Ryan Seacrest And Camila Cabello Visit Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia

first_imgLast Friday, patients and staff at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia were visited by Ryan Seacrest and singer Camila Cabello.Camila Cabello at Children’s Hospital of PhiladelphiaCredit/Copyright: Ryan Seacrest FoundationThe pair visited the Seacrest Studios facility at the hospital, and were interviewed by five specially selected patients.For more info on their visit, click here.last_img

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100 Women Who Care Fort St John are accepting Nominations

first_imgTo view the FB Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The Fort St. John Chapter of 100 Women Who Care are accepting nominations for the September 17th meeting.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 women there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity.last_img

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TNA to push for Wigneswaran to be removed as Chief Minister

ITAK President Mavai Senathirajah has reportedly warned Wigneswaran that several Northern provincial councillors belonging to the ITAK have demanded that Wigneswaran be removed from office and cautioned the chief minister that the party may have to give serious consideration to the possibility if Wigneswaran persisted with his anti-ITAK activity despite being elected to office from that party. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is to push for the removal of Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran.The official website of the TNA reported that Wigneswaran is likely to be removed from office soon by the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) which fielded him as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the political formation known as the TNA in September 2013. Wigneswaran had earlier incurred the wrath of most ITAK members when he supported the rival TNPF/ACTC at the 2015 parliamentary polls instead of the ITAK/TNA. (Colombo Gazette) The website reported that ITAK is seriously contemplating the removal of Wigneswaran as Chief Minister in the context of the current corruption scandal that has rocked the Northern province. Last night 21 Northern provincial council members submitted a no-confidence motion on Wigneswaran to the Northern Province Governor.The provincial administration run by Wigneswaran has been facing many charges and allegations of corruption from the public at large and from opposition members of the council. In a bid to blunt the thrust of criticism, Wigneswaran appointed a three -member commission of inquiry unilaterally to probe charges of corruption against his board of ministers, the TNA website said. read more

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Halton police arrest Mississauga man for human trafficking

A Mississauga man is facing charges after he allegedly exploited a woman for “sexual purposes.”The Halton Regional Police Service Human Trafficking Unit launched an investigation after the alleged victim came forward to police. Muhammad Auklakh, 27, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with exercise control, receiving material benefit from sexual services, trafficking in persons, receiving material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons, and advertising sexual services. Auklakh is currently being held for a bail hearing. Halton police are asking anyone with information about this investigation to contact Det. Dan Ciardullo at 905-825-4747, ext. 5331.

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On Migrants Day Annan calls for human rights protection for itinerant labour

Paying tribute to the contributions of migrants to their host and native countries on International Migrant’s Day, observed on 18 December, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged States to protect itinerant workers’ rights by supporting existing international agreements and upcoming events that focus on their plight. “Our societies would be poorer without the contributions of migrants,” Mr. Annan said. “Today, as we celebrate those contributions, let us also resolve to safeguard the human rights of every man, woman and child who crosses borders in search of a better life.” Noting that to date only 34 States have ratified or acceded to the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, he urged all states to become parties to it. He asked all State Parties to submit their reports on time and recognize the authority of the Committee on Migrant workers to consider complaints of human rights violations under the Convention. He also called next year’s High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development in the General Assembly an opportunity to cooperate on migrant issues. He said he recent report of the Global Commission on International Migration provides important recommendations for that a discussion on effective migration policy, linking it to human rights, development, trade, aid and security. “International migration is a fundamental attribute of our ever-shrinking world. Managing this migration for the benefit of all has become one of the great challenges of our age,” he said. There are around 185 million international migrants in the world today, more than double the figure of only 25 years ago, according to the UN High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR points to globalization and the growing disparities in living conditions within and between countries as main factors that have contributed to the increase in the scale of international migration. Besides providing essential services to the economies and societies of the countries they live in, the agency says that migrants also contribute to the development of their countries of origin by supporting their families and communities back home. Funds remitted in that way can surpass the amount of official development aid a developing country receives. read more

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QA Cyber experts warn of Bash Bug What are the risks

