first_imgAdvertisement We’re at midday and roughly eight hours before the commencement of the first date of a sold-out, two-night homecoming stand at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall that also happens to be the first date of Lennon Stella’s first tour ever and, while she professes nerves, she’s not really betraying them.“All my family is coming,” says the 19-year-old Oshawa expat. “Like, everyone. That makes it so much more nerve-wracking. So much more nerve-wracking.” Facebook Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Stella doesn’t sound nervous, though. And why should she? She’s been onstage and in front of microphones and cameras for years, most notably alongside little sister and sometime singing partner Maisy playing sisters Maddie and Daphne on the CMT series Nashville between 2012 and 2018.For someone who’s not yet old enough to drink legally in any of the many U.S. venues that await her on the Love, Me tour — more than half of which has been sold out since it was announced in January — she’s already something of a seasoned industry pro and a known quantity. The strange thing is that it’s taken this long for Lennon Stella to get a record out and go on the road. Twitterlast_img read more

BJD will perform very well in LS Assembly elections Patnaik

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 11 (PTI) Biju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday claimed that his regional party will perform “very well” in the Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections. Stating that the process for selection of candidates for the the Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections was on, Patnaik said the list would be finalised very soon. BJD will field candidates in the all 147 Assembly seats and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies in Odisha. The regional party presently has 118 MLAs in the Assembly and 20 MPs in Lok Sabha. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On the ruling party’s poll preparations, the BJD chief said his party was fully prepared. “The BJD will perform very well in the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections,” he said. While replying to a question on the problem of plenty as a number of retired bureaucrats have joined the BJD, Patnaik said: “We will manage it well.” Meanwhile, the BJD president appointed former bureaucrat Gopabandhu Das as his political secretary. Das was earlier additional secretary in the Chief Ministers Office. Polling for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly constituencies in Odisha will be held in four phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.last_img read more

National employment numbers for May from Statistics Canada at a glance

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A quick look at May employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 5.4 per cent (5.7)Employment rate: 62.2 per cent (62.1)Participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.9)Number unemployed: 1,081,800 (1,158,700)Number working: 19,056,800 (19,029,100)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.0 per cent (10.3)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.0 per cent (5.2)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.2 per cent (4.7)

Discussion of property issue continues at UNbacked Cyprus talks

11 September 2010Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders pressed ahead on Friday with their efforts to try to resolve the property issue as United Nations-backed talks aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island of Cyprus continued in Nicosia. “I think it was a good meeting, it was held in a good atmosphere and they have a quite clear work programme,” the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alexander Downer, told reporters after the talks wrapped up. The talks began in 2008 after the then-leaders of the two communities committed themselves to working towards a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.The property aspect of the talks tries to resolve numerous complex claims between the two sides on property seized decades ago.“You don’t have to be a great expert on the property issue to understand that it is a difficult and a complex issue and it affects a lot of people. So, there are things that need to be worked through. “There are proposals that are being put forward by the two sides, and ultimately the challenge here is make sure they all merge into one plan,” he stated.Mr. Downer said the representatives of the both sides and the teams that deal specifically with the property issue will meet next Thursday and Friday to “concretize the main aspects of the property issue with an aim to identifying convergences.” They will then report back to the leaders in early October. read more

