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Tonight: Jacqueline Constance Headlines The Next Edition Of Sanctuary LIVE! – Friday, August 21

first_img Tonight, Art Sanctuary — Philly’s premier black arts hub — presents its monthly third Friday open mic and music showcase, Sanctuary LIVE! This edition of the monthly jam features an intimate night of music with Philly’s own indie soul-star, Jacqueline Constance. An emerging artists on the local music scene, Jacqueline Constance is Philly-born singer/songwriter who’s known for silky vocals, undeniable grooves and her penchant for creating dope beats with a loop pedal during her sets. Effortlessly blending hip-hop, soul and jazz influences into her sound, Constance is a unique and fresh addition to the Philadelphia musical landscape. Armed with a mic, foot pedal and a small mixer this Philadelphia-born powerhouse turns breaths, beats and other vocal elements into an intricate background track for her live performances. Born and raised in the Mt Airy section of Philadelphia, Jacqueline attended the legendary Creative and Performing Arts High School  which also brought us such artists as the Roots, Boyz II Men, Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few. Constance  has also performed at notable venues such as The Hard Rock Cafe, World Cafe Live and the Kimmel Center. Sanctuary LIVE! is hosted by Philly-based poet Safa and kicks off with an open mic from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The open mic segment is backed by rising Philly jazz vocalist and pianist, V. Shayne Frederick — a pitch perfect addition to any musical setting.  In addition to the lush vocals from the incredible lineup of musicians, attendees will get a chance to check out Art Sanctuary’s latest exhibit, My Son Matters, which includes over two dozen poignant photographs of black mothers and their sons.  Be sure to RSVP in advance, because you most definitely want to be front and center when these Philly talents step on stage. Wine and light fare included. Sanctuary LIVE! Featuring Jacqueline Constance When: Friday, August 21, Doors 7 p.m., Show 7:30 p.m. Where: Art Sanctuary, 16th and Bainbridge Cost: $10 More Info: RSVP here. Jacqueline Constance(Courtesy of the artist)last_img read more

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Why Secondhand Smoke May be Bad for Your Heart

first_imgScientists say they have confirmed a link between secondhand tobacco smoke and an increased risk of heart disease. The findings, reported in tomorrow’s issue of the British Medical Journal, also may clear up a mystery about why secondhand smoke appears to be such a potent risk factor for the condition.The mystery is that 20-cigarette-a-day smokers have a 78% increased risk of heart disease over the general population–a risk elevation that’s only three times that of passive smokers, even though active smokers inhale roughly 100 times as much smoke. Some have suggested that poor diet or some other factor might account for the high disease rate among smokers’ spouses, but the new study suggests that tobacco smoke alone is responsible for most of the effect.Malcolm Law and his colleagues at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London performed a statistical analysis of data drawn from 19 studies on the effects of passive smoking on heart-disease rates. Law says he had expected to disprove the implausibly high risk for heart disease from passive smoke. “We thought it must be that they ate a different diet or some kind of error in the studies,” he says. Instead, his group found that passive smoke caused about a 23% increased risk of heart disease, even when accounting for the small effects of differences in diet.To try to explain the elevated risk, Law’s group analyzed several studies of platelet aggregation, which showed that even a relatively small amount of smoke causes clotting factors in the blood to become significantly stickier. Based on a study showing the increase in heart-disease risk of different degrees of platelet aggregation, they showed that passive smoking causes enough aggregation to explain the heart disease risk. They suggest that the effect does not become worse with more smoke. Other changes in the blood that promote heart disease occur in a more gradual way with increasing smoke, say the authors, and those are responsible for the gradual increase in risk between one-cigarette and 20-cigarette-a-day smokers.The paper “represents the most thorough review of the evidence that’s yet come out,” says Richard Peto, an epidemiology professor at Oxford University. He says the authors “propose a strong case” to explain the heart-disease data, suggesting that “the risks are much higher than one would have thought.”last_img read more

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Senate Climate Bill Saga Jerks Forward as Graham Wields Power

