Allegri happy with perfect Juventus

first_imgJuventus boss Max Allegri admitted the club played the best game of their season so far against Udinese suggesting they can build on their success onwards.The Bianconneri have made a perfect start to the campaign, winning all 10 competitive games, including the recent 2-0 away win to Udinese.“We worked hard to ensure we got off to a strong start this season. It was a difficult game, I think we played perhaps our best of the season, allowing Udinese practically nothing,” the Coach told Football Italia.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“It could’ve been at risky fixture, but we showed great maturity and determination. The lads know what we are working on, at times we have been a little complacent after taking the lead, but we didn’t do that today.“Rodrigo Bentancur impressed me in midfield, both tactically and technically, then, of course, he scored the goal. I think above all, we are not too hasty, but move the ball around quickly and all over the field to make the most of the great technical qualities at our disposal.“The break for international duty came at the right time, though, as we needed a rest. We need to set new targets every time, which now is a series of clean sheets. If we don’t keep setting ourselves targets, we risk resting on our laurels.”last_img read more

New York Launches Events Division

first_imgScheduled events include New York KidShop, a one-day shopping event focused on the children’s marketplace slated for December 6, 2008; Taste of New York; Best Bets; and the New York by New York event series.While the events division will provide a separate and distinct revenue stream from the advertising division, the company expects some event sponsors will also end up advertising in the magazine or on nymag.com. New York magazine announced today the launch of an events division, New York Events, to produce consumer and trade show events in the New York market.The goal is to attract new business and sponsorships from Fortune 500 companies, according to publisher Larry Burstein. Sona Hacherian, executive director of creative and marketing services, will oversee the new division. The company has hired a sponsorship sales director, Lanny Morris, who will report to Hacherian and Burstein.The company’s hope is that event sponsors will also end up advertising in the magazine or on nymag.com.last_img read more

Magazine Printing Supplier Raises Ink Prices

first_imgThe Flint Group, a printing and packaging supplier, has announced 10- to 12-percent price increases to its publication inks. The price hike is effective June 1.The increases, the company says, are necessary to offset escalating costs of raw materials, energy and freight. “We have taken extraordinary measures to reduce costs within our manufacturing and delivery operations and to ensure a consistent supply of high-quality products to our customers,” said Mike Green, vice president and general manager of Flint Group North America’s Publication Inks Division. “Since October 1, 2007, however, [the division] has received over 100 raw material price increases from our global supply base.”Magazines and catalogues make up the bulk of the company’s heatset products, a Flint Group spokesperson tells FOLIO:. It is not immediately clear how each of the company’s products would be affected by the hikes.In an e-mail to customers, magazine printer Lane Press—a Flint Group client—acknowledged the coming price hike, noting that ink typically makes up less than 5 percent of its overall printing costs. Founded in 2005 and owned both privately and by private equity group CVC Capital Partners, the Flint Group posted $3.1 billion in revenues in 2007.  The company is headquartered in Luxembourg, Germany, but its Publication Inks Division is located in Plymouth, Michigan.last_img read more

Condé Nast Snatches Time Inc SVP to Head Consumer Marketing

first_img“We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future,” Sauerberg told FOLIO:. “We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our Web sites and our digital applications.”Before taking on the SVP of corporate digital development at Time Inc., Ray served as vice president and general manager at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that she served as SVP and general manager of Time Inc. Interactive. Not long after promoting its consumer marketing group president to president of the company, Condé Nast has appointed Monica Ray executive vice president of consumer marketing, overseeing consumer sales and marketing for the company’s entire portfolio. Ray’s appointment is effective September 20.Currently, Ray serves as senior vice president of corporate digital development at Time Inc. According to Condé Nast president Robert Sauerberg, Ray’s “extensive experience in the areas of consumer marketing and digital product innovation will be critical as we expand our consumer-focused efforts.”In a recent Q+A with FOLIO:, Sauerberg said that while Condé Nast’s portfolio of 20+ print magazines is still at the company’s core, technology and consumer expectations have “changed dramatically” and one of its big goals is to increase its consumer touch points and to “monetize all of those optimally.”last_img read more

