Sport to combat homophobia

first_imgToday marks International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) and the theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Speaking about silence – homophobia in the sports world’.ASC Sports Performance and Development Assistant Director Nadine Cohen said that a recent national survey of same-sex attracted young people identified that the second-most threatening environment for abuse was within sport.‘To address these concerns, the ASC and the VEOHRC are trialling a 12 month anti-homophobia project to reduce the experience and impact of homophobia in a national sporting code, which will form the benchmark strategy for other sporting codes and their governing bodies,’ Cohen said.‘We are working with the VEOHRC to effect cultural and behavioural change in sport across many areas including bullying and harassment, player well-being and discrimination, with a focus on addressing homophobia.’VEOHRC’s Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke said the project will aim to saturate one sporting code with a range of resources and information and capacity-building materials to address the issue of homophobia in sport.‘The pilot program sport will be announced in June 2010,’ Szoke said.‘In the general sense, we understand sport is a very powerful vehicle to reach the population, to educate and empower, to enable people’s voices to be heard.’The project will determine effective ways to create safe and welcoming sporting environments through the prevention of homophobic behaviour.  It will also establish how these strategies can be adapted to reduce the occurrence of other discriminatory barriers to sport participation.‘The ASC is committed to partnering with the sport industry to uphold the principles of fairness, respect, responsibility and safety.  Being a part of promoting IDAHO and working with the VEOHRC are some of the initiatives the ASC is focusing on to maximise participation of all Australians in sport, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, sexuality or gender,’ Cohen said.Sexuality Discrimination & Homophobia ASC LinkVisit the Play By the Rules Website, for interactive scenarios, role specific information (athletes, coaches and administrators) and additional resources.last_img read more

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TFA Facebook Page Hits 1,000 Fans

first_imgIf you haven’t become a fan yet, click on the following link to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from Touch Football Australia:http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384?ref=tslast_img

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Senate approves gender neutral wording for Canadas national anthem

first_imgOTTAWA – The Senate has passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral, fulfilling the dying wish of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger.The Senate has given its final approval to the legislation, which would change the second line of the anthem from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”Mauril’s bill to make O Canada gender neutral passed third reading in the Senate tonight – another positive step towards gender equality. #inallofuscommand— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 1, 2018The legislation now only requires formal royal assent before it becomes law.Belanger pushed the legislation for years, but it took on greater on far greater urgency after he was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, following the 2015 federal election.The Commons passed the bill June 2016, with the ailing Belanger in the House.The longtime Liberal died just over two months later.last_img read more

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Usher Opens A New World For Children Through Reading

first_imgScholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, today announced that Usher is joining with the company to launch a new “Open a World of Possible” initiative, designed to elevate the importance and joy of reading for all children.Usher Opens a World of PossibleCredit/Copyright: ScholasticOn November 6, 2014 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, Scholastic will host “BIGGERTHAN WORDS,” a live webcast about how kids can open a world of possibilities through reading with global entertainment superstar and education advocate Usher. Live from Scholastic headquarters in New York City, Usher will directly address an audience of children and encourage them, their parents and their teachers to share their love of reading with others by becoming reading mentors and making a difference in their schools and communities. Registration for the webcast opens today at www.scholastic.com/worldofpossible.“I established New Look, a charitable organization to assist young people to become leaders and to instill in them a belief that they can create change in their communities and around the world,” said Usher. “I’m excited to host the webcast with Scholastic to demonstrate to kids how reading frequently, and being a reading mentor to their friends and others in their community, can open doors to endless possibilities.”Usher reads to children in NYC on Sept. 4, to help launch Scholastic’s new reading initiativeDuring the live webcast, the eight-time Grammy Award–winning artist will perform live and talk about ways children can get involved in spreading the joy of reading. For their first call to action, following the webcast, students can visit the Scholastic website with their teachers to learn more about three leading non-profit organizations that are providing books in the U.S. and around the world to the children who need them most, and vote for the organization(s) they’d like to receive a donation of books. The Scholastic Possible Fund will make a donation of 100,000 books, and each organization will receive a portion of the donation.Through the Open a World of Possible initiative, Scholastic hopes to encourage conversations in classrooms, at home and online so teachers, parents and children can share ideas and advice about simple ways to incorporate reading into busy classroom days and family time. Scholastic invites people everywhere to join the conversation and connect with peers on social media channels using the hashtag #SharePossible.“It is clear from the research that allowing children to read for pleasure as well as for information, and encouraging children to find inspiration in great stories and great characters can have profound benefits for young people,” said Dick Robinson, Chairman, President and CEO of Scholastic. “When children choose the books they want to read, they read more and they develop fluency, confidence and a curiosity about their world that ultimately opens a world of possibilities.”last_img read more

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26000 Moroccans to perform pilgrimage this year Minister

