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GRASSLEY CAUTIOUS ON WHISTLEBLOWER UKRAINE ISSUE

first_imgRepublican U-S Senator Chuck Grassley is treading carefully around reports that a whistleblower in the U-S intelligence community is alleging serious wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.Grassley, who calls himself a “longtime champion of whistleblowers,” says he can’t comment directly on reports President Trump allegedly ordered his staff to withhold 400-million dollars in aid from Ukraine while pressuring that nation’s president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/UKE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”what I say” :14Grassley issued a news release saying, “rampant speculation by politicians and the media is not helpful. That’s how the false Russia collusion narrative took root.Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past. Going forward, it’s important to respect the law and the whistleblower’s confidentiality while we gather the facts of the case.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/UKE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”talk to ’em” :07Grassley is founder of the bipartisan Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus and he says whistleblower laws are “critical to providing safe outlets to share information so governmental officials can be held responsible without harming national security.”Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/UKE3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…….”intelligence community” :14Grassley says the nation does not need another Edward Snowden situation, “where information is released publicly and our national security is harmed.”He adds, “transparency is always the best policy so long as we don’t endanger national security.”last_img read more

Fi Wi Jamaica Using Music to Promote Positive Behaviour

first_img The Fi Wi Jamaica project is employing one of the most popular and influential elements of Jamaica’s culture – music – to promote positive behaviour among citizens while creating streams of revenue. “The project has identified music as a key tool, which can be utilised to create somewhat of a paradigm shift as it relates to general conduct,” said Cultural Director for FIWI Jamaica, Michael “Mikie” Bennett. The Fi Wi Jamaica project, a collaborative effort of the University of Technology and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), promotes advocacy against human trafficking, domestic violence and issues of intolerance throughout the country. Story Highlights The Fi Wi Jamaica project is employing one of the most popular and influential elements of Jamaica’s culture – music – to promote positive behaviour among citizens while creating streams of revenue.“The project has identified music as a key tool, which can be utilised to create somewhat of a paradigm shift as it relates to general conduct,” said Cultural Director for Fi Wi Jamaica, Michael “Mikie” Bennett.One of the fundamental elements of the project is the Masters in Residence (MIR) Global Competitiveness programme, which offers trainees lessons in songwriting, vocal skills and talent management.The MIR programme was established to identify, harness and hone talent in the area of music with a view to preparing persons to use this talent as a tool for advocacy, while creating opportunity for earning income.Mr. Bennett, who is a well-known music producer and songwriter, told JIS News that the programme focuses on the creation of positive, internationally marketable content.“We have notable writers in the industry who have lent their support and songwriting experience to the programme, such as Bob Andy, Ernie Smith, Kabaka Pyramid and Wayne Marshall,” he informed.These writers have created excellent pieces of work, and are now mentoring individuals in the programme who wish to follow a similar path.Mr. Bennett said he is proud of the fact that there have already been requests from popular artistes for songs to be written by the trainees, noting that offers have come from record labels.“It is definitely positive for the programme that some of the participants have already begun to earn from the training that they are receiving. This gives further credence to what we have been telling them as it relates to the earning potential to be capitalised on,” he pointed out.Another element of the initiative that Mr. Bennett is excited about is a songwriting competition, which is currently under way. Weekly prizes are offered for winning entries.Mr. Bennett noted that the response to the competition has been good, so far, and is inviting more submissions.The competition requires persons to compose lyrics to a partially completed song entitled ‘You Deserve to Be Loved’, which can be downloaded from the FiWi Jamaica Facebook page.Entrants may record their lyrics over the track provided, or they may submit the written lyrics to the missing verse.The weekly winners will be entered into a pool and will become eligible to win a cash prize in the grand finals in December.The Fi Wi Jamaica project, a collaborative effort of the University of Technology and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), promotes advocacy against human trafficking, domestic violence and issues of intolerance throughout the country.The three-year project, which began in 2015, incorporates a number of strategies with the view to help remove stigma, spark discussion around key issues and effect positive behaviour change among the citizens of Jamaica.last_img read more

Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

first_imgFrank Berkelaar of Harmony, Colchester Co., was inducted into the Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame today, Oct. 23, at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Bible Hill. Mr. Berkelaar immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1953. At 19, he started working at the Truro Livestock Auction at the Truro Exhibition Grounds, which later became the Maritime Cattle Market. In 1974, Mr. Berkelaar purchased the Maritime Cattle Market, and expanded services to include sales of all farm animals, machinery, hay and milk quota. “Mr. Berkelaar is known and respected throughout North America as a businessman who built a successful market,” said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Agriculture. “He believes that everyone involved in a sale must have a fair return, and worked hard to ensure this objective.” Mr. Berkelaar was also involved in other businesses, including operating a farm with his brother that produced cattle and crops, and he provided auctioneering services to a number of organizations, such as the 4H program. In April 2001, he became an honourary member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists for his commitment to the agriculture industry. “Mr. Berkelaar is a well-respected voice for the livestock industry and has readily shared his knowledge with others,” said Mr. Taylor. “He also served on the ministerial task force for the beef industry in the mid-1990s and helped with policy development.” Through the Maritime Cattle Market, Mr. Berkelaar provided credit to buyers during the BSE, also known as mad cow, situation so markets and prices were maintained for local farmers selling cattle. The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture nominated Mr. Berkelaar for his lifelong commitment to the agricultural industry. Other Atlantic provinces’ inductees are Ronald Piper of New Brunswick; Eugene Legge of Newfoundland and Labrador; and Donald MacKenzie of Prince Edward Island. The Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame honours members of the agricultural community for outstanding contributions to the industry, community and farm organizations.last_img read more

Former MP CM Babulal Gaur no more

first_imgBhopal: Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Babulal Gaur passed away on Wednesday morning at a private hospital here after prolonged illness. Gaur (89) passed away due to caridiac arrest, Narmada Hospital Director, Dr Rajesh Sharma, told PTI. He was suffering from various old-age related ailments and was hospitalised for quite some time. The veteran BJP leader served as Madhya Pradesh chief minister from 2004-2005 and represented his traditional Govindpura Vidhan Sabha seat 10 times. Born on June 2, 1930 at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, Gaur emerged as a powerful and popular leader in Madhya Pradesh initially as a trade union leader and later as MLA.last_img read more

Stars Respond To SOS For Orangutans

first_imgCelebrities from across the globe are responding to a charity’s SOS call to support critically endangered orangutans in Sumatra.Support for the Sumatran Orangutan Society’s (SOS) second Jungle VIP online auction, which starts on 1st March, is flooding in from internationally recognised names including Coldplay, Dominic Monaghan, Sebastian Vettel, Natalie Portman, Ellen DeGeneres, Seth Green, Graham Norton and Gillian Anderson. Last year the auction raised over £10,000 for vital conservation programmes, and it is hoped that similar success will be had this year.Among the supporters is British actor and celebrity Joanna Lumley, donating an exclusive script page from 2002’s Ella Enchanted, signed by stars including Minnie Driver, Anne Hathaway and Joanna herself, and Coldplay have donated a limited edition lithograph of their Viva La Vida album artwork, signed by all the band members. Other auction lots include Lord of the Rings photos and a blu-ray signed by Dominic ‘Merry’ Monaghan and Billy ‘Pippin’ Boyd, and a signed racing top worn by Formula 1 three-times World Champion Sebastian Vettel.Says Joanna Lumley: “I really love orangutans and met many of these majestic animals when filming in Indonesia. What struck me forcibly was how incredibly alike we are as species: they have truculent teenagers, enchanting babies, naughty toddlers, grand old uncles and resigned hard-working mothers. The most thrilling thing in my life was looking into the eyes of a mother orangutan with a baby on her back: I knew her and she knew me. They are not called the People of the Jungle for nothing. It is our duty to do all we can to save them and their way of life.”Says Dominic Monaghan: “The orangutan as one of our closest cousins clearly feels the stress and anguish that WE might if our homes were destroyed and our families killed. If we are part of the generation that allows this majestic animal to become extinct, future generations will ask us ‘why didn’t you do more?’ SOS DO more.”Helen Buckland, Director of SOS, says: “Sumatran orangutans share 96.4% of our DNA, but they stand to be the first Great Ape to go extinct if we don’t act now to save their forest home. Sumatra is the only place in the world where orangutans, tigers, elephants and rhinos coexist – and all are critically endangered. The Jungle VIP Auction will help us raise vital funds to protect orangutans, their forests and their future.”The Jungle VIP online auction will take place between 1st-10th March at ebay.co.uk/JungleVIP.The first Jungle VIP Auction took place in March 2012, raising over £10,000, with items donated by Nicole Kidman, Jane Asher, Tim Minchin, Radiohead, Chris Evans, Nicola Roberts, Geri Halliwell, Newton Faulkner and many more. 

