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Prince Moulay Rachid Marrakech Festival Celebrates Peace

Marrakech – The 16th annual Marrakech International Film Festival, which kicked off on Friday, is an event that will be packed with emotion and wonderful moments, “to once again celebrate peace and the hope of a world full of promise for generations to come,” said Prince Moulay Rachid, President of the Foundation’s Festival. In its traditional editorial to present this year’s edition (Dec. 2-10), to be held under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, Prince Moulay Rachid said that “in the space of a month, Marrakech will have been the symbol of the convergence of ideas, of the will and desire to make our world a better one.”“We cannot gather here for the 16th edition of the Marrakesh International Film Festival without mentioning and saluting the holding of the COP22 conference on climate change in this magnificent Ochre City,” he added. “The intentions are there to support and promote a vision of the world in which responsibilities are shared, in which origins and differences are set aside to give way to a common wish to contribute to a better future. That is the spirit of the Marrakesh International Film Festival,” Prince Moulay Rachid noted.Concerning the program of the 16th edition, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid said that “as our honored guest, Russian cinema will guide us through a rich civilization.Masterclasses will be given by some great masters who have left their stamp and continue to do so on the history of filmmaking. The eclecticism of the Jury under the presidency of the great cineaste Béla Tarr is the reflection of the official selection in which borders do not exist.”“All this combines to strengthen my firm belief: Cinema is in the service of humanity, as a vector to bring us together and help us discover others,” concluded Prince Moulay Rachid. read more

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Morocco to Launch Second Campaign of Illegal Immigrants Regularization

Rabat – Morocco is set to launch a second campaign to regularize the situations of illegal immigrants living in the kingdom.In accordance with the high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, the second phase of the campaign for the regularization of the situation of illegal immigrants in Morocco will be launched immediately, as already planned for the end of 2016, the National Commission in charge of Illegal Immigrants’ Regularization said on Monday.“During HM the King’s visits to sub-Saharan African countries, several Heads of State congratulated the Sovereign and the Kingdom of Morocco for its migration policy, which aims at promoting the economic and social integration of illegal immigrants mainly those from Sub-Saharan African countries,” the commission added in a statement. “Given the success of the first phase of the regularization campaign that took place in 2014, HM the King gave his high instructions for the launching of the second phase of the process, as already planned by the end of 2016,” the source pointed out.This second phase, which will be launched immediately, will take place under the same conditions as the first phase, which involved about twenty-five thousand people. In a speech to the nation on the anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People, the King said that “Morocco was one of the first countries of the South to adopt a genuine solidarity-based policy regarding sub-Saharan migrants.”“This integrated policy, which is rooted in humanitarian values, is designed to make sure migrants’ rights and dignity are safeguarded,” the Sovereign added.“As part of the implementation of this policy, my country has, without any arrogance, pomposity or discrimination, regularized the situation of migrants using fair and reasonable standards. It has provided the conditions needed for migrants to reside, work and lead a dignified life within our community,” the King pointed out.“This is hardly surprising on the part of Moroccans, considering the way they always treat their guests. Generosity, hospitality and the warmth of their welcome have long been deep-rooted features of our identity and culture.”“I am deeply satisfied to note that migrants are hardworking people, who are known for their good behavior, their commitment to the rule of law and their respect for Moroccan values and sanctities.” “Let me add, in this regard, that we are only fulfilling our duty towards these people, whose circumstances have led them to risk their lives and leave their families and homeland.”“Morocco, which has long rejected the methods adopted by some to address migration issues and which have turned out to be a failure, is proud of what it is doing in terms of receiving and integrating migrants. It will keep up this practical, humanitarian approach.” read more

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How to manage your money like an NHL hockey player

TORONTO — Even before Jamie McLennan made it to the NHL and began earning a top-athlete’s salary, he learned a hard lesson about how “money attracts a lot of good people and a lot of losers.”While he was still playing in the minor leagues, he and many of his peers invested in a beanie hat company that aimed to sell its wares at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In the end, the company never lived up to its promises and his $5,000 investment disappeared.“He took our money and spent it, and probably lived high on the hog for a few days,” said McLennan, who went on to be an NHL goaltender for 11 seasons and is now a hockey analyst for TSN.McLennan’s loss was relatively small, but the story is all too common.For baby boomer couples, synchronize or stagger is the new retirement dilemmaYou don’t need $100 million to employ a family-office-style investing modelThree behavioural barriers to solid retirement planning, and how you can overcome them“Every player, for the most part, can tell you their one story of where you trusted somebody and it kind of went south… You need to surround yourself with people that know what they’re doing and people that you trust,” he said.The NHL season started this week, bringing in a fresh crop of hockey stars who after years of gruelling training will start to reap the benefits of their hard work — in both profile and salary.Still, despite earning seven-figure salaries and higher, too many high-profile hockey players have squandered their millions and filed for bankruptcy, including Jack Johnson and Darren McCarty.Many former players now advise the next generation of stars on how to not become the next financial cautionary tale.“They train hard, and they get these specific programs to be successful, you know, on the ice,” said Stew Gavin, former NHL player and president of Gavin Hockey Wealth Specialists. “And if you take some of that same initiative to care for your financial matters, you can do extremely well.”Here are some personal finance rules for NHL stars that can apply to beer league players and non-hockey playing folk as well.1) Do not rush into financial decisions.Whether you have just received a massive pay bump or come into a large sum of money such as an inheritance, resist the urge to deploy your cash into investments right away, Gavin says. Learn what investment options are available, interview different firms and only do what you are comfortable with, he added. “If it takes you six months or a year, I would rather someone go into it, be informed and educated and gradually deploy it so that it is in line with their comfort level,” he said.2) Live within your means.Don’t try to keep up with peers who are further along in their career, and earning power, said Francois Giguere, a Colorado-based wealth manager who has advised hockey players for 20 years. An individual at the beginning of their career may feel pressure to keep up with their peers’ lavish lifestyle, he said. “Even if you’re making a million, you’re with players that are making five, six, seven million (dollars). …That’s where you can fall and miss the boat financially.”3) Help friends and family — down the road.If you take care of your own finances up front, you will be in a better position to help them even more later, said Giguere. “It’s tough early on to be a little bit more selfish and make sure you take care of yourself,” he said. “And as your income grows… you can be in a position to help.”4) Pay close attention to your cash flow.“The biggest eye opener is to see money go out on a monthly basis,” said McLennan, who is a client of Gavin’s. The key is to establish how you want to live for the rest of your life, and work backwards to structure your finances to reach that goal, he said. “The quicker you can identify that as a young athlete… The faster you can achieve those goals.”5) Budget for a longer retirement than you anticipate.Players need to earn enough for their post-playing life, which for some can span 60 years. In general, most people are living longer past retirement — beyond the 20 years that used to be standard. Think longer-term, as saving now means more flexibility in the future. “When they retire from hockey they’ll be able to pick a second career, if they need to work — something that they can be passionate about,” said Giguere. “Not necessarily something that is going to give them the most amount of income.” read more

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Radiothon aids hospital campaign

Norfolk General Hospital is using the radio waves to raise money to help radiologists and patients.The hospital will be holding its Year of the Cat 2.0 Radiothon on both of Norfolk’s radio station on May 7.The money raised from the event will be put towards purchasing a new computed tomography scanner. The CT scanner is the most important piece of technology in the hospital to help with diagnosing a wide variety of conditions by helping to see inside the body painlessly.The CT scanner the hospital is currently using went into service in 2006. With around 8,000 scans every year, the 13-year-old machine is no longer up for the job. By the end of 2019 the manufacturer will no longer support the 2006 version of the machine.The new unit that the hospital plans on purchasing costs $1.5 million. It will produce a sharper, easier to read image, and will work faster to reduce radiation exposure.“We invite listeners to call in during the broadcast with their donation,” Jennifer White, director of the NGH Foundation, said in a press release. “Adding your voice will definitely make a difference in the delivery and maintaining of great healthcare close to home.”The day long broadcast will feature interviews with doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and patients who share their stories. More than $1 million has been raised through previous Radiothon broadcasts.Listeners can tune in to either Norfolk radio station (98.9 and 99.7) on May 7 to listen in and make a pledge. read more