Rabat  – Moroccan minister of Awqaf (Islamic endowments) and Islamic affairs, Ahmed Taoufiq, said on Wednesday that a total of 26,000 Moroccans will perform pilgrimage this year.The minister told the press as the first group of pilgrims took off to the Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, the pilgrims will be carried in 60 round-trip flights featured between September 10 (first departure) and October 27 (last return). He also recalled that Saudi authorities have maintained their decision to cut the number of Moroccan pilgrims, owing to ongoing extension works in the great Mosque in Mecca. He went on that all measures were taken to secure good conditions for the pilgrimage, citing in this regard instructions given by HM King Mohammed VI in the message addressed to the first group of pilgrims. “To this end, each year, I follow preparations for the pilgrimage with special interest, giving my instructions to the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to take whatever measures are needed for our citizens to perform Hajj in optimal conditions. They include organizing their stay in Mecca and Al-Madina, looking after them during their journey, providing them with the necessary religious guidance and reminding them of the proper behavior required during the performance of this important pillar of Islam, about which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “There is but one reward for an acceptable pilgrimage, and that is Paradise”, said the Sovereign. read more

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UConn Was Going To Win That Game

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Allison McCann Move over John Wooden, you’re no longer the only college basketball coach with 10 national championships. Connecticut just won its tenth national title, completing a perfect record of 10 NCAA championship appearances and 10 wins.When the tournament started, our March Madness predictions model gave UConn a 74 percent chance of winning the title. That figure went as high as 86 percent before the national championship game against Notre Dame Tuesday night, which the Huskies won 63 to 53.We were initially shocked by UConn’s projected success, enough to make us go back and adjust our model, which gave St. Francis College a mere 1 in 2.5 million chance of beating the Huskies in the first round. But as the tournament progressed, we continued to watch closely and research UConn’s stats, and came to understand just how dominant this team really was.Emergency Hot Takedown Podcast: UConn’s Dominance and Auriemma vs. Wooden In the average regular-season UConn game, the Huskies were winning by 25 points at halftime, and they were ahead at the half by an average of 18 points in the tournament. Tuesday’s championship game was a little different: UConn was held to an 8-point lead at the half, thanks to Notre Dame’s strong offensive and defensive rebounding, 10 and 14, compared to UConn’s 8 and 11.But even Notre Dame’s strongest showing was no match for the best offense in the country — Moriah Jefferson and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 15 apiece Tuesday. Nor could the Irish get through the best defense in the country, led by forward and now three-time Most Outstanding Player award-winner Breanna Stewart, who had 15 rebounds in the game.Perhaps more importantly, we knew going into Tuesday’s game that UConn was twice as good as Notre Dame. Their matchup was still the best rivalry in women’s college basketball — but it’s hard to call it much of a rivalry when the Irish’s chances of upsetting UConn were 14 percent.Here’s a look back at our model’s predictions for the Huskies, which never fell below 74 percent at any point in the tournament:Round of 64: 74 percent chance to win the championship.Round of 32: 76 percent.Sweet 16: 77 percent.Elite Eight: 82 percent.Final Four: 79 percent.Finals: 86 percent.Tuesday night, 10:30 p.m.: 100 percent. read more

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Councillors told to stop behaving like keyboard warriors in their Yfronts over

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. A council has been asked to update its ‘weak’ social media code of conduct after a row erupted over photographs of Britney Spears.Tameside councillor Jim Fitzpatrick accused Liam Billington of taunting him, sending him photographs of the pop star and saying he was “obsessed” with her.Councillor Ged Cooney has asked for social media bullying to stop, after reports emerged of members calling each other liars online and bringing up their sexuality.At a meeting, Cllr Cooney, who chairs the democratic processes working group, asked his colleagues not to act like internet “trolls”, urging them to “use the language of politics rather than personalities”.He added: “We’re not keyboard warriors sat with our little y-fronts on, we’re elected members dealing with people’s issues.””When you go onto the internet and you attack each other, in certain manners, it’s bullying.”The council leader, Brenda Warrington, responded, asking the Conservative group to meet her to establish a joint social media code of conduct.During the meeting, councillors listed times they felt like they  had been “trolled” on social media.Cllr Fitzpatrick said tweets he “had to put up with” included a discussion with another councillor which descended into him sending “cartoons or pictures of Britney Spears for some reason, saying I’m obsessed.”. He added: “I don’t know why he needs to do that, he can quite easily debate with me but it does descend into that sort of childish behaviour for some reason.”He also said he had been called a liar, which he said was “unacceptable.”Mr Billington replied on Twitter, writing: “This is the tweet he’s having a b—- about,” asking: “I wonder what Britney Spears makes of all this?”He added: “Oooops I did it again…” read more

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Major road upgrades for Region Six underway

