TrickOrTreat For UNICEF Celebrates The Power Of Kids Helping Kids

first_imgThis October, UNICEF USA is calling on children, families and schools to join in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a month-long celebration of the power of Kids Helping Kids.Popular Goosebumps character Slappy will be featured in new public service announcements to encourage kids to #BeScaryGood this Halloween and collect donations to help UNICEF put children first.“With the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes and hurricanes, we’re asking kids to add purpose to Halloween and help their peers who have been impacted by disasters,” said Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF USA. “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of longest-running youth initiatives in the country – a testament to the incredible generosity of the American people. We hope that kids across the nation will join us this fall to help build a better future for the world’s most vulnerable children.”This year, kids can Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF with special edition Goosebumps-themed collection boxes featuring Slappy and his monstrous friends. The donations they collect add up to lifesaving change: $1 can buy pencils for a class of 30 students; $8 can buy a UNICEF kit to give one family clean water to drink; $15 can buy a box of five mosquito nets to protect kids from deadly malaria; and $55 can buy one box of therapeutic food treatment to save a child from severe acute malnutrition.Throughout the month of October, children, parents and teachers can find inspiration to have scary good fun at Trickortreatforunicef.org. Slappy will host a “daily treats” calendar that families can visit to unlock stories, quizzes, how-to videos, giveaways and more. Teachers can also use Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF global education resources to introduce students to UNICEF’s work on a variety of issues affecting the health and well-being of children. Collection boxes are available to order online through October 15.Since 1950, generations of Americans have participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, raising nearly $177 million to provide children around the world with lifesaving nutrition, water, vaccines, emergency relief, and more.UNICEF USA is grateful for the support of HSNi Cares, Key Club International, Scholastic, Sony and Screenvision Media.National PartnersThis year, HSNi Cares, as a national partner, will continue to raise funds and awareness to support UNICEF through its retail channels. From Oct. 1-15, HSNi will encourage customers to join HSNi Cares by making a donation to help UNICEF ensure children survive and remain safe and healthy.Key Club International, a student-led service leadership program of Kiwanis International, will participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by raising funds for The Eliminate Project, which seeks to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org or KeyClub.org.Content PartnerScholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, will team up with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its best-selling children’s book series Goosebumps, by author R.L. Stine. Popular character Slappy and his monstrous friends will be featured on special edition collection boxes as well as other materials throughout the campaign.Promotional SupportersSony Pictures Home Entertainment will participate in the campaign by supporting a Trick-or-Treat sweepstakes for UNICEF. Through Oct. 31, children and families can enter at trickortreatforunicef.org for a chance to win a private tour of the Sony Studios back lot in Los Angeles and a private screening of Goosebumps the movie.Screenvision Media will support the campaign by playing the Goosebumps-themed Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF public service announcements within its Front + Center preshow and distributing the special edition collection boxes in theater locations across the nation.last_img read more

Yellowknife business woman fearful of violence around day shelter

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsApril Desjarlais spends much of her work day monitoring security camera footage of the Yellowknife sobering center and day shelter.The Metis business owner is located next door and is fearful from the violence she’s witnessed.On April 10, Desjarlais called emergency responders after she watched a woman get knocked to the ground on the sidewalk outside of her office window.“I was sitting exactly right here sitting with a client. I felt her head resonate on my feet because she was hit so hard and knocked unconscious for well over two minutes,” Desjarlais said.The day before, Desjarlais attended a city hall meeting and voiced her frustration over what she attributed as a changed atmosphere in the area of the shelter.(April Desjarlais monitors her security cameras in her Yellowknife office. Photo: Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs/APTN)She said she’d pleaded for more communication well before the shelter opened.“When the Health and Social services Department presented at city hall in Sept 2018, they had mentioned that was an open communication going on, a lot of dialogue between myself and their department,” she said.“I had never even been introduced to them at that moment.”Desjarlais said respects the work of the shelter staff and doesn’t see the issue as a “not in my backyard,” argument.However, the shelter resides in the same neighbourhood as the downtown liquor store, and sits just a stone’s throw away while sharing an alleyway.“The proximity of the day shelter to the liquor store is encouraging a never ending cycle of binge drinking and we see it day in and day out,” said Desjarlais.“At the beginning in early morning it is a fairly happy atmosphere around here but as the day moves on and individuals are onto their second, third or fourth bottles that’s when the violence increases.”(A fight breaks out near the Yellowknife shelter)In an effort to gain traction and keep the public informed on what is going on, Desjarlais has taken to Facebook and created the “Yellowknife day shelter neighbours group,” posting several videos depicting altercations involved people presumably in the area because of the shelter.The day shelter and sobering centre opened in September 2018.Operations of the day shelter are managed by the NWT Disabilities Council, contracted by the territorial health and social service department.APTN News requested an on-camera interview but was told no one was available to discuss the matter.On the same block, property owner John Willistone said he, like Desjarlais, was not consulted prior to the shelter opened.“No one came to us to say we are going to do this, do you have any suggestions. How do you think it is going to impact your businesses here,” he said.Williston rents out the building on 51st Ave., which house businesses such as Subway and Korea House.“We have had broken windows and fights in Subway,” he said. The poor guy who owns subway was been burdened with that.“The  girls at Korea house there have been days where they lock the door and when they see a customer they quickly unlock the door and run out.”Desjarlais is also losing business and said she is losing a tenant of a decade because of an alleged assault that took place as an employee was coming into work in the middle of the day.She is now advocating for a good neighbor agreement involving all stakeholders in the area.“If we had something in place, something that addresses all the challenges that we have and holds people accountable, maybe enforceable by a bylaw we really can see change on the street,” she said.She admitted that she has seen an increase of RCMP presence since the videos posted on the Facebook group have been shared online, but she is afraid the support may only be temporary.“We have actually seen RCMP stop individuals and dump their liquor. Even search their bags and jackets to only find more and more bottles. As they are walking into the shelter they are getting dumped. But is this just a reactionary thing,” Desjarlais said.Until solutions to deal with the issues Desjarlais has cited she will monitor street fights from her office window.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

