Gimbal Reviews: Gudsen’s New Moza & a CAME-7800 Update

first_imgThe gimbal market gets more crowded with the new Gudsen Moza and a CAME-7800 update. Get the scoop with these Johnny Wu gimbal reviews.The gimbal market is crowded with options, and one of them, the CAME-7800, recently received an update. Meanwhile, Gudsen just introduced the Moza. Both are fairly inexpensive options. The CAME-7800 comes in at $1380 for the full bundle, and the Moza is releasing at around $2245. To give you an overview of each gimbal, we’ve rounded up a group of videos by Johnny Wu from MDI.Here’s Wu going over the CAME-7800.Next, Wu goes a bit more in-depth and shows you how to calibrate the CAME-7800.In this video, Wu shows us how easy it is to switch out cameras on the CAME-7800.Let’s take a look at the Moza Gimbal.Finally, Johnny runs both gimbals side by side.Thinking about adding either of these gimbals to your gear? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.last_img read more

Major cancer groups call for e-cigarette research, regulation

first_imgOne telling sign of the popularity of electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, which allow users to inhale nicotine vapors without other harmful chemicals, arrived late last year: The editors of the Oxford Dictionaries declared “vape” their Word of the Year for 2014.Today, e-cigarettes earned another kind of notice: Two of the largest cancer science and treatment groups in the United States called on the government to start regulating “electronic nicotine delivery systems” and step up research on the health effects of vaping.“While e-cigarettes may reduce smoking rates and attendant adverse health risks, we will not know for sure until these products are researched and regulated,” said Peter Paul Yu, president of the 35,000-member American Society of Clinical Oncology, in a statement. “We are concerned that e-cigarettes may encourage nonsmokers, particularly children, to start smoking and develop nicotine addiction.” His group was joined by the American Association for Cancer Research, which has more than 33,000 members.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The joint statement endorsed the urgent need for new research into the health effects of e-cigarettes and using tobacco tax revenues to help fund studies. It also included a long list of recommended actions by state and federal government agencies. They include requiring makers of e-cigarettes to register their products with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to identify the chemicals and levels of nicotine in various brands, and to agree to help stop teenagers from vaping.In April 2014, FDA issued a proposal to start regulating e-cigarettes. The proposal would require FDA reviews of e-cigarette products and force makers to stop claiming health benefits until the science is in. The rule would also ban the distribution of free samples of e-cigarettes and vending machine sales. Health warnings would be mandatory. FDA has not finalized the rules, however, and researchers and health professionals say they hope today’s statement will highlight the need to move quickly.“As someone who runs a treatment program for tobacco addicts, I would love to be able to endorse the use of e-cigarettes as an alternative,” says Michael Steinberg of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in New Jersey. “But I cannot do that because we don’t know the risks involved, nor can we be sure that moving to e-cigarettes really helps people stop smoking.” Steinberg says it could turn out that smokers who start vaping tend to end up using both e-cigarettes and flammable ones or that the nicotine produced by e-cigarettes is unexpectedly toxic.Some researchers worry that any new rules won’t go far enough, soon enough. Neither the FDA proposal nor today’s joint statement calls for a ban on television advertising by e-cigarette makers, for example, notes Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco. (Glantz, a frequent critic of the health claims made by makers of e-cigarettes, says he supports such a ban.) There’s also no mention of regulating e-cigarette “flavorings,” such as minty or fruity flavors, which were banned from cigarettes after they were linked to elevated smoking rates among teenagers.Glantz also worries that it could be years before FDA fully regulates the devices. “It’s an especially torturous political and legal process at the federal level,” he says. Regulations may be easier to finalize on the state and local level, he adds, noting that several states and cities have already imposed restrictions. “I would look for progress at the local level,” Glantz says. “I expect that in this case the most important changes will start at the bottom, not the top.”In the meantime, e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly mainstream. The small, battery-powered devices first became readily available in the United States in 2006, and sales rose to about $2 billion in 2014 alone. “Vaping” bars where people speak of “vapers’ rights” are popping up in towns and cities. Movie stars have advertised their vaping skills on late-night television talk shows.This past December, a survey released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported that 17% of high school seniors said they’d vaped at least once a month, compared with 14% percent who admitted to smoking. Vaping among 10 graders, at 16%, was more than twice the rate of smoking. Antismoking activists found these reports alarming, arguing that vaping could become a “gateway habit” that could draw nonsmokers toward cigarette use.last_img read more

Police, students clash in Kolkata; many hurt

first_imgA clash erupted on Friday between the police and members of Left-affiliated students’ organisations who were marching to the State Secretariat. The protesters had organised a march to the State Secretariat to protest against rampant unemployment. The activists had collected lakhs of job applications from across the State and wanted to give it to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Violence started a few kilometres from the Nabanna building when police personnel lobbed tear gas shells, resorted to baton charge, and used water cannons to disperse the crowd. Witnesses reported seeing several injured and bleeding protesters. “Some of our students were seriously injured. They were protesting for the right to work and stood against disproportionate display of brute force by the police. I salute them,” Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader and Polit Bureau member Mohd. Salim said.He also ridiculed the Didi ke Bolo campaign launched by the Trinamool Congress where people can call up the Chief Minister with their grievances. The CPI(M) leader said that when students want to meet and give deputation to the CM they are met with brute force.The CPI(M) claimed that over 60 supporters were injured and some had to be hospitalised. The police said that five of their personnel suffered injuries.Earlier this week, violence had erupted when BJP supporters marched to the Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation HQ in Esplanade demanding a reduction in power tariff.last_img read more