Popular coupon website RetailMeNot launches dedicated Canadian site

TORONTO — Some savvy shoppers never complete an online purchase before launching a quick search to see if any money-saving coupons are available online.[np_storybar title=”Extreme cheapskates: 35 ways to save” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/06/01/extreme-cheapskates-35-ways-to-save/”%5DYou don’t need to dumpster dive or use your kid’s old Play-Doh to seal drafty windows just to save a few bucks, but being thrifty requires a little effort. Here are some tips [/np_storybar]The option to insert a coupon or promo code during checkout is a good hint that the e-tailer may be offering discounts to those in the know.In the U.S. and other markets around the world, RetailMeNot which logged more than 450 million visits globally in 2012 is a top destination for finding those coupons.And plenty of Canadians have also been using the search tool, even if it wasn’t set up to offer discounts in Canada.On Wednesday, the company announced the launch of RetailMeNot.ca, to better serve the scores of Canadians that have already been using the site in search of deals.“We should’ve been here probably a while ago,” said head of communications Brian Hoyt.“We’ve had millions of visits from Canadian consumers coming to the U.S. site and quite frankly we were offering them a sub-optimal experience. Now we’ve created something that’s more relevant to them.”Canadians who visit the site will see coupons and specials from retailers including Aeropostale, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Lowe’s, Roots, Sears and Starbucks. Some of the deals aren’t exclusive to the site and are the same specials consumers would see in a flyer or at a store’s website.“I think what consumers come for is more than just coupons,” said Hoyt.“They’re looking for offers and deals as well, our goal is to be an information portal for all of those pieces of discount information.”Canadians can still access RetailMeNot.com with its database of U.S.-based coupons and deals and Hoyt said he expects that side of the site will be a little more popular than the .ca section.“We think it’s going to follow the split you see in e-commerce overall for the Canadian market,” said Hoyt. “I think our site’s a good overall indicator of the direction that e-commerce is going in.” He estimated the split to be 60% interested in U.S. sites and 40% for Canadian sites.The company commissioned a poll with 1,507 Canadians about their shopping habits and found that while 47% said they sometimes looked for coupons online, 73% said they still use flyers and mail to source deals.When asked why they didn’t like using coupon websites about half said they found deals too infrequently or the only offers were for products they didn’t need. About 30% said the coupons didn’t offer good savings. read more

Sugar salt consumption at dangerous levels

Nick Banatvala, Geneva based Senior Adviser at the WHO-Secretariat for the UN Interagency Taskforce on Non-communicable Diseases said that this is the first such mission to Sri Lanka.The visit takes the form of a series of meetings with the UN country team as well as with high level officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and other Ministries that are stakeholders to NCD prevention and control. Discussions will also be held with Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, private sector and academic institutions who are working on NCD prevention and control. (Colombo Gazette) Sugar and salt consumption in Sri Lanka is at dangerous levels, a UN Taskforce said at talks with Sri Lankan food and beverage manufacturers and exporters at the Export Development Board (EDB) today.The UN Taskforce began working with the EDB to formulate national recommendations for the manufacturing and supply sectors. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) deaths due to NCD in Sri Lanka claims 75% of total annual deaths in the country. The four main NCDs being cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancers and diabetes. “Sri Lankan sugar consumption is at dangerous levels. Salt consumption is way higher. It is no surprise we see high Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) deaths in Sri Lanka and these numbers would increase if no actions are taken” UN Taskforce member Dr Thaksapol Thammarangsi warned. read more

Mervyn Silva on stage with UNP at rally

Former controversial Minister Mervyn Silva took to the stage at the United National Party (UNP) rally in Colombo today.The former Minister was briefly seen on stage after the rally began. Mervyn Silva, who was accused in the past over attacks on journalists and media institutions, stood with UNP Parliamentarians on the stage at the rally. (Colombo Gazette)

Top UN refugee official promotes refugee protection plan with Brazilian leaders

On the second day of his first visit to Latin America since he took office in June, High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres is scheduled to meet with President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the National Bishops Conference, and parliamentarians, to enlist their further aid in promoting the “Mexico Plan of Action” an international blueprint to protect and assist refugees.According to the office of the High Commissioner (UNHCR) Brazil has shown regional leadership on refugee issues and promises to be an active partner in the promotion of tolerance for refugees within the international community at large. Brazil also has the ability to help prevent the worsening of conflicts in the region that might result in refugee outflows.Brazil was one of the first countries in Latin America to sign (in 1960) the 1951 Refugee Convention. It was also the first country in southern South America to pass a national refugee law in 1997. Last year, it played an important role in the adoption by 20 Latin American States of the Mexico Plan of Action.Along with Chile, Brazil has also established one of the first resettlement programmes in Latin America, under which it has received 170 refugees, most of them Colombian. It has granted asylum to some 3,000 refugees from 58 countries, the agency says.Yesterday, Mr. Guterres met with the Minister of Justice, the National Refugee Committee, ambassadors from the Group of Latin American and Caribbean countries, and with refugees from Colombia, Iraq, Rwanda, Peru, the former Yugoslavia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Angola and Georgia.”In all of his encounters, the High Commissioner cited Brazil’s tradition of asylum as a model of solidarity with refugees,” said a UNHCR spokesperson. “Mr. Guterres also expressed his commitment to enhanced efforts with partners towards the integration of urban refugees, a challenge UNHCR currently faces throughout Latin America,” she added. read more

