They had such enormous fun Sharon Bram bid farewell with final tour

first_imgLittle Rabbit Foo Foo. I Am Slowly Going Crazy. Skinnamarink. Many Canadians have grown up with the music of — and have a favourite tune by — Sharon, Lois and Bram.Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein and Bram Morrison debuted as a kids’ entertainment trio in 1978 and quickly became household names for their vibrant, catchy, internationally inspired music for children and families.Now, 40 years after they first joined forces with the late Lilienstein, Hampson and Morrison are hitting the road one final time. They’re not hanging things up completely: there’s fresh music and a new book scheduled for release in 2019. But for the septuagenarian musical duo, it’s time to bid farewell to touring. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pair took some time out from their latest slate of gigs, including a sold-out benefit concert bringing them back to the site of their first major show — Toronto’s Young People’s Theatre — to reminisce about their rise as children’s entertainers, changing times and paying tribute to their late colleague Lilienstein.First-time jittersHampson, Lilienstein and Morrison met as separate participants in Ontario’s Mariposa in the Schools art program. They formed a bond based on their similar philosophy about the importance of music education. In 1978, they scrabbled together $20,000 to record and release their debut album, One Elephant, Deux Éléphants — which was an instant success — and scheduled their first concert at Young People’s Theatre for late that September. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

No words Mastercard to drop its name from logo

first_imgNEW YORK — Mastercard is at a loss for words.The digital payment company says it is dropping its name in some contexts, opting to let its familiar interlocking yellow and red circles represent the company at retail locations and online.The Purchase, New York-based company said Monday that the logo has represented Mastercard so well for more than 50 years and that 80 per cent of people recognize the logo without the word “Mastercard” accompanying it.One of the original major credit card companies, formerly known as Master Charge, Mastercard has rebranded in recent years, calling itself a “technology company in the global payments industry.”Mastercard follows in the footsteps of Nike, Apple and other companies which don’t include company names their logos.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suspect arrested over Udugampola triple murder

A suspect was arrested today over the Udugampola triple murder, the police media unit said.Police had discovered the bodies of a couple in a house in Galpotta Udugampola last week and the body of their child in a well nearby The police said that the bodies were found after information was received by the police emergency unit. (Colombo Gazette)

TimorLeste UN police help stop gang fighting that forces airport to close

“At the moment it is calm,” the chief of the Police Unit of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) Antero Lopes told UN radio, adding that two people were killed yesterday in the fighting between youth gangs.“Some youth groups were attacking the IDP camp and the IDP population were retaliating and the United Nations police was an interposition force trying to prevent both groups from attacking each other,” he said. “The violence was contained after several hours of rock throwing and exchange of darts.”No injuries were reported amongst UN police officers and it was hoped that the airport would re-open tomorrow, he added.“We have been talking to the government who have to take that decision. Policewise, security conditions are met. It all depends on how the situation evolves,” Acting Commissioner Lopes said. “We have a permanent police presence at the airport and in the IDP camp which is in the vicinity of the airport and also in the main access road. Should this situation of stability continue, the airport can reopen its normal operations.”The Security Council created the expanded UNMIT in August to help restore order in the country that it shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago, after a crisis erupted in April with the firing of 600 striking soldiers, a third of the armed forces.Ensuing violence claimed at least 37 lives and drove 155,000 people, 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes.UNMIT currently has just over 460 police officers on the ground, out of a total mandated complement of 1,608. It is also fielding military observers and is supported by 102 international civilians, 222 local civilian and 34 UN Volunteers. read more