Growth of Indian sports goods industry dwindles, on verge of complete collapse

first_imgPutting finishing touches to footballs: Poor infrastructureFor an industry whose future rests on its lucrative export potential, the growth rate of the Indian sports goods industry has levelled off to an unimpressive canter.With the home market consuming a bare 15 per cent, bad infrastructural planning, lack of adequate export incentives from the Government and the adverse impact of inter-state politics on raw material procurement have cumulatively contributed to a situation where Indian exports, which stood at Rs 25 crore a decade ago, are currently targeted only at Rs 35 crore. While Jullundur, where 500 of the industry’s 700 units are located, has clearly come a long way since the partition split the flourishing Punjab industry asunder, the export statistics of leading competitor Pakistan stand in stark contrast. From 1978-79 to 1982-83, Pakistan’s exports have doubled from Rs 21.2 crore to Rs 45 crore.Said Anil Mehta, secretary, Sports Goods Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association: “Indian sports goods industry is on the verge of a complete collapse. The price of raw material has gone up 15 to 17 per cent over the last one year, besides its non-availability.The Pakistan Government’s recent fillip to the industry – cash incentive at 22 per cent of the value of the exports and duty drawback at 15 per cent – has made Indian products non-competitive in world markets.” Despite pleas from the industry, the Indian Government has continued to offer cash incentives of only 10 to 15 per cent, and duty drawbacks of a mere 3 to 5 per cent.The industry’s problems have been further compounded by the obstructionist attitudes of raw material supplying state governments. For example, the Jammu and Kashmir Government anxious to develop its own sports goods industry banned the export of willow, a monopoly produce vital for the manufacture of cricket bats and wickets, in 1976. While humidity in the valley makes the production of quality bats impossible, the modern automatic plant which Pioneer Sports set up near Srinagar continues to suffer idle capacity, while some units in Jammu have been sending only semi-finished handles to Jullundur.Though entrepreneurs continue to offer double the price that the local units are paying to an unrelenting state government, a flourishing smuggling pipeline has jacked up manufacturing costs. Said Prem Jain, a major exporter of cricketing equipment: “A free movement would cut down the price of bats by 10 per cent.”Indifferent Planning: Similarly in the case of hockey, while the increased popularity of the sport has brought with it a boom in the demand for hockey sticks, the mulberry they are made of has continued to be of a poorer quality compared to Pakistan’s due to lack of organised cultivation.Though the plains of Punjab are ideal for mulberry production and Pakistan grows fine mulberry on reserves in Changamanga near Lahore and in Faisalabad appeals to the Punjab Government to establish plantations on its sprawling canal banks have been of no avail.Consequently, a Pakistani stick fetches Rs 125 in the world market as compared to Rs 85 for an Indian one. Echoed Mehta: “Last year, Jullundur made four lakh sticks and earned Rs 1 crore and Pakistan earned Rs 2 crore with a little more than half that number.”The indifferent tale of infrastructural deficiency continues into leather, a major raw material for the manufacture of balls and boxing equipment. With the only government tannery nearly out of operation, it is first transported to Madras for tanning and finishing, and then used in Jullundur. Bemoaned exporter Prem Gupta: “Quality leather is our major headache. While the Government dilly-dallies, we are too small to set up our own tannery.” With a single order of Rs 60 lakh from K-mart, a US departmental store chain, Gupta is exporting footballs worth Rs 2.24 crore this year.Apportioning Blame: Nevertheless, the industry cannot escape all responsibility for its own plight. Commented industry veteran Dina Nath Mehta acidly: “There has been no effort at research and development. Why blame the Government alone when we have done nearly nothing. But for the skills of artisans, we would have not scored the present heights.”Mehta, a sport enthusiast, lamented that there had been no effort by the industry to popularise sport in the country. Said he: “Consider a country of India’s size consuming sports goods worth Rs 10 crore when it should be spending Rs 100 crore. No doubt the exports are good but what about the home market?”In addition, the profits of this business which is still organised as a cottage industry, are dependent on workers it has provided little incentives to. Except for a few units that have regular organised workers, 80 per cent of the manufacturing is handled by piece wage earners in dingy Jullundur bastis. Labour welfare efforts lack woefully and all benefits of fixed wage earners are denied to them. Lamented craftsman Parshotam Lal, 40: “In return for our skill and sweat, we get paltry wages which have dwindled in the last three years. While I was getting Rs 7 per football last year, I now get only Rs 5 – and I can only stitch a maximum of three daily.”For an industry which has, according to experts, an annual export potential of Rs 70 crore, besides creating a good home market, the portents are grim. The Jullundur branch of the Export Promotional Council has remained headless, despite the efforts of council chairman C. Venkatraman. Neither the Central nor the state Government has persuaded any officer to take up regional directorship of this body. Of this unconcern, the Asiad, for which most of the sporting equipment had to be imported from abroad, was only an acerbic reminder.last_img read more

Bala Devi Hails Changes in National Indian Women’s Football Set-up

first_img Bala DevifootballIndiaindian football First Published: October 29, 2019, 4:03 PM IST New Delhi: Indian women’s football team star Bala Devi has hailed the recent changes in the national set-up and said they have helped the players in innumerable ways.The team is currently undergoing a camp for the forthcoming back-to-back international friendlies against Vietnam on November 3 and 6. “Since making my debut in 2005, I have been playing in the national team for more than a decade now. But there has been a string of recent changes, and all for good,” Bala Devi said.”We have seen some considerable changes in the dietary regime, training sessions, and most importantly video analysis off late.”Laying out a proper diet plan, carbohydrate balance, protein intake, are aspects which are being taken being care of nowadays, and all of that helps players recover faster.”She also highlighted the change in the fitness regime in the camp.”Compared to earlier days, we spend more time in the gym nowadays. We stress on core exercises. These processes significantly reduce the chances of injuries, and accelerate the recovery process which is of paramount importance from a player’s vantage point,” she said.However, Bala added that all of that would have fallen flat on its face had the senior women’s team not got the much-needed exposure, which gave them “the opportunity to gauge where we stand, and put all into effect”.”Since January 2019, we have played around 20 International matches. We played in the COTIF Cup, away matches against Hong Kong, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, and now we are slated to travel to Vietnam.”In addition, there was the Hero Gold Cup, the SAFF Championship, the Olympic qualifiers, she smiled. Tell me, when have the women played so much?””All of that is our preparation for forthcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. We know how tough the campaign will be so we have to keep on working rigorously.”She also pointed out the impact of the domestic competitions in the women’s calendar.”Domestic competitions build the players. It significantly contributes to introducing more youngsters for the national team. The current average age of the national team now is much lower compared to what was five years ago.”The Hero IWL has helped create a pool of players all over. IWL clubs select all the talented players, and everyone gets an opportunity to play. The youngsters get to challenge the seasoned campaigners, and gains in experience. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Swiss Internationals escape bans after political goal celebrations

