The continuing political uncertainty in Côte d’Ivoire and throughout much of West Africa has prompted an increasing number of the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Liberian refugees still caught in the fighting to seek immediate repatriation or evacuation to neighbouring countries, according to a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “We have been pressing countries in West Africa to accommodate Liberian refugees who cannot return to Liberia, but so far, there have been no positive responses,” Peter Kessler said in Geneva. “In the meantime, over the past two days, there have been demonstrations at our office in Abidjan by Liberian women and children demanding that they be evacuated immediately. They say they were harassed by combatants and by host populations.”Around 10,000 of the refugees in Côte d’Ivoire are either in Abidjan or in the Nicla camp outside Guiglo and the Tabou area, both in southwestern Côte d’Ivoire, and are demanding immediate evacuation. The nearly 7,000 terrified Liberians stranded at Nicla are unable to return home because of their ethnic background and known opposition to the Liberian government, according to Mr. Kessler. Complicating the problems caused by instability in Côte d’Ivoire is the continuing instability in Liberia itself. Over the past week, intensified fighting in the northern part of the country has prompted an influx of Liberian refugees into Sierra Leone. On Thursday, 1,800 Liberians were reported to have crossed into the Sierra Leone border towns of Gendema and Sulima. Several thousand more were reported to be on their way to Sierra Leone.
CALGARY – Shares in Athabasca Oil (TSX:ATH) surged as much as 19 per cent on Wednesday after Alberta’s energy regulator approved its Dover oilsands project.The approval means its joint-venture partner, PetroChina, has a month to buy Athabasca’s 40 per cent stake in the project for $1.32 billion, giving Athabasca a much-needed cash infusion.Early last year, PetroChina snapped up Athabasca’s interest in another jointly-operated project, MacKay River, for $680 million, making it the first oilsands development to be fully controlled by a state-owned Chinese company.Athabasca’s stock traded as high as $8.75, about 19 per cent higher than its close Tuesday. The stock closed up 75 cents at $8.12, a gain of 10 per cent.The Alberta energy regulator said late Tuesday it would allow Athabasca to go ahead with the Dover project, which will use steam to soften the bitumen and draw it to the surface.However, its approval comes with 10 conditions, mostly having to do with controlling emissions and odours.The nearby Fort McKay First Nation told public hearings earlier this year that it had concerns about the project’s effects on its lands. It asked for a 20-kilometre buffer zone to be established around an area it relies on for hunting and trapping. The regulator denied that request.In a statement, Fort McKay Chief Jim Boucher said the fight is “not over” and that his community is “gearing up to mount a rigorous opposition” to the project “until a satisfactory solution is found.”“What we are asking for is no different than what the Alberta government recently granted Fort McMurray, which is a buffer zone to separate industrial sites from areas of community activity and residential development,” said Boucher, adding it’s “unacceptable” the project comes within 1,200 metres of a wildlife-rich area called Moose Lake. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 7, 2013 12:27 pm MDT Athabasca shares rise as Dover project approved, paving way for PetroChina sale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“It is not only areas directly affected by conflict that are food insecure; some 200,000 people in Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Warrap states have also seen their access to food deteriorate, owing to factors such as price inflation and market disruptions that are tied to the conflict,” said UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Acting Representative, Serge Tissot, in a press release. “Prompt implementation of the peace agreement is absolutely critical to improving the food situation,” he added of the latest international efforts to end the conflict that erupted between President Salva Kiir and his former Vice-President Riek Machar over two years ago, killing thousands, displacing over 2.4 million people, 650,000 of whom fled abroad, and impacting the overall food security of 4.6 million.FAO, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) stressed that the current numbers are particularly worrisome because they show an increase in hungerduring the post-harvest period, when the country is traditionally has most food.The numbers are expected to peak during the coming lean season, traditionally worst between April and July, when food availability is lowest. Humanitarian partners project that the lean season will start early this year, and the hunger period will be longer than in previous years.The three UN agencies noted that the dry season, beginning now, could bring additional hardship to people facing the most severe levels of hunger. Those displaced in conflict-affected Unity State, who have been living on fish and water lilies to survive, are running out of their only remaining sources of food as the floods recede.Livestock raiding has