HC restrains IABF from using India or Indian in name

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court passed an interim order on Thursday restraining Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) from using ‘India’ or ‘Indian’ in its name. Justice Prathiba M Singh also asked IABF, which was in the process of conducting a national sub-junior men and women boxing championship, to inform all the participants that they are not a recognised national sports federation of boxing. The court’s interim order came on a plea by Boxing Federation of India (BFI) seeking permanent injunction against IABF from using word ‘India’ or its natural variations and from representing themselves as a national sports federation for boxing or that it is recognised by Indian Olympics Association, Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and International Boxing Association (AIBA). Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherAdvocates Hrishikesh Baruah, Parth Goswami and Hemant Phalpher, representing the BFI, submitted in the court that IABF was in the process of conducting national sub-junior men and women boxing championship in Jabalpur and was collecting money from boxers as entry fees. BFI, which claims to be the recognised national sports federation for boxing in India, said IABF was misrepresenting itself as being affiliated with the IOA, which is factually an incorrect statement. Besides IABF, its president Abhishek Matoria and secretary general Rakesh Thakran were also made parties to the suit. The court perused a February 1 letter issued by IABF seeking to conduct the first sub-junior inter zonal men and women national boxing championship 2018-2019 in Jabalpur between March 10 and 13 and between March 12 and 15 respectively.last_img read more

Demonstration in Boston to Denounce Assads Bloodshed in Aleppo

By Rachid MoukhabirBoston – Hundreds of people gathered on Sunday, May 01, 2016, to protest the mass killing of Syrian civilians in Aleppo by Russian and pro-Assad government forces.Comprising of people from different religious and cultural backgrounds, including Moroccans, this protest is part of a series of demonstrations that are taking place all over the world. Most of the participants clothe themselves in red colors to symbolize bloodshed in Syria, where they say  both pro-Assad and Russian military forces have committed crimes against humanity.According to local sources within Syria, airstrikes have been hitting hospitals, clinics, residential buildings and mosques in Aleppo, and human rights activists in the city estimate that at least 250 civilians – including women and children – have been killed since violence between government forces and rebels spiked on April 22.“The past week was the worst since the beginning of the war in Syria,” Hamid Hassan, a Syrian American social activist, said.Social media outlets have been flooded with bloody pictures from the scenes of these airstrikes, as well as statements condemning the atrocities against civilians in Syria. Many Facebook and Twitter users have turned their profile pictures red and written “#AleppoIsBurning” on their statuses to shed light on the violence that has been taking place in Syria over the last 5 years.The pictures and videos that have seen on the news are very moving, and time has come to condemn the dictator, Bashar Al-Assad, for war crimes and massacres against his own people. Furthermore, I believe that world leaders should be acting immediately to stop this massive genocide, which some of the greatest nations in the world have accidentally caused while trying to promote democracy in the region.Edited by Robert Allen read more

August 23 Weather Heat Rain Wind and Clouds

Rabat – On August 23, the weather in Morocco will live up its reputation of four seasons in one day, with low clouds, misty formation, blazing hot weather, and rain showers.The interior of the southern provinces, the southeast, Souss and the interior plains will experience their typical hot summer weather, said the National Meteorological Directorate.The coast will be covered with low clouds at night and morning with misty formations in certain areas. The Atlas and neighboring regions will see unstable cloud formations, thunderstorms, and scattered showers during the afternoon and the evening.Tangier and the notherneastern areas in the southern provinces will be swept over with a weak to moderate eastern wind.Minimum temperatures of 26 to 32° C will characterize the weather on the eastern provinces of the South, the Southeast, the interior of Souss and Chiadma, and the plains of Tadla, Rhamna, Tensift.Weather in Tangier, Loukkos, Saiss, the plates of phosphate and Oulmes, and the interior of Gharb will be relatively less hot from 22 to 26° C .Fierce sun and a temperature of around 43 to 47° C are expected in the east and the interior of the southern provinces and the Souss.The southeast, the plains of Tadla, Rhamna, Tensift, and the interior of the Chiadma will see temperatures varying from 39 to 43° C.The Oriental, the Saiss, the phosphate and Oulmes Plates, the Loukkos and the interior of Gharb, Chaouia, Doukkala, and Abda will be less hot with temperatures between 34 and 39° C.The eastern Mediterranean and the interior of the Atlantic plains will enjoy beach-weather ranging from 29 to 34° C.The sea is expected to remain calm during the day with little agitation in the Mediterranean, Tarfaya, and Dakhla and little agitated to agitated elsewhere. read more