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSwitzerland Internationals, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri have escaped bans after their controversial celebrations against Serbia last Friday. They could have received a two-match ban from FIFA if FIFA had decided that their celebrations had broken rules on political sentiments. Both of them scored in the Group E match last week and celebrated by putting their hands together to form a double-headed eagle like the one on the Albanian National Flag. This nationalist symbol risked inflaming tensions in the Balkans among Serbians. Tensions remain high between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo. Kosovo’s Albanian-majority political institutions declared independence in 2008 but, a decade on, the territory is still not recognised by Serbia.Shaqiri was born in Kosovo and Xhaka was born to Albanian parents from Kosovo. His brother Taulant Xhaka plays for Albania.FIFA confirmed on Monday that both of the players were fined 10,000 Swiss francs and Stephan Lichtsteiner was fined 5,000 Swiss francs with all three given warnings.Here are the celebrations for which the Swiss internationals got fined.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 13FIFA World Cup 18: Lionel Messi Thanks All His Supporters For Their Sacrifices As La Albiceleste Progresses To The Last Sixteenlast_img read more

Ranking the Big 12 Coaching Jobs

first_imgIt’s hiring season — known in Athens and Lincoln as “find us somebody who’ll average more than nine wins a year” season — which means we need to rank the Big 12 coaching jobs. From most desirable to least. Here we go.1. OklahomaOU is basically Texas minus all the crap that goes along with being Texas (see below).2. BaylorNew facilities. Most recent Heisman winner. A brand that resonates with kids. A stone’s throw from multiple recruiting hotbeds. Zero accountability from local media so you can do whatever you want there including harboring a rapist without getting any questions from anyone. Who wouldn’t want to coach at Baylor?3. Oklahoma StateI’m not sure even Gundy knows how easy he has it. The cash flows. The facilities rock. The spotlight shines brighter down south (and it doesn’t even shine that bright there). Win 7-9 a year, throw in a 10-win season every once in a while, and you’re good to go.4. TCUHey, don’t take it from me. Sonny Cumbie would rather coach at TCU than at Texas. That’s pretty hilarious, by the way. Come save our offense in Austin. Nah, I’m good here at Texas Christian! Texas Christian!5. TexasI keep being told Texas is one of the three best jobs in the country, if not the best. That’s just not true. It’s not even one of the three best jobs in the Big 12. Between the administrative mess, the Longhorn Network obligations and the fact that Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, Houston and Oklahoma State (not to mention A&M and OU!) can come in and swipe all your recruits. It’s certainly not what it used to be.6. Texas TechI wanted to put Tech ahead of Texas but I just couldn’t.7. West VirginiaIt’s still weird and stupid that WVU is in the Big 12.  It feels like that’s at least a decent job because you’re not recruiting all the same dudes as the rest of the schools. I can’t put it in the top half though.8. Iowa StateCarson, Quade, Amilian and I had a conversation over the weekend about whether Nebraska would ever be elite again. The consensus was no because of location. Iowa State is Nebraska lite (including the irrational fan support — and I mean that as a good thing).9. Kansas StateHere are all the non-wizards who have had success in Manhattan: 10. KansasBig Jay expressing how every KU fan feels right now— Snyder’s Windbreaker (@KSUWindbreaker) November 28, 2015 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Jaclyn Stapp Leads 10th Annual NamiWalks NYC

first_imgThe National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) celebrated their 10th Annual NAMIWalks NYC on May 7th.Jaclyn Stapp Leads NAMIWalks NYCThe event took place at the South Street Seaport Promenade, and featured the Walk and a wellness fair. Mental Health Advocate Jacyln Stapp, kicked off the Walk with special remarks and encouragement about dealing with mental illness within her own family.“With a generous match of $30,000 from the Pershing Square Foundation and our devoted teams and walkers, I’m happy to report that we are on track to raise $550,000 from NAMIWalks NYC this year,” said Wendy Brennan, NAMI-NYC Metro Executive Director. “Celebrating our tenth year and with the encouraging words by our special guests sharing their own personal stories with mental illness, it was a great day in the fight against stigma towards mental illness.”New York’s largest mental health event, which started with just 1,000 walkers in 2006, hosted more than 5,000 people who traveled over the Brooklyn Bridge and back to the Seaport Promenade and ended the day with a wellness fair which included activities such as free massages, basic health screenings, give-a-ways, and more. Special stations were set up where attendees could make a pledge to listen to those around them who are effected by mental illness and post #IWILLLISTEN to their social networks. CBS New York served as the community partner for the 10th Annual NAMIWalks.NAMIWalks NYC celebrates recovery from mental illness and helped raise funds to combat stigma and promote awareness. Funds raised from NAMIWalks NYC will allow NAMI-NYC Metro to provide no-cost support and education to thousands of New Yorkers next year including four signature, multi-week education courses, bi-monthly public education events with leading experts, and more than 20 support groups for people living with mental health and for families and friends caring for an impacted loved one.last_img read more

