Purple Heart recipient Joey Jones – military Spokesperson for the Boot Campaign – recently talked about his involvement with Pushups For Charity, where he was joined by celebrities such as Lou Diamond Phillips, Tony Horton, Randy Couture and more.Joey Jones And Tony HortonTell us more about why you support The Boot Campaign?Boot Campaign doesn’t just raise money or tell heart wrenching stories. This organization does fun and exciting things to support our military and veterans and get all Americans involved. When celebrities don a pair of combats boots for a photoshoot or event they join a movement felt coast to coast.What is the most annoying thing about people that don’t help charities and why?I don’t know that this is annoying; the whole point of giving time or money is to buy into the idea. If there are people who don’t see this as a relevant thing to do, it truly is their loss, as we will keep reaching those that do participate!Joey Jones and Lou Diamond PhillipsAnd how important do you think it is for celebrities to get involved in charity?Through their talents, celebrities have a unique opportunity to reach their audience with a message. Many celebrities have fan bases which are incredibly unique; having those celebrities join our cause means we will reach Americans who have no other connection to our Heroes but will now consider them, and hopefully support them.What plans do you have to make an impact on society this year?Boot Campaign has a full calendar this year with events and campaigns designed to awaken the patriot in every American we reach. Our message is simple, “this country is uniquely free and full of opportunity and we appreciate the men and women who have fought to keep it that way.”Copyright ©2015Look to the Stars
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On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, will kick off New York Fashion Week with its annual amfAR Gala New York at Cipriani Wall Street and will pay tribute to writer, producer, and director Lee Daniels and W Magazine’s Stefano Tonchi for their longstanding commitment to the fight against AIDS.The amfAR Gala New York, now in its 20th year, will feature dinner, a live auction, honoree tributes, and a special musical performance by pop sensation Halsey.Event Chairs include Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg, Chloë Sevigny, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Heidi Klum, Sienna Miller, Iman, Laura Linney, Linda Evangelista, Taraji P. Henson, Zac Posen, Alan Cumming, Carine Roitfeld, Alex Soros, Riccardo Silva, amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, and amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman Milutin Gatsby. Co-Chairs include Emily Ratajkowski, Hailey Baldwin, Irina Shayk, Maggio Cipriani, Susanne Hatje, Johnny Lin, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, and Baran Süzer.The amfAR Gala New York is one of New York City’s most successful and high-profile AIDS benefits. Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg, Yves Carcelle, Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Clive Davis, Richard Gere, Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Donna Karan, Heidi Klum, Lorne Michaels, Liza Minnelli, Rosie O’Donnell, Natasha Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline Scheufele, Julian Schnabel, Sharon Stone, Barbara Walters, Robin Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Donatella Versace, and Anna Wintour.The event’s Signature Sponsors are Bloomingdale’s, Delta Air Lines, and MP Management. Mandarin Oriental, New York is the Associate Sponsor. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR.The amfAR Gala New York is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.
Hydrogen Energy International LLC – Commercial Demonstration of Advanced IGCC with Full Carbon Capture – Hydrogen Energy International, a joint venture owned by BP Alternative Energy and Rio Tinto, will design, construct, and operate an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that will take blends of coal and petroleum coke, combined with non-potable water, and convert them into hydrogen and CO2. The CO2 will be separated from the hydrogen using the methanol-based Rectisol process. The hydrogen gas will be used to fuel a power station, and the CO2 will be transported by pipeline to nearby oil reservoirs where it will be injected for storage and used for enhanced oil recovery. The project will capture more than 2,000,000 Mt/y of CO2. Up to $408 million is available for new technologies to advance carbon capture and storage. US Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu just announced that projects by Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Hydrogen Energy International LLC have been selected for up to $408 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The two projects selected – an existing power plant in North Dakota and a new facility in California – will incorporate advanced technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. “Today’s announcement represents a major step forward in the fight to reduce CO2 emissions from coal-based power plants. These new technologies will not only help fight climate change, they will also create new jobs and position the US as a leader in carbon capture and storage technologies for many years,” said Secretary Chu.The selection of the two projects is part of the third round of the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI). The Department of Energy will provide up to $408 million in federal funds – $100 million to Basin Electric Power Co-operative in Beulah, North Dakota, and $308 million to Hydrogen Energy International LLC in Kern County, California – to support the innovative demonstrations.The CCPI is a cost-shared collaboration between the federal government and private industry to increase investment in low-emission coal technology by demonstrating advanced coal-based, power generation technologies. The goal of CCPI is to accelerate the readiness of advanced coal technologies for commercial deployment, ensuring that the US has clean, reliable, and affordable electricity and power.The selected proposals will employ different technological concepts to achieve a goal of at least 90% CO2 capture efficiency. Descriptions of the selected proposals include:Basin Electric Power Cooperative – Post Combustion CO2 Capture Project – Basin Electric Power will partner with Powerspan and Burns & McDonnell to demonstrate the removal of CO2 from the flue gas of a lignite-based boiler by adding CO2 capture and sequestration (CCS) to Basin Electric’s existing Antelope Valley Station, located near Beulah. Powerspan’s ECO2® ammonia-based technology will be used to capture CO2 on a 120-MW electric-equivalent gas stream from the 450 MW Antelope Valley Station Unit 1. The net result will be 90% removal of CO2 from the treated flue gas, yielding 2,720 t/d (907,000 t/y) of pipeline-quality CO2. The ammonia based SO2 scrubbing system will also produce a liquid stream of ammonium sulfate that will be processed into a fertilizer by-product.