Members of the public are also being asked to join the Jungle VIPs and sell their own items via ebay, with proceeds benefiting SOS.Sharing 96.4 per cent of our DNA orangutans are among our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom and are the only red ape.The number of Sumatran orangutans is estimated to have fallen by more than 90 per cent since 1900. With just 6,600 left in the wild, the Sumatran orangutan is Critically Endangered, and could be the first Great Ape species to go extinct.Orangutans are the ultimate ‘Jungle VIPs’ – they play a key role in rainforest regeneration and are a fantastic flagship species. By helping them we help countless other species including critically endangered tigers, elephants and rhinos.The Sumatran Orangutan Society is dedicated to protecting orangutans and their habitat through rainforest restoration, community-led conservation, education and campaigning.For more information please see www.orangutans-sos.org.last_img read more

GAIL finishes contract award for Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga gas pipeline project

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned gas utility GAIL India Friday said it has completed awards for all major contracts for the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga natural gas pipeline project that transverse from Jagdishpur to Haldia and Bokaro (Jharkhand) and Dhamra in Odisha. In a statement, GAIL said it has placed a Rs 475 crore order for steel pipes of about 280-kilometers to provide pipeline connectivity from Durgapur to Haldia, including spur lines to Kolkata in West Bengal. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThis completes contracting for the 3,400-km Jagdishpur (Uttar Pradesh) -Haldia (West Bengal) & Bokaro – Dhamra Natural Gas Pipeline (JHBDPL). “Till date, the company has committed over Rs 12,500 crore for the project,” GAIL said. The pipeline has already reached Barauni in Bihar and GAIL is ready for supplying gas to a refinery and upcoming fertiliser plant. The pipeline also supplies natural gas for Patna city gas distribution network (CGD). “This is a major milestone towards providing green fuel to the eastern part of the country,” it said, adding the work for balance portion is going on in full swing and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021 in a phased manner. The construction work of Dobhi-Durgapur Pipeline section is likely to be completed by December 2019 for supplying gas to Matix Fertilizers, Durgapur, West Bengal. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe PSU is currently executing around 5,500 km of pipeline costing Rs 25,000 crore to provide gas supply largely to areas of eastern and southern parts of the country. Another 1,400 km pipeline involving capex of Rs 7,000 crore is under evaluation which is targeted to be completed by 2023. GAIL Chairman and Managing Director B C Tripathi said the company is committed towards creating the National Gas Grid to provide natural gas connectivity throughout the country.last_img read more