robbed many people of essential animal products like milk, which were their main means of survival during last year’s lean season. Unless humanitarian assistance can reliably reach them during the dry season, they face catastrophe in the coming months.For this reason, the agencies are calling for a speedy implementation of the peace agreement signed last year, and for unrestricted access to conflict areas to deliver much needed supplies to the most affected areas.”During the dry season, we must make a massive pre-positioning effort so that we can continue assisting people after roads become impassable once the rains come,” WFP Country Director Joyce Luma said. “Rising insecurity in Greater Equatoria is hampering delivery of humanitarian assistance through major routes, setting back our efforts to prepare and respond to people who are most in need.”Overall prevalence of emergency levels of malnutrition is also an issue of grave concern, due mostly to inadequate food consumption, along with disease, dietary habits, and constrained health and nutrition service delivery.”Families have been doing everything they can to survive but they are now running out of options,” UNICEF Representative Jonathan Veitch said. “Many of the areas where the needs are greatest are out of reach because of the security situation. It’s crucial that we are given unrestricted access now. If we can reach them, we can help them.”FAO plans to assist 2.8 million people in producing food and protecting their livestock assets in 2016, compared to 2.4 million people reached last year. FAO emergency livelihood support includes crop kits, vegetable kits, fishing kits and livestock vaccinations of more than five million head of cattle.UNICEF has set a target of treating more than 165,000 children for severe acute malnutrition in 2016. Last year the number of children treated surpassed 144,000, a 53 per cent increase over 2014. WFP delivered food and nutrition assistance to some three million people across the country in the last year, working with 87 non-governmental organizations (NGO) partners and using every tool at its disposal, including airdrops, river barges, cash-based transfers, local food purchases and specialized nutritious foods.
Ohio State freshman soccer player Connor Senn collapsed during a game against Akron on Sept. 26, 2001. Senn later died to a congenial heart defect. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics“Play like Connor today.”The motto has greeted generations of Ohio State soccer players, standing as a constant reminder that the program is more than just the X’s and O’s. The motto greeted Brian Maisonneuve as he took over for former head coach John Bleum prior to the start of the 2018 season.Connor Senn’s legacy still lives on.Friday marks the 17th annual Connor Senn Memorial Match for the Ohio State men’s soccer team. Ohio State will take on Cleveland State in a match that serves to honor the memory of the former Buckeye soccer player, who died in 2001.Senn played on the team as a freshman walk-on. The Buckeyes traveled to the University of Akron on Sept. 26, 2001; during the course of that night’s match, Senn collapsed on the field. Senn died later that night: the result of a congenital heart defect that was nearly impossible to detect at the time.Honoring Senn’s memory is a tradition that has carried on from generation to generation of Buckeye players and coaching staffs.“That type of legacy is in the locker room,” Maisonneuve said. “His magnet is still up in the locker and what he stood for is something that we want this program to stand for. So it was a no brainer. Keep it going. I met with Lance, his dad, and it means a lot to this program, and the stamp that Connor has left on this program is huge.”Even though Senn’s tragic death came almost two decades ago, he has remained an important part of each and every Ohio State squad to take the field in the years since. Even for the current crop of Buckeyes, it is evident that they know not only who he was, but how important it is to everyone involved with the Ohio State men’s soccer program that they continue to honor him.It’s a match that has additional meaning for Ohio State redshirt junior goalkeeper Parker Siegfried, as he grew up just down the street from the Senn family. “It’s a really cool thing for me because I grew up about 10 houses from where the Senns grew up in Granville, so it’s always meant a lot and he’s kind of been a name that I’ve known since I was a kid,” Siegfried said. “It’s always an awesome night for the team and the program.”Fifth-year midfielder Brady Blackwell said this match is always a special one for the team and something that it takes pride in.“We all know who he was and what happened so I think it’s a little extra incentive to play hard and not take anything for granted,” Blackwell said. “Coach Bluem, before he left, or retired, he really instilled in us how important this match was to the program and what it meant, so we take it serious.” Following his death, Senn’s father set up the Connor Senn Memorial Fund. The fund provides a fully-funded scholarship and raises money to be donated to the Dorothy M. Davis Heart & Lung Research Institute at the Wexner Medical Center.The Buckeyes will face Cleveland State for the Connor Senn Memorial Match at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.