At UN session Cyprus leader calls on Turkey to cease gunboat diplomacy

“Our commitment remains unchanged. Return to the negotiating table, continue the negotiations in good faith,” he told the United Nations 67th General Assembly on the first day of its General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York.He said current the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu, has abandoned negotiations aimed at setting up a bicommunal, bizonal federation with a single sovereignty, single citizenship and single international personality, with political equality in the Mediterranean island that has been divided since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964.“Turkey, after invading Cyprus in 1974 continues to occupy, for 38 years, the northern part of the island, maintaining a strong military force and continuing the mass transfer of settlers from Turkey, pursuant to its policy for demographic alteration of the population of my country,” Mr. Christofias declared.“Turkey continues to violate human rights and fundamental freedoms of tens of thousands of displaced persons, including the usurpation of their property, the rights of the enclaved and the people who lost their loved ones and continue to search for them,” he added.President Christofias stressed that Turkey’s positive contribution for the two communities to take the unity process forward is crucial. “Instead, Turkey has been pursuing ‘gunboat diplomacy’ with oft-repeated display of its military strength around Cyprus. Turkey’s alarming behaviour has been escalating since last September when Cyprus proceeded with exploration activities in its exclusive economic zone,” he said. “I call on Turkey, before this esteemed body to cease its provocative behaviour.”In addition, in his statement to the Debate, the President strongly condemned the violence and massacres of innocent civilians in Syria, calling for their immediate cessation, and appealed for an urgent resumption of Middle East peace talks aimed at the establishment of a free and independent Palestinian State based on the pre-1967 borders while at the same time addressing the legitimate security concerns of Israel.Scores of the world’s heads of State and government and other high-level officials are expected to present their views and comment on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

Rio Tinto trials new rapid mine tunnelling system partnering with Aker Wirth

first_img“This announcement demonstrates Rio Tinto’s ongoing commitment to exploiting step-change technology to deliver superior shareholder value whilst improving both safety and environmental performance.”The new tunnel boring system is expected to arrive in Australia in early 2012, and be operational with trials completed at Northparkes by the end of 2012.  The system is 64 m long, has a maximum boring diameter of 6 m and has minimum tunnel dimensions of 5 m by 5 m. After the trial this technology is destined for use in other Rio Tinto underground mining operations internationally. The first of three new underground rapid excavation systems is now ready for full scale performance verification trials at Northparkes’ copper and gold mine in the Central West of New South Wales in 2012. Rio Tinto is developing new excavation systems as part of its Mine of the FutureTM program to significantly improve the construction and operation of underground mines. Rio Tinto Head of Innovation John McGagh said the significant new investment offers the possibility for a step-change improvement over conventional drill and blast practices.  “Depending on rock conditions, this system should provide a capability to excavate at more than double the rate of conventional methods,” McGagh said. “For example, in a typical deep copper orebody, the rate of horizontal tunnelling could be as high as 10-13 m/d using this new system. Aker Wirth is one of three partners with whom Rio Tinto is working to develop new equipment and systems for the rapid construction of deep underground mines.”The other two partners in these rapid development projects are Atlas Copco and Herrenknecht (IM, May 2010, pp55-58).This new tunnelling boring system trial has been integrated into a previously announced $90 million prefeasibility expansion study at Northparkes in August 2010 by Northparkes’ joint venture partners Rio Tinto and Sumitomo Group companies. McGagh said the trial will complete the final stage of performance verification of the new system. The work is part of Rio Tinto’s Mine of the Future program, which aims to enable Rio Tinto to more effectively carry out exploration; more efficiently exploit resources; and to allow safer, faster and deeper underground operations whilst economically recovering valuable mineral resources from increasingly difficult deposits.Aker Wirth Chief Executive Officer Christoph Kleuters said: “We are proud to have been selected by Rio Tinto as partner in this ambitious project. This system confirms Aker Wirth’s commitment to maintain our position as technology leader in hard rock excavation for the underground mining and tunnelling industry.”McGagh said: “This is about The Mine of the Future program going underground, as we promised we would at the start of 2010. This system incorporates continuous mechanical rock excavation that will not damage new tunnel walls, while still providing the ability to mechanically install ground support in parallel with tunnel advance. Importantly for Rio Tinto, it provides an opportunity to introduce fundamentally safer processes into the underground mining industry.last_img read more

