, local economic development leaders and members of the Washington Military Alliance.last_img read more

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2019-09-13

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Is Snapchats CoFounder Completely Crazy for Turning Down 3 Billion From Facebook

first_img Is Snapchat’s co-founder crazy for not taking $3 billion?Crazy doesn’t begin to describe how nutty this is. He’ll never see that kind of dough again.Uh, hello. Would you want to work with Mark Zuckerberg?Snapchat is the next big thing. He’s smart for holding out for a better offer.He comes from a privileged family. He doesn’t need the money anyway.I say Evan Spiegel is crazy smart. He clearly has a bigger vision for Snapchat.VoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comIs Snapchat’s co-founder crazy for not taking $3 billion? Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global November 14, 2013 The internet has been a-buzz since news broke yesterday that 23-year-old Evan Spiegel, the co-founder and chief executive of messaging service Snapchat, turned down a $3 billion offer to be acquired by Facebook.Three billion dollars ain’t chump change. Especially for an app that so far isn’t generating revenue.So is Spiegel crazy or crazy smart for not taking all that money? Let us know what you think by taking the poll below.Related: This Is the 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Who Just Turned Down $3 Billion From Facebook 1 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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2019-08-30

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Sony unveils PlayStation Classic with 20 games

first_imgSony unveils PlayStation Classic with 20 games by Martin Brinkmann on September 19, 2018 in Games – Last Update: October 29, 2018 – 8 commentsSony, the company behind the PlayStation gaming console, unveiled a remake of the company’s first console, the PlayStation Classic yesterday.Remakes of classic game consoles are trending right now. Nintendo showed everyone how it is done with the release of the NES Classic and some time later the release of the SNES Classic. Both consoles includes 20 or so preloaded games that users could play right away. Other companies started to release classic or mini consoles or computers such as a C-64 Mini or the Atari Flashback console.While Nintendo could already be working on a classic version of the N-64, it was Sony’s turn to unveil a remake console.Update: Sony revealed the 20 games that will be part of the Playstation Classic Bundle:Battle Arena ToshindenCool Boarders 2Destruction DerbyFinal Fantasy VIIGrand Theft AutoIntelligent QubeJumping FlashMetal Gear SolidMr DrillerOddworld: Abe’s OddyseeRaymanResident Evil Director’s CutRevelations: PersonaRidge Racer Type 4Super Puzzle Fighter II TurboSyphon FilterTekken 3Tom Clancy’s Rainbow SixTwisted MetalWild ArmsThe list lacks lots of games that made the Playstation 1 a great gaming system: no Gran Turismo, no Final Fantasy Tactics, no Castlevania, no Tony Hawk’s Skater, no Crash Bandicoot, no Tomb Raider, no Silent Hill..Playstation ClassicThe PlayStation Classic is a remake of the first Sony PlayStation console; arguably a console that disrupted the dominance of Nintendo and Sega which dominated 8-bit and 16-bit gaming.The mini-console launches on December 3, 2018 and will retail for $99.99 in the United States,€99.99 in many European markets, and for 9980 Yen in Japan. Sony did not reveal how much gamers from the U.K. will have to pay. If I had to guess, it would be 99.99 British Pounds.The console comes with two replica Sony PlayStation controllers, an HDMI cable to connect the console to a television, and a USB cable for charging. The bundle won’t include an AC adapter and supports any that supports 5V, 1.0 A USB output.Not all games that come preloaded with the system are known yet. The short “Introducing PlayStation Classic” video lists reveals only some of the included games.Confirmed games are Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, and Jumping Flash.It is possible that games may vary from region to region. Nintendo did this with the releases of the NES and SNES Classic consoles. While many games were released in all regions, some were only available in some regions.Sony could do the same for the PlayStation Classic; release more RPG games and shoot em up games in Japan, and bring those boring Sport games to Europe and the US (Note: the author does not like Sports games but loves RPGs and shoot em ups).The console will support local multiplayer games for games that support it. Players can fight against each other in Tekken 3 for instance.As far as games are concerned that I’d love to see included:Castlevania: Symphony of the NightChrono CrossDragon Quest VIIFinal Fantasy TacticsGran Turismo 2Metal Gear SolidPaRappa the RapperParasite Eve 2PolicenautsSilent HillSilhouette MirageSuikoden 2Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth AssassinsVagrant StoryVandal HeartsClosing WordsThe PlayStation Classic will surely be a success for Sony. While I’m not too excited about the first batch of revealed games, other than Final Fantasy VII that is, I have hopes that the remaining games will include some that I’d like to play again.Now You: What is your take on the PlayStation Classic? Which games would you like to see included?SummaryArticle NameSony unveils PlayStation Classic with 20 gamesDescriptionSony, the company behind the PlayStation gaming console, unveiled a remake of the company’s first console, the PlayStation Classic yesterday.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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2019-08-29