Now we have to watch out for zombie snakes Oh great

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Apple iPhone XS Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 16 Photos Tags Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate The parks department offers a link to a page from the group Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, which explains  the snake’s zombie behavior in more detail. “When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames ‘puff adder’ or ‘spreading adder,'” the page explains.  “They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly. If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back.”It gets even more horror-movie-like when you learn that “enlarged teeth in the rear of the (snake’s) mouth are used to ‘pop’ toads for easier swallowing.” That’s toad-ally disturbing. But to humans, the snake isn’t much of a threat. Katie Hall of the parks department told Fast Company that while the snake does have venom, it very rarely bites people, and the bites are treatable.”It’s not like your flesh is going to rot or you’re going to lose a limb or something,” Hall said.North Carolina State Parks has declared 2019 to be the “year of the snake,” and is urging residents to “scale back your fear” by learning about the creatures. Forget The Walking Dead. Try The Crawling Dead. Last week, the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department warned citizens about a “zombie snake” in the state that knows how to play dead.In the post, the department shared images of the eastern hognose snake lying on its back, mouth open, pretending to be dead. “Let’s play a game!” the post declared. “Who is this ‘famous’ NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one.” $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Rylo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNETcenter_img Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 1 Share your voice Comments Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $155 at Google Express See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo $999 See it Comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Read the AirPods review See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $6 at Tidal See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more

Kareena Kapoor dazzles in latest photoshoot is it for Dance India Dance

first_imgKareena Kapoor KhanInstagramKareena Kapoor Khan is one Bollywood actress who always leaves fans awestruck with her impeccable style statements besides being an acting sensation. And now, the gorgeous beauty has done is again. A few pictures from her latest photoshoot have been posted by her team on Instagram where Kareena, dressed in sparkling silver gown, looks breath-taking as she posed with her signature pout.Besides the stunning pictures, what caught netizens’ attention was the actress’s team hinting at a new venture on the cards. The pictures had the caption “For the first time ever…coming soon” mentioned and it made fans wonder if the pictures are from her much-talked about television debut with reality show Dance India Dance.It should be recalled that Kundali Bhagya actor Dheeraj Dhoopar, the host of the new season of the reality show, had confirmed that Kareena will judge the show. He told Pinkvilla: “Totally excited and yes, one of the most beautiful and stunning ladies we have. Standing in front of her and hosting is a different excitement. I am looking forward to being on that stage, looking at her and saying a few things.”Before Dheeraj’s statement, reports were doing the rounds that Kareena was approached to take the judge’s seat for the biggest dance reality show on a popular channel. “Kareena has had two to three meetings with the channel with regards to the show. Talks for the same are on and Kareena is most likely to give her nod,” a source told the web portal.The report also said that although Bebo hasn’t yet signed the dotted lines, the remuneration per episode for the Good News actress was touted to be one of the highest in the field. Further, if the deal was sealed, Kareena would be the highest paid actress to judge a reality show.last_img read more