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Internet security experts are warning that a new programming flaw known as the “Bash Bug” may pose a serious threat to computers and other devices such as home Internet routers. Even the systems used to run factory floors and power plants could be affected.So, is it time to panic? Here are some common questions and answers about the latest security scare.___Q. What is the Bash Bug, and why is it a big deal?A. The bug, also known as “Shellshock,” is in a commonly used piece of system software called Bash. Bash has been around since 1989 and is used on a variety of Unix-based systems, including Linux and Mac OS X.Devices that use Unix in some form include many servers, routers, Android phones, Mac computers, medical devices and even the computers that create bitcoins. Systems running power plants and municipal water systems could also be affected by the bug, though security experts already recommend that these systems remain disconnected from the Internet so they are not open to such risks.Bash is a command shell — “the thing you use to tell your computer what you want it to do,” explains Christopher Budd, global threat communications manager at security firm Trend Micro. Thus, exploiting a security hole in Bash means telling your computer, or other systems, what to do.___Q. Why are people saying it’s worse than “Heartbleed,” the flaw that exploited security technology used by hundreds of thousands of websites?A. While Heartbleed exposed passwords and other sensitive data to hackers, Bash Bug lets outsiders take control of the affected device to install programs or run commands. Bash Bug is rated 10 on a 10-point scale for its impact and ease of exploitability by the Common Vulnerability Scoring System, an industry standard for assessing how bad security flaws are. Heartbleed is rated 5.On the other hand, a perfect set of conditions need to be present for the bug to be open to exploitation, which could limit its effect.Heartbleed affected any system running OpenSSL, a common Web encryption technology. With the Bash Bug, your system actually has to be using Bash, Budd said. There are multiple types of command shells, so even if Bash is installed, the system could actually be using a different one.___Q. It’s been a quarter century since Bash came out, so why is the bug a threat now?A. That’s because someone — Stephane Chazelas of Akamai Technologies Inc. to be specific — just found it.“That’s the thing with security bugs,” Budd said. “It takes a person actually looking at that code, and seeing it, and saying ‘that’s not right’” to find problems.Heartbleed was around for more than two years before it was discovered.___Q. What can you do about it?Everyday users can’t do much right now, except to wait for manufacturers to release fixes for the particular product. Companies are already releasing patches that correct the flaw, so Budd recommends applying the patches for routers, Macs and other devices as they come out.But that can be easier said than done. Budd said it will depend on who made the equipment and whether you get a fix at all. Even if a fix is developed, getting it could be another matter. Budd expects that to be an issue with Android phones, because their manufacturers and carriers are often slow to push out the system updates that Google provides.Of course, it always helps to run up-to-date security software on your devices.___Michael Liedtke reported from San Francisco. by Barbara Ortutay And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Sep 25, 2014 9:09 am MDT Q&A: Cyber experts warn of ‘Bash Bug.’ What are the risks? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN agency condemns killing of two journalists working on assignment in Iraq

“Journalists face tremendous dangers in carrying out their job, a job where they provide us with vital information enabling us to build towards peace,” said Irina Bokova, the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Kurdish journalist Bakhtyar Haddad and French reporter Stéphane Villeneuve were working together in Mosul, Iraq, on a programme for France 2 when they were killed as a result of a roadside bomb explosion.Their names will be added to UNESCO’s dedicated webpage commemorating the lives of journalists killed in the line of duty.

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UK automotive cuts environmental impact while driving economic growth

UK automotive manufacturing bucked the economic trend last year, increasing its production volumes, turnover, level of investment and number of employees, all while continuing to make major strides in reducing the environmental footprint of its products and manufacturing processes.Data from the industry’s 12th Annual Sustainability Report, looking at the economic, environmental and social performance of the sector showed significant improvements against a series of performance indicators.Full year 2010 data from the Report’s 18 signatory companies, and across the broader industry, showed year on year:Manufacturing turnover up 20% to £49bn.Output up 27.8%, returning to pre-recession volumes.Number of vehicles exported up 31%, totalling £29bn in value.Energy use per vehicle produced down 8%.Manufacturing CO2 emissions down 10.5% per vehicle produced.Manufacturing waste to landfill produced per vehicle down 8%.New automotive apprenticeships up 9% adding to the 737,000 jobs dependent on the sector.Commenting on the report being released today (22 November), Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive said, “We are making significant steps towards creating a globally competitive UK automotive sector, while keeping an eye on improving our environmental credentials to ensure a strong, long-term future for the industry. Manufacturing is vital to a rebalanced economy and cleaner, greener processes will support the transition to a low carbon future.“Automotive continues to attract major international investment, create high value jobs and cut its environmental impact but the UK must continue to compete on a global platform to secure future growth. We must incentivise private sector investment in R&D, training and equipment and ensure our commitment to be a leader in low carbon manufacturing supports our international competitiveness.”New technologies and the ongoing developments in conventional engines are key to delivering a low carbon economy and the UK’s strengths in R&D, design, engineering and productive manufacturing continue to attract major international investment.Click through to read or download SMMT’s 12th Annual Sustainability Report.You can also read about the latest UK automotive announcements on investment, production expansion, new vehicle models and employment in the sector.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Baseball Freshmen Noah West and Gavin Lyon continue friendship from little league

