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Drake scores second 10week Billboard topper with Gods Plan

first_imgDrake delivers dollars in the video for “God’s Plan.” (NULL / VIA YOUTUBE) Drake first held top rung of Billboard’s main singles chart for that long when “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, clung to the highest spot for 10 weeks in 2016.He narrowly missed that same marker when “Work,” a song he recorded with Rihanna, was knocked out of the pole position after nine weeks by “Panda,” a song from rapper Desiigner. Drake is making history on the Billboard charts again with his song “God’s Plan.”The Toronto rapper struck another milestone this week as the first male solo performer to achieve two 10-week chart toppers on the Billboard Hot 100.“God’s Plan,” whose music video features the rapper bestowing cash to charities and paying bills for shoppers around Miami, debuted in the No. 1 spot in January and has maintained the position ever since. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Despite hints on his recent album “More Life” of plans to take time off, Drake hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He released the Scary Hours EP earlier this year, which features “God’s Plan” and another track called “Diplomatic Immunity.”Over the weekend he posted a photo of himself on Instagram Stories hinting about a new project in the works.“You can see the album hours under my eyes,” he wrote.Drake has previously said his next album will be dedicated to his hometown. Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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American Airlines settles disabilities case for 98 million

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines and a subsidiary will pay $9.8 million in stock to settle claims that they failed to help disabled employees return to work.Federal officials say American and Envoy Air fired or put some workers on unpaid leave instead of making reasonable efforts to reassign them.The workers’ disabilities ranged from cancer to back and knee injuries.A lawsuit and consent agreement were filed Friday in federal court in Phoenix by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for 12 named former workers and others in similar circumstances.The agency says violations of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act occurred from 2009 until August 2015.American spokesman Matt Miller said the policies were legacies of carriers that merged with American, which then worked to “harmonize legacy policies” with present standards.last_img read more

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Annan asks donors to help rebuild Sierra Leones security sector

The Sierra Leonean National Security Council Coordinating Group should “join the United Nations in appealing to Member States to provide urgently the much-needed assistance” for the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF), he says in his most recent report to the Security Council on the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).Since long-lasting peace and stability cannot be guaranteed without collaboration between the security forces, he calls on the Government to implement its earlier action plan to address major security sector gaps and solve the problem of harmonizing relations “through the continued sensitization of their personnel and through disciplinary measures.”Mr. Annan commends the leadership of the two security agencies for deciding to investigate recent incidents and prevent their recurrence.On socio-economic matters, he notes public sector strikes over the late payment of salaries even as the prices of basic commodities rise and the rainy season approaches.”The high poverty level combined with widespread unemployment and the marginalization of certain segments of society, in particular young people, could affect stability in the country,” Mr. Annan says.With the restoration of Government control over diamond mining, official exports have been valued at $50 million this year, compared with $29 million in the same period last year, he says, and the Government expects an increase in licensed diamond mining throughout the country.The report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is scheduled for release in September 2004, while the Special Court, established through an agreement with the United Nations, has secured funds until the end of this year and is finalizing its 2005 budget, he says.Meanwhile, the Court’s Registrar “has started negotiations with several countries on the possibility of entering into bilateral agreements on the enforcement of sentences and the relocation of witnesses,” he says. read more

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On eve of Gaza border protest anniversary UNs top humanitarian official for

In almost a year since weekly rallies began – known as the “Great March of Return and the Breaking of the Siege” – 195 Palestinians, including some 40 children, have been killed by Israeli fire near the border fence, Mr McGoldrick said in a written appeal.“There has been a staggering loss of life and injury in the Gaza Strip,” he added. “Among the most tragic impacts have been the deaths and injury of children.”The development follows this week’s rocket and airstrike exchanges between Hamas militants in Gaza, and Israel, that UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said had “shown us how precipitously close we are to the brink of war”.Tweeting in Friday, Mr. Mladenov said that Israel “must calibrate use of force. Hamas must ensure protests remain peaceful, everyone must ensure that children are not put in danger”.Israel must callibrate use of force, Hamas must ensure protests remain peaceful, everyone must ensure that children are not be put in danger. A year of #Gaza protests have left too many people suffering. Situation remians VERY tense! #UN @jamiemcgoldric8 https://t.co/oPsVlmJ8b1— Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) March 29, 2019 Briefing journalists in Geneva on behalf of Mr. McGoldrick, Jens Laerke from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, (OCHA), said that “on the eve of the one-year anniversary…the priority now is to save lives and everyone needs to take action accordingly”.The Israeli military “must ensure that their responses are in line with the international legal obligations using non-violent means to the greatest extent possible”, Mr. Laerke said, while urging leaders of the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza, to prevent “acts of violence that compromise the peaceful nature of the demonstrations and everyone must ensure that children are not put in harm’s way”.Large-scale protests could lead to ‘tragedy’ on anniversaryConcerns surrounding a possible “tragedy” on Saturday had been heightened by the news that the usual Friday protests had been postponed, Mr. Laerke explained.“Demonstrations today have, extraordinarily, been cancelled with the call for demonstrations tomorrow” on a large scale, he said. “The reason why the humanitarian coordinator is issuing this (appeal) today, is exactly, precisely, because of his and our – the entire humanitarian community’s – concern that we could see another tragic day tomorrow and everything and everybody must do everything possible to avoid that.”In addition to the Palestinians killed in protests since March 2018, nearly 29,000 more have been injured, Mr. Laerke said, “including over 7,000 people by live ammunition”.Three clearly-marked healthworkers caring for the wounded during demonstrations were also killed, the OCHA spokesperson added, noting also that one member of the Israeli security forces had also been killed and six others injured.Gaza health system unable to cope with rise in amputationsAmid longstanding shortages of basic goods and services in Gaza linked to a more than decade-long air, sea and land blockade by Israel, Mr. Laerke underlined the impact of the violence on already overstretched health system.“The many Palestinian casualties, including trauma injuries and more than 120 limb amputations, has overwhelmed the Gaza health system, which was already challenged by chronic power outages, shortages of essential medicines and supplies, and gaps in critical services, including mental health and psychosocial support,” he said.In comments to journalists in Geneva, the spokesperson insisted that “we are issuing…a stark reminder to everyone involved in this, that the protection of lives – not least of children – must be at the top of everyone’s agenda during what we would expect to be big demonstrations tomorrow.”His comments echoed a warning earlier this week by Mr. Mladenov, “that we may, once again, be facing another very dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza, with potentially catastrophic consequences”. In comments to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Mr. Mladenov lamented the launch of at least 104 rockets and mortars from the Gaza Strip towards Israel in recent days, one of which struck a house in central Israel, injuring seven people, including three children. In response, Israeli forces carried out dozens of air strikes on various locations in Gaza, Mr. Mladenov said, noting that local sources indicated that seven Palestinians were injured. Insisting that nobody had an interest in a full military confrontation in Gaza, the UN official explained to the 15-member body in New York the that his team had been working intensely with Egypt and all concerned parties to ensure that the situation does not spiral out of control. read more