Chinas economy growth cools further amid US tariff war

BEIJING — China’s economic growth slowed to its lowest level in a decade last quarter amid a tariff war with Washington, adding to pressure on Beijing to reverse a deepening slump.The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.2% over a year earlier in the three months ending in June, down from the previous quarter’s 6.4%, government data showed Monday. That was the slowest growth since the first quarter of 2009 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.Chinese leaders have stepped up spending and bank lending to shore up growth and avert politically dangerous job losses. But they face an avalanche of unexpectedly bad news including plunging auto sales as they fight a trade battle with President Donald Trump over Beijing’s technology ambitions.The economy faces a “complex environment both at home and abroad,” the National Bureau of Statistics said in a statement.Growth in retail sales slowed to 8.4% in the first half of 2019, down 0.1 percentage points from the first quarter, the government reported. Growth in factory output decelerated to 6% in the first half, down 0.1 percentage points from the first quarter.Chinese exports to the United States fell 7.8% in June from a year, depressed by Trump’s penalty tariff hikes.Auto sales, reported earlier, fell 7.8% in June, extending a yearlong contraction in the industry’s biggest market.The Associated Press read more

Rhode Island is latest state to bar flavoured vape products

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor has signed an executive order banning the sale of flavoured vaping products throughout the state.Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday said the flavoured products are aimed at children. She blames the products for “a public health crisis.”She is directing the state Department of Health to create regulations based on her order.Raimondo’s decision comes a day after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in neighbouring Massachusetts ordered a four-month ban on the sale of all vaping products.At least two other states, Michigan and New York, previously banned vape flavours.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 500 confirmed and probable cases of lung illnesses and nine deaths nationwide have been attributed to vaping.The CDC has not identified a common product or ingredient responsible for the illnesses.The Associated Press read more

eBusiness and the Motor Industry explained

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) e-Business solutions under discussion at the seminar include; Covisint, the world’s largest B2B internet exchange www.covisint.com ; ENX, the global automotive network exchange www.smmt.co.uk/enx ; EDI the electronic data interchange and the role of ASPs, the Application Service Providers. The Department of Trade and Industry will explain more about the Developing Horizons programme for second and third tier suppliers. 4. The UK motor industry employs 750,000 people directly in the design and manufacture of vehicles. Automotive manufacturing is the single biggest manufacturing sector in the UK, delivering some 5.5 per cent of the annual Gross Domestic Product. It is now possible to design a vehicle entirely on computer, without an engineer using a pencil to draw it or a clay model to style it. The factory can then source the components needed to build it using the Internet, and the retailer could sell it on-line without ever meeting the customer. But how does this help the UK motor industry?Making use of the technology to improve your business, rather than using technology for its own sake is the focus of the first ever SMMT / DTI e-Business seminar in Coventry on 13 February 2001.From component design through to whole vehicle manufacturing and supply, there are e-Business solutions available now which could offer benefits, but which of these will help and which merely add cost?‘e-Business in the Motor Industry’ at the Coventry University Technology Centre will explore the key developments in each area by questioning the relevance of each for the motor industry, providing the opportunity for manufacturers and component suppliers to debate the issues in an open forum.‘The greatest opportunity to cut costs, improve productivity and reduce delivery times for the motor industry lies beneath our fingertips,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT’s Chief Executive. ‘The challenge for the whole industry is to get to grips with the potential opportunities offered by new technology, and then find the right partner to make it work within each business’. Notes to Editors ‘e-Business and the Motor Industry’ is presented by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the Department of Trade and Industry. Details of the seminar programme can be found (on this website) read more