Noah West celebrates with Gavin Lyon following scoring a run during the two’s days in Little League for the Westerville Warhawks. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestComing from a small town and being counted on to play a varsity sport is not an easy task to ask of anyone. It can be a very challenging transition.But freshmen baseball players Noah West and Gavin Lyon have something that can help make that transition much easier — a friendship dating back to the days of Little League.And, as West noted, having his best friend by his side to begin his collegiate baseball career at Ohio State proved to be very advantageous for the pair.“Coming into here, I was pretty nervous; it was really nerve-wracking,” West said. “A whole new set of players who we were playing with, and we don’t know them that well. But coming here with Gavin is basically a comfort zone. He’s always had my back, and if something’s going on, I can always come talk to him. It was always just a lot easier coming here with him.”They first started playing with each other when they were on a travel team called the Westerville Warhawks. Their fathers had been good friends and both helped coach the team. From there, they would continue to grow up and play at every level together from Little League to the varsity at their school, Westerville Central High School.For their former high-school baseball coach, Jeff Keifer, it has been a remarkable thing to watch the two of them grow up together and now both play at the highest level of amateur baseball.“They went on spring trips together. They played on the same travel teams growing up and then eventually playing on practice teams and ultimately junior varsity and varsity for three years,” Keifer said. “And that in and of itself must be incredibly special — just to be able to do that. But the uniqueness of them both being able to go on and play at the next level at a place with the storied history of Ohio State, it was just great for both of them.”Both have made it to the level of college baseball, but each took different paths.West, the youngest of three brothers, has grown up in a baseball family and has always had the sport in the forefront of his mind. Coach Keifer, who coached both West’s older brothers in high school, had figured for a long time Noah was going to be able to move on to the next level.“He just had that special athleticism that makes the difference between just a really good high-school player and a college athlete,” Keifer said.OSU baseball coach Greg Beals thought West had the skills to live up to the high expectations that come with playing shortstop at OSU.“I thought Noah showed me that between his hands, his athleticism and especially his arm strength that he could stay at shortstop at the college level,” Beals said.Noah West (left) and Gavin Lyon (right) pose for a photo on a visit at an Ohio State football game. Credit: Courtesy of Carrie WestLyon was a multi-sport athlete in high school, serving as both a starting pitcher for the baseball team and as starting quarterback for the football team. There was a time when baseball was not necessarily the runaway first sport for Lyon.“I was kind of new to baseball,” Lyon admits. “I’ve always loved both, but baseball especially through high school became the one, that I knew was going to be the one that I wanted to pursue further.”But as he continued on his high school career, Lyon became more enamored with the game of baseball and his coach said that it had probably surpassed football as his favorite sport by the time he was a senior.Though he now only plays the one sport, Lyon still possesses that athleticism that made him such an exciting player to watch. Coach Beals believes it is really special when you see someone who can excel in two sports the way Lyon did at Westerville Central.“It speaks to his athleticism,” Beals said. “To be able to quarterback at a big high school like that and then also be the No. 1 pitcher on his high school team speaks a lot about his athleticism.”When it finally came time to commit to a school, West was the first to submit a pledge to coach Beals and the OSU program. And at that point, it quickly became an easier decision for Lyon to decide to join the OSU baseball team. The prospect of playing baseball together for four more years with his best friend seemed too good an offer to pass up.“Noah visited first and he committed, so I committed a little later, but there was always that thing where Noah was pushing me to commit,” Lyon said. “We had always been thinking about it, like how cool would that be, and it really was like a dream come true when it all came into place.”For West, it was just a dream, one that somehow became fact rather than fiction.“I just never thought it would be possible to play baseball with my best friend all the way through high school,” he said. read more

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SIPTU to vote on strike action at Irish Rail

first_imgRead: Mulling it over: Labour Court releases its plan to end Irish Rail dispute>Read: Varadkar ‘loves’ trains – and won’t be closing ‘dozens’ of rural lines> SIPTU MEMBERS AT Irish Rail are to be balloted for strike action.It comes after they narrowly rejected a Labour Court recommendation in relation to cost containment plans at the transport company.They voted by 51 per cent to 49 per cent to reject it.Over 1,700 members participated in the ballot which was conducted by the SIPTU Irish Rail Committee.SIPTU represents almost 2,000 of 3,760 employees at Iarnroid Eireann.The proposals included pay cuts ranging from 1.7 per cent to 6.1 per cent.SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: Our members have found this recommendation as it currently stands unacceptable. We would now ask the company to reflect on this rejection of the recommendation.“Following the rejection of these proposals, SIPTU members in Irish Rail will now be balloted on strike and industrial action which will be undertaken if management attempt to implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment without agreement”.Meanwhile, the TSSA union voted in favour of the Labour Court recommendations by 72 per cent to 28.The TEEU and UNITE ballots will be completed later this week.Irish Rail Irish Rail have expressed their disappointment at SIPTU’s decision to reject the Labour Court recommendations.It says it has seen a serious fall in income due to a cut in Government funding, rising fuel costs and reduced passenger numbers.The Rail company says major changes are needed to save money in the company and ensure that it stays financially viable.It also warned that failure to implement cost saving measures will result in redundancies and the closure of some lines.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar also expressed disappointment with the outcome of the ballot.last_img read more

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The Lobster is heading to Cannes festival

first_imgThe Lobster, a new film by award-winning Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, is heading to the 68th Cannes Film Festival in May, Kathimerini reports. The release is the filmmaker’s first English language movie and is competing in the festival’s main competition section for the Palme d’ Or alongside movies such as Gus Van Sant’s Sea of Trees, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Paolo Sorrentino’s Yout and Joachim Trier’s Louder than Bombs. The festival takes place May 13 to 24.Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C. Reilly and Lea Seydoux, The Lobster is set in the near future, when single people are forced to find a partner in 45 days or face being transformed into animals.A representative of the so-called “weird wave of Greek cinema”, Lanthimos was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category for Dogtooth in 2011. The director and his longtime collaborator Efthimis Filippou earned the Best Screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Niko Kovac happy with Bayerns triumph