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Art history Alevel saved by exam board following campaign

first_imgFollowing today’s announcement, high-profile figures including artists Anish Kapoor and Jeremy Deller, welcomed the move, saying it was a “huge relief “. Rod Bristow, president of Pearson in the UK, said: “We’re pleased to be able to secure the future of A-levels in history of art and statistics, subject to final accreditation by Ofqual.  “The response from the public, from teachers and from young people shows many people have a real passion for these subjects.  We’re happy to help make sure they remain available.”We believe that awarding organisations, government and schools should all work together in the interests of the students who want to have access to these important qualifications.”A spokesperson from the AAH welcomed the statement saying: “Today’s announcement is a significant occasion for art history in education.”Earlier announcements regarding the possible discontinuation of history of art triggered unprecedented support for our subject, within and beyond education.”This level of media coverage, political engagement and public petitioning has scarcely – if ever – been witnessed for art history. Such support conclusively demonstrates the continued importance and relevance of the subject”. “I am therefore pleased that the Pearson exam board has confirmed that it intends to develop new AS and A-levels in statistics and a new A level in history of art for teaching from September 2017. In a letter to teachers in October, AQA explained the decision to drop the subject, saying it had been struggling to recruit enough specialist examiners.Following the announcement, the Association of Art Historians (AAH) with support from the Royal Academy of Arts, the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of York and the National Gallery, led a campaign against the decision, with leading figures from the arts world adding their concerns to the outcry.  Thrilled that #ArtHistory A Level is being taken on by @Pearson_UK – crucial that students get widest range of subjects to choose from— Matt Hancock (@MattHancockMP) 1 December 2016 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. 2/2 ..Thank you to everyone who has supported securing the future of the #Alevel & championed the subject of #ArtHistory!— AAH.org.uk (@arthistorians) 1 December 2016 Eminent figures in the creative industries have welcomed an announcement that an A-level in art history has been saved from being axed following a high-profile campaign.Nick Gibb, the school standards minister, confirmed that the exam board Pearson would develop the new exams – including an A-level in statistics – following AQA’s decision to drop the subjects in October.In a written statement issued today, Mr Gibb said: “We believe there is value in having a broad range of high-quality choices available to A-level students and our intention has always been that there should continue to be A-levels available in these two subjects. Fantastic news that #ArtHistory A Level is saved! @Pearson_UK exam board will offer a new exam for teaching from September 2017— V&A (@V_and_A) 1 December 2016last_img read more

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Ive been on The Archers for 60 years but nobody knows my