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) today suggested that the stalled climate bill could move before the immigration package, potentially breaking a logjam with key sponsor Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC). From Business Week: “The energy bill is ready, we will move that more quickly than a bill we don’t have,” Reid told reporters today in Washington. “I don’t have an immigration bill.” Reid said he told Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina last week that he wanted to proceed with climate- change legislation before taking up immigration. Graham, working on both issues, pulled out of talks to proceed with a global- warming bill on April 24 to protest that President Barack Obama and Senate leaders may act first on immigration laws. No word from Graham yet on whether he’ll revoke a promise made on Saturday to bolt a coalition he has formed with senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and John Kerry (D-MA). The threesome has a bill considered more industry-friendly than the climate bill passed by the House of Representatives last year. Although the bill’s supporters say it would match the House version in cutting greenhouse gases 17% below 2005 levels by 2005, it would be less aggressive by covering only part of the economy at first and phasing utilities in later, while offering more financial support and flexibility to industry. 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Graham has much to lose if an immigration bill comes up and splits the GOP, because he favors Reid’s reforms and is already under fire at home for centrist positions. For him, climate may be less painful to pass than immigration – and it has a better chance of passage. Graham “likes to work in a bipartisan way so that he can be there to make deals, affect things,” said South Carolina state senator Paul Campbell, a Republican. “But I don’t know why he’s partnered with Kerry on this.”last_img read more

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Cricket is not just for men: Rani Mukherjee

first_imgShe played a swashbuckling heroine smashing sixes out of the cricket field in her last film Dil Bole Hadippa and now actress Rani Mukherjee has turned spokesperson for the cause of women cricketers.The Bollywood actress who launched the first sports docu-drama on women cricketers, Poor Cousins of Million Dollar Babies in New Delhi, said that cricket is wrongly termed a ‘gentleman’s game’.”Since childhood, girls are always discouraged from playing sports and are told that cricket is a gentleman’s game, which is incorrect. Learning it for the film made me realise what a beautiful game cricket is. It is about technique, not power,” Rani told reporters here.The 25-minute-film directed by Sunil Yash Kalra features members of the national women’s cricket team of India, over a period of 4 years and focus on their lives on and off the pitch.”I know girls from humble backgrounds that join the sport for the love of it. That inspired me to do Dil Bole Hadippa as I got an opportunity to play a game, I didn’t understand previously,” Rani added.The docu-drama sees the protagonists, cricketer Anjum Chopra and captain Jhulan Goswami, along with other members of the team, facing disparities and discrimination but fulfilling their long cherished dream of playing at Lord’s cricket ground in London.”We were working on a book when I saw a poster of WG Grace’s mother, who was the propagator of women’s cricket and we thought we’ll do a film as well. The movie is not just a tale of disparities among men and women in the cricketing arena, but a story of the triumph of women’s cricket despite the disparities that prevail,” said Kalra.advertisementThe poster of the movie was unveiled by writer Jaideep Sahni of Chak De fame, along with Rani, Anjum Chopra and Minister of State for Commerce, Jyotiraditya Scindia.last_img read more

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Beginner Wine and Cheese Pairing Tips to Impress Anyone

first_imgHaving a date over and you want to impress her with how cultured you are? Need a raise and you heard your boss just got back from a month traveling around Bordeaux? Pairing wine with cheese—either for one person or for an entire party of people—is an amazing (and easy) way to showcase one of the most classic food and drink combinations ever. While it may seem daunting if you’ve never done it before, we’re here to help.We sat down with Michael and Charlie Kalish, known as The Cheese Twins, (winners of Season 7 of “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network and hosts of the new show “Big Cheese”) to get some quick and easy tips for how to flawlessly pair wine and cheese.Using these wine and cheese pairing tips and tricks, you’ll be getting a call about that second date or that raise in no time.The Cheese TwinsAvoid Palate Fatigue Wine and cheese are both wonderful things, but as with anything else, too much can be a bad thing. When assembling a wine and cheese pairing, you don’t want too much of anything. A good number of cheeses to have for a tasting is between four and six. More than that and you’ll risk palate fatigue from too many flavors over the course of the night.Portion Size Matters Once you figure out what cheeses you’ll be serving, you’ll want to portion them properly to best showcases the flavors as they play together with the flavors in the wines. A good rule of thumb is to have one ounce per cheese per person. If you’re hosting a party with more than four cheeses, than you’ll want to divide the cheeses into slightly smaller proportions, again to avoid palate fatigue.Like Equals Like A good way to think about how to pair a wine with a cheese is remembering the phrase “like equals like.” That is, if you have a characteristic in the wine, such as creaminess or buttery mouthfeel as you would in a Meiomi Chardonnay, you want to find a cheese that has similar characteristics, such as brie. Another great pairing would be a fruity wine such as Meiomi Pinot Noir with a sweet and nutty Gouda.Pick a Variety A surefire way to impress anyone with your choices for wine and cheese pairing is to do your homework beforehand (and perhaps spend some time talking to the cheesemonger in your local store) and preparing a spread that features both cheeses that your guests will recognize, as well as one or two that are new to them. This way, you help them to learn more about the world of pairing wine and cheese while also giving them something to fall back on in case one of the new choices doesn’t line up with their palate or preferences.Don’t Forget Your Nuts When pairing wine and cheeses, it’s important to make sure you’ve got some other things to go with the stars of the show. Little snacks like nuts and fruits are great complements the wine and cheeses, and really help certain flavors in both to shine. The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn How to Pair Oysters with Martinis Editors’ Recommendations How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United Stateslast_img read more

