Rajkummar Rao put on 8 kgs for Made in China role says

first_imgMumbai: “Made in China” director Mihil Musale is impressed with his lead star Rajkummar Rao’s physical transformation that required the actor to put on eight kgs of weight. “I really don’t know how he did it. And that too, in such a short time span. That’s his secret and that’s honestly the magic of a performer as incredible as Raj. I think he’s spoiled me for life as this was my first Hindi film and I was fortunate enough to work with possibly the most collaborative artist,” Mikhil said in a statement. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka The director said that soon after Rajkummar came aboard the film, he started preparing for it, which included a recce of Ahmedabad, where the team was set to shoot. “Raj and I had many conversations to solidify the space of Raghu Mehta’s world. Next thing I know, I get a call from him telling me that he is in Ahmedabad. And this was a month before the shoot. “He took a video camera and visited many busy areas of Ahmedabad from Lal Darwaja to Gandhi market to Manek Chowk and also a few places that lots of people don’t know about. He visited these places completely under the radar – going virtually unrecognisable. He spoke to local store owners, young people shopping in those areas and also ate food from the local places to sink his teeth into the colloquialism and the culture.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna “Made in China” marks yet another collaboration between Rajkummar and producer Dinesh Vijan. The actor said, “‘Stree’ and ‘Made in China’ despite being completely different genres of cinema, needed a solid framework to put it out there effectively… I am so glad Dinoo made me a part of ‘Made in China’ and I got an opportunity to play such a wonderful character, Raghu.” Dinesh said the film is yet another step in his “strong and fruitful relationship” with the actor. “At Maddock, we have always believed in bringing forth cinema that is strong and socially relevant, while still being commercially viable and entertaining. I’m happy to have found like minded people in this journey, and I hope to that our association grows from strength to strength,” he added. Also featuring Mouni Roy, Sumeet Vyas, Gajraj Rao and Paresh Rawal, “Made in China” is scheduled to be released on Diwali.last_img read more

PQ members endorse JeanFrancois Lisees with 928 per cent confidence vote

first_imgMONTREAL – Parti Quebecois members have resoundingly endorsed the leadership of Jean-Francois Lisee in a confidence vote.Lisee received 92.8 per cent support from the sovereigntist party’s membership in a vote at a party convention in Montreal.The vote is a boost for Lisee, who has said he will forgo any independence referendum in a first Parti Quebecois mandate if he wins next year’s provincial election.Earlier on Saturday, party delegates proposed a resolution that would gradually cut funding to English junior colleges.The resolution, which could be adopted Sunday, proposes slowly aligning the schools’ funding with the size of the anglophone population, despite the fact that many francophone and allophone students choose to attend.The party, however, rejected the idea of extending the province’s Bill 101 language law beyond the secondary school level in order to bar non-anglophones from enrolling in English college.last_img read more

Jennie Garth Honored With Campbells Healthy Heart Award

first_imgCampbell Soup Company is continuing its support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement by honoring actress, heart health advocate and mom, Jennie Garth, with the Campbell’s Healthy Heart award at the annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards in New York City on Feb. 11, 2014.Jennie Garth, right, accepts the Campbell’s Healthy Heart Award from Vice President – U.S. Soup for Campbell Soup Company, Leah Dunmore at the 2014 Woman’s Day Red Dress AwardsCredit/Copyright: Evan Agostini/Invision for Campbell Soup/AP ImagesThe award recognizes a woman who has made a commitment to improving heart health among women.Jennie Garth arrives at the 2014 Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards to accept the Campbell’s Healthy Heart award for her commitment to improving heart health for womenCredit/Copyright: Evan Agostini/Invision for Campbell Soup/AP Images“Almost 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease – and that’s a number that I know we can change,” said Garth. “That’s why I’m so honored to receive the Healthy Heart award from Campbell Soup Company – together we can help make a difference for women across the country by encouraging women to make heart-healthy choices and supporting them along the way.”Now in the eighth year of its sponsorship with the American Heart Association and its support of the Go Red For Women movement, Campbell Soup Company has announced the launch of the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project sweepstakes in an effort raise awareness of heart health. Heart disease continues to be the number one killer of Americans and, according to the American Heart Association, a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in the fight against heart disease. Campbell will give consumers the chance to win over a thousand prizes designed to help them kick start heart-healthy habits in their kitchen pantries.Additionally, Campbell is introducing two new flavors of Healthy Request soups, Southwest-Style Bean & Barley and Tuscan-Style Lentil, making it even easier for people to start refreshing their pantries.“As a proud long-standing supporter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, we are committed to encouraging Americans to make heart-healthy choices each day through our products and resources,” said Leah Dunmore, Vice President, U.S. Soup, Campbell Soup Company. “This year, we are looking at the kitchen pantry through the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project to show women that they can take small steps towards big improvements in their heart health.”To enter the Campbell’s Address Your Heart Pantry Project sweepstakes, U.S. residents ages 18 and older can visit www.addressyourheart.com by Feb. 28, 2014 and submit a photo and caption that shares how their pantry inspires their heart-healthy lifestyle. No purchase is necessary for entry. The prizes range from storage tools, organizing solutions and Healthy Request soups to one grand prize of a $5,000 complete pantry makeover. The website also features American Heart Association certified recipes and cooking tips.last_img read more