Flo Rida Performs At StarStudded 25th Anniversary Race To Erase MS Gala

first_imgOn Friday, April 20, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) advocate and Center Without Walls founder, Nancy Davis, welcomed guests to the Beverly Hilton for its historic 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS Gala.Flo Rida Performs At 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS GalaThe event raised over $1.6 million to benefit the Race to Erase MS and its Center Without Walls program, a collaboration of top MS research centers working together as a team on ground-breaking research with the goal of treating and, ultimately, finding a cure for MS.Guests at this year’s event included Race to Erase MS Founder Nancy Davis, host Scott Rogowsky, Performers Flo Rida, Elle King, and Siedah Garrett, Musical Director Greg Phillinganes, and additional special guests including Ajiona Alexus, Byron Allen, A.R.T., Lance Bass, Talitha Bateman, Allison Baver, Stacey Bendet, Phillip Bloch, Katrina Bowden, Miles Brown, Logan Browning, Cheryl Burke & Matthew Lawrence, Terry Butler, Francesca Capaldi, Crawford Collins, Joan Collins, Karisma Collins, Kirsten Collins, Lisa Daftari, Ava Dash, Christine Devine & Sean McNabb, Cairo Dwek, Peter Facinelli, Frances Fisher, Elizabeth Gillies, Camille Grammer, Mason Grammer, Bryan Greenberg, Anne Heche, Renee Herbert, Jessica Holmes, Randy Jackson, Victoria Justice, Chandler Kinney, Avril Lavigne, Natalie Alyn Lind, Elena Matei, AnnaLynne McCord, Maureen McCormick, Steven McQueen, Aly Michalka, Ruby Modine, Kechi Okwuchi, Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Lauren & Aaron Paul, Nile Rodgers, Olivia Sanabia, Paris Sanders, Gleb Savchenko, Johnathon Schaech, Serayah, Pepi Sonuga, Alyson Stoner, Nala Wayans, Vanna White, Sammy Wilk, Rumer Willis, Dave Winfield, Natalie Zea, Hannah Zeile, and many more.Host Scott Rogowsky (HQ Trivia) welcomed guests to the event and introduced the Fall 2018 runway show from Hollywood-favorite fashion brand alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet. The looks were showcased by a variety of models and actors, including Victoria Justice, Serayah, Francesa Capaldi, and Ajiona Alexus. Race to Erase MS founder Nancy Davis took the stage next, thanking guests for being in the room to celebrate the momentous 25th Anniversary Gala. She shared a special video highlighting the incredible accomplishments of the organization over the past quarter century, including raising over $47 million for the Center Without Walls program.Peter Facinelli introduced the first performer of the evening, Grammy Award-nominated artist Elle King, who had the crowd on their feet with her hit song “Ex’s & Oh’s” and a cover of Tom Petty’s “American Girl.”Kelly and Jack Osbourne at 25th Anniversary Race to Erase MS GalaBrother and sister duo Kelly and Jack Osbourne, who himself was diagnosed with MS in 2012, announced the beginning of the evening’s fast-paced auction, which featured one-of-a-kind opportunities and collector’s items including a skip trip at The Little Nell in Aspen Colorado, a trip to New York Fashion Week with the alice + olivia team, an irresistible teacup puppy, dinner with the Osbourne family, and a Bahamas vacation aboard an Illusions yacht. The big item of the night was a Ferrari Portofino, one of the first of its kind to reach Los Angeles, which went for an incredible $250,000.The next performer of the evening, Siedah Garrett, was introduced by actress Anne Heche. Garrett sang her single “Carry On,” which she wrote after meeting Nancy Davis last year and being inspired to do what she could to help Davis’ cause. She also sang the song she co-wrote for Michael Jackson, “Man in the Mirror,” and had the audience singing and dancing along.Randy Jackson introduced the night’s headliner, music superstar Flo Rida, who brought down the house with a seven-song set that included hits “Right Round,” “In The Ayer,” “My House,” and “Wild Ones.”In what has become a Race to Erase MS tradition over the past 25 years, an uplifting rendition of “Lean On Me,” was performed as the finale of the evening, led by Randy Jackson, who was joined on stage by Nancy Davis, Lance Bass, Siedah Garrett, La Toya Jackson, Kechi Okwuchi, A.R.T., Ajiona Alexus, and more.The Race to Erase MS Gala was generously sponsored by ALEX AND ANI, Ferrari Beverly Hils, alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet, Associated Television International, and The Beverly Hilton, with support from Evine, Mark’s Garden, Carbonadi, Neo Water, and Bodvar House of Rosés.Race to Erase MS was founded in 1993 by Nancy Davis and is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis. All funds raised by the organization, through its iconic galas and year-round initiatives, support the “Center Without Walls” program, a unique collaboration of the world’s leading MS research scientists currently representing Harvard, Yale, Cedars Sinai, University of Southern California, Oregon Health Science University, UC San Francisco and Johns Hopkins.Davis also created the annual “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign, which takes place for the entire month of May (MS Awareness Month) and adds yet another branch of fundraising for MS research. Throughout the month, a variety of orange products, many of which are specially created for this initiative, are sold to benefit the cause and elevate public awareness about MS. Orange T-shirts with symbolic messaging are created annually and in recent years, modeled by longtime supporters Sharon and Kelly Osbourne. For the 2018 campaign, they will be joined by Jack Osbourne, an MS survivor himself, and his two young daughters! Among the partners is ALEX AND ANI, a company that has been a loyal partner to Race to Erase MS since 2012. They created a unique Cupcake Charm Bangle and donated twenty percent of its proceeds to Race to Erase MS. This effort alone has raised over $1 million for multiple sclerosis research. Additional partners of the 2018 Race to Erase MS Gala and “Orange You Happy to Erase MS” campaign include Evine and Right Bank Shoe Co.last_img read more

Exclusive Justin Trudeau interview

Morning Live will simulcast an exclusive Bloomberg News interview with the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Thursday morning.The live broadcast will begin shortly after 9am from Bloomberg’s world headquarters in New York.John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News, will conduct the interview.That’s 9am, Thursday morning right here on CHCH.

UN mission in Liberia gets one new staff member loses another

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Steinar Bjornsson his Deputy Special Representative for Operations. Mr. Bjornsson, a native of Iceland, is scheduled to arrive in Liberia later this month.From January 2003 to July 2004 he was Director of Administration for the UN Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).Meanwhile, UNMIL Police Commissioner Mark Kroeker was leaving UNMIL to become the Civilian Police (CIVPOL) Adviser in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).Mr. Kroeker, a national of the United States, previously was the Chief of Police in Portland, Oregon. read more

UN Human Rights Council names experts to probe Israeli civilian killings in

The three experts are: Clemente Baena Soares of Brazil, a former Secretary-General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Mohamed Chande Othman, a judge on the Supreme Court of Tanzania, and Stelios Perrakis of Greece, who is the Director of the European Centre for Research and Training on Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. The High-Level Commission of Inquiry was established in August by a resolution of the Council which mandated it to investigate the systematic targeting and killings of civilians by Israel, examine the types of weapons used by Israel and their conformity with international law, and assess the extent and deadly impact of Israeli attacks on human life, property, critical infrastructure and environment. The resolution, which was adopted by a vote of 27 in favour to 11 against with 8 abstentions, strongly condemned the “grave Israeli violations of human rights and breaches of international humanitarian law in Lebanon” and called on Israel “to observe the principle of proportionality and refrain from launching any attack that may be expected to cause incidental loss of civilian life.” read more

Investigators point to manufacturing defect in Boeing 787 battery fire that grounded