Soviet power gone Baltic countries historic pagan past reemerges

first_img Share This! Share This! We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts TagsBaltic states Christianity Estonia homepage featured Latvia Lithuania neopaganism Soviet Union Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Share This! Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,SAMMA, Estonia (RNS) — In the middle of a dense forest in northern Estonia, where the closest village has a population of 32, only a wooden sign with the word “HIIS” clumsily daubed in green indicates anything unusual in the vicinity.“Hiis” means “sacred grove” in Estonian. Past another wooden board with a runic symbol carved on it — it is customary to knock on this board — is a green clearing where visitors have tied ribbons around trees and placed eggs at their bases as a gift and left the dark remnants of a fire.“All that is brought there has to be eaten there or burned in the ritual fire,” said 28-year-old Tõnu Rehela, who has been a member of Estonia’s nature-oriented, neopagan Maausk community since he was 16. “Through the fire, the gods eat. Through the holy tree, the gods drink.”The board at the entrance to Tammealuse Hiis, a sacred grove in the forest near Samma, Estonia, on May 13, 2019. RNS photo by Aliide NaylorWhile pagan and folk religions may seem archaic to the wider world, they are thriving across the Baltic states. The Maausk community, along with Estonia’s other prominent neopagan group, the Taaraists, tripled in size from 2001 to 2011, the latest figures available from the national census. Meanwhile, a 2014 study from the University of Tartu indicated that 61% of Estonians believed that neopaganism was the “true” religion of Estonia.There is a similar situation in both Latvia and Lithuania.The increase in popularity is “mainly young people,” said Inija Trinkūnienė, the high priestess known as the “Krive” of Lithuania’s Romuva community.“More and more people are asking for us to (perform) wedding ceremonies. … They want to have their children blessed by the ancient traditions,” she said, adding this is true even of people who aren’t officially in the community. “People more and more are becoming aware of what they really are.”In 2001, only 1,200 people identified as Romuva, but, by 2011, about 5,100 did, according to online Baltic news portal Delfi.While Trinkūnienė performs rituals for births, marriages and deaths, they are still not acknowledged by the government. Official debates over their official recognition started in May 2018.People gather at the Lokstene Shrine, where Latvian neopagans hold ceremonies and annual celebrations, on May 6, 2017, in Pļaviņas Municipality, Latvia. RNS photo by Uģis Nastevičs“Wedding ceremonies are still not recognized by the state, but we are waiting for Parliament to make their final decision,” she said. “According to the law of religions in Lithuania — 25 years (after) our official registration, we can apply for getting a higher status.”Lithuania was the last nation in Europe to officially Christianize (1387), but it took much longer for the religion to take root. Under the Soviet Union, which occupied the Baltics after World War II until 1991, the native religions were suppressed along with nationalist sentiment.The Baltic states, lower right, on the western edge of Russia. Map courtesy of Creative CommonsStill, these religions lingered partly because fostering a connection to the land, old languages, old gods and tradition was a way of preserving a form of national identity and local memory in the face of an occupying power.“It was completely banned,” said Aldis Pūtelis, a researcher at the University of Latvia’s Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art. “It was the reaction to the perceived danger to perceived Latvianness. This whole movement was started as another way of strengthening it, and it was really popular among the exiled Latvians. Its main purpose was to strengthen the feeling of Latvian-ness.”The old religions also offered more than Christianity, according to proponents. “People say they seek such spirituality that is not available in other religions and a way of fostering Latvianness,” said Uģis Nastevičs, a spokesperson for Latvia’s Dievturība. “The community has been gradually growing over the last 10 years. All age groups are represented.”Trinkūnienė said that when her husband celebrated the summer solstice festival in 1967, lighting sacred fires and praying to Lithuanian gods and goddesses, he was soon expelled from university, lost his job and was unable to find regular work until the beginning of the 1990s, when the struggle for independence gained momentum.Meanwhile, both Lithuania’s Romuva and Latvia’s Dievturība communities have thrived among those in exile from the war and Soviet occupation. Today, the Dievturība have a branch in Wisconsin and other places across North America, according to the organization, while the Romuva community is active in Indiana, among other places.Ausma Spalviņa, left, offers puzuri (straw octahedrons that symbolize the Universe) during a ceremony in the Lokstene Shrine on May 6, 2017, in Pļaviņas Municipality, Latvia. RNS photo by Uģis NastevičsThe pagan religions have been spurred especially by a growing awareness of climate change and the rise of conservation movements that tap into a deep local connection to nature and a desire to protect sacred spaces.“In Lithuania there is a strong movement against deforestation,” said Trinkūnienė.Outside Tammealuse Hiis, the sacred grove in the Estonian forest, a sign states that as late as the 1930s people would converge on the area to meet relatives, play music and dance. “The long tradition of get-togethers died during World War II, but the power of the sacred site continued,” wrote local author Ahto Kaasik, a folklore researcher, director of the Center of Natural Sacred Sites at the University of Tartu and key figure in the movement on the sign.Rehela often celebrates Munadepüha, a folk equivalent of Easter, at the grove. During this event his community holds rituals where members strike knives on axes to make bell-like noises, and the ritual leader gives a speech to the old gods and their forefathers.“Sometimes we hear a sign during the rites,” he added. “Once a dog came in and knocked over a milk flask. … Perhaps the gods didn’t want us to drink milk on this day, or they wanted to drink it themselves.” Aliide Naylor,Load Comments,With anti-Semitism on the rise, U.K. begins formal inquiry into Labour Party’s a … Share This! Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith Aliide Naylor By: Aliide Naylor Lutheran student pastor deported amid protests Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Aliide Naylor By: Aliide Naylor Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email last_img read more