Elektromotive sets out to create UKs biggest payasyougo EV recharging network

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New Charge Your Car joint venture will manage ‘open-source’ charge points across the UKThe first subscription-free, pay-as-you-go recharging network targets 10,000 charge points nationwideElectric vehicle (EV) charge point provider Elektromotive is to create the UK’s largest pay-as-you-go, network of public access charging stations for EVs.The initiative comes as the result of a new joint venture with Charge Your Car (North) Ltd.  The new venture will see the existing Charge Your Car (North) Ltd network located expanded from its north-east homeland to incorporate other regional networks and stand-alone units. The company plans to create a recharging network with 10,000 public access pay-as-you-go charge points located across the UK.To accelerate its rapid expansion, the national network will be ‘open source’, meaning that charge points produced by any manufacturer can be included on the network, provided they use the industry-standard Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP). Elektromotive, which has an installed base of more than 3,000 charge points, making it one of Europe’s leading charge point manufacturers, is developing second-generation back office technology and a new user interface. The joint venture will create a marketplace that connects charge-point owners to EV drivers.“Charge Your Car is the perfect catalyst for the EV market and supports all the stakeholders with an interest in EVs,” commented Calvey Taylor-Haw, Founder and Managing Director of Elektromotive. “Charge-point owners the public and private sectors have a way to promote their charge-points, generate revenue and manage their infrastructure. EV drivers have a single access point for recharging that is quick, easy and affordable.”To find out more about electric vehicles, download SMMT’s Electric Car Guide. read more

Pandagate row at Edinburgh Zoo as keepers narrow escape leaves staff turning

first_imgA zoo keeper fleeing to safety after a giant panda was mistakenly let back in to its enclosureCredit:Deadline News Yang Guang, the male, chomping away on bamboo Yang Guang, the male, chomping away on bambooCredit:DEADLINE NEWS Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda, turns 10 Yang Guang, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda, turns 10Credit: Deadline News The email sent to management stated: “We have found out that there was a very serious near miss last year when a panda was let back into the enclosure with a keeper still cleaning in there and she could have been seriously injured or even have died. The zoo refused to comment on other claims in the email, except to say that it contained “inaccuracies”. A leaked email alleged that the worker could have died or been badly maimed in the incident.It was sent to officials  with further claims that the institution is in “crisis”; morale is at rock bottom; and that animal welfare is at risk.The email also claimed that the giant panda, thought to be the male Yang Guang, could have escaped into the public areas of the zoo. Yang Guang and the female Tian Tian arrived amid much fanfare in 2011 after being loaned to the zoo by China. The breeding pair have so far failed to produce offspring.The zoo, owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, initially dismissed the claims of the “near miss” as “scurrilous and unfounded”, but admitted yesterday that the incident had taken place. The zoo refused to comment on other claims in the email, except to say that it contained “inaccuracies”.The spokesman added that the organisation took staff welfare and morale “extremely seriously” and had a well-established “employee consultation board”.Despite their “cuddly” image, adult giant pandas have a powerful bite and can be extremely dangerous.In 2006, a drunken 28-year-old man had his right leg badly savaged by a panda after climbing into its enclosure at Beijing Zoo to try to pet the animal. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tian Tian, a female giant panda sits in her enclosure at Edinburgh zoo The spokesman added that the organisation took staff welfare and morale “extremely seriously” and had a well-established “employee consultation board”.The leaked email stated: “We have found out that there was a very serious near miss last year when a panda was let back into the enclosure with a keeper still cleaning in there and she could have been seriously injured or even have died. Tian Tian, a female giant panda sits in her enclosure at Edinburgh zooCredit:David Moir / Reuters It is being dubbed, perhaps not surpsingly, Panda-gate. A zookeeper could have been “seriously injured or even killed” after one of Britain’s two giant pandas was accidentally allowed back into its enclosure while the area was still being cleaned.A photograph of the incident was made public by disgruntled staff who blamed the security lapse on staff shortages at Edinburgh Zoo.The image shows the female keeper leaving the enclosure through a door with the panda just a few feet behind her. A brush and bucket lie abandoned on the floor. “We got to hear about the near miss with the panda a while after it happened, just through rumour at first and then the keeper who experienced it went off sick and never came back.“She heard it behind her just in time to be able to get out of the enclosure. If she hadn’t she could have been mauled, seriously injured or even killed.“We also know that the panda could have escaped into the public area of the zoo. Are we going to wait for a disaster to happen before things change at the zoo?”As well as revealing the panda incident, it made a range of complaints and allegations and said staff were worried about their jobs and the future of the zoo.It added: “Some of the keepers are concerned about the welfare of the animals as sometimes they are so short-staffed and have little time it stops them giving proper care to the animals.“There is a dreadful atmosphere around the zoo with staff morale the lowest we have ever known it.”  A zoo keeper fleeing to safety after a giant panda was mistakenly let back in to its enclosure The email concludes by stating that the staff involved have no confidence in senior management.The zoo remains the second most popular paying visitor attraction in Scotland, although visitor numbers have dropped recently.A spokesman said: “Staff reported a near miss within the panda enclosure last year. This was fully investigated and Edinburgh Council were kept informed throughout the process. No staff or animals were harmed during the incident.”last_img read more

