ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that’s believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation.Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy recently announced it was partnering with the social media giant on the $416 million project.It comes as Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is finishing construction of a data centre near Albuquerque.Longroad Energy says the Prospero Solar project just north of Odesa, Texas, has enough capacity to power an estimated 72,000 homes.The project is Facebook’s first direct investment in a renewable energy project.Longroad says Shell Energy North America also signed a 12-year power purchase agreement for the solar farm’s power.Russell Contreras, The Associated Press read more
Hamilton Police are asking the public’s help to identify a man they believe attacked several woman Tuesday afternoon and evening in the Mohawk Road West area.The first assault happened at Magnolia Drive and Mohawk Road West after 3 p.m. Two teenagers were waiting for a bus when a man revealed himself to them.Then around two hours later two more females were walking between Rice Road and Mohawk Road when a male suspect grabbed one the female’s breasts and fled.Just before 8 p.m. at Rice Road and Mohawk Road West two females were approached from behind and groped.Finally, another woman was assaulted in the same area not too longer after.Police believe the same man may be involved in each of the four assaults.He is described as white, between 5’8” and 6’0 with a thin to medium build.He was wearing a dark jacket and was described as having some facial stubble.Anyone with information is asked to call Police or Crime Stoppers. read more
VANCOUVER – A First Nation in British Columbia’s northwest is taking the provincial government to court over plans to redevelop an open-pit molybdenum mine on lands where it says its members have fishing and hunting rights.In a petition launched in B.C. Supreme Court this week, the Nisga’a allege, in part, that the provincial government failed to consult the First Nation on environmental issues before issuing an environmental certificate to Vancouver-based Avanti Mining Inc.The First Nations’ leaders accuse the government of breaching the Nisga’a Final Agreement.But the Ministry of Environment said in a statement issued Friday evening that the provincial government takes the treaty very seriously and consultation was a central aspect of the environmental assessment.“We continue to work with the Nisga’a Nation, in good faith, on the interpretation of the environmental assessment chapter of the Nisga’a Final Agreement,” said the ministry. “The province is of the view that negotiation is preferred over litigation.”The company said in a statement it will oppose the petition, and called the Nisga’a action “disappointing.”“We are confident that the province’s EA process is robust and that all environmental and human-health issues have been thoroughly addressed — years of assessment and thousands of pages tell us so,” said Craig Nelsen, the company’s president and CEO.The project would see the historic Kitsault Mine redeveloped about 30 kilometres from four Nisga’a villages and about 140 kilometres north of Prince Rupert, B.C.The provincial government issued the company an Environmental Assessment Certificate on March 18, 2013, and Avanti Mining Inc. said it is awaiting the results of a federal environmental-assessment.The Nisga’a state in the court petition that the project will be located in the Nass Area and the Nass Wildlife Area where citizens have treaty rights to hunt wildlife and fish for salmon and steelhead.“The project now proposed by Avanti at the Kitsault Mine site will include … an open pit, ore processing plan, low grade ore stockpile, waste rock management facilities, explosives manufacturing facility and a sewage and waste-water management facility,” the petition states.“The estimated ore extraction rate for the project is between 40,000 – 50,000 tonnes per day, over approximately a 15-year operation period.”The petition states the project is expected to produce about 16-million tonnes of tailings annually and will include “elevated levels of arsenic, molybdenum, cadmium, lead and sulphur.”The First Nation alleges the project triggers treaty obligations, and the province is obligated to give the Nisga’a timely notice and all available relevant information on a project with potential adverse environmental effects.The Nisga’a also state that under the treaty they must be consulted and given the opportunity to participate in any environmental assessment under provincial and federal laws.The Nisga’a want, in part, the B.C. Supreme Court to suspend the environmental certificate until a dispute-resolution process established by the treaty is resolved, quash and set aside the decision and declare the province has breached its treaty obligations.Meantime, the company said it is confident all legal and treaty requirements have been addressed.“While legally exempt from the BC Environmental Assessment process due to its pre-existing mine permit, Avanti voluntarily opted in because of the strong track record of EAO addressing aboriginal and treaty rights,” said Nelsen.He said no decision of B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office has ever been overturned by the courts. by Keven Drews, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 10:16 pm MDT Nisga’a takes B.C. to court over plans to redevelop historic-mine site AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more