first_imgWhen she recorded the first episode 68 years ago, it was “a tuppenny-ha’penny thing, and very badly paid. At the time, we were told that it wasn’t a drama programme, it was ‘real life overheard’. Which is why, of course, the cast list is never read on air.“We’re anonymous voices. So, although Peggy is well known, the present generations have never heard of June Spencer.”The BBC said there was a more prosaic reason for the omission: up to two dozen actors can appear in each episode, and there simply is not time to read out all of their names before the next programme begins.A spokesman said: “We have limited airtime between programmes and adding daily credits for all of the actors would mean reducing the length of each Archers episode, which we’re sure our avid listeners wouldn’t want. A full cast list for all the Ambridge families can be found on the BBC website.” June Spencer June Spencer appeared in the pilot episode of The Archers in 1950Credit:Teri Pengilley/eyevine Spencer is the longest-serving soap actress in the world, and the last remaining member of the original cast. When the programme began as a serial in 1951, she was one of only seven actors who played every part between them. In addition to Peggy Archer (later Woolley), she also played Irishwoman Rita Flynn.She took a break from the show between 1954 and 1961, with Thelma Rogers taking over the role.The Alzheimer’s storyline was particularly emotional because Spencer’s own husband, Roger Brocksom, died in 2001 after suffering from dementia for a decade. They had been married for 59 years.Spencer said younger cast members do not put in the same level of preparation. “I don’t think many of them have had speech training – and, in radio, it’s all about the voice. If you can’t be heard by people with impaired hearing, like me, or those with inferior radios, then what’s the point?“Also, I work on the scripts and rehearse them as soon as I get them. But I see some of the younger ones marking up their scripts just before the read-through and I think, ‘You haven’t worked on it!’”Spencer said she hoped to still be working on the show when she turns 100 in June 2019. She is the BBC’s longest-serving actress, a mainstay of The Archers since its pilot episode back in 1950 and still going strong aged 98.Yet June Spencer is not a household name. The actress has expressed sadness that she remains little known, blaming Radio 4 for its decision not to include the names of the cast at the end of each programme.Spencer said she is proud of her work, including an episode that had many regular listeners in tears: when she bade farewell to her beloved husband, Jack, after his long decline with Alzheimer’s disease.Asked if it was nice to have the anonymity that comes with a radio role, the actress replied: “It would be nice to be acknowledged, actually. Particularly when you have an emotional episode, such as Peggy’s goodbye to Jack.“I worked a lot on the line where Peggy says, ‘Goodbye, my darling.’ And, at the end, they read out who it’s been written by and who the editor is, but there’s no mention of the actress,” she told Radio Times.last_img read more

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Fluor contract to manage construction workforce for Westinghouse Electric nuclear power projects

first_imgFluor has been awarded two subcontracts by Westinghouse Electric Co to manage the construction workforce at two US Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plant projects in Georgia and in South Carolina – the first majority-owned and operated by Georgia Power and the second owned and operated by SCANA/Santee Cooper.As a subcontractor to Westinghouse, the prime engineering, procurement and construction contractor, Fluor will manage the majority of construction labour at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle Units 3 & 4 near Waynesboro, Georgia, and at two additional nuclear electric generating units for SCANA/Santee Cooper at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Fairfield County, South Carolina.Westinghouse says “the AP1000 PWR is the safest and most economical nuclear power plant available in the worldwide commercial marketplace. The established design of the AP1000 plant offers three distinct advantages over other designs:Unequalled safetyEconomic competitivenessImproved and more efficient operations.“Based on nearly 20 years of research and development, the AP1000 plant builds and improves upon the established technology of major components used in current Westinghouse-designed plants. Components such as steam generators, digital instrumentation and controls, fuel, pressurisers and reactor vessels are currently in use around the world and have years of proven, reliable operating experience.”The AP1000 plant builds and improves upon the established technology of major components used in current Westinghouse-designed plants with proven, reliable operating experience over the past 50 years. These components include steam generators, digital instrumentation and controls, fuel, pressurisers and reactor vessels.The simplified plant design includes overall safety systems, normal operating systems, the control room, construction techniques, and instrumentation and control systems. The innovative AP1000 plant design features:Fewer safety-related valvesLess safety-related pipingLess control cableFewer pumpsLess seismic building volume.In addition, says Westinghouse, “the AP1000 plant design saves money and time with an accelerated construction time from the pouring of first concrete to the loading of fuel. The result is a plant that is easier and less expensive to build, operate and maintain.”last_img read more

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7 mortal dangers of sending a text message

first_imgTHOUGH THEY ARE really a relatively new method of communication, it’s hard to imagine our lives without the humble text message. It’s the handiest, quickest and most versatile method of getting your message across going. We love texting, don’t get us wrong.But the text has a dark side too. It can cause woe, anger, pain and confusion in our lives. The text message is a dangerous beast and is not to be taken lightly. Here’s why.1. Sending the text to the person it was aboutSuch a horrifying experience, that comedian David O’Doherty actually wrote a song about it. Source: 69detachablepenis692. Writing one and forgetting to send itThis one causes strife among friends – it seems like you haven’t replied, and it can TOTALLY mess up plans. Source: DailyEdge.ie/Fiona Hyde3. Over-textingChill out. There’s no need to send 3 text messages when a phone call would do. And please put down the phone every now and again – especially if you’re having a real life conversation. Source: The Meta Picture4. Texting under the influenceNEVER A GOOD IDEA. STEP AWAY FROM THE PHONE. Source: singleblackmale5. Autocorrect nightmaresCan cause some pretty acute potential embarrassment. Source: DailyEdge6. Sending something inappropriate to a family memberThat text wasn’t meant for you! “Mam” is just really near “Megan” in my phone book! NOOOO!In fact, a lot of textual interactions with your parents can end in utter frustration or confusion. Source: Blame it on the voices7. Romantic woesTexting is an integral part of the beginning of many modern relationships – and a complete minefield. When to text them first? Are you texting too much? Who always starts the conversation? Will your joke translate to text? ARGH! Source: BrobibleRead: 7 ways your phone is making you sad>Read: 9 tiny things that drive you completely MAD>last_img read more