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Leading by example

first_imgDiscussions revolving around water crisis have reached the dining table of the general population, especially since the Chennai episode which exposed the city’s lackadaisical approach in water security and sustainability. Even as the state government pointed fingers towards a low-yielding monsoon, efforts done to ensure the survivability of water reservoirs and the wetlands in general outlines the ordeal that the city had to bear. It is a no-brainer that water is an essential commodity, availability of which is paramount despite adversities. For living beings, water practically holds key to survivability. That makes us wonder how could a Chennai arrive at such a difficult position in the first place. But it did. Chennai is the prime reason that government sprung into action with its ‘Jal Shakti Abhiyan’ being run under the newly instated Ministry of Jal Shakti. While the country-wide drive aims to battle out the severe water crisis, focussing on water-stressed districts, New Delhi has come up with its own solution for the impending water crisis. As per NITI Aayog’s report, Delhi is one of the cities identified with very low groundwater level which is likely to run out by next year, affecting 100 million people in the process. The Central government machinery will do its job but if the states do their bit–achieve self-sufficiency in water management–then the target to overturn water deficit will be brought closer. To this length, the Delhi government’s ambitious project to store water in the Yamuna floodplains to counter shortage, especially during summer months, is notable. As per the project details, several ponds will be created between the Palla and Wazirabad regions of the national capital around the Yamuna in a bid to store the over-flowing water from the river during monsoon. Going by the official estimates, these artificially created ponds, acting as water reservoirs, would store around 2,100 million gallons of water every time the river overflows. A Delhi Jal Board expert further cited an expectation of around 15 flood cycles on an average which means there lies a potential to store ample amount of water. The first of its kind pilot project definitely looks good on paper but, as always, implementation will remain the key. As far as implementation is concerned, Delhi government credited the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a statement for his personal monitoring of the project “on an hourly basis” for the possible implementation of the project during the ongoing monsoon season; which has grossly expedited the progress on the project. In a press conference, the Delhi CM himself admitted that this year they are just getting started with the project and the experience amassed would be duly used to better the implementation from next year. The mega-reservoir to be created within the said stretch will solve the water woes of the national capital once and for all as per the ambitions of the Delhi government. Receiving a boost on Wednesday, the Delhi Cabinet approved an interdepartmental committee report which recommends giving farmers in Delhi Rs 77,000 annually per acre for land to be leased for the project. Farmers with smaller lands will also be allowed to pool in their land for the ambitious project and will get the sum according to the number of acres they provide the government with. Having set a timeline of one month to kickstart the project, two approvals from NGT are awaited. The state irrigation and flood control department, in the meantime, will run their groundwork to facilitate the project. Centre’s fast-tracked approvals have also reinforced the Delhi government’s spirit to implement the project. As per Kejriwal, only recycling and recharging water is the only way to resolve Delhi’s water problems that will only grow in the future if left unchecked; as timely corroborated by NITI Aayog. Also Read – A compounding difficultyWhat the Delhi CM has planned is perhaps a step in the right direction as Delhi, out of all cities, will surely run out of water soon. But his ambitious project rests heavily on monsoon rains and going by current statistics, Delhi has not received ample rainfall yet. Though there is not an alarming prediction of categorically low rainfall but Delhi would largely require its weather to stay on course, this year, every year, for the success of this project. Flooding would not happen otherwise. Should Delhi catch the said target for its mega-reservoir, besides pressing for the general advice to set up rainwater harvesting systems on government infrastructures, Delhi may look set to eliminate the trouble of water sustainability altogether. It would then become the role-model for other states to follow suit as the water crisis is pan-India and real; at least more real than Climate Change. These reservoirs will help in recharging the groundwater table as well which is a huge plus and will be a gamechanger in the long run.last_img read more

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Wastetoenergy plant in BC to handle disputed garbage from Philippines

first_imgVANCOUVER (Canadian Press) – About 1,500 tonnes of garbage that is being sent back to Canada from the Philippines will be taken to a facility in Burnaby, B.C., that turns waste into electricity.The regional district of Metro Vancouver says it has been selected as the preferred site for the disposal of the waste by Environment and Climate Change Canada partly because of its proximity to the Port of Vancouver, where the garbage is scheduled to arrive.The regional district’s website says its mass-burn facility in Burnaby has been in operation since 1998 and handles about 260,000 tonnes of garbage a year.Earlier this week, the Philippines rejected Canada’s late-June timeline for repatriating its garbage and was moving forward with plans to ship it back to Canada itself.Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo told a media briefing in Manila on Thursday that Canada’s timeline isn’t good enough and that the Philippine government will have 69 containers of mislabelled Canadian trash shipped across the Pacific no later than next week.Ottawa has contracted the Canadian office of the French shipping giant Bollore Logistics to treat the waste and then bring it back to Canada before the end of June.last_img read more