Northern airline featured on TV show grounded

first_imgAPTN National NewsYou might recognize this airline from the hit television show Ice Pilots NWT.Buffalo Air is also a lifeline to some Northern communities.The airline had its license suspended earlier this week and will stay ground for the time being.APTN’s Iman Kassam has this story.last_img

If UN forces are sent to Darfur Annan wants them highly trained

In an informal meeting with journalists, he was asked whether he would request a commitment to an expanded UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from Mr. Bush.“I will share with him the facts that I have shared with you, the needs that we have and the countries that I think can supply those needs, and that will include the US,” he said.Though the African troops did “really courageous and noble work,” they lacked the numbers, logistics and mobility to cover such a large area, he said.“If the Council asks us to move in – and we are doing contingency planning, we would expect to go in with a completely different force and have a completely different concept of operation,” Mr. Annan said. “I would want to see a highly mobile force on the ground in Darfur.”That force would be able to crisscross the territory in armoured personnel carriers and jeeps and would have the tactical air assets necessary to get to the right location when there was an SOS, rather than arrive after the harm had been done, he said.In that way, a message would go out to the militia and others causing the damage that a force was in place that would be capable of responding in time to prevent them from intimidating and killing innocent civilians, he said.“But such a force would require the participation of governments with highly trained troops, who are also well equipped. It is not going to be easy for the big and powerful countries with armies to delegate to Third World countries. They will have to play a part if we are going to stop the carnage that we see in Darfur,” Mr. Annan said.With the consent of the Sudanese Government, external experts are advising the African Union (AU) forces on technical matters, he said.The AU, he added, would need to work with the UN to convince the Sudanese Government that the troops would not be coming in as an invading or a fighting force.“I do not think it is impossible to get them to agree to allow a UN force, which contains troops from outside Africa, to come to Darfur. And so, I am very optimistic,” Mr. Annan said. read more

CanadaEU trade deal could be in full force one year from now

OTTAWA – The massive free trade pact between Canada and the European Union will, for the most part, be a done deal in one year even if it is not fully ratified, says Europe’s top envoy.Marie-Anne Coninsx, the EU ambassador to Canada, said the final text of the comprehensive deal on goods and services, known as CETA, will be presented to the European Parliament by mid-2016.“The most important stage in order to start implementation will be the agreement of the European Parliament, the consent of the European Parliament,” Coninsx said in an interview.“If the parliament says yes, at that moment, the agreement can start its provisional implementation.”Provisional implementation means that the vast majority of the sweeping deal on goods and services will apply to all areas that are the “exclusive competence of the European Union, which means more than 90 per cent,” she said.Asked when she saw that happening, Coninsx replied: “entry into force, early 2017.”That doesn’t in any way diminish the role of the EU’s 28 member states in debating and ratifying the deal, said Coninsx, who called it “the most ambitious trade agreement ever concluded by the EU.”But the diplomat’s remarks are among the clearest to date on addressing what is seen by some as an impediment towards bringing the deal in for a long-awaited landing: an unhappy European country with an axe to grind torpedoing the deal in the final stages. Negotiations for the deal started in 2009.It may also assuage Canada’s Liberal government, which must now finalize a deal that the previous Conservative government saw as the jewel in its economic crown.Both parties are currently engaged in a legal ‘scrub’ of the consolidated text and translating it into French and the 21 other official EU treaty languages. We will then begin the process of approving the agreement in Canada and the EU.Federal officials who briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall painted a more downbeat picture, suggesting it could take until 2018 to finalize the deal.“In the EU, endorsement for the CETA will involve various approval steps within EU institutions, through which the governments of each 28 member states exert varying degrees of influence, before an agreement can be signed,” says a memo prepared for Trudeau, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.“Implementation is likely to require ratification by all 28 member states, a process that is expected to take at least two years after EU institutions approve the agreement.”Coninsx also dismissed any suggestion that the investor-state dispute resolution process, or ISDS, would be an impediment to reaching the deal.Groups such as the Council of Canadians are in Europe campaigning to fuel opposition to the deal.“It’s mainly led by many people who are anti-U.S., anti-globalization,” she said.Coninsx said CETA has a built-in “modern mechanism” to deal with ISDS, and said that while there “might be some fine tuning for CETA in it, but no re-opening of the agreement.”The so-called legal scrubbing, and the final translation of the text into the EU’s more than 20 official languages as well Canada’s two, is being done at a robust pace, with lots of teleconferencing between Brussels and Ottawa, she added.“We have not been dragging our feet. Canadians neither.” by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The EU’s ambassador to Canada, Marie-Anne Coninsx, is pictured Tuesday, Oct.8, 2013 in her Ottawa office. Coninsx says the massive free trade pact between Canada and the European Union will, for the most part, be a done deal in one year even if it is not fully ratified. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Blanchfield Canada-EU trade deal could be in full force one year from now: envoy read more