SPAIN’S GOVERNMENT IS crafting a new legal shield for King Juan Carlos after he steps off the throne and loses the absolute royal immunity that has protected him for 39 years.The 76-year-old king, hurt by royal scandals in the twilight of a reign that steered Spain from dictatorship to democracy, is handing the crown to his son Felipe who will be sworn in on Thursday.But when King Felipe VI is crowned, his father Juan Carlos will cease to be covered by Spain’s 1978 constitution, which states that the person of the king “is inviolable and shall not be held accountable”.In October 2012, that immunity thwarted two legal suits demanding that Juan Carlos undergo paternity tests to show whether he was the father of two extramarital children.It is a status that is increasingly being questioned, however, as Spain grapples with the first royal succession since the restoration of the monarchy after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975.Juan Carlos himself declared in a televised address in December 2012 that “justice is equal for all” as he distanced himself from a corruption scandal swirling around his son-in-law, former Olympic handball champion Inaki Urdangarin.This year, the king’s younger daughter Princess Cristina was officially named a tax crime suspect in relation to her husband’s allegedly dodgy business practices.There has been no suggestion that the king is linked to Urdangarin’s affairs but the monarch’s popularity has nevertheless been hit by that scandal and by his own exploits, in particular a luxury 2012 African elephant-hunting safari that shocked many Spaniards.Juan Carlos’s legal status thus poses a unique challenge to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government.Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said this month that the government would propose to parliament a fundamental law setting out the king’s legal status after his abdication.Immunity for life In any case, she said, Juan Carlos’s constitutional immunity for actions taken while king will not expire.“One loses immunity for the future, but that does not mean one regains responsibility for previous acts,” the deputy premier told journalists. Protestors carry a banner reading Monarchy, abolition, people decide. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA spokesman for Spain’s General Council of the Judiciary said legal opinion broadly supported the view that the king’s immunity for the period of his reign remains intact.But that claim is “pretty debatable”, argued Joaquim Bosch, spokesman for one of the judiciary’s professional associations, Judges for Democracy.“The constitution absolutely does not say that after abandoning his functions as head of state, the inviolability remains,” Bosch said.Parliament could extend a new legal privilege to the king for actions taken after his abdication.Already, an estimated 10,000 Spanish members of parliament, judges, prosecutors and members of the government are afforded a legal privilege for actions taken as part of their official duties, a figure Bosch criticised as excessive.The privilege means only the Superior Court may judge regional figures such as members of a regional parliament while only the Supreme Court may judge national figures such as members of the Spanish parliament or central government ministers.Pedro Sanchez, a leading member of Spain’s opposition Socialist Party, said this week it was time to debate which royal privileges should be eliminated “and one of them is undoubtedly ending the principle of the inviolability of the king”.- © AFP, 2014Read: The Spanish King is abdicating after 39 years on the throne >Read: Judge names Spanish princess in corruption case >
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A collection of reform proposals are being put together by the government so finance minister Yanis Varoufakis can present them at Monday’s Eurogroup, with Athens hoping that this will help it secure part of the remaining 7.2 billion euros in bailout instalments.Government sources said the six proposals Varoufakis is due to present will be measures to tackle the humanitarian crisis, administrative reform, a new scheme to settle overdue debts to the state, changes to tax collection, the creation of a fiscal council (a nonpartisan body to monitor and advise on fiscal policy) and the setting up of a new body for targeted tax inspections.The measures are due to be put forward at the Euro Working Group but the Greek government is hoping that eurozone finance ministers will deem the proposals enough to pave the way for the release of some funding to Athens within March.Varoufakis is also likely to be prepared to discuss with his counterparts what privatizations the government is willing to carry out. The finance minister said in an interview on Star TV on Monday night that he is in favour of further private investment at Piraeus port and in the Greek railway network. State Minister Alekos Flambouraris said on Tuesday that the coalition would not consider selling the country’s water or electricity firms.The preparation for Monday’s Eurogroup has led to the government making changes to some of the legislation it had planned. For instance, the provision for giving debtors a haircut on the principal they owe to the state has been removed from the legislation introducing a new payment plan for overdue taxes and social security contributions.There is even a possibility that the dreaded ENFIA property tax will remain for another year, albeit reduced by 15 to 20 per cent. The government wants to replace it with a levy on large property but will need to ensure it can raise revenues of 2.6 billion euros to do so. A new formula has not been found yet.The coalition has, however, finalized the legislation aimed at tackling the social impact of the crisis. The bill foresees households in “extreme poverty” receiving free electricity for a year. This is estimated to affect 150,000 families. The draft law also provides a rent subsidy of between 70 and 220 euros per month for up to 30,000 households. Furthermore, food coupons will be provided to up to 170,000 families. The total cost of these interventions is estimated at 200 million euros.Source: Kathimerini