Crude oil briefly surges past US112 a barrel as tensions escalate over

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Aug 28, 2013 10:24 am MDT The price of oil briefly surged past US$112 a barrel Wednesday before giving up most of its gains while the U.S. seemed to edge closer to intervening in Syria’s civil war.The UN’s special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, said Wednesday in Geneva that there was evidence that some kind of chemical “substance” had been used in an attack that may have killed more than 1,000 people near Damascus.Brahimi also said that any military strike against Syria needed to gain approval from the 15-member UN Security Council.U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that American forces were ready to act on any order by President Barack Obama to strike Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the conflict.By early afternoon in Europe, West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 97 cents to US$109.98 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier in the session, oil rose as high as US$112.24.On Tuesday, the Nymex contract jumped $3.09 to close at US$109.01 a barrel. Still, the price remains far below its record close of US$145.29 a barrel, reached on July 3, 2008.The price of oil is has surged more than 15 per cent in the last three months on concerns over the civil war in Syria and unrest in Egypt. Neither country is a major oil exporter, but traders worry that the violence could spread to more important oil-exporting countries or disrupt major oil transport routes.“Syria’s political-economic-military links to Iran, Hezbollah and Russia underline the threat of unintended chain-reaction resulting in wider regional instability. Threat of supply disruption is not insignificant,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank Ltd. in Singapore in a market commentary.Other analysts, however, said the developments in Syria were being used as an incentive to reconsider the status of the global oil markets — with other factors accounting for rising prices.A report from JBC Energy in Vienna said there was a “clear risk of an overreaction in the current situation,” especially as Syria was only producing around 70,000 barrels of oil a day. Instead, it pointed to Libya’s export cuts of at least one million barrels a day due to production outages and labour conflicts at shipping ports as a more probable price driver.When Libya’s oil production stopped completely during the revolution in 2011, oil rose by $20 a barrel over the span of two weeks.While reports of ample global supplies were recently the norm, JBC Energy said current developments — such as low spare capacity in Saudi Arabia, stockpiles falling in the U.S., disappointing supply developments around the world and signs of an improving global economy — pointed to tighter markets.“In sum, there are surely risks to the upside of oil prices, but they have not much to do with Syria, which has only been a catalyst for reassessing markets,” JBC said.Brent crude, the benchmark for international crudes, was up $1.20 to US$115.56 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, heating oil added 2.79 cents to US$3.1935 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline rose 3.73 cents to US$2.95 a gallon and natural gas lost 1.4 cents to US$3.52 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) Crude oil briefly surges past US$112 a barrel as tensions escalate over Syria AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

UK manufacturers must show Foresight says report

Business operations must evolve to ensure manufacturing continues to play a powerful role in the UK economy, according to a government report published today.The Future of Manufacturing: A new era of opportunity in the UK, published by the Foresight Programme, part of the Government Office for Science, sets out the challenges that lie ahead for the manufacturing industry, driven by fast-changing technologies and new business methods. The report comes shortly after SMMT announced the highest UK car manufacturing output since 2008.Automotive manufacturing is crucial to the UK’s economy, generating more than £55 billion every year in turnover and employing more than 700,000 people. Figures released earlier this month show that the UK has produced over 1,125,000 cars so far in 2013, up almost 4% on last year’s output.According to the report, manufacturing in the UK will undergo significant changes between now and 2050, driven by faster production techniques such as 3D printing and more localised manufacturing. In addition, the growing importance of sustainability will encourage companies into an ever-more efficient use of materials.In order to fulfil the objectives, an emphasis on skills is required; there will be 800,000 manufacturing jobs to fill before 2020 – something the automotive industry is determined to tackle with initiatives such as See Inside Manufacturing.Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said, “Britain has a proud manufacturing tradition and the government wants to ensure the sector stays ahead of the curve, leading global innovation and developing, once again, a worldwide appetite for British-made goods. The manufacturing sector is crucial to building a stronger economy – supporting 2.5 million jobs, over half of our exports and about three quarters of research and development. I don’t share the fatalistic view that it will inevitably decline; rather the reverse.“The Manufacturing Advisory Service provides advice on financial support for businesses, including the government’s £245 million Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative and the £3.2 billion Regional Growth Fund. These funds are creating thousands of jobs and leveraging billions of important private sector investment.“Through our industrial strategy we are giving businesses and investors the long-term security and confidence they need to invest in the UK and drive growth. Foresight’s strategic analysis is a valuable addition to the information available to government and the industry as we plan for the future.”Click through to view the full Future of Manufacturing report.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sanford Navigato combine for 39 Toledo gets 7th win

TOLEDO, Ohio — Jaelan Sanford and Nate Navigato combined for 39 points to help Toledo garner its fifth straight win, beating Cleveland State 80-67 on Saturday afternoon.Toledo (7-1) will host Detroit Mercy on Wednesday evening. Toledo’s only loss was to Horizon League preseason-favourite Wright State 84-74 on Nov. 14.Sanford had 20 points with six rebounds and four assists. Navigato drilled 5 of 8 from long range to total 19 points. Willie Jackson added 16 while grabbing 11 rebounds and Chris Darrington chipped in 13 points, making 7 of 7 from the line.The Rockets roared out to a 41-29 halftime advantage. Cleveland State rallied in the second half to close to 52-49 after Tyree Appleby completed a 3-point play midway in the final half. Toledo gradually pulled away to lead 74-62 following Navigato’s fifth trey with 3:25 remaining.Appleby led Cleveland State (2-7) with 19 points.The Associated Press read more