Performer Shares the Evolution of Black Women Through Touring Solo Show

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor. mgreen@afro.comBlack Girl Magic might be a newer hashtag on a social media, but it’s not a new concept and the historicity of the term becomes apparent in Morgan Avery McCoy’s touring one-woman show, “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House.”  An excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” will be featured as part of the Virginia Black History Association (VaBHMA) Gala on Feb. 23 at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Hotel.For the Newport News native and Richmond-based artist, McCoy is excited about getting an opportunity to be featured at the 19th annual VaBHMA gala, which has gained quite a lot of popularity throughout the years in her state; yet “Evolution of Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” is not a new show, but has been an evolving project due to her love of history, storytelling and informing.Morgan Avery McCoy will be performing an excerpt from “Evolution of a Black Girl” From the Salve House to the White House,” on Feb. 23 at the Virginia Black History Gala AssociationA self-described storyteller, McCoy began her professional artistry as a teenager.“I started as a historical interpreter and also as a solo performer when I was 16.  I’ve always been a historian.  I love history- specifically African American history.”As a debutante at 16, she was created a monologue, “A Tribute to a Queen,” in honor of Coretta Scott King, for her debutante ball.  That performance went so well she began gaining traction as someone who could do historic interpretations of powerful women, and from that “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,” was born.“’Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House,’ is a one-woman show that chronicles the history of the African American woman from the 1600s in Africa to present day,” McCoy told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.She began touring her one-woman show on the church and college circuit over three years ago particularly after legendary actor Lou Gossett Jr., took notice of her andshe was selected to take the play to 30 colleges through the Association for Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA).“I reached out to Mr. Gossett who has a foundation called the Eracism Foundation, with the whole focus of erasing racism and creating programming that would help in that regard.  And I shared with him what we were doing, how these 30 colleges wanted to bring me, at mostly predominantly White institutions, wanting to share with their students about cultural inclusion- really starting the conversation- which lines up with what he desired to do.  And Mr. Gossett was so gracious to tell me that he’d co-sponsor our travels,” McCoy said.  “He handled us getting to all those places and hotels to stay there, and it was such a blessing.  It didn’t stop there.  He was our co-sponsor for 2015, but then allowed me to be an ambassador for his foundation and also a mentor to me.”She is continuing to tour her show years later, which led her to the VaBHMA gala on Feb. 23.The artistic historian pulled from Black women throughout time as her inspiration for the one-woman show.“I portray 12 characters and we go throughout the eras and we deal with issues such as colorism, sexism, understanding your identity, third generational households, post reconstruction.  We just really address various topics within these 12 characters.  I portray Michelle Obama at the end, Madame C.J. Walker, Maggie Walker, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King- just a plethora of women who have contributed so much to our society.  And in addition to these women, I also play some fictional characters as well, but they’re based on historic truths.”McCoy seeks to motivate audiences through the stories of the women in her show.“The whole concept of the show is to show how these women were resilient, despite the obstacles that they faced, they were able to overcome those obstacles.  Their stories are just naturally inspiring, and so I want to have an opportunity to be on stage to share their stories in a creative way.  It invites an opportunity for the audience to say, ‘Man, if they achieved all this during a time where they couldn’t even vote, look at what I can do.’ So that’s really the desire- to really inspire to overcome their own personal obstacles,” McCoy explained to the AFRO.The storyteller said through all her work she hopes to, “be a voice for the voiceless, inspire the hopeless and educate the uninformed.”last_img read more

Jane Goodall Joins Wild Immersion VR Experience to Promote Conservation

first_imgJane Goodall, whose work was recently featured in the Brett Morgen documentary “Jane,” is pushing the boundaries of wildlife conservation once more, this time by backing a virtual-reality nature reserve.The Wild Immersion is the brainchild of Adrien Moisson who, having ditched a career in marketing, came up with the VR reserve as part of a wider plan to develop social, economic, and ecological projects with conservation at their core. “I wanted to transport people into the wilds of nature, to captivate people in order to inspire them to take action, to reconnect people with nature with the aim of funding real nature reserves,” he said.Moisson sought out primatologist Goodall and the institute bearing her name as partners. “Adrien was passionate in saying he has made his money but now he really wanted to focus on conservation and the natural world,” Goodall said. “We first met at Heathrow where I first saw the technology while sitting in the airport. And then after that, the next time was in Paris when he recorded an interview with me.” Electronics company Lenovo, which has its own Mirage Solo headset that works with the Google Daydream VR platform, is the technology partner. The Wild Immersion team shot footage of animals in the Amazon, Australia, Canada, Colombia, and Sri Lanka. There was also filming in China, where discussions are underway to get the Wild Immersion experience into malls, zoos, and theaters.Three 12-minute VR experiences emerged from 120 days of filming: Terra, set in tropical ecosystems; Alba, filmed in polar habitats; and Aqua, which goes beneath the waves.The Wild Immersion team showed off the VR content at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The first films are playing at Forum des images in Paris. A distribution deal is in place with VR specialist Diversion Cinema.Goodall is the subject of scores of documentaries, but she said that VR takes viewers beyond a regular TV experience and maybe even beats being there in some cases. “It’s totally different, actually, to TV because the animals are walking around. You can turn around him follow them. It’s extraordinary,” she said. “You probably see more than people who go on tours with cars.”The aim of Wild immersion is to raise funds for five new nature reserves over the next three years. The first parks will be in India and Tanzania. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Researchers create superrepellant surface material w video