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2014 11:58 am MDT WASHINGTON – A short circuit likely due to a manufacturing defect in a Boeing 787 airliner battery caused a fire last year that grounded the planes for more than three months, federal accident investigators said Monday.They also faulted the plane’s maker and the Federal Aviation Administration for designing and approving a battery that didn’t protect against such a failure.An inspection of the GS Yuasa manufacturing plant in Japan where the battery was made found that flaws and debris in lithium-ion aircraft batteries were going undetected, according to the National Transportation Safety Board report. Investigators were able to rule out other possible causes of the short circuit such as overcharging, external heat, or improper installation, the report said.Boeing failed to anticipate, when testing the battery’s design, that a short circuit in one of its eight cells might lead to uncontrolled overheating known as thermal runaway, which would spread to the other cells and cause them to vent smoke-like vapours and catch fire, the report said. The Federal Aviation Administration was faulted for not catching the design deficiency when it approved the batteries for inclusion in the plane.The January 2013 fire in one of two batteries installed aboard a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport was followed nine days later by a smoking battery that forced an emergency landing in Japan by an All Nippon Airways 787. The incidents led the FAA and aviation authorities around the globe to ground the entire 787 fleet for over three months while Boeing redesigned the airliner’s batteries, which run the plane’s auxiliary power systems and also the cockpit electrical systems.The short circuit occurred in the battery that runs the plane’s auxiliary power system.The events were a severe blow to Boeing’s prestige. The 787, a long-range, wide-bodied airliner introduced in 2011, was the company’s newest and most technologically advanced plane.After the incidents, Boeing made extensive changes to the battery and its charger, including more heat insulation, holes to vent any flame or smoke outside of the plane, and lower charging levels. The case that contains the cells was also strengthened. Boeing has said the redesign, approved by the FAA, should contain any overheating inside the battery and vent any smoke outside the plane.There was a third incident in January of this year when vapours were discovered coming out of a battery in a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Tokyo’s main international airport. Boeing officials said the problem appeared to have been contained by the battery’s redesign.The NTSB report falls short of confirming a connection between the manufacturing flaws found by investigators and the short circuit that sparked the Boston battery fire, Kenneth Quinn, an attorney representing GS Yuasa said in a statement.“The root cause of this internal short circuit remains elusive,” he said.Boeing spokesman Doug Alder expressed confidence in the redesigned batteries and the 787 are safe.The 787 is the world’s first airliner to make extensive use of lithium-ion batteries, which are lighter, recharge faster and can hold more energy than other types of batteries. The batteries help make the plane about 20 per cent more fuel efficient than comparable airliners, a popular feature with airlines whose biggest expense is the cost of jet fuel. There are more than 200 of the planes in service and another 1,000-plus on order.Lithium-ion batteries, however, are generally more prone than conventional batteries to overheat and ignite if they have a manufacturing defect or if they are damaged, overcharged, or exposed to high temperatures. Airbus, Boeing’s chief competitor in the global airliner market, recently said it will use lightweight lithium-ion batteries in its new A350 beginning in 2016.Boeing contracted with Thales Avionics Electrical Systems, a European manufacturer, to design the 787’s electrical power conversion system, which includes the two batteries. Thales in turn contracted with GS Yuasa to make the batteries.Thales inspected the GS Yuasa plant in Japan that made the batteries, but failed to realize that plant’s x-ray scans of finished batteries weren’t sensitive enough to detect minute flaws and debris, the report said. Boeing and FAA officials didn’t visit the plant until after the battery fire.Boeing’s battery testing concluded that short circuiting wouldn’t lead to a fire and that the chance of a smoke event was one in 10 million flight hours. Instead, there were two battery failures when the entire fleet had clocked less than 52,000 hours.Since the FAA didn’t have safety regulations for lithium-ion batteries as installed equipment in planes when the 787 was designed, the agency and Boeing jointly developed special safety conditions the plane’s battery system should meet.The board said earlier this year that the government failed to properly test the batteries and relied too much on Boeing for technical expertise. It also said the battery testing plan proposed by Boeing and approved by the FAA didn’t include testing of what might happen in the event of a short circuit.The board previously recommended that new designs of lithium-ion batteries be subject to tests that induce short-circuiting under conditions similar to the conditions the batteries experience when they are installed in planes. The board also recommended that the FAA consult with outside experts such as scientists at the Department of Energy when evaluating new batteries rather than relying exclusively on the aircraft manufacturer’s employees and contractors.The NTSB’s findings directly conflict with the FAA’s own internal study released in March, which said the agency had “effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification.” In May, the FAA cleared the 787 to fly far over the ocean, up to 5 1/2 hours away from the nearest emergency landing site.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at Investigators point to manufacturing defect in Boeing 787 battery fire that grounded fleet read more