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Proof of concept game improves on Portal by adding Snapshot

first_imgI don’t think anyone can deny that the idea behind the Valve game Portal is a very clever one that translated well into video game form. If you’d asked me if it could be improved upon before today I’d have ummd and ahhed. But now I believe it can, or at least, there’s a more clever version in development.Game designer and artist Arthur Lee, otherwise known as Mr Podunkian, has put together a proof of concept that takes the idea of Portal‘s portals, but ties it together with taking a snapshot like you do with a camera.The result is very cool and makes my mind boggle as to the gameplay possibilities it presents. Thankfully there’s a video to help explain exactly what Lee has done, which you can watch below:Lee hasn’t thought of a name for the game yet, but admits he has basically done a “rip off [of] Portal and Snapshot.” I’d suggest that although it may rip off those games, it does so in a way few others would have thought to do so, which makes it unique.The proof of concept was created using the game development tool Unity which is free to download and use. I for one hope Lee takes this past just proof of concept stage and turns it into a fully-fledged game. There’s certainly a lot of fun to be had with the possibilities the game mechanic presents. I don’t doubt there’s people at Valve looking over this video with interest, too.via Rock, Paper Shotgunlast_img read more

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David Tennant and Michael Sheen Look So Good in Good Omens

first_img 20,000 People Demand Netflix to Cancel ‘Good Omens’ in Petition Fail’Good Omens’ Trailer Turns the End of the World Into the Ultimate Party An adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s joyful apocalypse tale, Good Omens is finally happening. It’s been in the works in one form or another for years, but now we have photo evidence of its existence. It’s happening. For real. It has actors with costumes and everything. David Tennant plays the demon, Crowley, while Michael Sheen plays the angel, Aziraphale. Gaiman tweeted out a photo of the two actors all dressed up and, speaking as a monster Good Omens fan, it’s everything I could have hoped for. Stay on targetcenter_img They are amazing. This is them in the opening scenes, 11 years ago, in St James’s Park. David and Michael, demon & angel. #GoodOmens pic.twitter.com/ceK4XYY881— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 18, 2017Man, they look good. For those who haven’t read obsessively read and re-read the novel, Aziraphale and Crowley, despite being on opposite sides, are good friends. They’ve both enjoyed their time on Earth, and neither want to see it come to an end. As the apocalypse approaches, they decide to keep an eye on the Antichrist as he grows up to make sure he can never bring about the end of the world. Unfortunately, there’s a mix-up at the hospital and they end up looking after a powerless boy while the real Antichrist has an idyllic childhood completely unaware of his power. All this sets the stage for the funniest apocalypse story you’ve ever read.The book was written by Pratchett and Gaiman in 1988, when they decided to collaborate on a book just for fun. Pratchett did the majority of the writing as Gaiman had DC Comics deadlines to meet for The Sandman. They brainstormed over the phone, each writing chapters for different characters, and traded characters at the end. They sent old-school big floppy discs back and forth by mail, each editing and adding to each other’s work. It was a big, crazy process that led to something strange and amazing. Good Omens is one of my absolute favorite books. It’s one of the very few that I’ve bought multiple copies of because I keep lending them out. Now, it’s finally being put on screen. Even though we only have one photo to go on, they’re already nailing the look and feel of these two characters. Crowley’s ’80s cool guy look is perfectly demonic. Aziraphale’s costume exudes fussy pompousness. And boy, does David Tennant’s hair look fantastic. I can’t wait to see how the show adapts the source material. Though sadly, they’ll probably have to take out the joke about cassette tapes turning into The Best of Queen if they’re left in a car for more than two weeks. That probably doesn’t play anymore.Good Omens will air on BBC 2 in the U.K. and on Amazon Video in the U.S. in 2019.last_img read more

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ASA Announces 2011 Officers and Committee Assignments