Miracle escape after 12 hours Blind pensioner rescued from Grenfell Tower after

first_imgA man, who is believed to be elderly and partially blind, has been rescued by firefighters from the Grenfell Tower inferno after a terrifying 12-hour wait.The man, who has been identified by relatives, is believed to have lived in the tower for 30 years and was seen praying at his window as he awaited help on the 11th floor.Good Morning Britain filmed him as he waved a jumper as a makeshift SOS flag and cried out for help from his 11th-floor flat. Rescued at lastCredit:Leon Neal/Getty Images Leon Neal/Getty Images “Now we have seen him over the course of the last hour or so in contact with firefighters.”He was rescued shortly after midday. The man can be seen looking from his window on the bottom right Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The man can be seen looking from his window on the bottom rightCredit:Steve Paston/PA Wirecenter_img DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images Twenty people are in critical care after 74 injured people were taken to hospital. But many are still missing after residents were left trapped on upper floors as flames rapidly ripped up the block after householders were initially told to stay in their homes. Credit:DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images At least six people have been confirmed killed in the huge fire that ripped through the west London tower block, but police expect the death toll to rise.Up to 600 people are believed to have been inside Grenfell Tower’s 120 flats when the blaze tore through the 24-storey building in the early hours. Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, the programme’s presenters, said they felt “helpless” as they watched him and feared for his life.However, he has now been pictured being rescued by firefighters 12 hours after he was trapped by the blaze.Ms Reid said: “He in his 70s, he’s partially blind. He has lived in the Grenfell Tower for 30 years.last_img read more

Goldman Sachs exprogrammer sentenced to 8 years for code theft

first_imgWay back in July of 2009 we mentioned a programmer for a top investment bank who was being charged with stealing proprietary automated-trading software before leaving work for a rival company. The man in question, Sergey Aleynikov, 40, finally received his sentence on Friday after prosecutors were debating with his lawyers over very different levels of punishment.Aleynikov’s lawyers were asking for probation, whereas prosecutors were arguing for 10 years in prison. The former Goldman Sachs computer programmer was convicted of stealing the confidential source code of Goldman’s high-speed trading system. Clearly, probation for something like that wasn’t going to fly, and U.S. District Judge Denise Cote sentenced him with eight years behind bars.AdChoices广告According to the Wall Street Journal, before his sentencing, Aleynikov said he regretted “the foolish decision to download information.” He said he never meant to harm Goldman or intended to harm anyone at all for that matter. Judge Cote disagreed with that and said Aleynikov knew what he was doing and knew that he would harm Goldman. “There is no other impact,” she said.Aleynikov had come to the U.S. from Russia in 1990 and was living the American dream with a computer programming job at Goldman that paid $400,000 a year, making him one of the bank’s highest-paid programmers. He was then offered a job at Teza Technologies that would triple his Goldman salary. He uploaded the source code to a server in Germany in the three days prior to leaving Goldman. This allowed him to get around the company’s security systems.Aleynikov was convicted of two accounts in December: theft of trade secrets, and transportation of stolen property. Aleynikov’s lawyer originally argued that he had only intended to use parts of the downloaded code that were “open source,” or freely available. But on Friday, his lawyer admitted that Aleynikov made a “tragic mistake.” However, he said Aleynikov plans to appeal his conviction.According to the New York Times, high-frequency trading use complex computer algorithms to make sub-millisecond trades to exploit tiny discrepancies in price. This kind of trading has become an important source of revenue for Wall Street firms and hedge funds, and these companies guard their code fiercely. You can literally lose millions of dollars for each microsecond of latency. Because of the weight of this information, the courtroom was closed to the public multiple times during the trial to protect Goldman’s proprietary HFT source code, but some details did come out, like the bit about the unit accounting for about $300 million in revenue last year, which is less than 1 percent of Goldman’s total revenue of $45 billion.Read more at the Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Sean Spicers denials left looking thin as Trumps choice for top Navy