HGH Infrared Systems Inc and STARA Technologies recently co-exhibited at the Elko Mining Expo in Nevada where HGH’s Infrared Systems Spynel system was featured. HGH says that the system provides “automated intrusion detection and tracking over 360 degrees at detection distances up to 6 km for a human. Its fast frame rate and unique panoramic capabilities ensure powerful Wide Area Surveillance (WAS) through visual real-time night and day simultaneous visualisation of an unlimited number targets over 360 degrees.”Attendees were shown a live demonstration during the whole duration of the show. The Spynel system, was also successfully demonstrated last year to secure the perimeter of one of the largest gold mining sites in Africa. The company referred to the security benefits of the equipment: “With recent raids on mines, and just this week the rebel raids on the Philex Gold Philippines mining site which resulted in five deaths, mining operations’ security comes back at the forefront of executives’ priorities. Protecting profitable materials, labour workers, and expensive machinery can be challenging over very large sites and harsh environments: being alerted of a threat as soon as possible becomes paramount in order to allow for prompt interception by security personnel. HGH’s Spynel can alert security staff if a person has entered the perimeter at up to 6 km away, and a vehicle at up to 12 km away.”
Young Norwegian star, right back, Christoffer Rambo (23) will continue his career in French team, Dunkerque. Last season EHF Cup Finalist got Norwegian left handed player after long negotation process with his former team, BM Valladolid. Rambo spent last season in Norwegian Elverum. Before that, he gained a EHF CL’s experience with the Spanish team. ← Previous Story Valero Rivera has 14 players for London – Rivera Junior is the first substitute… Next Story → Jelena Eric and Emilia Turey in Astrahanocka! BM ValladolidChristoffer RamboFrench handball leagueUS Dunkerque
Step 5:Once in the folder, you’ll see an application named Disk Utility, double-click on it to launch the program.Step 6:Find the hard drive you want to format, and highlight it. If it’s an external hard drive then it should appear in the left nav bar. If it’s an internal drive partition then it should also appear in the left nav bar as whatever you named it after partitioning. How you format a Mac hard drive is entirely dependent on what kind of drive you plan on formatting. For instance, is the hard drive internal or external? And if internal, has it been partitioned or are you looking to reformat the entire system to factory state? Whatever your formatting situation, this how-to guide will cover each of these step-by-step.Before you go messing around in the Disk Utility application, make sure you know what the drive is going to be used for. If it’s an external hard drive, for instance, do you plan on hooking it up solely to Macs or Windows PCs as well? Each one has its own compatible format, so you’ll have to be careful which you choose. FAT 32 is the most compatible disk format which is why it’s the most widely used on USB thumb drives — it’s compatible with both Mac and Windows PCs. HFS+ is the native Mac OS file system, and NTFS is Windows’ (Macs can read what’s on NTFS-formatted drives, but they cannot write).Before you start formatting any hard drives, make sure you’ve backed up your data! Formatting an external hard drive will delete any information on the device, likewise reformatting your system will essentially bring your Mac back to a clean factory state, thus removing all information you’ve stored on it. Conclusion: Be sure to backup first.Formatting an external hard drive or internal hard drive partition:Step 1:If you plan on formatting an external hard drive then make sure it’s plugged in an appears on your desktop. If you plan on formatting an extra internal drive, make sure you’ve partitioned one (note: if you have yet to do so check out our How to partition guide for Macs).Step 2:Open Finder (either through Spotlight or the icon in the dock).Step 3:Click on Applications (on the left).Step 4:Scroll down and find a folder named Utilities. Double-click on it. Step 7:If you look to the right, there’s tab named Erase, click it.Step 8:Underneath it you’ll see a “Format” option. Here you’ll find a drop down menu with MS-DOS (FAT), which you would select if you’re planning on using the drive with Windows and Mac systems or installing Windows; and Mac OS Extended (Journaled), which you should select if you plan on using the drive solely with Mac computers or installing another version of Mac OS. If you’re looking to dual-boot with Linux or run Windows Boot camp, you can format the partition as “MS-DOS (FAT),” however, these programs typically come with an option to partition your drive during setup. Just make sure you know how much hard drive space you can allow to dedicate to another operating system.Step 9:After choosing the format, press the “Erase…” button, which will begin the formatting process. Reformatting your internal system hard drive:Reformatting your internal drive means a fresh start; the drive will look like it just came off the factory line. Those who usually want to reformat the entire internal drive are generally looking to get rid of any personal information so they can sell the device, or perhaps they’re looking to clear their system after downloading some unsavory software off a certain P2P network.Either way, you’ll need your Mac OS X installation DVD that came with your Apple system, as you’ll be booting your computer from this disk to reformat your internal drive.Step 1:Insert the Mac OS X install disc and restart your computer while holding down the C key on your keyboard, so the Mac boots from the install disc.Step 2:Double-click the “Install Mac OS X” icon.Step 3:There will be an opportunity to click an “Options” button to save existing files, a setting to “Archive and Install” and “Preserve Users and Network Settings.” However, if you want to erase everything and reinstall, select “Erase and Install.” From here the install disk should guide you through the reformatting process.And that’s how to format a Mac hard drive! Leave any questions below. And if you want to know how to partition a Mac hard drive, we’ve covered that as well.