Mayor filmed snorting unknown powder asks for bigger car to reflect the

first_imgThe mayor and the town sergeant have suggested that the Prius is replaced with a Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, a Skoda Superb Hatch SE l Executive or a Volvo S90 hybrid T8 twin. The Finance and General Purposes Committee agenda notes that the Mayor has said that “the make of vehicle should reflect the prestige and status of the mayoralty’’.The council has agreed to the request, and the mayor’s budget for car lease is to increase from £3,590 a year to £5,000 a year. Mr Rix said that the incident was from around six years previously and that the footage was used to blackmail him. He said at the time that “someone had put drugs into my beer. I don’t know what it was I was putting up my nose. It could have been sherbet for all I know.” No police action was taken.  Nurses do a really important job and they don’t have a car, but the mayor just goes about meeting people and eating sandwichesCouncillor Peter Wallace Last August a video was uploaded to YouTube showing Mr Rix, 55, who runs a scaffolding firm, snorting an unknown substance off a toilet cistern. The Mayor now wants a bigger official vehicle such as this Volvo S90 hybrid – because his current transport is ‘too small’ Mayor Rix 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. Volvo S90 hybrid A mayor who was filmed snorting a substance in a public toilet has demanded a bigger official car, and said that his current Toyota should be replaced with a model which reflects the “prestige and status” of his role. Neil Rix, the Mayor of Dover, is “subject to discomfort” because of the size of his current civic car, a Toyota Prius, according to a council document.The town sergeant, who also uses the car, is said to similarly suffer discomfort when driving the vehicle because he is “above average height for a British man” and with the seat at its lowest position his head touches the roof.  Fellow town councillor Peter Wallace has criticised Mr Rix’s car request, saying that the upgrade is “inappropriate at a time of austerity”.”People like nurses do a really important job and they don’t have a car, but the mayor just goes about meeting people and eating sandwiches” he said.A council spokesman said: “It has been agreed to replace the civic car, which is used by councillors, officers and the mayor for council business.”Environmental factors and economical running costs will be taken into account when selecting the civic car – no decision on a model has been made.”Councillors also agreed leasing the civic car up to £5,000 per year is the most cost-effective option.” Mr Rix believes his vehicle ‘should reflect the prestige and status of the mayoralty’, according to council minuteslast_img read more

Businesswoman Deirdre Foley shared in multimillion payout from Clerys site sale

first_imgBusinesswoman Deirdre Foley shared in multimillion payout from Clerys site sale The famous department store was sold to Press Up. DUBLIN-BASED BUSINESSWOMAN Deirdre Foley last year shared in a €16.49 million dividend payout arising from the sale of the former Clerys department store site to the Press Up Group.Last year, Paddy McKillen Jnr’s Press Up Group, along with a division of the New York based real estate firm Rockefeller Group and Core Capital, snapped up the site on Dublin’s O’Connell Street for around €63 million in a deal with the Natrium consortium.New accounts filed by Natrium Ltd show that Foley would have received €3.29 million in dividends – before tax – from the firm’s €16.49 million dividend payout based on her 20% shareholding of the business.London-based Cheyne Capital received the vast bulk of the dividend payout at €13.19 million arising from its 80% share of Natrium.It is now over four years since Ms Foley, as the public face of Natrium, found herself at the centre of controversy over the contentious purchase and subsequent shock closure of the famous Dublin department store.Natrium bought the department store for €29 million from US group Gordon Brothers in June 2015, which very quickly resulted in 130 Clery employees and 330 people working for concession holders losing their jobs with the closure of the store.Natrium subsequently secured planning permission for a €150 million mixed use development and new owner, the Press Up Group, is continuing with construction work on Clery’s Quarter today. It is expected to provide over 400 jobs when complete.The accounts for Natrium show that it last year repaid the outstanding balance of €2.3 million to Foley’s FAM Assets Ltd as a result of a loan of €1.9 million advanced by FAM Assets Ltd to Natrium in 2015. No Comments Aug 30th 2019, 7:42 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The iconic Clery’s building on O’Connell Street. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4789953 The iconic Clery’s building on O’Connell Street. By Gordon Deegan Friday 30 Aug 2019, 7:42 PM 26,366 Views Short URL Deirdre Foley is the director of Natrium. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieIn addition, €600,000 which was owing by Natrium to Foley’s FAM Assets in prior years was repaid last year.The accounts also show that Natrium paid Foley’s FAM Acquisitions Ltd €395,536 for services provided in the 12 months to the end of November last.The controversy around the circumstances of the redundancies has resulted in a number of court proceedings including two High Court judicial review cases.Last year, a district court judge struck out all remaining summons against Foley concerning the redundancies.A note attached to the accounts states that Natrium is obliged to reimburse legal costs incurred by directors and Foley has sought an indemnity from the company in respect of all legal costs associated with all legal proceedings. Natrium state that it established a legal provision last year of €436,725 as an estimate of the likely legal bill and the amount paid during the year was €239,926.The accounts show that two companies in the Natrium consortium recorded significant profits last year – OCS Investment Holdings Ltd recorded a profit of €38.9m last year with connected firm OCS Properties Ltd recording a profit of €11.18m in 2018.Both firms ceased operation during the year.The accounts also show that last year, Natrium repaid a loan of €11.55 million to a Cheyne Capital firm.Speaking earlier this year on the eve of work commencing on Clerys Quarter, Foley said that she was “delighted to see the exciting plans for Clerys Quarter and I wish the developers every success. Their aspirations for this site vindicate our vision when we bought in 2015″. “We helped lay the groundwork for the redevelopment. Natrium saw the potential for this wonderful property on an iconic street which had been neglected for 40 years,” she added.  Share14 Tweet Email2 Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