first_img By Rónán Duffy Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,879 Views White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied reports that Bilden was withdrawing. Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied reports that Bilden was withdrawing. Monday 27 Feb 2017, 1:17 PM 31 Comments LESS THAN TWO weeks after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump’s choice for Navy Secretary was “100% committed” to the role, the nominee has withdrawn himself from the process.Philip Bilden’s decision to step aside from consideration before he was officially confirmed represented a further blow to the US President’s efforts to finalise the tops posts in his administration.Bilden is a prominent businessman and private equity investor and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said last night that his decision was because of concerns he had about separating from his business interests.“This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests,” Mattis said in a statement, adding that he would soon suggest a new nominee. While I am disappointed, I understand and respect his decision, and know that he will continue to support our nation in other ways.Reports that Bilden was having cold feet first emerged about 10 days ago when CBS News reporter Major Garrett tweeted the news.Spicer quickly followed it with a tweet of his own claiming that the story was false:“Those people would be wrong. Just spoke with him and he is 100% commited (sic) to being the next SECNAV pending Senate confirm,” Spicer said. Source: Twitter/PressSecThe secretary of the Navy serves as the chief executive officer for both the Navy and the Marine Corps.Two other Trump nominees who have who struggled to disentangle from their business lives have also withdrawn from consideration.US Army secretary nominee Vincent Viola withdrew over concerns about his ability to separate from his large business holdings and labour secretary nominee Andrew Puzder after he faced intense scrutiny for his business record.Earlier this month, Michael Flynn resigned from the high-profile post of national security advisor as he faced accusations of lying to White House colleagues about his contacts with Russian officials.- With reporting by © – AFP 2017Read: Trump appeals for money from supporters to combat “nasty attacks by fake news media” >Read: Republicans are getting shouted at by constituents (even kids) angry about Donald Trump > Short URL Sean Spicer’s denials left looking thin as Trump’s choice for top Navy job steps aside Philip Bilden will not be becoming secretary of the US Navy. Share8 Tweet Email Feb 27th 2017, 1:17 PM last_img read more

AMD cinq nouveaux processeurs annoncés

first_imgAMD : cinq nouveaux processeurs annoncésÉtats-Unis – AMD est sur le point de commercialiser cinq nouveaux processeurs. Au programme : des éléments améliorés par rapport aux précédents modèles.AMD se positionne dans l’entrée et le milieu de gamme du marché des processeurs. Prochainement, l’entreprise américaine va commercialiser cinq éléments qui ne sont en fait que des upgrades, avec une fréquence améliorée, de modèles précédents. À lire aussiIntel lance ses nouvelles puces Xeon au CebitCependant, ils présentent un avantage non négligeable : un prix attractif. Ainsi, le Phenom II x2 555 Black Edition (3,6 GHz) voit son coefficient multiplicateur débloqué. Il est aussi équipé d’un Thermal Design Power de 800 W et de 6 Mo de cache L3 pour un prix de 99 dollars. Les autres modèles qui devront suivre sont le Phenom II x4 910e, l’Athlon II x2 255, l’Athlon II x3 440 et l’Athlon II x4 635. Les prix sont compris entre 74 et 119 dollars. AMD cherche ainsi à concurrencer son rival Intel et sa nouvelle gamme de Core i5 et i3.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une thérapie génique montre des résultats prometteurs contre la progeria

first_imgUne thérapie génique montre des résultats prometteurs contre la progeriaUne équipe franco-espagnole de chercheurs est parvenue à mettre au point une thérapie génique prometteuse chez des souris pour traiter la progeria. Une maladie génétique rare qui entraine chez de jeunes enfants un vieillissement physiologique accéléré.N’affectant qu’une naissance sur 4 à 8 millions, la progeria, également appelé syndrome de Hutchinson-Gilford est une maladie génétique extrêmement rare mais qui s’avère tout à fait redoutable. Incurable, elle découle dans neuf cas sur dix d’une mutation du gène LMNA présent sur le chromosome 1 et découvert en 2003 par Nicolas Lévy et son équipe, chercheurs à l’Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM). Dans sa version mutée, LMNA conduit à la production d’une protéine raccourcie, la progerine qui s’accumule dans les noyaux des cellules et entraîne de graves déformations et dysfonctionnements.Se manifestant très tôt chez les enfants, la maladie provoque alors un vieillissement physiologique accéléré. Les très jeunes patients grandissent très peu, perdent leurs cheveux, souffrent de problèmes musculaires et squelettiques, leur peau se ride, etc. En général, ils meurent entre l’âge de 13 et 16 ans, leur corps ne pouvant davantage supporter le vieillissement. Pour l’heure, il n’existe malheureusement aucun traitement spécifique permettant de ralentir l’évolution, mais des pistes se sont ouvertes ces dernières années avec la découverte du gène concerné. En effet, en 2008, un essai clinique conduit chez douze enfants souffrant de la maladie a testé une combinaison de deux molécules : des statines, des anti-cholestérol efficaces contre l’athérosclérose et le risque cardiovasculaire, et des amino-bisphosphonates utilisés pour traiter l’ostéoporose osseuse. Or, si les résultats s’étaient avérés limités, ils avaient tout de même témoigné d’effets bénéfiques sur les cellules malades, ouvrant la possibilité d’allonger l’espérance de vie des patients. Mais aujourd’hui, c’est une toute autre technique qu’a expérimentée la même équipe de chercheurs. Une baisse de l’accumulation de progerine À lire aussiL’amitié, une affaire de génétique ?Nicolas Levy, Annachiara De Sandre-Giovannoli de l’Université de la Méditerranée à Marseille,  Carlos López-Otín de l’Université d’Oviedo en Espagne et leurs équipes sont parvenus à créer une technique de thérapie génique qu’ils ont testée chez des souris génétiquement modifiées. Porteuses de la mutation de LMNA, celles-ci présentaient à partir de trois semaines des défauts de croissance, une perte de poids, des déformations osseuses ainsi que des anomalies cardiovasculaires et métaboliques comme chez l’homme. Ajouté à cela, leur espérance de vie avoisinait les 103 jours en moyenne contre 2 ans en temps normal. C’était en vérité la première fois qu’un tel modèle était conçu et montrait exactement les mêmes effets que ceux observés chez l’homme.Ainsi, quand les chercheurs ont testé leur thérapie sur les rongeurs, ils ont observé une nette diminution de l’accumulation de progerine et de ses effets associés. De même, ils ont réussi à allonger l’espérance de vie des souris ainsi qu’à corriger certain symptômes. Si la guérison n’est donc pas encore en vue pour les jeunes malades, ces travaux publiés dans la revue Science Translational Medicine suggèrent que l’amélioration de leurs conditions de vie et l’augmentation de leur longévité semblent aujourd’hui deux objectifs réalistes, souligne l’INSERM.  Le 27 octobre 2011 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