19,664 Views By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4554800 Mar 21st 2019, 6:49 PM Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 6:49 PM Share771 Tweet Email 83 Comments An Israeli tank in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. An Israeli tank in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump announced today that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the hotly contested Golan Heights territory.“After 52 years it is time for the United States to fully recognise Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Trump said in a tweet.Trump called the Golan – a strategic area seized from Syria and annexed in a move never recognised by the international community – “of critical strategic and security importance to the State of Israel and Regional Stability!”The Golan is home to about 20,000 Israeli settlers.Trump’s abruptly announced decision was immediately cheered by Netanyahu, who faces a tough reelection battle and visits Washington next week.“At a time when Iran seeks to use Syria as a platform to destroy Israel, President Trump boldly recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” the right-wing prime minister wrote on Twitter. “Thank you President Trump!”There was also quick approval from the senior Republican in the US Senate, Lindsey Graham, who is pushing for Congress to recognise Israeli control over the Golan.“President Trump’s decision to recognise the Golan as part of Israel is strategically wise and overall awesome. Well done, Mr. President!” Graham tweeted.Trump’s announcement came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Jerusalem, lauding warm ties with Israel and promising to step up pressure on Iran. Source: JIM YOUNGPompeo has said his trip has nothing to do with politics.Diplomatic bombshellThis is the second diplomatic bombshell dropped by Washington, which is Israel’s main backer, in seeking to redraw the fraught Middle East map.In 2017, Trump went against decades of practice by recognising the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, rather than the previously accepted Tel Aviv.The Golan Heights move was hinted at a week ago when the State Department changed its usual description of the area as “occupied” to “Israeli-controlled.”The Trump State Department has also dropped previous definitions of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as being “occupied” by the Jewish state.Israel occupied the Golan Heights, West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 Six-Day War.It later annexed the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in moves never recognised by the international community.Trump’s latest shakeup comes ahead of the expected unveiling of a White House plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Palestinian leaders, who broke off contact with Washington after the recognition of Jerusalem by Trump, say they expect the plan to be blatantly biased in favor of Israel.Trump will host Netanyahu at the White House next Monday and Tuesday. The Israeli leader will be in Washington for the annual conference of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) pro-Israel lobbying group.- © AFP 2019 Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Trump says the US will recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory Israel occupied the Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Although the Nintendo Power Line was retired some time ago, calling the service and others like it (remember GamePro tips, 1-900-860-TIPS?), is part of many gamers nostalgic memories of NES-era gaming. To set the mood just right for playing the 30 NES games loaded on the NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is reopening the Nintendo Power Tips line from 6 A.M. until 7 P.M. PT from November 11 to November 13. To celebrate the release of its NES Classic Edition, Nintendo is adding to the retro fun by bringing back a service that shows just how far we’ve come since the release of the original release of the NES in the late eighties. Before the internet put free and instant information in our hands, if you got stuck in a Nintendo game you could: a) phone a friend and see if they knew the answer, b) hope one of your issues of Nintendo Power had covered the game in question, or c) call the Nintendo Power Line.The Nintendo Power Line was a phone hotline where you could call in to speak with one of Nintendo’s Game Counselors who would help you get past any part of a game that had you stuck. These Game Counselors had to search through binders of information, so it was always a tough choice on whether you wanted to give up and call in for the info or to try and keep at it and avoid the long-distance charges. ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Ring Fit Adventure’ Is a Nintendo Switch Exercise RPG You can reach the Nintendo Power Tips line at (425) 885-7529 and get tips for games, and some great behind-the-scenes stories from Nintendo Game Play Counselors that manned the original lines. The service is automated instead of live, but it’s still a savory morsel of a simpler time in gaming. Stay on target