La SaintValentin sur Terre le Nouvel an sur Mars

first_imgLa Saint-Valentin sur Terre, le Nouvel an sur Mars !Le 14 février 2013, jour de la Saint-Valentin sur Terre, Mars rentrera dans l’année 1071. Car il faut se souvenir que la planète rouge met environ deux fois plus de temps que la Terre à tourner autour du Soleil.Sur Terre, la plupart des hommes suivent le calendrier grégorien de 365 jours (en réalité 365,25 jours d’où les années bissextiles tous les 4 ans). Ce calendrier est calqué sur le rythme des saisons, elles-mêmes dépendantes de la durée de la révolution de notre planète autour du Soleil. Sur Mars, en revanche, l’année est beaucoup plus longue car la planète rouge met 687 jours (soit 668 jours martiens qu’on appelle sols : 24 heures et 40 minutes) pour faire le tour complet du Soleil. Le 42 décembre 1070 De plus, Mars aussi possède des années bissextiles car sa révolution exacte est de 668,59 sols ce qui nécessite une correction avec un 669è sol tous les deux ans martiens. Ainsi, si des millions de personnes fêteront demain, 14 février, la Saint-Valentin sur Terre, sur Mars, ce sera le moment de fêter la nouvelle année ! Plus précisément, le démarrage de l’année 1071, comme l’explique la Cité de l’espace de Toulouse qui a créé le calendrier de cette année martienne et fait tous les calculs nécessaires. Hier, mercredi 13 févier, nous étions le 42 décembre 1070 sur Mars. Xavier Penot, médiateur scientifique à la Direction des publics du Parc spatial toulousain explique que pour établir la correspondance entre le calendrier terrestre et le calendrier martien, la base de calcul a été la seconde. En effet, en calculant le nombre de secondes théoriques qui se sont écoulées depuis le 1er janvier de l’an 1, on peut déterminer que si la Terre a tourné autour du Soleil 2012 fois depuis cette époque et entame sa 2013e orbite, Mars attaquera bien sa 1071e révolution aux alentours du 14 février 2013.La Saint Neil le 55 aoûtPour adapter au plus juste les deux calendriers, il a fallu jongler un peu. Janvier correspond à l’hiver sur Terre (dans l’hémisphère Nord) comme sur Mars. Néanmoins, l’année sur Mars étant deux fois plus longue, les mois doivent eux aussi être plus importants. Ils varient ainsi entre 42 et 66 jours en fonction du trajet de la planète rouge autour du Soleil car l’orbite martienne est plus excentrique que celle de notre planète. Son point le plus proche du Soleil à 206 millions de km (contre 147 millions pour la Terre) et son point le plus éloigné à 249 millions de km (152 millions pour la Terre) sont plus importants que ceux de la Terre ce qui entraîne une variation de sa vitesse sur son orbite. En conséquence, les mois sont plus longs quand Mars va moins vite (loin du Soleil) et plus courts quand elle va plus vite (proche du Soleil), ce qui rétablit le rythme des saisons. Du coup, l’été est plus long que l’hiver sur Mars dans l’hémisphère nord et l’inverse dans l’hémisphère sud, explique le site Enjoyspace.com. Mais la Cité de l’espace a été encore plus loin encore en mettant des fêtes pour les prénoms par ordre alphabétique. Par exemple, M. Armstrong aurait fêté la Saint Neil le 55 août.Les phases de la Lune : un casse-tête ! Là où ça se complique franchement, c’est si on cherche à faire correspondre les phases de Lune. Mars possède en effet deux lunes. La première, Phobos (27km de large) gravite à 5.980 km au-dessus de la surface martienne et effectue son orbite en 7 heures et 39 minutes. Sur Mars, on voit donc cette lune se lever à l’ouest, traverser le ciel rapidement et se coucher à l’est à peine 4h15 plus tard, cela à peu près deux fois par jour, à 11 heures et 6 minutes d’intervalle ! À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?La seconde lune, Déimos (15km de large), gravite à environ 20.060 km d’altitude et effectue son orbite en 30 heures et 18 minutes. Il lui faut donc 2 jours et 16 heures entre le moment où elle se lève sur l’horizon et le moment où elle se couche (de l’est vers l’ouest). Au cours de ce laps de temps, elle présente deux fois de suite ses phases croissantes et décroissantes. Et pour compléter ce petit tour dans le calendrier martien, la Cité de l’espace a même pensé à notre anniversaire ! En effet, toujours sur la même page, elle vous propose de calculer l’âge que vous auriez en années martiennes et de ce fait le jour de votre anniversaire. Quelqu’un né en 1987 par exemple, aurait ainsi sur Mars un peu plus de… 13 ans.  Le 14 février 2013 à 10:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Modric Madrid players need stop excuses and own up poor performance

first_imgReal Madrid was defeated 2-0 on Sunday by Real Sociedad at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and Luka Modric is dissatisfied with the players form.The Croatian international believes that the players have to stop looking for excuses and own up their poor performances so they can improve.“Many of us are not at our level,” Modric said in the mixed zone, according to Marca.“We cannot take a s*** at the beginning of every game.“We have to be clear, it’s not a matter of luck.“We are creating a lot but the ball won’t go in and we are giving a lot but there are reasons that explain why things are not going well.”The European champions were not happy with certain decisions of the referee during the match, but Modric maintained they have no excuse.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He has not had a good day,” he said.“But our problem is not the referee or VAR, although they haven’t helped us.“Our problems are other things.”“We have to improve a lot and we’re not in an ideal moment.“We have to be closer and as more of a team on the pitch.“It is important to take things game by game and not talk about whether the league is lost.”last_img read more