What’s better than shoving a new straight-six engine into a perennially solid luxury SUV? Throwing a 48-volt mild hybrid in there, too, that’s what. That’s the idea behind the Range Rover Sport HST.Land Rover on Wednesday unveiled the Range Rover Sport HST, a special edition with a new member of Jaguar Land Rover’s Ingenium engine family. This new turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 is claimed to be smoother and stronger than the old V6. It puts out about 395 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, enough to get the SUV to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds.To help combat turbo lag and provide better response, Land Rover fitted the powertrain with an electric supercharger than can spin up to 120,000 RPM in just half a second. Some of that juice will come from a new 48-volt mild hybrid system also fitted to the Range Rover Sport HST. In addition to providing juice for the electric supercharger, it uses an electric motor to harvest energy under braking, and it should increase the amount of time the stop-start system can stay activated.Enlarge ImageLike every other Range Rover, it’s not exactly hard to look at. Land Rover Of course, the powertrain isn’t the only special thing about the Sport HST. It also looks a bit different, thanks to special badges and carbon fiber trim on the hood, grille and tailgate. Two alloy wheel designs are on offer, and buyers can choose from five different paint colors — black, white, silver, red or gray. Red brake calipers are standard, but more demure buyers can have them in gray.Inside, there’s a new color pattern on the front seats, and both the steering wheel and gear lever are detailed in suede. There’s at least one HST badge inside the car as well, in case you forget what you’re driving. Land Rover has only announced the Range Rover Sport HST for the UK so far, but it shouldn’t be long before the company unveils the same trim for US-spec Range Rover Sports. In the UK, the HST will set you back £81,250 (about $105,000). Land Rover electrifies Range Rover Sport with new HST trim 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow 0 Share your voice 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 43 Photos 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Post a comment Land Rover Land Rover SUVs Hybrids Luxury cars Land Rover: Get all your Landie news right here.Long-term Land Rover Discovery: See what we liked, and what we didn’t.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAlaska Senate Debates State Operating Budget Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe Alaska Senate is moving an operating budget that reduces state spending by $220 million over the previous year. Debate on the budget is still happening on the Senate floor, but APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us for this update.Bill To Reinstate State Income Tax Introduced In Alaska House Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauA pair of lawmakers in the Alaska Househave filed legislation to reinstate an income tax.Murkowski Optimistic About Eielson’s F-35 Prospects Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska posts are among dozens nationwide being considered for force reductions by the Army, but the Air Force is looking at beefing up its presence at an interior Alaska base. A plan to station the Pacific region’s first F-35 squadrons at Eielson Air Force base near North Pole is under review. Senator Lisa Murkowski, who visited Fairbanks Thursday is optimistic about the prospect.Obama’s ANWR Wilderness Protection Plea Enrages Alaska Delegation Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCPresident Obama today sent letters to Congressional leaders formally requesting wilderness protection for parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the coastal plain. The letters follow through on a plan the White House announced in late January, enraging Alaska’s governor and congressional delegation, who want the area opened to oil exploration.Hyder Residents Concerned Over Nightly Border ClosureEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauResidents of the small Southeast Alaska town of Hyder no longer have nighttime access to emergency medical care.Fairbanks Clean-Air Advocates: Slow Regulatory Startup Encourages Opponents Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksClean air advocates say they’re disappointing that local and state regulators haven’t made more progress in getting the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s air-quality program up and going.Community Support Surges For Sudanese Refugees Targeted By Vandalism Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA weekend incident in the Anchorage neighborhood of Spenard has left a group of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan unsure over their safety. It also brought neighbors and police out to show support.AK: Resetting The StageLisa Phu, KTOO – JuneauRicci Adan is a performing artist in Juneau. Locals know her as an actor, dance teacher and choreographer, most recently of Perseverance Theatre’s “Chicago.”What people may not know is that in 1981, her husband Richard Adan was killed, stabbed on the streets of New York City by a released convict who was a protégé of Pulitzer Prize winning writer Norman Mailer.The murder trial was highly publicized. But, Adan is just beginning to tell her side of the story.49 Voices: Edna Grass and Betty Morehouse of Anchorage This week we’ll hear from two Anchorage residents. Edna Grass and Betty Morehouse are neighbors in the Adelaide building downtown. They both live in small, one-person apartments. An unusual common interest brought them together, and Edna Grass says, it saved her life.
A lead dog on Larry Daugherty’s team rests in Takotna. (Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media photo)As Iditarod mushers decide when and where to take their mandatory 24-hour layovers, the leaders are in to the ghost town of Iditarod. And our trail reporters are breaking into their snack packs! Also, we hear from a Takotna elder about the moose he shot and fed at the village checkpoint.