Then-senior Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (2) avoids OSU defenders during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorSteps have been taken to scale what has for years seemed like an insurmountable mountain in college athletics — the debate over college athletes becoming school employees and getting paid — but don’t expect to see Urban Meyer offering his support any time soon.Although the National Labor Relations Board’s Chicago district gave Northwestern University football players the right to formally establish a union on March 26 — thus considering them school employees — Ohio State’s football coach does not see eye-to-eye with the ruling.“I don’t feel that at all,” Meyer said Tuesday after OSU spring practice when asked if he saw student-athletes as employees. “What I do feel is that I’ve always been a pro-student (guy) … students should get more than what they get. But it gets so complicated.”The complications that come with the decision move across the college football landscape as a whole to the current members of the Northwestern football team, some who showed support for the unionization movement and who also dodged questions from the media after their first spring practice Tuesday, according to The Chicago Tribune.“I am focusing on football and football only right now,” Wildcat senior running back Treyvon Green told the Tribune, going on to say he didn’t have a comment on whether or not he feels the same way he did in January when players — including former quarterback Kain Colter, who is the face of the movement — signed on in support of the right to join a union.Meyer and the rest of the coaches in the Big Ten, however, won’t have to immediately worry about their players doing the same, as the ruling only applies to private institutions — Northwestern sits as the lone private school in the conference.Meyer, however, said he has not “immersed” himself in the situation and is unable to give a full and informed response. But when it comes to money, the coach did say potential student-athletes should be able to visit campus free of charge.“I think students, athletes, parents should come on visits and shouldn’t have to pay for it,” Meyer said. “They should get a stipend.”Anything beyond that? No way.“But to say they should go out and get their own shoe contracts and things … I start hearing that and I’m like, ‘Whoa. What could that do for this great sport?’” Meyer said. “And really, what would that do for college athletics as a whole?”OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Joseph Steinmetz joined Meyer as another OSU employee who wasn’t “really knowledgeable” on the happenings in Evanston, Ill., but he said he has concerns about its repercussions.“My concern, I think, is two-fold for situations like that. One is, it will affect the major sports and I hope it just doesn’t damage the ‘non-revenue’ sports that are extremely important, which are a majority of the athletes that we have,” Steinmetz said in an interview with The Lantern Tuesday. “The other concern I always have when there is a shift in the economics, in this particular case, is, one of the things we’re really proud of at Ohio State is that our student-athletes do really well academically. They’re among the top in the country, not only in the Big Ten, but in the country. I really am concerned, again as the chief academic officer, about anything that would damage the ability for those students to do well, and for us to assist those students through athletics because a lot of their budget goes to the academic assistance of the students that are there.”Northwestern plans to start appealing the decision by the NLRB by April 9, and issued a statement about its opinion on regional director of the NLRB Peter Sung Ohr’s decision.“While we respect the NLRB process and the regional director’s opinion, we disagree with it,” the statement read. “Northwestern believes strongly that our student athletes are not employees, but students. Unionization and collective bargaining are not the appropriate methods to address the concerns raised by student athletes.”While Meyer, Steinmetz and Northwestern have reservations about players unionizing, one Ohio lawmaker — Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown — supports Colter’s cause, and the two met on Capitol Hill Wednesday, where Brown offered up his support.“The right to fair treatment is why all workers, no matter the job or venue, should have the opportunity to unionize,” Brown said in a statement. “College athletes dedicate the same hours to their sport as full-time employees and deserve the same protections as any other worker. I offer whatever assistance I can to Mr. Colter and his colleagues to help athletes organize and ensure their rights are commensurate with their sacrifice and responsibilities.”The NLRB’s ruling is based off a link between the players’ time commitment athletically and academically, and is a move that is making waves across the country.“I don’t necessarily agree with football players being unionized,” OSU senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said after spring practice March 27. “We don’t necessarily see the money, but we are getting a lot of benefit out of our scholarships. It just kind of seems silly to want to be unionized.”While the country waits to see if Northwestern wins its appeal, the track beyond that is also unknown, because if the institution comes out on the wrong side of the decision, a trip to federal court is likely imminent.“That’s different,” OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson said March 27 regarding the current and former Northwestern players’ push. “It’s neat that the players feel they’re doing the right thing … It’s going to change college football.”Either way, the move by Colter and company is sure to change the landscape of the sport — and college athletics as a whole. The NCAA mandates student-athletes are only allowed to practice 20 hours per week under supervision. That’s a rule Meyer supports, but recognizes success at this level goes beyond just that time.“It’s a great rule,” Meyer said. “Mandated means ‘with us.’ A quarterback can’t play college football at a high, high level at 20 hours per week. But he’s gotta do it on his own … If they’re watching an hour clock, if they’re punching out after 20 hours, you probably have a pretty average player there.”If a union is indeed in the cards, the players at Northwestern — and those other schools that choose to follow suit — would have the opportunities to push for wage increase, health care benefits and even a cut down on that time at work.“If that is best for the players, why not take a look at it and listen?” Johnson said.If the members of the union want to get more of a stipend, Bennett said that much would be beneficial due to the current state of the economy.“The cost of living’s going up and I don’t think that our stipend is going up,” Bennett said. “So obviously a little bit more money is nice, but I’m not really in the business of trying to force people to do that.” read more