Rio Tinto taps into new technology to cut emissions

first_imgWork is well advanced on a drilling programme at Rio Tinto’s Mount Thorley Warkworth coal mine in Australia in a pilot project that aims to reduce the impact of greenhouse gases released during mining. If successful, the A$5.5 million pilot project will provide learnings to support the reduction of Rio Tinto’s carbon footprint at Mount Thorley Warkworth and other sites. Coal seam methane gas is usually released when coal is mined, but the pilot project aims to capture and remove the gas prior to mining.Full field development of a gas drainage program could follow and, if sufficient gas can be captured, provide an additional energy or income source.Manager new developments Chris Lauritzen said the methane would be burned during the trial, with the resulting carbon dioxide having significantly less impact as a greenhouse gas than methane. “Using the current calculation methods, over half of our total greenhouse gas emissions are caused by fugative emissions (gases released from seams during mining),” he said. “Methane has 21 times the effect of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, therefore if the gas is burned or captured and utilised to generate energy, then emissions output is dramatically decreased. This has the potential to be a very powerful way of reducing emissions from our operations.”Energy company AGL and scientists from research centre CRCMining have teamed up with Rio Tinto to trial the new technology. Contractors from McDermott Drilling are drilling four wells in an area which will eventually be mined, while the CRCMining scientists will use one of the wells to trial new radial drilling techniques to drill horizontally up to 200 m from the initial well. AGL is funding the radial drilling component of the trial.The scientists hope to open up more pathways for the gas to flow, which ultimately would reduce the number of wells required to extract coal seam methane gas. The drilling program is expected to be completed this month, and design of the surface gas and water management facilities is well underway. Operation of the wells and data collection will continue through 2009.last_img read more

IHF ANNOUNCED Domagoj Duvnjak and Andrea Lekic are the best in 2013

Andrea Lekic and Domagoj Duvnjak More than 35.000 handball fans from all over the world have cast their votes – and the winners are…..Serbian Andrea Lekic and Croat Domagoj Duvnjak! Both are the 2013 Grundfos World Handball Players of the Year. IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa unveiled the secret together with Grundfos Director of Corporate Brand Development Mr Kim Klastrup on Sunday (26 January) in Herning, Denmark, prior to the final of the European Championship of Denmark vs. France.Just prior to his awarding to the World Handball Player of the Year, Duvnjak, who still was in his jersey, had missed the bronze medal after a 28:29 against Spain but was also awarded All Star Player of the European championship as best centre back.For both, 26 year old Lekic and Duvnjak, it is the first ever Grundfos World Handball Player award in their career, they are the successors of Alexandra Nascimento (BRA) and Daniel Narcisse (FRA). After Ivano Balic in 2003 and 2006, Duvnjak (playing for German side HSV Hamburg) is the second Croat in history to win this award, Lekic (playing for Macedonian champions Vardar Skopje) is the first ever Serbian women, Svetlana Kitic had been the first ever female awarded in 1988 for Yugoslavia.IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa and Kim Klastrup handed over the official Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year trophy and a cheque worth 10.000 Euros to both players, who were cheered with a big applause by the 14.000 fans in the sold-out arena in Herning.Lekic and Duvnjak received exactly each 33 percent of all votes. Second ranked in the women’s voting was Hungarian Anita Görbicz (27%), ahead of their Györ club team mates Katrine Lunde (Norway/20%), Katarina Bulatovic (Montenegro/13%) and 2011 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year Heidi Löke (Norway/7%).Duvnjak topped the ranking ahead of Danish Mikkel Hansen (2011 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/27%), Spaniard Arpad Sterbik (2005 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/20%), Czech Filip Jicha (2010 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/13%) and Frenchmen Daniel Narcisse (2012 Grundfos World Handball Player of the Year/7%).Lekic, who had started her international career in Ljubljana, was the key player of the Serbian team to win the silver medal on home ground at the 2013 World Championship. Additionally she won the EHF Champions League trophy with her former club Audi ETO Györ (Hungary).25 year old Duvnjak also won the EHF Champions League in 2013 with Hamburg, was All Star Team player and bronze medallist at the World Championship 2013 in Spain with the Croats. The former Zagreb player was World Championship runners-up in 2009, European silver medallist in 2010 and each bronze medal winner at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 European championship.PHOTO: UROS HOCEVAR/IHF ← Previous Story Spain celebrates the bronze medal! Next Story → 14.000 not enough to stop the Experts! read more

Silkeborg in Schaffhausen – Two outsiders with Danes on the benches

bjerringbro-silkeborgKadetten Schaffhausensilkeborg ← Previous Story Besiktas wins opener of EHF CL 2016/2017 Next Story → French Lidl StarLigue 16/17: PSG Handball starts with away win in Rennes The match of “outsiders” in VELUX EHF Champions League Group A Kadetten Schaffhausen and Bjeringbro Silkeborg, but also clash of two Danish coaches, Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen and Lars Walther is scheduled for tonight, 20 hrs in BCC Arena.The Swiss and Danish champions are in really strong group so points in the direct encounter are more than important for their future in European elite competition.– I know Lars as a great person, who during the last many years has worked his way through international handball. He has had many exiting assignments in Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Romania and now Switzerland. He is used to work in unusual environments and under unusual conditions – said Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen about his colleague Lars Walther, who also has nice words for his compatriot:Peter has moved Bjerringbro-Silkeborg forward, since he took over two years ago. They have more tactic aspects in the game, and Peter has designed a great defence with many offensive possibilities. Peter has really moved the team in the right direction.Coach of Danish team knows that will be hard to reach TOP 16:– We are pleased about the highly attractive group A, where we look forward to many big games for our team and our surroundings. On the court, we hope of creating the big upset that it would be, if we qualify for the Last 16.Lars Walther put the ambitions of his team in range of Silkeborg’s:– Our objective is quite similar to Bjerringbro-Silkeborg’s, I think. We want to get a hold of the sixth and last spot in the Last 16. For it to happen, we have to deliver a couple of upsets, but that is our plan. We take it one game after the other and hope, that we can create the upsets.Peter Bredsdorff-Larsen, who won two Danish Championships with Aalborg and Silkeborg, put pressure on domestic squad:– Kadetten Schaffhausen has to be the favourites on their home court in Switzerland. Then you can say, that we are the favourites, when we in March play in Denmark. They have a large number players on many positions with a lot of experience from international matches both in the VELUX EHF Champions League and from the national teams. Especially their wings, the goalkeeper Nikola Marinovic and the centre back Garbor Csaszar are very experienced. We prepare ourselves for a game on a high physical level. We must play our very best in order to get the win in Schaffhausen, but it is my expectation, that especially our defense can create some troubles for Kadetten Schaffhausen.Lars Walther had fantastic achievements in all the countries where he worked, Poland, Romania and Switzerland (in all three he won Championships with Wisla Plock, Baia Mare and Kadetten). He wants a step forward on the international level:I think, that we and Bjerringbro-Silkeborg are at the same level. Both on paper and on the court, it is two equal teams, so hopefully we can win at home. It looks like their left back Nikolaj Markussen is getting in great shape. Sebastian Skube’s assists to Nikolaj Markussen work better and better, and that is one of the keys for Bjerringbro-Silkeborg. We have to stop them and lower our technical faults in our attack. Bjerringbro-Silkeborg is effective on the counter attacks, so we have to be patient in our attacks. There is no doubt that we have to play the perfect game in order to win. We have been unstable in the first matches of the season. It has been a roller coasterfor us with many new players. We have to play our best and do well in our defense, where we have had some issues due to injuries, but it looks like everybody is fit for fight on Thursday.Source: Bjeringbro Silkeborg PRESS read more