Karimnagar: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the Centre and Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) in the State are misusing its power and violating the constitutional rights that are provided to every citizen of India, alleged Communist Party of India (CPI) State secretary Chanda Venkat Reddy.Speaking at a press meet the party office in Karimnagar on Monday, Chada Venkat Reddy alleged that the BJP is using its political power, brought amendments in the Triple Talaq bill and in Right to Information Act along with scrapping Article 370 in Kashmir and is trying to create hatred among the people and between the regions. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us ‘The BJP government did nothing to Telangana State. It gave permission to establish Kazipet Coach Factory but didn’t allotted funds, it did not sanctioned Bayyaram Steel factory, establishment of Tribal University remained to papers only and didn’t fulfilled the bifurcation promises even after six years,’ he criticised. Coming heavily on the TRS government, Venkat Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao forgot the welfare of the people and busy in the construction of new Assembly and secretariat buildings. On the pretext of constructing these buildings, KCR is trying to demolish the land records, he alleged. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The CPI State secretary further added that the CM is encouraging corruption in the State in the name of projects. The CM is responsible for the termination of Aarogyasri services in private hospitals across the State as he did not clear the pending bills, he alleged. Reddy demanded the government release of pending bills immediately along with focusing on education, health and employment and provide job security for the out-sourcing and contractual workers working in various government departments. CPI leaders P Kedari, K Shoba Rani, G Lakshmi, K Srujan Kumar, P Srinivas, B Raji Reddy, T Sammaiah, B Mahendar, Kasireddy, Manikanta Reddy, Katika Reddy, Buchhanna and Yogendar were present along with others.
Deloitte Office, BangaloreIn a major relief to the multinational audit firm led by the big four — Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG, a Ministry of Corporate Affairs panel report has recommended the government to allow them to operate in India. The Economic Times reported that the recommendations given by the committee of experts said that “being part of a multinational network and sharing global costs does not mean these firms are controlled or owned by international entities”.The government had formed a committee to look into the complaints made by an Indian firm where they argued that the foreign firms were apparently flouting norms and gaining an undue advantage. Additionally, amid the audit rotation mandated by the Companies Act 2013 that comes into effect on April 1, 2017, the scuffle between the multinational auditing firms (MAFs) and Indian auditing firms (IAFs) intensified. The legislation resulted in IAFs losing clients to multinational competitors.It is to be noted that the according to the rules, foreign firms are not allowed in auditing and due to this reason, MAFs operate through network firms that do not use the multinational’s brand name.MAFs have come under the radar of investigative agencies as some of them got involved in controversies including involvement in fraud-accused jeweller Nirav Modi or Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS). A network firm of EY is the present auditor of IL&FS, a form which is facing a huge cash crunch, meanwhile, Network firms of Deloitte were auditors to Nirav Modi as well as IL&FS. In fact, in many scenarios where the companies had filed bankruptcy, network firms of the Big Four were found to be associated as auditors.However, the panel has argued that the MAFs will be allowed to operate in India in order to order to increase competitiveness. Speaking on the issue Vishesh C Chandiok, CEO, Grant Thornton India said that “Activation of the independent regulator NFRA (National Financial Reporting Authority), formation of multi-disciplinary partnerships, activation of global brands for audit including marketing and business promotion, transparency on non-audit service fees, are all steps aligned with the direction progressive countries have already moved towards.”