205 Live Highlights Murphy vs Andrews Main Event Lio Rush in action

first_img Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE posted highlights following last night’s 205 Live episode on the WWE Network.last_img

Sand mining goes unabated in Thungabhadra

first_imgKurnool: Indiscriminate sand mining has been going on in Tungabhadra river. To restrict the illegal sand mining the district administration has identified some sand reaches in the district – two reaches at C Belagal, two each at Gonegandla and Holagunda mandals. Excavation of sand was also permitted at Nandikotkur, but due to water flooding the reach was closed. The sand from these reaches has to be use for the construction of individual houses and the beneficiary has to obtain permission from the Revenue or Mining department. Also Read – AP Cabinet to meet on September 4 Advertise With Us Illegal sand mining is taking on high scale at Tungabhadra river during night hours. People of Panchlingala, Ulchala, Nidzur and other villages are excavating sand and dumping at some secrete places. Later, the sand is being supplied to assignees. It is alleged that the police are being bribed to carry on illegal sand mining. It is also learnt that the sand is being transported in the district and also places in Telangana. Also Read – A mother abandoned newborn baby girl in Chirala Advertise With Us Restricting sand mining by the state government has become advantage to the sand traders. Earlier a tractor load of sand was sold for Rs.1500 to Rs.2000. But now the same tractor load sand is being sold for Rs.4500 to Rs.5000. Panchalingala village has become hub for the transportation of sand. Recently some tippers which were transporting sand were caught by a former MLA. He was shown the permission slips for the transportation but those permissions were given to the tractors and not to the sand. Advertise With Us When The Hans India asked about the illegal sand mining, Kurnool Tahsildar, Srinivasulu said, “We only issue permissions and restricting them is in the hands of police and mining department officials. Moreover, we have lot of other works from issuing income certificates to land relates issues. He further said that there was a policy of fixing closed circuit cameras at the specified reaches. But no camera has been fixed at any of the sand reach.last_img read more

Hire an Instagram Sitter to Post Photos for You at This Swiss

first_img Scrolling through vacation pictures can give you major FOMO. However, a Swiss hotel line is offering hirable Instagram “sitters” to post photos for you on your European escape.Dubbed “Relax We Post,” the new social media service was created by Ibis, a Switzerland-based hotel line, to “enjoy your city trip without digital stress.” Instead of scrambling to take pictures with your family, friends, or significant other, a “Social Media Sitter” does all the work for you, and curates images of your urban adventures on Instagram.When you travel to Geneva or Zurich, you can book a “Social Media Sitter” on the Relax We Post website. These Social Media Sitters are well-experienced, because most are digital influencers that have a knack for capturing photos. Whether you’re into culture, fashion, or casual elegance, Relax We Post has an Instagram genius match for you.If you’re down to book some Instagram assistance, it only takes a few minutes. Go to the Relax We Post website, click on the city you’re traveling to, pick a date, and choose your Social Media Sitter. Following this step,’ll select your hotel, room, and then pay for your stay and the Relax We Post fee, which starts at $90 and up per session. Be sure to confirm your spot ASAP though, since the service tends to book up fast and expires on Dec. 2.Before you get started though, there are some important rules to note. According to the terms of service, you must give the Social Media Sitter access to your Instagram profile during your stay and each post has to have the hashtag #postedbysocialmediasitter. Once you abide by these guidelines, you’re good to use the Relax We Post service.Social media can make or break memories, so why not actually enjoy your travels without worrying about the perfect selfie shot? With this service, you can have fun and explore your heart out without Instagram issues.More on Geek’s Guide to Social Media EtiquetteHow to Unsend Messages You’ve Sent in Your Top AppsHone Your Photo Skills With These Five Apps Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall last_img read more