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Builder gets 3year jail for failing to hand over flat to buyer

first_imgMumbai: The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has sentenced a city-based builder to three years imprisonment for failing to comply with an earlier order directing him to hand over possession of a flat to the buyer.As per the commission’s bench, presided by its president, retired judge A P Bhangale, and member S K Kakade, SD Constructions’ owner Shekhar Dadarkar deliberately disobeyed its 2016 order by which his firm was directed to deliver possession of the flat to buyer Arun Kejriwal within a period of three months. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The panel noted that while the complainant (Kejriwal) paid the balance amount, the builder (Dadarkar) failed to abide by the final order. The commission, in its order passed on April 18, said, “Dadarkar shall be taken into custody for imprisonment…if the accused complies with the final order of this panel passed on September 20, 2016, he shall be released from jail.” In its order, the panel noted that Dadarkar, with a view to cheat the complainant, sold the said flat to another person. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Thus, there is deliberate disobedience to the final order passed by this panel on September 20, 2016. Only adjournments have been sought on the ground that the opponent (Dadarkar) will try to settle the matter with the complainant, but nothing has been done either to offer alternative flat in the vicinity or to get the flat vacated,” the panel noted. “…we are satisfied that the opponent has committed deliberate disobedience or he is guilty of wilful omission on his part to comply with our order,” the commission said. It found Dadarkar guilty of the offence punishable under the Consumer Protection Act and sentenced him to simple imprisonment of three years and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him. According to the complainant, he had booked a 1,165 sq ft flat in SD Constructions’ project in suburban Kandivili in 2005. When he did not get possession of the flat till 2007, he approached the consumer panel.last_img read more

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Egypt to hold presidential election first Mansour

first_imgCAIRO – Egypt will hold a presidential poll this year before parliamentary elections, interim president Adly Mansour said Sunday, in a move seen to benefit army chief Abdel Fattah al Sisi.The election would be held from mid-April, according to a timetable included in a constitution adopted in a referendum this month.The military-installed government says the elections will restore democratic rule by the end of the year, after the army toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. It had initially planned parliamentary elections first, but it has rescheduled the polls in line with demands for a president to be elected before the legislature, Mansour said.“I have taken a decision to amend the roadmap of the future by starting with a presidential election,” he said in an address on state television.Holding the presidential election first are expected to influence the outcome of the parliamentary poll.Candidates for the legislature are likely to rally around the elected president to improve their chances at the ballot box.This would mean a friendlier legislature for the president, analysts say.Sisi is the only serious potential candidate at the moment, although he has yet to announce his widely anticipated candidacy.The powerful army chief has said he would stand in the election if there were “popular demand.”last_img read more

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Disney presents a united front with Fox at CinemaCon

LAS VEGAS — The Walt Disney Studios is presenting a united and integrated front with the 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight teams at CinemaCon.Disney chairman Alan Horn said Wednesday afternoon that even he was still internalizing the magnitude of the acquisition, which brings cinematic franchises such as the X-Men and the Avengers under one studio for the first time.Disney presented to an audience of theatre owners and exhibitors whose businesses will be affected by the change in the distribution landscape at the annual convention.The consolidation is not without some issues, however. Some of Disney’s 2019 movies currently have the same release dates as Fox titles. Disney’s distribution president says that adjustments will be made.The first calendar conflict comes on April 17 when “Breakthrough” opens against Disney’s “Penguins.”Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press read more

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Top CEOs earned average of 896 million 184 times more than most