first_imgThe Board of Directors of the American Soybean Association (ASA) has confirmed Alan Kemper from Lafayette, Indiana, as President and Rob Joslin from Sidney, Ohio, as Chairman. Board members also elected Steve Wellman from Syracuse, Nebraska, to serve as First Vice President, an office that places Wellman in line to be ASA President in 2012.Also elected were Randy Mann from Auburn, Kentucky, as Secretary, and Danny Murphy from Canton, Mississippi, as Treasurer. Four Vice Presidents were also elected: Ray Gaesser from Corning, Iowa; Ron Kindred from Atlanta, Illinois; Joe Steiner from Mason, Ohio; and Bob Worth from Lake Benton, Minnesota. These soybean farmer-leaders form the nine-member ASA Executive Committee. Elections were held on Thursday, Dec. 9, during ASA’s winter Board of Director’s meeting in Saint Louis.”It’s going to be a bright future for the U.S. soybean industry,” Kemper said. “ASA will continue to do everything it can to make sure soybean farmers have a viable operation and a good chance of continued profitability on their farmstead. For one, you have the farm bill and how that’s moving forward with the dollars being very limited in Congress today. We need to make sure the farmers have risk management tools to allow them and their younger generations to adequately protect their farm.””It’s exciting to look forward to the opportunities that I’ll have to continue to serve ASA and our membership,” Wellman said. “The way I want to approach policy is three steps: coordinate, plan and act. Coordinate the efforts of interested parties, plan strategy and steps we need to take in our policy development, and then act on those first two steps to achieve ASA’s goals.”Following the elections, committee assignments were announced. Public Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Wellman is joined by committee members Jim Andrew (IA), Charles Cannatella (LA), Todd Dumond (NY), Ted Glaub (AR), Bob Henry (KS), Kevin Hoyer (WI), Ron Kindred (IL), Kevin Marriott (Canada), Lance Peterson (MN), David Poppens (SD), Robert Ross (OK), Curt Sindergard (IA), Jeff Sollars (OH), Lawrence Sukalski (MN), Andy Welden (MI), Wyatt Whitford (NC) and Richard Wilkins (M-A).The Membership & Corporate Relations Committee Chairman is Ray Gaesser, with committee members Dan Beenken (IA), Ron Bunjer (MN), Sam Butler (AL), Wade Cowan (TX), Kelly Forck (MO), John Freeman (AR), Walter Godwin (GA/FL), Bruce Hall (VA), Tim Goodenough (WI), Eric Maupin (TN), Warren Stemme (MO) and Bob Worth (MN).Danny Murphy was appointed Chairman of the Trade Policy & International Affairs Committee. Committee members are Dennis Bogaards (IA), Mike Cunningham (IL), Dan Feige (SD), M.D. Floyd (SC), Scott Fritz (IN), Mark Jackson (IA), Randy Mann (KY), Jim Miller (NE), Ron Moore (IL), Barb Overlie (MN), Jason Nelson (ND), Joe Steiner (OH) and Jack Trumbo (KY).Danny Murphy was appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, with Dennis Bogaards (IA), Ron Bunjer (MN), Ted Glaub (AR), Tim Goodenough (WI), Bob Henry (KS) and Jeff Sollars (OH) serving as committee members.The Board welcomed four new members who are Eric Maupin (TN), Sam Butler (AL), Walter Godwin (GA/FL) and Wade Cowan (TX). ASA also recognized retiring directors Johnny Dodson (TN), Joseph Mills (AL), Mark Detweiler (GA/FL) and Mike Skinner (TX).last_img read more

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FiveThirtyEight podcaster rescued off Mount Roberts trail

first_imgThe view from the Mount Roberts trail in September 2015. (Photo by Lisa Phu, KTOO – Juneau)Jody Avirgan, a podcast host for the political analysis website FiveThirtyEight, is vacationing in Juneau this week – but it went awry Wednesday night.@schweigefox sure! We have an Airbnb for five days and that’s about it. Doing a kayak trip one day, otherwise free.— Jody Avirgan (@jodyavirgan) August 9, 2016Avirgan, 35, was hiking the Mount Roberts trail with Kathlyn Clark, 33, according to State Troopers.The New Yorkers had left the main trail and got stuck in terrain too steep and dangerous to continue, Troopers reported.TEMSCO Helicopters flew Juneau Mountain Rescue and the SEADOGS to the area, who then escorted the pair off the mountain.last_img read more

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Toy Fairs toymakers vie for business

first_imgToy Fair’s toymakers vie for business962 viewsToy Fair’s toymakers vie for business962 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Toy Fair’s toymakers vie for business962 viewsBusinessNoah Gordon is hitting the annual Toy Fair in New York City for the first time. A cop from North Carolina, he’s hoping, like the sea of fellow exhibitors, that his toy… (SOUNDBITE) NOAH GORDON,Ventuno Web Player 4.50Noah Gordon is hitting the annual Toy Fair in New York City for the first time. A cop from North Carolina, he’s hoping, like the sea of fellow exhibitors, that his toy… (SOUNDBITE) NOAH GORDON,last_img read more

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Allu Arjun pushes down Jr NTR in list of most popular Telugu