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Cuban blogger faced cheers concerns in Florida

first_imgNo related posts. MIAMI, Florida – Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez paid a visit to Miami on Monday, home to the biggest community of Cuban-Americans, who welcomed her with cheers – and some concerns.Here since Thursday as part of an international tour that also included a stop at the White House, the award-winning blogger and journalist spent some bittersweet time over the weekend meeting with relatives who had left the Americas’ only communist country for the United States two years ago.On Monday, the 37-year-old visited Miami’s Freedom Tower, a highly symbolic landmark to the more than 850,000 Cuban-Americans in South Florida who fled the Castro brothers’ more than five-decade rule.“Welcome Yoani Sánchez, we support you in your struggle for Cuba’s freedom,” read one of the banners waving in honor of the writer who was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2008.Yet she is still largely unknown in her own Caribbean nation of 11 million next door, where the state controls all media and Internet access is limited.“Yoani has become an icon of the struggle for freedom of speech, and for Cubans’ rights,” said Ramón José Sánchez of the Miami-based Democratic Movement.“She represents a fresh vision of new and progressive ideas, which are reaching the international community, about what the Cuban regime really is,” he said. “She has managed to tell the world what we all wanted to say but for some reason no one heard.”But some members of hardline groups such as Vigilia Mambisa are critical of her support for ending U.S. economic sanctions on Havana. A full U.S. embargo has been in place since 1962.“I don’t think that she is defending the situation of political prisoners the way she ought to be,” said Miguel Saavedra, leader of that group.Still, Yoani Sánchez drew a mostly warm crowd that included everyone from multimillionaire music producer Emilio Estefan to humble workaday Cubans who have emigrated in droves, year after year for decades.The Cuban government refers to Cubans living in Florida as part of a vast “Miami mafia” bent on undoing its communist revolution.Yet from Miami, Sánchez said she would take away “the idea of [Cuban-Americans] who are multifaceted, democratic, and inclusive, the way I would hope Cuba will be someday.”The dissident is on a global tour after Cuba issued a reform in October that allows its citizens to travel abroad for the first time without a reviled and costly exit visa, and which also gave Sánchez her long sought-for permission to travel. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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World Cup upsets focus fans on football instead of protests