TORONTO — Canada’s highest-paid CEOs saw their compensation dip two per cent from 2013 to 2014, but they still raked in an average of $8.96 million each, according to a new study.The think-tank that conducted the research, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, says that’s 184 times more than the average wage in Canada.In 2014, the average wage for a full-time worker was $48,636, according to the think-tank.Between 2008 and 2013, the country’s 100 top-paid CEOs saw their compensation climb about 25 per cent to $9.2 million — roughly twice as fast as the average wage for Canadians.Canadian firms went on buying spree in 2015, as outbound deals hit 8-year highReaching for the top rung on the compensation ladderWhistleblowing in the U.S. can make you a millionaire. In Canada, it can get you firedIn order to calculate total compensation, the think-tank includes salaries, bonuses, share grants and stock options.Hugh Mackenzie, a research associate at the think-tank, says it’s not known whether the slight dip in 2014 is a sign of any sort of lasting change.“It’s not clear from the data at this point, because we’ve only seen one year, whether this is indicative of a slight downward trend or whether this is just a blip,” said Mackenzie.“My gut instinct tells me that it’s a blip,” he says, adding that a change in how stock options are being valued, given the slide in commodity prices that began in 2014, may be responsible for the slight decline.The highest paid CEO, according to the study, was Blackberry’s John Chen, who took home $89.7 million in total compensation.Donald Walker of Magna International Inc. was the next highest paid, pocketing $23.4 million. Gerald Schwartz of the private equity company Onex Corp., who was the top paid CEO the previous year, earned total compensation of $21.1 million.Peter Blake, the former CEO of Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, was the lowest paid CEO on the list, earning $4.3 million in total compensation.Only two women made the list — Linda Hasenfratz of Linamar Corp., who was compensated a total of $10.1 million, and Dawn Farrell of TransAlta Corp., who earned $4.5 million. read more

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US EU accused of protecting criminals AUDIO

AUDIO: The United States (US) and the European Union (EU) have been accused of protecting war criminals who support the LTTE.Government Minister and Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) member Patali Champika Ranawake told reporters at a press briefing today that even Britain is giving room for the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) to make statements against Sri Lanka from within the parliament premises. “The US and the EU and Britain are giving war criminals political asylum. Why are they giving protection to people like Rudrakumar. Why is Norway giving protection to Nediyawan,” Ranawake said. He accused the west as well as the opposition UNP and Tamil National Alliance of ignoring this fact and instead focusing only on the death of Tamils during the conflict. He also said that a recent report released by the Census Department clearly indicates that Sinhalese people have been evicted from the north by the LTTE. read more

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Shipping lane near Sri Lanka heavily polluted

NO2, is among a group of highly-reactive oxides of nitrogen, known as NOx, that can lead to the production of fine particles and ozone that damage the human cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Combustion engines, such as those that propel ships and motor vehicles, are a major source of NO2 pollution.The NO2 signal is most prominent in an Indian Ocean shipping lane between Sri Lanka and Singapore, appearing as a distinct orange line against (lighter) background levels of NO2. According to NASA, data from the Dutch and Finnish-built Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s Aura satellite show long tracks of elevated nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels along certain shipping routes. Other shipping lanes that run through the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea also show elevated NO2 levels, as do routes from Singapore to points in China. These aren’t the only busy shipping lanes in the world, but they are the most apparent because ship traffic is concentrated along narrow, well-established lanes.The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans also have heavy ship traffic, but OMI doesn’t pick up NO2 pollution tracks because the shipping routes are less consistent. The shapes of landmasses force ships into narrow paths in the Indian Ocean, while ships in the Atlantic and Pacific tend to spread out over a broad areas as they navigate around storms.In addition, the air over the northeastern Indian Ocean is relatively pristine. Heavy NO2 pollution from cities and off-shore drilling activity along the coasts of China, Europe, and the United States obscures the ship tracks that might otherwise be visible to OMI. In the map, the Arctic is gray because the lack of light during the winter and frequent cloudiness during the summer prevented OMI from collecting usable data in the area. These bright, linear trails amidst the cloud layers are created by particles and gases from ships. They are a visible manifestation of pollution from ship exhaust, and scientists can now see that ships have a more subtle, almost invisible, signature as well. A shipping lane near Sri Lanka has been found to be heavily polluted, a NASA report and images showed.NASA said that for more than a decade, scientists have observed “ship tracks” in natural-color satellite imagery of the ocean. Urban areas and industrialization aren’t the only source of NO2 in the map. Agricultural burning in southern Africa and persistent westerly winds make an elevated band of NO2 that stretches from southern Africa to Australia. (In central Africa, easterly winds push pollutants from fires toward the Atlantic, keeping NO2 levels comparatively low over the northern Indian Ocean.) Lightning, which produces NOx, also contributes to background NO2 levels. Just how much shipping contributes to overall NOx emissions remains an open question for scientists. Research suggests that shipping accounts for 15 to 30 percent of global NOx emissions; scientists are using satellite observations to reduce the uncertainty in such estimates.OMI is not the only satellite instrument observing NO2 levels in the atmosphere. The Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) instruments on the European Space Agency’s ERS-2 and MetOp-A satellites, as well as the SCIAMACHY instrument on the Envisat satellite, have made similar measurements. In 2012, Dutch scientists published a study combining data from all four instruments to show that the NO2 signal over major shipping increased steadily between 2003 and 2008, then dropped sharply due to the global recession and reduction in ship traffic. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer known for her tropical print dresses dies in