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Globalization must leave no one behind senior UN officials tell joint meeting

“We have a responsibility to promote narratives that acknowledge that sustainable prosperity for all will come through inclusion rather than exclusion,” said ECOSOC President Frederick Shava in his opening remarks to the joint meeting. Similarly in his own remarks, Dian Triansyah Djani, Chair of the General Assembly’s Second Committee highlighted: “In our world of gaps, there should be special attention of enabling global environment for countries, in particular the developing countries, to provide a considerable share to the global achievements of the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals].” ‘2030 Agenda provides answers to questions global citizens are asking’The annual joint meeting is held every year to discuss important economic and financial issues among both bodies’ membership. This year it was under the theme The changing political economy of globalization: Multilateral institutions and the 2030 Agenda.Further in his remarks, Mr. Djani highlighted the importance of collective action for the achievement of SDGs. “We, collectively, will have to demonstrate that the 2030 Agenda provides the answers to the questions being asked by global citizens. The many should work together so the few helpless one are not left behind because of globalization,” he emphasized. Also, Mr. Shava underlined the need to change the “political narratives” that advocate for isolationism, “We have a responsibility to promote narratives that acknowledge that sustainable prosperity for all will come through inclusion rather than exclusion,” he said. “Too daunting are the challenges of climate change, poverty, conflicts and terrorism, to name a few. The increasingly complex nature of these challenges calls for global solutions as no one country can deal with these issues alone,” the ECOSOC President added.World transformed by seismic events – from iPhone to financial meltdown in 18 months The joint meeting today also featured a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times Op-Ed columnist Thomas Friedman who in his speech stressed: “We were in an age of acceleration where we needed to reimagine and reflect.” The world is witnessing three non-linear accelerations all at the same time: the market (globalization), Mother Nature (climate change, population growth), and Moore’s Law (technology). These three accelerations are reshaping the world’s politics, geopolitics, the workplace, community, and ethics, he continued. Mr. Freidman went on to recount a series of seismic social and technological events that occurred in 2007, when, among others: Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone beginning the smartphone/apps revolution; Facebook went global; Twitter went global; Airbnb hit the marketplace; “Amazon came out with something called the Kindle;” Github emerged; and IBM launched Watson. Further, he said the cost of sequencing a human genome went from around $100 million down to $1, Google bought YouTube, Intel went off silicon to expand Moore’s Law, and cloud computing took off. “2007 was the biggest technological inflection point since Gutenberg invented the printing press, and we missed it [because] the 2008 economic and financial collapse happened right after,” he said. Subsequently, the market is being fundamentally reshaped. “This is not your grandmother’s globalization,” said Mr. Friedman. Although trade in physical goods and financial products and services – the hallmarks of 20th century globalization – have flattened out and even declined in recent years, the globalization of flows means the world has never been more interconnected. If you want to make something, you’re living in the greatest period in history, but if you want to break something, you’re also living in the greatest period in history – Thomas Friedman“And you haven’t seen anything yet,” he continued, noting that the flows of friends, of renters, opinions, crowdfunding, instant messages, peer-to-peer payments, pictures, education, college courses, design tools, music, video, news, cloud-based tools, searches, raw video, “all of these flows are exploding, and they are the new globalization tying us together.” As such, he argued that the country that built infrastructure and educated its people to connect up to more [of these] flows will be the country that thrives in the 21st century. Mother Nature is exponentially changing too, through climate change, population growth, and biodiversity loss. “You’re all familiar with this one, but Mother Nature is going through her own exponential changes, which we’re seeing in Florida right now,” he noted. Mr. Friedman went on to stress that the workplace would be irrevocably altered and it is necessary to convert artificial intelligence to intelligent assistance and algorithms to allow workers to adapt to exponential change. Lifelong learning will be essential, and “building walls will not stop this change.” Politics and geopolitics would have to adapt as well, as parties will need to become more heterodox and less ideological, or fail. Lastly, ethics will have to evolve. “If you want to make something, you’re living in the greatest period in history, but if you want to break something, you’re also living in the greatest period in history,” he said. “What every human being believes now matters.” It will be necessary to bring back the ‘Golden Rule’ through strong families and healthy communities. Participants at Joint Meeting of Second Committee and UN Economic and Social Council: (left to right) New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Second Committee Chairman Dian Triansyah Djani and ECOSOC read more

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Apollo Safety launches mining division

first_imgApollo Safety, specialising in safety products and services, has formed a mining division to better serve the mining industry in general and other operators that work underground. The new division will feature extensive offerings for mines and underground work as it pertains to gas detection equipment, maintenance and monitoring.“When you work underground, you go to work knowing there’s a possibility you might not resurface. That’s why it’s critical that these facilities have reliable gas detection monitors placed throughout the underground site,” said John V. Carvalho III, President of Apollo Safety, Inc. “Our new mining division will help these mines and other underground facilities select the appropriate system for their needs and make recommendations for a suitable maintenance schedule.”Apollo Safety’s offerings include a wide variety of portable and stationary gas detection systems suitable for large universities, including name brands like Industrial Scientific, RAE Systems by Honeywell, RKI Instruments, and GMI. Apollo Safety also offers portables gas monitors for rental at weekly or monthly rates. Rental equipment is certified to NIST standards.In addition, Apollo Safety also provides on-site installation and training and 24/7 service. Apollo Safety technicians are factory-trained. In addition, Apollo offers its own proprietary training program, with five levels of certification.“Having gas detection systems in place can only save lives if you know they are working properly. That’s what makes having a maintenance program critical,” said Carvalho. “With our new division, we provide maintenance and monitoring services to actually test gas detection systems so the facility knows that it’s working properly rather than just assuming all is well.”Apollo Safety provides service in a state-of-the-art in-house service centre, as well as offering on-site support with factory-trained technicians for both portable and stationary gas detection systems. Apollo uses only factory-original parts for repairs and repairs are made exactly to manufacturer’s requirements. Apollo guarantees a 10-day turnaround time with pre-approval, though 86% of all repairs are completed in five days or less. Free software upgrades included with all repairs.last_img read more

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ZRK Vardar one step closer to Budapest

handball matchhandball resultstop 8 handballWomens EHF Champions Leaguezrk vardar ← Previous Story St Raphael reaches French Cup Final after crazy win over PSG! Next Story → Montpellier wins French League Cup Macedonian super team ZRK Vardar is one step closer to the first Women’s EHF Champions League F4 tournament in Budapest. Team of Indira Kastratovic beat German Thuringer 31:25 (16:13) in the first match of TOP 8 phase.  Germans have been in the game until 21:19, after Macedonian girls finished match in the big style. The TOP scorers for the winning team were Dmitrovic and Radicevic with 6 goals, while Luzumova scored 8 for Thuringer… read more