Great Deals on TopRated Laptops

first_imgUnless you want to be tied down to your desk all the time, you may want to look into buying a laptop. Many laptops can be pricey, but you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a cheaper price. We rounded up a few of PCMag’s editor-reviewed laptops and found the best deals out there.Make sure to read PCMag’s reviews highlighted at the beginning and end of each product to know what to look for when buying a laptop. Also, check out PCMag’s How to Buy a Laptop guide for helpful tips.Editors’ Note: All listed prices are current as of the date of publication, and are apt to change quickly and often.Dell Studio 15List Price: $754.99Sale Price: $649.99 at Dell.com. Savings: $105 (about 14 percent).Why You Want It: Great for back-to-schoolers, content creators, social-network addicts, and camera enthusiasts, the Dell Studio 15 is a stylish 15-inch laptop with spectacular performance, excellent configuration options, and an extensive color palette. It earned PCMag’s Editors’ Choice for mainstream laptops because it offers XPS design at an Inspiron price. It also features an excellent typing experience. Check out the full Dell Studio 15 review for more info.More deals after the jump! Toshiba Mini NB305-N410List Price: $400Sale Price: $339.95 at BuyDig.com. Savings: $60.05 (15 percent). Why You Want It: his netbook was rated 4.5 out of 5 and received an Editors’ Choice award. Laptop Analyst Cisco Cheng liked its full-size keyboard and laptop-like touchpad and mouse buttons, as well as its excellent battery life. It also got PCMag’s Greentech approval. Read the full Toshiba Mini NB305-N410 review for more info.Lenovo IdeaPad Z560List Price: $899Sale Price: $699 at Lenovo.com (offer expires Nov. 10, 2010). Savings: $200 (22 percent).Why You Want It: Cheng gave the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 a 3 out of 5 rating. He liked its nice speaker system, spacious 500GB hard drive, and its ExpressCard slot. According to Cheng: “Take away the glamour and the fancy technology, and you end up trimming the cost of a laptop significantly. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 ($750 direct) is your prototypical, blue-collared desktop replacement. It won’t seduce you with a provocative design or catch-terms like Blu-ray and 3D-gaming graphics. What it does well is hit on all the fundamentals, including an excellent user experience, good processing speeds, and decent battery life–all for one low price.” Read the full Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 review for more detail. HP ProBook 5310mDirect Price: $899Sale Price: $590.99 at CostCentral.Savings: $308.01 (34 percent)Why You Want It: Cheng rated it a 4 out of 5 and gave the HP ProBook 5310m an Editors’ Choice award, stating that it’s one of the sleekest, thinnest SMB laptops in the market. It’s luxuriously thin and light, and has an amazing typing and navigating experience. It also provides great battery life on a 41Wh battery. Plus, it’s environmentally friendly. Read the HP ProBook 5310m review for more details.[Originally posted on news.com]last_img read more