first_img(Phys.org)—Researchers from the University of Michigan working in collaboration with associates from the US Air Force have created a new type of surface cover that repels oils, water, alkali solutions, acids and even non-Newtonian fluids. In their paper published in Journal of the American Chemical Society, the researchers describe their new material and the different ways it can repel various liquids. The material they’ve created works due to two separate aspects: its chemical structure and its physical layout. It’s based on a very small gauge steel mesh which has been coated with polymer (PDMS and POSS) beads. The unique pattern laid down limits surface area and has an overhanging structure that limits adhesion. Also, tiny air pockets between the beads prevent materials from actually touching other parts of the surface, preventing liquids from getting a grip.The researchers explain that surface repellents work in general by limiting the wetting hysteresis – the amount of deformation that occurs when a liquid hits a surface. Ideally the contact angle at both the front and rear of a drop remain the same – the result is a lessened impact area. In practical terms this means that the more a drop remains formed like a drop when it strikes, the less likely it is to adhere to a surface. Play Credit: J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ja310517s PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Credit: J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ja310517s The researchers demonstrated the material’s ability to repel liquids by shooting various liquids through a small jet at a covered surface and filming it as it bounced off instead of adhered. They also demonstrated that the covering also provides protection from chemical attack by dunking a coated aluminum plate into several acidic solutions. Its strength in doing so, the team explains, comes about from the same properties that prevent adhesion. If an acid cannot touch a surface (because of the air pockets) it cannot destroy it. 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. Play Credit: J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ja310517s Researchers have found it particularly difficult to develop surface covers that repel liquids that contain polymers, particularly non-Newtonian fluids. This is because such substances tend to deform almost immediately on contact. Thus, the challenge has been to discover a way to cause such fluids to retain their shape as they drop onto a surface. With the new material, the overhanging, eave-like edges of the beads prevent the liquid drop from distending while also preventing it from reaching an adjacent part of the surface. That limits the amount of distension and thus the deformation of the drop. More information: Superomniphobic Surfaces for Effective Chemical Shielding, J. Am. Chem. Soc., Article ASAP, DOI: 10.1021/ja310517sAbstractSuperomniphobic surfaces display contact angles >150° and low contact angle hysteresis with essentially all contacting liquids. In this work, we report surfaces that display superomniphobicity with a range of different non-Newtonian liquids, in addition to superomniphobicity with a wide range of Newtonian liquids. Our surfaces possess hierarchical scales of re-entrant texture that significantly reduce the solid–liquid contact area. Virtually all liquids including concentrated organic and inorganic acids, bases, and solvents, as well as viscoelastic polymer solutions, can easily roll off and bounce on our surfaces. Consequently, they serve as effective chemical shields against virtually all liquids—organic or inorganic, polar or nonpolar, Newtonian or non-Newtonian. Citation: Researchers create super-repellant surface material (w/ video) (2013, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-super-repellant-surface-material-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further Research duo discover why non-Newtonian fluids harden on impact PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenlast_img read more

Paul McCartney almost played Ross fatherinLaw on Friends

first_imgBeatle star Paul McCartney almost guest starred on Friends as he was offered the role of Ross’ father-in-law.Emmy-nominated casting director Leslie Litt, who was working on the NBC hit series during most of its run, revealed that McCartney, now 72, could’ve appeared in the season 4 finale of the show as David Schwimmer’s on-screen father-in-law, but he turned it down, reported Huffington Post.“I went through his manager and gave him all the details. One day, someone in the office brought me a faxed letter written to me by Paul himself! He thanked me for my interest and said how flattered he was, but it was a very busy time for him,” Litt said.If the British musician had agreed to do it, he would’ve appeared in the two-part season four finale which aired in 1998.In the said outing, Ross married Emily (Helen Baxendale) in London though he accidentally said Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) name instead of his bride’s name at the altar.last_img read more