Chadwick Boseman in Avengers: Infinity War (Photo: Screenshot via Marvel/YouTube)Also from the article, we now know where the climactic battle of Avengers: Infinity War will take place. You know how each version of the trailer contains a look at this scene. Where Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Black Widow, The Hulk and (of course) Black Panther are all geared up for battle in Wakanda? This is probably an image from the last big fight of the movie.When asked about the success of Black Panther and Wakanda making an appearance in Infinity War, Feige let this slip. “That’s the grand Marvel Studios/MCU tradition of just being all in, right? All in on stuff we believe in, before the audience tells us what they think. You’ve heard us talk ad nauseam about the fact that we were in production on Avengers before either Thor or Captain America was released. Same thing with the whole third act of Infinity War being in Wakanda.”Whoa. It makes sense that the conflict would end in Wakanda. Vibranium is rare not just on Earth, but throughout the universe. Even if he had a fully assembled Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos would set his eyes on Wakanda. Not only do they have vast stores of Vibranium, but as we saw in Black Panther, they know how to use it. Thanos is going to want to get his gauntlet-clad hand on that.Sebastian Stan in Captain America Civil War (Photo via Marvel)Infinity War is also poised to bring big changes for Bucky Barnes, though what exactly those changes are is up for debate. The EW article says he’s going to change his codename altogether. Now that he’s no longer a brainwashed sleeper agent, some feel that the Winter Soldier moniker no longer fits. “Sebastian Stan’s rehabilitated assassin now goes by White Wolf,” the magazine writes. That does make a lot of sense, and White Wolf is a superhero in the comics. It’s just not Bucky Barnes. Much like Bucky of the MCU though, White Wolf is a white dude who finds himself in Wakanda and becomes a superhero. He actually becomes T’Challa’s adopted brother. That… probably isn’t going to happen in the movies, but it’s not that much of a stretch to imagine the Marvel Cinematic Universe adapting White Wolf’s story to fit Bucky’s.Only some disagree that that’s what’s really going on. Stan himself added confusion to the matter by responding to a comment on Instagram. Stay on target Things are calm in the Marvel Universe, which can only mean a big movie is about to come out. This isn’t the time for big announcements or casting news, as far as Marvel Studios is concerned. Its singular focus is to build hype for the upcoming movie. Which just happens to be the biggest, probably longest, one they’ve ever made. Entertainment Weekly put out a big cover story on Marvel’s upcoming crossover, and while it doesn’t spoil much, it does give us some idea of what we can expect. Like death. Lots of death.In the interview, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige talks about finales, and how the idea of making this movie into one really intrigued the folks at Marvel. “You don’t see it that often in this particular genre,” he said. Screenwriter Stephen McFeely was more direct. “It’s safe to say we will say farewell to people.” Well great. We all knew it was going to happen, but hearing it directly from the people who made the movie… it’s real now.The cast weighed in too, with Robert Downey Jr., sounding excited about doing something “definitive.” “We’re like a family now. Ten years later, we’re hanging out and having lunch, and kind of wondering when the draft is going to come in. Which one of us bites it and when?” he said.So yes, at least one of the Avengers is going to “bite it.” We just don’t know who. Given the last trailer though, things aren’t looking good for Vision. Even one of the directors of the film, Anthony Russo, said as much. “Vision is a living MacGuffin,” he said, referring to the Infinity Stone embedded in Vision’s forehead. “Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give.” No, not OK. I just want Vision to go live in the suburbs with his A.I. family, like in the comics! Is that too much to ask?Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok. (Photo via Marvel Studios)Another character we’ll definitely see more of in Avengers: Infinity War is Loki. And it sounds like the movie will bring an end to a long-outstanding plot thread. Remember at the very end of the first Avengers movie when we first met Thanos. We learned that the reason Loki wanted the Tesseract, the reason he opened a portal for the Chitauri to invade Earth, was that he wanted what was inside it: The Space Stone. Thanos sent him to retrieve the Space Stone, and he not only failed, but he lost the Mind Stone he was using to control people.Now, EW reports that Loki will finally pay off that debt. Now, remember that climactic battle scene against Hela in Thor: Ragnarok. Before destroying Asgard the place to save Asgard the people, Loki makes a quick, but very important, pit stop. He grabs the tesseract from the archives. By the time Thor: Ragnarok ends, Loki has the Space Stone. We already know from the trailers that Thanos gets his hands on it in Avengers: Infinity War. It would appear Loki has finally made good on at least part of his promise. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News I didn’t realize that people actually thought Bucky was going to be called “White Wolf” like, officially now by more than just playful Wakandan kids but here you go. pic.twitter.com/lO4iz7966J— Meg Downey (@rustypolished) March 9, 2018“Always winter baby. Never jump to conclusions too quick.” Even though the kids at the end of Black Panther call Bucky “White Wolf,” he might not take that name officially. If anything, it could just be the name given to him in Wakanda. Outside the futuristic African nation, he could still be The Winter Soldier. When he visits Wakanda, he’s the White Wolf. That’s my guess anyway. This could also be Stan being overly cautious. We know Marvel is super strict when it comes to spoilers. This could just be Stan trying to make sure nothing leaks before it’s supposed to.Well, we don’t have too