Six injured one arrested after multivehicle crash in rural Clark County

first_imgSix people were injured early Saturday in a multivehicle crash in rural east Clark County, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The crash was reported at 1:58 a.m. in the 24400 block of Northeast Rawson Road, near Northeast Hinness Road in the Proebstel area east of Hockinson, according to a sheriff’s office bulletin. Sheriff’s deputies and Clark County Fire District 3 responded.An investigation determined that Tyler A. Campbell, 23, of Vancouver was driving a 1998 Chevrolet K1500 full-sized pickup west on Northeast Rawson Road when he allowed the vehicle to drift off the road. Campbell brought the pickup back onto the pavement but crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic.The pickup crashed head-on into an eastbound 1998 Nissan Sentra, injuring three in the car, one seriously, before rolling onto its passenger side into the path of a westbound 1999 Ford F250, the bulletin said. Three passengers in the Chevrolet were also injured. Their names were not released.Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash, according to the bulletin, which said Campbell was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of vehicular assault.The crash remains under investigation by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit.last_img read more

Allegri explains Juventus selection

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club will play against Manchester United tomorrow night in the UEFA Champions LeagueOne day before Juventus plays against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, manager Massimiliano Allegri explains who is available and who isn’t.“[Mario] Mandzukic’s ankle is ok and he’s available,” he told the club’s official website.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I didn’t name him as a sub at the weekend [against Cagliari] because he would have had to climb up the steps… He’s an extremely important player for us.”“The players who aren’t available are [Federico] Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and [Moise] Kean, as well as Emre Can, who we hope to have back with us as soon as possible,” he explained.“We might go with [Juan] Cuadrado, [Paulo] Dybala and [Cristiano] Ronaldo tomorrow, but I still have to make a decision on that. I also have to think about whether to rest any players like [Blaise] Matuidi, since [Sami] Khedira is in good shape and [Rodrigo] Bentancur is young and recovers quickly.”last_img read more

Ryan Giggs wary of Luka Modric after Euro draw

first_imgRyan Giggs has warned his side to be cautious of Luka Modric as Wales will face Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.Wales were drawn in Group E alongside Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, and Azerbaijan.Giggs, who became Wales manager in January, is confident of his team’s chances of qualification and was happy to be in a five-team group.The 45-year-old while happy with the draw, singled out Croatia as the biggest threat for his team as they aim qualification.Luka Modric, Real MadridReal Madrid suffer a Luka Modric injury blow Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Real Madrid have announced that Luka Modric has suffered an adductor injury, which could rule him out of some key fixtures.“It’s a five-team group so I think you’ve got to be relatively happy with that,” Giggs told Sky Sports.“It could have been worse, could have been better.“There are some tough teams in there, Croatia being the stand-out one. In Modric, they’ve got one of the world’s best players.“They’ve got some really, really outstanding players. A team that’s just full of character never gives up. So we’re going to have to play really well to beat them.”last_img read more

Starbucks to pay national living wage to all staff

first_imgStarbucks is to pay all of its employees the government’s national living wage, including those under the age of 25. It is also introducing a rental deposit loan scheme to help staff tackle the cost of living.From April 2016, Starbucks will increase its basic pay to £7.20 an hour for all staff, including apprentices. Barista pay will increase from £6.77 to £7.20, and supervisor pay will increase from £8.20 to £8.72 an hour.The move is in line with the government’s new national living wage, as announced in the Summer Budget. However, Starbucks has opted to pay all of its employees the same rate, as opposed to just those over the age of 25, the age at which the government’s national living wage rate becomes compulsory. With more than 50% of Starbucks staff under the age of 25, the pay measure is expected to impact 4,500 employees in Starbucks-owned stores. While the government’s new wage is set at the same rate throughout the UK, the coffee chain’s London-based workers will receive a higher hourly wage to address the higher cost of living in the capital. The rental deposit scheme, Home Sweet Loan, which has been developed by Shelter as the Tenancy Deposit Loan Scheme, will consist of an interest-free loan to help Starbucks’ workers pay rental deposits when they are moving into a new home. The programme is available to Starbucks workers based in Starbucks-owned stores who have been with the business for over a year. The coffee house chain will loan a maximum amount of one month’s wages, paid within four weeks of application, to be repaid over twelve months.Kris Engskov, president of Starbucks EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa), said: “We know the cost of living is a key concern for many, and with over half of our [workers] being under 25 years old, that rent affordability especially is an issue that affects them. ”These initiatives are two of the ways we are able to support the great people that work with us.”last_img read more