Several contracts were recently awarded for major road upgrades in Region Six, East Berbice, Corentyne.Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, during a post-cabinet briefing at the Ministry of Presidency a few days ago, announced that the contracts were awarded for the construction of asphaltic surface roads and supply of white sand, crushed gravel and asphaltic concrete maintenance.Minister Harmon disclosed that a sum of $263.6 million in contracts was provided for asphaltic surface roads in New Amsterdam to enhance the quality and efficiency of the transportation system, while at the same time reducing the cost of maintenance. Roads slated for maintenance include Lot One – Republic Road at a cost of $59.4 million; Lot Two – Main Street for the sum of $140 million and Lot Three – Waterside road for $64.2 million.Further, a contract in the sum of $118.9 million was awarded for the supply of 35,000 cubic meters of white sand for Lot One of the East Bank Berbice road project while a $134.7 million contract was awarded for 7,000 cubic meters of crushed gravel aggregate for Lot Three.Earlier in the year, Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, announced that work will be conducted in phases on the East Bank Berbice main access road. Works are expected to commence shortly on the thoroughfare which will feature the upgrade of nearly 5km of the roadway and will include improved lighting and road surface markings; traffic signs and the reconstruction of two bridges and two culverts.Additionally, contracts have been awarded for thermoplastic road markings on roads in Region Six as well as No. 35 Macedonia, East Bank Demerara, areas in West Bank Demerara and other locations. The thermoplastic road marking is a process that utilises a heated solution instead of paint and lasts for over a year, as opposed to three months when done with paint.Contracts were also awarded for traffic signals and accessories and construction of Riprap sea defences, which is the armouring of shoreline structures against erosion. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCabinet notes award of 36 contracts worth $3.8 billionJanuary 19, 2019In “latest news”Cabinet notes award of 57 multi-million-dollar contractsApril 28, 2018In “Business”Cabinet greenlights 20 contracts to improve drainage systems, securityMarch 2, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Anonymous celebrates LulzSecs return with hacks of its own

first_imgLulzSec may have disbanded, but it appears that their members have simply melded back into Anonymous, as opposed to giving up hacking altogether. To prove the point, Anonymous announced less than a day after LulzSec called it quits that they had confidential counter-terrorism training information from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA.)The documents obtained are from FEMA’s Counter Terrorism Defense Initiative training program, and detail some of the training programs offered by the agency and its contractors. Anonymous didn’t announce specifically where the information came from or how it was obtained, the group simply teased that it was at least confidential and not for public consumption when they posted it.The documents contain addresses of FBI addresses across the United States, documents and links to publicly available security tools and hacking resources across the web, and documentation on how to request warrants and information from ISPs. None of the information is secret, but the bigger question is where the information may have come from.Some analysts have said that the information likely came from a government contractor with poor information security, while others think it cam directly from government networks.For their part, Anonymous is more interested in discussing where they go from here. They noted on their Twitter account that all of the members of LulzSec are “confirmed aboard,” which likely means that LulzSec didn’t retire so much as they decided to work under the Anonymous umbrella. Moments after LulzSec tweeted that they were lending their full support to Anonymous, the Anonymous Twitter account earned over 60,000 followers.Whether LulzSec decided to fold back into Anonymous because the AnonOps rift finally healed or because they wanted more cover under which to operate remains to be seen, but it’s clear that Anonymous isn’t about to take the baton without fanfare.via ABClast_img read more

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To live and die in Ireland New CSO figures reveal the state

first_imgTo live and die in Ireland: New CSO figures reveal the state of the nation New CSO census figures have highlighted the new birth rates and the main causes of death in Ireland. By Garreth MacNamee Image: Anthony Devlin/PA Sesame seeds recalled over fears they may contain moth larvae >Father sentenced to nine years after force feeding his three-year-old son to death > 21 Comments Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 9:38 PM 21,732 Views http://jrnl.ie/3050704 center_img Short URL Image: Anthony Devlin/PA LATEST Central Statistic Office (CSO) figures have revealed how the nation’s birth rate has stalled while fewer people are dying.The new data showed how there were 67,295 children born in Ireland during 2014, down 1,659 from 2013.The CSO said this is the lowest number of births since 2006 when there were 65,425 births.The birth rate was 14.6 per 1,000 of the population in 2014 compared to 15.0 in 2013 and 15.3 in 2004.It also emerged that teen pregnancies are down over 50% compared to 10 years ago while births to mothers over 40 surged by over 70%.The figures showed just 1,296 births were registered to women under the age of 20 in 2014.The figure stood at 2,493 in 2004.In fact, it emerged the average age of mothers is rising with the typical new Irish mothers now aged 30.5 years old compared to 28.5 years old 12 years ago.Death ratesThe “Vital Statistics Annual Report 2014″ by the CSO also revealed that circulatory and respiratory conditions are still some of the biggest killers on the island.Heart problems accounted for 8,852 deaths while respiratory illness killed 3,492 in 2014.The CSO said there were 29,252 deaths in Ireland in 2014, of which 14,897 were men and 14,355 were women.The death rate for 2014 stood at 6.3 deaths per 1,000 total population, slightly lower than the 6.4 recorded in 2013. Share13 Tweet Email2 Oct 27th 2016, 9:38 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Starbucks Adds Augmented Reality to Shanghai Roastery