Big cats love Calvin Klein cologne

first_img( — Workers in Wildlife Conservation Societies around the world are using a new technique to lure big cats to their heat-and-motion-sensitive cameras and keep them there long enough to enable them to be identified. The new technique is to spray the area with cologne, but not just any fragrance – it has to be Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men”. Cheetah. Image: Wikimedia Commons. Big cats, wild pigs and short-eared dogs — oh, my! The idea began in the Bronx Zoo in 2003, when general curator Pat Thomas decided to test the effects of 24 fragrances on two cheetahs. The zoo had long sprayed perfumes on rocks in the cats’ enclosure to keep them curious, but Thomas decided to be a little more scientific and test individual scents. The results showed “Obsession for Men” was a clear winner, with the cats spending an average of 11.1 minutes in savoring the scent and obviously loving the musky perfume, rubbing their cheeks against trees that had been sprayed. Other scents did not perform so well for the cats, with Revlon’s “Charlie” occupying them for only 15.5 seconds, and Estée Lauder’s “Beautiful” keeping them interested for a mere two seconds.After Thomas’s trials, word spread through the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and use of the cologne has spread from zoos to protected areas of jungle in wildlife conservation regions, where it is finding success in luring big cats of all kinds to cameras placed along remote animal trails. In Guatemala, for example, Roan Balas McNab uses the perfume in the Maya Biosphere Reserve, one of the largest protected regions in South America, to attract jaguars to the area around the cameras and keep them there long enough for the individuals to be identified by their unique patterns of spots. Since the cologne has been used the number of cats lingering in the vicinity of the cameras has increased threefold, and this will help the researchers to better estimate the size of the population of the reclusive cats. Researchers studying the cats have also been able to capture on video rarely seen events such as mating rituals near the cameras.Program coordinator of the Jaguar Conservation Program run by the WCS said they plan to expand the use Obsession for Men to its jaguar population studies next year in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.Calvin Klein’s “Obsession for Men” was launched in 1986 and is still one of the top ten best-selling fragrances for men in the world. The “nose” who helped create the cologne, Ann Gottlieb, said there were a number of ingredients that might attract animals, such as synthetic animal “notes” like the musky scent secreted by the civet.Mr McNab initially hesitated to spread the word about the fragrance fearing poachers might use it, but he decided the benefits to science outweighed the risk since the fragrance is rare in stores near the rainforests and it is expensive, and poachers use dead animals as an effective bait to lure the cats. The WCS’s ethics do not permit researchers to use dead animals. Explore furthercenter_img © 2010 Citation: Big cats love Calvin Klein cologne (2010, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

North 24Parganas district admin cracks down on illegal filling up of water

first_imgKolkata: North 24-Parganas district administration has cracked down on the illegal filling up of water bodies across the district following instructions from the Urban Development Department.It had issued an instruction to the top brass of the North 24-Parganas district administration asking them to take stringent actions against filling up of water bodies and ponds that are often reported from various places.The matter was also taken up during an administrative meeting convened by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Barasat a few months ago where Banerjee instructed the administrative officials to strongly deal with the issue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe land and land reform officers in all the Sub-divisions have been asked to keep a tap on the water bodies so that corrupt practices could be checked.All the municipalities in the districts have also been asked to take strong steps if any complaints regarding filling up of water bodies come up from any particular area.The municipalities have also been instructed to carry out renovation works of the ponds and water bodies that are in bad shape. The district administration has already taken actions and checked the illegal filling up of water bodies in the various sub-divisions. Such incidents are often reported from various places under Barrackpore Sub-Division. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior administrative official from the district on the conditions of anonymity said illegal filling up of the water bodies have been stopped at various places in the district. Appropriate steps are being taken against the accused under inland fisheries Act and land and land reforms Act.It may be mentioned here that allegations of illegally filling up of water bodies not only surface from Barrackpore but also from other sub-divisions. The latest recent incident was reported from Barasat where an attempt was made to fill up a pond illegally. A guard wall was constructed around the pond with an intention to fill up the pond. Locals submitted a mass petition to state secretariat at Nabanna following which the district administration was directed to take appropriate steps in this regard. A case has been started under Land Reforms Act to preserve the pond.The officials from Barasat Municipality recently visited the spot and stopped the illegal construction around the pond. According to Barasat Municipality Chairman Sunil Mukherjee, illegal construction around the pond has been stopped and all necessary steps are being taken for the proper preservation of the pond. The municipality will also take up beautification works around the pond. State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday in the Assembly said steps have been taken to ensure proper preservation of water bodies. He also alleged that during the Left Front regime, water bodies were rampantly filled up destroying the ecological balance.last_img read more