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Energies renouvelables lItalie inaugure la plus grande centrale solaire dEurope

first_imgEnergies renouvelables : l’Italie inaugure la plus grande centrale solaire d’EuropeL’Italie vient d’inaugurer la plus grande centrale photovoltaïque d’Europe. Doté d’une puissance de 70 mégawatts, le site a ouvert ses portes dans le nord-est du pays.Installée dans la province de Rovigo, en Vénétie, la centrale a été construite par le groupe américain SunEdison. Elle aura nécessité seulement neuf mois de travaux, et coûté la somme de 250 millions d’euros. S’étendant sur une superficie de 850.000 mètres carrés, la plus grande centrale solaire d’Europe est dotée de quelque 280.000 panneaux photovoltaïques.À lire aussiLe plus grand “soleil artificiel” du monde vient de s’allumer en AllemagneInauguré le 23 novembre, le site de Rovigo devrait couvrir lors de sa première année de fonctionnement, les besoins en électricité de 16.500 ménages, permettant ainsi d’éviter le rejet de plus de 40.000 tonnes de CO2 dans l’atmosphère. Pour Carlos Domenech, président de SunEdison, ce projet marque un réel tournant dans l’évolution du secteur photovoltaïque. “Il deviendra une référence pour les futurs grands projets photovoltaïques”, espère la société qui dispose d’une part minoritaire de la centrale, et sera chargée de son exploitation et sa maintenance. C’est le fonds d’investissement First Reserve, spécialisé en énergie, qui a acquis la majorité du site.A noter qu’avec une puissance installée de plus d’un gigawatt, l’Italie se place au deuxième rang en Europe, derrière l’Allemagne, en matière de production d’énergie solaire.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 08:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Le FBI publie son enquête sur Steve Jobs

first_imgLe FBI publie son enquête sur Steve JobsLe FBI publie le dossier du co-fondateur d’Apple près de 4 mois après sa mort. Ce portrait, pas toujours flatteur, précise la double facette de l’homme autant considéré comme un grand innovateur que comme un tyran despotique et manipulateur.L’enquête du FBI sur Steve Jobs a été réalisée en 1991 lorsque ce dernier était pressenti pour participer à une commission présidentielle lors du mandat de George Bush à la Maison Blanche. Sur près de 191 pages reprises par l’AFP, l’organisme fédéral note tous les témoignages recueillis auprès de ses proches et collaborateurs pour donner un portrait contrasté de l’ancien PDG d’Apple.Dans le document publié ces derniers jours, on découvre divers aspects de la personnalité de Jobs. Il revient sur sa jeunesse, où le jeune homme a consommé du LSD durant plusieurs années (il disait publiquement que cette consommation de stupéfiants avait été l’une des meilleurs choses qu’il avait faites dans sa vie), et qu’il fut un père exécrable pour sa première fille Lisa, abandonnée durant les premières années de sa vie.Le FBI cite également une source proche de Steve Jobs, le décrivant comme “un individu trompeur qui n’était ni complètement franc, ni complètement honnête”, faisant dire aux rédacteurs de ce fichier que “plusieurs personnes ont mis en doute l’honnêteté de M. Jobs, déclarant que M. Jobs travestirait la vérité et déformerait la réalité pour parvenir à ses fins.” Ce que les fans d’Apple et les observateurs appellent le “champ de distorsion de la réalité” qui permettait à Jobs et son charisme de faire passer n’importe quelle assertion pour une vérité absolue. “Un vrai dirigeant qui a fait la différence” À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais il faut reconnaître au FBI que leurs équipes n’ont pas fait de procès d’intention à Steve Jobs et soulignent, toujours en citant des proches couverts de l’anonymat, que le PDG “menait ses affaires de manière honorable et ne l’a jamais vu exprimer aucun parti pris ni préjugé.” On peut lire également que Jobs aurait été pourvu d'”intégrité”, “d’un grand sens moral” et aurait été “extrêmement intelligent, un vrai dirigeant qui a fait la différence dans l’industrie informatique.”Steve Jobs avait été indisponible trois semaines durant pour répondre aux questions du FBI. Néanmoins, aucune véritable révélation ne se trouve dans ce portrait officiel. L’homme faisait le même constat à propos de son caractère dans la biographie de Walter Isaacson sortie en octobre dernier et pas toujours tendre avec l’ancien dirigeant Apple.Le 11 février 2012 à 15:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Families invited to tally crawly critters in Clark County

first_imgThe Water Resources Education Center is hosting the 18th annual Critter Count, a spring survey of amphibians and reptiles in Clark County.The Critter Count is for families and people of all ages to discover the snakes, frogs, newts and other crawly creatures at designated sites. Understanding the animal populations also gives local officials a clearer picture of the area’s waterways.Counters will undergo a brief training at 9 a.m. April 14, at the Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way. The groups will then go to counting sites.Field guides and biologists will teach participants about the world of herpetology using slides, stories and tips to identify amphibians and reptiles. The introduction will last an hour. Volunteers will be paired with field biologists and carpool to one of four sites. For about three hours, they will search for and identify the critters.Participants should bring boots, warm clothes, a jacket, lunch and, if possible, binoculars. Snacks, drinks and equipment will be provided.From 1 to 3 p.m., the water center will provide an up-close look at snakes, lizards and more reptiles, during a Second Saturday event.The shows start at 1 and 2 p.m. Audience members will hear about reptiles and amphibians living in their backyards, and what they can do to protect the creatures and provide them with clean water.Admission is free. Families are encouraged to attend the events. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.last_img read more

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Vancouver man charged in Ponzi scheme

first_imgA former investment adviser from Vancouver was among several people charged with perpetrating a long-running Ponzi scheme in the region.The Securities and Exchange Commission charged Lyman Bruhn with running a scheme that induced investments through false claims he was investing in blue-chip stocks, or public stocks of well-established companies.The fraud charges were filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland against hedge fund manager Yusaf Jawed; Jawed’s attorney, Robert Custis; and Bruhn, an associate of Jawed’s.Bruhn agreed to settle the complaint, without admitting or denying guilt, which allows a judge to make a final judgment in his case. The judgment means Bruhn will forfeit his right to be an investment adviser, commission officials said.Reached by telephone, Bruhn’s Portland attorney, Chris Schatz, said his client was compliant with the commission’s ongoing investigation, but declined further comment.“Mr. Bruhn has cooperated fully with the SEC in reaching a settlement and will continue to cooperate as needed,” Schatz said.The commission said Bruhn’s cohort, Jawed, raised more than $37 million from more than 100 investors in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country, including 20 investors in Washington. He allegedly used false marketing materials that boasted double-digit returns to lure people to invest in his hedge funds, according to a press release from the commission. He then used the money to pay off earlier investors and pay for his personal expenses and travel.last_img read more

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Abundant Lifes Pasta Dinner Silent Auction Set For March 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Abundant Life Christian School’s 20th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction will be held Friday, March 22 at 5pm. Please consider joining us as we raise money to support the eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C.. Each year, the eighth grade has the opportunity to go on a class trip to see our nation’s capital and learn about the great history of this country while making memories to last a lifetime.The Pasta Dinner was first held back in April of 1999 and the Silent Auction was added in 2007. It has since become the most highly anticipated event of the year! It is a wonderful community event with food, fun and friends. The Pasta Dinner has two seatings, at 5pm and 6:30pm. Prices are $7 per ticket, with children 8 and under at $5. In addition, take-out orders are available.Come, relax, and be served by the eighth grade Class of 2019 and place your bids. For further information please contact Abundant Life Christian School at (978) 657-8710 or email tixalcs@gmail.com.About Abundant LifeAbundant Life Christian School and Learning Center is a private, Christian school located in the Abundant Life Christian Center of Wilmington. The purpose of Abundant Life Christian School and Learning Center is to provide a sound academic education, integrated with a Christian view of God and the world within a warm, caring environment. Our emphasis is on providing a basic Christian philosophy of, and approach to life. We have been growing kids God’s way since 1982. For more information please contact the school at 978-657-8710 or go to http://www.ablifeschool.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from Abundant Life.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAbundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 13In “Education”WILMINGTON GIVES: Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 8In “Community”Abundant Life’s Silent Auction & Pasta Dinner Set For April 7In “Community”last_img read more