Chili découverte de la plus grosse étoile jamais observée

first_imgChili : découverte de la plus grosse étoile jamais observéeChili – Grâce au Very large telescope (VLT), installé dans le désert d’Atacama au nord du Chili, mais aussi au télescope spatial Hubble, une équipe internationale d’astronomes a découvert l’étoile la plus massive jamais observée. Cet astre immense pèse 265 fois plus lourd que le soleil.Baptisée R136a1, cette méga étoile serait née il y a plus d’un million d’années. Sa masse était alors, d’après les astronomes qui l’ont observée, supérieure de 320 fois à celle du Soleil. Située dans la nébuleuse de la Tarentule, à 165.000 années-lumière de notre Voie lactée, elle fait partie d’un groupe d’étoiles géantes découvert très récemment.L’astre géant présente un rayonnement dix millions de fois plus puissant que celui du Soleil. Ses rayons ultraviolets sont si intenses qu’aucune vie terrestre ne serait possible si c’était elle qui se trouvait au centre de notre système, à la place du Soleil.Aujourd’hui, R136a1 a atteint un âge intermédiaire. Comme l’explique le professeur Crowther, qui dirige l’équipe de chercheurs, elle a perdu le cinquième de sa masse initiale, au terme d’un “régime intensif”. L’étoile pèse désormais environ 265 fois plus lourd que le Soleil, car “contrairement aux êtres humains, ces étoiles naissent lourdes et perdent du poids avec le temps”.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?La semaine dernière, le magazine Nature a publié une étude révélant que toutes les étoiles, même les plus massives, naissent de la même façon, en agrégeant poussières et gaz d’un large disque (voir article). Le 22 juillet 2010 à 17:32 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Microsoft and Nationwide shortlisted for best flexible benefits

first_imgJP Morgan, Microsoft and Nationwide Building Society (pictured) have been shortlisted for the Best flexible benefits plan award at the Employee Benefits Awards 2016.This award celebrates the most effective use of a flexible benefits plan within an organisation.The full category shortlist is:Callcredit Information Group, Benefits for people like you (Entered by Grant Thornton UK)JP Morgan, Elements (Entered by Vebnet)Microsoft, Microsoft Flexi Benefits (Entered by Thomsons Online Benefits)Nationwide Building Society, youchoose 2016Visualsoft, Creating a culture of trust with flexible workingThe winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party at the Artillery Garden at the HAC, London, on 3 June 2016.See the full shortlist.For more information, or to book your table.last_img read more

In unusual move Netflix show will get extended cut exclusive to Bluray

first_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice 0 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $299 at Amazon Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted… but yes, it’s true! More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form. Hope you all enjoy! https://t.co/svyPirSIMi— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) August 16, 2019 Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $520 at HP See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags See It The Cheapskate Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Good news, @haunting fans! Just listed, new to the market. Why lease when you can own a lovely estate like Hill House, now even more spacious with director @flanaganfilm’s extended cut of the series! Preorder now, this House is priced to move.https://t.co/2E02P76lAs— Amblin (@amblin) August 16, 2019 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 The Blu-ray release of Haunting of Hill House is available for preorder now on Amazon. The show debuted last year, starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Michiel Huisman and Carla Gugino. A second season of the series, called The Haunting of Bly Manor, is scheduled for a 2020 release. It’ll be a different story that’s based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of The Screw by Henry James. $60 at Best Buy Best Buy Read Google Home Hub review Turo See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Sarah Tew/CNET See it Post a comment Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo Rylo Comments Amblin Entertainment tweeted the news on Thursday, saying, “Just listed, new to the market. Why lease when you can own a lovely estate like Hill House, now even more spacious with director @flanaganfilm’s extended cut of the series!”  Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Haunting of Hill House is getting an extended director’s cut on Blu-ray. Steve Dietl/Netflix An extended cut of Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House is headed to, of all places, Blu-ray, director Mike Flanagan tweeted Friday. The 10-episode horror series about a dysfunctional family’s past in their old home is based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel. “Well this news got out there a LITTLE earlier than we wanted … but yes, it’s true! More details to come, but it was a blast restoring several episodes to their original form,” Flanagan tweeted. Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read the AirPods review Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Angela Lang/CNET $999 Amazon Boost Mobile Sprint Share your voice Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $59 at eBay $155 at Google Express Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET 7 See at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Gazette for new cabinet published