long to wait. We’ll have our definitive answer on Bucky’s new superhero name when Avengers: Infinity War releases on April 27.Jessica Jones (Photo via Marvel)Finally, Jessica Jones released its second season this week, and it should surprise no one that the series has something to say. The first season was praised for its uncompromising feminism and its frankness and fearlessness with which it addressed issues like trauma, autonomy, male entitlement and rape. That feminism is prevalent behind the camera, too. That includes the costumes, according to series costume designer Elisabeth Vastola.In an interview with The Wrap, she talked about what the #MeToo movement means for costuming on a show like Jessica Jones. She considers every detail of the costumes to be extremely important, particularly in sensitive scenes. For example, when one character confronts a former director who assaulted her as a child. Vastola wanted the costume to communicate the confidence and independence necessary to make such a confrontation, but still come across as guarded. As she puts it, “an outfit that would make it clear that her body is hers, her mind is hers, it’s her choice.”Vastola describes the #MeToo movement as being about women dressing for women. “Dressing for themselves as opposed to women dressing for the male gaze or for men or for the public. “It’s really how women, very different types of women, can have that kind of control and command of their own wardrobe so that it’s expressing who they are and how they’re feeling themselves,” she said.You can watch Jessica Jones, and see all the fantastic costumes, now. Season two is currently streaming on Netflix. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Before Paul Allen partnered with Bill Gates to co-found Microsoft and launch the age of personal computers, he honed his craft here in Vancouver.Allen’s ties to the Vancouver area spanned decades, from a teenage stint with Gates as a debugger at the Bonneville Power Administration to a donation for an art installation in 2005.The philanthropist and computing giant died Monday in Seattle at the age of 65 due to complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, his family reported.Teenage ‘hot shots’In 1973, just two years before the duo founded Microsoft out of Gates’ storied garage, they worked elbow-to-elbow at the BPA Dittmer Control Center in Vancouver.At the time, Allen was about to turn 20 years old. Gates was 17.They were hired to work on the power company’s Real-time Operations Dispatch and Scheduling system, or RODS, one of the first computerized systems of its kind to monitor the Northwest’s power grid. It covered everything from automatic generation control to bill settlement.Bonneville had commissioned another company, TRW, to build the system. Allen and Gates worked for TRW to help the company debug a program that would become RODS.
A Thai forensics unit scours the aftermath of a motorcycle bombing which killed three civilians and wounded others at a market in the restive southern Thai province of Yala on 22 January, 2018. Photo: AFPA motorcycle bomb killed three civilians and wounded 22 others on Monday morning at a market in Thailand’s insurgency-hit south, officials said, the first such attack on a ‘soft target’ in the Muslim-majority region for months.A rebellion against Thai rule in the culturally distinct Thai “Deep South” bordering Malaysia has left nearly 7,000 dead — the majority civilians — since 2004.The death toll in 2017 from the insurgency was the lowest in 13 years of conflict as peace talks edged forwards and the Thai junta boosted its security lockdown on the region.But Monday’s bomb at a packed market in Yala town popular with Buddhists and Muslims suggests a return to attacks on civilian targets.Chunks of torn corrugated roofing and parts of destroyed motorbikes and stalls littered a narrow alleyway in the market, as police picked through a scene of devastation shortly after the bomb.”The suspects parked the motorcycle in front of a stall selling pork in downtown Yala… it detonated 10 minutes later killing three civilians and wounding 19 others,” the policeman told AFP, requesting anonymity.”It’s the first big attack in downtown Yala in two years and is quite serious because people died.”It was not immediately clear if the bomb deliberately targeted the pork stall — and potentially its Buddhist customers.The wounded were taken to the main hospital in Yala, which is the main town of the province with the same name.Pramote Prom-in, an army spokesman for the region, confirmed the death toll, adding 22 were wounded “mainly with minor injuries”.Thailand, which colonised the ethnically Malay south roughly a century ago, has for decades been confronted by ethnic fighters seeking more autonomy, but the conflict flared up into its bloodiest phase in 2004.Rights groups have accused both the insurgents and security forces of widespread human rights abuses.The shadowy militant cells, who operate from remote communities and the forested Malaysia border zone have in recent months stepped back from targeting civilians amid heavy criticism.Monday’s attack could mark a dangerous new turn in the tactics.”If it was the work of the insurgents, then it’s a sign of things to come — a stern message to the authorities that they will resort to hitting soft targets,” Don Pathan, a Thailand-based independent analyst, told AFP.Pathan speculated the market blast could be “retaliation” for a specific incident in a conflict defined by tit-for-tat operations by insurgents and security forces.”But over recent years the insurgents haven’t targeted civilians out right… this is a big concern.”