Ideal platform for carpet weavers

first_imgTo promote the cultural heritage and weaving skills of Indian hand-made carpets and other floor coverings amongst the visiting overseas carpet buyers, the Carpet Export Promotion Council is organising its 34th India Carpet Expo (13th in Varanasi) at the Sampurnanand Sanskrit University Ground, Varanasi, under the aegis of Government of India. The event which will commence from October 10 and will last till October 13, is an ideal platform for International carpet buyers, buying houses, buying agents, architects and Indian carpet manufacturers and exporters, to meet and establish long term business relationship. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeing one of the largest handmade carpet fairs in Asia, the expo offers a unique platform for the buyers to source the best handmade carpets, rugs and other floor coverings under one roof. It has become a popular destination worldwide for handmade carpets. India’s unique capability in adapting to any type of design, colour, quality and size as per the specifications of the carpet buyers has made it a household name in International market. The carpet industry uses diverse raw-materials from various ports of India i.e. wool, silk, manmade fibre, jute, cotton and various blends of different yarns. Economists believe that this industry have immense potential for growth, both in production and exports. Also, it is environment friendly and does not use scarce and perishable energy resources. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the years, the India Carpet Expo has established itself as a great sourcing platform for the carpet buyers from all over the globe. The prime objective of the Council in holding the Expo in Varanasi, the major Carpet producing belt, is to provide ‘unique pick and choose’ business opportunity to all overseas carpet buyers. It is the endeavor of the Council to provide exclusive business environment to the carpet importers as well as manufacturers and exporters. The Council has allotted stands to 274 participants in the biggest possible stand area of 6631 sq meter in ICE, during October 2017. The event will be inaugurated on October 10, by Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles, Government of India, in the august presence of Shantmanu, IAS, Development Commissioner (Handicrafts) and other Senior Government officials from the Central and State Governments.It is expected that around 500 reputed overseas carpet buyers, from almost 58 countries mainly from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, U.K., USA etc. have registered themselves for attending the Expo. It would be worthwhile to mention that buyers from new countries like Bulgaria, Israel, Mauritius, Taiwan, Vietnam are also attending the mega Expo to do serious business with Indian exporters/manufacturers. This will ultimately benefit over two million weavers/artisans employed in this highly labour intensive rural based cottage industry.Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC) is not only inviting and incentivizing the wholesale buyers but is also providing a two-nights complimentary stay in a hotel at Varanasi for attending the India Carpet Expo. Mahavir Pratap Sharma, Chairman, said that this exhibition and buyer-seller meet will be taking Indian exports of handmade carpets to greater and newer heights. Siddh Nath Singh, first Vice-Chairman, Umer Hameed, second Vice-Chairman and all Members of COA, CEPC are confident that the Expo will generate good business for the artisans and weavers from around the globe.last_img read more

PEOPLE Trafalgar draws winner for European Highlights contest

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Samantha KniggeTORONTO — Vancouver Flight Centre agent Samantha Knigge has been drawn as the winner of Trafalgar’s European Highlights contest that ran in the Europe edition of Travel Professional.Trafalgar’s nine-day ‘European Highlights’ includes accommodation for eight nights, 11 meals, all land transfers, luxury air-conditioned coachs, hand-picked Insider Experience, all porterage and restaurant gratuities, must-see sighseeing experience and surprise extras, an expert travel director and VIP entry to many of the sights.“I am so happy to receive this opportunity Travelweek and Trafalgar. I have been selling and recommending Trafalgar to all of my clients in my three years in the travel industry. All of my clients who I send away come back telling me how amazing their experience was, so I am so excited to experience it firsthand. I can’t wait to learn more about this fantastic company so I can continue to pass on my knowledge to many more clients,” said Kinge about her win.For more about Trafalgar, go to trafalgar.com.For more travel agent contests, go to travelweek.ca/contests. Tuesday, April 18, 2017 [PEOPLE] Trafalgar draws winner for ‘European Highlights’ contestcenter_img Posted by Tags: Contests, People, Trafalgar Travelweek Group last_img read more

Kids Stay Free at select luxury Bahia properties

first_imgKids Stay Free at select luxury Bahia properties Friday, June 16, 2017 MIAMI — Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is making summer travel even more affordable for families with a Kids Stay Free offer at select properties.Available for stays through Oct. 31, the offer includes the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection and Grand Bahia Principe Turquesa, where the first child stays free, as well as the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana where up to two kids stay free.“We have taken fantastic steps to make summer 2017 not only more kid-friendly than ever, but even more affordable as part of our commitment to offering all-inclusive luxury travel the whole family can enjoy,” said Helen Montijano, VP of Sales, USA. “From the new waterpark at Grand Bahia Principe Jamaica, to the new five-star Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in the Dominican Republic, Bahia Principe knows how to turn family vacations into memorable Caribbean fairy tales – all while offering competitive rates.”More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthThe newly-opened Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection in Punta Cana features a pool with a fairy tale castle, complete with its own moat and bridge, a delight for children of all ages. Other family-friendly features in the new Fantasia include entertainment for all ages and a Kids Club with costume workshops, arts and crafts activities, cooking classes, expeditions and a waterpark. The Fantasia Teens Club for guests aged 12 to 17 is equipped with a gym, movie theatre, DJ dance floor, video consoles, pool table, and spa.Bahia Principe hotels offer a wide array of kid-friendly touches, including family suites in select hotels where welcome packages include children’s bath kits and bathrobes, minibars that come with milkshakes and soft drinks, children’s mini-clubs and even kids spa treatments. Babysitting services let parents take a romantic break too. For guests looking for adventure, the Bahia Scouts program combines fun, learning and excitement in supervised activities split by age group.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJBahia Principe Hotels & Resorts includes properties in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Tags: Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts Posted by Sharelast_img read more