Early impressions Battlefield 3 multiplayer

first_imgBattlefield 3 is out today, and it’s a pretty big deal. The squad-based first person shooter is the prime competition for the juggernaut that is Call of Duty and, while always an excellent PC game, is a shining example of just want can be done with today’s consoles. And while the new FrostBite 2 engine is stunning, that’s not just on the technical front — in the past Battlefield has managed to coax actual teamwork out of consoles gamers and BF3 will do that once again.Battlefield 3 is a direct sequel to 2005’s Battlefield 2, but when playing it the game feels most like the successor to Battlefield: Bad Company 2. That’s because Bad Company 2 was released in 2010 and it, and its Vietnam expansion pack, are where we last experienced the sort of action that only BF can bring. And that, in case you are curious, is a non-stop, large scale fray that combines both teamwork and tactics into a fun playing experience, complete with powerful (but hard to use) vehicles, impressively destructible environments, and counter-measures for every successful strategy your opponents might employ.The biggest change with Battlefield 3 is the new engine. The role of this can’t be overemphasized — it’s the framework that the entire game is built around. The main ways players will feel this update are better animations/graphics, much higher sound quality, and destructible environments. It’ll affect all levels of gameplay, but these three are in your face the entire time you play. There is also the comeback of prone shooting/movement, improved loadout customization, jets are back, and you can now deny resuscitation. Those aren’t huge, but they add up to some nice fan service and a big change for dedicated players.Other changes include the standard stuff — like better menus and new maps — but there is also the Battlelog social network. You’ll need an EA Origin account to use it, but once you are on you’ll have access to stats, messaging, VoIP, and more (so long as you are on Windows). It’s free and works across the game’s three platforms. Ultimately this probably won’t be a big deal for most gamers, but the hope is that it will tie people into the game and keep them playing over time.I got the chance to play BF3 for a couple of hours last night (on the Xbox 360), before today’s official release. It wasn’t much time and it was only multiplayer (though multiplayer is all that matters with Battlefield), so I haven’t come to any major conclusions yet, but I did have some takeaways. First off, this is Battlefield. It might sound obvious, but it’s very much the same game that players have come to know and love. The classes, menus, controls, and other critical details are all what players will be expecting. Some of the menus were tweaked and other changes were made, but everything will be recognizable to BFBC2 players.The graphics (and the new engine for that matter) look great. The environments look fantastic, the destructibility is superb (definitely a step up from BFBC2) and I saw no issues with slowdowns or pop-in. The online play, in my short time playing the game, was rock solid, with no stuttering or weird game drops. I did notice that some of the menus are a bit hard to grasp — lots of buttons are used as opposed to menu layers, but these shouldn’t be a problem.The game, so far, seems almost free of structural annoyances, though I was bothered by a sort of artful screen jitter that happens when you move from one menu item to the next. It was cool once or twice, but bothersome after that. The engine has some minor issues with hit detection and clipping, but I didn’t hit anything major and I never got stuck in a wall or anything like that, so I don’t have any major complaints yet. I would have liked the environments to be even more destructible (building collapses, craters in the ground, etc.) but there has to be some limits if the map is to stay intact.It’s way too early to comment on the player interaction in the game, but I have every reason to believe it’ll be as good as in previous Battlefield games. Last night things were extremely messy — players were learning the maps, there were a lot of noobs sprinting around as if they were playing CoD, and everyone was generally getting adjusted to the new game. Average lifespans seemed very short (at least mine did) and teamwork had yet to develop, but I have every confidence that things will go smoothly on this front.I don’t love the new maps yet, but I’m keeping an open mind. They are complex, large, and have no lack of obstacles or hiding places. They do seem better designed to limit vehicle experts controlling the game, but we’ll see how that goes. Some matches I was in were balanced and others were far from it, with one team completely destroying the other one, but this should get better as there are more players and a larger pool of people in each server category (for example, I filtered down to just Rush games on East Coast servers).Many of the same BF issues exist, and some are even exacerbated by the games improvements. For example, the game has huge maps, which means sometimes you spawn a good 500 yards (say 2 minutes run) away from where you need to be. So you sprint there wildly and in your rush almost always get killed because you aren’t being careful. Or you can wait for a vehicle to spawn, which can be downright boring. Also the combination of big maps with long sight lines means that snipers, tanks, and even some assault rifles can pick you off from huge distances. The worst parts of Battlefield, at least for me, has always been dying without knowing why and then insta-deaths (such as when you spawn and your squad immediately gets hit with a tank shell). Both of these are still present, so, as always, it’s about learning to avoid them.This isn’t a review, so I don’t want to leave off with any conclusions or anything too final, but so far is seems like Battlefield 3 will be just what BF fans are looking for. It’s an extremely well done squad-based first-person shooter with industry leading graphics and and excellent multiplayer experience.I’ve yet to get into the single player campaign, but that’s not something I’m overly interested in — there are already a ton of great FPS games in my to-play stack and this isn’t necessarily an itch that I need BF3 to scratch. It’s still very early in the game, and I have a lot of leveling up to do, but so far it’s looking like Battlefield 3 will be one of my top games of 2011.Battlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_TehranHighwayBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_TehranHighwayBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_SeineCrossingBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_OperationMetroBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_OperationFirestormBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_Noshahr CanalBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_KhargBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_Damavand PeakBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_Caspian BorderBattlefield 3 MP Maps _Vista_BazaarBattlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Valley05Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Valley04Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Valley03Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Valley02Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Valley01Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Jet01Battlefield 3 – MP screens – 10.24 – Bank01last_img read more

Calls for public inquiry into claims of abuse and neglect at mental

first_img Wednesday 28 Aug 2019, 4:34 PM Short URL Share8 Tweet Email Calls for public inquiry into claims of abuse and neglect at mental health facility Detective Chief Inspector Jill Duffie said that over 1,500 crimes had been identified in one ward over a 6 month period. 8,459 Views The hospital is no longer fit for purpose and currently there is no suitable replacement facility for vulnerable adults in Northern Ireland. Families are struggling to cope with relatives in the absence of appropriate care packages or inpatient treatment where it is required.“Many patients remain in Muckamore waiting for an alternative health care setting.” By Gráinne Ní Aodha Exclusive: Top detective leading Muckamore hospital abuse reveals 1500 crimes have been found – in just one ward. In her first interview Jill Duffie details “deluge” of incidents against vulnerable patients. Case is now biggest of its kind for PSNI— Seanín Graham (@SeaninGraham22) August 27, 2019 Source: Seanín Graham/Twittercenter_img THE LAWYERS FOR patients at the centre of what has become the largest adult safeguarding case in Northern Ireland have said that they are calling for a public inquiry into the abuse.Human rights law group Phoenix Law has written to the Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smith MP to request an urgent meeting in relation to the abuse at Muckamore Abbey Hospital, Co Antrim, which treats patients with severe mental and physical disabilities.In an interview with the Irish News, the lead detective into alleged abuse at Muckamore Abbey Detective Chief Inspector Jill Duffie, said there was evidence of 1,500 offences on one ward. Phoenix Law said that these included “criminal assaults and incidents of neglect and inappropriate use of a seclusion room”.The scale of the allegations were first reported to the PSNI in the summer of 2017, with the Irish News breaking the story publicly a year ago, following what lawyers called “preservation and determined” FOI requests and letters of complaint.An estimated 20 members of staff have been suspended following since then pending the outcome of the investigation, which is the largest safeguarding investigation the PSNI have ever dealt with.Speaking to BBC Radio Ulster, Duffie said that the CCTV footage that police were inspecting was “difficult” to watch.“There is something very difficult about watching this footage due to the vulnerability of the patients. It is very difficult to watch. I have seen the physical abuse of patients, yes. No Comments In a statement released to today,  Phoenix Law said that they had cross-party support for a full public inquiry into the systemic failings which allowed this abuse to occur.“All of the political party leaders in NI have written to the department of health permanent secretary Richard Pengelly asking him to act without any further delay.”The law firm said that the families are “distraught” that no one at a senior level intervened to halt the harm done to vulnerable patients. Phoenix Law added: Aug 28th 2019, 4:34 PM Image: grainne It’s a very traumatic offence and yes, we have seen the repeated pattern of the physical and mental abuse of the patients in that ward.  Image: grainne Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mr 305 talks Pitbulls New Years Revolution personal evolution