Most everyone is aware of their own boundaries regarding touching. We like to be touched by people we know and love but cringe if touched inappropriately by a stranger. We also know that we have our own personal rules about who can touch us where and when. But what is not clear is the role that reinforcement of social structure by touching plays in our daily lives. People shake hands as a form of greeting, for example, and in some situations actually hug one another—even strangers. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn more about how social touch is involved in social network maintenance and reinforcement. To find out, they asked 386 people from the U.K. and 255 people from Japan to sit in front of a computer to answer questions about where it was permissible for people in their lives to touch them and under what circumstances.Not surprisingly, the researchers found that people from both cultures do not like to be touched by people they do not know—most reported that the only acceptable means of doing so was via handshake when meeting someone new. People of both cultures also reported being uncomfortable with seemingly innocuous touching, such as on the arm. On the other end of the spectrum, people from both cultures reported that they were comfortable with romantic partners touching them anyplace on their body. For those people who were neither strangers nor romantic partners, people from both cultures reported feeling more comfortable with touching the closer the bond was with a given individual. Also, the researchers reported that people from both cultures were more comfortable being touched by somebody female, than somebody male, in general. The one difference they found between the two cultures was British people reported feeling more pleasure at being touched socially than did the people from Japan. More information: Juulia T. Suvilehto et al. Cross-cultural similarity in relationship-specific social touching, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study shows British and Japanese people have very similar touching rules (2019, April 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-british-japanese-people-similar.html Explore further Bodily maps of touch and social relationships are tightly linked Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B A team of researchers with members from Finland, Japan, the U.K., Germany and Singapore has found that people from the U.K. have similar touching rules as people who live in Japan. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study that involved querying several hundred people from the U.K. and Japan regarding touching and what they found. Relationship-specific TAMs in (a) Japan and (b) the UK. The colouring displays the proportion of the sample reporting that being touched by this person in this area is acceptable to them. (c) Comparison of the proportion of participants per culture who allow touching in different areas. Red colour in the maps indicates that Japanese participants reported that area more acceptable, blue colour indicates that British participants reported that area more acceptable. The data in (c) are thresholded at p < 0.05, FDR corrected. After FDR correction, Z threshold with no correlation assumptions varied from 3.22 to 5.98, depending on the number of participants who had that particular individual in their social network. Red and blue labels indicate female and male members of the social network, respectively. Credit: Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2019.0467 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.
Kolkata: Ambassador-Designate of India to the Republic of Turkey Mr Sanjay Bhattacharyya on Monday stressed on the importance of cultural ties between Kolkata and Turkey. He laid emphasis on the promotion of tourism between the two countries.He was addressing a special session: ‘Economic Climate and Business Opportunities in Turkey and Egypt’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce at its office. He briefed the business community of Kolkata to new opportunities of trade and investment in Turkey and Egypt while addressing the session. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhile talking to the Millennium Post on the sideline of the programme, he said a festival on Rabindranath Tagore will be organised in Egypt to boost cultural ties between the two countries. He also visited Shantiniketan recently in this regard. He said there has been an influx of tourists to Egypt from India but the number of people visiting India from Egypt is not up to the mark due to lack of tour operators. During his speech, Bhattacharyya said as a result of the recent transformation in the Egypt, more transparency is being induced in the system of business practices through Legislative and Economic reforms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTurkey’s economy witnessed a significant momentum of growth during the last decade and a half. In this context, Mr Sitaram Sharma, president, Bharat Chamber of Commerce referred to increased trade between India and Turkey recorded at USD 5.85 billion during 2016. He also laid emphasis on creation of a Free Trade Agreement in order to expand the horizon of economic ties between the two countries. Egypt ranks as the best FDI destination in Africa for India.