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Delusion Leads to Panic Boredom and Frustration on Legion

first_img It’s looking like Legion has reached the conclusion of Jon Hamm’s psychology lessons. The one that bookends this episode demonstrates how moral panics happen, and ties all the previous segments together as an illustration of the episode we just saw, and possibly hinting at the overall story of the season. The opening of the episode uses the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s to show us what a moral panic looks like. (By the way if you didn’t know, that’s a real thing that happened, and the story behind it, and the creation of the Comics Code Authority, is fascinating.)Basically, it starts with concern, which we see the delusion creature attach itself to. Then, the concern spreads to others, is amplified by the media, and grows into an irrational fear. Fear that something you can’t control is coming for you. And the way it links moral panic to current anti-immigration sentiments and… dudes in Guy Fawkes masks is a nice touch. Also, the fact that it makes The Devil with Yellow Eyes, one of The Shadow King’s forms, the symbol of the parents’ fears in this segment probably isn’t a coincidence. He seems to be the source of many of the delusions plaguing the team this season. And we still can’t be completely sure what parts of this story are real, and what is the delusion.Navid Negahban (Photo via FX)Once we get back into the story, David is still dealing with the fact that Farouk murdered his sister. When he contacts Farouk to tell him he won’t be helping anymore, we get some interesting insight into how their minds work. Farouk says he only did what David wanted done. He had wished Amy dead in the past. David can’t deny that’s true, but to him, those were just dark thoughts. Nothing he actually wanted to happen. That’s the difference between the Shadow King and David. David can compartmentalize. Farouk either can’t or doesn’t. Those differences might not last much longer though. After the conversation, Farouk decides to find out exactly why Future-Syd told David to help him in the first place. Who destroyed the world that Farouk could defeat? The answer is a legitimate surprise: It’s David. Something happens to him that turns him into a world-destroying threat. So that’s what Future-Syd meant when she said she missed when David was sweet.David also makes a trip into the future to tell Syd he’s out. He can’t help Farouk anymore. She says she realizes it was a lot to ask, but David wonders if she’s just trying to manipulate her. There’s… a lot about this story that doesn’t really work. Legion has been consistently knocking it out of the park since season one, and the last two episodes have been exceptional successes of experimental storytelling. This one has none of that. It’s confused, muddled and overlong, which is not something you can often say about this show. The Jon Hamm narration ties it into a package that’s slightly better than its contents, and it does bring a couple of interesting ideas to the table, but that’s it.Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. (CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX)The part where David and Future-Syd have a romantic relationship comes out of nowhere in this episode. We’ve had more than half a season where they’ve just had the occasional ominous conversation. Now, she’s seducing him, which may be her way of convincing him to stay on his course. To distract him from his rage, and convince him to help Farouk. Even so, it’s weird. So is present-Syd’s sudden jealousy of her future self. It feels like a complete 180 from where she was when David went inside her mind just three episodes ago. Also, it’s not like David would be cheating anyway. At least she knows he still finds her attractive when she’s older. Not a whole lot happens in this episode, as far as David’s story goes. It has that one big reveal, that Farouk is sort of the hero and David will become the villain, and it stretches that out as long as it possibly can. The result is a slow, plodding episode, the kind we almost never get from Legion.The more exciting plot point picks up in the middle, which is where Ptonomy’s delusion infection from season one comes into play, as well as the idea of a moral panic. Ptonomy wakes up one night seeing a monster inside the Director’s beehive. He walks through Division 3 spreading his delusion to everyone else. Soon, The Eye, Cary, and Kerry are fighting their way through the android guards. At least this episode gave us some good action. It was nice to see Kerry in a fight scene again. They make their way to the Director’s room, and look beneath his beehive. Where in reality, there’s a normal human face, they see a monster. This is the moral panic. This is the distraction Farouk intended when he planted the idea on Ptonomy’s brain. David finally wakes up from his meeting with Syd, and arrives to fight the delusion creature.Jeremie Harris (Photo via FX)It’s a quick battle that shows off the mental powers David has at his disposal. Remember, a delusion is just an idea. A giant, gooey dangerous idea the leaps out of Ptonomy Alien-style, but an idea nonetheless. And David can defeat ideas. He turns a big idea into a tiny one and crushes it under his shoe. It’s not the coolest mental fight we’ve seen, but it’s a highlight of this episode, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, Ptonomy didn’t survive the delusion bursting out of him, which is the episode’s biggest missteps. Much like with David’s sister, we never got to know Ptonomy very well. We got the briefest sequence in his mind a month ago, before that episode moved onto someone else. He’s a character who always got the short end of the storytelling stick, and that continues to be the case here. The death seemed more motivated by the need for something to happen in this episode than by the story. So we have a meaningless death for a character the show never fleshed out in the first place. It’s a bad move. Hopefully, uploading his consciousness into the Director’s mainframe will finally give him an interesting story down the line, but now? It’s a disappointing end to a letdown of an episode.Legion is a show that requires you to pay attention to every single detail. Usually, the show is so good, you’re doing that anyway. The way it’s shot and the way its scenes are structured make you naturally want to study every frame. Last night’s episode didn’t do that. It had flat character moments, seen-it-before visual effects and a nothing story. It’s the hardest an episode’s ever been to get through. Still, it offered up some decent ideas for a way forward at the end. Jon Hamm sums up all his previous lessons into a single point. We don’t believe what we see, we see what we believe. And when we’re confronted with a reality that doesn’t conform to the pattern we look for, we can grow dangerously unhinged.The interesting thing is, this monologue starts on Future-Syd looking back into the past at David. She sees his anger at Farouk, at her for asking him to help him, at himself for kissing her. Who is having the delusion here? Who is only seeing what they believe? This is the first time the show has suggested her view of the future may not be entirely accurate. At least it gives us an interesting idea to play with as we head into the final four episodes of the season. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness last_img read more

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The Zabady A Waterproof MP3CDWMA Player

first_img The Waterproof Zabady audio player by Twinbird is a good idea for anyone on your gift list this year. The attractive Zabady is ideal for the kitchen, bathroom, by the sea, by the pool or any where a splash of water is present. The Zabady is not only splash-resistant, it boasts that it can be submerged in a little over 39 inches of water for one half-hour. Most users would not consider listening to music in three feet of water, but as most consumers know accidents around water do happen.The Zabady is functional and has the capability to play CDs from your collection or downloads from your MP3 and WMA files. The Zabady has a built-in USB port that allows the unit to play back songs from a connected drive with a capacity of 2GB. It has a FM radio tuner and is capable of seven hours of continuous play on its rechargeable battery. The MP3 and WMA is capable of 5.5 hours of play on the battery. The charge time for the battery for the CD player, according to the manufacturer Twinbird is six hours. In the box you will find the Zabady unit, an AC adapter, charge stand, battery pack, a 1 MHz antenna suction cup and leads. There is a manual and a pre-set tuner. The Zabady comes in white, but the manufacturer indicates it may be available in silver. The cost is under consideration, but will probably sell in the range of $180 to $190.An aesthetic feature of the Zabady is the LED display. The LED lights up while the unit is charging and the light goes out when it is fully charged. The display also indicates the name of the artist, album and tune name when a CD is played. The Zabady weighs less than 32 ounces and is about the size of a flour cannister.The Zabady automatic turn off function can be set to cut off the power source after the desired play time is met. This saves battery life and the necessity for frequent recharging. The charge stand cradle is convenient and when Zabady is not in use is a good place to set the unit. The Zabady will only take 4 hours of recharging for the radio, MP3 and WMA player. Currently the Zabady is available only in Japan. Inquiries for orders may be made through the Twinbird web site. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Twinbird’s Zabady audio player. Credit: Twinbird The Zabady manufactured by Twinbird is a waterproof audio player capable of playing CDs, MP3, WMA and FM radio. The Zabady has a built in USB port with 2GB of memory. The LED dispay shows the artist, name of the album and song being played. Citation: The Zabady: A Waterproof MP3/CD/WMA Player (2007, November 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-zabady-waterproof-mp3cdwma-player.htmllast_img read more