first_imgRelated posts:Most Brazilians don’t want to host the World Cup With focus on next round, winning Group D less of a priority, says Wanchope In Costa Rica, pride for La Sele’s historic World Cup play VIDEO: Even in defeat, Costa Rica celebrates SÃO PAULO – Visions of a World Cup punctuated by protests and violence in Brazil are fading as the highest scoring tournament in a half century wins over fans in the first four days of matches.The first 12 games of the 2014 World Cup included five come-from-behind wins, upsets of defending champion Spain and No. 7-ranked Uruguay and no ties. The 41-goal spectacle took the edge off of public outrage over white elephant stadiums burdening public coffers and failed urban infrastructure projects, concerns that fueled Brazil’s biggest demonstrations in two decades last June.While protesters have continued to denounce the event’s $11 billion cost, unrest was eclipsed by celebrations in São Paulo’s Vila Madelena neighborhood after the national team came back to beat Croatia 3-1. Argentines flooded into Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach to watch Lionel Messi play at the Maracana stadium. The momentum even prompted a rebuttal by President Dilma Rousseff three days after she was jeered by Brazil fans at the opener, warning World Cup naysayers not to confuse politics with soccer.“Four days before the World Cup, there was an enormous concern over protests in the streets, but the atmosphere is changing,” said Marcos Troyjo, an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, in a telephone interview from Rio de Janeiro. “We’re north of 30 goals scored and there have been a number of surprises. The matches are good, the stadiums look great on TV, and the level of discontent voiced on the streets at least in the past two days has been toned down. The World Cup is landing.”There have been 3.4 goals per match since the World Cup began on June 12. If the ratio is sustained throughout the month-long tournament, it’d be the highest average since the 1958 event in Sweden.Highlights include a diving header by Netherlands forward Robin van Persie to help defeat Spain, which beat the Dutch in the 2010 final in South Africa, and Costa Rica’s three goals to upset higher-ranked Uruguay.Teachers demanding better salaries were among 150 protesters that marched on Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia Sunday, chanting songs against Rousseff’s handling of the World Cup. They were outnumbered by police monitoring the march.A few hundred protesters marching on Rio’s Maracana stadium with signs reading “FIFA Go Home” were met by military police officers, who responded to protesters throwing molotov cocktails by deploying pepper spray, tear gas, and rubber bullets, the state security secretariat’s press office said in an email statement.The Associated Press reported it has a video allegedly showing a Brazilian police officer firing what appears to be a live pistol round at protesters near the stadium.The officer who fired his weapon has been removed from policing protests and will give a deposition for an internal affairs investigation to determine if there was any “irregularity” in his conduct, the Military Police’s press office said in an emailed statement. It is not yet clear whether he was firing at protesters, the press office said.Saint Clair Milesi, spokesman for World Cup organizing committee, told reporters in Rio Monday morning that the incident occurred outside the stadium and is the responsibility of local law enforcement officials. Japanese supporters wait for the start of the Group C football match between Ivory Coast and Japan at the Pernambuco Arena in Recife during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 14, 2014. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFPIn the beach-front city of Fortaleza, taxi driver Josivan Freitas, 46, waited for customers at the seafront near a group of Mexico fans. The city hosted the Costa Rica-Uruguay game and will hold Brazil’s match against Mexico on June 17.“There has been some mindless violence with the protests,” he said. “But now it’s time to enjoy soccer.”While work on Brazil’s airports remained unfinished as the World Cup started, that hasn’t yet caused problems for fans crisscrossing the country to attend games in 12 cities from Manaus, the capital of northern state of Amazonas, to Porte Alegre, in Brazil’s South. Yesterday, a group of Chilean fans chanted for their team as they waited at a luggage carousel in Rio’s Galeao airport. Nearby Argentines responded with songs of their own.“There’s a predominant climate of fraternization,” Rousseff told reporters in Brasilia late Sunday.Rousseff said the mood shift reminded her of when she watched the 1970 World Cup while imprisoned by Brazil’s military dictatorship. The advance of Brazil’s national team in that event began winning over fellow inmates who had refused to support the squad because they expected victory would only strengthen the military regime, she said.“Brazil’s team represents our nationality,” she said in an emailed statement. “It is above governments, political parties and interests of any groups.”With assistance from Alex Duff in Salvador, Brazil, Juan Pablo Spinetto, Tariq Panja and David Biller in Rio de Janeiro and Mario Sergio Lima and Raymond Colitt in Brasilia Newsroom.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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2019-08-19

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Tourism Malaysia and Malindo Air hosts a presentation for agents

first_imgMalaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Chennai in collaboration with Malindo Air organised a product update presentation of Tourism Malaysia, where Travel Agents and Tour Operators from Coimbatore were invited. The event was in line with the celebration of the Malaysia Year of Festivals 2015 and announcement of new route by Malindo Air from Trivandrum to Kuala Lumpur effective from August. Trivandrum becomes the 6th destination in India and the 2nd in Kerala for Malindo Air.Noor Azman Samsudin, Director of Tourism Malaysia in Chennai said, “It is great news that Malindo Air will be starting direct flights from Trivandrum to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has a lot to offer as a travel destination with the multi-cultural background, variety of cuisines and year-long shopping. With this added connectivity, we are sure of getting more tourists from this sector to join us in the year-long festivities of MYFest 2015.”MYFest 2015 is expected to help Malaysia in achieving its targeted 29.4 million tourist arrivals and RM89 billion in tourist receipts for 2015.last_img read more

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2019-08-16

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