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Flair takes off from Vancouver, Kelowna and Pearson Share Posted by Tags: Canada, Flair Airlines, New Routes Travelweek Group KELOWNA — Today marks the first day Flair Airlines will fly from Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), and Kelowna International airport (YLW), making it the first ULCC carrier in Canada to fly from the three gateways.The addition of YVR, YYZ and YLW to Flair’s route network was announced back in September. Service will include direct flights between Toronto to Edmonton, and Vancouver to Kelowna and Edmonton, with one-stop flights to Toronto (and returns).“Flair is making significant strides, operating as the only ULCC in Canada. Over the last six months we have expanded our route network, we have increased our aircraft fleet by purchasing two more Boeing 737-400s, we have entered into the Global Distribution System, making it easier for customers to purchase air tickets, and so we are now excited to bring our low fares to these new markets,” said Chris Lapointe, Vice President Commercial Operations, Flair Airlines.More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFlair plans to operate 12 aircraft by the spring of 2019.Schedule highlights include:Toronto to: Edmonton (direct 7x weekly); Vancouver (one-stop 4x weekly); and Kelowna (one-stop 3x weekly).Vancouver to: Kelowna (direct 4x weekly); Edmonton (direct 4x weekly); and Toronto (one-stop 4x weekly).Kelowna to: Edmonton (direct 3x weekly); Toronto (one-stop 3x weekly); and Vancouver (4x weekly).Flair’s route network also includes Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Abbotsford.Earlier this month Flair Airlines announced it was starting to distribute its content via Amadeus. Smajic said a Travelport connection is expected to be live by the end of January and talks are ongoing with Sabre.The airline is also “planning to grow and start international flights” towards the end of March 2018, said Smajic. Flair is adding two new aircraft to its fleet at the beginning of the next year. Friday, December 15, 2017
August 7, 2015 475 Views Share Will the Fed Raise Rates in September Based on Recent Labor Market Improvements? in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Approximately 215,000 jobs were added in the United States in July, bringing the average monthly job growth for the last three months to 235,000 and the total number of jobs created in the last 12 months to 2.9 million, according to the July 2015 Employment Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday.The Federal Open Market Committee stated in its July meeting that more labor growth is needed before the Fed decides to raise the federal target funds rate. Will July’s job gains drive the Fed to increase rates in September after years of keeping them near zero?”This was a strong enough report to increase the odds that the Fed will move in September to officially increase its federal funds target rate, which impacts short term interest rates,” Realtor.com Chief Economist Jonathan Smoke said. “Indeed, the mortgage market has already risen this year, although recently rates have trended back on mixed economic data signals this summer. Today’s report will likely lead to an increase in 10-year bond yields and mortgage rates and we expect that the 30-year fixed conforming rate could end the year as much as 40 basis points higher than at current levels.”Also of note, job gains for May and June were revised upward for a combined total of 14,000 more jobs than were originally reported, according to the BLS. Smoke said the job growth in the last year, which has been consistently strong in the last nine months, has been a key reason for stronger housing demand this year.The average workweek inched up in July by 0.1 hours up to 34.6 hours and the average hourly earnings increased by 5 cents up to $24.99, which may not be the wage growth economists were looking for, but Fannie Mae Chief Economist Doug Duncan said Friday’s BLS Employment Summary for July offered the further improvement in the labor market the Fed was looking for before hiking the federal funds target rate.”The average workweek ticked up, and average hourly earnings rose during the month to a trend-like 2.1 percent from a year ago,” Duncan said. “Following last week’s report of a similar year-over-year gain in the Employment Cost Index, it is difficult to argue that wage gains are firming. However, we don’t see any piece of news in today’s jobs report that presents a hurdle for the September lift-off, a call we have held since last year. Recent FOMC member commentary suggests that the strength of this jobs report would have to be offset by a broad-based decline in economic data, including the remaining month’s employment data, in order for them not to invoke the first rate hike in 9 years at their September meeting.”While job gains have been solid for the most part for several months, one economist does not think it will be enough to convince the Fed to raise rates next month. Potential homebuyers stand to benefit if the Fed does not raise rates, however.”This jobs report is being closely watched by the Federal Reserve as one of the last two job reports before their September meeting,” Trulia Chief Economist Selma Hepp said. “The Fed is looking to see ‘some improvement in the labor market’ and today’s figures will probably cause them to postpone raising interest rates in September, which is good news for home buyers who are hoping to purchase a home before mortgage rates go up.”Smoke added, “As the market focuses its attention on higher rates, which will negatively impact affordability, we’re nonetheless likely to see an increase in demand for homes in the slower fall and winter months because more jobs and higher wages will have more of an effect on housing in the short- to medium-term. Moreover, even with an increase, rates remain at incredibly low levels from a historical perspective.”Economists are also carefully monitoring employment among the much-talked about “millennial” demographic, which many have pointed to as a key driver of growth in the housing market for the next few years.”Employment rate among young adults, 18-34 years old, continues to grow on an upward trajectory, albeit slower,” Hepp said. “This decisive age group of would-be homebuyers is being closely watched as improvements in their employment and wage growth will have an indispensable impact on the housing market.”Also in the July Employment Summary, the civilian labor force participation rate remained unchanged from June to July at a 38-year low of 62.6 percent after dropping by 0.3 percentage points from May to June. July’s employment-population ratio was also unchanged at 59.3 percent and has shown very little movement in the last year, according to the BLS. The number of people 16 and over who are not in the labor force in July was a record-high 93.7 million, up almost 2 million from July 2014.The unemployment rate most commonly reported, the U3 rate, declined by held steady from June to July at 5.3 percent. The more comprehensive U6 unemployment rate, which counts both people without work seeking full-time employment and those workers “marginally attached to the labor force and those working part-time for economic reasons,” dropped 0.1 percentage points month over month down to 10.4 percent from June to July and is down from 12.2 percent in July 2014. The U6 unemployment rate has not been below 10 percent since May 2008, when it was reported at 9.7 percent. It peaked at 17.1 percent in April 2010. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Summary Federal Funds Target Rate Federal Reserve Jobs 2015-08-07 Seth Welborn