first_img“Being Cuban a lot of our mentalities is like that meaning, ‘We start making the sandwiches, then we’ll own the restaurant,’ Pitbull said. “‘We’ll clean the shoes, and then we’ll own the shoe store.’ ‘Clean the house, then we’ll own the house.’”He’s done everything from perform at the White House and even took center stage at the World Cup. He’s living up to his title of Mr. Worldwide.And he says his mission for success comes from one thing — making his Cuban community proud. “If you don’t know where you’re from, you don’t know where you’re going,” he said.“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything, and believe me, I know where I am, and I love it and enjoy it. I wear it on my chest. Everywhere I go, everybody knows Mr. 305, Dade County, Miami boy represent.”And if you want to party with Pitbull, you can catch his “New Year’s Revolution” right here on 7, this Saturday, at 11 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The Magic City is the place to be to catch Mr. 305 himself as he hosts “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution.” The homegrown talent spoke about ringing in the new year in his hometown.Mr. Worldwide is back in Miami for New Year’s Eve to host “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution,” on Saturday, from Miami’s Bayfront Park.“It’s called ‘revolution’ ’cause we wanna unmute New Year’s. We want the new New Year’s. Take it from the Big Apple to the pineapple and make Miami the mecca.”The star is bringing some of the biggest names in music to perform at the event from Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe award winner Queen Latifah to entertainment icon Snoop Dogg.Pitbull served as grand marshall for the Winterfest Boat Parade during his most recent visit to South Florida, and he’s hoping to keep bringing the holiday magic to South Florida.Even though he’s gone from Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, the music star has never forgotten his roots. Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, started his rise to international success on the streets of Miami.After following in his father’s footsteps and dealt drugs on the streets, he turned to rapping and quickly turned from a troubled teen to an international hit maker. “People say, ‘You can’t, you won’t, you never will.’ Those kind of things turn me on,” Pitbull said. “‘No’ is great. I love ‘no’ ’cause I know I’m going to get to a ‘yes’ one way or another.”Pitbull released his first full-length debut album “M.I.A.M.I.” in 2004. As the star continued dropping albums, he tossed out his baggy clothes and stepped into his tightly tailored suits.“I made music to get out of the streets, not to stay in the street, you know?” he said. “‘How come you be putting on these suits now, Chico?’ ‘Cause this shows maturity. It shows growth. It shows evolution, you know? This is what I want to teach y’all. This is what this music is about. This is what this journey is about.”The Latin Grammy winner soon found himself establishing his name with other powerhouse artists including Usher, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez. He ultimately earned the name “King of Collaboration.”“Collaborating to me is so key. Why? ‘Cause you’re bringing everybody’s people together, and you’re doing what music is supposed to do — break beyond boundaries, beliefs, barriers,” Pitbull said. “That’s what makes this powerful.”His songs climbed to the top of the charts in more than 15 countries, and his music videos are so popular on YouTube that they’ve been watched more than nine billion times.He says his Cuban heritage is what helps drive his ambition last_img read more

Shakespearean ballet outdoor tango and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Valentine’s Day, lyrical boleros, and other happenings around Costa Rica Design Festival, Marine Corps picnic, and other happenings around Costa Rica Christmas cheer, oxcart parades, and other happenings around Costa Rica Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance: “Romeo and Juliet”The age-old Shakespearean drama about star-crossed lovers receives a balletic interpretation, thanks to Prokoviev’s magnificent score. This touring Russian Classical Ballet production stars 35 individual dancers on the National Theater’s mainstage.“Romeo y Julieta” performs March 21 & 22 at the National Theater, downtown San José. Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡17,000-47,000 ($35-135). Info: National Theater website.Life in Color“World’s Largest Paint Party” combines electronica music with exploding pigments at Pedregal.“Life in Color” takes place March 21 at the Pedregal Event Center, Belén. 3 p.m. ₡25,000 ($50). Info: SpecialTicket. Music: Beat KaestliThe sensual Swiss singer arrives in San Pedro to perform jazz standards.Beat Kaestli performs March 21 at Jazz Café, San Pedro. 10 p.m. Free. Info: Jazz Café website.Le Pique-NiqueFrench-style picnic hosted by the Alianza Francesa.Le Pique-Nique takes place March 22 in La Sabana Park, San José. 12 p.m. Free. Info: Alianza Francesa Facebook page. “Vanishing of the Bees”Investigative journalist Maryam Henein presents her film about “colony collapse disorder,” a pandemic problem with global consequences. Narrated by Ellen Page with Spanish subtitles.“Vanishing of the Bees” screens at Finca Rosa Blanca, Heredia. 4 p.m. Info: Event Facebook page.Dance: Live Tango in the PlazaTango dancers converge on downtown San José, demonstrating Argentina’s sensual baile de amor.El Tango Vive la Plaza takes place March 25 in the Plaza de la Domacracia, downtown San José. 7:30 p.m. Free. Info: GamCultural.center_img Arab Arts FestivalA combination of belly-dancing, synchronized dance, and light gymnastics, the sixth Arab Arts Festival showcases hundreds of performers.Festival de Artes Árabes takes place March 20 & 21 at CENAC, downtown San José. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡2,000 ($4). Info: GamCultural.Art: “Superheroes and their Fictional Cities”If you were always as intrigued by Metropolis and Central City as you were by Superman and The Flash, this new exhibit by Carlos Llobet Montealegre is sure to fascinate.“Superhéroes y Sus Ficciones Urbanas” displays through May 16 at TEOR/éTica Gallery, Barrio Amón. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: TEOR/éTica website.Theater: “La Bruta Espera”Three short plays by Argentinean dramatist Julio Chávez are performed at the Vargas Calvo black box theater, courtesy of the National Theater.“La Bruta Espera” continues through April 26 at the Vargas Calvo Theater, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. ₡2,500-5,500. Info: National Theater website.Art: “Microcosmos”Experimental paintings by Rolando Faba make their debut at the José Luis López Escarré Gallery.“Microcosmos” continues through May 8 at The National Theater, downtown San José. Free. Info: National Theater website.Onion FestivalCelebrate all things onion at this week-long agricultural festival in Santa Ana.Feria de la Cebolla continues through March 22 at the Sports Plaza, downtown Santa Ana. Daily, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Free. Info: Official website.Theater: “Blood Wedding”The classic Lorca tragedy plays at Teatro Espressivo.“Bodas de Sangre” is performed through March 29 at Teatro Espressivo, Curridabat. Fri. & Sat., 6 p.m. ₡7,500-10,000 ($15-20). Info: Teatro Espressivo website. An Albrecht Dürer print demonstrate’s the artists many trademarks: stark lines, epic imagery, extreme texture, and cryptic symbolism. Robert Isenberg/The Tico TimesArt: Albrecht Dürer, Renaissance GeniusClassical German printer Albrecht Dürer receives a stunning retrospective at the Central Bank Museums.“Alberto Durero: Genio del Renacimiento” is on display through April 26 at the Central Bank Museums, downtown San José. Daily, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ₡5,500 ($11). Info: Museum website.Art: Painting and Photography in San RamónCatch two different exhibits this Saturday in San Ramón: “Transformación,” a series of paintings by artist Jorge Luis Capezas, and “Liquors Were Your Origin, Culture is Your Destiny,” a collection of antique photos.Opening Feb. 21, 4 p.m. Both exhibits will be displayed through March 21 at the José Figueres Cultural Center, San Ramón, Alajuela. Info: Cultural Center website.Theater: “I’m Not Going to Carry This Corpse”Teatro Arlequín presents a deadly new comedy of errors, written by Luis Daell Barth.“Este Muerto no lo Cargo Yo” continues through March 22 at Teatro Arlequín, downtown San José. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m; Sun., 6 p.m. ₡5,000 ($10). Info: Theater Facebook page.Art: “Ricardo Ávila: Urban Observer”See city life in a whole new way through Ricardo Ávila’s unique landscapes.“Ricardo Ávila: Observador Urbano” continues through March 29 at the Museum of Costa Rican Art, La Sabana. Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. Info: Museum website. A statue of “Mobile Suit Gundam” stands in the middle of the National Gallery’s new exhibit. (Courtesy of The National Gallery)Anime ExhibitTo celebrate 80 years of diplomatic relations with Costa Rica, the Japanese embassy presents an exhibit on Japanese cartoon art at the National Gallery.“Japan: Kingdom of Characters” continues through March 29 at the National Gallery, former penitentiary, downtown San José. Mon.-Friday, 8 a.m. –4:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Info: National Gallery website. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Critics claws are out Air NZ slammed for cougar campaign