United Way campaign entering final week

Greg Finn, left, and Kevin Lawr are encouraging people to donate to Brock’s United Way campaign.There’s one week left of Brock’s official United Way campaign, and two of its co-chairs are urging people to submit their pledge forms.Greg Finn, faculty co-chair, and Kevin Lawr, who acts as co-chair with Lynne Prout, say people with blank pledge forms sitting on their desks should submit them next week.“The services the United Way supports benefit everyone,” Finn said. “Any donation is appreciated and will be put to good use.”Brock’s United Way campaign lasts six weeks. Its goal is $112,000. Even when the goal is not met by the official end date, which this year is Nov. 26, the campaign continues unofficially until the end of the year, Lawr said.“Next week may be the end of our six-week campaign, but the books stay open until the end of the year,” he said. “People can get their donations in any time before Christmas.”As of Nov. 18, about $86,000 has been raised.United Way events at Brock this year have included:the Souper Star lunch on Oct. 20the office Halloween decorating challenge on Oct. 29a fundraising volleyball tournament this weekendEach Friday, a musician performs in Market Hall at lunch time as donations are collected by United Way.For more information on the campaign, visit the Brock United Way website. read more

iPad mini predicted in 2012 not likely

first_imgIf there’s one thing bloggers (some of them, anyway) love above all else, it’s a juicy Apple rumor. And if there’s one person who loves nothing more than churning out Apple rumors, it’s a securities analyst. Today, it’s talk of an iPad mini that has internet buzzing.Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White has been touring Chinese and Taiwanese suppliers and has heard rumblings about the iPad mini. But don’t go working yourself into a tizzy just yet.Ticonderoga has missed the mark more than a few times recently, and with Apple predictions specifically. They were certain Apple was going to unveil two phones at the Let’s Talk iPhone event — including a unibody iPhone 5 in addition to a cheaper iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5 was also supposed to sport a dual core processor running at at least 1.2GHz, because it  “will clearly need to [do so] to match the Samsung Galaxy S II.” In reality, the  4S sports a 1GHz processor underclocked to 800MHz, and Apple has never really concerned itself with “matching” competitors.And what about day one sales predictions? Ticonderoga claimed that “pent up demand” for the new model would obliterate first-day presale records and tally a whopping 1.7 million for the iPhone 4S. The actuality: Apple reportedly sold one million plus on day one. That’s a mind-blowing number, to be sure, but it’s a teensy bit short of 1.7 million.So when Ticonderoga reports rumblings of an iPad mini, take it with a grain of salt. They’re also saying that the “mini” refers not to the device’s size but to its price. Does an Apple “mini” product that’s not smaller than the original make sense? Think Mac vs. Mac Mini or iPod vs. iPod Nano.With  Steve Jobs’ passing, there were bound to be new rumors about an addition to the iPad line. Jobs, of course, was not a fan of smaller tablets like the PlayBook. But even with the arrival of the Kindle Fire, would Apple really consider releasing a device that sits between the iPhone and iPad?Macbooks continue to sell well at their Apple-determined price levels, and the iPad will, too. Does Apple need a cheaper tablet? Probably not, especially if there’s a price cut coming for the iPad 2 when the iPad 3 arrives.More at BGRlast_img read more

1230 WWE Results Los Angeles California CenaRollins

first_img SPOILERS: WWE Smackdown Live TV taping results from Fresno to air on Christmas Twitter Impact announces tickets remain for this weekend’s End of Summer Tour in California Google+ Facebook Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Celebrity Shortlist: Top 3 Actors You Didn’t Know Could Rap Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Charlize Theron Videos Articles How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Vin Diesel Now Playing Up Next John Cena Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWEs Miz and Maryse Expecting Second Child Impact offers Military Personnel free entry to this weekend’s California events Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Videos Articles 12/30 WWE Results: Los Angeles, California1. WWE Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Luke Harper2. NXT Champion Sami Zayn def. Adrian Neville3. Jack Swagger def. Fandango in a Dance-Off.4. Randy Orton def. Kane5. The Bella Twins def. Alicia Fox & Emma6. The New Day def. Bad News Barrett, The Miz & Damien Mizdow7. John Cena def. Seth Rollins in a Street Fight.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ sceneVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:05/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Firegutted McDonalds to be rebuilt