first_imgNiko Kovac praised Bayern Munich players for producing what he believes is the club’s best performance of the season in Saturday’s 4-0 drubbing of struggling Hannover.The Bavarians were excellent from the start with Joshua Kimmich netting a volley from the edge of the area, before David Alaba added a stunning half-volley to double the lead.Bayern completed the rout courtesy of Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski. And Kovac was impressed with the performance of his lads.#FCBayern breeze past Hannover 🔴⚪Report ➡️ https://t.co/A01y9ErfB0 #H96FCB pic.twitter.com/3GXPfLOWIN— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) December 15, 2018RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I want to praise my team,” he disclosed via a publication cited by FourFourTwo. “After a difficult match in Amsterdam [3-3 draw with Ajax], the team did a very good job in terms of the physicality, as well the mentality.“We’ve been dominant over 90 minutes and we were creating a lot of chances. We were lucky to take the lead and were relieved.“Andre’s [Breitenreiter, Hannover coach] plan was surely overthrown. We were showing a lot of joy in our play, creativity and lots of counter-pressing over 90 minutes. That was good.“I think it was probably the best performance this season and I would like to pay my team a compliment for that. I wish Hannover the very best and hope they will collect some points before Christmas.”last_img read more

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Money sought to rebuild Battle Ground Lake boat dock

first_imgState parks officials are seeking a $517,000 grant to replace the aging boat dock and build a new fishing pier at Battle Ground Lake State Park.Julie McQuary, a planner for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, said the proposal is to replace the approximately 35-year-old dock closer to the boat ramp plus add a pier on the far side of the swimming beach.“The old boat dock has been patched and repaired multiple times,” McQuary said. “It is in need of replacement.”The grant application is by the parks agency to the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office for the 2015-16 budget period. There are 12 other applications in the Water Access Grants category. The state Legislature’s appropriation to the Washington Wildlife Recreation Program will determine available funds.McQuary said the fishing pier will be built to be stable so it is better for fishing and especially for anglers with disabilities.“Separating the boat launching, fishing and swimming will reduce user conflicts,” she said. “A shoreline site near the proposed pier will be improved for accessible bank fishing.”The pier design is one already used by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to improve fishing opportunity for disabled anglers.McQuary said public support is part of the evaluation criteria used by RCO. Letters of support have been sent by the City of Battle Ground and Clark County.Additional support letters can be sent to Karl Jacobs, grant manager, at Recreation and Conservation Office, 1111 Washington St., S.E., Olympia, 98501, or by email to karl.jacobs@rco.wa.gov.last_img read more

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Elderbook Dance Spirit KMLN Justin Jay Discuss The Magic Of The Do