first_imgThe cabinet division on Monday published a gazette distributing portfolios among the new cabinet members immediately after its 47 members took oath at Bangabhaban, reports UNB.The outgoing cabinet got abolished with the publication of the gazette.According to the gazette, prime minister Sheikh Hasina will have the portfolios for cabinet division, ministry of public administration, ministry of defence, armed forces division, ministry of power, energy and mineral resources, and ministry of women and children affairs.There are 24 ministers, 19 state ministers and three deputy ministers in the new cabinet constituted following Awami League’s landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election held on 30 December 2018.As per the gazette, the 24 ministers are AKM Mozammel Huq (Liberation War Affairs), Obaidul Quader (Road Transport and Bridges), Md Abdur Razzaque (Agriculture), Asaduzzaman Khan (Home Affair),Mohammad Hasan Mahmud (Information), Anisul Huq (Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs), AHM Mustafa Kamal (Finance), Md Tajul Islam (Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives), Dr Dipu Moni (Education), AK Abdul Momen (Foreign Affairs), MA Mannan (Planning), Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun (Industries), Golam Dastagir Gazi (Textiles and Jute), Zahid Maleque (Health and Family Welfare), Sadhan Chandra Majumder (Food), Tipu Munshi (Commerce), Nuruzzaman Ahmed (Social Welfare), SM Rezaul Karim (Housing and Public Works), Md Shahab Uddin (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), BirBahadur Ushwe Sing (Chattogram Hill Tracts Affairs), Saifuzzaman Chowdhury (Land), MdNurul Islam Sujan (Railways), Yeafesh Osman (Science and Technology) and Mustafa Jabbar (Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology).The 19 state ministers are Kamal Ahmed Majumder (Industry), Imran Ahmad (Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment), Md Zahid Ahsan Russel (Youth and Sports), Nasrul Hamid (Power, Energy and Mineral Resources), Md Ashraf Ali Khan Kashru (Fisheries and Livestock), Begum Monnuzan Sufian (Labour and Employment), Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury (Shipping), Md Zakir Hossain (Primary and Mass Education), Md Shahriar Alam (Foreign Affairs), Zunaid Ahmed Palak (Information and Communication Technology Division), Farhad Hossain (Public Administration), Shawpan Bhattacharjee (LGRD and Cooperatives), Jahid Faruk (Water Resources), Md Murad Hasan (Health and Family Welfare), Sharif Ahmed (Social Welfare), KM Khalid (Cultural Affairs), Md Enamur Rahaman (Disaster Management and Relief), Md Mahbub Ali (Civil Aviation and Tourism) and Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah (Religious Affairs).The three deputy ministers are Begum Habibun Nahar (Environment, Forest and Climate Change), AKM Enamul Haque Shamim (Water Resources) and Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury (Education).Awami League president Sheikh Hasina took oath as prime minister of the country for the 3rd consecutive term along with her 46 cabinet members.President Abdul Hamid administered the oath to the prime minister at 3:40pm while to 24 ministers at 3:46pm, to 19 state ministers at 3:53pm and to three deputy ministers at 3:57pm at Bangabhaban.Through the oath taking of new ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers, the country got a new cabinet with its all members from Awami League after 1973 while Sheikh Hasina became the prime minister for the record fourth time.last_img read more

Study Black Patients Treated With Less Compassion Than Whites

first_imgA new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management suggests doctors treat dying Black and White patients differently, showing less compassion towards terminally-ill Black patients. The study titled, “Differences in Physicians’ Verbal and Nonverbal Communication with Black and White Patients at the End of Life,” was conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Purdue University. The researchers observed 33 hospital-based physicians in the Western Pennsylvania area in simulations where they had to interact with patients (played by actors) who were dying. While the doctors knew they were being tested, however, they did not know what specific behaviors the researchers were examining. The researchers had the doctors participate in two different recorded interactions with actors posing as patients—one Black, the other White. The patients were accompanied by family members and they all read from identical scripts. The researchers found there was no difference in the doctors’ verbal communication with Black and White patients, but there was a significant difference in the nonverbal communication with the two races. “Although we found that physicians said the same things to their Black and White patients, communication is not just the spoken word. It also involves nonverbal cues, such as eye contact, body positioning and touch,” said senior author of the study, Dr. Amber Baranto, an associate professor of clinical and translational medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, in a statement. “Poor nonverbal communication – something the physician may not even be aware he or she is doing – could explain why many Black patients perceive discrimination in the health care setting.”The doctors were scored on a point system for both their verbal and nonverbal communication skills when interacting with patients and family members. The physicians, who were mainly White males, averaged 7 percent lower scores for their nonverbal interactions with Black patients, compared to White patients.  The researchers found that when doctors were interacting with White patients, for example, they would stand at the patient’s bedside and were more likely to touch the invalid in a sympathetic way. When the doctors interacted with the Black patients, however, they would stand by the door holding their binder. Such body language can give patients and their relatives the idea that the doctor is disengaged and defensive and could affect their medical decision-making, Baranto said.“Body language is a significant tool in building trust – or mistrust – and physicians need to ensure that their body language isn’t contributing to that decision,” Baranto said. “To help Black patients and their families feel welcome and encouraged to be partners in medical decision-making, it is critical that doctors be aware of their verbal and nonverbal communication and any unintentional biases.”jhunter@afro.comlast_img read more