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Microsoft HoloLens 2 Augments Reality AgainPut Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR App Stay on targetcenter_img Have your coffee and learn about it, too, at Starbucks’ most interactive location yet—the Shanghai Roastery.Twin to the Seattle-based inaugural small-lot Reserve cafe, the new restaurant boasts Starbucks’ first augmented reality experience.When doors open on Wednesday, customers are invited for a cappuccino, slice of red bean green tea cheesecake, and virtual tour.Simply point a smartphone or tablet at key features around the Roastery to “bring to life information about the Starbucks bean-to-cup story,” according to the company.Guests explore the new Starbucks Roastery in Shanghai (via Joshua Trujillo/Starbucks)Powered by Alibaba’s location-based technology, the Taobao app instantly recognizes when a thirsty patron arrives.As reported by Alibaba Group news hub Alizila, customers are greeted with a special Web page, offering a detailed map, menus, and the ability to save favorite products to an account. Not to mention “other not-to-be-missed unique online and offline experiences,” a Starbucks press release boasted.Along the way, AR users unlock digital badges (the details of which are scant, but I imagine they’re something like the tokens earned via Untappd or FitBit). Collect them all to receive a custom Roastery filter to share on social media. (Oh, sorry—did you think you were going to get a free drink or something equally useful?)Rocco Princi baked goods FTW (via Starbucks)Augmented reality is ultimately an inconsequential feature among 30,000 square feet of centerpieces. Starting with the two-story copper cask, adored with more than 1,000 traditional Chinese stamps, hand-engraved to narrate the chain’s 46-year history.Add to that a partnership with artisan baker Rocco Princi, three separate coffee bars (one of which is a massive 88 feet long), and a 3D-printed tea bar, and you’ve got the makings of a pretty popular coffeehouse.“We firmly believe it is our role and responsibility to use our scale to give back to the communities as we continue to grow in China, and with the people of China,” Belinda Wong, CEO of Starbucks China, said in a statement.I don’t even like coffee, and I want to live in this shop (via Starbucks)Starbucks opened its first Chinese location in 1999; the world’s most populous country is also the company’s fastest-growing market, boasting more than 3,000 stores across 136 cities.“Our commitment, together with our Roastery opening, epitomizes how Starbucks is doubling-down on the unprecedented opportunities we see in the future for Starbucks and China,” Wong said.last_img read more

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Top names advertised for 314 WWE RAW in Pittsburgh

first_img WWE is now advertising Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker and Shane McMahon for the upcoming 3/14 Monday Night RAW taping in Pittsburgh.As reported earlier, The Undertake returns to RAW this Monday night in Nashville. Shane McMahon is also scheduled for the 3/7 RAW in Chicago.Source: WWE.com Pinterest Google+ WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte center_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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UPDATE Waffle House Shooting Suspect Is In Custody

first_imgPolice have released the names of the four people who died after being shot at a Nashville Waffle House.In a news release, Metropolitan Nashville Police identified those killed Sunday as 29-year-old restaurant worker Taurean C. Sanderlin of Goodlettsville, 20-year-old restaurant patron Joe R. Perez of Nashville, and 23-year-old Akilah Dasilva of Nashville.The statement says Sanderlin and Perez were killed outside the restaurant and Dasilva was critically wounded inside and later died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. DeEbony Groves, a 21-year-old woman from Gallatin, Tennessee, was fatally wounded inside the restaurant.Also being treated for gunshot wounds at Vanderbilt are 21-year-old Shanita Waggoner and 24-year-old Sharita Henderson, both of Nashville.Police spokesman Don Aaron says efforts to locate 29-year-old suspect Travis Reinking are continuing. Share Metro Nashville Police Department via APThe Metro Nashville Police Department released a photo showing Travis Reinking in the back of a police car moments after being arrested on Monday.THE LATEST on shooting at Tennessee restaurant that left four dead (all times local):A sheriff in Illinois said Travis Reinking’s state firearms card was revoked last year by state police, but his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn’t be shared with his son.Police in Tennessee are searching for the 29-year-old Reinking, saying he’s suspected of fatally shooting four people at a Nashville restaurant early Sunday. The Metro Nashville Police Department said arrest warrants charging Reinking with murder have been issued. Police say Reinking was from Morton, Illinois, but moved to Nashville in 2017.Sheriff Robert Huston in Tazewell County, Illinois, said his department has “no information” on how Reinking got the weapons again. Huston said Reinking’s father has a valid firearm ownership card, and his officers didn’t believe they had any authority to seize the weapons. He said the father agreed to “keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis.”Phone calls to an Illinois phone number for Jeffrey Reinking, the father of the suspect, went unanswered.BREAKING: Travis Reinking apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. pic.twitter.com/00ukga37s6— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018 The area in which Travis Reinking was apprehended was the subject of aerial and canine searches Sunday and ground searches earlier today. His movements since the shooting are unknown. Reinking refused to give a statement to detectives. pic.twitter.com/F36lxQz6mz— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018___A Secret Service agent said the suspect in a fatal Tennessee restaurant shooting who was arrested last July outside the White House complex had hoped to talk to President Donald Trump.Special Agent Todd Hudson in Nashville said Travis Reinking “wanted to set up a meeting with the president.”Hudson said Reinking tried to cross bike racks near the White House grounds that were part of security barriers. Reinking was asked to leave the restricted area, and when he declined, Hudson said he was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry.Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois, was subsequently released and was later interviewed by the FBI and authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois.Police have issued arrest warrants charging the 29-year-old Reinking with multiple counts of criminal homicide in Sunday’s shootings at a Nashville Waffle House that killed four people.___Authorities say they have arrested a man suspected of storming a Waffle House restaurant in Nashville and fatally shooting four people with an assault rifle.Authorities announced that 29-year-old Travis Reinking, was taken into custody Monday.Other details were not immediately available.______Police in Nashville, Tennessee, say the suspect in a quadruple homicide at a local Waffle House stole a BMW car several days earlier.Metro Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron told news reporters Monday that 29-year-old Travis Reinking stole the car on the preceding Tuesday from a BMW dealership in nearby Brentwood. Police chased it but opted to track the car via a GPS device. It was recovered the same day at Reinking’s apartment complex— however, authorities did not know Reinking’s identity at the time.Aaron also said a report of shots fired Monday near a police staging area was not related to the search for Reinking, who remained at large. Police were searching a wide area, and expected soon to have Reinking’s photo posted on billboards.Aaron said Reinking has “exhibited mental instability,” and may still have a handgun. He urged citizens to be vigilant.Four people were fatally shot early Sunday at a Waffle House. A patron wrestled the gun away, and the gunman fled.A sheriff in Illinois says Travis Reinking’s state firearms card was revoked last year by state police, but his guns were given to his father with the promise that they wouldn’t be shared with his son.Police in Tennessee are searching for the 29-year-old Reinking, saying he’s suspected of fatally shooting four people at a Nashville restaurant early Sunday. The Metro Nashville Police Department says arrest warrants charging Reinking with murder have been issued. Police say Reinking was from Morton, Illinois, but moved to Nashville in 2017.Sheriff Robert Huston in Tazewell County, Illinois, says his department has “no information” on how Reinking got the weapons again. Huston says Reinking’s father has a valid firearm ownership card, and his officers didn’t believe they had any authority to seize the weapons. He says the father agreed to “keep the weapons secure and out of the possession of Travis.”Phone calls to an Illinois phone number for Jeffrey Reinking, the father of the suspect, went unanswered.______ A Secret Service agent says the suspect in a fatal Tennessee restaurant shooting who was arrested last July outside the White House complex had hoped to talk to President Donald Trump.Special Agent Todd Hudson in Nashville says Travis Reinking “wanted to set up a meeting with the president.”Hudson says Reinking tried to cross bike racks near the White House grounds that were part of security barriers. Reinking was asked to leave the restricted area, and when he declined, Hudson says he was arrested on a charge of unlawful entry.Reinking, who is from Morton, Illinois, was subsequently released and was later interviewed by the FBI and authorities in Tazewell County, Illinois.Police have issued arrest warrants charging the 29-year-old Reinking with multiple counts of criminal homicide in Sunday’s shootings at a Nashville Waffle House that killed four people.______last_img read more