ASA Announces College Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased to announce the 2008-09 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship. The SOY Scholarship is a one-time $5,000 award to an eligible High School senior who plans to declare agriculture as a degree area of study at the University of their choice. The award is to be used directly for tuition, fees, and/or books, not to exceed $2,500 per semester, and not to exceed tuition amount with other fee dedicated aid. The scholarship is managed by ASA and sponsored by BASF Corporation.This year’s scholarship is named in honor of Kip Cullers, the Missouri soybean producer who set a new world’s record soybean yield of more than139 bushels per acre last year.”What Cullers did was show us that soybeans possess a lot more genetic yield potential than most of us would have ever imagined,” said ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean producer from Waterloo, Iowa. “By providing financial assistance for college, the ASA is helping to cultivate the potential of a deserving High School senior.”The scholarship idea resulted from collaboration between ASA and BASF Corporation, who are partnering in a multi-faceted national field trials program that is demonstrating to growers the advantages of crop management practices that include the use of residual herbicides and fungicides on soybeans. More than 100 growers participated in the SOY field trials this year.”As we look back to where the agriculture industry has come from and where it is expected to go in the next decade, it’s clear that education is a critical key to success,” said Andy Lee, Director, US Business Operations, Crop Protection Products for BASF. “We are very pleased to support the American Soybean Association and help the next generation of soybean growers succeed .”Scholarship applicants must be the child or grandchild of a current, active member of the ASA (membership in state soybean association is the same as membership in ASA), and meet all necessary requirements to apply. Non-members can take advantage of this opportunity by first joining the ASA. For more information about membership, go to www.SoyGrowers.com.Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Complete details and applications are available at: www.SoyGrowers.com/sym/. The deadline for submission of all required information and documentation is December 31, 2007.Selection will be made and the winner will be notified in January 2008. The scholarship winner also will be recognized at the ASA awards banquet, and at a breakfast with BASF representatives and Kip Cullers, during the annual Commodity Classic, Feb. 28-March 2, in Nashville. The scholarship award will be sent directly to the student’s school of choice after enrollment has been verified.”This is a great opportunity for your son or daughter, or your grandson or granddaughter,” Hoffman said. “Be sure to share this information with them so they can compete for this scholarship.”last_img read more

Volunteer costumers help Fort Vancouver reenactors look authentic

first_imgEleven-year-old Benedicta Hardy tries on her re-enactor’s dress while wearing her everyday shoes. What: An 1840s Christmas at Fort Vancouver.Where: Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 1001 E. Fifth St.When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (fort is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).Cost: Adults $3; youth 15 and younger are free.Caleb Hardy can play the music. A few days ago, he was getting ready to play the role.Hardy is a re-enactor who will be part of the 1840s Christmas event Saturday at Fort Vancouver. Hardy will be one of the costumed musicians performing seasonal songs that were played when Fort Vancouver was the Northwest headquarters of the Hudson’s Bay Company.Their performance is likely to include some familiar tunes.“Some songs that were popular now were popular then, like ‘Silent Night’ and ‘Auld Lang Syne,’” Hardy said.“I like 1840s music,” the Portland resident said. “I don’t know how much I’m like those people, but I like what they liked.”Hardy also will be dressing like them after a recent fitting session in the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s costume department.The volunteer costumers have outfitted more than 100 re-enactors for the annual Christmas event, said Eileen Trestain, coordinator of the costume department.They will represent the full range of people who lived and worked at Fort Vancouver about 170 years ago. They include performers — singers, storytellers and dancers — as well as hands-on workers such as blacksmiths and cooks.Artisans will help visitors create keepsakes such as holiday wreathes and wooden tops that can be taken home; other re-enactors will demonstrate black powder shooting.They all will be dressed appropriately, thanks to a wardrobe collection that is far too big for the period clothing storage area.“We have 4,972 numbered items, which includes jewelry pieces and gloves,” Trestain said. “We probably have a third of that on site; two-thirds are checked out” by about 600 volunteer re-enactors.last_img read more