Pasyno nurses’ union announced on Monday that its members would go on a two-hour work stoppage on Wednesday to protest over yet another attack on nurses by patients this time at the Nicosia general hospital’s emergency department over the weekend.The union said that their patience has run out as this was the 12th such incident this year in state hospitals without anyone being arrested, while the government has done nothing to prevent them.The latest incident took place early Sunday, at around 1.30am, at the Nicosia general hospital’s A&E department, when a 33-year-old man escorting his father as a patient, reportedly attacked and hurt two female nurses, hurled items in the room and insults at everyone present. The man – who was reportedly drunk – was angry because he felt staff did not pay due attention to his father.“Our patience has run out as regards violent acts against nurses,” Pasyno said.The union said that it has decided to call on its members to go on a two-hour strike on Wednesday between noon and 2pm to protest over the inaction of the government in tackling this problem, which is due to the understaffing of state hospitals.Patients visiting the state hospitals’ A&E departments often have to wait hours until staff can attend to them while those that have to be transferred to a hospital ward are left on a stretcher for several hours until a bed is found for them.“Apart from the excessive workload due to understaffing of state hospitals, we are often faced with violent incidents that multiply due to the tolerance of the state,” the union said in an announcement.It added that it has been warning the health and justice ministries for the past two years over the lack of a safe working environment in state hospitals.“People need to understand that the staff, especially nurses, are the least responsible for the poor conditions at the A&Es but are the ones to pay the price,” it said.Following repeated unsuccessful pleas with the health ministry, it said, they are left with no choice but “to react and protect our members”.Head of Pasyno Panayiotis Georgiou told state broadcaster CyBC that although police officers are present at the state hospitals’ A&Es no one has been arrested for any of these incidents.“The state, either due to inability or indifference allow these people (attackers) go into hospitals and do as they please,” he said. He added that if no one is punished, it encourages others.Georgiou said that despite many witnesses to these incidents, no arrest has been made so far.“We have a report by two female nurses that they have been attacked and photos of the broken items, but no arrest has been made,” he said.The majority of female nurses working in the A&Es, he said, ask to be transferred to other departments because they feel they are an easy target.He also questioned what would happen if a nurse under attack defended himself.“Then what? Would he lose his job on top of everything?” Georgiou asked.He added the two-hour work stoppage is just the beginning and that if there is no response on behalf of the state, they would escalate their protests.Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said that after the incident on Sunday, a police officer had escorted the alleged attacker outside the premises.He added that the two female nurses had told police they did not want the man to be criminally prosecuted, but that police were investigating the incident anyway and taking testimonies from witnesses.The police chief has asked for a report into the handling of the case, Angelides said.He added that a committee is to be set up to examine keeping order in public hospitals. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
The cabinet on Tuesday ordered a review of crisis management plans with a view to drafting a unified strategy, updating current procedures and plugging any gaps where necessary.Following a recommendation from Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides relating to the handling of volunteers by the volunteerism commissioner and civil defence, President Nicos Anastasiades proposed that all studies and plans concerning fires and other natural disasters be reviewed and updated.A ministerial committee made up by the ministers of interior, defence, justice, and agriculture, has been tasked with looking into the matter and hiring consultants who will prepare a unified strategy of crisis management, update existing schemes and plug any holes.The decision came on the heels of a deadly fire in Greece that claimed the lives of at least 91 people, with dozens still missing.It has also been two years since a fire in the Solea area of the Troodos mountains, which killed two firefighters and destroyed over 18.5 square kilometres of forest.Cypriot authorities have since taken some measures to avoid a repeat of the debacle, but there are still dated issues relating to jurisdiction and authority that must be addressed. One such matter is that of the interior minister being in charge of coordinating firefighting efforts, something the current minister is understood to want changed.Deputy government spokesperson Klelia Vasiliou said the authorities are not resting despite the steps made in the past two years.“We must become even better. The study will show the ways through which we can have a more effective utilization of the available means and resources, ensuring our country’s best interest,” she said.You May LikeHousediver18+ Suprising Foods That Wash Blocked ArteriesHousediverUndoLocksmith of HeartsJackie Chan Is Now Officially One Of the Wealthiest People In The US.Locksmith of HeartsUndoHealth & Human Research12 Foods You Didn’t Know Could Kill YouHealth & Human ResearchUndo Famagusta municipality says Varosha entry goes against UN regulationsUndoGreek Prime Minister in Cyprus for official visitUndoFour dead in California garlic festival shootingUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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