first_imgMany of Allu Arjun’s fans are thrilled over his achievement and in reply to his post, they congratulated Bunny and wished him good luck. Here are some of their comments.ARIF‏ @ARIF_AA_ RankStarFollowers AA – Admirer ™‏ @DpChiru Both Insta and Twitter At a Time Like a Boss 11Naga Chaitanya1.74 Mr.shashi Kapoor‏ @ShashiK99 14Allu Sirish1.29 Anjali‏ @tamzshrutzindia Congratulations Bunny annaya Lv u Forever ♥️♥️ 1Mahesh Babu7.57 9Akhil Akkineni2.41 6Allu Arjun3.08 Allu Arjun and Junior NTRTwitterStylish star Allu Arjun has beaten young tiger Junior NTR to land in the sixth rank in the list of the most popular Telugu actors on Twitter. He is expected to push down natural star Nani in this list soon.Allu Arjun is one of the most active Telugu actors in social media channel and he is present on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. In fact, he is the most popular Telugu actor on Facebook with 12,856,262 fans. He has over 3 million followers on Instagram and he is one of the top five popular T-Town stars.Allu Arjun crossed the prestigious mark of 3 million followers on Twitter a day after he celebrated his birthday. The coincidence is that the stylish star also achieved this feat on Instagram on the same day. The thrilled actor took his Twitter and Instagram pages to thank his fans. He wrote, “3M . Thank you for making me touch 3 Million. It’s not MY achievement… it’s your LOVE . Gratitude forever ❤️.”So far, Allu Arjun has registered 3.08 million followers on Twitter and beaten Junior NTR, who boasts of 2.98 followers on the same social media channel. He has landed in the sixth rank in the list of most popular Telugu actors on Twitter. His nearest competitors are Pawan Kalyan and Nani, who have 3.52 and 3.24 followers, respectively.Here is the list of 16 most popular Telugu actors on Twitter. There are some other Tollywood stars like Adivi Sesh, Kalyan Ram, Navdeep, Rahul Ravindran, Sudheer Babu, Sundeep Kishan, Varun Sandesh, who are very active on this micro-blogging site. But this list includes the names of the actors, whose followers’ count is more than 1 million. The followers’ numbers are in million.RankRankStarStarFollowersFollowersRank1StarMahesh BabuFollowers7.57Rank2StarNagarjuna AkkineniFollowers5.71Rank3StarRana DaggubatiFollowers5.65Rank4StarPawan KalyanFollowers3.52Rank5StarNaniFollowers3.24Rank6StarAllu ArjunFollowers3.08Rank7StarJunior NTRFollowers2.98Rank8StarNithiinFollowers2.55Rank9StarAkhil AkkineniFollowers2.41Rank10StarRam POthineniFollowers1.92Rank11StarNaga ChaitanyaFollowers1.74Rank12StarManoj ManchuFollowers1.39Rank13StarAllari NareshFollowers1.30Rank14StarAllu SirishFollowers1.29Rank15StarNikhil SiddharthaFollowers1.16Rank16StarSumanthFollowers1.16 Love u a lot.. And Congratulations for 3M… Wish u a very Good Luck for ur Future…❤️ You deserve better…. And 1 lakh Time better than this,…. 2Nagarjuna Akkineni5.71 15Nikhil Siddhartha1.16 16Sumanth1.16center_img 13Allari Naresh1.30 Yogesh Yogi‏ @YogeshYogiAA 8Nithiin2.55 Congratulations Bunny boy ❤️ many more to come 5Nani3.24 4Pawan Kalyan3.52 Siddharth‏ @Siddhar84694504 Haha u always says this word its not my achievement . Its your achievement so the people love u.keep doing stylish b of luck Dolly‏ @Dolly17268680 ShAk ツ || CSK‏ @ShakthiAA_786 7Junior NTR2.98 3Rana Daggubati5.65 Congratulations darling 10Ram POthineni1.92 12Manoj Manchu1.39 Both insta and Twitter at a time 3m. At a coincidencelast_img read more

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Champion Boxer Accused of Assault at DCarea Shopping Mall

first_imgBy The Associated PressMCLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Baltimore boxer who’s the World Boxing Association champion in the 130-pound (58.9-kilogram) category is accused of assaulting someone at a shopping mall near Washington.News outlets report Fairfax County police announced Tuesday that a warrant had been issued for Gervonta Davis. Lt. John Lieb says the misdemeanor assault warrant is based on sworn testimony from the alleged victim in the Feb. 17 incident.In this April 20, 2018, file photo, Gervonta Davis poses for photographs during the official weigh-in for a boxing match against Argentina’s Jesus Cuellar, in New York. The World Boxing Association 130-pound champion is accused of assaulting someone at a shopping mall near Washington. News outlets report Fairfax County police announced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, that a warrant had been issued for Gervonta Davis. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)Lieb says police have made multiple attempts to contact the boxer by telephone, but haven’t received a response. Police say the 24-year-old started a confrontation and then assaulted the unidentified man near an ATM at Tysons Galleria.A representative for Davis said he had no immediate comment, but the super featherweight addressed a TMZ Sports report about the incident by tweeting: “Lies lies lies.”last_img read more

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US soccer robots get new algorithm for RoboCup 2010 w Video