New Autism Therapy Shown To Restore Social Behavior Through Brain Stimulation

first_imgUT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTERA magnified image of a part of a mouse’s cerebellum. This part of the brain may be a target for treating autism through brain stimulation.Autism affects about one in 68 children, and the condition poses social challenges, including difficulty processing social interactions, such as facial expressions and physical gestures.New research out of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas shows those social behaviors could be restored through a process called “neuromodulation,” or brain stimulation.Peter Tsai directed the study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. Researchers stimulated a specific part of the cerebellum in mice to correct social impairments. They learned this particular region near the brain stem that had been thought to have only roles in coordinating movement is also critical for autistic behaviors. “I feel like one of the things that makes us uniquely human in some ways is that social ability and that desire to group together and work as communities and as societies,” Tsai says. If that’s impaired — or if you don’t seek it out — you no longer belong to that community or society and that will create a significant impact on the joy you seek out in life, he says.Interview HighlightsHow autism affects the brain There are a lot of different ways that that autism affects the brain, Tsai says.“Autism is heterogeneous set of diseases. I see kids at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and if you have 10 kids that come into the clinic, you’re going to get 10 different kids with 10 different problems.”Forms of autism vary, he says, but for the most part, there is increased activity in different circuits within the brain.CREDIT UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTERMRIs of a human brain and a mouse brain highlight in red a part in the cerebellum that scientists believe can be a new target in treating autism.On neuromodulation and miceUsing neuromodulation, the researchers were able to demonstrate that they could change brain activity in various different parts of a mouse’s brain by stimulating, inhibiting and modulating these particular cerebellar regions. “We as biologists joke to ourselves ‘Hey, we’re just mice without tails.’ Obviously, that is way off the mark,” Tsai says. “We wanted to know if what we’re seeing in the mouse was actually translatable to humans.”The changes made in the brain resulted in changes in the social behavior of the mice.The next step is to make sure the same technique would be safe to conduct on children.How science has traditionally regarded the cerebellumIf you search online for information about the cerebellum, the results will say it coordinates motor movements, which has been the understanding for the past century or so, Tsai says. It’s what he was taught in his child neurology training.“I remember seeing a kid during my residency who had a cerebellar injury of some variety, and this kid did not come in with balance problems, he didn’t come in with motor problems. He came in and he looked like a kid with autism, and I said, ‘This makes no sense at all. How does this compute?’ “And then I said, ‘Well, maybe this is just an exception…’ Then, the next kid came in with kind of inflammation of the cerebellum, then other kids came in, and they looked autistic, and I was like ‘OK, maybe I shouldn’t be ignoring this.’”Tsai says when you look at studies of autism, “the most consistent finding is cerebellum. There’s a cerebellar abnormality in these kids with autism. … All of these [studies] really highlight the cerebellum as being disrupted in kids and individuals with autism.” Sharelast_img read more

HP offers tour of your digital future

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Never mind that HP Corporate keeps breaking off rudders. Never mind nobody even takes HP’s ability to stay open in the future for granted any more. And, please, never mind that HP, pre-Meg, was to turn its back on hardware and concentrate on software, a decision that is now up in the air. Just ignore the uncertainty and enjoy the view of four device concepts. HP’s creatives are still barreling ahead in their own rowboats while everyone outside HP clucks at the mothership. The HP Curve from top to bottom is an “immersive” design that combines a flat interactive surface with a vertical transparent display and on the side a back to the future inkwell concept of a stylus perched and ready for writing. It is a large tabletop size device that looks far more like a Milan-inspired furniture item, which may explain the HP promotional message of the HP Curve being “designed to be built into a room.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: HP offers tour of your digital future (2011, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-hp-digital-future.html 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. The HP Flex, with a see-through screen, is a flexible laptop that the actors in the movie use to control the robots during battle. The Original Noisy Boy Controller was imagined as a dual display flexible laptop that can be used even when closed. Working with the DreamWorks team to create the right look for the concept, the final design turned out to be a clam shell-shaped controller, stylized to match the robot Noisy Boy. HP renames EDS, now HP Enterprise Services A team at HP was asked to help DreamWorks conceptualize technology of the future. The upcoming movie Real Steel with Hugh Jackman inspired HP’s winning ideas; as a not so sneaky preview, HP is showcasing four of its Real Steel technology concepts of what computing will look like in the future. The samples remind us that computing can always find room for beautiful forms for computing.An HP ThruScreen is HP’s way of allowing a user to manipulate and interact with real and virtual objects behind a transparent adjustable screen. You can rotate the screen to place objects behind the screen or below the screen The HP Volume Jet is a 3-D printer crafted as a future iteration of the HP DesignJet 3D. The DreamWorks team and the HP creatives built a Volume Jet prototype but it did not make the final cut. It’s a large desktop surface when it is flat, a notebook when open, and a tablet when loaded, with “ergonomic” grip power.HP has enjoyed a long relationship with DreamWorks. HP and DreamWorks Animation formed a technology partnership in 2001. The partnership between DreamWorks and HP has extended both to the studio’s infrastructure and business divisions.last_img read more