Goldphyre Resources has announced outstanding airlift development yields from the first test-production bores completed at its Lake Wells potash project. Goldphyre has expedited the test-pumping program, mobilising the test-pumping contractor to site immediately.Goldphyre’s Executive Chairman Matt Shackleton: “We’ve been able to demonstrate exceptional airlift development yields beyond our expectations, which are at the upper range for palaeochannel bores in the Eastern Goldfields. These bores are installed in the core, high-grade zone of the brine sulphate of potash resource, nearby the proposed evaporation pond site.“It is important to note that airlift yields are strongly indicative but also typically lower than production yields. Production yields will be measured as part of the pending test-pumping program, and in light of these outstanding results, we have made the decision to expedite that program. The test-pumping contractor crew will mobilise to Lake Wells immediately.“These airlift development yields again reinforce the quality of the Lake Wells Resource and its potential to support an SOP operation. Goldphyre has previously identified the size and grade of the brine aquifers, the project location puts it in a very advantageous logistical position and now with these airlift development yields, we have further confidence in the exceptional production flows that can be achieved.“The basal or lower aquifer is the primary target for development studies on the Lake Wells project. Pumping from this aquifer will be the main focus for potential production and facilitate the drainage, or downward leakage, of brines contained in the upper strata. Developing a bore field brine abstraction operation allows Goldphyre to avoid the more costly trenching method for brine recovery. Establishing a network of bores is significantly cheaper than developing trenches to produce the equivalent volume of brine. Production trenches being modelled by peer companies in Australia extend for between 100 and 250 km.To test for additional production potential, Goldphyre constructed a test production bore into the secondary target, the upper aquifer. The upper aquifer at site A yielded airlift development rates of 8 litre/s, and test pumping will identify the additional production potential of this secondary target.Airlift development is the process where, upon completion of the bore’s construction, air is injected down the bore to clear detritus, sediments and other material from the bore, until a clean brine flow is recorded. The rate at which water is lifted out of the bore during this process is an airlift yield, and is indicative, although usually lower, than the ensuing production yield measured during test-pumping.Test-pumping involves running the bores under an operational scenario, with production pumps installed in the bore to replicate operating production wells. Over the ensuing seven to 10 days, the bore is ‘stressed’ to understand how it performs at different flow rates.At the same time, the other production bores, and bores installed specifically for monitoring purposes, will be monitored for changes in water levels. In this way, Goldphyre’s hydrogeological team will be able to assess the impact of operating bores across the entire high-grade brine aquifer.In line with all of its previous exploration and development work on the Lake Wells project, management is firmly committed to ensuring that the most rigorous techniques and practices are applied to all test work. Adhering to a comprehensive test-pumping regime will allow the company to confidently release actual results of the test-pumping program without extrapolation or modelling of ‘potential’ yields.Located approximately 500 km northeast of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, the Lake Wells potash project is a palaeochannel brine hosted sulphate of potash project. The company has recently completed the construction of test production bores at two sites in the core high-grade zone of the Resource. Test pumping of these wells is due to commence in early November, and is scheduled to complete in 30 – 40 days. read more
PRESSURE HAS BEEN mounting on the Minister for Health James Reilly of late with revelations emerging this week that the health budget has again overrun.On Wednesday he said the health budget had run over by €158 million.Coming to his defense today was the Minister for State for Foreign Affairs Joe Costello and Senator John Crown.When asked on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics did they think that Reilly would survive as the health minister, Costello said while he couldn’t look into a “crystal ball” in relation to Reilly’s future with health, but said he thought he had “done a really good job”.Prosperous timesCostello pointed out also that this is not the only year that the health budget has run over, stating that even in the “most prosperous times” there was an overrun.He said that that HSE system as it stands is “dysfunctional” but said Reilly had begun work at reform.Costello said a lot of blame lay at the feet of the Fianna Fáil administration who got rid of the health boards and replaced them with the HSE structure.Costello said Reilly had been “doing good work” in regards the implementation of the Universal Health Insurance and the legislation for free GP care for the under 6s.CriticismsSenator Crown said that there were huge failings in the health system as it stands, saying that “absolutely the service has gone down”. He was critical of the long waiting lists, frontline staff reductions and the cancellation of weight reduction surgery.However, he said “previous health ministers bare a lot of responsibility for not reforming the health service”, adding this all should have been done when we had the money.He said he recognised that Reilly came in to the job “at a bad time” but commended him for being the only health minister to want to establish a one tier health service.“I really don’t think he has been given the chance that he needs… I hope he survives,” said Crown.Read: Does Enda Kenny have confidence in James Reilly?>Read: The HSE was €158 million over budget at the end of May> read more