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Nintendo Switch Price Spec On January 12

first_imgNintendo has decided we must wait until next year to learn more about the Switch hybrid games console. The good news is, we don’t have to wait very long into next year before everything about the Switch becomes crystal clear. Nintendo is going to hold a Nintendo Switch Presentation on January 13 in Tokyo, meaning January 12 in the US due to the time difference.It’s a presentation I’m sure many will drop everything to watch. Nintendo intends to confirm all the important details about its next hardware launch. We’ll learn what the spec of the machine is, how much Nintendo expects us to pay for it, and what the line-up of launch games are. Before the presentation is over I’m sure many gamers out there will have already decided on whether a pre-order is warranted.Learn more about Nintendo’s new home gaming system at the Nintendo Switch Presentation, streamed LIVE on Jan. 12 https://t.co/0c7gOJasA2 pic.twitter.com/5aR7MBH2C5— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) October 27, 2016We can only speculate as to what Nintendo has managed to achieve in a tablet/home console and at what price to the consumer. But we can make some informed guesses at least…We have two price points with which to work. The first is the Wii U, the predecessor to the Switch, which launched in Deluxe form at $350. We also have the Nvidia Shield, the platform on which the Switch is thought to be based on, which launched at $299. Nintendo could choose either of these price points, but even though it doesn’t directly compete with the PS4, Sony’s console costs $299 (500GB model). So if you pushed me to guess I’d say the Switch will be $299.The Switch really needs a strong line-up of launch games. Breath of the Wild really helps, but isn’t enough on its own. If Nintendo can compliment it with that new Mario game we saw running in the introductory trailer then I can see every Switch sale also meaning 2 game sales. And if Nintendo also have a new Mario Kart title available on launch day, then they’ve got the perfect launch line-up. Everything else, first or third party, is just a bonus.I’m not going to take a serious attempt at guessing the spec. Nintendo will certainly want to keep the manufacturing costs to a minimum, so I suspect we’ll see micro SD cards playing a part for storage. The OS is likely based on Android but you won’t know that from using it, and whatever Tegra processor is used will be underclocked significantly away from the dock. As for RAM? You’d hope for 8GB, but I’d be surprised if there was more than 4GB in the tablet.Roll on January so we can finally get the full picture!last_img read more