The Titanic survivor no one believed was genuine

first_imgPerhaps the most moving part of the entire Titanic saga is hearing the survivor’s personal stories, how they ended up on the luxury ocean-liner and how they evaded death on the night of April 14, 1912. Over 1,500 passengers perished in the ocean — only about 700 were rescued. Some stories speak of unprecedented human achievements. Take Richard Norris Williams II who made it through after hours of clinging to a makeshift lifeboat. All that time, his legs remained immersed in the ice-cold water. When a doctor had him checked on RMS Carpathia, Williams was told he needed an amputation, however, he refused. He endured through the pain, revitalized his legs and made a miraculous recovery. Eight years later, he won the Gentlemen’ Doubles at the 1920 Wimbledon Championships along with Chuck Garland.Other stories are not so uplifting, such as that of Jennie Louise Hansen from Wisconsin. She made it through the tragedy but was deeply shocked by everything she witnessed. The trauma this woman endured damaged her nerves greatly. Ms. Hansen reportedly became incapable of ever shedding a tear again.The RMS Titanic docked in Southampton shortly before the start of the journey.When Berthe Antonine Mayné tried to share her survival story with close family, supposedly nobody believed what she was saying.The Belgian woman made her salary by performing and singing in cabarets around Brussels. In the capital, she was a familiar face “in circles of pleasure and was often seen in the company of people who like to wine and dine and enjoy life,” according to Het Laatste Nieuws.A photo portrait of Berthe Antonine Mayné (Madame de Villiers). Photo courtesy: Archives Nationales FranceMs. Mayné was reportedly in a relationship with Fernand de Villiers, a soldier from France who joined troops to the Belgian Congo, when she met a Canadian millionaire, Quigg Edmond Baxter, at the end of 1911. Their romance apparently developed remarkably quickly.Baxter had wealthy parents and was originally a hockey player by occupation. However, after suffering a severe injury to one of his eyes, which impaired his sight, Baxter had to stop playing and became a hockey coach.View of the bow of the RMS Titanic photographed in June 2004.He traveled to Europe with both his mother and sister and the three of them planned to return to the U.S. with the RMS Titanic. Though Baxter and Mayné had been seeing each other only for a few months, Mayné became the fourth companion on the voyage. They boarded first-class from Cherbourg, France.RMS Titanic.Mayné was probably thrilled at the thought of starting anew on the other side of the ocean, in the New World. These were the peak years of mass migration and many people were trying their luck in North America. From a Brussels cabaret star, there she was, with a first-class ticket on the most opulent-looking ship in the world.In the spirit of good manners, Mayné was registered as “Mrs de Villiers” on board the ocean-liner and was booked into a separate cabin from Baxter, according to Encyclopedia-Titanica.Unfortunately, the time to enjoy the ship and its beauty was short-lived, not only for Mayné and Baxter but for everyone on board. The horror began when the Titanic struck an iceberg some 300 miles southeast of Newfoundland.A drawing of the RMS Titanic’s famed Grand Staircase. The drawing was featured in a 1912 promotional booklet about the luxurious ocean-liner.When the ocean-liner abruptly came to a halt in the middle of nowhere, Baxter went to find out what happened and came across Captain Smith and Bruce Ismay. He approached them and the captain allegedly said, “There’s been an accident, Baxter, but it’s all right.” Except nothing was all right. Captain Smith then hurried to the bridge, and Ismay told Baxter to gather his family and head to the lifeboats.Baxter quickly rushed everyone out off their cabins. Mayné, donning a long woolen overcoat over her nightgown, was escorted to lifeboat number 6. She was hesitant to climb in without Baxter. She expressed a wish to go back to the cabin and pick up left-behind jewelry, but an alert Molly Brown, probably the best-remembered survivor on lifeboat No. 6, talked Berthe out of such crazy ideas. The ship was sinking fast.Berthe Antonine Mayné. Photo courtesy: Archives Nationales FranceAs the lifeboat was lowered to the dark ocean surface, Baxter waved goodbye to his lover, to his sister and mother. This would be the last they saw of him. He was never traced among those few recovered bodies after the Titanic perished to the depths. He was 24 at the time, the same age as Berthe.Following the tragedy, Berthe Mayné remained with the grieving Baxter family, at least for a while. She eventually relocated to Paris, where she continued her singing career. She didn’t marry anyone after that.Lifeboat filled with Titanic survivors.Upon retirement, the Belgian woman moved back to Brussels. Though she didn’t have a husband or children of her own, Mayné still had a nephew and other close family members. It’s pity if none of them believed she had journeyed on the Titanic in her youth.Read another story from us: Titanic Orphans: A father ‘kidnapped’ his two sons, boarded with false names and passed awayShe had this heart-wrenching story to tell, but her family only realized it was true after her death in 1962, at the age of 75 years. While sorting through Mayné’s belongings, her nephew came across a shoebox full of memories — letters, photographs, and other personal belongings. The memorabilia testified to his aunt’s ill-fated journey across the ocean.last_img read more

Chiang Mai Gay News updates August 2017

first_imgWelcome to gay Chiang Mai, Thailand’s pink rose of the north. As we head in to August and the heaviest…Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… SAWASDEE: Free Guy Club – Gay Bar and KaraokePride returns to Chiang MaiThai Puan – Gay Magazine Issue 84last_img