Watch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake CatcherHubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous Glow Paleo dieting is trendy. In essence, its practitioners think it best, or at least try to limit themselves to foods that a few very poorly informed people think early humans ate. Anyone familiar with the bulk of the research on what ancient humans ate could tell you that the practice is silly, but the plan got another nail in the coffin earlier this week.A new report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences details an archaeological find suggesting humans were making bread thousands of years before agriculture. The find was from northeastern Jordan. Researchers used an electron microscope to get ludicrously detailed images of a couple dozen pieces of char from the over.Electron microscopes are one of the most advanced tools we have for seeing the very small, and with it, the team was able to confirm that there were chunks of bread essentially stuck in the char. Because bread is a pretty basic process — simply water and grains that have been processed a bit — it’s been a decidedly a part of human history for millennia. Still, as it relies on grain, the assumption has been that bread, while among the earliest processed foods, still came well after agriculture. This find puts the discovery and creation of bread bake at least 4,000 years, though.Though the exact grains used aren’t yet known, it’s like a wild rye or millet and unleavened. Notably, root vegetables were also found, potentially suggesting a combination of foods. Given that human beings have also been cooking for over a million years, it also means that bread could potentially be much, much older than this, even. If we were capable of harvesting undomesticated grains to produce bread, well that’s pretty much the earliest barrier besides the act of cooking itself.Researchers also posit that this will help us understand how earlier humans got the nutrition they needed. Cooking, generally makes more nutrients in a given food available. That said, keep in mind this was unleavened bread. So it was probably pretty not-awesome by today’s standards. Maybe that’s just because I’m double fisting loaves of French bread as I type this, but I’ll take the fluffy slices over what is essentially humans real (and shittier) lembas bread.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
She is a Master’s in English who pursued Journalism and Mass Communication to remain connected to people through her articles and write ups. And as a writer she communicates on burning issues through newspapers, magazines and blogs. She is a popular blogger in the web and enjoys a huge readership.Meet Padmini Sharma, the author of Spice up your Marriage. She was in the Capital recently sharing some valuable inputs about good marriages, the pitfalls and how to sort it all out. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Having travelled the world Sharma has gathered huge experience about human relationships – how things work out or don’t work out in a relationship; especially marriage in today’s highly exposed life style. There are times when every marriage goes through a bad patch – it is, then, up to the husband and wife to hold the rudder steady and guide the rocking boat to a safe port. There are often internal tensions and external entities, which come in the way of retaining that faith. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn her debut venture Spice up your Marriage, Sharma shares some unique and proven solutions she learnt during the course of her own marriage through this book. She elaborates the usual and unusual situations, which come up when a family stays under a roof and shares her strategy on how to sail through them. While there is no magic formula of saving a relationship that’s falling apart, it often only takes a change in one’s perspectives to turn the situation around and get a grip on it.So whether you are married or not, pick this one up.
People suffering from medical conditions causing low levels of oxytocin – love hormone – perform worse on empathy tasks, reveals a new research.Oxytocin is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ due to its role in human behaviours including sexual arousal, recognition, trust, anxiety and mother-infant bonding. It is produced by the hypothalamus – an area of the brain that controls mood and appetite – and stored in the pituitary gland, a pea-sized organ that sits at the base of the skull. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, researchers from the University of Cardiff, Wales, investigated empathic behaviour in people who they suspected of having reduced oxytocin levels due to one of two medical conditions caused in response to pituitary surgery.The findings revealed that CDI and HP groups performed significantly worse on empathy tasks, compared to controls. In particular, CDI participants with the lowest levels of oxytocin produced the worst performances. Researchers said this is the first study which looks at low oxytocin as a result of medical, as opposed to psychological, disorders. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“If replicated, the results from our patient groups suggest it is also important to consider medical conditions carrying a risk of low oxytocin levels,” said Katie Daughters from the University of Cardiff. Further, patients who have undergone pituitary surgery, and in particular those who have acquired CDI as a consequence, may present with lower oxytocin levels. This could impact on their emotional behaviour, and in turn affect their psychological well-being, Daughters added.