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Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6

first_imgCN vs CH for all member stars in Hodge 6. A spread of ∼0.7 mag in N is much larger than the negligible spread in C. Purple points indicate the enriched stars, more than 1σ from the median of the population. The blue points are non-enriched stars. Image credit: Hollyhead et al., 2019. Observations show that almost all globular clusters (GCs) exhibit star-to-star abundance variations of light elements such as helium (He), oxygen (O), nitrogen (N), carbon (C) and calcium (Na). This indicates self-enrichment in GCs and suggests that star clusters are comprised of at least two stellar populations. Recent studies have found that multiple stellar populations are also present outside GCs, including intermediate age massive star clusters (between 2 and 8 billion years old). With an age of about 2 billion years, Hodge 6, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), is an example of such cluster. A team of astronomers led by Kathie Hollyhead of Stockholm University, Sweden, now reports that Hodge 6 also hosts at least two populations of stars.The astronomers employed VLT’s FORS2 instrument to conduct spectroscopic analysis of Hodge 6. They obtained low-resolution spectroscopy of lower red giant branch (RGB) stars in the cluster in order to look for signatures of multiple populations in CN and CH band strengths that trace nitrogen and carbon.”We report the spectroscopic discovery of abundance spreads (i.e. multiple populations) in the ≈2 Gyr old cluster in the LMC, Hodge 6. We used low-resolution VLT FORS2 spectra of 15 member stars in the cluster to measure their CN and CH band strengths at ~3883 and 4300 ̊A, respectively, as well as [C/Fe] and [N/Fe] abundances,” the researchers wrote in the paper.FORS2 spectra allowed the team to detect a sub-population of two stars enriched in nitrogen, which, according to the study, is indicative of multiple populations in Hodge 6. The researchers add that these stars showcase spread in CN, which traces nitrogen, with negligible spread in CH, which traces carbon.Furthermore, given that Hodge 6 exhibits no extended main-sequence turn-offs (eMSTOs), features commonly found in the color-magnitude diagrams of young and intermediate-age massive star clusters, the scientists suspect a possible correlation between this phenomenon and the presence of multiple populations. However, more studies are needed in order to determine whether these two phenomena are related.”The apparent coincidence of the lack of eMSTOs and the beginning of MPs [multiple populations] could well be just that—a coincidence. Relatively few clusters have been studied at this exact age limit, so there is not a statistical consensus to indicate that these two phenomena are related, though studies so far do point to an age dependence on the onset of MPs,” the paper reads.The researchers note that Hodge 6 turns out to be the second cluster with an age of around 2 billion years and that hosts multiple populations, after NGC 1978 in LMC. Their study also marks the first spectroscopic detection of multiple populations in a cluster of this age. 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. © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Multiple stellar populations detected in the cluster Hodge 6 (2019, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-multiple-stellar-populations-cluster-hodge.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1902.02297.pdf Using ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found that the cluster Hodge 6 hosts multiple stellar populations. The detection could provide important hints on the formation and evolution of Hodge 6 and star clusters in general. The finding is detailed in a paper published February 7 on arXiv.org. Explore further The oldest star cluster in Tarantula Nebula even older than previously thought, study findslast_img read more

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Kolkata Polices The Winners members heckled at Millennium Park 6 arrested

first_imgKolkata: A member of the special women’s team of the Kolkata Police called ‘The Winners’ was bitten on her hand while another was physically heckled while they were patrolling inside the Millennium Park on Friday night. Six persons including four young women were arrested for allegedly harassing on-duty police personnel.Sources informed that two members of ‘The Winners’ team were patrolling on foot in plainclothes inside the Millennium Park on Friday night just before the closing time. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOne of the police personnel saw two youths, identified as Md Aziz and Md Azad, and four young women under a tree. When she went to have a closer look, she allegedly found them creating nuisance there. Soon after, one of the youths allegedly hurled abuses at her and asked her to leave the place. When the police personnel revealed her identity, she was allegedly pushed by one of the youths. Seeing her colleague getting harassed, the other cop rushed to her rescue and confronted the youth. He allegedly bit her on the hand and shoved her. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe other police personnel raised an alarm and soon other members of ‘The Winners’ team surrounded them. Seeing resistance, the accused persons allegedly broke into a scuffle and tried to flee. Till then, North Port police station was also informed. Within a while, back-up had arrived and all six accused including the four women were detained. The injured police personnel were sent to a hospital from where they were treated and discharged. Later a case was initiated for allegedly preventing police personnel from discharging their duties, harassing and assaulting on-duty police personnel. They were arrested immediately. All the accused persons are from Entally’s Mehar Ali Lane.last_img read more