Star Wars smashes Christmas Day box office record

first_imgLOS ANGELES, California – The latest “Star Wars” film has smashed yet another box office record, raking in $49.3 million on Christmas Day in North America — the highest total ever on the holiday, industry figures showed Saturday.“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” easily bested the previous Christmas Day record take of $24.6 million set by “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downey, Jr, which opened on Dec. 25, 2009.“Star Wars continues to be a bright, shining beacon of light at the box office,” Jeff Bock of industry tracker Exhibitor Relations told AFP by email.So far, “The Force Awakens” — the highly anticipated seventh installment in the blockbuster space saga — has taken in a whopping $890.3 million worldwide, with $440.4 million in the United States alone, Bock said.The film has received mostly glowing reviews, and is being credited with breathing new life into the Hollywood juggernaut franchise launched by creator George Lucas in 1977.It had already set a number of other box office records — highest-grossing domestic opening night, biggest domestic single-day sales and biggest global opening weekend.As far as all-time box office sales, two films by James Cameron hold the record — “Avatar” ($2.79 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.19 billion) — and it is expected that “The Force Awakens” might unseat both. Facebook Comments Related posts:Francis Ford Coppola wants you to come on his family vacation Why this Picasso sold for $180 million and what it tells us about the super rich Star Wars: ‘The Force Awakens’ in Costa Rica on Thursday Spotify hit by new $200 million copyright suitlast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Related LinksCardinals WR Kevin White ready to prove he belongs, not a bustBase offense enough to get Cardinals RB David Johnson excitedCardinals claim LB Pita Taumoepenu off waivers from 49ersSB Nation ranks Cardinals’ running backs 27th in NFLPFF: Numbers show Cardinals rookie Andy Isabella is more than a slot WR“I think the sky’s the limit,” Peters said Wednesday. “We have the roster that is capable of making it from a worst to first type situation.”Peters thinks the Cardinals have a shot with the playmakers on defense and said the offense is on a clear path with the additions from the draft to help Kliff Kingsbury’s system.One of the biggest unknowns is quarterback Kyler Murray and the new offense. Murray went first overall in this year’s NFL Draft and Peters said he is excited to see how his talent translates in the NFL.“I think he is special,” Peters said. “[He has] incredible arm talent, as well as his feet.”Offensively, the Cardinals ranked dead last in the league in almost every category. The hiring of Kingsbury as their next head coach led the team to develop a whole new offense, which included drafting Murray and three new wide receivers to rebuild their roster.The Cardinals saw a decline on defense as well. Despite the Cardinals being ranked fourth in passing defense last season, the team placed 26th in overall defense.The loss of Patrick Peterson for the first six games of the season is a big blow for the Cardinals defensively, but Peters said that they will treat it like any other injury and have a “next man up” mentality when the season begins. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 4 Comments   Share   – / 15 The Arizona Cardinals finished the season with a 3-13 record in 2018 and ranked 32nd in the NFL in passing yards, rushing yards and rushing defense.Their record landed them the No.1 overall pick in the NFL Draft and numerous changes were made to their coaching staff after the season ended.With many unknowns heading into the 2019 season, there is good reason to think the Cardinals won’t dramatically improve.Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters made an appearance on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Bickley & Marotta saying otherwise, discussing how he feels about this year’s team. He said he believes the Cardinals can go from worst to first, despite what the media thinks. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is hit by Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Corey Peters (98) after the throw, during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) The Cardinals did try to make strides in bettering the defense this offseason. They signed seven-time Pro Bowler Terrell Suggs to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million and linebacker Jordan Hicks to a four-year contract worth $36 million.In January, the Cardinals hired former Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph as their new defensive coordinator and revamped much of their defensive coaching staff.The Cardinals also drafted cornerback Byron Murphy out of the University of Washington 33rd overall and Zach Allen, a defensive end out of Boston College, No. 97 in the third round.After ranking last in the league in rushing defense, Peters said he hopes a fresh start can turn around the defense’s struggles against the running game.“I’m looking forward to starting fresh and getting back to the run defense the way we’ve done it since I’ve been here,” he said. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Visit California has a

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterVisit California has announced that travellers to the Golden State collectively spent more than $122 billion in 2015, proving the travel and tourism industry is continuing to propel California’s economy forward.An annual economic impact report released by Visit California, a non-profit statewide organisation that promotes California on behalf of the state’s tourism industry, shows that direct visitor spending increased 3.4 per cent from 2014, as tourism’s economic engine continues to benefit all Californians by generating more than one million jobs and significant tax revenue in all counties across the state.Tourism spending spurred $9.9 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2015, empowering local governments to invest in infrastructure improvements and innovative projects that provide cultural and civic amenities for residents and visitors alike. An analysis of data compiled by Dodge Market Research report found that from 2006 to 2015 new building and renovation projects in California related to tourism reached $20 billion, with an average of $2 billion in infrastructure investments per year. This includes airport modernisations, new dining, entertainment and retail districts and other amenities that benefit visitors and residents alike.Visit California’s report includes the economic benefits of leading tourism sectors such as hotels, rental cars and retail as well as the statewide and county-by-county benefits. Out of California’s 58 counties, 51 saw an increase in direct travel spending compared to 2014, including:Fresno: $1.41 billion in traveller spending, up from $1.38 billion (1.8 per cent increase)Los Angeles: $25.88 billion in traveller spending, up from $25.23 billion (2.6 per cent increase)Monterey: $2.71 billion in traveller spending, up from $2.59 billion (4.5 per cent increase)Sacramento: $3.63 billion in traveller spending, up from $3.45 billion (5.3 per cent increase)San Diego: $15.4 billion in traveller spending, up from $14.8 billion (four percent increase)San Francisco: $14.29 billion in traveller spending, up from $13.91 billion (2.9 per cent increase)Santa Barbara: $2.06 billion in traveller spending, up from $2.01 billion (2.7 per cent increase)Shasta County: $421.4 million in traveller spending, up from $416 million (1.3 per cent increase)The report highlights the state-wide and local economic impact of tourism to and through California from 1992 to 2015.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more