first_img This video shows an autonomous robot minigolf system that uses physics-based motion planning to automatically devise control solutions for never-before-encountered problems. Planning and control is performed by an off-board computer with a global dual-camera overhead vision system. Carnegie Mellon’s Soccer-Playing Robots Get Creative With Physics-Based Planning (w/ Video) Citation: US soccer robots get new algorithm for RoboCup 2010 (w/ Video) (2010, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-soccer-robots-algorithm-robocup-video.html Physics-Based Motion Planning with Tactical Models. This video shows simulated physics-based motion planning examples in several challenging domains, including robot minigolf, robot soccer, and pool. The mini-robots are under the control of a computer watching the action via camera above the playing field. Without the physics algorithm the computer tries to position the robots on the ball but does not make any predictions of the ball’s movement. With the algorithm this weakness is addressed, and the robots can now be moved into a position where the ball is predicted to go, which improves the skills required. The computer is able to make up to 60 decisions per second.Carnegie Mellon will also enter a team of humanoid robots in the Standard Platform League. The humanoids walk on two feet and can speak and use landmarks to determine their positions.The robots can also be used for other games such as mini-golf (video below), but soccer is the game of choice because of the constant changes in the environment and because of the cooperation required between players. The algorithm could also have a more practical use in helping robots fight fires, taking into account factors such as the type of trees and the effects of the wind.RoboCup, which has been running since 1997, is the largest robotics and artificial intelligence event in the world attracting competing teams from countries such as the US, Brazil, Japan, and Iran. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This video shows a goal scored by our team CMDragons at RoboCup 2009. The attacking robot uses a novel dribbling behavior which employs randomized, physics-based motion planning to make tactically sound navigation decisions while remaining in full dynamic control of the ball. Explore further The American robots, developed at the Computer Science Department of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, use a new physics-based algorithm that takes into account ball dynamics, and enables the robots to calculate where the ball is most likely to go next instead of simply reacting to the ball or following the US team’s previous strategy of using pre-programmed plays (similar to a strategy in American football).Stefan Zickler, who wrote his PhD thesis on the algorithm, said previous robots could not tell when they would lose control of the ball when carrying out maneuvers such as dribbling, but the new algorithm helps them make such predictions, and this gives them a distinct advantage over robots without the algorithm. (PhysOrg.com) — The World Cup is gaining the most attention at the moment from soccer fans around the globe, but next week RoboCup, the annual world championship for soccer robots, gets underway in Singapore. RoboCup’s goal is to develop autonomous humanoid soccer-playing robots capable of beating the best human players playing under FIFA rules by 2050, and American researchers think their new robots will take that aim a step closer. * Stefan Zickler’s webpage: szickler.net/index.php?sid1=266* www.robocup.org/* www.robocup2010.org/* Carnegie Mellon’s Soccer-Playing Robots Get Creative With Physics-Based Planning More information: Physics-Based Motion Planning for Robot Soccer Dribbling. Zickler and colleagues tested an earlier version of the algorithm at last year’s RoboCup, and their robots were highly successful until the quarter finals, when a disastrous glitch left the robots blind and dashed their hopes of a win. Professor of Computer Science, Manuela Veloso, believes this year’s team of five miniature robots, CMDragons, will be more successful, telling the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette she doesn’t “see any reason why we won’t win”. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

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Mythology redux

first_imgRam-Mat, a seminar cum dance presentation that explores range of perceptions on Ram and Ramatva that have now come to denote various qualities, some far removed from the virtuous embodiment which Rama had come to denote in earlier times. The presentation will also talk about The Veil, part of all cultures, where the concept of veiling is inseparable from its multiple related and unrelated expressions reconstructing symbols with great force. The show will be held on April 27 – 28  at Meghdoot theatre. The first day of the show will see a panel discussion on the subject of Ramatva by panelist like — Acharya Shrivatsa Goswami (Director, Caitanya Prema Samsthan), Ashok Vajpayi (poet, essayist, critic) and Mehru Jafer (author). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The discussion will be followed by dance performance by Padmashri Guru Shovana Narayan on  Kab Aogey Rama featuring new perception on three aspects from the Ramayana and which was first premiered in 1984.The second day will have panel on the subject of The Veil by Pavan K Varma, Rakshanda Jalil and Arshiya Sethi. Narayan will be presenting short emotional and evocative delineation of The Veil (a short story by Ismat Chugtai). When: April 27 – 28Where: Meghdoot Theatrelast_img read more

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Teasing your partner playfully can make lasting relationship

first_imgAre you always in a mood to tease your better half? Then there is good news. A new study suggests that couples who poke fun at each other, indicating humour, are more likely to stay together. The study showed that inside jokes are particularly important because they affirm ones relationship through laughter, the Daily Mail reported. However, couples who share mean-spirited jokes with nasty jibes are unlikely to last, which indicates a problem in the relationship. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Playfulness between romantic partners is a crucial component in bonding and establishing relational security,” said Jeffrey Hall, Associate Professor from the University of Kansas in the US. “Particularly shared laughter is an important indicator of romantic attraction between potential mates,” Hall added. The team examined more than 150,000 participants to determine how important humour is in a romantic relationship. The results, published in the journal Personal Relationships, suggest that couples who create humour together – including inside jokes – are more likely to last. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut, this does not mean that people who are funny or can make a joke out of anything would be more lucky in love. “If you share a sense of what’s funny, it affirms you and affirms your relationship through laughter,” Hall was quoted as saying by Daily Mail. However, couples should not go too far, Hall warned. Importantly, having an aggressive sense of humour is a bad sign for the relationship in general, but it is worse if this style of humour is used in the relationship, the study noted.last_img read more

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How Dreamt It Got Approved for Apples App Store in 2 Hours