Windows Genuine Advantage. If you’re on a pirated copy of Windows, you probably hate it: it’s the little bit of code that watches your system, talks to Microsoft, decides whether or not you’re using a unique product key, and then gimps your operating system if it thinks that you are.To which we would say, tough noogies, but Microsoft’s approach to piracy is pretty draconian: with Snow Leopard, Apple proved that if you price your operating system low enough, you can not only virtually eliminate piracy but prompt the vast majority of users to shift to the most stable and secure version of an OS. AdChoices广告Apple’s goal, though, is to sell hardware: the OS is just a way of doing that. Microsoft needs to pay its rent selling software alone. No wonder they’re so protective of people getting it for free, so rigorous about making sure that pirates are incentivized to become legal customers.Which is why it’s rather odd to see that Microsoft is killing off the Office Genuine Advantage program… the Microsoft Office suite’s direct equivalent to WGA, and prevented users from grabbing noncritical updates or installing addons, templates and so on in pirated Office.Curious. Why did they kill it? “The Office Genuine Advantage program was designed to notify many customers around the world whether their copy of Microsoft Office was genuine,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Ars Technica. “The program has served its purpose and thus we have decided to retire the program. Given our strong commitment to anti-piracy, we are making several new investments that will allow us to engage with customers and help victims of fraud.”As Ars Technica notes, this means that it cost Microsoft more money to keep OGA going than it saved the company in piracy… largely because people just cracked their way around OGA anyway.So here’s the question: if Microsoft is killing off OGA because it’s expensive and ineffective, can WGA be that far behind?Read more at Ars Technica read more
Easter aside, it seems that Melbourne’s appetite for chocolate just keeps growing, and not just for any plain old chocolate.Artisan chocolate is the new buzz word in the culinary world- with shiny, new chocolate shops opening at a rate quicker than I have time to sample.It is a warm Tuesday afternoon when I drop past Shocolate, a relatively new venture on the corner of Brunswick and Fitzroy Street in Fitzroy. The immaculate glass cabinet holds a tempting assortment of handmade Belgian chocolates enrobed ganache, truffles, hammered chocolate slabs, and French pastries.There are macaroons, eclairs, and individual mousse cakes.To my right are the glazed chocolate Easter chickens and colour swirled eggs, and to my left, the kitchen, which is visible through a large glass panel.One can watch the chocolatiers at work, or be hypnotised by the waterfall of tempered chocolate as it swirls through the large melting tanks.Siblings Pamela Raschella and Nick Yannopoulos opened Shocolate in October 2009, in an endeavour to take chocolate “to a new level.”“It felt like a lab for six months, in which we developed and trialed recipes until we had what we thought was the perfect chocolate,” says Raschella.The brother sister team also used the expertise of pastry chef Damien Parcineau from France, who developed chocolate creations unique to Shocolate.Most notable is the Vegemite ganache, which with its subtle salty tang is pleasantly palatable.Shocolate make its chocolate using a blend of high premium Belgium brand Callebaut, and Cacao Barry couverture, which has cocoa bean origins from Madagascar to Ghana.Every piece is made on the premises, including the ganache fillings which are enrobed in either dark or milk chocolate. From saffron stigma praline, to chai caramel and fresh mint ganache, the choices are extensive. The two to hit my bliss point are the salty caramel ganache with its delicious thick, rich filling, and the moulded chocolate chilli ganache.Its kick of chilli is more powerful than most, yet it complements rather than overpowers the dark chocolate as it slowly melts away.Raschella points out that the Shocolate Rocher, which resembles a giant Ferrero Rocher, is her signature chocolate.Pure home-made praline is created to a fine crisp, filled with a smooth hazelnut heart and coated in dark chocolate. The final touch is the coating of roasted almonds, which she says are caramelised using the old copper bowl technique.Knowing that Shocolate creations are made on the premises from fresh ingredients, using a philosophy that resonates perfection adds to the allure of the chocolate.This is evident in the chocolate sculptures on the back wall; particularly that of the slick Mario Brothers-inspired racing car. The hand-crafted chocolate steering wheel could quite easily be cracked off and eaten, although surrendering to the temptation would undo Damien Parcineau’s labour of love. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram More than 100 Victorian taxi licence holders and their supporters gathered on the steps of the Victorian Parliament on Tuesday in continuing defiance of the Napthine government’s plans for the taxi industry.For plate holders like Haris Stergiopoulos who has worked as a Melbourne cabbie for 45 years, the government’s plans have derailed any chance of a financially secure retirement.While maverick state MP Geoff Shaw wisely chose an alternate entrance to parliament on this occasion, Labor MPs were more forthcoming, with his potential nemesis Helen Constas – Labor’s candidate for Frankston at the November state elections – addressing the crowd in a show of solidarity.On the first sitting day of parliament this year, the protest – organised by the Victorian Taxi Families (VTF) campaign group – was another indication that licence holders incensed by the state government’s reforms are in no mood to lie down meekly any time soon.The government’s drive to increase the number of taxi licences (or ‘plates’ as they’re known in the industry) – and its decimating effect on existing plate values – continues to be the main injustice felt. Central to the recommendations proposed by the Allan Fels Taxi Inquiry and accepted by the government was to open what was a tightly controlled taxi licence market to new