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Researchers develop a worldwide tourism network

first_img Citation: Researchers develop a worldwide tourism network (2008, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-worldwide-tourism-network.html Explore further It wasn’t too long ago in human history that people rarely, if ever, traveled beyond the village they were born in. We’ve come a long way since then: according to the World Tourism Organization (WTO), international traveler arrivals peaked at 763 million in 209 countries and territories in 2004. The WTO expects that number to reach 1.6 billion by 2020, making international travel one of the fastest growing economic sectors. Map of the world tourism network, with link color corresponding to the intensity of the connection. Top countries receiving tourists: US, Canada, China, Russian Federation. Top countries sending tourists: US, UK, Germany, France. Top countries receiving and sending: US, Canada, Australia, China, Russian Federation. Countries receiving and sending the fewest tourists were the South Pacific islands. Credit: Miguéns and Mendes. But where do all these people go? And where do they come from? Further, what is the relationship among countries that are popular or unpopular tourist destinations? Mathematician Joana Miguéns and physicist José Mendes, both from Aveiro University in Portugal, have developed a worldwide tourism network to help investigate some of these questions. Besides revealing information on human traveling patterns, the network will also likely help researchers understand information transfer and global wealth flows, since tourism accounts for more than 10% of the world’s gross domestic product.Miguéns and Mendes used 2004 data from the WTO, which defines tourism as “the activities of persons traveling to and staying in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business, and other purposes.” In the researchers’ model, links between countries represent tourist arrivals from one country to another. The network is both directed and weighted – directed in that the links are one-way, and weighted in that links become stronger as the number of traveler arrivals increases. In their analysis, the researchers found that the network is very strongly directed. Specifically, if one country has tourists visiting from another country, there is only a 25% probability that the second country will have tourists visiting from the first country. And, despite the large numbers of travelers, the overall connectivity of the network is lower than might be expected. A full 60% of all pairs of countries are not connected to each other, meaning they don’t exchange tourists at all.Another interesting feature of the world tourism network is that, in at least one way, it behaves more like an economic network rather than a social network. In the tourist network, countries with a high degree (those that are popular tourist destinations) are more likely to be neighbors with countries with a low degree (less popular tourist destinations). This behavior is similar to economic and transportation networks, which have patterns where popular central hubs have many inbound connections from peripheral nodes. As the researchers note, this finding could question the common notion of culture as the driving force of tourism.center_img How climate change impacts the economy “In general, social networks are of an assortative type, where hubs connect to hubs,” Miguéns told PhysOrg.com. “Here we observe a different structural topology, with disassortative behaviour, more characteristic of technologic and economic networks, where hubs connect with small-degree nodes. More recent results also show that, on the level of clustering coefficients, the same characteristic behaviors of nonsocial patterns are observed.”The researchers also found that, overall, the world tourism network is scale-free over four orders of magnitude. The network changes in scale, but not in relation, even as the number of travelers dramatically increases or decreases. So as travelers increase, as expected, it’s the countries that are already the popular tourist destinations that are more likely to add new connections. This scale-free nature, which contrasts with the random topology expected of heterogeneous networks, opens up an entirely new class of networks. “Contrarily to the results obtained recently for the worldwide air network (where a scale-free network was observed), the results for the tourism network are – from the point of view of degree of different countries – similar to a random network,” Miguéns said. “A scale-free network is obtained when we have in consideration the traffic weight between countries. The way to understand the concept of preferential attachment seems from our point of view related with a kind of ‘social phenomenon’: marketing, travel promotion, word-by-mouth, etc.”More information: Miguéns, J. I. L. and Mendes, J. F. F. “Travel and Tourism: into a Complex Network.” Physica A, Volume 387, Issue 12, 1 May 2008, Pages 2963-2971. Also available at: arXiv:0805.4490v1. 29 May 2008.Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Ninjabot strikes with force of a mantis shrimp

first_img(Left) In Ninjabot, a hand crank (hc) is used to rotate a loader (lr) clockwise, which causes the appendage holder (ah) to rotate counterclockwise. This causes the beam spring (bs) to deflect while also rotating the appendage (a) into the pre-loaded position. (Center) To release Ninjabot’s appendage, the loader slides past the end of the appendage holder to release the stored energy in the beam spring, exerting a torque on the appendage holder and causing the appendage to rapidly rotate clockwise. (Right) Screenshot of O. scyllarus using a similar spring-loading mechanism to smash a snail shell from the video below. Credit: S. M. Cox, et al. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd Powerful little shrimpImitating a mantis shrimp’s appendages is a complicated endeavor for many reasons, with the most obvious being the appendages’ extreme speed. Previous research has shown that the shrimp’s fast movement causes cavitation, which is the formation of bubbles due to a quick drop in pressure. When these bubbles move to areas of higher pressure, they quickly collapse to form shock waves that are so powerful that they can break open mollusk shells and erode holes in nearby metal, such as boat hulls. The heat produced by these shock waves equals the temperature at the surface of the sun (over 5000 K).As the scientists note in their study, mantis shrimp are not the only animals that harness the intense forces of cavitation bubbles. For example, whales can create cavitation bubbles by flapping their tails, stunning large schools of fish. Fungal spores and some insects also rely on cavitation for different purposes.In this study, the researchers for the first time measured the strike velocity (30 m/s) and acceleration (1.5 x 105 m/s2) of the mantis shrimp Gonodactylus smithii, which they caught off the coast of Australia. These values are the highest reported to date for any species of mantis shrimp. For comparison, this acceleration is only somewhat lower than the average acceleration of a bullet in the muzzle of a gun (4.4 x 105 m/s2), although a bullet has significantly faster velocity (around 400 m/s). Although many human inventions can achieve accelerations in the mantis shrimp’s range, they usually require explosive materials, like in a gun or an engine. In contrast, mantis shrimp use a spring-like mechanism that is tightened and then released to generate acceleration. No explosives required Although mantis shrimp have captured the public’s fascination with their ability to strike and kill their prey with stunning force, the underlying mechanisms involved in the high-speed strike are not fully understood by scientists. So a team of researchers, S. M. Cox, et al., from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has designed and built a robot, called Ninjabot, that imitates the mantis shrimp’s strike and may help reveal the kinematics behind the powerful maneuver. Play An example of the cavitation seen with Ninjabot before impact using a cylindrical appendage run at speeds comparable to those achieved by O. scyllarus. Credit: S. M. Cox, et al. “One question recurred throughout Ninjabot’s development: what could we hope to learn from a model that was not a perfect replica of the mantis shrimp? Picasso once said, ‘We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth.’ Building a model is like constructing a work of art, with only certain aspects actually mimicking reality. And often it is only through contrasting something that is close, but not identical, to the world that we come to notice details that were otherwise hidden. By changing one property at a time while holding others constant, Ninjabot could make apparent the effects of individual properties on ultrafast movements in a way that was difficult or impossible with natural variation alone. Systematic exploration is often useful when nature’s response to design constraints are different enough from human solutions that our failure of imagination makes them difficult to discern.” PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play A simplified visualization of the mechanism of Ninajbot. Credit: S. M. Cox, et al. Despite Ninjabot’s record-breaking acceleration performance, it still has several physical limitations that prevent it from behaving exactly like its biological counterpart. For example, Ninjabot consists of 9 kg of steel, while one of G. smithii’s appendages is only about 0.4 g. In addition to weight and material differences, the robot’s components are also of different shapes and sizes than those of the animal. The researchers view these differences as a testimony to the efficiency of biological design, as well as an indicator of the crucial role that materials play in any biomimetic system.With the robot’s limitations in mind, the researchers reflected upon the advantages and disadvantages of building a robot to study animal behavior compared to developing theoretical models to do the same. One advantage of performing tests on a physical robot, they note, is that while mathematical models risk simplifications that may miss key relevant performance parameters, “physical models cannot break the laws of physics.””Mathematical models are only as good as our knowledge of the underlying physics and our ability to implement that understanding numerically,” they succinctly wrote.Still, the researchers acknowledged, in a very eloquent way, that Ninjabot’s imperfections caused them question its usefulness and recall the purpose of creating physical models: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Journal information: Bioinspiration and Biomimetics Citation: Ninjabot strikes with force of a mantis shrimp (2014, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-ninjabot-mantis-shrimp.html © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. In experiments, Ninjabot achieved a maximum velocity (25.9 m/s) and peak acceleration (3.2 x 104 m/s2). Although these values are less than those of G. smithii, they closely match those of the second-fastest mantis shrimp species, Odontodactylus scyllarus (21 m/s, 10 x 104 m/s2). Before this study, O. scyllarus had the fastest known strike of any mantis shrimp.To the researcher’s knowledge, Ninjabot’s peak acceleration exceeds that of any biomimetic robot published to date, with the previous highest value belonging to a flea-inspired jumping robot (2 x 103 m/s2). “This study shows just how difficult it is to achieve these sorts of accelerations in water,” coauthor Suzanne Cox, a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts, told Phys.org. “What the mantis shrimp are doing is astounding. The design principles that we learned in the process of building Ninjabot could be useful to anyone interested in generating super-high accelerations without explosives: store the energy in a big spring and use it to power something tiny.” Models imitating realityBy studying the Ninjabot with high-speed cameras, and controlling its parameters, the researchers also gained new insight into the kinematics of the mantis shrimp. One important finding was that the Ninjabot’s velocity is the single most influential parameter on the formation of cavitation bubbles. Nevertheless, the bubbles still regularly form at velocities well below predictions and often fail to form at velocities well above predictions, indicating that stochastic components heavily influence the formation of these bubbles. The researchers hope that further experiments will shed more light on the formation of cavitation bubbles, in particular the mystery of how mantis shrimp manage to prevent bubble formation during non-impact strikes, allowing them to avoid self-injury. More information: S. M. Cox, et al. “A physical model of the extreme mantis shrimp strike: kinematics and cavitation of Ninjabot.” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/9/1/016014 Play O. scyllarus smashing a snail shell. Credit: S. M. Cox, et al. To mimic the mantis shrimp’s striking appendage as closely as possible, the researchers designed Ninjabot to also use a spring to achieve high acceleration. While a mantis shrimp uses muscle to load the spring and a latch to release the stored elastic potential energy, the Ninjabot uses a crank system for loading and slides the loader away for release. In both cases, the release of the spring causes an appendage to rotate forward with extreme velocity. The researchers compare the mechanism to pushing on a door, since pushing close to the door’s hinges requires little movement while the part of the door closer to the door knob experiences a much larger rotational motion. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Study finds mantis shrimp process vision differently than other organisms (w/ video) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Classes at Agriculture Univ to resume from Tuesday