by Jennifer Kay, The Associated Press Posted Apr 7, 2013 1:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer, known for her tropical print dresses, dies in Fla. at 81 MIAMI – Lilly Pulitzer hosted parties in her bare feet and wasn’t afraid to get a little messy — just as long as she looked good and had fun, too.In the late 1950s, the Palm Beach socialite had time to spare and a wealthy husband who owned citrus groves, so she opened an orange juice stand just off the island’s main shopping street. Pulitzer needed to hide all the juice stains on her clothes, though. Instead of just putting on an apron, she asked her seamstress to make some sleeveless dresses in colorful fruit prints, and a fashion staple was born.Pulitzer died at her home Sunday, according to Quattlebaum Funeral and Cremation Services. She was 81.Pulitzer’s tropical print dresses became a sensation in the 1960s when then-first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who attended boarding school with Pulitzer, wore one of the sleeveless shifts in a Life magazine photo spread.The colorful revolution came as fashion shed its reliance on neutrals, and Pulitzer’s stuff was almost the housewife version of the more youthful mod look that was migrating from London.To this day, the Lilly Pulitzer dress remains a popular, if not a necessary, addition to any woman’s closet.“I designed collections around whatever struck my fancy … fruits, vegetables, politics, or peacocks! I entered in with no business sense. It was a total change of life for me, but it made people happy,” Pulitzer, who married into the famous newspaper family, told The Associated Press in March 2009.Pulitzer’s dresses hung behind her juice stand and soon outsold her drinks. A boutique featuring the company’s dresses — developed with the help of partner Laura Robbins, a former fashion editor — soon replaced the juice stand.“Today we celebrate all that Lilly meant to us and come together as Lilly lovers to honour a true original who has brought together generations through her bright and happy mark on the world,” James B. Bradbeer Jr. and Scott A. Beaumont, who bought the Lilly Pulitzer brand in 1992, said in a statement.The signature Lilly palette features tongue-in-cheek jungle and floral prints in blues, pinks, light greens, yellow and orange — the colours of a Florida vacation.The line of dresses that bore her name was later expanded to swimsuits, country club attire, children’s clothing, a home collection and a limited selection of menswear.“Style isn’t just about what you wear, it’s about how you live,” Pulitzer said in 2004.“We focus on the best, fun and happy things, and people want that. Being happy never goes out of style,” she said.In 1966, The Washington Post reported that the dresses were “so popular that at the Southampton Lilly shop on Job’s Lane they are proudly put in clear plastic bags tied gaily with ribbons so that all the world may see the Lilly of your choice. It’s like carrying your own racing colours or flying a yacht flag for identification.”But changing taste brought trouble. Pulitzer closed her original company in the mid-1980s after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The label was revived about a decade later after being acquired by Pennsylvania-based Sugartown Worldwide Inc.; Pulitzer was only marginally involved in the new business but continued reviewing new prints from Florida.“When Lilly started the business back in the ’60s, she targeted a young customer because she was young,” Bradbeer told the AP in 2003. “What we have done is target the daughter and granddaughter of that original customer.”Pulitzer herself retired from day-to-day operations in 1993, although she remained a consultant and a muse for the brand.Sugartown Worldwide was bought by Atlanta-based Oxford Industries in 2010. Sales of the Lilly Pulitzer brand were strong in the earnings period that ended Feb. 2. The brand’s revenue increased 26 per cent to $29.1 million, according to Oxford Industries’ earnings report. The company said last week it planned to add four to six new stores each year for its Lily Pulitzer brand.Pulitzer was born Lilly McKim on Nov. 10, 1931, to a wealthy family in Roslyn, N.Y.In 1952, she married Pete Pulitzer, the grandson of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, whose bequest to Columbia University established the Pulitzer Prize.Pulitzer had three children in quick succession. After the third was born, she had a nervous breakdown and ended up in a mental hospital that catered to upscale clientele in New York. A doctor there told her that she needed to find a job.“The doctor there said, ‘You’re not happy because you’re not doing anything,’ and I said, ‘I don’t know how to do anything.’ I’d always had everything done for me, always had my nanny and my mummy making up my mind. The doctor said, ‘You’ve got to go out and find something to do,’” Pulitzer told The New Yorker in 2000.Pulitzer gave the same prescription to her friends. If one of them needed something to do, Pulitzer would open a store in her town.The Pulitzers divorced in 1969. Pulitzer’s second husband, Enrique Rousseau, died in 1993.“I don’t know how to explain what it was like to run my business, the joy of every day,” she told Vanity Fair magazine in a story in 2003. “I got a kick every time I went into the shipping department. … I loved seeing (the dresses) going out the door. I loved them selling in the shop. I liked them on the body. Everything. There’s no explaining the fun I had.” read more