players, allowing approved applicants to lease a licence for a yearly fee of $22,000. For existing licence holders, some of whom paid up to $500,000 for their plate, the new system has ripped the value out of their most prized asset – decimating their self-financed retirement nest egg. From July, plate holders leasing their licences to drivers will also only be able to charge a maximum of $22,000 a year – well short of the $30,000-plus going rate.For plate holders like Haris Stergiopoulos, who has worked as a Melbourne cabbie for 45 years, the government’s plans have derailed any chance of a financially secure retirement. “It is unjust,” Mr Stergiopoulos told Neos Kosmos. “Why do they pick on us. We have worked hard.” Like many of the owner-drivers demonstrating at parliament on Tuesday, Haris is elderly. As a first generation Greek migrant Haris has witnessed successive state governments’ dealings with the taxi industry for nearly half a century. He is despondent at the Napthine administration’s intransigence over the plates issue, and its unwillingness to soften the blow of plummeting plate values by offering compensation. VTF spokeswoman Sandy Spanos says that owner-drivers like Stergiopoulos are the most obvious victims of a heartless, ill-considered policy that must be recast: if the Napthine government fails to do so, Labor must send an unequivocal message that they will, if returned in November.“We’ll continue to demonstrate until we are heard,” Ms Spanos told Neos Kosmos.“We need to be conscious that many [licence holders] are elderly, and many have health issues. Why are they being targeted? They’ve paid their dues to society,” said the VTF organiser.“Napthine is a non-elected premier. If he doesn’t want to listen to the people he can go back to being a vet. Nobody has the right to take away your hard earned assets, not in a democracy.”While it is clear that – through the efforts of Victorian Taxi Families – plate holders like Haris Stergiopoulos will continue to be heard, the question is, to what extent is the Victorian Coalition government – or its Labor substitute – prepared to listen and act? read more
Construction d’une centrale électrique écologique en FranceEuroplasma, groupe français, vient d’annoncer la construction d’une centrale électrique qui utilisera la biomasse et les déchets ménagers. 40 millions d’euros seront nécessaires à la construction de la centrale d’électricité verte du groupe Europlasma. Une somme qui provient entre autres d’un partenaire financier non identifié, spécialisé dans les énergies renouvelables. Ce dernier aurait apporté 25 millions d’euros au groupe français.Construite sur le site de Morcenx, dans les Landes, cette centrale sera à même de produire 12 mégawatts d’électricité. Le groupe Europlasma mettra son expérience à profit en utilisant des torches à plasma qui gazéifieront les déchets ménagers et la biomasse.”C’est la première centrale de valorisation énergétique de déchets industriels banals et de biomasse par gazéification, améliorée par la technologie plasma brevetée du groupe”, indique Europlasma dans un communiqué.La mise en service de cette centrale devrait avoir lieu en 2012. Le 3 décembre 2010 à 12:17 • Emmanuel Perrin read more
Empoli have named Giuseppe Iachini as their new manager following the club’s dismissal of Aurelio AndreazzoliThe Azzurri fired Andreazzoli on Monday after their 5-1 Serie A loss to Napoli over the weekend – ironically on the day of his 65th birthday.Empoli are currently 18th in the league table in their first season back in the Italian top-flight with just one win in 11 games.Now they have turned to former Sassuolo coach Iachini to kick-start their campaign.“Empoli Fc communicates that it’s entrusted the technical guidance of the First Team to Giuseppe Iachini,” read a statement on the club website.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Iachini will take charge of his first game for Empoli at home to former club Udinese this Sunday.L’Empoli Fc comunica di aver affidato la guida tecnica della Prima Squadra a Giuseppe Iachini pic.twitter.com/z7J43Jk3PP— Empoli Fc Official (@EmpoliCalcio) November 6, 2018 read more
Email Twitter Here’s Your Guide To Record Store Day 2019: Prince, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Costello & More Exclusive Releases Facebook News As the biggest day of the year for vinyl shops across the world approaches, here are some titles to keep your eyes open for as you dig into the binNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 12, 2019 – 12:55 pm Since its humble launch in 2008, Record Store Day hasn’t stopped growing. As more retailers find value in the surge in business, more labels and artists use the opportunity to drop unique releases and more fans flock to their local shops, the holiday feels like a win for everyone. Here’s Your Guide To Record Store Day 2019 heres-your-guide-record-store-day-2019-prince-aretha-franklin-elvis-costello-more NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Mar 11, 2019 – 1:10 pm Brandi Carlile, Jennifer Hudson, More Honor Aretha RZA – Birth Of A PrinceThe Wu-Tang alum’s third studio album is pressed to blue smoke vinyl for its first-ever release on the format. The album features guest appearances by Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and more.Elvis Costello – PurseHot off the announcement of a co-headlining tour with Blondie this summer, the ever-prolific British singer/songwriter drops a special RSD EP collection of collaborations with some of music’s greatest, including Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash and Burt Bacharach. The EP’s fourth and final track, “Down At The Bottom,” features lyrics written by Dylan with Costello handling the music and Larkin Poe joining him on vocals.Erykah Badu / James Poysner – “Tempted”Badu teamed up with Poysner, producer/engineer Steve Mandel, Thundercat and more for this cover of Squeeze’s 1981 ubiquitous hit, “Tempted” (fun fact: the song was originally produced by the aforementioned Costello). Surprisingly, the exclusive Record Store Day release is the first time the cover version can be heard, as the recording has never been released and Badu has never performed it live, making this 7″ a true RSD treat.Prince – The VERSACE