Trump says hes very stable genius

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican members of the Senate about immigration at the White House in Washington, US, on 4 January, 2018. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Saturday praised himself as “a very stable genius,” following the release of a bombshell book that calls into doubt his mental health.But Trump’s response to the book’s allegations had Washington focusing anew on the question of his stability.In a series of extraordinary early-morning tweets, Trump said that “throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.””I went from VERY successful businessman, to top TV star to president of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius….and a very stable genius at that!”The new supposed tell-all book — Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” — was rushed into stores Friday after the Trump administration failed to suppress it.The book quickly sold out in Washington and has been the talk of the town. Trump has decried the instant best-seller as “phony” and “full of lies” as the White House issued a scorched-earth dismissal of “Fire and Fury” along with its author and his sources.Trump’s stability has been questioned by critics almost since he declared his candidacy for the presidency.In March 2016, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Trump lacked the “temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader.” And Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton regularly declared him “temperamentally unfit” for a job requiring “knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”Trump’s tweets came ahead of his meetings Saturday with top Republican lawmakers and Cabinet members at the Camp David presidential retreat to discuss party priorities ahead of the crucial 2018 midterm elections.Yet the sensational details in the new book and Trump’s continued defense of his mental health have wrenched attention away from policy and news of US financial markets hitting all-time highs, bringing even more scrutiny over whether the US leader is fit for office.- ‘Like a child’ -On Friday, Washington’s chief diplomat Rex Tillerson was obliged to defend Trump after being asked during an interview about claims that the president has a short attention span, regularly repeats himself and refuses to read briefing notes.”I’ve never questioned his mental fitness. I’ve had no reason to question his mental fitness,” said Tillerson, whose office was last year forced to deny reports that he had referred to Trump as a “moron” after a national security meeting.Even in defending Trump, the former ExxonMobil chief executive told CNN he has had to learn how to effectively relay information to the president.Journalist Wolff, no stranger to controversy, quotes several key Trump aides expressing doubt about Trump’s ability to lead the world’s largest economy and military hegemon.”Let me put a marker in the sand here. One hundred percent of the people around him” question Trump’s fitness for office, Wolff told NBC’s “Today” show.”They all say he is like a child. And what they mean by that is he has a need for immediate gratification. It’s all about him.”- ‘Dope’ -The book includes extensive quotes from Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, who accuses Trump’s eldest son Don Jr. of “treasonous” contacts with a Kremlin-connected lawyer, and saying the president’s daughter Ivanka, who imagines herself running for president one day, is “dumb as a brick.”But it is Trump himself who is cast in the most unfavorable light.The book claims that for Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the president was an “idiot.” For chief economic adviser Gary Cohn, he was “dumb as shit.” And for National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, he was a “dope.”Wolff also says he detected signs that some believe could point to incipient dementia, or at least mental deterioration — his repetition of the same stories and anecdotes, sometimes within minutes.The book’s publication came as news emerged that at least a dozen members of the US Congress were briefed last month by Yale University professor of psychiatry Bandy Lee on Trump’s mental health.Assessments questioning Trump’s stability have grown throughout his first year in office, fueled by what critics said were his often petulant, and even childish, reactions to criticism.Last November, Lee wrote to The New York Times that she and several other “concerned mental health professionals” were detecting “more than his usual state of instability,” with “characteristics (that) place our country and the world at extreme risk of danger.”The White House has regularly dismissed such criticism, saying it is no secret that the president has a strong personality, but that it makes him a more — not less — effective leader.last_img read more