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Nokia and Microsoft announce mobile partnership

first_imgNokia and Microsoft are both facing tough market conditions. On the one hand Nokia has seen its market share drop considerably in the face of strong competition from iPhone and Android in the mobile sector. On the other hand Microsoft has launched Windows Phone 7 but has yet to make a dent in the market and seemingly has no clear tablet strategy. So, both companies have decided the best thing to do is join forces for a new mobile strategy.Announced early this morning ahead of a planned Strategy and Financial Briefing in London, Microsoft and Nokia have formed a new partnership to “create a new global mobile ecosystem”. Each will focus on what they know best, which in this case is software for Microsoft and hardware for Nokia.Ultimately this means that going forward Nokia will use Windows Phone as its primary OS on new handsets. In return Microsoft will allow its use on handsets for all categories, not just smartphones, therefore opening up new markets in the West as well as in developing countries around the world.Away from the OS, Bing, adCenter and Nokia Maps look to be core crossover products. Bing will become the search engine of choice across Nokia handsets, adCenter will be used for mobile advertising, and Nokia Maps will become a key part of Microsoft’s mapping service. Nokia also gets the advantage of Microsoft development tool support for its mobile platform and access to Microsoft Marketplace for its content.As for Nokia’s existing platforms, there is change there too. Symbian will become a franchise platform with 150 million more Symbian handset sales expected over the coming years by Nokia. MeeGo becomes an open-source platform primarily for “long-term market exploration”, but Nokia will ship a MeeGo product in 2011.One side effect of this partnership is Nokia’s leadership team is being revamped and the company will take on a new structure. This structure will be split into Smart Devices, Mobile Phones, Markets, and Services and Developers going forward.Speaking of the new partnership Steve Ballmer said:I am excited about this partnership with Nokia. Ecosystems thrive when fueled by speed, innovation and scale.The partnership announced today provides incredible scale, vast expertise in hardware and software innovation and a proven ability to execute. Read more at the Microsoft press release and Nokia press releaselast_img read more

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Bill Gates parle de respect mutuel entre lui et Steve Jobs

first_imgBill Gates parle de respect mutuel entre lui et Steve JobsDans une interview donnée au journal The Telegraph, Bill Gates a réaffirmé toute l’estime qu’il avait pour son alter ego de chez Apple. Gates aurait notamment écrit une lettre élogieuse à Jobs en apprenant son cancer. L’atmosphère entre les deux patrons de l’informatique personnelle mondiale était initialement plutôt tendue. Jobs était dur envers son rival, le jugeant « sans imagination » et « un peu étroit d’esprit ». Mais leur rencontre en 2007 changea tout. À son biographe, Jobs décrira leur discussion de cette façon :« On aurait dit deux vieux loups de mer en train de faire défiler leur vie. » À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Dans la récente interview, Gates raconte qu’il a écrit une lettre à Jobs en apprenant l’imminence de sa mort. « J’ai dit à Steve combien il devrait être fier de ce qu’il a accompli et de la compagnie qu’il a créée, » raconte-t-il dans l’interview.Leur relation devient alors bien plus amicale et, surtout, pleine d’un respect mutuel, que ce que la biographie récente de Steve Jobs laissait entendre. Après le décès de celui-ci, en octobre, sa femme Laurene Jobs appela Bill Gates : « Cette biographie ne dépeint vraiment pas le respect mutuel que vous aviez. » Elle lui dit que Steve Jobs avait vraiment apprécié la lettre, et qu’il l’avait gardé près de son lit. Gates parle rarement d’un point de vue aussi humain, préférant en tant que mathématicien utiliser les nombres. Mais ce n’est pas la première fois que le monde le voit sous ce jour, puisqu’il a déjà donné 90 % de sa fortune aux œuvres caritatives, et fait attention à ce qu’il aide à lutter contre les maladies du monde, comme la malaria et la polio. Il fait notamment ce travail en Inde, un pays également cher aux yeux de Steve Jobs puisqu’il y avait fait une retraite spirituelle en 74.Le 30 janvier 2012 à 20:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Monoxyde de carbone attention aux intoxications durant lhiver