first_imgThe owner of a McDonald’s franchise that caught fire Wednesday said she is going to rebuild the restaurant.“Absolutely,” said Val Hadwin, co-owner of North Star Restaurants Inc., which includes 15 McDonald’s in Southwest Washington. The restaurant, at 2110 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., will require a total rebuild, said Hadwin, who explained that what’s left of the building is unstable and will need to be knocked down. Only two walls and the structure’s play area remained intact.A rebuilding timeline has not yet been determined.Insurance evaluators and fire investigators were working side-by-side Thursday, evaluating the extent of the damage. It remains unclear what caused the car to go up in flames, said Jim Flaherty, a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman. It’s also unclear how exactly the fire spread from the car to the building.Flaherty said the flames “extended” to the building, either by shattering the glass drive-through window or entering into the open space between the roof and the drop-down ceiling. “I’m sure today they’re standing out there looking at it and, like, ‘Whoa,’” Flaherty said.An 80-year-old woman was pulled from her white Ford Crown Victoria by a man behind her in the drive-through line who saw flames quickly moving up the sides of the car. The woman was checked out by paramedics but appeared to be OK, save for some scratches.Twelve employees were evacuated when the Rose Village-area restaurant caught fire at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Two were treated for minor smoke-inhalation.They were all given Thursday off to recover from the traumatic experience, Hadwin said. They’ll be transferred to other locations owned by Hadwin and her husband, Matt Hadwin. The restaurant, one of more than 12,800 McDonald’s in the U.S., opened in 1996. Damage was estimated at $1 million.last_img read more

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Dozens audition for Waitress musical in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A casting call was held Tuesday for young girls hoping to earn a spot in the musical “Waitress.”Dozens showed up to the casting call in Fort Lauderdale, which was held to find two little girls to play the character of Lulu in the musical.The chosen duo will share the role and will each perform eight shows during the musical’s limited two-week run in Fort Lauderdale.“It’s going very well,” said Kyra Kennedy, who was conducting the auditions. “I’m so over-impressed by the amount of talent these little girls have, so it’s very hard to choose.”“Waitress” tells the story of Jenna, a pie baker working at a local diner, and Lulu is her daughter.The critically-acclaimed Broadway musical hits the stage April 11 through April 22 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Sophie Turner on Sansa Starks spinoff — The Queen in the North

first_imgSansa Stark in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones may have ended but there are thousands of fans who would love to see a spinoff series of their favorite characters. Right after HBO’s Emmy Award-winning drama ended, fans started to wonder whether they will get to see Maisie Williams’ Arya Stark’s spinoff and now, Dark Phoenix movie star Sophie Turner has opened up about her thoughts on a possible Sansa Stark’s spinoff.In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 “The Iron Throne” we saw how Sansa Stark argued with Bran Stark or Bran the Broken to let North be an independent realm, which Bran agrees to do. In the final scenes, we saw how all the Northerners came together to coronate Sansa Stark as the Queen in the North. The idea of Sophie Turner’s Sansa’s spinoff seems intriguing as there are several stories that would come in play if Sansa starts to rule but will there be any Sansa Stark’s spinoff?While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Sophie Turner talked about her character’s journey and what are her thoughts on working in a spinoff series.”It’s time for me to say goodbye. She’s ended up in a place that I’m so happy with. I don’t know. It would be different if someone actually came and said, “We want to do a Sansa spinoff show,” but I’m pretty sure I’d say no. It’s been 10 years of watching this character grow, and she’s at her peak right now. I’m sure if she carried on and did a spinoff show, it would just be downhill from there. She’d have to go through some other terrible traumas or something, and I don’t want to do that.” Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesThe trauma which Sophie Turner is talking about is the mental and physical abuse Sansa Stark endured in all the seasons. At first, she had to lose her direwolf just because Prince Joffrey wanted that. Following which, she saw the execution of her father, Ed Stark, right in front of her. Later she got married to Tyrion Lannister, who although never touched her but it was not easy to stay married to an imp. When she ran away from the King’s Landing, she found herself in the claws of Peter Baelish aka Littlefinger who gave away her like a piece of meat to Ramsay Bolton, who raped her on multiple occasions.Considering the ordeal Sansa Stark faced in her life, it should seem all right if the creators would like to end her story the way they did in Game of Thrones season 8.last_img read more