first_imgNews Elderbook, KMLN, More On Do LaB Magic At Coachella elderbook-dance-spirit-kmln-justin-jay-discuss-magic-do-lab-coachella Email You played at the Do LaB stage last weekend, what was your favorite part about it? Elderbrook: Coachella was amazing. It’s something I think every artist wants to play and I feel lucky to have been able to myself. My favorite part about it was testing out some new material that I’ve wanted to do for ages. I think it went down okay! What would you like to share with the Weekend 2 crew about your set?Dance Spirit: We always craft and play original music and material and we’ve been jamming out in the studio writing new grooves and moods that we think will be appropriate for the festival.KMLN: Regarding the vibe to expect, well, it’s a daytime set [on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.] so we’ll be bringing our brightest, most playful and adventurous chameleon colors. How would you describe the vibe and energy at the Do LaB stage? D.S.: We’ve not only played the Do Lab stage before, but also their Lightning in a Bottle and Woogie Weekend as well. They have always strived for a top quality production, and most importantly, their attention to the sound. It is booming and comfortable and a producer/engineer, it is a real joy to be able to play on [their sound system]. The mood is always fun and always on. It’s is a shaded structure and when it gets hot enough they water down the crowd with giant squirt gun hoses. Overall, it’s super vibey and fun. Their reputation brings in the right kind of heads, but also attracts new ones as well. I think they did a great job curating the stage this year, and we are honored to be asked back.KMLN: Their vibe there is all about family feelings, colorful, playful and most of all inclusive. [We] really enjoy the variety they offer with their lineups each year. And the water guns. Elderbrook: The energy of the crowd was great. It was the first day of Coachella 2019 so everyone was full of energy. I love playing festivals but this was a new level!J.J.: It’s just a great, great time, you know? Water guns, bubbles, friends…And [you meet new people and] you’re like, “Ah, we can be friends too.” That’s cool.You’ve played Lightning in a Bottle before too; do you feel like the Do Lab stage is like a mini version of that within the larger Coachella vibe? D.S.: That is a great question.  I would have to say that LiB is its own unique festival considering the fact that it is a varied curation of many genres over three or four stages. We have always played the Woogie stage at LiB and it is always a switched on dance party—so I would say that the Do LaB stage has more of the Woogie/Favela Bar vibe. The LiB festival goes further into musical territory in my opinion.As far as context at Coachella, I would assume that the Do LaB experience is for people who are excited for the lineup or others who are looking for something new. An enticing dance floor is always more experiential and is more welcoming of participation than a pop music/band area. You [can] go to listen to a band, but at Do LaB you go to feel it and let it move you. In the end, we will let the Instagram influencers decide [laughs].KMLN: It’s true, we’ve played LiB five years as KMLN and we’re pretty sure we’ve had the honor to play every one of their stages. This seemed like a good year to take a break from that and join the little LiB that is the Do LaB stage at Coachella. The main difference is at Coachella you’re missing all the beautiful art, workshops, games and the adventures you can have finding strange little nooks of delightful surprises that makes LiB so special. Elderbrook: Yes, definitely! The whole experience of the stage and the art behind it definitely reminds me of LiB. What does it mean to you to be a part of Do Lab’s curated Coachella experience? D.S.: [It’s] an opportunity that we are grateful for and it has motivated an intense amount of creativity in a short amount of time. Needless to say, we are excited, and dare we say one more time, excited to play on that sound system!KMLN: It’s so exciting and an honor to be playing on the same grounds as so many legends of music history. We love Do LaB so much and wanna grow old with themElderbrook: It means so much. Like I said, playing Coachella is so many musicians dream and to be part of it just felt amazing. Hopefully I’ll one day return!J.J.: It means I’m gonna play my favorite stage at the festival while surrounded by friends. Even though it’s grown into a large stage, it still feels so intimate. I love how people dance on stage, as a DJ it really feels like you’re a part of the party. Water guns, acrobats and veggie burgers all help as well [laughs].”RÜFÜS DU SOL Are Ready To Go “Underwater” At CoachellaRead more Elderbook, Dance Spirit, KMLN & Justin Jay Discuss The Magic Of The Do LaB At Coachella “Their vibe there is all about family feelings, colorful, playful and most of all inclusive,” KMLN said of the special festival spaceAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 20, 2019 – 12:46 pm It is undeniably difficult to keep track of every artist on the Coachella lineup or the seemingly endless surprises that take place over the two-weekend event, as the fest is absolutely packed with talent and special moments. The whole desert experience is extemely well-curated, and the production value is unparalleled, so Coachella’s long-term partnership with the festival and event experts at Do LaB, who create a festival-within-a-festival experience with the Do Lab stage, makes perfect sense. Twitter center_img Every Coachella, the Do LaB brings their colorful, fun vibes—which can also be found at their annual springtime Lighting in a Bottle fest—with their own expertly curated desert oasis experience. Their stage offers an always-stacked electronic music focused lineup, along with surprise guests that are revealed last-minute via their Twitter account and text message alerts.Do LaB loves bringing stellar, unexpected collabs (Pete Tong and Guy Gerber linked up for a surprise B2B set during Weekend 1 this year), as well as bringing back old friends playing the larger fest (Bob Moses and RÜFÜS DU SOL stopped by to close out Weekend 1 at the stage, and Sofi Tukker hopped on for a surprise DJ set last night.). If that’s not enough to get you on the road to Indio, Calif,. right now, the bumping sound system under a colorful, geometric shade structure, and playful moments brought to you by squirt guns are also pretty compelling.We asked British GRAMMY-nominated electronic singer/producer Elderbook, who played at the Do LaB Weekend 1, along with L.A.-based dreamy-house duo Dance Spirit, Berlin-based cosmic-house duo KMLN (pronounced chameleon) and L.A.-native house music and live band blending master Justin Jay, the three of whom will be bringing the vibes this weekend, for an insider/artist’s perspective of what makes Do LaB so special.If you’re at the fest, you’ll want to make sure and catch Justin Jay today, Saturday, at 5:15 p.m. at the Do LaB, as well as KMLN on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., followed by Dance Spirit at 4:45 p.m., all of whom will be bringing their joyful energy, great jams and sunny vibes. https://twitter.com/TheDoLaB/status/1118687285375975426 The Do LaB at Coachella 2019 | Photo: Gina Joy/courtesy of Do LaBYou’ll be playing the Do LaB stage this weekend, what are you most looking forward to about it? Dance Spirit: There is so much to look forward to—the vibe, the amazing sound system, the people who are up for a trippy dance, and by the looks of it, the weather. Not to mention being able to listen to dozens of other world class musicians with our friends. The thing we are looking forward to about this set is being able to showcase and share our latest and greatest productions. KMLN: Do LaB is comprised of some of our closest family for over 15 years, it was only a matter of time that we could collaborate on their shapeshifting stage that sits right in the middle of the Coachella grounds. We’re most excited to see everyone, it’s like a homecoming for us as we’ve spent most of the last few years touring elsewhere in the world. It’s been amazing and we’re so blessed to get to experience the world but sometimes you miss you closest friends, and at the Do LaB there’s lots of them.Justin Jay: Throughout my times here at Coachella, even as the stage has evolved, the Do LaB has always been one of my favorite parts of Coachella. And my senior year of college, I played the Do LaB and, dude, I had friends on stage with water guns and, a chunk of high school friends here and chunk of college friends here, and it just felt like I was surrounded by homies. I’m just excited to be back in that environment, and the artists they curate; it’s just a great experience. https://twitter.com/TheDoLaB/status/1117103450293018624 Facebook last_img read more