Harry Potter stars officially open Universal Orlandos new Hagrid roller coaster

first_img ORLANDO — Several Hogwarts alumni were on hand to commemorate the grand opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the latest addition to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.While at yesterday’s launch, film stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) and James and Oliver Phelps (Fred & George Weasley) added a touch of magic by reciting the iconic ‘Wingardium Leviosa’ spell before the crowd. With a flick of their wands, trunks and storage containers magically flew away, marking the official opening of the new coaster.A special message from actor Robbie Coltrane, who portrays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films and the star of the new adventure, was also included in the festivities.“I’m excited to welcome you to this new chapter of magic here at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” said Coltrane. “Be sure to hang onto your motorbike, and most importantly, have fun everyone.”More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesFeaturing rich sets, an actual forest with over 1,200 trees, groundbreaking coaster technology and a captivating storyline, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is the world’s first ‘story coaster’ that takes guests through mysterious ruins, above forest trees and backwards at speeds up to 50 mph, all while riding either Hagrid’s motorbike or in the adjacent sidecar.Riders also come face-to-face with magical creatures such as a majestic Centaur, a swarm of Cornish pixies, Fluffy, the three-headed dog, and Blast-Ended Skrewts, a creature that’s never been seen in the films.At select times, guests may be asked to use the Official Universal Orlando Resort App and enter the Virtual Line for access to the new attraction, allowing them to enjoy other experiences at Universal Orlando until it’s their time to return and join the queue.For more information go to UniversalTravelAgents.com. Posted by Harry Potter stars officially open Universal Orlando’s new Hagrid roller coaster << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Share Tags: Harry Potter, Orlando, Universal Friday, June 14, 2019 last_img read more

Rep Lillys bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee

first_img Categories: Lilly News,News 13Dec Rep. Lilly’s bill requiring fiscal notes on all bills clears House committee Legislator: Price tag should be known in advancecenter_img The House Government Operations Committee today approved legislation introduced by state Rep. Jim Lilly requiring all bills scheduled for a hearing before legislative committees to have fiscal notes advising what financial impact each measure will have on the state.Lilly, of Park Township, introduced the bill after measure after measure came before him in committee with no indication on what implications the bills have on the state budget. He said the House and Senate fiscal agencies should analyze each bill before it begins the committee process so legislators know the monetary impact.“This is common-sense governing, and the people of Michigan expect the policy makers in Lansing to dot all the i’s and cross every t before they advance a bill,” Lilly said. “How can we make an informed decision on bills that have not been fully vetted?”Lilly said requiring the Legislature to review fiscal notes will make legislators more aware of any negative revenue impacts the bills might create, and how the state plans to pay for services affected by the legislation.“Michigan’s legislative process moves at a very fast pace, and currently the fiscal analyses of bills are often not finished by the time the bills are before a committee,” Lilly said. “We are expected to examine the merits of legislation without knowing the price that will have to be paid in association with the measure. That’s not acceptable.”In his committee testimony in June, Lilly pointed out the irony that the bill did not contain a fiscal note. One has since been prepared by the House Fiscal Agency.The bill now goes before the full House for consideration.#####The legislation is House Bill 4679last_img read more

Rep Allor votes to support funding for park improvements in Alcona County

first_img State Rep. Sue Allor today helped advance plans to fund improvements to an Alcona County park.Allor, of Wolverine, voted in favor of the Natural Resources Trust Fund plan approved by the Michigan House.The plan includes $108,700 to aid in the development of a canoe/kayak launch, fishing platform, paved handicap accessible parking and signs at Alcona Township Park, located at the mouth of the Black River. Approximately $46,700 in local matching funds will also be provided.“The improvements will give local families a new opportunity to get outside and enjoy the scenic beauty and abundant natural resources our area has to offer,” Allor said. “It’s always nice to see our hard-earned tax dollars coming back home.”Overall, the DNR Trust Fund plan includes nearly $50 million for 131 recreational development and land acquisition projects across Michigan. The funding is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments for the projects.Senate Bill 883 advances to the governor for consideration.### 16May Rep. Allor votes to support funding for park improvements in Alcona County Categories: Allor Newslast_img read more