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Elon Musk Im Not Really a Fan of Disruption

first_img 2 min read This story originally appeared on CNBC Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Despite his pushing for innovation in a range of sectors, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says he is “not really a fan” of technological disruption.Musk — a driving force behind Tesla, SolarCity, SpaceX and PayPal — said Monday that disruption only happens when people try to develop “fundamentally better” options. For Musk, that currently means bringing sustainable energy and transportation to an affordable scale.”If there’s a need for something to be disrupted and it’s important to the future of the world then sure, we can disrupt it,” he said at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention.Musk’s attempts at fundamental change through electric carmaker Tesla have yet to yield financial gains to match his ambition. In its first quarter of this year, Tesla posted a loss of 36 cents per share, and most consumers are still priced out of its vehicles.The company’s recently unveiled Powerwall solar home and business battery has also been called too expensive to be feasible for most consumers.Musk contends that bringing electric car and truck production to an affordable scale will eventually help their adoption. He noted that Tesla’s cars have gradually grown less expensive, and the coming Model 3 is slated to price around $35,000 upon its 2017 release.At the EEI convention, Tesla’s chief technical officer, JB Straubel, noted prices could dip “much faster than most people expect.””What we’re going to see the most in the next few years is a massive increase in scale,” Straubel said.Both Musk and Straubel touted the potential for alternative energy development to play into the widespread adoption of batteries similar to the Powerwall or those in Tesla’s vehicles. Musk believes electric and solar power generation and consumption will ramp up as regulation and other factors squeeze the use of carbon-producing energy sources.”The long term is very positive for electric power generation,” he said. “My rough guess would be that there is more than a doubling of utility-level electricity in the long term.”Musk added that the progression would happen with developments that increase both the affordability and efficiency of alternative sources, which he said was fundamentally better for consumers in the long term. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 8, 2015last_img read more

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Lyft driver throws out gay couple for short kiss in back of

first_imgAlec Jansen and Ben Martella. | Photo: Alec Jansen / Instagram Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Ben Martella and Alec Jansen booked the Lyft driver to pick them up at Butler University and take them to Broad Ripple.But when they got in the car at around 5pm on 5 May, they didn’t end up arriving at their destination.The couples shared a quick ‘peck’ on the lips and as soon as the driver saw it, he told them to get out.‘He looked in his rear view mirror,’ Martella told the Indy Star. ‘He was yelling.The Lyft driver then allegedly said: ‘I’m going to end your ride. I can’t have that in my car. I don’t have that here.’Was just discriminated against by @lyft my ride kicked me out because I was kissing another man. He kicked us out and I still have to pay. Disappointed and feel unfairly judged by this service.— Ben Martella (@ben_martella) 5 May 2018Martella said: ‘I was really upset. It was a big reaction for such a small display of affection between two guys.’Jansen added: ‘We gave each other a short kiss on the lips. I was just surprised the whole thing happened. It just didn’t seem like it was real.’ An Indianapolis Lyft driver kicked out a gay couple for sharing a ‘short kiss’ in the back of his car. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lyft-driver-throws-out-gay-couple-for-short-kiss-in-back-of-car/ GAYSTARNEWS- ‘Disappointed and feel unfairly judged’At the time of the incident, Martella tweeted: ‘Was just discriminated against by Lyft my ride kicked me out because I was kissing another man. He kicked us out and I still have to pay. Disappointed and feel unfairly judged by this service.’After some Twitter attention, Lyft responded to the tweet: ‘We are so sorry to hear this! Please report this to our Critical Response Line by clicking the ‘Call Me’ button.’The pair then made a formal complaint to Lyft, who then refunded their money.They made a statement to the Indy Star that said the company has a ‘strict anti-discrimination policy’.Lyft then deactivated the driver, effectively preventing him from using the service anymore.The identity of the man is unknown.It’s not the first time a Lyft driver felt uncomfortable and kicked someone out of their car.Charlotte Clymer works for HRC | Photo: Charlotte Clymer / FacebookA Lyft driver in Washington DC called a trans woman a man, before two strangers came to her aid.The trans woman, Charlotte Clymer, told Gay Star News: ‘I’m grateful I had the resolution I did, but this might have gone much differently for someone who doesn’t look like me or have the level of security I do.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

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2 Square off Bruges has not one but two main squa