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The Ecology of Breast Cancer Researching the risks for breast cancer

first_imgGoing beyond known risk factors for breast cancer has led to research that looks at the ecology of risk. Dr Ted Schettler is the science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network. He is also the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The promise of prevention and the hope for healing. Dr Schettler says considering all the conditions that cancer arises from, means not just individual risks such as genetics, but community, ecosystem and societal concerns.Download AudioSCHETTLER: What happens in utero, in infancy and in childhood influences breast cancer risk decades later. So I thought that those observations which are clearly derived from an analysis of what’s published in scientific journals, lent itself to an ecological analysis. That’s why I called it The Ecology of Breast Cancer.TOWNSEND: Risk factors even in utero? Talk about what some of those are.SCHETTLER: Women who took Diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen, while they were pregnant back in the 1950’s and 60’s actually created an increased risk for a variety of adverse health outcomes in their daughters, years later. And what we’ve learned in recent years is that women who were exposed to DES in utero are at about a twofold increase risk of breast cancer after the age of 40. Another entirely different set of studies has been published by Barbara Conan and her colleagues in the Bay Area of California. They had access to blood specimens that had been collected and then stored and frozen over a number of years in which they could measure DDT levels. She was able to show that higher levels of exposure to DDT in the womb resulted in a fivefold increase risk of breast cancer in women in adulthood after the age of 40 or 50.TOWNSEND: What should women, young women and older, that are in control of their own health and taking care of themselves… what should they be focused on doing and not doing to help protect themselves from breast cancer?SCHETTLER: In general, what we’ve learned is a diet that emphasizes fruits and vegetables, in particular darker deeply colored vegetables, are very nutritious and have a lot of cancer protective properties. We can talk about whole soy as being protective, interestingly enough. And I emphasize whole soy because I’m not talking about soy supplements – they can actually have a different effect, adverse effect, whereas whole soy is protective. Using nuts is beneficial. Healthy fats rather than unhealthy fats. And then I would finally mention the importance of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is really not a vitamin; it’s a hormone. The precursors are in the skin, and sunlight hits the skin and converts the precursors, after a couple of passes through the kidneys, into an active hormone which interacts with hormone receptors, Vitamin D receptors, in many tissues of the body including the breast. And with regard to breast cancer, it helps the cells maintain the right level of cellular differentiation and proliferation so we don’t get too many of them too fast. It helps maintain normal hormone levels. Many epidemiologics studies, not all but many of them, show that low levels of Vitamin D increase the risk of breast cancer. And interestingly, the American Academy of Pediatrics right now recommends that all babies, whether they’re formula fed or breast fed, should be vitamin D supplemented. All babies.Dr Ted Schettler is the author of The Ecology of Breast Cancer. He is speaking in Anchorage tonight, Fairbanks tomorrow and in Nome on Thursday.last_img read more

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Wonder how Farhad Mazhar reached Khulna

first_imgIGP AKM Shahidul Hoque speaks at a press conference at the police headquarters in the city on Thursday.Police couldn’t yet know how essayist, poet and political analyst Farhad Mazhar reached Khulna.”It could not be known how Farhad Mazhar reached Khulna,” said IGP AKM Shahidul Hoque at a press conference at the police headquarters in the city on Thursday.The top police official, however, claimed Farhad Mazhar was not abducted, rather he reached Khulna on his own accord.At the press conference, a video footage was shown in which Farhad Mazhar was seen in Khulna around 4:00pm on 3 July, the day of Mazhar’s reported abduction.After the press conference, a police official said, “Farhad Mazhar is ill. He couldn’t be quizzed. Taking permission of court, we will interrogate him.”Farhad Mazhar was abducted from near his Adabar residence on 3 July, claimed his family.Later, police rescued him from a Dhaka-bound bus at Jessore around 11:30pm the same day.last_img read more