first_imgKolkata: The stalemate at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya (BCKV) at Mohanpur in Nadia is all set to come to an end with the initiative of state Education minister Partha Chatterjee who visited the college campus on Saturday and held separate meetings with the university authorities and the students. It is learnt that the hostels will open on Monday and classes will resume from Tuesday.According to sources, the minister has urged the university officials and teachers to resume classes in the institution and also take steps for opening the hostels. He further advised that the Registrar of the varsity will be at the helm of affairs till Vice-Chancellor Dharani Dhar Patra joins the varsity. The university was also advised to form a probe committee that will investigate the incident of the alleged attack on the agitating students. The Registrar will convene a meeting of the Executive Committee on Monday and constitute the inquiry committee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the varsity had declared indefinite suspension of classes and ordered the students to vacate the hostels with immediate effect in two separate notifications on Friday night.Stating that the academic activities in the institute were being hampered, the BCKV authorities said in a notice posted on their website on Friday night: “… all the academic activities including all classes shall remain suspended until further notice.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe V-C who had fallen ill during gherao on September 13 evening was hospitalised after he complained of chest pain.The agitating students were demonstrating inside the campus since September 7 demanding the removal of Dean (Agriculture) Srikanth Das and Dean Students’ Welfare (DSW) Goutam Chakraborty for some alleged irregularities.There was stalemate at the varsity with a section of teachers joining the students in their movement.last_img read more

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Your gay guide to Buenos Aires