first_imgAn Air New Zealand campaign that portrays single middle-aged women as ‘cougars’ who seduce young men has been slammed by women’s rights groups and rape prevention organisations. The online promotion portrays the mating habits of the mature single woman in a Discovery Channel-style documentary clip complete with David Attenborough-esque voiceover. The video clip shows a so-called cougar “starving itself on sparse vegetation during the day then hunting large slabs of meat at night” by preying on a young man at a bar. Despite the man’s attempts to ward off the cougar’s advances, she has “not tasted fresh meat for days” and drags her prey to an inner-city apartment. In the ad, the women aged from their 30s to 50s routinely prowl bars in search of young prey in their 20s, many who “pretend to be gay” to avoid them. The promotion encourages women 35-plus to send in photographs of themselves partying with their “cougar mates” to go in the draw to win a flight and ticket to a sporting event. New Zealand’s Rape Prevention Education has called the online campaign appalling, disgusting and degrading to women.”We have also had complaints from male survivors who have been raped by women and they are very distressed that their situation is being laughed at and made out to be humorous,” said director Kim McGregor. An airline spokeswoman said the campaign was supposed to be “light-hearted” but admitted that some older women had taken offence to it. “(They) felt it was an unfair kind of blanket comment,” she said. Many others didn’t seem to mind, however, with 60 women signing up to go in the draw to win the flights, tickets and “cougar costumes” to attract the attention of young males. Do you think the Air New Zealand cougar campaign is appropriate?  Share your thoughts below A still from the Air NZ online cougar campaign Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.Flast_img read more

WA to host Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2011

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Western Australia will host the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in March 2011.Speaking at the 2010 Tourism Council WA, ‘You’re the Voice Conference,’ Tourism Minister Liz Constable said: “These awards give WA the chance to recognise the best of our industry and highlight the importance of providing visitors with consistently high quality products and services.“The State Government is putting its support behind the event by becoming an official sponsor in 2011.”Hosted by the National Tourism Alliance, The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are attended by the individual State award winners as well as tourism industry leaders and Federal and State tourism ministers.This year’s awards ceremony is expected to attract about 600 interstate visitors from across the country’s tourism industry.“By bringing the best of the national tourism industry to Perth, we can show them why WA is truly an extraordinary place to visit,” she said.“I encourage our tourism industry to continue to deliver exceptional products and services to ensure we are well represented in the 2011 tourism awards.“Tourism is a key economic driver for the State and it is great to be able to host this premier event.” <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

President actions against the enclaved harming relations Updated

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday that the levy slapped on food aid from the government to enclaved Greek Cypriots in the north only contributed to deepening the feelings of mistrust towards the Turkish side and were a “blatant violation of human rights”.The measures, he said, violate the Third Vienna Agreement of 1975, whereby the Turkish side undertook to provide the enclaved population with “… every help to lead a normal life, including facilities for education.”Anastasiades was speaking during a ceremony at the presidential palace to receive the credentials of the new ambassador to Austria Eva Maria Ziegler.Other ambassadors who presented their credentials on Tuesday included Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Albania, the Slovak Republic and Thailand, all of whom were briefed by Anastasiades on the current status of the Cyprus issue and related topics.“We look to the international community and the government of Austria to unequivocally reject any actions by Turkey that aim at diverting attention and distancing us from the ultimate goal of a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem and reunifying Cyprus and its people, and of any actions that aim to implement Turkey’s rhetoric of a ‘Plan B’ for the occupied areas of the Republic of Cyprus, which is EU territory,” he said.“Unfortunately, it appears that Turkey’s actions and stance have deeply infiltrated the Turkish Cypriot leadership which is adopting a policy, even on humanitarian issues, which further alienates the two communities.”He also pledged that the Greek Cypriot side was strongly committed to negotiating a solution within the parameters that the Secretary-General set for a viable comprehensive settlement fully in line with European and international law that reunites the country in a truly independent and sovereign state, free of any third-country dependencies.Presenting her credentials, the ambassador said that Austria was committed to further deepening the already strong ties between the two countries, adding that Austria was one of the first countries that participated in the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus, with a continuous presence for 45 years.Ireland’s new Ambassador in Nicosia Deirdre Ní Fhallúin said in her address thatCyprus and Ireland were two of the countries that would be most affected by a Brexit.“We regret the decision of the UK to leave but look to the future with optimism for the role that the European Union will continue to play in the great global challenges of our time,” she said. “And in this we are united.”Ní Fhallúin said the government of Ireland was committed to peace and reconciliation in Ireland and that Cyprus’ support for ongoing efforts, together with the British Government, to find a lasting and peaceful solution to the problems in Northern Ireland was deeply appreciated.“In Ireland, our hope has always been for a durable solution to the Cyprus problem,” she added. “We share your disappointment and the disappointment of all sides that a solution was not finalised during the recent talks in Switzerland and hope that a new impetus towards a solution can be found in the month ahead.”She also expressed support to the UN Peacekeeping Operation in Cyprus in which Ireland participates. It also supports the work of the Committee on Missing Persons.Anastasiades expressed deep appreciation for Ireland’s strong support  towards efforts to solve the Cyprus problem    You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Indoor Cat Vomits (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more