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ALs Chakladers rule Jashore

first_img.General secretary of Jashore district unit Awami League and sadar upazila chairman Shaheen Chaklader and his cronies have spread a reign of terror in Jashore.Detailed investigations by Prothom Alo found that Shaheen and his followers were involved in land grabbing, extortion, smuggling of arms, gold and drugs, gambling, and even killing of their political rivals. But people fear to even talk about his illegal activities openly as his family has a firm grip on Jashore’s politics and business.Shaheen has allegedly grabbed land of an old cinema hall in the city’s Chitra Morh and constructed a 17-storey building there.The land where the highest building of the city now stands, was grabbed by Shaheen’s cadre Asaduzzaman alias Buno Asad. Shaheen assured him of a share in the land. But he did not get his share once the land was grabbed.Prothom Alo talked with Asad in Jashore’s Bezpara area on 18 March. According to him, a school teacher Anwara Begum, along others, was the owners of the land. Anwara sought Shaheen’s assistance to settle the dispute with other shareholders of the land. But instead of settling the issue, Shaheen took the chance to occupy the land. He spent a mere Tk 900,000 to gain possession of the land worth millions of taka.Asad grabbed the land with help of his cadres but was only given the money from the selling the cinema hall’s paraphernalia.Asad also claimed to grab a 99-decimal plot of land in Ghurulia village of Jashore for Shaheen Chaklader.Anwara Begum now lives in a dilapidated two-storey building adjoining the multi-storeyed building. While asked on 19 March about her land, Anwara looked too scared to talk about. “I am not able to talk about this, forgive me,” a visibly frightened Anwara told this reporter.  Shaheen Chaklader said that the cinema hall was beset with debt.  He maintained that he had bought the land at a proper price. But Shaheen could not give any satisfactory answer as to why Anwara fears to speak on the matter if the land was bought properly.  Everyone knows of Chaklader family’s muscle power, but few dare to speak of the matter openly.But a few do speak, apparently due to divide within the ruling party. Mohit Kumar Nath, president of Jashore sadar upazila AL told Prothom Alo, “The Chaklader family effectively controls everything in Jashore, but no one dares to speak against them in fear of their lives. Everyone fears them.”Locals said, Shaheen used to sit in a pharmacy owned by his family in the late 1990s. But his fortune changed dramatically after 2009. Apart from that 17-storey building, he is constructing another three-storey building in Kathaltala area of Jashore. He also owns two houses in Kalabagan and DOHS area of the capital city Dhaka. Along with two boulder crushing grounds, he has large investments in the transport business owned by his family.  Shaheen Chaklader claimed that he has made his fortune through his family business. Asked about what kind of business their family runs, he said, “What don’t we run! We have a wide range of businesses including boulders, oil, a pharmacy and a transport business.”Chaklader family’s influenceShaheen Chaklader became general secretary of district unit AL in 2004. He was elected as Jashore sadar upazila chairman five years later in 2009 and was re-elected again in 2014.Around 13 years ago, Shaheen Chaklader was the lone family member active in politics. But now many others have become active politicians, due to his influence. His elder brother Abdus Salam Chaklader is president of Jashore bus owners’ association. Cousin Zahirul Islam Chaklader alias Rentu Chaklader is Jashore municipality’s chairman and district Juba League’s secretary. Another cousin Towhid Chaklader alias Fontu Chaklader is a member of district Juba League. Fontu Chaklader’s elder brother Abdul Hamid Chaklader alias Edul Chaklader is district unit vice president of Bangladesh Chemist and Druggist Samity. Zila Parishad chairman Saifuzzaman is a member of their clan too. Though not involved with politics directly, Shaheen Chaklader’s brother Shamim Chaklader controls the local construction business.  Many local politicians seeking anonymity told Prothom Alo that Shaheen Chaklader has given posts to his family members to wield influence in local politics. He himself spends time with central leaders while his cousin Fontu takes care of the local politics. Fontu, owner of a mobile phone shop just ten years ago, has now amassed huge fortune for himself.Land grabbingProthom Alo investigations reveal that, land grabbers mainly eye government-owned land and disputed private land. Fontu Chaklader, ward councillor of Jashore municipality, Haji Alamgir alias Haji Suman and chairman of Arabpur union parishad and organising secretary of sadar upazila AL Shaharul Islam are leading the land grabbing activities.Fontu Chaklader allegedly usurped a 3-bigha piece of land owned by a businessman of Jamtala area of Jashore. He set up a tiles factory there. Visiting the spot on 21 March, the land was found to be enclosed by walls with an ‘entry restricted’ sign on the main gate. Owner of the land Abdun Nur lives in Khulna. He told Prothom Alo that Fontu’s men grabbed the land forcefully. But Fontu claims to have bought the land from Nur’s brother. Not only private land, Fontu allegedly appropriated government property too. He constructed five shops on a piece of land owned by the zila parishad in Nilganj area of Jashore. He rented out the shops to some businessmen taking big amounts of security money from them. Fontu claimed he has taken the land as lease from the zila parishad authorities but the zila parishad chairman said they did not lease the land to anyone.Another follower of Shaheen Chaklader, Haji Suman, is constructing 53 shops in Chachra Bazar area of Jashore, grabbing the zila parishad’s land.  As of 20 March, construction work of most of the shops was finished. Businessmen have already rented shops from Haji Suman.Suman claimed that he constructed the shops after leasing the land from the zila parishad. But the zila parishad chairman Saifuzzaman said the land was occupied earlier by some quarter. Suman has constructed the shops there to establish the occupation of zila parishad as per his directive.Asked about why Suman is supervising the land if it is owned the zila parishad, Saifuzzaman got irritated. He asked, “Who asked you to be a journalist?  Is everything done in this country following proper procedures?”Apart from government-owned land, Suman is also involved in grabbing private properties. A 17-decimal plot of land in Bholar Tank area of Jashore town and another of 43 decimals in Mikepatti area had reportedly been grabbed by Suman.Saber Ali, co-owner of the land in Bholar Tank said, the land was owned by three partners. Suman bought some 5 decimals at a low price from one of the owners but his men took possession of rest of 12 decimals, and evicted other two owners forcefully.Haji Suman maintained that he had bought the land at a fair price and denied the allegation about land in Mikepatti area.Another 100 bighas of land was allegedly grabbed by Arabpur union parishad chairman Shaharul Islam. On 17 May last year, more than 100 farmers of the area protested the grabbing in a press conference held in Jashore press club.A piece of land designated for AL office was also grabbed by Shaheen’s man. The government designated the site for an AL office in Doratana area of Jashore. While there was no permission to build any other construction there, a hotel named ‘Rajdhani Hotel’ is found at the site. Zila parishad chairman Saifuzzaman declined to comment on the issue. Shaheen Chaklader was reportedly permitted to construct the hotel. Shaheen claimed he does not know anything about the land.Owner of Rajdhani Hotel Harun-or-Rashid, however, told Prothom Alo that he has set up the hotel as per permission of Shaheen Chaklader.This reporter talked with Shaheen Chaklader on 21 March about allegations against him. He binned all the allegations and maintained that everything is fine in Jashore and people are living in peace.Shaheen got irritated in the face of specific allegations against him.  He also indirectly threatened to file cases against the reporter.*This piece, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Galib Ashraf.last_img read more