1 killed in accident on R103

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite One person tragically lost their life in an accident on the R103 this afternoon (Friday).It is believed that a vehicle overturned, injuring the two occupants (a mother and son). The mother sustained moderate injuries, while the son was critically injured.It is unclear what caused the accident, but the vehicle veered off the road down an embankment and into a fence.Sharaj Ambulance Services treated the injured at the scene before transporting them to hospital. Unfortunately, the son later died as a result of his injuries.Police also responded to the scene. DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Qantas and American Airlines take to the skies for Christmas

first_imgAlan Joyce, Chief Executive Officer of Qantas and American Airlines CEO Doug ParkerQantas and American Airlines take to the skies for ChristmasTwo new Qantas and American Airlines services will take off in the next 24 hours, giving the airlines’ customers unrivalled choice of flights across the Pacific.Qantas Flight 73 will depart from Sydney to San Francisco this afternoon, marking the Flying Kangaroo’s return to the popular route, followed by the departure of American Airlines Flight 72 from Sydney to Los Angeles tomorrow morning.The new services have been made possible by an expanded commercial partnership* between national carrier Qantas and American, the world’s biggest airline, and form part of a broader trans-Pacific network spanning Australian, New Zealand and the United States.It comes as a lower dollar improves the competitiveness of Australia as a destination for U.S. travellers. In the year to the end of September 2015, a record 551,000 Americans visited Australia, up eight per cent on the prior year.American Airlines makes first flight into SydneyTogether, the airlines will offer customers 50 return services per week between Australia and the US, including Honolulu. From Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and San Francisco customers flying from Australia can access more than 150 destinations throughout North America on American Airline’s extensive network. From Sydney alone, customers can access more than 70 Qantas Group destinations across Australia and New Zealand.“This is a new era for both airlines and we’re excited to be unlocking new travel options for our customers and helping to build trade, tourism and investment opportunities for the Australian and US economies,” said Mr Joyce.“We can’t wait to return to San Francisco, which was Qantas’ first ever US destination back in the 1950s and is still a hugely popular holiday spot for Australians.  What’s different today is that we’re also seeing really strong demand for business travel, driven by the Silicon Valley technology boom.“These new services are a good news story for Australian tourism, with American Airlines now promoting brand Australia across its massive domestic network.  When you put that together with Qantas’ significant investment in tourism marketing, it’s a potent combination.“Passengers who flew with Qantas International spent $9.5 billion in Australia last financial year, helping make it the best year for inbound tourism since the Sydney Olympics. We’re confident we can lift that contribution even higher as we deepen our partnerships, especially with the tailwind that a lower Aussie dollar provides to our attractiveness to visitors,” added Mr Joyce.Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines, said: “Qantas has been a fantastic partner through oneworld and our joint business relationship, and we are delighted that customers are seeing enhanced benefits of this partnership through a greater choice of flights to the U.S.”“With this new Qantas service to San Francisco and American’s new daily service to Los Angeles, customers are the clear winners when travelling with our two great airlines.”American Airlines makes first flight into SydneyQantas’ Sydney-San Francisco services will ramp up to six per week in January 2016, with all flights to be operated by Boeing 747-400 aircraft with the same interiors that feature on the airline’s flagship A380s.  American’s flagship B777-300ER will operate daily on the Sydney-Los Angeles route with fully lie-flat seats in First and Business Class and international Wi-Fi.To celebrate the launch of Qantas’ new Sydney to San Francisco services, customers on-board QF73 will be treated to a special figure eight flyover of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay area, before touching down at San Francisco Airport which will be lit up with Qantas colours during the evening.American’s B777-300 ER service from Los Angeles into Sydney on Saturday will be given a water cannon salute and customers on the first flight out of Australia will enjoy cupcakes and champagne at the gate as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony.*pending regulatory approvals. Qantasbook and fly here Source = Qantas – American Airlinescenter_img American Airlinesbook and fly herelast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter The Bernic a new hote