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The new route appears to have proved an instant hit. I took advantage of the Premium Economy section of its 787 Dreamliner. The flight duration is 14 hours, so I did appreciate the generous legroom and opportunity to recline and grab some sleep.The Caminito district of La Boca – famed for its colorful houses (Photo: Travel Buenos Aires)A couple of important recommendations when planning your trip. Argentina Pesos are a pretty rare currency in the UK – not available at most British airports or banks. If you like to exchange money in advance, either take US dollars (accepted by taxis), or make sure you change your currency well ahead of your flights.Secondly, Buenos Aires taxis at the airport have a reputation for ripping off tourists. Book yours in advance for a set price. Reputable firms include Taxi Ezeiza, Transfer Express and Tienda Leon. Taxi Ezeiza charges AR$895 from airport to city – which is around £32 ($44/€36)With your transport and transfers covered, you can now set about enjoying what Buenos Aires has to offer.Tango Queer (Photo: Karina Macchioli)Tango QueerI’d been in Buenos Aires less than 24 hours before I found myself with my hands on the chest of a strange man, learning my first tango steps.A cliché? Perhaps, but what’s the point of travelling to the other side of the globe without enjoying some of the local culture?Tango Queer was created in 2005 by Mariana Docampo and some friends. It runs weekly, offering classes and tango dancing on Tuesday evenings in San Telmo. You climb a large staircase to an old, first floor hall, where a small dancefloor sits in the centre of the room.Mariana gives lessons in Spanish and snatches of English: you mainly learn by following her steps. You swap partners frequently, dancing with both men and women – some of whom were thankfully absolute beginners like myself.It would probably be more fun to learn with a romantic companion, but my taster session was a beguiling introduction into this local, undeniably sensual art form. Mariana started us off gradually, showing us how to lean in and lead with our chests – indicating planned movements, left or right – to our partner.The two-hour lesson passed surprisingly quickly. Admission for lessons and the post-lesson dance is just ARG$150 (around US$7.50), so it’s a cheap excursion, too. Despite turning up on my own, this proved to be one of my Buenos Aires highlights.San Telmo Market in Buenos Aires (Photo: Travel Buenos AiresSan Telmo marketYou’ll find butchers, fishmongers, bakers, greengrocers and much more besides in this historic indoor market, which dates back to 1897. The nearby Plaza Dorrego is pretty little square that’s lined with cafes. It often hosts live music at weekends, when it’s at its most enchanting.The surrounding streets are busy with souvenir shops and little independent boutiques and design ware. The Sunday market is one of the city’s must-visits for tourists.When you go, do take a small detour to check out Pride Café. This small gay-run cafe is the only LGBTI venue open during the day. Pop in for a breakfast, lunch or dinner snack.Pride Café in San Telmo, Buenos Aires (Photo: David Hudson)Urban Adventures Gourmet Food tourIf you want an insider’s expert opinion on all things Argentine, book a place on the Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure tour of Recoleta. It’s the upmarket district neighboring Palermo.My tour guide, Silvina Ferremi, took me to three venues – empanadas at El Sanjuanino, followed by steak with chimichuri (oregano parsley garlic pepper vinegar, olive oil and water) and creole sauces at Rodi Bar. Both are down-to-earth, long-running Argentinian establishments patronized by locals.We ended the tour with gelato at Valence – which offers a bewildering eight different varieties of dulce con leche ice cream, including one with goat’s cheese!Mate (pronounced mah-tay) – an Argentine speciality (Photo: David Hudson)After this, Silvina took me to a local park to introduce me to the delights of mate (pronounced mah-tay): a local herbal infusion that one drinks from a dried out calabash gourd through a special metal mate straw.The bitter, tea-like drink is shared among friends or co-workers, and its preparation and sharing is something of a social ritual. It’s not generally available in bars or cafes, so a tour such as this is the perfect opportunity to try it.The three hour Argentinian food experience starts from £86.29 per person and this price includes food, a glass of Malbec and a guide throughout. For more information, visit: urbanadventures.comAvenues of mausoleums at Recoleta Cemetery (Photo: Travel Buenos Aires)Recoleta CemeteryThe cemetery in Recoleta is one of Buenos Aires’ most famous landmarks. Unlike any other cemetery I’ve ever visited, this one is packed with the mausouleom of wealthy families. Glass doors allow you to look in and see many of the coffins: perhaps not an excursion to suit all tastes, but fascinating nonetheless. Many of the country’s most famous politicians lay at rest here, including former President Juan Perón, and his wife, Eva Perón.The interior of the Palacio Barolo (Photo: David Hudson)Palacio BaroloFor an intriguing glimpse of Buenos Aires history, check out Palacio Barolo.When it was built in 1923 it was the tallest building in South America. Conceived by two Italian businessmen, its interior was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, with floors representing Hell, Purgatory and Paradise.It’s rich in symbolism and cosmic meaning, including its very address and alignment (which ensures its summit lighthouse lines up with the Southern Cross star constellation on a certain date of the year). DaVinci Code author Dan Brown would have a field day!I enjoyed the two-hour evening tour, when the building is at its spookiest.Librera El Ateneo Grand Splendid – one of the world’s most famous bookshops (Photo: Travel Buenos Aires)If you’re seeking other classic Buenos Aires experiences, have a coffee at Cafe Tortoni, the oldest grand café in the city, and browse the books at the Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid (pictured above). The latter is regarded by many as the most beautiful bookshop in the world.Lima-style rice with mero, prawns and sliced peppers at UCO (Photo: David Hudson)UCOThere’s not a huge difference between pricey bad food and amazing good food in Buenos Aires. You can order two slices of pizza, a beer and empanada for US$12 in a cheap but average quality restaurant, or pay just a little bit more to have something truly memorable at one of the city’s finer establishments. Considering a trip to South America? Although Rio De Janeiro’s famed carnival brings thousands to Brazil, it’s the capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, that takes the honor of being the most visited city in South America.The Argentine capital has just become considerably more accessible for visitors from the UK. Norwegian Airlines opened up a new, direct route from London Gatwick to the Argentine capital in mid February. Prices start from £275 (one-way). GAYSTARNEWS- UCO, one of Argentina’s best-loved restaurants, definitely falls into the latter category.It launched four years ago in the Fierro Hotel in Palermo. Fierro currently sits at the top of Trip Advisor’s hotel listings for the city.Most of UCO’s customers come from outside the hotel. Don’t be put off by the exterior, which is tucked away on a concrete-heavy street. Once inside, you’ll find a tastefully decked-out dining room and well-maintained garden area for al fresco dining.The food is South America with European influences. It offers small, tapas-size dishes alongside bigger plates: the aim to encourage sharing.Myself and three others worked our way through a sublime conveyor belt of flavors. Burrata, tomato, roasted aubergine and basil sprouts was followed by pork flank steak with hash browns and Mac sauce. The pork was delicious, in a light, fried, stickyish coating. The restaurant’s lamb empanadas – with a fresh squeeze of lime – were amazing.UCO’s seven-course tasting menu costs ARG$1,080, which is around US$53 – terrific value.Palermo is one of the more genteel and hip neighborhoods. Other notable establishments include Don Julio Parilla, Lab coffee and the vegetarian Bio (because contrary to its reputation, Buenos Aires cuisine is not all about the steaks).Men in need of grooming should check out Salon Berlin – a hipster barbershop to take care of all your male grooming needs.Diners at The Argentine Experience (Photo: The Argentine Experience)The Argentine ExperienceThis very popular event is a opportunity to share a meal with fellow travellers, learn a little more about Argentine cuisine and have some fun. Running nightly, up to 24 diners sit around two, large tables.Your hosts talk you through your dishes, explain a little about Argentine culture, get you to learn some Argentine phrases and gestures, and even show you how to make empanadas.The main course, naturally, is steak, and the meal is rounded off with individual servings of mate and dulce de leche and biscuits. Some many find the experience a little on the cheesey side, but it certainly makes for a lively and sociable evening.The restaurant at Fundacione Prao in Buenos Aires (Photo: David Hudson)Fundacione PraoThis large, private, modern art gallery is one of the best in the city. During my stay it was hosting a major retrospective of work of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. It also boasts a great cafe-restaurant, with an outdoor terrace with views over the harbor.Fundacione Prao is located in the Caminito district of La Boca, one of the oldest parts of the Buenos Aires. The area, although one of the rougher parts of the city, is full of colorful houses and is home to the famous Boca Juniors football stadium. It offers a very different perspective on the city to neighborhoods such as Recoleta and Palermo.David Hudson at Santa Fe – Carlos Jaúregui subway station in Buenos Aires (Photo: David Hudson)Santa Fe – Carlos JaúreguiOK, Santa Fe – Carlos Jaúregui is just a subway station, but it’s worth checking out. It was opened last year and named after a local LGBTI rights activist and campaigner.Carlos Jaúregui has been called the Argentinian Harvey Milk. Not only are many of the staircases decorated in rainbow colours, but there’s artwork depicting Jauregui and same-sex couples – quite a progressive statement in such a Catholic country.The artwork is by Venezuelan artist Daniel Arzola – a queer artist who fled his home country fearing persecution for his art and sexuality.The LGBTI sceneBesides the aforementioned Pride Café, the Buenos Aires gay scene doesn’t kick off until night time… hardly anyone goes out before midnight at the very earliest!Almost directly opposite each other in Palermo is the camp and glittery video bar, Peutou, and the slightly grittier, Work. The former is the place to go to enjoy the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, while Work is for those who want to dance to throbbing electro beats.Flux bar in Buenos Aires (Photo: Emmanuel Astudillo)Just south of Avenue Santa Fe you’ll find Flux, which attracts a very mixed and hip crowd of girls and boys. Monthly rotating art shows lend a bohemian vibe to this subterranean, homely queer space.Other venues worth checking out include Sitges, Casa Brandon, and Amerika – one of the city’s first gay discos and still going strong.Looking for something raunchier? KM Zero is a late night maze of cruise cabins, while Homo Sapiens is the biggest gay sauna in the city, with a dedicated day and evening clientele.Want to enjoy Buenos Aires Pride? This year’s event will take place Saturday 10 November 2018.The entrance to Work in Palermo (Photo: David Hudson)Where to stay• If you’re looking for a quiet and luxurious base in the Recoleta neighborhood, the 34-room Serena Hotel is a sophisticated getaway for business people and tourists. It features a beautiful basement swimming pool and courtyard breakfast area, among other amenities. Read a full review here.Serena Hotel, Libertad 1617, C1016ABG CABA, Argentina.• Byblos is a block of serviced apartments in Palermo, with rooms to suit all budgets – starting from just US$60 a night. David Hudson enjoyed a premium suite with amazing views over the city, huge balcony and kitchen area for food preparation. Read a full review here.BYBLOS Palermo Soho, El Salvador 4500, CABA, Argentina. +54 11 52186156.Home Hotel (Photo: Home Hotel)• Looking for a hip, boutique destination in one of the best parts of town? Home Hotel has been popular with tastemakers since it opened ten years ago. It remains one of Argentina’s coolest hotels. Situated in Palermo Hollywood, it’s surrounded by restaurants and bars in one of the safest neighborhoods. It features its own pool and a stunning garden area, overflowing with foliage and outdoor art. Read a full review here.Honduras 5860, C1414 CABA, Argentina. +54 11 4779-1006. Getting thereNorwegian is continuing the expansion of its trailblazing long-haul network with its new direct route to Buenos Aires – the only low-cost route from the UK to South America. Norwegian operates four weekly flights year round direct from London Gatwick to Buenos AiresAll flights are operated by a fleet of brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft with two cabins – Premium and economy. Fares start from £275 one-way and £589 return in LowFare economy and £640 one-way and £1,360 return in Premium including all taxes and charges and subject to availability.To book visit www.norwegian.com/uk or call 0330 828 0854A street entertainer in San Telmo (Photo: David Hudson)More informationGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Incredible places around the world to take your girlfriend for National Girlfriends’ DayVisitBritain celebrating UK Government’s largest participation in Pride activities in the AmericasHeading to Buenos Aires? Check out Byblos rental apartments in PalermoRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-guide-to-buenos-aires/last_img read more