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Court rejects plea to show Mozammel arrested no bar for his release

first_imgMozammel Haque Chowdhury. Prothom alo file PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday rejected a petition to show Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury arrested in a case filed with Kafrul police station under the Explosive Substances Act, reports UNB.Metropolitan magistrate Md Mazharul Haque passed the order after hearing of the petition.Mozammel’s lawyer Jotirmoy Barua said Mozammel Haque is expected to be released from the jail today, Thursday as the court turned down the petition of police.The court on Tuesday granted Mozammel bail in a case filed on extortion charge but he was not released from the jail as the investigation officer of the case filed the petition to the court to show him arrested in another case.Earlier on 6 September, police arrested Mozammel from his Sanarpar house in Narayanganj in the extortion case filed with Mirpur model police station.Later in the day, a court placed him on a one-day remand after he was produced before it seeking a seven-day remand.last_img read more

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As Mosquito Season Ramps Up Harris County Virologists React With Speed

first_imgLast May, the Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.) reported the number of people getting infections from the insects has tripled since 2004, with Texas being one of the worst states, landing in the top 20 percent for mosquito infections. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X 00:00 /03:50center_img The C.D.C. says one of the main problems in fighting insect-borne disease is that local governments often lack the know-how to fight back.This Centers for Disease Control map shows Texas in the top 20% of states seeing diseases from mosquitoes.But even though Texas is one of the states hit hardest, federal officials have praised the mosquito control department in Harris County.“Personally out of, if I were to give them a rank out of 1 to 10, I’d give them a 10,” said Janet McAllister, an entomologist with the C.D.C.So, why the 10 out of 10? We found the answer out in a couple brick buildings just off of the South Loop. Christy Roberts is an entomologist with Harris County. Part of her job is to sort frozen mosquitoes the county has trapped into vials separated by species.“It’s just my thing,” Roberts said, “as an entomologist, everyone has their particular insect they like to look at or study and mosquitoes just happen to be mine.”  Once she gets done sorting through different species, she sends the bugs, marked with numbers corresponding to trapping locations, over to the virology lab.There, behind an airlock, Cynthia Freeman oversees the team that tests for viruses, where they take the vials and put through a centrifuge. “A nice mosquito malt is what we call it,” Freeman said.With that mosquito malt, they can test for just about anything, including West Nile virus and Zika. One of the tests for chikungunya looks like a pregnancy test.Freeman was testing for chikungunya, a disease which causes fever and joint pain among other symptoms, the day News 88.7 visited. Those tests came back negative.“That’s very good to hear,” she said.Cynthia Freeman demonstrates a test for chikungunya at the Harris County Mosquito and Vector Control virology lab.Many vector control divisions in the country, including divisions in Texas, aren’t able to do these tests due to a lack of funding or proper facilities.“We’re very very proud and fortunate to have a virology lab here,” Freeman said. “We are one of just a few throughout the country, so we are very unique in that regard.” Some control departments have to send samples either to hospitals or to state labs, which can take a while, and from a public health perspective, that leaves a pretty large gap between when you detect disease and when you can eradicate it — more people can get sick. But in Harris County, once virologists find a virus in a local mosquito, they can refer back to a log of exactly where those mosquitoes were caught and have trucks sent out, almost immediately, to spray insecticide at that particular site. Harris County only sprays insecticide where they detect disease, so nuisance mosquitoes, they don’t actively try to fight them.They are trying some new methods, though. Mustapha Debboun, the program’s director, shows an experimental trap that can sort mosquito species out by itself, and it keeps track of when and under what conditions it actually caught the bug.“That’s good data,” Debboun said, “because if someone were to ask me and say, this such and such mosquito… Sometimes we can guess and say it’s only a night-time mosquito or a daytime mosquito. Well this, what if this records it showing up at 10 o’clock at night, now that’s data that no one has before.” Debboun said the insights they gain from the traps may help out other mosquito control divisions around the country. Sharelast_img read more

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Attractiveness perception depends on relationship status

first_imgRelationship status can affect who and what we find attractive. A new study has found that if we are in a relationship, we are more likely to be attracted to faces resembling our own, but for single people opposites attract.“For the first time, we have observed how our partnership status affects who we find attractive,” says Jitka Lindova from Charles University in the Czech Republic. The team showed a series of photographs of faces to university students and asked them to rate their attractiveness.  The photographs were digitally manipulated so that the resemblance to the student was modified. Images were of an individual of the opposite sex, whose face had been manipulated to look either more or less similar to the student. They were also presented with images of a same-sex individual manipulated in the same way. “We found that single participants, those not in relationships, rate dissimilar faces as more attractive and sexy than self-resembling faces,” Lindova said. This was observed when participants rated both same-sex and opposite-sex faces. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our interpretation is that attractiveness perception mechanisms that give us a preference for a genetically suitable partner may be suppressed during romantic relationships,” she explained. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. “This might be a relationship maintenance strategy to prevent us from finding alternatives to our own partner, or perhaps self-resemblance becomes more important in terms of the social support we expect receive from relatives, which are known as kinship cues,” Lindova explained.last_img read more

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