LOYALIST TOWNSHIP, Ont. – Stories from the Tragically Hip’s fabled Bathouse studio came to light on Thursday at a rare open house for a small group of friends and family.The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in.But as much as the night highlighted their stake in the legalization of marijuana, nothing could overshadow the legendary property.The Bathouse studio is a stone-cut structure that was built as a coach house, but became the Hip’s makeshift recording space in the early 1990s. Here they put some of their biggest albums — including “Trouble at the Henhouse” and “Phantom Power” — to tape and filmed a number of music videos.Well over 100 other musicians, including Matt Good, Sarah Harmer and members of Broken Social Scene, have also hammered down ideas for their songs here over the years.Each artist leaves behind stories that Dave (Billy Ray) Koster, head of the Hip’s stage crew and the Bathouse’s caretaker, loves to share with visitors.One of his favourites is the time Blue Rodeo frontman Jim Cuddy recorded a song, strolled down the front porch and took a quick dip in the pool outside the house. He returned a few minutes later, still dripping wet, to listen to a playback of the tape.For most of the artists, the Bathouse becomes their temporary home away from home. They’ll sleep in one of its four bedrooms and balance studio time with enjoying the property, which is steps away from Lake Ontario.Gord Downie spent much time here, Koster said, and slept in an upstairs bedroom with a view of the waterfront through the trees.Tucked at the back of the property is an attached rehearsal space Koster called “the Hip’s sacred clubhouse.” It’s the only working space in the Bathouse that’s almost entirely off limits for musicians who rent the place to record.The Hip prepared for many of their concerts here, including the 2016 Man Machine Poem tour, which marked Downie’s final shows.Koster said the Hip maintained a strict regiment as they prepared for those important dates. They’d rehearse for an hour before taking a break to grab a beer or a smoke.But Downie remained focused during that time. While everyone else relaxed, he jumped on an exercise bike in the corner of the room and pedalled away to build his strength.“He worked incredibly hard here to be able to do those 14 shows,” Koster said.“We did more rehearsing for that entire tour than we did for all the other ones combined — just to get him back to where he was.”Aside from the stories, the Bathouse is stacked with memorabilia.In one room, they’ve framed the winning Juno Award envelopes for “Trouble at the Henhouse.” There’s also many pieces of artwork originally used on their album covers.Many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf.Koster said it’s actually an airplane’s flight line tester that drummer Johnny Fay purchased at a New York City junk shop.He’s known for “buying things and figuring out what they do later,” Koster explained.When Fay brought the hefty device back to Canada, and learned that it was useless for producing audio, the band decided it would make a cool album cover.They screwed a small “Phantom Power” title plate on the front and asked a photographer to shoot some photos.The rest is Tragically Hip history.Follow @dfriend on Twitter. The 19th century home in the quiet town of Bath, Ont., a short drive from Kingston, was grounds for a gathering organized by Hip band members and Up Cannabis, a licensed marijuana producer they’re invested in. A section of the studio, in which many guests were especially surprised to encounter the mysterious yellow device from the “Phantom Power” cover sitting on a shelf, is seen on Thursday, May 24, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Friend by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 25, 2018 12:38 pm PDT Last Updated May 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Tragically Hip opens doors to Bathouse studio for a glimpse of music history
FILE – This July 20, 2018 file photo shows an aerial view of the San Diego Convention Center, the site of Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year’s Comic-Comic kicks off Wednesday, July 17, 2019, with a big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town. (Photo by Christy Radecic/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Comic-Con at 50: Bigger than ever, but at what cost? by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Jul 16, 2019 1:22 pm PDT LOS ANGELES — No one expected their culture would ever become mainstream when a few hundred comic book and science fiction enthusiasts and creators gathered in the basement of a San Diego hotel 49 years ago for what would become known as the first Comic-Con.Except Jack Kirby.“A long time ago he said, ‘One day Hollywood is going to come to Comic-Con to get its ideas,’” co-founder Mike Towry said. “That seemed pretty far-fetched to us, but Jack Kirby was pretty visionary.”As the 50th Comic-Comic kicks off Wednesday, with a big Marvel Studios panel on Saturday that’s sure to be the hottest ticket in town, and Spider-Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominating the box office, Kirby proved to be right. But it took a while for Comic-Con to really “go Hollywood.”“We were just looking to get together with our fellow comic fans and some of the people who created the comics and science fiction we enjoyed,” Towry said of the early years. “Comics back then were looked down on by pretty much everyone.”Roy Thomas remembers being part of one of the first “real movie events” at Comic-Con. In the summer of 1976, the artist and two other panelists took the stage to preview an unknown sci-fi property that wouldn’t hit theatres for another 10 months.It was, of course, “Star Wars” and he was working on the promotional comics that Marvel would put out prior to release.“We had a few posters. But we didn’t even have any footage,” Thomas said. “All we could do was sit there and talk about it and show a poster.”He remembers the PR guy, Charles Lippincott, trying to sell the posters later for $1 apiece.“He didn’t even sell them all,” Thomas laughed. “He ended up giving some of them away.”Compare that to 28 years later, when Lucasfilm revealed the title for the final Star Wars prequel, “Revenge of the Sith.” Germain Lussier, a staff writer for the websites io9 and Gizmodo, remembers it being “electric.” Some 7,000 screaming people jumped out of their seats and made a mad dash to the showroom floor to get one of the T-shirts available at the Star Wars booth.The success of the original Star Wars may have a wake-up call for Hollywood.