first_img2. Square offBruges has not one but two main squares. Markt is the city’s medieval heart and best seen from the summit of its 83m high Belfry, a climb of 366 steps. You’ll also see the smaller Burg from up here, the city’s administrative square with its magnificent Gothic town hall – the city has been ruled from here for 600 years and the ornate Gothic Hall is well worth the €2 admission fee. RelatedTop 10 things to do in BelgiumThink Belgium, think boring? Or chocolate, waffles and beer? From food to festivals, discover the real Belgium.5 more top things to do in BrugesChips, canals and chocolate: five more things to do in bewitching Bruges.Local’s guide to Brussels: best things to see and doBrussels: it’s not all beer, mussels, chips, waffles and chocolate. But that’s a good start. We show you 10 fun things to do in Brussels that you shouldn’t miss. Once a busy port, today a (very) busy port of call on the tourist trail, Bruges is the best-preserved medieval city in Europe. And it’s a beauty.Spindly cobbled streets run between dreamy canals, arched stone bridges connect gabled mansions to whitewashed almshouses and the whole city is so chocolate-box perfect you expect to find Disney characters bursting into song as you round each corner. What you’ll find instead are some of Europe’s best fine dining restaurants, boutique shops and – of course – tourist sights. Narrow it down to the very best.1. Cruise the canalsYes, it’s touristy but no, you can’t skip it. There is simply no better way to see the Venice of the North than to float gently along its waterways, so jump aboard one of the many boats and let the city’s ancient architecture wash past you. There are five boarding points and constant departures from 10am until 6pm: the last of the day tends to be the quietest as the daytrippers head home earlier. 3. Indulge in chocolate heavenBelgium is the undisputed home of gourmet chocolate and Bruges is the best place to shop for it. Pay a visit to The Chocolate Line – and get ready to swear off the Dairy Milk forever. This is real chocolate, handcrafted by Dominique Persoone and his team, and featuring flavour combinations you can hardly imagine. Caramel with apple balsamic vinegar, perhaps? Or almond praline with crispy bacon and quinoa?More: 12 places to go before you diet 7. Put a ring on itAntwerp may be Belgium’s diamond capital now, but it was a Bruges goldsmith who invented the process of diamond cutting, back in the 14th century. Today the city’s Diamond Museum puts on a daily diamond cutting display, and there’s a shop where you can flex that credit card afterwards. The city is also home to plenty of jewellers. Try Bruges Diamond House for one of the best selections.8. Get artisticThere’s something about Bruges that inspires artists, and the city is home to a flourishing contemporary art scene. Visit Art O Nivo to see innovative pieces exploring the link between architecture and art and Koen Broes for prints and graphic work, before going back to the classics at the highly respected Groeningemuseum, home to a comprehensive collection of Flemish and Belgian paintings from the last six centuries.9. Lace it upIt may seem like a tourist confection, spun out to convince visitors to buy just one more souvenir, but in fact lacemaking in Bruges dates back centuries. Find out why lace from here has always been so highly regarded at the Lace Centre, where you can also learn to make bobbin lace yourself. It’s quite an effort, so perhaps just visit Breidelstraat instead, where a concentration of lace shops can furnish you with everything from handkerchiefs to clothing. Buying from here means buying the real deal; much of what you see in the souvenir shops is actually made in China. 4. Dine like you’ve never dined beforeBruges has a whopping 16 Michelin-starred restaurants, from the well-established De Karmeliet with its elegant tasting menu to new kid on the block Lieven with its modern take on the classics. More affordable though is Zeno, where a three-course seasonal menu is just €38 with an atmosphere reminiscent of dining in someone’s (very stylish) home.5. Sink a few pintsThere’s so much beer in Bruges that an underground beer pipeline is needed. Yes, really. Help the city out by drinking at least some of it, working your way through the book-sized beer list at cosy brown café ‘t Brugs Beertje and raising a glass to 500 years of Café Vlissinghe with a locally brewed Straffe Hendrik. Even better, visit the brewery that produces it. De Halve Maan runs daily 45-minute guided tours that give an overview of the brewing process and include a tasting.More: Beer we go: 7 of the best drinking destinations in Europe6. Find a quiet cornerAll getting a bit too hectic? Beat a retreat to the Beguinage. This serene secluded complex was once home to the Beguines, lay women who devoted their lives to god, but today shelters Benedictine nuns – and visitors who’ve had enough of the tourist hoards. Wander through a carpet of daffodils and contemplate how quiet life must have been for the ladies living behind those whitewashed windows. Find out even more about Bruges:5 more top things to do in BrugesWant to know more about Belgium? Check out:10 best things to do in Brussels: a local’s guideBrussels: it’s not all beer, mussels, chips, waffles and chocolate. But that’s a good start.Top 10 things to do in BelgiumThink Belgium, think boring? Or chocolate, waffles and beer? From food to festivals, discover the real Belgium.Find flights to BrugesSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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New York New York – Reported by Elite Traveler t

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineFrom April 7 to 10, Michelin Food & Travel is serving up a decadent Michelin-starred event in New York City that gourmands the world over won’t want to miss. From Thursday evening through Sunday brunch, you’ll be wined and dined by the city’s culinary masters and rising stars. The weekend promises divine dinners, lush soirées, private shopping and hands-on cooking, as well as accommodation at an Upper East Side classic: The Surrey Hotel.You’ll start the weekend in style at Petrossian, premier purveyor of Russian caviar, where a lavish champagne and caviar tasting awaits on Thursday evening.Friday morning, rise to a sampling of French Easter savories and pastries by François Payard served at a private shopping event at Vera Wang’s SoHo boutique. Next, enter the magic of David Bouley’s “culinary laboratory,” where some of the secrets of multi-Michelin-starred cuisine will be revealed through interactive cooking and tasting. Friday night’s delight is a private tasting dinner with expert wine pairings at Le Bernardin, a three-Michelin-star masterpiece by chef Eric Ripert.Experience Union Square’s renowned farmers’ market on Saturday morning, through the eyes of Dan Kluger, executive chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new ABC Kitchen. Follow Kluger back to his restaurant, where he’ll personally prepare your meal using fresh, local ingredients. Saturday night’s showstopper begins with drinks at Marea’s famed raw bar, followed by a veritable feast with James Beard award winner and Michelin-starred chef Michael White at his celebrated Ai Fiori restaurant.A weekend in New York wouldn’t be complete without a hearty Sunday brunch, and yours will be an all-imported Italian smorgasbord at SD26.Pricing for the weekend begins at $5,940, including accommodations. For more information, please visit www.michelinfoodandtravel.com.last_img read more

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