Robots learn to create language

first_imgThe go-to game allows the agents to test their toponymic lexicon by specifying a target location (B) to meet at. Image credit: Ruth Schulz Citation: Robots learn to create language (2011, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-robots-language.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Video showing Lingodroids playing a location language game. Schulz, R., Glover, A., Milford, M., Wyeth, G., & Wiles, J. (2011) Lingodroids: Studies in Spatial Cognition and Language, ICRA 2011, The International Conference on Robotics and Automation, Shanghai, China, May 2011 The Lingodroids develop language in the way that most human languages have probably developed, but making up words to name the places that they visit, and then share that name with the other around you. The bots basically find something that they have not seen in the past, create a word based on a random combination of syllables, and then tell the other robot the word that they have just created. Then the robots memory files will link to the word to that specific location. Currently the robots are learning new words by playing games, and can only name locations, but the researchers hope that in the future these Lingodroids will be able to create a more complex language. Explore further Toyota’s musical robots (w/ Video)center_img More information: Research paper: Schulz, R., Wyeth, G., & Wiles, J. (In Press) Are we there yet? Grounding temporal concepts in shared journeys, IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental DevelopmentMore info: itee.uq.edu.au/~ruth/Lingodroids.htm 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Communication is a vital part of any task that has to be done by more than one individual. That is why humans in every corner of the world have created their own complex languages that help us share the goal. As it turns out, we are not alone in that need, or in our ability to create a language of our own. Researchers at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology have created a pair of robots who are creating their own language. The bots, which are being taught how to speak but not given specific languages, are learning to create a lexicon of their own. The bots, which have been aptly named Lingodroids, consist of a fairly basic setup when it comes to hardware. The robot consists of a mobile platform that has been equipped with a camera, a laser range finder, and a sonar setup that allows for the mapping and avoidance of obstacle. In order to allow them to talk, they are also equipped with a microphone and speakers. last_img read more

Five volumes on Indian languages released

first_imgThe Peoples’ Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) here Thursday released five volumes on various Indian languages documenting their history, landmark events, folklore and songs.PLSI is a nationwide survey aimed at working out alternate ways of development of the various Indian languages and maintaining organic links between scholarship and the social context. It has planned release of 50 volumes on the Indian languages and divided them into state and national series. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The volumes released are: The Being of Bhasha: General Introduction to the People’s Linguistic Survey of India; The Languages of Assam, Assamese version; The Languages of Maharashtra, Marathi version; The Languages of Uttarakhand, Hindi version; and The Indian Sign Languages – the only volume released from the national series.Vadodara-based Bhasha Research Centre conducted the survey. The PLSI team, comprising over 3,000 activists and scholars, covered 780 languages spread across all states and union territories. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Languages came much before the script came. So these volumes trace the origin of the language, map their history and connect them to the roots they belong to. We are on the verge of losing languages and it is important to preserve them orally,’ PLSI chairman Ganesh Devy said.He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a three-day event titled, ‘Mapping Indian Art, Culture and Languages’.  Lalit Kala Akademi is hosting the series of events.K.K. Chakravarty, chairman, Lalit Kala Akademi said, ‘We are trying to connect performing arts to the people through these events.”We are bringing out the volumes as they come to us,’ Ketaki Bose, associate publisher, Orient Blackswan, said.last_img read more

Another criminal from Howrah found dead

first_imgKolkata: A notorious criminal from Howrah identified as Manoar Ali, alias Guddu, was found dead on Wednesday morning from the Sandhyabazar area in Howrah.On Wednesday morning around 5 am, locals saw a man lying on a cycle van with his throat slit. Some locals identified him as Manoar Ali, alias Guddu. Howrah police station was immediately informed. Police sent the body for autopsy. According to local sources, Guddu was a henchman of Ramua, who was murdered by some criminals on Sunday night inside his rented flat in Sodepur. But Guddu had developed enmity with Ramua a few years ago and left the gang. Later, Guddu joined Ramesh Mahato’s gang, who is a known rival of Ramua. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalPolice sources informed that Guddu was accused in several murder, extortion and other cases and arrested multiple times. Last time, he was arrested in October, 2018, on charge of sections of Arms Act. Recently, he got bail and went somewhere in South 24-Parganas to take shelter. It is suspected that Guddu might have had thought that in Ramua’s absence, he could take over his area of domination. It is also suspected that he was connected to Ramua’s murder. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDuring the preliminary investigation, the sleuths suspect that the gang members of Ramua might have murdered Guddu as the style of committing the crime is similar to their style. According to sources, the sleuths got to know that Mahato’s gang had gathered somewhere in Shibpur area, where Guddu also joined them. What happened afterwards is not clear. Police are checking the CCTV footages of a nearby shop to find out who had placed Guddu’s body on the van at Sandhyabazar.last_img read more