Some 65 of US TV households now have at least one

first_imgSome 65% of US TV households now have at least one TV set connected to the internet, up from 44% in 2013 and 24% in 2010, according to Leichtman Research Group.The 65% figure relates to smart TVs or those linked to the web via a games console, a Blu-ray player, or a stand-alone streaming device like a Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire TV.Roughly 74% of those with connected TV devices have more than one device, with an average of 3.3 devices per connected TV homes, said the research.“Connected TV devices are now in nearly two-thirds of all TV households in the US, and there are actually more connected TV devices in US households than there are pay TV set-top boxes,” according to Leichtman Research Group’s president and principal analyst, Bruce Leichtman.The research found that across all US households the mean number of connected TV devices per home was 2.1, while the mean number of pay TV set-top boxes was 1.8 per home.“New forms of competition from internet-delivered video via connected TVs, along with technological innovations in the pay TV industry, are allowing consumers to choose more options for accessing and watching TV than they have ever had before,” said Leichtman.Other findings of the research include: 83% of households with any type of connected TV device get a pay TV service; 38% of adults with a pay TV service watch video via a connected TV device at least weekly; and 79% of all TV sets in US households are HDTV.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet DERRY COURTSTRAND ROAD PSNI STATIONWANTED CRIMINAL ‘NICKED’ BY COPS….WALKING PAST POLICE STATION!warrant “We stepped out the gate ‘you’re nicked’ and straight back in ,“Note to criminals: if you are wanted, don’t walk past the station.”The man is expected to appear at Derry Magistrates’ Court today.WANTED CRIMINAL ‘NICKED’ BY COPS….WALKING PAST POLICE STATION! was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img A MAN wanted by police in Derry was arrested yesterday….as he walked past Strand Road PSNI station!Police in Foyle say it was one three arrests made on Sunday.In a message on its Facebooke page said: “One arrest was for a fella wanted on Warrant who walked past the front of the station.last_img read more

Make sure you have a neutral setting Dont talk t

first_imgMake sure you have a neutral setting. Don’t talk to the child about liberty, obedience, or anything along those lines before asking the question. Make sure that you are feeling neutral too. You should want to know the child’s opinion, sincerely. If the child answers more than a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’ write down precisely what they say. Then, if necessary, write down your interpretation of what the child said and why you interpreted their meaning that way. We’re all born knowing the truth, but by the time you’re four or five years old, they’ve beaten it out of you. – Attributed to Bob Dylan I think I’d be a bit more charitable than Mr. Dylan; I’d say that we’ve only had the truth partly beaten out of us by the age of five. I think truth endures in us, at least to a significant extent, up till puberty, after which it is beaten into submission over the next decade or so. The Crazy Years We all have experience with the tumultuous years that begin with puberty: First we are slapped with a rush of hormones. That triggers a reproductive imperative. That’s crazy-making enough, but then we find ourselves inside of a rigid, status-based system… a system that massively influences all of our potential mates. That’s a recipe for the corruption of thought, and it does corrupt our thoughts. Orson Welles was an unusually clear-thinking and experienced child… far more experienced than average. He spent his days (he was what we’d now call home schooled) reading the works of Shakespeare and all the existing Greek tragedies, repetitively. As a man, Orson was once interviewed about his young days. The interviewer asked what he had thought of teenagers. Orson replied, “I thought they were absolutely insane.” I think all of us can understand why. Getting to the Truth So, if we want to get a glimpse of human nature before it’s stressed and shaped during the crazy years, we should really go to pre-teens. Granted, kids are not the pure saints they are sometimes imagined to be… and it is true that these kids are already sexualized and trained in status these days… but there remains, in most of them, some residue of honest thinking. They have not yet been dragged all the way into the conformist way of mind. My hypothesis is that most of us are born as natural libertarians – having a built-in bias toward liberty. And I have a clean way of testing this idea: Go to pre-teens, in a neutral setting, and ask them a very simple question: Shouldn’t you be allowed to do anything you want, as long as you don’t hurt anyone? My guess is that the results would show a large majority agreeing with the statement, and the younger the respondent, the higher the percentage. A Challenge to You I’d like to propose we actually run such an experiment. I’ll be pleased to coordinate and publish the data. In order to ensure that the results are meaningful, I recommend the following: After you write down the answer, feel free to continue the discussion with the child if fitting, but not if there are other study participants in the area. Keep them neutral.    Can I ask you a question? I want to know what you think about this. Since children have notoriously short attention spans, ask the question only after you have calmed them and centered their attention. I suggest something like this: As I say, I’ll be pleased to tabulate and publish the results if one or more of our readers want to run the experiment. I think the results might be very interesting… and quite possibly very useful. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.comlast_img read more