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThe Bernic, a new hotel located at 145 East 47th Street, is coming to the heart of Midtown Manhattan East. The hotel, set to open in September, will focus on keeping its guests connected to the world through art and technology, while simultaneously offering an authentic New York neighbourhood experience. Urban exploration and global inspiration will come together in this chic, smart hotel, where connectivity for every guest is of utmost importance.The 21-story boutique hotel will be home to 96 guestrooms, virtually all of which will be outfitted with private balconies. Floor-to-ceiling windows will offer a view so vivid guests will almost be able to touch the city’s iconic skyline. The building’s dual-level façade gives the illusion that each of the upper level floors and balconies is soaring freely in the sky, almost as its own distinctly separate building. From their artfully appointed rooms, urban explorers will be invited to take in the energy of historic Turtle Bay, while enjoying the hotel’s elegant, authentic service and attention to detail. A stay at The Bernic promises to be filled with delightful surprises.The property is just steps away from the United Nations Headquarters, the shops of Fifth Avenue, the centre of Corporate Headquarters, such as Avon, IPG, Colgate, Grant Thornton and HSBC, and the Chrysler Building, as well as the leisure attractions of Rockefeller Center and Times’ Square Theater District. Nearby Grand Central Terminal offers easy access to every subway line, making trips to downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn destinations fast and easy.The property is poised to open just steps away from where Andy Warhol’s Factory once stood in historic Midtown Manhattan’s Turtle Bay neighbourhood, famous for its colony of visual artists and independent shops that has counted everyone from Bob Dylan to Jacqueline Onassis and Stephen Sondheim as its habitués. Drawing inspiration from the prominent creative figures of the past and its neighbour, the United Nations Headquarters, The Bernic has commissioned Ian Sklarsky as mixed media artist-in-residence. Sklarsky will produce murals that depict a worldview of iconic cityscapes using his signature blind contour technique. The metropolises – New York, Dubai, London, Paris, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo – featured in the “eight cities of the world” motif adorning the guestrooms, hallways and lobby represent the forefront of global travel and accessibility, two aspects The Bernic embodies.“We hope that the opening sets off a full-blown renaissance of Turtle Bay, and reclaims the culture of yore, but with a modern touch,” said David Lopez, General Manager. “The Bernic will become a home away from home for the urban explorer that, at once, wants to be in the centre of the action with all of the comforts — while still enjoying the authenticity and culture of a real New York neighbourhood.”From the house-made signature lavender lemonade served daily and complimentary wine hour to the exquisite scent of white tea and thyme wafting through the halls, it’s the luxe touches that will make The Bernic an inherently chic yet conveniently casual stay. Each guestroom will feature decadent bath amenities by Beekman 1802, luxury linens and terry, Sealy luxury pillow top mattresses, iron and ironing boards, in-room safes, an in-room refreshment bar, in-room delivery service. Guests will have access to local fitness centres, laundry service, business stations and coffee machines and valet parking, nightly turndown service, and pre-arrival concierge are available as well. The Bernic will also offer complimentary ultra-high speed wireless connectivity in-room and throughout public spaces, accelerated cellular service through a Distributed Antenna System, in-room cordless phones and 43” flat screens with Apple TV technology, allowing guests to be fully accessible no matter the nature of their stay.The property will also be home to Allora, a 72-seat restaurant from Elio & Sons. Outfitted with a carrera marble bar and herringbone floors, Allora will transport diners to the spirit of old New York with a well-heeled twist. Allora’s menu will be rooted in Northern Italian-American specialties and will offer a wide selection of homemade pasta, as well superior grass-fed steaks aged in house for 28 days and classic seafood favourites like clams oreganata. Other specialties include tableside preparations of old-school favourites like a traditional caesar salad, the “Godfather” grilled branzino, flambées, zabaglione, and more. In addition, over 30 off-menu seasonal specials like pork chop etna and kobe beef ravioli, will be offered nightly. With a focus on traditional hospitality that emphasises the diner’s experience above all, Allora will offer a taste of Gotham as it once was.The interior and exterior designs, brought to life by Hersha Purchasing and Design and CD3 Architecture, are a mix of neo-modernism and deconstructed luxury that provide futuristic contrast to the classic brownstones of Tudor City. The glass and gunmetal façade is divided into two distinct volumes – the base follows street line while the upper portion of the building has a different feel, freely soaring into the sky. Outdoor balcony terraces bring another dimension, visually enlarging the footprint of the hotel. Upstairs, the Bernic boasts a luxury-level Penthouse, with 360 degree panoramic views of the city, as well as a rooftop sky lounge.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more