Freddie Mercurys Zoroastrian Faith Inspired him to Follow his Dreams

first_imgFreddie Mercury and his Zoroastrianism were something largely kept out of the public eye. The legendary musician known as Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) in 1946. The Bulsara family are part of the Zoroastrian faith and Mercury was raised within this tradition. His father was a civil servant for the British Empire, so the family lived in India during the young Freddie’s formative years. Mercury attended boarding school in India and it was during this time that he learned piano, fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll, got the nickname Freddie and formed his first band.Freddie Mercury singing, 1977. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0At the age of 17, Mercury and family moved to England during a time of political upheaval in Zanzibar. It was while living in England that he decided to pursue music over everything else, a decision that would lead to the creation of one of the greatest rock bands of all time.The house in Zanzibar where Mercury lived in his early years.Zoroastrianism is the oldest monotheistic religion in the world and its prophet Zarathustra was the first to introduce to theology the concepts of heaven and hell, and the struggle between good and evil.Zoroastrianism was the official religion of the Persian Empire and as the Empire spread, so did the teachings of Zarathustra. In fact, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are all influenced by the ideas of this old religion.Although these days Zoroastrianism is seen as a minor religion, its teachings have inspired many scholars and artists throughout the centuries, including Freddie Mercury.Painted clay and alabaster head of a Zoroastrian priest wearing a distinctive Bactrian-style headdress, Takhti-Sangin, Tajikistan, Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, 3rd–2nd century BC.Mercury may not have actively practiced Zoroastrianism, but it certainly played a role in his determination and outlook on life.His sister, Kashmira Cooke, discussed this in an interview in 2014: “I think what [Freddie’s] Zoroastrian faith gave him was to work hard, to persevere, and to follow your dreams.”Freddie Mercury in New Haven, CT at a WPLR show. Photo by Carl Lender CC BY-SA 3.0The religion is also known for its motto ‘Good thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds.’ It teaches sharing, generosity and kindness as part of its doctrine and Mercury was known to be all of those things.He was an extravagant spender, not just on material goods and parties, but he also privately gave large sums of money to charities and was known to lavish gifts on friends and to help those close to him.The outer walls of Garden Lodge (pictured here in 2014) became a shrine to Mercury following his death in 1991. Photo by Adnergje CC BY SA 3.0Some critics during Mercury’s lifetime accused him of ignoring his heritage. Looking back on the debate, it seems that there may have been a misunderstanding of what it means to be Persian.In response to those critics, Mercury is famously quoted as saying “I’ll always walk around like a Persian popinjay and no one’s going to stop me, honey!”.Indeed, Mercury was intensely proud of his ancestry, but he wasn’t a devoutly religious person. His mother, Jer Bulsara, is quoted in the Telegraph as saying, “Freddie was a Parsee and he was proud of that, but he wasn’t particularly religious.”Mercury died of complications due to AIDS on November 24, 1991 at the age of 45. The funeral was a private affair attended by family and close friends. The ceremony was presided over by two Zoroastrian priests and Freddie Mercury was cremated in accordance with modern Zoroastrianism traditions.Read another story from us: “Bohemian Rhapsody” – The Long Road to Freddie Mercury Hitting the Big ScreenIn the 20 years since his death, Freddie Mercury has become a legend with continued devotion from fans all over the world. Of his continued fame, his mother said in an interview with the Telegraph “I am proud for everything that comes up for my boy. The whole world seems to know him. They know who Freddie Mercury is. My boy was a genius.”last_img read more

Goway and APT have new early bird deals Downunder

first_imgGoway and APT have new early bird deals Downunder Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Wednesday, November 21, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — Goway and Australian Pacific Touring are offering launch savings for bookings made before March 2019, from APT’s new 2019/2020 brochure.The 2019/2020 lineup includes a wide range of Premier and Value-Plus touring options, including new Small Group Journeys.With Goway and APT, passengers can get a 5% discount on their deposit, or up to 10% off a trip fully paid at time of booking.Solo travellers can also take advantage of competitive single traveller rates, says Goway.The brochure also includes new offerings in both New Zealand and Australia. Two new luxury small group trips – each accepting no more than 20 guests – open up new sides of New Zealand with the kinds of local experiences that have secured the reputations of both companies as regional travel leaders, says Goway. “Passengers might join locals at their Rotorua home for a Maori dinner, take a twilight cruise to Waiheke Island for wine tasting, a vineyard tour and dinner overlooking the Auckland skyline, and a whale-watching cruise in Kaikoura, on the lookout for New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins, and giant sperm whales.”More news:  Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaAccommodation is at some of New Zealand’s most distinctive properties such as the Marlborough Vintners Hotel, and Peppers Parehua Country Estate in Martinborough.The 13-day North Island Wonders travels from Auckland to Wellington and with the savings is priced from $8,595 per person, twin share.Also on offer is the 12-day South Island Sensation journey from Wellington to Queenstown priced from $7,995 per person, twin share inclusive of the launch savings.Two new land tours include the 18-day New Zealand Experience tour, a Luxury journey from Christchurch to Auckland from $8,545 per person, twin share, including the discount.In Australia, agents can offer the new APT Value-Plus 15-day Treasures of Australia tour from Sydney to Melbourne. Included sightseeing highlights range from a fish ‘n’ chip lunch on Bondi Beach, to a cruise aboard Quicksilver’s Wavepiercer catamaran, to the outer Great Barrier Reef to snorkel amongst colourful coral at Agincourt Reef, the chance to experience the Field of Light installation at Uluru in the red centre, and a visit to Melbourne’s iconic sports venue, the MCG. This trip is priced from $6645 per person twin share, including the savings.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJPlus, agents making their clients’ bookings through Goway Travel will get a special exclusive Globetrotting discount of $300 on 18-19 departures of APT’s NZ Wonderland trip, plus two Black Friday Deals with a 10% discount on select departures of the NZ Wonderland and NZ Getaway.Goway can be reached at 1-800-387-8850 or email info@goway.com. Tags: Australia & New Zealand, Australian Pacific Touring, Deals, Gowaylast_img read more