Going down South

first_imgCarnatic music is part of an unbroken tradition of classical music in Tamil Nadu.  In order to revive its legacy, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Shanmukhananda Sangeetha Sabha are up with Chithirai Music And Dance Festival. The three-day festival aims to showcase a wide range of dance performances and vocals in Tamil by traditional and contemporary composers.S Sowmya, Kunnakkudi Balamurali Krishna and Priya Venkataraman will be dedicating the festival to other Tamil composers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sowmya will be dedicating her performance to M M Dandapani Desikar, S Ramanathan Koteeswara Iyer, Arunachala Kavi, Ambujam Krishna, Periasami Thooran, Thevaram and Tiruppavai.Krishna  will be presenting his vocals dedicated to T M Thiagarajan, Madurai T.Srinivasan, Papanasam Sivan, Nilakanta Sivan, Gopalakrishna Bharath, Kulasekara Alwar, Arunagirinathar and Ramalinga Vallalar.Venkataraman, known for her adherence to the classical style of traditional Bharatanatyam will be dedicating her performance to Thirunyana Sambandar, Tanjore Quartette,Subramanya Bharathi, Madurai Kavi, C.Rajagopalachari and Madurai T.Srinivasan.When: 18-20 AprilWhere:  IGNCA Auditorium, CV Mess Janpathlast_img read more

Americas First Crime of the Century

first_imgWhen 20-month old Charles Augustus Lindbergh was kidnapped from his room on March 1, 1932, and a ransom note was left on the windowsill, it was called the crime of the century. According to the FBI, what followed was a month of chasing down clues and physical evidence all while an ongoing ransom negotiation was being conducted between the kidnappers and John Condon, who acted as a go-between on Lindbergh’s behalf.An illustration of Charles Jr. on the cover of Time magazine on May 2, 1932.There was a series of some 11 ransom notes and a couple of meetings between Condon and a representative for the kidnappers, but eventually, an agreement was reached.On April 2nd, Condon surrendered $50,000 in gold certificates to the man he had come to know simply as “John,” and in return, he was given instructions on where to find the baby.The ransom note.When searchers went to the location specified, there was no sign of the Lindbergh’s son.On May 12th, the child’s body was found, partially buried, about 4.5 miles from his home, a few yards off the highway.The state of his body suggested that he had been killed the same night he had been kidnapped.Lindbergh baby poster.By tracing the movement of the gold certificate bills that were part of the delivered ransom, the FBI, in concert with various other agencies and local police, were eventually led to Bruno Richard Hauptmann, on September 15, 1934.There was a lot of physical, if circumstantial, evidence linking Hauptmann to the crime. He had more of the gold certificates that were part of the ransom in his house.Mugshot of Richard Hauptmann, taken following his arrest. Photo by Flemington Police DepartmentHis handwriting was determined to be a match for that found in the various ransom notes, wood from the ladder used to enter Lindbergh’s window was found to match the wood in Hauptmann’s attic, and Condon and others identified him as being “John.”Richard Hauptmann went to trial on January 3, 1935, and five weeks later the jury returned a guilty verdict. He was convicted of murder in the first degree and sentenced to death.Lindbergh testifying at the Hauptmann trial in 1935. Bruno Hauptmann can be seen on the right side of the photograph.There was an appeal, which was denied, and one stay of execution for 30 days. Hauptmann was put to death on February 17, 1936, four years after the kidnapping, and just over one year after his trial began. It all seemed very clear-cut.While it is clear that Hauptmann was involved in the Lindbergh kidnapping, the idea that he acted alone may be less compelling, according to Rutgers Today.Charles Lindbergh.In 2004, Lloyd C. Gardner, professor of history emeritus at Rutgers, wrote a book that addressed this notion.He believed that Charles Lindbergh may have been involved in the kidnapping and murder of his own son, pointing to Lindbergh’s fascination with Social Darwinism. He may have considered his son’s ongoing health problems evidence that he was far from perfect.Newsreel still of Lindbergh family arrival in England, December 31, 1935.Lindbergh was a known adherent to the growing Scandinavian-German idea that people of Northern European stock were genetically superior to Southern Europeans and Asians (the “Aryan race” theory which was the basis for Hitler’s genocidal policies).He was known for his belief in eugenics and his desire to spread his healthy genes.Lindbergh fathered thirteen children, only six of whom were with his wife. The missing baby had a condition that interfered with the formation of strong bones as well as an unusually large cranium and unfused skull bones.Charles A. Lindbergh after telling the grand jury his story of the payment of $50,000 ransom for his son. At the right is Colonel H. Norman Schwarzkopf, of the New Jersey State Police, who accompanied Colonel Lindbergh.Gardner also noted that during that time period, gang members sometimes boosted their incomes by kidnapping well-known or well-off people for ransom.It was certainly difficult to be better-known than Lindbergh after his famous nonstop flight across the Atlantic.Finally, it was the father himself who oversaw and steered many parts of the investigation into his son’s disappearance.Charles Lindbergh in open cockpit of airplane at Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri.He prevented household staff who may have known about the baby’s health concerns from being questioned by authorities.When the baby’s body was found, he only had a very cursory examination done, and then had the body cremated, precluding a more useful autopsy.All of these ideas are somewhat speculative, and definitely circumstantial, but the evidence that led to Richard Hauptmann’s death was also circumstantial.Read another story from us: Two College Students Tried to Kidnap a Prime Minister – Were Bribed Away with BeerUntil his execution, Hauptmann maintained he was innocent of murder, and speculation about what exactly occurred when the Lindbergh baby was taken continues, even now.last_img read more