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The best pictures of Sofia Pride haters dont want you to see

first_imgPhoto: @hristo_se | Instagram Photo: @firebreathing_lina | Instagram Sofia Pride Parade took the streets on 9 June, while three counter-protests ‘in defense of family’ were taking place. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… — Cristina Palma (@lifecreativist) June 10, 2018More pictures of Sofia Pride this way.Photo: @cyberpizhi | Instagram Photo: @yuleto | Instagram Photo: @ellytodorova | Instagram Photo: @inaa_ph | Instagram I feared for my life as we stared down the right-wing skinheads at Sofia PrideLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?This is why I don’t go to PrideRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/sofia-pride/ Photo: @electricwordsx | Instagram Photo: @johnnyfdk | Instagram Photo: @lewbomear | Instagram eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Photo: @lewbomear | Instagram Photo: @annna.andreeva | Instagram GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Photo: @ulichnakotka | Instagram The 11th Pride in the Bulgarian capital, whose theme this year was ‘Different People, Same Rights’, attracted a relatively large crowd and a few haters.Conservative groups promoted three events boycotting Pride: a Family March, a concert To Revive Family Values, organized by right-wing Vazrazhdane Party, and Let’s Save the Children of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Family.Homophobic groups tried to interrupt the march. According to online newspaper The Sofia Globe, ‘four people were taken into custody, from an extremist group that purported a link between gay people and pedophilia’.Nonetheless, the parade continued peacefully, thanks to the cooperation of the police.Although once again with the presence of a large anti-Pride group, Sofia celebrated its 11th Pride yesterday! My heart is full! I wish I could’ve been there with you!9th June 2018Sofia, BulgariaPhotos by @peopleofsofia on Instagram!#SofiaPride #SofiaPride2018 #pride2018 pic.twitter.com/zyPRWUJEaW— chris (@notablyflippy) June 10, 2018Ambassadors to Bulgaria advocating for equal rightsSofia Pride relied on the participation of international ambassadors, advocating for equality. Among the marchers, British ambassador Emma Hopkins, who tweeted her support.Happy Pride, Sofia! I love being here with you all celebrating love, courage, diversity, and of course being your fierce self! #SofiaPride2018 #LoveIsGREAT pic.twitter.com/9TNKqm4VLG— Emma Hopkins (@EHopkinsFCO) June 9, 2018Dutch ambassador Bea ten Tusscher also joined the celebration.Proud to march #SofiaPride2018 with colleagues and mayor @SjoerdPotters, @MartTeunissen and @Gijshouben. Big and happy crowd celebrates #Diversity #EqualRights! @DutchMFA #vvdkleurtroze pic.twitter.com/y4ucax614i— Bea ten Tusscher (@beatentusscher) June 9, 2018Same-sex rights in BulgariaThere is no recognition of same-sex relationship in Bulgaria. The constitution defines marriage as the union between a man and a woman, banning same-sex marriage.Many Bulgarian same-sex couples who tied the knot abroad are currently striving to see their unions recognized in their own country.#SofiaPride2018 with Lilly and Danira a Bulgarian couple fighting for their marriage recognition! So proud of them! pic.twitter.com/rAuGvjrNJYlast_img read more

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Open Source Software Are maintainers the only ones responsible for software sustainability

first_imgLast week, a Californian Computer Scientist disclosed a malicious package ‘flatmap-stream’ in the popular npm package, ‘event-stream’. The reason for this breach is, the ownership of the event-stream package was transferred by Dominic Tarr (original author) to a malicious user, right9ctrl. Following this, many Twitter and GitHub users have supported him whereas the others think he should have been more careful while transferring package ownership. Andre Staltz, an open source hacker mentions in a support to Dominic, “The fact that he gave ownership meant that he *cared* at least to do a tiny action that seemed ok. Not caring would be doing absolutely nothing at all, and that’s the case quite often, and OSS maintainers get criticized also for *that*” Who’s responsible for maintaining the open source software? At the NDC Sydney 2018 conference held in September, two open source maintainers Nick Randolph, Technical Lead at Built To Roam and Geoffrey Huntley, an open source software engineer talked on why should companies and people should contribute back to open source and how they can do it. However, if something goes wrong with the project, who is responsible for it? Most users blame the maintainers of the project, but the license does not say so. In fact users, contributors, and maintainers together are equally responsible. Open source is a fantastic avenue for personal development as it does not require the supply, material, planning, and approval like other software Some reasons to contribute to Open Source Software: Other people will help you for free You will save a lot on training and documentation You will not be criticized by open source advocates Ability to hire best engineers You will be able to influence the direction of the projects to which you contribute Companies have embraced open source software as it allows them to get solutions to the market faster for their customers. It has allowed companies to focus on delivering business value instead of low-level technical tasks. The problem with Open Source The majority of open-source software that the world depends on is built by volunteers. When a business chooses to use open-source software this volunteer labor is essentially an unpaid vendor with no contractual obligations. However the speakers say, “Historically, we have defined open-source software in terms of freedom for the consumer, in the future now that open-source has ‘won’ this dialogue needs to change. Did we get it right? Did we ever stop to think about how software is maintained, the rights of maintainers and the cost of maintenance?” The maintainers said, as per the Open Source Software license, once the software is released to the world their responsibility ends. They need not respond to GitHub issues, no need to create documentation, no need to answer questions on stack overflow, and so on. The popular example where a security damage was caused by the popular Heartbleed Bug where the security issue was found in the OpenSSL cryptographic software library, which caused a huge loss of revenue. However, when an OSS breaks or users need new features, they log an issue on GitHub and then sit back awaiting a response. If the comments are not addressed by the maintainer, users start complaining about how badly the project is run. The thing about OSS that’s too often forgotten, it’s AS-IS, no exceptions. How should Businesses secure their supply chain? Different projects may operate differently, with more or fewer people, with work being prioritized differently, on differing release schedules but in all cases the software delivered is as-is, meaning that there is absolutely no SLA. The speakers say that it businesses should analyze the level of contribution they need to make towards the open source community. They have highlighted that in order to secure their supply chain, users should contribute with money or time. The truth is that free software is not really free. How much is this going to cost in man hours? If not with money, they can contribute with time. For instance, there is an initiative called as opensourcefriday.com and as an engineering leader you or your employees can pull request and learn how the open source they depend upon works. This means you are having a positive influence in the community and also contributing back to open source. And if your company faces any critical issue, the maintainer is likely to help you as you have actively contributed to the community. Source: YouTube How do you know how much to contribute? In order to shift the goal of the software, you have to be the maintainer or a core contributor to influence the direction. If you just want to protect the supply chain, you can simply fix what’s broken. If you wish to contribute at a consistent velocity, contribute at a rate that you can maintain for as long as you want. Source: YouTube According to Nick and Geoffrey what users and businesses should do is: Protect their software chain and see that from a business perspective what are the components I am making use of and make sure that these components are going to exist, going forward. We also need to think about the sustainability of the project and let it not wither away soon. If the project is good for the community, how can we make it sustainable by making more and more people joining the project? Companies should also keep a track of what they are contributing back to these projects. People should share their experiences and their best practices. This contribution will help analyze the risk factors. Share so that the industry matures beyond simple security concerns. Watch the complete talk by Nick and Geoffrey on YouTube Read Next The Linux and RISC-V foundations team up to drive open source development and adoption of RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) OpenStack Foundation to tackle open source infrastructure problems, will conduct conferences under the name ‘Open Infrastructure Summit’ The Ceph Foundation has been launched by the Linux Foundation to support the open source storage projectlast_img read more

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