Experience: PRELUDE 2 GOLDBack in summer of 1995, this hyper-exclusive promotional cassette tape was given out during fashion week in Paris. Now, the companion to Prince’s The Gold Experience sees its first-ever release for Record Store Day, a must-grab collector’s cassette release for fans of the Purple One.Courtney Barnett – “Everybody Here Hates You”Coming complete with hand-drawn artwork by Barnett herself, the 12” single release of “Everybody Here Hates You” shows off a brand-new song from the GRAMMY nominee. The single’s b-side, “Small Talk,” was recorded during the sessions for her latest album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and was released last year.Third Man – 3″ vinyl singles collectionJack White’s Third Man Records, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in Nashville this year, will release of a collection of 3″ vinyl singles by the White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and his newly reunited band The Raconteurs, who are gearing up for their first album and tour in years. Third Man is also taking advantage of Record Store Day for its re-release of Captain Beefheart’s classic album Trout Mask Replica, which was previously only available through the label’s subscription program, The Vault.Robyn – Body TalkThis double-LP of Robyn’s 2010 smash album, Body Talk, gets its first-ever pressing on vinyl this year for Record Store Day. The exclusive drop follows the Swedish superstar’s eight album, 2018’s highly acclaimed Honey.See the full list of Record Store Day 2019 releases here.Drop The Needle On Record Store Day In New York CityRead more This year is no exception, with nearly 1,400 stores participating and over 500 exclusive “RSD exclusive” and “RSD first” releases. While that quantity ensures there’s something for everyone to try to hunt down, it also can be a lot to sift through. As you plan out your record store visits on this year’s installment, Saturday, Apr. 13, here are a few notables to stay on the lookout for while digging through bins. Happy hunting!Jeff Tweedy – WARMERThe aptly titled follow-up to to 2018’s WARM, this full-length offers an additional 10 songs of new material from the Wilco frontman. Tweedy also released his autobiography, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc…, landed him on the New York Times bestseller list.Aretha Franklin – The Atlantic Singles 1967This vinyl box set containing a total of five 7″ singles contains some of the late Queen of Soul’s most instantly recognizable work, including “Respect,” “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel)” and “Chain Of Fools.” Pick up this limited release for a piece of music history. read more
Kolkata: Dr Subhash Mukherjee, the creator of India’s first test-tube baby, who committed suicide after the Left Front government had allegedly neglected his research and was harassed by the then strong gynecologists’ lobby, has been paid due respect posthumously by the Mamata Banerjee government for his enormous contribution to modern reproductive system as it named prestigious chairs at two state-run medical colleges in the city after him.Dr Mukherjee, who pioneered in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in India, created the Country’s first test tube baby, Kanupriya Agarwal, alias Durga, in October 1978 inside his house in Kolkata with the help of some general apparatus and a refrigerator. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe eventually committed suicide in 1981 after failing to get recognition. He could not handle constant criticism and the outright harassment he was subjected to.After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government has showed respect to Dr Mukherjee by naming chairs after him at the Physiology department of the NRS Medical College and Hospital and also in the School of Tropical Medicine. The Endocrinology building at the NRS Medical College and Hospital Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedhas been named after him for his contribution towards the modern reproductive technology.Since his feat did not receive due acknowledgement from the scientific community, he might have taken a drastic step. He had to face humiliations when he was transferred to Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital from the Physiology department of the NRS Medical College and Hospital. He was again transferred to RG Kar Medical College and Hospital before being shunted to the Regional Institute of Opthalmology in Kolkata in June 1981 where there was no physiology department. He had committed suicide within a few weeks after he was shunted. The West Bengal government set up an enquiry committee to investigate the matter in 1978. The committee concluded that his claim was false. It was said that the committee that condemned Dr Mukherjee’s procedure reportedly comprised a gynaecologist, a psychologist, a physicist and a neurologist—none of whom had any knowledge of modern reproductive technology. The Left front government had argued that Dr Mukherjee lacked sufficient documentation. In the year 2002, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recognised his work for the first time.He went to Edinburgh University in the UK for a PhD in reproductive endocrinology after studying at the National Medical College and Hospital. After his return, he started his research in ovulation and spermatogenesis. Within a year, he announced the birth of the world’s second test-tube baby with a team comprising Sunit Mukherji, a cryobiologist, and Saroj Kanti Bhattacharya, a gynaecologist. Dr Mukherjee was born at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. It came only 67 days after the British biologist Robert Edwards had announced the birth of the first test-tube baby in England. But unlike Edwards, Dr Mukherjee’s method of cryopreservation to preserve the human embryo is currently the preferred technique of medically assisted reproduction worldwide. read more