first_imgMonoxyde de carbone : attention aux intoxications durant l’hiverDimanche, une personne a été retrouvée morte et une autre grièvement intoxiquée au monoxyde de carbone à leur domicile de Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, en Haute-Vienne.A l’approche des premiers grands froids, les autorités sanitaires ont récemment mis en garde la population française contre les intoxications au monoxyde de carbone, première cause de mortalité accidentelle par toxiques en France. En effet, on recense en moyenne une centaine de morts chaque année.Déjà, une personne a été retrouvée morte et une autre grièvement intoxiquée à Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche, en Haute-Vienne, vraisemblablement en raison d’un chauffage défectueux. C’est une voisine qui aurait donné l’alerte et, à leur arrivée, les pompiers ont découvert une forte présence de monoxyde de carbone, et les corps d’un homme et d’une femme. L’homme âgé de 48 ans était décédé. Sa compagne de 52 ans a été transférée dans un état grave au centre hospitalier de Limoges avant d’être emmenée à Bordeaux pour traitement sous caisson d’oxygénothérapie hyperbare.La semaine dernière, l’Institut de veille snaitaire (InVS) a révélé qu’une cinquantaine d’épisodes d’intoxication au monoxyde de carbone (CO) avaient été signalés entre le 12 et le 25 novembre. Sur cette même période, ce sont ainsi pas moins de 138 personnes qui auraient été exposées au gaz. Si ces chiffres sont pour l’heure inférieurs à ceux de l’an dernier, sur la même période, les spécialistes ont rappelé une nouvelle fois les risque liés au monoxyde de carbone, un gaz particulièrement insidieux (car inodore et incolore) et pourtant capable d’asphyxier en peu de temps. À lire aussiSangliers morts : les agriculteurs bretons doutent du lien avec les alguesIl est donc crucial de rester vigilant et de réagir au moindre signe suspect. Dans ce but, notre médecin chroniqueur Gérald Kierzek avait fait l’hiver dernier, le point sur les symptômes à identifier et les gestes à avoir si une intoxication était suspectée. Pour retrouver sa chronique, c’est par ici : Le 7 décembre 2012 à 19:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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The Defenders Are Looking Good With These Mondo Vinyls and Posters

first_img If you’re one to drool over Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones media or merchandise of any kind, you may want to place a bowl beneath that gaping jaw right now, because you’re about to see some things you’re absolutely going to want.First off, you’ll want to steel yourself for the announcement of several excellent-looking vinyl soundtrack releases from Mondo, those hallowed souls. After the premiere of the Luke Cage soundtrack, Mondo is introducing physical releases of both the Marvel and Netflix Original Series Daredevil Season One and Jessica Jones Season One. Yeah, it’s time to get hype.The Daredevil – Season One – Original Soundtrack LP features music by John Paesano and artwork by the ridiculously talented Matthew Woodson. As far as the Jessica Jones soundtrack, the music was created by Sean Callery. This is the first time it will have been available in any format, and it’s limited to 3000 copies. It’s also pressed on 180-gram red vinyl. It can be yours for $25.You’ll be able to purchase the records via the House of Wax bar at the Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn theater, or you can grab them online, which will likely end up being the more convenient option for most of us outside of New York. The albums are available on Mondo’s website.Luke Cage’s  amazing soundtrack (Jordan covered this extensively) is now available for preorder here.If you really dig what Mondo is doing with the vinyl, however, the company is making the artwork available as an incredibly attractive poster set. Matthew Woodson’s artwork is front and center, and the set is now available!Each set will run you $45 and they’re all limited to 250 copies apiece. The prints will be sized 18″ x 24″.Seriously, just look at these prints. They’re to die for, which I’d imagine several of Jessica, Luke, and Daredevil’s foes did. Even they couldn’t resist.View as: One Page Slides1. 2. 3. 4. The Cinematic Sex of Marvel’s Netflix UniverseSeason Two Made Iron Fist Cool… How Did That Happen? Stay on targetlast_img read more

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6yearold boy left on school bus 7 hours in Lacey

first_imgLACEY, Wash. (AP) — A school bus driver responsible for leaving a special-needs first-grader on the bus for seven hours in Lacey has been fired.It was a substitute driver who picked up the 6-year-old boy Tuesday afternoon at Lydia Hawk Elementary School.KOMO reports the boy was supposed to be dropped off at a day care but instead rode the bus to the school district’s transportation yard where the bus was parked for the night.The foster mother assumed the boy’s biological mother had picked him up from the day care. He wasn’t reported missing for hours.Thurston County sheriff’s deputies found him just before 11 p.m.The district says the driver admitted he didn’t check the bus before parking. He was fired Wednesday.last_img read more

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1 killed in fiery crash in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are investigating after one person was killed in a fiery crash in Hialeah, officials said.Hialeah Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the two-vehicle collision in the area of East Eighth Avenue and 29th Street, just after 8 p.m., Saturday.Crews pronounced the victim dead at the scene.No other injuries were reported.As of 11 p.m., East Eighth Avenue remained shut down near the scene of the crash while police investigated.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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