WATCH Dwight Howard ruined a young girls night because he cant stop

first_img Advertisement At the last second, Howard handed the it to the kid next to her, ruining the poor girl’s night.Cool Move, Dwight! You really showed that teenage girl who’s boss!Nobody likes you. Dwight Howard thinks he’s a comedian. He’s not funny. Dwight Howard thinks he’s a tough guy. Despite being built like a superhero, Howard is a fake. He also thinks he’s among the NBA’s best players. Okay, Dwight.Howard furthered his reputation as a huge jerk last night when he was ejected in the third quarter of the Hawks 114-98 road win over the Celtics.After getting tossed for receiving his second technical, Howard made his trademark annoying, incredulous face at the ref before removing his jersey and huffing off the court in displeasure.On his way to the exit, he briefly stopped in front of a group of kids begging him for the jersey. Dwight made eye contact with one teenage girl who got excited….like a teenage girl in anticipation she was about to get the jersey.last_img read more

Microsoft use Edge or Ads

first_imgMicrosoft: use Edge or Ads by Martin Brinkmann on November 04, 2016 in Internet Explorer – Last Update: July 05, 2017 – 47 commentsWindows 10 felt in many regards like an operating system that was not ready for release back when Microsoft released it. This was the case for the new system browser Microsoft Edge as well, as it lacked a lot of features.While it was highly optimized, it felt like a browsing shell more than a full browser in many regards. Microsoft worked on improving Edge, and it did so over time by introducing new functionality such as browser extensions.Still, a first impression is usually one that lasts, and that is probably one reason why the vast majority of users on Windows 10 have switched over to Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi or any of the other third-party browsers.So how does Microsoft get people to give Edge another chance? Ads was the answer apparently, as users have started to see taskbar advertisement on Windows 10 like the one spotted by Brad Chacos below.These ads appear over the Edge icon in the Windows 10 taskbar, even when Edge is not open. They do appear only when Edge is not the default system browser but that covers the majority of Windows 10 systems.Since it advertises Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Rewards, it is possible that the campaign is reserved to the United States. The reason for this is simple: Microsoft Rewards are only available in the US right now.This is not the only ad that promotes Microsoft Edge that users may see however. Microsoft is pushing ads in the Action Center as well stating that Chrome is draining battery fast and that switching to Edge would better the situation.Both ads have some use for users and try to promote a feature of Microsoft Edge or Microsoft that may be beneficial to users.One could argue that this is a good thing, and it probably would not get such a bad reception if Microsoft would provide clear and concise options to turn of these after they appear once.The main issue that many Windows 10 users may have with these ads is however that is seems impossible to get rid of those advertisements once and for all.While you can turn off the Windows Customer Experience Program and several ad-related preferences in the Settings application, there is no guarantee that these changes will stick through updates.Changes to custom user settings do one thing more than anything else: they irritate users.  I cannot say how many users are enticed by the ads to switch to Microsoft Edge or at least give it another try.For now, the only 100% way of making sure you don’t get these ads seems to be to start using Edge.Now You: What’s your take on Microsoft Edge?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft: use Edge or AdsDescriptionMicrosoft runs a promotion for Edge currently on Windows 10 that pushes taskbar ads to devices running the operating system.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more