“It made Hollywood sit up and take notice,” Towry said. And, he thinks, it began the slow evolution of the convention into what it is today.For most, the real tipping point for Comic-Con and Hollywood came in 2008 when “Twilight” descended on the Gaslamp District. The “Twihards” took fandom to a new level when they camped out overnight to secure a spot to see the panel. That had never been done on that level.Since then, Comic-Con has been a madhouse. Nowadays, some 135,000 people descend on the San Diego Convention Center and surrounding Gaslamp District every year. There are lines everywhere for fan needs (panels, toys, autograph sessions, events) and human ones (food, bathrooms, transportation). Tickets are hard to come by, as are hotels and parking, and everything is expensive.There are still artists on the showroom floor and off-the-beaten path panels in the spirit of those first few years. But look around the Gaslamp District where every inch of space has been branded by a movie, TV show, tech company or corporate brand (even down to the hotel key cards and elevators), and it’s clear that Comic-Con has become one big advertisement.“You could feel it when Hollywood really started figuring out that that this was a major publicity opportunity and targeting it,” said film critic Drew McWeeny, who started attending in the early 1990s. “For me that was the end of it.”For McWeeny, the intense focus on movie trailers and tidbits teased by those involved in the major panels at Comic-Con, “reflects the problem with overall culture beautifully: Our conversation about films happens 99% before they come out and 1% after they come out. The film is almost inconsequential. Our cultural conversation is about marketing.”For others, Comic-Con holds value in that filmmakers get face time with fans. “It” director Andy Muschietti is returning this year with some cast and new footage from “It: Chapter Two,” which Warner Bros. and New Line will premiere at its Wednesday night ScareDiego event.“It’s huge. You’re really getting in contact with the fans, even for a brief moment,” Muschietti said. “The fans have the opportunity to meet the cast there that they love so much and get an autograph. I think it’s great.”Lately, it’s become a bit of a mixed bag with just how involved Hollywood movie studios, which can fluctuate based on what there is to promote. Marvel Studios has sat out before, and this year Warner Bros. is not bringing any of its DC properties.“I suspect a lot of studios realized that having movies at San Diego Comic-Con costs a lot of money and I don’t know if it’s worth all that money in the end,” said Perri Nemiroff, a senior producer for Collider.com and host of the YouTube series Movie Talk. She also noted that studios like Disney have their own brand-specific conventions like D23 and Star Wars Celebration.“I do think to some degree it’s rolling back,” McWeeny said. “The best thing that can happen is Hollywood just gets bored of it and it becomes something that is really for fans again.”Plus there’s just the hassle of getting and being there. And perhaps “missing out” is no longer a fear: Fans can see most of the footage online soon afterward.“It’s become so huge now, it’s almost like Yogi Berra said: ‘Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded,’” Thomas said. “That’s why I stay away. I do like it, but I just feel like maybe it’s better to stick with my memories.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahrLindsey Bahr, The Associated Press
Medical students from the University of Cyprus have appealed to President Nicos Anastasiades, to intervene and allow their professors to teach them during internships at state hospitals, it emerged on Friday.In the letter, published in Phileleftheros, the fourth-year medical students claimed their education was suffering as a result of disagreements between the university and state doctors regarding practical training.The agreement between the university and the government as regards the training of medical students in state hospitals was put on hold last fall after state doctors at Makarios hospital went on a three-hour work stoppage to protest against the presence of the then dean of the medical school Dr Zacharias Zachariou, who had gone there to assume duties.State doctors said they found the cooperation agreement between the ministry and the medical school to be irregular as it was approved by the cabinet and not by parliament. They had also complained that state doctors were being unfavourably treated due to this agreement and that there was also a huge difference in salaries as university doctors’ annual income would be more than three times that of state doctors.Negotiations between the two sides continue, but no agreement has been reached yet.Fourth-year medical students however, already began their clinical training at the Nicosia general hospital in October, without the supervision of their university professors.“Unfortunately, while a semester and a half have passed, our academic lecturers have not been allowed into hospitals to teach us our clinical part of the study, but are merely present in the room as observers without being able to practice their research and clinical work and by extension to teach,” the letter said.This, students said, is in contradiction with international guidelines of the World Federation for Medical Education.At the moment, students are being trained by hospital doctors.“But for the establishment of a proper university clinic and the successful evaluation of our degree from the international external committee, the substantial involvement and leadership in teaching also of academic physicians is required, who have the expertise to implement the curriculum and student assessment during clinical training,” they said.Students called on the president to intervene so that existing problems “that hinder our excellent clinical training”, are resolved. They also asked the president help so that any personal interests are sidelined.“We laid our trust on our country. We stayed [in Cyprus] to support the state medical school thus contributing to the effort to upgrade public health in our island.It is therefore our right to receive the best education so that we can give back tomorrow to the maximum as doctors,” students said.If no decision is taken to validate the admission of the teachers in public hospitals, they said, it would aggravate the already existing problem of the understaffing of the medical school as it would not attract renowned teachers. This, they said, would lead to the degradation of their medical training.You May LikeHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsThe Early Signs Of Heart Failure. Search Acute Heart Failure TreatmentHeart Failure Treatment | Search AdsUndoFigLeaf Beta AppFigLeaf brings You 3 Easy Steps to Privacy on Your Terms…FigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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