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 12, 2012 If you’re thinking about building an app and want to know what it takes to get an app approved by Apple, check out what Jason Becker has to say on the topic. He and his team created Dreamt It — an ingenious little app that taps into the iPhone’s Siri voice recognition software to help its users keep track of and share their dreams. After a 60-day build, Dreamt It was approved for the Apple app store in about two hours.Apple’s app submission process is often viewed as mysterious or extremely difficult. Use these tips to successfully navigate it and get your app approved:Understand Apple’s standards before building your app. Apple takes care to establish clear guidelines for developing applications for its app store. Dreamt It’s developers understood the constraints and expectations that Apple has for new applications, which helped the start-up quickly refine its app’s functional goals.Build your app with open-source tools. Dreamt It uses ShareKit, an open-source tool that developers can integrate into their apps to enable users to share content through social networks, email and SMS. Dreamt It didn’t need to invent its own sharing capabilities to be successful, and you don’t, either.Related: There’s an App Maker for ThatSubmit once you’re a user, not a tester. A winning recipe for application approval is to submit an app that’s bug-free, looks great and provides clear, differentiated value for users. If you find yourself happily using (not testing) your app every day, you’re probably ready for submission.Don’t forget the details. Apple has a lot of secondary requirements for apps, including logo size, links to support pages and age-appropriate settings. Overlooking these details is a surefire way to have your app rejected.Expect a subjective feedback. A real, live person leads the app review process, so you should expect a review from Apple. While review times vary, your Apple reviewer will be assigned between seven and 10 days following your submission. How long a review takes and whether you’ll pass on the first try is anyone’s guess. Be sure your expectations for launch include time to fix issues and re-submit to Apple if necessary.Related: Three Ways to Make Your App Stand Out (Video)last_img read more

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Analysis Like Iran pacts with USSR ignored foes behavior

first_imgSuzanne Maloney of the Brookings Institution said in a blog post that the Iran deal could also show the value of negotiating with one’s adversaries.“What the agreement should cease is a few of the most enduring assumptions about U.S. policy toward Iran,” said Maloney, interim deputy director of the foreign policy program and senior fellow at Brookings.“In particular we should bid a good riddance to the taboo … against direct diplomacy between the estranged governments of the United States and Iran,” she wrote, adding that “the official no-contact policy that governs both sides seems rather quaintly outdated.”___Steven R. Hurst is AP international political writer and reported from Moscow for 12 years.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Critics of the Iran nuclear deal claim it is flawed, among many reasons, because it does not demand that Tehran also change its behavior at home and abroad. That complaint ignores the United States’ long history of striking arms control agreements with the Soviet Union, a far more dangerous enemy.Those deals probably made the world a safer place through some of the darkest days of the Cold War and they proved talks could be productive even with a sworn adversary. How men can have a healthy 2019 Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies None of the deals, however, blunted U.S. efforts against what was seen as Soviet bad behavior, especially in Afghanistan.“What we had to do was confront the Soviets directly by arming the mujahedeen (anti-Soviet Afghan fighters) and other things while we pursued on a parallel track arms negotiations,” said William Courtney of the RAND Corporation and a former U.S. diplomat who worked on arms control and served in Moscow.“That’s probably the same strategy that we have to do with Iran. The Iranians were unlikely to agree to a nuclear accord that required them to stop arming Hezbollah or Assad or the like,” he said, referring to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah that is an avowed enemy of Israel and embattled Syrian President Basher Assad, Iran’s close ally.The same year that START was signed, Reagan unnerved the Soviets with a speech proposing a space-based system to knock out any nuclear attack on the United States at a time when the Soviets were falling further and further behind in weapons technology. While the program was abandoned after needed technology proved too complex, the ploy was similar to Nixon’s opening to China that also rattled the Soviets in the 1970s and likely prompted Moscow’s readiness for the detente period. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Dating as far back as the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963 — less than a year after the Cuban missile crisis — U.S. administrations engaged the Soviet Union in agreements to limit nuclear threats while not linking deals to abhorrent Soviet human rights abuses and the active arming and funding of leftist, anti-American revolutionary movements around the world.As Cold War brinksmanship moved apace, the U.S., the Soviet Union, Britain, France and China signed on to the 1963 Nonproliferation Treaty. That agreement was designed to prevent other countries from developing nuclear weapons, while guaranteeing their rights to civilian nuclear technology — the very guarantee that, 47 years later, allows Iran to continue building nuclear facilities for power generation and medical research.The U.S. and the Soviets moved in the 1970s to a period of “detente” which spawned the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, known as SALT, and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the early 1970s. The treaties held despite the 1973 Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War, where conflicting alliances took the superpowers close to military conflict.Nuclear negotiations continued to a 1979 agreement on SALT II to further reduce nuclear arms. President Jimmy Carter pulled out of the deal six months later after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. But just three years after that, staunchly anti-Soviet President Ronald Reagan unveiled the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START, aimed at shrinking U.S. and Soviet warhead arsenals and the number of bombers and missiles to deliver the bombs. FILE – In this Oct. 7, 1963, file photo, President John F. Kennedy signs the Limited Test Ban Treaty during a ratification ceremony in the White House Treaty Room in Washington. Critics of the Iran nuclear deal claim it is flawed, among many reasons, because it does not demand that Tehran also change its behavior at home and abroad. That complaint ignores the United States’ long history of striking arms control agreements with the Soviet Union, a far more dangerous enemy. Dating as far back as the Limited Test Ban Treaty in 1963, U.S. administrations engaged the Soviet Union in agreements to limit nuclear threats while not linking deals to Soviet human rights abuses and the active arming and funding of leftist, anti-American revolutionary movements around the world. Watching from left are, Sen. John A. Pastore, D-R.I.; Undersecretary of State W. Averell Harriman; Sen. William Fulbright, D-Ark.; Sen. George Smathers, D-Fla.; Sen. George D. Aiken, R-Vt. (AP Photo/File) How do cataracts affect your vision? Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Patients with chronic pain give advicelast_img read more

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