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Armstrong Williams Now Not Acquiring DC City Paper

first_imgThe same local reporter who tweeted that Williams planned to bid on D.C.’s Washington City Paper, recently tweeted that the media mogul told him he will not be the next owner of the paper.“I’m going to stay in the space I’m welcome: television stations,” Ben Terris, a writer for the Washington Post tweeted the media mogul saying on Dec. 11.The change of direction seems sudden when on Dec. 7, Williams’ spokesman Shermichael Singleton confirmed to the AFRO via email that Williams has made a bid for the paper.“Mr. Williams has always been committed to journalism, both print and media,” Singleton wrote. “His interest in WCP is out of respect and admiration for the history of the paper and the role it has played in D.C. As the media landscape changes because of technology, Mr. Williams understands the importance of preserving such institutions as the Washington City Paper, hence his interest in it.”However, it was not the possibility of Williams’ acquisition of a paper that caused buzz in the Beltway. Instead, it was the type of paper he was eying. Known for progressive prose and alternative stories, the publication is viewed by many as an unlikely match for Williams, who gained notoriety for his right-of-center views, his defense of Clarence Thomas during the 1991 Supreme Court confirmations, and as a campaign strategist for 2016 presidential candidate Ben Carson.But Williams said that the unlikelihood of the match is one of the reasons the conservative operative wanted to buy the paper.“My goal is to make the City Paper so good people will be saying, ‘Are you sure Armstrong Williams is the owner of this paper?’” he told the Washington Post. “That would be a success.”Unsurprisingly, City Paper employees don’t seem as optimistic about the news of their potential new boss. Mother Jones, which initially broke the story in November, reported that employees learned of Williams’ interest earlier that month. According to the Post, a number of these same staffers “have discussed the possibility of quitting.”Williams’ attempted acquisition of the City Paper, like many of his previous actions, is wrought with controversy and uncertainty. However, this was not Williams’ first failed entrepreneurial encounter with the media world.Singleton described him as “the largest minority owner of broadcast television stations in the United States,” and noted that Williams attempted unsuccessfully to purchase Essence Magazine and D.C.’s well-known Capitol Hill publication, The Hill.For more than three decades, The Washington City Paper has been a source of local political news in the D.C. area. Despite its longevity, readership and revenue have declined in recent years; in 2008, the paper declared bankruptcy.The City Paper’s current owners, Nashville-based SouthComm, announced plans to sell the D.C. publication in October. How much SouthComm is seeking for the publication remains unclear. Washington, D.C. businessman and Washington Kastles owner Marc Ein is set to be the next owner of the Washington City Paper, according to the paper’s blog post on Dec. 28. The deal is set to close soon.The news comes a few weeks after Armstrong Williams, Ben Carson’s business manager, decided he no longer wanted to venture into the free newspaper business.Armstrong Williams (Courtesy Photo)last_img read more