October 15, 2008 – TeraMedica reported that it won the Frost & Sullivan (F&S) 2008 Customer Value Enhancement Award in the North American Imaging Informatics Markets.TeraMedica’s portfolio includes product solutions such as Evercore and Univision, which F&S said allow consolidating the multitude of patient data and digital healthcare information under one umbrella and servicing EMR, EHR and RHIO domains with technology such as a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and health information exchanges (HIE). F&S sites TeraMedica’s development of department-specific solutions for the two the complexities of image-using and image-producing in the cardiology and oncology departments. According to a statement by F&S, “by working on maximizing physician adoption and IT involvement, and by catering to the specific needs and preferences of the various end- users and stakeholders, TeraMedica ultimately helps to bring the clinical community closer to the enterprise.” Adding, “TeraMedica’s modular and scalable solutions portfolio constitutes a set of enabling technologies to enhance the value that facilities can reap from their healthcare IT investments.”For more information: www.TeraMedica.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | October 14, 2008 TeraMedica Wins North American Imaging Informatics Award read more
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Play Melbourne, the tourism campaign launched mid-2011 has become a hit on the internet, receiving more than one million YouTube visits in the last nine months. The viral video is considered one of the determining factors in increasing visitor numbers to the Victorian capital. 437, 000 people have visited the campaign’s dedicated website, while 19,000 Facebook users have joined the fan page. “These figures show the Play Melbourne campaign has generated significant interest since its launch nine months ago,” Victorian minister for tourism and major events, Louise Asher said. The video depicts a smiling group of two women and a man running between locations such as the State Library of Victoria and clothing stores as they are given various clues in their hunt for adventure, according to news.com.au.“The campaign is effectively achieving what it set out to do, which is spark renewed curiosity in Melbourne experiences and destinations,” Ms Asher said. read more
Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean will film its latest instalment in Queensland.The Australian Government has contributed AUD $21.6 million to the project – the country’s largest donation to a major film.“The fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be the largest international feature film ever to shoot in Australia and will focus the world’s attention on Australia as a leading film destination,” Federal Minister for the Arts George Brandis said.“Our investment in attracting the film to Australia will result in substantial benefits for the screen industry and economy.”Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Disney film would rake in about AUD $100 million to Queensland and create thousands of local jobs.“Queensland has led Australia in attracting international film productions in the past financial year and this project is another boost to the screen industry,” Mr Newman said.Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker said a joint effort between the Federal and State governments put a strong creative and financial argument in place, ensuring Queensland was the best option.Mr Walker said the last major productions to film here were ‘San Andreas’, which employed more than 3,000 Queensland crew, cast, contractors and extras and Angelina Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’, which employed about 3,180 locals.“This fifth Pirates of the Caribbean production is a bigger film in terms of expenditure than either of those big budget films, so the economic benefits to the state will be powerful,” Mr Walker said.The film is slated to be released in July 2017.Source = ETB News: Megan Tran read more
More than melting watches: Spain’s Salvador Dali Triangle FILE – In this July 13, 2008, file photo, the statue of Salvador Dali overlooks the beachside resort of Caduceus, Spain. If the name Salvador Dali conjures images of melting watches and one conspicuous mustache but not much else, then a visit to Spain’s “Dali Triangle” will not only make for a fantastic road trip, it will show that there’s so much more to the renowned surrealist’s work. Three of Dali’s homes, all converted to museums, are located along the Costa Brava, a nearly 100-mile (160-kilometer) stretch of rugged coastline in northeastern Catalonia. (AP Photo/Raf Casert, File) by Dana Schimmel, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2018 8:10 am PDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2018 at 9:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FIGUERES, Spain – If the name Salvador Dali conjures images of melting watches and one conspicuous moustache but not much else, then a visit to Spain’s “Dali Triangle” will not only make for a fantastic road trip, it will show that there’s so much more to the renowned surrealist’s work.Dali’s homes, converted to museums, are located along the Costa Brava, a nearly 100-mile (160-kilometre) stretch of rugged coastline in northeastern Catalonia. Plan a leisurely drive with stops in Pubol, Figueres and Portlligat — the three points of the triangle — to experience the museums, Dali’s art and the stunning natural scenery that helped shape and inspire one of the world’s most iconic artists.PUBOL: GALA DALI CASTLE MUSEUMDali purchased a medieval castle in the village of Pubol for his wife Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, better known as Gala. The couple transformed the structure, built on the remains of a 14th century stone castle, into a home where Gala could both reign and relax. Her husband was only permitted to visit by written invitation.Many works of art — including paintings Dali gifted his wife — are on display along with personal items ranging from monogrammed silver flatware, seen in a half-opened kitchen drawer, to Gala’s burnt-orange Datsun car parked outside on a pebble driveway. Then there’s this eccentric artifact: Dali’s beloved white horse, taxidermied, standing near the museum’s restrooms.The top floor displays a collection of Gala’s couture gowns. The basement houses her final resting place: She is enshrined in a mausoleum watched over by a tall toy giraffe, surprisingly more touching than trite.FIGUERES: DALI THEATRE-MUSEUM AND DALI JEWELSFigueres, named for its once-abundant fig trees, is a bustling small town about 25 miles (40 kilometres) north of Pubol. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you spot either a giant transparent geodesic dome or a collection of massive eggs atop a building. That, of course, is the Dali Theatre-Museum, which the artist designed from the burnt remains of the town’s Municipal Theatre.If it weren’t for the steady flow of museum visitors propelling you along the one-way galleries, you could spend hours, days or forever observing and analyzing some 1,500 works of art by Dali — paintings, drawings, sculptures, engravings, installations, holograms, stereoscopic images and photographs.Some works will make you smile, like the fire engine-red “Mae West Lips Sofa,” a couch-sized sculpture inspired by the actress’ lips. And there’s “Rainy Taxi,” which for the price of one euro, will rain inside itself, soaking its mannequin passengers and the plants and snails along for the proverbial ride.Other works are quietly beautiful, like the early oil portrait of Dali’s sister, Anna Maria, gazing out a window at the sea and cliffs in Cadaques. But some paintings are so violent, macabre, intense and complex that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hang a little sign saying, “Enter at your own risk.” Dali’s drawings reminded me what a master draftsman he was, and it was good to see several paintings with the familiar watch that was one of Dali’s most famous motifs.By the time you wend your way through the entire museum, perhaps stopping to pay your respects at Dali’s tomb — famously exhumed in 2017 to settle a paternity claim (disproven) — you’ll have seen so much that you may feel slightly overwhelmed. But do not skip the adjacent Dali Jewels museum! Visiting this dimly lit, cave-like gallery space housing 39 jeweled creations is like walking into a pirate’s treasure chest.If I could choose one piece for my personal collection, I’d go with either “Ruby Lips,” in 18-karat gold with over 100 rubies and 13 white pearls for teeth, or “Telephone Ear Clips,” made of gold, diamonds, rubies and emeralds. They are sublime and playful, but not silly.“I am pleased if my jeweled telephone earrings bring a smile,” Dali said. “A smile is a pleasing thing. But these earrings, as with all my jewels, are serious. The earrings express the ear, symbol of harmony and unity. They connote the speed of modern communication; the hope and danger of instantaneous exchange of thought.”CADAQUES: SALVADOR DALI HOUSE PORTLLIGATEast of Figueres are the hilly neighbouring beach towns of Cadaques and Portlligat. Dali vacationed here as a boy with his family and later turned a fishing hut here into a sprawling home.Entering the house, now a museum, you’ll see a taxidermied polar bear. Then, passing through narrow, twisting, turning hallways that mimic roads leading to the house, you emerge into sun-drenched, whitewashed spaces full of surprises: dead-end hallways and a pink-curtained room that echoes— only if you stand in the right spot. Thick sisal carpets, bundles of dried flowers, more stuffed animals, seashells and starfish, antique furniture and photos of Dali in his heyday fill the interior.The uneven windows make perfect frames for the landscape outside that Dali so often referenced in his work. Shelves stacked with his painting supplies can be seen down a staircase adjacent to the studio. Outside, there is a walled terrace, a swimming pool, flowering garden, olive grove and sculptures and installations.This third point in the “Dali Triangle” is filled with art inside and out.___If You Go…DALI IN SPAIN: https://www.salvador-dali.org/. Pubol is about 75 miles (120 kilometres) from Barcelona. Hotels and restaurants abound. read more
With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones underway, having premiered on Sunday night in the US, one of the biggest attractions at this year’s Cyprus Comic Con is likely to be Ross Mullan who plays White Walker in chief.White Walkers are inhuman beings with mystic powers who fight humans. They are described as having “flesh made of something like brittle ice” by Insider Entertainment News.Comic Con is expecting a record 17,000 visitors this weekend, and with the final season of Game of Thrones underway , Mullan is set to be a big attraction for Cypriot fans of the TV show.“He is playing the big villain and is really scary,” one Cypriot fan said. “Most people wouldn’t recognise him without make-up and CGI [Computer-generated imaging] but still it will be fantastic to meet the actor behind the famous character.”The coming weekend is a chance to find out more about the actor and the part. Mullan will have a booth for signing and selfies, and will appear in a one-hour GoT-themed panel.On both days a workshop will be held per day, according to the official website of the event giving “a glimpse on how to become a creature specialist.” The website goes on to explain what contributed to his success in the role.“His impressive height 193cm and his sword fighting skills were definitely an advantage for Mullan in terms of landing the part, but he had to undertake five months of horse-riding training in order to prepare himself for the role. However, the most challenging part was the fact that the ‘White Walker’ did not have any dialogue or lines so Mullan had to bring to life the character through his posture and movements.”Another special guest who plays a character in the series, Eugene Simon – better known as Lancel Lannister – will also be at this year’s event.Both will be available to have their photo taken with fans on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 4pm. Autographs are available for €15.This is not the first time Game of Thrones actors have come to Cyprus for a Comic Con event.Three years ago, Mltos Yerolemou aka Syrio Forel, the show’s ultimate sword fighting water dancer met local fans; and 2017 brought Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, The Mountain himself.You May LikeDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoHonest To Paws31 Tourist Attractions That Most People Wouldn’t VisitHonest To PawsUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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