Researchers use light projector and singlepixel detectors to create 3D images

first_img(Phys.org) —Researchers from the University of Glasgow and the University of Cambridge have devised a unique method of capturing three-dimensional images. As described in a paper published in the journal Science, they used an ordinary light projector, four single-pixel photodetectors, an analog-to-digital converter, and a computer to capture 3-D images of a mannequin head. Single-pixel power: Scientists make 3-D images without a camera More information: Science 17 May 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6134 pp. 844-847 DOI: 10.1126/science.1234454 The idea is based on the concept of ghost imaging where paired light sources, such as a split laser beam, are used to create 3-D images. Prior efforts have involved shooting a target with one part of the split beam, then capturing the reflected light with a photodetector. The other part of the beam is recorded by a traditional camera. In this new effort, the researchers took a much more pragmatic approach—they accomplished the same thing using simpler equipment.To create the 3-D image, the researchers set up a light projector—the same kind used for viewing slides on a screen—with the light projected onto a mannequin head. Next, they placed a transparent screen capable of displaying light-blocking speckle patterns (generated by the computer) between the projector and the mannequin head. Light able to pass through the speckle pattern would eventually strike the mannequin and bounce off. Four single-pixel photodetectors were set up to capture the bounced light—one each above, below and to each side of the projector. The photodectectors were connected to an analog-to-digital converter which sent results to the computer. Once everything was in place, the researchers caused the computer to send different speckle patterns to the screen while the photodetectors captured the reflected light. Each pass allowed the computer to capture more information. As the total number of speckle patterns reached a million, individual 2-D images emerged—each one based on data from a single photodetector. Software on the computer then used the four 2-D images to create a single 3-D image. How such a system might be used is still up for debate, as some issues still need to be worked out. The slow refresh rate, for example, means it takes half an hour to create one image. The researchers are confident they can refine the design, however, to speed up the process. Once that happens, they suggest, their imaging system might be useful for detecting gas fields, building medical systems or catching terrorists at airports.Original press release. Journal information: Science Citation: Researchers use light projector and single-pixel detectors to create 3-D images (2013, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-projector-single-pixel-detectors-d-images.html Explore further © 2013 Phys.org 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.last_img read more

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Department of Water and Sanitation representative visits to assess problems with water

first_imgDepartment of Water & Sanitation representative Xolani Makhanya visited Ladysmith on Wednesday (May 16).He was in town to assess the problems that Ladysmith residents are facing with regards to water and sanitation.Also read: Update: Residents to be without water for 2 days due to maintenanceAlso read: Warning: Water to be shut off for 24 hours while uThukela conduct maintenanceIFP councillor Abbas Warasally met with Makhanya and took him to many of the major problem areas such as open manholes, burst water pipes and overflowing sewage. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The issues that were addressed will be taken up further by the department and also Cllr Warasally.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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Get The Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle For Just 19 And Become A

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It should come as no surprise that Ponder credits the Cardinals’ defense with their early season success, as Arizona’s 10th ranked defense has been praised by nearly every opposing team they’ve faced this year. “There’s a lot of different stuff that they do, but they’re very good at what they do,” said Ponder. ” A lot of times when you see teams that show a bunch of different looks, they aren’t really sound in what they do, but they’re really sound in what they do and they have a lot of good players. They’re a very tough defense, and it’s going to be a tough challenge for us as an offense.”Ponder, who’s been sacked 13 times this season, went on to say that he has his eyes specifically on the Cardinals pass rush.“They’ve got a number of guys that have been able to get to the quarterback,” said Ponder. “Between [O’Brien Schofield],Calais [Campbell] and Daryl Washington. We’re going to have a tough job on our hands to be able to protect. Our offensive line is going to have to do a good job. A lot of guys are getting to the quarterback and they’re using good hands. Everyone’s athletic. It’s going to be tough for us. Those are guys that we’ve kind of singled out that we’re going to have to protect against.” Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact While this game may not be a divisional battle, a victory could serve as a significant momentum shift in the wild card picture down the road. The Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings were both expected to finish near the bottom of the standings, but each has emerged as a surprisingly successful team early in the season.But heading into their Week 7 matchup against each other, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder said he expects both teams will continue to win and see their success translate into a playoff birth.“We’ve both made jumps from last year to this year and as the Minnesota Vikings we expect this to continue and that we’re going to be playing in the playoffs,” said Ponder. “I have a feeling that’s exactly what the Cardinals are feeling as well. They’ve got a great defense that’s going to keep them in it. They’re going to keep getting better and stringing wins together and that’s what we expect as well.”last_img read more